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School of Community Health and Policy

Advisory Board

Dr. Allen Bennett

Dr. Allen Bennett, President & CEO of Park West Health Systems, Inc. (PWHS, founded 1972) located in North West Baltimore. PWHS employs over 150 individuals and offers a full range of services to include pediatrics, OB/GYN, internal medicine, pharmacy, dental, substance abuse and comprehensive HIV services to people of every age. PWHS consist of four sites. Dr. Bennett has been with PWHS for 33 years. He is a graduate of Howard University College of Pharmacy and the University of Illinois, School of Public Health. He is the current president of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers and the President of Region III Resources. Within our community he is a member of Park Heights Community Health Alliance Board of Directors, a member of Sinai Hospital Health Equity Community Advisory Panel, a member of West Baltimore Primary Care Access Collaborative Steering Committee as well as holding positions on a host of other professional and community organizations Board of Directors. Dr. Bennett, an ordained Elder and Deacon, attends Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Patricia Bennett

Dr. Patricia Bennett, Podiatric Surgeon with over 24 years of experience in healthcare. Her educational background includes a B.S. degree in Biology from Morgan State University and a M.S. in Biology from Atlanta University where she demonstrated her expertise in electrophoretic techniques. Dr. Bennett received her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Her background includes private practice, clinical research and public health. Dr. Bennett is an experienced college lecturer (Anatomy & Physiology) and has also taught nursing students. She is a long term member of CDC's National Diabetes Education Program with experience as a national and international lecturer on the medical and surgical complications of the diabetic foot. Dr. Bennett is also a life member of the Morgan State University National Alumni Association.

Sally Cherry

Sally Cherry after several years as a medical technologist at Union Memorial Hospital, worked at the Baltimore City Health Department - Bureau of Disease Control as the Laboratory Coordinator. This position lead to a career opportunity related to her professional focus... medical laboratory training. As a laboratory consultant, STI laboratory instructor, American Society for Clinical Pathology member and ASCP-certified medical technologist, Sally S. Cherry, BS, MT(ASCP) is passionate about the integration of 3D virtual worlds technology into real life laboratory and health programs to enhance training and awareness. Ms. Cherry's professional training and experience lead to a diverse laboratory career as a city health laboratory coordinator, international GTI consultant, national training laboratory instructor, and STD/STI lab consultant. In April 2014, Ms. Cherry celebrated her 40th year in laboratory science and was featured in the ASCP ONELab News for 2014 Medical Laboratory Professionals' Week.

Windy Deese

Windy Deese is Associate Vice President of Public Policy and Employment at United Way of Central Maryland. She received her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Notre Dame of Maryland University and BA in Speech Communication from Morgan State University. She has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors and has committed her life to serving youth through mentorship programs. Ms. Deese is also an alumni of Leadership Maryland (2011) and Leadership Baltimore County (2008).

Marion Hall

Mrs. Hall began her journey as a Registered Nurse in 1974. Throughout her 40+ year career in nursing, she has worked in various nursing clinical, educational, and administrative positions in the community and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Her clinical experiences have been in medical-surgical, geriatrics, community health, and mental health. She has been an educator in nursing; a national presenter of the management of disruptive behavior, social skills training, and recovery.  As an administrator, she served in roles of a Nurse Manager, Associate Chief Nurse, Mental Health, Deputy Chief Nurse for Mental Health and Geriatric and Executive Chief Nurse.

She has been an EEO Counselor and Mediator. After she retired from the VA, she continued her journey of mentoring the next generation of nurses by accepting a position with the MSU Nursing Program.

Fred Douglas Mason, Jr.

Fred Douglas Mason, Jr., has over 55 years of labor and social justice activism.
He is President of Mason Public Interest Consulting, LLC offering solution oriented services to businesses and community organizations. He is President Emeritus of the Maryland State and District of Columbia, AFL-CIO, having represented over 300,000 members from 2001 to 2017, making him the longest serving President in the history of the Maryland and DC AFL-CIO.

