STEPHANIE J. MONROE
Stephanie Monroe is the President and founder of The Wrenwood Group, LLC, a boutique Washington DC strategic consulting firm specializing in health and education equity.
She currently works with UsAgainstAlzheimers where she is Vice President and Senior Advisor on Equity and leads efforts of the Center for Brain Health Equity which is funded in part by a CDC collaborative Agreement.
In addition to her work at UsA2, Stephanie is an advisor to several Pharmaceutical companies, leading academic research institutions as well as to the National Institute on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials Consortium.
With decades of Legislative and Executive Branch experience, Monroe served most recently as Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights – managing the second largest Division within the U.S. Department of Education.
Prior to serving in the Executive Branch, Monroe ended her distinguished 25 year career on Capitol Hill. A veteran political strategist, Monroe served as Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions under the Chairmanship of Senator Judd Gregg, and, for more than a decade was chief counsel and staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families under the Chairmanship of former Senator Dan Coats.
Specialties: Alzheimer’s Disease, clinical trials recruitment and engagement, family and medical leave policies, early childhood education programs and policy.
Skills include government relations, bi-partisan alliance formation, legislative drafting and negotiation.
Board memberships include the National Academy of Sciences Board on Children, Youth and Families; Waterford.org, the American Action Forum; and Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation.
Stacey B. Stephens
Stacey B. Stephens MSW, LCSW-C is the Director of the B’more for Healthy Babies Upton/Druid Heights and Early Learning Programming at Promise Heights at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Ms. Stephens is a visionary leader with 28 years of experience in assisting women and children access equitable health and mental health services throughout the Baltimore and D.C. Metropolitan areas. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and an Adjunct Professor at the Morgan State University School of Social Work, where she teaches and inspires future healthcare professionals.
Ms. Stephens works in various capacities to help individuals, groups, organizations, and communities effectively manage cultural differences, influence system change, and create equity in healthcare and educational sectors. Recognized by the Baltimore Sun as one of the “Top 25 Black Marylanders to Watch in 2023” she is an expert at forging meaningful partnerships with residents and community partners from diverse backgrounds and inter-connected sectors. Ms. Stephens is most excited to have led a team to accomplish a 75% reduction in the infant mortality rate over the past eleven years, resulting in the elimination of the disparity between Black and White infant deaths in this community. Ms. Stephens incorporates self-care practices into her daily routine, and she encourages staff and community members to do the same. Areas of research/practice interest: health equity, maternal and child health, eliminating health disparities, environmental health and justice, and structural determinants of health
Kevin B. Johnson, MD, MS
Kevin B. Johnson, MD, MS is the David L. Cohen University Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Computer and Information Science, Pediatrics, and Science Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his MD from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and his MS in Medical Informatics from Stanford University. In 1992 he returned to Johns Hopkins where he served as a Pediatric Chief Resident. He was a member of the faculty in both Pediatrics and Biomedical Information Sciences at Johns Hopkins until 2002, when he was recruited to Vanderbilt University. He also is a Board-Certified Pediatrician.
Dr. Johnson is an internationally respected developer and evaluator of clinical information technology. His research interests have been related to the development of computer-based documentation systems for the point of care and tools and algorithms to improve medication safety in pediatrics. He has been principal investigator on numerous grants and has been an invited speaker at most major medical informatics and pediatrics conferences. He also was the Chief Informatics Officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from 2015-2019.
He is the author of over 200 publications, books or book chapters. Nationally, he directs the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, is a member of the Council of Councils for the NIH and is President of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI.) He has held numerous other leadership positions throughout his career.
Documentary: No Matter Where (Amazon Prime)
Podcast: Informatics in the Round
Fayron Epps, PhD, RN, is a nurse with over 20 years of experience creating culturally relevant programs to reduce health disparities for underserved populations. She is currently serving as an associate professor and the Director of Community and Research Engagement in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Dr Epps is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, Southern Gerontological Society, and Gerontological Society of America. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern Gerontological Society, and Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter. She also serves on the Leadership Core of the Public Health Center of Excellence in Dementia Caregiving at the University of Minnesota.
Fayron’s research involves evidence-based practices for promoting quality of life for African Americans with dementia and their family caregivers, and exploring how religious activities and spiritual connectedness can promote meaningful engagement among persons with dementia. Dr. Epps is the Founder of Alter, the only nurse-led, dementia friendly congregation program, and she oversees several psychoeducational and faith-based research projects, such as “Faith-based Home Activity Toolbox” and “Caregiving while Black.” She is also a 2022 recipient of the Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Award from the Family Caregiver Alliance. Dr. Epps works hard to place culturally-tailored evidenced-based programs and interventions in the hands of those individuals who need them the most.
Tanya Johnson Martin
Tanya Johnson Martin , M.Ed. is a 28-year veteran education professional with a proven track record of successful teaching and advocacy . For the past 28 years, Mrs. Tanya Johnson Martin has taught many subjects. Still, most of her teaching career has been as a middle school reading specialist who services students with special needs, multilingual students, and general education students reading two to three years below grade level. Mrs. Martin has received numerous awards and recognition for her hard work and dedication to empowering, encouraging, and supporting her students and the adults who work with them.
Martin grew up in a family where education was revered which inspired her desire to work with children at a young age. At fourteen, she volunteered at her mother’s recreational center to assist in an after-school program and was a tutor there. She later worked as a summer camp counselor and director who would plan athletic and educational activities for the children. As a high school sophomore, Tanya wanted to be an educator. She won an academic scholarship for the Baltimore County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated, and graduated in the top 15% of her graduating class.
Mrs. Martin is a graduate of Morgan State University, and Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland where she received two master’s degrees. She is an active volunteer of the National Education Association where she uses her voice and experienced to advocate for equal opportunity, a just society, and community action at the local, state, and national levels.