Eliminating Heart Health Disparaties Amongst African-American Women
The Board of Directors
Florence Champagne, MSW, Chairman and CEO, suffered a heart attack March, 2012, and as a result, she had emergency open heart surgery.   Due to being uninsured at the time, she did not readily receive the diagnostic testing and life-saving treatment.  She found that she was not alone, and met other African-American women along the way, who were either uninsured or underinsured, which impacted their ability to receive treatment, thus, creating a life-threatening disparity.  Being a heart survivor, she found purpose in her pain as she provides support, advocacy, and leadership to women living with heart disease.

Florence is spokesperson for WomenHeart: A national coalition of women who support women living with or who are at risk of heart disease.  To that end, her accomplishments include being on the Dr. Oz show, speaking on Capitol Hill about heart health disparities, written articles as well as her participation in patient education videos, sharing her personal story empowering women to become advocates for their heart health.  Through her advocacy, education, and speaking engagements, Florence has reached approximately 6,000 women.  Florence received a BA from George Mason University in Art Therapy and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Howard University. Her history includes working at the White House, the Department of Justice and the US House of Representatives.  She is a published author publishing her first book called "Inez's Granddaughter".  Florence is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and Sisters for Sisters Network, Inc.  She is originally from Philadelphia and currently resides in Upper Marlboro, MD.
Sandra Crewe, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Dr. Crewe is the Dean of Howard University's School of Social Work.  She holds a BSW and MSW from the National Catholic School of Social Services, Catholic University of America. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from Howard University in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). Her research interests include Family Caregiving and Kinship Care (emphasis on older adults), Program Development and Evaluation, and Cultural Competence. She has published articles in the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Affilia, and  the Journal of Health and Social Policy. She serves as the director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Social Gerontology.
Dr. Crewe is a gubernatorial appointee for the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust; member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (Resident Leadership Faculty); member of the board of directors, American Association of Service Coordinators (chair professional development committee); advisory council member of the Women’s Health Institute and HIV/AIDS Consortium (Howard University); and member and chair of the ethnogeriatric and culture committee, Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Consortium Center (WAGECC). She is also a Master Faculty Scholar for WAGECC and member of the NASW Aging Specialty Group and served as a member of the expert panel for Family Caregiving Standards. Dr. Crewe also serves on the Council of Social Work’s professional development committee. She is a program evaluation/development consultant for the Department of Social Development (provincial government), Cape Town, South Africa.
Marcella Barnes, Treasurer
Marcella Barnes is a Veteran and Entrepreneur.  She is the CEO and Founder of Pink Hard Hat Construction LLC and has been in business for over 25 years. She was one of the first Black woman in Baltimore City to build and renovate homes in Baltimore City.  She is also the CEO and President of Our Pink Doors LLC, where she provides shelter for homeless veterans.  She saw a need for homes in Baltimore city to be renovated. What she also discovered was the many homeless veterans in Maryland and decided to do something about it.  Ms. Barnes credits her interest in renovating homes from her mother, who is 76 years old still works with her.  
Ms. Barnes is a Certified Financial Educator and provides free classes to teach financial literacy to all people as well as veterans.  Presently she assists individuals, small businesses and Entrepreneurs establish their saving plan and retirement plans.  She is a member of National Congress of Black Woman and Maryland Minority Contractor Association.
Khaleelah Cohen, M.A., Secretary, Board of Directors
Khaleelah received her Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park and earned her B.A. at the University of California, Riverside where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa.  Her special interest in social disparities and under-represented groups led her on a journey of diverse academic ventures including research on Wal-Mart which led to a publication, Wal-Mart and the Logistics Revolution in 2006. Khaleelah has over six years of research and collegiate teaching experience; and a professional background in non-profit program development and volunteer services spanning nearly ten years. She brings a creative and fresh approach to every endeavor, drawing on various disciplines to implement programs and motivate people to action.

