Board & staff

Meet the board and staff of Pink-4-Ever

Executive director

LISA HAYES

Lisa R. Hayes is the Executive Director of Pink-4-Ever Ending Disparities. She is also the Director of Women’s Health at Gennesaret Free Clinic. Lisa has over 20 years of experience serving socio-economically challenged populations as a lawyer, manager, advocate and community collaborator. She is a certified patient navigator and certified community health worker. Lisa was instrumental in establishing the R.E.D. (Reaching to End Disparities) Alliance, a non-profit organization with the mission to eliminate late-stage diagnoses and breast cancer deaths for Black women in Indianapolis and was named as its Executive Director in 2017. In July 2021, the R.E.D. Alliance and Pink-4-Ever, Inc., another breast cancer focused non-profit, merged, creating Pink-4-Ever Ending Disparities. The two organizations combined all their existing programs and initiatives, their strengths and their resources to form a robust organization serving breast health needs across the continuum of care and positioned to make a larger impact in the Indianapolis community and beyond. Lisa’s commitment to breast cancer education and advocacy is influenced by her personal experience as a breast cancer survivor. Lisa volunteers her time and expertise with numerous organizations, including: the IU Simon Cancer Center Health Equity Advisory Committee, the Indiana Cancer Consortium, All IN for Health Advisory Board of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute; Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank at IU Simon Cancer Center, Women of INfluence and the Indiana Minority Health Partners and serves as a patient/consumer advocate on numerous local and national breast cancer research studies and clinical trials. 

Legal Counsel

Howard L. Stevenson, Partner, Stevenson Legal Group, LLC

Board officers

Nadia e. miller

Powerful, Engaging, and Knowledgeable. These are just a few of the words that people use to describe Nadia E. Miller. With over 15 years of experience in the corporate sector, 10 years serving as the Executive Director of Pink-4-Eer Inc., and demonstrable success as a small business owner, Nadia E. Miller is the inspiration behind a movement that thrives to empower, inspire, and elevate others . Miller, who earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, leverages her formal education, her real world-experience, and her passion to motivate and inspire others.

A 10-year breast cancer survivor, Nadia E. Miller’s workshops, lectures, and keynote addresses provide pragmatic steps that people can take to change and enhance their own lives and the lives of others. In 2008, Miller, with the facilitation and coordination of her brother John M. Miller, founded Pink-4-Ever Inc. in order to ensure that the minority community, especially women, would receive comprehensive information, support, and resources regarding breast cancer health and prevention.

Nadia E. Miller continues to use her gifts to serve organizations and groups whose missions are aligned with hers. She has served as the Chairperson of the Circle of Promise Committee; she is a member of the National Coalition of Negro Women Indianapolis Chapter; and she is the first African American Honorary Race Survivor for the local Susan G. Komen Indianapolis Affiliate. Most recently, she was awarded the 2016 Black History Maker of Today by McDonald’s. This award recognizes the totality of her work as an influential role model in the Central Indiana community. Leading by example, Nadia Miller continues to make a difference and lives by the Pink-4-Ever Inc. slogan: “It’s Ok To Talk About It.”

Whether it’s through her business or philanthropic endeavors, Nadia E. Miller offers educational programs and workshops, business consultations, community resources, and most importantly, hope.

Christa WILSON

Melba salmon

One of Indiana’s premier education consultants, Melba is revered for practical educator trainings, pioneering data architechture, and transformative school counselor coaching. Melba’s propensity for translating theory into actionable strategies that address real – world challenges has transformed the way comprehensive educational programs are designed and implemented. With over 20 years of service in K-16 and graduate – level education and community youth programming, Melba has refined tools to cultivate change and sustain positive outcomes. Her immense talent for contemporary instructional design is evident in her virtual school counselor training series: Wise Advising: Practical Tools for Modern School Counseling Melba is a founder and senior consultant at The Practical Counselor, an education consulting firm serving clients nationwide. Melba earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from Indiana University, and is a doctoral candidate in Instructional Design and Technology at Liberty University. A self – proclaimed professional volunteer, Melba dedicates her time and talents to numerous faith – based and community initiatives. She’s passionate about causes that empower women and strengthen families. Melba resides in Central Indiana and is a proud mother to three young-adult children: Ebony, Brook and Jesse.

