Our Team

The ACE Awareness Foundation team is comprised of passionate Memphians, life-long child advocates, and strategic communicators. We are committed to revolutionizing policy and practice, and transforming communities. Your engagement with us is always welcome and appreciated.



Renée Wilson-Simmons, DrPH
Executive Director, ACE Awareness Foundation


Ebony K. Bailey, LPC MHSP
Clinical Director, Blogger, ACE Awareness Foundation

Tenice Hardaway, PhD
Senior Research Associate, ACE Awareness Foundation


Krystal Ross
Operations Manager, ACE Awareness Foundation
Contact Krystal

A C Wharton, Jr.
Consultant, ACE Awareness Foundation



Our Board


Adriane Johnson-Williams, Board Chair
Founder & Principal, Standpoint Consulting

Dennis Higdon, MD, Vice-Chair
Retired Anesthesiologist

Dorothy Johnson, Secretary
Retired Educator

Melissa Russell, Treasurer
CFO, Pyramid Peak Foundation

Cardell Orrin
Memphis City Director, Stand for Children

Dr. Marie Gill
Assistant Professor, University of Memphis Lowenberg College of Nursing

Cindy Ettingoff
CEO, Memphis Area Legal Services

Cassandra D. Howard, MD
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital

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