Board of Directors
Dr. Jerrund Wilkerson, PD, MBA - CEO & Chairman of the Board
Jerrund, Founder and CEO of Leadership Empowerment Project, has a unique gift to mentor, coach and inspire others. As a proven successful leader, manager, and sales expert, Jerrund offers experience from more than 29 years as a senior business executive with Merck, United Healthcare, Actavis and entrepreneurial ventures.
Jerrund is also Founder and President of Level 10 Consulting where his primary focus is executive leadership coaching. His extensive training and development, experience and vision all converged to create the Leadership Empowerment Project. In addition to degrees from the University of Florida and University of Phoenix, he has earned executive leadership certificates from the following universities and organization:
Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of Southern California (USC)
Certified coach and member of The John Maxwell Leadership Team, Jerrund is the author of What Sales Leaders Do! – The 22 habits of an effective salesperson published in 2010 by Westbow Press. His second book, What Effective Leaders Do! – Golden Nuggets was published in 2018.
Dr. John A. Johnson, MD, MBA, FACP - Director & Vice President
John serves on the Leadership Empowerment Project Board of Directors as the Vice-President since 2015. He is a distinguished health care leader equipped with more than 25 years of experience leading strategic planning and implementation, driving effective integrated care and utilization of clinical services to optimize health outcomes while managing costs.
John owned and operated an Internal Medicine practice in the Atlanta area where he focused on treating patients with acute and chronic conditions for over 15 years. One of his clinical areas of interest has been treating patients with diabetes. He successfully grew his practice to more than 10,000 patients before selling it to transition his career focus to managed care.
John has spent the past ten years working in managed care with reputable health plans. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for GEHA Health and is responsible for driving the national strategy and operations of the health plan’s clinical organization focusing on health outcomes, quality improvement and appropriate interventions. He oversees large-scale clinical transformation and complex care management for over two million federal employees, retired military members and their families with comprehensive medical and dental benefits.
More recently, John served as Chief Medical Officer for Virginia Premier Health Plan in Richmond, Virginia, Molina Healthcare of Ohio and Cardinal Health Innovations Healthcare in Charlotte, North Carolina where he oversaw medical and behavioral health strategy, clinical policy, pharmacy, and quality improvement initiatives.
John served as the Senior Medical Director for WellCare of Georgia from 2014 to 2017 where he oversaw the clinical direction of medical services, quality improvement and performance outcomes for Managed Medicaid members and Medicare Advantage members. Under his leadership, WellCare successfully won its bid for the State of Georgia’s new Managed Medicaid contract.
Prior to WellCare, he was with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia serving as Medical Director supporting utilization review and care management for over 600,000 state employees under the State Health Benefit Plan.
Originally from New Jersey, John graduated from Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School, and he completed his Internal Medicine residency at Emory University in Atlanta. He is Board certified in Internal Medicine, and he is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He earned his master’s in business administration from Emory University School of Business with a focus in Healthcare Management.
John and his lovely wife, Donna, have been married for 21 years and they live in the East Cobb Marietta area. John also serves as a Colonel in the United States Army Reserves Medical Corps with 26 years of service. In addition, he serves as President of the Emory University Medical Alumni Board and President of the Medical Association of Atlanta. He enjoys listening to music, exercising, and traveling. John and his wife have traveled to six of the continents which includes destinations throughout South America and Europe, St. Lucia, Canouan Island, Grenadines, Maldives, Costa Rica, Egypt, South Africa, Vietnam, China, Australia, and New Zealand.
Kacee W. Huguely - Director & CFO
Kacee W. Huguely is an accomplished leader known for driving impactful and sustainable results. Currently, she leads the US marketing organization at Mölnlycke Healthcare, an international medical device company, where her team has achieved historic growth and contributed to approximately $71 million in sales.
Prior to Mölnlycke Healthcare, Kacee spent over a decade at The Coca-Cola Company as the Director of Channel Commercialization, leading strategic efforts for large format and mass merchandisers in Coca-Cola North America. With over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, Kacee demonstrates exceptional leadership, creativity, and communication skills.
Her background spans diverse industries, including government, healthcare, and consumer goods. She honed her communication expertise while coordinating national and international communications within the White House in both the Office of Media and the Press Secretary's office. In the healthcare sector, Kacee managed multi-million dollar portfolios for Fortune 500 companies at Eli Lilly and Glaxo-Smith Kline.
Kacee holds a B.A. degree from Howard University and actively engages in organizations promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a focus on women and people of color. She resides in the north Atlanta area with her husband, Brad, and their three children, Riley, BJ, and Parker.
Fernando Nasmyth, JD - Director and Secretary
Fernando’s 40 year career afforded him with extensive experiences and leadership roles in areas of Legal Operations, Portfolio and Asset Management, and Capital Markets at companies in diverse sectors, including Aetna Life & Casualty, GE Real Estate, GE Capital Investment Advisors, SSR Realty Advisors, BlackRock Realty, and The Hanover Company.
Fernando retired in 2017 from the Hanover Company where he served as the Managing Director, Portfolio Management and Client Services for Hanover Investment Advisors, LLC. In addition to his corporate career, Fernando served as a volunteer in numerous non-profit organizations. In addition to serving on the board of The Leadership Empowerment Project, he serves on the boards of Abilene Christian University and Greater Atlanta Christian School, where he has served as a Trustee for approximately 20 years, including serving an 8-year term as Chair.
Fernando is a graduate of Cornell University, where he earned a B.A in Government and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. He has also successfully completed the Certificate Program Alternative Dispute and Conflict Resolution from Abilene Christian University.
Dr. Earle R. Hall - Director
Earle is the founder and CEO of StoneAge Consulting, a sole-proprietorship consultancy, where he delivers customized Human Resources and Organizational Development solutions for small to mid-sized companies. He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) with over 15 years of Human Resources leadership experience.
He has worked with both the for-and not-for-profit sectors in various industries including sales and distribution, education, and health science research. With an emphasis on the human resources of organizations, his work focuses on aligning operational objectives with the organization’s mission.
A native New Yorker, Earle relocated to Atlanta (for the third time) in 2012 from California where he earned his M.S. in Human Resources Management from Claremont Graduate University, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology.
Initiatives that provide greater access to education to underserved populations are near and dear to his heart. In addition to his consulting work, Earle l is an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Morehouse College, where he teaches Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is also a current Advisor to the Board of Directors and past Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources.