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.
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: Senior Manager, Social Media+ Read bio
A native of Buffalo, Jeffrey graduated from Canisius College with a degree in English in 2011. Prior to joining HealthCorps, 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.
Javad Ali: Technology Specialist+ Read bio
Hello my name is Javad Ali. I filled in the IT specialist position at HealthCorps. I come from a huge background of Computers and Tech related items. I work with PC, Mac, IOS, Linus and android computer and devices. I like to consider myself an All-In-One guy meaning I can do various types of things whether its tech. related or not. I graduated from CUNY College of Staten Island with a BS in Business Marketing and 2 minors, one in Computer Science and the other in Business Management. What made me get into the IT Field is my passion for electronics and the ever-changing studies I endured. One thing about technology is “Its Always Changing”. One can never get to use to a certain way of doing anything. Software and hardware companies are growing and failing all around. Trends are constantly changing and updates to technology are spreading rapidly. This is the era for Tech meaning this is the right place for me. I’m very excited and happy to be a part of HealthCorps awesome team. Thank you all for your open, warm welcoming hands.
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: National 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.
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.
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.
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.
HealthCorps staff and students benefit from an accomplished and inspirational Board of Advisors. These leaders and innovators of national and international stature spread the HealthCorps message through press, media appearances and publications as well as participate in school visits, the training of our Coordinators and creation of our Curriculum.
Daniel Amen, M.D.+ Read bio
Dr. Amen is a physician, double board certified psychiatrist, teacher and five time New York Times bestselling author. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on applying brain imaging science to everyday clinical practice. Dr. Amen is the Founder of Amen Clinics in Newport Beach and San Francisco, California, Bellevue, Washington, Reston, Virginia, Atlanta and New York City. Dr. Amen is also the host of 6 popular shows about the brain, which have raised more than 40 million dollars for public television. Lastly, he is the author of 51 professional articles, five book chapters, and over 30 books, including five New York Times bestsellers, including Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Magnificent Mind At Any Age, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, and Use Your Brain to Change Your Age. In February 2013, Crown will publish Dr. Amen’s upcoming book, Unleash the Power of the Female Brain.
Laura Berman, Ph.D.+ Read bio
Dr. Laura Berman is the Director of the Berman Center in Chicago, a specialized healthcare facility for women and couples. She is also an assistant clinical professor of OBGYN and Psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Berman has been working as a sex educator, researcher and therapist for 20 years. She is the author of the newly-released New York Times best-selling book, “Real Sex for Real Women: Intimacy, Pleasure, & Sexual Wellbeing”. She is a Chicago Sun-Times columnist and a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Today Show.
Mickey Beyer-Clausen+ Read bio
Mickey Beyer-Clausen is an award-winning entrepreneur and the CEO of Mental Workout, which he founded in 2009. Mickey is responsible for setting the overall direction and strategy for the company and leads worldwide business development. In the 90s, he became one of the first to launch successful internet businesses and today he is pioneering mobile media. Prior to founding Mental Workout, he co-founded Speednames, Ascio Technologies, Afilias, and Trunk Archive. He is also the Founder of Happiness Foundation, helping business leaders and experts donate their time, knowledge, and contacts to help nonprofits increase their impact. Mickey has been a guest lecturer at INSEAD and is frequently invited to speak at industry and consumer forums.
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D.+ Read bio
Jeffrey S. Bland, an internationally recognized leader in the nutritional medicine field for over 25 years, is Chief Science Officer of Metagenics and President of Metaproteomics. Headquartered in Gig Harbor, WA, the companies are leaders in the development of medical foods. Dr. Bland originally founded HealthComm International, Inc. in 1985, which merged with Metagenics, in 2000. Dr. Bland also established the internationally-respected Institute for Functional Medicine to train health practitioners globally in the application of nutritional and functional medicine. He is one of the four original founders of Bastyr University in Washington State, the first federally accredited university in the United States offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in natural medicine. With his highly regarded seminar series on science-based nutrition and health, Dr. bland continues to focus on providing practical education to healthcare professionals worldwide.
