To promote breast cancer awareness, the Vice President for University Outreach, in collaboration with the Office of Public Service, Phi Delta Chi, Ladies Society, Zeta Tau Alpha, Women's Leadership Institute and AU Women's Basketball, will host the 10th annual All In, All Pink event on Friday, October 14, 2022 from 11 AM - 1 PM on the AU Student Center Green Space.
Date/Time: Friday, October 14, 2022 from 11 AM - 1 PM
Location: AU Student Center Green Space
Cindy Diffie, Retired, Auburn University
Johnnie Harris, Head Coach - AU Women's Basketball
Hollie Cost, Survivor, AVP for University Outreach and Public Service
Entertainment: Mini Concert by AU Gospel Choir at 11:45AM; Tiger Rhythm Dance Team; Program and Speakers at 12 Noon!
Giveaways: Free food, free t-shirt, free health screenings
Survivor, AVP for University Outreach and Public Service
"As a breast cancer survivor myself, I embrace all opportunites to educate the public and engage others in supporting these noble efforts."
Hollie C. Cost, Ph.D. - Biography
A lifelong Alabamian, Cost is a three-time Auburn graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, an M.Ed. in Special Education, and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Special Education - Behavioral Disorders. Before her position at the University of Montevallo, Cost worked in the Auburn area in mental health and special education roles in the Lee County school system, East Alabama Mental Health and Lee County Youth Development Center, at Auburn University as a graduate teaching and research assistant and assistant director of the Summer Clinic program, and later as assistant professor at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. At the University of Montevallo, Cost was professor of Special Education and responsible for program coordination, assessment and accreditation activities in the department. During her tenure, she launched the university’s service-learning program and developed two major civic engagement initiatives, “Falcon Scholars in Action,” a community outreach program with Shelby County non-profit agencies engaging university students, and the “Montevallo Connection” initiative which promoted collaboration between the university and the city’s public schools.
Cost’s community engagement and advocacy extended beyond campus to civic leadership, in which she served for more than 16 years as an elected Montevallo city council member and Mayor. In her two terms as mayor, she was responsible for all municipal operations including budget management, direct supervision of ten department heads, infrastructure maintenance and improvements, and overall promotion of civic engagement, social equity and inclusivity for citizens. During her administration she initiated a Students’ Institute, a Junior City Council, and a comprehensive recycling program among several other citywide initiatives.
A graduate of Leadership Alabama and Leadership Shelby County, Cost has received a number of educational, municipal and civic engagement certifications from the Alabama State Department of Education, the Alabama League of Municipalities, and Auburn University’s Community and Civic Engagement Imagining America Institute. She has a comprehensive record of disciplinary research, grant acquisition, publication and presentation across her special education, civic engagement, and community development dossier. Among her many notable scholarly and public recognitions, Cost was named a Kettering Foundation Research Fellow, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Humanitarian of the Year, the Alabama Main Street Hero Award, Gulf-South Summit Outstanding Service-Learning Collaboration Award, and Auburn University’s Academy for Civic Professionalism Alumni Award. She has been active in community service at both the local and state level including board service with the Shelby County Chamber, Alabama Environmental Commission, Alabama League of Municipalities, Montevallo Sister City Commission and many other initiatives.
Retired, Auburn University
"You are your body's best health advocate; pay attention to it."
Cindy Diffie - Biography
Cindy grew up in Sylacauga and attended the University of Montevallo. She worked in the banking industry for 25 years prior to her move to Auburn in 2006. Cindy joined the Office of Alumni Affairs and later the Office of Development, enabling her to complete her degree through the employee education program.
The initial cancer diagnosis was given at age 40 at Cindy’s first mammogram. A second occurrence happened ten years later and a third, by then metastasized breast cancer, came eight years after that. Cindy chose to retire in 2020 to enjoy her family, gardening, and volunteering.
Head Coach - AU Women's Basketball
"The fear of Breast Cancer only has the power you give it. Testing early shows your faith is greater than your fear." - Johnnie Harris - Phil. 4:13
Johnnie Harris - Biography
Johnnie Harris enters her second year as head coach for Auburn women's basketball in 2022-23. A long-time Southeastern Conference assistant and 2018 WBCA National Assistant Coach of the Year, Harris was named Auburn women's basketball head coach on April 3, 2021.
Prior to her arrival at Auburn, Harris spent 16 years combined at Arkansas, Texas A&M and Mississippi State, and spent the 2020-21 season as the Associate Head Coach at the University of Texas. She helped Texas to an Elite Eight appearance during the 2020-21 season, and she worked alongside Longhorn head coach Vic Schaefer the previous 10 years assisting Mississippi State to a pair of NCAA Championship game appearances. She was a central part of Mississippi State's success those eight seasons and is considered one of the nation's top recruiters.
Harris is the mother of two children, Marcus and Kiera, and the legal guardian of Lily. She also has two grandchildren, Samarah and Kaiden.
