SCHP National Advisory Board 2017                                      

Dr. Allen Be
nnett, President & CEO of Park West Health Systems, Inc. (PWHS, founded 1972) located in North West Baltimore. PWHS employs over 150 individuals and offers a full range of services to include pediatrics, OB/GYN, internal medicine, pharmacy, dental, substance abuse and comprehensive HIV services to people of every age. PWHS consist of four sites. Dr. Bennett has been with PWHS for 33 years. He is a graduate of Howard University College of Pharmacy and the University of Illinois, School of Public Health. He is the current president of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers and the President of Region III Resources. Within our community he is a member of Park Heights Community Health Alliance Board of Directors, a member of Sinai Hospital Health Equity Community Advisory Panel, a member of West Baltimore Primary Care Access Collaborative Steering Committee as well as holding positions on a host of other professional and community organizations Board of Directors. Dr. Bennett, an ordained Elder and Deacon, attends Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Patricia Bennett, Podiatric Surgeon with over 24 years of experience in healthcare. Her educational background includes a B.S. degree in Biology from Morgan State University and a M.S. in Biology from Atlanta University where she demonstrated her expertise in electrophoretic techniques. Dr. Bennett received her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Her background includes private practice, clinical research and public health. Dr. Bennett is an experienced college lecturer (Anatomy& Physiology) and has also taught nursing students. She is a long term member of CDC's National Diabetes Education Program with experience as a national and international lecturer on the medical and surgical complications of the diabetic foot. Dr. Bennett is also a life member of the Morgan State University National Alumni Association.
Sally Cherry after several years as a medical technologist at Union Memorial Hospital, worked at the Baltimore City Health Department - Bureau of Disease Control as the Laboratory Coordinator. This position lead to a career opportunity related to her professional focus... medical laboratory training. As a laboratory consultant, STI laboratory instructor, American Society for Clinical Pathology member and ASCP-certified medical technologist, Sally S. Cherry, BS, MT(ASCP) is passionate about the integration of 3D virtual worlds technology into real life laboratory and health programs to enhance training and awareness. Ms. Cherry's professional training and experience lead to a diverse laboratory career as a city health laboratory coordinator, international GTI consultant, national training laboratory instructor, and STD/STI lab consultant. In April 2014, Ms. Cherry celebrated her 40th year in laboratory science and was featured in the ASCP ONELab News for 2014 Medical Laboratory Professionals' Week.
Wendy L. Deese's career spans over 25 years in the private and non-profit sectors and several consultant positions in the public sector. She is Director Regional Development at United Way of Central Maryland. She personally manages a multi million portfolio of accounts that includes UPS, Wegmans, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore County Government and Public Schools. She oversees the fundraising strategies for the funds raised in her territory. Ms. Deese is a member of the Leadership Baltimore County Executive Board, Candlewood Homeowners Association Board - Secretary, 2011 class of Leadership Maryland, and 2008 class of Leadership Baltimore County. She has served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals -Wilmington, DE chapter; Human Resources Committee of Great Valley Girl Scouts; chaired a faith based Community Development Corporation; and Morgan State University Gala committee. Ms. Deese is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She holds life memberships with the NAACP and the national Alumni Association of Morgan State University where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Speech Communication. Ms. Deese completed the Master's program in Nonprofit Management at Notre Dame of Maryland University and is a certified Leadership in Action Coach for graduate level students there.

                                         

