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Board of Directors

Nancy Allen bio
Catherine Annas bio
Bea Bezmalinovic (Chair) bio
Rachel Breman bio 
Caroline Crosbie bio
Daniel M. Fox bio
Kristin Guest (Treasurer) bio
Christina M. Knowles bio
Julie Mottl-Santiago bio
Katherine L. Record, JD, MPH, MA bio
Malika Redmond, MA bio
Susan Ruderman bio
Jennifer Sulla bio
Gina Wingood bio
Miriam Zoll bio

Advisory Board

Byllye Avery
Judy Bradford, PhD
Gloria Feldt
Teresa Heinz
Jamie Hoyte, Esq.
Cathy Inglese
Paula Johnson, MD
Timothy Johnson, MD 
Florence Ladd, PhD
Susan M. Love, MD
Meizhu Lui
Sally H. Lunt, EdD, JD
Ngina Lythcott, PhD

Evelyn Murphy, PhD
Anne Firth Murray
Cynthia Pearson
Vivian Pinn, MD
Mary Poor, DVM, SM 
Ellen Poss, MD
Joan Rachlin, JD
Deborah Raptopoulos, MEd, MSW
Gary A. Richwald, MD, MPH
Moises Russo, MD, MBE
Isaac Schiff, MD
Gloria Steinem
Frederica Williams

Founders

Ruth Bell Alexander
Pamela Berger
Vilunya Diskin
Joan Ditzion
Paula Doress-Worters
Nancy Miriam Hawley
Elizabeth MacMahon-Herrera
Pamela Morgan (1949-2008)
Judy Norsigian (bio)
Jane Pincus
Esther Rome (1945-1995)
Wendy Sanford
Norma Swenson (bio)
Sally Whelan

Bios

Nancy Lyons Allen, MPH
Ms. Allen has over 10 years of experience in the non-profit 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. Ms. Allen received her undergraduate degree in Organizational Communication from Ithaca College and her Masters in Public Health from Tufts University. [back to list of board members]

Catherine L. Annas, JD 
Ms. Annas has over 15 years of experience in the field of health policy.  She is currently a 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. Ms. Annas 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. Ms. Annas 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.[back to list of board members]

Bea Bezmalinovic, MBA, MPP – Co-Chair
Ms. Bezmalinovic has over thirteen years of experience working as an international health and development consultant in 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. Her recent positions have concentrated on business development, partner negotiations, and strategic communications (online communities/use of new media). She has also worked as a researcher and consultant on various non-profit initiatives, including a Harvard Business School faculty’s review of accountability of non-profit organizations and the Harvard School of Public Health's Global AIDS program. Ms. Bezmalinovic has consulted for Save the Children, Aid to Artisans, the US Agency for International Development, the Overseas Development Council, EngenderHealth, RTI, Family Health International, and the International Center for Research on Women. She has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an MBA from the Olin School of Management at Babson College. [back to list of board members]

Rachel Breman
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 training program for hospitals around maternal and newborn health. Rachel was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger. Rachel lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. [back to list of board members]

Caroline Crosbie, MBA
Ms. Crosbie has 25 years of program and management experience in international reproductive health, with emphasis on design, negotiation and implementation of major programs, and fund raising 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, Ms. Crosbie has held a variety of positions both in the field (total of twelve 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 BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. [back to list of board members]

Daniel M. Fox, PhD
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 of 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. Dr. Fox is 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 AB, AM and PhD degrees from Harvard University. [back to list of board members]

Kristin Guest, MCA, MBA - Treasurer
Ms. Guest has over 12 years of experience as an accounting/finance professional.  Currently, Ms. Guest 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.  Prior to working Corporate Finance Group, Inc., Ms. Guest was a Sr. Financial Analyst at DePuy Mitek, a Johnson & Johnson company.  She has an MBA from Boston University, BS in Accounting from Bentley University and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). [back to list of board members] 

Christina M. Knowles, BA
Christina Knowles is a Boston-based young feminist leader who works to eradicate inequality through legislative advocacy, public policy, and electoral politics.  Christina spent three years as the Director and Lobbyist for the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women, where she was involved in passing and advancing a number of civil rights and social justice bills and policies. She has worked as a Communications Specialist at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston, as a Senior Policy Advocate at the Coalition for the Homeless, and as a Legislative Aide and Chief of Staff in the State House. Christina currently serves as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators, where she works to advance, promote, and support women in politics. In June 2010, at the age of  27, Christina was named one of the 100 most influential people in Massachusetts by the national publication Campaigns and Elections Politics Magazine; that same year, Christina was the recipient of The Girls’ Project’s Action Award for Outstanding Leadership and Public Service. Christina is currently on the Board of Directors for the Betty Taymor Fund for the Education of Women in Politics & Government. She is a former Steering Committee member and Policy Committee Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, and played an integral role in the passage of the Transgender Equal Rights Bill in 2011; in 2012, Mass. NOW received the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2012 Community Service Award as a direct result of Christina's leadership on the issue. Christina was the Chair of the Mass. NOW PAC for the 2012 election season, and has previously  served as Vice President of Fundraising on the Boston NOW Board and as Secretary and Press Director for the Norfolk Democratic Town Committee.  Christina is a 2010 graduate and active alumna of Emerge Massachusetts. In 2007, Christina graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Center’s Women in Politics and Public Policy Graduate Certificate Program, where she she served as President of her class, and wrote her case study on the presence and impact of abstinence-only sex education in Massachusetts public schools. Christina graduated Summa Cum Laude from UMass Amherst in 2005, and received a B.A. in Women’s Studies and English.[back to list of board members]

