Board of Directors
Principal, Total Craft Consultants, LLC
Pamela is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a BA in Business Education. Throughout her career as the Dental Program Specialist for the Department of Community Health and the Executive Administrator for the Georgia Dental Society, Pamela has remained passionate about working with dentists to improve the quality of dental care in Georgia. Because of her extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of Medicaid policies and procedures for dental services, Pamela started her own consulting company: Total Craft Consultants, LLC in 2003. In recognition of Pamela’s commitment and achievements in the public health field, the Commissioner of the Department of Community Health approached Pamela in 2008 at a meeting of the Georgia Dental Society, to ask her to join a team to assess minority health disparities in Georgia. Her team’s findings were later published in a report entitled “Georgia Health Equity Initiative: Health Disparities Report 2008: A County Level Look at Health Outcomes for Minorities in Georgia.” This groundbreaking report was the first of its kind to assess minority health disparities in the United States. Now retired, Pamela continues to better her community in a number of ways. She volunteers at Literacy Action of Georgia to help adults acquire their GEDs, serves on the Alma G. Davis Committee to help protect victims of domestic violence, and has just joined HMHB’s Board and Program Committee to help improve access to care for Georgia’s mothers and babies! In her free time, Pamela enjoys horseback riding, playing with beluga whales at the Georgia Aquarium, exercising, talking to her son in LA, going to church, and making others happy.
Principal, Strickland Davis
Chip Davis joined Strickland Davis Advisors in 2016 and is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner. Prior to SDA, Chip spent the last decade with two of the leading money managers in the U.S., Neuberger Berman and the Capital Group Companies. At those two firms, he originated and managed high net worth relationships in addition to working with foundation and endowment clients. Chip also spent several years as an investment banker, working on M&A and capital raising assignments for middle market companies. He is veteran of the United States Army and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Chip is a board member of Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies of Georgia and a parishioner at the Cathedral of Christ the King. He and his wife Alex have three sons and a daughter.
Partner, Herman, Silver & Associates
Mike is a Managing Partner with Herman, Silver and Associates CPAs. He received a bachelor's degree in commerce with a major in accounting in 1981 and graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Upon graduation, Mike worked in the Atlanta office of Arthur Andersen & Co., an international accounting firm. Although he worked with a variety of companies, he concentrated primarily on working with small and closely held businesses. In 1986, Mike joined a client as controller and was responsible for overseeing the accounting functions of ten companies.
In 1988, Mike re-entered public accounting by joining the Atlanta CPA firm of Spielberg, Herman & Aronin. After several mergers and relocations, he is now a partner with Herman, Silver & Associates, CPAs, LLC. Mike handles individual and corporate taxation and heads up the accounting, auditing and review services provided by the firm. He has been the managing partner since 1997.
Mike is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is active in several community and religious organizations, where he has served as an officer and a member of the Board of Directors. He resides in Alpharetta, Georgia with his wife Ann and their three children.
Principal, Atlanta Breastfeeding Consultants, LLC
Leah is an attorney and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She practiced for many years in the area of corporate healthcare with Morris, Manning and Martin, LLP. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in English and with a JD from Emory University School of Law. Since retiring from the active practice of law, Leah formed Atlanta Breastfeeding Consultants, LLC, a business which places IBCLCs in physician practices throughout metro-Atlanta and provides private lactation consultations. She has served the cause of mothers and babies for many years with the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc., on the Board of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, Inc. (where she chairs the IBCLC Licensure and Reimbursement Committee) and as a La Leche League leader. She has also served Atlanta in the area of diversity and tolerance on the Boards of the Anti-Prejudice Consortium, Inc. and as the founding President of Embracing Differences, Inc. Personally, Leah loves to read, to snow ski, to practice yoga and to cook for her husband and three young children.
Regional Marketing Manager, Amerigroup/Anthem
Hanan Elbeitam Brown is the Regional Marketing Manager for Amerigroup Georgia. In her role, she manages the sales team, creates enrollment and marketing opportunities for the team by partnering with local community based organizations, executes sales programs and assists with planning, implementing, and overseeing successful marketing initiatives. She is dedicated to researching new benefits that align with the vision and valuable to the members; administering the process from inception.
