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2019 Community Health Symposium and Sapphire Awards

Speakers and Presenters


Plenary Speaker


 

James H. Johnson, Jr.

William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center at the Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School

His research interests include community and economic development, the effects of demographic-changes on the U.S. workplace, interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies, urban poverty and public policy in urban America, and workforce diversity issues.

Opening Plenary Speaker
Six Disruptive Demographics that will Change America for Ever

Closing Speaker


 

Mick Ebeling

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Not Impossible Labs

A recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s, Mick Ebeling has sparked a movement of pragmatic, inspirational innovation. As a career producer and filmmaker and now founder and CEO of Not Impossible, Ebeling harvests the power of technology and story to change the world.

Ebeling founded Not Impossible, a multiple award-winning social innovation lab and production company, on the premise that nothing is impossible. His mantra of "commit, then figure it out" allows him to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers and thinkers to create devices that better the world by bringing accessibility for all. This unconventional approach brought to life highly acclaimed initiatives-the EyeWriter, Project Daniel, Don’s Voice and most recently Music Not Impossible--that brought the ability to draw back to a paraplegic street artist, 3D-printed arms to Sudanese amputees and "voice" to an ALS patient who hadn’t spoken in 15 years.

Working with a wide array of Fortune 500 companies, Ebeling not only pushes the bar on innovation, he also shares the emotionally resonating story of doing so. These narratives of overcoming seemingly impossible odds have inspired people across the world to do the same.

Named one of Wired’s “Agents of Change,” a two-time SXSW innovation of the year award winner, and recipient of every major creative and advertising award, Ebeling is on a mission to provide “Technology for the Sake of Humanity.” By tapping into a community of passionate and talented engineers, makers, idea generators and storytellers, Ebeling is making the inconceivable, the unbelievable and the impossible Not Impossible.

View a brief video about Not Impossible Labs.

Closing Plenary Speaker
The Fallacy of Impossible


Presenters

 


Chad Bernstein
CEO, Guitars Over Guns Organization

Chad Bernstein has earned a reputation as one of South Florida’s premier Latin, jazz, and funk artists, playing and recording trombone, conch shells, sousaphone and keyboards with multiple bands. In 2008, he and his father, Bob Bernstein, a highly successful Chicago businessman, founded Guitars Over Guns Organization, a nonprofit foundation aimed at providing highly “at-risk” adolescents a musical alternative to neighborhood gangs and violence, helping them to stay in school and graduate.

Bernstein’s work with Guitars Over Guns has positively impacted the lives of thousands of Miami-Dade’s at-risk youth, and created a vehicle for community change inspiring countless other individuals from all walks of life to devote their time, talent and treasure to build safer and more promising futures for the youth of Miami. Bernstein has shown relentless resolve creating program models that are innovative and sustainable, recruiting dedicated professional musician mentors to empower youth in the most challenged schools and neighborhoods to take ownership of their lives, and developing the social, emotional and artistic well-being for children that are often written off as “too hard to reach.”

Bernstein completed his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in music at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

Small Talk Panelist
A Discussion with Past Sapphire Awards Honorees


Samantha Chafin

Samantha Chafin is responsible for care partner management within the Blue Cross Blue Shield plan for Florida, Florida Blue’s clinical and care management organization. Leveraging her strategy and operational execution experience, she is a change leader driving the identification and implementation of transformational health plan initiatives to address emerging business needs and problems. She has worked more than 20 years in the payer and managed healthcare industry and has more than 24 years of management experience. In the past four years, Samantha has also been a member of the Florida Blue Women’s Interactive Network board, including the past two years as Chair. Samantha is a graduate of the University of North Florida where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Business Administration degrees. Throughout her undergraduate studies she held several leadership positions in the Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity, Theta Iota chapter.

