KISF Board of Directors
Below, you can get to know the Board of Directors of the KIS Foundation that are making a difference in the world of Sickle Cell Disease.
Vanessa Bell Calloway
Chairman of the Board, and Actor
Vanessa Bell Calloway is a stage, screen and television actress who’s earned eight NAACP Image Award nominations. She won the “NAACP Theater Award for Best Actress” for her critically acclaimed role as Zora Neale Hurston in “Letters From Zora”. Vanessa uses her relationships within the African-American social community here in Los Angeles.
Mrs. Calloway’s brother, Calvin Bell, died from complications of SCD in 2003. Vanessa is committed to the founding and support of the KIS. Foundation, Inc. from its inception. She is married to Dr. Anthony Calloway, and is the Mother of two amazing daughters. The Calloway/Bell families are ardent and dedicated financial supporters of the KIS Foundation, Inc.
Mrs. Calloway is a breast cancer survivor and advocate; A graduate of Ohio University; A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Supporter of Genesee House for domestic abuse. Vanessa can be heard on Blog Talk Radio Show “That’s So Very Vanessa", and she has two hit web series “In The Company Of Friends”, and “Cookin & Hookin Up”.
Founder, Board President &
Executive Director of KISF
KiKi Shepard has worked with the National Association (SCDAA) as their Spokesperson for 10 years, carries Sickle Cell Trait, and uses her national celebrity to raise awareness. Ms. Shepard is an actress and is best known as the “Apollo Queen of Fashion”. For 15 years, she starred as the smashing co-host of NBC’s original “It’s Showtime at the Apollo”.
KiKi Shepard is a graduate of Howard University and holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and has relationships with Herbalife, Xerox, California African America Museum, Verizon, Sickle Cell Foundation of Orange County, SCD Collaborative. In addition to associations with numerous high-level celebrities, and several top television shows. Ms. Shepard is the proud Guardian and Auntie/Mom to two teenage nieces.
KISF Board Secretary, and KISF Director of Operations
LaTonia Robinson was a major influence in the creation of The KIS Foundation with over 13 years experience in the non-profit sector. She is a Founding Member of The KIS Foundation and works diligently to pursue the foundation’s strategic vision through the development and implementation of advocacy campaigns, special events, marketing, and business operations to support organizational growth. Ms. Robinson previously served as the Advocacy / Development Associate for St. Mary’s Foundation for Children (Bayside, NY) a sub-acute healthcare organization that specializes in children with special needs.
Ms. Robinson is a graduate from the State University of New York at Farmingdale with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Technology , and her Masters in Operations Management from the University of Phoenix. LaTonia is also a Plus Model; Lifestyle Blogger; Freelance Writer; and Video Journalist.
KISF Board Treasurer, Fleet Manager & Salesman for Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills
André Dawson is a Fleet Manager & Top Salesman at Mercedes-Benz Beverly Hills, California. He is also a Founding Member and major influence in the creation of The KIS Foundation. Mr. Dawson is the Father of one son with Sickle Cell Disease and a Dedicated Lifetime Advocate.
André also works with the Boys & Girls Club, Watts Willowbrook; Member of National Sales Network; Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; Board Member, Project Angel Food.
Sr. Vice President Managing Director of National Strategic Markets for U.S. Bank
Lenny McNeill is an extremely accomplished businessman, and has made his mark on the banking industry for over 37 years. During that time, he has provided his skill and acumen to numerous banking institutions such as Bank of America, Chase Bank, WAMU, and U.S. Bank.
Mr. McNeill has served for 36 years in Consumer banking and 26 years in Home Mortgage banking, and is currently the Senior Vice President Managing Director of National Strategic Markets for U S Bank.
While Mr. McNeill has received numerous accolades for his historic work in the banking arena, he is very proud of his most recent honors as U S Bank Home Mortgage 2016 “Leader of the Year”, U S Bank 2015 & 2016 Presidents Club Recipient, and his beloved fraternity Omega Psi Phi’s Educational Foundation 2016 “Man of the Year” Award.
Mr. McNeill is also a member of some of the country’s most prestigious banking associations such as the NAHREP, NAREB, AREAA, LA NHS, and is a graduate of UC Riverside with a Bachelor’s degree in History.
Arjay Smith has been a film and television actor for the last 24 years. He can be seen on The Day After Tomorrow, Sons of Anarchy, The Journey of Allen Strange and the upcoming TBS series The Guest Book.
He is also the founder of a sonic and visual production company. He has volunteered and participated in KISF events for the last 11 years. He met his Wife, Brittany Scott Smith, at the KIS Celebrity Bowling Tournament.
Arjay has overseen production for a song by youth within the National Guard; Volunteered for the Braille Institute Olympics; Participated in the Revlon Run/Walk for 14 years; Served twice as Jr. Grand Marshal in the Winter Wonderland Parade; Made personal appearances, speaking with kids across the United States through the “Philips Let’s Connect” program; and has hosted five annual Kids 4 Kids Toy Drives for neglected and abused children.
Brittany Scott Smith
Brittany Scott Smith is a graduate of Spelman College. She has worked for companies such as Broadway Federal Bank, Sony and CBS. She most recently served as Supervising Producer on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. She has volunteered for the KIS Foundation for many years and met her Husband, Arjay Smith, at the KIS Celebrity Bowling Tournament.
Brittany has worked on community outreach and financial literacy programs for Broadway Federal Bank; Volunteered for the Jackie Robinson Foundation; Participated in the Revlon Run/Walk; Volunteered for cancer awareness booths for the American Cancer Society in underserved areas of Los Angeles; and Volunteered at the LA Food Bank.
Dr. Anthony Calloway
Chief of Anesthesiology at Beach District Surgery Center
Dr. Anthony M. Calloway, M.D., is Chief of Anesthesiology at Beach District Surgery Center, Redondo Beach, CA. and the Principal Founding Partner of Power Solutions Consulting Inc.
Dr. Calloway received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Morehouse College. He then earned a medical doctorate degree from Meharry Medical College. His post doctorate training in anesthesiology was completed at Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital inLos Angeles, CA.
Dr. Calloway was a co-founder of BC2 Environmental Corporation, a premier environmental drilling company serving Northern and Southern California, and acted as Vice President of the organization from 1993 to 2008.
Dr. Calloway serves on numerous boards and is a member of various professional associations and organizations. He has two beautiful daughters, Ashley and Alexandra and has been married to his beautiful, talented, and loving wife, actress Vanessa Bell Calloway, for 29 years.