Annie J. Daniel, PhD

Founder & CEO,
Institute for Healthcare Education Leadership and Professionals

In 2016, Dr. Annie J. Daniel founded the Institute for Healthcare Education Leadership and Professionals (“iHELP”), a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization) ( The National Association for Black Veterinarians (“NABV”) ( is iHELP’s first initiative. iHELP’s ultimate mission for NABV is to increase the number of Black people in veterinary and increase awareness of the veterinary profession amongst K-12 and undergraduate students through community outreach. The organization’s goal is to remove barriers that prevent Black students from entering the profession by creating a pipeline into health professions and veterinary medicine for Black people. Our goal is to provide networking opportunities, high-quality professional development, scholarships, grants, and educational information about veterinary career choices to K-12 students, pre-vet undergraduate students, and students in professional veterinary degree programs. Dr. Daniel’s experiences as a Black woman working in the least diverse organization in the United States inspired her to create this organization.

She has experience in veterinary instructional design and outcomes assessment.  Her skills are extensive in developing, managing, and implementing initiatives that facilitate the improvement of faculty pedagogical and assessment skills. In addition, she has developed the outcomes assessment model, curriculum mapping, and instructional design for the academic medical degree programs and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs.

She has had education leadership roles in higher education at the school level, department level, and university level with Dillard University (Assistant Professor of Education, Assistant Director, Teaching, Learning, Technology, Culture Center, and Middle-Level Education Program Coordinator); Tulane University School of Medicine (Director, Office of Medical Education & Assistant Clinical Professor); Des Moines University (Director, Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning & Associate Professor of Public Health).

Her research interests include Barriers that prevent African American students from entering professional & graduate degree programs, Effects of mentoring on retention, preparedness, and success of African American students in higher education, Deviance when using the Internet, social media, and technology, and Causes and consequences of ineffective use of technology in education.

Annie J. Daniel, PhD

Board of Directors

  • Annie J. Daniel, PhD
  • Iris Daniel Raby
  • Charles Daniel, II
  • Thomas C. Durant, PhD
  • Brennan Wells, JD
  • Carolette Nishikawa, PhD
  • Ernie Hughes, PhD
  • Vincent Shaw, MD
  • Austin Connors, PharmD