Panelist and Small Talk Facilitator
Screening of NETFLIX Documentary entitled “End Game” and Panel Discussion






Kate DeBartolo
National Field Director, IHI and The Conversation Project

In this role, Ms. DeBartolo manages and cultivates relationships with statewide organizations that provide support to hospitals across the country working to improve health care and patient safety. She built and manages a similar field structure to support the hundreds of regions and communities working on TCP as part of their end-of-life care efforts. She started at IHI in 2007 on the 5 Million Lives Campaign and has worked on many other IHI large-scale initiatives since. Prior to joining IHI, Ms. DeBartolo worked as a grant analyst at The California Endowment.

Small Talk Presenter
The Conversation Project
 


Christie Hyde DeNave
Senior Media Relations Consultant

Christie Hyde DeNave has worked around the globe with local, national and international media for more than 20 years curating a wealth of knowledge about developing and implementing media relations and social media strategies, organizing promotional and publicity activities and producing informational and promotional campaigns. DeNave is a skilled spokesperson making numerous appearances on national news programs including the Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News and Fox News. She also has quoted by USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and several other notable media outlets. She currently serves as the senior media relations consultant for Florida Blue and GuideWell. Previously, she provided strategic communications to several notable organizations such as the U.S. Olympic Committee, NASCAR, AAA, the State of Florida and the State of West Virginia.

Small Talk Moderator
A Discussion with Past Sapphire Awards Honorees


Vanessa Echols
News Anchor

Vanessa Echols has been a member of the Eyewitness News team since 1992 and currently anchors Eyewitness News at Noon and 4 p.m. on Channel 9, in Orlando, Florida. She was born in Auburn, Ala., and graduated from the in-state rival school, The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Her start in broadcasting was at a country music radio station in Tuscaloosa. She was worked at television stations in Georgia and Tennessee. Echols is involved in the central Florida community. A frequent speaker at churches and schools and involved with several community service organizations. She is on the Board of the Orlando Serve Foundation, which hosts one of the largest service events for homeless families in Florida, and on the Board of UNCF/The College Fund. In addition, she is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts and volunteer with The Foundation for Foster Children. After she was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2004, Echols made it her mission to educate women, men and families about the importance of early detection of cancer and coping with cancer treatments. In 2007, she founded Compassionate Hands and Hearts Breast Cancer Outreach to help local patients and families. She also was the MC for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Orlando.

Mistress of Ceremonies

 

Patrick “Pat” Geraghty
Chief Executive Officer, GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation

Pat Geraghty is CEO of GuideWell, a $16 billion, not-for-profit health solutions organization that is parent to a family of companies focused on transforming health care. It comprises the leading health insurance company in Florida; a consumer engagement and marketing firm; a health care delivery company; a provider of administrative services to federal and state health care programs; and a population health management company. GuideWell serves 16 million people across 29 states, including more than 5 million individuals in Florida.

A dynamic speaker, Geraghty is considered an expert voice on a range of health care topics including health care reform in the U.S., next-generation payment strategies, innovation in health care and the benefits of wellness and prevention programming. He is also frequently sought after for his insights on important health care policy matters in Washington, D.C. and Tallahassee, Fla.

Geraghty serves as a chair of the Florida Council of 100 and is a member of the board for the National Institute of Health Care Management, the Oliver Wyman Innovation Center Advisory Board, Pardee Rand Graduate School, America’s Health Insurance Plans and Tampa Electric Co.

In 2016, he became a member of the Health Governors Community of the World Economic Forum, the international organization for public-private cooperation, and a trustee for its Global Challenge Initiative on The Future of Health.





Kelly James
Director, Florida Blue Center for Health Policy

Kelly James is the Director of the Florida Blue Center for Health Policy. He leads a team in the review and analysis of health care topics and related regulations to identify policy and operational impacts. He has been engaged in Florida Blue’s efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since the law was passed in March 2010. He participates in industry workgroups to provide input on the impacts of health care reform provisions to regulatory agencies. He represents Florida Blue through participation in external events to provide relevant information on health policy topics to various audiences. James holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Florida. He is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Small Talk Presenter
Big Issues in Health: Update on Health Care Reform


 

Tony Jenkins
Market President, Central Florida, Florida Blue

Tony Jenkins is the Market President for the Central Florida region. In his appointed role as Market President, Tony is instrumental in leading this region in developing a business plan to increase and retain membership, enhance brand visibility and coordinate employee engagement.

