Adrian Taylor is the Director of Diversity for Premier Health in Dayton, Ohio. He leads programming that supports Premier’s commitment to diversity and inclusion with an emphasis on workforce diversity, supplier diversity, patient diversity and community engagement. Because of his commitment and passion for diversity he has won several awards including the 2020 Dayton Business Journal Diversity-In- Business Diversity Champion Award, 2021 National Diversity Council Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Champion Award and the 2021 DiversityMBA Top 50 Under 50 Executive Leader’s Award. Adrian also serves as a board member for the Dayton chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) and the Dayton Foodbank. Before joining Premier Health in 2014, Mr. Taylor served in key management roles, earning positions of increasing responsibility in the private sector with companies like EDS, NCR and The Berry Company. More recently he worked for four years in the non-profit sector for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. As the Manager of Minority Business Retention and Expansion he advocated for and secured over $100M in contracted diverse spend for diverse companies in the Dayton region.
Anjanette Elligan has Over 20 years of pharmaceutical research industry experience. Held various leadership roles. Currently a Site Partnership Manager/DICT SME with Sanofi US. Wife of 19 years in June to Marcel, and a mother of a 24-year-old daughter Gabrielle and a 7-year-old son Axl. Proud HBCU graduate from Spelman College with a BA in Psychology. Received MBA from Beulah Heights University. Pursuing Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Beulah Heights University. Diversity in Clinical Trials (DICT) Certification received from ACMA. Passionate about Health Equity, Diversity, Equality, Equity, Inclusion, and Patient Centricity within the research industry
Dominiece Hoelyfield is a Senior Inclusion and Culture Consultant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. She has worked in the D.E.I field for more than ten years and has experience with high-impact programming, facilitation, and diversity training. She thrives in an environment that responds to the needs of individuals with diverse identities and life experiences and promotes intercultural intelligence. Having roots in Illinois, Dominiece graduated with a B.A. degree in Radio/TV from Southern Illinois University and serendipitously, later obtained an M.S. degree in Higher Education at Illinois State University. She has been a resident of Columbus, OH for seven years. Some of her notable accomplishments include opening the first LBGTQ Resource Center at Missouri State University, effectively increasing OSU's underrepresented graduate student population through a high-impact program called, Summer Research Opportunities Program, served as Board of Trustee for Stonewall Columbus, and has successfully completed United Way of Central Ohio's selective leadership program known as Project Diversity/Pride Leadership.
Joy Gero, Psy.D. (she/her) is a psychologist who began her career at UPMC close to 14 years ago at UPMC Western Behavioral Health. During her time at UPMC, she has worked in leadership and training roles across the health care system including as the leader of patient relations at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She was named the manager of LGBTQ+ Health Initiatives at UPMC in February of 2019 and helped lead a team that improved UPMC’s participation and designation in the Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index. Dr. Gero currently serves as the Director of Population Health and Improvement for UPMC. In addition to her work at UPMC, Dr. Gero has facilitated trainings and spoken about topics ranging from implicit bias, being an advocate for intersectional communities, moral injury, suicide, and anxiety.
Greg Braylock, Jr. is passionate about community, leadership, young people and learning, and looks for ways to have a measurable and lasting impact on people’s lives, organizations, and communities. Married to Tracie – a nurse, mom, and entrepreneur – Greg and his wife have four young children and reside in Toledo, OH. Greg serves as the vice president and chief diversity, equity, & inclusion officer for ProMedica. In this role, he leads the organization’s work to build a culture of inclusion that leverages diversity and creates equity in the workplace, healthcare, and community. Having been with ProMedica since 2013, Greg most recently served as vice president of operations in the metro Toledo acute care division. Before joining ProMedica, Greg worked for United Way of Greater Toledo, where he leads strategies to counter the social, economic, and public health issues that create disparities in education and life outcomes for young people and families. Greg earned a master’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Toledo. He was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of Rising Stars: 50 Health Care Leaders under 40 in 2016.
