Dr. Edith Mitchell, Oncologist

Roslyn Daniels, Director

Black Health Matters

Dr. Jeanine B. Downie is Board certified by the American Board of Dermatologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Her reputation for excellence and personal patient care have made her one of the most sought-after physicians in our area. 

She received her MD from State University of New York, Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Her extensive background in dermatology includes a residency in Pediatrics at Cornell Medical Center, New York Hospital and a residency in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she also served as the Chief Dermatology Resident. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Downie is a staff member at Overlook and Mountainside Hospitals. 

Dr. Downie proudly services as an educator for the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Downie has appeared on numerous media outlets including The View, The Early Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, GMA Health, The Wendy Williams Show, The Rachel Ray Show, Good Day New York and Fox 5 LIVE News.

Dr. Carol Penn has served as Chief Resident Family Practice Medicine at St Joseph’s Hospital. She is a physician specializing in integrative Family Practice Medicine with a focus on mind body medicine, arts medicine, and nutrition medicine with an emphasis on prevention and wellness to optimize human potential.

Dr Penn certifications include; National Certified Health, Wellness and Fitness Coach, National Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Yoga Instructor.  She is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine. 


Susan C. Taylor, MD, Dermatology

Past Speakers

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is an educator, community activist, political leader and proud parent currently serving her fourth term as a member of Philadelphia City Council. Reynolds Brown is the only woman to serve as an At-Large Philadelphia Councilmember since 2000 and is the only woman serving in City Council Leadership. On January 2, 2012 Councilwoman Reynolds Brown was elected Majority Whip, and is the Chair of the Committee on the Environment. After graduating from the Philadelphia High School for Girls, Reynolds Brown earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education from Penn State University before beginning a career as a professional dancer joining Philadelphia Dance Company, affectionately known as Philadanco. Following her company membership, she continued her affiliation with Philadanco, becoming a dance instructor and later a board member for 20 years.

Vonda McPherson, Chef

Brenda Shelton-Dunston, MPH

Delilah, Winder, Chef

Ogori Kalu, MD, Oncologist

Saint Michael’s Medical Center proudly announces Ogori Kalu, MD as one of the newest members of its medical staff. She brings a wealth of talent and experience to Saint Michael’s, which include serving as Director of Breast Surgery at University Hospital (Newark, NJ), and served as the Medical Director of Mountainside Hospital’s Breast Health Program (Montclair, NJ).  

Dr. Kalu received her medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed her surgical residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and her breast surgery oncology fellowship at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Kalu sees patients out of the Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Saint Michael’s and in her West Orange


Dr. Carol Penn, Integrative Medicine

Delilah Winder is the director of the Center for Culinary Enterprises and Author of Delilah’s Everyday Soul: Southern Cooking with Style. Her role is to manage the overall Center’s various operational components including collaboration with programmatic partners and use of Center’s facilities by food entrepreneurs and community residents. Ms. Winder is a nationally-renowned chef with a wide range of experience starting and operating successful food businesses. Ms. Winder began her first business — Delilah’s Southern Cuisine Company — in 1984 at the renowned Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philadelphia. Ms. Winder’s business, which eventually launched her into the national food spotlight.  Ms. Winder’s food has been featured on several programs on the Food Network. She also opened Bluezette in Philadelphia’s Old City in 2000, a Latin, Caribbean, and Southern cuisine restaurant. Finally, Ms. Winder penned over 100 of her recipes into a cookbook titled Delilah’s Everyday Soul: Southern Cooking with Style.


Kelly Burgess is a licensed and registered dietitian, public speaker and author. She has a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and holds a Master of Business Administration in Marketing / Management, and Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from the Pennsylvania State University. Kelly was born in New Jersey, raised in the Caribbean. In 2009, she established To Better Health, LLC, a nutrition counseling practice with two offices in New Jersey.  Kelly and her team of licensed and registered dietitians provide food, physical activity, and lifestyle education to individuals of all ages, families and groups in her offices. Prior to starting the private practice, Kelly provided medical nutrition therapy to patients and the general public in hospitals, fitness centers, employer settings, and other medical and non-medical facilities.   www.tobetterhealthnutrition.com

Dr. Jeanine B. Downie, Dermatology

Kelly Burgess, Nutritionist

Vonda is the chef an owner of her fourth restaurant, the  highly successful Duke’s Southern Table for high end fine dining and Vonda’s Kitchen located in the heart of the black community in Newark, for more traditional fare. In 1998, she opened her first restaurant Shack's BBQ, known as a destination for traditional Southern BBQ cuisine. Vonda K’s Catering & Events followed, catering to the  special event planning desires of an emerging clientele that spanned from local families and community members to some of the most prominent corporations, organizations and political figures throughout the state of New Jersey. Her successful cuisine endeavors landed her the opportunity to be an official caterer for the 2014 Super Bowl. Vonda has been featured in the Star Ledger, Black Entrepreneurs, Radius Magazine and countless other media outlets.

Edith Peterson Mitchell, MD, is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology and is clinical professor, Department of Medicine and Medical Oncology; program leader, Gastrointestinal Oncology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and associate director for diversity programs and director of the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities for the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. She received a bachelor of science in biochemistry “with distinction” from Tennessee State University and her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. In 1973, while attending medical school, Dr. Mitchell entered the Air Force and received a commission through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. She entered active duty after completing her internship and residency in internal medicine at Meharry Medical College and a fellowship in medical oncology at Georgetown University. She is the past President of the National Medical Association.

Susan C. Taylor, MD, is a University of Pennsylvania and Harvard trained physician who is an internationally recognized expert in dermatology. She is board certified in both internal medicine and dermatology and lectures frequently domestically and abroad. She is the author of Brown Skin: Dr. Susan Taylor's Prescription for Flawless Skin, Hair and Nails. Taylor has served the dermatologic and cosmetic needs of the Greater Philadelphia area since 1989 at  Society Hill Dermatology.


Brenda Shelton-Dunston, MPH, is the Executive Director of the Black Women's Health Alliance and  architect of the flagship initiative “Creating a Legacy of Wellness: Mind, Body and Spirit in Philadelphia, PA.   She received a MPH from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA; a BS Degree in Medical Technology from Central State University, Wilberforce, OH and licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in NC and Pa. She most recently received the NAACP “104 Influential Black Women in Philadelphia Award.” Also, she is Chairperson of the Health Commission of Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Secretary of the Board of Directors of Rudolph/Mercy-Douglass Human Services Affiliate, Inc., a member of the Pennsylvania Diabetes Action Network and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.  


Roslyn Daniels directs key aspects of Black Health Matters including strategy, revenue generation, sales development, client services, custom solutions, research, and trade marketing. She also leads the public relations and corporate branding departments for the company. Daniels also serves as CEO, of The Daniels Network, the holding company for Black Health Matters Multi-Channel Communications, LLC. Founded in 2003, The Daniels Network provides pharmaceutical and healthcare companies an array of marketing solutions, including strategic insights, DTC branding, digital innovation and public relations. Past clients have included: Boehringer Ingelheim, Coca-Cola