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Roslyn Young-Daniels

Founder & CEO
Black Health Matters

Black Health Matters is thrilled to bring our BHM Spring 2024 Health Summit & Expo to The Chocolate City!!! On Saturday, April 13th, we hope you’ll join us at the Kellogg Conference Hotel Gallaudet, located at 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC, or virtually, as we bring you our inspiring lineup of doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, health and wellness advocates and influencers to educate and empower you!!!

Every day is a great day to start setting yourself up for a healthier tomorrow. Whether in need of a doctor or a workout buddy, our Summit and Expo will provide you with information and resources that will enrich your knowledge of health and well-being. Each of our sessions are designed to concentrate on issues pertaining to modern healthcare, its advancements and how people of color can benefit.

In addition to free breakfast, lunch and prizes, in person attendees will be offered FREE SCREENINGS & TESTINGS, valued at $750+.

Our sincere hope is that you will take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to connect with the best medical experts and community partners from around the country. Watch the presentations, ask questions, visit the in-person and virtual booths, take advantage of the free in-person screenings, and download all the valuable health information provided by our sponsors and partners.

You’ll be energized by the day’s events and be inspired to make your health a priority, because #blackhealthmatters

  • APOL 1 Kidney Disease
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Clinical Trials
  • Dermatology
  • Fitness
  • Medical Illustrations
  • Mental Health
  • Kidney Transplants
  • Health Policy

Lamman Rucker

Actor, Educator, Activist & Entrepreneur
Summit Co-Host

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Jessica Faith

StormTeam4 Meteorologist
Summit Co-Host

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DaShaun Johnson

The Guru of Abs
Fitness Expert

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Valerie E. Robinson, MS, LPC, LCPC-S, PhD (ABD)

President & CEO, Cor-Les Institute, Inc. & Cor-Les Consultants
President, National Pan-Hellenic Council of Washington, D.C.

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Monica B. Perry

Community Organizer
Executive Board, DC Metro HBCU Alliance
Board Member, NCCU Foundation Board

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Cassandra Johnson

National Director of Community Service & Engagement
Mocha Moms, Inc.

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Robert L. Jenkins, Esq.

Partner, Bynum & Jenkins Law
Senior Grand Vice Polemarch,
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

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Nadine Eads, MSN, FNP, RN

House Nurse Supervisor, Sibley Memorial Hospital
Member-at-Large, Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation

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Feyikemi Osundina, PharmD, MS

Director, US Patient Advocacy, Transplant

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Reggie C.

Kidney Donor

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Alana H.

Kidney Transplant Recipient

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Elise S.

Patient Ambassador

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Margaret Alabi

Director, Patient Advocacy,
US & Global Dermatology,

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Nick Taylor

Lead, US Public Affairs &
Patient Advocacy, Immunology

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JaBaris D. Swain, MD, MPH

Medical Executive, Health Systems Integration
US Medical Affairs, Cardiovascular
Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine

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Matthew L. Boyd, Pharm.D., MBA

Senior Oncology Medical Science Liaison
Hematology Medical Affairs at
Johnson & Johnson Innovative MedicineMedicine

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Gwen Valencia

Associate Director,
Global Patient Advocacy

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Patient Ambassador

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Patient Ambassador

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Shelina Ramnarine, Ph.D

Director, Our Race to Health Equity
Community Engagement
Johnson and Johnson

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Lisa Loury Lomas, PhD, NBCC, LCPC

Founder & CEO,
Lisa Listens, Incorporated
& Eastern Area Director,
The Links, Incorporated

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Congressman Glenn Ivey, Esq.

Representative for Maryland's
4th Congressional District

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Camille Adams Jones, LMSW, CEAP, PMP

Psychotherapist, Author &
Behavior Scientist

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Sherell McDearmon, MPA

Director, Strategic Alliances & Issue Advocacy
Bristol Myers Squibb

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Patrick O. Gee, Ph.D., JLC

Founder & CEHD
iAdvocate, Inc.

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Marie Alexander

Lupus Patient and Advocate

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Racquel Bruton

Associate Director, Clinical Operations
Program Lead Immunology/MS DU

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Jennifer L. Ellis, MD, MBA

Board Certified Cardiac Surgeon

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Frequently Asked Questions
The Black Community is experiencing some of the greatest health challenges of our time. Black Health Matters has partnered with amazing healthcare professionals to address access to healthcare, strategies for improving overall health, wellness and increasing health literacy in our community. We are committed to equipping you with resources to help you become your own health advocate. At Black Health Matters, we have worked to educate and uplift the Black community with information that empowers. Now, more than ever, #BlackHealthMatters is the rally cry we need to fight for healthcare equity.
We are here to reaffirm that our health matters as we arm you with resources, and information, to move forward during and beyond the age of Covid-19.
Engage and connect with passionate, world class healthcare leaders and advocates that will provide you with education, resources, tools and the answers to your health questions in your journey to better health and care.
Be inspired and chat with spirited health leaders who will cover a wide range of topics. Participate by asking questions, networking and be inspired by those who care about what is important to you and your wellbeing at this important health summit created for our community. #BlackHealthMatters
Sessions are live with an interactive Q & A session unless otherwise noted. Like attending a in person conference, we encourage you to attend the full Summit. However, you will be allowed to select which sessions you'd like to attend virtually. It is up to you to decide which sessions interest you in a given time block, and to attend those sessions as desired.
You can download documents from any sponsor or partner by clicking the “Document” tab on their stand in the Exhibit Hall, which will show you the different documents that different sponsors and partners have uploaded. By clicking “Download”, your chosen document(s) will be added to your Virtual Swag Bag, and you can download all of these items upon leaving the summit.
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Jessica Faith

Jessica Faith is a StormTeam4 meteorologist whose forecasts can be seen during the weekend editions of News4 at 6 and News4 at 11 and throughout the week on NBC4 and its streaming platforms.

Prior to joining NBC4 in 2023, Faith worked at WPXI-TV, where she was the first Black female TV meteorologist in the city’s history. She also worked at WAFF-TV in Huntsville and KLTV-TV in Tyler, Texas. At both of those stations, Faith honed her skills at forecasting severe weather, including heat waves and hurricanes.

Originally from Alabama, Faith graduated from Alabama A&M University with a degree in communications. She also completed the broadcast meteorology program at Mississippi State University, where she was awarded Best Meteorologist.

Faith and her husband are happy to be living in his native Prince George’s County.


As a successful and resilient attorney, Rorey was blindsided by the onset of debilitating muscle weakness and fatigue. After months of countless tests, he found a sense of relief when doctors diagnosed him with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). He navigated the complications of a condition that is not always visible or understood by others. Looking to be an active partner in his treatment, Rorey used his analytical skills to do research and find ways to manage his condition. With family support and an amazing healthcare team, he cultivated grace and acceptance for his condition. Learning to not only manage his physical limitations, Rorey has also found a new perspective on his overall health and overcoming challenges through his CIDP journey.

Congressman Glenn Ivey

Congressman Glenn Ivey is an attorney who served on Capitol Hill as chief counsel to the Senate Majority Leader, as counsel to Senator Paul Sarbanes during the Whitewater investigations, Chief Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee, and on the staff of Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). He also worked for U.S. Attorney Eric Holder as an assistant U. S. Attorney, and as chair of Maryland’s Public Service Commission. He was twice elected as State's Attorney for Prince George's County where he worked with the Obama Administration to cut crime.

