Board of Directors

Monica Brown, MD, MPH
Founder/Executive Director

Dr. Monica Brown attended college, medical school, and graduate school in the University of Texas system. Dr. Brown has completed residencies in Emergency Medicine and Occupational Medicine. Dr. Brown is also actively involved in leadership positions within other medical organizations. In addition to this, she participates in international medical missions in various countries. Dr. Brown is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She has held several leadership positions in the sorority.

Monica Clark-Reed, MD, MPH
Board member

Dr. Monica Clark-Reed is a 1997 graduate of The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and a 2008 graduate of The University of Texas at Houston School of Public Health. She is an independent family and occupational medicine physician. She enjoys volunteering and working with peers in other countries. Dr. Clark-Reed currently serves as an executive officer of the Harris County Academy of Family Practice Board and serves as a delegate to the Texas Academy of Family Practice. She is a fellow of the American College of Environmental Medicine has been an active member its house of delegates. Dr. Clark-Reed’s most relevant interest are in preventive community health and environmental justice for any/all underserved populations.

Briana Lawrence, DrPh
Board member

Dr. Briana Lawrence received her DrPH from The University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH), Health Science Center with a focus on Management Policy and Community Health. She minored in Biostatistics and Health Promotion Behavioral Science with a concentration on health services research and health disparities.  She has more than 20 years of experience in working in Public Health from researching health related topics to serving as a volunteer for non-profit organizations. Her research experience also extends to the government sector, having completed a post-graduate research fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also served in a variety of roles within nonprofit organizations including serving 2 years as Program Director for CANDO Houston – an organization that fights childhood obesity. She also currently volunteers for the California Black Women’s Health Project, an organization that advocates for the health of black women. Briana’s is passionate about helping people from her community to reach higher heights. Her personal mission is to share her skills and experiences with programs that serve, teach, and empower communities to be advocates for their own health.

Dr. Wanda L. Nelson
Board member

Dr. Wanda L. Nelson is now a retiree who worked in the field of education for 43 years. Her career has included working with students in grades K-16. In 1989, she was hired at the University of Texas at Austin in the position of Assistant Dean of Students for Retention Services, and developed programs to increase the academic success and graduation rates for Black and Hispanic undergraduate students. Other positions held at UT were Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of the University Outreach Centers, Associate Vice President for Pre-College Youth Development Programs and Student Diversity Initiatives.
Dr. Nelson has also had a passion for working with student groups throughout her career. Currently, she volunteers as a student mentor in the Austin ISD and tutors elementary school students. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Raquel Paige
Board member

 Raquel Paige is a registered nurse who has worked in pediatrics since 2002. She is a 2002 graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) and a Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN). Currently, she is studying to become a wound and ostomy nurse so she can provide education on wound and skin care to pediatric patients and their families. She has been a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. since 2000 and currently, serves as the president of the Culver City Alumnae Chapter. She is from Los Angeles by way of Boston who loves to dance, relax at the beach and spend time with family and friends.

Alva Perry, EdD
Board member

Dr. Alva Perry currently serves as an Assistant Principal for Ingenium Schools. She has held positions as director of special programs, BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment) provider, literacy coach and RTI (Response to Intervention) specialist in Los Angeles, California. Previous to her tenure at Ingenium Schools, she served as a school administrator at Arts in Action Charter School and as curriculum specialist and gifted education lead teacher for Compton Unified School District. Dr. Perry has been an educator for sixteen years. She holds a California administrative credential and a K-8 Clear professional teaching credential. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in public administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills; her Master’s of Arts degree in teaching curriculum from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and her Doctorate of Education in educational leadership from Argosy University. Multicultural education, gifted education, and at-risk students are her research interests. Dr. Perry has served on district and county committees and is a member of various associations such as California Association for the Gifted, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and the Urban League Young Professionals. She enjoys opportunities to serve and educate children and their families and commits to providing educational opportunities and advocacy for the underserved and overlooked.