Meet our Amazing Team - Isabella Health Foundation

Meet our Amazing Team

With collective experience in health sciences, mental health, research, education, program evaluation and management, informatics and community advocacy.

Katharine Hawkes

Founder, CEO & President

As a first generation college student, Katharine’s pursuit of higher education is a driving force in her life. And as the daughter of an immigrant and military veteran, raised in an impoverished community, her experiences have provided her with a deep understanding of socioeconomic inequities and their associated health disparities. 

Katharine has extensive experience as an educator particularly with at-risk and disadvantaged youth and has created a pilot program that improved the literacy of children in over 9 countries. Additionally, she is a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer. Her current academic research is on gestational diabetes, progesterone injections during pregnancy to prevent pre-term birth, and maternal smoking.

Katharine is a doctoral candidate in health sciences at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where she also holds a Master of Public Health degree and Epidemiology Graduate Certificate respectively. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University.


Caitlin Jefferson

Board Director, Public Relations

Caitlin currently practices emergency medicine as an emergency medical technician for the state of Virginia, and is expected to matriculate into Medical School in the Summer of 2021 with a focus on pediatric emergency medicine. 

She has extensive experience working with children including as a children’s hospital volunteer, a mentor to disadvantaged teens at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and a foreign language instructor to children aged 6-14. She also works with Eastern Virginia Medical School as a student researcher studying effects of rehousing on disadvantaged community members. 


Carmen Ingram-Thorpe

Board Director

Carmen was raised in a rural community with limited access to health care and healthy food and no public transit, which gave her a lifelong drive to help others. She has worked as an educator for at-risk youth, developed a health and wellness program at her local church, and currently serves as program manager for a grant at Eastern Virginia Medical School. 

Carmen is a doctoral candidate in health related sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University, having previously obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School, a Master of Science degree from Old Dominion University, and a Bachelor of Science from Old Dominion University.


Jeffrey Cuthbertson

Board Director

Jeffrey L. Cuthbertson, a native of Chesapeake, VA, is the Founder and Lead Counselor of MPACT Counseling, LLC. His passion for mental health coupled with his personal testimony drives his work. In April of 2018, Jeffrey rededicated his life and has since vowed to serve the underprivileged and underrepresented community faithfully.

Jeffrey obtained a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Human Services Counseling degree from Liberty University. He is also a Licensed Mental Health Professional for both children and adults and is currently working on obtaining his certified substance abuse counselor license. His experience includes the areas of substance abuse, defiant behaviors, criminal backgrounds, and depression.  


Corey Brooks

Board Director

Corey Brooks has dedicated his career to addressing disproportionate minority confinement and educational inequality.

He was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, and after being educated in the city went on to Virginia State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in Sociology. This was followed by a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Management at South University with a Concentration in Organizational Leadership.

Mr. Brooks has worked in the arena of Human Services for over twenty-four years, serving as a Case manager, Clinician, Group Facilitator, and an Executive. He currently serves as a Senior Residential Specialist for the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority. His certifications include Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Parenting Skills Training and Moral Reconation Therapy. He is endorsed by the state of Virginia as a Qualified Mental Health Practitioner to address mental health needs for both the adult and youth populations.

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