Congressman Ivey established Ivey & Levetown in 2020, and recently represented a Lafayette Square protestor, arguing that the facial recognition software used to identify him compounds discrimination against dark-skinned people. The Department of Justice threw out the case. As chair of the County Executive Angela Alsobrooks’ Police Reform Taskforce in 2020 Ivey led the committee that examined the police department’s internal policies.

Ivey grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, where the schools of his hometown were still segregated when he started attending. But he watched his mother, a librarian, desegregate four different white schools, as well as his father, who worked for a federal War on Poverty agency that helped unemployed workers in eastern North Carolina get job training and find jobs.

It was then Ivey saw the power of public service and the impact that advocates can have on social justice. And ever since, he has been a tireless fighter for our community. As Prince George's County State's Attorney, he created a first-of-its-kind Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit and pushed for stronger witness intimidation penalties. When the real estate market went south, he established an award-winning mortgage fraud unit that stood up for homeowners.

Ivey resides in Prince George’s County with his wife, Jolene, a County Councilmember. His son, Julian, serves as a Delegate for District 47A in the Maryland House of Delegates. Ivey is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. 1983) and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1986).


A recognized psychotherapist in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, this author and behavior scientist is a champion of mental health and wellness. Dr. Jones is a standout corporate cultural transformation advisor and advocate for wellness in the workplace via Employee Assistance Programming. Dr. Jones is also a celebrated private practitioner and mediator for families and couples, hosting relationship restoration retreats and family rebuilding symposiums. Further, she works as a Parent Coordinator and Custody Evaluator in partnership with Washington, DC and the state of Maryland court systems. 

In 2020 Dr. Jones launched ClinicianFest -- a collaborative platform for mental health and wellness practitioners and allies to come together to bring about transformative change in how we treat and embrace mental health care globally. Most recently she has added the title of farmer to her credentials, purchasing over 88 acres of farmland to build a wellness retreat with the specific intent of exposing health, understanding, care, and restoration to all.

Dr. Jones best describes herself as a builder, building bridges of communication, balance, and understanding through her out of the box supportive approach, while also understanding the emotional and psychological backdrop within the field. Together she uses her unique skill sets to service clients spanning from the National Football Players Association and Girl Scouts of America to the average family next door. 

Sherell McDearmon, MPA

Sherell McDearmon is a seasoned Policy and Advocacy expert with over 20 years’ experience championing issues related to health disparities, access to care, social detriments of health and policy. Currently, she is Director, Strategic Alliance Lead at Bristol-Myers Squibb, covering the west region. In this role, she is responsible for mobilizing engagement to advance public policy, focused on patient protections such as utilization management, patient affordability and access to care. Additionally, she serves as a liaison between BMS and policy-focused individuals representing key patient, provider, trade, and legislative organizations, building effective coalitions and strategic partnerships to positively shape the public policy environment.

Sherell also serves as a member of the BMS Health Equity core team, which is focused on developing an enterprise- wide health equity strategy and action plan that will drive an inclusive culture, both internal and external. Additionally, she is working on both the Black Organization for Leadership and Development (BOLD) and BMS Network of Women (B-Now), which are part of the Global Diversity and Inclusion People, Business and Resource Groups (PBRG) on projects focused on strengthening diversity and inclusion, health disparities, as well advancing our STEM partnerships in communities of color.

Sherell has a depth of experience and in her over 20 years at Bristol Myers Squibb, she has advanced through numerous roles of increasing responsibility, where she has made many contributions. Prior to joining BMS, Sherell served as Director of Primary Care at the Chicago Department of Public Health where she worked to address health disparities, prevention and care, and health policy.

Sherell holds a Master of Public Administration and Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Business Administration both from Eastern Illinois University.


Patrick Gee, a dedicated Healthcare Consultant and Community Activist, stands at the forefront of the battle against deep-rooted systemic issues that plague our society. With a proven track record of service and excellence, Patrick's commitment to uplifting communities and advocating for justice is unwavering.

Throughout his distinguished career, Patrick has been recognized for his outstanding contributions, receiving prestigious accolades such as the Virginia Department of Corrections Volunteerism and Community Outreach Award, the Governor's Award for Volunteerism, and the NABCJ Owen Bell Award for Chapter Development, among others. His passion for creating positive change led him to earn a Bachelor's and Master of Science in Criminal Justice, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Justice, Law, & Criminology, solidifying his expertise in the field.

As an Ordained Elder at Mountain Movers Ministry, Patrick is the Chief Executive Hope Dealer for iAdvocate, Inc. This non-profit organization promotes health and wellness in underserved communities. Through innovative medical and educational initiatives, iAdvocate empowers marginalized populations to overcome barriers to healthcare access and achieve holistic well-being.

Despite facing personal health challenges, including a battle with Stage 3b End-Stage Kidney Disease and enduring multiple surgeries post-transplant, Patrick's resilience and determination shine through. His unwavering commitment to advocacy and his mantra, "I am the Voice for the Voiceless and the Face for the Faceless in the fight against kidney disease," exemplifies his dedication to championing health equality and fighting for those whose voices are often unheard.

Patrick's story is a testament to the power of perseverance and the impact of unwavering advocacy. Join Patrick Gee in his mission to drive change, break barriers, and pave the way for a healthier, more equitable future for all. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that every voice is heard, and everyone receives the care and support they deserve.


Marie Byrd Alexander is a daughter, sister, and mother of two. Diagnosed with lupus in 1996, she is passionate about advocating for lupus research, playing an active role in her community, and working with children.

In 2004, Marie started her volunteerism with Lupus Research Alliance by participating in their “Walk with Us to Cure Lupus” where 100% of the donations go directly to support lupus research programs. Marie’s work as a Senior IT Analyst supporting the design, management, and analysis of global clinical trials shows her commitment to research, putting the patient first and finding a cure for Lupus.

Marie has advocated on behalf of those with lupus on Capitol Hill by making sure the needs of lupus patients are understood by legislators, creating awareness by sharing her story and speaking with local public and state officials about increasing funding in lupus research. She has also provided information on lupus during community events held at her church.


Racquel Bruton, MBA is an experienced Clinical Research Professional with over 20 years of industry experience. She is currently Associate Director, Clinical Operations Program Lead at Biogen, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her focus has primarily been in rare diseases. She has spent much of her time in the areas of Immunology, Hematology, ALS and MS.

Racquel is an active member in Biogen’s Health Equity group and serves as an Executive Committee member for the Multi-Regional Clinical Trial Center of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard. She is a graduate of Temple University, and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Outside of work, Racquel is a grateful mom of three, a Bible Study assistant at her local church, an avid reader, line dancer, and a USA Track and Field Official.


Jennifer L. Ellis MD, MBA is one of a handful of board certified African American women cardiac surgeons in the US. She completed her surgery training at Lincoln Hospital, and her Cardiothoracic training at NYU Medical Center. In her more than 25 years of experience Dr Ellis has been an advocate for underserved minorities and women, especially in the field of heart disease. She has volunteered in Ethiopia, Fiji, the Philippines and for the Indian Health Service.


Dr. Ramnarine is the Director of Our Race to Health Equity Community Engagement at Johnson and Johnson. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Ramnarine holds a strong value for the community. A community cultivator who works to create spaces to foster dialogue, blending head and heart towards solving unmet needs.