Prior to Florida Blue, Jenkins served as Director of Diversity for CSX Corporation, the largest rail network in the eastern United States. Before joining CSX, Jenkins spent 20 years with the Walt Disney World Company in various management roles.

Tony is very active in the Orlando Community. He is the past Chair for both United Arts of Central Florida and Leadership Orlando Class 89. He also serves on the Orlando Economic Partnership, Central Florida Foundation and he is a Board Trustee at Stetson University. In January 2014, Tony was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR). The Commission possesses policy-making responsibilities to identify and eliminate unlawful discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations in the State.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia.


 

William J. Kennedy
Senior Medical Director for Advanced Illness, CareOregon and Housecall Providers

Will is the Senior Medical Director for Advanced Illness at CareOregon, the state’s largest safety net health plan, and Housecall Providers, a nonprofit home-based care organization providing primary, palliative and hospice services in the Portland metro area. His work focuses on advanced illness care models for vulnerable populations, including individuals suffering from mental illness and homelessness. He completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at the Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio, in 2005. In Oregon, he served as medical director for hospice and palliative medicine programs before joining CareOregon in 2013. Over this time, CareOregon has participated in Duke University’s palliative care quality consortium, the Nous Foundation’s Advance Care Planning program, and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care’s efforts to develop a sustainable model for underserved inpatient palliative care.

Recent work has included a partnership with Central City Concern to build a dedicated inpatient palliative care unit for the homeless (scheduled to open in mid-2019). Finally, CareOregon recently merged with Housecall Providers, a nonprofit home-based care organization providing primary, palliative and hospice services, to create a continuum of care for vulnerable populations in the Portland metro area.

Panelist and Small Talk Facilitator
Screening of NETFLIX Documentary entitled “End Game” and Panel Discussion


Wanda Lanier
President and CEO, Barnabas Center

Wanda currently serves as the President & CEO of Barnabas Center, where she has served in that role since 2010. Barnabas Center is a nonprofit agency serving Nassau County, Florida that serves as a “safety net” for lower income individuals and families in need to enable them to achieve stability, good health, and well-being. A multi-service agency that was founded in 1986, Barnabas Center provides medical and dental care to uninsured adults; as well as food (with a focus on healthy food); and housing and utility assistance and case management for individuals and families who are in crisis or struggling due to job loss, health issues, disability, lack of health insurance or other problems.

Wanda led Barnabas through a successful capital campaign that raised $1.5 million to achieve a major expansion of services in 2014. The expansion resulted in Barnabas transitioning from a part-time, free urgent care medical clinic to a comprehensive medical home in which uninsured adults have access to primary medical care, dental care, and mental health services – the only program of its kind in northeast Florida that is privately funded. This has been accomplished through seed funding provided by the Florida Blue Foundation and through partnerships with Baptist Health and Baptist Medical Center Nassau, specialty care providers, and other health care providers.

Wanda is an experienced non-profit executive who has served in leadership roles in several nonprofit organizations throughout her career. She has led agencies addressing health care, poverty, and homeless issues, as well as managing her own fundraising and grant writing business. She is a founding member of the Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless in Jacksonville, Florida, and served as an Olympic Torchbearer in the 1996 Olympics for her role in addressing homeless issues in northeast Florida. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida and has served on numerous nonprofit and public boards over the past 30+ years.