In 2010, she transitioned to the non-profit sector working in community outreach and education for WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, a national non-profit organization operating on the strength of over 850+ trained volunteer women heart patients across the nation. During her tenure at WomenHeart, Khaleelah oversaw the enhancement and execution of various program initiatives. As Director of Programs, she managed community-based education initiatives; peer support programs, social media campaigns, and led the planning and execution of over seven conferences.  She continues her work in the non-profit sector, serving community members, through her position with MGUH as Community Benefit Specialist; as well as her position with WomenHeart as Consultant for Patient and Volunteer Programs.
Pamela A. West, Board Member
Pamela West is a retired college administrator from Cheyney University of PA. She is a highly creative and results-driven professional with a passion for education and driving results for the success of others.  She has over 28 years of experience in the university setting.  She is a proactive leadership with a keen acumen for enrollment management, educational programming, and financial aid policy development. Her effective strategic planning and project management skills, and her broad financial management and operational expertise allowed her to oversee recruitment activities, financial services, registrar resources, capital budgets, to effectively managing operations and facilitating complex negotiations, fundraising development activities, event planning and board management – development. She coached senior management to develop and communicate new strategies for continuous improvement and organizational effectiveness.

Pamela was a member of many national enrollment management organizations; however, her passions for her alma mater lead her to serve on the following campus committees; the University Strategic Planning Committee, Faculty Advisor for the Delta Iota Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., which is the chapter to which she was inducted, Enrollment Management and Registration Committees and she also served as the Cheer Coach. 

Now retired, she volunteers time at the place where she gained her first job; the Nile Swim Club of Yeadon, PA as a lifeguard. 

Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, M.D., Advisory Committee
Dr. Nickens is a program director in the Heart Failure and Arrhythmias Branch in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is responsible for the scientific development and fiscal management of research programs focused on prevention, recognition, and treatment in cardiovascular medicine.  She is responsible for initiative development, coordinating workshops and meetings, and preparing all reports within these scientific areas for the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences and the Institute Director.

Among her various responsibilities, Dr. Desvigne-Nickens is particularly interested in disparities in the practice of medicine and cardiovascular health and the effect on women and minorities.

Prior to joining the NHLBI in 1991, Dr. Desvigne-Nickens was a primary care physician at the Johns Hopkins Health Plan in Baltimore. In that position, she treated patients of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds who were afflicted with various complex chronic disorders such as hypertension, diabetes, and coronary heart disease.

Dr. Desvigne-Nickens has reviewed or edited dozens of scientific manuscripts and is an author or coauthor of numerous articles and studies. She is a member of the American Heart Association, the National Medical Association, and the Association of Black Cardiologists.

Peggy Morris, Advisory Committee.  
Peggy is the President and Founder of Sisters 4 Sisters Network, Inc. (S4SN).  S4SN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization driven by membership.  The key to the organization’s success is creating an empowerment, motivational and informative environment developed in a Spirit of Sisterhood, where their focus is on Education and Mentoring, Health and Wellness, Entrepreneurship, and Domestic Violence.  She has created a platform to bring women together to share information, resources and contacts to help elevate each other to the next level in their business. Their motto is “Women Helping Women to Connect”.   Peggy is also a host of a Web TV online radio program called 4Sisters LIVE.  There she helps to provide a platform which allows them to bring information to the community with guests on the topics of Education and Mentoring, Health and Wellness, Domestic Violence, and Entrepreneurship.  
Dr. Terri Peters, Advisory Committee.
Dr. Terri Peters is a Compound Pharmacist and co-owner of Quality of Life Pharmacy along with her husband and Pharmacist, Dr. Rick Peters serving at the forefront to improve patient outcomes through Specialty Compounding and Disease Management.  She is also the Ambulatory Clinical Care Pharmacist in Charge at the University of Maryland Laurel Medical Center, where she turned the pharmacy into a full service hospital pharmacy to serve the state in treating Maryland Covid-19 patients. She is a Health Coach for Weight Loss and Associate Professor for Experiential Education for Howard University Doctor of Pharmacy Candidates. She is a Member of the Prince George's County Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and Co-Chairs the Health Committee. She is also a Member of the Prince George's County Health Coalition.

The Honorable
Eleanor Holmes Norton

The Honorable Melony Griffith

The Honorable Aisha Braveboy

Barbara DeBaptist
Former National President, NCBW

Sylvia Traymore Morrison

Jennifer Donelan
           Former NBC News Anchor
Heart Survivor

Dr. Willie Jolley
Motivational Speaker, Author

Cassandra A. McCullough
Association of Black Cardiologist

DeeDee Strum
University of Maryland