Dr. Shelina Ramnarine earned her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Statistics from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Human and Statistical Genetics from Washington University in St Louis.

Shelina is recognized as a change catalyst with proven capabilities to take innovative ideas from concept to execution. She is a collaborator with an aptitude to connect people and ideas. She has experience collaborating with technical, scientific, and commercial colleagues to drive and deliver on strategic initiatives.


Myasthenia gravis, or MG, affects people of all ages and races and is most commonly diagnosed later in life. However, for Anaya, her MG symptoms began when she was just 12 years old. Anaya went from being an active young athlete to struggling with immobility and school attendance. As a young black girl, Anaya’s age and race demographics complicated her MG diagnosis journey. However, by learning to advocate for herself and acknowledging her physical limitations, Anaya has been able to reframe her life with MG. She is now an ambitious college graduate and champion for other young people learning to live with this rare condition.

Lisa Loury Lomas, Ph.D., NBCC, LCPC

Dr. Lisa Loury Lomas is president and CEO of Lisa Listens, Incorporated a 21 year business that spans the globe and focuses on mental health and wellness. Dr. Loury Lomas has worked in the field of psychology for over thirty years and is an expert in human relations and development. Lisa Loury Lomas has received a B.S. in psychology, an M.A. in clinical psychology focusing on father absence and the effect on self-esteem, and a Ph.D. in general psychology with particular emphasis on applied social psychology, and the impact of the impostor phenomenon and self-esteem on development, motivation, and success. She has served the judicial branch of government as well as academia and the private sector. In addition, Dr. Loury Lomas has specialized certifications in the areas of anxiety, depression, grief, tele-health medicine and trauma.
Dr. Loury Lomas develops and facilitates workshops and seminars and public speaking for corporations, government, and small businesses. Her speaking engagements are vast and includes the World Diversity Leadership Summit in Vienna, Austria. Her work with diversity, inclusion and race inequity is illustrated not only in her professional career, but in her community service work with the N.A.A.C.P, Urban League, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)and The Crown Act.
Lisa’s diverse educational and professional publications and background prompted an invitation to serve on the Howard County Mental and Behavioral Health Task Force and the Board of Directors for Howard County National Alliance of the Mentally Ill. Her conflict resolution expertise has exposed her to various methods of gaining insight, problem solving and communicating. Dr. Loury Lomas' mission is to assist individuals in attaining inner peace and true happiness by identifying barriers and limitations, recognizing strengths and skills, and implementing personal power to reach personal and professional goals.

Gwen Valencia

Has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over ten years in roles centered around community engagement, advocacy, clinical education, and clinical operations. Her focus has always been on highlighting the patient experience to reach the true needs of the patients we serve through drug development. Her work at argenx fosters partnerships and implements strategies focused on education, awareness, and access within underrepresented populations in the US.

Matthew L. Boyd, Pharm.D. MBA

Matthew L. Boyd is a Senior Medical Science Liaison at Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine. In this role, he is responsible for communicating medical scientific data, connecting internal and external stakeholders, supporting clinical research teams, and serving as the therapeutic area expert on internal and cross-functional teams. In addition, Matthew has led multiple projects with JNJ including as the inaugural Ambassador for Diversity Equity and Inclusion in Clinical Trials, Advisory Board Team Lead, and Emerging Expert Team Lead. world with his family, introducing the community to Boyd Cru Wines, and volunteering in his community.

His knowledge, expertise, and ingenuity have been integral assets at Howard University where he completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital where he was the Clinical Oncology Pharmacist, and Parkview Cancer Institute where he was the Oncology Pharmacy Leader. Matthew is a true to his core values, and always manages to foster positive, productive discussions and bring the best out of his team members. In his positions he has led the development of protocols, best practice guidelines, evidence-based pharmacy care models, and the formation and dissemination of complex data which promoted the safe and effective use of medications to reduce practice variation.

Matthew earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) from Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia (UVA). Matthew enjoys spending time and exploring the world with his family, introducing the community to Boyd Cru Wines, and volunteering in his community.

Elise Salters

Resident of South Carolina, navigates life with courage and determination despite facing the challenges of prurigo nodularis (PN), a skin condition characterized by intense itch. Elise’s PN symptoms began nearly a decade ago and her journey with this chronic condition has been marked by perseverance and a commitment to maintaining her quality of life.

JaBaris Swain, MD MPH

Dr. JaBaris Swain started his career in the pharmaceutical industry in July 2020 when he joined Janssen Pharmaceuticals as a clinical lead physician in Translational and Experimental Medicine in the Cardiovascular & Metabolism Therapeutic Area. In this role, JaBaris was responsible for developing and executing the program’s early clinical development strategy and completing two First-In-Human studies. Additionally, JaBaris designed and conducted a phase 0 study to examine a novel imaging technique for the non-invasive assessment of pulmonary hemodynamics, which has the potential to provide an early signal of pharmacodynamic effects and accelerate early clinical development of new compounds in Pulmonary Hypertension. Finally, JaBaris supported clinical pharmacology studies as the Study Responsible Physician for the two major pharmacology programs.

Clinically, Dr. Swain is a finished cardiothoracic transplant surgeon-scientist and global health scholar with prior expertise in humanitarian cardiac surgery, cardiology education, and international public health. His work has focused on augmenting access to clinical education and care delivery for cardiovascular diseases within resource-limited settings such as Rwanda and Haiti. He has lived in these areas and supported several projects to strengthen healthcare infrastructures for critically vulnerable populations in resource-constrained settings. He has also provided surgery and critical care to patients in these regions.

JaBaris received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia (USA) and a master’s in public health with an emphasis on Clinical Effectiveness from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). He completed his clinical training in general surgery at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, followed by a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery and an advanced fellowship in cardiopulmonary transplantation & mechanical circulatory support at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA). During his clinical training, JaBaris was involved with translational research, exploring gene therapy for heart failure in a large animal model within the lab of Dr. Charles R. Bridges. In addition to this training, JaBaris is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

In his “free time,” JaBaris continues to mentor residents and fellows at the Pearlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania as a clinical associate surgeon in the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery. He also currently volunteers as a medical director at the Dr. Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity in north Philadelphia—a grassroots health center established to reduce health disparities and improve outcomes for the most vulnerable populations of greater Philadelphia.

Nick Taylor

With more than 13 years of experience in advocacy spanning the pharmaceutical and nonprofit sectors, Nick Taylor is committed to driving impactful change for patients. Currently, at Sanofi, he leads the strategic vision, development, and execution of patient advocacy initiatives for dermatology in the United States. Nick focuses his time working in the areas of atopic dermatitis, prurigo nodularis, chronic spontaneous urticaria, and bullous pemphigoid. Nick is excited to participate in the Black Health Matters Summit in his hometown of Washington, DC.

Margaret Alabi

Dr. Margaret Alabi is a Director of Patient Advocacy for US & Global Dermatology at Regeneron, where she leverages over a decade of corporate experience and more than 36,000 hours of formal training in leadership strategy to work on behalf of people living with immune modulated skin conditions. Margaret holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and is currently pursuing her executive MBA at the Yale University School of Management. She holds iPEC, Herrmann, The Leadership Circle, and Gallup leadership coaching certifications. Originally from Atlanta, she is currently a Board Member with C5 Georgia Youth Foundation and outside of work, her hobbies include singing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and hanging with her standard poodles, Belle and Beau in White Plains, NY.

