This Year's Speakers

Dr. Pernessa Seele

Founder, The Balm in Gilead, Inc.

Bishop James B. Walker

The Presiding Prelate of the Seventh Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

Bishop Horace E. Smith, M.D.

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

Cynthia Finch

Licensed Master of Social Work and a Certified Case Manager

Rev. Samuel L. Green, Jr.

Director of Christian Education for the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church

Eric Smith

6th International President of the Assembly of Christian Educators

Dr. Donna Carstens

Respiratory Medical Director in US Medical Affairs at Glaxo Smith Kline in Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Marsha B. Henderson

Former Associate Commissioner for Women’s Health at the Food and Drug Administration

Jonathan Jackson, PhD

Founding Director Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Claudia Hardy, MPA

Program Director at O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

H Rahkal E. Shelton

Registered Respiratory Therapist at Saint Anthony Hospital in Chicago

Geraldine Peacock

Critical Care Nurse

Magon Saunders

Diabetes Educator, Author, Health Coach, Registered and Licensed Dietitian

Rev. E. Taylor Doctor

Author, Lecturer and Director of Programs for National Black Justice Coalition

Suzette Oyeku, MD, MPH

Chief of the Division of Academic General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM)

Cookie Johnson

Devoted Philanthropist and Passionate Spokesperson

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University, Durham, NC

Reverend Dr. Renita J. Weems

Biblical Scholar, a Writer, an Ordained Minister, and a Public Intellectual

Dr. Khaalida T. Forbes

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Metamorphosis Enterprises, Atlanta, GA

Rev. Paul Abernathy

Pastor, St. Moses Orthodox Christian Mission

Rev. Shane B. Scott

Senior Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Rayvann Kee II

Owner and Principle Psychologist at EmpowerMeant Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting, LLC

Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH

Obesity Medicine Physician Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Reverend Dr. Nathaniel T. Brooks

Senior Pastor of the Greater Saint John Baptist Church, Birmingham, VA

Malik Yoba

Actor, Writer and Entrepreneur

Rev. Dr. Garland F. Pierce

Executive Director of Christian Education of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Dr. Simon Blanc

Cancer Researcher and board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology/hematology with special interest in public policy, patient advocacy and cancer care delivery to patients

Donna Mitchell

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and President/CEO of Covenant Counseling & Consultation Services, LLC

Dr. Derek S. Hicks

Researcher, author and co-chair of the Religion and Food Group at the American Academy of Religion

Alice Freeman

Trailblazer and Registered Naturopath with the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board

Tamika Felder

Cancer survivor and award-winning women’s health advocate

Sheila Wright

Health Ministry Coordinator for the Faith Community Health Ministry department at Atrium Health

Rev. J. C. Howard

Lead Pastor, House of Hope Macon, in Macon, GA

Rev. Twanna Henderson

Speaker, Counselor and Co-founder New Beginnings Church in Matthews, NC

Rev. Gay Tompson Steele, MDiv

Pastor of Faith Mission, Christian Fellowship Church, in Camarillo, California

Patrick Feron

Field Medical Director with Pfizer Rare Disease Amyloidosis Therapeutic team in the Southeast

Nicci Gilbert

Founding member of the Grammy nominated group Brownstone and host of new empowering late night series She Speaks Live

Dr. Kevin Alexander

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist at Stanford University

Dr. Ravi Karra

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, at Duke University School of Medicine

Dr. Omar F. AbouEzzeddine

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Dr. Richard Browne

Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Charlotte, NC