Board Of Directors
Oluwafikayo Adeyemi-Benson is a doctoral student of Community Health and Preventive Medicine in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois in Urbana- Champaign (UIUC). He also worked at the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Immunization section as the coverage level intern. Oluwafikayo bagged his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Oyo State, Nigeria and his Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree at the Public Health Department of the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). Prior to pursuing his Master’s degree in Public Health, he has invested a lot of time working with several hospitals and community health care centers in his home country Nigeria. He is an avid volunteer to community health initiatives and his interests are in nutrition, maternal health and health disparities. Oluwafikayo believes that all rights are equal. He is a member of the Rotary International and the Mu Delta Lambda chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
Michelle Haberstroh, MPH earned her master’s degree in Public Health, master’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Child and Family Studies, and Graduate Certification in Epidemiology at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS). She also earned her bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Lade in Communication from UIS and participated in the Capitol Scholars Honors Program. Michelle is an active advocate for public health; she led the Public Health Student Association at UIS as President and presented research on childhood lead exposure in the home at the Student, Technology, Arts, and Research Symposium. She also participates in the American Public Health Association (APHA), as the current membership committee chair for the Physical Activity (PA) section. In the past, she served as the communication and membership student liaison for the student committee for the APHA PA section. While earning her graduate degrees, Michelle interned with the Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) housed in the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) as well as for the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP) Direct.
Anu Benson is a law graduate from Obafemi Awolowo university, Ile-ife, Osun state, Nigeria. He did his youth service at the National Emergency management Agency (NEMA), Abuja, Nigeria where he developed interest in Public Health, and decided to get a Master of Public Health Degree (MPH) at the university of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). He has years of experience as a Non for Profit Manager. Anu Benson is passionate about Public Health Research. Community Health, Clinical Research and Non for Profit Management.
Teniola Afolabi is a fully licensed medical doctor who obtained her license from the prestigious Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti. She is passionate about maximizing opportunities to enhance research in the field of public health and environmental health. She believes a clean environmental system is an important tool to improving the health of individuals toward building healthy communities and providing quality healthcare to every world citizen without any form of bias. In light of this she has dedicated a lot of time in rural communities as well as volunteering roles in non-governmental organization. She loves putting smiles on people’s faces and helping out however she can. She also possesses strong leadership and time management skills, written and verbal communication skills and a good team player. She pays attention to detail and is target oriented thus increasing overall efficiency of her work.
Johanny N. Martinez is a Honduran-American originally from Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of New Mexico Albuquerque with a Bachelor’s in Medical Laboratory Sciences. She earned a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health and is certified in Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security from the University of Illinois-Springfield. She was Vice president to the Public Health Student Association at UIS. Johanny is a versatile and active member of the Illinois Environmental Health Association (IEHA), Illinois Public Health Association, and the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). She has worked in multidisciplinary fields as Laboratory Scientist, graduate assistant, and Responsible Principle Investigator. She carries out moral values that direct her to care about the greater well-being of people in her community, especially, women, and immigrants. She is also an avid volunteer for the Springfield Immigrant Advocacy Network (SIAN). Her public health interests are in climate change, the built environment, and health justice. She enjoys coffee and spending time with family and friends.
Folajimi Jolayemi is a passionate general practitioner who bagged his MBBS from the prestigious Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria. After completion of his MBBS degree, he had his post graduate training in family medicine where his interest in family practice was further strengthened. He is a dedicated Medical Doctor with demonstrated history and experience of working as a primary care physician in rural and underserved communities. He is an advocate of health for all because he believes everyone must have access to health care irrespective of one’s socioeconomic status and geographical location. He has invested and dedicated a lot of time into working in underserved communities as well as several volunteer roles in Nongovernmental organizations. He is a public health enthusiast with several dissertations to his name. He also loves literature review and he has reviewed over 15 manuscripts for international journals with high impact factors. He is a skillful clinician with great communication and Interpersonal skills. He always maintain highest ethical and professional standards and He is motivated to provide optimal and best care for his patients, sometimes even at the expense of his personal convenience. Folajimi is a member of the Nigeria Medical Association; He holds several certifications in both medical and non medical related fields of expertise.
Aminat Adetooke Adewole has always been enthusiastic about solving public health problem most especially problems combating adolescent and youth population which propelled her to offer to volunteer with youth empowerment foundation where she worked as a program volunteer for a year where she was responsible for inspiring and empowering young girls with knowledge and life skills that will enable them to live a positive life She presently works with AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a Non Governmental Organisation that focuses on HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care as an HIV prevention coordinator where she coordinates activities aimed at increasing access of people from different background including hard to reach populations to comprehensive HIV prevention services. Her previous position as Monitoring and evaluation officer for ECEWS on a Global Fund HIV/AIDs New Funding Model (GFHIV) Project which structured direct HIV/AIDs Programming for most vulnerable youth population in a bid to fast track the reduction of HIV/AIDs burden on this particular group of people.
Oluwagbemileke Ajayi is a master’s degree holder from the Department of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He also worked at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency as a Toxicologist and the Illinois Department of Public Health as a Cancer Epidemiologist. He is also the current Vice President, Rotaract Club of University of Illinois at Springfield With a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife Osun State, he has varied experiencing following his passion which is to ensure that underprivileged and low resource people have adequate access to health and health communication. Coming from a work history in Community health and several Non-governmental organizations, Leke is a strong proponent of equal access to health. An avid reader and music lover, he is likely to be found curled with a book and good music if he isn’t in the field, actively campaigning for equal access to health.
Ezeigbo, JD Benita is a licensed attorney in Nigeria. She completed her first law degree at Karnataka state law university. She also earned a master’s degree with a specialty in Intellectual Property and technology law at Alliance University. At University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, she completed a second masters also specializing in Intellectual property and criminal law. She is currently a doctoral law student at the University of Iowa. Amongst many others, she has worked as a legal associate, a legal researcher, a Law review editor with juris edge journal, an intellectual property expert tutor with Infusion lawyers, an IP analyst with University of Illinois on the Google collaboration project. Her interests are in all the areas of IP, criminal law, and tutoring. She is focused on using law to build and contribute to her community
Samuel F.k Abimbade is a Pro-Gender Advocate with over 5 years experience in rural project implementation and sustainability. A graduate of International relations with certifications in crisis management, health safety and project management. He is also an alumni of the institute of transport management technology where he obtained his diploma in Public relations. Samuel is popularly known for his involvement in the draft of the Omoluabi boys and girls charter : a guide to adolescent approach in handling environmental crisis, an initiative of the Immediate past governor of Osun state. During his time with the Omoluabi Committee , he also led high level advocacies with top government officials on issues which include but not limited to “Youth accessibility to SRHR services”, “Reduction of Female Gender mutilation/circumcision practices in hard to reach area” to mention a few. Samuel is a regular attendee of Top-level stakeholders conferences on SRHR and an active member of the Oyo state MENendFGM team as well as the Youth Advocate for Sustainable and Equitable vaccine access (YASEVA). Roles he has earned due to his continuous engagement of policy makers.He is a Board member of Value Fe-male Network,EL-elyon foundation: Civil society organisations leading Gender parity discuss in western Nigeria. He is also a Lead partner of MOVE AID and Team Lead,Kwameprep Intl Consult.