Julie Cho, D.M.D.+ Read bio
Julie Cho, D.M.D., is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Upon graduation, she completed a general practice residency at New York Mount Sinai Hospital and is currently in private practice in Manhattan focusing on cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Dr. Cho has served as a key expert panelist for the Wm Wrigley Jr. Co. in a discussion of tooth whitening products in chewing gum. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, as well as a board member of the Healthcare Chaplaincy, a not-for-profit multifaith organization committed to the total care of body, mind, and spirit . Her interests include running, skiing, and traveling.
Andrea Collier+ Read bio
Andrea King Collier is a freelance journalist with a passion for writing about food. She also works as a co-convener for the food access work group of the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University, where she analyzes policy recommendations for increasing access to good, healthy, affordable food.
Andrea is an award-winning writer whose published essays have appeared in the Best Food Writing annual book series. In 2008 she started a two-year appointment as a W.K. Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, with a focus on food access for communities of color for which she traveled the country to profile communities and families.
She is member of the National Association of Black Journalists, International Association of Culinary Professional, Association of Health Care Journalists, and Online Journalists Association. She is also a regular attendee at the Greenbrier Food Writers Symposium.
Her writing appears in O Magazine, Essence, More, Better Homes and Gardens, Town and Country, Country Living, Hallmark, Heart and Soul, the Washington Post, the Lansing State Journal, Huffington Post, the Root.com, and others. She is the author of two health related books, Still With Me…A Daughter’s Journey of Love and Loss (Simon and Schuster) and The Black Woman’s Guide to Black Men’s Health with Willarda Edwards, M.D. (President of the National Medical Association) for Warner Wellness.
Maurice Elias, Ph.D.+ Read bio
Maurice Elias, Ph.D., is a Rutgers University psychologist and author of numerous articles and books on emotional intelligence, including Raising Emotionally Intelligent Teenagers and Emotionally Intelligent Parenting. Dr. Elias is Vice Chair of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning Leadership Team at Rutgers University and also serves as Senior Advisor for Research, Practice, and Policy at the New Jersey Center for Character Education, Center for Applied Psychology at Rutgers.
Moshe Engelberg+ Read bio
Moshe is a true expert in understanding and communicating with people. His work ranges from branding and identity building to product development, consumer testing, communication research and strategic planning. He has worked intimately with companies such as March of Dimes, Welch Allyn, Phillips, UCSD Healthcare, Stanford University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Moshe is the founder and CEO of ResearchWorks, a strategic marketing and consulting firm that helps companies in the business of health improve their performance. He earned a Master of Public Health from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University.
James Ferguson+ Read bio
Currently the President of MKTG, James Ferguson has over 20 years of experience encompassing every conceivable marketing discipline. He has become a master of developing fully integrated marketing programs. During that time, James has filled many valuable roles, including VP Sales and Marketing, VP of Operations, and SVP of Client Services. He currently heads the ‘mktg’ Promotion Division. At every step, ‘mktg’ clients have benefited from James’s strategic marketing leadership and savvy. Some of the clients he has helped shepherd along the way include Procter and Gamble, Chiquita, Fresh Express, Kikkoman International, Bayer HealthCare, Nature’s Way, and Fast Mart Convenience Stores.
Alan Gass, M.D., F.A.C.C.+ Read bio
Alan L. Gass, M.D., FACC, is Director of Advanced Cardiac Failure and Transplantation at Westchester Medical Center where he treats patients with end-stage heart failure. Previously, Dr. Gass served for 14 years as Medical Director of New York Mount Sinai’s Heart Transplant Program since its inception in 1991. His work in tailored, minimal immunosuppresion after transplant has gained international recognition. He lectures at national meetings and academic centers, and collaborates on investigative studies related to transplantation and cardiac assist devices.
Max Gomez, Ph.D.+ Read bio
Dr. Max Gomez is a medical correspondent at WCBS in New York City. He has been a health and science journalist for nearly three decades, having begun his career at New York’s WNEW-TV. Dr. Gomez served as health and science editor for KYW-TV in Philadelphia from 1984 until 1991. Among his many journalism accolades, he was awarded six New York Emmy’s, two Philadelphia Emmy’s, a UPI honor for ‘Best Documentary’ for a 1986 report on AIDS and three NY State Broadcaster’s Association awards.
