A Brooklyn resident, Ms. Brown serves as Deputy Director of Administrative Payroll at the NYC Department of Education. She has served as Chairperson of Cumberland Diagnostic & Treatment Center’s Community Advisory Board, as well as Vice Chairperson of the Council for CABS for the NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation.
While serving as the Chairperson of the Cumberland Diagnostic and Treatment Center’s Community Advisory Board, Ms. Brown was instrumental in advancing the role of the Advisory Board and increasing its membership.
She was also instrumental in securing funding for signage at Cumberland Diagnostic and Treatment Center with the assistance of Councilwoman Leticia James. In addition, she worked with North Brooklyn Health Network Senior Vice President George Proctor to secure a digital mammography machine for Cumberland to aid in the fight against breast cancer. Ms. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brooklyn College.
Herman D. Smith is the Vice President for Human Resources at the Wildlife Conservation Society. The society’s mission saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, and global conservation. It is based at the Bronx Zoo, and covers all NYC Zoos and the Aquarium. Mr. Smith has spent his professional life as a missionary in public health, non-profit, education, and community service sectors.
Among his many activities, Mr. Smith is a current and original board of trustee’s member of the Carlos Lezama Archive and Cultural Center (CLACC-C). He is an advisory board member of the Center for the Women of New York and a recipient of their prestigious 2002 Good Guy Award for his support of their mission in aiding distressed women and victims of domestic violence. He is President and CEO of a Human Resources consulting firm, The Global Village Interpreters Management Incorporated (GVIMI), Mr. Smith was selected by NYC Health +Hospitals as a National Association of Public Hospitals Management Fellow in the year 2000. He is a certified Spanish teacher having received his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Liberal Arts, and Business from the University of Northern Iowa. He took postgraduate studies in International Comparative Education, and Law. Smith holds multiple professional certificates, and received his Master degree in International Economic Policy and Advanced Management from Columbia University.
During his healthcare career, Herman D. Smith served as Chief Human Resources Executive for 5 of the 11 acute care Hospitals within the NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation (NYC Health + Hospitals), the largest public health care system in the United States. At Elmhurst Hospital Center he served for 5 years as the Director of Labor Relations and Safety, and he served 16 years as Chief Human Resources Executive. He is the first Chief Human Resources Executive of the Queens Health Network encompassing Elmhurst and Queens Hospital Centers being appointed to that position in 1996. In 2004 he became Chief Human Resources Executive for The Generations Plus – Northern Manhattan Health Network encompassing Harlem, Lincoln, and Metropolitan Hospitals.
During his career in NYC Health + Hospitals, Smith achieved 24 perfect scores in the management of Human Resources portion of the Joint Commission of Accredited Health Care Organizations survey process. As a Human Resource Developer, Smith created arguably the largest recurrent youth development program in NYC. At its peak, 1000 of the most diverse and promising youth within the city were given employment, mentoring, training, and life skills for college and career preparation. He is the recipient of the National Association of Public Hospitals people development award for this endeavor.
After completing his Spanish Teaching degree at the University of Northern Iowa, Smith began his career as a K-6 bilingual education teacher for first generation Mexican immigrants in East Palo Alto California, at the Ravenswood City Public School District. He then taught K-6 secondary school at the Gertrude Wilkes Academy of East Palo Alto where he was quickly elevated to Head Master and School Administrator. Thereafter, Smith returned to NYC and began his Human Resources career as an employer representative for fortune 500 companies appearing before Administrative Law Judges at the New York State Department of Labor. He then was recruited to the NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation where he spent 25 years in Labor Relations and Human Resources.
Dolores R. McCray, Ph.D.
Named one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal in 2000, Dr. McCray held a career in banking that spanned over 25 years, which includes serving as Vice President and Branch Manager at Banco Popular, Sales and Business Development Manager at Amalgamated Bank, and former member of the Urban Bankers Coalition. Today, she has her own insurance and financial services businesses.
An active member of the Harlem community, Dr. McCray is a member of the NYC Police Department’s 28th Precinct Community Council. Involved in health care since 1991 through her civic duties, she is the former chair and a current member of the Renaissance Diagnostic and Treatment Center’s Community Advisory Board, as well as prior chair of the Council of Municipal Hospital Community Advisory Boards.
She is also a member of the Board of Columbia University’s School of Dental and Oral Surgery, Community DentCare Network, which provides patient-centered dental services to underserved populations in Northern Manhattan, focusing on preventive services.
Dr. McCray earned her doctorate in banking and finance from Arizona University, and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Pace University.
Mr. Covington has dedicated his career in improving the lives of disadvantaged youth and expanding the economic opportunities for the underserved by functioning in various leadership positions at the National Urban League in NYC (1981-1984 and 1974-1977) and the Urban League of Long Island (1979-1980). He served in different capacities at these organizations, including Executive Director of the Urban League of Long Island, Project Director of the Youth Employment Training Programs at the National Progress Association for Economic Development, Director of the Beacon Program in J.H.S. 231, and an educator at numerous Long Island and Manhattan Public Schools.
In 1985, with his extensive experience in finance, Mr. Covington became President of Paul L. Covington Enterprises, where he spent two decades providing tax and financial counseling services to individual and corporate clients, both profit and nonprofit corporations.
To complement Mr. Covington’s career, he volunteers in many civic, faith-based, and community health organizations including the Community Advisory Board at Renaissance Sydenham Health Network, the Men’s Ministry of Williams Institutional CME Church, and the Community Advisory Board at Community Pride/Harlem Children Zone. Mr. Covington was also the Treasurer of the Ministerial Interfaith Association (MIA) from 2008 – 2011, President of the Freeport Roosevelt New York NAACP from 1994 – 1997, and Treasurer of the United Methodist Men, New York Annual Conference from 1995 – 1998.