Lamman Rucker

Lamman Rucker is an Actor, Educator, Activist and Entrepreneur whose career platform has been used to influence, educate and ignite com- munities through artistic and academic innovation.

Rucker currently stars in the new NAACP Image Award nominated se- ries Black Hamptons (BET Plus) after the success of his recurring role in the seventh and final season of Queen Sugar (OWN). His recently starred in Sacrifice (BET Plus) and is beloved for best known roles as

“Jacob Greenleaf” on OWN’s hit drama series, Greenleaf; the handsome “Sheriff Troy” in Tyler Perry/Lionsgate’s Why Did I Get Married film sequel and “Will” on hit film/sitcom Meet The Browns. Rucker is maintaining a powerful small and large screen presence in films such as Bad Dad Rehab (TV One), Cooking Up Christmas (OWN), The Man in 3B and Black Coffee (Netflix) ; UPtv’s Where is The Love as well as feature film Service to Man. Beyond film, his award-winning acting range has spanned Off-Broadway theater as well as television such as Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Half and Half, WEtv’s South of Hell, As The World Turns and All My Children.

A passionate Activist; Rucker has relentlessly advocated for social justice, community empowerment, health and black male initiatives since his youth. He is a spokesperson for several charitable efforts and community action initiatives including the American Heart Association, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Association of Black Cardiologists, The Black AIDS Institute, BMe Community, The Magic Johnson Foundation, Just Heal, Bro mental health tour and his non-profit The Black Gents; an all-male ensemble of actors driven to resurrect the positive images of black males through thought-provoking high quality entertainment, youth empowerment initiatives and com- munity service.

A prolific speaker and moderator, Lamman has embraced the international speaking circuit for countless corporate conferences, university commencements and masterclasses, marketing campaigns and non-profit initiatives. With a master’s in education, four honorary doctorates and as a former high school teacher; Rucker especially dedicates substantive resources to youth empowerment using his teaching gift in educational capacities. He has contributed to several “edu-tain-ment” movements that empower and inspire while educating and has recently contributed to best-selling book REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding.

His sensitivity for community and prowess in business, the arts, and life skills has established him as a credible voice while building a significant legacy for this generation and those to come.


Contessa Metcalfe. MD, MSPH, -aka- Dr. Contessa, is a celebrity physician known from her five seasons as a main-cast member on Bravo's "Married to Medicine.” She is currently featured in several movies and tv shows.

Dr. Contessa focuses on providing empathetic care and is an expert in lifestyle medicine. She believes that empowering patients through emphasizing disease prevention and maintaining health is the key to brigoritessa has personal experience with finding answers for her own health and knows what a difference the right care provider can make. In fact, her own experience with functional medicine is the reason why she's passionate about helping others improve their own health. She is the owner of Chastain Integrative Medicine in the Buckhead region of Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Contessa lives by the motto, "Prevention is the key to healthy living." Dr. Contessa Metcalfe attended Xavier University where she earned her undergraduate degree. She then attended Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and residency at the National Naval Medical Center and Meharry Medical College. She is a double-board certified physician who focuses on preventive, occupational and family medicine.


Dr. Maria Boynton is a recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award which honors those in our nation who exhibit outstanding character, work ethic, and dedication to their communities. She is a member of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and was also presented Resolutions from both the Georgia State Senate and House of Representatives for her career and community contributions.

Boynton was awarded the 2021 Legacy Visionary Award by the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC Atlanta). Maria has been named among Atlanta's Top 100 Black Women of Influence by the Atlanta Business League and was honored as an International Trailblazer. She is also a member of the National Kidney Foundation Atlanta Advisory Board. Maria is a member of the Board of Trustees for Albany State University. She has served as an Executive Board Member of the Albany State University National Alumni Association and as President of the DeKalb County Alumni Chapter of Albany State University. She is the recipient of three Alumnus of the Year awards from the Albany State University National Alumni Association. The organization has also awarded Maria its Community Service Award multiple times. Boynton has dedicated numerous hours to community service, along with advocating for financial assistance for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Maria is the News Brand Manager & Public Affairs Director for Audacy Atlanta, formerly Entercom and CBS Radio Atlanta. In that role, Maria supervises the news and traffic reporters. She is also the Morning News Anchor for V103 and WAOK and the host of the Public Affairs program “Atlanta Up Close with Dr. Maria Boynton” which is broadcast and streamed on V103, WAOK, Star 94.1, and 92.9 The Game. Maria joined Audacy following two decades of covering presidential campaigns, more than a decade at CNN, and after working in some of the country’s major media and broadcast markets, including New York City. Boynton produces, edits, and anchors the long-form segments for the Public Affairs programming on the Audacy Atlanta radio stations.

As a professional journalist, Boynton is currently featured in the true crime series Real Murders of Atlanta on the Oxygen and Peacock Networks. Maria’s video interview with former Congressman and Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall about the “Decriminalization of Marijuana” was featured on Essence.com. The Nancy Grace program “Crime Stories" on SiriusXM utilized Maria as a reporter. Among Boynton’s other honors are two Peabody Awards and two DuPont Awards for collaborative efforts. She also has a number of Associated Press awards from Georgia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Maria received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Albany State University and holds a Doctor (H) of Philosophy and Humane Letters degree from Trinity International University of Ambassadors.

A Speech and Theater major while at Albany State, Boynton's talents are displayed in the upcoming series Oscarville, the Netflix documentary “Seeing Allred", in “Karen” the movie, and in Stepp Stewart’s production of Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize winner “’night, Mother”.

Maria is a frequent MC/Host for charity events including the Lupus Foundation of America-Georgia Chapter, the National Kidney Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. Maria is a member of the Marietta-Roswell (GA) Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.


DaShaun Johnson, also known as THE GURU OF ABS in the fitness industry, is a native of Decatur, Ga who passion for fitness began 11 years ago when he landed a job at LA fitness in Atlanta, GA. It was then that he realized he was destined be a group fitness instructor and personal trainer who would change people’s lives for the better through fitness and nutrition. After much hard work and dedication, he was presented with his first big opportunity to be a sponsored Nike Training Club (NTC) instructor.

Today, DaShaun focuses on his new all-natural dietary supplement line and tours the country offering innovative Body Sculpting programs that has helped transform the physiques of people all over the world. His body sculpting programs include a seated exercise program designed specifically for senior citizens titled Senior Body Sculpting which has been featured on local and national news stations such as Fox 5 Atlanta News and CNN Headline News (HLN). DaShaun also offers a 360 Body Sculpting for anyone desiring to focus on strength training and weight loss and his latest innovative creation, Sculpt-In-42 Body Sculpting Online Training Program that will feature instructional, LIVE classes & workouts.

Recognized as one of the BEST abdominal specialists in the fitness industry, DaShaun continues to be a pillar of positive change in the fitness community, motivating his clients to be the very BEST versions of themselves while following his lead.


Degario “Double D” Turner is by far one of the most fun - loving comedians out on the circuit today. His comedic style is his personality, mostly real-life situations that he converts into eye-tearing jokes. His dialog is light-hearted and refreshingly hilarious, which adds to a perfect blend of comedy that is guaranteed to leave everyone laughing in their seats.

