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Health and Environment


Darisha Parker

Darisha Parker has organized grassroots events such as the one that led to the safe return of an abducted woman from Germantown; and executed initiatives to raise funds for the victims and families of violent and unsolved crimes.


Napoleon Nelson



Dan Williams

State Representative, 74th Legislative District

Malcolm Kenyatta

State Representative

Traci Smith


Dr. Sabrina Whitehurst, MD, FACOG

Chairman Geisinger Lewistown Hospital

Dr Ala Stanford

Black Doctor’s COVID-19 Consortium

Pastor Marshall Micthell

Salem Baptist Church & Black Doctor’s COVID-19 Consortium

Farida Boyer

Founder, Boyer Counseling Group

LaJewel Harrison

President, LGH Consulting

Hugh V. Archer, Ph.D.

Mavickar Environmental Consultants

Zulene Mayfield

Community Activist

Kimberly McGlonn, PhD

Owner The Grant Blvd.


Speaker Bios

Darisha K. Parker is a dedicated community leader with over 25 years of experience in communications and public service. She is a proud graduate of Germantown High School’s magnet program; and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Bennett College. Darisha has earned a respected reputation as a public relations expert and entrepreneur. She has organized grassroots events such as the one that led to the safe return of an abducted woman from Germantown; and executed initiatives to raise funds for the victims and families of violent and unsolved crimes.

Darisha has evolved from a public relations expert, into a transformative Legislative Assistant for State Representative Rosita C. Youngblood. She led rallies with neighbors and community leaders against environmental injustice and low wages. Darisha is active in the district’s Town Watch and provides information about safety strategies to area residents. She also partnered with community groups to donate funds to support gun violence awareness, prevent school closings, and feed families in need.

Darisha is running for State Representative to continue in her service to the residents of the 198th Legislative District.

Malcolm Kenyatta was elected to serve as state representative for the 181st Legislative District, Philadelphia County, in 2018. He is a product of Philadelphia public schools and a graduate of Temple University and Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

He currently serves as vice chair of the Philadelphia House Delegation and as a member of the Governor’s Taskforce on Suicide Prevention and holds a host of committee leadership positions. As the first openly LGBTQ person of color and one of the youngest members elected to the PA General Assembly, he is deeply committed to creating an equitable and inclusive society.

As a legislator, he has championed proposals to address generational poverty, raise the minimum wage and protect workers’ rights, increase access to mental health care, enact common sense measures to address gun violence, and strengthen our digital infrastructure.

In 2016 and again in 2020, he was elected to serve as a delegate to the Democratic Convention to represent Pennsylvania’s second Congressional District; both times garnering the second-highest vote total of any delegate in the Commonwealth. He has also appeared on local and national media outlets to discuss systemic poverty, affordable education and childcare, and how to make government more accountable to citizens. He was the subject of an award-winning short documentary, ‘Going Forward’, produced by Seven Knot Productions, which premiered on ‘The Atlantic Magazine Selects’ in 2018. 

The Honorable Dan K. Williams was sworn in as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 74th Legislative District on January 1, 2019. Rep. Williams has been a dedicated resident of Chester County for more than three decades. As a former UPS supervisor and members of Teamsters Local #384, he knows first-hand the importance of unions to ensuring the working class earns a family sustaining wage, has access to affordable healthcare, and is afforded proper protections on the job. Dr. Williams has been the devoted Senior Pastor of New Life in Christ Fellowship Church in Coatesville and a passionate community leader for more than 30 years. A graduate of Geneva College and Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, Pa., he knows the value of a quality education. He also runs the Willia Mae Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund, named after his late mother, with his family, which awards merit scholarships to young people based on academic achievement. Dan's family is his top priority. He is committed to his loving wife of 38 years, Baleria Alston Williams, their three children and one grandson. In Harrisburg, Rep. Williams is a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and serves on the following committees: Policy, Urban Affairs, Children & Youth, and as Secretary of the Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee. In his first term, he authored Act 59 of 2020, containing the largest police reforms in over 40 years and becoming the first freshman member of the minority party to have major legislation signed into law.

Traci M. Smith is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Traci’s Bio. She is a 3 time Author of The Pink Sister Chronicles, and a Certified Life Coach. Traci is a dynamic Empowerment Speaker who is motivating the masses. She is an Entrepreneur at heart standing as the C. F. O of Creative Minds and Each One, Teach One Childcare centers. Traci also is the C. F. O of Creative Minds Christian Academy, a lover of people, God-Fearing, Mother and last, put but certainly not least she is impressively a Breast Cancer Survivor.
Traci’s mission is helping survivors build a better future. She believes that the greater the support, the more empowered women feel to take control of their mental, spiritual, and physical health. Out of this desire she has founded Traci’s Bio.
Bio (Beautiful Inside and Out) is a 501c3 organization dedicated to providing breast cancer survivors with services and resources to assist them with the life changing obstacles that come with the words, “You have breast cancer”. When Traci was impacted with these words she was determined to not only survive but to thrive and bring others along side of her.
Over the past 3 years Traci’s Bio has grown tremendously. Bio began serving over 250 plus women with photo shoots, hair/ make-up and make-overs, chemo and radiation support, transportation and a number of other support services, to also becoming a platform for survivors to tell their story through the Pink Sister Chronicles.
Since the launch of The Pink Sister’s Chronicles Traci has Co-authored and published 3 books that have bought awareness to African American communities that are highly impacted by breast cancer. She believes that improving public awareness of breast cancer and encouraging health behavior changes are important aspects of cancer control and healing.
Throughout this journey Traci has been awarded numerous awards. The strength of Traci’s achievement is rooted in the depth of her passion for others to win. As a result of this passion she was honored with the Madam C. J. Walker Entrepreneur award. Traci’s work within the survivor’s community has been recognized throughout countless newspaper articles, radio stations, and national television. Traci has yet to reach her limited and for her and her team this is only the beginning. Traci and the BIO team will continue to expand the mission and provide services to the cancer community.

Dr. Whitehurst is a board-certified obstetrics and gynecology physician. She attended medical school at the Howard University College of Medicine, and completed her residency at Reading Hospital and Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Dr Whitehurst was Chief of both General Obstetrics and Gynecology and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. After completion of active duty as a Major in the United States Army, she joined Geisinger Health System in 2017. She is currently the Division Chief and Chairman for the division of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Western Region of Pennsylvania, serving the State College, Lewistown, Port Matilda and the surrounding areas.

Zulene Mayfield is the driving force behind the Chester Residence Concerned for Quality Living and their goal to make sure that families live free from polluting industries. 

A visionary leader, in 2017 Dr. Kimberly McGlonn launched Grant Blvd, an apparel brand committed to creating employment opportunities in sustainable fashion for the formerly incarcerated in Philadelphia. Her guiding mission is to advocate for not only the historically and currently marginalized, but for the preservation of our planet.

Her 18 years of experience as a teacher of world literature (colonialism) & marginalization in the American story and her ongoing service as a Councilwoman in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, have all shaped her insights into social & environmental justice. Her work is rooted in leveraging her talents and insights in order to promote conscious consumption and to innovate sustainable strategies. She is a respected speaker, invited to talk at for profit & non-profit organizations alike about justice, workforce development, and sustainability. 

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