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Emmanuel Parakati, MBA


Emmanuel Parakati joined the Executive Team of Watts Healthcare as CFO in 2023. He served as CEO and CFO at various Federally Qualified Health Centers for the past 15 years. He received his MBA majoring in Accounting & Finance from Loyola University Chicago, IL and taught undergraduate & graduate level business courses at California Baptist University, Riverside, CA as well Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL. He attended Bible School in Germany and received a Diploma in Evangelism and Church Planting. Since then, he has been actively involved in helping the Lepers and poor in Third World countries like India, Nepal, Africa, Thailand, and Indonesia.

In 1981, he established “Christian Action On Poverty” which has now become “World Health & Hope American Association”, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit organization that supports Churches, Hospitals and Health Centers that are providing FREE Healthcare & Housing to the poor & homeless people in Third World countries. He published “Compliance & Operations Guide for Federally Qualified Health Centers”, a book that is designed to educate and equip health center leaders to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their health centers. He served Rotary International as a Board Member and enjoys helping the poor and homeless. His Hobbies are photography, jogging, running, traveling, publishing and fundraising for nonprofits. His favorite quotes are: “Treat others like how we treat ourselves (Mark 12:31)“ and “Do good and great things will follow,”

Olusheyi Lawoyin MPH, MBA


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


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.


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