Prior to joining Amerigroup, Elbeitam served as a Branch Manager for Northwest Georgia Bank. In that position, she managed a branch, originated and processed loans for consumer and commercial clients, analyzed tax returns and financial statements to determine cash flows and supported the bank with management of foreclosures, bankruptcies, and past due/overdrafts.
Elbeitam volunteers for organizations such as Action Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, the Empty Stocking Fund, and Big Brothers Big Sisters and currently serves on the board of directors for the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia.
She is a graduate of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; receiving both her undergraduate and masters of business administration.
Medical Director, Optum Health
Erica Francis-Scott, MD is an Optum Medical Director responsible for clinical executive leadership and oversight of national accounts. She graduated from Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC in 1993. She completed residency training in Pediatrics at Emory University in 1996. Following training, she worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in primary and urgent care centers throughout metropolitan Atlanta. Erica Francis-Scott transitioned to private practice in 2005 with the opening of Providence Pediatrics, LLC. In 2011, she joined the United Health Group family as one of the Georgia Regional Medical Directors with UHC Clinical Services. As of May 2013, she has been a member of the Optum Health team where she now serves as a National Accounts Medical Director.
After graduating with a nursing degree from the Medical College of Georgia’s SONAT program at UGA, Merrilee began her career as an obstetrical nurse at DeKalb Medical. Two years later she entered law school at Georgia State University's College of Law. While there, she was an active member of the Christian Legal Society (CLS) including serving as the GSU Chapter President.
As an attorney, Merrilee practiced law with the Buckhead firm of Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever where she primarily litigated medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. After marriage and two young sons, in 1997 she “retired” from her full-time legal pursuits and became the practice manager, RN, and in-house counsel for her husband’s obstetrical medical practice, a position she held for almost 15 years — until his retirement.
Seeing first hand, the gaps in advocacy for mothers and babies and the needs of many underprivileged women and children, in 1999 Merrilee became an active member of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia. Having completed two consecutive terms as Board President, she continues to serve on the Board and Chairs the Public Affairs Committee. Merrilee is also an active member of the Medical Association of Georgia Alliance serving as its President for the 2015-2017 term. Merrilee also serves on the State's Maternal Mortality Review Committee (led by DPH and the GA OBGyn Society), the State's Low Birth Weight Workgroup (led by DCH), and she is on the Board of Advisors for Georgia State University's School of Public Health.
Certified Nurse Midwife, American College of Nurse-Midwives
After Caryn Hanrahan graduated from the University of Rochester School of Nursing, Caryn began her nursing career in Richmond, Va as a postpartum/newborn nursery nurse. Three years later she was awarded a grant from the Department of Maternal Child Health to attend Emory University to obtain a Masters in Nursing specializing in midwifery and a Masters in Public Health. She began a 22 year long career at Grady Memorial Hospital which she recently left to take care of her elderly parents. During her time at Grady she was actively involved in research and clinical care. She specialized in adolescent pregnancy and was an initial researcher for the Centering Pregnancy study conducted in partnership with Yale University . The research demonstrated the benefits of Centering Pregnancy in decreasing preterm births, increasing breastfeeding rates and improving both patient and provider satisfaction. She became the Clinical Coordinator for Emory's Centering Pregnancy Program at Grady. Other highlights of her career at Emory/Grady included teaching nursing and medical students as well as residents. She served as clinical liaison to both the March of Dimes and the Center for Black Women's Health working with the Atlanta Healthy Start Initiative . She also traveled the country speaking and promoting Centering Pregnancy. While practicing at Grady Hospital Caryn married and raised 4 children. She is member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and is active in her synagogue, serving on membership and engagement committees. She serves as a volunteer for the University of Rochester, department of admissions, as an alumni interviewer. She is a volunteer with Midwives for Haiti and travels to Haiti to help train Haitian women who are studying to become midwives. She recently joined the board of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia serving as a local representative of ACNM and looks forward to advocating for underprivileged women and children statewide.