Degario coined the name “Double D” due to having a speech impediment (stuttering) and always saying thing twice, hence the comedic name “Double D” The unique thing about his comedic delivery is that he does not stutter on stage. His star potential extends as a skilled writer with the ability to write for other comedians regardless of their style or age. This young gifted comedian from Sparta, Georgia, migrated to Atlanta in 1991 to hone his comedic skills. In less than two years he became so impressive that many veteran comics wanted him to accompany them on the road. In just a short time in the business, Degario “Double D” Turner has performed in every major city at various events/venues, clubs, and theaters. He has opened and featured for major acts such as: John Witherspoon, Mark Curry, Don DC Curry, Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Chris Tucker, Gary Owens, Rickey Smiley, Monique, Kat Williams, Mike Epps, and Tyler Craig and Toured with Lavell Crawford.

“Double D” made his television debut on BET's Comic View in 2000. He then returned in 2001, 2002 and 2005. His acting credits are inclusive of an appearance on the LBS Tax Services commercial, a feature role in an independent film "Just Kickin It" as Stutter-Man, and Cheaters (Indie film). He recently appeared in the Slice 3 movie in his first action scene. 2018 Lead role in “Fatal Attraction” 2019 Guest Appearance in Nick Cannon’s ”Like a Boss. “Meet the browns” Kev On Stage” 2022.

During the Royal Comedy Tour, hosted by D.L. Hugley, “Double D” was the opening act for Don DC Curry, Sommore, J Anthony Brown (2010), and also taped the Bounce TV “Uptown Comic” comedy special (2012) He recently opened up for Katt Williams on his Growth Spurt tour (2014) along with being the opening act for the 2014 Bronner Brothers Show in Atlanta, GA. (2014)

“Double D” has a warm spirit that makes you feel you've known his personally for a very long time. He travels extensively overseas to various countries sharing his brand of humor. You can call him the postman of comedy because he always delivers a great performance. He does not have to use profanity and gross sexual gestures to shock his audience for cheap laughs. He is an exceptional and extraordinary comedian that loves meeting his audience after each performance to thank them personally for coming out.

Whether you need something to laugh at or someone to laugh with, Degario “Double D” Turner is a comedian who always delivers.

Rashad Richey, JD, PhD

You’ve seen him on MSNBC, Fox News, CNBC, and other national media platforms debating issues that matter to you. He’s the 2023 recipient of the top TV media award from the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association and NBC Universal, and the daily television opinion news anchor for ‘Indisputable With Dr. Rashad Richey’, a nationally syndicated program through the TYT Network and recently ranked, the “Fastest Growing TV News Show in America”, by H.E.G. Evaluation Group, with over 3 million viewers daily. The show’s companion Facebook Watch and YouTube pages have over 2.3 million followers and growing. Coupled with Dr. Richey’s SirusXM Urban View show, The Dr. Rashad Richey Review, and his podcast Indisputable, which is ranked in the top 5% of most listened-to podcasts in America according to the LA Monitor, Dr. Richey is noted as one of the most influential scholars and social scientists in American culture by national publication, America News Now.

Dr. Richey, who is the first Political Analyst to earn an Emmy nomination at CBS News Atlanta, is also the daily talk radio personality for the award-winning Rashad Richey Morning Show on News & Talk 1380-WAOK and V-103 HD3, where he was voted Best Talk Radio Personality in Atlanta by readers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and named Most Trusted Voice in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Journal, making him the first Black broadcaster to receive these distinctions.

America’s youngest inductee into the National Black Radio Hall of Fame, Dr. Richey was recently inducted into the very exclusive National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, where trailblazing leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Justice Thurgood Marshall, Oprah Winfrey, and Ambassador Andrew Young, are all honored recipients.

A noted philanthropist, researcher, and university professor, Dr. Richey holds multiple academic positions, including Visiting Scholar at Clark Atlanta University, Professor of Physics and Department Chair at Paris Graduate School in Paris, France, and Professor of Business at Morris Brown College. Dr. Richey has provided keynote addresses and lectures for some of America’s most prestigious institutions including the National Society of Black Physicists, the largest professional organization of Black physicists in the world, the University of Michigan, Mercer University, Reinhart University, and Morehouse School of Medicine to name a few.

Dr. Richey is the founder of The Rashad Richey Foundation, Inc., where he coordinates mentoring programs, educational opportunities, and cultural awareness trips for gang-affected and gang-affiliated youth. He is the trailblazing President of Rolling Out Magazine, the largest free-print urban publication in America. Rolling Out prints nationally in 25 markets weekly, has a monthly readership of 2.5 million readers, and over 500,000 combined social media followers, providing news, entertainment, political, business, and health-related content from the intentional lens of Black culture.

Dr. Richey often says, “What I know, you know”, believing that education is not simply for knowledge but should be utilized to help transform communities. He completed his doctoral research studies at Clark Atlanta University in higher education federal policy reform and earned a second Ph.D. from the Business University of Costa Rica, where his research focused on the intersectionality of politics and religion contextualized through national policy norms. Furthermore, he completed studies in Executive Leadership at Cornell University and was accepted into the specialty executive law program in International Financial Transactions at Harvard Law School. Dr. Richey additionally holds a Doctor of Law in International Immigration Law and World Economies from Azteca University and a Master of Laws in Humanitarian Law.

Dr. Richey recently completed his Juris Doctor (law degree) at Renaissance University and accepted a position at the International Law Group of Human and Civil Rights Attorneys, P.C., also known as The Fairness Firm, as their Director of Global Legal Operations. The Fairness Firm has offices in the US, Canada, France, Spain, and Cape Town, Africa.

Wanting to understand more about the functionality of the human brain, Dr. Richey obtained his Master of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Pacific, where his master's thesis critically analyzed neuronic brain activity and neural synchronization. After completing 43 full-length courses in physics from MIT through their Open Course Ware program, Dr. Richey, in 2021, enrolled in a Master of Science program in Applied Physics and Quantum Mechanics at Universidad Empresarial, and completed the degree in January 2023. His master’s thesis was adapted into a book, and quickly became a best-selling physics book on the Amazon platform titled, “Ancient Egyptian Mastery of Quantum Physics, Vibratory Frequency, and Geometric Sciences: An Overview of Complex Scientific Applications in Ancient Cultures”. Presently, Dr. Richey is a researcher and doctoral student in the quantum physics program at PGS and received the President’s Scholar Scholarship through the Innovative Knowledge Institute.

Dr. Richey’s physics research, which specializes in brain entrainment (en-train-ment) processes through the application of sound frequency technology to produce neuronic hemispheric synchronization aiding in the stimulation of dormant or suppressed brain functionality, may be effective at creating barriers against drug/alcohol addiction relapse and forms of dementia. Current research has shown promising signs of enhanced cognitive abilities, mental clarity, and advanced memory recall.

Dr. Richey’s research led to the invention of the Neurological Brain Entrainment Device which has potentially demonstrated that Alzheimer’s, a medically incurable disease, may be reversible. Dr. Richey received provisional patent status from the United States Patent & Trademark Office and clinical trials for the device are set to start in 2024.

Understanding the necessity of equitable policies in healthcare, culture, and education, Dr. Richey serves on the board of directors for Piedmont Atlanta Hospital and is a member of the American Bar Association, International Bar Association, Delta Phi Theta Law Fraternity, Atlanta NAACP, National Society of Black Physicists, and the American Association of University Professors.