Mr. Covington received his Bachelor of Science in Physical and Health Education from Cortland State Teachers College in 1959 and a Master in Business Administration and Finance from Long Island University in 1978.
Combining more than thirty years of experience in financial planning and management, which includes personal, corporate and grant funded program financial reporting, cost accounting, capital budgeting and budget forecasting and an extensive career focus on social justice and empowerment, Mr. Covington has served on the Gotham Health Finance Committee.
Luc EI-Art Severe
Luc EI-Art Severe, JD is an agent of change in his role as Chief of Staff for the NYC ACS Division of Policy, Planning, and Measurement. Over the past decade, he has held several leadership positions where he has advised and developed recommendations for improving project management, business processes, performance practice, and resource management based on analytical findings. He is a process and performance improvement engineer certified in Lean and Six Sigma Green Belt.
A native New Yorker, Luc is active in the community as a member of several committees and civic organizations including, the National Advisory Committee to the U.S. Census Bureau, Queens Community Board 12, the NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood
Advisory Board, the Haitian Roundtable, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He is the recipient of the Solomon Sibley Class Distinguished Student Award and the Leadership Achievement distinction, and was recognized in both the Network Journal’s and The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.
Luc is a graduate of Morehouse College and earned his law degree at Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Ms. Denisha Johnson-Williams was born in Bronx, New York, at Jacobi Hospital. Two strong women in her life, her grandmother and mother, had significant influence on the development of this native New Yorker. Among the gifts that Ms. Williams possesses, her willingness to help others with their needs is most extraordinary. This valuable trait, in combination with her strength, determination, and collaborative spirit, were manifested in her ability to manage life’s trials and tribulations until the goals are achieved.
Mrs. Williams was married to her late husband, with whom she shared one daughter. Both have provided tremendous support and encouragement in everything she does.
Mrs. Williams obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from College of New Rochelle and a master’s degree in social work from Touro College. Mrs. Williams’ ultimate goal is to develop programs to assist challenged and non-disabled children and adults. “I have learned that there is much need in this world, that is why, those of us who are like-minded have come together to make a difference in the disabled and non-disabled community” Mrs. Williams said.
Mrs. Williams is currently pursuing her goal to become a Licensed Master Social Worker. She is currently serving on the board of W.O.S.C.A., a community service center and the Community Advisory Board of Renaissance Healthcare Network. Mrs. Williams is also a member of the National Association of Social Work. She is currently an employee of Montefiore Hospital in Bronx, New York.
Ms. Bright had a career in accounting for 25 years and is the longtime business administrator of the historic Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn. She is a recognized, outstanding leader in the East New York section of Brooklyn, where she has lived for decades.
Among her many affiliations are former Board Chair of the Cypress Community Day Care Center; and former member of the Brooklyn NAACP Board; President of the Leadership Council of Open Communities of Brooklyn, Inc.; and former Vice President of Community Board No.5.
Ms. Bright is a former member of the East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center and Kings County Hospital Community Advisory Boards, and a member of Brooklyn’s Community Board 5. She is also the Chair of the Land Use Committee.
Among her many awards are: Brooklyn Navy Yard Community Leadership; The Lucille Rose Humanitarian Award-NAACP; Gov. Carey International Year of the Child Award; New Horizons Village Homeowners Leadership Award; community service awards from the offices of local government representatives; and the Robert J. Epslinger Distinguished Service Award from Lions Inc. Ms. Bright is also listed in the 107th Congress Congressional Record.
Ms. Bright earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brooklyn College and Master in Human Resources Management from The New School for Social Research, as well as a certificate from Pratt Institute Community Economic Development Program.
Ms. Macklin capped off her career in healthcare as Director of Operations of the Ambulatory Care Departments of Harlem Hospital Center in Manhattan, and then at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn. She retired from the NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation in 2011.
Since 2011, she has been involved in various volunteer activities, and is a registered grant reviewer for Susan G. Komen NYC and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Before joining NYC Health + Hospitals, Ms. Macklin worked at the Primary Care Development Corporation, where she implemented process improvement programs for primary care organizations, including working on an ambulatory care redesign project at NYC Health + Hospitals. She has also served as an administrator at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Queens Hospital Center, and Long Island College Hospital Center.
Prior to Ms. Macklin’s work as an administrator she was a Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist, serving at SUNY Brooklyn/Kings County Hospital Center and Methodist Hospital Center.
With safety-net health care her stated passion, Ms. Macklin also served as Chief Operating Officer for the Morris Heights Health Center, a FQHC, in The Bronx. She is past president of the New York Association for Ambulatory Care, where she is currently a member of the Board of Directors.
Ms. Macklin has a Master in Business Administration from Adelphi University.
Lori E. Ferguson
Lori Ferguson is a Senior Director of Urban Health Plan, Inc. (UHP) a network of federally qualified health centers serving residents serving the Bronx and Queens. She directs the CitiCares site, which provides primary and specialty care services, and the school based health program comprised of eleven clinics in public schools throughout the Bronx and Queens.
Prior to joining UHP, she worked at Harlem United as the Associate Vice President for healthcare providing strategic direction for its new start federally qualified health center. For eight years, Lori worked at the Primary Care Development Corporation as project director for performance improvement where she directed and taught process improvement programs to healthcare organizations throughout New York City.
Lori is on the board of directors of the New York Association for Ambulatory Care and Gotham Health. She is Co- Chair for the New York State School Based Health Alliance Downstate Chapter. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Pittsburgh and holds a Master of Science Degree in Community Health/Health Administration from Long Island University.