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2017 CASEC Information Exchange Speakers and Panelists

Harriet Shangarai

Harriet Shangarai
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Welcome Address

Harriet Shangarai is the Chair of the Montgomery County Maryland, Committee of African Affairs which serves as a liaison between the African communities and the county government. As Chair, Ms. Shangarai has put the health of the Diaspora communities on top of the Agenda

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Melvin P. Foote

Melvin P. Foote
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Keynote Address

Mr. Melvin P. Foote has worked on African issues for more than 35 years. He is the Founder and President of the Constituency for Africa, (CFA), a 25-years old Washington, D.C.-based network of organizations, groups and individuals committed to the progress and empowerment of Africa and African people worldwide.

Rich Akwo
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Rich Akwo

Rich Akwo is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, speaker and an author. He is the Founder/Chief Encouraging Optimist of the ALL IS WELL –INSPIRE merchandise that donates 10% of all sales to community charitable activities. He is Founder/Executive Director of Generosity: Global that provides monthly care to the homeless and clean water initiatives to villages in Cameroon

Yusef R. Battle, ACSM RCEP
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Yusef R. Battle, ACSM RCEP

Yusef Battle is a sought after fitness consultant. He was appointed for two terms by Maryland Governor O'Malley to the Maryland State Advisory Council on Physical Fitness. He also served on the Obesity Prevention Strategy Group and completed two terms as a Montgomery County Health Commissioner.

Beth L. Beck, M.A., CHES
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Beth L. Beck, M.A., CHES

Beth Beck is one of the leading breast health advocates in the District of Columbia. She is the Co-Founder/President/CEO of Breast Care for Washington (BCW). BCW is the first and only state-of-the-art breast cancer screening facility east of the Anacostia River to offer screening and diagnostic mammograms with 3D technology.

Ray Michael Bridgewater
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Ray Michael Bridgewater

Ray Bridgewater is the Founder, President and CEO of the Assembly of Petworth, a non-profit, culturally diverse and multi-ethnic community empowerment organization serving the metropolitan Washington area around issues concerning health disparities, technology, workforce and community development.

 Pier A. Broadnax, Ph.D., RN.
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Pier A. Broadnax, Ph.D., RN.

Dr. Pier Broadnax is an Associate Professor and the Director of the BSN Program at the University of the District of Columbia. She also held a courtesy appointment at Yale University and as a Visiting Researcher at the School of Nursing, at the Catholic University of Chile.

Joseph Brooks
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Joseph Brooks

Joseph Brooks is an Enterprise Architecture Consultant / Chief Enterprise Architect at intelligent integration, LLC, an organization whose mission is to Enhance Government Services and Community Collaboration by providing a full spectrum of Enterprise Services.

 Doris Browne, MD, MPH
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Doris Browne, MD, MPH

Dr. Doris Browne is the President & CEO of Browne and Associates, Inc. (BAI), that manages diversified health programs addressing the health status and disparities of national and international populations. She recently retired from NCI, NIH where she managed the breast cancer chemoprevention portfolio.

Anne E. Burnley, MD, MHS, MS
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Anne E. Burnley, MD, MHS, MS

Dr. Burnley is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and works as a supervisory Occupational and Preventive Medicine Physician at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center on Fort Meade, Maryland. She serves as the preventive medicine consultant for several area clinics.

Dr. Oswald Cameron-Morales
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Dr. Oswald Cameron-Morales

Dr. Cameron-Morales is Dental Director for Advantage Health Plans, Inc., President of the Washington DC Metro Area Hispanic Dental Association Chapter, and member of the Commission on Dental Competency Assessment. He volunteers in ECUADENT, is Dental Director for The Healing Hands Foundation and former member of the DC Board of Dentistry.

Ernest Carter MD Ph.D.
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Ernest Carter MD Ph.D.

Dr. Ernest Carter is the deputy health officer for Prince George’s County Health Department (PGCHD) with more than 30 years of experience managing and delivering pediatric patient care, as well as more than 20 years of experience in the field of community based health information systems.

Chimene Castor, EdD, CHES, MS. RD, LDN
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Chimene Castor, EdD, CHES, MS. RD, LDN

Dr. Castor is currently Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Howard University following a 15-year career as a clinical dietitian for rehabilitation and nursing home centers such Genesis and Manor Care.

Samuel Dongmo, Ph.D
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Samuel Dongmo, Ph.D

Dr. Dongmo is Clinical Research Director Next Generation Sequencing LabCorp, at Quantomix Medical and LabCorp. He is a Biomedical expert who provides world class solutions to improve the quality of care, working for leading institutions including INSERM France, NIST, and NIH.

Janie Dubois, Ph.D
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Janie Dubois, Ph.D

Dr. Janie Dubois is the Director of the International Food Safety Training Laboratory at the University of Maryland’s Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN). She is Chairperson of the Laboratory Capacity Building Expert Working Group of the Global Food Safety Partnership of the World Bank.

