Our mission is to improve the quality of life for BIPOC who are affected by IBD, Digestive Disorders and associated Chronic Illnesses; through Community, Research, Education, and Advocacy.

Board of Directors

Melodie Narain-Blackwell

Color of Crohn’s & Chronic Illness
COCCI Board Chair, President & Founder
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Shelly Omi Bell

Black Girl Ventures
Founder & CEO
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Matthew Tranguch

ThirdEye, Growology, and Paperboy Media Group
Founder, Producer & Managing Partner
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Jeffrey Anders, JD

Government Strategies
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Julia Liu, MD

Morehouse School of Medicine
Chief, Division of Gastroenterologist
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Joshua Anthony, MD, MBA

Meharry Medical College
Psychiatry Resident
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Sophia Balzora, MD

The Association of Black Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists
Gastroenterologist at NYU Langone Health, and President & Co-Founder
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Chrissy Thornton, MBA

The Myositis Association
Executive Director
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Donna Cryer, JD

Global Liver Institute
President & CEO
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