Remix EQ Live! Amplifying equity through a mix of information, interviews, and inspiration.
Every episode, we “center the work” to further your knowledge of approaches and strategies for advancing equity in and across communities. To inspire, guests share their “why”, their motivations for making the world a more just place.
Our Inspiring Guest List
Dr. Kathy Anderson, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, CEIM is board certified in General Pediatrics and Integrative Medicine. She is committed to preserving, promoting, and optimizing the health, wellness, and safety of children by providing education, consultation, and most importantly, premium quality, compassionate, clinical care. She is well respected by patients and colleagues alike for her quality clinical care and judgment, unwavering commitment to community interest through training and education, and her impassioned legislative advocacy. Dr. Anderson’s skills extend far beyond her education, training, and experience. She is genuinely interested in optimizing the health and wellness of children, and brings an open mind to exploring how we best accomplish this. She is able to think critically and systematically outside the narrow boxes of health and disease, and look more broadly at factors affecting wellness.
Dr. Kathy Anderson started practicing general pediatrics in Bismarck, North Dakota in 2009 and quickly became one of the most sought after pediatricians in the region. She served as the Chief of the Department of Pediatrics at St. Alexius Medical Center and Mid Dakota Clinic, and is assistant professor at University of North Dakota School of Medicine where she teaches both medical students and residents. She is also an associate professor at the University of Mary where she provides pediatric content lectures to nurse practitioners.
Dr. Anderson attributes her interest in health and healing and her openness to complementary and alternative approaches to her grandmother. She has directed her course of study to meet a curiosity that was born in her childhood. This curiosity continues to drive her desire to ensure that we are providing optimal recommendations for health maintenance, disease prevention, and treatment of acute and chronic disease to her patients and families.
Dr. Anderson attended Brown University and the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University through the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) which granted her entrance into undergraduate and medical school at 17yo as a senior in high school. She completed her education in Pediatrics through the University of Hawaii at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in 2009 and graduated from her fellowship in Integrative Medicine from University of Arizona in 2015.
Dr. Anderson has been an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) since residency. She is currently president of the North Dakota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Regional Champion of Diversity and Inclusion for AAP, and former board member to the Section on Integrative Medicine, as well as member at large of the Sections on Telemedicine, International Child Health, and Breastfeeding. Dr. Anderson is a Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC) and Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM). She has been actively following the growth of telemedicine as a member of the American Telemedicine Association, attendee at conferences, and has been credentialed by and received extensive training with various national telemedicine companies and leaders including American Well, Teladoc and Maven.
Tesmerelna Atsbeha is a senior program officer on the Women’s Rights team at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund. Her grantmaking focus is reproductive rights in Latin America and the global prevention of gender-based violence. She previously worked at UNWomen in the Policy Division and at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health as part of the International AIDS Care and Treatment Program (ICAP).
Prior to that, she was based for ten years in Eastern and Southern Africa and Latin America. During that time, she was part of Sexual and Reproductive Health research and implementation projects with UNDP, The Global Fund and several academic institutions. She bring her knowledge of the violence against women and girls research field specifically related to prevention of intimate partner violence, including relevant research institutions, leaders, civil society partners and violence prevention practitioners.
She holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University, a MPH from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and a MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
Angela Haydel DeBarger is a Program Officer in Education at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Her portfolio addresses open education, with the aim of democratizing knowledge, creating inclusive and engaging experiences for learners, and advancing racial equity in education systems.
Previously, Angela served as senior program officer for Lucas Education Research at the George Lucas Educational Foundation, where she led elementary and middle school project-based learning initiatives.
From 2002 to 2014, she worked as an education researcher at SRI International. Her research focused on improving classroom pedagogy, specifically assessment strategies, to promote student learning and engagement in science.
Angela has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University, a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in educational psychology from Stanford University. She is a native Californian and enjoys spending time with her two boys.
Alicia M. Johnson is a native of Savannah, Georgia, where she earned her degrees in English and Communications and master’s in management & organizational leadership, respectively, and is on track to complete her doctorate in organizational leadership in 2023. She is also a certified grant writer and administrator and a lifetime certified facilitator for Bridges Out of Poverty. She brings over twenty-six years of progressive leadership experience in program and community development with specific expertise in strategic planning, leadership, program and organizational development, fund development, marketing, and communications.