Small Talk Panelist
A Discussion with Past Sapphire Awards Honorees

 

Renee E. Layman, MS, LMHC
President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Child Counseling

Renée is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years of experience in mental health. Over the past 15 years, she has gained significant expertise in the areas of program development, leadership, and nonprofit management. In her various leadership roles, Ms. Layman has been a passionate advocate for child and family mental health, bringing innovative programs and high-quality services for some of the most pressing issues facing children in Palm Beach County, with a focus on increasing access for low-income and minority populations.

Under her leadership, Center for Child Counseling launched a community-wide Fighting ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Initiative, bringing awareness on the health and economic impact of early adversity throughout the South Florida region, including links to suicide rates, intergenerational abuse, and the opioid epidemic. In recognition of her work, Renée was recognized as Palm Beach County’s Nonprofit Executive of the Year (October 2017). She is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County’s Class of 2010 and Leadership Florida’s Cornerstone Class XXXVI.

Renée earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She lives with her family in Palm Beach Gardens.

Small Talk Presenter
Exploring Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Public Health Impact and Solutions




Eugenia Millender, PhD, RN, PMPHP-BC, CDE

Dr. Eugenia Millender currently works at the Florida State University College of Nursing’s Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity. Dr. Millender is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a doctorally-prepared nurse scientist. Her area of expertise and the focus of her research program are in stress and trauma that is often expressed through mental illness, genetics, and/or substance abuse among minority and underserved groups.

She also works on improving systems of care by integrating primary care and behavioral health in community settings. Dr. Millender has been at the forefront of developing methods for community-engaged, translational research to improve health disparities in underserved populations and build community capacity to deliver culturally suitable, evidence-based care.

Small Talk Presenter
Exploring Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Public Health Impact and Solutions
 

 

Barbara Morrison-Rodriguez, BA, MS, PhD
President, BMR Consulting, LLC

Dr. Barbara Morrison-Rodriguez provides consulting in the areas of program evaluation, results-based accountability, grant review, strategic planning, and board development. In this capacity, she has conducted program evaluations, provided program evaluation training, and engaged in other capacity building technical assistance for over 800 nonprofit organizations including federal agencies in her 20 years as a consultant. She has been on the faculty of five universities and was a civil servant with the State of New York, co-authored a textbook on research methods and has published several articles on aging, child welfare, mental health, and substance abuse, and services research for racial and ethnic minority populations.

She is currently the external evaluator on a federally funded program serving transition age youth (ages 16-25) with mental health and drug challenges, "Florida Healthy Transitions", and for two federally-funded projects for HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and testing in Pinellas County, Florida. She earned her MA and PhD degrees in Social Welfare Research from the Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City and her BA in Sociology from Douglass College, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.


Small Talk Presenter
Creating Effective Program Metrics and Evaluations: Three Approaches

 



Amber Payne

Amber Payne graduated cum laude from Clemson University with a degree in organizational communications and sociology. She obtained dual masters’ degrees in social work and public health from the University of South Carolina. Amber has more than a decade of experience working with foundations, governmental agencies, non-profits, and community organizations in South Carolina, Georgia, Iowa, and Florida.

She created AP Community Partners in 2012 as a way to help her clients achieve measurable, lasting results in the fields of child abuse and neglect prevention, substance abuse prevention, food security, and public health. She works at the Center for Child Counseling as their Director of Research and Program Development.

Small Talk Presenter
Exploring Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Public Health Impact and Solutions
 

Susan Ponder-Stansel
President and CEO, Community Hospice and Palliative Care

Susan began her career with Community Hospice as a volunteer, became the organization’s first staff social worker in 1986, and was named President and CEO in April 1991. During her tenure, Community Hospice has grown from serving 60 patients a day with a staff of 35 to one of the largest independent hospice programs in the U.S. with 1,000 full- and part-time employees, 1,200 volunteers serving approximately 1,300 patients each day, operating eight inpatient facilities and multiple administrative offices, as well as palliative care program, pharmacy, and durable medical equipment company.

