Board of Directors

The SFYB Board of Directors is comprised of individuals united to see improved health and well-being of African American infants. Members represent a variety of backgrounds and skills.

SFYB Board of Directors

2013-2014 Board: Back row (L-R): Hope Wills, Eardell Harrison, Martina Travis, Denise Boyd, April Brown, Danisha Lawrence, Diane Griggs-Ross. Front row (L-R): Teddy Hopson, Elizabeth Woods, Lydia Boyd, Meridith Merchant


Denise Boyd, MBA
President, HG & Associates

April W. Brown, MHA
Post-Award Grant Manager,  Office of Sponsored Programs
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Lydia O. Boyd, CLE
Breastfeeding Advocate
SFYB Board Chair

Diane R. Griggs, LCSW, RPT-S
Private Practice, Owner, Trainer, Consultant
Positive Action Counseling Services

Eardell Harrison, RD, CLE
Retired Chief of High Risk Services
South Los Angeles Health Projects

Theodore (Teddy) O. Hopson, MBA
SFYB Treasurer

Danisha Lawrence
Human Resources Manager
Associated Students,  California State University, Northridge

Meridith A. Merchant, PhD
Private Practice, Consultant, Clinical Supervisor
SFYB Vice Chair

Angie Denisse Otiniano Verissimo, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
College of Natural Sciences
Department of Health Science & Human Ecology
California State University, San Bernardino

Martina Travis, BSN, MPH
Retired Public Health Area Officer
SFYB Secretary

Elizabeth Woods, MA, MPH
SFYB Director