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Junior Harewood is the Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare of Georgia and Alabama for employer and individual health plans. In this role, Junior is charged with leading the commercial health plans in Georgia and Alabama to successfully deliver affordable, quality health care programs to employers and plan sponsors, which improve the overall health and wellbeing of their members. He is responsible for the day-to-day internal operations and external contact with a variety of constituents including customers, prospects, brokers, healthcare providers and community/civic leaders. He has legislative and regulatory oversight and is responsible for the overall growth and profit and loss performance of the health plan. Junior has been with UnitedHealthcare for more than 25 years, serving in various roles in sales and account management, care coordination and quality assurance. Junior is a graduate of St. John’s University in New York, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Government & Politics, and is currently completing an Executive MBA program at the University of Georgia. He regularly volunteers at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, is an alumnus of the United Way Volunteer Involvement Program and is a member of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Leadership Trust Committee.

Maria Henriquez is a Marketing Manager with Amerigroup Community Care, one of the four CMOs for those with Medicaid, PeachCare for kids and Planning for Healthy Babies. She is responsible for Outreach and Community Relations, Membership data analysis, Advertising and Member Retention Initiatives. She has been with Amerigroup since 2011. Maria is very passionate about serving the community and working with organizations serving that same mission. She is very active in the Latino community in Georgia and leads the Multicultural Marketing Initiative at Amerigroup GA.
Maria is originally from Venezuela and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Education from Universidad de Carabobo in Valencia, Venezuela.

She lives in Cobb County with her family.

Latasia has been a storyteller since she was eight-years-old and has turned that creative calling into a successful marketing career. From studying at Georgia Southern University where she earned two Bachelors of Arts—one in Creative Writing and another in English—to her current role at Leadercast where she is responsible for growing a brand with the mission to fill the world with leaders worth following, Latasia strives and thrives on creating compelling content experiences that captivate and prompt action.
As a board member of HMHB, her content-marketing expertise pairs perfectly with her passion for serving the community that has helped shape her as well as so many other Georgia natives, transplants, and travelers alike. Through this pairing, she hopes to help create positive change for today's mothers and tomorrow's infants statewide.
When Latasia is not in the office, you can find her training capoeira at the BeltLine with friends, playing with her German Shepherd rescue at the Atlantic Station Dog Park, or building a home for a hard-working Habitat for Humanity family with her family and friends.

Katie is a senior manager in the audit practice at Deloitte & Touche, LLP with over 10 years of experience serving private and public clients in the consumer products and technology industries. Katie is passionate about the need for prenatal care to be more widely available in Georgia as well as improving the current standards of postnatal care in this country. She is excited to contribute her time and resources to this organization. She lives on a small farm in Suwanee, GA, with her husband, two young children, their dog, and some chickens (so far). She graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology and enjoys running, pilates, and taking as many peloton classes as she can each week.

Alex Kim is a Design Director for Fjord, a Design and Innovation firm within Accenture. He is also the Service and Product Design Lead for Accenture Interactive in the South. Alex’s career in design has covered a broad range of industries and Fortune 500 companies, leading agency teams and client organizations towards innovative, creative, and human-centric solutions for their challenges. At Accenture he’s also a regional lead for design in healthcare, helping payers and providers in the South create more humanistic experiences and services. Through his exposure to the industry and impacts around the social determinants of health, he’s been inspired to use his capabilities to make healthcare more equitable and accessible. Alex graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in Industrial Design and Interaction Design. He lives in Candler Park in Atlanta with his wife and two kids.

Hunter Lainhart is Development Associate for Selig Enterprises, one of Atlanta’s preeminent property owners and developers. Prior to working at Selig Enterprises, Hunter was a small business owner/operator and held finance positions with KPMG and Intercontinental Exchange. A 10-year resident of midtown Atlanta, Hunter is actively involved in Atlanta-area giving, having chaired significant annual fundraisers for Trinity Community Ministries’ Trinity House of downtown Atlanta since 2015. Hunter also spends time coaching adult swim classes at Georgia Tech’s Campus Recreation Center. Hunter is a six-year local business co-owner of CrossFit 404 and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and Buckhead Business Association. Hunter graduated from the University of Georgia in 2010 where he was a double major in Finance and Economics as well as team captain of the Men’s Swimming & Diving program. He went on to receive his MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2018.

