Panel Speakers

Faith in Healthcare


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Motto: “…making good stewards of what God has given” ©


Yvonne Askew is committed to “nursing as a lifestyle.”  The degree to which she is dedicated to this profession is equaled only to her belief that, patients, their families, as well as the congregation and community – here lies in focus – not inward, but outward.


Yvonne was responsible for administering direct patient care for over twenty-five years. Her areas of interest shifted to include teaching, and now is the coordinator of Catholic Health’s Faith Community Nursing Program. Yvonne is responsible for leading Catholic Health’s initiative in establishing faith-based health programs in any interested faith community; taking their mission “…to reveal the healing love of Jesus to those in need” into the community.


She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, N.E.W.S. Task Force, Urban Christian Ministries, and Faculty Member of Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing.

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Rev. Tom Baldwin is the Spiritual Care Coordinator for Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, New York.  He oversees the training and coordinating of per diem and volunteer chaplains for the hospital as well as bereavement support and is a member of the hospital’s Trauma Care Team.  Tom is impassioned to help meet the needs of families in crisis and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Regent University.

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Edward Bednarczyk, PharmD is an expert in pharmacy practice who serves as Director at the Center for Health Outcomes, Pharmacoinformatics and Epidemiology. His research is largely focused on the use of molecular imaging to explore drug effects, with his clinical responsibilities divided between nuclear medicine and neurology.


He was recently elected to the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Board of Trustees as president of the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science for the 2018-2019 term.


Myron Glick, MD is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Jericho Road Community Health Center in Buffalo, NY.


In 1997, Dr. Myron and Joyce Glick opened the doors of Jericho Road Family Practice (JRFP) at 184 Barton Street on Buffalo’s West Side, to provide excellent medical care to all who came, regardless of ability to pay. In addition to serving patients from Buffalo, JRFP began caring for a large number of refugees, many who had never seen a doctor or received proper medical care before coming to America. 


Since then, Jericho Road has grown and expanded to do much-needed work both locally and globally. For more information about Jericho Road’s history and the work they currently do, click here.

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Patricia Haberman, DDS, PC is passionate about helping each patient achieve optimum dental health. She developed and serves as the volunteer dental director at the Dental Office at Good Neighbors, which is a division of Harvest House Ministries and Good Neighbors Health Care. They provide dental care free of charge for those in need.


Dr. Haberman has received recognition from several organizations during her career: “TopDentist” Buffalo Spree Magazine as selected by her peers – 2014, National Federation for Just Communities, WNY – Community Leader – 2009, 2010 Business First Woman of Influence, the University of Buffalo School of Medicine awarded her the Alumni Association’s Humanitarian of the Year Award, 2010. St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Arts and Music Wall of Honor 2015.


Most Recently, Dr. Haberman was appointed by the New York State Board of Regents to serve on the State Board for Dentistry. They are responsible for dentist licensing, discipline and allowable procedures in New York State

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Leeland A. Jones, MD is founder of CrossRoads Wholeness, a unique, wholistic approach to healing and wholeness. Dr. Leeland Jones is a physician, psychiatrist, and lifelong learner of the wholeness lifestyle. Dr. Jones has been involved in psychiatry and wholistic medicine for over thirty years. During Dr. Jones' twenty years of psychiatric practice in Western New York, he has served in a variety of leadership roles to support community health. These positions have included psychiatric directorship at Buffalo General Hospital, long-time elder at his Church, and two different residential practice centers for family medicine and mental health. 

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Takesha Leonard, FNP was born in the Bronx, NY.  She attended the University at Buffalo for undergrad, and D’Youville College for graduate and doctoral programs.  She has been the wife of Shawn Leonard for the past 15 years and mother to 5 young men.

Takesha has served at Jericho Road Community Health Center for the past 9 years, currently in the role of Clinical Site Supervisor of Jericho Road's Genesee site,  and she is a new board member of CCHF.  She attends Faith Word Fellowship International Church under the leadership of Pastors Mark and Cheryl Roberson.

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As a chiropractic physician, Dr. John Strom’s patients include all types, from young to very old. He has practiced in Cleveland and Cincinnati, OH, Buffalo, NY and Manaus, Brazil. His experience includes eight years of practicing in an intercity multidisciplinary practice at the Buffalo City Mission. Growing up in Buffalo, New York, his family, church leaders and missionaries directed him toward a global perspective of health care and directing others spiritually.


He, his wife, Linda, and their four children are deeply rooted in Buffalo.  Being in private practice within integrated medicine, Dr. Strom is able to connect spiritually with friends and family, and to allow God to work with patient care and direction.  The connection of healing and patient care allows him to discuss life, medicine, health, and wellness involving God and the global community.  His local church and family is foundational to the practice and ministry.


Akeem Walker, MACE, MDiv, DMin is an ordained Pastor, having just recently received a Doctor of Ministry Degree with a focus on Preaching and Social Concern from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Akeem also holds a Masters of Arts in Christian Education and Masters of Divinity from The School of Theology at Virginia Union University and a Master’s Degree in Preaching from Richmond Virginia Seminary. Akeem is a native of Suffolk, Virginia, and committed his life to Christ at the age of 12 years old. Akeem Walker, now 33 years of age, has served in various ministry positions for the past twelve years. It has been his work and experience with youth, pastoring churches, his counseling & mental health work, his experience in teaching as well as his doctoral dissertation on Wholistic Self Care that gives Akeem a set of unique skills, experiences, and knowledge for his new position as CMDA Northeast Regional Director.