Meet the Team

Neva White DNP, CRNP, CDE


Dr. White is a nurse practitioner and diabetes care and education specialist. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Thomas Jefferson University in 2010.

In 2000, Dr. White joined Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Center for Urban Health (CUH). She has developed several community based chronic disease self-management education and support programs in underserved communities for Philadelphia.

Dr. White has worked on several National Institute of Health funded clinical trials that test the efficacy of diabetes education and behavioral activation to improve diabetes self-management in older African Americans. In collaboration with Drs. Rovner and Casten, she developed an extensive training program to prepare community health workers to deliver diabetes self-management education.

Dr. White is also the board president of Sugga Mamas Diabetes Prevention and Management.

Lakisha Sturgis RN, BSN, MPH, CPHQ
Lakisha Sturgis RN, BSN, MPH, CPHQ

Director, Community Care Management, Population Health, Temple University Health System

As Director of Community Care Management, Lakisha is responsible for promoting health equity through innovative projects related to population health, quality and pay for performance. She also helps build and foster relationships to expand Temple Population Health’s community imprint.

Lakisha has more than 20 years of experience managing programs to improve health outcomes. She joined Temple from Montgomery County Emergency Services where she was Director of Nursing and Quality Systems. She was previously Admissions Manager at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital and Manager of Health Care Management Operations for Health Partners Plan.

Lakisha is a registered nurse who earned her undergraduate nursing degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh.

Nancy Porroa
Nancy Porroa Community Health Worker


My name is Nancy Porroa, I’m a Community Health Worker in the Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity. My passion has been to help the Community in many programs from guiding the uninsured to gain access to basic health care needs to educating the community about diabetes, hypertension, chronic disease, asthma and Tobacco. For 17 years in Peru, I worked as a Registered Nurse in the emergency department, oncology, surgery room, and community. In my free time, I like to travel to Peru and visit my mother, and spend time with my children and my grandchild. I am also a volunteer in an organization that helps people with cancer.

Robert H. Rosenwasser MD, MBA, FACS, FAHA
Robert H. Rosenwasser MD, MBA, FACS, FAHA

Dr. Robert H. Rosenwasser is among the country’s first dually trained Neurovascular neurosurgeons, meaning he is able to treat diseases of the brain’s circulatory system using both conventional microsurgical methods and minimally invasive interventional endovascular techniques. As a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon, he treats patients who have had strokes, aneurysms, AVMs, and carotid artery stenosis. He also serves as President/CEO of the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience and is responsible for strategic directions in neuroscience.

He worked to establish the Jefferson Neuroscience Network (JNN)—a telemedicine system that affords Jefferson stroke physicians the ability to remotely assess and make treatment recommendations for people with suspected stroke throughout the region. In 2014, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons awarded Dr. Rosenwasser the Cushing Award for Technical Excellence and Innovation in Neurosurgery, which recognized his career-long effort to include  all modalities and  techniques in neurosurgical training as it relates to treating all Vascular Diseases of the Brain and Spinal Cord.

He has authored/co-authored over 500 peer reviewed scientific publications and 6 textbooks on this topic.

Steven R. Carson RN, BSN, MHA
Steven R. Carson RN, BSN, MHA

Senior Vice President, Population Health, Temple University Health System

CEO, Temple Center for Population Health, LLC

Mr. Carson is the Senior Vice President of Population Health for Temple University Health System, President and CEO of Temple Center of Population Health, LLC and serves as adjunct faculty for the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Mr. Carson has over 30 years of leadership experience in both academic and community based delivery systems, nursing leadership, inpatient and ambulatory quality improvement, clinical case management as well as value base care incentive programs.

A graduate of Gwynedd Mercy University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Master’s of Science from Saint Joseph’s University, Mr. Carson is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Executives. He holds an appointment to the Pennsylvania Patient Centered Medical Home Committee, which serves to develop recommendations for the Pennsylvania Human Services, medical assistance program.

Recent regional collaborations have included the Temple Center for Population Health, LLC’s development of hub and spoke model for the management of opioid use disorder in Philadelphia through the Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication-Assisted Treatment grant program. The program was recently awarded an honorable mention Gage award from America’s Essential Hospitals.

Mr. Carson serves on the Board of the HealthShare Exchange and has recently been listed as one of the 2021 Modern Healthcare Top 25 Innovators.

Johnetta Frazier
Johnetta Frazier

Johnetta Frazier has functioned as a chef, nutritionist, and lifestyle counselor for more than 15+ years, working primarily with those having conditions such as type II diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.  She holds both B.A. and M.A. degrees and several post-graduate certifications. Additionally, she has served as an ambassador and worked on projects with the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Yuhnis Sydnor
Yuhnis Sydnor
Nicolle K. Strand, JD, MBE, MPH
Nicolle Strand JD, MBE, MPH

Associate Professor, Center for Urban Bioethics
Director, Center for Urban Bioethics

Research Interest: Bioethics, Racism, Health equity, Health disparities, Organizational culture, Values in academic medicine, LGBTQ+ health.

Cornelius D. Pitts, PharmD
Cornelius D. Pitts, PharmD PharmD

Dr. Pitts directs the Farm-to-Families Program. He is Director of the Miriam Medical Clinics, Zion Baptist Church, Temple University (MZT) Collaborative, and the COVID-19 Vaccination Response Project in the Department of Urban Health and Population Sciences of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, where he is an Assistant Professor.

Frazier Coalition Advisory Council

Mark R. Nicoletti, Sr.
Council Chair
Co-CEO, Philadelphia Suburban Development Corporation

Bill L. Allen
Founder and CEO,
ALW Sourcing LLC

Danielle J. Brooks, JD
Director, Health Equity, AmeriHealth Caritas
Family of Companies

Anthony E. Gay
Vice President & General Counsel
PECO Energy

Patrick M. Oates, PhD
Senior Vice President ofCorporate Strategy & Business Development, EMSCO Scientific Inc.

Joe Wilkins, MBA, FACHE
JW Healthcare Insights


Eric N. Hodges, DMD
Endodontist, Community Volunteer

Patty Jackson
WDAS Legend and
Broadcast Pioneer

Community Advisory Group

Linda Kilby
Executive Director N.O.R.T.H., Inc. Director W.I.C.

Renee Reedman
Associate Vice President,
Temple Physicians Inc.

Lenora Jackson- Evans
Executive Director
Strawberry Mansion Action Center

Verna Tyner
Tioga United

Deborah Jowers
Zion Baptist Church, Health Ministry

Edoris Lomax
CHW & Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator , Temple Center for Population Health

Suzanne Cohen
Senior Director of Population Health, The Health Federation of Philadelphia

Mark Nicoletti
President & Co

Sharif Street
PA State Senator

Aissia Richardson
Outreach Director for the PA State Senator Sharif Street

Councilwoman Cindy Bass
City Council Member
PA City Council

Tina Marie Russell
North Central Phila CDC RCO

Connie Howard
Office Manager,
Temple Physicians Inc.

Apoorva Bhupathi
Quality and Compliance Coordinator,
Temple Health

Jessica Glennon
DaVita Dialysis

Marcy Bushman
DaVita Dialysis

Andrea Custis
Executive Director
Urban League

Tamara Brown
PA Department of Behavioral Health

Brenda Shelton-Dunston
CEO, Black Women’s Health Alliance