Irene currently serves as Assistant Professor at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Her primary population of research is maternal newborn populations, with a particular emphasis on the connection between oral health, pregnancy outcomes, and systemic health. Her clinical experience includes over a decade of bedside experience caring for postpartum women and their newborns. Irene earned her BS in Nursing at Rutgers University, and both her Masters in Nursing Education, and her PhD in Nursing Research at the University of Louisville. After receiving her doctorate, she moved to Atlanta, GA to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University and feels privileged to have begun her academic research career at Emory. Irene and her husband are proud Korean-Canadians, and they have 3 daughters. Irene enjoys curling up on the sofa with her family, some good food, a glass of wine, and a great Netflix series or Korean drama.

Jennifer Fease serves as the Senior Vice President and Group Counsel for Litigation at Equifax Inc., a global data, analytics, and technology company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.   In this role, Jen is responsible for all litigation filed against Equifax and its subsidiaries.  Prior to her current role, she practiced Business Litigation for 8 years at King & Spalding LLP, an international, Global 50 law firm. Jen graduated magna cum laude from Lee University in 2002 and received her Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2005.  She lives in Sandy Springs with her husband and three children.

Dr. Johnecia L. Mason is a Business Professor at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. She is a 2004 cum laude graduate of Spelman College and furthered her educational studies by obtaining a MBA in Management/Leadership in 2006 and a Doctorate in Business Administration, with a concentration in International Business in 2010. She is a 2008 Power 30 under 30 Finalist for the City of Atlanta and was one of six 2007 Upcoming Superwomen under the age of 25 by the Atlanta Tribune Magazine. High scholastic standards and service have always been a major factor and influence in her life. She brings a plethora of skills to any organization, including marketing, volunteer management, and fundraising. She has volunteered with several organizations, including The American Cancer Society-Relay for Life and March of Dimes-March for Babies. She serves because she loves helping others. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Berean Christian Church. She resides in Covington, GA with her husband, Rev. Dr. Rodney Alex Mason, Jr. and they have two sons.

Jonathan Smith is the Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager of the JM Huber Corporation. In this role, Jonathan is responsible for leading strategic direction of global raw material acquisitions that support multiple business units of the corporation. As part of his strategic sourcing role, he develops category strategies that create partnerships with large global conglomerates of key commodities essential to the success of the corporation. Another major part of his role at JM Huber is the launch and development of their Supplier Diversity program. He has over 10 years of global strategic sourcing experience supporting industries such as Aerospace, Automotive, Consumer Goods, Healthcare, and B2B Distribution. Jonathan is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Recently, he completed the Executive MBA program at the University of Georgia. Jonathan spends most of his free time with his young children and friends that he has developed in the Atlanta area over the last 20+ years.

K. Bryant Smalley, PhD, PsyD, MBA is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Associate Dean for Research in the Mercer University School of Medicine, where he also serves as Professor of Psychiatry and Community Medicine. Dr. Smalley’s career has focused on achieving health equity in rural and racial/ethnic minority populations. He has received more than $12 million in federal grants to support his work from NIH, HRSA, CNCS, etc. He has co-founded numerous community coalitions in rural Georgia focused on maternal and child health issues. Dr. Smalley serves as the founding joint Executive Director of South Georgia Healthy Start, a federally-funded initiative working to eliminate disparities in maternal and infant mortality in a 7-county rural region of south Georgia. Dr. Smalley’s work has been recognized nationally by the NIH and by the National Rural Health Association.

Margaret Master, MBA, MPH is a research manager at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH), where her work focuses on maternal-child health outcomes. She has consulted on evaluation projects with the Decatur Education Foundation, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Boys and Girls Club of America, and the Atlanta Mission. Prior to moving to public health, Margaret Master worked in brand management and product development for the Clorox company. She has volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader for more than a decade. Margaret served as a master's level intern with HMHBGA in 2017-2018. She continued to volunteer with HMHBGA on the Advocacy Committee and Workplace Accommodations Committee. She was voted HMHBGA Volunteer of the Year in 2019. Raised in California, Margaret now lives in Decatur with her husband and 3 daughters.

