Founder and President
Mehari is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, Cerebrovascular Division at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Neurology at Bahir Dar University's College of Health Sciences in Ethiopia. He holds a BS in Biology from Georgia State University and an MD from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. His disciplinary interests are stroke, neurology, telemedicine, and global health. He founded The BORNE Alliance in 2020--a culmination of 4 years of capacity-building efforts in neurology and related fields in Ethiopia. He also sits on the board of The Global Executive Committee of MT2020 as the regional co-chair for Ethiopia. He is passionate about singing, coaching soccer, and his family.
Anthony J. Williams
Director of Strategic Communications
Anthony Williams is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he attended Louisiana State University for his undergraduate degree and went on to obtain a Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Anthony is passionate about utilizing different avenues of outreach to promote mentorship that reaches a broad and diverse audience. Specifically, he is interested in leveraging the internet and social media platforms to connect mentees and mentors as he understands the importance of mentorship in helping young people reach their life goals.
Co-Chair of Leadership Development
Naomi is a Management PhD Student at the University of Texas at Arlington, with research interests in social issues, racism in the workplace, and Diversity & Inclusion structures. Prior to her PhD program, Naomi worked as a management consultant in the healthcare, retail, and non-profit industries. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2019 with a BBA in Marketing and a BA in English. She is passionate about poetry, Diversity & Inclusion, and her Ethiopian-American heritage. Naomi strives to expand and critique the modern idea of professionalism, whether through advocating for natural hair in the workplace or examining race’s role in organizational dynamics.
Marlette Jackson, she/her
Director of Global Health Equity, Co-Chair of Leadership Development
Marlette Jackson, PhD, is currently the Manager of Diversity & Inclusion at UT Southwestern Medical Center where she oversees the strategic approach to promoting a culture of inclusion and belonging. In her work, Marlette collaborates with multiple stakeholders to employ data-driven strategies and best practices in industry to advance UTSW’s core missions of research, education, and patient care. Marlette is dedicated to advancing health equity in the Ethiopian community, and works to empower those around her to advance issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. She is dedicated to the professional advancement of women of color, and has worked to help organizations create a culture of equity through commitment, community, and change agency. Marlette has a BA in Political Science (minor in Africana studies) from Texas A&M University and a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University, where she currently holds a position on the Stanford First-Generation and/or Low Income Alumni Board.