Our Team

Meet our team of passionate professionals from diverse backgrounds,
each committed to increasing diversity in medicine and alleviating the
shortage of clinicians in underserved communities.

Michael Rivers M.D.

Board of Directors

Executive

Modernizing Medicine

Cherose Walker

Board of Directors

Assistant Principal

Medford High School

Leon M. Ptaszek, M.D., Ph.D.

Board of Directors

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Harvard Medical School

Megan Pugach-Gordon, Ph.D.

Board of Directors

Director of Education

The Forsyth Institute

Stephen D. Alkins, Ph.D.

Board of Directors

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

TERC

Enna Jimenez

Board of Directors

Head of Quality Assurance

IDEMIA

Kelly Mackey

Board of Directors

Vice President, Revenue Operations

Global Healthcare Exchange

Brendan Leonard

Board of Directors

Entrepreneurial Executive

Beth Schaefer

Board of Directors

Managing Director

Koya Partners

Charis Loveland

Board of Directors

Business Development Manager, AI/ML, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Frank Alexander Clark M.D, FAPA

Board of Advisors

Adult Psychiatrist

Prisma Health-Upstate

Associate Professor, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

Elizabeth Saltonstall

Board of Advisors

Saltonstall Consulting

Scott James

Board of Advisors

Data Scientist

Starfish by EAB

Maryam Dimauro

Board of Advisors

Managing Editor

Bright Hub

Ruth Louis

Board of Advisors

Wealth Management Professional

Kenny Weill

Board of Advisors

Principal, K Weill Consulting Group

Jarrod Lockhart

Board of Advisors

Assistant Director

Pipeline Initiative at Morehouse School of Medicine

Sean Marcellous Williams

Director of Corporate Partnership

Nneoma Duru

Board of Advisors

3rd Year Medical Student

Boston University

Jamie Sharken

Board of Advisors

Digital Communications

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Ricardo Correa, M.D., Ed. D., F.A.C.E., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.M.Q

Board of Advisors

Associate Professor of Medicine,  
Endocrinology Fellowship & Diversity Director, University of
 
Arizona College of Medicine Graduate School
 

Our Founder

Lawrence B. Mensah, D.Phil./Ph.D

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Meet Our Partners

We recognize the vital role of our partners and are deeply grateful for their continued assistance.

Michael Rivers M.D.

Director

Educated at Princeton and Cornell University Medical School, Dr. Rivers practiced as a retinal specialist in the Washington, DC area for 26 years. He specialized in caring for patients with advanced diabetic retinopathy which continues to be a leading cause of blindness. Caring for a diverse ethnic and socioeconomic population, he saw firsthand the inequities associated with the healthcare of less fortunate subgroups in the United States.

Currently Dr. Rivers is an executive for Modernizing Medicine, a medical software company. He is responsible for helping understand clients needs as they run complicated medical businesses. He also works closely with the software development team to enhance the software platform and anticipate future challenges providers have in delivering healthcare. Finally, he helps analyze data to help understand and streamline business processes internal to the organization.

Cherose Walker

Director

Cherose Walker holds a Masters in Education (Ed.M.) from Harvard University, an M.B.A from Suffolk University and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She is currently an Assistant Principal at Medford High School. Ms.Walker’s career in education extends over 15 years. She started her career as an elementary special education educator in the Boston Public Schools,  and then taught mathematics and humanities at the middle school level. 

Ms. Walker has held various leadership positions throughout her career in education. She currently serves as a member of the Suffolk  University M.B.A  Advisory Board, The Race and Equity Task Force for the Medford Public Schools, and the Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education. She also is a Life Coach and Educational Consultant who specializes in community building, trauma and self care. Ms. Walker has a passion to serve others and her commitment to that is evident through all aspects of her work. 

Leon M. Ptaszek, M.D., Ph.D.

Director

Dr. Leon Ptaszek is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ptaszek received his undergraduate degree with high honors from Wesleyan University in 1994 and his MD and PhD degrees from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York University) in 2003. He completed a residency program in Internal Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine in 2005 and then completed clinical and research fellowships in Cardiovascular Diseases and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2011.

