Renee Brown Small
CEO and Co-Founder
Renee understands the long-term journey ahead of women diagnosed with uterine fibroids. She is committed to sharing information on the options and treatment of uterine fibroids, believing that women should have open and honest access to every resource that offers a solution. Always striving to empower women with the knowledge they need to make informed choices and decisions, Renee personally understands the frustration that can be the world of a diagnosis of uterine fibroids.
Over the past few years, Renee and her co-founder, Nnamdi, have built The Fibroids Project, designed to be the resource for both patients and health providers. They have tirelessly researched and gathered information, contacted treatment providers and interviewed prominent physicians and researchers focused on fibroid treatment and prevention. The goal has always been the same—to share that information openly and honestly with as many women affected by uterine fibroids as possible.
Renee currently oversees the site’s long-term direction and manages content for The Fibroids Project. The wife and mother of two sons, she is living proof of the possibilities for women diagnosed with uterine fibroids.
Nnamdi G. Osuagwu
CIO and Co-Founder
Nnamdi’s first exposure to the issue of uterine fibroids came through his sister, Dr. NgoziOsuagwu and her book, “Letters to My Sisters.” An interesting read became personal when he learned his good friend, Renee, was affected and looking for solutions. His offer to help came from his own place of passion—technology—where, in his own words “I break and build things to make better things.”
Nnamdi is responsible for the technical implementation, infrastructure and online brand of The Fibroids Project. He finds joy in leveraging his technology background to advance The Fibroids Project with the long-term goal of tapping technological advances to make information and resources easy and personalized for every woman affected by fibroids.
A published author of various books including, “Facebook Addiction” and “A Quick Guide To Starting A Business”, Nnamdi is an Information Technology Consultant who works with a wide variety of private clients via his consulting firm, Strategic Generation. He holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Temple University and a MS in Cyber Security from Fordham University.
Ayman Al-Hendy, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACOG
Chief Medical Expert
Dr. Ayman Al-Hendy is currently the Georgia Regents University Director of Interdisciplinary Translational Research, Assistant Dean for Global Translational Research and Professor and Director Division of Translational Research.
Dr. Al-Hendy’s medical research interests focus on developing novel therapies, including gene and stem cell therapy for premature ovarian failure, endometriosis and, particularly, uterine fibroids. He is currently researching the utility of various nutritional supplements as possible non-surgical therapy for uterine fibroids.
In 2010, Dr. Al-Hendy was awarded the America Society of Reproductive Medicine’s 2010 Ira and Ester Rosenwaks Award for his significant contribution to the field of translational reproductive biology and in 2014 he received the Alpha Omega Alpha clinical scientist of the year award from the Medical Honor Society. Dr. Al-Hendy’s research is continuously funded by various agencies, such as NIH, NICHD, NCRR USDA, ODS and other national and international organizations. He is currently serving as Chair of the NIH Integrative Clinical Endocrinology and Reproduction IRG. To date, Dr. Al-Hendy has published more than 107 peer reviewed publications in high tier peer reviewed scientific journals, presented more than 200 presentations in national and international meetings and has edited 4 medical books.
He currently resides in Augusta, Georgia where he is an active gynecologist at Georgia Regents University, with a clinical practice focused on treatment of uterine fibroids.
LaShieka Hunter has a rich relationship with the written word. From Seventeen to Essence, from O The Oprah Magazine to The New York Times and from Huffington Post to Ebony and Jet, LaShieka has most likely influenced, edited or written something you’ve read.
Her career has included working as Assistant Editor for the health and relationship section of Essence, where she edited columns for Michael Eric Dyson and Hilda Hutcherson, M.D. She managed online and offline content for the PR Department of St. Francis Hospital, an award-winning heart center on Long Island. And, most recently she joined the Black AIDS Institute as a media and public relations consultant where she manages content for the organization’s website and weekly newsletter.
She has written publicity bios for celebrities such as Chris Paul, Boyz II Men, Cheryl “Salt” James, Lyfe Jennings, Michael Mauldin, Jessica White and Jerod Mayo. Her essay “Priorities” was featured in the 2010 anthology “Souls of My Young Sisters” (Kensington). LaShieka recently completed an 11-page guide for the Sundance Film Festivals’ award-winning documentary “American Promise.”
LaShieka was drawn to the mission of the Fibroids Project and will be providing and editing content for the organization’s website and many upcoming projects.
Chief Health Coach
Sixteen years ago, after engaging in eight years of introspection and change precipitated by her diagnosis with uterine fibroids, Hilary Beard walked away from a successful career in sales, marketing and management with Fortune 50 companies to follow her dream of becoming a writer.
Today she is an award-winning freelance journalist and editor who has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and regularly writes about health, parenting and education publications ranging from Ebony to Essence to TheRoot.com. She is also a co-author of nine books, some New York Times best- sellers, including “Health First! The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide” and “Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and In Life,” both NAACP Image Award winners.
Now that she’s landed on her feet in her dream career, Hilary helps others find passion and fulfillment in their lives to become the people God intended them to be. She is a Certified Professional Coach, specializing in helping people navigate her “Faith Walks”—the uncharted territory between the life they’re outgrowing and the life they desire. Her clients have “faith walked” their way out of corporate America and into self-employment; out of unfulfilling jobs into ones that better match their gifts and callings; away from fear of job loss to side businesses that generate additional income and from feeling bored and disappointed in their lives to opening music studios and writing and performing in the New York Fringe Festival.
Hilary will be coaching The Fibroids Project clients along their own journey to wellness. You can friend her on Facebook by searching HilaryBeardAuthor, follow her on Twitter at @hilarybeard or visit her website at www.hilarybeard.com.
Ngozi Osuagwu, MD
Dr. Ngozi Osuagwu is a passionate advocate for eliminating health disparities among women from diverse minority populations. As a champion of women’s health initiatives, an award-winning author and an inspiring keynote speaker, she uses any means necessary to promote preventive health care and share practical tips with women of all ages about sustaining a healthy lifestyle. This is truly evident in her book, Letters to My Sisters: Plain Truths and Straightforward Advice from a Gynecologist (Published 2006 by Ben Bosah Books).
Dr. Osuagwu is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Integrative and Holistic Medicine, as well as a NAMS-Certified Menopause Practitioner. She currently serves as the Clinical Director of the Women’s Health Center at Doctors Hospital and a Clinical Professor at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.