BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Edwonia Gates, B.S.
Retired, Senior Executive Acquisitions and Management
Edwonia is a former Senior Executive with extensive acquisition and management experience gained over a thirty-four year Army Civilian Career. She has a proven record of success directing major programs at executing million dollar budgets, creating policies, managing personal in the areas of the acquisition of health care contracts and systems and providing oversight of contracting at a Regional Level for nine different Military Treatment Facilities. She also functioned as a Small Business Advisor appointed by the Small Business Administration where she ensured a certain percentage of all contracts were awarded to contractors meeting certain business criteria. As a warranted Contracting Officer she was responsible for the stewardship of tax-payers dollars directing funds on behalf of the government to award required contracts that supported Military Treatment Facilities. DAWIA/FAC-C Level 3 Certified – Contracting; DAWIA Level 3 Certified; Level 2 Program Management Certified. Edwonia continues to serve her community and country in various ways since she has retired from federal service. She has served as a previous local GA state delegate and Campaign Chairperson. She has received numerous awards and honors including making the Who’s Who in America List early in her career. She is the recipient of many Commander’s Awards and Meritorious Service Awards.
Prince is currently the owner of Westlab Pharmacy Inc. in Gainesville Florida. Mr. Hinson has worked in numerous areas of the pharmacy industry, including academic, hospital, retail, and now presently compounding pharmacy. Prince has worked with academic institutions as well as pharmaceutical manufacturers in performing investigational trials. He is a member of:
Westlab Pharmacy is an experiential academic site for the University of Florida, Florida Atlantic, and Rasmussen College.
Lieutenant Colonel Merlyn Jenkins retired from the United States Air Force in 2014 after more than 26 years of service. She entered the Air Force in 1987 and served as both a Non-commissioned and Commissioned Officer. Colonel Jenkins’ experience includes medical resource management, financial analysis, auditing, personnel and administration, TRICARE management, aeromedical evacuation, fiscal policy, contract administration, and project management. She is the principal author of Air Force Manual 41-120, Medical Resource Management Operations. Lieutenant Colonel Jenkins’ achievements include the development of a Medical Referral Management tracking program that was featured at TRICARE Conferences, adopted across Air Combat Command Medical Treatment Facilities, and paved the way for the establishment of Referral Management Centers throughout the Department of Defense. While assigned to the 374th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan, she served as the Director, Resource Management, an Aeromedical Evacuation Operations Officer, and as Duty Officer in the Pacific Theater Patient Movement Requirements Center. She collaborated with Flight Surgeons to restructure aeromedical evacuation services and usher in the Commercial Patient Movement program for which she was awarded the Air Force Productivity Excellence Award and along with her team, the Air Force Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, a Master of Science in Health Service Administration, and is a Board Certified Healthcare Financial Professional. Lieutenant Colonel Jenkins currently resides in Virginia with her two children.
Virginia J. Williams
Energy Assistance Outreach Administrator
Mike brings over 30 years of experience in healthcare technology to Advisory Board. From 1999-2013, Mike served as the technical manager for the University of Virginia Office of Telemedicine, an industry pioneer and one of the largest and most successful telemedicine programs in the country. In 2013, Mike founded Totier Technologies, a telehealth consulting business. Mike has facilitated telehealth at every stage, through thousands of clinical encounters, including:
Mike serves on the advisory board and is a consultative service partner for the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC) and as a technical advisor with Ingenium Healthcare Advisors.
Tamara has extensive Telemedicine experience from the Department of Veterans of Affairs where she held a national certification as a Clinical Video Master Preceptor and managed Remote Home Monitoring, Clinical Video and Store & Forward Programs. She is the Nursing Director of one of the oldest Telemedicine programs which has conducted thousands of telemedicine visits across the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1995. She has been featured in a number of publications, and she is the President of the Central Virginia Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association. She sits on the Service Academy Nomination Committees for US Senator Tim Kaine and US Representative Donald McEachin, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Richmond Fisher House Foundation. She is on the Board of Directors and is a consultative Service Partner with of the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (which covers 9 states); Serves as a Board Member and on Grant Steering committees for the Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance (which covers 14 counties in the Eastern part of Virginia); Tamara also leads a Special Interest Group (SIG) on Telehealth for the Virginia Association of Doctor of Nursing Practice (VADNP). She serves on two Telenursing Special Interest Group workgroups for the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and co-chairs the national steering committee for the Connected Health/Telehealth Professional Issues Panel for the American Nurses Association (ANA). Tamara served on a Telemedicine Advisory Review Panel for Care First Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and sat by appointment on a special advisory committee on Telemedicine for the Virginia Board of Medicine. In her spare time Tamara is the SHERO (Leader) of the Richmond Chapter of Black Girls Do Bike and rides the VCU Health’s “Rams that Ride” bicycling group at various bicycling events throughout the year. Tamara and her husband Tony have been married for over 20 years and are the parents of Tony Jr, and Tori.
Kathy is Director of the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC). TRC's are federally funded to assist with telehealth program development and sustainability in order to increase access to quality care for rural and other underserved populations. Kathy is also Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, faculty member at the Healthy Appalachia Institute and adjunct faculty member in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to her position with the MATRC, Kathy was Director of the Division of Primary Care and Rural Health in the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE). The OMHHE serves as the State Office of Rural Health, Primary Care Office and Office of Minority Health for Virginia. Kathy's public service career reflects over twenty years of experience in public health, public policy, program development, program evaluation and strategic planning. Kathy received her B.A in Psychology with minors in pre-medicine and youth services from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. She went on to receive her M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from VCU in Richmond, VA. Kathy also has a Certificate from the Management Academy for Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill.