Board of Directors
Design Director, Fjord
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.
Attorney and Founder, Chisholm Leadership Academy
Ashlyn is an attorney specializing in family and elder law and the founder and board president of the Chisholm Leadership Academy, a nonprofit organization that leverages culturally responsive civic education and mentorship to diversify the leadership pipeline. Ashlyn is the former National Policy Director for New Leaders Council and served as the Executive Director of the National Council on Youth Sports Safety, a nonprofit chaired by 16th U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher. Ashlyn has worked within the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate, as a political director on a U.S. Senate campaign, and clerked in the Office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn during law school. She began her career working with the Office of Head Start and National School Boards Association’s school health programs department. Ashlyn is a graduate of George Washington University, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Emory University School of Law, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and three sons.
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.
Development Associate, Selig Enterprises
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.
Assistant Professor, Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
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.
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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare of Georgia and Alabama
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.
Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche, LLP
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.
Associate Dean for Research, Mercer University School of Medicine
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.
Former Senior Marketing Manager, Leadercast
Research Manager, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
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.
Senior Manager of Patient Experience, Emory Johns Creek Hospital
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.
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.
Associate Corporate Counsel, VMware, Inc.
Olivene Makerson is a corporate attorney with over eight years of experience practicing law in-house. She has worked in the financial services industry with expertise in securities investigations, regulatory compliance and general corporate matters. Currently, she works in the technology industry as an associate corporate counsel for VMware, Inc., focusing on commercial transactions related to software licensing. She has volunteered with Junior League of Atlanta focusing on advocacy-based community initiatives such as generational poverty. She served as a volunteer for the Morningside-Lenox Park Association 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 daughter.
Senior Director, LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Tabitha Press is the Senior Director, Implementations and Data Quality for LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a big data and analytics company. During her time at LexisNexis Risk Solution, Tabitha has focused on driving strategic operational improvements by leveraging KPIs and metrics. Tabitha currently focuses on improving data quality and client experience for health care markets. Tabitha is excited to pair her professional experience with data, analytics and continuous improvement and her passion for helping the community by serving on the board of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies. Previously, Tabitha worked in the public sector focused on improving educational outcomes for Georgia students. She held a variety of roles at the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Education focused on policy development, strategic planning, innovation, data and analytics. Tabitha graduated from Georgia Tech’s MBA program with concentrations in Marketing and Strategy. While at Georgia Tech, she chaired the Consulting Club and was named the Dean’s Student of the Year. Tabitha has an MA in Comparative Politics with a concentration in quantitative methods from the University of Essex and a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary. She and her husband live in Roswell, GA with their two dogs.
Sr. Director of Member Experience, WellCare Health Plans Inc
Tangela Parker is the Sr. Director of Member Experience for WellCare Health Plans Inc. She is responsible for leading the development and execution strategies for growth, retention, outreach and community relations for WellCare’s Medicaid line of business. Tangela has 19 years of integrated marketing communications experience with most of her career centered within the Medicaid and Managed Care industries. She is a member of The National Association of Female Executives, Alcorn State National Alumni Association, American Society of Public Administrators, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Junior League of Atlanta. A native of Brandon, Mississippi she received a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Political Science-Pre Law from Alcorn State University.
Director of Innovative Inclusion Team, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
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
Board Member Emeritus
Years of Service: 2000-2019
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.
Board Member Emeritus
Years of Service: 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.
Board Member Emeritus
Years of Service: 2007-2019
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.