Nadine Eads is a seasoned health professional. She has practiced in a variety of settings including primary care, acute care, managed care, and academia. As a former health disparities fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, she has built on this body of knowledge by promoting health care advocacy in under-resourced communities and in clinical settings.
Nadine is passionate about disseminating knowledge to ensure informed decisions are made about health care. She has served as a quality improvement consultant to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services and to the DC Department of Health. She currently serves as a House Nurse Supervisor at Sibley Memorial Hospital, a Johns Hopkins Medicine Affiliate in Washington DC.
Nadine received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Howard University College of Nursing. She enjoys serving her community through Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., as well as mentoring nurses and nurse practitioners.


Mr. Jenkins actively handles a variety of white-collar crime matters in both state and federal courts. He is a graduate of the National Law Center at the George Washington University. Over the last 25 years Mr. Jenkins has successfully defended individuals accused of embezzlement, wire fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy, theft of government property, aggravated identity theft, and tax related violations. He has tried more than 100 jury trials. In addition, Mr. Jenkins litigates matters on direct appeal as well as related post-conviction matters.
He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and has been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, United States District Courts for the District of Colorado, Eastern District of Virginia, Western District of Virginia and District of Columbia. He has also been granted special permission to appear in matters before the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, District of West Virginia, and the District of Maryland.
In 1998 Mr. Jenkins was inducted into the George Mason Inns of Court as a Barrister in recognition of his accomplishments in the legal field. In 2017, the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys honored him with an award for client satisfaction. In 2020, Mr. Jenkins was named to the top 10 list of criminal defense attorneys in Northern Virginia by Attorney and Practice Magazine. He also holds professional memberships in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Jenkins has appeared as a legal commentator on local and national television. He has been featured on the reality series American Greed. Mr. Jenkins has been quoted, in the both the Washington Post and Washington Times. He also routinely lectures as a Virginia Continuing Legal Education speaker on federal criminal defense issues. He is a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Delta Tau Legal Fraternity, and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.


Cassandra is an award-winning sales manager, health equity activist, community mobilization specialist and dedicated patient advocate for breast cancer. Effectively, building and leading teams, budget management of resource allocation, and execution of community seminars. She is experienced with formulating strategies, life cycle planning and business storytelling which has led to effective cross functional communication and collaborations.
Cassandra Johnson serves as the National Director of Community Service and Engagement, of Mocha Moms, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides sisterhood, support and service to mothers of color in more than 60 chapters in 43 states with nearly 2500 members and an online presence of more than 100,000. Mocha Moms are actively engaged in educational summits, health and wellness seminars, financial literacy workshops and a wide range of community service events. In her capacity she maintains and facilitates relationships with White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity and Economics, March of Dimes, National PTA, US Dept of Education, The Crown Act, Maternal Mental Leadership Alliance, Take Down Tobacco and NIH All of Us Initiative.
Professionally, Cassandra has attained an exemplary career in the biopharmaceutical industry for over 20 years. In her current capacity she serves as the Regional Trainer/Executive Oncology Account Manager for biopharmaceutical company, Menarini Stemline.
Cassandra serves as Advisory Council Member for African Women's Cancer Awareness Association and Board member of The Storehouse. She is also a legacy member of the Prince George's County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Howard University. Additionally, Cassandra holds certificates from Yale University to include, Science of Well Being and Negotiation & Financial Markets.

Monica B. Perry

Monica B. Perry is a champion of scholarship and community engagement. A dedicated community organizer, Monica applies her professional skills and experience through her volunteer efforts. Monica engages the community through support of various Ward 5 activities in DC. She further engages the community as a lifetime member of the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA and functioned on their board of directors from 2010 -2012. Monica tirelessly adds value to local women’s organizations including being a lifetime member of the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA and a former member of their Board of Directors. Monica is an active member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Washington DC Alumnae Chapter and served as a Co-Chair of ‘My Cry in the Dark’, a committee working with seniors and mental health.
Today Ms. Perry continues to be a leader with youth & senior causes and initiatives. Currently, Monica serves on the Resilient Scholars Project Advisory Board Committee with the Wendt Center. The committee finds creative ways to help families deal with trauma & grief. She actively serves as a member of several caretaker groups in the DMV area that focus on Alzheimer’s & Dementia. She is also involved with Hands of Hope where she often serves as a speaker in programs developed to help guide & direct other caretakers.
Currently, Monica serves on the Executive Board of the DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance and presides as the gala chair. While sitting at the helm of the Metro DC Alumni Chapter, Monica was instrumental in building a stronger relationship with the Alliance and notably assisted the organization in increasing the number of participants in the annual 5k race which generated money for scholarships. She also serves on the Board of the NCCU Foundation, assisting in raising over $50,000 in scholarship funds annually for the university.
Because Monica believes in education and uplifting the community, she passionately builds relationships and bridges gaps to bring together diverse groups of people to work together to promote scholarship and education. She works tirelessly to ensure students from the DMV are afforded the opportunity to matriculate at HBCU’s, and especially her alma mater, North Carolina Central University.


Valerie E. Robinson -aka- “Doc V” is the President & CEO of Cor-Les Consultants a Health Education and Promotion Company and Cor-Les Institute, Inc. a National Training and Education Center. Ms. Robinson has worked as a private consultant in the areas of substance abuse and nutritional health. Ms. Robinson’s areas of expertise include substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services and strategies, managing Government, Federal and Foundation grants, assessment, and development of state training programs for substance abuse practitioners. Ms. Robinson has trained nationally and internationally on self-esteem building, substance abuse treatment and prevention strategies, clinical issues, confidentiality and ethical practices, women’s health issues, culture competency, clinical supervision, group therapy, creative interventions for treatment retention, overweight & obesity in underserved communities, healthy eating and living strategies, adolescent trauma and violence, pediatric HIV/AIDs and health care delivery systems.
Ms. Robinson’s vast experience in the field of social services has catapulted her into international arenas, where she has been given the opportunity to grace large platforms in churches and worldwide health and wellness conferences. She has dedicated her life to influencing the nation in the area of spiritual, mental, and physical wholeness and healing.
A member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Ms. Robinson serves as the Chaplain of the National Pan-Hellenic Council Executive Board and is the President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Washington, DC.

Kemi Osundina, PharmD, MS

Dr. Osundina is currently the Lead (Director) of US Public Affairs and Patient Advocacy Transplant at Sanofi. Her intention as a devoted advocate to the organizations she works with is to develop authentic partnerships that advance innovation, facilitate access, and improve health for communities affected by serious disease. Dr. Osundina has experience in health outcomes research, public health policy, and global health with a passion for identifying innovative health equity solutions that incorporate the patient voice into transformative research.
In her current role, Dr. Osundina leads patient advocacy efforts focusing on solid organ and stem cell transplants. Through collaborations with advocacy stakeholders and various internal matrix teams, she works to evaluate opportunities and develop unique solutions to ensure that diverse populations have access to treatment & care, and that their voices are heard and understood across early research, development, and commercial product phases.
Dr. Osundina received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Masters in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Toledo, in Ohio. On a personal level, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, discovering new places through travel and giving back to the community by volunteering locally and abroad.

