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In honor of Black History Month, Maclay School is hosting the inaugural Black Professionals Panel for our Middle School and Upper School students.  In addition to hearing from these professionals in our community, there will be an interactive gallery of historic and influential African-American figures hosted in the Middle School, trivia on the video screens, playlists at break celebrating black artists; black author tributes from Book Club in C-Pod, installations of black artists, chalk walk, and poetry reading by members of Book Club, Spectrum Club, and Universal Human Rights Initiative.

Black Professionals Panel at Maclay School on Tuesday, February 22nd and Wednesday, February 23rd  in Cartee Gym
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Monique Butler, MD MBA 
North Florida Division Chief Medical Officer HCA Healthcare

Monique Butler, MD, MBA, is the new Chief Medical Officer of HCA Healthcare North Florida Division.  Dr. Butler most recently served as Chief Medical Officer for HCA Healthcare Continental Division’s Swedish Medical Center, a part of HCA’s HealthONE, where she promoted a mission-driven approach to patient care with a team of 2,000 colleagues, 500 volunteers and more than 1,400 physicians.  While under her direction, Swedish Medical Center earned many quality accolades, including consistent ‘A’ safety grades from the Leapfrog Group, multiple awards from Healthgrades, and recognition as an IBM/Watson Health Top medical center in the nation.

Prior to her role as Chief Medical Officer of Swedish, Dr. Butler served as Chief Operating Officer at Children’s Hospital of Michigan/Detroit Medical Center.  Previously she held positions as the Chief Medical Officer at Detroit Receiving Hospital and Sinai-Grace Hospital.

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Ashton Henderson
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Detroit Pistons

A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Henderson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising and his Master’s in Public Relations from Michigan State University in 2010 and 2012. He was a four-year letterman playing Defensive Back for the Michigan State Football team (2006-2009). After his days on the gridiron were over, Henderson earned a Graduate Assistantship within Student-Athlete Support Services at Michigan State University, where he worked with various teams within SAAS and served student-athletes daily.

Henderson served as an Academic Program Specialist at Florida State University (2012-2013) where he worked with the Football and Track and Field programs. After his stint at Florida State, Henderson was promoted to Associate Director of Football Academic Services at Clemson University (2013-2016). During this timeframe, Henderson also served as the Chair for N4A’s Ethnic Concerns Committee and served on various committees throughout Clemson University.  Once he transitioned from Clemson University, Henderson rejoined Florida State University as a Senior Academic Advisor and Seminole Leadership Program Coordinator (2016-2021). Henderson was promoted in 2018 to Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development & Leadership. Henderson also served as the Sport Administrator for Track and Field and Cross Country and secondary oversight for Football at FSU.

In February 2020, Henderson was named Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Detroit Pistons for the last year and a half. He was the first to ever hold this role and has transformed the way DE&I effective practices are woven into and throughout the entire company.  Henderson also is the President of the National Association for Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A) which is the largest affiliate group under the NACDA umbrella with over 2,000 plus members and from Division I, II, and III representation as well as Hispanic Serving Institutions and Indigenous Universities.

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Dr. Brittany Clark
Internal Medicine Physician

Dr. Brittany Clark is a Louisiana native. She attended college at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she received her bachelor's degree in Biology with a focus on Pre-Med studies. She earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York. Dr. Clark completed her intern year at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana and completed the remainder of her training at the Florida State University Internal Medicine Residency Program at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Tallahassee, Florida. Upon graduation from residency in 2014, Dr. Clark served as Clinical Faculty/Hospitalist for the Florida State University Internal Medicine Residency Program at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, assisting in the teaching, mentoring and supervision of residents through December 2018. As a Clinical Associate Professor, Dr. Clark also taught and supervised Florida State University College of Medicine medical students in a number of settings. Dr. Clark joined Capital Regional Medical Group in 2019 where she currently serves as a primary care physician.

Dr. Clark is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Clark also has interest in Dermatology with focus on skin of color. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, her family and friends, and her church community. Her hobbies include singing, baking, and reading.

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Zenani Johnson
CEO Groundbreaking Strategies, LLC

Zenani D. Johnson, 23, of Tallahassee, is a graduate student at Florida State University receiving her master’s degree in Public Administration. She holds her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of West Florida. She served as the first Black Student Body President, part of the Board of Trustees, and student representative on the Florida Board of Governors.

She is now serving as a Florida Gubernatorial Fellow and placed at the Florida Lottery. The Florida Lottery is a 9-billion-dollar state agency that is the primary funding source for the Bright Futures Scholarship.

Zenani is also the CEO of her newly launched boutique consulting company Groundbreaking Strategies, LLC, which focuses on advisory services, strategy consulting, and creative professional services. Her clients include but are not limited to the Congressional Award Foundation and the Paula DeBoles-Johnson for Leon County Commission Campaign.

