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Inclusion and Equity Ambassadors


About the Program


The Inclusion and Equity Ambassador Program is led by the Office of Community Engagement & Health Equity. “Ambassadors” are faculty or staff members appointed by their academic or administrative unit leader (e.g., department chairs, academic center directors, or school deans) and approved by the President/CEO and Executive Dean. Ambassadors are charged supporting their academic or administrative unit leader with diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) goals, strategic planning, programs, assessment, etc. and supporting the College’s diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. Responsibilities of Ambassadors include: 

  • Assist unit leader in DEI strategic planning and implementation (e.g., preparing the annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan); 
  • Assist with the interview process / serve on selection committees for employees and trainees to help achieve a diverse Baylor workforce; 
  • Lead (or assist unit leadership) in collecting, assessing and reporting DEI data; 
  • Lead (or assist unit leader in) implementation of DEI training and research initiatives; 
  • Lead and/or participate in recruitment and onboarding and retention and advancement activities at the unit level (and support College-wide efforts as requested); 
  • Lead and/or participate in climate, inclusion and engagement activities at the unit level (and support College-wide efforts as requested); and 
  • Act as a champion for DEI within the unit and across the College.
Inclusion and Equity Ambassadors - Departments
AnesthesiologyNavoroz Ali, M.S.N., B.S.N.
AnesthesiologyTiffany Brownewell, M.D.
AnesthesiologyAbigail Caswell, D.N.P.
AnesthesiologyTedra Hall, CAA
AnesthesiologyFirdous Khan, M.D.
AnesthesiologySonal Zambare, M.B.B.S.
Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyAnthony Mustoe, Ph.D.
DermatologyRose Ewing
DermatologyZeena Y. Nawas, M.D.
Education, Innovation and TechnologyAudrea Burns, Ph.D.
Education, Innovation and TechnologyAdam Cohen, M.D.
Emergency MedicineAdeodoyin Adesina, M.D.
Emergency MedicineTitilola Alao, M.D.  
Emergency MedicineEdgardo Ordonez, M.D.
Emergency MedicineYnhi Thomas, M.D., M.P.H.
Emergency MedicineAnisha Turner, M.D., M.B.A.
Family and Community MedicineJonnae Atkinson, M.D., M.S.
Family and Community MedicineSandra Gonzalez, M.S.
Family and Community MedicineMatthew Horsfield, M.D.
Family and Community MedicineAshley Siverand, M.B.A.
Integrative PhysiologyMd. Abul Hassan Samee, Ph.D.
Integrative PhysiologyNicole Trieu, B.A.
MedicineElisha Acosta, M.D.
MedicineBenjamin Chang
MedicineLindsey Gay, M.D.
MedicineShelina Velani
Molecular and Cellular BiologyXi Chen, Ph.D.
Molecular and Cellular BiologyKobi Rav, M.P.A
Molecular and Human GeneticsJamie Fong, M.S.
Molecular and Human GeneticsGraeme Mardon, Ph.D.
Molecular and Human GeneticsDebra Murray, Ph.D.
Molecular Virology and MicrobiologySasirekha Ramani, Ph.D
Molecular Virology and Microbiology.Buck Samuel, Ph.D.
NeurologyFernando Cuascut, M.D., M.P.H.
NeurologyEverton (Tony) Edmondson, M.D.
NeurologyFariha Jamal, M.B.B.S.
NeurologyAdriana Strutt, Ph.D.
NeurologyAnnise Wilson, M.D.
NeuroscienceFabrizio Gabbiani, Ph.D.
NeuroscienceMelanie Samuel, Ph.D.
NeurosurgeryKelly Bijanki, Ph.D.
NeurosurgeryAlfonso Fuentes, M.D.
NeurosurgeryMiguel Garza
Obstetrics and GynecologyNishath Ali, M.D.
Obstetrics and GynecologyChristina Davidson, M.D.
Obstetrics and GynecologyJocelyn Greely, M.D.
Obstetrics and GynecologyNadine Perry Hylton, M.D.
Obstetrics and GynecologyYamely Mendez Martinez
OphthalmologyRinki Ratna Priya, PhD 
Orthopedic SurgeryMelvyn Harrington, M.D.
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck SurgeryTaylor Barnes
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck SurgeryShraddha Mukerji, M.B.B.S.
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck SurgeryAngela Peng, M.D.
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck SurgeryMariana Villanueva
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck SurgeryErica White
