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.
Ashlyn Shockley Martin, LL.M., MPA
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.
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.
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.
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.
Julie Zaharatos, MPH
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.
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.
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.
K. Bryant Smalley
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.