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Our Team

HealthCorps staff come from all walks of life. Some joined from the non-profit world while others worked at large multinational corporations. Some are in New York, others in D.C., and still others in Sacramento. Cumulatively we have earned PhDs, run marathons and been coordinators in the early days of HealthCorps.

The one thing we all have in common? We’re passionate about creating healthier communities. Please take a look below to learn more about the HealthCorps team.

Michelle Bouchard: President+ Read bio

Michelle Bouchard brings twenty years’ experience in public/private partnerships to her position as HealthCorps President. As President, she oversees nearly 100 staff members and an operating budget of $10 million that impacts students and their communities across 11 states and Washington, DC.

Prior to heading up HealthCorps, Ms. Bouchard served as Chief Financial Officer of Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC), a public benefit corporation charged with the redevelopment of the former military base in New York Harbor. She was appointed to the position by the New York Governor and New York City Mayor. At GIPEC, Ms. Bouchard oversaw $35 million in operating funds and $140 million in capital funds.

Ms. Bouchard also co-founded two not-for-profit theatres in New York City, The 42nd Street Workshop (now the WorkShop Theater) and the New Group, serving as the primary producer in both cases. In the corporate world, Ms. Bouchard served as special assistant to the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Hoovers Online and the covert Director of Competitive Research for a historic software consortium, the REALM.

Ms. Bouchard has served on the Boards of Directors of several not-for-profits, including the New York State Theatre Institute, Youth Counseling League, the National Green Schools Network and the 42nd Street Workshop.

She has received the New York City Family Caregiver Coalition “Mind.Body.Sprit Award,” a Good Citizen Citation from the New York City Council, a Log Cabin Republicans Image Award, as well as an Off-Off Broadway Review (OOBR) Award for Excellence in Theater Production. She was also chosen as a participant in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) by the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

She has testified in front of the U.S. Senate Health Education Labor and Pension Committee on behalf of national service and has extensive media experience. She was a columnist for the New York Resident and ran for New York City Council at the time of the 9/11/01 attacks. Ms. Bouchard graduated from Wellesley College (’84) with a BA in Political Science and undertook independent media studies at MIT with Ed Diamond. She is a Native Texan and the mother of a son, Alex, and a daughter, Liberty. She is a member of the DAR, the Daughters of the Cincinnati and the Jamestown Society.

Ms. Bouchard believes in the benefits of an active lifestyle, which includes biking to the office and yoga.

Juan Brea: Chief Operating Officer+ Read bio

Juan J. Brea brings over 15 years’ experience in corporate and small business environments to his role at HealthCorps. He has served in various organizations as both Chief Operating Officer and Human Resources Development Operations Director. Juan began his career at American Express Company, Inc. where he held an array of positions that culminated in the last position held, Director of Operations for Global Human Resources Development. In this capacity, he managed a budget of over $50 million and tracked a global training budget of over $130 million.

After his tenure at American Express, Juan was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Executive Education Institute, a division of Provant, Inc., a publicly held provider of training and performance improvement solutions. After receiving his MBA, he started a consulting company to help small businesses streamline operations. Juan served 12 years in the United States Army Reserve Component. By the end of his second term, Juan had been promoted to a Non-Commissioned Officer status, had won the Army Achievement Medal, and had served his country with honors.

He currently serves as Co-President of the PS11 PTA and sits on the board of the P.I.T. Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to educating orphans in Kenya. Juan attained his MBA at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from New York University.

Juan likes to keep a healthy body and mind through hot yoga and spending time with his wife Laura, their daughters Chelsea and Sadie and their dog Lola.

Karen Johnson: Chief Communications Officer+ Read bio

The Honorable Karen A. Johnson is the former Assistant Secretary of Education for Congressional and Legislative Affairs under President George W. Bush. In this Senate-confirmed position she was the Department of Education’s primary contact with Capitol Hill. Before entering the Bush administration, Karen was vice president of social marketing and public affairs at Porter Novelli, where she oversaw clients including Catholic Charities and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Karen’s work is recognized internationally as well. She works with the International Republican Institute to train Iraqi women leaders and serves as a mentor to women leaders in Jordan and Egypt through CLIME. She has also worked with a disability coalition in Albania. Most recently she traveled to Afghanistan to work with 20 newly elected women Members of Parliament on constituent services, leadership and organization. She is on the Board of the Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School in the District of Columbia. Karen began her career as a staff assistant for Congressman Duncan L. Hunter (R- CA). She is a graduate of Appalachian State University, the veteran of six marathons and has hiked to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She stays active walking or running with her Aussie Boomer.