Mark Goulston, M.D.+ Read bio
Mark Goulston, M.D. is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Heartfelt Leadership whose mission is Daring to Care. He also works as a key advisor and coach to CEO’s and other executives of organizations and companies and Managing Partners of service professional firms. He speaks internationally on communication and building a positive culture. He is the author of six books including the #1 international best seller, “Just Listen” Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone. His current book, co-authored with Dr. John Ullmen is REAL INFLUENCE: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In is about how to persuade people in a post-selling world. He writes the career advice column, “Solve Anything with Dr. Mark,” for Tribune Media, “The Closing Bell,” for C-Suite Quarterly Magazine and blogs for the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Fast Company and Business Insider. He appears frequently in the television, radio and print media including: CNN, msNBC, BBC-TV, ABC/CBS/NBC News, PBS-TV, Wall Street Journal, N.Y. Times, Forbes, Fortune, Los Angeles Times, Westwood One, NPR.
Tara Lynda Guber+ Read bio
Tara Guber’s life and work reflect her three primary passions: family, education and spirituality. In 2001 Mrs. Guber founded Yoga Ed., an organization dedicated to the development of health and wellness education programs and materials that utilize the physiological, emotional and educational benefits of yoga and creative play. She acted as founding member of the board of directors of The Accelerated School, the internationally recognized charter public school in South Central Los Angeles, once named “Elementary School of the Year” by TIME magazine. The School housed the pilot program of Yoga Ed.’s nationally recognized yoga curriculum for schools – creating a model to export to other public schools.
Prior to founding Yoga Ed., for eight years Mrs. Guber served as Co-Founder and President of EDUCATION FIRST!, a non-profit organization that utilized the resources of the entertainment industry to address the crisis in American education. She is the mother of four children.
Robert Guida+ Read bio
Robert Guida is a nationally recognized leader in the Executive Search and Staffing Industry. Mr. Guida founded Guidance Corporation in 1987 in the heart of the financial district. Today Guidance is a leading staffing company in a range of industries. Mr. Guida was singled out by CNN in December 2001 as “A Success Story in American Business.” In addition to TV appearances, numerous feature articles and cover stories have been written on Mr. Guida in such media outlets as The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, CBS’ Sunday Morning, Crains’ NY Business and CNN.
Mark Hyman, M.D.+ Read bio
Mark Hyman, M.D. has dedicated his career to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking whole-systems medicine approach known as Functional Medicine. He is a family physician, a four-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader in his field.
Dr. Hyman is Chairman-elect of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and was awarded its 2009 Linus Pauling Award for Leadership in Functional Medicine. He is on the Board of Directors of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and a faculty member of its Food As Medicine training program. As a volunteer for Partners in Health, Dr. Hyman worked on the ground immediately after the Haiti earthquake and was featured on 60 Minutes.
In recognition of his efforts, he was recently awarded The Council on Litigation Management’s2010 Professionalism Award, citing individuals who have demonstrated leadership by example in the highest standard of their profession. He also received The American College of Nutrition2009 Communication and Media Award for his contribution to promoting better understanding of nutrition science.
Dr. Hyman is founder and Medical Director of The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, where he directs a team of physicians, nutritionists and nurses who utilize a comprehensive approach to health. Before starting his practice, he was co-Medical Director at Canyon Ranch Lenox, one of the world’s leading health resorts.
Dr. Hyman graduated with a B.A. from Cornell University, and received his medical degree from the Ottawa University School of Medicine.
Mark Jaffe+ Read bio
Mark S.Jaffe is Executive Director of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized by the New York City Department of Health. In 2004 he testified at the Sullivan Commission hearings to help reduce health care disparities and later introduced legislation in Albany to help improve the delivery and affordability of healthcare by allowing small businesses to pool together. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the American Diabetes Association and the NYC Food and Fitness Partnership.
Stephen Josephson, Ph.D.+ Read bio
Stephen Josephson is a clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety/stress management and behavioral medicine. He holds Diplomates in both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Psychology, and was an Associate Professor at Cornell University Medical Center-New York Hospital and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He currently directs Behavioral Medicine Associates, a private group practice based in NYC and Scarsdale.
