Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion Committee (DEBI)

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Gaylord recognizes that it must be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization to succeed as a healthcare provider and employer of choice.

The Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion Committee, also known as the DEBI Committee was created to provide education, insight, counsel, and assistance. Its diverse employee membership assures a wide variety of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences are shared with the organization. This collaboration helps Gaylord achieve its goal of providing compassionate, cross-cultural care while creating a work environment where all community members feel secure, welcomed, and heard.

The DEBI committee, was formed in January 2021. Since then, DEBI has made our committee and our mission not just be known to our Gaylord family, but available to them as well. We have been able to create platforms for conversations and education that otherwise may have been taboo. As we look forward to the future, we hope to ensure that our views on diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion are very clear to the outside world, whether future patients, staff or donors.


Encourage acceptance of cultural diversity and inclusion throughout our health system by providing education and modeling desired behaviors.
Advise and support the recruitment, retention, and advancement of staff from diverse backgrounds.
Provide resources and training to all staff, volunteers, and contractors on diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion.
Create, foster, and ensure that Gaylord provides a culturally sensitive work environment for staff and a welcoming environment for patients and visitors.
Explore how Gaylord can improve access to quality healthcare for underserved populations in our community.

Meet the Committee

Cheryl Joyner-1

Cheryl Joyner,
Manager/Rev. Cycle Experience

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certified Liasion, Cornell University

Andy Huang

Andy Huang,
Vice Chair
IT Manager

Committee Members

Lisa Kalafus

Lisa Kalafus,
Committee Secretary
Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer

Joy Christi

Joy Christi Przestwor
Manager/Rev. Cycle Experience

Lisetta Thomas

Lisetta Thomas
Benefit Verification Rep

Allison Betlej-1

Allison Betlej
Marketing Coordinator

Jacob Hunter-1

Jacob Hunter
Senior Director of Outpatient Clinical Services

Priti Kapoor-1

Priti Kapoor
Annual Giving Officer

Mitch Podab-1

Mitch Podob
Vice President of Human Resources

Astou Seye

Astou Seye
NEMG Hospitalist

Samuel Osei

Samuel Osei
RN/Nurse Supervisor

Ronell Donovan

Ronell Donovan
Admissions Authorization Specialist