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Moderator: Darrell Ezell, PhD - Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion @HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
A Path Forward: The COVID-19 Vaccine, Mistrust, and Community Mobilization

Mar 9, 2021 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Kenny Anderson, MS
@City of Huntsville, Office of Multicultural Affairs
On January 25, 2013, Kenny Anderson heads the Office of Diversity, Equity Inclusion (formerly named the Office of  Multicultural Affairs) after spending 16 years at Calhoun Community College, most recently as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. In this position, Mr. Anderson acts as a liaison between the city and the community on multicultural issues, encouraging understanding and promoting social justice among diverse groups. Kenneth Anderson is a nationally certified counselor with over thirty years of experience in the mental health profession. He is a graduate of Oakwood University (B.A., Psychology, and Alabama A&M University (M.S., Clinical Psychology). Kenneth is a past Chairman of the United Way of Madison County, Interfaith Mission Service’s Racial Harmony Coalition and is a former member of the City of Huntsville’s Human Relations Commission. He is a community bridge builder and is committed to the work of creating alliances across multiple dimensions.
Milton Brown, MD, PhD
@George Mason University
Dr. Brown is a pioneer in STEM, being the first African American PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and in addition, earned a medical degree from the University of Virginia. Dr. Brown is one of only a handful of physician scientists in the United States that holds a PhD in synthetic chemistry and an MD degree. Dr. Brown has 20+ years of directing scholarly educational and academic therapeutic discovery programs. Dr. Brown is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, has over 40 patents in his name and has authored over 100 peer reviewed publications. Two of his invented drugs are in clinical trials. Dr. Brown is currently Professor of Practice in the College of Science and Director of the Center for Drug Discovery at George Mason University, where his research focus is in translational medicine and therapeutics discovery for emerging infectious diseases, radiation countermeasures, oncological diseases and chronic kidney disorders.
Candice Finnila, PhD
@HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Candice Finnila attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Microbiology. After that, Candice went on to pursue a doctorate in Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Louisville where she studied stem cell biology in the context of diabetes and obesity. Currently, Dr. Finnila works in her hometown of Huntsville, AL at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology serving as the clinical project manager for the pediatric genomics projects conducted by Greg Cooper’s Laboratory.