Our May Guests

May 2, 2021

Lorraine Polite Clark, DMD

Co-Owner and Vice President
Soutel Dental Center II P.A., Inc.

Lorraine Polite Clark, DMD is an analytical, multi-dimensional thinker who believes that empathy is key to cross-cultural care. She is candid, profound and passionate about exemplary patient care. Dr. Polite Clark is a multi-faceted professional with an earned Doctor of Dental Medicine degree and an earned Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. Dr. Polite Clark is the Co-Owner and Vice President of Soutel Dental Center II P.A., Inc., and Today’s Dentistry by Polite and Clark where she has been a General Dentist in Jacksonville, FL and four surrounding counties for more than 25 years. Her areas of focus are General Dentistry, Orthodontics, Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry.  Dr. Polite Clark is an active member of various professional associations and she impacts her community by serving as a volunteer dentist. Dr. Polite Clark has numerous accomplishments and accolades to include being the featured dentist in a Nationally Broadcasted Polident Denture Cleaner commercial. Dr. Polite Clark is a native of Jacksonville, FL – she is the wife of Bennie Clark Jr., DMD and the proud mother of her two adult daughters, Sydney and Lyndsey.

Candace Kennedy, MS, DPM, DABPM, DABMSP

Total Foot Care and Wellness Clinic

Dr. Candice Kennedy, MS, DPM, DABPM, DABMSP hails from St. Louis, Missouri and completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Missouri-Columbia aka Mizzou. After Mizzou, Dr. Kennedy moved to Hampton, Virginia to complete her masters in Medical Sciences from Hampton University. It was at this time that Dr. Kennedy decided to change her path of following in her grandfather’s footsteps and pursuing a career as an Oral Surgeon and decided to pursue Foot Surgery instead.

Dr. Tedra Anderson-Brown

Vice President
Global Quality Cummins, Inc.

Dr. Tedra Anderson-Brown is the Behavioral Health Medical Director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC (BCNC). She joined BCNC in November 2019. As a recovery ally, Dr. Anderson-Brown is the family member and friend of those living with mental health and substance abuse challenges. 


Dr. A-B as she is affectionately called is professionally involved in medical and community-focused organizations addressing healthcare disparities for those with mental health and substance use challenges. She also volunteers her time in the Durham community and uses her voice to promote mental health awareness and combat stigma.  She is a sought-after speaker in her profession and the community at large and has presented on topics ranging from Resilience and Self-Care, Suicide Prevention, Caregiver Support, Identifying and Treating Depression in the African American community, Managing Stress, Recovery and most recently on Managing Mental Health during Covid-19. She is also state certified trainer through NCDHHS on the covid vaccines.

Dr. Todra Anderson-Rhodes

Chief Medical Officer
Memorial Hospital Miramar

Dr. Todra Anderson-Rhodes, an Opa-Locka, Florida native, is now in her eighth year as Chief Medical Officer at Memorial Hospital Miramar (MHM), a Leapfrog Top General Hospital recognized for its outstanding quality, safety, and service. She values the team approach, leads by example and empowers team members to always do what is right! Dr. Anderson-Rhodes is an advocate for collegial collaboration, communication and citizenship across all members of the care team in order to provide patients, families, and all team members with outstanding service and professionalism. In addition to leading the Department of Medical Affairs with its nearly 1500 clinicians, she leads both the Quality and Clinical Effectiveness (Case Management, Social Work, and Utilization) Departments at MHM.

Angel Cornelius

Founder & CEO
Maison 276

Angel Cornelius is the Founder & CEO of  Maison 276, a collection of premium beauty  products, created with nutrient-rich botanicals and  designed to inspire women to celebrate their own  version of beauty, not someone else’s version of  who they should be. After becoming increasingly  frustrated with the lack of clean, effective beauty  products in the market, Angel began formulating  her own skin and hair care products. Her body  butters quickly went viral in her local community  and eventually found their way to the beauty  editors at ESSENCE. The company launched in  2016 when the Pomegranate Kiss Body Butter,  now a Best Seller, was introduced to nearly 15,000  ESSENCE BeautyBox subscribers. Her follow-up  launch to the popular body butter was the unique  Maison 276 3-Step Haircare System, an innovative  and clean hair care system that brightens and  hydrates silver and blonde hair without the use of harsh purple dyes.  

May 16, 2021

Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D

Chief Executive Officer
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D., an art historian, curator, and writer,  is the Cummer Museum’s George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director &  CEO. Brownlee served as Director of the Spelman College Museum of  Fine Art for nearly 20 years, and the Senior Strategist for the Atlanta  University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective. She is  widely recognized for her wise leadership, ambitious vision, and  influential publications. 

Brownlee is the recipient of several academic, professional, and  scholarly awards including the 2013 David C. Driskell Prize in African  American Art. She has curated and co-curated many exhibitions, most  recently Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi (2018) and Mildred  Thompson: The Atlanta Years, 1983 – 2003 (2019, with independent  curator Melissa Messina). Brownlee is a member of the Association of  Art Museum Directors and serves on the Board of Advisors for the  Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Shawana Brooks

Executive Director
Jacksonville Cultural Development Corporation
Literary Artist and Public Speaker

Shawana Brooks (1979, Vallejo, California) is a literary artist and avid public speaker for her various roles as a curator focused on the relationship between artists and their communities. Her artistic expression revolves around personal storytelling fused to issues of social justice; from medical and maternal concern to civic engagement. She is the founder of a public arts agency who works to amplify Black Artists and other diverse voices through representation and storytelling. Brooks' works to break the barriers and her work has been highlighted in the national media (NPR, Morning Edition)