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Kenny Marshall, I Am Abel Foundation, Board Member

KENNY MARSHALL

Cardiology - Sales, IQVIA

Aaron Kenyatta “Kenny” Marshall is summed up best as a dynamic business leader with the mind of a capitalist and heart of a social worker. An executive and business owner with over 20 years of professional experience, Kenny has had a distinguished career in sales leadership driven by his sincere desire to help. 

For most of his remarkable sales career, Kenny was a top performing primary care, specialty, hospital sales executive, trainer, and manager for Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the world’s largest private pharmaceutical companies. 

 

Currently, he serves as the owner of DJ Kenny B Entertainment, an entertainment company that specializes in event planning, promotion, and disc jockey services. 

 

His passion for mankind is further realized through his participation in civic and volunteer organizations. He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., where he has held many leadership positions. He is currently the State Representative for the Tenth District in Illinois. 

 

Kenny earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan in Sociology, with an emphasis on Law, Criminology and Deviance. He is currently married to his wife Nichole of 14 years, and has 3 children (Kennedy 11, Erin 9, and Nicholas, 6. 

Toyin Adeyemi is an attending physician in Infectious Diseases at the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) and Associate Professor of Medicine at Rush University medical Center, Chicago. In addition to patient care and medical education, Dr Adeyemi is actively involved in clinical research in the areas HIV and Aging, hepatitis C and health disparities. She is an avid reader, loves to dance and is the proud mother of 2 amazing young ladies.

OLUWATOYIN (TOYIN) ADEYEMI, MD

Associate Professor, Cook County &

Rush University

Dr. Joy Elion grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago.  She completed medical school at The Pritzker School of Medicine at University of Chicago and completed her pediatric residency at Northwestern University’s Children Memorial Hospital in Chicago.  She currently works at a federally funded health center on the south side of Chicago.  She has a passion for medical missions work and travels to Haiti and Kenya regularly. 

JOY ELION, MD

Director, Global Health & Humanitarian Outreach

 

Dr. David Anyadike is a general pediatrician on staff with UIC and St. Anthony Hospital, and the Pediatric Developmental Center at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. He obtained his degree from Meharry Medical College, did his pediatric residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), as well as his chief residency with UIC at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

 

Since his residency training, he has founded citywide programs with institutions like the YMCA to address childhood obesity, and has continued to do work and research into the field of family and childhood overweight. He does teaching, mentoring, advocacy, and outreach work while doing general pediatrics in a small private clinic on the near-west side. 

DAVID ANYADIKE, MD

St. Anthony Hospital, Private Practice

Denise Jones recently worked in the Financial Service industry as a Senior Compliance Examiner for the Chicago Stock Exchange. Prior to that, Denise worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation on the IRCM product line responsible for programs valued at over $100 million.  Denise is a member of Living Word Christian Center and serves in the LWCC Prison Ministry and also assist the Chaplain at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.  Denise loves live theatre, jazz, and classic movies.

DENISE JONES, MBA, CPA

Board Treasurer

TRENA BURKE, MHA

Board Secretary, Quality Outcomes &

Performance

St. Anthony's Hospital

Trena M. Burke is a Quality Outcomes and Performance Improvement professional at St. Anthony Hospital where she is provides leadership and management of system-wide, Quality Management and Performance Improvement Plan activities in accordance with healthcare licensing and other accreditation agencies.

 

Mrs. Burke works closely with her business partners to provide strategic direction across all domains of practice including quality and safety, cost, service and operations.Trena Burke is an Examiner for the Illinois Performance Excellence Board of Examiners including participation in off-site audits to client sites.

 

Prior to her current role, she was Assistant Director of Research and Medical Education with Mt. Sinai Hospital and Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University. Trena holds a Masters of Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance. Mrs. Burke has also presented at national meetings and published numerous articles on quality assurance, patient safety and mental illness.

 

 

​Trena is committed to the community and the development of fellow colleagues. Presently, Mrs. Burke serves as a Board member of several organizations:  (1) “I Am Abel Foundation” and (2) Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the National Association of Healthcare Services Executives (NAHSE). 

JACQUES CONWAY, MDiv

District Superintendent

United Methodist Church

Jacques Conway is District Superintendent of the Southern District of the Northern Conference of the United Methodist Church thereby serving as spiritual and administrative leader to over 60 pastors and churches on his district.  With over 22 years as an ordained elder of the United Methodist church, Jacques is best known for his unrelenting community service and commitment and passion for our community's youth.  

 

Pastor Conway was also well known to many as Sergeant Conway and often chided that "if I don't get you on my first job I'll get you on the second.  After 22 years of police service, he became the first African American police officer to retire from the Oak Park Illinois Police Department.  In his dual ministries his focus has always been on children.  He developed the Oak Park Police Explorers which he ran for nearly a decade.  He also started a ground breaking tutorial program with the support of his then congregation, Neighborhood United Methodist Church, that was game changing for kids of Maywood. Upon retirement from police work, he worked several years at Park National Bank as Vice President of Community Equity and Outreach.   He has traveled widely abroad on service missions from Haiti to Ghana. 

He has been proudly married to his lovely wife, I AM ABEL FOUNDATION Founder and President, Dr. LaMenta Sweetie Conway for 33 years and notes that they met in high school and married in college.  Together  they have 3 children who share their passion for service and have traveled alongside their parents on service missions.  He enjoys reading, old school R&B music simply spending time with family.  

JONATHAN MOREIRA, MD

Asst. Professor of Medicine, Northwestern

Dr. Jonathan Moreira is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System.

 

Dr. Moreira’s clinical expertise lies primarily in head and neck cancers, malignant melanomas and lymphomas. His clinical research primarily focuses on novel therapies for the treatment of patients with head and neck cancers. Additionally, he is interested in exploring cancer care disparities in underserved communities, both in Chicago and around the world.

 

Dr. Moreira also possess a passion for mentoring the next generation of physicians, and is actively mentoring students from across the educational spectrum, from high school to fellowship training. When not spending time with his 2 beautiful young daughters and wife, Dr. Moreira enjoys reading, practicing guitar, and trying new cuisines.

For over 30 years, Marc was a criminal defense attorney, including 24 as a Cook County Assistant Public Defender. He has been an instructor at the U of C Law School Mandel Clinic Intensive Trial Workshop for over 20 years. He is a former Oak Park village trustee. He founded and operates a Mediation practice. He is a conscious aging columnist for the Oak Park Wednesday Journal, a novice beekeeper, a husband of over 40 years, a father and a grandfather. Marc currently facilitates Conscious Aging Workshops and Wise Aging Workshops in the Chicagoland area.

MARC BLESOFF, JD

Retired, Criminal Defense Attorney

Sheila Gordon has dedicated over 25 years to Human Resources. She is a University of Illinois alumna with a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in HR & Organizational Development. Sheila is a Sr. HR Business Partner for ADP. She is most proud of her Board of Director position with Kingdom Quality Communications and I AM ABEL Foundation

SHEILA GORDON, MS

Human Resources Management

Dena Beaty grew up on the south side of Chicago and attended Lewis University in Romeoville, IL where she received her Bachelor Of Science in Business Management.  She currently works for AT&T as a Universal Service Executive for over 29 years.  However, she’s always had a strong passion for decorating and party planning.  She is currently utilizing this passion as co-owner of D&V Touch Of Elegance.

DENA BEATY

Universal Service Executive, ATT

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