David L. Katz, M.D.+ Read bio
David L. Katz MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP is an internationally renowned authority on nutrition, weight management, and the prevention of chronic disease, and an internationally recognized leader in integrative medicine and patient-centered care. He is a board certified specialist in both Internal Medicine, and Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and Associate Professor (adjunct) in Public Health Practice at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Katz is the Director and founder (1998) of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Director and founder of the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital (2000) in Derby, CT; founder and president of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation; and formerly the Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine for eight years. Katz has published over 100 scientific papers, numerous textbook chapters, nearly a thousand newspaper columns, and 12 books to date.
He is the principal inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index utilized in the NuVal™nutrition guidance program, currently offered in over 500 supermarkets throughout the United States. Katz is a prominent voice in medical media, serving as an expert source for most leading newspapers and magazines, serving on the editorial advisory boards of several leading health periodicals and professional journals (including Health, Prevention, Men’s Health, Best Life, and the American Journal of Health Promotion).
Katz has been recognized by the Consumers Research Council of America three times (2004; 2006; 2009) as one of America’s top physicians in Preventive Medicine and in 2009 he was named one of the 25 most influential people in the lives of children by Children’s Health magazine. He has consulted to the US Secretary of Health, the National Governors Association, and the World Health Organization. In 2009, Katz received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health.
He and Catherine have 5 children.
Jon LaPook, M.D.+ Read bio
CBS News has named Jonathan LaPook, M.D., its medical correspondent for the CBS Evening News.
Dr. LaPook is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He has been an associate attending physician for New York-Presbyterian Hospital since 2001. Before that, he served as an assistant attending physician (1986-2001) and an assistant physician (1985-86) for the hospital.
Dr. LaPook has also been an associate clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center since 2001. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor of clinical medicine (1986-2001) and an instructor in clinical medicine (1985-86) at Columbia University.
He has done extensive work in the field of medical computing, including helping to develop an electronic textbook of medicine and writing a medical practice management software package that he sold in 1999 to a company that was later acquired by Emdeon Corporation, the parent company of WebMD. Dr. LaPook is a member of several professional organizations and is a widely published author.
He was born in Mineola, N.Y. LaPook was graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and with honors from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1980 with an M.D. He completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in gastroenterology at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
Gerald Lemole, M.D.+ Read bio
Gerald M. Lemole, M.D., was appointed Medical Director of Christiania Care’s Preventive Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute and Center for Integrative Health in January, 2007. Prior to his appointment as Medical Director, Dr. Lemole was Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Medical Center of Delaware since 1986.
He joined Christiana Care Health Services Staff as a consulting physician in 1975. In 2006, Dr. Lemole was the recipient of the W. L. Samuel Carpenter III Distinguished Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery, Christiana Care Health System.
Dr. Lemole received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in Philadelphia in 1958 and his doctor of medicine degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1962. From medical school, Dr. Lemole returned to his birthplace, Staten Island, New York, where he served a one-year internship at Staten Island Hospital.
Upon completing his internship, he returned to Philadelphia for a residency in general surgery at Temple University Hospital. He did his cardiac training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, from 1967 to 1969. While at Baylor, Dr. Lemole became certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and began serving as an instructor in surgery. In 1968 he was a member of the surgical team that performed the first successful heart transplant in the United States.
Jonathan Levine, DMD+ Read bio
Jonathan Levine, DMD, is an accomplished aesthetic dentist, professor, product innovator, entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. Dr. Levine is also a man with a mission: To give the world a reason to smile. A “smile beauty” practitioner for more than two decades, in 2002, he and his wife, Stacey, co-founded the revolutionary, luxury, smile beauty company GoSMILE™. As an Associate Professor at New York University School of Dentistry and a published researcher, Dr. Levine is equally committed to influencing the next generation of dentists as he is to providing smile care and education to people in places that need it most.
Woodson C. Merrell, M.D.+ Read bio
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Todd R. Olson, Ph.D.+ Read bio
Professor Todd R. Olson is faculty member in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Department of Anatomy & Structural Biology. He is currently the President of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists which promotes clinically relevant anatomic research and education. Prof. Olson has been the Director of Einstein’s Clinical and Developmental Anatomy course since 1989 and has taught over 3,500 medical students during his two decades at the College.