Jethro Ekuta, D.V.M., Ph.D., RAC, FRAPS
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Jethro Ekuta, D.V.M., Ph.D., RAC, FRAPS

Dr. Jethro Ekuta is VP and Head of Regulatory Affairs North America, for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.. He is an expert in Drug Safety & Regulatory Affairs and served on a Panel on Global Regulatory Competency & Curricula Project for Low and Middle Income Countries.

Commissioner Dr. Anu Esuola
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Commissioner Dr. Anu Esuola

Commissioner Dr. Anu Esuola was the Maryland Governor's Commissioner of African Affairs from 2013-2016. Dr. Esuola is also Founder and President of Mercy International Medical Missions, Inc (MIMMS, Inc) and Community Dentistry On Wheels, Inc., and also Executive Director of Community Outreach Coalition, Inc.

Walter Faggett, II, M.D.
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Walter Faggett, II, M.D.

Speaker of the House of Delegates; Member of the Board of Trustees on Health Policy; Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine; Howard University School of Medicine; Medical Director Chief of Health Services Administration; Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Services

Fred S. Ferguson, D.D.S
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Fred S. Ferguson, D.D.S

Dr. Ferguson is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry at stony Brook University, Director of the Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry and also president and CEO of About Smiles, Inc.

Rev. Renee Woodard Few
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Rev. Renee Woodard Few

Rev. Renee Woodard Few is genuinely dedicated to meeting the spiritual needs of those who face overwhelming health challenges. Based on her experience with a serious neurological disorder, Rev. Few now teaches the true correlation of health and spirituality at University of Maryland Medical System, Shady Grove Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, and Capital Caring, Inc

Nathan Fletcher, D.D.S.
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Nathan Fletcher, D.D.S.

Dr. Fletcher is the Dental Director for AmeriHealth Caristas District of Columbia. Prior to this position, he was the Interim Executive Director and President of the National Dental Association, as well as Owner of Fletcher & Fletcher Family Dentistry in Baltimore, MD. He is involved in organized Dentistry with the Maryland Dental Society (MDS).

 Thomas V. Fungwe, PhD, CFS
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Thomas V. Fungwe, PhD, CFS

Dr. Fungwe is currently Associate Dean/Director of Research, Institutional Assessment & Operations. He was formerly Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Howard University following a 7 year career at the United States Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy as a Nutritionist and Nutrition Evidence Analyst.

Pastor Cheryl Mitchell Gaines, J.D., M.Div.
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Pastor Cheryl Mitchell Gaines, J.D., M.Div.

Pastor Cheryl Mitchell Gaines is the Founder and Senior Pastor of ReGeneration House of Praise in Washington, DC. Her ministry includes preaching as well as helping secure housing, employment, jobs, and counseling for underserved youth and families. She also founded Project EDEN™, an innovative youth-focused urban garden initiative.

Flor Gonzalez, MPH
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Flor Gonzalez, MPH

Flor Gonzalez is a Community Networks Manager, Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science. As a public health professional, she has managed clinical trials and community based research projects addressing health disparities, and managed public health projects in cross-cultural settings.

Arthur I. Hazlewood, DDS
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Arthur I. Hazlewood, DDS

Dr Arthur I. Hazlewood is a Dentist who attained the highest leadership award in the country. Earlier in his career he established the Office of Dental Affairs if the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) which operated the 16 municipal hospitals of the city. He was appointed the first Director. He has held the position of Director of Planning and Program Development for the HHC and was responsible for building two teaching hospitals, as well as developing the city-wide ambulatory care system.

 Elmer Huerta, MD, MPH
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Elmer Huerta, MD, MPH

Elmer Huerta, MD, MPH, is Director of the Cancer Preventorium, a division of the Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and a past President of the American Cancer Society. He is the principal investigator for the Latin American Cancer Research Coalition. His non-profit company, Prevención, provides health education information to the Hispanic/Latino community.

Pastor (Dr.) Abimbola Idowu
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Pastor (Dr.) Abimbola Idowu

Dr. Idowu is the Founder of Seeds Omega Consulting, LLC. She served as the Project Director at the African American Health Program, Silver Spring. MD. Dr. Idowu also served as Project Director in the formative phase of a CDC funded project on HIV Prevention Gender Toolkit at Betah Associates, Inc.

Fatmata Koroma, MPH
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Fatmata Koroma, MPH

Fatmata Koroma is Founder and Executive Director of Therapeutic Interventions Inc., a non-profit organization that provides communities with information on leadership, education, entrepreneurship, health, and strategies to enhance the quality of life for minorities and individuals in the African Diaspora and minority community.

Hubert M. Kuete, Ph.D., MPH.
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Hubert M. Kuete, Ph.D., MPH.

