Core Committee Members

Meet the 2014 Navigator Certification Core Committee

Dr. John Bell, MDDr. John Bell, MD
Director, UT Medical Center Cancer Institute, Graduate School of Medicine Professor of Surgery

Dr. John L. Bell, MD received his medical degree from the University of Alabama/Birmingham, following which he completed an internship and residency in General Surgery in 1986 at the same facility. Dr. Bell then completed a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1988. Immediately following his fellowship, Dr. Bell was recruited by the Department of Surgery to develop a Division of Surgical Oncology and an overall oncology program at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Dr. Bell is a member of numerous societies including the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons and the Southern Surgical Association. He recently served as President of the National Consortium of Breast Centers 2011-2013. He has authored numerous publications and abstracts. He is currently certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Professor in the Department of Surgery, and Director of the UT Medical Center Cancer Institute.


Janell Clark, APN-BC, MSN, MBA, DNP(c), CN-BPJanell Clark, APN-BC, MSN, MBA, DNP(c), CN-BP
Surgical Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Cancer Treatment Centers of America [CTCA]

Ms. Clark currently works as a Surgical Oncology Nurse Practitioner at The Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia, where she played a key role in implementing a Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program with certification from National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. She is currently serving as Clinical Team Lead for the Breast Center of Excellence Project at CTCA. Ms. Clark is currently responsible for accreditation through NAPBC and certification through NQMBC for the Breast Center. She began working in the Oncology field in 2006 then quickly became interested in the surgical aspect of Oncology including Breast Cancer. She later became certified as a Clinical Breast Examiner and a Breast Patient Navigator through the National Consortium of Breast Centers, while working towards licensure as a Nurse Practitioner.


Cathy J F Cole, NP-BC, MPH, CHES, CN-BPCathy J F Cole, NP-BC, MPH, CHES, CN-BP
Oncology Nurse Navigator Breast Program, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center

Cathy completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Nurse Practitioner training in Women’s Health from Harbor-UCLA and her Master’s degree from CSU, Northridge in Community Health Education. She is certified in both clinical breast examination and nurse navigation. Her comprehensive background in breast health includes work with UCLA in mobile mammography services, Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento, in provider education and in breast cancer and standardized clinical skill development, and the City of Hope Women’s Center as part of a multidisciplinary breast care team.

Cathy currently works at the Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks California as a nurse navigator and is involved in program development of a new breast program for the hospital. Cathy is a member of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators, and the National Consortium of Breast Centers. She serves on the Boards of the American Cancer Society of the Coastal Region, and the Advisory Board of the Conejo Free Clinic. With the National Consortium of Breast Centers, she chairs the Clinical Breast Examination Committee.


Melissa Hopkins, RN, BA, CN-BNMelissa Hopkins, RN, BA, CN-BN
Breast Center Nurse Navigator, Safeway Foundation Breast Health Center

Melissa is living her dream job. Starting in 1997 as an obstetrics/gynecology registered nurse, she moved on to work with a brand new medical center in a unique position as a nurse working in a mammography breast center. Shortly after, Melissa discovered the National Consortium of Breast Centers and the Navigation Certification program and gained her Imaging and Cancer certifications. Wanting to be a part of making a difference in her patient’s lives,

Melissa went on to volunteer for NCBC’s Navigation Certification committee, soon leading the Certification test task force and joined as a core committee member. Shortly thereafter, Melissa accepted the call to chair the Navigation Certification Core Committee and was honored to join the NCBC Board in 2012. In that time, Melissa worked for two years managing a breast center in medical oncology by navigating newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Four years ago, Melissa returned to working in the mammography center at her current work in Portland Oregon. Her first passion is women’s healthcare. Full circle, women’s healthcare is how Melissa describes her professional growth in caring for women and men with diagnostic imaging to survivorship. Her passion for walking patients through the myriad of healthcare mazes has never diminished but rather has grown over time with the evolution of certified navigation.