Karen Buonocore: Vice President of HealthCorps Programs+ Read bio

Karen has served in senior level, management and consulting roles for the past several years in the health and wellness field. Karen most recently worked as an Associate Director for the Healthy Schools Program at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national non-profit organization with a mission to combat childhood obesity. Prior to her role as Associate Director, she served as Senior Project Manager, as well as Relationship Manager with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program Team. Karen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science/Fitness & Cardiac Rehabilitation at Ithaca College and Master of Arts degree in Health Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

She comes to HealthCorps with extensive experience in the health and fitness industry, including running her own personal training business, hosting a wide variety of interactive health and fitness workshops, and working in corporate, commercial and community settings. Prior to joining the Alliance, Karen worked as the Health & Wellness General Manager for a new, ground up community center project in Staten Island, New York. Karen is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and holds certifications as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Instructor, American Council on Exercise (ACE) Group Exercise Instructor, Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. Spinning Instructor and Adult & Infant CPR.

Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and her daughter Serena and son Max. She likes all things related to exercising — especially boxing.

Michelle Marquez: Vice President, Contracts, Grants Administration & Reporting + Read bio

Prior to joining HealthCorps, Michelle served for nearly eight years as Director of Development for Susan G. Komen Greater New York City, managing all corporate sponsors relationships, grant development, event and third party fundraising. Her diverse background includes law, economic development and government relations.

Michelle comes to HealthCorps with extensive experience in Grants, Contracts and Development. Before joining Komen, she served as Vice President of Community and Government Affairs for the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation. She also worked as Vice President for Economic Development/Affirmative Action & Compliance at the Empire State Development Corporation, Vice President, Strategic Alliances for the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director, Nassau County Department of Economic Development.

She received her law degree from the Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University. Michelle enjoys spending time with her eleven year-old daughter Sophia, reading and volunteering for the PTA.

Meghan Berry: Senior Manager, Training+ Read bio

As a 2007 graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Child Development, Meghan has always been passionate about adolescents’ wellness, especially their mental health. Prior to joining HealthCorps, Meghan worked for a substance abuse nonprofit at a low income rural middle school. She counseled a caseload of 15 middle school girls, and facilitated an evidence based curriculum about positive decision making skills.

Meghan began her career with HealthCorps in 2008 as the first HealthCorps Coordinator at Tampa Bay Technical High School, teaching HealthCorps’ nutrition, fitness, and mental strength curriculum to hundreds of students each year in addition to being the assistant dance coach for the Tampa Bay Tech Titans.

From 2010-2013, Meghan led the Southeastern HealthCorps Coordinators as an Educational Program Manager. She now organizes and plans all professional development opportunities for Coordinators and staff as the Senior Manager of Training for HealthCorps.

As the Senior Manager of Training, Meghan is passionate about building strong Corps members to help them lead their students in improving their decision making skills and health. Meghan enjoys her role in overseeing the training and development of Coordinators that takes place as they learn and grow, beginning at Summer Training and continuing throughout their two years with HealthCorps. Meghan enjoys healthy cooking, gardening, dancing, and walking while working from her treadmill desk in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rose Marie Borillo: Educational Program Supervisor+ Read bio

Rose Marie graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 2010 with her Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, determined to enter the healthcare field. She began her career as an intern with the Health Education Council, assisting with curriculum planning and facilitation for the Summer of Service program at Sacramento’s Luther Burbank High School. During her experience, she developed a passion for empowering youth as health advocates in their community, leading her to apply for a position as a HealthCorps coordinator.

Rose Marie was accepted into the HealthCorps program in 2011, and served as a coordinator for two years at Hayward High School in the San Francisco Bay Area. Between her first and second year of placement, she also worked as the HealthCorps Summer Institute Director of Events, and was involved in producing the coordinator opening and closing ceremonies, among other responsibilities. After her two-year placement closed, Rose Marie was promoted to the position of Educational Program Supervisor in the Northwest region. As an EPS, she supports over a dozen coordinators in Northern California.

In her spare time, Rose Marie enjoys hiking the urban hills of San Francisco as well as California’s many open-space preserves.

Micheline Tocco: Educational Program Supervisor+ Read bio

Micheline is a former Fulbright Scholar to Madrid, Spain, where she taught English and developed the Model UN program at a public high school. It was in that role that she grew passionate about empowering youth to take an active interest in their own health. She joined HealthCorps upon her return to the US, where she served as a Coordinator in Washington, DC. As a Coordinator, Micheline developed the school’s first School Wellness Council, spearheaded a new composting program, and successfully engaged staff members in school wellness.

