2014 GIH Annual Meeting: Speakers and Leaders
Speakers and Discussion Leaders (in alphabetical order)
Melinda Abrams is vice president of The Commonwealth Fund’s Health Care Delivery System Reform program. Since coming to the fund in 1997, Ms. Abrams has worked on its Task Force on Academic Health Centers, Commission on Women’s Health, and, most recently, the Child Development and Preventive Care programs. She played a lead role in conceptualizing and launching the fund's Assuring Better Child Health and Development initiative, which awarded grants to state Medicaid programs to encourage innovation in the financing and delivery of preventive and developmental services provided to low-income, young children. Ms. Abrams sits on a number of national committees, including the board of managers of TransforMED, the Patient-Centered Medical Home Advisory Committee for the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and two medical home expert panels for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Ms. Abrams holds a master of science in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Madelyn Adams is director of community benefit for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. In this role Ms. Adams oversees the organization’s multimillion dollar community benefit program, which includes charitable contributions, community health initiatives, safety net partnerships, and an educational theatre program. She also manages Kaiser Permanente’s charitable health coverage and care program, as well as other efforts to improve access to health care and reduce health care disparities in metropolitan Atlanta. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, Ms. Adams served as executive director of the Atlanta-based East Lake Foundation. There, she led a team of staff, volunteers, and partner organizations on a mission to transform a public housing project into a successful, mixed-income community with a variety of support services focused on breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Ms. Adams also spent 10 years as an executive with Atlanta Journal-Constitution and five years with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. Ms. Adams earned a bachelor’s of arts degree from Duke University and a master of business administration from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.
Larry Adelman is codirector and head of production for California Newsreel, the country’s oldest nonprofit, documentary production and distribution center. Mr. Adelman was the creator and executive producer of Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, broadcast by PBS, which explored the root causes of the nation’s alarming inequities in health. Among its many honors are a duPont-Columbia Award and the 2009 Best Film/Radio/Television Award from the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine. Mr. Adelman was also the creator and executive producer of the pioneering PBS series Race – The Power of an Illusion. Among the other award-winning documentaries broadcast by PBS that he has produced, co-produced, or directed include: The Business of America..., Collision Course, and The Road to Brown. Mr. Adelman’s articles and op-eds have been published by The Washington Post, The Nation, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications, and he has appeared as a guest on television and radio programs, including The Today Show and All Things Considered.
David Adler is a program officer on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Coverage Team. His work focuses on a variety of initiatives related to the foundation’s goal of ensuring that all Americans have stable, affordable health insurance coverage. In particular, Mr. Adler oversees programs to enroll individuals in coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act and projects that help states share information and best practices as they work through health policy issues. Mr. Adler joined the foundation in 2008 and brought extensive experience working with community-based agencies and individuals to help advance public health initiatives. He started his work at the foundation with the Childhood Obesity Team as a communications associate and joined the Coverage Team in 2010, initially as a communications officer and later as a program officer. Before coming to the foundation, Mr. Adler directed communications for The Food Trust in Philadelphia, where he helped produce research reports that promoted increased access to healthy food in all communities. He also helped manage the Fresh Food Financing Initiative, a first-of-its-kind grant and loan program to encourage supermarket development in underserved neighborhoods throughout Pennsylvania, which has since become a model nationwide for programs to attract supermarkets to food deserts. Mr. Adler received a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College, a master of studies in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford, and a master of public administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Francis Afram-Gyening is CEO of Care Alliance Health Center, a not-for-profit federally qualified health center (FQHC) providing comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care and dental services to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness, have low incomes, or are underserved. Mr. Afram-Gyening has extensive background in health care management and a proven track record in serving the health care needs of medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations. Prior to assuming his current role at the center, he was the operations director for Memorial Primary Care Services in Miami, Florida. He also served as president of the South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum; chief compliance officer and vice president of corporate affairs for Economic Opportunity Family Health Center, a large FQHC in Florida; and board chair of Camillus Health Concern. Mr. Afram-Gyening is board certified in health care management and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). In 2004 he received the ACHE Early Career Regent’s Award. Mr. Afram-Gyening received his master of public health from Columbia University and a master of business administration from Cleveland State University. He has a bachelor of science in accounting, graduating magna cum laude, from York College. Dr. Afram-Gyening serves on several boards, and he is adjunct faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Public Health.
Joshua Alexander is an advocate for HIV/AIDS especially among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community living in the South. In addition to his role in the documentary deepsouth, he has served as a peer health educator at Project Safe, where he helped educate students and faculty about HIV/AIDS. Mr. Alexander has a strong desire to use the skills and knowledge that he has gained to help and support others who may be living with HIV/AIDS or at-risk of contracting the disease in the future. He is a college student at Jackson State University in Mississippi, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work. Mr. Alexander’s future plans include pursuing advanced degrees in both social work and public health, with a focus on epidemiology, and conducting extensive research surrounding HIV/AIDS to enhance his ability to address HIV/AIDS and other health issues from a social and health care perspective.
Jandel Allen-Davis is vice president of government and external relations for Kaiser Permanente Colorado, where she leads the organization’s community relations and communications functions, stakeholder engagement, government relations, clinical research activities, and community benefit investment. Dr. Allen-Davis is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. After 25 years of taking care of patients, she transitioned from a physician leader to Kaiser Permanente’s Health Plan Leadership team. Her past roles at Kaiser Permanente include associate medical director of external relations for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group, regional director of patient safety, and physician chief of Wheat Ridge Medical Offices. Dr. Allen-Davis was elected to the Colorado Permanente Medical Group board of directors in 1998 and chaired the board her final year. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Allen-Davis completed her residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Before coming to work at Kaiser Permanente, she was an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and spent four years in the Indian Health Service in Tuba City, Ariz., during which time she also served as member and chair of the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists’ Committee on Alaska Native and Indian Affairs. Dr. Allen-Davis is an active participant on several community boards and has received numerous awards. In 2013 she was appointed to serve on the Board of Grantmakers In Health.
Fatima Angeles is interim vice president of programs for The California Wellness Foundation. Ms. Angeles is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Grants Program Department, which includes overseeing the foundation’s grantmaking program and working with the board and staff on the strategic planning process. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Angeles directed the foundation’s evaluation efforts aimed at analyzing and learning from its grantmaking program, developing and facilitating learning opportunities for the grants program staff, and developing and managing tools and resources for grantmaking. Ms. Angeles joined the foundation in 1998 as a program director, where she managed the foundation’s Children and Youth Community Health Initiative and oversaw grantmaking for environmental health and work and health. Ms. Angeles is vice chair of the board of Grantmakers In Health and also serves as secretary of the board of Northern California Grantmakers.
Susan Baade is a program associate with the Patient Care Program at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. In her role she supports the Patient Care Program’s grantmaking and strategic operations. Before joining the foundation, Ms. Baade was program manager for the Clinic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders program at the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco. She also held positions at the National Association of Community Health Centers, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Ms. Baade received a bachelor of arts in political science and art history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a master of public health in health policy from The George Washington University.
Victoria Ballesteros directs The SCAN Foundation’s national and statewide strategic communication projects, which include cultivating national media partnerships, overseeing research and polling, and leading the foundation’s public engagement efforts. Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Ballesteros was communications officer for the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency. She has also served as director of communications for California’s Senate Majority Leader, developed statewide communication efforts for the Children’s Defense Fund of California, and served as staff to U.S. Congressman Esteban Torres (ret). Ms. Ballesteros has developed award-winning communication campaigns and has worked behind the camera as executive producer and in front of the camera as host for award-winning public affairs programs. Ms. Ballesteros holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the California State University at Fullerton and a master of arts in communication management from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Stacey Barbas is a senior program officer on The Kresge Foundation’s Health Team. She is responsible for reviewing requests from nonprofit organizations and safety net health institutions that address the impacts of social and environmental factors disproportionately affecting at-risk communities. She serves on the steering committee of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders affinity group. Ms. Barbas’ professional career in the nonprofit health and human service fields spans 30 years. She joined Kresge in 2008 after serving for five years as executive director of the Michigan AIDS fund, a statewide nonprofit grantmaking organization. Ms. Barbas received a master of science in administration and management from Central Michigan University.
Leah Barber-Heinz has dedicated the last 15 years to working toward the betterment of the quality of life and equal access for all as an experienced legislative advocate and political communications professional. She has extensive public policy experience and has been instrumental in the passage of legislation in the areas of health care, child advocacy, and social services. Ms. Barber-Heinz currently serves as CEO of Florida CHAIN, Florida’s leading consumer health advocacy organization striving to secure affordable, quality health care for all. Before joining Florida CHAIN, she worked as press secretary for 1199 SEIU FL, and she spent five years as communications director for the Florida Commission on Human Relations, the state’s civil rights agency. Ms. Barber-Heinz also served as public affairs liaison for the March of Dimes Florida Chapter working to advance maternal and child health policies. She holds master’s degrees in public administration/policy and social work from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Florida.
Ryan Barker is vice president of health policy at the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH). He joined the foundation in 2002 and has assisted in the establishment and growth of the Health Policy area. Mr. Barker’s research at MFH has focused on issues such as the impact of the Affordable Care Act, Missouri’s Medicaid program, and increasing health equity for all Missourians. Prior to joining MFH, Mr. Barker worked at The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, focusing on program evaluation and grantmaking in the area of severe mental illness. Before entering philanthropy, he was a clinical social worker with runaway and homeless youth at various agencies in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Portland, Oregon. Mr. Barker is currently an adjunct professor at Washington University’s Institute of Public Health and at St. Louis University’s Aquinas Institute for Theology. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in science from Xavier University, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Cincinnati, and a master’s degree in public policy Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
William Barnet is president and CEO of Barnet Development Company. In 1968 he joined the family business, William Barnet & Son Inc., which specializes in global textile manufacturing and trading. He was elected president and CEO in 1976 and held this position until the company was sold in 2001. Mr. Barnet served two terms as mayor of Spartanburg, South Carolina, from 2002 until 2010. He has been an independent director of Duke Energy Corporation since 2005 and a trustee of the Duke Endowment since 2006. Mr. Barnet also served as a director of Bank of America Corporation from 2004 to 2009. He has received several awards and honors including the 2001 Business Leader of the Year from the South Carolina State Chamber of Commerce, The Neville Holcombe Distinguished Citizenship Award from the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Citizen of the Year by the Civitan Club of Spartanburg, and the Al Willis Award presented by the Spartanburg Development Association. He was inducted in to the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 2004. Mr. Barnet is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds a master of business administration from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Tanya Beer is associate director of the Center for Evaluation Innovation where she helps lead the center’s work, with a particular focus in the areas of systems change and advocacy evaluation. Ms. Beer has a range of evaluation experience in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and public sectors. Prior to joining the center, she was assistant director of research, evaluation, and strategic learning at The Colorado Trust, a private foundation focused on improving the health and well-being of all Coloradans. While there, she developed and managed trust-funded evaluations, facilitated the application of evaluation and research data to decisionmaking, and supported knowledge sharing and learning within the foundation and with external audiences. Before joining The Colorado Trust, Ms. Beer was a senior legislative performance auditor for the Colorado Office of the State Auditor. She holds graduate degrees in public administration and international relations from Syracuse University and an undergraduate degree in English and communication studies from Drake University in Iowa.
Lisa Biagiotti is an independent journalist and filmmaker. She is director and producer of deepsouth (2013), a feature documentary about the rural American South. Ms. Biagiotti has written and produced for the Los Angeles Times, PBS, Current TV, and Human Rights Watch. Her work focuses on complex, underreported social issues, from the sanitation crisis in South East Asia to homophobia in the Caribbean. The stories she produced on the humanitarian crisis in eastern Congo won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2009. She teaches storytelling to first-time filmmakers, and lectures internationally on independent journalism. Ms. Biagiotti has also worked in marketing and advertising for magazine publishing houses, financial services companies, and nonprofit organizations. She received a Fulbright grant to research Muslim immigration to Italy in 2001. Ms. Biagiotti holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
Becky Hayes Boober, senior program officer at Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), leads initiatives that transform health care systems to provide patient-centered care. Dr. Boober facilitates MeHAF’s new Continuum of Care: Thriving in Place (TiP) initiative, focusing on community-based efforts to keep persons with chronic health conditions, including older persons and those with disabilities, in their homes. She also oversees MeHAF’s $10 million investment to integrate behavioral health and primary care with 42 grants, over 200 sites, and over 150 partnering organizations. The initiative has now spread to about 45 percent of primary care practices in Maine. In addition to the grants, this initiative provided quarterly learning community meetings, a state policy committee, research and evaluation, and peer coaching and reimbursement technical assistance. She works with the state Department of Health and Human Services to embed integrated care into the Behavioral Health Homes, Health Homes, and Patient-Centered Medical Homes. She is a member of the Grantmakers In Health Behavioral Health Funders Network steering committee. Prior to joining MeHAF, Dr. Boober retired from the State of Maine with over 20 years in public policy and administrative leadership working in the commissioners’ offices of three state departments (Education, Health and Human Services, and Corrections).
