National Minority Health Association
Meet the NMHA Board
CHAITRA DALTON BRYANT - Board Chair
Chaitra Dalton Bryant is a nutritionista; in essence, she designs nutrition and wellness on the inside and out, with a specialty in the art and science of personal life transformation. Chaitra is a wellness expert to leaders and leadership organizations. She is the founder of 360 Wellness Collective Inc. -- Read More
HAROLD YOUNG, ESQ - Vice Chair
Harold D. Young, Esq, has over thirty years of experience representing persons in various legal disciplines. His practice areas include wills and estates, probate, family law, elder law, real estate, small business, corporations, government, housing, and personal injury. Harold is admitted to practice in all courts in Maryland and the United States District Court. Harold’s legal practice has a special emphasis on preserving the assets of senior and disabled members of the community. -- Read More
COL. JAMES WILLIAMS (RET) - Board Member
Col. James Williams, a prostate cancer survivor since 1991, Jim is the principal of Jim Williams, and Associates, Camp Hill, PA - a consulting firm specializing in human resources management, prostate cancer awareness, education, and advocacy. -- Read More
DENISE PINES - Board Member
Denise Pines is an experienced senior leader with a demonstrated history of working in the medical practice industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Government, Sales, Entrepreneurship, and Event Management. Denise is a strong business development professional with a Master of Business Administration focused in International Business from John F. Kennedy University. -- Read More
DR. ERIC RITTER - Board Member
Dr. Eric Ritter was born and raised in Washington DC. He attended undergraduate school at Brandeis University and majored in psychology with a pre-medical and education core. Dr. Ritter received his masters degree in education and principal certification from Harvard University. He earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville Tennessee. -Read More
BURGESS HARRISON, MBA - Executive Director & Board Member
Burgess Harrison., MBA Burgess brings a wide breadth of expertise to the National Minority Health Association. He comes with more than 25 years of home health, homecare, electronic visit verification, and telehealth technology experience. He is a pioneer in electronic visit verification and possesses a unique understanding of the market and issues patients and providers face. Burgess is an educator, former adjunct professor, marketing executive, and software business founder who happens to be a unique perspective to minority health. -- Read More
DAVID COLE, CMP - Program Director & Board Member
David Cole is an accomplished healthcare professional and business executive with 20+ years of experience building multiple successful products and companies. He is an expert in SaaS product development, marketing, sales, and complex retail channel development. A skilled strategist and business development specialist, David has extensive experience working with non-profit organizations, government agencies, regulatory authorities, health care systems, and providers. -- Read More
ANGELICA McKINLEY - Board member
Angelica McKinley is a creative leader who thrives at the intersection of narrative, visual storytelling and technology. Most recently, she’s expanded art direction and visual expression on the world’s most visited website through highly impactful, emotionally resonant iterations of Google’s logo that centered globally diverse artists, cultural nuance and nostalgia. -- Read More
LAUREN HERRON, LCSW-C - Board member
Lauren was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Randallstown, Maryland, with a driving passion to provide assistance to others that were disenfranchised and marginalized. As a teenager, Lauren dedicated much of her time to the Bea Gaddy Family Centers and the Salvation Army, as a volunteer passing out hot meals to the homeless in the most impoverished communities in Baltimore City. From these humble beginnings and well-intentioned efforts, grew Lauren’s passion to join the field of Social Work. -- Read More
RUTH BOH - Board member
I am an enrolled tribal member with the Comanche tribe, from my father's side. He was born on our land (Reservation) in Lawton, OK. I was an Indian Health Service Scholar for over 7 years. I have been working with American Indian tribes for over 10 years. -- Read More
UNJERIA JACKSON - Board member
Unjeria C. Jackson, M.D. is a retired maternal-fetal medicine specialist. She attended Yale<br><br>College (BS in biology 1977) and then received her M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine in 1981. Dr, Jackson did her residency in New York at Harlem Hospital Center. She completed a 2 year fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine in 1987 at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. She practiced full time about 18+ years at Morristown Memorial Hospital, now Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey. -- Read More
DR. DAVID DALTON - Chairman Emeritus
Dr. David Dalton is the first black pharmaceutical executive in the chain drug industry. Honored as one of the top ten graduates over 100 years. In Four Halls of Fame, Senatorial Medal of Freedom and Veteran. He served in several capacities with Rite Aid Corporation including Corporate Vice President. -- Read More
Unjeria C. Jackson, M.D. is a retired maternal-fetal medicine specialist. She attended Yale
College (BS in biology 1977) and then received her M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine in 1981. Dr, Jackson did her residency in New York at Harlem Hospital Center. She completed a 2 year fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine in 1987 at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. She practiced full time about 18+ years at Morristown Memorial Hospital, now Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey. Subsequent to her retirement from full time work, she did locus tenens and per diem at hospitals in New Jersey and South Dakota. Dr. Jackson was previously licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey and South Dakota. Her initial board certifications were in obstetrics and gynecology (1988) and maternal-fetal medicine (1991). Recertifications in both occurred in 1998 and 2008.