Micheline now serves as the Educational Program Supervisor of the Southeast Region. She supports coordinators in 15 schools in the states of Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, Illinois, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Ohio and the District of Columbia. Micheline has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from University of Maryland, College Park and in her free time she enjoys dancing, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

Tyler Mar: Educational Program Supervisor+ Read bio

Tyler came to HealthCorps in 2012 and started as the first HealthCorps Coordinator at American Legion High School in Oak Park, Sacramento, CA. There, he had the opportunity to be a part of spearheading major change in the wellness culture of his school through empowering his staff and students to become “Healthy Leaders” on campus. As a result, they successfully implemented an Alternative Breakfast Program, increasing the percentage of breakfasts served from 14% to nearly 60% daily. His commitment to HealthCorps’s mission has encouraged him to serve as the Supervisor for the Southwest Region, covering 11 schools throughout Southern CA and Texas.

Originally from Fremont, CA, Tyler received his Bachelor of Science in Physiology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012, where his passion for teaching and preventative health care really matured. Tyler also serves in his church as a Summer Camp Counselor and leader for the Youth Group and Young Adult Mission Team while enjoying cooking, basketball, and a good bike ride.

Jeffrey Hartinger: Social Media Manager+ Read bio

A native of Buffalo, Jeffrey graduated from Canisius College with a degree in English in 2011. Prior to joining HealthCorps as a Social Media Manager, he undertook a wide range of communications positions, including writing for The Advocate, traveling as an assistant on a national book tour, and working at a marketing firm in Manhattan.

In his spare time, Jeffrey likes to explore the city, particularly lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, and writes freelance for a few publications. He is interested in travel, history, social movements, journalism, technology and social media.

Lily Ebey-Field: Active Alliance Manager+ Read bio

Lily joined HealthCorps in July of 2013 as the Active Alliance Manager. In this position, Lily is responsible for managing the partnership between HealthCorps and professional sports teams in order to improve health in children through exercise, nutrition and education.

Prior to joining HealthCorps, Lily worked with sports teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Raiders in premium services and game day entertainment, and has a varied background in project and client management. She attended U.C. Davis for her undergraduate degree in psychology, where she was a peer counselor in athletics and a member of the women’s rugby team, and later obtained her Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco.

Lily has always enjoyed being active for the mind, body and spirit, whether it involves being outdoors or trying a new fitness class. She teaches yoga, and loves running on the beach, volleyball, Pilates, and walking her dog. A vegetarian for 20 years, Lily also enjoys sampling the growing food options for vegetarians and vegans.

In addition to her love for fitness, Lily has a long-standing passion for animals, and is on the board of a rescue organization promoting rescue pets and helping to find them permanent homes.

Henna Haroon: Marketing Manager+ Read bio

With over 10 years of experience in design and marketing, Henna Haroon brings both practical skills and broad strategic direction to HealthCorps. Her varied career has seen her as a photographer at a horse racetrack, a multimedia coordinator at a design studio, an analyst at a healthcare equipment e-commerce company, a marketing manager at a telecommunications corporation, and finally as a managerial marketing consultant. She maintains close ties to academia, through her connection with the Honors College at the University of Houston, where earned her degree in 2007.

Her commitment to health and the environment are supported by her passion for gardening as a tool for teaching children the connection between a healthy earth and human wellness. She’s very excited to be working for an organization committed to providing educational intervention as a means teaching life-saving skills to America’s youth.

Lisa Troshinsky-Vernekoff: West Coast Communications Manager+ Read bio

Lisa joined HealthCorps in 2014, with a well-rounded background in Account Management, Communications, Marketing, PR and Strategic Development. Lisa’s prior experience includes projects and relationships with media outlets, agencies and clients such as Western/Initiative Media, Comcast, Home Line Furniture, Sacramento Kings, Office of Traffic & Safety, Glass Agency, Hill & Knowlton, and others. She also developed and launched an e-commerce business with exclusively branded retail products (PHADPad.com: Products for Home, Apartment & Dorm), which was recognized by the CSUS Incubation Program and Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover Competition.

She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Sociology / Communications and a semester at the University of Paris, Sorbonne.

As HealthCorps’ Communications Manager, Lisa’s primary objective is to share the organizations mission by fostering relationships locally, regionally and nationally with partners and media contacts that will continue to promote HealthCorps’ mission.

Travel during Lisa’s early years (particularly to third-world countries), inspired her passion for experiencing new cultures and helping others. When she is not educating about the impact of HealthCorps, she is likely found running around with her three boys; Sam, Ben and Gavin – her true inspiration for a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Lisa enjoys time with her dog (Yoda), dinner with family and friends, skiing, yoga, tennis, long walks, outdoor concerts, camping and the smell of approaching Lake Tahoe.

Stephanie Gooel: East Coast Communications Associate+ Read bio

Stephanie began her work in the start-up world where she managed the marketing and expansion of Schoolit, an online platform that offers free fundraising tools to schools and nonprofits. After growing the program to support over 125,000 schools and organizations, she took her experience in building online systems and forging partnerships to her Project Manager role at dc3 where she organized work-flows and communications around a wide array of branding and social media projects.

