Distinguished Alumnus

Barry University Distinguished Alumni Awards

Andrea Ivory '13

Founder and Executive Director, The Women's Breast & Heart Initiative

After her 2004 breast cancer diagnosis, Andrea Ivory transformed what many consider a crisis into a realization of purpose. In 2005, she established the Women's Breast Health Initiative (WBHI), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating women about the importance of breast health. Focusing its efforts in underserved neighborhoods, WBHI provides door-to-door awareness and education, screening, physical activity and nutrition sessions, fresh fruit and vegetable distribution, referrals and care coordination for at-risk women. Along with WBHI's recognition as a model organization, Ivory has participated as a delegate to the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society's 2nd Summit on Breast Cancer and the National Breast Cancer Coalition's Advocacy Conferences and Lobby Days in Washington, DC.

Ivory has also been honored for her contributions in promoting awareness and early detection of breast cancer, having been named a Top 10 CNN Hero and a recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader Award. In alignment with Barry's commitment to service, Ivory has pledged to fight one household and one woman at a time, until a cure for this disease is available to all. Ivory graduated from Barry University's School of Professional and Career Education in 2013. She resides in Miami Lakes, FL with her husband Willie, who supports her passion and enthusiasm.