We are excited to serve the healthcare and faith-based communities in the greater Washington, DC area. Following, are the bios of CMDA DC staff and advisory council leadership who help plan, coordinate and carry out the ministry's work.


Nicole D. Hayes, MPA | Area Director

In August 2018, Nicole D. Hayes was welcomed by the CMDA national office as the CMDA Washington, D.C. Area Director. A new and long-awaited position for the D.C. area, Nicole and her leadership team are working to launch this ministry to transform hearts and the greater Washington, D.C. area through healthcare and sharing the gospel. Through CMDA DC, Nicole and her ministry team desire to disciple and equip emerging and practicing Christian healthcare professionals to integrate their faith into healthcare as they serve as the hands and feet of Christ, locally and globally.

Nicole is the founder of Voices Against the Grain, a bold counter-culture media and teaching ministry established in May 2013 to help audiences successfully navigate societal issues through the Word of God. Nicole has more than 13 years’ experience as a public relations professional who has provided strategic communications and media relations to elevate educational, health, racial and social justice issues for small business, government and non-profit clients, such as the NAACP, the Office of the Chief of Army Public Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Nicole received her bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and her master of public administration from Regent University in Virginia Beach.

Matt Edwardson, MD | Advisory Council Member

Matt Edwardson, MD, is a stroke neurologist and the faculty advisor for the Georgetown University chapter of CMDA.  Dr. Edwardson is also the principal investigator on studies designed to improve stroke recovery at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. He did his medical training at Northwestern University where he was the CMDA chapter president. He completed his neurology residency training at the University of Washington and a stroke fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Clydette Powell, MD, MPH, FAAP | Advisory Council Member

Clydette Powell, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a child neurologist and public health specialist, with both global and domestic clinical experience. She served on the Board of Trustees for CMDA for eight years. She currently is on the CMDA Commission for Human Trafficking and helped to establish the newly formed Neurology Section at CMDA. For many years, she volunteered her expertise and leadership as Dean, Public and Community Health for the Commission on Continuing Medical and Dental Education.  She has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, and Latin America/Caribbean.

Allen H. Roberts II, MD, MDiv, MA, FCCP, FACP | Advisory Council Member

Dr. Allen Roberts is originally from Alexandria, Virginia. He took his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1977 and his M.D. from George Washington University in 1983. He completed his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 2013, and his M.A. in Bioethics at Trinity International University in 2017.

In 2003, he retired from the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, after a 20 year career in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care, during which time he served as White House Physician under President George H.W. Bush. For the past 15 years, he has practiced Critical Care Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital, where he now serves as the Associate Medical Director for the hospital and Chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee.

Dr. Roberts has been extensively involved in postgraduate medical education, specifically resident education in Critical Care. He has a keen interest in end-of-life care and ethics, and transplantation ethics.

Dr. Roberts is married to Dr. Afsoon Roberts, who practices medicine at George Washington University Hospital.

Mitchell Wallin, MD, MPH | Advisory Council Member

Mitchell Wallin, MD, MPH, is an adult neurologist and epidemiologist and is Director of the VA MS Center of Excellence-East. He has faculty appointments at Georgetown and George Washington University School of Medicine.  He has been involved in the formation of the CMDA Neurology section and for many years volunteered teaching at the Commission on Medical and Dental Education Conferences in Africa and Asia. Dr. Wallin’s research focuses on multiple sclerosis, neuroepidemiology and neuroinfections.

Serena Washington | CMDA DC Chaplain

Serena Washington has served as a chaplain for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches since 2013 and is currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity at Regent University. She served three years in the Air Force Chaplain Candidate Program which afforded her practical application of ministry in a military setting and training as a chaplain while attending seminary. Serena served as a Chaplain for Orphan Care Ethiopia Mission Trip sponsored by Mclean Bible Church's Global Impact Ministry and continues to support Ethiopian Missionaries.  Previously, she served 10 years in the Army National Guard as an Apache and Blackhawk Pilot and Military Intelligence Officer. Serena looks forward to serving as a chaplain to our students, and to prepare both students and healthcare professionals for gospel-readiness through whole person care.

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