The purpose of RESOLVE’s Inclusion Council is to advise RESOLVE on content ideas, public awareness efforts when it comes to reaching BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community, and, help facilitate partnerships with other entities/organizations to share the work RESOLVE does.
Linda Strano-Burton is a mental health therapist with a goal to empower her clients to take the first step in regaining their well-being after struggling with hardships, personal challenges, or even loss. Linda’s own life’s journey led hear to the field of counselling and it has given her a unique understanding of various individual and family concerns, including depression, anxiety and other personal and familial hardships.
Particularly and personally, she is fully committed to embracing individuals who are planning, or in the process of building a family, as well as those grieving loss from this process. As a fertility warrior herself, she understands the pain, suffering, and the multitude of losses that are often not recognized by society. Linda is also a Peer Led Support Group host for RESOLVE, an advocate and DIY Walk of Hope Chair.
Daniela Colaci is a medical doctor who completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellowship in Reproductive Medicine in Argentina. In addition to her medical degree, Dr. Colaci holds a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health and is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
She has more than 15 years of experience in women’s health spanning clinical care, academic research, public health, and the private sector. Over the past few years, Daniela has held Director-level positions at biotech and telehealth companies focused on women’s health. She also sits on the Board of Directors of Pro Mujer; an organization committed to women’s empowerment through financial inclusion, education, and access to healthcare for women in underserved communities in Latin America.
Dejha Deaver is the owner of an event planning and design company, Memories in the Making. She has years of experience in special education and local government. Her tenure in government allowed her to gain training in diversity, equity, and inclusion- specifically, racial equity.
After her own personal experience with infertility, Dejha decided to dedicate her time to advocacy and supporting others. She is a very active RESOLVE volunteer–co-chair for the Raleigh Walk of Hope, Triangle Area General Infertility for Minorities Support Group Host & BIPOC PLSG Leader and advocate for Coverage at Work program.
While serving on the Council, she hopes to raise awareness around health disparities affecting infertility, bring equitable ideas/solutions, and destigmatize infertility within the communities of people of color.
In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, trying new foods, and shopping.
Dr. Lowell Ku
Dr. Lowell Ku received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from Emory University. He then went on to get his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where he also served as class president all four years.
Dr. Ku completed training in both family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at John Peter Smith Hospital where he was elected chief resident for both residencies. As an Ob-Gyn resident, Dr. Ku was awarded the prestigious Pritchard Prize Paper Award given by the Texas Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology for the best resident research.
Dr. Ku was also honored with numerous recognitions including the Outstanding Medical Specialty Resident Award in 2004 and 2005. He also was honored by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists with an award for Special Excellence in Endoscopic Procedures.
Dr. Ku went on to complete a three-year fellowship in the most established training program at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. During his fellowship, Dr. Ku received numerous awards including the Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award in 2007 and 2008, as well as the best fellow research award.
is a force that shines in the communication arena as a culturally competent journalist, political communications professional, digital content creator, and engagement strategist. She’s a respected leader with a strong desire of empowering people to share their stories. Nichelle now likes to exercise her creativity with the House Majority Caucus in the First State. Obsessed with using her skills to connect people who have been traditionally divided by race, wealth or education, Nichelle has dedicated a great deal of her time to independent television projects, community service work and an array of civic engagement initiatives. She relies heavily on her journalism skills to help national and local organizations. Nichelle has served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Delaware, the Delaware Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., and the Christina Cultural Arts Center. She is currently a committed board member who enjoys working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.
However, her work doesn’t stop there. Empowering women also hits really close to Nichelle’s heart. In fact, her own fertility journey led to the creation and launch of “Her Normal,” an entertainment website designed to be a source of encouragement for women. Its mission is to uplift women in the race against their biological clocks, and those pressured to achieve a certain level of success in a wide range of areas. It addresses self-care, relationships, infertility as well as explores the impact of societal norms.