She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, a Qualified Clinical Social worker and a board-certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida, and holds certification as an Advanced Certified Hospice Executive. She is President of the Florida Council on Aging, serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association and the St. Johns Volunteers! Board of Directors, is a trustee on the Flagler Hospital Board and a member of the Hospice Board of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, and the Penney Retirement Community Board of Directors, and other health care-related advisory boards in Florida. Susan also serves as a consultant in the hospice industry, teaches, writes and contributes to various publications on hospice and palliative care on state and national levels. She has received numerous awards throughout her career.

She holds a master’s degree in social work from Florida State University.

Panelist and Small Talk Facilitator
Screening of NETFLIX Documentary entitled “End Game” and Panel Discussion

 

Robin C. Safley
Executive Director, Feeding Florida

Safely is raising awareness of hunger in Florida, acquiring food and financial donations, and working with state legislators to garner additional support to end hunger. As a community leader in maintaining state-wide nutrition and wellness programs, Safley has over 15 years of experience in promoting health within the education realm and over 20 years of experience implementing legislative development on behalf of various government organizations.Previously the Director for the Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness under Commissioner Adam Putnam, Safley integrated Child Nutrition Programs from the Florida Department of Education and The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services merging the Food Distribution into a new Division dedicated to enhance the National School Lunch Program, the Summer Food Program and the Florida food system. As a graduate of Florida State University, Safley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications as well as a Juris Doctor degree from the FSU College of Law.

Small Talk Presenter
Food Insecurity: Florida


Elana Schrader, M.D.
President of GuideWell Health and Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

In her role as President of GuideWell Health, Schrader leads the health care delivery business within the GuideWell family of companies. She also is responsible for the development of the overarching clinical strategy for Florida Blue and leading clinical activities including care management, health promotions and wellness, pharmacy, quality, and clinical retail health initiatives. Schrader has served in a number of innovative transformational clinical and non-clinical leadership roles.

She is a graduate of the 2007 class of Leadership Jacksonville and has served as an advisory board member of Reach Out and Read. She has served as chairwoman of Speaking of Women’s Health, as well as Florida Blue’s executive leader of the Women’s Initiative Network. Schrader is the 2015 and 2016 chairperson for the American Cancer Society’s Jacksonville Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, and a member of the Dean’s Council of the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health. She is a member of the Tocqueville Society for the United Way of Northeast Florida, was the 2015 Florida Blue Chair for United Way giving, is a past member of the Board for the DePaul School of Northeast Florida, on which she served as Board Chair for many years. Schrader serves as a committee member for the St. Vincent’s Foundation Corks and Forks event and was named an honoree for the Jacksonville Business Journal’s 2016 Women of Influence.

Schrader holds a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College of Columbia University, medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and trained in internal medicine at The New York Hospital of Cornell Medical College and Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian College of Medicine, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Moderator
Screening of End Game, the NETFLIX Documentary and Panel Discussion


 

 

Rob Stevens
President, Leadership for Now

Rob is a skilled leadership development and training professional with 30 years of experience in developing people. He truly believes that people matter, should be led well and that development does not happen by accident. His career has been dedicated to improving the performance of leaders, managers and other contributors within a wide variety of organizations. His diverse experience includes working on a range of subject matter, including leadership, management, sales, service, product, compliance, technology, quality, orientation, etc. In addition, he has developed and facilitated classroom, eLearning, performance support, assessment, and coaching solutions. Rob is certified and proficient in a variety of tools, including Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership II, Situational Leadership Experience, Situational Team Leadership, Coaching Essentials, and Self-Leadership, Certified Berkman Consultant (a personality and career assessment), and certified with the emotional intelligence tool, MHS EQ-I 2.0 and 360. Prior to joining Leadership for Now, Rob held a variety of leadership and training roles with organizations including Beeline, ellegro Learning Solutions, Willow Creek Community Church and Citibank.

Rob holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and management from Beloit College.

