Steven Yergan

Treasurer Steven A. Yergan Steve has over 20 years of business experience, 15 in health care. During this time Steve has been on the management team of a 250 bed acute care hospital, served as CEO of a California based IPA where he led a financial and operational turnaround, spent 10 years as an independent Read More

Treasurer
Steven Yergan

Treasurer
Steven A. Yergan

Steve has over 20 years of business experience, 15 in health care. During this time Steve has been on the management team of a 250 bed acute care hospital, served as CEO of a California based IPA where he led a financial and operational turnaround, spent 10 years as an independent health care consultant and most recently, worked for a Blue Cross company in the areas of project management and process improvement. Steve presently works for Aetna in a similar capacity.

As a consultant, Steve specialized in strategy, operations and finance. His clients included hospitals, physicians, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics, insurers and pharmacy benefit managers. Presently, areas of industry interest are in Consumer Directed Health Care and Remote Patient Montitoring/Telehealth, where he developed a software application that captures, stores, transmits and presents clinical patient data.

Steve also serves as Treasurer and heads the finance committee of The Susie Reizod Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to providing shoes to children in need.

Steve received both his BA and MBA fro Harvard, and spent three years with the consulting firm Mckinsey & Co.

Derrick Dozier

Vice President Derrick E. Dozier Derrick Dozier has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the technological field. A skilled Systems Engineer, his vision and expertise in technological performance have driven growth in technology sectors. Offering a rare blend of creative and operational strengths, Derrick has achieved exciting company turnarounds and is recognized for Read More

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Vice President
Derrick E. Dozier, MCP

Vice President
Derrick E. Dozier

Derrick Dozier has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the technological field. A skilled Systems Engineer, his vision and expertise in technological performance have driven growth in technology sectors.

Offering a rare blend of creative and operational strengths, Derrick has achieved exciting company turnarounds and is recognized for his success through growing technical advances. His strategic approach to building business is reflected in his work as Senior Systems Engineer with the State of Virginia.

Derrick’s exceptional track record of business improvement is based on his philosophy of hard work creates productive change. He is known for his ability to quickly identify and diagnose technical impediments with skill and courtesy.

Derrick received his Bachelor of Science Degree for the State University of New York College at Old Westbury and is a Microsoft Certified Professional. He has served as the Co-Chairperson of the IT committee at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Glen Allen, Virginia.

Dr. Cynthia Dozier

President Dr. Cynthia Dozier Dr. Cynthia Dozier is President and Founder of The Susie Reizod Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that provides new shoes to children in need in poor rural and urban areas of the United States and developing countries. She was President of Reizod, Inc. and served as a Research Psychologist and Evaluation Read More

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President
Cynthia Dozier, PhD

President
Dr. Cynthia Dozier

Dr. Cynthia Dozier is President and Founder of The Susie Reizod Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that provides new shoes to children in need in poor rural and urban areas of the United States and developing countries. She was President of Reizod, Inc. and served as a Research Psychologist and Evaluation Consultant in substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Dozier has more than 35 years of experience in health, including substance abuse, HIV disease and mental illness. She has served as a consultant for a number of health organizations including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Center for Mental health Services, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, HIV Center for Behavioral Studies at Columbia University, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD), New York City Department of Health, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, American Health Foundation, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health and the World Health Organization.

Dr. Dozier’s administrative experience includes Project Director of AIDS Research for Narcotic and Drug Research, Inc., Chairperson for the Department of psychology at Morehouse College, Director of the Training Program in Gerontology and Mental Health at Morehouse College, Clinical Director of Adolescent Day Treatment at Berkshire Mental Health Center and Administrator of the Female Adolescent Program of Odyssey House, Inc.

Dr. Dozier has written several papers on substance abuse, HIV disease and evaluation standards for drug abuse programs, which she has presented both nationally and internationally. She has published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Dozier is a graduate of Syracuse University, The New School for Social Research and The University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has lived in France and Studied at the Université de Poitiers.

Dr. Louis W. Sullivan

Honorary Co-Chair Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. is the President Emeritus of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta and host of the public television series Frontiers of Medicine. He returned to the presidency of Morehouse in 1993 after serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services during the Bush Administration, from Read More

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Honorary Co-Chair
Louis W. Sullivan, MD

Honorary Co-Chair
Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.

Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. is the President Emeritus of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta and host of the public television series Frontiers of Medicine. He returned to the presidency of Morehouse in 1993 after serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services during the Bush Administration, from 1989 to 1993.

Dr. Sullivan played a crucial role in creating Morehouse School of Medicine. In 1975, he became the founding dean and director of the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. Three yearls later, the School of Medicine at Morehouse College admitted its first 24 students, when it opened a s wo-year program in the basic medical sciences.

Born in Atlanta, Dr. Sullivan received a Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Morehous College and earned his medical degree, Cum laude, from Boston University. His internship and medical residency were at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He is certified in internal medicine and hematology.

He served as Chairman of President George w. Bush’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities(HBCUs). He is a commisioneer on the United States Commission on the Future of Higher Education. He was Co-Chair of President George Bush’s (1989-1993) advisory council on HIV/AIDS.

His academic appointments include:
1963-1964: Instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School
1964-1966: Assistant professor of Medicine at Seton Hall College o Medicine
1966: Co-Director of hematology at Boston University
1967: Founded the Boston University Hematology Service at Boston City Hospital
1966-1975: Servd on the faculty of Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. Sullivan was the founding president of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools. He is a former member of the Joint Committee on Health Policy of the Association of American Universities and the National Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities. He is also a member of the American Medical Association and National Medical Association.

John Starks

Honorary Co-Chair John Starks Director of Alumni Relations New York Knicks At a very young age, John Starks knew he wanted to become a professional basketball player. With the support of his family, specifically his mother Irene and grandmother Callie and through sheer determination he achieved his goal on October 1, 1990 whe he signed Read More

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Honorary Co-Chair
John Starks

Honorary Co-Chair
John Starks
Director of Alumni Relations
New York Knicks

At a very young age, John Starks knew he wanted to become a professional basketball player. With the support of his family, specifically his mother Irene and grandmother Callie and through sheer determination he achieved his goal on October 1, 1990 whe he signed with the New York Knicks. In 2003, he retired as one of the most beloved players in New York Knicks history. To this day, he remains a fan favorite in the New York Area.

During his outstanding eight(8) year career with the New York Knicks,  Starks was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 1992-1993, became an NBA All-Star in 1994 and was awarded the League’s Sixth Man of the Year in 1996-1997. He averaged 14.1 points per game, while leading the Knicks in three point goals (982). In addition, he remains 11th in total points (8,489), 8th in assists (2,394) and 7th in steals (711) in Knicks history. In the final minute of New York’s win over Chicago in Game 2 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals, Starks performed one of the most memorable “highlight” plays in team history – “The Dunk.” In that same year, the John Starks Foundation was established to provide positive opportunities for disadvantaged youngsters and communities.

Dr. Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West Professor of Philosophy, Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Department of African and African American Studies Formerly, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice Union Theological Seminary A professor, theologian, activist and prolific author, Dr. Cornel West has presented the facts of today’s world in terms and forums not only directed toward academia, but also Read More

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Honorary Chair
Dr. Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West
Professor of Philosophy, Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Department of African and African American Studies

Formerly, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice
Union Theological Seminary

A professor, theologian, activist and prolific author, Dr. Cornel West has presented the facts of today’s world in terms and forums not only directed toward academia, but also to those of us in everyday life who actually live it. For years he has been unrivaled as a compelling speaker, dynamic philosopher and enlightening activist. Dr. West’s best selling books, “Race Matters” and “Democracy Matters” (only two in an amazing array), brought into the national spotlight his ongoing mission for racial equity and recognition of democracy as a spiritual force.

Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at the Union Theological Seminary, West is one of America’s most gifted, provocative and important public intellectuals. Dr. West has won numerous awards, including the American Book Award and has received more than 20 honorary degrees.

His work has been describes as a”polemical weapon that attempts to transform linguistic, social, cultural and political tradition to increase the scope of individual development and democratic actions.” West’s writing, speaking and teaching weaves together the American traditions of the Baptist church, transcendentalism, socialism and pragmatism.