CEO and Executive Director
Deidre Johnson is the CEO and Executive Director of The Center for African American Health. Johnson is an ASCEND Aspen Institute Colorado Children and Families Health and Human Services Fellow (2017-2018), a Transformative Leadership for Change Fellow (2017-2018) and a 2018 Livingston Fellow. A results-oriented executive, Johnson has an extensive background in strategic planning, grant making, grants management, fund raising, program development, project management, strategic learning and systems evaluation. She has been recognized among peers as an exceptionally creative, innovative, collaborative, adaptive leader who consistently achieves professional and organizational goals. Prior to joining The Center in December 2015, Johnson was a Program Officer for The Colorado Trust, Vice President of Development and Marketing for Qualistar Early Learning, worked as a senior consultant with JVA Consulting, and held various leadership positions in development and communications with the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver, the Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers, and the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation.
A Denver native, Johnson graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Princeton University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Johnson currently serves on the following boards and steering committees: St. Mary’s Academy, Mile High Health Alliance, the Colorado Nonprofit Loan Fund, the Cavity Free at Three Advisory Board, the Colorado Health Access Fund State Advisory Board, Center for Health Equity at Denver Health Steering Committee, the CDPHE Office of Health Disparities Health Equity Profile Advisory Committee, Early Childhood Mental Health Policy Coalition and the Early Childhood Policy Agenda Advisory Board. She is a member of the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation Leadership Denver Class of 2007 and co-Chair of the Denver Princeton Prize in Race Relations for the Rocky Mountain Princeton Club. Johnson’s is trained in facilitative leadership and is a certified Colorado Family Leadership Training Institute Facilitator. She is the mother of two teenage sons, Noah and Jordan.
Director of Operations
For the past 17 years, she has transformed the lives of youth, women and men from around the world in her workshops, coaching circles, and life skills coaching programs. Paula’s knowledge of personal growth, professional development, youth development, self-empowerment, and life transformation has been informed by her experience serving clients in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors as a consultant, coach, facilitator, and trainer.
Prior to this role, Paula served as a certified personal and professional skills development coach, with GJD Coaching & Consulting, LLC. There she designed and delivered programs in team building, diversity, conflict resolution, building emotional intelligence and leadership success, performance management, emotional health and well-being, and youth leadership. She maintains multiple certifications including being a Real Colors Certified Facilitator.
Paula has a deep commitment to creating new models and pathways for impactful leadership and building a community and culture where health equity and healthy individuals thrive at unprecedented levels. This commitment is reflected in her affiliation with many organizations including the Professional Women Network and the Black Life Coaches Network.
Communications and Outreach Strategist
Angelle C. Fouther is the Communications and Outreach Strategist for The Center for African American Health. A native of Chicago, Illinois, she has more than 25 years of experience in public relations, marketing, graphic design, and community outreach and engagement in the nonprofit sector. Prior to her current role, she served as Director of Communications for LiveWell Colorado, Director of Communications at The Denver Foundation, and Marketing Manager for Denver Botanic Gardens.
Driven to aid communities marginalized by racial and economic disparities through communications and resident-led community-building, Angelle was the founding chairperson of Montbello Organizing Committee, a nonprofit organization in Far Northeast Denver committed to engaging and equipping residents to address issues such as food access, economic development, and transportation. She currently co-leads the organization’s Freshlo Initiative, which is working to develop a grocery-store-anchored cultural hub with 120 units of affordable housing as well as a walkable loop throughout the community.
Angelle has served in leadership roles on the board of directors for Girls, Inc. Metro Denver, with Jack and Jill of America Metro Denver, and as a mayoral appointee to the Denver African American Commission and Blueprint Denver Task Force, where she strongly supported an equity analysis and implementation focus for the city’s 20-year plan.
Angelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Arts and Culture Certificate from University of Denver.
Youth Development Program Coordinator
After serving seven years in the United States Navy, Avondine was honorably discharged and set out to find a second meaningful career. Crediting inspiring instructors at the Community College of Denver where he saw his first academic success and the self-confidence that came with it, Avondine headed North to CSU where he discovered his passion for education and working with youth around issues of equity and holistic health. Avondine has conducted research on the school-to-prison pipeline, how Denver’s IB programs have led to racially inequitable student funding, and the impacts of privatization on education. He has worked with multiple mentorship initiatives in both Fort Collins and Aurora, and now looks forward to building partnerships within the greater Denver Metro Area as he sets out to work alongside Black youth in their journeys of health, education, and self-empowerment.
Research and Evaluation Coordinator
Eric Moore attended the University of Colorado Denver for his Bachelors of Science in Biology and completed his Master of Science in Public Health at Southern New Hampshire University. His areas of expertise include program planning and evaluation and quantitative data analysis with an emphasis on health equity. Eric had initially worked with The Center as the BeHeard Mile High project’s Quantitative Data Analyst during the Summer of 2018. He previously interned at the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning where he facilitated household interviews in a Denver neighborhood of Southeast-Asian immigrant and refugee families for a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Eric’s favorite quote is: “If you want to understand any problem in America, you need to focus on who profits from that problem, not who suffers from the problem.” – Dr. Amos N. Wilson
Community Health and Wellness Navigator
BeHeard Outreach Specialist
Kendra Sutton is in progress of her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Denver. She is also a Cohort member in The Urban Leadership Foundation 2019 class. Prior to her role at The Center, Kendra was the Program Director at Work Options for Women, an organization which provides culinary job training for women. Kendra is strong communicator and public speaker who is constantly advocating for healthcare social justice and the rights and resources for homeless individuals and families. Kendra’s favorite quote is “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Community Health and Wellness Navigator
She is highly passionate about working in an inclusive, diverse and multi-generational environment to help improve the health and wellness of the African American community. As the Community Health and Wellness Navigator, she realizes this role plays an intricate part of a healthcare team and she offers expertise in collaborating with different community agencies and healthcare specialists to provide accurate and relevant resources to meet the needs of the community. She aspires to increase knowledge and awareness of the services The Center offers as well as develop and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders, youth and families in the community. She is a member of the NAACP Education Committee, member of the Race Talk University and Chinook Fund’s Giving Project. She is the proud mother of a teenage son, Quamar.