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Welcome to Our New Board Members!

The ACE Awareness Foundation today announced the appointment of four new members to its board of directors, effective July 23.

Joining the board are Cardell Orrin, Dr. Marie Gill, Cindy Ettingoff, and Dr. Cassandra Howard.

“All four of our newest board members embody the spirit of community and the diverse landscape of Memphis,” said Adriane Johnson-Williams, chair of the ACE Awareness Foundation board of directors. “Their talent, expertise, and energy will propel our work in a multitude of ways, and we are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to engage and educate our neighbors about alleviating the impacts of adverse childhood experiences.”

Cardell Orrin is the current Memphis City Director of Stand for Children. A Memphis native, his parents reinforced his upbringing with real-life lessons in justice, equity, and building parental power to ensure high-quality education for his peers.

More recently, Orrin was the founder and principal of Linx Consulting.  For over 10 years, he was involved in projects spanning strategic planning, community development, communications, community engagement, political campaigns, and technology services. Orrin also co-founded New Path, a local political action committee, focused on engaging young people in the political process and electing solutions-oriented candidates to local office. Orrin has also worked as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis.

Dr. Marie Gill is an assistant professor at the University of Memphis Lowenberg College of Nursing.  She has experience in cardiovascular nursing, patient education, and nursing education. She teaches undergraduate nursing students in evidence-based practice, nursing research, and transitions into professional nursing practice. Dr. Gill’s research focuses on health literacy interventions to promote sobriety in Drug Court Diversion Program clients. She has worked with counselors and treatment providers in the Shelby County Drug Court Program to identify clients at risk for dropping out of the program.

She currently serves on the Healthy Memphis U Committee, Undergraduate Council, Dean’s Advisory Committee, PhD Program Task Force, NCLEX Task Force, and Culture of Health Team. She also co-leads LCON’s Student Research Forum for undergraduate and graduate students.

Cindy Ettingoff is Chief Executive Officer of Memphis Area Legal Services, providing free legal assistance in civil matters to people in Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton Counties, helping individuals and families facing critical — sometimes life-threatening — situations such as domestic violence; mortgage foreclosure, eviction or homelessness; wrongful death or denial of health care, food stamps, unemployment compensation, and other assistance; consumer fraud or predatory lending; and special challenges of children and the elderly.

Ettingoff has been a practicing attorney in Memphis and the surrounding areas for more than 25 years. She worked as the nonprofit law firm’s managing attorney of the pro bono unit. In private practice, she primarily focused on labor and employment law and mediation. A graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Cindy is a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Memphis Bar Association (Alternative Dispute Resolution), and the Association for Women Attorneys (Access to Justice Committee). In addition, she serves as a pro bono mediator through the Mid-South Community Justice and Mediation Center.

Cassandra D. Howard, MD, is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. She works with physicians and hospital administrators in the 319-bed full-service hospital to ensure patients are receiving the highest quality care. Dr. Howard was previously the medical director for the emergency department at Methodist Germantown. She is a 2014 graduate of the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Physician Leadership Academy.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Howard was medical director of emergency medicine at the hospital. She is also an assistant professor of advanced practice and doctoral studies at the College of Nursing, University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Howard also has more than 29 years of exemplary service in the United States Air Force in the Air National Guard. She is currently the senior medical officer for Tennessee. She holds the rank of colonel and serves as the state air surgeon assigned to Joint Force Headquarters in Nashville.

The ACE Awareness Foundation is dedicated to educating communities about the ways in which chronic childhood trauma can produce an array of mental, physical, and behavioral health challenges that lead to poor outcomes for adults, and to supporting prevention and intervention efforts.

Founded in 2015, the ACE Awareness Foundation has led Shelby County efforts to reduce toxic stress in family systems. It provides strategic oversight for the Universal Parenting Places, judgment-free centers where parents receive no-cost information, counseling, and emotional support for family-related concerns.

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