Alana H.

Kidney Transplant Recipient Because of kidney diseases, Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), Alana has had two kidney transplants. Her first transplant lasted ten years. Alana’s husband, Reggie, was the donor for her second transplant in September of 2016. Alana says she became a Kidney Transplant Connector because of a promise she made to herself: after her transplant, she would use that gift to serve others.

Reggie C

Kidney Donor Reggie became a living donor because his wife, Alana, was living with chronic kidney disease. Reggie says, “Donating my kidney has allowed Alana and me to fulfill a long-time dream of growing our family.” Two years post-transplant, they became the proud parents of a healthy baby girl. As a Kidney Transplant Connector, Reggie’s hope is that sharing his experiences will inspire people to consider donating. He believes talking with someone who has been through the process can make their decision much easier.


Jennie Joseph is a British-trained midwife who fights to ensure every person has their healthiest possible pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience with dignity and support.

Jennie created The JJ Way® which is an evidence-based, maternity care model delivering readily-accessible, patient-centered, culturally-congruent care to women in areas that she terms 'materno-toxic zones'. Her focus and drive is to ensure that Black women and other marginalized people remain safe and empowered inside broken and inequitable maternity health systems that are dangerous and all too often, lethal.

She is the Founder and President of her own non-profit corporation Commonsense Childbirth Inc. whose mission is the elimination of racial disparities in maternal child health in the USA. Commonsense Childbirth operates a national training institute, health clinics and a birthing center in Orlando, Florida, and the National Perinatal Task Force, the grassroots organizing and movement-building arm of her non-profit. She is also the owner of the first and only Black-owned, nationally- accredited, private midwifery school in the United States.

Jennie is the founder and a proud member of The Council of Midwifery Elders, is a Fellow of The Aspen Institute and she serves on the Advisory Council for the Congressional Black Maternal Health Caucus. Jennie was commended by the Georgia Assembly in 2023 with an honorary House Resolution HR561 after being recognized as a TIME Woman of The Year in 2022 for her work in promoting perinatal equity.

A proud honorary member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Jennie has most recently re-released her book - Beautiful! Images of Health, Joy and Vitality in Pregnancy and Birth. She has launched a new podcast, The Perinatal Pause, because she is determined that more Americans understand the word ‘perinatal’ and why it impacts all of us so deeply - and as Jennie often says, “...it literally is a matter of life and death!”


Lauren "Casey" Flowers is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified as a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. She obtained her MS in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. Her thesis was completed at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and was published in the Journal of Nutrition in Clinical Practice. Initially, Casey utilized her clinical nutrition skills in the hospital in-patient ICU setting before shifting her focus to out-patient weight management in bariatrics. In Nashville, she worked as the Program Dietitian where she assisted in the improvement of patient outcomes by developing and re-vamping support group programs and the center’s social media presence. Casey has focused her career on improving health equity in weight management and bariatrics, and accepted a position at Morehouse Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia. She also enjoys teaching plant-based nutrition in a community cooking class and weight management curriculum to dietetic, pharmacy, and medical students. As an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she has assisted in the development of the Weight Management Practice Group’s resource page, written for Weight Matters Magazine, and appeared on the local Memphis and Atlanta news. Casey currently sits on the Education Committee for the Georgia ASMBS Chapter, and she has served as co-director for the ASMBS 2022 and 2023 Nutrition Course. Most recently, Casey was awarded the Excellence in Nutrition award at the ASMBS 2023 National Conference this past June in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Dr. Stacy Johnson is an Associate Medical Director in Clinical Development at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston, MA. Prior to joining Vertex, Dr. Johnson worked as an Assistant Professor in the division of nephrology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, TN. While at UTHSC, Dr. Johnson helped to train medical students, residents and nephrology fellows.

Dr. Johnson served as the medical director for the acute dialysis unit and plasmapheresis service at Regional One Hospital - Memphis’ only level 1 trauma center and main safety net hospital, catering to many uninsured patients. She has over 10 years of experience practicing nephrology in diverse clinical settings.

Darlene Ruffin-Alexander

Dr. Darlene Ruffin-Alexander, President and CEO of Healthcare Administrative and Clinical Solutions, Inc. @ SCTBI in McDonough, Georgia, is recognized by her peers as “The Dean of Long-Term Care.”

Ruffin-Alexander holds a Ph.D., and MS. from LaSalle University, a DD from Atlantic Coast Theological Seminary, ITC Morehouse and other certification in her field of study. Undergraduate studies include BS St Francis University, AD El Centro College and Palestine School of Nursing. Darlene Ruffin-Alexander has the distinction of being the first African American to lead or share leadership at each of the major healthcare companies in the USA.

As a motivational speaker Dr.Darlene Ruffin-Alexander brilliantly challenges her staff and audiences exposing inconsistencies, In complicated human and health affairs. She has received numerous awards and honors for dedicated efforts in the community, state and the nation such as Philla Works Most Inspiring Woman, named in the fourteenth edition of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, inducted into the Institute of Excellence in Nursing (NBNA), Her speech, “Nursing Shortage…A Crisis in the Making” has been entered into the records of the Commission. on nursing. Named Houston’ Woman of the Year in Medicine (YWCA), Vanguard Award of Excellence in Leadership (NWOA), Difference Maker Award (Lincoln/Story Alumni), Signa Theta Tau International Honor Society Nurse of the Year.

Ruffin-Alexander is past president of National Women of Achievement, Inc., (#6), President Emeritus of Atlanta Black Nurses Association, past chair of nominating committee of NCNW, past president of Henry County Section and state parliamentarian of NCNW. Currently serves as State Coalition President for the State of Georgia. She has held various leadership positions as a first African American in her field across the USA. Ruffin-Alexander is listed in Who’s Who in Nursing and Who’s Who in Leadership as well as Strathmore’s Who’s Who Honors.

Ruffin-Alexander currently serves on the board of directors of Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc., she was the chartering president of the Alpha Gamma chapter in the South Atlantic Region, the first chapter charted in the state of Georgia, she has served in various roles in GPD over the past fourteen years.

She is a Life Member and Rose Pin Honoree, the highest honor for members making a difference in the community. Ruffin-Alexander is the Associate Pastor of The Lindsay Street Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia, where A.A. W Motley is senior pastor.

Mother to three, grandmother to eight - two doctors, three educators, ATF officer, a chemist and a college senior, a musician, (six instruments) and a physiologist, and great grandmother to three.

A change agent, a difference maker, a health care professional, a preacher and knows “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”


Corynne L. Corbett joined Black Health Matters in October 2023. She is an accomplished media professional and lifestyle expert who has spent her career creating content that educates and empowers diverse audiences.

Previously, Corbett was the Beauty Director of Essence, the premier lifestyle magazine for Black women. She served as both an editor and an advocate dedicated to her readers' unique and diverse beauty needs. Before Essence, she held the post of Executive Editor at Real Simple, overseeing fashion, beauty, food coverage, and staff development.

Corbett came to Real Simple after serving as editor-in-chief of Heart & Soul. Throughout her tenure there, Corbett promoted physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being as a total life experience for African American women. Before joining Heart & Soul, Corbett was the editor-in-chief of Mode, a publication that radically changed the fashion magazines' landscape with its focus on real-sized women. She began her publishing career at Elle, rising from editorial assistant to senior beauty, health, and fitness editor.