Dr. Ptaszek’s research interests include the molecular mechanisms of scar formation after myocardial infarction and interventions that reduce post-infarct scar burden. He holds two patents and is the author of over 50 original scientific publications, book chapters and reviews. He is regularly invited to deliver lectures related to his areas of clinical and research expertise on national and international levels. Dr. Ptaszek also maintains an active referral practice that includes local, regional, national, and international referrals. In addition, Dr. Ptaszek is involved in international health outreach efforts and has performed pacemaker and defibrillator implant procedures in Ethiopia and India.

Dr. Ptaszek received the Franklin G. Ebaugh, Jr. Award for research and the Award for Professionalism from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 2005. He received the Clinician-Scientist Award from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and was named the de Gunzburg Scholar at MGH in 2011. Dr. Ptaszek became a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology in 2013 and became a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society in 2018.

Megan Pugach-Gordon

Director

Dr. Megan Pugach-Gordon is Director of Forsyth Student Scholars Programs and a faculty researcher at the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, MA, where she directs STEM  programming for High School 6-12th grade youth, exposing the next generation of scientists to laboratory research and oral health-focused sciences. Dr. Pugach-Gordon is passionate about and committed to promoting STEM careers for youth with underserved backgrounds.

With a background in oral and craniofacial research, Dr. Pugach-Gordon’s research is focused on tooth formation, malformation, disease and oral health disparities. The long-term vision of Dr. Pugach-Gordon’s research is to develop treatments to prevent severe early childhood caries in underserved populations, and biologically inspired strategies to effectively repair malfunctioning tooth structures. 

After completing her undergraduate training at Washington University, Dr. Pugach-Gordon received her PhD from the University of California, San Francisco. After her postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania, she joined Forsyth as assistant faculty with an Instructor appointment at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Stephen D. Alkins Ph.D.

Director

Dr. Stephen D. Alkins, Jr is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (and Belonging) Officer (DEIO) and Co-chair of the DEI Council at Technical Education Research Centers (TERC). With his leadership, Dr. Alkins helps craft and implement the vision for DEIB at TERC through his collaboration on National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM education grant development in multiple learning environments (informal and formal K-16 spaces).  

Dr. Alkins role and responsibilities include recruitment and retention of a diverse research and infrastructure staff, internal policy review, development and analysis of inclusive educational opportunities and social programming, and establishment of collaborative partnerships to promote equity for all STEM learners.  He also helps research teams employ critical DEIB frameworks (e.g. Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory, Social Capital Theory, etc.) to help dismantle systemic inequities within STEM education, support youth STEM identity development, and engage and include underrepresented/marginalized communities in authentic, collaborative research experiences.  Further, he directs the TERC Scholars Program, an undergraduate internship experience, to diversify the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education researchers.  

Dr. Alkins is an accomplished scientist, college and high school educator, mentor, and national-performing Spoken Word/SLAM poet who uses art to diversify participation in and enhance understanding of STEAM concepts.  He is a alumnus of both the Neuroscience Scholars Program through the National Science Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Impact Program.  Also, he was featured by Cell Press and Cell Mentor on its “1000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America” list in 2020. Stephen received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Morehouse College, Georgia and Master’s and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brandeis University, Massachusetts.

Enna Jimenez

Director

Enna Jimenez is The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Change Champion Award-Winner. She has over 30 years in multiple industries with expertise in Leadership, Technology and Transformation Management. Currently, Ms. Jimenez is the Head of the Quality Assurance team at IDEMIA, an augmented identity security organization. She  received the Quarterly Manager MVP Award in October 2019, for leading change in the company. She is a Coach and Mentor and has a huge passion for Diversity and Inclusion, talent engagement and community organizations.

In March 2021, Ms. Jimenez received the Emerging Leaders in Technology and Engineering (E.L.I.T.E.) Award from NSBE Boston Professionals. Recently, Ms. Jimenez, was appointed Presidential Adviser for Alumni Engagement by the Simmons University President, Dr. Lynn Wooten. She is a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Advisory Board and the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) National Board of Directors. 

Ms. Jimenez is one of the 92 Hispanics featured in the first edition book Hispanic Stars Rising: A New Face of Power and she is also one of the Latino leaders featured in the Hispanic Executive magazine. The Multicultural Symposium Series Black History Empowerment Recognition Breakfast recognized Ms. Jimenez as one of the Black and Brown Innovators of Action Honorees in March 2020. In 2019, the National Diversity Council selected her as one of the 2019 National Latino Leader Award winners and she received a Citation from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on Leadership and Excellence. 