Pathology and ImmunologyArthur Bracey, M.D.
Pathology and ImmunologySridevi Devaraj, Ph.D.
Pathology and ImmunologyAshley Marie Holloman, M.D.
Pathology and ImmunologyChristine Roth, M.D.
Pathology and ImmunologyRoy Sillitoe, Ph.D.
Pathology and ImmunologyNeda Zarrin-Khameh, M.D.
PediatricsMaria Monica Gramatges, M.D.
PediatricsPia Hughes
PediatricsKeila Lopez, M.D., M.P.H.
PediatricsAlice Obuobi, M.D., M.B.A.
PediatricsSteven Ricondo, M.D., M.S.
Pharmacology and Chemical BiologyChad William Johnston, Ph.D., B.S.
Pharmacology and Chemical BiologyChoel Kim, Ph.D.
Pharmacology and Chemical BiologyIsabel C. Materon, Ph.D
Pharmacology and Chemical BiologyAndrew McCullough, Ph.D
Pharmacology and Chemical BiologyDamian Young, Ph.D.
Physical Medicine and RehabilitationUnoma Obiajulu, M.D.
Physical Medicine and RehabilitationEnglish Pratts, J.D., M.B.A.
Physical Medicine and RehabilitationFelicia Skelton-Dudley, M.D., M.S.
Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesHai Le, M.D.
Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesJesus-Martin Maldonado-Duran, M.D.
Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesJose Ribas Roca, M.D.
Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesJohn Saunders, M.D., M.S.
Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesDaryl Shorter, M.D.
Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesBeenish Syed, M.D.
Radiation OncologyChristina Chapman, M.D., Ph.D.
Radiation OncologyParmeswaran Diagaradjane, PhD
Radiation OncologyYohannes Ghebre, Ph.D.
Radiation OncologyShelly Sharma, M.D.
RadiologyRobert Lynch, M.D.
RadiologyTamara Ortiz-Perez, M.D.
SurgeryShemika Bell, M.S.
SurgeryAshley Benning, B.A.
SurgeryChristy Yoon-Hee Chai, M.D.
SurgeryRonnetta Etter, M.B.A.
SurgeryOurania Preventza, M.D., M.B.A.
SurgeryHolly Shilstone, B.S.
UrologyCarolina Jorgez, Ph.D.
Inclusion and Equity Ambassadors - Academic Centers
Cell and Gene Therapy and the Shell Center for Gene TherapyRayne Rouce, M.D.
Center for Medical Ethics and Health PolicyFaith Fletcher, Ph.D.
Center for Medical Ethics and Health PolicyKristin Kostick Quenet, Ph.D. 
Center for Medical Ethics and Health PolicySanaa Waqif, M.P.H.
Center for Precision Environmental HealthNesh Aqrawi
Center for Precision Environmental HealthH. Courtney Hodges, Ph.D.
Center for Reproductive MedicineCarolina Jorgez, Ph.D.
Center for Space MedicineMadison Hever
Center for Space MedicineEmmanuel Urquieta, M.D., M.S.
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer CenterShenese Colwell
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer CenterRashieda Hatcher, Ph.D.
Dan L Duncan Institute for Clinical and Translational ResearchKathryn Edwards
Dan L Duncan Institute for Clinical and Translational ResearchTina Yvette Brown
Huffington Center on AgingMelanie Samuel, Ph.D.
Human Genome Sequencing CenterAniko Sabo, Ph.D.
Human Genome Sequencing CenterMeagan Sam, B.B.A.
Lester and Sue Smith Breast CenterCandyce Cummings
Lester and Sue Smith Breast CenterGloria Echeverria, Ph.D.
Lester and Sue Smith Breast CenterDavid Edwards, B.S.
Inclusion and Equity Ambassadors - Schools
Graduate School of Biomedical SciencesKaren Maldonado
Graduate School of Biomedical SciencesFrederick Pereira, Ph.D.
Graduate School of Biomedical SciencesEvelin Young, Ph.D
National School of Tropical MedicineRojelio Mejia, M.D.
National School of Tropical MedicineFernanda Simone Tiu, Ed.D
School of Health Professions - DNP-Nurse Anesthesia ProgramCora Rabe, D.N.P., CRNA
School of Health Professions - Genetic Counseling ProgramDan Riconda, M.S., CGC
School of Health Professions - Orthotics and Prosthetics ProgramAmandi Rhett, M.S., CPO
School of Health Professions - Physician Assistant ProgramElissa Love, M.S., PA-C
School of MedicineKrista DeFalco, M.B.A., M.H.A.
School of MedicineJoceyln Greely, M.D.
School of MedicineKaylinh Ly, B.S.
School of MedicineTraneshia Parker, M.A.
School of Medicine - Graduate Medical EducationCaroline Hubbard, M.B.A.
Inclusion and Equity Ambassadors - Research Centers
Center for Comparative Medicine Rebecca Blackwood, D.V.M.
Center for Translational Research on Inflammatory DiseasesChristine Marie Eriks, M.H.A., M.B.A.