Isaac Baez joined Summa Health as their Primary Prevention and At-Risk Populations Manager at their Health Equity Center in May 2021. His responsibilities are providing leadership and expertise to reduce chronic disease rates and health disparities in at-risk populations through ongoing community-based health programs and with a team of Certified Community Health Workers who support Chronic Disease patients. He also supports and collaborates with Summa’s Diversity Advisory Council and Employee Resources Groups, such as A+PLUs and Excel. He received his Master in Public Health from NEOMED and his Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) certificate through the Institute of Diversity Certification. In addition, he has conducted training throughout Stark and Summit Counties, including Cultural and Linguistic Competency, Cultural Humility, Language Access, and LGBTQ+ 101. His passion for working with those in need has been why he pursued a career in Public Health. It has also allowed him to work with different groups such as Chair of the March for Akron Pride Festival’s Steering Committee, Akron-Canton Latino Committee, Refugee Task Force, and Chair of Outreach & Education Committee for the Board of Plexus LGBT + Allied Chamber of Commerce.
Javay Walton is a native of San Francisco, CA and has leveraged a rich background in the healthcare industry for over 15 years at Vituity Physician Partners where he is currently the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Working closely with Vituity's Executive, HR, Recruiting, and Education teams, Javay is driven to ensure individuals from historically marginalized communities are represented at all avenues of their career with equitable access to opportunities for advancement. His vision of Zero Barriers is about building inclusive workplaces that focus on allyship, education, equity, and cultural competency. Growing up in a predominately Black community in San Francisco, it was not until he went to college when he understood the marginalization and disparities in health, wealth, and careers in these communities due to years of systemic issues. This fueled his drive to work on strategies to create equity in organizational practices, processes, and policies. Javay holds a degree from San Jose State University in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management. He is also a Certified Diversity Professional through the National Diversity Council. In addition to his work at Vituity, he recently served for three years as Treasurer of Beebe Memorial Cathedral CME Church in Oakland, CA, one of the largest Black churches in the SF Bay Area. Javay welcomes the opportunity to network and mentor, and advises mentees "to take advantage of all opportunities presented. The opportunities you are most nervous about, or feel are too big for your experience are the exact opportunities you need to go after and challenge yourself. Every opportunity is an opportunity to connect!" His personal motto is Be You. Inspire. Empower. Javay currently resides in the Houston, Texas area where he enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Lauren, and their two children.
As the Lead Consultant for the office of Inclusion and Culture at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Lainie is responsible for helping to drive diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and initiatives. As an essential member of the team, Lainie leverages her experience in project management and data analysis to deliver exceptional service to NCH team members and the organization. A southern California native, Lainie has called central Ohio home since 2004. Lainie joined Nationwide Children’s Hospital in December 2020 as a Senior Consultant for the Office of Inclusion & Culture. Previously Lainie’s HR career has been in Labor Relations, Employee Relations, and Business Analysis, all while being an active member, organizer, advocate, and leader in DEI spaces and initiatives. In her own words, “My passion to share and gather knowledge, has shaped me in my career to strive to provide the highest quality of work. I have established myself as a trusted colleague through building relationships that are mutually beneficial and meaningful. I believe that being genuine, authentic, and kind can lead to powerful experiences in which you can learn about people’s diverse backgrounds for an inclusive and successful environment where everyone is welcome.”
Pat is an accomplished Human Resources professional with a broad base of experience as a solution-driven leader and guiding professional teams and individuals through expertise in mentoring, coaching, and conflict resolution. She currently holds the position of Senior Director, Corporate Human Resources at B. Braun Medical Inc., with responsibility for leading the Center of Excellence (COE) for Employee Relations for B. Braun Medical across the US and Canada. Pat joined B. Braun in 2005 and has provided leadership to human capital management and talent acquisition functions companywide, as well as directly managed HR functions for up to 1,500 employees. She also represents the region on B. Braun’s Global Center of Competence (COC) for Diversity. Pat collaborates with business units and senior management to align resources to achieve corporate objectives and goals, while championing DEI, a key part of the company’s business strategy. Pat builds partnerships with business, education and government through active community affiliations including the Pennsylvania Diversity Council, the Advisory Council for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion through Lehigh Valley Community Consortium and the Institute for Workplace Equality. Prior to joining B. Braun, Pat worked for Intel Corporation and Philadelphia Life Insurance Company. She also founded The Hartwell Group, a consultancy focused on providing human resources solutions to start-up, turnaround, and high-growth operations. She holds a BA in Sociology from Temple University and an MBA in Human Resources Management from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.
