CVIE Conference Info

Conference Date & Time:
May 2, 2020 | 3:00PM

Conference Location:
Afrique Today Live
Organized by The Patcha Foundation Junior Associates

Cancer Risk Among African Americans
Researchers are studying why African American men and women are more likely to be diagnosed with or die from certain cancers more than others.
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May 2, 2020 | 3:00 PM (USA Eastern Time) | Afrique Today Live

A virtual discussion panel with professional experts to give you insights on how you can best navigate through this pandemic and enter recovery mode.

#recoverymode #movingforward #MMPF #Fight4ZeroCancer #virtualpanel #health #finance #fitness #caregivers

Organized by the Junior Associates of The Michael & Mauritia Patcha Foundation.


Doris K Anyanwu, MBA, BSN, RN
Doris K Anyanwu, MBA, BSN, RN
Clinical Manager
Fresenius Kidney Care

Doris Anyanwu originally from Beltsville,MD, graduated from Duquesne University with an accelerated second degree in nursing in 2016. She completed her Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Nursing Administration in 2019. Prior to her formal nursing education, she served as a combat medic in the PA Army National Guard. Outside of the Army she worked as an acute care nurse for 3 years. Her background includes acute cerebrovascular, emergency medicine, nephrology, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. Doris now works as the clinic manager of a dialysis clinic and is assigned to a task force dedicated to managing the care of COVID-19 patients. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her fiance and dog Bella.

Jasmine Belvin, LMHC
Jasmine Belvin, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Jasmine Belvin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York. She maintains multiple roles as a psychotherapist, case manager, and a researcher. Her area of focus is anxiety, disorder, relational issues, and familial changes. Jasmine is leading a research team that is investigating the Strong Black Women schema and how it affects black women in choice of coping strategies. Jasmine is passionate about breaking down the stigma that remains in the black community about mental health and recognizes how therapy can be an asset for the community especially in regards to treating trauma

Apria Gallman
Apria Gallman
Founder/CEO of the Apria G. Speaks Company International, LLC

At the prime age of 21, Gallman was a full-time sophomore attending Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland pursuing her Associates in Arts Degree in Graphic Design while working part-time at a retail clothing store in Washington DC. That same year her mother had a botched cardiac cauterization that caused her to spend a week in ICU fighting for her life.
At that very moment, she knew her life would change forever. After years of persistently saving to complete her Associate’s in Arts Degree, Gallman withdrew from college to accept the responsibility of becoming her mother’s full-time caregiver. In the midst of her mother’s recovery, Gallman endured countless hardships in seeking proper medical attention for her mother.
Five days a week, 60 hours per week on 4 hours or less of sleep started to take a toll on her. Apria was at her mother’s complete disposable for three long unpredictable years of her life leaving her to shower, dress, cook, run errands, and transport her mother to and from her doctor’s appointments. As the years went by Apria became discouraged in her mother’s healing process. The weight of caregiving caused her to become depressed, suicidal, socially withdrawn, spiritually and financially depleted.
As the years went by Apria became discouraged in her mother’s healing process. The weight of caregiving caused her to become depressed, suicidal, socially withdrawn, spiritually and financially depleted. In March 2012, she lost her job after being unable to determine her mother’s progress to her employer. She had an honest conversation with God to restore her from this extreme turn of events. She regained her strength at her (then) church, Koinonia Fellowship Ministries in Savage, Maryland. A year later she was healed from depression and suicidal thoughts. Apria was at her mother’s complete disposable for three long unpredictable years of her life
Gallman is now the proud founder/CEO of the Apria G. Speaks Company International, LLC. where she uses her newfound experience to help millennial family caregivers by hosting workshops that are centered on mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. Apria equips caregivers to become stronger and better through the AGS Caregiver Consulting Program. Gallman established a caregiver online Facebook support group for millennial family caregivers to vent safely about their challenges. She’s also appeared in Trendsetter to Trendsetter Magazine as an “Upcoming Trendsetter” in 2014.

Dr. Alexea M. Gaffney, MD
Dr. Alexea M. Gaffney, MD
Triple-board certified Infectious Disease sub-specialist, Internist and Pediatrician

Dr. Alexea M. Gaffney, MD is a triple-board certified Infectious Disease sub-specialist, Internist and Pediatrician. She is, above and beyond this, a mother, speaker, author and coach. Dr. Alexea invited the world into her life when she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 37. She publicly shared her journey through social media as she underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy for her breast cancer treatment. Cancer has transformed her life and her worldview and she has been healing and transforming herself and others through her speaking, teaching and writing. Dr. Alexea also utilizes advocacy via conferences, community engagement and social media to educate at risk communities and the general public about lifestyle, disease prevention and management. She is a firm believer in what she calls the “Treat, Eat, Drink and Think” approach to cancer care and healing. Out of her pain she developed Warrior Wellness & Nutrition, a nutritional supplement line, products and services to help those experiencing cancer treatments and a health coaching program for Cancer patients and their families. She has utilized her social media platforms @DrAlexea (FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter) to share her medical motivation and healthy influence. Here she not only gives glimpses and insights of her life as a physician and mother with breast cancer but also shares the story of her treatment, survival and how she thrives and helped her family cope with her treatment. She utilizes these platforms to give hope and encouragement to Breast cancer survivors and their families through and beyond the treatment process.
Her passion and purpose is to create healing pathways to help others achieve total health and wellness, mind, body and spirit.
Dr. Alexea graduated from Fisk University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2002. She received her Medical Doctorate at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY in 2007. She completed a Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Training Program and Infectious Disease Fellowship at SUNY Stony Brook Medical Center in Stony Brook, NY in June of 2011 and June 2013, respectively. She currently provides inpatient and outpatient infectious disease consultations at a major academic medical center in Suffolk County NY and in her private office location. Bella.

