Modern Impact Founder and CEO Michael Priem is Today’s Honoree

Michael’s experience with technology and application development, large scale project leadership and his corporate development experience is the foundation for his leadership at ModernImpact. Priem has a strong background in integrated marketing communications, branding, and media and many companies have benefited from his strategic foresight. His entrepreneurial career spans leadership roles with a global advertising agency that pioneered today’s digital revolution along with a publicly traded global consulting firm as well as founding a boutique corporate advisory firm. His strategic experience has been leveraged by world class brands such as Target, BestBuy, General Mills, Sears, HP, Williams Sonoma, Harley Davidson, American Express to name a few. He is a highly sought after speaker and panelist.

Visit https://www.modernimpact.com/about-the-founder/ for more information.

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Maletzky Media President and Founder Karyn Ravin is Today’s Honoree

About Maltezky Media:

We help our clients reach their communication and marketing goals by combining creativity with smart strategy.  As media and publicity specialists, we are able to generate wide-ranging, highly original ideas and integrated communications campaigns for the ever changing media environment.  Working as partners alongside our clients, we approach every project with enthusiasm and skillful execution and are driven to achieve the maximum in quality results and measureable ROI.

Our team of highly sought after media specialists are constantly working with editors, producers, writers, and key influencers to ensure our clients are always top of mind, trusted sources and valued brands.

About Karyn:

Karyn has more than fifteen years of experience in public relations. She started Maletzky Media in 2003 and has been instrumental in developing and coordinating countless successful media campaigns and events for consumer and lifestyle brands and prestigious organizations. Clients rely on Karyn’s expertise in media relations to deliver results that exceed all expectations.

visit http://www.maletzkymedia.com/ for more information.

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Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician Dr. Daquesha C. Chever is Today’s Honoree

Dr. Daquesha C. Chever, a board-certified family medicine physician, is a renowned and much sought after author, speaker, and consultant. Dr. Chever earned her doctorate degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. Upon successfully completing an empowering and rigorous internship year at Genesys Medical Center in Grand Blanc Michigan, Dr. Chever went on to complete her residency in Family medicine at NSU-Palmetto General Hospital in Miami, Florida, in 2012. Dr. Chever immediately went on to her next calling and spent her next year working at Ameriderm Research in Ormond beach Florida. There she learned the fundamentals of conducting clinical trials, and was privy to the latest advancements in the treatments of Psoriasis, and various skin cancers. Since graduation, the much sought after Dr. Chever found her niche in the medical field with a fierce love of teaching. Subsequently Dr. Chever was awarded Clinical Preceptor of the Year at her Alma mater in 2015. As a much-welcomed addition to the Wellstar family, Dr. Chever is currently employed as an Urgent Care physician, Dr. Chever enjoys being available to meet the necessary and rigorous health care demands for all those in and around her community.  

In her free time, she enjoys hosting Vision Board Workshops and strives to be an inspiration, while she instructs others how to be their best-selves. She strongly believes that anyone can benefit from a proper and positive mindset to assist individuals to get through the multitude of challenges in everyday life. Her book “Step Into Your Destiny; Your Next Best Is Waiting” was a #1 Amazon new release best seller in 2018. Her book showcases the importance of positive thinking, so individuals can learn to physically manifest their life goals and dreams.  One of the many newest projects Dr. Chever has undertaken is Life Coaching. Thereby mentoring others to enrich and inspire their own lives and to reach a point at which they release their next best selves.  Dr. Chever’s favorite self-inspired quote is “Positive Thoughts, Positive Life” which she has chosen to focus her teachings around that principle.

You can find out more about her at  www.mynextbest.ecwid.com

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Devereux Georgia Client and Family Advocate/ Risk Manager Sophia Martin is Today’s Honoree

Devereux Georgia client and family advocate/risk manager Sophia Martin was recently highlighted as a Healthcare Hero.

In your role, what are your main responsibilities?