Alicia is currently the executive director for Step Up Savannah, leading the strategic direction of the nonprofit organization focused on economic inclusion and financial security in the SE Region of Georgia. Alicia is the first African-American and native Savannahian to have the leadership role. Prior to her work at Step Up, she served as the Director of Medicaid Marketing and Member Services for WellCare of Georgia, Inc., where she developed and oversaw the company’s statewide outreach and member services program for over 545,000 Medicaid lives.
Alicia has had an expansive career in both the public and private sectors. Notably, she served as the first Public Information Officer for the first African-American DA in the eastern judicial circuit creating community engagement and transparency for the Chatham County Community. She also scaled and provided an administrative overhaul of the Violence Intervention Program, the first forward-facing social justice program of its kind for this region of the country. She has received statewide recognition for her work and advocacy in the public sector and has served on numerous panels nationally, statewide, and locally.
Alicia has also held numerous leadership roles in the Savannah- Chatham County Public Schools, Carson Products, Girl Scouts of Savannah, and other local entities. Likewise, she has served on community and state boards to include the Black Heritage Festival, Mayor’s Leadership Council for a Healthy Savannah, Lifeline for Children, Ferst Foundation, Orange Duffle Bag, Boys and Girls Club, School Social Workers Conference, and Chatham County Safety Net Council, Today she serves on Coastal Georgia Indicators Council, the Mayor’s taskforce for Racial Equity and Leadership and the Advocates for a Restorative Community in Savannah; the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum Advisory Board, United Way Executive Council, BIPOC Nonprofit Leadership Council, HOPE Court Steering Committee, DEEP Center Action Policy Team, Eastside United, and the Employee Disciplinary Appeals Board for Chatham County.
She is the proud wife of Illustrator and SCAD Professor H. Pernell Johnson and the doting mother of one daughter, Alexis Samone Dudley, one son, Caleb Pernell, and one grandson, Devin O’Ryan Dudley, Jr.
Kathleen Maignan, AGPCNP-BC, MSN, OCN is the Medical Executive Director for the Upstate New York ecosystem at Genentech. A nurse practitioner by training, she comes with an extensive background centered in hematology-oncology, clinical research, and real world evidence.
Just prior to starting her tenure at Genentech, Kathleen served as a Senior Clinical Director at Flatiron Health. In this role, she led a diverse group of clinicians to provide oncology and medical expertise to cross functional teams using electronic medical record data to conduct retrospective outcomes research.
In addition to guiding life science partners on how to use real world data (RWD) to support regulatory strategy, Kathleen has a special interest in examining how RWD can be used to examine the journey of overlooked and underrepresented patient populations. Kathleen continues to serve as a Nurse Practitioner Bone Marrow and Stem Cell transplantation at Weill Cornell Medicine.
Andraya Mimms, Esq. currently serves as an Assistant Public Defender for Chatham County, Georgia. Her extensive legal career spans 25+ years with experience in bankruptcy, criminal defense, real estate, family, and juvenile law.
Andraya is the founder of Mimms Mediation. She has been a registered mediator and arbitrator since 2016 and has trained as a community conferencing facilitator and in community mediation.
Andraya is the proud graduate of Spelman College and Georgia State University, College of Law in the heart of urban Atlanta.
Venola Mason is driven by the belief that every student deserves a high-quality education that can afford them many opportunities to lead and contribute to the world as they transition to adulthood. She is passionate about partnering with school districts across the country to create and implement practical solutions to increase student achievement and wellness.
Venola began her career in education as a Teach For America • Metro Atlanta corps member in 2003. She taught for five years in Atlanta Public Schools leading her students to consistently make 1-3 years of academic growth across all content areas closing the achievement gap. She also served as a Site Manager for The New Teacher Project (TNTP) where she managed the Atlanta Content Seminar program, a professional development program for K-12 teachers. During her last year with TNTP, she served as a central Site Manager to support the state approval process and launch of the Georgia Teaching Fellows program, an alternative teacher certification program.
