Advocates for Community Wellness, Inc.

    "A Wholistic Approach To Wellness by Caring For the Spirit, Mind & Body."

Meet Our Board of Directors

Dale M. Cain

Founder and Executive Director

Dale M. Cain is Professional Nutrition Specialist, Certified Plant-based Nutrition Cooking Coach and has over 20 years of work experience in the health promotion industry. Dale Cain has worked in community nutrition education programs for more than 16 years. She is a graduate from Professional Career Development Institute and Roosevelt University where she received her bachelor's in Business Management with a concentration in Sales and Marketing. Dale Cain has worked with Near North Health Service Corporation where she managed and oversaw a state-wide community nutrition education program and a healthy cooking initiative of Northwestern Medicine and West Humboldt Park Healthy Community Initiative. 

Dale Cain is dedicated to promoting health literacy education, wellness and fitness through nutrition education and hands on cooking classes for individuals, families, children, and seniors

Regina Hopkins MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Director of Health Education and Program Development


Regina Hopkins is a Family Nurse Practitioner serving the south-side of Chicago. She has

worked in the medical field for over 13 years. Her areas of experience include women’s health, family medicine, acute care, and chronic disease. She has traveled internationally and completed research in Bangkok, Thailand focusing on body image, self-concept, and personal health behaviors for adolescent females. She works diligently to promote health education and disease management for patients with diabetes and heart disease in underserved communities. She has a passion for mentoring young women, and is also the founder of IRISE (Respect, Influence, Success, and Empowerment), an on-line social group created to display positive images of women of color.

Emma Cunningham

Co-Founder, Member At Large

Emma Cunningham is currently employed with Southwest Airlines. She was awarded the prestigious President’s Award in Dallas Texas in 2005 and continues to be recognized as a dedicated, hardworking, and loving spirit from both the company and the valuable customers. She started her career with United Airlines in 1972 and in 1973 she became an international flight attendant with World Airways in Oakland California where she assumed the role as chief flight attendant. As chief flight attendant, she managed and monitored flights by ensuring that passengers were safety and comfortable.                  

As a champion of the golden rule, Emma’s customer relations skills is a prime platform for her to share the mission of Advocate for Community Wellness to those she meet on an everyday bases. Her job is to inform the public of the many empowering and educational benefits that Advocates for Community Wellness has to offer.

Demitria Jett, Public Health B.S.

Event and Project Coordinator

Demitria H. Jett is a creative individual and one who enjoys educating people, Demitria has used her creative knack as a tool while mentoring the youth as well as women that have abusive backgrounds. A member of Destined to Win Christian Center (Park Forest, IL), Demitria serves on the Business Leadership Team, as a Finance Manager, Youth Church Teacher, and member of the liturgical dance team. She also participates alongside her husband as Director of the Global Outreach Missions Ministry.

Demitria received her BHS in Community Health, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Governors State University in May of 2017. She served as a member of the GSU Wellness Club, volunteered for the Amita Design Healthy Aging challenge, and formed a focus group for the Chicago Heights Healthy Alliance. As an undergrad, she received an honors award and was elected a member of the Alpha Eta Society of Allied Health.

Evangelist LaVada Patterson

Co-Founder, Spiritual Council

LaVada Patterson is an active and dedicated member of the faith community since 1973. LaVada Patterson has held various positions in leadership prior to her current church home such as Sunday School teacher, assistant Sunday School Superintendent, church treasurer for 10 years, taught women's singles classes, a member of the tact and witnessing team, president of the pastor's aid committee, served on the board of trustee, a licensed Cook County Jail Ministry and a member of the Mother's Board. LaVada Patterson on the President's Council Committee with Assistant Chaplain Pastor Virginia Silva and she was ordained for the office of an evangelist of One Church One Addict.

Lynette Mahone, MBA

Director of Community Engagement

Lynette Mahone is a creative leader with a style embraced by multiple industries and generations. As an Illinois business Owner of LKC Health and Wellness, Lynette is focused on promoting lifestyle changes through education and stress reduction. As a consultant for Healthcare organizations, she has maintained a high level of success for meeting CDC requirements for Diabetes Prevention Programs throughout the Chicagoland area. She is a graduate of Indiana University Northwest. Lynette is a certified Lifestyle Coach with credentials from AADE. In previous Corporate roles, Lynette managed and negotiated multi-million dollar steel contracts for various market segments. She models, mentors, travels extensively for pleasure and is a caring mother and grandmother.

Dr. Christopher L. Howard, Clinical Psychology

Director of Mental Health Awareness Education

Dr. Christopher Lee Howard, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. He received a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. And completed his doctoral degree at Adler University; with a focus is Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology. One of Dr. Howard's main areas of interest is helping raise interest in mental health awareness, especially with respect to underserved populations, particularly highlighting ways to show the correlation between overall health and mental health. Dr. Howard is a man of faith and a member of Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ with Pastor Lamont Lenox and a board member of Advocates for Community Wellness.

Past and Present Advocate Supporters  

Franklyn Taylor

Executive Chef, Central Plaza Residential Apartments

Minister Esther Brundridge

Health Advocate & Certified Physical Therapist

Dr. Debra Stanford,

Founder of Family Cares Mission 

    List Of Our Present and Past Supporters 

  • Christopher Howard, 2020 Doctoral Candidate Neuropsychology | Former Board Member
  • Dorothy Collins, RD | A4CW Community Advocate
  • Eugene Hamilton, Microbiologist, Nutritionist, Adjunct Professor | A4CW Community Advocate
  • Breanna Baker, Doctoral Candidate Clinical Psychology | A4CW Community Advocate
  • Kimberly Thedford, MS, RD | Former Board Member. Moahuala Wellness
  • Shirley Cooke | Former Board Member | A4CW Community Advocate
  • Mavia Fletcher, MPH, MS, RD | Former Board Member and Consultant
  • Toi Sing, Health Advocate | Our Pink Hearts | A4CW Community Partner
  • Ollie Smith, Educator | Stonebridge Diabetes Support Group | A4CW Community Partner
  • Curtis Robinson | Chef Enthusiast and Donor
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