Ms. Jimenez, earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Spanish from Simmons University and a Simmons Graduate School of Management Executive Leadership Program certificate.

Kelly Mackey

Vice President, Revenue Operations, Global Healthcare Exchange.

Kelly Mackey serves as Vice President, Revenue Operations at Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX.com), a tech company that’s reducing the cost of doing business in healthcare by automating supply chain processes and improving visibility into the products used in patient care. GHX has built the world’s largest community of healthcare trading partners.

Based in the greater Denver area, Ms. Mackey has held roles in finance, supply chain, strategy, and business operations. Prior to GHX, Kelly worked for 15 years at Staples and served as Co-Chair of the Women Who Lead business resource group from 2018–2020. She now serves as a Co-Chair for the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Prior to Staples, Kelly held finance roles at Morgan Stanley and Verilink Corporation in Colorado.

Ms. Mackey received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Oral Roberts University and an MBA from the University of Colorado, as well as a CPA. Ms. Mackey is an alumna of Harvard Business School through the Advanced Management Program and active in the Harvard Business School Association of Boston.

Brendan Leonard

Director

Mr. Leonard is an entrepreneurial executive with broad general management expertise and over 20 years leading consumer facing product and service brands and companies.  Leveraging a background in brand management and sales leadership, he has a track record of leveraging innovation to develop and launch winning products and programs to drive profitable growth. 

Mr. Leonard, industry experience spans a diverse assortment of consumer verticals including luggage, toys, elective medical financing and over the counter consumer health and personal care for challengers as well as industry leading companies such as Samsonite, Hasbro and Capital One.  A career highlight was the receipt of the President’s “E” Award for Excellence in Exports, the highest honor the federal government gives for significant contributions to the increase of American exports, while meeting the President in the Oval Office. Mr. Leonard received his M.B.A from the University of Notre Dame and Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Rhode Island.

Beth Schaefer

Director

Ms. Beth Schaefer is a Managing Director at Koya Partners in Boston, part of the Diversified Search Group, working in the higher education and non-profit sectors.  Beth specializes in leading Chief Financial Officer, Chief Human Resource Officer, Chief Enrollment Officer, Chief Operating Officer,  Chief Procurement Officer, and senior executive searches in academic and administrative leadership roles across multiple functional areas.  

With more than twenty years of corporate experience in the human resources role and over a decade of executive search experience in higher education, non-profit, and corporate sectors, Beth partners with a broad range of institutions from liberal arts colleges, Jesuit and other faith based institutions, to large public and private research universities and academic medical centers.  

Before joining Koya Partners in 2017, Beth worked as a search consultant with a boutique higher education search firm as well as with a regional human resources leadership search firm.  Prior to a career in search she held roles in human resources management in a mix of industries, mainly in the Boston area.  

Beth is an active participant in career coaching and on panels with national professional higher education associations such as NACUBO, ACE, and CUPA-HR.  Beth is an active member of Boston-area and national human resources organizations, local community arts and environmental sustainability organizations and volunteers at a women’s shelter.  

Beth received her Bachelor of Science in Business from Providence College,  Rhode Island and earned her M.B.A from Simmons University, Massachusetts.

Charis Loveland

Director

Ms. Charis Loveland works at Amazon Web Services as a Business Development Manager on the Cloud Intelligence team specializing in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). She helps the global sales force to better understand and articulate the value of ML software and creates original content. She is an active Amazon community member, an Emotional Intelligence evangelist, an Inclusivity, Diversity, and Engagement ambassador, Class Chat coach, and Hour of Code organizer.

Ms. Loveland holds a high-tech M.B.A, summa cum laude, from Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Bates College, magna cum laude. She brings a decade and a half of experience in product management, AI, data analytics, new product introduction, file and hardware storage, and software development. She honed her AI/ML skills as a product manager at Microsoft where she launched a crowdsourcing platform for Azure ML. She founded Rue La La’s data science team where she created and executed a roadmap and strategy to create personalized experiences and segment customers. She previously held roles at EMC and SAP managing technical projects.

Frank Alexander Clark M.D, FAPA

Advisor

Dr. Frank Alexander Clark is a board-certified adult psychiatrist at Prisma Health-Upstate. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Monmouth College in Illinois and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Northwestern University. He then completed his residency in general psychiatry at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine/Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.