Stephanie has worked with K-12, college, and ESL students in Michigan, Canada, and New York to explore higher education, personal passions, and the environment and is always excited to apply her skills and creative interests toward supporting unique, educational programs. She proudly joined HealthCorps’ Communications team in February 2015 and now manages the organization’s public relations and outreach on the east coast.

Stephanie enjoys long, directionless walks through the city, is an avid traveler, and has an extremely high tolerance for listening to music on repeat (especially Paul Simon’s Gracecland album).

Charlotte Kerber: Research Assistant, Active Alliance+ Read bio

Originally from Indio, California, Charlotte obtained her Master of Science degree in Nutrition Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CPP) in 2014, and her BS in Nutrition from CPP in 2010. Prior to joining HealthCorps as Research Assistant, she had various academic and professional experiences in health-related research, through which she coauthored multiple publications and presented at numerous national conferences.

Her wide range of previous research topics include: the use of technology to influence healthy snacking habits of teens, the meal patterns of Southern California Latinos and effects of culturally appropriate cooking classes on diet, the effects of pistachio consumption on blood lipid levels, and the genetic varietal improvement of lettuce for increased nutritional value.

In her spare time, Charlotte stays healthy with activities like hiking, running, yoga, and meditation. She enjoys traveling, eating, making music, spending time with friends, and learning new things.

Sara Halper: Senior Manager, Product Development+ Read bio

A former teacher in southern Florida, Sara obtained her master’s degree in teaching from Rowan University in New Jersey and worked in Philadelphia urban-area schools creating an up-to-date social studies curriculum as well as cutting edge professional development experiences. In addition to teaching, Sara worked with future teachers and helped publish several professional education articles.

Sara continues to expand her education and enjoys taking healthy cooking classes and learning new sports. She especially likes spending time on the beach with family, stand-up paddle boarding or enjoying a long run.

Briana M. Webster: Senior Manager, HealthCorps University+ Read bio

For the last decade Briana Webster has been an advocate for improving the health and lives of people across the nation. Since 2009, Briana has focused on the issue of children’s health through her work with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program (HSP). While at the Alliance, she served as lead on a Department of Defense funded project called the “Healthy Base Initiative” (HBI). Briana was responsible for improving the health and wellness of students and staff in schools on military installations across the nation. Prior to that, she served as the Alliance’s Prince George’s County Sustainability Manager and Program Manager. In this capacity, she effectively managed nearly 200 schools within Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), a large school district outside of Washington, DC. During this time, she successfully coached 61 Prince George’s County schools to earn the Alliance’s prestigious national recognition award.

Before joining the Alliance, Briana served as a Program Manager at Community Voices: Health Care for the Underserved of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. While at Morehouse, she managed the National Urban League’s Save Our Sons Initiative, a community health worker program that focuses on diabetes and obesity prevention. Prior to this position, Briana worked at Families USA, a national health policy and advocacy organization in the role of Program Manager in the Minority Health Initiatives Department. She was responsible for cultivating relationships with stakeholders from around the country, promoting health programs that improve the lives of communities of color, and expanding the field of advocates working to improve health care access for racial and ethnic minorities. Briana was also honored to serve as the organization’s first Paul Wellstone Fellow.

Briana earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at Carolina, she majored in Health Policy and Management and minored in African American studies. In her spare time, Briana is on the Board of Directors at Crispus Attucks Development Corporation and serves as president of the Kenya Javon Webster Memorial Scholarship. She also enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, cooking, traveling, and spending time at the beach.

Naomi Soto: Sustainability Manager, HealthCorps University+ Read bio

For the last ten years, Naomi has worked with a diversity of organizations concentrating on community health education and health disparities. With a degree in English and journalism from The George Washington University, she is a strong believer that changing habits and outcomes requires awareness, empowerment and equity.

In 2011, Naomi moved across the country to be a Coordinator at Coachella Valley High School. With the closest HealthCorps program more than 100 miles away, she built partnerships on and off campus and helped expand the program to an additional seven schools. After completing her two years as a Coordinator, she joined the Building Healthy Communities team as an organizer and health advocate. She led collaborative campaigns with community organizations and residents on the historic roll out of the Affordable Care Act. Recognizing the limits of the federal law, Naomi expanded the campaign’s focus to include the law’s impact on the undocumented and the residually uninsured.

She is also a proud alum of the Women’s Policy Institute, where she helped shape California Assembly Bill 2102, Data for a Culturally Appropriate Workforce, and stewarded it through both houses and to the governor’s desk.

