Washington DC 2019 Tour Recap
JUNE 14-16, 2019, 2017 AT HOWARD UNIVERSITY
Honoring African-Americans in Medicine
Supporting the theme of this year’s annual multi-city tour, Salute to African Americans in Medicine, HFAS recognizes the contributions of African Americans in Medicine and honored Washington DC area doctors.
Malika Fair, MD, MPH, FACEP
Malika Fair, MD, MPH is the Senior Director for Health Equity Partnerships and Programs at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In this role, Dr. Fair develops programs and initiatives to enhance institutional, faculty, and student learning in diversity & inclusion, equity, and population health. Dr. Fair serves as the Principal Investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cooperative Agreement with the AAMC which seeks to strengthen collaboration between the disciplines of academic medicine and public health. She also co-leads the AAMC Accelerating Health Equity, Advancing through Discovery (AHEAD) initiative which seeks to identify, evaluate, and disseminate effective and replicable AAMC-member institution practices that improve community health and reduce health inequities. Dr. Fair oversees the Office of Community Engagement that seeks to develop strategic partnerships with community agencies to improve the health of local residents as well as assist medical schools and teaching hospitals with their community engagement efforts.
Dr. Fair is an Assistant Clinical Professor and practicing physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine of The George Washington University. Prior to her current position, Dr. Fair served as the Clerkship Director of Emergency Medicine and the Co-Director of the Health Policy Track for The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She also served as the Co-Principal Investigator of the Beyond Flexner Study and an investigator for the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) in The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.
Dr. Fair serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Not-For-Profit Hospital Corporation (United Medical Center) and on the Advisory Board of the Griffith Leadership Center within the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Department of Health Management and Policy. In 2019, Dr. Fair was selected to be included in the 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health by the National Minority Quality Forum.
Dr. Fair completed her residency training and chief residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. She received her medical and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Science from Stanford University.
Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick
Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick was appointed the seventeenth president of Howard University in 2014. He previously served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer.
A distinguished scholar and administrator, Dr. Frederick has advanced Howard University’s commitment to student opportunity, academic innovation, public service and fiscal stability. Under his leadership, Howard University is now ranked as a Tier 1 national university by U.S. News & World Report. Early in his tenure as president, Dr. Frederick pursued initiatives to streamline and strengthen university operations. He has overseen a series of reform efforts including the expansion of academic offerings, establishing innovative programs to support student success, and the modernization of university facilities.
As an undergraduate, Dr. Frederick was admitted to Howard University’s B.S./M.D. dual degree program. He completed the requirements for both degrees in six years, allowing him to earn his Bachelor of Science degree and his medical degree by the age of 22.
Following his post-doctoral research and surgical oncology fellowships at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Frederick began his academic career as Associate Director of the Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut. Upon his return to Howard University, his academic positions included Associate Dean in the College of Medicine, Division Chief in the Department of Surgery, Director of the Cancer Center and Deputy Provost for Health Sciences. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from Howard University’s School of Business in 2011.
Dr. Frederick is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts, and editorials and is a widely recognized expert on disparities in healthcare and medical education. He continues to operate and also gives lectures to second-year medical students and surgical residents of Howard University’s College of Medicine. His medical research focuses on narrowing racial, ethnic and gender disparities in cancer-care outcomes, especially pertaining to gastrointestinal cancers. Dr. Frederick also devotes his time writing and speaking on salient topics in higher education – the impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, campus intellectual diversity, the underrepresentation of African American men in medical schools, and gender equality on campus.
Dr. Frederick has received various awards honoring his scholarship and service. In January 2017, the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors elected Dr. Frederick to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Baltimore Branch. He was presented with the Diaspora Public Diplomacy Leadership Award by the Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for his contributions to strengthening Trinidad and Tobago-United States bilateral relations through excellence in global educational leadership. In May 2016, President Barack H. Obama appointed Dr. Frederick to the Board of Advisors for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Frederick has also received the National Association of Health Services Executives’ Congressional Black Caucus Distinguished Leadership in Health Care Award, and a Congressional Citation for Distinguished Service, presented by the Honorable Barbara Lee on the Occasion of Caribbean-American Heritage Month. In 2015, Dr. Frederick was also recognized by their excellencies Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Mrs. Reema Carmona, for his appointment as President of Howard University. Dr. Frederick is a member of surgical and medical associations including the American Surgical Association and the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Frederick has also been featured as one of “America’s Best Physicians” by Black Enterprise magazine. He was named one of EBONY magazine’s “Power 100,” and recognized as a “Super Doctor” in The Washington Post Magazine. In 2017, he was named “Washingtonian of the Year” by Washingtonian magazine and in 2015 was named “Male President of the Year” byHBCU Digest and was inducted into the St. Mary’s College, Port of Spain, Trinidad Hall of Fame.