I have two primary roles at Devereux Georgia both are extremely important for the care and treatment of the individuals and families we serve. As client and family advocate, I listen to our individuals and families and help them resolve any issues or concerns they may have. My goal is to make sure our families are provided with the best customer experience possible, and ensure they are satisfied with the care their child or loved one receives. As risk manager, I am responsible for reviewing and tracking data for all grievances and incidents on campus, and making sure we report these issues to the proper agencies in a timely manner. My roles as risk manager and client and family advocate go hand-in-hand to ensure we create a safe and supportive environment for those in our care, and that we are in compliance with our funders and licensing agencies. In my role, I have the privilege of welcoming every new orientation class where I provide quality and risk management training to the new Devereux Georgia employees.

In addition, I serve as the liaison between Devereux Georgia and Cobb County Crimes Against Children, which means I am the main point of contact for our organization with local law enforcement.

Why are you a Healthcare Hero?

I make a difference because I bring a bright and positive disposition to our campus every day. I am a “glass-half-full” rather than “half-empty” kind of person. It is in challenging times we see a person’s true character and the impact they make in the lives of others. I think the real hero in any situation and/or event is the person who fulfills his/her role not just from a professional standpoint, but also does it with a servant’s heart. People on the Devereux Georgia campus know they can rely on me to always be fair and look out for the best interest of our individuals, families and staff. People know if you do what you do because it is a job, or if you are serving them without reservation and with purpose.

Visit www.Devereux.org for more information.

 

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TORCH Award Winner Mark Dant is Today’s Honoree

Mark Dant: A former police officer transformed by parenthood into the first national advocate for Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) I, a rare disease in which is son has. His son Ryan was given a life expectancy of 10-12 years and is now 31 and engaged to be married. Mark started the Ryan Foundation, which started with a local bake sale, has funded millions of dollars in rare disease research. In addition, Mark and his family successfully championed the Ryan Dant Health Care Opportunity Act, a bill designed to help those living on Medicaid assistance become gainfully employed. Mark is currently the chairman of the board for the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases, a science-based advocacy organization dedicated to accelerating biotech innovations for rare disease treatments through science-driven public policy.

Each year, an award is given to those who have served as a beacon of change for an entire community – the TORCH Award (Transforming Outreach in Rare disease and Creating Hope). Through Sanofi Genzyme, the TORCH Awards, established in 2017, recognizes inspiring advocacy efforts of patients, caregivers, families, and supporters in the rare disease community. In recognition of their efforts, Sanofi Genzyme donates $5,000 to each of the above award recipient’s non-profit of choice to further support their missions. The 2020 TORCH Award winners were recently announced.

Visit https://youtu.be/yce97Vj5I5U for more information about The TORCH Awards.

 

 

 

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TORCH Award Winner Melanie McKay is Today’s Honoree

Melanie McKay: A registered nurse and mom who set her mind to connecting families and advocating for statewide screening of Infantile-Onset Pompe Disease. Melanie was honored for her efforts in advocating for education, much-needed awareness, and research for a rare disease impacting her son Ryker. Pompe is a rare genetic disease that is caused by an enzyme deficiency. Without the enzyme, a complex sugar builds up in muscle cells affecting their ability to move and breath. Infants with this disorder can experience muscle weakness, poor muscle tone, an enlarged liver, heart defects, dependency on a ventilator to breathe, a feeding tube, and sometimes the disease can be life threatening.

Each year, an award is given to those who have served as a beacon of change for an entire community – the TORCH Award (Transforming Outreach in Rare disease and Creating Hope). Through Sanofi Genzyme, the TORCH Awards, established in 2017, recognizes inspiring advocacy efforts of patients, caregivers, families, and supporters in the rare disease community. In recognition of their efforts, Sanofi Genzyme donates $5,000 to each of the above award recipient’s non-profit of choice to further support their missions. The 2020 TORCH Award winners were recently announced.

Visit https://youtu.be/yce97Vj5I5U for more information about The TORCH Awards.

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TORCH Award Winner Rylee Noble is Today’s Honoree

Rylee Noble: A tween with the rare disease Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) was honored for her efforts in advocating for education, much-needed awareness, and research for this genetic disorder that causes a deficiency of an enzyme required to break down certain protein. Without the needed enzyme, protein builds up in the bones, organs and central nervous system.

Following her diagnosis, Rylee and her family began to raise awareness and teach others about the signs and symptoms of this rare disease by hosting a Clay Shoot benefit. In just one day, they raised $130,000. Lead by Rylee, the Noble family began educating others and have been advocates for MPS to be added to the Texas newborn screening panel. By the end of 2020, Rylee’s goal is to have a non-profit organization up and running. Rylee is also an aspiring dancer who finds the art of dance an outlet.

