Officers, Board Members, and Liaisons
The HCF Board of Directors is a community of like-minded individuals who support Dr. DuPree’s vision to provide healing therapies essential to overall health and wellness. Many are also THRIVERS, others are caring medical professionals who work to heal others every day.
Our experienced group of healing practitioners and fitness instructors care deeply about each individual’s needs and tailor a program to meet them.
Dr. Beth DuPree | Founder and President
In 2007 Dr Beth DuPree founded The Healing Consciousness Foundation that provides healing/ integrative services free of charge to women and men on their breast cancer journey as she was acutely aware of the lack of psychosocial, emotional and spiritual support available to breast cancer survivors. She has had an amazing 35 year career as a breast cancer surgeon as a national and international thought leader, inspirational speaker in breast care and healing. In addition she is the author of “The Healing Consciousness: A Doctor’s Journey to Healing”, a Reiki Master, pilot, philanthropist, health and wellness enthusiast and a loving wife of 35 years and mother of two amazing sons.
She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board certified in Surgery as well as Integrative Medicine. Dr. DuPree is the recipient of numerous awards, achievements and serves on the advisory boards for several breast cancer organizations. She believes that “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” (Gandhi), and inspires her patients, colleagues and acquaintances to be the change.
She has shifted her career to work with several disruptive medical technologies to enhance mental and emotional wellbeing that address the root cause of depression, anxiety and PTSD. In addition she is working with company who’s technology is hoping to help combat the current opioid crisis with a non-narcotic pain relief solution.
Dr. William Scarlett | Vice President
Dr. William Scarlett joined the HCF Board as Vice President in 2017. He is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon practicing outside of Philadelphia. Dr. Scarlett is Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, PCOM, in Philadelphia, Interim Chief of Surgery and Director of Surgical Services at Holy Redeemer Hospital, and Medical Director of Restorative Plastic Surgery in Bensalem. He is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Osteopathic Specialists and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons. Dr. Scarlett is a graduate of Dickinson College and the University of Des Moines medical school.
He serves as an associate clinical professor for the plastic surgery program as well as a frequent lecturer at the medical school. Dr. Scarlett co-founded a research company in order to advance patient care. He has received multiple awards and published numerous papers in his respective field. He recently contributed the breast reconstruction chapters for the book Surviving Cancer: Our Voices and Choices as well as An Inside Job: Healing Wisdom for Your Cancer Journey. He is the co-director of the HCF Breast Cancer Survivorship Experience.
Dr. Scarlett is currently in private practice in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, where the focus of his practice is breast reconstruction. He has patents pending on devices related to breast cancer care and is working on publishing his first book entitled Demanding Compassion. Dr. Scarlett travels nationally teaching new techniques in breast reconstruction. He has developed workshops for cancer patients to help them deal with the psychosocial aspects cancer. He is a proud father and husband and completed his first half Ironman last year.
Mary Conaway | Secretary
Mary Conaway began working with the HCF in the summer of 2016 and moved into the HCF Secretary position in May 2018. She is very involved in all the activities of the HCF. During her time on the Board Mary has helped with the annual HCF walks. Mary enjoys meeting the Breast Friends and hearing about their stories. Mary enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 kids.
Miriam Cohen | Grants Committee Chair
Miriam Cohen serves as Vice President of Federal Human Resources at ICF. Before joining ICF, Miriam served for over 30 years in various positions in the federal government. Miriam has known Dr. DuPree since their days together at the University of Pittsburgh where they both played on the women’s tennis team. Miriam reconnected with Beth when her genetic testing revealed she was a BRCA1 carrier and Beth encouraged her to undertake a prophylactic double mastectomy to prolong her life. Miriam is grateful to Beth for her advice and friendship and hopes to be able to help those who are at high risk or those diagnosed with breast cancer. Miriam received a bachelor’s in Political Science and a master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Brenda Saget Darling | Marketing Committee Chair
After a successful 35 year career in the media business I am thrilled to rejoin the board of the HCF overseeing marketing communications. I too am a breast cancer thriver with almost ten years behind me— cancer free. I am grateful to the leadership of HCF for its commitment to the education and interest in making the lives of women and men undergoing treatment or those dealing with the mental effects of a diagnosis of breast cancer. After living in NYC for 40 years, I have returned to the Philadelphia area where I live in Bucks County with my husband Mark. My goal is to heighten the awareness and access of the HCF for every individual who is in some way effected by cancer— self, mother, daughter, friend.
