Meet the Team

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion and Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs consists of a diverse team of faculty and staff members with formal training and experiences in a range of areas including medicine, public health, business education and strategic planning, community health advocacy and organizing, and youth education. Together, we support workforce diversity and develop social justice-minded physicians and scientists.

ODI Executive Leadership

Gary Butts, MD, Executive Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, MSHS and Dean, Diversity Programs, Policy and Community Affairs, ISMMS

Pamela Abner, MPA, CPXP, Vice President & Chief Diversity Operations Officer- Mount Sinai Hospital Groups

Ann-Gel Palermo, MPH, DrPH, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer in Education and Research

Corporate Health System Affairs (CHSA)

Samuel Rosado, Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator

Barbara Warren, PsyD, CPXP, Senior Director, LGBT Programs and Policies and Assistant Professor, Medical Education, ISMMS

Lyndia Hayden, PMP, CSM, Director, Disparities and Data Analytics

Shana Dacon-Pereira, MPH, MBA, Senior Director, Administration

Mary Koshy, MPA, Director

Edgar Vargas, MPH, LMSW, Assistant Director, LGBTQ Programs and Policies

Janice Yoon, Senior Program Manager

Elizabeth Diaz, MPA, Senior Project Coordinator

Jefri Mesa, Management Analyst, Disparities and Data Analytics

Patricia S. Levinson Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA)

Edward Poliandro, PhD, Senior Advisor and Trainer for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Assistant Clinical Professor in Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Ashley Michelle Fowler, MEd, Administrative Program Manager

Sherria McDowell, MPH, Director of Special Programs

Fariha Ahsan, MPH, MSc, Director, Diversity Innovation Hub Program

Yessica Manzo Haggerty, MBS Program Coordinator

Carmen Duran-Santos, Executive Assistant

Jay Johnson, CHES Education Program Manager, Institute for Equity and Justice in Health Sciences Education

Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE)

Kenya Townsend, Program Director

Alexander Joseph, MA, Program Manager

Hossein Aleyasin, MD, PhD, Researcher and Adjunct Professor, ISMMS

Tristan Franz, MA, Program Coordinator

Eli Pinker, Teaching Assistant