In 2011, Venola served as the Director of Alternative Certification for Teach for America • Metro Atlanta. In this role, she created the Teacher Leadership Development Program, an alternative certification program for Teach for America corps members, and secured the program’s designation as an accredited teacher preparation program through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. In that same year, she joined the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) as a Consultant and supported school districts across the country in the areas of Instructional Excellence, Blended Learning, and Leadership. Currently, Venola serves as an Associate Partner with ICLE. In this role, she supports school districts with designing strategies to implement practical solutions to increase student achievement and wellness.
Venola has recently published Teach Up! Empowering Teachers through Relationships, Rigor, and Relevance and maintains her teacher and administrator credentials in the state of Georgia. Learn more about her venolamason.com
Michael O’Neal is the founder of Parent University in Savannah, Georgia, and now serves as the Executive Director of Community United Services Inc., which is the entity that manages the Parent University program.
Michael has been the chief steward of this grassroots community-based program since its inception in Savannah in 1999. Currently he leads Parent University and its newer component “Early Learning College” for the parents of children birth to five years old.
Michael was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA., and has been a Savannah resident for 47 years. He has been married for 45 years to wife Jo-Nell and they are the parents of three sons and a daughter, three daughters-in-law, and 10 grandchildren.
From 1976 to 2018, Michael was employed with International Paper. He worked most of that time in the Electrical and Instrument maintenance and Safety department. In 2015, Michael was awarded a year-long paid leave from International Paper, which allowed him to work with Parent University and Early Learning College full time and develop a sustainable model. He then returned to International Paper in 2016 until his retirement in May 2018.
Michael has given numerous talks about Parent University and community building throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. O’Neal also hosts the TV show “Parent University TV”. He previously co-wrote the “Dear Diane and Mike” column and currently is a contributing columnist for the Savannah Morning News.
In addition, Michael volunteered as a Junior Achievement Consultant. He managed a pilot project for the City of Savannah called the Strong Families Program to give parental training to the parents of youth who were considered at risk by the schools or courts. He also co-facilitated Parental Engagement seminars in Georgia and South Carolina, which were featured on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Michael has served on Boards of Directors or councils in the Savannah area, including the Advisory Board of the Savannah Early Childhood Foundation. Michael was listed as one of the 2015 Fortune Magazine “Heroes of the 500” and has received numerous awards for himself and Parent University. A Paul Harris Fellow, Michael is currently President of the Rotary Club West in Savannah, Georgia.
Nita Penn is passionate about facilitating conversations around the sociopolitical climate and strategizing opportunities for individuals & organizations to be more authentic, personable, efficient, and effective.
She has over 10 years of experience strategizing creative & innovative organizational development experiences for clients as small as a one-person team to a 600-soldier battalion of the United States Army National Guard.
She has helped photographers show their work in international exhibitions, voice-over actors land deals with national brands, muralists display their artwork in the heart of their hometown, and textile designers sell their products in West Elm.
She additionally consults in the areas of career & professional development, nonprofit & small business organizational development, talent acquisition, team building, and executive administration. Learn more about her at nitapenn.com
From Statistic to Success. Gloria Strauthers defied the statistical outcomes associated with being a teen mother. Her strategy of developing a “Growth Mindset” set in motion a series of opportunities she capitalized on that paved the way for her success as a business owner, coach, and mentor.
She has multiplied her influence as a Certified Maxwell Leadership Coach, Speaker, and Teacher, assisting individuals and organizations maximize growth opportunities. She is a multiplier that gives more in-use value than she receives in cash value and makes those who encounter her feel valued by playing to their strengths and cultivating their weaknesses. She is a multi-industry credentialed professional who volunteers as a Certified SCORE Business Mentor guiding small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in business growth and development.
In 2020, she published Cleaning for Health: The Emerging Pathogen Threat as a resource guide to aid everyday individuals in adopting a Cleaning for Health mindset to break the chain of infection to minimize the impact of COVID-19. Before retiring at age 40, Gloria held various leadership roles. She leveraged her 25 plus years of experience in business, janitorial, education, finance, healthcare, and the military to start Exodus Management and Consulting, LLC.