Sick Cell's Advisory Board is composed of leaders and experts who use their skills, guidance, and knowledge to help us achieve our mission.
Barbara Harrison, MS, CGC, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of Maryland, College Park and received a Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from University of Pittsburgh. She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counselors and currently serves on its Board of Directors. She is an Assistant Professor at Howard University and teaches graduate students, medical students, and medical residents in various specialties, in the areas of genetics, genetic testing, genetic counseling and ethics. In addition to her academic duties, she provides genetic counseling services at Howard University Hospital for a variety of referral reasons, including cancer and prenatal.
Coretta Melissa Jenerette
Dr. Jenerette received a Ph.D. and MSN from the University of South Carolina and her BSN from Clemson University. She also completed post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She achieved a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Academy of Nursing Education.
Elisabeth M. Oehrlein, Ph.D., MS, is a mixed-methods researcher with expertise in patient engagement and the role of patient experience data in drug development, value/health technology assessment, and real-world research. Before founding Applied Patient Experience, LLC, Dr. Oehrlein served on the senior leadership team at the National Health Council, where she was responsible for research and education programs. She has spoken widely on the topic of patient-centered research, including invited presentations at the National Academy of Sciences and various Congressional Briefings.
Khristina Reid is the Executive Director of Virginia Sickle Cell Network. She and her husband, Shermane Reid are parents to 6 children- two of whom were diagnosed with sickle cell disease at birth. On the journey towards navigating SCD, Khristina began to advocate with the desire to enhance the lives of those affected by sickle cell disease. Khristina facilitates her advocacy work through the following:
- Leading Virginia Sickle Cell Network
- Serving as an Ambassador with Sick Cells
- Working as the Co-Chair for Children’s Medical Group’s Patient Family Advisory Council.
- And, More.
Orobola Obafemi Akinmoladun
Femi is 30 years old from Kansas City, Mo. Femi comes from a big family of five brothers and one sister, his parents being from Nigeria. He is the only one within his family to inherit Sickle Cell Disease (specifically SS). He has been in Milwaukee since 2019, and currently works as a remote national/state field organizer for an organization called WorkMoney. Femi commits every day to live into his last name Akinmoladun, which means a warrior who defends the weak. He stays involved as a certified medical advocate with SCMA, advocate with Sick Cells, serves on his local Community Advisory Board, and finds himself busy in grassroots movements like the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and Wisconsin Poor People's Campaign. Hobbies are reading, foodie trips with friends, and playing tennis. Faith, hope, and love is the way Femi lives his life.