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Angela R. Bryant, JD | VISIONS Inc., Senior Consultant

Angela R. Bryant, JD,  (she, her, hers, they), Senior Consultant,  of Rocky Mount, NC has more than 40 years of legal experience and has a distinguished career in N.C. local and state government as an administrative judge, state university trustee and system board of governors member, city council representative, twelve year legislator and now a state agency appointee, Commissioner of the NC Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission.  She earned BS and JD degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a co-founder of VISIONS Inc. — – a non-profit educational organizational that has provided diversity and inclusion services to over 100,000 individuals and 600 organizations since 1984.  She has extensive experience consulting with and training individuals and organizations in applying principles of justice to interpersonal problem-solving and organizational development.  She is also the co-founder of VISIONS’ award winning community development project – The Wright’s Center – providing adult day health care services to elders and disabled adults for over 30 years. She has been involved with Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) for over 15 years as a community consultant with Project Grace and UNC Public Health in Nash and Edgecombe Counties and around the country.

John Capitman, PhD | VISIONS Inc., Consultant of Edenton, NC

John Capitman, Ph.D., (he, him, his) Consultant of Edenton, NC  is a co-founder of VISIONS and a social psychologist specializing in race/ethnicity, gender, and life-course issues. His work explores how public policies and practitioner decisions create and sustain inequalities in health and well-being. He helped to develop the modern racism theory highlighted in VISIONS workshops and consultations. Currently he serves as the Executive Director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute and Nickerson Professor of Public Health at California State University, Fresno. He earned his doctorate from Duke University.

Lori Carter-Edwards, PhD | UNC Associate Professor

Dr. Lori Carter-Edwards is an associate professor in the Public Health Leadership Program, and adjunct faculty in both Epidemiology and Health Behavior at the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also the director of the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Program (CaSE) in the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS). As a social epidemiologist and health educator, she has over 20 years of experience conducting observational studies and interventions, with emphasis on psychosocial factors associated with cardiovascular-related risk factors and outcomes in African American communities. She is a nationally recognized expert in community engaged research.

SGIM President, Center for Health Equity Research, UNC, School of Medicine

Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc | UNC CHER Director

Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc (NAM) is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of the Departments of Social Medicine and Medicine, Director of the UNC Center for Health Equity Research in the UNC School of Medicine and Associate Provost for UNC Rural Initiatives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. She is nationally recognized for her scholarly work on the inclusion of disparity populations in research, and is accomplished in drawing communities, faculty, and health care providers into working partnerships in clinical and translational research. Her empirical work, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, has focused on the methodological, ethical, and practical issues of research to address racial disparities in health. Dr. Corbie-Smith has served as the principal investigator of community-based participatory research projects focused on disease risk reduction among rural racial and ethnic minorities. These projects have included funding through the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities, the National Institute of Nursing Research, Greenwall Foundation, and the National Human Genome Research Institute. In 2013, Dr. Corbie-Smith established and became Director of the UNC Center for Health Equity Research to bring together collaborative multidisciplinary teams of scholars, trainees, and community members to improve North Carolina communities’ health through shared commitment to innovation, collaboration, and health equity. She is currently the Co-PI for RWJF’s Advancing Change Leadership Clinical Scholars Program. She previously served as the President of the Society of General Internal Medicine, and in 2018, Dr. Corbie-Smith was elected to the National Academy of Medicine for her ground-breaking contributions toward achieving community and population health equity. Dr. Corbie-Smith currently serves as an MPI on the NIH/NIMHD-funded RADx-Underserved Populations Coordination and Data Collection Center. Dr. Corbie-Smith received her M.Sc. degree in Clinical Research from Emory University and her M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Associate Director, Gaurav Dave, MD, DrPH, MPH

Gaurav Dave, MD, DrPH, MPH | UNC CHER Associate Director

Dr. Dave is a Research Associate Professor in the School of Medicine and the Associate Director of the Center for Health Equity Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Dr. Dave is an expert in the field of formative and summative evaluation research, specializing in evaluating multi-level, complex initiatives, programs and interventions. He has over 15 years of clinical and public health practice and evaluation experience. His area of research focuses primarily on hypertension and chronic diseases, integrating systems thinking in evaluation research. He is the Director of Evaluation of the NIH-funded North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (TraCS) at UNC, which aims at to accelerate clinical and translational research from health science to discovery to dissemination to patients and communities. He also co-directs the Systems Science and Evaluation Lab at UNC to foster the integration systems thinking and evaluation in biomedical, clinical and public health research. He also serves as the Evaluation chair for HRSA’s Southeast Regional Genetics Network at Emory University to improve health equity and health outcomes in individuals with genetic conditions, reduce morbidity and mortality caused by genetic conditions.

