Bea Bezmalinovic Dhebar (Chair)
Bea Bezmalinovic Dhebar has more than 20 years of experience working as an international health and development consultant. Her assignments have spanned more than 26 countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, including six years of overseas residence. She has been involved in three international entrepreneurial ventures in the start-up or early growth stages. Recent positions have concentrated on business development and strategic communications (online communities/use of new media).
She has also worked as a researcher and consultant on various nonprofit initiatives, including a Harvard Business School faculty’s review of accountability of nonprofit organizations and the Harvard School of Public Health’s Global AIDS program, and has consulted for Aid to Artisans, the U.S. Agency for International Development, EngenderHealth, Family Health International, the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, the International Center for Research on Women, RTI, and SNV USA, among others. Bea has a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a MBA from the Olin School of Management at Babson College.
Kristin Guest, M.C.A., M.B.A. (Treasurer)
Kristin Guest has more than 12 years of experience as an accounting/finance professional. She currently works for Corporate Finance Group, Inc., which offers accounting and consulting expertise to clients.
She has experience working with clients from several industries on a wide variety of assignments, such as technical GAAP accounting projects (ie. revenue recognition, debt recognition, stock option expense), helping companies during integration, staff augmentation, and building long-term planning financial models. Previously, she was a senior financial analyst at DePuy Mitek, a Johnson & Johnson company. Kristin has a M.B.A. from Boston University, a bachelor’s in accounting from Bentley University, and is a certified management accountant.
Nancy Lyons Allen, M.P.H.
Nancy Lyons Allen has more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit and state government sectors in the fields of communication, public health, and event management. She has developed social marketing campaigns and health promotion materials on a number of public health topics, including tobacco, substance abuse, injury and violence prevention, obesity prevention, teen health, and sexual health. Her experience includes strategic communication planning, qualitative research, creative direction, copywriting, video scriptwriting, graphic design, and training and facilitation.
She has presented at several national conferences, including the 2010 Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness and Response Training Summit, American Public Health Association (APHA), CDC’s Health Communication, Marketing and Media Conference, and Sex::Tech 2008. Nancy received her undergraduate degree in organizational communication from Ithaca College and her master’s in public health from Tufts University.
Catherine Annas, J.D.
Catherine L. Annas has more than 15 years of experience in the field of health policy. She is currently a quality improvement project director at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she works on patient safety projects related to reducing harm in the hospital setting and increasing the participation of patients and their families in patient care. Prior to joining BIDMC, she served as the director of Massachusetts Health Leaders for Appropriate and Affordable Care, a coalition of health care providers and experts working together to create a high performance health care system in Massachusetts.
She has also worked for the Department of Public Health and the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction, as well as the Joint Committee on Health Care at the Massachusetts Legislature. Catherine received her J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in 1995, and her bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America in 1992, with a major in English and a minor in politics.
Rachel Breman is a nurse who works at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She manages the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center and is the moderator for the online nursing and midwifery community, the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery (GANM).
In addition to having a background in nursing, Rachel has experience in international health work. She worked in the Dominican Republic overseeing a training program for hospitals around maternal and newborn health. Rachel was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger. She lives in Silver Spring, Md.
Caroline Crosbie, M.B.A.
Caroline Crosbie has 25 years of program and management experience in international reproductive health, with an emphasis on design, negotiation and implementation of major programs, and fundaising in the public and private sectors.
As senior vice president of Pathfinder International, she oversees all program planning and operations, both at headquarters and in the field. A Pathfinder staff member since 1981, she has held a variety of positions both in the field (total of 12 years in Brazil, Haiti, and Peru) and at headquarters covering programs in Asia/Near East, Latin America and Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Daniel M. Fox
Daniel M. Fox, president emeritus of the Milbank Memorial Fund, is an author of books and articles on health policy and politics and an adviser to public officials, leaders of provider systems in health and long-term care, research organizations, publishers and foundations.
Before serving as president of the Fund (1989-2007), he worked in state government (Massachusetts and New York), as an adviser to and staff member of three federal agencies (the Office of Economic Opportunity, and the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services) and as a faculty member and administrator at Harvard University and at the Health Sciences Center of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the National Academy of Social Insurance, he earned undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees from Harvard University.
Christina M. Knowles
Christina M. Knowles is a Boston-based legislative and public affairs professional. She currently works in the State House as the executive director of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators; she has also worked as a legislative aide and chief of staff. She spent three years as the director and lobbyist for the Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women, and has been a communications specialist at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy and a senior policy advocate at the Coalition for the Homeless.
In June 2010, Christina was named one of the 100 most influential people in Massachusetts by Campaigns and Elections Politics Magazine. She is on the board of the Betty Taymor Fund for the Education of Women in Politics & Government, and is a graduate of Emerge Massachusetts. Christina served as the 2012 Massachusetts NOW PAC chair, and has also served as vice president of fundraising on the Boston NOW Board and as a steering committee member of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. She holds a graduate certificate from UMass Boston Women in Politics and Public Policy program and a bachelor’s degree from Umass Amherst in women’s studies and English.
Julie Mottl-Santiago, C.N.M., M.P.H.
