Cheryl A. Boyce recently retired as Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. She served as Director of the Commission from it’s inception in 1986 through late 2010. The Commission was the first state agency in the nation created exclusively to eliminate health disparities for minorities. African Americans, Latino/Hispanics, Asians and Native American Indians constitute priority communities for the agency. She is an independent Public Health Consultant with a specialty in issues of health disparities. A native of East St. Louis, Illinois, her interest in public health was a result of the premature death of her father. She earned a B.S. in Health Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a M.S. in Health Planning and Administration from the University of Cincinnati. Ms. Boyce has held a number of progressively responsible positions in the health and human services field including: Coordinator of the Governor’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health – Ohio; Program Director and Associate Program Director for Advocacy and Protective Services, Inc. and she was employed by the Ohio Department of Health and the Rehabilitation Services Commission. She has been acknowledged for her work as the recipient of numerous awards including: induction into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame (2011); the YWCA Women of Achievement Award for Racial Justice; the 2010 Enlightened Kaleidoscope Award presented by the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence; the 2009 Director’s Award presented by the U S Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health; 2009 Champion of Public Health Award presented by The Ohio State University College of Public Health; the ONI award presented by the International Black Women’s Congress; the Health Hero Award presented by the University of Illinois Chicago, Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center; Outstanding Service Award presented by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at the Great Lakes Regional Conference and the National Sojourner Truth Award presented by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. Ms. Boyce completed an ELPH Kellogg Fellowship at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health at Chapel Hill. She is an active member of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church. Ms. Boyce commits numerous hours of service to professional and civic activities including: Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Disparities, the American Public Health Association, the Commonwealth Fund National Advisory Panel for Reducing and Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, and the National Cancer Institute PRG for Health Disparities. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, Multiple Myeloma Opportunities for Research and Education (MMORE), and the Schweitzer Fellowship Advisory Board. She is the board chair of the HealthPath Foundation of Ohio and is the Immediate Past President of the National Association of State Offices of Minority Health. She is married to Russell Boyce and they are the proud parents of a daughter, Dr. Ebony Boyce Carter, MD, MPH.