Georgia Board For Physician Workforce
Ms. Hughes has been executive director of the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce since 2016. Ms. Hughes is currently the interim executive director of the Georgia Composite Medical Board where she previously served as executive director for 12 years. She has worked in state government for over 30 years serving in different roles including stints within the Office of Secretary of State leading different licensure boards. Ms. Hughes is a certified board executive and a graduate of the Georgia Leadership Institute’s Executive Leadership Program. Ms. Hughes is a double graduate of Brenau University and resides in Powder Springs, GA.
Specialty Dentist, Perimeter Dental
Dr. Brett Schroeder received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his doctorate degree from University of Alabama at Birmingham. He then completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency with an emphasis on IV Sedation and Dental Implants. Dr. Schroeder is a member of the Hinman Dental Society, the Georgia Dental Association, the American Dental Association & the International Congress of Oral Implantologist. Dr. Schroeder practices at Perimeter Dental where he sees both children and adults. He is married and has three children.
Public Health Manager, Georgia, Sanofi Pasteur
Shawn O. Smith, B.S., M.B.A. has served as a board member since 2007. Shawn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Oklahoma State University and her MBA in Healthcare Management from American Intercontinental University. Her 21 year career in the pharmaceutical / vaccine industry has revolved around the health and well being of infants, children and women.
Shawn embraces the efforts and activities of Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia. The HMHB staff is the backbone in helping to place those with medical needs or needed referrals with a provider (Powerline).
Shawn lives in Gwinnett County with her family.
Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs
Pat Swan, RN has been a member of HMHB since its beginnings in the early 1970’s and has served twice as HMHB President through the years.
She is a graduate of Northwestern University in Louisiana and began her nursing career in Labor and Delivery in Augusta, Georgia. Pat serves on the Board of DFCS in Gwinnett County and is also a board member of the American Cancer Society, the Hudgens Center for the Arts, and a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs where she is now serving as Southern Region President.
Pat and her husband, Jerry have been married 52 years and have 3 children and 1 grandchild.
Bio coming soon.
WSB-TV Channel 2 News
Lori Wilson joined the Channel 2 Action News family in January 2017. She anchors Channel 2 Action News at 6 and 11 on weekend evenings. Lori is an Emmy Award-Winning Anchor & Reporter who is thrilled to be back on air in Atlanta for a second time. She has worked in four other television markets.
Lori got her start in television when she was in elementary school and was cast in telephone and Christmas cookie commercials. As a teenager, while her friends were doing sports after school, she was co-hosting a local talk show that broadcast on PBS stations in Central Indiana. She would go on to graduate from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a minor in African American Studies.
Prior to joining WSB-TV, Lori spent 3 ½ years working for WISH-TV in her hometown of Indianapolis. Before that, she spent 7 ½ years at WCAU in Philadelphia, where she held a number of positions including Anchor, Reporter, and Host of the 10! Show. While at WCAU, Lori reported live from the 2nd Inauguration of President Barack Obama, anchored coverage of Hurricane Sandy, and field anchored everything from station coverage of NBC’s Education Nation, to the Phillies home opener.
Before WCAU, Lori spent 3 years at WGCL in Atlanta, as an anchor and entertainment reporter. Her first anchor job was with KSLA in Shreveport, Louisiana. Her first reporting job was with WCIA in Champaign, Illinois.
In every city she has worked, Lori has been passionate about giving back to the community. Lori created an online magazine for young Black women, she is a children’s book author, a member of NABJ, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and The Indianapolis Chapter of the Links, Inc.
Partnerships & Outreach Manager, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ms. Zaharatos works at the CDC Division of Reproductive Health as a member of the CDC Foundation team focusing on building capacity for maternal mortality review. Through Building U.S. Capacity to Review and Prevent Maternal Deaths, Ms. Zaharatos provides technical assistance to support jurisdiction-level maternal mortality review and in doing so, promotes better understanding of the causes and factors contributing to pregnancy-related death. This increased understanding supports opportunities to identify interventions with the greatest potential to end preventable maternal mortality in the United States.