Thursday, April 25, 2024  9:30AM – 4:00PM

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About Our Panelists

Education Panel:
Eradicating COVID Learning Loss

Chris Smith
Boston Afterschool & Beyond

Chris Smith is President & Executive Director of Boston After School & Beyond. He has led and scaled education, youth development, and college and workforce strategies at the city, state, and national levels. At Boston Beyond, he mobilized a data-driven network of nearly 500 programs reaching more than 20,000 students each year. He spearheaded the nationally-recognized 5th Quarter of Learning with the Boston Public Schools to integrate academics, enrichment, and skill development, an approach which research shows closes opportunity and achievement gaps. He served on the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine committee on summertime experiences.

Chris previously worked at the Boston Private Industry Council, where he led Boston’s first comprehensive study of the college completion rates of its high school graduates, and at the US Department of Education in Washington, DC. He earned an MBA from Babson College and a BA from Trinity College.

Renée Ọmọladé
Senior Director of Community Schools, United Way

Karen Maund
President, Black Educators’ Alliance of MA

Karen Maund, President of the Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts, Inc., has 40+ years of educational and administrative experience in Boston Public Schools and METCO. Additionally, her expertise and focus is in special education. Over the years, she has mastered blending leadership and practical skills as a teacher, an administrator and as a student and parent advocate which guides and informs her work with BEAM. She has been a long time active and committed member who remains steadfast in her advocacy and commitment to advancing educational justice and in service of BEAM’s mission.

As a lifelong resident of Boston and its surrounding communities and a proud graduate of the Boston Public Schools, Karen advanced her educational studies in holding a BS in Special Education from Loyola University of Chicago, a MA in Special Education from Cambridge College and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Urban Educational Leadership from Simmons University and an educational year at Howard University. As a result of her tireless dedication to the youth in her community, Karen was awarded the Boston Neighborhood Fellows Unsung Hero Award by the Boston Foundation’s Philanthropic Initiative.

Sarah Link
United Way of Massachusetts Bay

Sarah Link is Vice President of Early Education and Out-of-School Time at United Way of Massachusetts Bay, where she is responsible for delivering on United Way’s mission of advancing an economically just region where access to prosperity is shared across race and ethnicity. For thirteen years, Sarah has led a team in efforts related to strategic grantmaking, program design and implementation, and collective impact and systems change in education. Prior to joining United Way, Sarah’s work in the Out-of-School Time field fostered a passion for school, community, and family partnerships to support young people’s social emotional learning.

When she is not working, you can find Sarah coaching her daughters’ softball and basketball teams, leading the Newton Girls Softball Panthers travel softball program, and serving as the Board President for the Angier After School Program and board member of Newton Girls Softball.

Physical Health Panel:
Weathering – The Physical Toll of Systemic Injustice on Communities of Color

Dr. Michael Curry
Mass League of Community Health Centers

Michael Curry, Esq. is President & CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, which represents 52 health centers, serving over one million patients out of over 300 practice sites. He was named one of the Boston Business Journal Power 50 Movement Makers of 2023 and 2022, one of Boston’s Most Influential Men of Color by GetKonnected! and one of Boston Magazine’s 150 Most Influential Bostonians in 2023, and a Bostonian of the Year in 2021 (along with his member health centers) by The Boston Globe and Boston Magazine.

He brings over 30 years of experience and results in civil rights advocacy, health reform and health equity. He is a current, nationally elected (4-term) member of the National NAACP’s Board of Directors (2014-present), the Regional Administrator for the New England Area Conference of the NAACP, and the Immediate Past President of the Boston Branch of the NAACP (2011-2016).

Dr. Curry earned a Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from New England School of Law, and later graduated from the inaugural class of the Executive Leadership Council’s Pipeline to Leadership Program. He also has an honorary degree from William James college, a Doctorate in Business Administration from Curry College and Healthcare Administration from Labouré College.

Rainelle Walker White
Family Van/Harvard Medical

Rainelle Walker-White, B.S. in Human Service, serves as the Associate Director of Health Equity Programs at the Family Van. For over 30 years, Rainelle has improved equitable access to care for hard-to-reach communities. As a community health worker, she utilizes a client-led, strength-based and relationship-centered approach to care. She counsels clients with complex health and social needs and empowers them to live healthier, happier lives.
She is skilled in offering culturally-responsive health screening and education related to cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, mental health, and cancer. Rainelle has trained and mentored hundreds of aspiring health professionals in how to care for clients with cultural humility.

