MD, LSU Health Center, New Orleans, LA
MBA, University of Arkansas, Little Rock
BS, Chemistry, Southern University Baton Rouge, LA & Harvard University, Cambridge MA
Residency and Fellowship Training:
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) Fellowship- Wayne State University, Hutzel Hospital, Detroit, MI
Obstetrics and Gynecology residency- Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
Transitional Internship- Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
REI- 1998- current
Obstetrics and gynecology- 1988- current
National Certification Menopause Practitioner- 2014- current
Dr. Richard-Davis is a native of south Louisiana, born in Opelousas and grew up in Baton Rouge. She is the Executive Director for the UAMS Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She is also a tenured Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Division Director for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, as well as Medical Director for the Physician Assistants program. She joined the UAMS faculty in January 2013. She is board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Obstetrics and Gynecology. She previously served as Professor and Chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Meharry Medical College and Executive Director for Center for Women Health Research (CWHR) from January 2007 – 2012. The CWHR was and remains the only center fully focused on conditions affecting women of color. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Richard-Davis served as the Section Head of Reproductive Health Services for Ochsner Clinic Foundation and the Medical Director of the Fertility Center at Ochsner from 2000-2007 in New Orleans. She was Assistant Dean in Student Affairs and Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tulane University School of Medicine from 1994 – 1998.
Dr. Richard-Davis has more than 30 years of experience in women’s health and reproductive endocrinology and in general obstetrics and gynecology. She has served in leadership positions in medical professional societies, including the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). She is an oral board examiner for ABOG. She is recognized nationally as a leader in women’s health serving as a consultant and advisor to many professional organizations and corporations. She is also the recipient of many awards and grants for her research and scholarly activities presented at many national and international meetings.
She recently joined the Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UAMS as Executive Director. Throughout her career she has been a fierce supporter and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion. Much of her work in research has been focused on conditions that disproportionately affects women of color, such as fibroid. She wrote an early publication highlighting the cultural differences in how women experience menopause and disparities in fertility treatment outcomes, racial physiological differences in uterine fibroids and breast density as a risk factor for breast cancer. She found through ASRM a special interest group on health disparities to highlight those differences and served as Chair the first 4 years. While serving on UAMS medical school admission committee she was keenly aware of the pipeline leaks that occurs with underrepresented minority students at multiple points in the education process. She has been a mentor and advisor to many medical students, residents, health profession and college students.
As a member and officer in the Little Rock Chapter of Links, Inc she serves our underserved communities, specifically communities of color focused on supporting women and children. She has served on many boards focused on disparities such as March of Dimes, Nashville CARES (HIV non-profit) and National Medical Association ob gyn executive committee. She and her husband, Dr. Rodney Davis, have done multiple medical mission trips to eastern and western Africa. They hope to continue this work in retirement.
Quotes and words that guides my life and moral compass:
- “Life’s most persistant and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”
- “Of all the
forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.”
—Dr. Martin Luther King
Dr. Nabaweesi is currently the Senior Director of Research and Evaluation in the Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at UAMS. Rosemary is a health services researcher who received her doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Nabaweesi is currently the 3rd year co-chair for Region 7 of Academic Pediatric Association and a recent graduate scholar of the KL2 program. Dr. Nabaweesi’s KL2 project explored the new mothers’ and their community advisors’ perspectives of barriers, facilitators and psychosocial factors to understand their contribution to disparate uptake of infant safe sleep recommendations by vulnerable populations.
Rosemary is currently a Leadership in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity scholar at American University and Annie E. Casey Expand the Bench, in Baltimore, Maryland where she learned to conduct culturally responsive and equitable evaluation with a goal to leave primary stakeholders in a liberator state.
Dr. Nabaweesi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Arkansas Children’s Research Institute. She sits on the Science and Research committee of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research where she plans for the annual meeting and reviews abstracts for workshops, posters and panel discussions. Rosemary has written several articles published in peer reviewed journals in three main areas, infant mortality health disparities, and childhood trauma epidemiology, trauma center predictive analytics and quality improvement.
Dr. Nabaweesi is a product of Irish nun boarding school education in Uganda, where she also attended Makerere University and received her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. She is also a product of Johns Hopkins where she received both her master’s and doctoral degrees in public health.
Finally, Dr. Nabaweesi has two daughters, one at Tufts University in Boston, MA and her youngest is a junior at Episcopal Collegiate School.
Rosemary’s favorite quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
In 2005, Mariel earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Florida International University with a Certificate in Japanese Studies. Although a native to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, she has spend most of her life in Miami, FL. She started as a counselor and then taught English as a second language in Kyoto, Japan for one year.
In 2010, she moved to Arkansas and has been working for the state in various administrative support roles, starting at Arkansas Public Employee Retirement System (APERS). In 2013, she began her UAMS career as an Administrative Analyst in the College of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy Department. She then accepted a position as a Department Business Coordinator, supporting the the College of Pharmacy’s Alumni & Development Department. That position merged under Institutional Advancement, where she joined Foundation Administration in April 2015. Mariel then started working as a Development Associate, wich transitioned from focusing on WPRCI Cancer Initiatives to Central Advancement.
