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Haregewoin (Hara) Yohannes, B.S.B.M., M.B.A.

Chief Financial Officer

Haregewoin (Hara) Yohannes has served as the Vice President of Finance at Watts Healthcare Corporation since April 2003 and was appointed Interim Chief Financial Officer in September 2019 and Chief Financial Officer in October 2020.  She previously served as Financial Analyst, Manager of Operational Analysis, Director of Finance & Analysis, Controller and Acting CFO.  She has worked at Charles Drew University of Medicine and internationally on the continents of Africa and Asia.

Ms. Yohannes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Pepperdine University, Malibu California and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from California State University, Long Beach, California.

Olusheyi Lawoyin MPH, MBA

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

Olusheyi (Sheyi) Lawoyin is the Chief Operations Officer at Watts Healthcare Corporation (WHCC), where she is responsible for the day-to-day operating activities and provides executive leadership for advancing the Watts Healthcare Corporation, with an operating budget of more than $40 million.

Prior to her appointment, she led Patient-Centered Medical Home and Lean care transformation at Clinica Sierra Vista, a network of integrated community health centers, serving the primary medical, dental and behavioral health needs of about 200,000 individuals in Kern, Fresno, and Inyo counties. Prior to this, she was the Director of Operations at a Community Health Center in Northern California and worked in operations and planning with Emory Healthcare and Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

With a background in global and community health, she has been a United States Peace Corps volunteer with the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services; managed the health portfolio for the Public Affairs Section of the US Consulate General in Lagos, Nigeria; provided program and research support at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and served as an ASPH/CDC Global Health Fellow with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sheyi received an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and an MPH from George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services.

Cozzette Lyons-Jones, MD

INTERIM CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Dr. Cozzette Lyons-Jones is an Internal Medicine physician with fellowship training in preventive health and over 20 years of experience in the field of medicine. She has an undergraduate degree in Science Communication from Cornell University, a medical doctorate from the State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in her hometown of Buffalo, and an Executive Master of Public Health from UCLA. She is a recipient of the Ann G. Quealy Memorial Fellowship Endowment Award from UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy & Management, identifying her as an influencer impacting the public health landscape, and is a member of the Delta Omega National Honor Society of Public Health. Physicians for a Healthy California honored Dr. Lyons-Jones with the 2022 Frank E. Staggers MD Award for her work taking significant action in improving the health of communities of color and reducing health disparities in California as President of the Association of Black Women Physicians and as Chief of Adult Medicine at Watts Healthcare Corporation. The NAACP recognized Dr. Lyons-Jones’ outstanding service to the community during a highlight reel shown at the 2023 NAACP Image Awards television broadcast.

Dr. Lyons-Jones’s heart work is in the area of Alzheimer’s dementia due to her journey alongside numerous patients living with the disease and their caregivers, her family history of Alzheimer’s dementia in her maternal grandmother, as well as her personal experience as a caregiver for her mother, who manifested symptoms of dementia at a young age. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Congressional Team (ACT) with the Alzheimer’s Association and is affiliated with Maria Shriver’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and the Alzheimer’s Los Angeles’ Dementia Care Network, and was a Brain Trust Member for Governor Gavin Newsom’s California Alzheimer’s Task Force.

 

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