He received B.A. and M.A. degrees in vertebrate paleontology from the University of California at Berkeley where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1970. From Berkeley, he went to London for his doctoral degree in human anatomy at St. Thomas’s Hospital Medical School.
His textbook the A.D.A.M. Student Atlas of Anatomy, first published in 1996, is now in its 2nd edition and has been translated into five foreign languages. He is coauthor of the second edition the medical school textbook: Ger’s Essentials of Clinical Anatomy.
Prof. Olson is an internationally recognized authority on the usage of human remains in medical education and research, and has been a featured participant on National Public Radio, ABC’s Primetime and 20/20 shows, BBC TV’s Horizon series, and CNN’s American Morning. Dr. Olson is one of only seven faculty in the half-century history of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine to receive both its students’ Samuel M. Rosen Outstanding Teacher Award (1994) and the faculty’s Harry Eagle Award for Outstanding Basic Science Teaching (1999). Einstein’s alumni honored Prof. Olson in 2009 naming him an honorary graduate of the College of Medicine in 2009.
Dean Ornish, M.D.+ Read bio
Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Ornish received his medical training in internal medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He received a B.A. in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address.
For over 32 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program, the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes.
He directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. His current research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease, as well as increasing telomerase, an enzyme that lengthens telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes which control aging (in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009).
He is the author of six best-selling books, including four New York Times’ bestsellers: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and his most recent book, The Spectrum.
Seval Oz+ Read bio
Known as the chief troublemaker on her team, Seval Oz is Senior New Business Development Manager at Google Inc. She supports all business and marketing efforts for Google’s self-driving technology commercial launch. As part of new business development responsibilities in Google Knowledge, Seval is working on transparency in Government Elections, and spearheaded the efforts for the 2011 national elections in Turkey, Egypt and Kyrgyzstan.
She is on the Advisory Board of HealthCorps®, a national health education program for high schools founded by her brother Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa, and Endeavor.Org, a global high-impact entrepreneurship organization based in NYC. She is also a steering committee member of the New York Public Library.
Seval accepted the PWI Women in Technology Award for Courage in San Francisco this year. Seval received her MBA from Wharton Business School, graduating with Distinction, and her BA, cum laude, from Wellesley/M.I.T. in economics and political science.
Stephen B. Phillips, M.A., BCBC+ Read bio
Stephen Phillips, M.A., BCBC, is currently the executive director of the Children’s Health Education Foundation (CHEF)
He is also Director of the Advanced Certificate in Bariatric Science Program
and an associate professor of education and psychology in the Graduate Division of Touro College in New York City.
Professor Phillips is a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC) with more than two decades of experience treating obesities and related disorders in the context of primary care medicine.
His graduate education and training in health psychology, which includes the physical and social sciences, has uniquely prepared him to address the biological mechanisms, psychological processes and social influences of obesities. He has evaluated, counseled and treated thousands of patients, adults, children and families, individually and in group settings.
In addition to his administrative and clinical responsibilities Professor Phillips continues to teach graduate courses in bariatric science, health psychology and eating disorders, and actively serves on the Board of Advisors to HealthCorps, a nationwide school-age public school initiative that he co-founded with Dr. Mehmet Oz.
He is the public policy and legislative officer for the American Association of Bariatric Counselors and is a participating fellow at the Film and Education Research Academy, Teachers College, Columbia University.
John Ratey, M.D.+ Read bio
John J Ratey, M.D., is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Research Synthesizer, Speaker, and Author, as well a Clinical Psychiatrist maintaining a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has lectured and published many articles on the topics of Aggression, Autism, ADHD, and other issues in neuropsychiatry.
Dr.Ratey has authored “A User’s Guide to the Brain” (2000) and co-authored “Shadow Syndromes” (1997) with Catherine Johnson, Ph.D. From 1994 to 2005 he co-authored “Driven to Distraction” (1994), “Answers to Distraction” (1995) and “Delivered from Distraction” (2005) with Edward Hallowell, M.D., all published by Pantheon Press/Random House. Additionally, he has edited several books including “The Neuropsychiatry of Personality Disorders” (1994), published by Blackwell Scientific.