Regina Benjamin was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 18th U.S. Surgeon General in July 2009 and served a four-year term. Dr. Benjamin also oversaw the operational command of 6,700 uniformed public health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote and protect the health of the American people. Dr. Benjamin served simultaneously as Surgeon General and as the first chair of the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (National Prevention Council)—17 cabinet-level federal agencies that developed the National Prevention Strategy, the roadmap for the nation’s health. Before becoming Surgeon General, Dr. Benjamin served her patients at the rural health clinic she founded in Bayou La Batre, Alabama. She is former associate dean for rural health at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and past chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States. In 1995 Dr. Benjamin became the first physician under age 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected to the board of trustees for the American Medical Association (AMA). She served as president of the AMA Education and Research Foundation and chair of the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. In 2002 she became the first African-American female president of a state medical society in the United States when she assumed leadership of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. Dr. Benjamin has a bachelor of science in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana, doctor of medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a master of business administration from Tulane University. She attended Morehouse School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency in Macon, Georgia. Dr. Benjamin is the recipient of 22 honorary degrees.
Thomas Bornemann is director of the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program. Previously he was senior adviser for mental health in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence of the World Health Organization (WHO). While at WHO, Dr. Bornemann worked on the development of the World Health Report, which focused on mental health. Early in his career, Dr. Bornemann served in a psychiatric emergency clinic in San Francisco, California. At the National Institute of Mental Health, he was part of—and later led—the team that designed and developed a series of inpatient and outpatient services for a variety of populations, particularly refugees. Dr. Bornemann also served in the Office of International Health as the chief of refugee programs. In 1994 he was appointed deputy director of the Federal Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. During his tenure there, Dr. Bornemann was part of a leadership team that developed the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health. He formerly held an academic appointment in the Department of International Health, Division of Health Systems in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He currently has an adjunct appointment at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in the Department of Health Policy and Management. A career public health officer, Dr. Bornemann retired at the rank of rear-admiral assistant surgeon general. He has consulted extensively domestically and internationally. Dr. Bornemann received his doctorate in counseling from the University of San Francisco.
Elizabeth Brosnan has more than 15 years of nonprofit management experience and wide knowledge of the HIV health care and social services sector, specializing in gender-responsive services for women. She is a change agent and builder of programs, diverse service teams, and strategic alliances dedicated to promoting health equity and social justice. Since 2002 Ms. Brosnan has been executive director of Christie’s Place, an organization providing behavioral health, comprehensive social services and advocacy to women and families impacted by HIV. She developed this once small grassroots organization into a nationally recognized agency. In addition, Ms. Brosnan chairs the National Women and AIDS Collective and has received accolades such as the American Red Cross Tiffany Award; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)/Johnson & Johnson Community Health Improvement Project Award; and The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Founder’s Award. Ms. Brosnan holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and women’s studies, and she holds an international certificate in women, world politics, and global leadership from Rutgers University. In 2011 she completed the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program.
As executive director of corporate contributions at Johnson & Johnson, Michael Bzdak manages the corporation’s strengthening the health care workforce strategy, as well as efforts on program evaluation. He also manages a volunteer support program and philanthropic support of K-12 education. Mr. Bzdak has been an employee of Johnson & Johnson since 1990. He serves on the Council on Foundations Corporate Committee, the Conference Board’s Business/Education Council, and the New Jersey AIDS Partnership Advisory Committee. In addition, he has served on the boards of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, where he served as board chair. Mr. Bzdak received a bachelor of fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a master of arts and doctor of philosophy from Rutgers University. He is a visiting part-time lecturer in the in the School of Communications and Information Studies at Rutgers University and an adjunct faculty member at New York University.
Diana Carpenter-Madoshi, co-chair of the steering committee for California Senior Leaders, is a retired registered nurse and has been active in senior empowerment advocacy for many years. She has been a member of the California Senior Leaders program since 2010. An avid believer in and activist for community service, Ms. Carpenter-Madoshi currently serves on the boards of California Alliance for Retired Americans; Placer People of Faith Together, a PICO federation; and National Women History Project. She is also a member of Lions Clubs International.
Kathy Ko Chin is president and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, which influences policy and strengthens organizations to mobilize communities to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Ms. Chin has worked in community and philanthropy throughout her 30-year career. She was program director for the Community Clinics Initiative, a joint project of Tides and The California Endowment, funding the infrastructural capacity of California community clinics. She has worked in several health care settings, including San Francisco General Hospital; University of California, San Francisco’s Institute for Health Policy Studies; Planned Parenthood; South Cove Community Health Center in Boston, Massachusetts; and Asian Health Services in Oakland, California. She has served on many boards, including Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, and Asian Women’s Shelter. Ms. Chin is a graduate of Harvard School of Public Health and Stanford University.
Leslie Cooksy is evaluation director at Sierra Health Foundation in Sacramento, California. Sierra Health works in partnership with community organizations, public agencies, and other funders to implement a variety of projects targeting social determinants of health. Current initiatives address such topics as mental health respite, juvenile justice, and community clinic capacity. Ms. Cooksy’s responsibilities include leading internal evaluation and organizational learning and directing external evaluations. To this work, she brings over 25 years of experience as a professional evaluator in government and academic settings and a national reputation in evaluation as a former president of the American Evaluation Association. She has also served as associate editor and editor of the ethical challenges section of American Journal of Evaluation.
Thom Craig is director-mental health program of the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation in Hudson, Ohio. The foundation has a primary purpose of supporting the mental health field and a secondary purpose of supporting education and arts. Mr. Craig received his bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy from Borromeo College Seminary in Cleveland and holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Akron. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Craig has worked with people diagnosed with both developmental disabilities and mental illness. Some of these positions include, service and support administrator, group home manager, therapeutic foster home recruiter/trainer, children's psychiatric hospital worker, mental health case manager, and sheltered workshop behavioral specialist. In 1999 he was appointed to the Tallmadge School board and was elected to serve for 10 years, eight of them as president.
Gail Christopher is vice president for program strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she leads programming in the areas of food, health, and well-being; racial equity; community and civic engagement; and leadership. Dr. Christopher is a nationally recognized leader in health policy, with particular expertise and experience in issues related to social determinants of health, health inequities, and public policy issues of concern to the nation’s future. Her distinguished career and contributions to public service were honored in 1996 when she was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2011 she was awarded the Change Agent Award by the Schott Foundation for Public Education. In 2012 she received the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs John C. MacQueen Lecture Award for her innovation and leadership in the field of maternal and child health. Dr. Christopher is president of the board for the Trust for America’s Health.
Vanessa Daniel is executive director of Groundswell Fund. Ms. Daniel has 18 years of experience working in social justice movements as a union and community organizer, researcher, freelance journalist, and social justice grantmaker. Under her leadership, Groundswell has helped move more than $10 million in new resources to women-of-color-led grassroots organizing efforts across the United States, with nearly half of its grantees led by young people under the age of 30.
Kristy Klein Davis is deputy chief of staff at the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH). Prior to this position she served as a program officer with the foundation. As such she served as the liaison to the Joplin, Missouri, community and managed MFH’s long-term response efforts following the devastating May 2011 tornado. Prior to joining the foundation she was associate director of education and outreach with the national office of the Alzheimer’s Association. In that role, Ms. Davis managed national safety and quality residential care programs. In 2011 St. Louis Business Journal recognized Ms. Davis as one of St. Louis’ up-and-coming leaders through its 30 Under 30 Awards. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master of social work from Washington University in St. Louis.
Daniel Dawes is a health care attorney and executive director of government relations, health policy, and external affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine. During the negotiations around health reform, he founded and chaired the National Working Group on Health Disparities and Health Reform, a group of more than 300 national organizations and coalitions that worked to ensure that the landmark health reform law included health equity provisions to reduce disparities in health status and health care among vulnerable populations. Prior to this, Mr. Dawes worked for Premier Healthcare Alliance; the American Psychological Association; the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and the Congressional Black Caucus’ Health Braintrust on issues related to health care, public health, employment, and education law and policy. Mr. Dawes frequently advises policymakers, think tanks, foundations, for-profit companies, and not-for-profit organizations on health law and policy issues. He is a frequent speaker and author of several publications on health reform and health equity.
Eugene Declercq is professor of community health sciences and assistant dean for doctor of public health education at the Boston University School of Public Health, as well as on the faculty of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Boston University School of Medicine. He has served as lead author of national reports on women’s experiences in childbirth and in the postpartum period, including Listening to Mothers I, II & III and New Mothers Speak Out. He was awarded the 2013 Martha May Eliot award from the American Public Health Association for his contributions to the field of maternal and child health. Dr. Declercq is one of the principal investigators for the Massachusetts Outcomes Study of Assisted Reproductive Technologies, a National Institutes of Health-funded study of infant and maternal outcomes associated with assisted reproductive technologies.
Crispin Delgado serves as a program officer for the Health Care and Coverage program at Blue Shield of California Foundation, where he supports the foundation’s grantmaking and program work related to improving access to care for all Californians. Prior to joining the foundation, Mr. Delgado was the health policy initiatives manager for the San Mateo County Health System, where he oversaw the department’s primary prevention strategy and worked on numerous access-to-care and health policy issues. Previously Mr. Delgado was on staff at the University of California, Office of the President, where he supported statewide and international applied health policy research focused on health care access issues for California’s most vulnerable populations. Mr. Delgado has a master’s degree in public policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and bachelor of arts degrees in international relations and Spanish from the University of California.
Linda Jo Doctor is a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. As a member of the Food, Health, and Well-Being team, Ms. Doctor engages in work that focuses on the impact of environmental conditions on health equity. She co-leads the Food and Community Program, an initiative designed to transform food systems and the physical environments in places where children live, learn, and play. Ms. Doctor also codirects the foundation’s placed-based work in Detroit focused on creating conditions so that vulnerable children and families thrive. Previously Ms. Doctor was deputy director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Allies Against Asthma Program. She also directed the Division of Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In addition, she has had leadership roles in several professional associations, including the Prevention Network and the Association of State and Territorial Health Promotion Directors, and she is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Society of Public Health Education. Ms. Doctor received her master of public health from Boston University School of Public Health. She received her bachelor of science in social work from the University of Cincinnati, College of Community Services.
Shani Dowd serves as director of Culture InSight, a program of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the charitable foundation of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc. Ms. Dowd is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine and is a member of the faculty of the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston University. Dr. Dowd serves on the board of trustees of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and on the board of trustees of the Fields, Hannagan, and Walters Charitable Foundation. She is a recipient of the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, in acknowledgement of her work to bring quality mental health care to diverse communities.
Cynthia Drennan is executive director of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Charitable Fund, a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph, serving three counties in southeastern Ohio and eight counties in West Virginia, envisioning “healthy people in healthy communities.” The fund’s current priority areas are: oral health, healthy lifestyles (impacting on chronic disease), and health equity. Ms. Drennan has broad experience on both sides of the desk, having founded and led two nonprofit organizations before entering philanthropy, first with a conversion foundation, then a family foundation, and presently a public grantmaking charity. As is common in small foundations, Ms. Drennan wore different hats providing a rich environment to learn and apply her leadership and philanthropic skills in process, content, and collaboration. Although Ms. Drennan has participated in larger grantmaking initiatives, the majority of her experience has been with small-grant initiatives, as she believes that small grants can be effective investments for assisting the community if used strategically.
Kelly Dunkin is vice president of philanthropy for The Colorado Health Foundation. In this role, she leads the staff of the foundation’s three philanthropy teams – Healthy Living, Health Coverage, and Health Care – in their work investing in nonprofits throughout the state. Prior to being named vice president of philanthropy in 2009, Ms. Dunkin led the foundation’s Health Coverage team. As senior program officer, she developed funding strategies and secured approval for more than $15.8 million in grants and policy initiatives to simplify the enrollment process for public health insurance programs and increase coverage for an estimated 60,000 Coloradans. Ms. Dunkin has a diverse background in the philanthropy, nonprofit, and education fields. Prior to joining the foundation as grant program director in 2004, she was executive director of the Chowdry Family Foundation, a Lakewood, Colorado-based family foundation. She has also worked as an elementary school teacher in the Cherry Creek School District. Ms. Dunkin spent two years in the Peace Corps, during which she trained teachers in Belize. She earned a bachelor of arts from Miami University in Ohio and a master’s in public administration from the University of Colorado-Denver.
