PMF Executive Director & Staff

Stalfana A. Bello, M.P.A.

Executive Director

STALFANA BELLO has been the Executive Director of Physicians Medical Forum (PMF) since 2002. PMF’s primary mission is to encourage recruitment and retention of African American physicians in the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area.

Her vision and leadership of the organization’s goals and objectives focus on programs and initiatives related to retaining and increasing the number of practicing African American physicians while eliminating health disparities and improving the quality of life for patients and the overall community. She has worked with the Sinkler Miller Medical Association, the National Medical Association and various hospitals and healthcare organizations in developing policy, healthcare initiatives, and fund development.

Bello received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Public Administration from Cornell University. In 2007, she completed an Executive Management Program at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.

She worked in Municipal Government for the City of Oakland in various positions including Agency Administration Manager for several of the key departments, including the Public Works Agency and the Office of Information Technology. She also worked as a Legislative Assistant in Sacramento for an Assemblyman representing the Richmond area in Contra Costa County.

In addition to reading, her special interests include screenwriting, filmmaking and fund development.

JULIE SHIELDS STRANE

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

JULIE SHIELDS-STRANE has more than 25 years of progressively responsible experience in administrative services and training working as a paralegal, program/project manager and office manager.

She has a strong background in computer software applications and networking, specializing in installation, maintenance, upgrading and configuration of hardware and software.

Julie has been involved in community services working with numerous organizations doing event planning, database management for sponsorships and contributions, coordination programs and volunteer services, and public relations and social media marketing.

She has excellent people skills and is active with youth, healthcare, and other organizations whose mission is to enhance wellness and education throughout the community. Her special interest, in addition to event planning, includes tennis, gardening and growing cactus and succulents plants. Julie is married and has one daughter.

MITTIE GRIGSBY

ACCOUNTANT, MONITORING, EVALUATION

MITTIE GRIGSBY has over 34 years of finance, accounting, cash management and tax expertise. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University, Hayward (now Cal-State East Bay). Mittie built an impressive career and reputation in the Bay Area working for local and national retail giants such as Gap, Inc, Mervyn’s, The Nature Company, Inc., Crescent Jewelers, Inc. She served as Chief Financial Officer for Andronico’s Markets for 9 years where she successfully managed the company through financial difficulties to a multi-million dollar recapitalization.

Mittie has served on the Board of Directors of the Alameda County Community Child Care Council. She is an enrolled agent in good standing and a registered representative with Transamerica Financial Advisors, holding several security licenses.

DIVANA HAYES

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Doctors On Board Pipeline Program
Doctors Rock: Match & Mentor
Doctors Rock: Workshop Series (Test Prep, Essay/Writing, Interview/Communication skill building)

UGOMMA EZE

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

MD/PhD Candidate
Kriegstein Lab
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Program
Eli & Edythe Broad Center for Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research
University of California, San Francisco

JUSTIN BRYDIE

PROGRAM OUTREACH

Graduated from San Lorenzo High School
A.A. Degree from Merritt College
Currently waiting on acceptance to SFSU or CSU East Bay
Major: Psychology
10+ years working with youth organizations in education, sports & fitness, and health & wellness

DANA ABDELGADIR

PROGRAM ASSISTANT & OUTREACH

UC Berkeley, Class of 2018
Public Health, Pre-Med
Completed Doctors On Board and Community Health Ambassadors Internship Program
Currently doing research for Kaiser Permanente
Aspiring physician in Emergency medicine or Orthopedics

LIMI AHMED

PROGRAM ASSISTANT & OUTREACH

UC Berkeley, Class of 2018
Public Health, Pre-Med
Completed 2016 Doctors On Board Pipeline Program
Completed Community Health Ambassador Program
Aspiring Oncologist