Corbett is a graduate of Pratt Institute and the University of Maryland College Park. Her career story is included in the Library of Congress as part of The HistoryMakers Collection, the nation's most extensive African American video oral history collection.

Lynn Paxton, MD, MPH

Dr. Lynn Paxton obtained her undergraduate degree in Romance Languages and Civilizations from Princeton University, her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and her MPH from UC Berkeley. She began her public health career as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at CDC. After EIS she spent 4 years in Uganda as the Chief Technical Advisor for the Rakai STD Control for HIV Prevention Study then returned to the US and CDC where she oversaw the completion of several HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis studies that became the basis for new USPHS guidelines.

From 2013 to 2017, Dr. Paxton was CDC’s Resident Advisor in Tanzania for the President’s Malaria Initiative.  From 2017 until her retirement in 2018, she was the Zika Coordinator for CDC’s Center for Global Health. She retired as a Captain in the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service. During her retirement, she traveled extensively and volunteered for various community entities including the Decatur Education Foundation and the Decatur Visitors Center. In April 2020 Dr. Paxton became the Fulton County District Health Director.

Nicole M. Adams

A native of Atlanta, GA, Nicole M. Adams is a TV & Entertainment industry and media sales veteran, and she is the Senior Engagement Manager for Black Health Matters.

Nicole is an active member of the Atlanta civic and philanthropic community, Nicole shares her extensive knowledge of the digital media industry, board governance, development/fundraising, media relations and community engagement expertise by donating her time to non-profits in need.

Nicole serves on the board of the Black owned Wellness Spot, Atlanta Airport District & Convention Bureau’s and the Outreach Ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  Nicole is an active member of the Woodward Academy Alumni Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Broadcasters and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Kendal K. Whitlock, MPH

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Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH,

Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH, is the Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, where he leads CDC’s efforts to detect, prevent, and respond to vaccine-preventable and respiratory infectious disease threats. Most recently, he served as the Director of the Division of HIV Prevention in CDC’s National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Dr. Daskalakis has been recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in HIV prevention and has focused much of his career on the treatment and prevention of HIV and other STIs as an activist physician with a focus on LGBTQIA+ communities. He also served as the Deputy Coordinator of the White House’s Mpox Response, where he successfully led vaccination and public education efforts that helped to halt the advancement of the virus.

Erinn Hoag Goldman, PhD

Dr. Erinn Hoag Goldman is a Medical Director with the Global Hematology Medical Affairs group at Pfizer. Her current role is focused on Multiple Myeloma. Erinn’s 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries has spanned both solid tumors and hematologic malignancies and includes over a dozen peer reviewed publications and congress presentations. She is proudest of the work she does supporting the safe and effective use of Pfizer medicines in rural and underserved communities.

Erinn holds a BA from Yale University and a PhD in molecular biology from Emory University. She completed postdoctoral training in epidemiology at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. Erinn lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, 3 children, and rescue dog.

London Wills, PhD

London Wills Drives Health Equity at Johnson & Johnson. Man of God. Proven leader. Forward thinker. Positive change agent. These words embody London Wills, a passionate trailblazer in the healthcare industry with a track record of creating innovative solutions. With over 20 years at Johnson & Johnson, London currently serves as the National Policy & Advocacy Director, Health Equity, where he spearheads strategic initiatives to address healthcare disparities and build a more equitable healthcare system. Drives strategic business development in response to evolving healthcare landscapes, ensuring Johnson & Johnson stays at the forefront of positive change. Champions health equity, spearheading initiatives that dismantle barriers and ensure equitable access to quality healthcare for all. Fosters collaboration across diverse stakeholders, from government agencies to patient advocacy groups, building powerful partnerships for positive impact.

London's commitment extends beyond corporate walls. He actively invests in future leaders, serving on the boards of The Dream Academy and Kappa Youth Foundation, and mentoring young professionals. He leverages his expertise on various advisory boards, including the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalition's Health Equity Advisory Board and Old Dominion University's School of Business Executive Advisory Council. London's dedication to community engagement shines through his roles with the Oak Creek Homeowners Association and the African Ancestry Leadership Council.

Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Old Dominion University. Master of Business Administration from Hampton University. Doctor of Philosophy in Healthcare Administration from Northcentral University. London Wills is a force to be reckoned with, driven by a deep-rooted faith and a tireless dedication to building a healthier, more equitable world.

JaBaris Swain, MD, MPH

Dr. JaBaris Swain is a Medical Executive at Johnson & Johnson, visiting us from Philadelphia, PA—USA.

Dr. JaBaris Swain's journey began at Janssen Pharmaceuticals in July 2020. Initially a clinical lead physician, he now serves as Medical Executive for Health Systems Integration, aligning strategy for cardiovascular medical affairs with the quintuple aim.

Beyond pharmaceuticals, Dr. Swain is a cardiothoracic transplant surgeon-scientist and global health scholar. His humanitarian work in Rwanda and Haiti enhances healthcare access through cardiac surgery and education.

Academically, he holds a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, an MPH from Harvard, and completed surgical training and a fellowship in cardiopulmonary transplantation at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. His research focuses on gene therapy for heart failure.

Currently pursuing an Executive MBA at Wharton, Dr. Swain mentors at Pearlman School of Medicine and directs the Dr. Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity, advancing health equity and reducing disparities in Philadelphia.

Dr. Swain’s professional aspirations are deeply intertwined with the vision of the Yoko Village Health and Wellness Clinic. He strives to create spaces where healthcare is not just about treating illnesses but also about promoting well-being and preventing diseases. He aspires to continue working in healthcare, collaborating with dedicated teams to create patient-centric models of care that are accessible, inclusive, and effective. Ultimately, he wishes to contribute to the establishment of healthcare systems that prioritize the physical, mental, and emotional health of individuals, leading to healthier communities and more vibrant society as a whole.

Lee Woodall

Lee Woodall; Minister, Community Leader, Sports Coach, Spiritual Coach, Life Coach, Super Bowl Champion, Motivational Speaker, Health and Wellness ambassador, Leader in Safety in Youth Sports. He is currently the on the Board of Directors of the NFL Alumni. After playing collegiate football at West Chester University, he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1994. Lee went onto play 8 years in the NFL, was named to 2 Pro Bowls (1995 and 1997), and won Super Bowl XXIX with the 49ers.

Lee has a nonprofit called men of Destiny 54 Foundation. They help men, women, families, and former athletes rebuild themselves in the community, social media, resume writing, goal setting, and much more. Lee’s nonprofit has allowed him to launch the first ever Transition Boot Camp for retired NFL players, spouses or accountability partners. This will launch in 2021 which bears the name of “NO EXCUSES NFL Alumni TRANSITION BOOT CAMP." He is also currently writing a book called Transitions, with a work book of 10 former NFL Athletes discussing an excerpt of their life dealing with their perspectives of transition from perception, self-sabotaging, underlying purpose behaviors and more. Lee is not just a champion on the field but he is also a champion in life. Lee loves speaking to youth, teaching corporate businesses on team, mentoring athletes both youth and professionals, ministering, and putting on his speaking tour of Dare To Be Different. Lee is married to Terri Barnett-Woodall. Formally known as Terri Matthews. Lee and Terri have a blended family of 7 kids. Lee loves Spending time with God, His wife, his family, his friends, and his community.