Each year, an award is given to those who have served as a beacon of change for an entire community – the TORCH Award (Transforming Outreach in Rare disease and Creating Hope). Through Sanofi Genzyme, the TORCH Awards, established in 2017, recognizes inspiring advocacy efforts of patients, caregivers, families, and supporters in the rare disease community. In recognition of their efforts, Sanofi Genzyme donates $5,000 to each of the above award recipient’s non-profit of choice to further support their missions. The 2020 TORCH Award winners were recently announced.

Visit https://youtu.be/yce97Vj5I5U for more information about The TORCH Awards.

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TORCH Award Winner Sharon Lagas is Today’s Honoree

Sharon Lagas: A mom who made it her mission to change the landscape of research for her boys after three generations of her family were diagnosed with Alport Syndrome including her and her mom and her brother’s children. Sharon co-founded the Alport Syndrome Foundation. Under her leadership, the Foundation developed an expert medical and scientific board, along with a research funding program to stimulate potential new treatments. Since the Foundation was launched thousands of patients and family members have been connected all over the world and a network of international researchers focused on Alport Syndrome has been created.

Each year, an award is given to those who have served as a beacon of change for an entire community – the TORCH Award (Transforming Outreach in Rare disease and Creating Hope). Through Sanofi Genzyme, the TORCH Awards, established in 2017, recognizes inspiring advocacy efforts of patients, caregivers, families, and supporters in the rare disease community. In recognition of their efforts, Sanofi Genzyme donates $5,000 to each of the above award recipient’s non-profit of choice to further support their missions. The 2020 TORCH Award winners were recently announced.

Visit https://youtu.be/yce97Vj5I5U for more information about The TORCH Awards.

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Devereux Pennsylvania CBHS Direct Support Professional Jasmine Davis is Today’s Honoree

At Devereux, employees are heroes in every sense of the word, helping children, adolescents and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives. These committed and compassionate individuals humbly dedicate themselves to serving – and inspiring – others.
Jasmine Davis – Devereux Pennsylvania CBHS Direct Support Professional – was recently highlighted.
In your role, what are your main responsibilities?
In the short time I’ve been at Devereux, I’ve learned the ins and outs of working with individuals in a residential treatment facility. In my role, I complete many different tasks behind the scenes, from progress reviews to hazardous surveillance. When it comes to the children in our care, I’m always willing to help out in any way I can. I find so much joy in assisting our youth in setting and achieving short- and long-term goals; comforting them when life’s obstacles are thrown their way; and teaching them that life is unpredictable, and even we adults don’t have all the answers. We also have a lot of fun. We have birthday parties, water fights, dance contests, holiday dinners and much more. I believe an effective treatment is as good as your support system and surrounding resources, and so I do everything in my power to make it positive learning experience for our individuals.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is witnessing the progress of our youth. This lets me know that we, as a team, are moving in the right direction.
Why are you a Healthcare Hero?
I believe I make a difference because I don’t look at this as I job. I treat our youth like family because that’s what we are! I’m always there for them, even if that means being on the verge of passing out while giving TikTok dance lessons. (Just kidding!) I love my job, and if that makes me a Healthcare Hero, I wear my cape proudly!
Visit www.devereux.org for more information.
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FounderPool Co Founder Chandra Duggirala is Today’s Honoree

FounderPool de-risks startup entrepreneurs by sharing equity with other top VC-backed founders as a community of practice. Joining a pool diversifies risk and unlocks your illiquid shares to invest in the best startups who, in turn, are invested in your success.

Chandra started out as a doctor and after medical school, was in a PhD in Biophysics and bioinformatics before dropping out, but found his calling through entrepreneurship.Chandra has been a founder for the last 8 years, starting with a medical device company in metabolic health (Novobionics, Inc) which created a novel technology to treat obesity and Type 2 diabetes. He then founded an AI-based personalized nutrition company Fuel, which allowed meals to be personalized based on genomic, metabolic and activity levels in realtime. He is passionate about reducing real barriers to entrepreneurship and decentralizing finance and opportunity.

Visit https://founderpool.co/about/ for more information.

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