Marion Hall

Fred Douglas Mason, Jr., a member of the American Federation of Teachers Local 8018 with nearly 40 years of labor and social justice activism, was elected President of the Maryland State and District of Columbia, AFL-CIO in October of 2001. He was re-elected to a third term in October of 2009. Fred had served from 1990 to 1998 as Executive Vice-President of SEIU District 1199E-DC, a 10000 member healthcare workers' union. As a student and community activist, Fred was engaged in the initial organizing campaigns that founded this local in 1968. In 1989, he began his employment with 1199 as an organizer and won several campaigns that brought hundreds of new members into the union family. Fred has held and continues to hold numerous appointed and elected positions, among them:
• Gubernatorial appointment to Adult Education Transition Council
• Board of Trustees of the National Labor College
• AFL-CIO State Federation Advisory Committee
• Executive Board of Progressive Maryland
Carol Payne is the Director of the Baltimore Field Office of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and coordinates the delivery of HUD's program in Maryland with a special interest in affordable housing, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, housing needs of special populations and the integration of health and housing policy. Carol Payne's expertise includes convening diverse groups in solution-oriented dialogue to promote community empowerment and engagement and build public trust. Her past roles include leadership positions in nursing administration and research at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, legislative leadership in organizing a coalition to ensure passage of the Maryland Maternal and Infant Security Act which established revised statewide standards, inpatient obstetrical care and newborn hereditary disorders screening and was a model for national policy signed into law by President William Clinton in 1996. She was a Salzburg Fellow and studied the Social and Economic Determinants of the World's Public Health in Salzburg, Austria; was named a 2005 Maryland's Top 100 Women by the Maryland Daily Record for her public policy and social justice activism in the areas of health, education and housing and is an inaugural member of the Baltimore City Place Matters Collaborative for Health Equity. Carol is a graduate of the Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Training Program in the area of Housing and Community Development and holds a master's degree in nursing from Johns Hopkins University.
Since 1975, the law firm of Michael O. Ramsey, P.A., in Baltimore, Maryland, has provided legal representation to clients throughout the greater Baltimore area, including Carroll, Howard, Hartford, Montgomery, Prince George's, and Frederick counties in Maryland. The firm's practice areas include bankruptcy, criminal defense, personal injury, consumer protection, real property law, estate planning, civil rights, and employment discrimination. Michael O. Ramsey, P.A. graduated from the following: University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland - J.D. - Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland - B.A.
Dr. Walker Lee Robinson is a fellowship-trained, board-certified neurosurgeon at Carle Spine Institute. Before joining Carle Spine Institute, he served as Head of the Division of Neurological Surgery at the Carle Clinic Association and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. Dr. Robinson's extensive training and research pursuits have given him a vast knowledge of neurosurgery, especially as it relates to spine. Dr. Robinson has received extensive education for years since graduating from medical school, including courses at Harvard University and Northwestern University. Dr. Robinson earned his Bachelor of Science at Morgan State College before receiving his medical degree at the University of Maryland. He subsequently completed an internship at the University of Rochester Spring Memorial Hospital, followed by a residency in neurosurgery at the University of Maryland, during which time he was named Chief Resident. He completed additional training at the University of London, the University of Rochester and the University of Maryland. Dr. Robinson is a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurology, the American Medical Association, the American Association of Neurosurgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer/President/Co-Founder is a social entrepreneur, a recovering merchant banker, a community organizer, an intelligence-operative for community and an investment banking advisor for the under-served, charged with building beloved community. He's a husband, dad, Morehouse Man and graduate of the London School of Economics. His areas of experience in addition to finance include politics and policy, and education non profits like the Cradle to College Pipeline Inc., and Pursuing and Acquiring a College Education Initiative which he ran with legacy children and civil rights groups and major academic and research institutions. His primary interest and focus is creating systems change which increase the environment for and the number of positive life options and opportunities for underserved communities which he does now primarily though Equity Matters, and its representative of the Baltimore team to the PLACE MATTERS Movement-one of the 16 teams and 20 county/city sites across the country established by The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute, and funded generously by Kellogg, NIH and CDC.

         Shelonda Stokes

Diane Hill Taylor, has more than 25 years  of increasing leadership and management experience in strategic planning, national and state program development/management, volunteer management, community outreach ,  public health and  education/ training.  As Senior Vice President at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Diane  leads the Office of Education, Access, and Philanthropy  ensuring strategic direction, leadership and innovation for NHPCO's professional development, consumer engagement and access, and fundraising programs and initiatives.  Prior to joining NHPCO, Diane served as the Associate Director for the Health and Wellness Division at the Prince George's County Health Department where  she directed  programs on chronic disease prevention and wellness.  She also provided strategic leadership and oversight of the Medical Assistance Transportation, Maryland Children's Health Insurance, the Adult Evaluation and Review and  Medical Assistance Personal Care services for the county.  Diane also  served as the Senior Director for Education and Access at the national Epilepsy Foundation and,  for nearly 25 years, Diane served in a number of key leadership positions at AARP, including Senior Director of Livable Communities, Director of Planning and Innovation, and Director of Community Programs. Diane has a MSW from Temple University with a focus in planning/gerontology.
 
 
Dr. Michael O. Willis is an internationally recognized business executive and management consultant with over 30 years of experience helping organizations plan and achieve their strategic objectives. Over these three decades he has developed a reputation as a results oriented leader and a strategic thinker with a primary focus on the Healthcare Industry. He currently serves as Vice President and Business Information Officer at Kaiser Permanente where he leads all information technology services for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He has consulted and lectured on strategic technology planning, leadership development, large scale business transformation, and organizational effectiveness for both government and industry globally. Dr. Willis' expertise was further strengthened when he was selected to work with Dr. Stephen Covey and The Franklin Covey organization as Executive Vice President where he had operational responsibilities in 44 countries worldwide. Dr. Willis is a noted conference speaker and is well grounded in the academic community. He has been a visiting professor of management and information technology at several universities. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Business and The Decision Sciences and has focused a great deal of his efforts on improving the diffusion and adoption of technology in healthcare.   
Brandon Wylie, the father-and-son duo opened the first African-American-owned funeral home in Western Baltimore County in January -- nearly 12 years after the first Wylie Funeral Home opened on Gilmor Street in Baltimore City. Brandon Wylie, the youngest chose the family business partly out of love for science and also because he saw the impact his father made helping people through difficult times in their lives. After graduating high school early, Brandon went on to get an associate's degree in funeral service and mortal science. In 1999, at age 19, Brandon became the youngest licensed mortician in Maryland history. Brandon then went back to school at Morgan State University to pursue a business degree as his father began searching for another location. Wylie Funeral Homes, P.A. is proudly to announced that Brandon Wylie had been selected as the Funeral Director of the Year (2010) by the Living Legacy Foundation! This honor has been awarded based on Brandon's commitment to raising awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation within the funeral home community.