Senior Leadership

LaShawn Hoffman

Community Coalition Board Chair: LaShawn Hoffman leads the CCB, who primarily sets policy, oversees operations, identifies research priorities and sets the strategic direction for achieving the Center’s long-term objectives. Mr. Hoffman represents the CCB on The National CDC PRC Network Community Committee.

Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD

Principal Investigator and Center Director: Tabia Henry Akintobi, Ph.D., provides leadership and oversight for the strategic direction and implementation of the Center including community-based participatory research projects, development of community partnerships and implementation of health promotion and disease prevention initiatives. Dr. Henry Akintobi is the Director of Evaluation and Institutional Assessment, Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine and Dean for Community Engagement and is the core director for the National Institutes of Health funded Center of Excellence on Health Disparities’ Community Engagement Outreach at Morehouse School of Medicine. She represents the PRC in collaboration with institutional, local, national and international leaders seeking to foster effective translational research and evaluation between researchers and communities.

Rhonda Conerly Holliday, PhD

Project Take Charge, Principal Investigator: Rhonda Conerly Holliday, Ph.D., provides leadership for the Core Research Project, Project Take Charge. Dr. Holliday is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Project Take Charge, including the strategic direction of the project, engaging and maintaining collaborative relationships among academic institutions and community partners, and ensuring project objectives are achieved. Dr. Holliday is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Community Health and Preventive Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  

Rakale C. Quarells, PhD

Associate Director, Extramural Partnerships and Programs, Rakale C. Quarells, PhD, supports and provide guidance in the oversight of extramural research operations of the Center under the direction of the PI, and in collaboration with the Director I, Deputy Director, and affiliated faculty and staff. She brings expertise to support center-wide research partnerships and funding are efficiently aligned, monitored and linked to the action plans, vision and mission of the Center. She supports or contributes to strategic community-partnered research, grant submissions and dissemination affiliated with the Center.

Deputy Director: Tandeca King Gordon, Ed.D., oversees the administrative and programmatic operations for the Prevention Research Center. Dr. King Gordon is responsible for assisting the PRC in setting policies, defining research programs, developing strategies to achieve program objectives and goals under the direction of the principal investigator and center director. She represents the PRC on the National Communications Committee, collaborating across institutions and with community partners. She also provides oversight in the communication and dissemination of effective, culturally appropriate health information and research. 

Kendra Piper

Assistant Director, Evaluation and Institutional Assessment: Kendra Piper, Ph.D, oversees the overall evaluation of the Center. She sets the strategic evaluation direction of the Center in conjunction with CCB members and the Center’s Senior Leadership. She leads evaluation plan development and implementation efforts, creates data collection surveys, provides relevant evaluation trainings and support data collection, reporting and dissemination efforts with other assigned faculty and staff. She also collaborates with the Center PI/PD to lead strategic participatory evaluation partnerships, grants and contracts with internal (MSM) and external collaborators.

Arletha Williams-Livingston, PhD

Assistant Director, Community Partnerships: Arletha Williams-Livingston, Ph.D. engages in the Center and Core Research strategies designed to sustain, strengthen and develop community partnerships (existing relationships established through the Center through prioritized ties to its partner communities and new partnerships central to implementation science approaches in collaboration with translation partners) aligned with the Centers Aims and priorities. She collaborates with the Center Director, Associate Director, Program Manager, Community Health Workers and the CCB in team-based approaches designed in response. She collaborates with the Center PI/PD and Core Research PI to scale partnerships with governmental and non-profit organizations in approaches that promote the roles, engagement and integration of community health workers in prevention and implementation science approaches.

Administrative Core

Christina Evans, MPH

Christina Evans, MPH, Program Manager, Communications and Dissemination, manages and implement the day-to-day tasks for the Prevention Research Center (PRC). She manages the team under the leadership of the Deputy Director towards ensuring all deliverables of this initiative are achieved. She provides day to day leadership in planning, implementation and assessment associated with the MSM PRC Translation Plan and related action plan in collaboration the community coalition board and translation partners under the leadership of the Deputy Director, PI and Core Research PI. She regularly collaborates with the Deputy Director and all Associated Directors central to the Center infrastructure. She also provides daily oversight of Nucleus Health Communications (NHC) in development and implementation of communications and dissemination strategies.

Crystal Brown-Helem

Crystal Brown-Helem, Administrative Assistant, will provide senior administrative support for the Center and supervise all administrative staff. She will serve as the grant liaison with other institutional departments and will ensure PRC grant adherence and compliance with federal and institutional funding.