Board & Staff Bios

Moriba A. Karamoko, Director
The founding Director of the Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition is Moriba A. karamoko. Moriba is know an effective trainer, organizational consultant, community organizer, and program manager with over twenty-five years of diverse experience in the areas of volunteer, staff, and leadership development; strategic planning; program development; and community organizing.

Prior to his current work with the Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition, Moriba served as Lafayette Regional Coordinator for the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living. In this capacity, he coordinated development and implementation of regional tobacco control activities that: helped secure passage of Lafayette Parish clean indoor air policy; facilitated implementation of tobacco-free schools policy; and engaged youth as peer educators on the dangers of tobacco use and secondhand smoke; and provided grants management and technical assistance to grantees.

Moriba Karamoko earned his Masters and Bachelors degrees in political science from Clark-Atlanta University.

Jacques Morial, Outreach Coordinator
Jacques Morial is a native of New Orleans with over a quarter century of inter-disciplinary professional experience in the areas of community organization, public policy analysis and development, capital finance, dispute resolution and strategic communications. He earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and completed post graduate level coursework and research at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. As the 1983 John J. McCloy fellow in Urban Affairs he spent several months studying post war reconstruction in Germany. He later earned a Master of Public Administration Degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where his studies concentrated on negotiation, dispute resolution, international diplomacy and international trade.

Professionally Morial has worked as a legislative assistant for the U.S. Congress, as a staff writer and news reporter for a daily newspaper and as a public finance specialist for a Wall Street-based minority owned investment banking firm. He has served as an official international election observer in Latin America and Africa, organized international multi-lateral conferences and has represented President Bill Clinton and the United States overseas. Since Hurricane Katrina Jacques Morial has been involved as a community organizer and public advocate working in the areas of housing, healthcare, environmental justice and workers' rights with neighborhood and civic groups, social justice organizations, churches and international foundations to advance the cause of equitable recovery. Since late 2007 he's worked with the Louisiana Justice Institute as a senior organizer focused on healthcare access and other social justice issues.

Board of Directors

Joia Crear-Perry, MD, President
Joia Crear-Perry, M.D. is Director of Clinical Services for the City of New Orleans Health Department, where she is responsible for Pediatric, Adult, Gynecology, WIC, and Homeless facilities within the New Orleans clinical service area. She continues to work to improve access and availability to New Orleans citizens post the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005. After receiving her bachelor's training at Princeton University and Xavier University, she completed her medical degree at Louisiana State University and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tulane University's School of Medicine. Dr Crear-Perry is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologists and is recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Joia's recognitions and honors include appointment as an NIH Student Fellow; the Isadore Dyer, M.D. Award for Teaching Excellence; the Tulane Xavier Center for Excellence in Women's Health Award and the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Award in 2006. She chaired the Workforce Healthcare Recruitment Subcommittee of the DHHS Healthcare Redesign Collaborative during Secretary Michael Leavitt's term and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Coalition of Leaders in Louisiana Healthcare and the New Orleans Medical Association.

Rosia G. Metoyer, Treasurer
Rosia G. Metoyer, is founding Member and Executive Director of the Sickle Cell Anemia Research Foundation, Alexandria, Louisiana where she is responsible for the overall operation of Louisiana’s sickle cell disease program in the 6th Health Planning District which include education, testing, counseling and patient assistance, directing in-service training for parents, volunteers and local communities, providing sickle cell disease programs in communities within the state that do not have a sickle cell disease organization, enhancing the potential for satisfactory resolution of local and statewide issues that could have an unfavorable impact on sickle cell disease programs, and coordinating fundraising activities.

She received a bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University in education, Northern Western University in Library Science, Master of Business Management from Webster University and thirty plus from Texas Southern University. Her recognitions include Member of Rapides Parish Hospital Board, Central Louisiana Healthcare Consortium, Cenla Community Action Health Advisory Board, former member of Huey P. Long Medical Center Governing Board , Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council and served as president of Alexandria Human Relations Commission, secretary and treasurer of Louisiana Association for sickle Cell Anemia.

Denise L. Graves, Secretary
Denise L. Graves, a PICOLIFT 20 year faith based community organizer with an MPA (public health care financing and administration) and MASM (Environment and Health Care Ethics) is working in New Orleans, LA. She works with PICO projects in Baton Rouge, Point Cupee, Lafayette and the PICO National Network to build local leadership that address grassroots issues, builds strategies and works for change. This change includes policy creation and implementation, public official accountability and faith value expression. Her work as an assistant city auditor, budget analyst, management analyst, and community organizer allows her to bring a unique skill set to the process of change creation.

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