Who We Are

Our 21-member body is comprised of local Black women leaders, advocates, and community influencers. We are co-chaired by inaugural members Dr. Tiffany Green, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Alia Stevenson, Chief Programs Officer with the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness.

Co-Chairs

Dr. Tiffany Green, PhD

Assistant Professor, UW Departments of Population Health Sciences and Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Tiffany Green is an economist and population health scientist and a nationally recognized expert in racial/ethnic and nativity disparities in reproductive health. She is currently Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Green earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her B.A. in economics from Florida A&M University. Her research focuses primarily on understanding the individual-, family-, and structural-level determinants of disparities in women’s health and birth outcomes. Dr. Green’s mission is to shed light on how and why Black women, regardless of socioeconomic status experience the worst maternal and child health outcomes.

Alia Stevenson, MS

Chief Programs Officer, Foundation for Black Women's Wellness

Alia Stevenson is the Chief Programs Officer for the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness. She brings a track record of experience in shaping notable health and racial equity efforts through her previous roles as a Policy, Planning & Evaluation Manager and Health Equity Coordinator for Public Health Madison & Dane County. She has spent her career in the field of organizational development, embedding health and racial equity into agency operations, policies and programming. Alia brings a systems approach to assessing and improving environments that center the needs of, and empowers those most impacted by inequities.

Members

Lola Awoyinka

Public Health Consultant

Lola Awoyinka is a doctoral student and public health consultant. An experienced analyst, Lola works to make data digestible, and applies principles of equity to data collection, interpretation and presentation in order to address health inequities. Lola has spent the past 10 years working in epidemiology and health services research, with much of that time focused on unpacking the drivers of disparities. Lola earned her masters in public health at UW-Madison and is working on her doctorate in Public and Community Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Betty Banks

Director of Program Dev. and Community Outreach Today Not Tomorrow, Inc.

Betty Banks is the Executive Director of Today Not Tomorrow, Inc., a 501c3, local non-profit, that she co founded whose mission is to use the medium of television and technology to strengthen families and promote “Comm-Unity”. Her work as the Director of Community Engagement for TNT’s Project Babies includes providing information and support for young families so that they can become proactive in their children’s health and well-being. Before retiring, Betty was the Director of the Family Enhancement Early Childhood Center, a family resource center that provided a safe and stimulating environment for parents and children.

Hershey Barnett Bridges

Co-founder of African American Breastfeeding Alliance

Hershey Barnett Bridges has dedicated her life to address African American breastfeeding disparities through dissemination of information, research and support so that every African American family will make well-informed decisions regarding the choice to breastfeed. She has over 30 years experience in public health; and in teaching women, colleagues, students, and peers in breastfeeding expertise. Hershey continues to update information through, seminars, conferences, online courses, and hands-on experiences.

Micaela Berry-Smith

Community Partner

Micaela Berry-Smith is a Doula at Harambee Village Doulas. She is certified as an Infant Specialist and Protective Factors Trainer. With a degree in Early Childhood Development and Art Therapy, Berry has had a multifaceted career and is dedicated to helping individuals, families, and community in every season of parenting, and advocating for those whose voices aren’t heard.

Jill Denson

Public Health Supervisor, Public Health Madison & Dane County

Jill has developed and participated in many initiatives to combat disparities among pregnant women and infants, including Centering Pregnancy, Centering Parenting, and a Big Sister intervention (Community Health Worker Model). Jill has also participated in Fetal and Infant Mortality Reviews (FIMR) and Maternal Mortality Reviews. Jill is an active member of Black Mama Matters Alliance’s, CityMatCH and March of Dimes. Jill Denson holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work specializing in child welfare. Jill is currently a PhD candidate at the Zilber School of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, concentrating in community and behavioral health promotion.

Gloria Farr

Community Health Liaison, Allied Wellness Center

Gloria Manadier-Farr is the Community Health Liaison for the Allied Wellness Center which focuses on health promotion and direct assistance and support for people facing addiction and a myriad of concerns. Gloria is Community Chaplain for Nehemiah Development Corp. She has 20 years of experience in the fields of substance abuse, trauma, and mental health. She is a licensed substance abuse counselor and minister of Fountain of Life Covenant Church.

Carola Gaines

Community Liaison/Sr. Advocate, Quartz Health

Carola Gaines, Community Liaison Manager, has worked for Quartz and UW Health for 26 years, serving Medicaid families in advocating and creating programs that support their health and assist in removing barriers to receive quality health care. Since 1994 the Quartz BadgerCare Plus(BC+) membership has grown from 1,200 in Dane County to approximately 45,000 members in 16 Counties and still growing. She is challenged daily as she works to meet the needs of the members in the many areas of their lives. Her goals are to coordinate and provide a heightened level of support to Quartz BC+ providers and BC+ membership, by implementing innovative programs to improve access to care and striving to decrease health inequities. Carola serves on several community Boards and committees. She has received numerous awards and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Sharon Gilbert

Home Visiting Nurse Consultant, State of WI Department of Health Services

Sharon is a Home Visiting Nurse consultant within the Department of Health (DHS) services. Sharon's primary function has been involvement on the Core Home Visiting State Team within Department of Children and Families (DCF). Sharon connects and supports shared crosswalks of measures and objectives between DHS and DCF departments. The DCF State team provides ongoing support to Local Implementing Agencies (LIA) programing as relating to Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Federal performance measures and outcomes.**