From programming, to policy, to implementation, Naomi brings a diverse skill set to the Coachella Valley as the Sustainability Manager. She works with schools and districts to expand their wellness policies and implement the HealthCorps program on their own. In her free time, you can find her hiking with her number one pal (her dog Lexie), hosting ambitious brunches, or partaking in her recent fitness obsession. Right now, it’s spinning.

Gino L. Collura: Regional Manager, HealthCorps University+ Read bio

Gino L. Collura brings over ten years’ experience in education, strategic development, and project management to HealthCorps. He has served as a public school educator at both the middle and high school levels as well as an adjunct professor at Saint Leo University.

Buttressing his tenure in education, Gino brings an array of experience in strategic development and project management that spans throughout the U.S. as well as Latin America. For three years, Gino lived and spearheaded business development efforts for Affinity Global, LLC in both Central and South America. He successfully expanded multiple business distribution channels into the Latin American market and has worked with government, corporate, and non-profit organizations as a main point of contact when seeking international growth. Additionally, he has served in leadership roles for consulting firms, OBI Management Group and the Sports Facilities Advisory.

Gino holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and is currently a PhD Candidate in Applied Medical Anthropology at the University Of South Florida. He has a concentration in Neuroanthropology which combines neuroscience, culture, and medicine as a means of understanding brain activity and different ways to address cognitive function. His doctoral research is embedded in finding new ways to improve the resiliency and mental health of military members and their respective families when negotiating the hardships of deployment.

In his spare time, Gino volunteers as a self-defense instructor for adolescents as well as college students and also spends time assisting the very brave patients at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Additionally, he is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys camping, kayaking, and rock climbing all over the world.

Erica Irvin: Research Manager + Read bio

As HealthCorps’ Research Manager, Erica is responsible for the creation and implementation of evaluation and assessment tools, as well as assisting all ongoing HealthCorps research projects.

Before taking on her current position, Erica spent three years as a HealthCorps Coordinator at University Heights High School (Bronx, NY). At University Heights, Erica co-founded an urban farm and ran after-school boot camp and cooking programs, as well as supported fellow HealthCorps coordinators in Brooklyn and the Bronx as a team leader.

Erica is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico but attended high school in Wilmington, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Chemistry in 2009, and obtained her Master of Public Health from Columbia University in 2013.

Emily Zagnit: Research Scientist I+ Read bio

Emily joined the Research Team at HealthCorps in 2014, and serves as Research Scientist I.

Before becoming a member of the HealthCorps team, Emily received her Master of Arts degree in Health Education from Columbia University, Teachers College (TC) in 2014. During her time at TC, Emily was a Research Assistant where she had the chance to co-author several papers on health topics such as the nutritional content of promoted fast-food chain restaurant food and beverages in high- and low-income NYC boroughs, and helmet use among NYC bicyclists. She also had the opportunity to present at the 2014 Teachers College Health Disparities Conference, received her Certified Health Education Specialist license in April 2014, and was named the Doctor Major-General Irene Trowell-Harris Annual Fund Scholar for Health Education. Before obtaining her MA, Emily received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013, where she focused on human anatomy and evolution.

Emily grew up in New Hampshire but relocated to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2002, and currently resides in NYC. In her free time, Emily enjoys going on hikes and runs (especially with her dog, Sid), cooking, spending time with family and friends, and supporting the Penn State Nittany Lions both on the football field, and their fight to end pediatric cancer through the Penn State Dance MaraTHON.

Jean Lim: Research Data Clerk+ Read bio

Jean joined HealthCorp as a member of the Research Team in the fall of 2014.

She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a B.A. in Biology and minors in Anthropology and Sociology. Opting out of the more traditional summer work experience during her time at school, she spent two summers in Managua, Nicaragua implementing and expanding a sustainable community-development project as part of a 2-year partnership between a student organization and an international non-profit.

The project included an urban agricultural initiative and teaching nutrition classes, and her passions for nutrition, community health, and the social sector stem from her studies and these experiences.

Jean greatly appreciates a phenomenally brewed cup of black coffee, delicious and cheap food, and outdoor adventures. And as a native New Yorker, she has some very strong opinions about pizza.

Julliahann Washington: Controller+ Read bio

Julliahann (Julie) comes to Healthcorps with several years of not-for- profit experience stemming from entry level to management. In her new role as Controller she looks to continue to grow and develop with the organization to even higher heights.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from SUNY College at Old Westbury with a minor in Business Law and a Masters of Business Administration; Taxation distinction from Long Island University. Currently she is pursuing her CPA licensure.

Lanita Beckford: Grant Accountant+ Read bio

Lanita comes to Healthcorps with several years of accounting experience, and numerous years of experience with volunteering for several large non-profits. New to the non-profit work sector, her goals as the Grant Accountant for Healthcorps include but are not limited to, advancing her skill sets, all the while uplifting Healthcorps endeavors by way of its financial and programmatic thrusts.

