Dr. Samilia Obeng-Gyasi
Professional Expert Presenter
Dr. Samilia Obeng-Gyasi is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center and Arthur C. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. She received her medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine and completed her general surgery training at the Cleveland Clinic. She completed her breast surgical oncology fellowship at Duke University. Dr Obeng-Gyasi treats both benign breast disease and breast cancer. She is a passionate educator and an advocate for her patients. Specifically, she takes a patient-centered approach to ensure all her patients have the best oncologic and cosmetic outcomes.
In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr Obeng-Gyasi is a health services researcher with a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the intersection of social determinants of health and the cost of cancer on patients' medical decision-making and health outcomes.
News Reporter for ABC 6 & Fox 28 News
Maria Durant is a five time Emmy Award Winning Reporter for ABC 6 andFOX 28 News. She has also received numerous Associated Press Awards and has been honored with several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.
She says she’s always wanted to be a reporter. When she was a little girl she used to go around the neighborhood interviewing her neighbors. Then she’d send the tape to her grandparents so they could see where they lived. As the daughter of a Military Naval Officer the family moved often... so there were plenty of tapes mailed out.
Maria says she feels very privileged to be able to tell stories and to keep viewers informed about what is happening in their community. A graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science, little did Maria know she would someday become a news story herself.
In October of 2006 Maria was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. But instead of hiding her diagnosis, Maria decided to share her story in hopes of helping others. Maria is involved with several cancer organizations, and as a Filipino she especially wants young Asian American Women to know that it can happen to them but that early detection is the key. Maria is also involved with many other community organizations such as the Asian Festival, The Columbus International Program and The National Kidney Foundation. Maria came to ABC6 & FOX28 after working in Huntington/Charleston West Virginia.
Dr. Angela Harris, MBA
2020 Community of Excellence Award Recipient
Dr. Angel Harris, Executive Director – Dress for Success Columbus
Dr. Harris serves as the Executive Director of Dress for Success Columbus. By providing a network of support, career development tools, and professional attire, Dress for Success is empowering women to achieve economic independence. Last year, Dress for Success Columbus served more than 2,000 women and has empowered more than 18,000 since opening its doors in 2007.
Before joining Dress for Success, Angel served as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at United Way of Central Ohio. In her role, she built relationships with philanthropists and leaders within corporations to create a more vibrant central Ohio by building pathways out of poverty for those who need help most. In her oversight of the Women’s Leadership Council’s E3 Program, Angel ensured individual donors were aligned with a program focusing on outcomes that meant most to them - helping women obtain the skills and education they needed to earn enough to support themselves and their families. Over her career, she has raised over half a billion dollars to fund investments in poverty-reduction programs in the community.
Angel is an honoree in the 2014 Class of Business First’s Forty Under 40. Her additional honors and awards include proclamations for outstanding community service, several outstanding achievement awards, Executive Elements woman of the Week, Buckeye Lifestyle’s Woman of Initiative, Greater Ebenezer’s Woman of the Year, recognition in Who ’s Who in Black Columbus publications in 2005-2017 and was featured as a Who’s Who Game Changer in 2015.
Angel serves and has served in a variety community-related positions including a trustee for the Livingston Avenue Collaborative for Community Development, a first connection volunteer for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professional’s public policy committee, recreation and parks girls basketball coach, tax preparer for the Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition, a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters school-based mentoring program, coach in the Franklin University Undergraduate coaching program, President of the Greater Ebenezer Cathedral of Praise Women’s Auxiliary, graduate of Project Diversity, a member of Leadership Columbus class of 2007 and was a founding member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. She and her husband, Chris, have a blended family with seven children.
2020 Deniece Pittman Scholarship Recipient
Current College Attending: Cedarville University pursuing a career in Nursing.
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