Our Staff

Tekisha Dwan Everette

Executive Director

“There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures.” - bell hooks

Dr. Tekisha Dwan Everette’s passion for social justice was fueled by her personal experiences and influences as a child. As a youth, she experienced delays in diagnosing asthma, and faced challenges accessing and navigating the health care system. These experiences gave Everette first-hand knowledge of the importance of health and health care access. This, combined with her admiration for social justice trailblazers such as Thurgood Marshall, Barbara Jordan, and Sandra Day O'Conner, inspired Everette to dedicate her life’s work toward eradicating health care inequities through advocacy and policy.

Everette has built a successful career in public policy, particularly health care policy, and advocacy in the non-profit, state, and private sectors. Before taking the helm of Health Equity Solutions (HES), she served as the Managing Director of Federal Government Affairs with the American Diabetes Association, where she provided strategic leadership on policy and advocacy initiatives with the White House, several federal agencies, and Congress, which led to important victories for people with and at risk for diabetes. Prior to this, Everette worked as a government relations consultant with Drinker, Biddle, and Reath, LLC, where she represented the interests of several nonprofit health care organizations on issues such as health reform, Medicare, Medicaid, and federal appropriations. Everette has also worked for the Service Employees International Union, RESI, the State of Maryland, and the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation.

Everette earned her doctorate in Sociology from American University with a concentration in race, gender, and social justice as it relates to social policy.  She received her Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Center of Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (popularly known as Virginia Tech) and holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies from the same institution.

Everette is an alumna of the Masters Series for Distinguished Leaders and the National Urban Fellows America’s Leaders of Change program. She is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Association of Black Sociologists..

When Everette is not advocating for health care policy and social justice, she enjoys fulfilling her thirst for cultural enrichment through travel. She believes seeing the world helps one to expand their worldview and cultural understanding and her goal is to visit every US city and touch every continent at least once.  In her spare time, Everette enjoys listening to music, writing poetry, dancing, and cooking.

Claudine Fox

Program Manager

Motivated by a passion for service and justice, Claudine Fox has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to learning about justice & equity, while simultaneously building a career in the non-profit sector. As an empath and firm believer that everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive, Claudine has always been moved to action to protect, support, and strengthen her community, particularly those that have been harmed by oppressive and racist systems of power.

Equipped with a BS in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University, along with two years of service learning experience by way of the AmeriCorps Program Public Allies Connecticut, Fox has experience working in the world of food justice and urban agriculture, federally qualified health centers, and is now the Program Manager at Health Equity Solutions. Claudine also serves as a City Councilwoman for the City of Hartford. 

In her off time, Claudine loves to eat and cook, garden, travel, and spend time with her loved ones. 

Alex Hanson

General Operations Specialist

Alex Hanson is a recent college graduate from the United Kingdom. His interest in health equity stems from seeing the differences between growing up in a society where everyone has access to healthcare no matter their social or ethnic background and the United States (where this is not the case).

Before HES, Hanson interned with Diamond Resorts International, working under the Director of the Diamond Resorts International Foundation which focused on community outreach the Las Vegas area. Before that, Alex worked as a teaching assistant, specifically for children with behavioral difficulties. He has experience working as a mentor for disadvantaged youths through the medium of basketball. Hanson holds a Bachelors in International Business from Leeds Beckett University. Outside of the office Hanson is a fan of all sports (except hockey) and avidly follows the English Soccer team Newcastle United. Hanson loves to travel and embrace other cultures and countries, as he believes, it is better see the world not through just his own but through the eyes of many.