Our Board of Directors

Executive & Advisory

Trissi Gray

PRESIDENT

Trissi Gray is the Senior Director of Healthcare Compliance Operations for one of the largest physician networks of gastrointestinal care. Over the past 16 years, she has served in senior leadership roles within the healthcare industry for academic medical centers and Accountable Care Organizations. Trissi is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., the Healthcare Compliance Association (HCCA), the National Association of Black Compliance and Risk Management Professionals (NABCRMP), where she serves as Chair of the Compliance and Ethics Workgroup. Trissi is actively pursuing her doctoral degree from the University of Southern California with a research focus on her passion to reduce health disparities and poorer individual patient outcomes by increasing care access and the utilization of healthcare services for black, indigenous, people of color. She is married, has two children, and resides in Cedar Hill, Texas.

Smitha Caroline Dante

SECRETARY

Smitha Dante is a healthcare attorney and a Director of Legal Services at a Dallas-based Accountable Care Organization health plan. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Smitha earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Princeton University, a Masters in Chemistry from UC Santa Barbara, and a law degree from the University of Virginia. A recent transplant from Seattle, Washington, Smitha is a passionate believer in healthcare as a human right and strives to actualize a future where healthcare equity is a given, and people of color, especially women of color, receive high quality care and treatment regardless of income level or ability to pay. In addition to her work with Abide, Smitha is also involved with the Junior League of Dallas, and serves on the Board of the Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research. She is excited to be a member of the Abide Board and work to improve maternal and infant outcomes in Dallas.

Savohna Brown

Treasurer

Savohna Brown is a Senior Accountant at Texas Women’s Foundation and is a proud graduate of Austin College (Go Roos!) with a BS in International Economics and Finance and a minor in Spanish. While there, she studied abroad in Guatemala and Peru which ignited her love to travel and desire to learn about the world. She is currently taking extra upper level accounting classes to increase her knowledge and to earn credit to qualify for the CPA exam. She brings over four years of non-profit accounting experience as she previously worked for The Dallas Foundation. Savohna’s passion for numbers and community service is what makes working at a non-profit the perfect match. She brings high energy and a positive attitude wherever she goes.
Savohna fulfills her passion for giving back by volunteering with nonprofits through The Junior League of Dallas, gathering her friends together to volunteer with various organizations in Dallas, and now as a part of the Social Venture Partners Dana Juett Residency 2021-22 Cohort.
Although not a native of Dallas, Savohna has fallen in love with the city and looks forward to continue to be involved in the community.

Advisory Board

Advisory board Member

Cherilyn Holloway

Advisory Board Member

Amber Webb Sims

Advisory Board Member

Bennet Yousuf