Our Leaders

Lynne Holden, M.D.--President

Dr. Lynne Holden is working to change the face of medicine. She is the energetic President, Chief Executive Officer and visionary of MIM. Dr. Holden provides the overall leadership, recruits volunteers, facilitates program development, creates organizational strategy, and establishes collaborative partnerships. Dr. Holden earned her B.S. in Zoology from Howard University. After graduating Temple University School of Medicine and completing her residency in Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Jacobi/Montefiore Emergency Medicine Residency Program, she is now a practicing Emergency Department Physician at Montefiore and serves as its Residency Site Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program. She is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she Co-chairs the Admissions Committee.

Her many accolades and awards include:

  • The Albert Einstein College of Medicine Leo Davidoff Society Teaching Award –2002
  • The Universal Sisters’ Commitment to Women’s Health Award –2008
  • Maybelline NY-Essence Empowerment through Education Award–2007
  • The Society of Emergency Medicine Diversity Interest Group’s first Visionary Educator Award — 2008
  • The Woman of the Year Award by the National Council of Negro Women, North Bronx Section — 2009
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader  2009
  • Washington Post Root 100 Leader  2010
  • Lifetime TV Remarkable Woman  2010 
  • Featured on CNN’s Sanjay Gupta’s Human Factor   2011
  • The Outstanding Contribution to Health Professional Education Award from NAMMENortheast2008
  • Paul Burgess Community Advocate Award, Harlem Health Promotion Center, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University2008
  • The Gloria Bynoe Thomas Award by the City College Minority Association of PreHealth Students2009
  • The Rev. Cannon Stewart Community Service Award by the Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc.2009

Andrew Morrison -- Chief Operating Officer

As one of Mentoring in Medicine’s original visionaries, Andrew Morrison has utilized his 25+ years of award-winning marketing skills to assist the organization with strategic planning, fund development, outreach and new programs. He is credited with creating, “Morgan’s Big Biology Test” – a hip-hop science stage play, the virtual summer science camp and planning MIM Day – a mentoring event in several cities on the same day. In addition he has spearheaded MIM’s efforts in Montana with the Crow Indians, and in Anchorage with the Alaskan Native Americans.

Mr. Morrison is an accomplished entrepreneur who has built several million dollar revenue businesses in the areas of direct marketing, design and training. He is the founder of Small Business Camp, an entrepreneurial training and marketing services firm that provides high-impact strategies for entrepreneurs, executives and non-profit leaders. In this capacity, Mr. Morrison has trained hundreds of individuals from Hawaii to Nigeria. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and was featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Entrepreneur Magazine, Crain’s Magazine and The Network Journal 40

Under 40. Mr. Morrison received a B.S. (Electrical Engineering) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dina Runcie, MBA -- Chief Financial Officer

Dina Runcie has spent the majority of her career in financial management for nonprofit community-based organizations, charter schools and small businesses located in urban communities. She is Director of Institutional Advancement at Philip’s Education Partners in Newark, NJ and a Founder of Philip’s Academy Charter School of Paterson, NJ. Previously, Ms. Runcie was the School Business Administrator for TEAM Charter (KIPP) Schools in Newark, and Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy Charter Schools. She was also the Director of the Fiscal Incubator Program at the Fund for the City of New York. Ms. Runcie is passionately committed to closing the achievement gap and empowering business and nonprofit leaders with systems and information to build sustainability. Ms. Runcie previously served as a Trustee of St. Philip’s Academy, Philip’s Academy Charter School’s predecessor, from 1997 – 2004, when the school was located in Washington Park. She received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

Ruth D. Caraballo--National Program Manager

Ruth D. Caraballo was born and raised in the Bronx. She is an alumnus of Dewitt Clinton High School and Marymount Manhattan College where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Sociology and served as participant/mentor for the Community Leadership Program. As a consultant, she has worked with multiple profit and non-profit organizations, and various school administrations. In her tenure in organizational management, she served the South Bronx Job Corps Academy – USDOL Res Care as the Training Manager and a member of the corporate support cohort for the national office and various Job Corps, Inc. centers across the country. Ruth is a mother of three.

Kethurah Williams-Howell, Ph. D.--Education Director

Dr. Kethurah Williams-Howell is currently the Academic Dean for the School of Sciences and Technology at the University of the Southern Caribbean. She was previously the Academic Liaison for Howard University in Washington, DC. Dr. Williams is the co-founder of MERGE Educational Consulting Services, LLC, a K-12 and Post- Secondary Education (Tertiary Education) international consultant company that specializes in providing educational services that build and sustain academic program goals focused on science, technology, mathematics and reading. Dr. Williams-Howell received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in June 2005 in Developmental and Molecular Biology from Howard University, where she also earned a Masters of Science Degree in Cell Biology. Dr. Williams-Howell has been a consultant to the Prince William Academy in Woodbridge, VA on their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Curriculum Development and The University of Maryland, Dean of Education for the College Park Academy, University of Maryland. She is a Founding Board Member of the Liberia STEM School opening in Liberia and a member of The Caribbean Science Foundation, The Caribbean Academy of Sciences and CariScience Associations, National Science Teacher Association and an honorary member of the National Nominating Committee for Junior National Young Leaders Conference.

Dr. Williams-Howell is the recipient of numerous awards including:

  • The Academic Excellence Award–2014
  • The Sheikh Zayed Teaching Award from the National Children Hospital, Washington DC 2013
  • The Tom Joyner Teacher Certificate Scholarship Award2008
  • The Noyce Teacher Scholarship Award  2009  
  • The Best Teacher Award2008

Raj K. Kirshnan, M.S., M.D.--Associate Director of School Based Programs

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Kirshnan received his B.S. and M.S. in Physiology from Pennsylvania University State. He then received his MD at Chicago Medical School, where he became interested in urban health care and health care in a multiracial population on the west side of Chicago. He returned to the NY areas to pursue primary care/internal medicine at NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital/NYU where he focused on primary care training in medicine. Since 2009, he has been at Montefiore Medical Center, and SAVES LIVES every day as a ER Hospitalist, serving the Bronx community health in the Emergency Room and inpatient hospital settings. Since 2010, Dr. RAJ has been dedicated to MIM, teaching at all of the schools in the after-school and in-class high school and middle school programs.

Mary E. Badillo, M.D., Director of Clinical Services

Dr. Badillo was raised in the Bronx, NY, graduated from Cornell University Medical College and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine in 1996 at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Jacobi/Montefiore Emergency Medicine Residency Program in the Bronx. She is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor, as well as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her hobbies include going to the gym and ballroom dancing.

Yvette Calderon, M.S., M.D.--Co-Founder and Director of Research

As a Puerto Rican physician raised on New York City’s Lower West Side, Dr. Calderon has been strongly committed to the needs of her community and to helping to solve health care disparities besetting minority populations. She has become a leader in expanding health care access to disadvantage patients and was won several awards for her outstanding work in HIV/AIDS prevention and care. A graduate of Brown University, she received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM) in 1990 and completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at Jacobi Medical Center. She is a full-Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean for the Diversity Enhancement Office at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of the Emergency Department at North Central Bronx Hospital.