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.

 

Tara Harper, MBA
Board member

A native Houstonian from Texas, Tara N. Harper attended Prairie View A&M through the RODS Nursing Program (Retention of Disadvantaged Students). There she was mentored, cultured, and developed to further her college education. She ran for 1989-90 Miss PVAMU Plus pageant and won as First Runner-Up and for Miss Congeniality. Tara also became a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. in1987.  She had to give a short break to attending college and to help take care of her father who was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in 2004, who passed 9 months later at home surrounding by his family in love and prayer. A year later, Tara decided to go back to college to finish in Education. Instead, she accidentally took a medical terminology class at Texas Southern University in 2001 and soon was recruited into Health Information Management. Tara graduated from Texas Southern University in fall 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management. While working in the healthcare field, Tara became an instructor/professor at various colleges since 2003 to present.   Tara enrolled in DeVry University’s Keller School of Management graduating with a Masters of Business Administration with course work in Health Information Systems in Fall 2011. While working on various career endeavors, Mrs. Harper was called and licensed to ministry in August 1999.

 

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 skincare 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.

Karen Sadewater, LFMT
Board member

Karen Sadewater is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Karen Sadewater attended California State University, Dominguez Hills, where, in 2015, she graduated with a master’s degree in marital and family therapy. Currently, Karen is attending school to receive a doctorate degree in psychology with a focus on marital and family therapy. She currently holds a position as an assistant supervisor at a nonprofit agency for families obtaining mental health services through Medi-Cal insurance while maintaining a private practice as well. Karen has a passion for helping others through volunteering. Karen enjoys traveling, concerts and football.  Karen is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Rev. Allison Stradford
Board member

Rev. Allison Stradford is an educator, missionary, ordained minister and a life coach. She has a passion for education through ministry — at home and abroad. Rev. Allison served as an ambassador to the United Nations Conference in New York, representing the young missionaries of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, a panelist and organizer for young women’s programs and workshops, throughout the 5th Episcopal District. As a missionary, she sojourned to Maputo, Mozambique with a team of 12 missionaries from throughout the AME Church to launch the Maama Kit. As a youth advisor the 5th Episcopal District with a youth delegation to Kingston, Jamaica to rebuild and repair AME churches that were damaged by a natural disaster. In addition, she led a delegation of 107 missionaries to Lusaka, Zambia to serve God’s people. Also, as a licensed minister, she sojourned with the 5th Episcopal District to Chennai, India to start over 40 AME churches. Rev. Allison has been very instrumental in empowering young people in the AME Church. She served as a Christian educator and created a curriculum for the Tawana Christian Conference for Young People, in Ohio. Rev. Allison accepted her call to preach in November 2006 and was licensed to preach in 2007. She was ordained as an itinerant deacon in 2010 and an itinerant elder in 2012 by the Right Rev. Theodore Larry Kirkland, who was the presiding prelate of the 5th Episcopal District of the AME Church. Rev. Allison has earned an Associate of Arts degree in liberal studies from Los Angeles Southwest College, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in psychology from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master of Arts degree in Christian leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She is also a proud United States Navy veteran. Professionally, Rev. Allison works in the automobile insurance industry.