Board of Directors
Andre Samuels. Ph.D.
Dr. Andre Samuels has led professional learning sessions with Washington, DC Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Schools, For The Love Of Children (FLOC), The Aspen Institute, Urban Teachers, National Summit for Principal Supervisors, and American University.
His executive leadership coaching relationships include AprilMay Company, Inc., Anagen Staffing & Solutions, 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC, Alfred Street Baptist Church, Dallas 2026, clients leading charities, not-for-profit/for-profit corporations, partnerships, and educational institutions.
Andre received the David Rubinstein Award for High Effective Leadership from Washington, DC Public Schools in 2013. In November 2019, he earned his international certification in Executive Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University’s Center for Transformational Leadership. His facilitation training at the NYC Leadership Academy helps him tailor coaching strategies to meet any organization or team’s needs.
Andre holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Communication Studies and two Master’s degrees in Educational Administration and Policy and Special Education from Howard University. In 2014 he earned a Master’s in Business Administration in Leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Andre completed coursework in Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell University and is a certified executive leadership coach with the International Coaching Federation. Andre holds a Doctorate in Educational and Organizational Leadership from The University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Maryland with his lovely family.
Rochelle Rollins, PhD, MPH
Dr. Rochelle Rollins is a Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For over 25 years she has worked at the local, state, and federal level on health care and social service issues related to vulnerable populations and the social determinants of health. Within HHS, she has led work on cancer health disparities, Healthy People, the prevention of human trafficking, and oral health. Dr. Rollins co-led the effort for oral health to be one of the 12 Leading Health Indicators in Healthy People 2020. She has been a member of the HHS Oral Health Coordinating Committee for over a decade.
In the HHS Office of Minority Health, as the Director of the Division of Policy and Data, Dr. Rollins led efforts to improve health disparities research coordination, performance measurement, and data collection. Her previous position was Special Assistant to the Deputy Director of the National Cancer Institute where she co-chaired the HHS Health Disparities Council’s Subcommittee on Cancer.
Dr. Rollins received her Bachelor of Science from Wellesley College, her Master of Public Health from Boston University, and her doctorate from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management where she was a Pew Health Policy Fellow. She resides in Maryland with her cat and two dogs.
Eric Woods managed teams of up to thirty professionals composed of software developers, system architects, system administrators, information assurance specialists, configuration managers, testers, and help desk personnel.
He has hands-on development experience with MVC frameworks, open source languages, web services, templating engines, ORM systems, and source code and package managers. In addition, he developed requirements specifications, functional specifications, system engineering and configuration management plans. Lastly, Woods served on a source selection evaluation board and, as part of a team, developed technical and cost proposals. He is passionate about aviation education for underserved populations. He lives in Fort Washington.
Stephanie Stinson, MMA
Stephanie Stinson is the Communications and Research manager with the Future of Fish, an international non-profit that supports small-scale fisheries and communities impacted by overfishing to build sustainable livelihoods while also protecting fish, a critical source of protein for billions of people worldwide.
Ms. Stinson brings a keen lens of cross-disciplinary problem solving to her work as an environmental practitioner, taking into account the interconnectivity between people and the planet. She believes in taking a community-centered approach to her work of supporting stakeholders in their environmental decision making and action taking, whether that be manifested through research, policy, and project management. Working within the space of anthropogenic global change, her subject matter expertise is in international development, climate change impacts, and social justice issues.
Her geographic area of interest is Latin America, with experiences spanning nearly 7 years in Paraguay, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile. During her time abroad, she served twice as a Peace Corps volunteer; taught as an TEFL educator; provided technical consultation as a Fulbright researcher, and worked in public diplomacy in the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay. Ms. Stinson is a confident communicator in English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Paraguayan Guaraní, with a proven track record of applying her language skills in diverse professional contexts. She currently resides in South Florida.
Sophia Fang - Youth Representative
High School senior, Sophia Fang, has worn many hats as a vital member of the SGAP Leaders’ family. She worked as the project support, community service, and more recently communications intern, over the past three years. In addition, she was a critical member of our fundraising planning team for our “Encouragement Project“
In 2023, Sophia won second prize with fellow teens as part of the Sustainability Summit for SGAP Leaders’ partner, Forbright Bank. She has written and secured grants through Youth Service America and led projects to support SGAP Leaders’ mission. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors with family, baking sweets, and watching action movies.
Sophia is a non-voting member of the board and heads-up our Youth Leaders Subcommittee which impacts program and project selection.
SOUNDING BOARD - Jill Foster, MPH, MD
Jill Foster has earned her track record of mining, synthesizing, and packaging data from diverse sources to uncover needs, evaluate outcomes, guide decision-making, and promote clinical best practices. She has over 10 years in academia. She earned her masters in public health from the University of Alabama, and medical degree from Duke University. She resides in Maryland with her husband.
Jill is a non-voting advisor to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)