Lanita holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from SUNY College at Old Westbury. While her love for accounting originated in high school it did not fully mature until a summer course right before college. Her entry level accounting class solidified this as her career path of choice. Although her career may be one of her greatest accomplishments, her family still holds the number one place in her heart. She spends her quality time with her husband Rudy and son Jayden.

Amber Kang: AP Accountant+ Read bio

Amber joined HealthCorps as an AP accountant of finance team in October 2014.
After graduating from Hong Kong Baptist University, Amber decided to come to the United States to study accounting from a broader perspective. Amber received her M.S. in Accounting degree from University of Virginia in 2014 with great academic performance.

Before joining HealthCorps, Amber worked in two large companies in China as an accounting intern and a marketing intern. From her internship, Amber not only gained hands-on experience in AP and AR functions, but also improved her communication skills, problem solving skills and teamwork ability.

Amber has potential in learning languages. She can speak Mandarin, English and Korean. She also knows a little Japanese and French. In her leisure time, Amber likes jogging and playing Frisbee with her friends. She was the Champion team member of the 2nd Shenzhen Frisbee Tournaments.

Fabiola Noel: Staff Accountant+ Read bio

Fabiola received her degree in Accounting from Medgar Evers College. She comes to HealthCorps with more than ten years of quality accounting experience, which includes: preparing financials, quality audit preparation, bank reconciliation, monthly closing 1099, 990 and payroll.

Fabiola is very self-motivated and aspires to grow with the company and provide support in all areas of the business.

Amber Mackey: Manager, Assistant to Development Team+ Read bio

A native of Houston, Texas, Amber graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Hospitality Administration with a concentration in Restaurant Management. Prior to joining HealthCorps , Amber thrived in the fitness and nutrition sectors gaining extensive knowledge as a certified yoga instructor and group fitness teacher. Amber is overjoyed to work for a company whose goal is educating students and providing a holistic and relevant view of the role health plays in their lives.

Amber has lived with Lupus (SLE) for the past fourteen years and understands the importance of a nutritious diet and active lifestyle. She is passionate about staying fit and healthy, practicing Bikram yoga everyday as well as nurturing her own herb garden. In her spare time Amber teaches an adaptive yoga class to patients with severe injuries. She is a self- proclaimed “foodie” traveling all over America to try new foods, and loves extreme sports including cliff diving and skydiving. Amber plans to return to school and get her Masters degree in Holistic Nutrition. Oh, and Chipotle is her life.

Sunnie Bone: Administrative Assistant, Operations+ Read bio

Utah native Sunnie graduated in December 2012 from Weber State University located in Ogden, Utah. Her passion for the healthcare field led her to graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and minor in Nutrition. Her most memorable school achievement was educating high school students on dangerous teenage fads. She also had the opportunity to intern for the Community Health Information Center at McKay Dee Hospital where she worked with patients, their families, and the community at health fairs, “Lite Lunch” Seminars, and other health related events.

Her previous positions have all been in healthcare administration including working for Intermountain Healthcare, Intermountain Medical Group, and Public Relations for an Oral Surgeon’s private practice.

In her spare time she loves camping, boating, reading, and exploring New York City with her husband Austin and their Cocker Spaniel Lucy.

Neisha Springer: Senior Manager of Human Resources+ Read bio

Neisha Springer joined HealthCorps in 2012, and serves as Senior Manager of Human Resources.

Neisha comes to HealthCorps with career experience in the Human Resources and Healthcare Public Relations field and has held a variety of roles in both fields at organizations focused on Health. Over the past seven years she gained expertise in strategic planning, new business development, organizational development, managing change, workforce planning and management, employee relations, interviewing, executing media, digital and celebrity health campaigns.

As Senior Manager of Human Resources, Neisha oversees all aspects of Human Resources and People related services nationwide. Human Resources activities executed by Neisha include: new hire onboarding and termination process, intern and management trainee program, performance management (includes coaching, counseling and system implementation), compensation benchmarking and analysis, corporate recruitment nationwide, ensuring statewide compliance with state and federal employment laws (includes policy development), managing internal communications as it relates to employment or HR related correspondence, benefits administration, executing professional development sessions and payroll. In this role, she reports directly into HealthCorps Chief Operation Officer (COO).

Currently Neisha is student at Long Island University (LIU) pursuing a Masters of Science in Human Resources Management. She is also Vice President of Society of Human Resources Student Chapter at LIU. Expected graduation date: June 2015. Neisha’s long term goals include focusing on global human resources management activities. Enjoys overseeing recruitment, professional development and trainee programs, and implementation of proactive HR programs.