Dr. Kuete is currently a Senior Molecular Genetics Review Analyst at GeneDx, a leader in clinical genetic diagnostics. He is an interdisciplinary scientist with background in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology, Molecular and Genetic epidemiology, Cancer epidemiology and public health.

Philip W. Lucas, LICSW, LCSW, ACSW
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Philip W. Lucas, LICSW, LCSW, ACSW

Dr. Philip Lucas is a consultant, trainer and psychotherapist with more than 30 years of direct practice and administrative experience. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Howard University School of Social Work; an Adjunct Professor at Trinity University DC School of Education Clinical Counseling program and at The George Washington University School of Public Health.

Deborah McGruder, MPH
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Deborah McGruder, MPH

Deborah McGruder is an Associate Director at the Prince George’s County Health Department, providing leadership and direction for all health and wellness programs. Most recently, she served as the Director of the Infectious Disease Bureau for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Prevention and Health Promotion Administration

Tsion Minas, Ph.D.
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Tsion Minas, Ph.D.

Dr. tsion Minas ia an Adjunct Professor of Cancer Causes and Prevention at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC. She is also currently working on a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute.

Claire Mwamba Morin MBCHB MPH
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Claire Mwamba Morin MBCHB MPH

Dr. Morin is interested in innovative approaches to managing chronic disease that integrate cultural diversity. As District Epidemiologist in Georgia, Dr. Morin’s interest in community interventions and integrative medicine for chronic disease management incited a theory

Rev. Adrien N. Ngudiankama, Ph.D.
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Rev. Adrien N. Ngudiankama, Ph.D.

Rev. Adrien Ngudiankama, Ph.D., is a Supervisory Community Health Worker with the African American Health Program. He has over 15 years experience in health education and health promotion. Through the American Cancer Society, he has trained over 300 community health promoters in cancer prevention.

J. Rao Nibhanupudy
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J. Rao Nibhanupudy

J. Rao Nibhanupudy is an American Board of Radiology certified Medical Physicist. He worked as a Chief Medical Physicist in the Radiation Oncology Department at Howard University Hospital, as well as a College of Medicine Faculty Member as Assistant Professor. He is currently a Consultant to Best Medical International, Inc. and TeamBest Companies.

Gladys Njem, RN
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Gladys Njem, RN

Ms. Gladys Njem is a passionate Registered Nurse with several years experience in acute, rehab and home care settings. She is a dedicated community organizer and humanitarian who continues to strengthen organizations through her conscientious approach to fundraising.

Rev Kennedy Kwasi Odzafi, MA
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Rev Kennedy Kwasi Odzafi, MA

Rev Kennedy Kwasi Odzafi, MA, is the Pastor of the Ewe Church of America in Silver Spring, Maryland and Mawuli Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York. He is also Founder and Executive Director of Help Africa Inc., a non- profit organization that provides education and outreach services to immigrants.

John Ojeifo, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
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John Ojeifo, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Dr. John Ojeifo is a Program Director in the Diversity Training Branch of the NCI’s CRCHD since 2009, where he contributes to the grants management of Career Development mechanisms: NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K08) and NCI Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K23)

 Bridget Oppong, MD, FACS
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Bridget Oppong, MD, FACS

Dr. Oppong is an attending physician in the Division of Breast Surgery at Reston Hospital Center in Virginia, where she serves as director of the breast program. Her area of expertise is in the management of both benign and malignant breast disease, with a focus on oncologic care.

Bonita Pennino
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Bonita Pennino

Bonita Pennino is currently the Government Relations Director for the District of Columbia and Maryland, for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. She has been employed with the American Cancer Society since 1997. Ms. Pennino is a cancer survivor, diagnoses with breast cancer October 2006

Keilia Phillips, MS, RD, LD, CNSC
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Keilia Phillips, MS, RD, LD, CNSC

Keilia Phillips is the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Providence Hospital in Washington DC. She is a registered and licensed dietitian who has been practicing in the field of Nutrition for over 7 years. Keilia’s experience in nutrition is immense and encompasses general, acute, critical, community and group home settings.

 Tambra Raye Stevenson
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Tambra Raye Stevenson

Tambra raye Stevenson is the founder of NativSol Kitchen, as well as a new initiative called WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture to empower women & girls to lead and create healthy communities in Africa and the Diaspora.

 Remy Szykier
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Remy Szykier

Ms. Remy Szykier is the worldwide managing director, founding member and member of the Board of Directors of AEGIS. She is responsible for the firm’s strategy, team and operations across all worldwide offices and ensures AEGIS delivers the best record of client results in promoting and protecting Health.

 Emmanuel A. Taylor M.Sc., Dr.P.H.
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Emmanuel A. Taylor M.Sc., Dr.P.H.

Emmanuel A. Taylor is a Program Director in the Immediate Office of the Director (IOD) of the NCI’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) since 2004. In this role, Dr. Taylor provides technical and scientific expertise to the evaluation of health disparities research and training programs within the Center.

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