Meet the Board of Directors of The Multicultural Health Institute (MHI)
Dr. Lisa Merritt

Dr. Lisa Merritt

Dr. Lisa Merritt obtained her medical degree from Howard University after completing undergraduate studies at Georgetown University with honors.  She underwent training in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  She is also a graduate of the faculty development program at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.


She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the AAPMR (the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation), NMA (the National Medical Association), and the American Academy of Pain Management.

Curtis T. Yew

Curtis T. Yew

Curtis Yew completed his studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with an emphasis in Accounting. He currently practices in public accounting in Grass Valley, California. Mr. Yew has served as a board member since the inception of MHI and maintains the accounting records for the organization.

Teresa Petterson, MD, MPA

Teresa Petterson, MD, MPA  -- Secretary

Teresa Maria Petersen, MD, MPA is a Clinical Instructor in the LECOM (Lake Eerie College of Osteopathic Medicine).  She has been engaged for several years in community development initiatives in both Crawford and Erie counties in Pennsylvania.


Most recently, she has worked in medical education at Hamot Medical Center, Family Practice Residency Program and has served both the Erie and Bradenton LECOM campuses.

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Dr. Washington Hill

Dr. Washington Hill practices Maternal & Fetal Medicine and also specializes in OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology) in Sarasota, FL and is affiliated with Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He received his medical degree from Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine in 1965 with a residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Dr. Hill has been in practice for more than 54 years. He is a nationally known expert & leader in perinatology and he developed SMH’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Department and also the Maternal Transport Program for high risk pregnant women. He has held professorships at multiple universities and has been widely published in medical journals. He is an ACOG Fellow and in 2012 received Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Dr. Katrina Davis

Dr. Katrina Davis practices Obstetrics & Gynecology, Urogynecology in Sarasota, FL and is affiliated with Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Sarasota OBGYN Associates and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. She received her medical degree from University of Tennessee College of Medicine and did residency at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  She has been in practice for more than 25 years. She is a member of many medical societies including International Academy of Pelvic Surgery and an ACOG fellow.

Dr. Dezra White

Dr. Dezra White was born in Beaumont, Texas and attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Continued to University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas for medical school. Dr. White did his Ob/Gyn residency at St. Joseph Hospital (affiliated with the University of Texas). Dr. White is “Board Certified by the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology” was in practice for 42 years until his retirement in November, 2011. In July, 2015 he  move to Sarasota, Florida.

William G. Cromwell

William Cromwell is a practicing attorney at Carter Cromwell Law Firm in Smyrna, Georgia. He also served as a trial lawyer for 27 years, working on both criminal and civil trials, with an emphasis on personal injury matters, throughout Georgia. Cromwell has also served as an assistant district attorney for one year, having prosecuted major felony charges.

MHI Staff

Yasmin Forbes: Project Manager


Kyle Susan Taylor: Communications Manager


Barbara Solomon: VISTA Program Coordinator 

Bill Carter: Project Coordinator – Community Outreach (HIV)


Robert Austin, M.D.

Joseph Cooper, J.D.

Bob Fitzgerald

Vincent Foderingham

John Guess

Randall Morgan, M.D., M.B.A.

Ed Viltz
Vickie Wacksman