Linda Kramer, Core committee public memberLinda Kramer, Core committee public member

Born in central Indiana, Ms. Kramer attended Alexandria-Monroe High School graduating valedictorian. She was a six-year member of 4-H, participating in cooking, sewing, art, and showing a saddle-bred horse. She went on to attend Butler University and Ball State University graduating with a Master of Arts in Reading Education K-12. Ms. Kramer taught in Indiana schools for 32 years, finishing her career with the Warsaw Community Schools. She is married with one adult son who resides in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Ms. Kramer’s pleasures are hiking national parks, horseback riding in state parks, and traveling by motor home with her husband. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, Linda is an 11-year survivor.


Administrator, Tower Radiology Center Habana

Mr. Newman has over 20 years’ experience in managing cancer centers, radiology departments and breast centers. He is a Radiation Therapist, earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Radiological Sciences and Master’s Degree in Management. His passion for developing high performing teams to deliver exceptional quality care led him to women’s imaging, where he currently manages multiple full service outpatient imaging facilities and breast centers. He developed and manages a nurse navigation program, which reduces wait time, increases customer satisfaction, and significantly grows market share. Andrew is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Navigator in Breast Imaging, and is an experienced public speaker.


Becky OlsenBecky Olsen
Co-founder, Breast Friends, CN-BA

In 1996, at age 43, Becky went back to school while working a full-time job, to get her college degree. Three months later, she was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer. She was given a 60% chance to survive past five years. She always jokes that she is thankful her doctors were wrong because it took her SEVEN years to graduate. She graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in Communications from Marylhurst University. Becky has been diagnosed twice since

the second time in 2004 and again in 2009. In 2000, Becky co-founded Breast Friends, an Oregon based organization dedicated to helping women survive the trauma of cancer. ( She is also author of, “The Hat that Saved My Life”. Becky’s background was in corporate sales where she spent many years selling advertising for a multi- billion dollar company. In June of 2005, Becky walked away from her high paying, but high-stress job as a sales manager and was finally able to focus full-time on her breast cancer organization and her speaking career. Becky has been married to Bill for 34 years, has five children and four grandchildren. As a professional keynote speaker, Becky has traveled all over the country sharing her story.


Colleen Sullivan-Moore, R.N., CNN, CN-BN

Colleen Sullivan-Moore RN MS is a Registered Nurse with 37 years of experience who is eager to provide cancer education and navigation at Pagosa Springs Medical Center for the Colorado community. She participated in formation of the Breast Patient Navigation Certification Exam and development of Performance Standard/Identifiable Skills for National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC). She was featured in the Wall Street Journal article “Nurse Navigator Helps Patient through Maze of Cancer Treatment Decisions, Fears” in August 23, 2011 and recently received the prestigious Nightingale Nursing Award. Colleen joined Pagosa Springs Medical Center as an Oncology – Women’s Services Nurse Navigator. She is available to streamline patient care, ensure timely diagnosis & treatment to provide supportive care and community resources to support then eliminate barriers including accessing insurance benefits, cultural, communication, language, fear, literacy or travel in preparation for appointment to facilitate completion of treatment to Survivorship or End-of-Life. She received a Masters of Community Health Education degree from University of New Mexico. She completed the Breast Health Specialist Coordinator Training and Advanced Breast Health Navigator, through Educare and completed the Breast Module Training at MD Anderson. In 2012 she successfully Completed MammaCare Training Course for Health Professionals and completed the ENRICH Training Program (Educating Nurses about Reproductive Issues in Cancer Healthcare) in 2014. She presented on Navigation at the National Consortium of Breast Centers Conference in March 2014.

Julie L. Shisler, CN-BMJulie L. Shisler, BS, LPN, CN-BM

Julie Shisler is the Breast Center Coordinator for Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care. She has over twenty years of clinical and accreditation experience with a specialized focus on breast disease and breast center development. Julie began work in healthcare as an LPN and graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology. Over the last 20 years she has work experience in clinical nursing, clinical research, and health care administration. She began working in the breast center in 2011 and is a Certified Breast Patient Navigator with a Clinical designation.

Her roles beyond patient navigation include, maintaining program accreditation, facilitating the interdisciplinary conferences and steering committee meetings, develop and maintain community outreach programs and create educational

materials for staff, patients and the community. She has been instrumental in the development of the website, a clinical trial program within the breast center, a quality improvement program including survivorship and patient surveys, and an improved database tracking system. She is a member of the NCBC conference planning committee and core committee member of the navigation certification program.