Adrian Jones

Program Manager, Community Health Improvement, UW Population Health

Adrian Jones is the Program Manager for Community Health Improvement in UW Health's Office of Population Health. As a program manager, Adrian is responsible for managing multiple initiatives that bridge the gap between clinical care and community-based efforts. More specifically, she works closely with organizations that are led by African American women whose collective goal is to eliminate inequities for African American families. Through collaboration, data, and community voice, Adrian helps to develop the Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy process. She strongly believes community members are the experts in providing the blueprint needed to ensure that individuals and families thrive in Dane County.**

Corinda Rainey Moore, PhD

Community Engagement Manager Unity Point Health - Meriter

In her current role, Corinda is responsible for the Community Health Needs Assessment, Community Benefits and Community building activities. Her passion is healthcare, racial justice and equity, advocacy, networking and bridging relationships. Corinda worked the past 5 years at Kids Forward as the Community Engagement Manager. In addition, Corinda worked for 27 years in mental health with 21 of those years being at Journey Mental Health Center as a Clinical Team Manager of three programs serving adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

Ariel Robbins, MPH

Care Coordination Project Manager, Group Health Cooperative South Central Wisconsin

Ariel Robbins is the Project Manager for the Dane County Health Council Care Coordination project working to eliminate black-white racial disparities in low birthweight and infant mortality through a county-wide technology-based care coordination system. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 8 years on projects with varying focus areas including access to healthcare, health equity and health education. She received her Bachelors of Science in Community Health from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her Masters of Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. In her downtime she enjoys volunteer work and is especially proud to mentor black youth who are experiencing adverse homelife situations.

Tamara Thompson

Doula & Child Birth Educator, Mother Earth Doula Care

Tamara N. Thompson is a Black femme activist, Lactation Counselor, Doula, Childbirth Educator, and Student Midwife. Tamara is a founding member of the Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective, co-founder of Harambee Village, a community based-doula organization, and Maroon Calabash, a Black Womyn led Reproductive Justice organization. Tamara’s activism work includes the intersections of pregnancy and racism, incarceration, trauma, gender identity, infant loss, trauma, economic status, and access to human milk.

Felica Turner Walton

CEO & Founder, Healing Our Hearts

Felica Turner-Walton has always vowed to work in the medical field. From age 12 as a candy striper to now returning to her first love as a Certified Grief Support Specialist as well as a Doula. Felica will be enrolled with UW of Wisconsin-Madison for Psychology starting Fall 2020. Felica is a mother to 5 beautiful Children, she is also the CEO and Founder of Healing Our Hearts Foundation where she works to assist African American mothers after the loss of a child as well as working to assist with COVID Relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. After the loss of her son Zaire (2016) Felica works to advocate for mothers to have an opportunity to have a safe space for moms to discuss and share their loss and ways to grieve healthily.

Sheray Wallace

Founder, Meadowood Health Partnership

Sheray Wallace is a long time Meadowood resident, community organizer and activist in the Dane County Area. She brings a wealth of knowledge ranging from youth capacity building, violence intervention, domestic violence support, elderly care, and community and medical services. She has been instrumental in securing resources for residents in need and establishing wrap-around programing for families which include a clothing closet, youth learning space, work and focus space, and private space for medical and healthcare related needs.

Tara Wilhelmi

CEO & Founder, EOTO Culturally Rooted

Tara Wilhelmi leads a local grassroots community recovery and wellness organization, EOTO Culturally Rooted. She is a Certified Peer Specialist  and state trainer of Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) providing support to individuals navigating mental health, substance use and trauma recovery. Driven by her passion for positive social change and thriving, healthy communities of color she enjoys acting as a connector and seed planter working on several impactful collaborations throughout Wisconsin. As a Certified Peer Specialist and studying doula Tara subscribes to a "each one teach one" knowledge and skill sharing ideology that she believes is key to challenging systemic injustice."

Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH

Pediatrician, UW Health

Dr. Zapata is an award-winning author, public health strategist, researcher, and physician. Her focus is on utilizing innovative, community-centered, and system shifting strategies to impact health outcomes for children and families in a radical way. She is double-board certified in the fields of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine and works as a UW Newborn Nursery Hospitalist practicing at Meriter Hospital. She is also an assistant professor at the University of WI School of Medicine and Public Health where she is a Centennial scholar and serves in a variety of clinical, research, teaching and leadership roles aimed at increasing diversity in medicine and achieving maternal child health equity locally and nationally. Outside of the hospital, she is passionate about youth empowerment, social entrepreneurship, book writing, singing, playing volleyball and spending time with family. Her ultimate mission in life is to use her infectious energy, gifts, and passions to "heal, uplift and inspire".

Partners & Consultants

Lisa Peyton-Caire, MsEd.

CEO & President, The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness

Lisa Peyton-Caire is the Founding CEO & President of The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, a Wisconsin based non-profit established in 2012 whose mission is to energize, mobilize, and support  Black women to transform their health through education, advocacy, and powerful partnerships. Her award-winning work was spurred by her Mother’s untimely death at age 64 from heart disease in 2006, after which Lisa established Black Women’s Wellness Day, an annual summit now in its 12th year that empowers women and girls to sustain healthy, wellness-centered lives. Lisa is actively engaged in a number of local, statewide and national efforts that promote healthy, thriving, sustainable communities.

Annette Miller, M.S.

CEO & President, EQT By Design, LLC

Annette launched EQT By Design to focus on developing diverse, inclusive, sustainable strategies in public engagement, equitable community development projects, and organizational cultural change management. As CEO and founder of EQT By Design, Miller’s passion is ensuring that inclusion and engagement are front and center in her work. Annette is committed to the deconstruction of processes and practices that create inequity within organizations and systems. She seeks to listen, learn, and engage diverse voices within and outside of organizations to co-create inclusive processes and people-centered decision-making.