Dr. Kathryn Hall
Boston Public Health Commission

Dr. Kathryn Hall is the Deputy Commissioner for Population Health and Health Equity at the Boston Public Health Commission. After receiving her PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Harvard University she spent 10 years in the biotech industry tackling problems in drug discovery and development. Dr. Hall then returned to Harvard Medical School, joining the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and received a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Hall is an Assistant Professor, part-time in medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Molecular Biologist in the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her academic research focuses on the placebo effect and in particular how the absence of placebo and presence of nocebo effects influences health equity. Dr. Hall is the author of Placebos, MIT Press and has a Masters in Documentary Film from Emerson College.

Dr. Makeeba McCreary
New Commonwealth Fund

Dr. Makeeba McCreary serves as President of the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund (NCF). The New Commonwealth Fund was founded in 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. When faced with these twin crises, nineteen of Massachusetts’ leading Black and Brown executives launched NCF with a collective goal – to fight systemic racism differently. In just four short years, NCF has invested $13 million into more than 150 Black and Brown-led non-profits across the Commonwealth.

Prior to leading NCF, Makeeba spent two and a half years with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). In her role she focused on audience development and integrating diverse perspectives through the lens of art. Prior to joining the MFA, Makeeba served as Chief of Staff and External Relations for the Boston Public Schools, and designed and managed philanthropic investment for global brands such as Nike, Jordan Brand, the National Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Darden Inc.

Mental Health/Wellbeing Panel:
State of DEI – Dismantling Racism in the Workplace and Beyond

Dr. Claire Cecil-Pierre
Mass General Brigham

Dr. Claire-Cecile Pierre is the Vice President of Community Health Programs at Mass General Brigham. Dr. Pierre holds decades of experience in the use of technology to improve the quality of care at community health centers (CHC) and academic medical centers. With a career focused on health equity, Dr. Pierre seeks to encourage healthcare innovations that appropriately value the expertise of patients and communities to address structural inequities based on age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, abilities and/or socioeconomic status. Dr. Pierre has worked at Partners in Health, the World Bank and Babson College. She is a member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. She is also a member of the Health Equity Compact.

Sheena Collier
Boston While Black

From boardrooms to vibrant communities, Sheena Collier is the connector that brings it all together. With over 20 years of experience, Sheena’s passion for cultivating relationships, sparking growth, and turning ideas into thriving realities has never wavered.Known for her magic touch in event design and strategic partnerships, she’s curated experiences that have captivated audiences from 25 to 25,000.Sheena’s passions lie at the intersection of civic life, social infrastructure, and corporate culture.

Through her consulting company, The Collier Connection (TCC), Sheena helps businesses and organizations of all sizes reach and engage their ideal audiences, from intimate launches to large-scale activations. Recognizing the need for a supportive network for Black professionals, she founded Boston While Black (BWB) in 2020. This dynamic digital and in-person community provides the tools, connections, and experiences that enable Black Bostonians to thrive, personally and professionally. Through BWB, Sheena is designing a method to shape cities where Black people want to live and work.

Ian Matthew-Clayton
Dana Farber

Ian Matthew-Clayton is the Vice President and Chief Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (ID&E) Officer for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In this role, he leads the implementation of a multi-year ID&E strategy and plan, developing programs, policies, and practices that foster an environment of inclusion and equity at Dana-Farber and supports the attraction, development, and retainment of a diverse workforce. He plays a central role to make significant improvements across 4 priority areas, including addressing cancer disparities in research; improving access to care and equitable outcomes; investing in our community to support healthy lives for all; and enhancing access to careers and advancement.

As an immigrant from the Commonwealth of Dominica, Ian has always been aware of the value different cultural perspectives and experiences have in identifying solutions to societal problems. He has also seen how inequity and discrimination negatively impact communities and harm us for generations. Ian continues to nurture the path to a more just society with his hard work and dedication at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Sharhea Wade
State Street

Sharhea is the Head of Global Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (GIDE) Programs & Solutions Management at State Street Corporation. Reporting directly to the Chief Diversity Officer and in partnership with Human Resources colleagues, she manages a team who drives delivery of IDE programs and services across the enterprise, including 24+ global Employee Networks, 10 Actions to Address Racism & Inequality and Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Racial Equity in the Workplace Certification. She also assists State Street’s approach to GIDE consulting with internal and external clients, engaging leaders with insights from qualitative and quantitative diversity data, including Enterprise Diversity Goals. Sharhea has been in various roles at State Street including as a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the CAO of State Street and a Global Credit Analyst, managing the fixed income investments for the bank’s portfolio.

She is an active community member, who currently serves as the elected President of National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) – Boston Chapter and alumni of Boston’s pre-collegiate leadership organizations such as Summer Search, Bottom Line, uAspire and The Posse Foundation.

Sharhea graduated from Bryn Mawr College, majoring in Economics and Boston University with a Master of Business Administration. She is originally from the beautiful, volcanic island of Montserrat, West Indies and now resides in Randolph, MA.

Toni Wiley
Sportsmen’s/USTA DEI

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