Advisory Board Members

Asthma Advisory Boards

Oliva Carter-Pokras, PhD,
University of Maryland School of Public Health

Gloria Ortiz, MS, 
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

Carlos Picone, MD, FCCP, FACP

Ladys Lux, RN, MSN,
Montgomery County DHHS, School Health
Services, School-Based Health Center at
Broad Arces Elementary School

Cielo Rivera
Mother of child with asthma

Favian Fredes
Father of child with asthma

Elizabeth Torrez,
Mother and grandmother of children with asthma

Lois Wessel, RN, CFNP, 
Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU)

Doris Román, 
Mother of child with asthma

Ruth Aguirre,
Asthma management coach (“Consedu”)

WBC Advisory Council

Ben Bamba
Community Leader and Organizer
Diaspora Awareness Services

Fernanda Bianchi, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Department of Psychology
George Washington University

Marcela Cámpoli, MHA, Ph.D. Candidate
Independent Community Health Advisor

Soffie Ceesay
Past Co-Chair and Member
Montgomery County’s African Affairs Advisory

Elizabeth Chung
Commissioner
Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA
Director
Welcome Back Initiative

Oscar Ibarra
Chief, Information Management and
Program Administration – State of Maryland
Health Services Cost Review Commission

Anna Maria Izquierdo-Porrera, MD, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Care for your Health, Inc.

Shivonne L. Laird, Ph.D., MPH
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Institute (PCORI)

Michael Lin, Ph.D.
Maryland Council for New Americans

Zulfiya Manning, RN
(IMG-International Medical Graduate)
WBC Former Participant

Rev. Kennedy Odzafi
Co-Chairman
Montgomery County’s African Affairs Advisory

Angie Pickwick, MS
Dean of Health Sciences
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Montgomery College

Elizabeth Rojas, RN
WBC Former Participant