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Evelyn Abayaah, MS HMP, Project Manager

Evelyn Abayaah, MS HMP, is a Project Manager at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center, managing mostly the MGH CC/Carebridge Collaboration as well other Cancer Center international projects and Network Development/ Business planning projects. Her previous roles have included Performance Improvement in the Center for Quality and Safety and Operational Efficiency projects in the operating room. Evelyn earned her Master’s of Science in Health Management and Policy and her Bachelors of Science in Health Education at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Evelyn Chairs the Association of Multicultural Members of Partners.

Elisa Perry, Consultant, Fashionista and Cancer Survivor

With expertise in both the entertainment industry and non profit sector, Elisa Perry provides a wealth of knowledge and community, corporate, and personal connections to Coils To Locs. She has professional experience with numerous charities and events companies as a consultant, volunteer and executive. She is a successful fundraiser who has worked for The March of Dimes, Alzheimers Association, The Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, American Heart Association, Avon 3 Day Walk For Breast Cancer, The Unusual Suspects Theatre Program, and Lamp Community. In addition to her development experience she is a fashionista who prides herself with transforming ready to wear fashions into today’s fashionable trendsetting attire. Her journey from perms, to weaves, to wigs, to coils started ten years ago when she decided to wear wigs to grow out her perm. After a year of growing out her hair she then lost it to chemotherapy. Elisa has been wearing her hair chemical free for nine years. Thanks to Google and YouTube University she is learning to do all types of twists and find the best products for her locks. As a professional actress the hair journey is very essential. In one day of auditions she can go from a wig, to her natural hair in less than an hour.

Michael Sandman: Service Corp of Retired Executives

Mike Sandman is the co-chair of SCORE Boston, which provides free small business consulting under the auspices of the US Small Business Administration. He has had two previous careers, one in composites manufacturing and the second on management consulting for firms seeking to understand their competitors and competitive environment. Mike is a member of the finance committee of the Town of Brookline and a past chair of the Brookline Community Foundation.

Ella Turenne: Founder, BlackWomyn Beautiful

Ella Turenne is an artist, changemaker and entrepreneur. She is the founder of BlackWomyn Beautiful, a platform that celebrates the beauty and power of Black Women and girls. Her debut solo show, Love, Locs & Liberation, shares stories about Black Women’s hair and the search for self-acceptance. Ella’s writing has been published in various anthologies including Letters from Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees (nominated for a 2007 NAACP Image Award), Woman’s Work: The Short Stories, and most recently in Turning Teaching Inside Out. She is the editor of a volume of visual art and poetry commemorating the Haitian revolution entitled revolution|revolisyon|révolution 1804-2004: An Artistic Commemoration of the Haitian Revolution. Ella is also a filmmaker whose work has been an official selection of various national film festivals including the Hollywood Black Film Festival and the Montréal International Haitian Film Festival, where her short film woodshed was nominated for Best Short Film. In response to the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Ella co-edited a volume of poetry on Haiti called For the Crowns of Your Heads; the funds raised were used to aid a library that was destroyed in Port-au-Prince. Ella has been a trainer for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program for 10 years and was a member of the Blackout Arts Collective where she participated in Lyrics on Lockdown, a national tour where she performed and facilitated workshops educating communities about the prison-industrial complex. Ella has been a Leadership LA Fellow and an Arts for LA ACTIVATE Fellow. For more information, visit www.ellaturenne.com.

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John Maudlin: Co-Founder, Fields Corner Business Lab; and Owner, SCALE Consulting

John lives in Boston, where he co-founded Dorchester’s first coworking space, the Fields Corner Business Lab, and launched SCALE Consulting in 2014. SCALE Consulting provides strategic planning, marketing direction, and consulting services for Small Businesses. John attended the University of Florida where he received a degree in Finance and is an officer for a number of startups, serves on a handful of boards around the world and co-produces documentary shorts.