Meet Our Board Members


Thomas L. Johnson, JD

Chair of the Board
Senior Advisor
Groundswell
Washington, DC

Crystal A. Riley, PharmD. MHA, MBA

Vice Chair
Deputy Director / Government Policy & Reimbursement
Baxter International, Inc.
Washington, DC

JaKela Walker

Board Treasurer
Finance Director and Global
Financial Controller
DSM BioMedical, Inc.
Exton, PA


Bobby Staten III

Board Secretary
Principal Solutions Architect
Appleseed Consulting
Atlanta, GA

Lewis Hsu, MD

Lewis Hsu, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Director of the Sickle Cell Center and Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematologist
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

Edward Donnell Ivy, MD, MPH

Vice Chief Medical Officer
Director of Community Outreach and Education
The Possibilities Clinic
Toronto, ON


Biree Andemariam, MD

Biree Andemariam, MD

Director, New England Sickle Cell Institute
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology
University of Connecticut Health Center
Farmington, CT

David N. Braxton, PhD

Senior Vice President, Global Procurement
Bank of America
Atlanta, GA

Ed Flowers

Managing Partner & Executive Committee Member
DHR International Executive Search
Atlanta, GA


Christopher Hollins, MBA

Christopher Hollins, MBA

Executive Vice President
Strategic Acquiring Partnerships
WorldPay, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

Bernie Lawrence-Watkins

Bernie Lawrence-Watkins

Principal Attorney
Lawrence Watkins & Associates
Atlanta, GA

Kim Smith-Whitley, MD

Executive Vice President and Head of Research and Development
Global Blood Therapeutics
Philadelphia, PA


Lennette Benjamin, MD

Board Member Emeritus