Currently, she is excited to be the new Executive Assistant to the Division for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. She hopes to use her experiences with diverse backgrounds and travels to increase cultural humility and awareness.
Out of the office, she has a passion for nature and animals. She’s fulfilled that through volunteer work at Friends of the Animal Village, Little Rock Zoo, and Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas (RRCA). Other hobbies include: Bird watching, crafts, crystal digging, trails, and exploring the beautiful land of Arkansas.
Strength Finders: 1 Context 2 Individualization 3 Connectedness 4 Empathy 5 Discipline
- “Only from the heart can you touch the sky”.—Rumi
- How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us. —Fred Rogers
- The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” — Joseph Campbell
Current Position: Senior Director, Diversity Affairs
Projects/Programs: Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, UAMS Project SEARCH, AR STEM Coalition STEM Venture Academy, UAMS Serves, UAMS Phenomenal Women, DEI Campus Events, DEI Veterans, Disability, Staff and Events subcommittees.
Odette Woods, JD, M.Div., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, serves as the Senior Director, Diversity Affairs, in the Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DDEI), where her responsibilities include bringing leadership, vision, integrity and a team-oriented philosophy to the diversity and inclusion efforts at UAMS through collaboration and relationship building with internal and external constituents and key stakeholders. Ms. Woods also serves as the DDEI Kindness Champion as a part of the UAMS Spread Kindness Initiative. Prior to serving in the Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Ms. Woods served in the UAMS Office of Human Resources as the Senior Director for Affirmative Action, Title IX, Immigration, Diversity and Policy. Ms. Woods is the staff-liaison for the DDEI Veterans, Staff, Disability, and Events subcommittees. Ms. Woods represents the DDEI in its partnership with the Arkansas STEM Coalition’s STEM Venture Academy. She also serves as the business liaison for UAMS Project SEARCH, a program designed to help young adults with developmental disabilities gain employability skills as they seek to secure competitive employment. Ms. Woods is a member of the Arkansas Association of Colleges and Employers and other community organizations. She is an ordained minister, a short-term missionary and a volunteer chaplain. Ms. Woods received her Juris Doctorate with Honors from UALR William H. Bowen School of Law and her Master of Divinity degree magna cum laude from Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary.
“No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what the LORD requires of you: to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Kimberlyn L. Blann-Anderson, B.S., M.Ed., is the DDEI Director of Student Engagement and Outreach Programs. With over 18 years of experience in student support and student affairs, Ms. Blann Anderson directs the areas of student engagement, advising, retention and career/professional development. She also oversees summer enrichment programs and serves as an advisor for the UAMS Edith Irby Jones Chapter of the Student National Medical Association and the UAMS League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) campus chapter. Ms. Blann-Anderson earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and Master’s degree in Adult Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Kim is very passionate and dedicated in providing students with resources, engagement opportunities and awareness related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
In her recreational time, she enjoys traveling, sister-time and hanging out with seventeen year old son, RJ.
Current Position: Senior Diversity Specialist
Projects/Programs: Academy for Inclusive Excellence, Junior & Senior STEM Academy, DDEI Trainings, Rainbow Health Alliance, etc.
Amber Booth-McCoy is a proud Little Rock native and graduate of U of A Little Rock. She began her career in the field of diversity and inclusion in the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs as a Senior Diversity Specialist. Currently, Mrs. Booth- McCoy is a Senior Diversity Specialist and Manager of Intercultural Education, in the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity, and
Inclusion (DDEI). She spearheads the Office of Intercultural Education (OIE). During her tenure in DDEI, she has created and facilitated numerous modules ,lectures, and workshops, centered on cultural humility, implicit bias, race, and more. In 2020, she created and launched the DDEI Academy for Inclusive Excellence (AIE). AIE is a cadre of learning experiences on topics relevant to diversity, equity, and inclusion. When she is not facilitating or consulting, she enjoys creating culturally-proficient STEM programming for youth. In 2017, she created the UAMS Junior STEM Academy (JSA) and shortly after, Senior STEM Academy. These innovative, culturally-responsive, K-8th grade summer programs are intentionally designed to target underrepresented minority students. The Junior STEM Academy was featured in the nationally distributed AAMC News magazine in its inaugural year.
In addition to training, Mrs. Booth-McCoy has delivered several keynote, motivational, and DEI focused speeches. In February 2020, she added TEDx speaker, to a growing list of personal accomplishments. Mrs. Booth-McCoy is a member of many community service organizations such as, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, NAACP Little Rock Chapter, and many more. In 2017, she was appointed by Mayor Stodola to the City of Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission (RCDC). Currently, she serves as Vice Chair of RCDC. She relishes the many opportunities for community outreach. She works zealously believing her sons will one day see a world were all men are created equal, and that their “pursuit of happiness” will never be impeded by hate or discrimination. She lives by two simple, but valiant quotes:
- “Attitude reflects leadership, captain.” (from the movie Remember the Titans)
- “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.” — Elie Wiesel
Senior Diversity Specialist
Admin West 1.232B (501) 686-8952
Focus: Outreach education programs for high school and undergraduate students. Student recruitment.