Senora D. Simpson, PT, MPH, Dr.PH

Officer

Chair
Term: 2016 - 2018

Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy, Howard University College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Regina Knox Woods

Officer

Vice Chair
Term: 2016 - 2018

Ms. Knox Woods is Vice President, Government Affairs, for the District of Columbia for MedStar Health and oversees all government relations activities, including those from the legislative and executive branches on behalf of MedStar’s District hospitals—Georgetown University Hospital, National Rehabilitation Hospital, and Washington Hospital Center.

She oversees the business, civic, and community relations for the Georgetown University Hospital, serving on the boards of high-profile neighborhood organizations and works closely with the leadership of the District of Columbia Hospital Association serving in leadership roles on such critical committees as the Government Relations and Financial Planning and Emergency Preparedness Committees.

Ms. Knox Woods provides professional guidance to MedStar Health leadership on District-related legislative, program, and policy matters. She continues to identify collaborations and partnerships that support the goals of MedStar Health for its District of Columbia facilities and other operations.

Ms. Knox Woods holds an MA in Organizational Communications from Howard University and a BA in English from Dickenson College.

Melvin D. Gerald, MD, MPH

Member

Term: 2016 - 2019

Melvin Douglas Gerald, MD completed his undergraduate education at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Howard University School of Medicine and completed a family medicine residency from Freedmens-Howard University Hospital. Dr. Gerald obtained a Master of Public Health degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Hygiene. For a period of time he was involved in academic medicine, but later established primary care group practices. Dr. Gerald is currently President and CEO of Gerald Family Care in the Washington, DC and Maryland areas, as well as G&G Family Care in North Carolina. During his distinguished medical career, Dr. Gerald served on the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians for three years and has received numerous outstanding awards and recognition for his service, contributions, and altruism for humanity.

J. Bruce Williams

Member

Term: 2016 - 2018

Former President and Owner of Carl J. Williams & Sons, Inc. construction company; Partner O’Neill & Williams commercial property management; Board of Directors The BowMar Millwork Corporation; Chairman of the Building Board of Adjustments and Appeals for the City of Salisbury, Maryland; Advisory Board—Maryland State Bank; Salvation Army Advisory Board; Past President of Eastern Shore Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.

Norman H. Conway

Member

Term: 2016 - 2018

Mr. Conway is a former politician who represented district 38B in the Maryland House of Delegates. He was chairman of the House Appropriations committee and had been in the Maryland General Assembly since 1987.

Delegate Conway graduated from Salisbury University in 1965 with a BS in education. While working as a teacher, he continued his education, earning an MS in education administration. As principal of an elementary school, Conway ran for political office, winning a seat on the Salisbury City Council in 1974. He was later elected the council’s President by its members and served in this position from 1982 to 1987.

As a delegate, Conway was Vice-Chairman of the Appropriations committee when his Chairman and mentor, Howard “Pete” Rawlings, died and Speaker Michael E. Busch named Conway Chairman of the House’s most powerful committee. As Appropriations Chairman, he oversaw the state’s $30 billion budget and was a member of the Spending Affordability Committee, the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, and the Legislative Policy Committee. Prior to joining the Appropriations Committee in 1991 he was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

The maximum size of the Board will not exceed 15 members. The term of office of each Trustee shall be no longer than three (3) years; said Trustees shall serve staggered terms. A Trustee may serve a maximum of two (2) three (3) year terms, for a total of six (6) years. Members are seated January 1 of each year. Typically one third of the Board is appointed each year. The Board of Trustees meet quarterly. Compensation is $500.00 per meeting.