Dr. LaKeisha King-Menifee
2019 All In, All Pink Speaker
Dr. LaKeisha King-Menifee, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, BSN, RN - Biography
Dr. LaKeisha King-Menifee, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, BSN, RN, is currently the Compensation & Pension Provider at Central Alabama Veterans HealthCare Systems, Tuskegee/Montgomery, AL, where she performs compensation & pension exams on Veterans. Prior to accepting this position, Dr. King-Menifee served as the Palliative Care Coordinator, Geriatrics Provider at CAVHCS, Family Nurse Practitioner at Comprehensive Health Care in Tuskegee/Hurtsboro/Lafayette, AL, Adjunct faculty in the Nurse Practitioner Program at Chamberlain University and House Calls Practitioner for United Health Care.
LaKeisha received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama; Master of Science in Nursing from Troy University; and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama. With a heart for children, LaKeisha began her nursing career as a pediatric nurse. She was inspired by her mother to further her career. Dr. King-Menifee is very passionate about giving back to the career that has given so much to her. She readily accepts speaking engagements at various universities, colleges and churches when called upon. Dr. King-Menifee is married to her high school sweetheart, John and they have one Yorkie-poo, Jaxx. She is a member of the Mu Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Her motto is, "when God gets through with me, I'm gonna be what He wants me to be".
2019 All In, All Pink Speaker
Patti Sweatman, RN, COS-C - Biography
Patti Sweatman recently retired from her 31-year long career as a registered nurse and the Director of Home Health. She lives in Fort Payne, Al, with her husband, Roger. Sweatman has 2 biological children and 4 step children. Together she has 20 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and enjoys spending time with them all. She is an avid piano player and her faith in God and much support from her family and friends has kept her going. Patti was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in 2009 but she is currently Cancer Free!
2018 All In, All Pink Speaker
Karen Calton, RN, CMF, EAMC Breast Health Navigator - Biography
Karen Calton has been a registered nurse at EAMC for 34 years and the EAMC Breast Health Navigator since June 2016. Her role as Breast Health Navigator involves first contact for abnormal mammogram patients and getting them to next phase of breast testing in a timely, efficient manner. She also serves as the breast cancer chemotherapy educator for those breast patients in need of chemotherapy. Her job duties include serving as the breast cancer survivorship navigator; head of EAMC Breast Foundation Fund, and overseeing those who are in need of financial assistance either from lack of insurance or underinsured to be able to have screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, surgical consults or minor surgery. Karen is as a licensed mastectomy fitter and assists post mastectomy patients with mastectomy products in EAMC’s boutique. She also serves as the community event’s coordinator for the Cancer Center, planning events such as the annual Think Pink walk every October, as well as numerous October breast health awareness events, speaking engagements and other health related events throughout the year.
Breast cancer is personal for Karen, having lost a sister to breast cancer 15 years ago. Karen is truly honored to work in her position on behalf of her sister and all others who fight or have fought the breast cancer battle.
2018 All In, All Pink Speaker
Angela Hamby, RN, BSN, IBCLC, Maternal Child Unit at East Alabama Medical Center - Biography
Angela Hamby, RN, BSN, IBCLC, is a Registered Nurse on the Maternal Child Unit at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. She is a 1983 Auburn University Graduate and a 7 year breast cancer survivor. Angela is one of four board certified lactation consultants at EAMC who work with new moms to help them successfully breastfeed their newborns. Angela began her career in postpartum nursing, then worked a number of years in labor and delivery along with teaching childbirth classes, then spent a number of years raising and homeschooling her own children. In 2008 she came back to mother/baby unit working in the newborn nursery and then received her lactation certification in 2010. In 2011 on a routine mammogram provided by her employer, Angela’s breast cancer was discovered. After biopsy to confirm Angela explored her options and found that her type of cancer could be successfully treated with lumpectomy and mammosite radiation that was available at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham. This treatment allowed Angela to be done with surgery and radiation in less than a month. October 8th marked 7 years cancer free and Angela just saw her oncologist and had her annual mammogram to confirm no recurrence. Angela lives in Auburn with her husband, Steve. They have been happily married for 39 years and are proud to say they have 6 children and 3 grandchildren.
2018 All In, All Pink Speaker
Cindy Harris, Breast Cancer Survivor - Biography
Cindy Harris, an Auburn native, has been playing the harp about 14 years for weddings, corporate events, anniversaries, and church orchestra both locally and in nearby cities. It was a dream of hers as a child to play the harp, but growing up in the small town of Ozark, Cindy didn’t have access to one. With no formal training, most of her early playing was done by ear, and she still uses improvisation in her playing. Much of what she plays, she calls "easy-listening" music, with some Broadway songs, hymns and praise music in the mix. Cindy has provided music as a form of therapy to help support sick people during the healing process and at the bedsides of terminally ill in peaceful settings. Music also provided the same calm and healing for her personally during her own diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer four years ago.
We would like to thank our sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and partners for their generous support of the 10th annual All In, All Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Event.
To make All In All Pink a success, we would love to have your participation. We are especially interested in hearing survival stories and input from you on ways breast cancer has impacted you and your family/friends. If you would like to share your story, please click the link below to fill out the submission form.