Board of Trustees

They are responsible for strategic direction, policy-making and oversight of NISA.

Board of Trustees

Find out who they are and what motivates them to volunteer for us.

Echezona Ezeanolue, MD, MPH

He is the Vice-President for Innovation, HealthySunrise Foundation and Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at the University of Nigeria.

A clinician-epidemiologist, his research focuses on the use of implementation science to enhance the effectiveness and quality of health services. He served as the Director of the HRSA-funded comprehensive maternal-child HIV program in Nevada (H12HA24832) and has been PI on multiple NIH-funded grants (R01HD075050; R21TW010252; R01HD087994; R01HD089871), including the community-based Baby Shower Trials that seek to identify feasible, acceptable, and sustainable approaches to test, engage and retain individuals with HIV infection to achieve viral suppression and improve health outcomes.

Dr. Ezeanolue has been recognized as Nevada Public Health Leader of the Year (2007), Nevada Health Care Hero (2008), and AAP Local Hero (2010) for his contributions to public health.

Patrick Dakum, MD, MPH

He is the Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria and Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA.

He has been PI/PD and has managed >$600 million in multiple program grants (U2G GH002099; PAGH17-1753; U2GH000925; U2GPS002929) responsible for the testing of >7 million Nigerians for HIV; placing more than 290,000 people living with HIV in Nigeria on treatment; prevented the transmission of HIV from mother to child among 76,000 women; and training over 31,000 health workers.

A well-respected Public Health leader, his career has spanned through the telecommunication industry (NITEL), multilateral agencies (UNFPA), bilateral agencies implementing partners such as the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), Canadian Development International Agency (CIDA) and local NGOs (Help International).

Bolanle Oyeledun, MBBS, MPH

She is the Chief Executive Officer, Center for Integrated Health Programs.

She has 27 years of experience in health systems, policy development and program management and demonstrated track record of leadership. She has experience working with governments across sub-Saharan Africa, specialized foundations (GAVI Alliance, The GFATM), U.N. agencies, particularly UNAIDS, WHO, UNFPA and UNICEF, as well as international and local non-governmental organizations. She has held various senior leadership roles in the successful management and implementation of major integrated health and development programs for HIV and AIDS, other infectious diseases, reproductive health management, implementations science, maternal, newborn and child health projects in low-resource settings.

Dr. Oyeledun has spearheaded and successfully transitioned multi-year international grants of $150 million to indigenous management. She IS THE PI of the GFATM)/implementation science research funded by the WHO/DFATD-Canadian government AND THE MTN Foundation.

Prosper Okonkwo, MD

He is the Chief Executive Officer of APIN Public Health Initiative, Nigeria (APIN); an organization that evolved from the Harvard School of Public Health to a full-fledged indigenous public health organization.

Dr. Okonkwo has managed ≥$150 million in funded projects since 2008 and is the PI of the PEPFAR funded comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment program (NU2GGH002098) that currently supports comprehensive care to all individuals with HIV in 8 states including Benue state,the site of the proposed study. He served as PI on CDC funded grants (U2GGH000924; U2GGH000627; U2GPS001058); Co-PI on the MEPI program (R24TW008878-02), a consortium of 6 Nigerian Medical schools; and investigator on an NIH grant (K23AI106406) to decrease HIV care interruptions and losses..

Michael Obiefune, MD

He is the Global Medical Affairs Director, Center for International Health, Education, and Bio-security (CIHEB) at the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) with 28 years of experience as a clinician and researcher.

He has extensive experience in program development, implementation and delivery of health services built on sustainability. In the past 12 years, he lived 75% of his time in Africa and served variously as Africa Regional Director, Country Medical Director and Senior Technical Advisor.

He has served as an investigator and provided local oversight on four NIH/PEPFAR funded projects in Nigeria (R01HD075050; R21TW010252; R01HD087994; R01HD089871)and provided local oversight of implementation of programs that developed and supported 150 facilities (including 88 comprehensive ART facilities) in 26 states spread over 6 regions of the country with combined funding of over $50 million.

Administrative Board

Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Ayodotun Olutola

Ayodotun Olutola is a Pediatrician and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Clinical care and Clinical Research.

He is has led implementation of multiple awards with local and international agencies such as United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), STOP TB Partnership and other funding agencies.

His interest is in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and has published several articles on pediatric HIV co morbidities and treatment outcomes.

Organizing Agency

Dina Patel, MSN, AC-PNP

Dina Patel is an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner by training. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University with a major in advanced practice nursing with, women, neonates and children. She led the Nevada Care Program the only comprehensive maternal-child HIV program that was instrumental in the reduction of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Southern Nevada. Ms. Patel has extensive experience in development and implementation of 5 NIH awarded grants. Her passion has been to develop evidence-based maternal-child programs globally which lead her to co-found a non-profit organization HealthySunrise Foundation (HSF) in 2013 where she serves as the President. HSF focuses on improving birth outcomes through enhanced maternal child health programs globally. She co-founder of MommyGO & MatchaGO an all-natural energy drink to find a sustainable solution to fund the nonprofit. She has been recognized for multiple awards: 

  • HealthCare Headliner-Nursing, Las Vegas NV 2020
  • Women of distinction finalist 2019, Winged Heart Award Finalist, Nevada, Clark County Medical Society, 2018
  • Associations for Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC’s), Frank Lamendola Achievement for Nursing Leadership in HIV Care 2017
  • Nigerian Implementation Science Alliance Outstanding Service Award 2017 and 
  • Nurse of the Year – Women Hutzel Hospital-Special Care Nursery in 2012.

She also serves on multiple boards at the local and global level:

  • Association for Nurses in AIDS Care, and
  • Young Non-Profit Professional Las Vegas.  
NISA Administrative Assistant

Michael Osho, B.Sc

Michael Osho currently serves as the Administrative Assistant for NISA and Central & West Africa Implementation Science Alliance (CAWISA).

He has a bachelors of Science in Statistics. He provides coordination of country activities and acts as a liaison between the different member organizations. Mr. Osho’s expertise is in administrative management, data collection, financial infrastructure development and strategic implementation of programs. 

His experience includes working with Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation (MGIC) on Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) project.

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