Co-Founder / Acting Chair, Board of Directors                                 James A. Stewart, EdD


 Ekokobe Fonkem, DO,  Neurologist/Neuro-Oncologist


 Chief of Neuro-Oncology

Joan and William Shapiro Endowed Chair in Brain Tumors    Barrow Neurological Institute

Phoenix, Arizona

     Maniza Aziz Johnson, PhD

Professor of Civil and Electrical Engineering Technology (Retired)        Portland Community College                                          Meningioma Brain Tumor Survivor                                                MBTN Inc - Mentor                                                                  Portland, Oregon


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  Tomi M Leeper, CPA

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Auditing Accountant                                   

US Department of Health and Human Services                  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid                                Baltimore, Maryland

Romney M Phillips, JD, ESQ

Managing Partner

Phillips Law Office     

Atlanta, Georgia

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    Shenell A Tolson, DrPH

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Environmental Scientist/Regulatory Action Leader,

Science Review   

US Environmental Protection Agency                      Washington, District of Columbia

Edward L Williams, MSW-LICSW

Director of Family Services, (Retired)  Riverside State Psychiatric Hospital

Riverside, California


         Ricardo D Wrice, MBA

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CEO and Editor-in-Chief                                The Leadership Blend Media Company          Atlanta, Georgia



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Jo-Anne 'EC'  Evans Coleman PhD, EdD, CNP, Founder, Meningioma Brain Tumor Network, Inc (MBTN), a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is a seven (7) year survivor of a Right-Wing Spheno-orbital Meningioma (with cavernous sinus involvement) brain tumor. The establishment of MBTN harbors on Dr. EC’s vision for the usage of interprofessional collaborative services, that directly address the numerous diminished quality of life         psycho-social aspects of living with/surviving a brain tumor, that are encountered by meningioma patients, survivors, and the effects on caregivers, and families.

Founder, Dr. EC,  is superiorly qualified to lead this organization. She has over 30 years of leadership, administrative and management experience, working within institutions of higher education, entrepreneurship in both non-profit and private sectors, as a healthcare practitioner,  and as an independent contractor for various business, industry, and government agencies. In 2015, nine (9) months post her craniotomy and cranioplasty,  she became a Minnesota State Advocacy Leader for the National Brain Tumor Society, where she annually testifies on Capitol Hill for congressional funding that continuously supports brain tumor treatment and research.


Highlighting her interests in advocacy is the drive garnered from her challenges when she was afflicted with a Grade 1 spheno-orbital meningioma and is now a brain tumor pioneering staunch voice for the "lived experienced" survivor.  Through her work at MBTN, she is building a platform for improved pre and post-operative assessments, treatments, and services to better determine meningioma brain tumor patients quality of life outcomes.

         Contributors to the Board of Directors

 Quintin U Love, PhD

  Senior Psychometrician, Psychometrics and Research                      New Meridian Corporation                                                          Austin, Texas


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  Amir H Zamanipoor Najafabadi, MD, PhD
   Meningioma Brain Tumor Researcher and Epidemiologist
   Department of Neurosurgery                                 
   Leiden University Medical Center                           
   Leiden University                                                                             
   Leiden, The Netherlands