MEET THE TEAM
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10
Two are better than one...If either one of them falls down, one can help the other up.
Urban Bridges Medical Mentoring Program, Student Coordinator
I AM ABEL FOUNDATION, Executive Administrative Assistant
Born and raised in Holly Springs, MS, Magnolia Oliver studied Secretarial
Science at Rust College. After moving to Aurora, IL, Magnolia studied Business Administration at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. Magnolia has been an Executive Assistant for more than 10-years where being highly organized, detail-oriented and a strong collaborator and office manager has allowed her to perform successfully for executives in the profit and non-profit sectors. The Lord inspired Magnolia to organize and serve as the Chairperson for the Main Baptist Church Little Sister/Big Sister Conference which focuses on mentoring young girls.
Since 1989, Magnolia has fulfilled her call to global mission by serving as a Missionary in several African countries including Zimbabwe, Kenya and Nigeria. Also, to Moldova, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.
She has also served with Uncommon Woman Ministry, Inc. (UWM, Inc.) and Singles Pleasing the Lord and Saving People’s Lives Ministries (SPL).
Essentially, Magnolia is the center piece of the foundation and keeps students, their parents and mentors well connected and informed. The foundation looks forward too many wonderful years together with Magnolia as our unofficial “Mentoring Mom.”
Magnolia seeks to be a blessing to everyone she meets. She uses her personal talents through creating “Fresh Touch” floral arrangements and her talent for creating wonderful baked goods to provide encouragement and comfort to others.
IKE S. OKWUOSA, MD
Urban Bridges Mentoring Program
Director, "Heart Smart" Introduction to Physical Exam Curriculum
We are pleased to welcome I AM ABEL FOUNDATION Physician Mentor, Dr. Ike S. Okwuosa, MD to our leadership team! Dr. Okwuosa is a cardiologist at Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, where he specializes in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. He received his MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine. His internship and residency were both completed at Northwestern University. He went on to The Johns Hopkins Hospital where he completed his general cardiology and advanced heart failure/cardiac transplant fellowships.
He is a member of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), and the American College of Physicians (ACP).
Dr. Okwuosa’s clinical research interests are in heart failure, cardiac sarcoidosis, and cardiac amyloidosis. He has published works examining the impact of depression in cardiovascular disease and disparities in cardiovascular disease.
Practice philosophy: “I believe that the patient and doctor are a team. As the physician, my role is to identify the goals of my patients and to deliver the best care possible and I look forward to working closely with my patients and their families in achieving their set goals.”
DR RENE ROBERTS, MD
Executive Producer and Host, Medicine Makers
I Am Abel Foundation is pleased to welcome Dr Rene Roberts who will join the team of Medicine Makers beginning Season 3 as its Executive Producer and one of the main hosts. She is a natural in front of and behind the camera and will surely bring an infusion of energy, fun and lively conversation to inspire our future physicians as well as our listening audience.
Dr. Rene´ Roberts, aka Dr Rene´, MD, is a board-certified Family Medicine physician, speaker and former competitive figure skater. Since 2016 she has been a physician mentor with the I Am Abel Foundation and enjoys working with high school, college and post-baccalaureate students pursuing their dreams of becoming a medical doctor. She has recently joined the foundation as a board member as well.
After her competitive figure skating career concluded, Dr. Rene began to pursue her passion for medicine full time. She completed her medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine and her residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chicago. When she is not caring for her own patients, you will probably find Dr. Rene traveling the globe serving on medical missions including trips to Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Africa, and Moldova. In her free time Dr. Rene enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and staying active by running, figure skating recreationally and walking her dog.
JOY ELION, MD
International Studies and Missions Abroad
Born and raised in Chicago's south suburbs, Joy Elion, MD knew from an early age that she was born to become a physician. What she didn't know, however, is that her love for taking care of children as a pediatrician, would usher her into her true passion to serve globally by promoting the health and well being of children worldwide. Joy received her Bachelor's of Arts in Microbiology from Miami University in Oxford, OH in 2001 before earning her medical degree from University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine in 2005. She completed her pediatric residency at Northwestern's Children's Memorial Hospital in 2008.
After residency Dr. Elion worked as a pediatric hospitalist at Ingall's Memorial Hospital and later joined a private practice in Harvey, IL. She later served the underserved communities of Chicago's south side in a federally qualified health center. Throughout residency and her professional career, the need and love to serve our poorest and most vulnerable has never been far from Dr. Elion's heart. Her medical missions have included Tanzania, Kenya, Jordan and countless others. She has traveled to Haiti 7 times already and is heading back soon.