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Valerie Scoon
Filmmaker and Producer

Valerie Scoon is an award-winning producer and filmmaker. Most recently she produced the 2021 Invisible History: Middle Florida’s Hidden Roots which received the Suncoast Regional Emmy Award® and was broadcast nationally with American Public Television in 2021.  In 2020, Ms. Scoon produced “Daring Women Doctors: Physicians in the 19th Century” which also aired nationally on PBS.  Previous to this, Ms. Scoon produced the documentary “Grenada: Colonialism and Conflict” which was broadcast in Grenada and has been invited to screen in NY, LA, Philadelphia as well as in countries in Africa and throughout the Caribbean.

As a Creative Executive for Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, as a Story Analyst for Creative Artists Agency, and as a Studio Executive for Warner Bros, Ms. Scoon has made a significant contribution to the body of American film culture. Her credits include the Golden Globe-nominated “The Great Debaters” starring Denzel Washington.  Ms. Scoon's credits also include the movies, "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and “The Wedding" both starring Halle Berry.  Ms. Scoon was also instrumental in the adaptation of "Beloved" by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison.  In addition, Ms. Scoon in her capacity as Studio Executive at Warner Bros oversaw such films as" Malcolm X" directed by Spike Lee and the children’s classic "The Secret Garden."

Central to Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts longstanding success, Valerie Scoon has been a member of the faculty since 2003. Ms. Scoon teaches screenwriting, producing, and documentaries. Her work has resulted in many students receiving Student Emmys, Oscar nominations and entry into innumerable film festivals.

Valerie Scoon graduated from Harvard University with a degree in History and Literature of America.

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Michelle Douglas
Director of Human Resources at Florida State

Ms. Douglas serves as a Director in Human Resources with oversight and responsibility for Equal Opportunity and Compliance (EOC); Diversity and Inclusion; Training and Organizational Development; the Ombuds Program; and Facilities HR at Florida State.

She holds the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from HRCI and has trained with the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity. Her areas of specialization include Employee and Labor Relations, Performance Management, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Legal Compliance. She is a member of CUPA and the Florida Public Employer Labor Relations Association.

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Antwan Brooks
Respiratory Therapist & Director Cardiopulmonary Services 

Antwan Brooks serves as the Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at Capital Regional Medical Center. His role encompasses the Respiratory Care, Electrocardiogram, Electroencephalogram, Vascular Access, and Echocardiogram departments. Antwan is a Registered Respiratory Therapist with over ten years of experience including emergency care, pediatrics, adult and neonatal critical care. Antwan earned his Associate Degree in Respiratory Care at Tallahassee Community College. He then went on the attain his Bachelor’s Degree in Respiratory Care and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Boise State University.

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Dr. Kenneth Fowler
CEO, Systemic Effects (LMHC & Certified Traumatologist) Adjunct Asst. Professor at FSU

Dr. Fowler came to Florida in 1988 to pursue his undergraduate degree at Florida State University. Upon receiving his Bachelors of Science degree in Economics with a business minor, Dr. Fowler went on to pursue a Masters Degree in Mental Health from Florida A&M University. A drive to help others and ambition would not let Dr. Fowler stop there. He went on to receive a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University, and established his private therapy practice Systemic Effects. He is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and an Approved Supervisor for mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists and social workers. Dr. Fowler has also served as an adjunct assistant professor at Florida State and Florida A&M Universities.

With Dr. Fowler’s background in business and being a small business owner himself, he has been a consultant and strategic advisor to several businesses over the years ranging from small to large businesses. He is able to help companies with personnel issues such a hiring, retention, team building, and management.

As a result of his expertise in psychological trauma, Dr. Fowler been called to New York City following the 9/11 attacks as well as with the Hurricane Katrina disaster by debriefing first responders who were exposed to the aftermath of the trauma. Currently, he consults with the Southcom Command of the United States Armed Forces to help returning soldiers and their families deal with the effects of war as well as post traumatic stress disorder. As a leader in his field, Dr. Fowler trains other therapists in this difficult work of trauma and crisis.

Dedicated to the practice of helping others achieve inner happiness and peace, Dr. Kenneth E. Fowler has commanded the minds of many and succeeded in guiding them to more harmonious and prosperous lives.

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Robbya R. Green-Weir, Ph.D., MHSA, CCDP
Assistant Professor, Consultant | Program Design, Implementation, & Evaluation | Health Disparities

Dr. Green-Weir’s experience spans over 30 years in healthcare working in one of the top-three health systems in metropolitan Detroit, 20 years in higher education, and over 10 years as a community healthcare consultant. During her 30 years in the health administration industry, she conducted research on health disparities, translated research into practice, oversaw community benefits, and diversity management.

As an assistant professor, Dr. Green-Weir incorporates her 30+ years-experience in health administration coupled with experiential learning techniques giving students real-world examples to develop analytical, problem-solving, critical thinking and systems thinking skills needed for the workplace.  As a consultant, she designs, implements, and evaluate award-winning innovative community health initiatives working with non-governmental and non-profit organizations to help them achieve their goals and objectives.

