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Dr. Pernessa C. Seele

Founder & CEO,
The Balm In Gilead, Inc.

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Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc

Professor and Chief, Division of Medicine-Cardiology; Associate Director, Bluhm CV Institute
Vice-Dean, Diversity & Inclusion Northwestern University FSM, Chicago, IL

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Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas

Dean, Episcopal Divinity School; Bill and Judith Moyers Theology Chair
Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

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Morris Chestnut

Stage & Screen Actor
Co-Host, Healthy Churches 2030 Celebration of Life

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Crystal Aikin

World-renowned Gospel Singer-Songwriter

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Anthony Brown

Grammy-nominated American urban contemporary Gospel Artist

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Freda Lewis-Hall, MD

Clinician, Educator, Researcher,
Leader in Biopharmaceuticals and Life Sciences Industries

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Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole

NCNW Chair & National President,
National Council of Negro Women

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Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley

Senior Pastor, Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC), Alexandria, VA

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Dolvett Quince

New York Times Bestselling Author, International Keynote Speaker,
Celebrity Fitness Trainer

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LaTosha Brown

Co-founder, Black Voters Matter Fund, Atlanta GA
Jazz singer, and Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

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Doug E. Fresh

World's Greatest Entertainer, Hip Hop Legend

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Dr. Khaalida Forbes, DMin, LICSW

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Metamorphosis Enterprises, Atlanta, GA

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Bishop Horace E. Smith, MD

Senior Pastor, Apostolic Faith Church; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics;
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

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Bishop Yvette Flunder, DMin

Senior Pastor, Senior Pastor, City of Refuge United Church of Christ, Oakland, CA;
Presiding Bishop, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries

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Pervis Taylor, III, MA

Award-winning celebrity life coach, speaker, and author

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John N. Nkengasong, PhD, MSc

Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Wintley Phipps

World-renowned Vocal Artist, pastor
Founder and CEO, U.S. Dream Academy, Silver Spring, MD

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Inger E. Burnett-Zeigler, PhD

Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago IL

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Rev. Dr. Willie Dwayne Francois III

Senior Pastor, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, NJ.

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Rev. Dr. Dominique A. Robinson

John E. Hines Asst Professor of Preaching
Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, TX

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Albert J. Hicks III, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist
University of Maryland Medical Center

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Joanna Pearson, RN, BSN, CPRH

Patient Education Liaison
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Michael Roberson

Founder, Glucose Gang

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Cherise Shockley

Founder, Diabetes Social Media Advocacy

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Phyllisa Deroze, PhD

Founder, Black Diabetic Info

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Kendall Simmons

Former NFL football player, Super Bowl Champion
Diabetes Patient Ambassador

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Bishop Tudor Bismark

Founder & Overseer, Jabula New Life Ministries International;
Senior Pastor, New Life Covenant Church, Harare, Zimbabwe

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Rev. Danielle Brown, DMin

Senior Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church, Plainfield, NJ

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Rev. Frank A. Thomas, PhD

Preacher, Teacher, Scholar, Thinker,
Lecturer, Author, and Master Coach

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Dr. Sanul Corrielus, MD, MBA, FACC

Cardiologist, Corrielus Cardiology, Philadelphia, PA

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Don Chaney

Former Professional Basketball Player and Coach living with ATTR-CM

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Tiffany Kung, PharmD

Executive Director, Medical Affairs Strategy, Myovant Sciences

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ica Shepherd, MD, MBA

Practicing OB/GYN, Women's Health Expert

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Tanika Gray Valbrun

Journalist, Educator, Founder, The White Dress Project

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Brandi Alexander

National Director, Community Engagement
Compassion & Choices, Portland, OR

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Rev. Charles W. McNeill, Jr

Senior Pastor, Unity Baptist Church, MD

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Shawn Perry

Executive Producer and Host
The Senior Zone

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Ricardo Thomas

President, Thomas-Waddell & Associates, New Orleans, LA

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The Balm In Gilead Musical Ensemble

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Pastor Omar G. Jarvis;

Senior Pastor, Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church
Mattapan, MA

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Bishop Silvester S. Beaman,

Presiding Prelate, 15th Episcopal District,
The African Methodist Episcopal Church

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Dr. Barbara L. Shaw,

Chair, Board of Directors,
The Balm In Gilead Inc., Richmond, VA

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Pamela Price

Deputy Director,
The Balm in Gilead, Inc., Richmond, VA

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Joyce Moon Howard, DrPH

Director of Undergraduate Programs
Clinical Associate Professor of Community Health Science and Practice