Julie Mottl-Santiago is director of midwifery services at Boston Medical Center. She has been a practicing midwife at BMC for the past 10 years, where she trains midwives, residents and medical students. She has also directed BMC’s Birth Sister Program, a multicultural doula program serving the diverse communities of Boston.
Julie currently sits on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Perinatal Advisory Committee and the American College of Nurse Midwives Massachusetts State Affiliate. Prior to becoming a midwife, she provided reproductive health education and outreach to underserved communities, and has worked in international health programming in Mexico. She received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Simmons College, and master’s in public health and midwifery certificate from Boston University.
Katherine Record is a public health law attorney at the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI), a visiting lecturer at Tuft’s Experimental College, and a collaborating mentor with Boston Children’s Hospital’s Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders. Her work focuses on mental health law and policy, healthcare reform implementation, access to HIV prevention and treatment services, and linking global investments with policy developments that support the reintegration and rehabilitation of children affected by or involved in conflict zones.
Prior to joining CHLPI, Katherine worked at the O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law at Georgetown University. She is licensed to practice law in the state of New York and serves as the liaison to the AIDS Coordinating Committee of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section. She received her J.D., cum laude, and a master’s in health psychology from Duke University. She also received a master’s in public health from Harvard’s School of Public Health, and her bachelor’s, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.
Malika Redmond, M.A.
Malika Redmond is the executive director of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW in Atlanta, where she is guiding the mission to develop and sustain women of color and LGBTQ youth of color’s leadership in the movement for reproductive and sexual rights. A feminist researcher and reproductive justice and human rights advocate, she has worked for more than a decade both nationally and internationally with such organizations as Political Research Associates, Choice USA, National Center for Human Rights Education, and Spelman College Women’s Research and Resource Center, developing and managing projects that focus on reproductive justice and LGBT rights for communities of color.
Malika was one of the youngest national field organizers for the 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington, D.C,, an event that brought nearly 1 million participants to the national Mall and is considered one of the largest marches in U.S. history. In 2012, she completed a two-term leadership position as a board member of the National Women’s Health Network. Her writings are featured in RH Reality Check, Truthout, The Women’s Health Activist, and AlterNet. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and a master’s degree from Georgia State University in women’s studies.
Susan Ruderman, Ed.M.
Susan Cronin Ruderman has worked in the field of fundraising and institutional advancement for more than 25 years. She began her fundraising career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has worked for Harvard University; Isaacson, Miller; Animal Rescue League of Boston; and Action for Boston Community Development. She is currently vice president of Veritas Information Services, where she heads up the non-profit fundraising and executive search research functions for this consulting firm. Clients have included human service organization, museums, independent schools, hospitals, and environmental and humane organizations.
Susan is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter on various aspects of fundraising for professional associations such as AFP and CASE. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard with a degree in classics and folklore. She also holds a certificate in museum studies (C.M.S.) from the Harvard Extension School, and an Ed.M. with a concentration in administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Jennifer Sulla, J.D.
Jennifer Sulla is Of Counsel, practicing environmental law at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. Her practice includes transactional and regulatory compliance as well as litigation. On the transactional side, she advises purchasers, sellers, landlords and tenants of contaminated properties, assisting them in conducting due diligence and addressing environmental risk and cleanup responsibility. Post-acquisition, she oversees the remediation of such properties, working with responsible third parties, environmental consultants, and state environmental agencies. She counsels borrowers in connection with financing contaminated properties, and has advised secured lenders regarding liability under state and federal law. She also advises clients on compliance with state and federal environmental laws and regulations, with an emphasis on building materials such as lead-based paint and asbestos.
On the litigation side, Jennifer has been involved in state and federal cost-recovery actions and contract disputes, including participation in the defense of a potentially responsible party in a CERCLA action brought by the federal government. She is currently co-chair of the Hazardous and Solid Waste Subcommittee of the Environmental Law Section of the Boston Bar Association. She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Boston College.
Gina M. Wingood is the Agnes Moore Endowed Faculty in HIV/AIDS Research; a professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education; director of the Center for Prevention, Implementation and Maintenance (Ce-PIM) of Sexual Behavior and Drug Research; and co-director, Prevention Science Core, Emory Center for AIDS Research.
She received her doctoral degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health. Her research examines the efficacy and sustainability of a gender and culturally congruent HIV prevention intervention for African-American women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently disseminating a suite of three evidence-based HIV prevention programs that she developed for African-American women (the SiSTA study), African-American female adolescents (the SiHLE study) and HIV-positive African-American women (the WiLLOW study). She is currently funded by CDC and NIH to enhance sustainability of these interventions in faith-based institutions.
Miriam Zoll is an award-winning writer and the author of the memoir-expose “Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility and the Pursuit of High-Tech Babies” (Interlink, 2013). She is the founding co-producer of the Ms. Foundation for Women’s original “Take Our Daughters To Work Day,” and a longtime reproductive health and social justice advocate. Her client list includes the United Nations, the U.S. Government, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Planned Parenthood, and the International Women’s Health Coalition.
Miriam’s writing has been published by The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, and The Royal Tropical Institute, among other outlets. She is a current member of the board of Voice Male Magazine, and a former member of the board of the University of Massachusetts, College of Humanities and Fine Arts.