Maria Fernandez is Senior Manager of Patient Experience at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, a member of the Emory Healthcare system. In her role, she partners with hospital leaders to drive improvements to deliver exceptional, patient-centered care and to improve patient-provider communication. With a career in health care spanning nearly twenty years, Maria has worked in maternal and child health program development, strategic planning, health communications and process improvement initiatives. Maria was born in Minnesota, but traded in the frozen North for the South after her first taste of cheese grits. Maria credits her degree in Russian Studies for her understanding of how effective communications and framing can impact positive individual and population-level behavior change to improve health outcomes. She lives in Stone Mountain, GA with her husband, two dogs and three cats.

Michael Harrington is a former CEO/COO of adult/pediatric tertiary and community health services including post-acute services. With over 25 years of service in for profit and not for profit health systems, his passion is developing reliable processes that engages people, process, technology, and culture to maintain and grow patient safety and margins.

Olivene Makerson is Commercial Counsel with Google Cloud where she advises business clients and stakeholders on legal issues and risks related to technology agreements. She has also worked in the financial services industry with expertise in securities investigations, regulatory compliance and general corporate matters. She has volunteered with Junior League of Atlanta focusing on advocacy-based community initiatives such as generational poverty and continues to serve on various committees in her neighborhood. Olivene received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated from Stetson University College of Law. She resides in midtown with her husband and two daughters.

Shannon is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Her primary role is teaching maternal and reproductive nursing courses to all prelicensure students. She also works at Northside Hospital teaching childbirth preparation classes to parents-to-be. Prior to beginning her career in nursing education, Shannon was a labor and delivery/mother-baby nurse in Houston, Texas. She earned both a BA in Medicine, Health and Society and a MSN in Nurse-Midwifery from Vanderbilt University and continued her education to earn a Doctorate in Education in Nursing Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. After having a baby at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shannon became passionate about researching the transition to parenthood and how nurses can best aid in helping parents feel confident and cared for in their new role. A native of Marietta, Shannon and her husband enjoy exploring the Atlanta food scene with their daughter and spending time as a family at the lake and with their two Labrador Retrievers.

Rachel Powell PhD, MPH, CHES, CPH is a public health professional with experience in project management, health communication, breastfeeding, childhood obesity, stakeholder engagement, and research & evaluation. Rachel currently serves as Senior Program Manager at CDC Foundation. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Georgia State University and an independent consultant with non-profits and universities. Previously, Rachel has worked on various global and domestic public health programs as well as emergency response efforts for the Zika response in Puerto Rico and Ebola response in the U.S. Rachel graduated with her PhD in Health Promotion & Behavior from The University of Georgia, MPH with a dual concentration in Maternal & Child Health and Health Communication & Education from Tulane University; and her Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication from Mercer University. A born Texan, Rachel now lives in Historic College Park with her husband and toddler son.

In her professional and community servant leadership roles, Theia Smith champions for equal access to economic self-sufficiency for women and girls, particularly those whose talent is often overlooked and underestimated. As the director of the Innovative Inclusion team for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), she channels her pioneering background in inclusive startup ecosystems to advise companies and organizations on how they can break the status quo and accelerate change with their diversity and equity goals. Prior to joining PwC, Theia launched the award-winning Atlanta’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) in 2014. Theia serves as a mentor to Atlanta Tech Village as an advisory council member for Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) and on the advisory board of Startup Runway. Recognized by Inc. Magazine on their lists of “Inspiring Woman to Watch” and “One of 13 Successful Spelman Alumnae to Watch”, Theia is also an Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40” award recipient and the 2018 honoree of the year by the League of Black Women. Theia is certified in business incubation management by the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA). She is an alumna of Spelman College, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Board Members Emeritus

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.

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 chaired the IBCLC Licensure and Reimbursement Committee) and as a La Leche League leader.  Leah served as HMHBGA's Board Vice President in 2013 and President from 2014-2015. 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.

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.

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 32 year career in the pharmaceutical / vaccine industry, formerly with Wyeth (now Pfizer) and currently with Sanofi Pasteur has revolved around the health and well -being of infants, children, women and their families.

Shawn embraces the efforts and activities of Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia in her personal and professional life. The HMHBGA staff is the backbone in helping to place those with medical needs or needed referrals with a provider via the Georgia Healthy Families call center.

Shawn is proud to have served on the board for HMHBGA and she will continue to be an advocate for their work, an active member and committee member going forward and the Chair of the charity golf tournament to “Move the Mark” on the health outcomes for mothers and babies in Georgia.

Shawn lives in Gwinnett County with her husband Tim of 27 years and proudly birthed two healthy/full term boys Candler ’97 and Thomas ’00.