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.
Jayne O'Donnell - Founder and CEO is USA TODAY’s healthcare policy reporter. An author, TV contributor and freelance writer, Jayne has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and C-Span and been published in Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping and Parents. At USA TODAY – where she’s worked for more than two decades – Jayne covered the implementation of the Affordable Care Act beginning in September 2013. She now primarily focuses on mental health, addiction, childhood trauma and patient safety.
She has also won several awards for her work, most notably for her 1996 articles in USA TODAY on the dangers air bags posed to children. That reporting prompted many government actions including the “smart" air bags and warning labels in every new vehicle.
A graduate of University of Maryland’s College of Journalism, Jayne did graduate work at George Washington University’s School of Business. She lives in McLean, Va. with her husband and their teenage daughter. Jayne co-founded UHMP in 2017 with Dr. Reed Tuckson, former D.C. public health commissioner and a longtime health care senior executive, with initial funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
Angela Kennedy Acree
Angela Kennedy Acree, Esq., is a native Washingtonian. She graduated from the National Cathedral School for Girls. Angela received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1985 with a major in Sociology and African American Studies. After college Angela was a middle school teacher for several years before returning to law school at Howard University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor (JD). Angela has been a Staff Attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia for the past twenty years, other than a year sabbatical when she taught at her beloved alma mater, Howard University School of Law. Angela is the mother of four sons, a Grandmother, and married to a public defender.
Anna Durand Kraus
Anna Durand Kraus is 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.
Marcy Oppenheimer, M.D.
Marcy Oppenheimer, M.D., 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.
Dyrol Joyner, a two-time Emmy winner, worked as a TV sports journalist for 25 years. During that time, he was a sports anchor and reporter in several major TV markets including New York, Chicago and Washington, DC. He also worked as a sideline reporter for NFL games on Fox Sports and for the Chicago Bulls. Dyrol received his Masters in Legals Studies from The Sandra Day O’Conner School of Law at Arizona State University and is currently at Widener University Commonwealth Law School. He wants to practice Sports/Entertainment law. He looks forward to working with UHMP students virtually or in person, especially on multimedia content related to sports, fitness and mental health - and how closely they are linked. An avid traveler, his pre-COVID motto was “Have bag, will travel” and he hopes to do so again soon.
Danzell C.H. Bussey is a native Washingtonian and has spent most of his 15-year educational career in Southeast Washington, D.C. He remembers the influences of his childhood and wants to help create positive life experiences for his students. Danzell is the Lead Instructor for the ROXIE program at Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts in Capitol Hill. He is also the co-founding creator of the ROXIE’s journalism curriculum and instruction they have used to serve students for the past 10 years.
Danzell 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 also has done graduate work at Florida State University where he received his teaching certifications in broadcasting media production.
Danzell lives in Southeast Washington, D.C., with his family who have been Washingtonians for over three generations.
Carmen Ramos-Watson is a powerful voice for women and founder of B/adaptable, an organizational development consultancy. She is dedicated to assisting leaders and organizations in the United States and in Latin America. She has expertise in strategy consulting, culture transformation, intercultural development and leadership communication.
As an entrepreneur, she founded Washington-based QMRI, a management and marketing consultancy responsible for rolling out a number of national health campaigns. In education, she worked through Georgetown’s University Center for Intercultural Education and Development’s Applied Business Solutions program to develop training for senior executives in four countries to improve their ability to compete in a global marketplace.
A National Hispana Leadership Institute Fellow, Carmen earned a master-level certificate in total quality management from the University of Miami, a bachelor’s degree in management from Barry University, and a master’s degree in organizational psychology and change leadership from Columbia University. She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Leadership Development Program and the Dartmouth Amos Tuck School of Business Minority Development and Minority Advanced Executive Program.
Jennifer Todling is a partner at EY based in the Tysons, Virginia office where she focuses on audits of public and private companies in the life science and health care sector. Jennifer also spent three years as a Professional Accounting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant’s Professional Practice Group at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission working on auditing policy related matters.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration – Accounting from California State University, Fullerton, is a Certified Public Accountant in New York, California and Virginia and a member of the AICPA. She has also completed graduate-level courses in organizational / leadership development and executive coaching and helps oversee the learning and development programs for audit professionals at EY. In addition, as a working mom of a young daughter, she is actively involved in EY’s Professional Women’s Network and Today’s Families Network.
As the first person in her immediate family to graduate from college, Jennifer understands the challenges many first-generation college students face. She strives to make a difference in the lives of others and is passionate about serving as a mentor for younger professionals. She was actively involved in EY’s College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence) Program and looks forward to furthering the UHMP mission as part of the Board.