Barbara J. Davis, M.ED., LCMHC, NCC | VISIONS Inc., Consultant of Rocky Mount

Barbara J. Davis, M.Ed., LCMHC, NCC, (she, her, hers) Consultant of Rocky Mount, NC  has been associated with VISIONS for over 15 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina and holds national certification from the National Association of Certified Counselors. She has worked for a several public, private, and non-profit mental health agencies, providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. She has over 30 years of mental health experience, including both clinical and administrative positions. She is experienced in bringing VISIONS’ tools to healthcare, governmental, and religious organizations.

James D. Gailliard | Word Tabernacle, Senior Pastor

He received his formal education from the nationally acclaimed Central High School for Boys, Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA) where he was on both Honor Roll and Dean’s List, and St. Joseph’s University. He has dedicated the past 20 years to human, economic and community development in North America and South Africa. Since 2005, he has pastored Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount, NC. This church has grown from a church plant of 14 people to a mega-church serving thousands of families from ten North Carolina Counties and six Virginia counties. In 2013 Word Tabernacle was named amongst the 100 fastest growing churches in America. The church is housed in a 110,000 sq. ft. former Home Depot called The Impact Center, providing a place, programs, partnerships and paradigms that enable people to progress. This $13 million initiative is the state’s largest building re-use project of its type focusing on capacity building, childhood literacy, college & career readiness, culinary arts & hospitality, faith, family & personal development, health & wellness, leadership development, media & broadcast, and performing arts & worship. Upon completion it is projected to create 75 new jobs and $10 million in annual economic impact to the twin county region.

He is the founder of The Reach Center, Inc which exists to equip individuals to secure gainful employment, prevent homelessness, and break the cycle of violence through education, skills development, and connections to community resources. In 2016 he was named the Distinguished Citizen by the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce. Also, in 2016 he was inducted into the Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. In 2018 he was elected as Representative for House District 25 (Nash County/Rocky Mount) in the North Carolina General Assembly. The first African-American to hold this seat. His work has been featured in publications such as Fact & Trends, Church Executive, Business North Carolina and many national and local newspapers.

Michelle Holmes, MD, DrPH | VISIONS Inc., Consultant of Cambridge

Michelle Holmes, MD, Dr.PH, (she, her, hers), Consultant of Cambridge, MA spent years practicing primary care medicine in the South Bronx and among a largely immigrant population in a Cambridge neighborhood health center.  In 2000 she transitioned to full-time epidemiology research, and she is based at Brigham Women’s Hospital where she is an Associate Professor of Medicine. Her research interests include lifestyle factors (diet, weight, physical activity, psychosocial factors, and common medications such as aspirin) affecting the quality of life and survival after a breast cancer diagnosis.  She has helped to design a longitudinal study of non-communicable disease (obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer) at 5 sites in sub-Saharan Africa, relying on VISIONS principles to facilitate that multicultural collaboration.  Michelle is both a dynamic presenter and a compassionate facilitator.

Stephanie Hoover, PhD | UNC CHER Assistant Director of Research

Stephanie Hoover, Ph.D., is the Assistant Director of Research at the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. Stephanie earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah, where she investigated social justice training for mental health service providers. Her research interests include culturally adapted interventions for Latinx youth, social justice training for mental health service providers, and participatory and qualitative methods.

Mary Kane, MSLIS | Concept Systems, Inc., President

Mary Kane, MSLIS, is President of Concept Systems, Inc., a social research and evaluation firm specializing in capturing the knowledge and opinions of people and agencies to improve research practices, organizations, cultures and environments.