Dr. Clark serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville and Medical Director & Division Chief for Adult Inpatient and Consult-Liaison Services for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Prisma Health.

In addition, to his psychiatric practice, Dr. Clark has held many leadership positions in national organizations including the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Locally he serves on the board of directors for National Alliance on Mental Illness-Greenville (NAMI) and Mental Health of America-Greenville.  He was recently appointed to serve as the President of board of directors for Mental Health of America- Greenville. Dr. Clark has presented on various topics related to health equity, interplay between faith communities and mental health, workforce diversity, microaggressions, and the social determinants of mental health.

Dr. Clark has a strong passion for medical mission work and has traveled to numerous countries including Zambia, Ireland, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Canada, and Haiti to serve others medically and spiritually. He considers his faith a significant factor in his success and his practice. Spending time with his family, running, writing poetry, and traveling are three avid interests of his that help him keep balanced. 

Elizabeth Saltonstall

Advisor

Ms. Elizabeth Saltonstall, Founder & Principal, Saltonstall Consulting

Saltonstall Consulting provides a full spectrum of fundraising consulting services to nonprofits looking to take fundraising performance to the next level. Ms. Saltonstall delivers high-level strategic thinking, and strategic fundraising planning, development operational analysis, campaign planning and implementation, interim leadership, and confidential advising. Her nonprofit clients represent multiple non-profit sectors: athletics, arts and culture, community foundations, education, environment and animals, and health and human services. 

Ms. Saltonstall, began her career as a member of the Harvard University Development Office, where she worked closely with Harvard’s president, provost, academic deans, vice president of alumni affairs and development, and senior development staff across 10 faculties during the University’s $2.1 billion campaign. More than two decades of volunteer service has also enhanced Ms. Saltonstall’s ability to better serve her clients. Officer-level appointments on boards and steering committees, as well as key volunteer roles for alma maters and community-based organizations, have provided her with hands-on experience in all facets of non-profit advancement and governance. In the private sector, Elizabeth has served on the Board of Directors of the Barringer Crater Company since 1998. This family-owned enterprise helps preserve and promote the Barringer Meteorite Crater near Flagstaff, Arizona.

Scott James

Advisor

Mr. Scott James is a Data Scientist at Starfish by EAB, where he builds predictive models for student success, develops data visualizations, and analyzes intervention effectiveness for community colleges and university partners. As the son of a public high school teacher, Mr. James has seen the impact quality education can have, and is driven to help more students get the support they need to excel in the classroom and beyond. 

In his work at EAB, Mr. James applies his skills as a data scientist and communicator to help institutional leaders interpret findings from quantitative research and use those insights to better support students and close equity gaps in college outcomes. Partnering with university researchers, Mr. James has helped identify successful advising initiatives and tutoring programs and contributed to the literature on online and hybrid course taking.

As an undergraduate Scott worked on a project for the USEPA analyzing patterns in toxic emissions, and as a graduate student led a project for the Baltimore Ravens applying decision models to the NFL draft. Mr. James holds Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics and a master’s degree in advanced Analytics, both from North Carolina State University.

In his free time, Mr. James enjoys playing basketball and table tennis, and is always on the lookout for scenic hikes and running trails (even in the cold New England winters!). 

Maryam Dimauro

Director

Ms. Maryam DiMauro is a digital marketer, illustrator, and educator whose experience spans six countries.  She is passionate about education for young children and has worked and volunteered for various organizations in Spain, Ecuador, England, the USA, and El Salvador.  She has produced content for radio, television, and print.  She has spearheaded educational marketing campaigns in Vietnam, Mexico, the USA, Spain, El Salvador, and Canada. 

Ms. Dimauro grew up in El Salvador and has volunteered for various organizations that advocate for equal education access and teens’ empowerment. She has designed over 50 newsletters with SEO-rich content and recruited 1000 schools through email campaigns with a complex workflow on Hubspot with an average CTR of 45%. With Google Ads, I decreased the CPL from $100 to $7 and generated over 1200 leads for students and 500 host families.

As Managing Editor at Bright Hub, I created six educational K12 channels of lesson plans for teachers. It generated more than 6 million views within one year of inception with 800 writers and 40 contributing editors. Maryam has worked as an SEO, SEM, and Social Media digital marketing consultant for ten years. She has a Masters in Management and a certificate in Graphic Design, Digital Marketing, Film Studies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management.  Maryam also has a teacher’s license in English Literature.

