Ashlee Adams(Former XX in Health Ambassador) Ashlee leads the Mentor Network and 1:1 curriculum at The Food Business School, an initiative of The Culinary Institute of America dedicated to food entrepreneurship and innovation. She is also completing her MBA at the Haas School of Business. Previously, Ashlee led Product Marketing and Business Development at Better, which provides tools and a team of Personal Health Assistants to patients to improve their healthcare. She has a background in venture and digital health and is an advocate for integrative care and food as medicine.
Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAANDr. Melnyk is the Dean, Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, Chief Wellness Officer at Ohio State University. Prior to this role, she served as Dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Before her appointment at ASU, she was the Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Center for Research and Evidence-Based Practice at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Dr. Melnyk has actively practiced for nearly 25 years as a pediatric nurse practitioner/psychiatric nurse practitioner in primary care as well as in-patient psychiatric and school-based day treatment programs. In 2002, Dr. Melnyk was elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing where she is recognized as an edge-runner. She is a distinguished practitioner in the National Academies of Practice, and is the recipient of numerous distinguished and outstanding awards from professional organizations. Dr. Melnyk is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in evidence-based practice as well as in child and adolescent mental health. She has worked and consulted with numerous healthcare systems throughout the nation and globe to advance and sustain evidence-based practice. Dr. Melnyk also is founder and chair of a national mental health promotion campaign for children and teens called KySS (Keep your children/yourself Safe and Secure) that is sponsored by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. In addition, Dr. Melnyk is currently a member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force and is a developmental expert for national ABC news. She also served as an invited member of the Institute of Medicine’s healthcare professions working group for the roundtable on evidence-based medicine.
Caroline LeCates(Former XX in Health Ambassador) Caroline is an equity research associate at Lazard Capital Markets, covering Healthcare IT and Managed Care companies. She has a background in healthcare equity research and investment banking.
Christine Gray, PhDAnthropologist Christine Gray, PhD became a healthcare activist when her daughter Sophia was diagnosed with a sarcoma in 2003. Dr. Gray used to teach gender studies as well as anthropology. “I'm trying to find a way to get women active in breast cancer advocacy to examine the early detection/referral issues very seriously in the same way that gender bias has been dealt with in diagnosis and treatment of women's heart disease.” Dr. Gray has written several posts on http://e-patients.net/.
Concetta Tomaino, PhDDr. Concetta Tomaino is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and Senior Vice President for Music Therapy at Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, where she has worked since 1980. Dr. Tomaino is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation. She lectures on music therapy throughout the world. Her work has been featured in national programs including 48 Hours and 60 Minutes; in international programs including PBS and the BBC; and in books on health and healing. Dr. Sacks book Musicophilia is dedicated to her. Dr. Tomaino is on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the ATTP II team of the National Parkinson’s Foundation and the New York State Geriatric Education Consortium.
Constance Garner, PhD, EdS, MSN, RNConstance Garner is the Policy Director in the Government Strategies Practice Group, and Executive Director for Advance CLASS, Inc at Foley Hoag, LLP. Her areas of expertise include health care, disability, long term care, and education. Before joining Foley Hoag, Connie was Policy Director, Disability and Special Populations, to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) for 17 years , where she has served Chairman Harkin, Senator Dodd, and the late Senator Kennedy. Connie also served in the U.S. Department of Education, as Director of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council for Children with Disabilities and the Secretary of Education’s principal liaison on all interagency health care matters, including health care reform. Prior to her work with the Federal government, Garner provided clinical nurse specialist services in both urban and rural public health settings as well as inpatient hospital settings, and managed several large maternal-child health inpatient hospital units in both Philadelphia and the Washington-DC area
Dana Alexander, RN, MSN, MBADana Alexander serves as VP of Integrated Care Delivery & CNO at Caradigm. Ms. Alexander is passionate about raising the voice and stature of nursing in the marketplace and industry groups, as nurses are primary stakeholders to achieving quality and patient safety goals. Prior to this role, Ms. Alexander served as Chief Nursing Officer at GE Healthcare IT Solutions. Within this role she guided nursing strategy across all GE Healthcare businesses to achieve the company's vision of Transforming Healthcare and creating High Performance Healthcare Organizations. As an advocate for re-tooling U.S healthcare to achieve High Performance Healthcare, Ms Alexander is engaged with break-through initiatives to support new models of care across care settings to include engaging patients as partners in their care. She holds a master’s degree in business from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in nursing in the Nurse Practitioner Program from the University of Texas, and bachelor’s of science in Nursing from Indiana University. She is an active member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), Executive Committee Member for TIGER, HIMSS Nursing Committee, Corporate Advisory Board member for Sigma Theta Tau in addition to other healthcare affiliations.
Diana PetrosyanDiana Petrosyan serves as the Coordinator for Global Fund Projects Coordinating Team at Ministry of Health. Prior to this, she served as a Global Urban Women's Health Fellow. From Yerevan, Armenia, Diana graduated from Yerevan State Medical University in 2006. While completing her residency in psychiatry, Diana enrolled at the American University of Armenia (AUA), where she received her MPH this year with a thesis on postpartum depression. Now a psychiatrist at Yerevan’s neuropsychiatric hospital, Diana also works on tobacco control projects as a research associate at the Center for Health Services Research and Development at AUA. She has published a number of abstracts on such topics as ‘Large Intestinal Bacterial Flora in Girls in Yerevan’, and she has made several presentations on smoke-free environments. Diana is fluent in Armenian, Russian and English.
Donna Guinn KaufmanDonna Guinn Kaufman is a survivor turned activist turned lobbyist. After having breast cancer herself, she had devoted her life to fighting cancer and serves on many fronts. Donna is the founder and principal at Lobby for Good Consulting, LLC, a Washington-based boutique advocacy firm dedicated to working with nonprofits on women's issues and causes. Former State Lead for Virginia at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society (ACS), her legislative efforts have included the Affordable Care Act, among others. Donna served as the Vice President of the Tigerlily Foundation which supports young women before, during and after breast cancer while working on The SCAR Project exhibition, a series of large scale photographs of young women surviving breast cancer. Before cancer changed her life, Donna worked in the US and abroad and founded Sponsorship Communications, a sponsorship and event marketing agency. Taking a sabbatical in 2003, she moved to Israel with her Foreign Service spouse, working on an UN project to market traditional Palestinian embroidery for Gazan women. A former US Army Officer working in public affairs, Donna completed her undergraduate degree at SUNY Albany while doing graduate studies at George Mason University.
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