Dr. Frederick resides in Washington D.C. with his wife, Simone, and their two children, Kirie and Wayne II. He is a true son of Howard University—a proud and loyal exemplar of its motto: Truth and Service.
Joia Crear-Perry, MD
Joia Adele Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG – a thought leader around racism as a root cause of health inequities, Speaker, Trainer, Advocate, Policy Expert, and fighter for justice – is the Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative.
Recently, she addressed the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to urge a human rights framework to improve maternal mortality. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Birthing Project, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Jefferson Community Healthcare Center and as the Director of Clinical Services for the City of New Orleans Health Department where she was responsible for four facilities that provided health care for the homeless, pediatric, WIC, and gynecologic services within the New Orleans clinical service area. Dr. Crear-Perry has been celebrated for her work to improve the availability and utilization of affordable health care for New Orleans’ citizens post the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005. Currently, her focus has expanded nationally and internationally as it relates to Maternal and Child Health.
Joia, a proud recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus Healthcare Hero’s award and the Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard University Global Visionary Award for Commitment to Advancing Women’s Health, is most known for her work to remove Race as a risk factor for illness like premature birth and replacing it with Racism. She has been asked to train in Maternal and Child Health and is a sought-after speaker as a result of her articles in a number magazines including Essence, Ms. Magazine, as well as her publications around Structural Racism.
Dr. Crear-Perry testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee as the Democratic witness in support of the only Maternal Health Bill signed into law since the new Administration came into office. Dr. Crear-Perry has received funding from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to work with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) to develop a Standard for Respectful Maternity Care and serves on the Joint Commission Perinatal Safety Project Technical Advisory Panel. Dr. Crear-Perry currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Principal at Health Equity Cypher and on the Board of Trustees for Community Catalyst, National Medical Association, and the UCSF PTBi.
After receiving her bachelor’s trainings at Princeton University and Xavier University, Dr. Crear-Perry completed her medical degree at Louisiana State University and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tulane University’s School of Medicine. She was also recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
She is married to Dr. Andre Perry and has three children: Jade, Carlos, and Robeson.
Honoring African-Americans in Technology
Supporting the theme of this year’s annual multi-city tour, Salute to African Americans in Technology, HFAS recognizes the contributions of African Americans in Technology and honored Washington DC area professionals.
Associate Chief Information Officer (Operations) for Federal IT Business Solutions for OPM
Dr. Lawrence W. Anderson
Dr. Anderson currently works at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as the Associate Chief Information Officer (Operations) for Federal IT Business Solutions for OPM, Dr. Anderson is responsible for providing business solutions that support the millions of Federal Government employees and their beneficiaries.
Dr. Anderson worked in a number of settings in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. In 1992, he joined the Department of Health and Human Services were he served as a Program Analyst at the Program Analyst and a Computer Specialist for the Office of Research Integrity and the National Institute for Deafness and Communications Disorders respectively. In 1998, Dr. Anderson joined Ciber, Inc. as Lead for Web Applications system supporting multi-tiered web applications IT platforms. In 2002, Dr. Anderson joined the American Red Cross as Manager of Enterprise Infrastructure Engineering, where he managed a number of enterprise IT projects and operations functions including IT capacity planning, configuration management, server optimization, data analytics, database management, system and network monitoring, software development, troubleshooting, data replication, and disaster recovery. Dr. Anderson re-joined the federal government in August 2004 as the Director of Information Technology Services at the NASA Office of Inspector General (NASA OIG) where he focused on developing and implementing case management systems, audit management for the NASA OIG and the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.
In January 2011 Dr. Anderson left NASA OIG to join the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services as the Chief Technology Officer. At DOJ, Dr. Anderson focused on IT strategic planning and assessment, program management and implementation, performance improvement, business process re-engineering, capital planning and investment; and system redesign for DOJ grants management systems. Dr. Anderson was instrumental in helping to introduce and implement agile software development methodologies at DOJ.
Dr. Anderson is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Karate and specializes in teach self-defense and escape techniques specifically for women and children. He is also a musician (electric bass) and musical director for two churches and two local bands playing music ranging from gospel, jazz, soul, blues, and reggae.
Dr. Anderson completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics (1991) from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Additionally, he earned a Master of Science in Management Information Systems Management (2001) from the University of Maryland Graduate School of Management and Technology, and a Doctorate of Management in Management and Organizational Leadership-Information Systems Management (2011) from the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA and a member of the United States Senior Executive Service.
Principal, Crouther Consulting, LLC
Marilyn Crouther has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry leading large, complex IT projects. She previously served as senior vice president and general manager, U.S. Public Sector, at DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) where she was responsible for the overall profit & loss, growth and operational success, including the go-to-market strategy and execution, and the commercialization of relevant offerings into the sector. She was instrumental in strengthening the business through solid partnerships while ensuring the delivery of cost-effective, innovative solutions to help clients achieve their business, mission and policy outcomes. In 2017, Mrs. Crouther was appointed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Senate Committee on Rules to the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Centers for Innovative Technology. She has participated in several national programs and initiatives to include the White House Roundtable discussion with President Obama on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the First Lady’s Military and Veterans initiatives. Mrs. Crouther serves as keynote speaker, panelist and moderator for various programs and organizations sharing key insights and perspectives in numerous interviews and publications.