Ruth Louis

Advisor

Ms. Ruth Louis is a wealth management professional with over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry. Ms. Louis joined the Private Wealth division of Citizens Bank in 2014, working alongside a team of investment managers, advisors, tax and trust officers, to deliver comprehensive financial planning, investment, tax, insurance and estate planning solutions that strategically position clients to meet lifestyle, retirement, education and philosophical funding goals.  

Additionally, Ms. Louis leveraged her leadership role at Citizens to elevate the client experience through a robust transformation of service operations that empowered sales and administrative teams to be more effective in their efforts to develop, service, and deepen client relationships in the MA, PA, NH and RI Private Wealth offices. Ms. Louis implemented compliance and performance management routines, resource deployment strategies, risk identification and mitigation measures to undergird workflows and controls that ensure a consistent client experience.  

Before joining Citizens, Ms. Louis spent over 6 years at East Boston Savings Bank, where she supported and managed branch operations in various capacities. In partnership with the non-profit organization GEMS, She also delivered financial literacy courses to youth and young adults in effort to diminish socioeconomic gaps in minority groups through education and awareness. She received her Bachelors in Business Management from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and Certificate in Financial Planning at Boston University in Boston, MA.

Kenny Weill

Advisor

Kenny Weill launched K. Weill Consulting Group in 2002, which focuses on strategic fund development for nonprofits. His practice works with Boards and executive staff on fundraising assessments, fund development plans, case statements, appeals, donor research, individual giving strategy, grant research and writing, and CRM database solutions.  He regularly trains, coaches and presents on fund development strategy.  

Prior to consulting, Mr. Weill held management, research and other positions in community-based, academic, health care and government settings. He received an M.S. in Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health and a B.A. from Wesleyan University, where he was the recipient of the Limbach Prize for Community Service.  

Mr. Weill is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Nonprofit Consultants Network and Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. Mr. Weill has a long history of community-based volunteerism. He is currently on the Board of Steps to Success and chairs its Development Committee. 

Jarrod Lockhart

Advisor

Jarrod Lockhart, M.S.Ed. is the Founder and CEO of J. Wesley Lockhart Consulting. This consulting company assists clients in co-curating programming, coaching, and event planning in education, ministry, and personal development for academic, government, corporate, and community-based organizations and ministries of all sizes. His services include assisting clients in defining project scope, goals, deliverables, grantsmanship, planning, administering, reviewing, and evaluating all activities related to the needs and outcomes of each client and organization. 

Jarrod is also an Assistant Director at Morehouse School of Medicine in the Office for Educational Outreach and Health Careers in the Department of Admissions and Student Affairs. Jarrod provides administrative leadership and oversight for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Academy. HCOP’s structured programs of instruction, mentoring, tutoring and other educational experiences are designed to enhance academic achievement, expand skills, and enhance interest and achievement towards a healthcare/biomedical science career to increase the number of healthcare professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

He is committed to helping the institution’s mission by increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine, various health professions, and the scientific workforce. Jarrod works to enhance pipeline programs designed to provide educational opportunities in STEAM disciplines, intensify exposure to cutting-edge biomedical and public health research, and prepare for successful application to and matriculation emphasizing careers in the health professions.

With more than 20-years of secondary and higher education program development and training, his higher education career began in pipeline work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) College of Arts and Sciences School of Education, Center for Community OutReach Development (CORD).  His previous positions included stints as Program Manager and Education Specialist for the Tennessee Department of Education, where he oversaw multiple early-postsecondary opportunities across the entire state. Before this position, Jarrod worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a Department Education Specialist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He also served as Program Coordinator at Meharry Medical College in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy and Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement at Talladega College in their Office of Institutional Advancement. 

Jarrod’s work with youth education extends beyond his work role as he has served on the Board of Directors for the Rickey Smiley Foundation, Live2Create Foundation Network, and 1Vision Charter School. In addition to his board appointments, he serves on Advisory and S.T.E.M. Boards at eight high schools within the Atlanta metropolitan area. 