Most recently, Dr Ratey has penned, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain published by Little Brown. In Spark, Dr. Ratey guides the reader to an understanding of neurobiology and inspires the reader to reach for their potential, and embrace exercise that is crucial for the brain and body to operate at peak performance.
Spark is fueling a movement to re-engineer school practices and medical recommendations to establish curriculum, lifestyles and corporate practices based on scientific principles. Providing the scientific foundation and research data, Dr Ratey has been drafted into the groundswell of those whose mission it is to revitalize schools, combat the obesity crisis, stave off the encroaching epidemic of Sedentarism, by returning to evolutionary principles of physical exercise and proper diet thereby combating syndrome X, the underlying causation of much chronic disease.
Merrill Richmond+ Read bio
Merrill Richmond’s 20 year marketing career includes leading in-house marketing and creative development programs at the Walt Disney Company, Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) and Town Sports International’s New York Sports Clubs, Boston Sports Clubs, Washington Sports Clubs & Philadelphia Sports Clubs locatiions.
Merrill developed and produced “Saints and Spinners” a 24-hour spinning party and fundraiser for HealthCorps in New York 2008. He also produced Chain Reaction, a three day spinning event for HealthCorps in San Francisco in 2009.
Merrill’s work with Town Sports International and Zoom Media was recognized by MEDIA Magazine with a Creative Media Award finalist designation. He also produced two successful Guinness World Records for New York Sports Clubs, was featured in a Google Case Study and managed Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations-a 13 city statue tour commemorating Mickey Mouse’s 75th anniversary.
Michael F. Roizen, M.D.+ Read bio
Michael F. Roizen, M.D., is the Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of The Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic where he is striving to elevate preventive care and wellness to a driving role in medicine and society by radically improving health and decreasing wellness costs spiritually, physically and economically. Among Dr. Roizen’s many accomplishments, he co-founded six companies including RealAge sold to Hearst in 2007; co-invented a drug approved by the FDA in April 2008; co-wrote three medical bestsellers and four number one New York Times bestsellers (the YOU series books and RealAge) and formerly served as chair of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee, as well as editor of six medical journals. He and Dr. Mehmet Oz co-write the daily “YOU Docs” columns syndicated to 76 newspapers in North America and similar columns in four magazines.
Roger Ross+ Read bio
Roger Ross is the Chief Markting Office for Guidance Corporation, a nationally recognized staffing and executive search firm specialized in the medical, financial, and fashion industries. In 2006 Guidance Medical Personnel, Inc. received the first certification from the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations of a staffing company in New York State history. Mr. Ross is a Trustee/Board Member for the Young Peoples Chorus of NYC, the City’s Community Board 1 (Landmarks & Finance District Committee), the Downtown Alliance and the City’s Principal for a Day initiative.
Mache Seibel, M.D.+ Read bio
Dr. Mache Seibel is Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Seibel has written over 200 scientific articles and 10 books and is at work on a cookbook to address menopausal symptoms. He also founded HealthRock™, a health “edutainment” company to increase health literacy by making it fun for children and teens to learn about health and wellness. He writes songs related to a range of health awareness issues and performs for children and teens, as well as designs animations, videos, games and books to take his important message to a wide audience of Americans.
Lori Smatt, D.C.+ Read bio
Dr. Lori M. Smatt, Director and Founder of the Smatt Family Chiropractic center, has been in private practice since 1983. Dr. Smatt is a graduate of the Life Chiropractic College, a Diplomate of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, a member of the International Chiropractors Association and a member of the New York Chiropractic Council. Dr. Smatt was instrumental in the passage and enforcement of the Insurance Equality Law in 1997 that requires insurance companies to provide coverage for Chiropractic Care.
