Board of Directors

Edward Jenkins III, JD

Edward Jenkins, III works to ensure that the vision and mission of CMMP are continually met through initiatives that actively engage minority students interested in careers in medicine. Mr. Jenkins received a bachelor ‘s degree in Business Administration from Xavier University of Louisiana, and a master’s degree in Healthcare Management from the University of New Orleans. He also earned a Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. Edward now serves as a Multi-Practice Administrator for North Oaks Physician Group (NOPG). In his role, Edward oversees the daily operations of the North Oaks Family Medicine Clinic and North Oaks Primary Care Clinic.


Stephen Noble, MD

Already extremely accomplished with a Medical Doctorate and Master’s degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Noble currently serves as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Lieutenant Commander in the Medical Corps Division of the United States Navy. His unique sets of accomplishments allow Dr. Noble to bring a fresh perspective to CMMP with regards to service and community. With non-profit organizations playing an integral role in his life, Dr. Noble understands the importance of CMMP and its role in increasing the diversity within the medical community.


Lauren Payne, MD, MS

Dr. Payne received her Medical Doctorate from Morehouse School of Medicine and her Master’s Degree from Georgia State University. She recently completed dermatology residency at Howard University Hospital. All of her post-graduate experiences helped to strengthen her passion for working with underserved communities. The support and encouragement she has received by mentors throughout her medical career is the same support she hopes to provide to future students interested in medicine.


Michelle Washington, PharmD

Dr. Washington received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee, where after graduation she was a postdoctoral fellow, with special research interest in Women’s Health. She later pursed a career in clinical pharmacy and currently works as a community pharmacy manager. Dr. Washington recognizes the need for more minority medical professionals and its direct correlation to minority health disparities. Her involvement with CMMP introduces a new vantage point and range of knowledge and experience.