Jarrod earned his Bachelor of Science in Social and Behavioral Science with a concentration in Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Science in Higher Education with a Concentration in College Administration and Leadership at Purdue University. He is pursuing the Doctor of Education in Organizational Change at Baylor University in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Sean Marcellous Williams

Director of Corporate Partnership

Sean Marcellous Williams is the Assistant Director of Career Services at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, MA. After a decade of corporate experience in law, finance, and technology, Mr. Williams devoted his career to international education and global career development. He has held several leadership roles in the areas of university relations, employer relations, faculty-led program development, international student services, global career counseling, and international internship program management. 

Mr. Williams also has many years of experience managing employer relations with healthcare and international public health institutions, as well as university relations with many study abroad, career services, and university biology departments. He has also provided career counseling to countless students pursuing opportunities in the medical, healthcare, and international public health fields. 

Mr. Williams has a degree in Government from Connecticut College, spent his junior year abroad at Oxford University, New College, and attended graduate school at the London School of Economics where he studied the Economic History of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Mr. Williams also has an Executive Education degree in Nonprofit Management from Columbia Business School.

Nneoma Duru

Advisor

Ms. Duru is a 3rd year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). She is a native of Texas, and holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology with a Chemistry minor from the illustrious Dillard University in New Orleans, LA; achieving the highest cumulative STEM GPA in her graduating class.

Prior to starting at BUSM, Nneoma worked at Ochsner Medical Center as an experienced Data Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. While at BUSM, she has been part of numerous student organizations such as Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group; co-leader, Surgical Society; co-leader, Student National Medical Association; Maps Liaison, Social Responsibility Society, PRIDE Service, and Wellness Initiative; Physical and Mental Health.

Mentoring and wellness are her passions and excited about leveraging her experience to support students at The Pathway Initiative.

Jamie Sharken

Advisor

Ms. Jamie Sharken works in Digital Communications at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common (MCC) Project where she oversees the social media content, and drafts original content related to faculty news, research, events, and other activities. At MCC, Ms. Sharken organized a non-partisan initiative designed to support young people aged 18-25 in effectively mobilizing their peers to vote, and to provide them with civic knowledge. She coordinated a series of seminars, training, small-group sessions, and individual work for 75 selected participants from across the country. Additionally, Jamie is the Managing Director of Kayyem Solutions, a consulting firm that provides strategic and operational advice in resiliency planning, risk management, mega-event security, infrastructure protection and cybersecurity business coaching. The principal consultant is Harvard Professor Juliette Kayyem, who is a CNN Analyst and former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. 

 

As a bilingual professional, Jamie has spent the majority of the past decade living in Latin America. Jamie previously worked with an international education organization that provides scholarships for high schools to participate in leadership development and service-learning programs. She is passionate about their mission to empower students from all backgrounds to build greater empathy, agency, and global perspective. While living abroad, she was the community manager of the United Nations Population Fund in Argentina. In her free time, Jamie loves playing Ultimate Frisbee, cooking, gardening, biking, hiking, and traveling.

Ricardo Corrnea, M.D., Ed. D., F.A.C.E., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.M.Q

Advisor

Ricardo Correa, M.D., Ed. D., F.A.C.E., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.M.Q. is an Associate Professor of Medicine, the Program Director for Endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism fellowship and the director for diversity in Graduate Medical Education at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Staff Clinician and Researcher at Phoenix V.A.M.C. and Faculty at Mayo School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic-Arizona. He is an editor of Dynamed, S.G.I.M. Forum, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Frontier Endocrinology, Thyroid, Clinical Thyroidology among many other journals.

He completed his Medical School and master’s in education at The University of Panama. He completed a research fellowship in Epidemiology and Tropical disease at I.C.G.E.S. in Panama City and his internal medicine residency at Jackson Memorial hospital-University of Miami (U.M.) program. In 2012, he was honored with the A.O.A. and GoldDOC Award from the U.M. Then, he pursued his clinical and research fellowship in endocrinology with a particular focus on neuroendocrinology and adrenals at the National Institute of Health. He is now pursuing formal training in diversity and inclusion and medical education with the A.A.M.C.

He was trained in Evidence-based Medicine at McMaster University in Canada and in the Editorial process and O.J.S. by LATINDEX. He was co-director of the Panamanian Cochrane Center and continues to be an EBM advocate.
Dr. Correa has been involved in organized medicine since medical school. He has taken an active leadership role in multiple national organizations. Besides Endocrine, he has been involved with the local, regional, and national organizations in the area of medical education, leadership, and physician wellbeing, including the A.M.A. joy in medicine organization, A.C.G.M.E. at different levels including the duty hour task force, N.B.M.E. as part of the board, A.B.I.M., A.B.M.S., and other organization.

