Board of Directors
Board of DirectorsFighting Through Our Pain solely efforts are to bring awareness to Sickle Cell Anemia.
Founder/CEO: Corlez Dillett
Corlez is a passionate advocate for Sickle Cell Anemia. At a very young age, she was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia. Her early childhood is what set the motion towards her becoming an advocate for Sickle Cell. Doctors told her what limitations she would have, she over exceeded the impossibilities and made them possible. In 2000 she graduated high school and in 2004 she graduated college with a bachelor’s degree. She is a graphic designer and is skilled in Visual Communications. She’s a media specialist who is experienced in customer service. And a new author who is venturing off into the world of media and podcasting.
Born in August of 1981 it was only three months later that she would be diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease, for 37 years she’s been a fighter and continues to fight for a cure. She works in the media ministries at her church. She puts God before anything. Corlez continues to advocate and spread education about Sickle Cell on a daily basis.
President/CEO: Naomie Pigatt
Make your life Count! Advocate, Speaker, Public Relations, Business Owner, Organizer and Event Coordinator, Naomie Pigatt works to make her life count. Naomie Pigatt is best known for serving Youth, Women, and Community Organizations, Naomie Pigatt is passionate in Advocating for Sickle Cell Disease, motivating, and making an impact on many projects and people she interacts with.
Medical Chief Executive Officer: Thomas J. Harrington, M.D.
Asst. Prof of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine - UM
Director of Jackson Adult Sickle cell program since 1995-
Director of Adult Hemophilia Program since 2004-
College - Boston College B.A in Philosophy
Med Sch - Miami
Residency and Hematology Fellowship - Jackson/UM
Oncology Fellowship - University of Minnesota
Attending at Miami V.A Hospital
Physician at Camillus Health Concern (Health Clinic for Camillus House)
Multiple past and current research projects in both areas
Board Certified Hematology and Internal Medicine
Neuropsychological Dysfunction and Neuroimaging Abnormalities in Neurologically Intact Adult Patients with Sickle Cell Disease 2005 to Present: Multi-center study to investigate the extent of neurocognitive dysfunction in neurologically asymptomatic adult patients with sickle cell disease, association between neurocognitive dysfunction and imaging abnormality, determine if chronic transfusion improves identified abnormalities. Co-Principal Investigator, responsible for recruitment, medical monitor, follow-up of patients, compliance with administrative and protocol requirements; supervise the adult nurse practitioner who coordinates, collects and reports data for the coordinating center.
Multi-center Studies for the University of Miami Research Site: Studies primarily funded by National Institute of Health (NIH) National Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Multi-center study on Hydroxyurea in Sickle Cell Anemia (MSH Study), Extensionl. 2005 to present: Follow-up to investigate long-term effects of hydroxyurea. Coprincipal investigator at University of Miami; participated in the recruitment, medical monitoring, and follow-up of participants according to the protocol
Multi-center study on Hydroxyurea in Sickle Cell Anemia Follow-up (MSH Study) Follow-up to investigate the effects of prolonged use of Hydroxyurea. Co-Principal Investigator at the University of Miami, 2003-2004
Multi-center study on Hydroxyurea in Sickle Cell Anemia (MHS Study), Co-Principal Investigator at the University of Miami; Initial study to investigate the effects of Hydroxyurea in a decreased rate of hospitalization, diminished frequency, and intensity of pain crisis. 1996- 2000
Hip Coring Study; Multi-center study to investigate the efficacy of hip coring versus conventional hip surgery. Medical monitor to screen adult patients for inclusion criteria to participate in the study; 1997- 2004
Other studies in Sickle Cell include:
Thomas Harrington, M.D.
Division of Hematology/Oncology
University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Advisory Board / Assistant Event Organizer:
Chief Editor: Errick Pigatt
Errick Pigatt studied film and Theatre. He also got his degree at Miami Dade College. While at Miami Dade College he starred in many plays and shows. Errick Pigatt has created an edit multiple videos for businesses and organizations. Errick is also the husband to Naomie Pigatt.
Advisory Board / Special Edition Co-Host:
Jessica Felix, The last born yet the only one in her family of 4 with Sickle cell anemia. Diagnosed at young age doctors explained to her mother that she would not live past 18 years old but here she is at 32 still fighting through her pain.
Advisory Board: Hector Jimenez
Hector Jimenez is Founder and Ceo to The SickleCell Apparel. Hector Jimenez a guitarist, producer, and actor borne in the Dominican Republic. The arts have always been a big part of my life, especially music.