Cari Grundman | Fundraising Committee Chair
Cari Grundman is happy to be back on the HCF Board, after running fundraising from 2014-2018. She has spent most of her career in sales of some type, including stints at McGraw-Hill, and Reed International (Meetings & Conventions Magazine). The years following the births of her girls, she dedicated energies to school boards, athletic booster clubs and working with her husband (in sales) at their arts and lifestyle magazine, Bucks Magazine.
A breast cancer diagnosis, with Dr. Beth DuPree as her surgeon, led to her next role as Patient Advocate for Agendia. The company makes MammaPrint, a test that helps determine if chemo can be avoided. Responsibilities eventually led back to sales for the test in the Philadelphia area.
Cari has two daughters in their 20’s, and loves to travel, entertain and stay active.
Jodi Hutchinson | Thrivers Committee Chair
Jodi Hutchinson joined the HCF board in 2014. She was the Director of the Integrative Medicine and Wellness Initiative for the Holy Redeemer Healthcare System until 2018. She spent nearly 20 years as a cardiac surgery physician assistant championing and implementing complementary healing modalities for patients, families, and staff. Eventually, she made a spirited decision to leave her career and walk across the stages of the world, living moment by moment in total surrender.
Michelle Brown | BCBF Liaison
Michelle has been the Bucks County Breast Friends (BCBF) Liaison for the HCF board since July 2016. She started volunteering time to the HCF in 2011. She is the current team leader for the BCBF’s and has done a great job getting her team in place to move the BCBF’s forward. Her healing journey began 7 years ago when she was blessed to have my appointment with Beth DuPree. She is so grateful to god for putting Beth and The Healing Consciousness Foundation into her life. The healing modalities she received and continue to receive are priceless! Breast cancer was a true blessing and awakening in her life and for that trial, without it she would have never have met Beth and experienced the HCF.
Melanie Korzep | Treasurer and Breasts Friends Liaison
Melanie started volunteering for the HCF in 2019 and currently serves as the Treasurer and Sedona Breasts Friends Liaison to the HCF board. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with concentrations in both Organizational Leadership and Child and Adolescent Development. Additionally, she is a licensed social worker in both West Virginia and Arizona and a certified mastectomy fitter. Melanie is a motivated self-starter and retired social service manager with extensive experience in solution based planning and a proven history of building motivated and effective teams. She was introduced to the Healing Consciousness Foundation after being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer by Dr. Beth DuPree in early 2019. This diagnosis came shortly after moving with her family to the Sedona area and Melanie feels she was destined to connect with both Dr. DuPree and the Foundation. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother and enjoys going on adventures with her family and spending crazy moments laughing with friends.
Jean Green | HCF Administrator
Jean joined the HCF in September 2018. Jean has held Senior Management positions in Information Technology and Clients’ services. She has successfully led project implementations in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare industries throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In May 2015, Jean was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, she was blessed with the very rare complete pathologic response. Believing that all things happen for a reason, Jean decided to transition into another chapter in her life: stopping to smell the roses and giving back to the organizations that supported her in her healing journey, the HCF, and Bucks County Breast Friends. Jean is very excited to bring her expertise in technology and healthcare along with her own breast cancer experience to help men and women diagnosed with breast cancer and support the HCF mission.
Stacey Morrin | Events Committee Chair
Stacey was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of 2014. Terrified and unsure of her future, she attended a Young Breast Friends support meeting that would change everything! The women there were like no other. Their strength, their compassion and their friendship gave Stacey a new look on life. It was then that she wanted everyone diagnosed with this disease to have a support system. Stacey has worked on several events and fundraisers for the HCF. She has donated her time, talents, and raised funds to enhance all that the HCF has to offer. Stacey is a wife and a mother of three. She has a degree in Elementary Education and recently left teaching and now Chairs the Events Committee. She is also the 2021 Geri Thompson recipient. “Cancer changed my world, the HCF changed my life”.
Marianne Shipp | Finance & Administration Committee Chair
Marianne Shipp began volunteering with HCF Sedona in 2018 after being diagnosed with breast cancer and treated by Dr. Beth DuPree. She quickly realized how important the services HCF offers were to her healing and to anyone going through a breast cancer diagnosis. Marianne joined the HCF Board in 2022 as the Finance Committee Chair. She is a retired lawyer and lives with her husband in Sedona, Arizona.