Kathy Dunleavy is president and CEO of the Mary Black Foundation, a health legacy foundation located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The foundation has two major focus areas: active living and healthy eating, and early childhood development. Ms. Dunleavy was a banker for over 20 years and retired as senior vice president of retail banking for BB&T. She then spent eight years as CEO of United Way of the Piedmont in Spartanburg. Ms. Dunleavy serves on the boards of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg Academic Movement, the Converse College Board of Visitors, and the BB&T Advisory Board. She participated in both Leadership Spartanburg and Leadership South Carolina. Ms. Dunleavy has also received numerous awards, including the Neville Holcombe Distinguished Citizenship Award from the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, The Order of the Palmetto presented by Governor Nikki Haley, the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award from Converse College, and Humanitarian of the Year from Urban League of the Upstate.
Cynthia Dwyer received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Florida and is currently employed at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has been a Nurse Clinician III in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit/Intermediate Care Unit (SICU/IMC) for over 24 years. Ms. Dwyer completed the Armstrong Institute Patient Safety Certificate Program and is working in conjunction with the Armstrong Institute and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab to implement the EMERGE project in the SICU. In addition, she is a member of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety run by the National Patient Safety Foundation.
Doug Easterling is professor and chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. His research and consulting focuses on community-based approaches to improving health and quality of life, with a special emphasis on the work of foundations. From 1992 to 1999 Dr. Easterling was director of research and evaluation at The Colorado Trust, where he oversaw the evaluation of initiatives such as the Colorado Healthy Communities Initiative. Since moving to Wake Forest, he has served as an evaluator, strategic advisor, learning coach, and facilitator for more than 20 national, state, and local foundations. Dr. Easterling has written and presented extensively on the topics of program evaluation, strategic philanthropy, social capital, community capacity, collaboration, civic leadership, and systems change. He holds a doctorate in public policy and management from the Wharton School, a master of arts in quantitative psychology from the University of North Carolina, and a bachelor of arts from Carleton College.
Stacey Easterling joined The Atlantic Philanthropies in 2007, where her work focuses on improving the health and economic security of older adults, particularly in communities of color. Prior to her work at Atlantic, Ms. Easterling served as director of community responsive grantmaking at The Cleveland Foundation where she managed the foundation’s Successful Aging Initiative, a multimillion initiative that created resources and opportunities for seniors to age successfully in Greater Cleveland. Prior to joining The Cleveland Foundation, Ms. Easterling served as director of client services for Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland and also served as deputy executive director of Planned Parenthood of East Central Michigan (Flint). Ms. Easterling holds a bachelor of arts degree in human biology from Stanford University and a master’s degree in public health from The University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.
Bob Eckardt is executive vice president at The Cleveland Foundation, where he provides overall direction and supervision for grants totaling about $90 million annually. Dr. Eckardt also manages activities related to program-related investments and evaluation. He directly supervises 10 senior program staff and provides overall supervision and administrative leadership for a program staff of more than 20. Dr. Eckardt spent two years as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow studying care of the elderly in Europe. He resided in Madrid, Spain, and Copenhagen, Denmark, and worked with the Spanish Office of Social Security, The Danish Institute for Social Research, the European regional office of the World Health Organization, the Jonkoping Gerontology Center, and the Norwegian Gerontological Institute. Dr. Eckardt received his undergraduate degree with honors from Grinnell College in Iowa, and he received his master’s in public health (health planning and administration) and a certificate of specialization in aging from the University of Michigan. He also earned a doctor of public health from the University of Michigan. Dr. Eckardt is the 2006 recipient of the Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy from Grantmakers In Health, and he received the 2010 Distinguished Grantmaker Award from the Council on Foundations.
Diane Endicott is founder and director of Good Natured Family Farms alliance. She farms with her husband on a 400-acre organic and 400-acre transitional farm in southeast Kansas. Good Natured Family Farms is a recipient of a Kellogg grant to bring locally grown and healthy food to vulnerable communities. Through building strong community partnerships, the organization is bringing locally grown healthy foods to Head Start students, has helped open a grocery market in an inner-city church, and grew its Workplace Wellness Community Shared Agriculture program to over 800 employees. Ms. Endicott is a recipient of the national Agriculture Hall of Fame’s Honor Acre and the Small Business Research Innovation Tibbett’s Award. She has been featured in publications such Successful Farming, Small Farm Today, and The New American Farmer, and she has been published in Women and Sustainable Agriculture. Ms. Endicott has a bachelor of science and a master of science in horticulture/soil science from Oklahoma State University and has conducted postgraduate studies from Louisiana State University.
Tannia Esparza is a Queer Xicana from Santa Barbara, California. As executive director, Ms. Esparza carries Young Women United’s (YWU’s) changemaking vision, cultivates a diverse resource base, and supports staff in strategically building YWU’s work. For the last decade, Ms. Esparza has been active in social justice movements working on racial justice, gender justice, and justice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. During her time at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Ms. Esparza worked to center the experiences of LGBTQ families of color in combating homophobia and transphobia in Los Angeles public schools. She believes in the power of embodied knowledge and collective healing and applies this to her own life through her work as a performance artist.
John Feather is CEO of Grantmakers In Aging, the national association of grantmaking foundations and other organizations that work to improve the lives of older people. Prior to beginning that position in 2011, he was executive director and CEO of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the national membership organization of pharmacists who specialize in care of older persons. Until 2002 Dr. Feather was director of the AARP Andrus Foundation, the research and education charity of AARP. For 17 years prior to that appointment, Dr. Feather held several positions at the State University of New York at Buffalo, including clinical associate professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology and executive director of the Primary Care Resource Center. Previously he was director of the Western New York Geriatric Education Center. Dr. Feather is currently chair of the board of directors of the American Society on Aging, treasurer of the National Hispanic Council on Aging, and board member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. He is an organizational sociologist by training and received his undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Austin and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. In addition he has earned the designation of certified fund raising executive and certified association executive.
For the past 10 years, Jane Reilly Ferrara has been employed as a school nurse in Wilmington, Massachusetts, where she serves on the Wilmington Public School Wellness Committee and School Health Advisory Council. In addition she has taught health, family, and consumer sciences at the middle school level. A number of her health education programs can be viewed on Tumblr (physicallyfitfridays.tumblr.com) and Twitter (@NurseJane409). Ms. Ferrara is an American Heart Association basic life support and health care provider CPR Instructor. Prior to entering school nursing, she was director of clinical services for a home health care agency affiliated with a large New Jersey Hospital and was a nursing supervisor. Ms. Ferrara is a 2012 fellow of the Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program, and she had the honor of serving as a mentor to the 2013 class. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from Villanova University and her master of arts from Kean University. She is a member of the Massachusetts School Nurse Organization and the National Association of School Nurses.
Kelly Firesheets is director of evaluation at Interact for Health, where she is responsible for coordinating all of the evaluation and measurement, from grantee evaluation to community. She works closely with staff, leadership, and grantees to evaluate Interact’s work and facilitate learning and quality improvement. Ms. Firesheets is responsible for managing all aspects of Interact’s evaluation framework and oversees Interact’s evaluation contracts and grantmaking. As director of evaluation, Ms. Firesheets has taken an active role in Interact’s recent strategic planning process, working closely with directors and leadership to answer her favorite question: “What does success look like?” Ms. Firesheets holds a doctor of psychology degree in clinical psychology with a certificate in organizational concepts and management from Xavier University. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Cincinnati.
Known as “Chef K,” Kiersten Firquain began her culinary career caring for kids in early education. After seeing their love for cooking, she developed a business model and started Bistro Kids Creative Cooking Series. In 2006 she rolled out Bistro Kids Farm 2 School Lunch Program, an innovative take on serving students healthy, locally sourced meals. In 2011 Treat America, a local family owned Kansas City business, acquired Bistro Kids. Today, Bistro Kids feeds more than 4,000 meals a day to schools in the greater Kansas City and St. Louis areas. A recent partnership with the YMCA in Kansas City produces upwards of 3,000 healthy snacks a day to afterschool students across the Kansas City metropolitan area. Ms. Firquain annually attends culinary school training at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley region of St. Helena, California, and in 2004 began InHome Bistro Catering Service. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in business from California State University in Sacramento.
Mary Francis coordinates Interact for Health’s Empowering Communities initiative, which engages communities in health promotion at a grassroots level. Using coaching, workshops, and grants, the foundation helps communities implement research-based strategies to improve the well-being of their members. Previously Ms. Francis worked for the Alcoholism Council of the Cincinnati Area, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., where she served as director of prevention services. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Cincinnati (UC) in its Teacher’s College. She wrote the course syllabi for four courses for the UC prevention certificate. Ms. Francis has an associate of applied science degree in human service from Edison State College, a bachelor of arts in social work from the Union Institute, and a master of arts in adult education/distance learning from the University of Phoenix. In Ohio she is certified as a prevention specialist level II and as a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor. She is also a licensed social worker.
Maddy Frey joined Healthcare Georgia Foundation in 2012 as evaluation manager and leads the design and integration of evaluation strategies for foundation grants and initiatives, and implements the Georgia Evaluation Resource Center (ERC). The ERC is a suite of evaluation tools and services directed by the foundation and tailored to help nonprofit health organizations achieve better outcomes. Ms. Frey came to the foundation from the Center for Community Health and Evaluation, where she worked on the design of the ERC and other evaluation projects in Kentucky, California, and Washington state. Previous experience includes research on alcohol misuse in veteran populations, research on male understanding of emergency contraception, and evaluating the effectiveness of a community health worker program in East Timor. Ms. Frey earned her master of public health from the University of Washington’s community-oriented public health practice program; she received a bachelor of arts in anthropology from Smith College.
Dominick Frosch is a fellow in the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Patient Care Program. He oversees the foundation’s activities related to advancing patient and family engagement in health care delivery. Prior to joining the foundation, Dr. Frosch served as associate professor of medicine at University of California, Los Angeles and associate investigator at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute. Dr. Frosch’s clinical research has focused on shared decisionmaking and patient engagement for over a decade. He has developed and evaluated patient decision support interventions and explored pathways for implementing these in routine primary and specialty care.
Dr. Frosch has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and currently serves as deputy editor for Journal of General Internal Medicine. He completed his doctoral studies in clinical health psychology at the University of California, San Diego and a fellowship as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lisa Fu is program and outreach director for the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, where she oversees the leadership development and organizing of nail salon worker and owners, and manages other programs. For nearly 15 years Ms. Fu has worked on various health and social justice issues impacting Asian-American, Native-Hawaiian, and Pacific-Islander communities, including environmental justice, reproductive justice, tobacco control, and women’s health. She has also provided capacity building, community research, policy, and community organizing support with community organizations serving low-income and immigrant Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Ms. Fu is continually inspired by the people she works with to build power and improve their lives. She also is a member of Chinatown Community for Equitable Development, and a board member of Khmer Girls in Action.
Analilia Garcia is a senior community health planner at the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, working at the intersection of community engagement, assessment, and planning. Previously Dr. Garcia served as project director for the California Senior Leaders Program at the University of California, Berkeley, which focused on identifying outstanding senior volunteers with a long commitment to social justice and advocacy on a broad range of aging issues. Dr. Garcia has more than 13 years of community work experience as a public health professional at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland, California. During her tenure she served as a health educator, youth services supervisor, and manager of the community health education department. She has extensive experience working with diverse, low-income communities on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border on health issues such as HIV/AIDS, adolescent health, chronic illness, environmental justice, domestic violence, access to health care, and managing health education programming. Dr. Garcia completed her bachelor’s degree in biopsychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara; her master’s degree in community health education at San Jose State University; and her doctoral degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.
Shelly Gehshan has directed the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign since 2008. She is a children’s advocate and health policy expert with over 20 years of experience working for state policymakers on issues affecting low-income families. Prior to joining Pew, Ms. Gehshan held senior posts for the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and the Southern Governors’ Association. She served as a senior program director at NASHP for three years, as program director for NCSL for nearly 10 years, and as deputy director of the Southern Governors’ Association’s Infant Mortality Project for six years. In 2011 Ms. Gehshan won the Public Service Award from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry for dedication to prevention throughout her career. She was selected to serve on the committee for the 2011 Institute of Medicine report Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations. Ms. Gehshan has a bachelor’s degree in English from Cornell University and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.
Laura Gerard is a program officer at The Colorado Health Foundation. She is responsible for conducting outreach to potential grantees, building collaborative opportunities, and reviewing grants. Along with supporting the foundation’s goal of increasing the number of individuals who have adequate health coverage, Ms. Gerard works on strategy development to promote high-quality, cost-effective health care. She has over 10 years of experience managing public health programs in the public sector, most recently at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, where she managed health care delivery for Child Health Plan Plus. Prior to working in the public sector, Ms. Gerard worked in the private sector as a new business analyst at United Healthcare and for a nonprofit organization providing supportive services to families with seriously ill children. Ms. Gerard received her bachelor of arts from Tufts University and a master’s degree in public health and social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.
