Cancer Control Faculty and Staff




Margaret M. Sullivan, MS, serves as Associate Director of Cancer Control and Prevention at MCI.  Ms. Sullivan has more than 25 years of experience in health care, and has worked with the MCI since its inception in 2002 in various strategic capacities.  Ms. Sullivan’s areas of research focus include development of innovative employer-based, practice-based and population-based colorectal cancer screening initiatives, development of value based oncology care models, lay navigation programs, and survivorship.  She holds a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Stanford University.

Contact:; 251-445-9810


Jennifer Y. Pierce, M.D., MPH


Jennifer Y. Pierce, M.D., M.P.H., serves as Leader, Cancer Control and Prevention and as a Professor of Interdisciplinary Clinical Oncology. Dr. Pierce was recruited to MCI from the Medical University of South Carolina, where she served as GYN Oncology Disease Team Leader at Hollings Cancer Center and Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology. With a degree in medicine from MUSC and degrees in engineering and public health from the University of Virginia – Charlottesville, Dr. Pierce became the first female gynecologic oncologist in South Carolina in 2009. While in residency and fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Massachusetts General / Harvard University and the University of Virginia, she developed an active research interest in cervical cancer and HPV treatment and prevention. Dr. Pierce serves on the National HPV Roundtable as well as on the cervical cancer and immunotherapy committees for the NRG, the cooperative clinical trials group of the NCI. Dr. Pierce treats patients suffering from gynecologic malignancies, including all medical and surgical aspects. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology.

Contact:; 251-665-8000




Casey Daniel, Ph.D., M.P.H., serves as Assistant Professor of Oncologic Sciences, working on strategies to prevent and control cancer. A Birmingham native, she is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College with a master's degree in public health and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Daniel completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Her research focuses on cancer prevention, early detection, and survivorship with emphases on pediatric, colorectal, and skin cancers.

Contact:; 251-445-9840 



Susan Crutchfield, BSN, RN, serves as manager of Community and Physician Outreach. A native of the Black Belt of Alabama, Ms. Crutchfield has a strong interest in improving population health through the prevention of chronic diseases, including cancer. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Auburn University School of Nursing and has been a part of the Outreach Division and Cancer Control and Prevention team since 2008.

 Contact:; 251-445-9829




Austin Cadden, MBA, MPH, serves as senior manager of Cancer Control & Prevention. Mr. Cadden’s areas of research focus include population-based cancer screening initiatives, implementation of practice transformation initiatives, including the CMS Oncology Care Model, culinary medicine and survivorship. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Genetics, a master’s degree in Public Health from LSU Health Sciences Center, and a master’s of business administration from the University of South Alabama. He has worked at MCI since 2011.

Contact:; 251-445-9667




Janel Lowman, MHA, serves as associate manager of Community Outreach. She regularly collaborates with community leaders and organizations to help identify and meet the needs of underserved communities. She has served as co-chair of the American Public Health Association’s Community Health Workers Award Committee, is a member of the American Public Health Association and a Community Advisory Board Member for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Health - GuLF Study Division. She received her Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.

Contact:; 251-445-9647




Cathy Tinnea, LPN, CLT, serves as Nurse Navigator at MCI, and manager of Lay Navigation and Patient Centered Services.  She  has more than 32 years of experience in oncology nursing care. Her background includes clinical care in radiation oncology, navigation services, public relations, lymphedema certification and  implementation of the Lay Navigation training and management for the past four years at MCI. Tinnea has facilitated prostate and skin screening programs, educational programs for cancer patients and support groups. Her special area of interest is breast cancer awareness and support programs. She is a graduate of Bishop State University. Tinnea has been honored with the Health and Welfare Award from Volunteer Mobile and was named Volunteer of the Year for two years by the American Cancer Society.

Contact:; 251-445-9802




Vanessa McMillian serves as department secretary for the Division of Cancer Control and Prevention.

Contact:; 251-410-4902



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