HealthCare Access Maryland Welcomes New Board Member Cohort for July 2021

HealthCare Access Maryland (HCAM) is pleased to announce that effective July 1st, 2021, a cohort of three individuals join our Board of Directors. Currently, HCAM has 18 individuals on our Board of Directors and with the three new members, it will bring the number of occupied seats to 21.

HCAM’s Board of Directors provide strategic focus and guidance to advance HCAM’s mission of making Maryland healthier. The Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated community and business leaders from a range of industries, including healthcare, finance, law, and workforce development. The newly elected members bring to this role experience in business, finance, and the faith community. 

Please join us in welcoming Reverend Dennis Haggray, Alexander Hollingsworth, and Amanda Verner Thompson. Rev. Haggray has been elected to a two-year term, and Hollingsworth and Verner Thompson will both serve three-year terms beginning July 2021. 

“HCAM has been focused on expanding the diversity of our Board Members by race, geographic jurisdiction, and professional experiences. We are honored that our newest board members are also those committed to our mission and are passionate about improving health disparities across the clients we serve. We look forward to working with Amanda Verner Thompson, Rev. Dennis Haggray, and Alex Hollingsworth and welcome them to the HCAM team!” said Traci Kodeck, HCAM’s CEO.

Learn more about HCAM’s newest Board of Directors:

Reverend Dr. Dennis Haggray is a native son of Savannah Georgia and a product of the Savannah (Chatham County) Public School System. Dr. Haggray was converted and baptized by immersion at the age of 12 and preached his trial sermon at age 15.  He was initially licensed three months later as a minister. He was licensed and ordained a Baptist Minister at the Progressive Baptist Church of Chicago, Illinois in May 2001. Currently, he is the Associate Pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church of Bel Air, MD. Dr. Haggray attended and received earned degrees (BA, M.S., M.Th., and Ph. D) in Higher Education (in the areas of Psychology, education and sociology emphasis), Pastoral Psychology and Theology, Higher Education Administration (with an emphasis in administration, counseling, and student development) from St. Augustine’s College, Boston University School of Theology, and Iowa State University.

Alexander Hollingsworth has been in the financial services industry for 18 years, assisting both business and personal clients. Starting as a bank teller in Baltimore, Maryland, he eventually became a Commercial Lender working with business clients of all sizes. Alex has served on many non-profit boards during his career, including YOUR Community Center and The Training Source. He has also taken the time to serve as a volunteer providing financial literacy at such organizations as Operation Hope and provided business training at the Metropolitan Business League. Alex’s career has taken a new turn into financial planning – establishing a financial planning practice with Northwestern Mutual. 

Amanda Verner Thompson is Co-Head of Healthcare Investment Banking at Matrix Capital Markets Group. She advises not-for-profit and for-profit healthcare clients on mergers and acquisitions, valuations, tax-exempt and taxable financings, and strategic advisory. Amanda’s clients across the country include hospitals, healthcare systems, behavioral health companies, telehealth companies, managed care companies, and long-term care facilities, among others. Amanda has spent her entire career working in healthcare investment banking. Prior to joining Matrix, she was a Director with Raymond James & Associates. She joined Raymond James in 2012 following the acquisition of Morgan Keegan and joined Morgan Keegan in 2007 with the acquisition of Shattuck Hammond Partners, a boutique healthcare investment bank.

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