Colleen McClain-mpofu

Lisa R. Hayes is the Executive Director of Pink-4-Ever Ending Disparities. She is also the Director of Women’s Health at Gennesaret Free Clinic. Lisa has over 20 years of experience serving socio-economically challenged populations as a lawyer, manager, advocate and community collaborator. She is a certified patient navigator and certified community health worker. Lisa was instrumental in establishing the R.E.D. (Reaching to End Disparities) Alliance, a non-profit organization with the mission to eliminate late-stage diagnoses and breast cancer deaths for Black women in Indianapolis and was named as its Executive Director in 2017. In July 2021, the R.E.D. Alliance and Pink-4-Ever, Inc., another breast cancer focused non-profit, merged, creating Pink-4-Ever Ending Disparities. The two organizations combined all their existing programs and initiatives, their strengths and their resources to form a robust organization serving breast health needs across the continuum of care and positioned to make a larger impact in the Indianapolis community and beyond. Lisa’s commitment to breast cancer education and advocacy is influenced by her personal experience as a breast cancer survivor. Lisa volunteers her time and expertise with numerous organizations, including: the IU Simon Cancer Center Health Equity Advisory Committee, the Indiana Cancer Consortium, All IN for Health Advisory Board of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute; Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank at IU Simon Cancer Center, Women of INfluence and the Indiana Minority Health Partners and serves as a patient/consumer advocate on numerous local and national breast cancer research studies and clinical trials. 

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Beaver Smith’s educational training from Marian University and experience in accounting, led her to the perfect position on the Board of Directors at Pink-4-Ever. She has served as Treasurer since 2008. Her talents for working with numbers and her dedication to the mission of Pink-4-Ever (P4E) has aided in her drive to serve on the Board. Utilizing today’s latest and greatest technology, Stephanie says she is able to balance all transactions, which make it easier to manage grants, donations and expenses of the organization.

Much like her ability to balance the finances of Pink-4-Ever, Stephanie is a great example of someone who is balancing work and volunteerism, while she and her husband attend to their active children.

During the month of October, Stephanie gets even busier with Pink-4-Ever. October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and P4E’s programs jump into high gear. One of Stephanie’s favorite events is our Think Pink Week. The Board members go to different schools in the community to speak, educate and have fun while fundraising with students and staff. Stephanie says, “At the end of the week it’s good to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when they find out how much money they have raised.”

Stephanie’s desire to get involved with P4E was built out of frustration of seeing people she cared about going through the struggles of having breast cancer, as well as facing hardships that come along with the disease, such as financial issues. Knowing that Pink-4-Ever believes in, “It’s okay to talk about it,” and offers emergency assistance for a variety of needs like paying bills or buying groceries has really eased some of Stephanie’s feelings of defeat within her community.

General board members

dr. Tarah Ballinger

Dr. Tarah Ballinger is an Assistant Professor and breast oncologist at the Indiana University Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Her research with the cancer center focuses on how body composition – bone, muscle, and fat – and physical activity impact patients across the continuum of breast cancer, from prevention to late stage disease.  Her clinical practice is devoted to breast cancer patients and to those at risk for the disease as the medical director of the IU Health Breast Cancer Prevention Program.

Dr. Silvia m. Bigatti

Dr. Bigatti is a professor in the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. She graduated from the Joint Program in Clinical Psychology between University of California San Diego and San Diego State University. She completed her clinical internship at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Bigatti’s current research portfolio centers on health disparities, using a community based participatory research framework. In collaboration with Pink-4-Ever Ending Disparities, Dr. Bigatti recently completed a study assessing African American breast cancer patients throughout their cancer treatment to identify the points at which problems may occur and what experiences specifically surround these problems. Findings from this study will guide the development of interventions aimed at improving the treatment experience for patients.

Denise Bohannon

Denise Bohannon is a care giver who enjoys and appreciates the opportunity to care for others especially women. The desire to care and nurture professionally began blooming while working as a Radiologic Technologist. As a specially trained Mammographer opportunities to witness firsthand the diverse treatment of women of various cultures plan of care for treatment of suspicious or unusual images. She believed obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Alverno College would afford her the voice to speak for those who felt their voices were silent. Additionally, this would allow her to educate patients regarding their healthcare situation (particularly breast health) in a language they could understand enabling them to make informed decisions.

She values and supports women’s health issues due to the overwhelming disparities facing women, especially women of color. She knows it is imperative that these women receive adequate medical care in a timely manner.

As a participant of numerous walks to raise awareness and funds for breast disease, Denise has also donated breast tissue. She has cared for a family member diagnosed with Triple negative breast cancer as well as another family member diagnosed with breast cancer at 70 years of age. She has helped other family and close friends with multiple cancer diagnoses.

