Emeka Onyewu
Chair, Board of Directors

Born in Washington DC, Dr. Onyewu graduated from Boston University Cum Laude at the age of 19. He then attended Boston University School of Medicine as a Commonwealth Scholar, graduating in 1990. He completed his General Surgery residency at Howard University Hospital under
Dr. Lasalle Leffall earning both Intern of the year and Chief resident of the year awards. He then completed his Plastic Surgery fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital under Dr. Scott Spear, past president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Onyewu became a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery in 1997.

 

Adeteju Ogunrinde, MD, MBA
Vice-Chair, Board of Directors

Dr. Adeteju Ogunrinde is a pediatrician in the Southern Maryland area. She has been in private practice for over twenty years, an avid entrepreneur with a passion for real-estate developments and health policy strategy. She has dedicated her life to empowering women and a strong advocate for children. She has served on the board of Charles County Healthy Kids Program, and currently an active director and advisor with the African Women Cancer Awareness Association as well as Maryland Medicaid Advisory Board. She is CEO and founder of Totalhealth Kids Inc. a nonprofit organization with a mission to “educate the minds, body and soul” of children with a special focus on orphans.

 

Chuka Agugua, MBA
Secretary, Board of Directors

Chuka Agugua is a business development manager for Sprint Corporation. As the National Relationship Manager for Sprint’s Assurance Wireless brand, he serves as the channel lead for partnerships within the healthcare industry responsible for product enhancement, strategy, compliance, partner management and acquisition. Through his tenure, he’s worked with several health plans and spoken at key industry conferences educating professionals about the benefits of mobile communications and the impact it can have on quality and outreach initiatives. Prior to Sprint, Chuka has worked at Verizon, Cogent and overall has 12 years’ experience in IT and telecommunications serving in sales, marketing and consulting roles. In 2004, he co-founded a healthcare startup that focused on transitioning doctors’ offices and clinics to digital technologies such as EMR’s and personal health records. He began his career as a software engineer for SAIC in 2001. Chuka holds a degree in Computer Science from Morehouse College and a MBA in International Business from University of South Florida. He currently serves on the board of the African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA) which helps raise funds to educate and treat women regarding cancer in the Washington DC area and Africa. In his spare time he loves to watch and play sports, eat, cook, and travel.

 

Maureen Umeh
Fundraiser/Treasurer , Board of Directors

Maureen Umeh is a multiple award winning television news anchor for Fox 5 News in Washington, D.C. She is also a media trainer, political advisor, and diplomatic consultant. In her 20 plus years in those fields, Maureen has met, interviewed and worked with numerous people from all walks of life. They include dignitaries, lawmakers, celebrities and religious leaders. Her work has covered all areas, and she has been recognized and honored with many awards, including several television EMMYs, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Television Excellence, numerous Associated Press nominations and recognitions, and the NAACP Leadership Award. While those have been laudable accomplishments, they pale by what she believes has been the cornerstone of her mission as a journalist, which has been to use her voice and platform to bring awareness to issues of importance to her native country of Nigeria, and all other African nations. Maureen has had the privilege of working with lawmakers and officials from the President George H.W. Bush Administration through the President Barack Obama Administration on issues concerning the media and Africa. Maureen has been a featured speaker and moderator for various panels that pertain to African interests in energy, infrastructure, education and banking. She is a board member of International Sheroes Forum; a women’s movement for gender equality in Africa and beyond. Notable members include, Dr. Joyce Banda, Former President of the Republic of Malawi and Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor, Vice President of the Republic of Liberia. In 2008, Maureen was approached to consider a run for U.S. Congress in the 4th Congressional District of Maryland. While she declined, it led to the formation of her political consulting and media training ventures. Her clients include members of the United States Congress, Heads of States and Ministers of several African nations and prominent business leaders. Maureen’s other ventures include serving as of President of the Upstate Chapter of the American
Cancer Society. She is also highly sought after emcee, moderator and speaker at events locally, nationally and internationally.

 

Dr. Lori L. Wilson is a cancer surgeon and researcher, who currently directs thirty-two outstanding young surgeons in the General Surgery Residency Program at the Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. Wilson is Division Chief of Surgical Oncology at Howard University Hospital and
works closely with a multidisciplinary team of endocrinologists, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists and pathologists to provide treatments individually tailored for each patient. Her expertise includes the treatment of breast, endocrine tumors (such as thyroid and parathyroid),
soft tissue, gastrointestinal and cutaneous neoplasms. Prior to returning to Howard University, Dr. Wilson was Director of the Breast, Gastrointestinal
and Cutaneous Oncology programs at the University of Connecticut Health Center. She has conducted numerous translational cancer and community engagement research projects. Dr. Wilson has served on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society, African Women’s
Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA) as well as the Advisory Board of other cancer-related organizations such as ACT for NIH. Dr. Wilson has a long-standing interest in solid tumor cancer research, community engagement and health disparities. Her work has focused on discovering
new blood markers and shining the light on the causes for disparities in clinical outcomes in her patients as well as establishing community partnerships to develop health and wellness strategies in the community she serves. Dr. Wilson is Director of the Rosemary Williams Mammoday Program that has provided under-resourced women with free breast screening and specialized breast care in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia area. Realizing the burden of access to timely coordinated cancer care, Dr. Wilson developed the TransDisciplinary Breast Care Clinic that
allows patients to be seen by all their cancer experts on one day to develop a comprehensive plan of care.

 

Uchechi Uchegbu, Esq
Member, Board of Directors

Atty. Uchegbu is originally from the Maryland/D.C. area. She graduated from the American University with a Bachelors of Arts in Law and Society. Shortly after finishing her undergraduate studies, she moved to Boston to pursue a Master of Criminology degree at Boston University. Atty. Uchegbu graduated from Touro Law Center with her Juris Doctorate and sat for the Maryland Bar immediately thereafter. She is admitted to practice in all Maryland State Courts and in the Federal District Court for Maryland. Uchechi is a member of the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, and the Nigerian American Lawyer’s Association. In her free time, Uchechi enjoys traveling to new places and spending time with loved ones.

 

Ify Anne Nwabukwu, BSN, RN
Founder & President, Board of Directors

Ify Anne Nwabukwu is the founder and President of the African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA). Founded in 2004, Ms. Ify turned her personal tragedy with breast cancer into triumph. She was also diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. She advocates for African immigrants with breast cancer. Under her leadership, AWCAA have served over 50,000 individuals both locally & internationally. The organization, have translated educational materials into eleven African languages: Swahili, Ibo,
Yoruba, Hausa, Krio, Arabic, Portugese, French, Berber, Shona and Amharic. She serves as the Executive Director of the African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association.
Among her many accolades are recognition from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Howard University Hospital Cancer Center and the State of Maryland.