Meet the passionate volunteers dedicated to the mission+ vision of Black Health Commission
REBECCA DESIR, MPH
Founder and Executive Director
Rebecca Desir, MPH is a native of Ft Lauderdale Florida, born to Haitian immigrants. In 2013, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science + Health Promotion from Florida Atlantic University. She later graduated with her master’s degree in Public Health from Florida International University. She currently works as a Program Manager for one of the largest faith-based health systems in the nation. Her passion for addressing health equity in Black communities led her to starting her own nonprofit organization, The Black Health Commission (@BlackHealthCommission). She enjoys photography, spending time with family and friends, and hosting game nights at her home.
Director of Programs
Cassandra Allen, MPH spent her childhood in Tampa, FL and most formative years in Orlando, FL. Earning her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2018 she spent time in the Orlando community serving in various capacities. She then spent two years in Washington, DC graduating with a Masters of Public Health in Health Promotion from George Washington University where she completed her thesis on Health Insurance Literacy and Utilization in Black Young Adults. Cassandra spent most of her time in Orlando digging deeper into her personal and professional interest of intersecting culture and health as a Black and Panamanian woman navigating society and understanding the importance of prevention and wellness. With passions to pursue medicine she found public health and saw how opportunities, advocacy, and health priorities differed between DC and Florida and thought it best to return to see how she could make a change locally. She now works for a health council in Tampa providing health consulting services. Cassandra enjoys exploring food from different cultures, travel, and anything Beyonce related but most of all will never hesitate striking up a conversation with a stranger.
Kadeem Stewart, is a visual artist and freelance creative director. Born to Jamaican immigrants he spent his childhood between the Bronx, NY and Tampa, FL. As a child he developed an affinity for the arts through his exposure to Graffiti, comic books and Caribbean folk stories. His artistic journey was greatly molded by artists such as Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat, 90s television and Hip hop culture. Kadeem believes his onus as an artist and documentarian is to “master the moment” capturing and creating moments to tell the story and dreams of the misunderstood and under-represented. After earning his Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Florida, Kadeem traveled the country as a freelance photographer and creative director. His passion lies in using his skill sets to tell authentic stories and curating experiences through art and social engagements. “Art is a language we are surrounded by but often overlook, I will use art to create new opportunities for others to listen.”
Director of Volunteer Services
Haitian American New Yorker and University of Central Florida Alumna. Is now a resident of Central Florida and has obtained her MBA in Healthcare Management. After a multitude of career experiences in business healthcare, she now works in the field of travel healthcare professionals. Outside of mothering her amazing twin girls, she finds time to help and educate mothers and expecting mothers as a doula. This journey was the segue to her becoming apart of The Black Health Commission in addressing the maternal health disparities in Black women and their families. She also enjoys keep herself and her family fit and active. You will almost always catch her on a flight to some new adventure.
ADAM BROWN SR.
Chairman + CEO
Adam is the Chief Executive Officer at ClinArk Inc., a clinical consulting firm that helps sponsors and contract research organizations execute clinical feasibility studies and recruit patients. ClinArk is dedicated to increasing clinical trial awareness, access, and participation for underserved communities. Adam serves as a board member at the Wittenberg Institute for Public Humanities and Sciences during his free time. He also serves as an advisory board member at the Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patient Network (SCTPN). Adam graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Wittenberg University in 2014."
Community Health Program Manager at AdventHealth
Elizabeth Aulner is a Community Health Program Manager at AdventHealth and community advocate. Elizabeth attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. After graduating, Elizabeth moved to Central Florida to complete the AmeriCorps Public Ally Program. In their role, they oversee a grant program, manage community health programs, and contribute to strategic development across Central Florida. Elizabeth is passionate about supporting community-led initiatives that improve the quality of life and health outcomes for residents.
Elizabeth enjoys reading, traveling, exploring Florida’s springs and many restaurants.