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. Since 2016, Pam has served as a volunteer at Grady Memorial's neonatal intensive care unit providing support to Georgia's most vulnerable infants and their families.
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.
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.
Senior Marketing Manager, Leadercast
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.
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.
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.
Marketing Manager, Amerigroup Community Care
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.
Business Professor, Georgia Piedmont Technical College
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.
Senior Asociate, Aprio, LLP
Todd is a Senior Associate with Aprio, LLP. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Mississippi State University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in Finance from Millsaps College and a Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) from Millsaps College. Upon receiving his MBA in 2007, Todd worked for various small businesses, including managing a wholesale company and a residential, commercial and industrial security fencing company. In 2012, Todd completed the M.Acc. program and entered public accounting with the Ridgeland, MS based CPA firm of Harper, Rains, Knight & Co (HRK). During his time at HRK, his industries of concentration were Insurance, Healthcare and Government. In 2017, Todd joined C Spire as an internal auditor, which is a Mississippi based telecommunications company and the largest privately held Telecommunications Company in the country. In 2018, Todd and his family decided that it was time to move away from Mississippi and pursue a career and life in Atlanta. He accepted a position at Aprio, LLP with industry focus in Manufacturing, International and Technology. Todd is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants. Todd currently resides in Decatur, GA with his wife and daughter.
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.
Co-Founder and Partner, Abbott Martin LP
Ashlyn Shockley Martin has more than a decade of experience in public policy and a passion for advancing educational, health and social outcomes for women, children and individuals with disabilities. Ashlyn is the founder of the Chisholm Leadership Academy, Inc., a nonprofit organization that will prepare middle and high school girls for careers in public service. A former Executive Director of the National Council on Youth Sports Safety (NCYSS), a nonprofit chaired by 16th U.S. Surgeon Dr. David Satcher, Ashlyn led an advisory council of 20 experts aimed at developing policy solutions to address sportsrelated concussions. As a Master of Laws student, she prepared a white paper on racial disparities in maternal healthcare, crafting six innovative policy solutions to diminish the disproportionate rate of maternal deaths among Black women. Ashlyn began her career as a Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Head Start where she became versed in infant health, the benefits of breastfeeding, and early childhood education. Ashlyn is a graduate of the George Washington University, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Emory University School of Law and a 2016 recipient of Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 award. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and three sons.
Key Account Manager, Georgia, Sanofi (Atlanta East)
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 HMHB 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 HMHB 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.
Board Members Emeritus
Board Member Emeritus
1974 - 2018
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.