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Meet Our Spirit of Edison Award Honorees

This special evening recognizes two extraordinary women and their leadership in developing and delivering the COVID-19 vaccine. We also join together to celebrate the University’s achievements in transforming the lives of thousands of adult students during the unprecedented challenges of the past two years.

The TESU Foundation is honored to present our two Spirit of Edison Award honorees:

Kemi Alli, M.D.

Kemi Alli, M.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Henry J. Austin Health Center

Dr. Alli assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Henry J. Austin Health Center (HJAHC) in May 2015. She previously served as Chief Medical Officer from 2008. She has been a Pediatrician with HJAHC going on 20 years. Dr. Alli obtained her undergraduate and medical degrees from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She completed her residency from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Pediatrics in 1998. She serves on the Board of the New Jersey Primary Care Association, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute and Thomas Edison State University. Dr. Alli is devoted to the Trenton community and works with organizations like the Trenton Health Team. In her free time, Dr. Alli enjoys cycling and has taken part in the annual Anchor House Ride, riding over 500 miles in one week to raise funds and support for those children in the community that need it most.

Candice Long

Candice Long

President, Janssen Infectious Diseases and Vaccines

Candice Long, leads the U.S. Infectious Diseases & Vaccines team at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. In this role, Candice is responsible for the Company’s portfolio of antiretroviral treatments and preparing for the potential introduction of vaccines across multiple disease areas, including our investigational COVID-19 vaccine.  

Candice earned a Master of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in History from Mary Washington College.