BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
Dr. Michelle P. Bean, PhD
Dr. Michelle P. Bean a two-time breast cancer survivor is a native of Delray Beach, Florida. She is a proud graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Human Services with a specialization in Health Care Administration from Capella University. In constant pursuit of education, she completed her PhD in Human Services. Dr. Bean is an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, the American Health Information Management Association, and she served as Secretary/Treasurer, and President of the New Mexico Health Information Management Association. She was awarded and recognized for her leadership, ongoing commitment, and dedicated service by the NMHIMA Board of Directors. Dr. Bean is also the Director of Health Information Management at Christus St. Vincent Health System, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Dr. Bean’s breast cancer journey began when her twin sister found a lump one evening before bed and results revealed: Stage 2B (IIB) invasive ductal carcinoma and the cancerous cells were also in her lymph nodes. After genetic testing, her sister’s results also showed that she was a carrier of the BRCA 1 gene mutation. As a twin, it was recommended that Dr. Bean get a mammogram as well. Her results revealed just six weeks apart from her twin sister, an earlier stage of breast cancer: ductal carcinoma in situ. After countless appointments, research, prayers, guidance, radiation treatments, and being her own advocate; she decided to undergo surgery, a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction. Dr. Bean never would have known she had a time bomb ready to explode! She truly believes it is important to, "listen to your body, advocate for your own health, and treatment methods; it may just be a decision that saves your life”. Her experience and passion to give back is expressed through the mission and vision of PINK "ME” (Providing Information, Networking, and Knowledge, "My Experience”) while supporting other women like herself. One of PINK "ME” s Programs: Connected by Cells, fulfills part of Dr. Bean’s vision, "changing something that’s commonly heard when diagnosed with breast cancer, having cancerous cells, into a positive virtual support platform that allows women to obtain information needed for their journey, connect and network with others, all while being compassionately supported”.
Dr. Bean is a true example of the mission and vision of PINK “ME”, while helping others in the community and thriving in her leadership role- April 2021 she was diagnosed with stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma, five years exactly of her initial breast cancer diagnosis, April 2016. And this time doctors, based on her results, recommended chemotherapy as her best bet, ensuring that it would decrease her chances of another recurrence.
Dr. Bean is looking forward to celebrating her two-time breast cancer survivorship by participating- as in the past, in the breast cancer half marathons in Florida along with other survivors and supporters.
Vacant ~ Vice President
Christiann Paola Orozco ~ Secretary
Christiann Paola Orozco has over 18 years’ experience working in the Health Care Management Industry. Christiann has always had the passion to help others and has always gone out of her way to help those in need. From volunteering at her church, supporting small businesses, to community outreach, Christiann’s desire and passion to change the world for the betterment of her community has always been a priority. As a Patient Access Manager for Southwest Care, Christiann’s leadership and passion allowed her to further her initiative in provide the best access and service to patients.
Christiann is a native New Mexican and a first generation American. She was raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico from the tender age of 5. She and along with her siblings grew up with the idea of serving and helping others, starting with being a provider and advocate for her Down syndrome brother. “Healthcare has always been important to me and have served as an advocate for people with specials needs. I have also been a proponent to giving the best healthcare information service and support to bilingual patients. Healthcare is what I enjoy working in”.
“During my downtime I enjoy spending time with my daughter and fiancé. We enjoy the great outdoors and always make time to go camping. Spending time with our families is a crucial reminder that families are the most important thing in our world today.”
PINK “ME” gives Christiann the opportunity to learn and gain the experience and be able to speak to the community about the resources that are available. Having a grandmother who passed away due to breast cancer a little over 5 years ago opened a different mindset of how important it is to be checked and ask questions.
Sherrie Webb, MHA ~ Treasurer
Sherrie Webb is passionate about fulfilling the mission statement and supporting women, going through a difficult time and using her position in the community to forward the educational aspect of PINK "ME”. She is currently the Health Information Services Applications Analyst at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. Sherrie has 12 years’ experience in Health Information Management and has been recognized for excellent work and attention to detail. She is a native to Santa Fe, New Mexico and passionate about anything that will benefit the community she grew up in. She received her BA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico and her MHA from the University of New Mexico.
Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, crafts and camping trips with family to the mountains to enjoy hikes and UTV rides. She has a loving husband and 3 wonderful children, and a Shih Tzu named Milo.
Dr. Jay Harness, MD, FACS ~ Board Member
Jay K. Harness, MD, FACS is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of California- Irvine and a breast surgeon at both St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA and Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop, CA. Dr. Harness received both his MD degree and training in general surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. He then remained on the faculty at the University of Michigan and developed one of the first United States academic multidisciplinary breast centers in 1985. Subsequently, he has developed 3 other multidisciplinary breast cancer programs across the United States. He is a Past President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and Breast Surgery Internationally. His most recent books are entitled: The Breast Cancer Answers Book-Your Guide to Achieving Emotional Reconstruction and Operative Approaches to Nipple Sparing Mastectomy: Indications, Techniques, & Outcomes.
He has published over 100 articles and book chapters. As Medical Director of Breast Cancer Answers (breastcanceranswers.com), I am committed to helping patients in any way I can with their journey with breast cancer. I am a breast cancer “educator”. I strongly support the mission of PINK “ME” in supporting breast cancer patients in any way that we can.
Melinda Bean, MS ~ Board Member
Melinda Bean is a native of Delray Beach, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and Master of Science Degree from Capella University in Information Technology with a specialization in System Design and Programming. Melinda has traveled to many assignments in the Computer Information field; one specifically that broadened her professional perspective, was oversees in Genoa, Italy. After qualifying as an Analyst/Consultant and working for several years in the Technology sector and in hospitals, Melinda worked for a number of leading professional companies such as: Lockheed Martin, Indus, and Blue Cross Blue Shield, before transitioning into the Federal sector.
Melinda enjoys traveling, playing billiards, and watching sports. She is also an aspiring actor and model. She is passionate about empowering others to have access to information and being an advocate as a breast cancer survivor to other women within the community. Melinda hopes that through her experience she will be able to help women while serving on the Board of PINK “ME”. She hopes that through her breast cancer journey, she will be a positive voice and inspiration.
Dr. Ann Botros, PhD ~ Board Member
Dr. Ann Botros is currently semi-retired, while also teaching High School prep for college students in the Austin, Texas area. She has taught Coding and Billing as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Texas Medical Branch of Allied Health Sciences at Galveston, Texas State University, and San Antonio College. Her experiences as a health Care Consultant allowed her to travel and meet a lot of people, whom she remains in contact with. Dr. Botros loves life with all its measures. She loves to read, swim, teach, and travel both domestic and international. She is very proud to be on the PINK “ME” board, with other amazing professionals.