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Sheila E. Battle, MHS

Executive Coach, Author, Speaker
Co-Founder, The SoulCare Academy, Richmond VA

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Cary L. Goodman

Program and Development Consultant,
The Balm In Gilead, Inc., Richmond, VA

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Chef Charlotte Jenkins

Famed Gullah cuisine Chef

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Chaplain Kimberly Clemons

City of Detroit, Michigan Police Department

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The Most Reverend Fernand J. Cheri

Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans

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Bishop James B. Walker

Presiding Prelate 8th Episcopal District,
The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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Mrs. Sandra Bennett Crowder

International President of the Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society,
The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

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Dr. Jacqueline Scott

International President, Women’s Missionary Council,
The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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Dr. Deborah Taylor King

Connectional President, Women’s Missionary Society,
The African Methodist Episcopal Church

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Alice M. Freeman, DMin

Founder, Healthy Heart Plus, LLC

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Carl V. Hill, PhD, MPH

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Alzheimer’s Association

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Rita B. Choula, MA

Director, Caregiving, AARP Public Policy Institute

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Regineak Ruffin, LMSW

Behavioral Health Therapist

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Lori Beard-Daily

Training Coordinator/Contracting Officer, US Courts

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Lerato Mvelase

South African Actress & Singer

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Rev. Bolaji Ogunwo, PhD,

Pastor, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Lagos, Nigeria

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The Right Rev. Dr. Stephen M. Moreo,

Bishop of the Diocese of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Saidi Mpendu, MD

Country Director, Balm In Gilead – Tanzania

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Robert Ginyard

Chairman, ZERO Board of Director;
Podcast Host, Entrepreneur, and Prostate Cancer Survivor

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LaPrincess C. Brewer, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester MN

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Nwamaka D. Eneanya, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

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LaTonya J. Hickson, MD

Division Chief of Nephrology,
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Florida

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Marsha Henderson

Former Assistant Commissioner for Women's Health
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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Donna R. Cryer, JD

President & CEO, Global Liver Institute, Washington, DC

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Julia Iyasere, MD

Executive Director, Dalio Center for Health Justice, NewYork-Presbyterian

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Rachel M. Bond, MD, FACC

Co-Chair Women’s and Children’s Committee,
Association of Black Cardiologists

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Annette K. Ansong, MD, FACC

Co-Chair Women’s and Children’s Committee
Association of Black Cardiologists

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Carissa M. Baker-Smith, MD, MPH, MS

Interim Medical Director, Heart Failure, Transplant, and Advanced Cardiac Therapies/VAD; Director, Pediatric Preventive Cardiology, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware

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Camille Bonta, MHS

ABC Policy Consultant
Summit Health Care Consulting

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James R. Williams, PhD

Head, Biogen Digital Health, External Innovation and Alliances

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Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, III

Senior Pastor, Pleasant Hope Baptist Church
Baltimore, MD

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Rev. Andre Thornhill

Pastor, Ebenezer AME Church, Lincolnville, SC

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Rev. Lamont Johnson

Pastor, Thirgood Memorial CME Church, Birmingham, AL

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Presiding Prelate, Fifth Episcopal District

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and the Chair, National Council of Churches

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Fallon Wilson, PhD

Vice President of Tech Policy, Multicultural Media Telecom & Internet Council

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Kimberly Alexander

Chief Executive Officer, Level Health Agency, Frisco, TX

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Joseph Mikhael, MD, MEd, FRCPC, FACP

Professor, Applied Cancer Research and Drug Discovery
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Phoenix, AZ

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Robert Pugh

Pastor, educator, and businessman

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Rev. Dr. John Faison, Sr.

Senior Pastor
Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Nashville, TN

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Rev. Stephen A. Green

Pastor
Metropolitan AME Church, Harlem, NY

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The Right Rev. Adam J. Richardson, Jr.

The Senior Bishop of The African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Presiding Prelate of the 10th Episcopal District

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The Right Rev. Kenneth Monroe

The Senior Bishop of African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the Presiding Prelate, Eastern North Carolina Episcopal District

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The Right Rev. Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III

The Senior Bishop of the Christian Methodist Church and the Presiding Prelate of the Eighth Episcopal District

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Rev. Dr. Renita Weems

Theologian, Scholar, Writer, Minister
Co-pastor Ray of Hope Community Church, Nashville, TN

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Dr. Michael K. Ross

Accomplished composer
Director of Music, Belmont United Methodist Church, Richmond, VA

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Yolanda Westinghouse

Singer/Songwriter, producer, and vocal coach, Richmond, VA

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