Neisha has a 6-year-old daughter and spends a lot of time participating in activities with her. She enjoys laughing and smiling for any reason at all, playing badminton or volleyball, jogging, and dining at various cultural restaurants throughout New York City. At HealthCorps, she feels right at home with the “healthy foodie” organization.

Board of Directors

HealthCorps staff and students benefit from an accomplished and inspirational Board of Directors whose work spans the worlds of health, medicine, finance, marketing and business. Working together, HealthCorps’ message can be brought to students, schools, and communities across the nation.

Tony Chase+ Read bio

Tony Chase is Chairman & CEO of ChaseSource, LP. He grew up attending Houston public schools. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College, received a law degree from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Tony is an entrepreneur. He started & sold three ventures and now owns & operates a fourth. The first was Chase Radio Partners that owned seven radio stations and was sold to Clear Channel Communications in 1998. The second was Cricket Wireless, a nationwide cell phone service provider that he started together with Qualcomm in 1993. The third was ChaseCom, a company that built and operated call centers around the world, which he sold to AT&T Corporation in 2007. Currently, Tony owns ChaseSource LP, a staffing and real estate development firm. ChaseSource LP is ranked by Black Enterprise magazine in 2014 as one of the nation’s largest minority owned companies. ChaseSource LP also recently became an owner of the Marriot Hotel at George Bush InterContinental Airport in Houston.

Mr. Chase is also a tenured Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center, where he began teaching in 1990 and was awarded tenure in 1995. He teaches several courses including Contracts, Entrepreneurship, Communications Law and Race & American Law.

Mr. Chase currently serves on the Boards of Anadarko (NYSE), Sarepta Therapeutics (NASDAQ), Paragon Offshore (NYSE) and The Plaza Group, Greater Houston Partnership, Texas Medical Center, Houston Endowment, University of Texas School of Architecture Dean’s Advisory Council, St. John’s School Board of Trustees, Houston Zoo Development, Foreign Affairs Museum Council, Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage and KIPP Schools. He has also served as Deputy Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, as well as, 2012 Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is an Eagle Scout.

Mr. Chase is the recipient of many awards including the Houston Technology Center’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year, 2013 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award (NAACP), 2013 Bob Onstead Leadership Award (GHP) and the 2012 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award. He also received Entrepreneur of the Year (Ernst & Young), the Pinnacle Award (Bank of America) and the Baker Faculty Award (UH Law Center).

Tony & his wife Dina have three children.

Jordan S. Davis+ Read bio

Jordan S. Davis is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Radius Ventures, a health and life sciences venture capital firm. His experience spans the founding of new ventures to growth stage investing in a broad range of innovative healthcare, medical technology and life sciences companies. Mr. Davis also has extensive capital markets and M&A expertise and has served on numerous public and private company boards. He currently serves on the board of directors of Biostorage Technologies, MID Surgical and Tactile Medical – all Radius portfolio companies.

Sean Heyniger+ Read bio

Currently Chief Executive Officer and Managing Member of Watermark Medical, LLC., Sean Heyniger has 20 years of experience in healthcare. Sean Heyniger is an associate with SCF Growth Equity. Mr Heyniger was formerly founder & CEO of PDSHeart, a leading provider of cardiac monitoring services. In 2007, Mr. Heyniger successfully sold PDSHeart to CardioNet Inc., a leading provider of wireless mobile cardiac monitoring solutions. Before founding PDSHeart, Mr. Heyniger was Sales VP of PSS Medical Supplies.

Thomas J. Higgins+ Read bio

Thomas J (TJ) Higgins is the President of Bridgestone North America Consumer Integrated Tire Unit. Higgins leads the 4 divisions of the Unit which include Original Equipment Tires, Replacement Tires, 2,200 Retail Operations (Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Wheel Works) and the Credit First National Association. He started at Bridgestone in November 2014 after 12 1/2 years at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

Prior to this, TJ was at Merck Consumer Care for almost 12 years and was most recently Group Vice President, Regional Leader for Developed Markets which included Canada, Mexico, Australia, Western Europe and Japan. Previously, TJ led U.S. Marketing, overseeing a portfolio of Claritin allergy, Coppertone sun care, Dr. Scholl’s foot care and MiraLax laxative products. TJ oversaw the successful creation of the Dr Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotics platform as well as the revolutionary Coppertone Continuous Spray product line. He also led the Rx to OTC Switch activities for Claritin, MiraLax and Zegerid OTC.

TJ joined Merck Consumer Care after holding various positions at Vlasic Foods International (formerly of Campbell’s Soup Company) and Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Products division.

TJ graduated summa cum laude from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Harvard University.