His affiliation with Morgan began as a student in 1964. In 1968, as one of its founders, he was elected president of the Society of Afro American Students. While SAAS was a campus based organization, campaigning for: equitable integration and equitable relations with other colleges in the state; and more Black History courses; it also dealt with broader community issues such transit, employment and housing.

Fred has served as a member of the Advisory Council of the School of Community Health and Policy for -------Years

After several years as a student and community activist, Fred began his active involvement in the labor movement in 1969 as a member of the United Steel Workers of America. In 1971, with layoffs beginning in the steel industry, he found work at the General Motors Assembly plant and became a member of the United Auto Workers union from 1971 to 1981. It was while working as an autoworker that, in 1975 he finally achieved his Degree in Business Administration from Morgan State University.

The knowledge gained from his grounding in the lives and experiences of workers is what strengthens his passion for social and economic justice and constantly reinforces his commitment.

Fred is married and the father of five, the grandfather of nine and the great grandfather of one and a friend to many.

Michael O. Ramsey, P.A.

Since 1975, the law firm of Michael O. Ramsey, P.A., in Baltimore, Maryland, has provided legal representation to clients throughout the greater Baltimore area, including Carroll, Howard, Hartford, Montgomery, Prince George's, and Frederick counties in Maryland. The firm's practice areas include bankruptcy, criminal defense, personal injury, consumer protection, real property law, estate planning, civil rights, and employment discrimination. Michael O. Ramsey, P.A. graduated from the following: University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland - J.D. - Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland - B.A.

Dr. Walker Lee Robinson

Dr. Walker Lee Robinson is a fellowship-trained, board-certified neurosurgeon at Carle Spine Institute. Before joining Carle Spine Institute, he served as Head of the Division of Neurological Surgery at the Carle Clinic Association and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. Dr. Robinson's extensive training and research pursuits have given him a vast knowledge of neurosurgery, especially as it relates to spine. Dr. Robinson has received extensive education for years since graduating from medical school, including courses at Harvard University and Northwestern University. Dr. Robinson earned his Bachelor of Science at Morgan State College before receiving his medical degree at the University of Maryland. He subsequently completed an internship at the University of Rochester Spring Memorial Hospital, followed by a residency in neurosurgery at the University of Maryland, during which time he was named Chief Resident. He completed additional training at the University of London, the University of Rochester and the University of Maryland. Dr. Robinson is a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurology, the American Medical Association, the American Association of Neurosurgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Dr. Michael O. Willis

Dr. Michael O. Willis is an internationally recognized business executive and management consultant with over 30 years of experience helping organizations plan and achieve their strategic objectives. Over these three decades he has developed a reputation as a results oriented leader and a strategic thinker with a primary focus on the Healthcare Industry. He currently serves as Vice President and Business Information Officer at Kaiser Permanente where he leads all information technology services for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He has consulted and lectured on strategic technology planning, leadership development, large scale business transformation, and organizational effectiveness for both government and industry globally. Dr. Willis' expertise was further strengthened when he was selected to work with Dr. Stephen Covey and The Franklin Covey organization as Executive Vice President where he had operational responsibilities in 44 countries worldwide. Dr. Willis is a noted conference speaker and is well grounded in the academic community. He has been a visiting professor of management and information technology at several universities. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Business and The Decision Sciences and has focused a great deal of his efforts on improving the diffusion and adoption of technology in healthcare.

Brandon Wylie

Brandon Wylie, the father-and-son duo opened the first African-American-owned funeral home in Western Baltimore County in January -- nearly 12 years after the first Wylie Funeral Home opened on Gilmor Street in Baltimore City. Brandon Wylie, the youngest chose the family business partly out of love for science and also because he saw the impact his father made helping people through difficult times in their lives. After graduating high school early, Brandon went on to get an associate's degree in funeral service and mortal science. In 1999, at age 19, Brandon became the youngest licensed mortician in Maryland history. Brandon then went back to school at Morgan State University to pursue a business degree as his father began searching for another location. Wylie Funeral Homes, P.A. is proudly to announced that Brandon Wylie had been selected as the Funeral Director of the Year (2010) by the Living Legacy Foundation! This honor has been awarded based on Brandon's commitment to raising awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation within the funeral home community.