Julie Mottl-Santiago, CNM, MPH
Julie Mottl-Santiago is Director of Midwifery Services at Boston Medical Center. She has been a practicing midwife at BMC for the past ten 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. She 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. Julie received her BA from Tufts University, BSN from Simmons College and MPH and Midwifery Certificate from Boston University. [back to list of board members]

Katherine L. Record, JD, MPH, MA
Katherine Record is the Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) at Harvard Law School. Her work, in part, focuses on healthcare reform implementation, access to HIV treatment services and prevention, compliance training for healthcare providers related to consent for HIV testing and disclosure, mental health law and policy, and implementing state electronic health record databases in compliance with federal and state privacy laws.  Prior to joining CHLPI, Katherine worked at the O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law at Georgetown University.  There she focused on public health law reform, firearms control, global preparation for pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent the transmission of HIV (PrEP), and the development of the legal portion of a genetics database. Katherine received her JD, cum laude, and masters in Psychology at Duke University, her MPH from Harvard’s School of Public Health, and her BA, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.  She is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, serves as the liaison to the AIDS Coordinating Committee of the American Bar Association on behalf of the Health Law Section, and on the Harvard College Global Health Review’s Board of Advisors. [back to list of board members]

Malika Redmond, MA
Ms. Redmond is the Executive Director of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW in Atlanta, GA, 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, Redmond has worked for over a decade both nationally and internationally with organizations such 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.  Redmond 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, Redmond 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 B.A. from Spelman College and M.A. from Georgia State University in Women’s Studies. [back to list of board members]

Susan Ruderman, Ed.M.
Susan Cronin Ruderman has worked in the field of fundraising and institutional advancement for over 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. Currently Ms. Ruderman is 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. She is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter on various aspects of fundraising for professional associations such as AFP and CASE.  Ms. Ruderman 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. [back to list of board members]

Jennifer Sulla
Ms. Sulla is an environmental attorney at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Her practice includes transactional and regulatory compliance as well as litigation. On the transactional side, she advises purchasers, sellers, landlords, and tenants of properties with hazardous substance and petroleum contamination, assisting them in conducting due diligence, negotiating cleanup responsibility, and in allocating environmental risk both by contract and through environmental insurance  Post-acquisition, her work includes overseeing the remediation of such properties and allocating responsibility and costs of cleanup, while working with numerous parties, including responsible third parties and their attorneys, environmental consultants, and state environmental agencies. She also counsels borrowers in connection with financing and refinancing contaminated properties, and has advised secured lenders regarding liability under both state and federal law. Her compliance work includes advising clients on regulatory 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, her work has included matters involving state and federal cost-recovery actions and contract disputes, including participation in the defense of a potentially responsible party in a CERCLA cost recovery 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.  Ms. Sulla received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1994, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College in 1982, with a major in mathematics. [back to list of board members]

Gina M. Wingood, ScD, MPH
Dr. 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.   Dr. Wingood received her doctoral degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health.   Dr. Wingood's research examines the efficacy and sustainability of a gender and culturally congruent HIV prevention intervention for African-American women.  The Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently disseminating a suite of three evidence-based HIV prevention programs for African-American women (the SiSTA study), African-American female adolescents (the SiHLE study) and HIV positive African-American women (the WiLLOW study) developed by Dr. Wingood.  Dr. Wingood is currently funded by CDC and NIH to enhance sustainability of these interventions in faith based institutions.  [back to list of board members]

Miriam Zoll, BA
Miriam Zoll is an award-winning writer, researcher, teacher and public speaker with more than 20 years experience in the public policy and international development arena. She is the author of Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility and the Pursuit of High Tech Babies (2013), a memoir about coming of age with the simultaneous opportunities afforded by the women's movement and new developments in reproductive technologies. She has worked with such global institutions as the United Nations, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the Coalition on Children Affected by AIDS, Planned Parenthood, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Harvard University and the International Women’s Health Coalition. A certified yoga instructor, Miriam is the founding co-producer of the Ms. Foundation for Women’s annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day. The author of dozens of articles and publications, her work has been published by The Royal Tropical Institute, Columbia University, the United Nations, the Christian Science Monitor and the Boston Globe, among other venues. In 2005 she was awarded a Research Fellowship at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Focusing on HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, her research addressed how government and donor compensation to unpaid health care sector workers––either through salaries or direct cash transfers––can reduce poverty and HIV infection while improving standards of care and support to millions of children and people living with HIV/AIDS. [back to list of board members]

 

 

 

 

 

 
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