Vera Golden’s career in the nonprofit field began in 1998 as cofounder and assistant director of a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing life skills training for at-risk youth. Known for her talents as a highly resourceful grant researcher and writer, her experience is exceptionally broad. She has worked collaboratively with other nonprofits, for-profits, and within the government sector at organizations of all sizes, from grassroots community groups to entrepreneurial companies and government entities. Ms. Golden combines over 15 years of grant writing, administration, program development, outcome strategies and measurement, and contract compliance experience with practical knowledge of the industry. She began working with Jewish Family and Career Services of Atlanta on the capital campaign for the expansion of the Ben Massell Dental Clinic, for which the agency raised $5.5 million. Her responsibilities include the overall management of grants and contract services, editing, funder relationships, program development, outcome measures, policy development, and strategic planning.
Shelby Gonzales is a senior policy analyst in the Health Division of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Ms. Gonzales focuses primarily on the implementation of effective outreach and program simplification strategies to promote enrollment and retention in Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and coverage available through health insurance marketplaces. Ms. Gonzales is a member of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education, which among other duties is charged with advising the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator on matters related to education and outreach to enroll and retain individuals in Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Gonzales was vice president of All Kids Covered, a national action strategy of America’s Promise Alliance. From 1997 to 2007 she worked for Inova Health System in northern Virginia where she was directly involved in the creation and implementation of Inova’s Partnership for Healthier Kids, a multisector collaborative focused on connecting uninsured children to health care services, including Medicaid and CHIP; providing disease and injury prevention programs; and health promotion designed to address the most pressing and actionable pediatric health needs in the community.
Larry Grab is director for Behavioral Health Northeast & Medicare Advantage Services for WellPoint, Inc., the parent company of the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Connecticut, Maine, and New Hampshire; Empire BlueCross BlueShield in New York; and 10 other Blue Cross plans across the country. Prior to joining WellPoint in 2003, Mr. Grab was director of finance for Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center’s behavioral health division. He currently serves on the board of directors of Fellowship Place in New Haven, Connecticut, a nonprofit agency serving mentally ill homeless individuals with social programs, as well as educational and vocational resources. Mr. Grab is a member of the Maine Health Access Foundation Integration Initiative Policy Committee. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Haven.
Jack Hailey works for nonprofit Government Action and Communication Institute (GACI), where he provides staff support to the California Collaborative for Long Term Services and Supports. Mr. Hailey joined GACI in 2011 after 25 years at the California State Senate, first in its office of research and then as staff director of the Health and Human Services Committee. While with the Senate, he served on the executive committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and was the staff chair of several policy committees.
Michael Hamm is the C. S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Hamm is currently affiliated with the Departments of Community Sustainability; Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences; and Food Science and Human Nutrition. He is director of the Center for Regional Food Systems, which engages the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education, and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems. Prior to moving to MSU, he was dean of academic and student programs for Cook College, Rutgers University. He was cofounder and director of the New Jersey Urban Ecology Program and founding director of the Cook Student Organic Farm. Community food security, and community and sustainable food systems are active research areas. Dr. Hamm is a member of the governor-appointed Michigan Food Policy Council. Dr. Hamm has a bachelor of arts in biology from Northwestern University and a doctorate in human nutrition from the University of Minnesota.
Darell Hammond is founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC, dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve by ensuring they get the balance of active play they need to become healthy and successful adults. Mr. Hammond is the author of The New York Times bestseller KABOOM! A Movement To Save Play. Founded out of Mr. Hammond’s apartment in 1996, KaBOOM! has raised $250 million, rallied a million volunteers, led the hands-on construction of over 2,400 playgrounds, and inspired a movement for the child’s right to play. Mr. Hammond has been named an Ashoka Fellow and Schwab Social Entrepreneur by the World Economic Forum. In addition he was awarded the American Express NGEN Leadership Award by Independent Sector and the Satter Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award by New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Nadine Burke Harris is founder and CEO of Center for Youth Wellness (CYW). CYW works in close partnership with the CPMC Bayview Child Health Center where Dr. Burke Harris was the founding physician and where she maintains her clinical practice. She has earned international attention for her innovative approach to addressing adverse childhood experiences as a risk factor for adult disease such as heart disease and cancer. Her work has demonstrated the necessity of reassessing the relationship among poverty, child development, and health, and how the practical applications of the Adverse Childhood Experiences study can improve health outcomes. Dr. Burke Harris currently serves as an expert advisor on the Too Small To Fail initiative championed by Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation in association with Next Generation. Dr. Burke Harris also serves as an advisor on Governor Jerry Brown’s Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force and with the American Academy of Pediatrics as a committee member for the AAP’s Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence Committee. Her work has been profiled in Paul Tough’s best-selling book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Dr. Burke Harris’ work has also earned her the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her areas of interest are in health disparities, child trauma, nutrition, and asthma. Particularly, her focus is serving communities where issues of poverty and race present challenges to conventional health care and education.
Irfan Hasan covers The New York Community Trust’s health services and policy, children and youth with disabilities, mental health and intellectual disabilities, and visual disabilities grantmaking. Before joining the trust in 2000, Mr. Hasan spent eight years at Greater Boston Rehabilitation Services, developing and overseeing programs to help people with disabilities, chronic health problems, and other barriers to employment return to work. He is a mayoral appointee to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Community Service Board; a member of Grantmakers In Health’s Behavioral Health Funders Network, and Philanthropy New York’s Health Policy Working Group; and former board chair of the Disability Funders Network and a former cochair of the U. S. Student Selection Committee for the United World Colleges. He has been a presenter at Council on Foundations, Grantmakers In Health, and National Council for Behavioral Health conferences. Mr. Hasan earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in public administration from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Kathie Hiers has been active in the fight against HIV/AIDS since the epidemic first hit the South in the mid-1980s. She has served as CEO of AIDS Alabama since 2002. Prior to that, she was executive director of Mobile AIDS Support Services and a founder of the Lee Simmons Fund for People Living with AIDS in Mobile, Alabama. Nationally she served for four years as chair of the Southern AIDS Coalition and was a leading force in changing the Ryan White distribution methodology in the 2006 reauthorization of the bill. Ms. Hiers serves as president of the National AIDS Housing Coalition and as cochair of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership. She also serves on the Public Policy Committee of AIDS United. She is frequently called upon to speak on AIDS housing, advocacy, the South, and rural issues and has been a featured speaker for many media conferences and congressional briefings. Ms. Hiers is one of 25 people appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, providing advice and expertise to President Obama and Secretary Sibelius of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is also a member of the planning committee for the White House Summit on HIV and the South, to be held in the spring of 2014. Ms. Hiers is currently an appointee to the Governor of Alabama’s HIV Task Force. Her work on behalf of the South has been featured in the documentary, deepsouth, and on Dan Rather Reports.
Rich Huddleston has been with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) since 1995. Prior to becoming executive director in 2004, Mr. Huddleston served as AACF’s research and fiscal policy director, directing its state fiscal and welfare reform projects. He has conducted extensive advocacy work in public policy issues impacting children, including state tax and budget issues, poverty/low-income economic issues, and early childhood education. In 2011 he was named one of the state’s 20 Influential Minority Health Advocates by the Minority Health Commission and in 2012 was named one of the 50 most influential Arkansans by Arkansas Times Magazine for his work on children’s advocacy. He has served on numerous state and national advisory committees, including the Arkansas Legislative Taskforce on Reducing Poverty and the Arkansas Commission on Children, Youth and Families. A North Carolina native, Mr. Huddleston has master of public administration from West Virginia University and a bachelor of arts in political science from Carroll University.
Robert (Bob) Hughes became president and CEO of Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) in 2012. Before joining MFH he was a visiting research professor in the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University and served in various leadership positions for over 20 years at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey. Dr. Hughes is a member of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, and he serves on the boards of Grantmakers In Health, Missouri Health Connection, Saint Louis Regional Health Commission, and Gateway Center for Giving. Earlier in his career Dr. Hughes was an assistant professor of health administration and policy at Arizona State University, and a Pew postdoctoral fellow in health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. A native of Illinois, Dr. Hughes received his doctorate in behavioral sciences from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Heather Hussey-Coker joined the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) team as special projects coordinator in 2010. In this capacity she supports the program management officer in the implementation of organizational and programmatic projects. Ms. Hussey-Coker began her tenure with the Atlanta BeltLine project in 2005 at the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, supporting the execution or implementation of many project milestones, including the establishment of the partnership’s first board of directors, the development of the BeltLine Redevelopment Plan and 5 Year Work Plan, and the creation of the Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District. Prior to joining ABI full time, Ms. Hussey-Coker established the Atlanta BeltLine Tour Program and continues to coordinate project area tours, leading over 400 tours since the program’s inception in 2007. Ms. Hussey-Coker received her undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology and human and natural ecology from Emory University and her master’s degree in city and regional planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Robin Hutson is executive director for the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM), a public charity that is dedicated to increasing access to midwifery care in North America since 1998. FAM’s total grantmaking surpassed $1 million in 2012, and it adopted a transparent voting model for grants in 2010 with its program, The Birth Trust. FAM’s docket focuses on public policy, public education, research, and health equity. Ms. Hutson joined FAM in 2009 after working as a magazine publisher for 15 years, most recently with the Washington, DC-based policy magazine The American Prospect, founded by Robert Reich, Robert Kuttner, and Paul Starr. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Southern Methodist University, a consultant for 501(c)3 and 501(c)6 organizations, and a volunteer for numerous childbirth organizations.
Alan Jenkins is executive director of The Opportunity Agenda, a communications, research, and policy organization dedicated to building the national will to expand opportunity for all. Before joining the organization Mr. Jenkins was director of human rights for the Ford Foundation, managing over $50 million in grantmaking annually in the United States and 11 overseas regions. Previously he served as assistant to the solicitor general at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the U.S. government in constitutional and other litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to that, he was associate counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where he defended the rights of low-income communities suffering from exploitation and discrimination. His other positions have included assistant adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Carter, and coordinator of the Access to Justice Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. Mr. Jenkins serves on the board of trustees of the Center for Community Change and the board of governors of the New School University, and he is a cochair of the American Constitution Society’s Project on the Constitution in the Twenty-First Century. He holds a juris doctor from Harvard Law School, a master of arts in media studies from New School University, and a bachelor of arts in psychology and social relations from Harvard College.
Monica Johnson is founder of H.E.R.O.E.S. (Helping Everyone Receive Ongoing Effective Support), a Colombia, Louisiana-based nonprofit that provides HIV/AIDS prevention and education, teen pregnancy prevention programs, and support groups and advocacy for people living with HIV. As an activist and international speaker, Ms. Johnson has dedicated her life to helping people live life to the fullest. She was featured in a PBS Special A Blaze of Life. She has also been featured in Heart and Soul Magazine, a cover story for POZ magazine, the book A Positive Life, and a finalist in the Louisiana Blue Cross Angel Awards. Focused on her strong faith, her commitment to her family, her dedication to health and vitality, and her zest for life, Ms. Johnson is a positive example of what can and is possible. Now travelling the world and impacting thousands of lives, she is working on her new book project, Not 1 T-Cell! Ms. Johnson received her bachelor of science from University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Wayne B. Jonas is president and CEO of Samueli Institute. He is a widely published scientific investigator, a practicing family physician, professor of family medicine at Georgetown University, and adjunct professor at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. Additionally, Dr. Jonas is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army. Dr. Jonas was director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institute of Health from 1995-1998, and prior to that served as director of the Medical Research Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Jonas’ research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of the American Medical Association and Journal of Family Practice, and he has several book publications, including Mosby’s Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Elsevier’s Healing, Intention and Energy Medicine. Dr. Jonas earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and has held leadership positions with organizations and councils such as the World Health Organization, the National Institute of Health, and the White House Commission for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. He currently serves on the editorial boards of eight peer-reviewed journals and on the advisory or scientific boards of six national and international organizations. He is the recipient of several honors, including the 2007 America’s Top Family Doctors Award and the 2002 Physician Recognition Award of the American Medical Association.
Anupama Joshi is executive director and cofounder of the National Farm to School Network (NFSN), which provides vision, leadership, and support to connect and strengthen the farm-to-school movement in all 50 states. Ms. Joshi is a recognized leader in the field of farm to school, which connects local farms with schools to improve student nutrition and markets for farmers. Ms. Joshi has over 15 years of experience working on nutrition, agriculture, and food systems issues in countries around the world. She has worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Pesticide Action Network, and she has consulted with various nonprofit organizations in Asia. Ms. Joshi serves on the board of FoodCorps, and is a past board member of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers. She is coauthor of the book Food Justice.
Catherine Kapella joined the Washington Square Health Foundation in 2003 as a student intern and was hired full time in 2005. She is the foundation’s first program director. Ms. Kapella has served as cochair of the Health Program Affinity Group of the Donor’s Forum and is currently a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. She has presented at various foundation grantee workshops and most recently led a case study for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, helping to educate the next generation of not-for-profit leaders. Ms. Kapella holds a bachelor of business administration in finance and economics from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Washington Square Health Foundation grants funds that promote and maintain access to adequate health care for all people in the Chicagoland area regardless of race, sex, creed, or financial need.
Fred Karnas joined The Kresge Foundation staff in 2013 and serves as a social investment officer, working with the Health and Human Services programs. He brings a history of working on issues related to the intersection of housing, health, and human services, with a special focus on addressing the needs of vulnerable populations. Mr. Karnas has been a senior adviser to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan in the Obama Administration, where he worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on issues affecting homeless persons, older Americans, and persons with disabilities. Previously he served as deputy assistant secretary for special needs at HUD, director of the Office of AIDS Housing, and acting executive director of the Interagency Council on the Homeless in the Clinton Administration. He also served as Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano’s policy adviser on urban affairs and in her cabinet as director of the Arizona Department of Housing and executive director of the Arizona Housing Finance Authority. Mr. Karnas’ nonprofit experience has included work for the Area Agency on Aging in Arizona and in Virginia; the Central Florida Coalition for the Homeless in Orlando, Florida; and the Community Housing Partnership in Phoenix, Arizona. He also spent five years as executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless.
Kate Keller is vice president for policy and external relations for Interact for Health, formerly The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. She is responsible for the organization’s health care policy efforts, including the Affordable Care Act Education program. Ms Keller also manages Interact for Health’s community relations and communications. During her 16-year tenure at the foundation, she has implemented several initiatives totaling over $22 million, which have increased school-based health care services throughout Greater Cincinnati, including opening 24 school-based health centers as of 2012. She has been identified as a leading expert in health care reform in the community, speaking to businesses and groups about the effects of the law. Ms. Keller was named “40 under 40” in 2010 by Cincinnati Business Courier and received the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Assembly on School Based Health Care. In 2012 she was named a fellow of the Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy from Grantmakers In Health. In addition, she has been an active member of the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care since 1998, serving on its board from 2004 to 2012. Ms. Keller holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Cincinnati.
Eric Kelly is president of Quantum Foundation, responsible for the investment portfolio and oversight of program funding and grantmaking. He is a community leader who specializes in strategic planning to ensure initiatives are sustainable and offer systemic solutions for regional issues. Prior to his current role, Mr. Kelly worked as executive vice president for the foundation. Prior experience includes roles as director of agency relations at United Way of Palm Beach County and regional vice president of Allegany Franciscan Ministries. Mr. Kelly has a bachelor of science degree in communications from Florida State University and a master of organizational management from Florida Atlantic University.
In 1980 Eugene Kephart founded Cen-Clear Child Services, Inc., which, today, is one of the largest nonprofit children’s services organizations in Pennsylvania, serving over 5,000 families, children, and adults annually. He serves on the board of trustees of Mount Nittany Medical Center, the advisory council for the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Clearfield Campus, and the advisory board for the Johnson & Johnson/University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Head Start Management Program. Dr. Kephart is past president and past vice president of the National Head Start Directors’ Association and served as a consultant for the University of Maryland Head Start Training Office and for DANYA, Inc. He is the only nonphysician to receive the Johnson & Johnson Health Care Leadership Award. Dr. Kephart completed his doctoral degree in education administration at The Pennsylvania State University. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Head Start Management Fellows program for Head Start directors and teams.
Jeffrey Kim is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation, with responsibility for grantmaking related to healthy aging and the mental health of transition-age youth. Prior to joining the foundation in 2005, Mr. Kim was associate director of development for the National Conference for Community and Justice–Los Angeles Region. Before that, he was deputy director for legal services at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. Mr. Kim is a member of the California Commission on Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs and previously served on the board of directors of Grantmakers In Aging and Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Board of Liberty Hill Foundation. He is a member of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. A member of the State Bar of California, Mr. Kim earned his law degree from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University.
Keith Kirshner joined the Ben Massell Dental Clinic (BMDC) in 2012 as director. In this role, Mr. Kirshner focuses on expanding capacity for care through the recruitment of new volunteer dentists and engagement with community partners. Additionally, he oversees BMDC staff and management. A graduate of Skidmore College, Mr. Kirshner brings a strong consulting, sales, and business development background with him. He has worked with research and development heads of Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and medical device firms, as well as elected officials across the country.
Benjamin Kligler is a primary care physician who has been treating children and families from an integrative medicine perspective for almost 20 years. Dr. Kligler is associate professor of family and social medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and vice chair and research director of the Beth Israel Department of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Kligler was the founding medical director of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing, an integrative medicine practice, which opened in May 2000 and where he continues to practice medicine. In addition, he is codirector of the Beth Israel Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine and teaches in the Beth Israel Residency Program in Urban Family Practice. Dr. Kligler has produced multiple publications, including Curriculum in Complementary Therapies: A Guide for the Medical Educator, and serving as coeditor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. Dr. Kligler is certified in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and acupuncture. He has been deeply involved in the development of curriculum for physicians on integrative pediatrics. Dr. Kligler is former chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and was a founding member and organizer of the American Association of Medical Colleges Special Interest Group on Alternative Medicine.
Laura Landy is founder and chair of ReThink Health, and president and CEO of the Rippel Foundation. In these roles, she provides strategy and oversight to the ReThink Health program and oversees the Rippel Foundation’s strategic approach to mission-based philanthropy. Ms. Landy has more than 35 years of experience promoting social entrepreneurship and innovation and creating models of change in banking, the arts, health, economic development, and higher education. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a master of business administration from New York University. Ms. Landy is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a trustee of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System.
Laura Leviton is senior advisor for evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, a position that the foundation created for her to advise and consult on evaluations across its many initiatives and national programs. She has been with the foundation since 1999, overseeing more than 100 national and local evaluations. Dr. Leviton was formerly a professor at two schools of public health, where she collaborated on the first randomized experiment on HIV prevention and later on two large place-based randomized experiments on improving medical practices. She received the 1993 award from the American Psychological Association for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest. She has served on three Institute of Medicine committees involving evaluation and on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Advisory Committee on HIV prevention and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Leviton was president of the American Evaluation Association and coauthored Foundations of Program Evaluation and Confronting Public Health Risks.
Jane Isaacs Lowe, senior adviser for program development at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, works on strategies related to community development and the social determinants of health. She views her role as catalyzing new ways of addressing long-standing health issues, building partnerships, and driving social change to improve the health of children, families and communities. Dr. Lowe also is a member of the foundation’s Global Health Working Group and Pioneer Portfolio. She is a current fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine, and a member of the editorial board of Social Work in Health Care. Dr. Lowe earned a doctorate in social welfare policy and planning from Rutgers University; a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University; and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Cedar Crest College, where she is a member of the board of trustees.
Dawn is the lei hīpu'u coordinator at Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Services. There she seeks to support efforts aimed at helping the children of Kalihi grow up healthy and strong with beautiful dreams for their future. She collaborates with the community and service providers to embrace and promote holistic, inclusive, and culturally based programs and policies centered in family and community wisdom. Her background is in community development and cultural navigation in the United States and Central America. She has a bacehlor of arts in culture, history, and immigration studies from The Evergreen State College.
As Vice President of the The New York State Health Foundation, Jacqueline Martinez Garcel has a central role in developing the Foundation's program areas, identifying emerging opportunities and strategic niches, building partnerships with other foundations, ensuring quality and accountability, and evaluating the performance of programs and grantees. Ms. Martinez Garcel provides leadership and guidance to two priority areas: Improving Health Care for People with Diabetes and Integrating Mental Health and Substance Use Services. She also has a special interest in the strategic and creative development of leadership and capacity-building programs with community-based organizations throughout the State. She previously served as the program director for the Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative at Columbia University’s Center for Community Health Partnerships where she implemented and evaluated health programs. Ms. Martinez Garcel was a research associate for the City University of New York Medical School where she conducted an analysis of peer-reviewed literature on racial and ethnic disparities in diagnosis and treatment in the U.S. health care system. She was also a program manager for Alianza Dominicana, Inc., a National Institutes of Health fellow for the Department of Public Health in the City of Merida in Yucatan, Mexico, and an assistant coordinator for Beginning with Children, a Brooklyn-based charter school. Ms. Martinez Garcel holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from Cornell University. She has served as adjunct professor of sociology at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, board director of the Institute for Civic Leadership, and board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-New York City Metro.
Sandra Martínez is director of public policy for The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). Ms. Martínez plans, coordinates, and oversees the foundation’s public policy activities as a means of advancing TCWF’s mission, achieving its goals, and amplifying the impact of its grantmaking. She also manages the annual TCWF Sabbatical Program Award, which honors nonprofit health executives. Ms. Martínez joined foundation in 2002 as program director during the final year of TCWF’s 10-year, $60 million Violence Prevention Initiative. In 2003 she was assigned to oversee the foundation’s grantmaking in special projects, which responds to opportunities that fit the foundation’s mission but are outside the health issues prioritized for funding. Prior to joining TCWF, Ms. Martínez directed Progressive Los Angeles Network and also directed other community organizing efforts at Community Coalition in South Los Angeles. She has also conducted extensive research on health-related issues such as the effects of the AIDS epidemic on teens.
Barbara Masters is an independent consultant with 30 years of experience in health policy development and analysis, advocacy, and evaluation. Her experience includes stints in philanthropy, local government, Capitol Hill, and nonprofit advocacy. As a consultant, Ms. Masters works with foundations and nonprofits to design, implement, and evaluate policy, advocacy, and movement building strategies. Her clients include The California Wellness Foundation, The California Endowment, the California HealthCare Foundation, the Blue Shield of California Foundation, Grantmakers In Health, Building Movement Project, and Trust for America’s Health, among others. Prior to starting her consulting practice, Ms. Masters served as the public policy director for The California Endowment, where she led efforts to institutionalize policy advocacy throughout the foundation and developed methods to evaluate advocacy and policy change activities. She has a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree from the University of Colorado.
Betsy McNamara is a principal with Full Circle Consulting, a nonprofit consulting firm based in Concord, New Hampshire. In this capacity she serves as consultant to the Transforming Birth Fund, a donor-advised fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Her work with the fund includes setting strategy, identifying funding opportunities, building and maintaining relationships with grantees, and making funding recommendations to donors. Ms. McNamara has served as consultant to the Transforming Birth Fund since 2006. The remainder of her consulting practice is focused on nonprofit fundraising.
Karen McNeil-Miller is president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust (KBR) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Founded in 1947, KBR’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the quality of health for financially needy North Carolinians. Specifically, the trust addresses social and human need issues within Forsyth County through its Poor and Needy Division and health and medical needs across the state through the Health Care Division. With 75 percent of its more than $28 million in annual funding devoted to health care, the trust has identified impact priorities of access to primary medical care, diabetes, mental health and substance abuse, and community-centered prevention. In the Poor and Needy Division, the trust is focused on education, health care, safety net, and community assets. Prior to joining the trust, Ms. McNeil-Miller spent 16 years with the Center for Creative Leadership, an international leadership development and research nonprofit organization headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Lisa Medellin joined Healthcare Georgia Foundation in 2005. In her current position, she is the primary liaison between the foundation and its grant applicants, grantees, and policymakers, as well as other foundations and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Medellin also serves as team lead for the program staff at the foundation, managing its grantmaking programs, including developing two annual grant programs to support general operating and direct services funding and identifying new strategic funding strategies to award approximately $3 to $5 million annually. Ms. Medellin manages a diverse grant portfolio that includes: health policy, childhood obesity, school-based health centers, and integrated health care/behavioral health. Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Medellin was with Emory University-Rollins School of Public Health, where she was director of resource management and communications for a national Tobacco Technical Assistance project. She has held positions with the American Cancer Society-National Home Office, Emory University School of Medicine, and Planned Parenthood of the Southeast. Ms. Medellin is an active member of the community and serves on the boards of DeKalb County CASA and the Georgia School Based Health Alliance. She previously volunteered for United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta–Women’s Legacy Council and the Junior League of Atlanta.
