Shannon has been with Focus for Health since 2011, contributing both through research and her personal clinical experiences. She has worked as a nurse for 22 years and most recently worked as a supervisor in a long-term care facility.
While working in the community, Shannon became concerned with the overall rise in chronic disease and also developed an interest in connecting environmental exposures to negative health outcomes in the population. Finding the cause(s) of the current autism epidemic, as well as the reason behind the dramatic spike in chronic illness, has become her passion.
Director, Pediatric Health Initiatives
Sheri is a pediatric speech and language pathologist with over 25 years of clinical experience specializing in autism. As the Director of Pediatric Health Initiatives for the Focus for Health Foundation, Sheri contributes her clinical expertise authoring articles on autism and other chronic health issues and also manages the pediatric health grantees. Sheri’s professional experiences help guide the Foundation’s mission addressing chronic health issues related to environmental causes.
Sheri also serves as the Executive Director of The Autism Think Tank, NJ, a non-profit organization which offers medical videoconferences with a team of renowned medical experts who collaborate on medically complex cases of autism around the globe. She is the founder of Rocking Horse Rehab, a pediatric rehabilitation and family wellness center specializing in therapy services for children with various disabilities including, autism, cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, brain tumors, and rare syndromes, neuromuscular and psychiatric disorders. Sheri has been featured on CBS News, NBC News, NJN and multiple cable networks.
Olutobi Adewale, MD
Director, Medical Research
Tobi joined Focus for Health as Director, Medical Research in July 2018. Prior to joining FFH, he worked in a medical consulting and PR firm in New York City conducting in-depth research and writing for pharmaceutical companies developing breakthrough medications and treatments for disease.
Tobi holds a Doctor of Medicine and has experience in both laboratory and clinical research. Some if his clinical and research interests are cardiovascular diseases and oncology, both in the pediatric and adult population. More recently, he developed an interest in autism and chronic illness, identifying the causes of the rapid rise in these illnesses and what needs to be done to address these health issues.
Some of his interests include health equality and social determinants of health. Having completed his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University-Newark and worked in the inner city, one of his passions is to address the health disparity currently going on in the United States and the world. His goal is to play his part in affording underserved and vulnerable populations quality health care.
Cornelia joined the Focus for Health team as Program Director in July of 2018. She specializes in the maternal and infant health field. In addition to her concentration on research, writing, and social media, she brings along her experience as co-founder of Fearless Parent where she helped to guide the organization, raise awareness about children’s health, and foster community.
For the past 6 years, Cornelia has been a birth and postpartum doula working with families across New Jersey. She is eager to bring this expertise to FFH, helping to expand their maternal and infant-related content, as well as increasing the number of associated grantees.
In addition to her work as a doula, Cornelia is a certified yoga instructor, and a Reiki practitioner. She is co-leader of NJ BirthNetwork, a former Holistic Moms Network chapter co-leader, and the past president of Real Mama, Inc. Cornelia has a degree in Fine & Studio Arts from Montclair State University and is a web and print Visual Designer with over 20 years of experience in the internet industry.
Stephanie Sese joined the Focus For Health team as an Administrative/Research Assistant in October 2017. She is responsible for general office support as well as special projects supporting the foundation.
Prior to joining FFH, Stephanie worked in the capacity of an Office Administrator for a private consulting company in Whitehouse Station, NJ and before that she worked as a Legal Assistant and Office Manager for an immigration law firm in Hackettstown, NJ.
Stephanie holds a degree in Applied Science – Legal Studies and is a Public Notary in the State of New Jersey. She resides in Somerville, NJ.