Meet the team
We are proud to have such dedicated members in our organization. We are always looking for anyone who would like to volunteer their time and efforts to such a needed cause. We have had a number of college students and even some high school students join us at our events. We are also proud to have a number of Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, and other health care workers volunteering and serving on our board.
Omolabake Fadeyibi, RN,
MA, MSN, FNP-BC
CEO and Founder of LabakCare
Omolabake has a BSN, MSN, MA-Health education, and a FNP-BC. She founded LabakCare in 2006 because of her desire to help those who were not able to get proper health care treatment. She is always thinking of ways to help underpriveledged communities both domestically and internationally. Her close family and close friends sometimes tease her and say "you are on a mission to save the world."
Omolabake's nursing career started back in Lagos Nigeria where she graduated from nursing School in 1977 and midwifery school in 1980. She worked in registered nursing as well as nurse midwife positions in Government Hospital in Lagos Nigeria. She became a public Health Nurse in 1985 and worked as a Public Health Nursing Sister in a Health Center in Lagos Nigeria.
In the US, Omolabake worked as a registered nurse in the labor and delivery unit at Temple University hospital in Philadelphia for several years. She started teaching clinical nursing as adjunct professor of nursing in maternity, health assessment, and community health nursing since 2005 til present. She also presently works as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner for FamCare Inc, that serve the low or no income communities in Vineland NJ.
Folaji Fadeyibi, MBA, PMP
Program & Project Director
Folaji holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, an MBA, and Project Management Professional Certification. Although he has spent most of his career in the energy sector, he is able to utilize his knowledge in Project Management to help LabakCare plan and organize international and domestic medical missions.
Dr. Adetola Louis-Jacques
Chair of International Affairs
Adetola Louis-Jacques was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She received her M.D. from the University of Vermont. She completed her Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Lehigh Valley Health Network in 2014. She is currently a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow at the University of South Florida in Tampa Florida. She has served as the chair of international affair for over a year. Her vision aligns with one of Labakcare goals, which is to decrease maternal morbidity and mortality in underserved areas nationally and internationally.
Dr. Bitrus Gwamna
Bitrus Paul Gwamna holds a B.Sc. in mass communication from the University of Lagos Nigeria, and an M.A. in journalism from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois.He is also a graduate of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, having obtained a Ph.D. in communication from that institution in 1992.
Dr. Bitrus Gwamna began his career as a broadcast journalist with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Kaduna. He also taught at various institutions in the state of Ohio, before his appointment to the faculty of Iowa Wesleyan College where he was a full time tenured professor before the communication program was discontinued in January 2015.
Dr. Gwamna has presented several conference papers, some as joint presentations with his spouse, Dr. Olabisi T. Gwamna. He now consults as an editor on theses, dissertations and journal articles. He is a past president of the Mount Pleasant Evening rotary Club in the state of Iowa; Past Grand Knight St. Alphonsus Council in Mount Pleasant Iowa; President Midwest Branch of Zumunta USA; past chairman of the board of trustees of Zumunta USA; President Southern Kaduna in the Diaspora (SOKADUSA).
Chair of Student Relations
Zach is currently a first-year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM). He graduated from Messiah College with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. In between college and starting medical school, Zach worked as an Emergency Department Technician and spent some time volunteering at an inner city health clinic in Chicago, IL. Zach is recently married, he has one dog and one cat, and he enjoys playing guitar for his church on Sunday mornings.
Joan R. Bloch, PhD, CRNP
Director of Wellness
Joan R. Bloch, PhD, CRNP, is Associate Professor of Nursing (tenured), and has secondary appointments as Associate Professor of Nutritional Science and Public Health at Drexel University. In her over 30+ years experience as an educator, she has extensive experience supervising master’s and doctoral level students in the field of women’s health. Since 1981, Dr. Bloch has practiced as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and most currently, practices in a public-funded prenatal clinic.
After completing a National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) post-doctoral research fellowship, Dr. Bloch has maintained an active program of perinatal health disparities research. She has served as a Principal Investigator (PI) on 5 funded and 4 unfunded research projects. Dr. Bloch has authored 47 refereed/non-refereed journal articles, 4 book chapters, and 60 refereed paper and poster presentations. Dr. Bloch has been invited to serve on multiple research-related committees at the university and in professional nursing and public health organizations.
Iyabode Adewale, Pharm D, MBA, RPH
Born in Plateau State of Nigeria in 1956 to Christian Baptist parents, Iyabode learnt from her early age the blessings in giving and sharing whatever one has, big or small. She is an Alumnus of the University of Ife, Ile Ife, Nigeria and the University of Florida, USA.
Iyabode has worked in several hospitals both in Nigeria and the USA and also in retail pharmacies. A diabetes educator, she is in retail pharmacy business in Pennsylvania State, USA with three other pharmacists as partners.
At her mother’s funeral service, she prayed for the strength and enablement, not only to continue with her parents’ ministry of giving, but for God’s grace to improve on theirs by going out to meet the needy and not just waiting for them to come to her for help.
The answer to her prayers came with the introduction of Labakcare to her by a friend and member of the group, Funmi. Leah as commonly called, loves traveling and learning in ‘real life’ the history and culture of all of God’s creation with no discrimination or boundaries.She is blessed with children and grandchildren who have been beautifully and wonderfully made.
Toyin Fadeyibi, Pharm D, CCP
Oluwatoyin Fadeyibi received her doctorate in Pharmacy from Temple University, and her Master's in Public Health from Drexel University's School of Public Health. She enjoys using both of her backgrounds in her current role as a Clinical Pharmacy Consultant with the city of Philadelphia's Behavioral Health System where she serves as a Public health pharmacist.
She served as Vice President of Labakcare for 3 years, and helped to foster several partnerships, recruit and motivate volunteers and plan several successful medical missions. Her current role as Board Advisor focuses primarily on offering organizational direction, strategic advice that will continue to help broaden LabakCare's network and increase the impact of the Organization in communities locally and abroad.
Amanda Arnold holds her bachelors degree from Rutgers University, with a major in Graphic Design. She is a skilled graphic designer, owns a doula practice, and is a homeschool mom to two. Amanda is able to use her wide skill set to serve LabakCare as the Outreach Coordinator. In her free time she enjoys art and spending quality time with her husband and children.