Edward Meehan is executive director of two organized philanthropies in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania: The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust and The Rider-Pool Foundation. Over $120 million has been made available to improve health, education, community development, and the arts under 28 years of Mr. Meehan’s leadership. The combined assets of these two foundations have tripled to over $100 million during his tenure. Upholding the mission of the Pool Health Care Trust, Mr. Meehan works closely with the Lehigh Valley Health Network on strategic initiatives to effect demonstrable, dramatic, and sustained impact on the health of the region, the ultimate goal of which is to make the Lehigh Valley “the healthiest community in America.” Mr. Meehan served on the Grantmakers In Health Board of Directors from 1996 to 2002.
Marilyn Meltzer is senior analyst for health equity in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to leading the division’s health equity activities, she has coauthored multiple publications, including A Conceptual Framework for Exploring the Social Determinants of Child Maltreatment in a forthcoming book on public health approaches to preventing child maltreatment and Promoting Health Equity: A Resource to Help Communities Address the Social Determinants of Health. Ms. Meltzer is a member of the CDC Health Equity and the Healthy People 2020 Social Determinants of Health work groups. She is a registered nurse who earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Smith College and a master of public health from Morehouse School of Medicine. Prior to joining CDC in 1999, Ms. Meltzer was regional coordinator for community health education at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical System in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
James Mercy oversees global activities in the Division of Violence Prevention in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He received his doctorate in sociology from Emory University. Over the past three decades Dr. Mercy has helped to develop the public health approach to violence and has conducted and overseen numerous seminal studies of the epidemiology of child maltreatment, youth and intimate partner violence, homicide, and firearm injuries. He also served as a coeditor of World Report on Violence and Health prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO) and served on the editorial board of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Study of Violence Against Children. Most recently he has been working on a global partnership called Together for Girls, with United Nations Children’s Fund, U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, WHO, and others, to end sexual violence against girls.
Judith Meyers is president and CEO of the Children’s Fund of Connecticut, a public charitable foundation, and its subsidiary, the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut. For the past 15 years she has led the organizations’ efforts to improve the health, mental health and early care systems for children in Connecticut. A clinical and community psychologist, Dr. Meyers holds faculty appointments at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the Yale University Child Study Center. Her work in public policy includes past positions as associate director of the Bush Program in Child Development and Social Policy at the University of Michigan, senior policy advisor to Massachusetts Governor Dukakis, administrator of the Iowa Division of Child and Family Services, and senior associate at The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Dr. Meyers has authored numerous reports, articles, and chapters on children’s mental health and health. She serves on the board of the Connecticut Council of Philanthropy.
Faith Mitchell is president and CEO of Grantmakers In Health (GIH). Previously she served as vice president for program and strategy at the organization. Before joining GIH, Dr. Mitchell was senior program officer at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) where she was responsible for the health disparities portfolio. Dr. Mitchell spent 12 years at the National Academies, both at the IOM and as a center director in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Education. She has also held leadership positions at the U.S. Department of State, The San Francisco Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Throughout her career, Dr. Mitchell has worked on the application of social science to domestic and international public policy, health policy, and programs. She is the co-editor of several reports, including Examining the Health Disparities Research Plan of the National Institutes of Health: Unfinished Business; Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies: Hispanics and the American Future; Hispanics and the Future of America; Terrorism: Perspectives from the Behavioral and Social Sciences; Discouraging Terrorism: Some Implications of 9/11; America Becoming: Racial Trends and Their Consequences; Governance and Opportunity in Metropolitan America; and Premature Death in the New Independent States. Dr. Mitchell holds a doctorate in medical anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1991 Gary Miller was recruited to the position of CEO at Jewish Family Services, Atlanta, Inc. Since then he has transformed the agency and readied it for the marketplace. The agency has grown from 9 to 48 programs, from a $1 million budget to $14 million in revenues. In 1997 he oversaw the merger of two agencies, Jewish Family Services and Jewish Vocational Services, into a new entity, Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS). Today, JF&CS is the premier health, human service, and employment organization in Atlanta, serving over 30,000 individuals in both the Jewish and general community. In 2008 Mr. Miller completed a $5.5 million capital campaign for the only Gold LEED certified comprehensive full-service free dental clinic in North America. Staffed by over 150 volunteer dentists who donate over $3 million in professional services annually, this unique program provides 20,000+ dental services to over 4,000 working poor Atlantans. Mr. Miller has lectured extensively in the United States and Canada on his experiences in growing nonprofits and in developing an entrepreneurial approach to human service delivery. He currently serves on the national board of the Association for Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies and the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services. Mr. Miller graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Concordia University and a master’s degree in correctional administration from the University of Ottawa.
Karen Minyard has directed the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies since 2001. Her work involves connecting the research, policy, and programmatic work of the center across several areas, including public health, long-term care, children’s health, and public and private health coverage. She previously directed the networks for rural health program at GHPC. Dr. Minyard also has experience with the state Medicaid program, with the design of a reformed program and the external evaluation of the primary care case management program. In addition she has 13 years of experience in nursing and hospital administration. Dr. Minyard frequently makes presentations and acts as a neutral convener and facilitator. She provides testimony for the Georgia state legislature and has presented to congressional and executive agency staff on the Affordable Care Act. Currently Dr. Minyard spearheads a team at Georgia State University dedicated to translating national health care reform.
Mae Morgan’s career has involved providing primary care in a variety of settings, including community health, private practice, home health, managed care, and correctional health. Since 2006 Dr. Morgan has served as medical director at Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services, providing clinical oversight of various organizational programs and quality management. Dr. Morgan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a degree in medicine from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed requirements for board certification in internal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals. An interest in prevention, health policy, and management led to completion of a second residency in preventive medicine and completing requirements for a master of public health at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.
Paul Morris joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) in 2013 as president and CEO. ABI is responsible for the development a comprehensive revitalization effort in Atlanta, which is among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects in the United States. Trained as a landscape architect and urban planner, Mr. Morris has spent his 30-year career in strategic consulting and executive management roles focusing on transportation, urban redevelopment, natural resource management, public parks, and the development of corporate and institutional facilities throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He has assisted communities across 25 U.S. states and 10 foreign countries, offering hands-on involvement and complex problem solving and dispute resolution expertise in more than 400 programs and projects, including infrastructure investment, regional growth management, natural resource restoration, brownfield redevelopment, and world heritage site regeneration. Mr. Morris has worked on several projects of national significance, such as the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City, the Columbine High School Memorial in Colorado, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Landscape Architects, where in 2003 he served as national president.
Christine Mulvin is program officer for The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, which serves 36 counties across the state and focuses on Prevention of Family Violence, Preventive Oral Health Care, and Strengthening Ohio’s Safety Net. She manages the foundation’s Community Connections small grant initiative and the Prevention of Family Violence focus area. Ms. Mulvin provides assistance to grantseekers and grantees, trains and coordinates volunteer proposal reviewers, develops technical assistance opportunities, monitors internal and external evaluation, and represents the foundation in collaboratives and working groups. Prior to joining HealthPath, Ms. Mulvin spent 12 years at The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati as director, communications. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and her master of technical and scientific communication degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Carol Redmond Naughton is senior vice president of Purpose Built Communities, LLC, a nonprofit that works with local leaders to plan and implement neighborhood revitalizations that are designed to break the cycle of poverty while creating healthy and sustainable communities. Prior to joining Purpose Built Communities, Ms. Naughton served as executive director of the East Lake Foundation, a neighborhood-focused organization that developed and continues to implement a bold, innovative, and successful model of community revitalization that helps families break the cycle of poverty. An expert in public/private partnerships, Ms. Naughton has crafted innovative alliances in both housing and education. Prior to joining the East Lake Foundation, she was general counsel for the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA), where she played an instrumental role in the revitalization of traditional public housing communities into economically viable, self-sustaining, mixed-income communities. She was a key member of the leadership team that transformed AHA from a failing bureaucracy to a national leader in affordable housing development. Prior to joining AHA, Ms. Naughton was engaged in the private practice of law with Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan’s real estate group, where she primarily represented developers, lenders and asset manager. Ms. Naughton serves on the board of directors of the Charles R. Drew Charter School. She is a former president of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, a member of the State Bar of Georgia, and a former member of its board of governors. She serves or has served on the boards of several community and national organizations. Ms. Naughton is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law and was executive editor of Emory Law Journal. In addition she graduated with honors from Colgate University.
Gary Nelson is president of Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Inc., a private independent foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. Appointed in 2002 Dr. Nelson is responsible for executive management of the foundation’s program, financial, and management operations, and oversees the foundation’s grantmaking program dedicated to advancing the health of all Georgians and expanding access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities. He began his public health career with the Utah State Department of Public Health and has held board appointments with philanthropic, academic, public health, and public and private national organizations. In 2011 Dr. Nelson was elected chair of the Georgia Board of Public Health. Dr. Nelson has numerous research publications in the fields of evaluation, health behavior, and health promotion and disease prevention. He received a doctorate in health science from the University of Utah.
Helen Neuborne directs the Quality Employment Unit at the Ford Foundation, which makes grants in three programmatic areas to improve economic opportunity for low-wage families. The first supports effective strategies for workforce development to improve access to quality training and jobs for low-wage and disadvantaged workers, especially immigrants. The second seeks to improve the quality of jobs held by low-wage workers (insuring paid sick days and paid leave, expanding unemployment insurance, and raising the minimum wage). The third is working with states to expand the availability of and access to work supports (such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, child care, and health care), which promote greater job stability. She joined the foundation in 1994 as the Women’s Rights program officer. Prior to joining Ford, Ms. Neuborne was executive director of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund and also held a number of policy positions with the New York City Mayor’s Office under Ed Koch.
In 1987 Howard Nochumson became the first executive director of the Washington Square Health Foundation, one of the oldest health care conversion foundations in the country. The foundation has progressed from a grantmaker to hospitals to an expansive public health and community-based grantmaker. Mr. Nochumson was also the founding chairperson of the Donors Forum Health Program Affinity Group. In addition he has been instrumental in developing several Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Initiative Funding Grants and has spearheaded several controversial grant projects in the areas of HIV/AIDS, managed care and reproductive health. Prior to his current position, he was programs manager for the Rotary Foundation. Originally trained as an educator, Mr. Nochumson holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. He has published numerous articles in the fields of education and philanthropy and has participated in various philanthropic presentations and seminars.
Linda Orgain is the health communications lead for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Oral Health, where she is responsible for ensuring that the public and public health professionals have the information they need to achieve and promote optimal oral health throughout the lifespan. In this capacity she develops key messages on a range of oral health topics in collaboration with the division’s subject matter experts, provides consultation on media relations, develops health communications materials, and is engaged in other aspects of agency communications. She has worked with the Division of Oral Health for more than 10 years. Ms. Orgain earned her bachelor’s degree from Douglass College of Rutgers University and holds a master of public health degree in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Maggie Gunther Osborn was named president of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy in 2013. The council is a nonprofit association of grantmakers committed to promoting and supporting effective philanthropy for the public good in Connecticut. Before joining the council, Ms. Osborn served as vice president of the Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN), a statewide membership organization supporting the philanthropic sector. Prior experience includes serving eight years as grant director for the Conn Memorial Foundation and serving as president of MGO Partners, a training and capacity building consulting firm focused on the philanthropic sector from 1998 until 2013. Ms. Osborn holds a master’s degree in leadership and philanthropy from Antioch University and a bachelor of arts from Notre Dame of Maryland University, where she was a Morrissy Scholar. Additional academic studies include specialization in nonprofit management from the University of Tampa School of Business, where Ms. Osborn serves as a faculty practitioner.
Bryan Pacheco is national coordinator of the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC), which advocates for policies and programs that improve aging in communities as racially and ethnically diverse people. In this role he leads the coalition’s advocacy, policy, and education strategies and priorities, and he builds awareness of the many issues facing elders of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) elders through both traditional and new media. Prior to his role at DEC, Mr. Pacheco created and implemented media and outreach campaigns at Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) to amplify the stories of LGBT elders and to highlight SAGE’s policy efforts, including reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. He was introduced to SAGE through its New York City Harlem program, where he educated aging leaders, community members, and policymakers about the issues facing African-American and Latino LGBT elders. For this work Mr. Pacheco was named the “Leader of Tomorrow” by the Latino LGBT organization Latinos/as Unidos de New York, Inc. In addition, he received a 21st Century Pipeline Fellowship, a year-long leadership fellowship for managers of color. Mr. Pacheco is a published author, who studied at Middlebury College. He is a frequent presenter on topics that address aging, LGBT communities, and people of color, and he has given presentations at City College, New York City Department of Education, AmeriCorps, and other prominent institutions.
Christopher Peters, Pohlik-lah/Karuk, is president and CEO and has served in a leadership position with the Seventh Generation Fund for 25 years. Born and raised on his people’s territories in northwestern California, Mr. Peters is a well-known and leading advocate for the protection of Native American prayer places and ceremonial life and has fought on the frontlines of environmental justice struggles to protect aboriginal ecosystems. For more than 35 years his work has focused on grassroots social justice organizing, protecting sacred sites, working for holistic community renewal, rebuilding traditional economies, and supporting cultural revitalization efforts. Mr. Peters has a bachelor of science in behavioral sciences from the University of California at Davis and a master of arts in counseling psychology from Stanford University.