Dr. Jackson has always been a supporter of education and giving back to her community. She did tutoring and volunteer work while growing up in New Orleans. She continued mentoring and tutoring students in New Haven while attending Yale. Once she decided to seek a career in healthcare, Unjeria focused on providing care to women and their unborn babies. Her role as a provider of healthcare has also involved educating patients, teaching medical students, residents, nurse midwives and nurses and lecturing to physician groups at numerous meetings and conferences. Between 1991 and 2010 Dr. Jackson gave more than 40 lectures. She also authored or co-authored 8 articles which were published in various medical journals. Several abstracts were presented by Dr. Jackson at peer society meetings.
Because of her desire to support education, healthcare and the arts, Unjeria has been involved with multiple nonprofits over the years. She is a past trustee of The Peck School (8 years) and served as secretary for 2 years and vice-president for 3 years. Dr. Jackson was also on the Morristown Memorial Health Foundation Board for 6 years. She is the immediate past president of the board of P.G. Chambers School (for children with special needs). She was on that board from 2006-2019; serving as chair of the development committee for several years and then as board president for 10 years. Dr. Jackson joined the board of the Mayo Performing Arts Center in 2009. She was involved with their community outreach/engagement committee and chaired the governance and nominating committee. Unjeria did committee work at the Morris Museum for several years before joining in 2014. She is a founding member of Impact 100 Garden State. She completed her tenure with those boards and organizations in 2019/2020.
Dr. Jackson served on the Morristown Medical Center Advisory Board and on the committee for patient safety before becoming a member of the Atlantic Health System Board (2019-2022). She also served over 28 years as a member of the New Jersey State Committee which reviews maternal mortality and makes recommendations to address specific issues of concern. She has made a difference in the lives of women and their babies. Dr. Jackson remains a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Dr. Jackson has been acknowledged in the community for her career success, leadership and volunteerism. In 2014 she was honored as Citizen of the Year at the annual gala of the Hope Chest Scholarship Foundation. Unjeria was named Woman of the Year in 2016 by the Zonta Club of Morristown. She was also honored with the 2019 Starlight Award for outstanding service and generous support of the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ.
Unjeria is also an avid tea drinker and passionate collector of teapots which number more than 2000. She authored a book, Teapots by Design- A Collector’s Catalogue, in 2006. She has given numerous lectures on the history of tea, many of which benefitted various nonprofits. There was an exhibit of some of her teapots at the Morris Museum in 2011. Currently, a few of her teapots are on display at the Weiner Museum of Decorative Arts in Dania Beach, FL. Unjeria’s teapots are also featured in the Collectible Teapot Calendars (Workman) for 2021, 2022 and 2023. She currently resides with her husband, Larry Thompson, in Aventura, FL.
The National Minority Health Association (NMHA), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1988. Having achieved its initial mission of ensuring the establishment of Offices of Minority Health in all 50 states, its new mission is to close the disparity gap in minority health care.
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