Patient advocacy has remained at the core of how Rita approaches her daily work. At heart, she is a consumer advocate. While at UnitedHealthcare she’s also been responsible for Multicultural marketing, acquisition marketing of the AARP Hospital Indemnity Plans and advancing Operational Excellence.
An Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Assistant Attending Physician at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Phillips cares for patients with all types of hematologic malignancies (blood cancers) with a special interest in Latino and Caribbean-Americans.
Dr. Winkfield, lovingly known as Dr. Karen, is the Director of the Office of Cancer Health Equity at Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Karen is a practicing radiation oncologist, specializing in the treatment of cancers involving blood cells.
Dr. Khaalida T. Forbes, MSW, DMIN is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Metamorphosis Enterprises, Atlanta, GA. As a native of New York, Dr. Forbes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Virginia State University, both a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work as well as a Masters of Divinity degree from Howard University, and an earned Doctorate of Ministry degree in Prophetic Preaching for the 21st Century from United Theological Seminary.
Reverend Dr. Renita J. Weems is a biblical scholar, a writer, an ordained minister, and a public intellectual whose scholarly insights into modern faith, biblical texts, and the role of spirituality in everyday lives make her a highly sought-after writer and speaker. She has numerous books, commentaries and articles on the Bible and prophetic religion to her credit. Among these are “Just A Sister Away” (1987 & 2005); “I Asked for Intimacy” (1993); “Song of Songs: A Commentary”, Interpreter’s Bible Series, Vol. 5 (Abingdon, 1997).
Dr. Rubin is a clinician and educator with national expertise in systemic lupuserythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune rheumatic conditions. He has participated in dozens of clinical trials. He has published numerous articles, and abstracts. He started two rheumatology fellowships – one in Texas and the other in Michigan, devoting much of his career to educating dozens of young trainees to develop into successful clinicians and academic rheumatologists.
Rev. Dr. Charley Hames, Jr. is the senior pastor of the Beebe Memorial Cathedral (BMC) in Oakland, CA. He is the author of Pressing Reset: When Life Forces You to Start Over Againand Exchange: Trading Your Brokenness for Exceptional Purpose. As senior pastor of BMC since 2003, Dr. Hames leads one of the fastest growing congregations in the CME church.
Mamie Robinson Floyd is the Founder of JustConsult, Inc., and currently serves as a Federal Grant Reviewer and Program Technical Assistant for various Federal Agencies. Also, consults start-up non-profits organizations and agencies that serve Public Health and Mental Health communities.