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Kids Conquering Sickle Cell Disease Foundation Board of Directors
Carla Lewis is dedicated mother, wife and sickle cell advocate. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from York College in Queens, New York. She also completed a Nonprofit Management Certification Program at the University of Central Florida. She is a Certified Hemoglobinopathy Counselor. She is a current graduate student at Liberty University majoring in Public Health Administration. Carla serves on the parent advisory board at Nemours Children’s Hospital and actively works in many leadership roles. After relocating to Orlando from New York, Carla birthed a precious son diagnosed with sickle cell disease 2002. Carla realized that Central Florida was in great need of education and support services for sickle cell patients, parents, and caregivers. With compassion, Carla started a support group at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital 2004. Carla saw the need for services beyond a support group for the sickle cell community. Carla is the President & Founder of Kids Conquering Sickle Cell Disease Foundation in Orlando, Florida established in 2014. Carla is also co- founder and the director of the Young Adult Sickle Cell Alliance established in 2016. She is committed to provide advocacy and education until a universal cure is present for hemoglobin disorders.
Tanielle Randall was born and raised in Jamaica West Indies. She currently resides in Orlando, Florida with her husband and two girls. In 2013 she graduated from University of Phoenix with her MBA and currently works in the healthcare industry. Tanielle became involved in Kids Conquering Sickle Cell Disease Foundation after her own experiences left her searching for information and support for families children and young adults living with sickle cell disease. Tanielle has two daughters with sickle cell disease. Tanielle is passionate about the mission of Kids Conquering Sickle Cell Disease and as a board member she is dedicated to increasing awareness, education and providing support services to patients and families.
Quotes to live by: When you do nothing you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better- Maya Angelou
Shelley Brage-Merida was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. In 2010, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BS in Psychology. She is a dedicated mother with a compassion to contribute her expertise to make a difference in the lives of children and families enduring chronic blood disorders. Throughout her career with working with children and families, she has developed a sincere passion for community outreach. As a board member for Kids Conquering Sickle Cell Disease, Shelley is dedicated to the social development of children affected by Sickle Cell Disease and other forms of blood disorders.
Quotes to live by: “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
Makeda Ricketts was born in Brooklyn, New York. She has the three children. She is a proud and dedicated mother that enjoys making children smile. Makeda has her Associate’s Degree and she is weeks away from having her BA degree. Makeda is very compassionate about raising awareness and increasing services for the community impacted by sickle cell disease. Throughout her career with working for a local hospital that provide services children and families, Makeda is dedicated to promote outreach and increase services for families impacted by sickle cell disease. As a board member for Kids Conquering Sickle Cell Disease, Makeda is honored to be a part of an organization that is committed to children and families affected by Sickle Cell Disease and other forms of hemoglobin disorders.
Quotes to live by: “Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him.”
― Joyce Meyer
Marjorie Tingle was born in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with a BA degree in Psychology and she has worked in the areas of social services and counseling for many years. Marjorie relocated to Orlando, Florida in 2009 providing services for children born with developmental delays. Marjorie has compassion for helping children and families. She is a dedicated mother of three beautiful children and she values health and networking. She is committed to serve as a board member and volunteer her time at Kids Conquering Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. in order to support families who are going through challenges living with sickle cell, cancer & other blood diseases. She is committed to work closely with fellow board members to increase services & resources for families fighting chronic blood diseases. She shares her expertise and compassion of planning community events and further educating healthcare providers, care takers and the community.
Quotes to live by: When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say “I used everything you gave me”.Erma Bombeck