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.
Dave Nwamuo is a Clinical Operations Manager at Catalent Pharma Solutions who received his Bachelor's degree in Biology/Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis. He is experienced with a demonstrated history of working in the pharmaceutical industry, in biotechnology, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Life Sciences, CRO Management, and Validation.
Dr. Oloruntosin Adeyanju, MD
Oloruntosin Adeyanju received her M.D. and Pediatric Residency training from Emory University in GA. She subsequently received fellowship training in Pediatric Hospital Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and is now an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis. As a pediatrician, the health of all children and by extension all families is a natural passion. Through health screenings and education, Labakcare’s mission of improving health in underserved communities directly aligns with these interests.
Dr. Adetola Louis-Jacques
Director 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.
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.
Martyna Werder, BSN, RN, CLC
Martyna studied nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She graduated in 2014 with her BSN and has served moms as they welcome their babies in downtown Philadelphia hospitals for the past 5 years. She is passionate about maternal-child health, breastfeeding education, and improving health literacy. Working with LabakCare allows her to share her love for people with likeminded individuals and serve others.
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. Bitrus Gwamna, PhD
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).
Michael T. Wakatama
Director of Fundraising
Michael T. Wakatama is an American-Born Zimbabwean currently employed by the National Football League (NFL) Alumni Association. In this role Michael works with former professional (American) football players to help navigate their post-football days and help them become involved with the NFL Alumni’s charitable endeavors through 37 Chapters.
As an alum of Worcester State University in Massachusetts, Michael’s career started in the telecommunications world working in key positions with Verizon, T-Mobile, and Time-Warner before embarking on his next journey into Real Estate. Michael is also a Managing Partner of thehomestoreusa.com which provides concierge moving services to current and former professional athletes. Michael is also a very passionate (& accomplished) cook and plans to have an Afro/Caribbean restaurant in the future.
LabakCare Student Organization
Chinedu a Ezikanyi is a 1st year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Natural Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to medical school, Chinedu enjoyed working as a registered nurse in various departments and medical settings. As the president of LabakCare Student Organization at DUCOM, Chinedu plans to foster the spirit of service to the underserved communities. He is committed to advancing the vision of LabakCare organization within the University as well as the greater Philadelphia area and around the world.
LabakCare Student Organization
Chad Fanti is a 1st-year medical student at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology at Tufts University in Medford, MA. Working in underserved communities, he developed a passion for empowering communities by working directly with them and increasing access to care. As Vice President of LSO, he is excited to grow the organization’s impact and move forward its mission of providing accessible care to the Philadelphia community and globally.
LabakCare Student Organization
Chetna Chopra is an MD candidate at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology from West Chester University in West Chester, PA. Having grown up in the Philadelphia area as well as in India, she is passionate about LabakCare’s mission to provide care to underserved communities in the PA/NJ area as well as abroad. Prior to medical school, she worked as a medical scribe in family medicine.
LabakCare Student Organization
Bella Archer is a 1st-year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She received her Bachelors's degree in Neuroscience at University of Delaware in Newark, DE. Bella grew up in Ghana prior to moving to the US and she is very passionate about serving the community in whatever way she can. Bella's missions and goals align with LabakCare's and she is looking forward to working with the organization to provide care to the community and globally.
Joan R. Bloch, PhD, CRNP
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.
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.