Mrs. Crouther has been recognized by both regional and national organizations. In 2017 she was named one of 300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America by Black Enterprise and for four consecutive years the Executive Mosaic’s Washington 100 and FEDScoop’s “DCs Top 50 Women in Tech” (2014 – 2017). Mrs. Crouther was awarded the 2015 Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Tech Executive of the Year; 2015 MS State University Distinguished Professional; 2014 Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 and 2014 IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) President’s Award. In 2010, she was recognized by US Black Engineer and Technology magazine as a leader in the IT industry and inducted into the Career Communications Group (CCG) Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2007 she received the CCG National Woman of Color Professional Achievement award and the NVTC Community Service Award. Mrs. Crouther served as Vice Chair on the board of directors for the NVTC and as a Board Member for the EDS Federal Credit Union and the Martin Luther King Multicultural Foundation.
Mrs. Crouther earned a Bachelor of Professional Accountancy from Mississippi State University, she is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University Finance Certificate Program and the Thunderbird Executive Development Program. In addition to her vast industry and business expertise she is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the Texas Society of Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She has a passion for leadership development and community service. She is an American Heart Association Executive with Heart and supports various other philanthropic and veterans’ initiatives.
Director, Project Management, Integrated Technology Solutions (ITS), at Fannie Mae
Dena Jones is a Director, Project Management, Integrated Technology Solutions (ITS), within the Chief Operating Office of Fannie Mae. Dena is responsible for leading cross-functional program management activities and driving strategic alignment in support of the company’s business objectives. The portfolio of initiatives that she supports span some of Fannie Mae’s highest priorities including integrating with the Common Securitization Platform being developed by Common Securitization Solutions.
In addition to serving as the program management lead for large-scale transformational efforts, Dena leads business office and organizational management functions across the entire ITS organization. Dena has built, developed and transformed teams, while executing strategic priorities and driving organizational efficiency.
Previously, Dena was Director, Program Management in Capital Markets where she supported efforts to implement a new securities trading and settlement platform. Prior to joining Fannie Mae in 2003, she held leadership positions at CitiMortgage, First Nationwide Mortgage, Norwest, Prudential and Coopers & Lybrand.
Dena is an active member of HITEC and ITSMF and is an advocate and champion for organizations that promote diversity and inclusion in technology. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons. She holds a B.S. in Finance from George Mason University.
Les McCollum II
Managing Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer
Mr. McCollum serves in a Senior Executive Leadership capacity, in the role as a Managing Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining Enterprise Security, its vision, strategy and program; to ensure all information assets and technologies are adequately protected. He leads his teams in identifying, developing, implementing and maintaining efficient processes across the organization to reduce security technology risk. In addition, he’s responsible for the Security Innovation, Security Operations, Identify and Access Management, Disaster Recover, and Business Continuity function.
Mr. McCollum joined ICMA-RC in October 2011 and has more than 24 years of combined technology and information security experience across a diverse background of private and public sector organizations. It includes driving strategic direction and operational leadership of enterprise IT infrastructure, comprised of security operations, help desk support, datacenter operations, and network voice/data services.
Mr. McCollum also serves on the board of directors for Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) and various industry advisory committees to include SPARK Data Security Oversight Board, IANS Security Client Advisory Board, and NTT Security Client Advisory Board. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems from North Carolina Central University. Mr. McCollum also holds the following certifications and license: C|CISO, SANS GIAC/GSLC, and FINRA Series 99.
Technology Operations Manager at Deloitte
Technology Operations Manager at Deloitte
Nick Sparrow is a senior-level information technology professional with over eighteen years of experience in IT strategy, management, systems design, implementation, and support. He successfully combines his technical knowledge with his business acumen. Nick has proven himself to be a valuable asset to the organizations he serves.
Mr. Sparrow recently joined Deloitte as a Technology Operations Manager. Prior to his employment with Deloitte, he led the Executive Leadership Council’s IT operations as their Director of Information Technology. As Director, he was responsible for all aspects of technology including strategy, infrastructure, project management, IT security, execution, and support.
In 2001 Mr. Sparrow started his career working for the University of Maryland College Park’s Department of Resident Life. During his tenure, he was elevated several times and was selected to lead their help desk support operation.
Mr. Sparrow earned his MBA and Masters in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College. He also holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland College Park
Mr. Sparrow is a member of the Information Technology Senior Management Forum.
Mr. Sparrow resides in northern Virginia with his wife Yu, where they are devoted parents to their adventurous son Kai.