Executive Director and Executive Board
Sasha Ottey, MHA, MT (ASCP) – Executive Director
Sasha is Founder and Executive Director of PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association, the leading 501(c)(3) support and patient advocacy organization globally that is advancing the cause for women and girls with PCOS. Sasha started the organization after she was diagnosed with PCOS and experienced great dissatisfaction with the availability of support resources for women with the condition. Under Sasha’s leadership, PCOS Challenge has quickly grown to over 52,000 members and has helped many women overcome their struggles with infertility, weight gain, anxiety and depression and reduce their risk for numerous life-threatening related diseases. As Executive Director of PCOS Challenge, Sasha built a coalition of over 70 major national and international health organizations and led the first successful legislative advocacy effort in the U.S. Congress to recognize the seriousness of PCOS, the need for further research, improved treatment and care options, and for a cure for PCOS and to designate September as PCOS Awareness Month. Sasha also created the PCOS Awareness Symposium, the largest event globally dedicated to polycystic ovary syndrome, which has educated thousands of patients and healthcare professionals about PCOS since 2013. In 2018, Sasha helped organize the first International Conference on PCOS in India for both patients and healthcare providers. Through PCOS Challenge, Sasha has helped to develop one of the largest multimedia bodies of educational content dedicated to PCOS, which includes television, radio, print and online resources. Sasha is Executive Producer of the national award winning cable television series, PCOS Challenge. She is also host of the PCOS Challenge radio show and publisher of PCOS Challenge magazine. Sasha is a Clinical and Research Microbiologist with a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from Howard University and a Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix. Prior to founding PCOS Challenge, Sasha was a contract research microbiologist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dawn C. Ellis, PhD – Board Member
Dr. Ellis has over 25 years of experience in leadership, management, continuing education, and professional and program development for national associations, universities and government agencies. She earned her MS and PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Howard University. Throughout her career, Dr. Ellis has dedicated herself to working with and advocating for people with disabilities. She has been responsible for the oversight, management and administration of national government grants and has managed programs totaling over $15 million annually. Dr. Ellis has developed continuous improvement strategies and methodologies to help programs for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) achieve intended outcomes and recognition for excellence. She has helped plan and facilitate national meetings as well as developed policies, procedures, courses and instruction for major organizations including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Gallaudet University. Additionally, Dr. Ellis has coordinated health fairs, public information forums and screenings in local communities and tribal nations.
Barry E.A. Johnson, MBA – Board Member
Barry served as Head of Inbound Investment and Global Market Access for 32Advisors, LLC. Prior to his work in the private sector, Barry was appointed by the White House and Secretary of Commerce to develop, implement and manage SelectUSA, the nation’s first full-government initiative to facilitate and retain inward investment from around the globe and address U.S. Government program and policy impediments to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) attraction. Barry has served the White House Administration as a Senior Advisor in the Economic Development Administration and as a Senior Advisor at the US State Intergovernmental Affairs. He successfully coordinated and launched the U.S. government’s largest cross-federal discretionary challenge grant, “The Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Competition,” an unprecedented coordination and collaboration by 16 federal agencies. Additionally, Barry has an extensive background in starting innovative new businesses within media giants such as the Walt Disney Company and Sony Music Corporation. He was the founding President of MSBET a joint venture between Microsoft Corporation and BET Holdings. Barry is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Business School.
Kali Mincy, MS – Board Member
Kali Mincy is an Organization Development consultant specializing in Leadership and Change Management. She created Leadership Development for Global Education, an interdisciplinary research and talent development program targeted to educators and the emerging leaders they support. The initiative has touched nearly 20 institutions throughout Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia. Kali is a trusted strategist, coach and advisor to CEOs, design thinkers, entrepreneurs, nonprofit executive directors, and organizations driving innovation. With 15 years of experience, she has served firms like KPMG, TIAA-CREF, The Estee Lauder Companies, and The Support Center. Kali holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Change Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, a division of The New School in New York City, and she has taught at colleges in the Washington, DC Metro area. An author on Leadership and Change, her recent works Mindfulness & Authenticity in the Workplace for Leaders, Followers & Change and Identity Development Through Service Learning: Preparing Language-Learners for Leadership & Change are slated for publication in 2018.
William R. Patterson – Board Member
William is CEO of The Baron Solution Group, a Top 100 MBE. He was named a Top 20 Business Icon by Exceptional People Magazine. William is a four-time award-winning lecturer and international best-selling author who uses his trademark approach, The Baron Solution™, to coach, train and motivate nonprofit leaders, small business owners, executives, sales professionals and investors. He has shared the stage with billionaires, presidential candidates and Fortune 100 CEOs. William is an internationally recognized business and entrepreneurship coach who has created over 150 products and has been a featured guest on over 1,000 television and radio programs. William is a contributor to Inc. Magazine and Microsoft Small Business blogs as well as a business and financial expert for networks such as CBS and SiriusXM Radio. He delivers solutions to millions worldwide — from individual investors and small business owners to corporate boards and CEOs. William’s breakthrough book, The Baron Son has been translated around the world and featured in the Forbes Book Club.