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2023 Frederick Douglass Award Honorees and Host Bios

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Alison Overseth

Chief Executive Officer 

Partnership for After School Education (PASE)

Alison Overseth is the Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership for After School Education (PASE), a nonprofit which works with hundreds of community-based organizations, higher education institutions, and corporate partners to improve the quality of opportunities available to young people living in poverty in New York City. With over 30 years of experience in the youth serving profession, Ms. Overseth directed a management initiative for the Fund for the City of New York to strengthen the non-profit agencies that provide community support for young people, and served as the founding President of the Board of Directors of PASE for 12 years. Ms. Overseth serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Smith College; is on the Advisory Board of The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School; has taught leadership courses at Bank Street College of Education; and is a Trustee of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum. Ms. Overseth was a Director at The First Boston Corporation, specializing in corporate restructurings, from 1984-1992. Ms. Overseth is a graduate of Smith College and Columbia Business School.

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Alfre Woodard

Actress, Producer & Activist

Alfre Woodard is an actor and producer whose illustrious body of work includes her Academy Award nominated performance in Martin Ritt’s CROSS CREEK; BAFTA Award nominated role in CLEMENCY; Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SALVE, HBO’s MANDELA; Lawrence Kasdan’s GRAND CANYON; John Sayles’ PASSION FISH; Joseph Sargent’s MISS EVERS’ BOYS, for which she won Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe Awards; Spike Lee’s CROOKLYN; Gina Prince-Bythewood’s LOVE AND BASKETBALL; Tyler Perry’s THE FAMILY THAT PREYS; Maya Angelou’s DOWN IN THE DELTA; played Betty Applewhite on the ABC drama DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and Ruby Jean Reynolds, mother to Lafayette Reynolds, on HBO’s TRUE BLOOD. Woodard co-starred in Lifetime’s hit remake of STEEL MAGNOLIAS, in which she was nominated for a SAG and Emmy Award and won a NAACP Image Award for her performance as Ouiser.

Most recently, Woodard has appeared in the Apple TV+ series SEE, opposite Jason Momoa, created by Steven Knight, in the BET+ series THE PORTER and the Joe & Anthony Russo directed film THE GRAY MAN with Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans. Upcoming projects include her role as Dr. Cody in New Line’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s SALEM’S LOT, as well as reuniting with her JUANITA co-star Blair Underwood in the psychological thriller VIRAL. She is currently in production on SUMMER CAMP, where she will star with Diane Keaton and Kathy Bates.

Other film appearances include the blockbusters THE LION KING, directed by Jon Favreau, as the voice of Sarabi, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR and ANNABELLE for New Line. On the small screen, she starred as the fierce Mariah Dillard in MARVEL’S LUKE CAGE and in the Netflix Original film FATHERHOOD, alongside Kevin Hart and as the title character in JUANITA, which she also developed and produced.

Woodard has been nominated for 17 Emmy Awards (winning four), seven SAG Awards (winning three), three Golden Globe Awards (winning one), 21 NAACP awards (wining nine) and three Independent Spirit Awards (winning one). She received BAFTA award, Gotham award and Independent Spirt Award nominations for her leading role in Neon’s CLEMENCY. Her performance in Martin Ritt’s CROSS CREEK earned her an Academy Award nomination.

She directed and produced NELSON MANDELA’S FAVORITE AFRICAN FOLKTALES, which garnered her a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Children’s Spoken Word Album”. It hosts a collaboration of talent both broad and diverse, featuring Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, and Samuel L. Jackson.

In addition to her acting career, Woodard is a longtime activist who has been involved in countless nonprofit organizations including Artists for a New South Africa, a nonprofit she co-founded which is working to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and further the cause of democracy and human rights in South Africa. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. As part of her work on the Committee, Woodard adopted several high poverty and under-performing public schools around the country, including ReNew Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans and Noel Community Arts School in Denver. She is an active advocate for the arts in education, largely through her work on the Committee’s “Turnaround Arts” initiative, which was launched in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Domestic Policy Council to narrow the achievement gap and increase student engagement through the arts.

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Thomas Halloran

President and CEO, Fidelis Care
Regional Senior Vice President, Centene Corporation

Thomas Halloran is President and CEO of Fidelis Care, a health plan subsidiary of Centene Corporation. Fidelis Care is a leading health plan in New York State, serving more than 2.5 million members across all 62 counties. Additionally, Mr. Halloran serves as a Regional Senior Vice President at Centene, with responsibility for the Northeast Region - which also includes New Hampshire and New Jersey in addition to New York.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Halloran served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fidelis Care for more than two years, with responsibility for overseeing provider operations, finance, IT, strategic planning, and product development. He joined Fidelis Care as Chief Financial Officer in 2007.

Before joining Fidelis Care, Mr. Halloran spent 20 years providing financial, strategic, and operational consulting services to a wide range of companies, including health care organizations. Mr. Halloran came to Fidelis Care from the Huron Consulting Group in New York City, where he was one of the founding partners. He was also a partner in the New York City office of Andersen LLP.

Mr. Halloran received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Iona University in New Rochelle, NY, and is a certified public accountant.

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