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Meet our Team

ECANA Steering Group 


Kemi Doll, MD MS – Project Lead 

Kemi is a practicing gynecologic oncologist and health services researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She is dedicated to improving the lives and outcomes for Black women with endometrial cancer, and to reduce racial disparities. Her work involves quantitative and qualitative research, along with advocacy for Black women's reproductive health. As ECANA lead, she is responsible for designing and overseeing all ECANA activities, building relationships with women affected by EC, clinicians, and other organizations that support Black women's health and cancer care.   


Liz Sage, MPH – Project Manager 

Liz is a Project Manager at the Surgical Outcomes Research Center at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She is passionate about reproductive justice and is dedicated to using patient engagement in research as a tool to end racial health disparities. Her current work involves supporting community-researcher partnerships, and she has experience with a wide range of research designs. As ECANA Project Manager, she manages all aspects of project administration, including grant reporting, monitoring budgets, creating and maintaining workplans, overseeing meeting and conference logistics, and managing the ECANA website content. 


Julianna Alson, MPH – Project Coordinator 

Julianna is the Research Coordinator for Dr. Doll. Her public health work has focused on assessing and improving gender and racial equity in reproductive and sexual health and working toward racial equity in health research and programs. She has experience building cancer support groups, developing health education curriculum, and doing community advocacy around the social factors that influence health – like racism and sexism. As ECANA Project Coordinator, she is responsible for supporting patient and community advisor relationship-building, developing website and educational materials, and coordinating Steering Group activities.  


Adrienne Moore – Patient Advisor, Atlanta, GA 

Adrienne is a Respiratory Therapist by profession and has spent the bulk of her 22 year career in field education of patients, caregivers and hospitals alike. She enjoys spending her time writing and serving her community where there is a need. She comes to ECANA through her research of advocacy opportunities in black women's health after her own diagnosis of Endometrial Cancer in 2016. 


Margie Willis – Patient Advisor, Seattle, WA 

I am Margie Willis. I have been in the fitness industry for 30 plus years and I enjoy working with older adults, stretching, aerobics, balance and daily living skills. I also nanny 3 of my grandchildren full time. This keeps me young and In the know about everything. In my spare time I love to sew, shop, read, travel and hanging out with my girlfriends. I am proud to be a patient partner with Dr. Kemi Doll and the ECANA research project.


Bridgette Hempstead – Community Advisor, Seattle, WA 

Bridgette Hempstead is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cierra Sisters, Inc., an African-American breast cancer organization that uniquely provides support, education and advocacy for women’s breast and health issues. Brigitte’s personal narrative and hands-on approach have educated and empowered a community of women whose health had previously suffered under the influence of cultural stereotype and racial bias. In the spirit of the activism that drives Cierra Sisters, Bridgette recently published an article in the Journal of Community Health - "Community Empowerment Partners (CEPs): A Breast Health Education Program for African-American Women” - describing the development of an evidence-based breast health curriculum tool kit. Bridgette has joined Dr. Kemi Doll in the great ECANA project.


Martha Jean Williams – Patient Advisor, New Orleans, LA 

Tracy Irwin, MD – Clinician Advisor, Chicago, IL 

Carol Brown, MD – President, Society of Gynecologic Oncology, New York, NY

Laurel Rice, MD – Immediate past president, Society of Gynecologic Oncology, Madison, WI 

Danielle Lavallee, PharmD, PhD – Senior Advisor, Seattle WA 


Design Talent

We are grateful for our design team and the application of their incredible talent in service of ECANA's mission. 

Creative design - including logos, color-scheme, and layouts - by Julia, at Be Prismatic.

Web design by Daymuse Studios.


ECANA - and this website - were funded through a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute® (PCORI®) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (UW-7128). Learn more about PCORI's work with ECANA