DR. ARIELLE FORBES, DMD
Dr. Forbes is of Jamaican descent and became passionate about giving back at a young age. Throughout her childhood she was often volunteering in her community at church, in homeless shelters and with Habitat for Humanity. After graduating from the University of Michigan she took advantage of an opportunity to go to Southeast Asia to aid in humanitarian relief efforts. Dr. Forbes attended the University of Pittsburgh for dental school, where she continued her community engagement through various mission trips to Jamaica and Honduras as well as locally through Mission of Mercy, Give Kids a Smile Day and Health and Wellness community Day, which she spearheaded. Dr. Forbes has vowed to use her abilities to give back to the underserved and hopes to achieve that and more through the foundation. In her spare time, Dr. Forbes enjoys cooking for her family and friends, boxing, and traveling, and staying active playing various sports..
Tori is a medical student at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. She has had an interest in pursuing medicine since high school but discovered her love for public health at Boston University, where she earned a B.S. in Human Physiology. There, she realized that she wanted to dedicate her career as a physician to advocating for the underserved. As an undergraduate student, Tori took part in global health efforts during mission trips to Honduras and Nicaragua and as intern at the Union for International Cancer Control in Geneva, Switzerland. Since moving to DC to attend medical school, she has continued work in underserved populations by partnering with physicians in criminal justice health, addiction medicine, and advocacy for camp closures. When not studying for exams Tori enjoys trying local restaurants with friends
Stephen is a marketing professional for the District of Columbia government and a native Washingtonian. Growing up in Northwest DC, Stephen was never too far removed from public service and being a true humanitarian. He attended Gonzaga College High School and dedicated a few days each month tutoring children, attending charity events, feeding the homeless at S.O.M.E., and participating in service trips. Stephen's dedication to service was most recently recognized in 2018 when he won the District of Columbia's Smarther Award, which recognizes government employees who are service driven and make a true impact in the city of Washington, DC. Stephen received his B.A, in Political Science and Communications from the University of Michigan. He enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, movies, swimming, golf, and skiing.
Justin Ellison is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). He received his BS in Nursing from the University of Michigan and his CRNA from the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout his nursing career he has done medical mission trips in many regions. He grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and enjoys traveling when he is not working.
Kristina received a MPH in Health Behavior from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. Kristina's public health experience has included project management and intimate partner violence response and prevention. She has worked at the Durham VA Medical Center managing research projects within the Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center and as a family violence case manager at a local domestic violence agency. She currently works as a protocol specialist, overseeing the implementation of HIV prevention studies. She is passionate about HIV and gender-based violence prevention in vulnerable populations. In her free time Kristina enjoys exercising and reading novels.
MONIFA GRAY, ESQ
Monifa K. Gray has been practicing law since 2005 and has extensive experience representing municipalities in civil rights, municipal law and health policy, in both state and federal court. Currently, Ms. Gray counsels public entities on a variety of education, governance, compliance
and public policy matters. She also works with public-sector clients in the education, municipal and health care industries. Ms. Gray has background in commercial, civil and civil rights litigation. Ms. Gray has a degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and received her Juris Doctorate at Vanderbilt University Law School. She started her career in the city of Detroit as the Judicial Law Clerk in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. From there, her career has been concentrated in government, constitutional and civil rights related areas as well as representing governments in the Chicago area. Ms. Gray also has served as a Policy Analyst for the Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus, focusing on the Judiciary and Healthcare committees, where she was responsible for analyzing, drafting and amending legislation. Ms. Gray comes form a family of healthcare providers and is committed to making sure all people have access to quality and affordable healthcare regardless of their social economic status.
DR. JASMYNE JACKSON, MD
Dr. Jasmyne Jackson is an opportunity amplifier, hailing from Southfield, MI. She received her MD and MBA from the University of Michigan and her innovative efforts to improve health equity have been recognized by the American Medical Association. As an advocate on the state and national level, she has worked in both industry and nonprofit to advance social change. She is currently completing her Pediatrics residency at Boston Children’s and Boston Medical Center. In her free time Dr. Jackson enjoys DJing.
DR. LEIGHTON WILLIAMS, DDS
Hailing from the island Jamaica, but raised in Westchester County, New York, Dr. Leighton Williams is a first generation dentist. Dr. Williams attended Stony Brook University, majoring in Health Sciences with a concentration in anesthesia technology. Subsequent to his undergraduate career, Dr. Williams worked as a Certified Anesthesia Technologist for the prestigious Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at New York Presbyterian. While working as an anesthesia technologist, Dr. Williams soon realized his goal of furthering his education in the medical field. Dr. Williams completed his Master of Health Science at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, and soon after, matriculated into the Doctor of Dental Surgery Program at Meharry. Dr. Williams is passionate about the Jamaican Diaspora and the preservation of its culture and people. In his spare time, Dr. Williams and his wife Monica enjoys traveling with their twin boys Aaron and Zachary.
DR. LYNETTE WYNN, MD
Dr. Lynette Wynn, MD, MPH is an Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob/Gyn) resident at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. She was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. She attended University of Michigan for her Bachelors, Masters, and Medical Degree. She is passionate about health equity and mentorship. Women’s health topics of interest include pelvic pain, pelvic reconstruction, and program development for underserved communities. For fun she likes to travel, explore new restaurants in Atlanta, and read.