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.
Caryn Hanrahan, CNM
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.
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.
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.
Ashlyn Shockley Martin, LLM
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.
Johnecia Mason, DBA
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.
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.
Brett Schroeder, DMD
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.
Michael R. Silver, CPA
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. Mike has served as Treasurer for HMHBGA since 2010. He resides in Alpharetta, Georgia with his wife Ann and their three children.