Who We Are


Kyle Samperton, May 17, 2010, The Phillips Collection Gala, Janell Duncan, Larry Duncan

Janell Mayo Duncan, President and Founder

Janell Mayo Duncan is the President and Founder of Living Well Black, Inc. She was appointed, beginning Fall semester of 2012, as a postdoctoral fellow in the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Duncan served as Senior Counsel to the Chairman of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). During her tenure, Ms. Duncan represented the CPSC on the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team and on Presidential task forces relating to children’s health and emerging technologies (nanotechnology).

Ms. Duncan served as a member of the Obama-Biden Administration Agency Transition Team for the CPSC. In this capacity she advised the CPSC Agency Review Team Leads on the state of the agency and identified areas most in need of reform.

Before joining the CPSC, Ms. Duncan served in Washington D.C. as Senior Counsel at Consumers Union (CU), the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. For nearly a decade, she worked with federal regulatory agencies, Congress, and the media to create policies beneficial to consumers. She focused on the areas of product safety, toy safety, dietary supplements, pharmaceutical safety and affordability, drug industry marketing practices, and managed care reform. While at CU, she served as advisor to the organization’s “PrescriptionForChange” grassroots pharmaceutical industry consumer education and e-reform campaign. Ms. Duncan provided additional expertise to regulators and Congress in the area of banking and financial service reform. In addition to advocacy, Ms. Duncan advised writers for Consumer Reports on current laws, regulations, and pending legislation, reviewed Consumer Reports health and product safety articles to ensure accuracy and consistency with CU’s policy objectives, and assisted CU’s General Counsel on legal matters, including drafting and reviewing contracts, and providing legal counsel to CU’s business departments.

Before her tenure at CU, Ms. Duncan was an associate with the law firm of Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, PLLC (Arent Fox), in Washington, D.C., where she concentrated her practice in the areas of food and drug, product safety, and advertising law. Prior to joining Arent Fox, Ms. Duncan worked to preserve the integrity of the nation’s food and drug supply as an Assistant Chief Counsel for Enforcement in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of the Chief Counsel. She began her professional career as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Foley & Lardner, where she worked on litigation matters, as well as regulatory issues involving the FDA and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Ms. Duncan has served on the boards of local organizations dedicated to consumer protection and works with local organizations dedicated to the elimination of disparities and improving the number and quality of years of life for African Americans and people of African descent. She also volunteers her time sharing child health and safety information with local groups of pregnant women and mothers and fathers of young children.

Ms. Duncan received her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School, and was graduated from Wellesley College, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and psychology.


linkedin-profile-pic-michelle-cohen-2Michelle Cohen, Treasurer and Co-Founder

Ms. Cohen is a former business development project manager with Xerox Corporation.  While with Xerox she launched a sector-wide sales training program and provided strategic planning for several business lines within the corporation’s Public Sector Business Group.  She also provided support to Xerox’s sales staff through market research, competitive analyses, and internal reviews in support of the company’s sales operations.

Prior to joining Xerox, Ms. Cohen served as Finance Manager in the Development Office for Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, in Georgetown, D.C.  As Finance Manager, she managed fundraising revenue streams, assisted in designing campaigns, and developed and implemented fundraising strategies through telephone outreach, and alumni and donor events.  While at Georgetown Visitation, Ms. Cohen brought several improvements to the fundraising process, including launching an automated process to provide new insight into donor patterns.  Ms. Cohen also coordinated matching and foundation gifts through United Way and the Combined Federal Campaign, and managed the school’s donor acknowledgement process.  In addition, Ms. Cohen generated the School’s Annual Report including designating an honor roll of donors, and noting gifts from alumnae, gifts from current parents, and coordinating a “special gifts and partners” program.

Before joining Georgetown Visitation, Ms. Cohen served as Operations and Marketing Consultant for Blaqwell, Inc., where she developed and assisted in the implementation of a comprehensive marketing strategy for major area law firms. In addition, she conducted a benchmark study on the role and effectiveness of Chief Marketing Officers at the top ten law firms in the District of Columbia, including writing surveys, contacting firms to participate, conducting interviews, documenting her findings, presenting her findings to clients, and providing recommendation to clients for the restructuring of their marketing departments.