Tammy Williams is the Founder & CEO of Envision2bWell Inc dba EnvisionWell. Known as the Chief Democratizer for Social Health Empowerment®, she founded the innovative mission driven digital health and wellness company to address the lack of health equity after an illustrious career leading human resources, corporate communications, business strategy and change management at multiple Fortune companies inclusive of Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, Motorola and mid-size companies. The company’s focus is to democratize 360° Wellness by bringing knowledge, support, access and autonomy (KSAA) to all with a powerful unified, integrated and scalable platform that is mobile first but not mobile only, for companies, payers, healthcare partners, community-based organizations and individual consumers. Named one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business by the Network Journal, is just one of the many honors the accomplished speaker has received, including a Pennsylvania Senate Proclamation presented by then-Senator Andrew Dinniman in recognition of selfless service. She has appeared on Bloomberg Business and has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences. Tammy is involved in activism activites and serves on several boards. In June 2021, Williams further demonstrated her activist bona fides when she presented testimony at a Congressional hearing to advocate for reversing the decline in women entrepreneurship. Tammy is also a proud partner of VisionForward, a national coalition of organizations and individuals working to advance gender equity through women’s leadership. A Southern New Jersey native, Williams attended Rutgers University and Kellogg School of Management and holds multiple certifications. She is a self-described “mother, granny, wife, sister, auntie, friend, and businesswoman, who loves to help other women “live Life grand,” and has successfully integrated her business, her volunteerism/advocacy, and family into one life in which she tries every day to live by her mantra to “Live Life Grand.”
Terra F. Williams is the Director for the Office of Health Promotion at Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County. Mrs. Williams has over 26 years of experience in both the engineering and health care that focus on the impact of health disparities in the community, developing programming that addresses, educates, and creates equitable change, while cultivating and promoting a diverse, ethical, and inclusive workplace culture. Mrs. Williams oversees Public Health – Dayton & Montogmery County Diversity, Equity and Inclusive programs, the divisions of Chronic Disease and Prevention, WIC, and Maternal and Child Health, Local Office of Minority Health, Montgomery Count Food Equity Coalition, the EveryOne Reach One Maternal and Infant Vitality Task Force. This includes 6 direct reports, 11 coordinators, 88 staff, and management of multiple grants totaling over $6 million. Terra’s focus is centered on the wellbeing and holistic health of the community that she feels can be achieved through servant leadership, cooperative partnership, and community collaboration. Because of Terra’s dedication, she was named the 2022 Commission on Minority Health SHERO awardee and also received the key to the City of Dayton by the city’s mayor. Terra currently serves as a board member for the Community Advisory Board for Dayton Daily News, Board of Trustee for Dayton Live, Board of Trustee for Goodwill Easter Seals of Miami Valley, and a Board member of Parity Inc. Before joining Public Health – Dayton & Montogmery County, Terra served in key management and engineering roles, earning positions of increased responsibilities in both the public and private sector with companies such Delphi Automotive Systems, Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton, and Miami Valley Child Development. Terra holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Southern University and A&M College and a Master of Science in Public Health from Wright State University. She is married to Stephen A. Williams, and they share two wonderful children.
Tina Loarte-Rodriguez, MSN, RN, CIC, CPPS, CPHRM is the Vice President of Nursing at Wheeler Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center with five integrated primary care locations in central Connecticut. Her priority is supporting the team in providing high quality, safe, patient centered care. She oversees the nursing department, medical assistant practice, and infection control at the Health and Wellness Centers, school and congregate care homes. Her professional experience includes teaching middle school math for four years and over sixteen years in health care in perioperative and primary care nursing, performance improvement, infection control, risk management, and patient safety. A graduate from Cornell University, UCONN, and Quinnipiac University, she is certified in infection prevention and control, patient safety, and healthcare risk management. She is an eternal learner with a passion for health equity and high reliability. Tina is a Hartford Business Journal Healthcare Hero Award winner and led the Wheeler nursing team to win the Ct Nursing Association Excellence in Team Award, both in 2021. An active member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses- Hartford Chapter and the Ct Nursing Association General Assembly Committee, Tina is committed to giving back and advocacy. She loves dancing, eating, reading, and traveling. Originally born and raised in the Bronx, NY, she now resides in CT with her husband, three children, her father, and two rescue dogs.