Grantmakers In Health is delighted to announce the 2022 Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy class of fellows.
Kelley Adcock is Director of Research and Evaluation at Interact for Health, a regional health foundation that promotes health equity in 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. She leads a team of strategic thinkers that works alongside Interact for Health staff, grantees, and partners to measure progress and understand the impact of the foundation’s collective efforts in Greater Cincinnati.
Esther Annan is a Program Officer at The John R. Oishei Foundation, a private foundation in Buffalo, New York, where she develops, manages, and evaluates a portfolio of grants and initiatives with a special focus on health and human services. With Say Yes to Buffalo, Esther developed a continuum of school-based services to support students. She also managed partner relationships and coordinated the research and design of a data system to better address student social-emotional, behavioral, health, wellness, and academic needs.
Bree Bess is a Program Officer with the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation, where her portfolio of grantmaking focuses on child and adolescent mental health; adverse childhood experiences; and building a diverse, high-quality healthcare workforce. She is a strong advocate of trust-based and grantee-centered grantmaking, always aiming to serve as an advocate for her grantees’ needs
Erica Browne is a Program Officer with the Health Program at The Kresge Foundation. She supports the team’s commitment to racial equity, community-driven solutions, and investments that advance health equity. Previously, Erica served as a faculty affiliate with the California Initiative for Health Equity and Action, where she was involved with research projects for state policymakers that focused on social determinants of health and cross-sector collaborations.
Kristen Burwell Naney is the Director of Learning and Impact at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. She is responsible for learning, measurement, and evaluation to help inform strategic planning and decisionmaking to maximize the Trust’s impact on the communities it serves. She uses her expertise in data, evaluation, and public health to help the Trust achieve its vision of thriving residents and communities, equitable access to care, and equitable health outcomes.
Karla Ebio is the Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Integration at Florida Blue, where she leads the development and execution of Enterprise Corporate Social Responsibility strategies and corporate sponsorship program across Florida. Prior to her current position, Ebio was responsible for community engagement initiatives and charitable giving investments in North Florida.
Katy Evans is a Senior Program Officer at the de Beaumont Foundation, where she builds partnerships to create communities where people can achieve their best possible health. She comes to de Beaumont from The Rippel Foundation, where she served as an Associate Director. There, she led the foundation’s work in philanthropy and healthcare. She also worked on FORESIGHT, a collaborative of 17 philanthropic foundations designed to equitably envision and bring about a new future for health and well-being.
Kenitra Fokwa is the Senior Program Officer at the Horizon Foundation, where she directs the foundation’s equity strategic priority. This includes managing a collaborative of racial equity grantees and helping to integrate equity strategies into all programs. She also oversees all foundation grantees and the general grantmaking process
Havaca Ganguly is the Executive Director of the Middendorf Foundation. In this capacity, she leads the foundation’s grantmaking efforts supporting the arts, education, historic preservation, health, environment, and social services, largely within the state of Maryland. Prior to her current role, Hava worked in international development as a staff member and consultant for Catholic Relief Services, Lutheran World Relief, and the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
Racheal Meiers is the National Lead, Economic Opportunity & Impact Investing at Kaiser Permanente, where she manages a portfolio of grant-funding and impact investment to advance economic justice as a core determinant of health. She also manages the Thriving Communities Fund, Kaiser Permanente’s $200 million investment commitment to addressing the housing and homelessness crises and supporting equitable community development.
Mariel Mendez is an Associate Program Officer at Perigee Fund in Seattle, Washington. She holds a deep passion for building and investing in culturally sensitive approaches and community-driven change that center Moms, parents, and their babies. Mariel is always looking for opportunities to empower immigrant families who experience cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic barriers, and who also embody tremendous strength and resourcefulness.
Melissa Monbouquette is the Deputy Director of The BUILD Health Challenge, a national funding collaborative based at the de Beaumont Foundation that advances multi-sector, community-driven partnerships to improve health equity. She serves as a key resource for awardees and partners, guides BUILD’s strategy and implementation, and leads the program’s innovation and equity practices to drive sustainable improvements in health for all.
Jeri Rathbun is a Program Officer at Empire Health Foundation in Spokane, Washington. She supports rural and Tribal partners with the implementation and management of programs focused on improving health outcomes and quality of life for older adults in eastern Washington, overseeing the foundation’s Aging Services initiative and Care Coordination focus area.
Rabera Sharon is the Program Lead for Health Justice-Organizing and Advocacy at the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. She supports the foundation’s Anti-Racist Health Justice grantmaking work in collaboration with Connecticut-based grassroots organizations and advocates working to address the social determinants of health in the state.
Kenneth Shatzkes is the Program Director at the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts, where he leads the foundation’s grantmaking and programmatic activities. He also helps identify new funding opportunities with a focus on patient-centered, evidence-based solutions addressing the nation’s opioid crisis. Prior to joining the foundation, Ken was an Associate Program Officer at the Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Megan Simpson is the Program Director at The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. Before joining the foundation, she worked at the American Lung Association around teen tobacco prevention. Megan previously served on the board of the West Virginia Children’s Advocacy Network for six years and now is a member of its Awareness Committee. In addition, she served as the co-chair for the Appalachian Funders Network Health Group for three years.
Trevor Thompson is a Program Officer at The NorthLight Foundation, where he developed and manages portfolios focusing on health and climate, labor and climate, and environmental justice. In his first year, Trevor led an initiative that helped align NorthLight’s endowment with its mission. Previously, Trevor worked as a management consultant at The Bridgespan Group, advising nonprofits and foundations.
Reginald Williams is Vice President of International Health Policy and Practice Innovations at The Commonwealth Fund, where he also co-leads the Fund’s new initiative on Behavioral Health. Reggie is responsible for fostering international exchange and research that enables U.S. policymakers and health care leaders to learn from cross-national experiences, including the Harkness Fellowships. Prior to the Fund, he worked as a Managing Director at Avalere Health.
Natashea Winters is the Senior Program and Evaluation Officer at the Foundation for Community Health, which aims to create the conditions required for health, well-being, and equity in Connecticut’s northwest corner and the greater Harlem Valley of New York. She is responsible for implementing the foundation’s grantmaking strategies and guiding its learning and evaluation efforts.
Jennifer Wright is a Program Officer at the California Wellness Foundation, leading grantmaking for the Equity in Access portfolio. She brings over 10 years’ experience in strategic grantmaking, health care administration, and nonprofit management. Jenny is passionate about working with communities to secure equitable resources, supporting health care workers and safety net organizations, and finding ways to provide innovative quality care.
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 2022 Terrance Keenan Institute selection committee for their time and thoughtful review of nominations. They include:
- Denise Herrera, Executive Director, Con Alma Health Foundation
- Priscilla Ko, former Director, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation
- Monica Valdes Lupi, Managing Director, Kresge Foundation
- Scott Malloy, Program Director, Montana Healthcare Foundation
- Lorez Meinhold, Executive Director, Caring for Denver Foundation
- Dwayne Proctor, President and CEO, Missouri Foundation for Health
- Janisse Rosario Schoepp, Vice President of Strategy, Health Foundation of South Florida
Support for the institute is provided by the Effective Philanthropy Fund.