Bryant Reid

Bryant is a 20+ year American entertainment industry executive. He is also a television producer, fashion designer, consultant, businessman and philanthropist. He has held the positions of Senior Vice President of Artist and Repertoire at both Laface Records and Atlantic Records, where he is credited with finding, cultivating and working with some of Pop music’s brightest stars.  He created and produced his very own original television program for Turner Broadcasting Systems regional cable network, Turner South. Reid graduated in the Top Ten Percent of his high school class, he was a member of the National Honor Society and was voted the Most Outstanding Male Senior. He played sports and music. Reid founded the organization after he was diagnosed with lupus back in 2007.

Antonio L.A. Reid
Grammy Award Winning Producer

“LA” is a American record executive, film producer, businessman, Grammy Award winning record producer, writer and former drummer. He founded and serves as co-chairman of Hitco Entertainment. He has served as the chairman and CEO of Epic RecordsThe Island Def Jam Music Group and the president and CEO of Arista Records. Reid was the founder and CEO of Hitco Music Publishing and the co-founder of LaFace Records. He also appeared as a judge on the first two seasons of the U.S. version of the television show The X Factor

Rep. Kim Schofield

Kim, State House of Representative District 60 was elected to the Georgia Assembly in 2017 and serves on the Small Business Development, Interstate Cooperation and the Health and Human Service Committees. She serves as Chaplain of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and an appointed member to the Atlanta Commission on Women. Rep. Schofield holds leadership positions as State Lead for the National Caucus of Environment Legislatures and National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women. As a public servant Kim lives out her core values of Access, Action and Accountability. Kim holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Masters in Theology and Organizational Leadership.  She holds a DMIN ABD from Oral Roberts University.

Sheryl McCalla Esq.

Sheryl serves as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at the American College of Rheumatology. She brings over a decade of expertise creating and leading results-driven programs that educate providers about lupus, with a focus on eliminating health disparities in lupus. She leverages her legal background, business acumen and creative problem-solving skills to facilitate large-scale collaborations working toward the good of people with lupus and other rheumatic diseases. Prior to beginning her work in the nonprofit sector, Sheryl was a practicing attorney representing the business sector, healthcare sector, and individuals. Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Minnesota and a Doctor of Law from Emory University School of Law where she was a Robert Woodruff Fellow.

S. Sam Lim, MD

Dr. Lim received his undergraduate education at Duke University and his medical degree from the State University of New York at Brooklyn. He did his internal medicine training and rheumatology fellowship at Emory and has been faculty since 2002. He also has a MPH in epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory. Dr. Lim is Professor of Medicine and Clinical Director in the Division of Rheumatology at Emory University School of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and the Chief of Rheumatology for Grady Health Systems.

Rafael Perez-Pineiro Esq.

Rafael has dedicated his practice and career over the past 20 years to intellectual property and entertainment law.  Prior to co-founding his own law firm, The Brickell IP Group, Rafael practiced with several large, national and multi-national law firms.  Rafael has also held the position of in-house intellectual property counsel for IBM Corporation; served as an electronics engineer at the National Security Agency; and worked as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  In addition to his law degree, Rafael holds a master’s degree in engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a degree in culinary arts from the French Culinary Institute in New York City.  Rafael is fully committed to raising awareness of lupus, as he has witnessed firsthand the effects that lupus can have on dear family members.

Ian K. Hall Esq.

Ian graduated with honors from Hampton University in 2010, with a major in English, and earned his J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 2013.  In law school, he served as a competitor and coach for the Emory Moot Court Society. Ian is currently a Partner at Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney, LLP.


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