About Us

Who We Are

Martin Center, Inc. is a human services agency founded in 1969 by the late Rev. Boniface Hardin, O.S.B., and Dr. Raymond Pierce. Martin Center has remained dedicated to providing a “holistic approach” to clients battling the effects of Sickle Cell in our community for over 40 years. Martin Center assumed the name Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative (MCSCI) in September 2012 in order to have its name more directly reflect its mission.

Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative’s mission is to aid and enhance the lives of those affected by Sickle Cell and associated disorders by providing client services, patient and family advocacy, and education.

We are committed to providing essential programs and services to benefit individuals and families affected by Sickle Cell. We also educate clients as well as community members by providing access to quality educational experiences. MCSCI works with educators, medical professionals, schools and caregivers in the provision of our services and we strive to build public awareness about Sickle Cell Disease, Sickle Cell Trait and other abnormal hemoglobin conditions that primarily impact African-Americans, Arabs, Asians and Latinos. Building public awareness of Sickle Cell Disease, Sickle Cell Trait and associated disorders is necessary in the fight against Sickle Cell.

MCSCI strives to address today’s needs and reduce tomorrow’s barriers within the Sickle Cell Community by providing assistance to the individuals and families impacted by Sickle Cell.

Board of Directors

Carl Ellison, Chair
Allison Bell-Smith, Vice Chair
Dr. Dawn Moore, PharmD, Treasurer
Courtney Stinnett, Secretary
Booker Thomas

Felicia Hanney, MPH
Anderson Cavilear, III
Victor Egwu, M.D.
Brandon Hardesty M.D.
Sharon Hatcher-Hutchinson

Andrew O’Brien MD
William Tyler Turchin MD
Penny Schroeder
Akilah Webster

Our Staff

Sherry Hatcher

Helen Mitchell
Social Service Manager

Melissa Pullen
Community Health Worker

Judy Faux
Business Operations Manager