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May 2017

Andrew Agwunobi

The Children’s Fund of Connecticut has appointed a new member to their board of directors, Andrew Agwunobi, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, UConn Health.

Contact: Cindy Langer
Phone: 860.679.1538

Katie Bell, Joseph Boateng, Dr. America Branco Perez, Susan Byinton, Martha Choe, Brian Cladoosby, Dr. Benjamin Danielson, Porsche Everson, Dr. David Fleming, Leo Greenawalt, Latisha Hill, Seth Kirby, Carlos Olivares, Jan Olmstead, Peter van Oppen and Luz Vega-Marquis

In late 2015, the member-elected trustees of Group Health Cooperative considered a proposed acquisition by Kaiser Permanente and began to design a way for Group Health’s purpose to continue and thrive. At that juncture, they appointed an interim board of directors to oversee the establishment of the new Group Health Community Foundation. The interim board was given the responsibility of identifying and selecting the long-term board of directors that would steward the aspirations and assets of the foundation.

The foundation is pleased to introduce its new board of directors: a group of 16 individuals, reflective of the diverse perspectives and voices across Washington, who are committed to carrying on Group Health’s legacy of caring, innovation, excellence, equity, and inclusion.

The Group Health Community Foundation board includes: Katie Bell, Joseph Boateng, Dr. America Bracho Perez, Susan Byington, Martha Choe, Brian Cladoosby, Dr. Benjamin Danielson, Porsche Everson, Dr. David Fleming, Leo Greenawalt, Latisha Hill, Seth Kirby, Carlos Olivares, Jan Olmstead, Peter van Oppen, and Luz Vega-Marquis.

Contact: Cory Sbarbaro
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Kevin Merida

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) announced that Kevin Merida, Editor-in-Chief of the ESPN website “The Undefeated,” and former managing editor at The Washington Post, has been elected to its board of trustees, in which he will join in June. 

Mr. Merida has a long, distinguished career in journalism. He is a senior vice president for ESPN, where he provides editorial direction, oversight, and strategic leadership for “The Undefeated,” the widely respected source of deeply reported news and commentary about race, culture, and sports. 

Prior to joining ESPN in 2015, Mr. Merida had a 22-year tenure at The Washington Post. He was the first African American to serve as The Washington Post’s managing editor, a position he held for three years. With his leadership, The Washington Post undertook a digital transformation that resulted in one of the largest increases in audience growth for media outlets in recent years. 

Mr. Merida has co-authored two books: the 2007 biography “Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas” with Michael Fletcher; and “Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs” with Deborah Willis, an extension of his feature coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign for The Post.

KFF’s board currently has 14 members, including its President and Chief Executive Officer Drew Altman, PhD. It is comprised of former government officials and national leaders from journalism and the nonprofit sector.

Contact: Rakesh Singh
Phone: 650.854.9400
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Thao M.P. Tran, MD, MPH

Health Foundation of South Florida announced that Thao M.P. Tran, MD, MPH has been elected chairwoman of its board of directors. Dr. Tran, who is the Medical Director of Kesier University’s Graduate School Physician Assistant Program, has served on the foundation’s board since 2012.

Dr. Tran has practiced medicine in an academic setting for more than 15 years; has assisted health care entities with federal and state regulatory compliance, legal issues, revenue cycle management, patient safety, and quality outcomes; and is devoted to working in the public sector to improve quality of life and health/wellness indicators for Miami-Dade County. She has assisted the Health Council of South Florida, Jackson Health System, Achieve Miami, and other key community partners on Population Health Management strategies by evaluating alternative health care finance and delivery systems to promote accountable care communities.

Health Foundation of South Florida’s other officers for this term are J. Everett Wilson, Esq., Akerman LLP as Vice Chairman and Karen Gilmore, Vice President, Regional Executive Federal Reserve of Atlanta, Miami Branch as Secretary. Loreen Chant, President & CEO of Easter Seals South Florida is the immediate past chair.

Contact: Shari Gantman
Phone: 305.374.9199