Chair of the Board

 

Rosalyn Overstreet Gonzalez

 

Rosalyn “Roz” Overstreet Gonzalez, Esq., is a career public defender, with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and Chair of the Urban Health Media Project Board.  She is a community servant and an ardent supporter of youth – who works tirelessly to uplift and empower them.

Roz is a native of southern California and a graduate of Howard University - where she earned a B.A. degree in Spanish Linguistics.  She later obtained her law degree from The District of Columbia School of Law and has Bar memberships in the United States Supreme Court, the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.

Roz is a sports and health enthusiast and in 2017, she was appointed Chairwoman of the District of Columbia State Athletics Commission by District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser.  She also serves on the Mayor’s Commission for Health, Wellness and Physical Education. Roz lives with her husband Pablo Gonzalez in Washington, DC and is the mother of two adult sons.

Board Members

 

Danzell Bussey

Danzell C.H. Bussey is a native Washingtonian and has spent most of his 15-year educational career in SE Washington, D.C. He remembers the influences of his childhood and wants to help create positive life experiences for his students. He has long been known for his creative teaching style, as well as the emphasis he puts on the area’s culture and the growth of its students. Mr. Bussey is currently the Lead Instructor for the ROXIE (Reaching Our Excellence in Education) program at Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts. He is also the co-founding creator of the ROXIE’s journalism curriculum and instruction used for the past 10 years.

Bussey is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.A. in journalism and media arts and currently serves on the Washington, D.C., Alumni Chapter executive board as the fundraising chair. He has also done graduate work at Florida State University where he received his teaching certifications in broadcasting media production. He resides in Southeast Washington, D.C., with his family, who have been Washingtonians for more than three generations. Bussey’s advice for those interested in pursuing a career in education is to master your teaching style, take full accountability of every student you teach and to learn the most you can.

 

Anna Durand Kraus

Anna Durand Kraus is Of Counsel with the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP, where she serves as co-chair of the firm’s health care practice. She served as Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton Administration. Prior to that, she was a partner at the Phoenix law firm of Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn & Maledon, focusing on transactional work. Anna has a J.D. from Stanford Law School and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated in the top 10% of her class at each school.

She also served as Managing Editor of the Stanford Law Review. After law school, she was a law clerk to Judge Herbert Y.C. Choy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Having been a Big Sister and having served on the boards of visitors of two law schools and the boards of a children’s theater and a scholarship foundation, Anna views her affiliation with UHMP as a unique opportunity to support several of the causes most important to her: youth, education and public health. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, she received her B.A. in economics summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico.

 

Heather Janik

Heather Janik is a public relations veteran with a passion for using communications for good. She has served as a senior media counselor to the Food & Drug Administration, Feeding America and the City of New York under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Earlier in her career she did stints on Capitol Hill and in the Bush Administration.

Heather graduated with honors from George Washington University with a degree in journalism. As a former j-student, she believes that equipping young individuals with the ability to share their experiences through writing is vital and benefits not only the students, but the community. She is a member of the National Press Club.

Heather and her husband are proud D.C. residents and reside in the district with their dog, Winston. It’s Winston who runs the house.

 

Marcy Oppenheimer

Marcy Oppenheimer is a board certified family physician and lawyer. She graduated from Yale University, New York University Law School and Georgetown University School of Medicine. She currently practices with the Providence Family Medicine group and is the medical director of the Providence Diabetes Education Center. Prior to medical school, Dr. Oppenheimer served in the Clinton Administration as a Special Assistant in the Department of Health and Human Services. She works with an underserved primarily minority community and sees every day the impact of lack of empowerment and lack of health-related information on health outcomes. She is excited about the mission of UHMP to encourage young people to advance knowledge about health issues in these communities.

 

Darryl Webster

 

Darryl Webster is an award-winning social worker at a D.C. public elementary school, author, motivational speaker and therapist. He has received numerous awards and honors. They include 2018 Social Worker of the Year from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Maryland Chapter, 2008 Morris & Gwendolyn and Cafritz Foundation, Distinguished D.C. Government Employee Award Winner and 2006 Men's Health Magazine, National Father of the Year. He received his Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University (GWU), which he attended on an athletic scholarship and his master’s degree in social work from the Catholic University of America, where he had a Patricia Roberts Fellowship.

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