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LEADERSHIP & STAFF

Our leadership and staff are dedicated professionals from a wide range of backgrounds including education, healthcare and business management.

 

Meet Our Lead Team

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Dale Cain, Visionary

Founder & Executive Director


Dale M. Cain is a Professional Nutrition Specialist, Certified Plant-based Nutrition Cooking Coach with over 20 years of work experience in the health promotion industry. Dale Cain has worked with community nutrition education programs for more than 16 years. She is a graduate from Professional Career Development Institute and Roosevelt University where she received her bachelor's in Business Management with a concentration in Sales and Marketing. Dale Cain is dedicated to promoting health literacy education, wellness and fitness through nutrition education and hands on cooking classes for individuals, families, children, and seniors.

Regina Hopkins, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Director of Health Education & Program Manager

 

Regina Hopkins is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a Masters of Science in Nursing from Saint Xavier University. Regina has worked in the medical field for over 16 years. Her areas of experience include family medicine, cancer awareness education, diabetes education, heart disease and chronic disease management. She is an international researcher having completed research in Bangkok, Thailand focusing on body image, self-concept, and personal health behaviors for adolescent females. Regina is also a published author of two books. She works diligently to promote health education and disease management for families in underserved communities.

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Marcia Smith

Community Outreach Assistant

Marcia Smith is a U.S Veteran who served in the military as a 71L Administrative specialist. She completed several tours including FRG Germany, Fort Campbell in Kentucky, Presidio of San Francisco and Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. After retiring from the military she started working at the Chicago SunTimes as a customer service/data entry clerk. From there she moved to work at C.H. Robinson Worldwide as a receptionist for the centralized billing department. Marcia is also a graduate and program ambassador for A4CW's Along the Journey:Breast Cancer Survivorship Support Program. Her hobbies include cooking, making jewelry, traveling and spending time with family.

Shirley Mims

 Community Engagement & Outreach Advocate

 Shirley Mims has more than 10 years of extensive experience in working with senior level personnel across multiple industries. Her background includes events coordination, marketing, and administration. She was the administrative assistant to the Vice-President of Hilton Hotel Corporations for which she was in charge of coordinating events for various regional affairs. For nearly 10 years, she worked as a legal assistant providing administrative support to more than 15 attorneys along with managing and coordinating special events. In addition, Mrs. Mims worked as a manager assistant for the National Safety Council, which is a nonprofit, public service organization promoting health and safety in the United States. 

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Karinna Wesley

 Community Wellness Educator

Karinna is a wellness Professional  with over 9 years of work experience in the health industry. She is a 2-time graduate of  Eastern Illinois University, holding a Masters in Exercise Science and is pursing her doctorate in Physical Therapy. Though initially starting her health career as an Athletic Trainer, she realized her true passion, is helping EVERYONE reach optimal health and wellness. Karinna wants to make sure her community has the tools they need to be successful within their wellness goals. She is dedicated to not only making a difference in our neighborhoods, but changing the likelihood of wellness in our society.

     BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Dale Cain, BA

Board President

Executive Director/ Founder

Advocates for Community Wellness

 

Regina Hopkins, MSN, ARPN, FNP-C

Board Vice-President

Director of Health Education

Advocates for Community Wellness

 

Alleyne Lacey, RN, MSN

Secretary

Integrated Veteran Care Manager

 Veterans Health Administration

(VHA)

 

Coretta J Pruitt

Treasurer

Case Manager

UIC Office of Community Engagement & Neighborhood Health Partnerships

(OCEAN-HP)

 

Dr. Christopher Lee Howard, Psy.D.

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Thomson Memory & Attention

Addie Brooks, MBA

Learning Operations Analyst

College of American Pathologists (CAP)

 

Shirley Mims

Community Engagement

Advocates for Community Wellness

 

Evangelist LaVada Patterson

Co-founder

(Retired)

Office Manger

Englewood Clinic

 

Dr. Renee Thornton, MHA

(Retired)

Housing and Human Relations

Village of Matteson

Educator for People with Disabilities

 

Bridgett White
Kenwood Academy PAC Vice- Chair

Community Health Worker
Parent Mentor Program Organizer
YWP Project Assistant (MacArthur Foundation)

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