Meet the Advisory Board

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Evelyn Abayaah, Program Director, International Programs and Advisory Services

Evelyn Abayaah, MS HMP, is a Program Director 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 is the former chair of the Association of Multicultural Members of Partners.

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

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John Maudlin

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.

Yawen Wang

Yawen Wang graduated from Hult International Business School holding dual Master degrees of International Business and Disruptive Innovation. She was born and raised in China and then move to US since 2016. She has professional hospitality management background and strong marketing analysis skill working at Samsung. Yawen’s specialty is in Chinese culture and business practices, particularly Chinese communication style and cross-cultural business trading.

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