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African American Advisory Council


The National MS Society’s African American Advisory Council advises and supports the Society on the best approaches to reaching and engaging the African American community.

The African American Advisory Council

Mary D. Hughes, MD (Chair)

  • Chair, Division of Neurology, University Medical Group, Greenville Hospital System, SC
  • Volunteer; National MS Society Board of Directors

Denise G. Belle, MPH  

  • Director of Community-Based Outreach Programs, Rural Health Group, Inc.
  • Volunteer, Greater Carolinas Chapter

Tamara Carpenter

  • Volunteer, Indiana

Heyward Damon, CPA

  • President, Damon Executive Event Planners
  • Volunteer; Vice Chair, Delaware Chapter, Board of Trustees

Adrian "Skip" Dargan, MSW, MSCIR 

  • Director, Information Resource Center, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Lynda Harbert, MFT

  • Marriage and family therapist, private practice
  • Volunteer, Southern California-Nevada Chapter

Yolanda Harris, RN, MSN, MSCN 

  • Nurse Clinician, Center for Pediatric Onset, Demyelinating Disease, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Pediatric Neurology
  • Volunteer, Alabama-Mississippi chapter

Carolyn Hayes-Gulston, ARM, MSOL

  • Sr. Manager Insurance/RiskManager, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Ann Marie Johnson, MHS 

  • Human Services Professional
  • Volunteer, New York City-Southern New York Chapter

Renard Payne

  • Volunteer, National Capital Chapter

Walter Royal, III, MD 

  • Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Research Associate Director for the VA Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence, East and for the Maryland Center for Multiple Sclerosis
  • Volunteer, Maryland Chapter

Carolyn Sherman 

  • Volunteer, Ohio Valley Chapter

Darcine Thomas

  • Media Producer
  • Volunteer, California

Aljoeson Walker, MD

  • Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Volunteer, Greater Carolinas Chapter


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