Goldie Byrd, PhD, received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Professional Biology and in Biology Secondary Education at North Carolina A&T State University. She received her PhD at Meharry Medical College in Microbiology. She completed post-doctoral work at Meharry Medical College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Dr. Byrd was previously a faculty member in the biology departments at Tennessee State University and North Carolina Central University and more recently an adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke University.
Garrett Davis has been called one of the most prolific, anointed talents in urban theater and named “Funniest Playwright” by NAACP. Mr. Davis’ plays entertain but also have a purpose, bringing real-life situations to the stage and combining faith-inspired messages with entertainment, education and awareness. In 2010 he began developing an idea to allow one of his most poignant works to become a means for communicating to diverse audiences about Alzheimer’s disease, with his production of Forget Me Not. Mr.
Stephanie Robinson, Esq. is the President and CEO of The Jamestown Project, a national think tank focusing on democracy. She is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and former Chief Counsel to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Ms. Robinson, along with Harvard Law Professor and husband, Ronald Sullivan, Jr., are the first black House Masters in the history of Harvard University. She is a weekly political and social commentator on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” a popular radio venue with eight million listeners nationwide.
Gary A. Puckrein, PhD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Minority Quality Forum. He also serves as Executive Director of the Alliance of Minority Medical Associations (a collaborative effort of the Asian and Pacific Physicians’ Association, the Association of American Indian Physicians, the Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the National Medical Association). In 1989 Dr.
Kevin Johnson, MD, is a Professor and Chair of Biomedical Informatics, with a joint appointment in the Department of Pediatrics, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He received his MD from Johns Hopkins University and his MS in Medical Informatics from Stanford University. Dr. Johnson is an internationally respected developer and evaluator of clinical information technology.
Jennifer Manly, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Cognitive Neuroscience Division of the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain and the G.H. Sergievsky Center, within the Department of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center. Her research focuses on health disparities in dementia, and cultural and educational influences on the epidemiology, biomarkers and neuropsychology of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Manly completed her graduate training in neuropsychology at the University of California, San Diego, in 1996.
Curley M. Dossman, Jr., is a life-long community servant who has built his career on improving the quality of life of people and the communities in which they live, work and spend leisure time. His leadership skills and ability to build broad-based, diverse coalitions have been instrumental in his career and community advancements. In 2012, Mr. Dossman was elected Chairman of the Board of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (the 100), an international mentoring organization.
Michell C. Clark is a frequent speaker on how government agencies can use technology to improve their business and corporate service practices. He and his wife and two sons live in Woodbridge, Va. Mr. Clark served 20 years in the U.S. Army, including one tour of duty directly supporting the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From 1993 to 1996 at the Pentagon, Mr. Clark had his most memorable assignment, working for the Office of the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff as the Executive Assistant to the Director.