Small Talk Presenter
Practical Emotional Intelligence: A Leadership Tool




Kathryn Thomas
Executive Director of Yoga 4 Change

After being medically separated from the United States Navy in which she served as a Naval Aviator, she began studying to become a Yoga teacher through the Yoga School of Kailua. Upon moving to Jacksonville, Florida, she witnessed the need for mental, emotional, and physical healing in her new community and started Yoga 4 Change to fill this void. Kathryn has training in multiple disciplines including Power Yoga, Chair Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Yoga Nidra.

She is a 500 E-RYT as well as a Certified Baptiste Teacher. Kathryn formerly sat on the board of the Yoga Service Council, where she served as the project manager and contributed to two of the Best Practice Book Series: Yoga with Veterans, and Yoga in the Criminal Justice System.

Wellness Instructor
Restorative Yoga
Hour of Power

 

Susan Towler, APR
Vice President of the Florida Blue Foundation and Executive Director of Corporate Social Responsibility

Susan B. Towler, APR, is vice president of the Florida Blue Foundation, established in 2001 as the philanthropic affiliate of Florida Blue. She is also executive director of corporate social responsibility for Florida Blue and has responsibility for the company’s philanthropic strategy. Towler is actively involved in the philanthropic and social responsibility sector. She led the Community Engagement Task Force for Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams’ Strategic Initiative. Towler serves on the board of directors for several nonprofits including the Florida Philanthropic Network as past-chair, the Florida Chamber Foundation and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. She is also a graduate of Leadership Florida and served as its 2012-13 chair. Towler holds a Bachelor of Science in public relations from the University of Florida.



Shoshana Ungerleider, MD
Founder and President, End Well Foundation

Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider is a physician, founder, philanthropist and speaker. She works as an internist practicing hospital medicine at Sutter Health in San Francisco. She is on the teaching faculty and serves on the Executive Board of the Foundation Board of Trustees at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She founded and is President of End Well, a first of its kind non-profit media platform and annual symposium on human-centered design and innovation to improve the end of life experience. She funded Extremis, the Netflix Academy Award-nominated short documentary about end of life decision making in the intensive care unit and executive produced End Game documentary.

Panelist and Small Talk Facilitator
Screening of NETFLIX Documentary entitled “End Game” and Panel Discussion

 

Rachael Watman, MSW
Vice President of Programs, The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation

Rachael Watman, MSW, is Vice President of Programs at the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation where she oversees the Foundation’s Innovation and Education portfolios. This includes the Hillman Innovations in Care Program, a multi-year effort to enhance and expand nursing-driven models of care to improve the health and care of vulnerable populations.

In addition to her work at the Hillman Foundation, Rachael is involved with multiple efforts in the field of serious illness and end-of-life care. She has organized and facilitated a series of panels to raise awareness about advance care planning across the state of Virginia with over 500 participants. She is also a member of an emerging statewide initiative on Advance Care Planning in Virginia. Rachael has advised numerous organizations who focus on care of the seriously ill, including The Conversation Project, and The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC). She is a member of the Advisory Board of Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death. She currently serves as a Hospice Volunteer in Virginia. Ms. Watman earned her undergraduate degrees in American Studies and Psychology at Mary Washington College in Virginia and her master’s in social work with a specialization in aging from Columbia University.

Panelist and Small Talk Facilitator
Screening of NETFLIX Documentary entitled “End Game” and Panel Discussion

 


Roniece Weaver, MS, RD, LD
Founding Partner and Executive Director, Hebni Nutrition Consultants

Weaver is a founding partner and Executive Director of Hebni Nutrition Consultants, the creators of the original Soul Food Pyramid and the Soul Food Plate, culturally sensitive food educational tools. She and her team are closely connected to delivering a variety of health models to underserved communities living in food deserts.

Weaver provides educational seminars to many health care organizations across the country. She was awarded her BS in Food Science/Human Nutrition from the University of Florida, and received a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from the University of Saint Francis.

Small Talk Panelist
A Discussion with Past Sapphire Awards Honorees