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Motor City Sarcoidosis Gala

Black Tie Event

October 13, 2019

Detroit Opera House

Gala Speakers

SHARON CHRISTIE

Sharon Christie is an attorney and nurse...an advocate for people who are too sick to work but too young to retire.  People who need disability benefits through Social Security or SSI. 

Sharon graduated with honors from the University of Virginia with a BS in Nursing.  She has a Master’s Degree in Nursing and Health Policy from the University of Maryland.  Sharon graduated magna cum laude from The University of Notre Dame Law School. She has practiced law since that time and is licensed in Maryland and the District of Columbia. 

Sharon is the founder and owner of Sharon Christie Law, a firm specializing in helping clients obtain disability benefits.  She represents disability clients throughout the country.  


Sharon is AV rated, the highest ranking possible in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.  Sharon has received several honors, including the Judith P. Ritchey Achievement Award, presented by the Baltimore County Bar Association.  Sharon is a Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation. She was named a Maryland SuperLawyer for Social Security Disability in Baltimore Magazine.  She was recognized as an Outstanding Alumnae of Mercy High School.  She was named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.  

Sharon is a frequent lecturer to professional and community groups, including NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore, the Brain Injury Association of Maryland, the Lupus Foundation, Let’s Talk Sarcoidosis and the Sinai Return to Work Program.  She has authored 2 books on Social Security Disability benefits, The Unofficial Guide to Social Security Disability Benefits and Can You Win Your Social Security Disability Case?: The Blueprint You Need to Get Social Security Disability.  

LOUIS KOFI ESSANDOH, MD,FACC, FACP

Dr. Essandoh is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), where he obtained four undergraduate and graduate degrees in four years of study. He obtained his M.D. from Yale University, and did post graduate work at Yale University Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Dr. Essandoh completed a six year specialization in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. At Mayo, he was the first Charles E. Culpeper Foundation Fellow in the Medical Sciences. Dr. Essandoh has been on the faculties of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is currently on the staff of MedStar Cardiology Associates, MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute.

 

Dr. Essandoh has served as Associate Chief of Cardiology, Anne Arundel Medical Center; Clinical Director of Medicine, Columbia Medical Plan; and Chief of Internal Medicine, Patuxent Medical Group. He was President of the American Heart Association (Maryland Affiliate) and a Board Member of the American Heart Association Mid-Atlantic Affiliate. Dr. Essandoh is the author of more than thirty abstracts, original articles, and book chapters. He has been a Principal Investigator of more than thirty clinical trials in cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation. He is a consultant to, and serves on the Speakers' Faculty of, several major pharmaceutical companies.

Devin T. Robinson X "Egypt"

Despite losing his mother at 12, having his father abandon him the same day and being classified as an orphan, Egypt may have been knocked down…but wasn’t knocked out. 

 

Over a span of 10 years, Egypt has led a life many consider a fairytale. His work in Black history storytelling, relationship counseling and HIV education/performing opened doors many seldom see. He's appeared on MTV, BET, Apollo Theater twice,TEDxtwice, FOX with Lee Pitts in addition to countless radio shows, magazine and performance appearances. Egypt has shared stages with A-list celebrities such as John Legend, Alicia Keys and Magic Johnson. He adopted the name "Egypt" because he plans to influence the world just as the great African empire has influenced the earth.

 

He's touched stages in Johannesburg South Africa, Doha Qatar, Barbados, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago and a TEDx Talk in Amman, Jordan. Not to neglect he's gained two degrees while being on the Dean's list, graduated Phi Theta Kappa Honors, won the Florida State PAL Boxing Championship, is a devout Christian, created the AIDS Awareness Poets Inc and the AIDS Games. He wrote three top selling relationship books, "How Good Is Sex?", “Change Him… In 100 pages,”,  "Love Is Not An STD" and 10 Steps To Get Over An Ex…FOR GOOD”. He is also the youngest (27) Alumni of the year award recipient at Palm Beach State College for his work in HIV/AIDS. Yet, his highest achievement occurred April 6th, 2014 by marrying his dream woman. 

 

He is proof, that no matter how your life starts, you can change the middle and alter the ending. His story has inspired many and continues to be a reason why some believe their yesterday won't dictate their tomorrow because they've made a decision to live right...today

Dr. Koffajuah Toeque-Slyusar, Ed.D (Dr. Koffa)

Content Creator, Designer and Public Speaker, and Mother has held many titles through some of life's worst storms. Since 2002, these titles, which have included Founder, Educator, Creative Director, Fashion Professor, and Instructional Designer, have aligned perfectly with her Bachelors of Science in Apparel Merchandising and Management from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, and Master's of Arts and Doctorate of Education from Argosy University. Although her successful academics and professional roles make it hard to believe, Dr. Koffa has encountered many hurdles that have threatened to knock her off course and were life changing. These hurdles came in the form of her diagnoses of Sarcoidosis, FSGS and Lipodystrophy. While living with these diseases, Dr. Koffa experienced many scary symptoms, including some that even changed the features of her face and affecting how the world viewed her. Instead of allowing the diseases to get the best of her, she turned her life into a self help guide for others. 

Dr. Koffa received help to improve the affects of her diseases from an extraordinary team of doctors on the hit Show Botched on E!: Entertainment Television. 
Not only will Dr. Koffa be featured on Season 5 of Botched, but she has also released a book titled, From Beauty to Flaws, which discusses how to find inner peace and self love in a world fixated with vanity. Including the topic of self love, and in one of her biggest roles, Dr. Koffa serves as a Public Speaker who addresses issues such as building confidence, eating vegan, and living with a life-changing diseases and situations. Along with this, she has her own cosmetic and apparel line, KoffaKolor.com, and YouTube channel named KoffaTV. On her channel, which has over a thousand subscribers, she creates content related to health, fitness, beauty, and dieting. Whether she is doing this, blogging, speaking at events, or encouraging her audience to love themselves, inside and out, her goal has always been to help others. It definitely wasn't always easy, but Dr. Koffa has remained undeterred as she faces some of the most daunting parts of life. Despite the fear, pain and sickness, she has pressed on, determined to use her life as an inspiring example that you can overcome anything if you put your mind to it.

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