Abigail Roddie-Hamlin

1998 Distinguished Alumna

Dianne G. Van Hook

Abigail Roddie-Hamlin

1988, MPH, CSULB
1980, B.S., Health Science, CSULB

Abigail Roddie-Hamlin has a mission to educate the public about cancer. Beginning as a health educator with the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) San Fernando Valley unit in 1981, the CSULB graduate has held increasingly more responsible positions with ACS.

In 1995, she advanced to her current position as regional cancer control director for the Los Angeles County region of ACS, the largest of the 11 regions in California with a staff of 90, more than 20,000 volunteers and a fundraising goal of nearly $9 million.

During 196-97, Roddie-Hamlin led the region in exceeding all cancer control previous year-end accomplishments. Professor Alan Henderson remembers Roddie-Hamlin as “one of the most enthusiastic and dedicated graduate students.”

Today, as president of the California division of ACS, Henderson witnesses her professionally, noting her “remarkable combination of talents.” The Bloomington resident credits her mother as “the catalyst to all of my accomplishments.” Active in Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, she is married and has one daughter.

From Alumni Awards 1998 program