Ms. Kane assesses and addresses the needs of local, national and international agencies, guiding government offices, foundations, professional associations, corporations and academic and research institutions to awareness, consensus and decisions. A special emphasis in Mary’s work is creating awareness of “group wisdom” in a community or organization, and guiding groups to harness collective knowledge to produce meaningful, measurable and useful outcomes for program, policy and population change. Mary is also a respected strategic and organizational development planning expert, having provided key guidance to federal and state agencies on issues related to social policy in action.

In addition to teaching and presenting on methods related to group research, Ms. Kane is author or co-author of many publications on the applications of Group Concept Mapping (GCM) in organizational decision-making and strategic planning and evaluation.  Her current research focuses on “Valuing Voice” in underrepresented communities to support sustainable change; and expanding the definition of competencies for research and evaluation. She is first author of the two authoritative texts on group concept mapping, Concept Mapping for Planning and Evaluation (2007, with William Trochim), and Conversations about Group Concept Mapping:  Applications, Examples, and Enhancements (2018, with Scott Rosas).

Al Richmond, MSW | Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH), Executive Director

Al Richmond, MSW, Executive Director of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH), is a global thought leader advocating for the increased role of communities in research and public health. In his role as Executive Director of CCPH, Al is advancing the organization’s commitment to social justice and health equity. His interest in research ethics and its influence on community engagement was broaden through a 2016 fellowship at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. The Residency program resulted in the creation of guidelines for the conduct of community engaged research (CEnR). In August 2017, he launched the inaugural session, Structural Inequality: An On the Ground View. This was a highly experiential session. It provided a look through the lens of equity to develop and expand the understanding of structural and historic factors contributing to racism in America.

Scott Rosas, PhD | Concept Systems, Inc., Director of Research and Evaluation

Scott Rosas, PhD is the Director of Research and Evaluation at CSI. With nearly 20 years of evaluation and strategy consulting experience, Dr. Rosas serves as the primary methodological expert for CSI. As a well-known researcher and evaluator, he leads the design and conduct of applied investigation of complex problems where social sciences and health science intersect.  Dr. Rosas has an established presence in the research and evaluation community and has been the Principal Investigator on several research, evaluation, and strategic studies of health and social science initiatives within NIH (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Cancer Institute), higher education (Hunter College, City College of New York), philanthropic foundations (Robert Wood Johnson, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., Pfizer), state government (State of Delaware, State of New York), and the National Academies of Sciences.

Since 2000, Dr. Rosas has been a member of American Evaluation Association (AEA) and previously served as the Chair of the AEA’s standing committee on ethics. He received his PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Delaware, with an emphasis on program evaluation. He is currently an Adjunct at Syracuse University in the Department of Counseling and Human Services. Previously, he served as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Health at SUNY-Cortland and was Associate Faculty member at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Rosas’ graduate training focused on the unique combination of applied youth development and the evaluation of services to meet the needs of youth and their families in high-risk communities. He has a broad human development content expertise that includes systems theory related to health, academic, and social outcomes, coupled with a specialization in evaluation. He routinely publishes and presents on methods, techniques, and practices in evaluation.

Mysha Wynn, MA | Project Momentum, Inc., Executive Director

Mysha Wynn is a native of rural Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Mysha holds a BA from North Carolina Central University (1993) and a MA from East Carolina University. (2002) Some of Mysha’s professional accolades include being the founder and Executive Director of Project Momentum, Inc., a community based organization and one of the founding members of The PRIME (Partnerships in Research, Integration,Mentoring, and Education) Collective, LLC, a group of community experts with extensive experience in how to incorporate principles of community engagement into all phases of a research project. She is an actively engaged collaborative partner on several Community Based Participatory Research projects, two of which include Project LOVE and Project GRACE. She serves as a community advisory board member for Project LOVE and an essential stakeholder and subcontractor for Project GRACE. Mysha serves as a community expert for the CTSA at UNC-Chapel Hill, and has also served as a community mentor for a Kellogg Health Scholar/Post Doctorate fellow. Ms. Wynn’s work spans across mental health, teaching, HIV/AIDS education, substance abuse and research on health disparities in the rural counties in North Carolina. She continues to work diligently to eliminate social and economic barriers that affect the productivity of the environment in which she lives.