Jessica T. Ornsby, LL.M. Esq.
Jessica T. Ornsby, LL.M. Esq.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Jessica T. Ornsby, LL.M. Esq. is the founding and managing attorney of A+O Law Group in Washington, D.C. A+O Law Group's practice areas focus on family law, landlord-tenant and business litigation. Prior to founding A+O Law Group, Jessica worked as a federal corporate tax associate at a large law firm based in
Washington, D.C., where she litigated complex tax matters and advised large companies on the tax implications of various transactions. Jessica also litigated family law matters on a pro bono basis which sparked her interest in practice areas that hit close to home. During law school, Jessica gained valuable experience as a law clerk at the United States Department of Labor where she issued opinions related to EEOC claims. At the United States Department of Justice, Jessica served as a legal intern within the Civil Frauds division, litigating multi-million dollar whistleblower claims. At the Eastern District of Virginia, Jessica served as a summer law clerk for the Honorable Anthony J. Trenga, drafting opinions on a variety of cases before the court. Jessica also clerked for Fay Law Group before joining as an associate, where she litigated a variety of matters, including civil rights, labor and employment and products liability. In addition to her legal practice, Jessica serves as a tenant advocate for Rockville City Council’s Landlord Tenant Commission. Jessica also participates in various pro bono clinics, and is an active member at her churches in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Donald Robinson
Donald Robinson
Owner, Global Human Performance
Athletic Coach
Athletic Consultant

Donald has been an athletic coach to many over the years. He is currently the owner of Global Human Performance, a personal training studio in Pittsburgh PA. He also coaches high school and youth track and field. Donald has consulted for coaches in Kenya for the last 4 years on improving their athletic performance training and keeping athletes from being injured often via yearly clinics held in Nairobi and online communication.

Kendrick Sanker
Kendrick Sanker

Kendrick Sanker started his career as a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual’s downtown D.C. office in 2017. Kendrick’s story starts in Suitland, Maryland, where he was raised by his mother and grew up with a passion for sports and leadership. He attended Georgetown Preparatory School, where he boarded all four years and played football, basketball, and ran track. He accepted an offer to play football at the illustrious Hampton University, and earned a B.A. in Communications in 2016. Kendrick specializes in working with attorney’s, physicians, and consultants as he’s conducted over 3,000 meetings with clients across the country. In his free time he enjoys working out, cooking, and spending time with his friends and family members.

Khadijah Adamu, Conf. Moderator
Conference Moderator
Khadijah Adamu, Conference Moderator
Khadijah Adamu is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. There she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies, as well as certificates in Global Studies and African Studies. During her undergraduate career, Khadijah was heavily involved in campus affairs and community service. A leader in various organizations, Khadijah has extensive experience with administration, marketing, event planning, emceeing, and international relations. She has served as a speaker on panels discussing youth community engagement, international education, and the advancement of the developing world from a health and legal standpoint. Currently, she serves as the secretary, public relations chair, and historian of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Xi Delta Chapter. Khadijah is deeply devoted to service and playing an active role in bettering her communities. She has been a long-standing volunteer of the Michael and Mauritia Patcha Foundation. She has represented this organization during health fairs around the state of Maryland, assists in their social media marketing efforts, and plays a key role in all of their fundraising events, including the annual cancer awareness walk and gala. She has also been fortunate enough to attend two of the yearly medical mission trips to Cameroon and the health conference in Cameroon of Summer 2018. With a future goal of becoming an international lawyer, Khadijah’s main passion lies in the law and aiding the developing world. She hopes to be instrumental in the continuous development of African legal systems in order to eradicate corruption and establish fair and just foreign affairs. She lives by the principle that real joy comes when you have done your part in making those around you joyous, something she learned from her grandmother.
Raynna Nkwanyuo, J.D.
Conference Moderator
Raynna Nkwanyuo, J.D., Conference Moderator
Raynna Nkwanyuo is a May 2019 graduate of University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she pursued a concentration in healthcare law. Prior to law school, Raynna obtained a Bachelors in Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health Administration from Old Dominion University. Currently, she serves as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Jill R. Cummins for the Circuit Court for Montgomery County Maryland. Post clerkship, she plans to continue her career in Health Law. Raynna was born in Montgomery County, Maryland and grew up in Howard County, Maryland, however she is originally from the Southwest region of Cameroon, located in West Africa. Throughout law school she was committed to stellar academic performance and involvement. Raynna has diverse professional experiences in litigation and transactional law focused in the health and business practice areas. She has become well versed in corporate compliance, fraud and abuse law, med mal, and Social Security matters through competitions, certification programs, and her roles in practice. In addition to Raynna’s diverse professional experiences, she has demonstrated a strong commitment to service and community involvement. Raynna is a Lead Junior Associate for the Michael and Mauritia Patcha Foundation. Also, she sits as a Board of Director for ScholarCHIPS (Children of Incarcerated Parents). Additionally, she is the co-chair for the Young Lawyers Council of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland and the co-chair for the Membership/Young Lawyers Committee of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association. As a young lawyer, Raynna aspires to leave her mark as a historical legal champion as she matriculates through my legal career.