Meet Our Board Members


David N. Braxton, PhD

David N. Braxton, PhD

Chairman of the Board
Senior Vice President, Strategic Resourcing
Sun Trust Bank, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

JaKela Parker

Vice Chair
Finance Director and Global
Financial Controller
DSM BioMedical, Inc.
Exton, PA

Ed Flowers

Board Treasurer
Senior Vice President & Chief People Office
World Kitchen, LLC
Rosemont, IL


Crystal A. Riley, PharmD. MHA, MBA

Board Secretary
Senior Manager /Healthcare Policy & Reimbursement
Baxter International, Inc.
Washington, DC

Biree Andemariam, MD

Biree Andemariam, MD

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

Lewis Hsu, MD

Lewis Hsu, MD

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


Regina Hartfield

Manager, Customer Value Partners
Baltimore, Maryland

Christopher Hollins, MBA

Christopher Hollins, MBA

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

Thomas L. Johnson, JD

CEO
Family Matters of Greater Washington, DC
Washington, DC


Bernie Lawrence-Watkins

Bernie Lawrence-Watkins

Principal Attorney
Lawrence Watkins & Associates
Atlanta, GA

Tanique Mitchell

Tanique Mitchell

Resource Center Supervisor
Stradley Ronon Stevens and Young LLP, Law Firm
Philadelphia, PA

Gwendolyn Poles, PhD

Gwendolyn Poles, DO

Retired Physician, Honorary Medical Staff Member,
Faculty/Medical Director,
Internal Medical Residency Program,
UPMC Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg, PA


Genice T. Nelson, DNP, APRN

Nurse Practitioner Specialist
Sickle Cell Disease Day Treatment Clinic
UTSW Comprehensive
Sickle Cell Disease Program
Dallas, TX

Kim Smith-Whitley, MD

Clinical Director, Division of Hematology
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Wanda Whitten-Shurney, MD

Wanda Whitten-Shurney, MD

CEO & Medical Director
Sickle Cell Disease Association Michigan Chapter, Inc.
Detroit, MI


Lennette Benjamin, MD

Board Member Emeritus

Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, MD

Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, MD

Board Member Emeritus