BOARD MEMBERS

Wade Harper

Position: CEO
Phone: 925-437-4300
Email: wadeharper@sbcglobal.net
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Wade Harper - GTCDC CEO:

Wade Harper began his political career in 2008 as an appointed member of the Antioch Unified School District’s Board of Trustees. He ran for Antioch City Council in 2010 and won a seat as Mayor Pro-Tem. In 2012 he was elected as Mayor. Wade is the first African American to be elected as Antioch Mayor.  Wade graduated from John F. Kennedy University with his Master of Business Administration in Leadership where he was honored as the 2009 Alumni of the Year. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Patten University and graduated Magna Cum Laude and was honored as student of the year.

Wade enjoyed a 25-year career in Law Enforcement where he served as a Lieutenant for the Tracy Police Department (2005 to 2013). He began his Law Enforcement career at the Emeryville Police Department where he rose through the ranks. For over 6 years Wade served as Chairman of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration and Scholarship Program; He is an Elder at Glad Tidings International Church of God In Christ.  Wade is a family man. He has been married to his wife Lisa for 31 years.  They have two adult children, Tyler (daughter), Caleb (son) and Carter (grandson).

Wade Harper

CEO

Wade Harper began his political career in 2008 as an appointed member of the Antioch Unified School District’s Board of...

Benita A. McLarin

Position: Board Member
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Benita A. McLarin, SM, MHA, AB, FACHE:

Prior to assuming her current role as Director, Department of Health and Human Services for the County of Marin, in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. McLarin served as the Chief Operating Officer for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (Hospitals and Clinics) in San Jose, California for over five years.

Previous to that Ms. McLarin served as Vice President, Ambulatory Health Care Services for

Alameda Health System and served in senior positions for Sonoma County Department of Health Services and Solano County Health and Social Services Department.  Ms. McLarin also served over twenty years on active duty as a Medical Service Corps Officer with the United States Army which included several overseas assignments to Germany and Korea and deployments to Honduras, Bosnia and to Saudi Arabia for the first Gulf War. Ms. McLarin is a combat veteran and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Ms. McLarin received her Master of Science degree in health policy and management from Harvard University School of Public Health, her Master of Health Administration degree from Chapman University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Ms. McLarin is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a member of the American Public Health Association and a lifetime member of the Association of the United States Army. She is a graduate fellow of the California Health Leadership College and a graduate of the Boston- based Disparities Leadership Program.

Ms. McLarin enjoys mentoring and supporting young people and early careerists.  She is a board member and mentor with the Bay-Area iMentor program.   Ms. McLarin also enjoys working in the community and is a board member of the Glad Tidings Community Development Corporation and is a coordinator in her church community outreach program.

Benita A. McLarin

Board Member

Prior to assuming her current role as Director, Department of Health and Human Services for the County of Marin, in...

LARRY SMITH

Position: Board Member
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LARRY SMITH, PH.D:

Dr. Larry Smith received his doctorate in biological sciences from Fordham University, Bronx, New York, and completed a certificate in molecular laboratory diagnostics at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. He completed postdoctoral studies in gene therapy and experimental hematopoiesis at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York, and was a research fellow in immunology at Fordham University and at the Laboratory of Lymphokine Biology, New York Blood Center’s Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, New York, New York. In addition, Dr. Smith has a Master of Science degree in medical biology and a Bachelor of Science degree of Science in French and biology.

His former positions include Research Associate and Director of the Stem Cell Research Laboratory, Division of Hematology-Oncology, at Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, New York; Adjunct Associate Professor at Rutgers School of Health Related Professions, Newark, New Jersey; Adjunct Professor at the School
of Health Sciences and Professional Programs, York College, City University of New York; and Director of the Coagulation and Hemostasis Laboratories,  Assistant Attending Laboratory Scientist  and Director of Clinical Hematology in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York.  Most recently, Dr. Smith served as Global Medical and Scientific Affairs Manager for Abbott Hematology Diagnostic Division in Santa Clara, California.
Dr. Smith is a member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science, the American Society of Hematology, the International Academy of Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis, the International Society for Laboratory Hematology, and the International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis.

Dr. Smith holds multiple board certificates and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, reviews and monographs. He is the co-author of several textbooks on hematology and coagulation and has been an invited speaker at both national and international conferences. His research interests include laboratory test development for hemostasis and coagulation and flow cytometry applications for leukemia and lymphoma testing.
Currently, Dr. Smith is retired.  He is an accomplished pianist, a polyglot, involved in church and community activities related to health and wellness, an avid drone pilot, and consults in laboratory medicine.

LARRY SMITH

Board Member

Dr. Larry Smith received his doctorate in biological sciences from Fordham University, Bronx, New York, and completed a certificate in...

Marion Harris

Position: Board Member
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Marion Harris:

Marion Harris is a practicing community health nurse, ministry leader, and health education professional with over 3 decades of experience. Marion has proven career success in health education, community engagement, and program development within unique, culturally diverse communities. She is recognized as an authentic leader  and mentor who partners with various public and health service agencies and faith-based organizations to propel health-centric objectives in alignment with Healthy People 2020 benchmarks.

Marion holds a Master and Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master in Education from the University of Phoenix. Her additional career experience inlcudes nurse manager, case manager and director roles.  She has served in a leadership capacity for several associations including the Health Ministries Association, the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, Alameda County Health Ministries Network, University of San Francisco Helen Dillar Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Engragement, Sister’s 3 Cancer Resource Network and Northern California Eccelesatical Jurisdication of the Church of God in Christ.

Marion has served as an adjunct professor, education consultant, and master trainer  for the University of California, San Francisco,  Samuel Merritt University, Ohlone College, Canada College, John Muir Health, the BASS Church Conference, Health Ministries Association, and the Westberg Institute. She has educated and mentured hundreds of students on various nursing, community, and public health topics in support of nursing certification and gerontology programs.

As a Faith Community Nurse Educator, Marion has co-chaired and facilitated multiple community events, conferences and programs such as the Faith Community Nursing Conference, a 38-hour course focusing on key components of community health practices, including spirituality, professionalism, and wholistic health. Marion is also recognized as a convenor of partners with health and social service agencies to develop and implement education programs, preventive screening, and resource referrals to promote healthy living and reduce health disparities.

Marion has participated in 3 community-based research projects led by Dr. Pasick from San Francisco Helen Dillar Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Engragement on Mechanisms & Capacity to Reduce Disparities: The Abundant Life Health Ministries  and Identification and Education of Low-Income Women at Risk for Hereditary Breast Cancer, 2nd Opinion Breast Cancer. She served as the Community Partner Principle Investigator  for the University of California, Berkley & Kaiser Permanente, Division of Research to identify strategies to assist African American women obtain free and reduced cost mammograms.

 

 

Marion Harris

Board Member

Marion Harris is a practicing community health nurse, ministry leader, and health education professional with over 3 decades of experience....

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