Danette Peters develops and manages grantmaking and program-related investment systems for the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation. She was instrumental in the implementation of GIFTS and has been a leader in the complete re-engineering of the foundation’s grantmaking process. Working with the executive director, she developed and implemented an outcome-based tracking system in GIFTS to measure and evaluate the foundation’s impact in the South. Ms. Peters is an active member of the Grants Managers Network and currently serves as a member of the board of directors. She has done numerous presentations and is an accomplished public speaker and educator. Ms. Peters specializes in the implementation of technology, systems and process improvements, and maximizing collective impact. She is also highly skilled in the development of outcomes frameworks for benchmarking, identifying trends, and monitoring success.
Kali Peterson brings both policy and programmatic experience in aging and long-term care to her position as program officer for The SCAN Foundation. Ms. Peterson’s comprehensive knowledge of the continuum of care is rooted in geriatric case management, where she worked with older adults, their families, and care providers to plan, strategize, and organize client-centered long-term care service delivery. Ms. Peterson’s policy experience includes governance and policy analysis with the United Nation’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs. She also served as a policy analyst for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, where she engaged in federal level policy formulation. Ms. Peterson holds a joint master of science in gerontology from the University of Southern California (USC) Davis School of Gerontology and a master of public administration from the USC Price School of Public Policy. She completed a bachelor’s degree in mass communications at the University of California, Berkeley.
Kathy Palumbo is director of programs for The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, where she manages and oversees the foundation’s Common Good Fund, AIDS Partnership and Fund, Managing for Excellence Award, scholarships, and other grantmaking programs. Dr. Palumbo came to the foundation in 2006 after an 18-year tenure at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, where she served as community services director. At the Food Bank she provided leadership, training, and technical assistance to an antihunger network of 800 nonprofit social service and faith-based organizations in northern Georgia. She was instrumental in the founding of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and the Valdosta Food Bank. In addition, she provided leadership to a variety of statewide antihunger/antipoverty legislative issues, including passage and implementation of the state’s nutrition assistance program and passage of a school breakfast mandate. Prior to joining the Food Bank she held several positions in the nonprofit and academic arenas, including past appointments as an adjunct instructor of sociology at Agnes Scott College, a social worker at North Fulton Child Development Center, and community organizer for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. Dr. Palumbo is a member of the board for United Way’s Emergency Food and Shelter, the policy committee for the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance, a board member of Funders Concerned About AIDS, the advisory board for the School of Social Work at Georgia State University, and the editorial board of The Foundation Review. Dr. Palumbo holds a doctorate from Emory University and a master of social work from Case Western Reserve University. She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio.
Rachel Poulain has a background in health and communications and served as director of outreach and associate producer for the award-winning documentary series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, created by California Newsreel. In addition to her work at California Newsreel, Ms. Poulain teaches a transdisciplinary documentary filmmaking course offered through the Health Equity Institute and Cinema Department at San Francisco State University, where students partner with community organizations to create films for health and social justice. Previously she was communications associate at the California School Health Centers Association where she worked to engage and foster advocates for school-based health care. She began her career in health communications as research associate and communications production manager at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. Ms. Poulain holds a bachelor of arts in communications and a master of public health from San Francisco State University.
Kenneth Prince has more than 25 years management experience in hospitals, clinics, public health, and community health programs. He currently serves as director of community outreach and program development at Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services in Atlanta, Georgia. He formerly served as division director at the DeKalb County Board of Health in Decatur, Georgia, where he was directly responsible for clinical, outreach, and educational programs in the areas of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, occupational health, epidemiology, laboratory, and radiology. Mr. Prince also served as assistant vice president, ambulatory care services, and maternal/child health at Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was responsible for quality of patient care, staff utilization, and financial management for the division. Mr. Prince holds a master of science in health services administration and a master of business administration from the University of Saint Francis in Joliet, Illinois, and he received a bachelor of science in commerce from Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition, Mr. Prince earned a certificate in public health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a certificate in clinic management and public health law from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Robby Rodriguez is a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, New Mexico Programs. Mr. Rodriguez is a former New Mexico environmental justice leader and program executive who was involved in civic engagement grantmaking for The Atlantic Philanthropies. He recently joined the foundation and will continue to engage in program efforts to build a healthier future for New Mexico children by working in social change partnership with New Mexico communities.
Anna Marie Rondon is a program supervisor for the Navajo Birth Cohort Study for the Navajo Nation Division of Health, a study examining the relationship between uranium mine waste and Navajo women’s birth outcomes. Ms. Rondon, who is Dine (Navajo), has 38 years of experience in indigenous community planning and community development, grantwriting, and social and environmental justice issues; she also has 10 years of volunteer work on Gulf War Veterans health concerns pertaining to depleted uranium exposure. She began her activism work in her community due to low-level radiation in the chapter watering well. In addition, Ms. Rondon was the cocoordinator for the 1992 World Uranium Hearing in Salzburg Austria.
Debra Rosen is director of quality and health education at Northeast Valley Health Corporation, a nonprofit federally qualified community health center serving the medically underserved population in Los Angeles County. Ms. Rosen began working in immunizations in 1995, directing the corporation’s first immunization grant and soon created the Division of Public Health Programs and Services responsible for immunizations, tuberculosis, and childhood lead poisoning programs. Her position expanded in 2005 to include the Health Education and Chronic Disease divisions, and in 2013 to Quality Improvement. She has extensive experience in the implementation of self-management strategies for chronically ill patients and has administered various health education programs to improve patient outcomes. Ms. Rosen is cochair of the Los Angeles County Immunization Coalition and received the 2010 Clinical Leadership Award from the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County.
Catherine Ross is director of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development. Dr. Ross serves as codirector of the school’s recently selected Top Ten Tier 1 Transportation Research Center, as designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which received a $14 million grant award. She is the author of Megaregions: Planning for Global Competitiveness and The Inner City. In 2009 Dr. Ross was selected to advise the Obama Administration on creation of the first‐ever White House Office of Urban Affairs. Her upcoming book Health Impact Assessment in the United States will be released in early 2014. Dr. Ross has conducted extensive research on health and the built environment with a focus on the integration of health metrics into policies and projects across different disciplines.
Rebecca (Becky) Salay is director of government relations at the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), ensuring that the group’s public policy agenda is implemented at all levels of government: federal, state and local. Prior to joining TFAH, she was associate director of government affairs at the Center for American Progress, where she worked on health reform; education; work/life balance; poverty issues; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. Ms. Salay began her career on Capitol Hill, where she served for nearly 10 years on the staff of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. In her most senior position in that office, as legislative director, she oversaw the Congresswoman’s legislative agenda with a focus on health care, working women, and Appropriations and Budget Committee work. Ms. Salay also has a unique understanding of international health issues, having worked for nearly three years at the National Heart Forum in London. She previously served in the White House during the Clinton Administration as associate director of research in the Communications Office, and as a senior health policy associate at the National Partnership for Women and Families. Ms. Salay holds a master of science in international health policy from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor of arts in political science from Drew University.
Eileen Salinsky advises the development and implementation of Grantmakers In Health’s (GIH) programs and products on issues related to healthy eating and active living, children and youth, as well as public policy. Prior to joining GIH, Ms. Salinsky served as principal research associate at the National Health Policy Forum where she led the forum’s work on public health and safety net activities. She was the former director of public health policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and previously served as vice president at The Lewin Group. Ms. Salinsky received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Cornell University and a master of business administration degree in health administration from Temple University.
Sarah Hudson Scholle is vice president, research and analysis at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Dr. Scholle is an expert in health service and quality measurement in multiple settings and has a demonstrated record of moving innovative measurement concepts into implementation. Current measurement projects focus on cross-cutting areas, including care coordination, patient engagement, and goal setting and improvement in outcomes. She also has experience in projects to test and assess the process of transformation to different models of care, including an initiative to test a patient-centered approach to oncology care. She leads NCQA efforts work to expand measures for vulnerable populations; this included the development of a framework for evaluating care for people with dual eligibility for Medicaid and Medicare, as well as efforts to expand measures for evaluating the quality of behavioral health care. Dr. Scholle received her doctor of public health degree from The Johns Hopkins University.
Adam Seeley is COO, Gateway Center in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Mr. Seeley relocated to Atlanta in 2007, following a congressional internship, to serve as an intern for homeless services at the Central Outreach and Advocacy Center. He subsequently accepted the position of assistant director of outreach services at the center. Since 2011 Mr. Seeley has served as a board member for Discovery Opportunities in Outreach and Reflection Atlanta, a nationwide mission and service program for young adults. Since coming to Atlanta, Mr. Seeley has advocated for the importance of volunteer service within the community, across the nation, and at an international level.
Sarah Senseman currently serves as manager of community initiatives at the Center for Prevention, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. In this capacity she applies more than 15 years of experience working within and among diverse communities to build health equity. Ms. Senseman has worked to address inequities related to mental health, HIV/AIDS, prenatal care, breast and cervical cancer, tobacco use, healthy eating, and active living. She has worked in a variety of settings, including federally qualified community health centers, foundations, community nonprofits, universities, and international nongovernmental organizations. She currently serves on the LGBT Funders Network of Minnesota and Equity Now Minnesota Delegation, and she is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. She received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota.
In 1999 Kathy Sessions helped funders establish Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) and currently serves as its director. Since that time she has continued working to build HEFN and environmental health philanthropy. Ms. Sessions is a contributor to HEFN’s weekly blog, Giving InSight, as well as to The Huffington Post. She serves on the boards for Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Research Council and the Barbara Smith Fund. Ms. Sessions holds a master of public administration from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, in social studies from Harvard University.
Laura Smith is president and CEO of Washington Dental Service Foundation, which is dedicated to significant, long-lasting improvements in the oral health and overall health of Washington state residents. The foundation works to prevent oral diseases, focusing on young children and seniors, and is known for its work in increasing access for low-income children, engaging primary care medical providers and early learning environments in prevention, water fluoridation, and public policy efforts. Ms. Smith brings to this work a commitment to improving the health of children and a solid background in planning, execution, evaluation, and financial management. Prior to becoming CEO in 2007, she served as the foundation’s deputy director. From 1992 to 2001 she worked at Seattle Children’s Hospital and was charged with connecting donors with the work of the hospital. Her background also includes finance and management positions with the City of Seattle and the State Department of Social and Health Services. Ms. Smith has a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Washington’s Evan’s School of Public Affairs.
After retiring from the Academy for Educational Development in 2009, William Smith founded a consulting service, makingchange4u, to continue his work in the application of behavioral science and social marketing to large-scale programs of social change. Dr. Smith serves as coeditor of Social Marketing Quarterly and as consultant to various foundations and agencies. For the last two years he has worked as senior communications consultant to the Pew Foundation on the development of its Community Water Fluoridation Initiative; consultant to Pan American Health Organization on behavioral science and social marketing for salt reduction strategies; and various state and local governments on tobacco cessation, HIV/AIDS, and obesity prevention. He has served on two Institute of Medicine (IOM) panels, including co-authorship of the IOM’s Health Literacy Report. He continues an active a career of public speaking on the application of integrated behavior change to widely diverse health and environmental challenges. In 2011 Dr. Smith delivered a TEDx talk on the integration of social marketing and behavioral science in large-scale social change.
Gerald R. Solomon
Gerald Solomon has served as Samueli Foundation’s executive director since 2008. Prior to his work at the foundation, Mr. Solomon served as CEO of Public Health Foundation Enterprises, where he transformed the organization from operating the nation’s largest Women, Infants and Children’s network in Los Angeles, to becoming a national provider of public health services and funding, operating in 31 states with 1,600 employees and an annual budget exceeding $120 million. During Mr. Solomon’s tenure at Samueli, the foundation has achieved significant goals, including establishing a secondary operating foundation to address community health disparity issues through the use of hockey; developing multiple funder collaborative initiatives addressing systemic safety net needs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education within the K-16 continuum; and funding collaboratives in community health, broadening the focus from a biomedical diagnostic model to one of community health, wellness, and prevention. Mr. Solomon currently serves on several boards, including Health Funders Partnership of Orange County; National STEM Funders Network; and the University of California, San Diego’s Center for Integrative Medicine. Previous service includes sitting on the board of directors of the National Association of County and City Health Officials-Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s national accreditation committee.