In her role as Family Nurse Practitioner obtained at Indiana Wesleyan University, Denise welcomes opportunities to learn, share, educate, support, and celebrate the experiences of persons and loved ones on their breast cancer journey. Being selected as a board member for Pink-4-Ever is an honor held in high regard. To be chosen for “such a time as this” is perfect, divine timing. Thank you for this opportunity to serve.

Yalonda Brown

Yalonda J. Brown has been involved with Pink-4-Ever, Inc. since 2010, working diligently as the Silent Auction Coordinator for the Simply Pink Fashion Show. In 2018, she made the decision to take her service to the next level, and accepted a seat on the Board of Directors. Yalonda will oversee the organization’s programs, ensuring that P4E reaches the masses and is able to effectively serve the greater Indianapolis community. With a Masters in Organizational Leadership, and serving as a Senior Outreach Manager in her professional career, Yalonda utilizes her talent to look for ways to make things better. Her program management, training and development experience are valuable assets to the organization.

Yalonda was first introduced to P4E while seeking out support and resources for a friend in active breast cancer treatment, and while seeking a vehicle by which to distribute a line of breast cancer themed greeting cards. The organization was appealing due to its focus on the African American community, as well as the resources and support offered. “Everyone at Pink-4-Ever, Inc. is amazing and cares about the mission and vision of the organization. I feel honored to join the team”.

Abeba dou

Serving as the board member who oversees the organization’s special events calendar, Abeba Dau joined the Pink-4-Ever, Inc. Board of Directors in 2017. Working first in a volunteer capacity, Abeba has spent her first year on the board, learning more about the organization and its impact on the Indianapolis community. Taking her passion for fundraising to the next level, Abeba works tirelessly to ensure tickets are sold to each of the organization’s fundraising events. Taking part in the annual Mother’s Day Brunch is especially endearing to her, as her own mother has passed. Abeba loves this particular event, as it reminds her not to take the celebration of loved ones lightly.

Abeba decided to get more involved with P4E, as the need arose to give back to her community in a way that would make a difference. Wanting to do more than donate, Abeba wanted to touch those within her immediate reach, impacting her community, through a message of hope, compassion, love and knowledge relative to a disease by which so many are affected. Abeba acknowledges that being involved with the organization has truly shown her what it means to give unselfishly; and, that sacrificing a little of her own time is worth it, knowing that someone in her community is getting the assistance they need through the organization’s diverse programs.

Andrea Morehead

Stephanie Rufenbarger Lesher

Jennifer Stringer

Karen Toliver

Christa Wilsom

Pamela Yancy

Pamela E. Campbell Yancy is a 8 year breast cancer survivor. Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, she is the daughter of Mrs. Paulyne Campbell and the late Ernest Campbell. Pamela was educated in the Omaha Public School System, graduating from Omaha Central High School. She furthered her education at The University of Nebraska at Omaha, receiving her degree in elementary education. Her love for children compelled her to volunteer to teach remedial reading and math for ten years at Harrison Hill Elementary School. A lover of the arts, she continues to act and co-direct community theater on an annual basis. She is the organizer and choreographer for the entire dance ministry of The New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, as well as the Youth Director. Pamela founded SUPPORTING WITH HOPE, a cancer support group for women of color. She is married to Dr. Eric Yancy, and the proud mother of Shawn (Wiseman) Erikka and Damion. Pamela believes intensely that the children are our future and deserve the lion’s share of her time and effort.

Advisory board

Casey l. bales

Dr. Clyde Posley, Jr.

Dr. Melvin woodard

Dr. Woodard enters his fourth year at CATAS teaching ACP & Honors Biology. He is an assistant football coach as well. Dr. Woodard also teaches at the college level (IU Bloomington and Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo) currently. Beyond teaching, Dr. Woodard is the pastor and founder of New Salem Baptist Church of Indianapolis. A point of interest, Dr. Woodard has matriculated through various types of education for 50+ years and has received 11 degrees. On March 30, 2020 his new book was released with IngramSpark entitled, “God’s Perfect Timing: A Literal Approach to Chronology in the Bible.” Dr. Woodard is married to Beverly C. Woodard and they reside in Zionsville, IN. The couple has four grown children and four grandchildren.

What's your reason why?

I want my children to be informed so they can make healthier choices, get screenings , and be aware of their own cancer risk.