Dr. Green-Weir received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University, a Master of Science degree in Health Administration from Central Michigan University, a graduate certificate in Community Medicine Research & Evaluation from Wayne State University, and a certification in Diversity Management from Cornell University.  She is currently on the faculty of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, School of Allied Health, in the Division of Health Care Management.

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Vaughn Samuel
Architect at Elliott Marshall Innes

Vaughn boasts more than 31 years of experience in architectural design and has been with Elliott Marshall Innes, P.A. (EMI) since 2003. He is responsible for RFQ proposals, presentations, project management and 3D visualizations. Vaughn produces project rendering and 3-D graphics that bring our projects to life for clients. He is acknowledged as an industry expert in graphic communication and, his work has received award winning accolades, including the AIA Florida/Caribbean Architect DE lineal on Award, 2002 AIA Award of Merit and 1st place Black and White Rendering Competition.

Mr. Samuel earned is BA in architecture from Florida A&M has an incredible resume of projects including the FAMU Coleman Library, and at FSU the Doak Campbell Stadium improvements, the Wellness Center, College and Medicine and Psychology Center.  Closer to home, he was involved in the Maclay Lower School renovation, and Pre-K Building, as well as the Master Plan at Holy Comforter.  Some of the more recent projects include the new TOC, and CollegeTown.

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Nnaemeka Amanze, MD
Internal Medicine Physician

Dr. Nnaemeka Ikechi Amanze is an Internal Medicine Specialist in Tallahassee, Florida. He graduated with honors from University of Michigan Medical School in 1998. Having more than 24 years of diverse experiences, especially in INTERNAL MEDICINE, Dr. Amanze affiliates with Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in medical group Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Inc.

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Attorney Sha’Ron James

With extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, insurance law and regulatory matters, Sha`Ron practices at the intersection of government affairs and advocacy, insurance law and regulation, and policy development and execution. She represents domestic and international insurance companies and insurance-related entities throughout Florida, before the Florida Legislature, Office of Insurance Regulation, and other State Agencies.

Sha`Ron is proud to have served three State of Florida CFOs throughout her many years of public service, including Alex Sink, Jeff Atwater, and Jimmy Patronis. Sha`Ron was appointed to this role after her tenure as Director of the Division of Rehabilitation and Liquidation in the Florida Department of Financial Services, where she directed the operation of over 48 highly complex insurance receivership estates with entrusted assets totaling over $1.4 billion dollars.

Sha`Ron is dedicated to being an asset when it comes to strategic leadership to organizations across the state of Florida and throughout her local community. Her involvement in the community emphasizes her dedication to economic development, diversity and inclusion, and public service. She currently serves as the Chair of Leadership Tallahassee, Chair of the Community & Prosperity Committee for the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, President of the Florida Chapter of the National African American Insurance Association and a member of the Board of Trustees for Capital Regional Medical Center. A member of Leadership Florida Class 37, Sha`Ron served as a member of the Florida Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology Commission, the Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association Board of Directors, the Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association Board of Directors, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) Appeals Board and the Citizens Property Insurance Company Consumer Services Committee.

Sha`Ron’s experience as both a strategic advisor, advocate, and problem-solver support her drive to understand each client’s specific legal and business objectives. Sha`Ron is committed to clear and concise communication with industry leaders, in analyzing and discussing complex laws, regulation and policy, as well as in designing and executing compelling arguments and client positions before government. Her dedication is manifest in her drive to find regulatory and public policy solutions that make sense for those she serves.

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Shayibu Harruna, MD
Interventional Cardiologist

Dr. Harruna graduated from the University of Istanbul Medical School in 1994 and further trained in Internal Medicine at Metropolitan Hospital New York and Cardiology at Dalhousie University Canada. He had subspecialty training in Interventional Cardiology at Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix and at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans. He has practiced in Canada, Wyoming, Missouri and Georgia and has published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Vascular Medicine Journal.

Dr. Harruna is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, The Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, The American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  He is Board Certified in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Endovascular Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Harruna’s professional interests include treatment of heart disease, coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease.

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Tamara Tatum
Director of Physician Services, CMRMC

Tamara Tatum brings over 10 years of multi-unit operational leadership and administrative experience in Physician Practice Management and Service Line Development. Tamara previously served as Executive Director of Specialty Medicine with Optum Health/USMD Arlington, TX. She was responsible for operational oversight and key strategic initiatives.  She is well- versed in demonstrated management best practices and uses her creative vision and excellent insight to enhance operations through implementing firm policies and procedures, improved operation efficiencies, cultivating strong partnerships, positive traction in employee engagement and patient satisfaction.

Tamara started in the field of leadership and healthcare, taking on multiple roles in various extracurricular activities in high school. She continued her passion for prudential value and graduated with a degree in Sociology & Behavioral Psychology from Tennessee State University.  She later returned to school to complete an MBA in Business Management.

While accustomed to driving operational efficiency, Tamara enjoys infusing the teams she leads with infectious energy and passion that empowers them to think big, set stretch goals and then pursue those goals with intensity and focus that anything but success is unthinkable.