Our Team

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Founder & Executive Director, Board Member

As founder of Sickle Cell 101, Cassandra is a passionate sickle cell advocate. Much of her dedication comes from living with sickle cell disease.


She is certifed by the state of California as a Sickle Cell Educator, and she is responsible for creating the educational material and sickle cell curriculum presented by Sickle Cell 101.


Cassandra has a B.A. in Global Studies – Social, Political, and Economic Development from Sonoma State University.



Chief Medical Officer, Board Member

Dr. Quirolo is an expert in sickle cell disease and thalassemia who was formally the Director of the Pediatric Sickle Cell Program and the Apheresis Program at UCSF Benioff’s Children’s Hospital Oakland.

He received his undergraduate at San Francisco State University as a nursing assistant and following a degree in biology went to nursing school at the UCSF School of Nursing. Following graduation he worked as a hematology-oncology nurse in San Francisco, and attended Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. Following medical school he completed a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland and joined a pediatric practice in Berkeley. Continuing to have a desire to care for children outside of his practice, he worked in the urgent care center at Children’s Hospital.


After about ten years of pediatric practice he joined the hematology department at what is now UCSF Benioff’s Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Initially he was the pediatrician for sickle cell and thalassemia patients eventually becoming the director of the pediatric sickle cell program. With a desire to provide red cell exchange for patients with sickle cell disease, he started the apheresis program at the hospital, which expanded to become a comprehensive apheresis unit providing all types of apheresis therapy. Wanting to become more educated about red cell transfusion he completed a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine through the Pathology Department at UCSF School of Medicine.

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Director of Research and Engagement Strategies, Board Member

Dr. Stephen Boateng is a passionate advocate and spokesperson for sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait. As a pharmacist by training, his passion in healthcare stems from his sister living with sickle cell disease and him being a sickle cell trait carrier.


Dr. Boateng’s current research focus area is in sickle cell trait and health equity programs aimed at improving the quality of care and access for sickle cell patients globally. Outside his role as a researcher, he also provides clinical expertise as a medical writer/editor for sickle cell 101 and is the co-host of The Sickle Cell Podcast.


He has completed a clinical rotation at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN with a major focus on sickle cell and hematology. 


Dr. Boateng graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Idaho State University and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University and a Postdoctoral Commercial Fellow at Bayer.


Dr. Boateng enjoys soccer and is currently a coach at the New York Red Bulls working within the Training Programs Division in New Jersey.

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Secretary and Chief Financial Officer, Board Member

Markus is an avid supporter of educating and raising awareness for sickle cell. As a loving husband of a sickle cell warrior, he wholeheartedly aligns with Sickle Cell 101's mission.


Markus is currently a project manager at Mercedes Benz Research and Development North America, but in his free time he volunteers his time to sickle cell projects and events. He also serves as an advisor for Sickle Cell 101.


Markus is also fluent in French, German, and Dutch for international collaborations regarding sickle cell.


Curriculum Advisor, Board Member

Angela's passion for sickle cell advocacy and education stems from her being a mother of five– two with sickle cell disease and two with sickle cell trait.

She is currently a principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Newark, California. Being an educator has given her an immense amount of experience on how to educate others about sickle cell.

Angela has also done sickle cell counseling.

Angela has a M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Iowa State University, and a M.A. in Guidance Counseling/Human growth & Development from the University of Iowa.


Content & Social Media Manager, Sickle Cell 101 Español

Ada is 53 years, living with Sickle Beta Thalassemia.  

In 1990, her doctor at the time, was studying under a researcher in Montefiore who was studying hydroxyurea in sickle cell patients.  Although the study was not complete, they decided to let start the therapy. Once she started, for the first time in her life, she was out of the hospital for more than three months; crises were not as severe as they once were. 

Ada has been able to work steadily without interruption for the past 28 years.  She is a medical assistant by trade and has been an office manager to the cardiology practice for 9 years and in the field for 24 years. She has been married to her wonderful husband for over 12 years, and her family also includes two beautiful and talented nieces, two handsome step-grandsons and 1 beautiful step-granddaughter. 


Her family is very supportive family, starting from her mother, sister, aunts and cousins, and her extended family through marriage. She also has the a Carolina dog/Shepherd mix, who she adores.

Ada volunteers for local sickle cell organizations and provides educational content in for spanish-speaking sickle cell population.


Content Advisor

Dr. Terry L. Jackson received his B.S. in Biology from Virginia State University in 2003 and his PhD. in Genetics and Genomics from Duke University in 2003. Dr. Jackson has the sickle cell disease SS genotype and as a child, he was the first poster child for sickle cell for the state of Virginia.


He conducted research on sickle cell disease in the lab of Dr. Marilyn Telen at Duke University Medical Center and served on the Board of Directors for its sickle cell advocacy group, The Bridges Pointe Foundation. Currently, Dr. Jackson is a strong champion and advocate for the patient population of sickle cell disease.


Community Outreach & Engagement

Brandy Morgan is a dedicated and passionate member of the sickle cell community, who is driven by the loss of a loved one to sickle cell disease.

She is certified by the Department of Public Health as a Sickle Cell Educator, and has worked in the health services field for four years. In addition, she has an educational background in Sociology, as well as, Psychology.


Brandy also sat as a member of the Sickle Cell Community Advisory Council of Northern California, and has collaborated on multiple community events to assist in raising awareness for sickle cell.



Joy Huang graduated from Bowdoin College as a biology major and pre-med student. She has worked in many capacities with public health and health education, including interning for Partners for World Health and working as a biology and health tutor.


She has experience in researching sickle cell disease, and is interested in working with the sickle cell patient population through Sickle Cell 101 to be able to touch real lives with human interaction and online work instead of solely through research.


Her passions include reading, writing, dancing, music, and volunteering.

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