Benjamin Lewis, M.D.+ Read bio

Dr. Benjamin Lewis, a board-certified cardiologist, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University and an Assistant Attending at both the Presbyterian Hospitals and Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Dr. Lewis received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Lewis has devoted his career to the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. His particular focus is on the increased use of lifestyle approaches, medical therapies, and noninvasive, nonradioactive techniques – in particular, ultrasound – for the diagnosis and management of heart-disease patients.

Alex Markowits+ Read bio

Alex Markowits is Founder, President and CEO of Spring Hills Senior Communities. Founded in 2001, Spring Hills now operates in multiple states. He was responsible for the creation of the company’s innovative “Signature Touches” initiative, which integrates a healthy living approach to every aspect of a Spring Hills Community resident’s life.
Mr. Markowits is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and has a reputation for turning around troubled senior communities. He also serves as an Executive Board Member for the Health Care Association of New Jersey, which represents more than 350 nursing, subacute care, assisted living, adult day health care and related care facilities, and is Chairman of HCANJ’s Education Committee.

Anthony Meyer+ Read bio

Anthony E. Meyer, 51, is a New York City-based entrepreneur, private investor and philanthropist. He is the President of Ocean Road Advisors, Inc. (www.oceanroadadvisors.com), a privately-held “family office” investment management company he founded in 2005 that manages a diversified investment portfolio of public and private securities, hedge funds, real estate and venture capital on behalf of several New York families. He also serves as the Chairman of privately-held Meyer and Co., LLC (www.meyerandco.com), a merchant banking firm founded in 2002 and based in New York City with offices in Providence, Rhode Island and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.+ Read bio

Dr. Oz, three-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning host of the three-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show,” is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive surgery, alternative medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books, has received several patents, and performs more than 100 heart surgeries per year. He also hosts the internationally syndicated “Daily Dose” in 134 radio markets and a newspaper column in 175 markets internationally. Dr. Oz launched his magazine The Good Life with Hearst Corporation in spring 2014.

Dr. Oz was born in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in Delaware and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University (1982) and obtained a joint MD and MBA (1986) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton Business School. He was awarded the Captain’s Athletic Award for leadership in college and elected Class President twice followed by President of the Student Body during medical school. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife Lisa of 29 years and their four children, Daphne, Arabella, Zoe and Oliver.

Previously, Dr. Oz was a featured health expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for six seasons, spanning over 60 episodes. He also served as chief medical consultant to Discovery Communications, where his “Transplant!” series won both a Freddie and a Silver Telly award. He has guest-hosted “The View”, “Piers Morgan” and “Charlie Rose” and appeared on all the network morning and evening news broadcasts. He also served as medical director of Denzel Washington’s “John Q” and performed in the hip hop video “Everybody” as part of the Let’s Move Campaign.

Dr. Oz authored seven New York Times Best Sellers, including “You: The Owner’s Manual”, “You: The Smart Patient”, “YOU: On a Diet”, “YOU: Staying Young”, “YOU: Being Beautiful”, “YOU: Having a Baby”, “YOU: The Owner’s Manual for Teens”, as well as the award-winning “Healing from the Heart”. He has a regular column in Oprah Magazine and Time, and his article “Retool, Reboot, and Rebuild” for Esquire magazine was awarded the 2009 National Magazine Award for Personal Service.

In addition to belonging to every major professional society for heart surgeons, Dr. Oz has been named Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Forbes’ most influential celebrity, Esquire magazine’s 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century, a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, Harvard’s 100 Most Influential Alumni, as well as receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and AARP 50 Influential people over 50. He won the prestigious Gross Surgical Research Scholarship, and he has received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul University. He was voted “The Best and Brightest” by Esquire Magazine, a “Doctor of the Year” by Hippocrates magazine and “Healer of the Millennium” by Healthy Living magazine. Dr. Oz is annually elected as a highest quality physician by the Castle Connolly Guide as well as other major ranking groups.

Jill Posnick+ Read bio

Jill Posnick is the President and CEO of JP Advisory LLC, a Los Angeles, CA-based firm which provides strategic counsel and services to companies and nonprofit organizations regarding marketing strategy, marketing communications, investor relations, organizational structure and design, fundraising, and new business development. Ms. Posnick has more than 25 years of comprehensive management and execution experience, with expertise spanning multiple industries and disciplines, including: consulting, technology and outsourcing services, real estate investment and management, entrepreneurial start-ups, healthcare and financial services.


Ambassadors help lead HealthCorps’ grassroots movement across America. They are high profile supporters who promote our message by attending our public events, participating in school visits, and utilizing their networks to ensure students and their families are making healthy lifestyle choices

Ambassadors extend the HealthCorps “eat smart and stay active” regimen through our:

  • Outreach community activities (health fairs, health forums, fitness and fundraising events)
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HealthCorps thanks the following Ambassadors for their investment in time and for making a difference.