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Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative exists to aid and enhance the lives of those affected by Sickle Cell and associated disorders by providing services, education, and advocacy.

Board of Directors

Richard J. Hayes, Chair
Mwangi James Murage, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Sabae Martin, Treasurer
Felicia Williams, Secretary

Maryori Duarte-Sheffield
Carl Ellison
Sharon Hatcher-Hutchinson
Annette Johnson
Dr. Frank P. Lloyd, Jr.
Dawn Moore, PharmD, MS
Darlene Ransom
DaWana L. Stubbs, M.D.
Patricia Treadwell, M.D.
William Tyler Turchan

Our Staff

Gary A. Gibson, President/CEO
Ariel Su, Director of Administration
Sherry Coleman, Director of Education and Outreach Programs
Cortney M. Owens, MSW, Social Worker
Kente Bell, Medical Liaison
Timea Jones, Community Health Worker


Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative is a 501(c)(3) human service agency dedicated to aiding and enhancing the lives of those affected by Sickle Cell. It was founded in 1969 by the late Reverend Boniface Hardin, O.S.B., and Dr. Raymond Pierce and named for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and St. Martin dePorres. Martin Center was originally founded for the purpose of combating oppression, particularly racism. Since Sickle Cell continues to be one of the most neglected and underfunded diseases on the globe, the philosophy of MCSCI is to eliminate Sickle Cell Disease as a health disparity through supportive services, education, and advocacy.

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