Expert Participants

Taryn Finley

Taryn Finley is the Editor of HuffPost Black Voices where she manages and produces content to inform, empower and amplify black audiences and highlight why our stories matter. Previously, she has worked at The Root, Essence, NBC and Radio One. She has a masters from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a graduate Read More…

John Silvanus Wilson

John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. currently serves as Senior Advisor and Strategist to the President at Harvard University.  He assumed that role in April 2018 after spending much of 2017 as “President in Residence” at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he conducted research for a book about the future of American higher education with Read More…

David Rivera

David P. Rivera, Ph.D., is an associate professor of counselor education at Queens College-CUNY.  He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. He also holds degrees in psychology and counseling from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Wyoming.  David’s research focuses on cultural competency development and issues impacting the marginalization and wellbeing of people of Read More…

Jesse Hackell

Jesse Hackell, MD, FAAP began practicing pediatrics in Rockland County, NY in 1981, and became a founding member of Pomona Pediatrics in 1987. He is a graduate of Princeton University, and received his MD degree from Johns Hopkins School of medicine in 1976. His pediatric residency was completed at Johns Hopkins as well, and he Read More…

Chris Kirkham

Chris Kirkham participated in The E-Cigarette Dilemma: A Public Health Perspective. Reporter, Reuters

Mitchell Zeller

Mr. Zeller participated as a panelist for The Forum event, The E-cigarette Dilemma. As director of the Center for Tobacco Products, Mitch Zeller leads FDA’s efforts to reduce disease and death from tobacco use and bring previously unavailable information about its dangers to light. Zeller is dedicated to carrying out CTP’s charge to reduce the Read More…

Robin Koval

Ms. Koval was a panelist for the Forum’s discussion The E-Cigarette Dilemma. Robin Koval is CEO and President of Truth Initiative®, the national public health organization dedicated to achieving a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco. An acclaimed leader in the advertising and marketing world, and New York Times best-selling author, Koval joined Truth Read More…

Pat McCrory

Pat McCrory was sworn in as governor of North Carolina on January 5, 2013. McCrory was raised in Guilford County, North Carolina. He earned degrees in education and political science from Catawba College. McCrory was elected mayor of Charlotte in 1995 and went on to serve a record seven terms. He received a presidential appointment Read More…