John Supra is deputy director for information management and CIO at South Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS). Mr. Supra is responsible for the department’s eligibility policy and operations, claims operations and provider relations, project management, human resources, and information technology. Since joining SCDHHS, he has been a driving force behind department-wide performance improvement initiatives and innovations, including use of Express Lane Eligibility options, redesign of the department’s eligibility processes, implementation of Lean Six Sigma training, consolidation and standardization of claims processing and resolution activities, and modernization of information technology. Mr. Supra is active in state and national efforts to transform Medicaid to ensure that the program delivers positive health outcomes for those most in need. Mr. Supra currently oversees the state’s efforts to replace its Medicaid eligibility system and associated improvements and has been instrumental in the state’s pursuit of innovative financing through the Harvard-affiliated Social Impact Bond. He is active in the national dialogue about the future of Medicaid and oversaw the planning of the 2013 Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference in Charleston. He applies his knowledge of process improvement and enterprise software development in his work to drive innovation toward a greater capacity for government to do good for its citizens. Mr. Supra holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Sapna Swaroop is manager of program strategy and evaluation at the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Dr. Swaroop guides the development and implementation of evaluation and research initiatives related to Blue Cross’ funding programs that make policy, systems, and environmental changes designed to improve tobacco use, healthy eating, physical activity, and health equity. Prior to joining Blue Cross, Dr. Swaroop directed evaluation and research for the Statewide Health Improvement Program with the Minnesota Department of Health. She has also held academic positions in population health at the University of Chicago and the State University of New York at Albany. Dr. Swaroop received her bachelor of arts in sociology from the University of Chicago and her doctorate in sociology from the University of Michigan.
Julie Willems Van Dijk is an associate scientist and deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Program at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. She is a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellows Program and the National Public Health Leadership Institute. Prior to joining the institute in 2009, Dr. Van Dijk worked in local public health for 21 years as a public health nurse, director of nursing, and for the last eight years as Marathon County’s (WI) health officer. She also served on the Aspirus Wausau Hospital Board of Directors and as an elected member of the Wausau School District School Board of Directors. Dr. Van Dijk holds a doctorate in nursing with an emphasis in public health leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Nina Vinik is program director for the Gun Violence Prevention Program at the Joyce Foundation in Chicago, where she manages the foundation’s grantmaking to support evidence-based policies and practices to reduce gun death and injury in the United States. Prior to joining the Joyce Foundation, she served as legal director of Legal Community Against Violence, a nonprofit organization providing legal and technical assistance in support of gun violence prevention policy efforts nationwide. Ms. Vinik’s other experience includes serving as director of the Litigation Assistance Partnership Project of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation; fair housing project director of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.; and legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida, Inc. After graduating from law school, Ms. Vinik practiced law at Jenner & Block in Chicago. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and received her law degree from the University of Chicago.
Jennifer Wagner is associate director of the Division of Family and Community Services with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). She is responsible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and cash assistance policy, and the administration of SNAP, cash, and medical assistance, including policy, training, and the local offices throughout the state that administer the benefits. Ms. Wagner and her staff are currently engaged in a large-scale effort to re-engineer the local offices to provide better access and services to customers in need of assistance and to make policy and system changes as part of implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to joining IDHS, Ms. Wagner was a Skadden Fellow at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, where she focused on issues around Temporary Aid to Needy Families and the public benefit delivery system. She is a 2008 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, where she specialized in public interest law.
Anitra Walker earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; she also holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia. Throughout her career Ms. Walker has developed and honed her skills as a licensed clinical social worker serving underserved populations in the metropolitan Atlanta area. She has been a strong advocate for at-risk children while at Girls and Boys Town, as well as an advocate to the homeless at Mercy Care Services, where she is director of behavioral health and social services, overseeing relevant programs for homeless individuals. Ms. Walker ensures that quality is maintained within the programs’ standards for accreditation through Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and also manages the financial aspects of the programs, including securing funding through new grant opportunities. Ms. Walker is also responsible for developing new innovative programs related to integrating behavioral health into the primary care clinic within Mercy Care. She is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and served on the board of the Georgia School of Addiction Studies in 2012. In addition, Ms. Walker has facilitated trainings on integrated behavioral health at the 2013 NASW regional conference and will be presenting on psychosocial rehabilitation at the National Health Care for the Homeless Conference in spring 2014.
Alice Warner is a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) in Battle Creek, Michigan. As a member of the Food, Health & Well-Being and Racial Equity teams, she participates in the development of programming priorities, reviews and recommends proposals for funding, manages and monitors a portfolio of active grants, and designs and implements national grants initiatives and multiyear projects. Dr. Warner first joined the foundation in 1997 as a program associate for the Devolution Initiative in Public Policy and later served as a program analyst. She has more than 20 years’ experience in her field, which includes the following positions: consultant, Institute for Education and Training, Marietta College; director, Information/Resource Center, Bethesda Hospital and Deaconess Association; instructor/media coordinator, Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati School of Nursing; medical district health planner, Veteran’s Administration; special assistant to the president/director of total quality management, Marietta College; program associate, leadership, WKKF; and an external consultant to WKKF for the Devolution Initiative prior to her second hire with the foundation in 1997. Dr. Warner is a certified healthcare executive through the American College of Healthcare Executives. She holds her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She also earned a master’s degree in health and hospital administration from Xavier University. Her master’s degree in organizational development and her doctorate in human and organizational systems are from the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California.
Regine Webster has honed her leadership skills for 18 years with nonprofits from the local to international level. Disaster philanthropy, humanitarian aid, and global health equity have been constants in her work. Ms. Webster serves as vice president of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, following a term as senior associate with Arabella Advisors, supporting the firm’s response to Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, as well as the recent earthquakes in Chile and Haiti. Previously she served as program officer, consultant, and fellow in the Global Health and Global Development divisions of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. While there, Ms. Webster led the foundation’s $15 million Emergency Relief portfolio; managed complex grantmaker-grantee relationships across 20 international nongovernmental organizations; and developed and executed more than 90 grants totaling more than $50 million to address crises in South Asia, Sudan, Iran, the Caribbean, and other areas. Ms. Webster was also a consultant to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; her duties included co-leading the development of the foundation’s response to Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 and the Pakistan earthquake in October of the same year. She also co-wrote and revised the Hilton Foundation’s disaster response strategy on two occasions. Ms. Webster holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Boston College and a master’s degree in foreign policy from Georgetown University.
Alice Weiss is a program director at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), where she leads projects related to state implementation of health coverage reforms and eligibility system transformation. Ms. Weiss provides technical assistance to states on implementation of Affordable Care Act (ACA) eligibility reforms, including through the Ford Foundation’s Work Supports Strategies initiative and other projects. From 2007 to 2014, Ms. Weiss led NASHP’s work administering Maximizing Enrollment, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national initiative to increase state enrollment and retention of eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP and support implementation of ACA eligibility reforms. Ms. Weiss came to NASHP from the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, where she was health counsel for Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT). Ms. Weiss has also held senior health policy positions at the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Partnership for Women and Families. Ms. Weiss is the author of numerous articles and reports and has testified before Congress and other federal and state advisory committees. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and a juris doctor from Northeastern University Law School.
Kara Williams came to the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York in 2010, bringing experience in directing large, complex, community health research, outreach, and health services projects. Formerly a program manager, Ms. Williams was promoted to program officer in 2013. Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Williams was director of operations for the Onondaga County Health Department’s Bureau of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. In this role, she directed clinical service delivery and health promotion and policy advocacy programs. In an earlier position at the Onondaga County Health Department, she coordinated tobacco-related policy development and tobacco control activities. Before returning to central New York, Ms. Williams managed multiple large, community-based participatory research programs with the Division of Community Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. In addition, she directed a health journalism internship; trained law students in mediation and creative problem solving; and provided technical assistance to nonprofits in the areas of program evaluation, program planning, and grant writing. She was a fellow of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2009 Ladder to Leadership: Developing the Next Generation of Community Health Leaders program and is a member of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. Ms. Williams was honored with the San Diego County Public Health Champion Award in 2006. Ms. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Vassar College and a master of public health degree from San Diego State University.
Valarie Wilson is executive director of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering support for the Atlanta BeltLine, the most comprehensive, ambitious urban redevelopment project in America. Ms. Wilson is responsible for raising private capital to support critical Atlanta BeltLine needs and overseeing extensive public education, health, and community outreach programs. Previously Ms. Wilson served as director of the Fulton County Human Services Department and as director of the Office of Aging. Ms. Wilson is a graduate of Clark College, and she holds a bachelor of arts in communications. In addition, she earned a graduate degree in public administration from Troy State University. A passionate supporter of public schools, Ms. Wilson is past president of the Georgia School Board Association, a member of the City Schools of Decatur’s Board of Education, the Decatur Education Foundation, and the Decatur Arts Alliance.
Susan Wolfson is managing director, strategic communication initiatives, of American Institute for Research’s (AIR) health communication and social marketing group, where she spearheads innovation initiatives across a range of health issues, with special focus on HIV/AIDS. She also provides strategic, team, and contract management leadership across the group. Ms. Wolfson brings nearly three decades of experience in strategic marketing communication to AIR, including a range of awareness, education, policy, influence, and engagement initiatives, with an emphasis on the convergence of provider and consumer communication. Her specialties include thought leadership and advocacy relationship development and management; platform, message, and content development and dissemination; evidence-based social marketing campaigns, communication training, and media relations; competitive intelligence gathering and analytics; medical relations; and patient and professional engagement.
Liane Wong is a program officer in the Children, Families, and Communities Program and the Health Program team at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Her broad grantmaking portfolio focuses on advancing the foundation’s goals of ensuring that all children and families have access to health insurance and quality health care appropriate to their needs at the local, state, and federal levels. Since 2007 Dr. Wong has led Insuring America’s Children: Getting to the Finish Line. For nearly two decades, she has provided leadership, policy analysis, strategic communications, and technical assistance to states and localities on health insurance coverage expansions, health access, and health innovation. Prior to joining the foundation, she was director at the Institute for Health Policy Solutions California and the Child and Family Coverage Technical Assistance Center. She also founded California’s Innovation in Coverage and Access Forum. Earlier she held positions at the California HealthCare Foundation; the University of California, Los Angeles Center for Health Policy Research; and The San Francisco Foundation. She currently serves on the board of directors for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and is founder and cochair of the Silicon Valley chapter. She also serves on the boards for Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Impact Investing Forum. Dr. Wong received her doctorate in health policy and management from the University of California, Berkeley, and she holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Steven Woolf is director of the Center on Society and Health and professor of family medicine and population health, both at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is board certified in family medicine and in preventive medicine and public health. His work has focused on promoting effective health care services and on highlighting the importance of behavioral and social determinants of health, particularly with regard to the role of poverty, education, and racial and ethnic disparities in determining the health of Americans. In addition to his work as a researcher, Dr. Woolf has also been involved with health policy issues. He has served as science advisor, member, and senior adviser to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. In addition, he is a member of the Institute of Medicine. He has medical degree from Emory University and a master of public health from Johns Hopkins University.
Evonne Yancey retired from Kaiser Permanente of Georgia as director of community benefit and community affairs. In this role she oversaw Kaiser Permanente’s diverse portfolio of charitable programs, effectively positioning the organization with policymakers, as well as key business and community leaders. She is currently a consultant for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. Ms. Yancey is also a current member of the national advisory board for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leaders, the board of advisors for the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and the board of directors for both St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Services and St. Joseph’s Health System. In addition she has held leadership positions in a number of community and civic organizations. Ms. Yancey received her bachelor’s degree from Fisk University and her master of education in rehabilitation counseling from Boston University. She holds a certificate in corporate community relations from Boston College.
Cindy Zeldin is the founding and current executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, a nonprofit organization that advocates for access to quality, affordable health care for all Georgians through public education and outreach, coalition building, and public policy advocacy. Ms. Zeldin joined Georgians for a Healthy Future in 2009, and brought 10 years of experience in health policy to the role. She also currently serves as a consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, was appointed to and served on the Governor’s Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Committee in 2011, and was named one of Georgia’s “40 Under 40: Georgia’s Best and Brightest” by Georgia Trend magazine in 2010. She holds a master of public health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, a master of arts from The George Washington University, and a bachelor of arts from Emory University.
Susan Zepeda is president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Before joining the foundation in 2005, Dr. Zepeda was the first CEO of The HealthCare Foundation for Orange County, serving from 1999 to 2005. Previously she was director of the San Luis Obispo County Health Agency in California, and CEO of the county’s General Hospital. She has served on the boards of Grantmakers In Health and the National Association for County and City Health Officials. She has also served as vice president of the County Health Executives Association of California, where she was actively involved in efforts to realign public health funding and strengthen capacity to address local population health needs. Dr. Zepeda is on the boards of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, the Southeastern Council of Foundations, and the Rotary Club of Louisville. She holds degrees from Brown University, University of Arizona, and International College and has completed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Leadership Institute.