Ms. Cohen served as a Finance Manager, and then Senior Consultant at Oracle Corporation prior to joining Blaqwell, Inc.  At Oracle, she served as a data warehouse lead for the implementation of Oracle Financials, and Oracle Application Data Warehouse at a major educational institution.  Possessing a top secret security clearance, Ms. Cohen also assisted in the testing phase for implementation of Oracle Government Financials modules for an agency-wide federal deployment.  As Finance Manager, Ms. Cohen prepared a 3-year corporate strategic plan, and managed operating and capital asset budgets, including financial planning, development, tracking, and reporting.

Prior to her work at Oracle Corporation, Ms. Cohen worked as a Financial Analyst for Nichols Dezenhall, where she generated monthly invoices for clients, troubleshot problems with client accounts, and coordinated payments to vendors.  She worked closely with the company’s Vice President of Finance and senior management to provide analyses of creative revenue and employee billable hours.  Ms. Cohen also maintained the firm’s computer network, including cost benefit analyses for equipment purchases, assisting in software selection, and presenting technology-related recommendations to executive staff.

Ms. Cohen earned a Masters of Business Administration, with honors, and Master Certificate in International Business from Marymount University, where she served as a Graduate Assistant to the Dean of the School of Business.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Resource Economics from Texas A&M University.


Angele Douglas Russell, Secretary

Mrs. Russell is an attorney, a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and a small business owner of “Dinners + Dates,” an exclusive service offering creative planning and execution assistance for dates and private dinners.  Prior to starting her business, Mrs. Russell served as legal fellow to Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  Before working at the CPSC, Mrs. Russell served as a legal fellow for Congressman John Spratt (D-SC) in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Mrs. Russell also worked for the Supreme Court of Uganda as a legal intern assisting Ugandan Supreme Court Justices.  Prior to law school, Mrs. Russell served in the Peace Corps, where she was stationed in Tanzania, East Africa as a HIV/AIDS volunteer.

Mrs. Russell currently is an independent consultant.  In this capacity, she serves as brand strategy consultant and business manager for comedienne and actress Yvonne Orji.  Mrs. Russell recently secured a magazine feature with T.D. Jakes Ministries for Yvonne’s Rock Your Stance clothing line and manages the overall branding of the website, as well as working to secure partnerships on behalf of the brand.

Mrs. Russell has provided creative, event planning, marketing, research, writing, and editing talent for various notables including Dr. Jeff Gardere, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), and actor Terrence Howard.  She is a freelance writer for Insight Magazine, Madame Noire, Urban Cusp, and she writes for her own service blog, “May I Speak To Your Manager?”

Mrs. Russell holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Charleston and a Juris Doctorate from the Charleston School of Law.  She was awarded an L.L.M. in Law & Government (Regulatory) by the American University’s Washington College of Law in 2011.


Belinda Hankins

Belinda Hankins is an award-winning businesswoman with over 20 years of progressive experience with industry leaders and Fortune 100 companies, including over 15 years of outstanding contributions in Digital & Social Media. Her areas of expertise include digital strategy, planning, implementation, marketing, website analysis and business development.  Currently serving as an independent consultant, Ms. Hankins has served as executive advisor and consultant to businesses, helping them to achieve their digital media and organizational goals.

Prior to serving as an independent consultant, Ms. Hankins served as a Vice President to start-up Revolution Health Group (RHG), where she spearheaded strategic vision, creative development, and planned and implemented Social Networking, Consumer Advocacy and Patient Expert Programs for the initial launch of the Revolution Health website.  Before her tenure at RHG, Ms. Hankins served as Vice President, General Manager for American Online (AOL), where she directed strategic planning and all aspects of interactive programming, strategic business initiatives, and community operations.  While at AOL, to create synergistic partnerships, she brokered partnerships within Time Warner Inc., with businesses that include, Time Inc. Publications, Warner Brothers, HBO, and New Line Cinema.  She also created targeted content and social media strategies for market segments, including health, education, entertainment, news and life-styles. While at AOL, she conceived of and coordinated the launch of a new premium offering targeting African-Americans, capitalizing on a growing and under-served market segment.  The site ranked among the top three African-American and urban websites for unique users within three months of launch.  Before joining AOL, Ms. Hankins worked in marketing and sales for Computer Data Systems and Xerox Corporation.

Ms. Hankins has been recognized for her work, including being named as one of the “Top 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology” in 2009, receiving the “New Media Leadership Award” from Women of Color National Technology and Business.  She has been sought after for comment by the press and has been interviewed by USA Today, ADWEEK, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post, and Internet.com.  In addition, she was profiled in the article “AOL True Believers” for Fast Company Magazine.

Ms. Hankins received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.

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