Emily Shi is a student at Horace Mann School in the class of 2021 who resides in Westchester New York. Her favorite school subject is science. Emily’s love of science inspired her to read numerous scientific news articles and books where she came across the important issue of health disparities.

She hopes to continue discuss how health disparities affect different communities and people. Through this organization, she seeks to continue to emphasize the significance of this issue to members of her community and beyond. She hopes to do this by updating the Health Disparity website to show others when the organization engages in events, and organizing workshops for students to learn about health disparities.

Emily Shi

Carrie Diane Nathaniel (Diane preferred) is a native New Yorker, born, raised and resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.  Diane is employed by The New York City Department of Education as a School Counselor.  She serves 865 students Pre-K through 5th grade at The Purvis J. Behan Elementary School, Public School 11 Located in Clinton Hills, Brooklyn.  She has been with PS 11 for 10 years. Diane received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from the College of New Rochelle, School of New Resources and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from the College of New Rochelle.  Diane also received an Advanced Certificate in Family and Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus.  She holds a Certificate from The Harvard School of Mental Health in “Treating Students K-12”.  Diane is the proud CEO of CDN Educational Consulting. She aspires to open a private practice that focuses on healing and restoration of ALL families.

Most importantly, Diane is a Stage 3 Colon Cancer Survivor.  She was diagnosed March 7, 2014.  Today she stands strong and has turned her experience with cancer into an opportunity to help spread awareness and the importance of cancer screenings.  After having cancer, she created and Co-founded “Beat Stage 3” with her best and oldest friend Helen Collen.

C. Diane Nathaniel

Danielle Twum is a pre-doctoral trainee in the Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. Originally from Ghana, West Africa, Danielle received her BA in Biology from Vassar College where she studied the effect of climate change on corals. She is now working under the mentorship of Dr. Scott Abrams to study the role of transcription factors in immune regulation of myeloid function and how they affect breast cancer progression.

After her doctoral studies, Ms. Twum hopes to help the general public understand science by developing more exciting and relatable ways to explain complex scientific concepts.

                Danielle Twum

Divyesh Parthiban, a 13 year is a prospective freshman at Parsippany high school from northeastern New Jersey and is a volunteer at the Health Disparity non-profit. Being Originally being from India, Divyesh was intrigued about how health disparities affect Asian- Americans more than another race. He is also working with the Brooklyn Disparity Health Center located in Brooklyn, NY.

His hobbies and interests include playing sports, such as basketball, and baseball, and reading novels. Divyesh plays in the local basketball team, Parsippany Warriors, and loves to volunteer around his community. He has helped in organizing food banks and clothing drives.

Some of his achievements include graduating from middle school, winning a basketball championship, and performing at a high school with his violin and bandmates. Understanding about health disparities and creating awareness in the community, nationally and globally is his goal.

         Divyesh Parthiban

Ms. Lakia Maxwell received a Masters in Community Health at Hofstra University in 2016. Ms . Maxwell joined The Brooklyn Health Disparities Center in 2014 and serves as Research Education Coordinator. In that capacity, Ms. Maxwell provides support for the Center’s Executive Team in submission of NIH and other grant proposals. She has developed and maintained web based and social media communications, brochures, pamphlets among many other products. Ms. Maxwell is engaged in program planning and designing, as well as, the implementation of research activities. She is also the Internship coordinator and mentor for the BHDC’S summer mentor program which consists of both high school and college students. Through her learning experiences, as Board Member she is able to offer multiple skills including but not limited to Program Evaluation, Survey Design, Graphic Design, Logic Model Development, SMART Goal and Objective Development, as well as Budget and Timeline Development. She has also assisted with both Community Based Participatory Research and Community Engaged Research in which she has a passion for. Additionally, Ms. Maxwell is a professor at SUNY Empire State College where she teaches “Introduction to Community and Public Health.”


Lakia Maxwell

Isaac Espinal is President/Founder of DFW Champion Youth, 2019 graduate from Trinity Valley School, and in the fall will be a first-year freshman at Texas Christian University majoring in Entrepreneurship, Political Science, and Latin American Studies, and minoring in Global Business and Religion. He is very active within the Hispanic/Latino community and is passionate about making an impact in his community. He serves on the Board of Directors for America’s Promise Alliance, is a Texas Community Leader for Opportunity Youth, a 20 Under 20 for the DFW World Affairs Council, and continues to strive to both inspire other youth to be active in their communities and be civically active in government.