Dr. Correa has been involved in multiple academic, scientific, and educational activities including article Consultant, Interpretation of the Medical Literature Project, N.B.M.E., International Committee, member of the Committee on publications Ethics (COPE), World Association of Medical Editors, Deputy Editor of International Archives of Medicine, Editorial board and peer reviewer of multiple journals including Annals of Public Health, P.A.H.O. Journal, S.G.I.M. journal, International Journal of Endocrinology, International Journal of Diabetes, International Journal of Clinical Cases and Images, International Journal of case reports, etc. He has also been a consultant for Latinamerican science centers, including Bolivia and Panama national science department.

He is board-certified in Medical Quality. He is the author of the book title “Case report: basics and publication.” and senior Co-Editor of the book “Endocrinology of Aging.” His research focuses on neuroendocrinology, mainly on pituitary and adrenal tumor and health care disparities in diabetes in Latinx populations.


He is dedicated to the community and helps as the co-medical director for an underserved clinic in Phoenix, where he created the endo and diabetes clinic. He also helped screened asylum patients as part of his volunteer work with the 100 Angels group, and he gives lectures and mentors many underrepresented minorities to become part of medicine. Due to all his career, Dr. Correa has been awarded several recognitions, including Presidential Leadership scholar, 100 Hispanic Inspiring Scientist, Medscape Rising Start, N.M.Q.F. 40 under 40, Humanitarian award by Arizona Medical Association AACE Endocrinology Rising Star, and many other prestigious national awards. He enjoyed playing the saxophone, hiking in the Phoenix mountain with the family, and traveling to other countries to learn about the different cultures.

Lawrence B. Mensah

Founder and CEO

Dr. Lawrence B. Mensah holds an Honors Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from University of the West of England, UK, Master’s degree in Medical Genetics & Immunogenetics from Brunel University, UK and a Triple Doctorate degree in Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics from University of Oxford, UK.

He is the Founder and CEO of The Pathway Initiative Inc and its subsidiary company Gateway Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences (GIMHS). His passion for social entrepreneurship, higher education, healthcare equity, and public-private partnership has led him to establish this entity. He has also experienced first-hand the devastating impact of health inequality in underserved communities by the sudden loss of both parents six-months part.

As CEO, Dr. Mensah works across two key program areas – development of equitable medical and higher education for low-income, blue-collar, white, African American, Hispanic and Latinx students to increase participation in the medical profession while dismantling barriers to alleviate healthcare disparity in marginalized communities.

With help from community partners and sponsors, the organization’s goal is to
help ensure better, access to quality health care services for more people by developing these initiatives, The Pathway Initiative is building confidence, improving health, and transforming futures in underserved communities across the USA by simultaneously lifting talented and motivated black and brown students out of poverty to high-income careers (medicine) to serve as champions and role models in their communities to combat the challenges most Black and Brown students face ”You Can’t Be What You Can’t See’’ while addressing healthcare disparity…See more

Dr. Mensah began his career as a biomedical scientist. He trained as a scientist at University of Cambridge, UK, Harvard Medical School, Department of Genetics and Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Koch institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Cambridge, USA. Dr. Mensah has over 15 years of experience in bachelors, graduate and medical school admissions and student mentoring and supervision. His research expertise involves clinical diagnostics assay development, basic sciences and translational nanotherapeutics design and development. His research publications span several advanced scientific fields, including designing robust clinical diagnostic methods for rapid screening of acute myeloid leukemia at the University of Cambridge, which was an international award winning research, novel design and creation of transgenic Drosophila disease model to study debilitating human neurodegenerative disorders, Alzheimer’s Disease, lipid metabolism and obesity; designing of new generation of photomedicine and nanomedicine therapeutics for brain, pancreatic and advanced stage ovarian cancer.
Besides research, Dr. Mensah takes to his other passion which spans over two decades of church leadership in providing spiritual and educational support to the youth of his local church and national branches. He is also a member of Quincy Toastmasters #675. He credits his career journey to the amazing grace of the Lord. He is married to his beautiful wife, Rosemary, they are blessed with two children, Edna and Lawrence Jr.