In May 2012, we welcomed two new members to our Board of Directors. We’re excited to introduce them to you below. We’re still recruiting new members for our Board – if you are interested, click here to learn more.
Lori is an assistant professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at California State University, Long Beach where she teaches courses on women’s health and sexuality, women and environmental justice, reproductive justice, and feminist methodology.
“I lost my mom to breast cancer when I was 12, so my life has been significantly shaped by breast cancer. My academic work has focused on breast cancer and I have admired the work of BCAction for many years,” Lori says.
Lori holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and her dissertation addressed the potential negative results of the global expansion of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, which emphasize individual behaviors and corporate advocacy over disease prevention and health equity. Her current research focuses primarily on breast cancer and the environment. Lori is deeply committed to advocating for the prevention of breast cancer through the promotion of the Precautionary Principle and chemical policy reform.
“BCAction’s priorities speak to my perspective on breast cancer perfectly. I am so fortunate to be joining the BCAction Board at such an important time in breast cancer advocacy history,” Lori says. “I think, with the Komen/Planned Parenthood controversy this year and the release of the documentary, Pink Ribbons Inc., people are seeking new ways to address the breast cancer epidemic and I’m so happy to join the Board of an organization that offers an inspiring alternative vision.”
Ngina served as a dean of students at Dartmouth and Swarthmore Colleges, and Columbia and Boston Universities for more than 20 years, retiring in 2011. She holds an M.A. in Clinical Social Work, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Public Health, and has done extensive community organizing for health promotion/disease prevention in African-American urban, Latino urban and rural white communities.
Ngina has a long history of dedication to social justice, particularly the healthcare needs and health disparities of disenfranchised communities in the U.S. She is especially concerned about how exposure to carcinogens has impacted the incidence, prevalence, specific diagnosis of, and premature mortality due to breast cancer.
“I am proud to join Breast Cancer Action’s Board of Directors,” Ngina says. “While I have been active in breast cancer advocacy for several decades, BCAction is an organization that has long appealed to me because of its history of breast cancer advocacy especially in the area of environmental exposures and for its commitment to diversity and equity.”
Ngina’s advocacy work currently includes breast cancer liaison for the Black Women’s Health Imperative, founding member of Consumers Unified for Evidence Based Health Care, the Governing Board of the Intercultural Cancer Council, and the Integration Panel of the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. She is also on the Simmons College Board of Trustees.