Grantmakers In Health is delighted to announce the 2020 Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy class of fellows.
Lesa Boettcher is the Director of Healthy West Orange at the West Orange Healthcare District where she specializes in implementation and evaluation of grant programs. She also oversees Healthy West Orange, a movement created by the District to inspire healthy behaviors, champion healthy programs, unite local health-minded organizations, and advocate for healthy community decisions.
Katie Byerly is a Program Officer on the Kresge Foundation’s health team. She is passionate about health equity, social justice, and creative thinking that centers people and solutions and dismantles structural-racism to improve well-being. Prior to Kresge, she participated in the CDC’s Public Health Associate Program and worked at CounterTobacco.org.
Colleen Culbertson is Strategic Impact Director and Legal Counsel at Dogwood Health Trust. She provides leadership across the Trust’s developing initiatives to address social determinants of health, with a particular focus on education. Prior to joining Dogwood, Colleen worked on issues related to school food and child welfare at Empire Health Foundation.
Noelle Dorward is the Advocacy & Policy Partner at The Colorado Trust, directing, designing, and implementing advocacy grantmaking strategies and supporting the integration of evaluation and learning into all facets of the work. Currently, Noelle is launching Building & Bridging Power, a strategy that will invest in rural and urban grassroots community organizing infrastructure; strengthen policymaking processes to be more informed and driven by needs and solutions identified by communities; and bridge, or build relationships, between grassroots and grasstops organizations and communities.
Jane Erickson is a Project Director at The Rippel Foundation where she guides learning and evaluation for the foundation and its two initiatives, ReThink Health and FORESIGHT. She also directs projects to advance multi-sector approaches for community health across the United States. Jane has led numerous research efforts to build a shared understanding of the landscape of multi-sector collaboration to improve community health, including ReThink Health’s Pulse Check.
Maria Garcia is the Program Officer at The Health Trust, an operating foundation with a mission to build health equity in Silicon Valley. In her role, Maria leads and oversees the strategic planning and management of the agency’s grantmaking department, and works across all of the foundation’s grantmaking program areas.
Nora Garcia is the Director of Programs at the Healthy Communities Foundation. She leads the foundation’s work on the intersection of health equity and social determinants, focusing on the impact of direct services, local networks, and policies on community health outcomes. Nora is responsible for implementing the foundation’s overall grant-making strategy, including strategic initiatives, learning/evaluation efforts, and building partnerships with stakeholders.
Amy Gorn is the Program Officer for Healthy Families at Mat-Su Health Foundation. She is passionate that families are well-cared for, protected, and thriving. Recently she was the interim director for Connect Mat-Su, a regional resource center supported by the foundation. Amy also participates with numerous local steering and statewide committees or networks focused on prevention initiatives.
Beth Jones is the Director of Community Impact at Delta Dental of Iowa where she leads the work of Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation and Delta Dental of Iowa’s Community Impact programs. As Director of Community Impact, Beth proactively works with nonprofits, trade associations, schools, and clinics to improve the oral and overall health of Iowans. She leads Delta Dental of Iowa’s dental education loan repayment program and the Fulfilling Iowa’s Need for Dentist project.
Christine Kudrav is Director of Finance and Operations at the de Beaumont Foundation where she oversees day-to-day financial, legal, administrative, and human resource activities. She also plays a significant role in strengthening internal operations and infrastructure. Prior to de Beaumont, Christine worked in direct service, fundraising, and as an advisor for world-renowned philanthropists.
Henny Mulatre is Manager of Giving and Service at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. He creates, promotes, and implements employee volunteer opportunities and fund-raising for charitable causes, helping Harvard Pilgrim to build healthier communities and achieve its goal of becoming a good corporate citizen. Henny previously spent nearly two years managing the grant portfolio for the foundation’s Healthy Food Fund.
Rachel Reichlin is a Program Officer at Michael Reese Health Trust, a public foundation that partners with a variety of stakeholders to cultivate best practices and advocate for policies that ensure health is within everyone’s reach in Chicago and Cook County. Rachel is leading Michael Reese’s first incubation effort, which focuses on preventing and ending homelessness, and helping to stand up a pooled fund to improve health equity in the wake of COVID-19.
Katie Schoenhoff is Director of Programs for the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, where she leads projects, grantmaking, capacity-building, and outreach for the early childhood portfolio. She also leads the Healthy Congregations Initiative, a program engaging over 100 United Methodist churches in Kansas and Nebraska to implement ministries that improve social determinants of health.
Linda Shak is a Program Officer at Sunlight Giving where she leads the food security program, and co-leads grantmaking in health care access and safe spaces. She also oversees the foundation’s special initiative focused on the 2020 Census. Prior to Sunlight Giving, Linda served as associate program officer for the Children, Families, and Communities program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Michael Smith serves as Director for Community Investments and the Built Environment at the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation. In this role, he oversees the foundation’s work in creating community partnerships that explore and improve connections between the built environment and improved health outcomes in the Richmond region. Prior to joining the foundation, Michael led real estate development and urban planning work in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors in Pittsburgh, PA.
Erin Switalski is the Program Director at Headwaters Foundation, which aims to reduce social and economic barriers to health in western Montana. Erin has worked in the fields of human rights, affordable housing, and environmental health, with an eye toward creating just, inclusive, and thriving communities for all people and the planet. At Headwaters, Erin works side-by-side with Montana’s vital nonprofit organizations to collectively build a healthy and thriving Montana.
Anne Katharine Wales serves as the Senior Philanthropy Portfolio Lead at the Medtronic Foundation. She brings a passion for social entrepreneurship and health care innovation and enjoys developing and executing a high-impact strategic vision. Throughout her career, she’s been involved in the social entrepreneurship/innovation space including marketing and raising impact capital, providing strategic consulting to entrepreneurs and foundations, and building the social entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Daniel Waxler is a Communications Strategist at Missouri Foundation for Health. He is involved in strategic initiatives and communications campaigns, including work on unintended pregnancy, gun violence, Medicaid expansion, and the health and social safety net. Daniel works collaboratively with the foundation’s various teams to ensure that strategic communications is utilized as a fundamental changemaking tool.
The Terrance Keenan Institute was created to nurture the next generation of health grantmaking leaders and further their professional development. The program fosters relationships among the fellows; connects them with established figures in the field; and reflects key themes from Terrance Keenan’s work and writings such as leadership, innovation, taking risks, and the creative deployment of resources available to grantmakers.
GIH wishes to thank members of the 2020 Terrance Keenan Institute selection committee for their time and thoughtful review of nominations. They include JoAnn Birkholz, Executive Director of Medica Foundation; Marcus Johnson, Director of State Health Policy and Advocacy at Vitalyst Health Foundation; Matt Kuhlenbeck, President and CEO of Greater Rochester Health Foundation; Brenda Sharpe, President and CEO of REACH Healthcare Foundation; and Winston Wong, Medical Director of Community Benefit and Director of Disparities Improvement and Quality Initiatives at Kaiser Permanente.
Support for the institute is provided by the Effective Philanthropy Fund, The California Wellness Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.