Michael C. Smatt, D.C., FICA+ Read bio
Dr. Michael C. Smatt is Director and Founder of the Madison Avenue Chiropractic Center. Dr. Smatt has been in private practice since 1980. A graduate of New York Chiropractic College, he is also a Diplomat of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, a Legislative Advisor to the New York Chiropractic Council, an Officer and Director of the Political Action Committee and a Member of the Legislative Committee of the International Chiropractors Association. Dr. Smatt was instrumental in the passage and enforcement of the Insurance Equality Law in 1997 that requires insurance companies to provide coverage for Chiropractic Care.
Doug Stroup+ Read bio
Doug Stroup is an award-winning health and wellness communicator with experience spanning twenty years of working with Fortune 500 companies, their brands and health-related organizations to find their unique voices and marketplace opportunities for success. He is Executive Vice President/Director of Client Service for HealthStar Public Relations, a New York-based company. From groundbreaking oral HIV diagnostic testing to digestive health innovation to diabetes activism to experiential health programs for high school students, concepts delivered by Stroup create a unique and transformative wellness-seeking strategic pathway for results that change attitudes and behaviors. His clients have included Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Sanofi-aventis, Schering Plough, Gerber Baby Products, McNeil Consumer Products, SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare (now GSK) and Aetna Insurance. Stroup’s work has been recognized with numerous awards for innovation and excellence in communications including the Public Relations Society of America, Pharmaceutical Advertising and Marketing Association, Cable Positive/Cable Television Association and a Telly® Award.
Brian Wansink, Ph.D.+ Read bio
Brian Wansink (Ph.D. Stanford University) is the John Dyson Professor of Marketing and the Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab in the Department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, Ithaca NY.
He earned his Ph.D. in marketing at Stanford (1990) and was marketing professor at the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College (1990-1994), the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (1994-1995), and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (1995-1997) and the Julian Simon Faculty Scholar and Professor of Marketing, Nutritional Sciences and Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1997-2005).
When he moved to the University of Illinois in 1997 he established the Food & Brand Lab which uniquely focuses on the psychology behind what people eat and how often they eat it.
His research has been widely featured on 20/20, BBC News, The Learning Channel, all news networks, and on the front pages of The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
Professor Wansink founded and directs the Food and Brand Lab, a series of test kitchens, restaurants, and cooperating grocery stores that are used to understand how consumers “choose and use” foods. With the help of researchers from psychology, history, food science, cultural anthropology, and agricultural and consumer economics, the mission of the Food & Brand Labs’ studies is to help consumers eat more nutritiously and behave responsibly.
In 1999, Professor Wansink founded the Wansink Consumer Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization which is funded by book royalties and speaking honorariums. The Foundation supports high school science projects dealing with consumer welfare and provides textbook-related scholarships to selected college-bound students who wish to promote consumer welfare through their studies.
On a personal level, Brian was born in Sioux City, Iowa and now lives with his wife Jennifer and daughter Audrey. He plays tenor saxophone in a jazz quartet (“Shaken Not Stirred”) and in an eight-piece rhythm and blues dance band (“The Usual Suspects”).
Mark Warfel, M.D.+ Read bio
Dr. W. Mark Warfel is the Director of Medicine and Surgery at the Warfel Institute in New York City. He has developed treatments, procedures, and regimens to keep one’s biological age as youthful as possible. Dr. Warfel holds hospital affiliations at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He attends national and international meetings of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
John Whyte, M.D.+ Read bio
Dr. John J. Whyte is Vice President for Continuing Medical Education at Discovery Health Channel, which belongs to the media conglomerate of Discovery Communications. Dr. Whyte creates courses, products and services on important clinical topics that appeal to both a medical and lay audience. Prior to joining Discovery, Dr. Whyte was in the immediate office of the director at the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality. He is a board-certified internist and earned a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Whyte has written extensively in the medical and lay press on health policy issues.
Ernest Lupinacci+ Read bio
Ernest Lupinacci is the President & Founder of Ernest Industries, a content and branding company with a focus on transmedia brand development, new product development, and emerging media and technology. In addition to consulting for such well known companies as Google, AOL, Motorola, NBCUniversal, and Warner Bros., Mr. Lupinacci is the creator of two feature-films currently in development – one with Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks Studios, the other with Joe Roth & Sony Pictures.
A graduate of The George Washington University, he attended the university on a full-academic scholarship and holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences.
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