Staff & Advisory Councils

Office of the President

Edward P. Henry
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Karen Jacobsen
Executive Assistant to the President and Board Liaison

Erica Dziedzic
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary


Peter Simmons
Chief Operating Officer
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Beth Woltering
Office Operations Manager

Linda Artola
Operations Assistant



Kristin Roth-Schrefer
Communications Director
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Fernanda Jiménez
Digital Project Manager

Delaney Dryfoos
Communications Assistant
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Jeffrey Heil
Chief Investment Officer
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Leena Bhutta
Deputy Chief Investment Officer

Jennifer Katz
Director, Impact Investments

Bracewell Polo
Financial Analyst

Lisa Yeh
Investment Operations Manager

Grants Administration

Adrienne Fisher
Director, Grants Management & Evaluation

Linda Diamond
Program Associate, Grants Management

Phenisher Harris
Program Associate, Grants Management

Arts Program

Maurine Knighton
Program Director for the Arts
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Brandi Stewart
Program Officer for the Arts
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Lillian Osei-Boateng
Program Manager for the Arts
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Jessica Van Grouw
Program Associate for the Arts
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Environment Program

Sacha Spector, Ph.D.
Program Director for the Environment
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Danielle Levoit
Program Officer for the Environment
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Sean Thackurdeen
Program Associate for the Environment
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Medical Research Program

Sindy Escobar-Alvarez, Ph.D.
Program Director for Medical Research
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Karen Han
Program Associate for Medical Research
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Scientific Advisory Council Members

The Scientific Advisory Council provides general advice and guidance to the Medical Research Program on its Clinical Research Career Ladder and Innovations in Clinical Research programs.

Chair - Andrew Schafer, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College

Vivian Cheung, M.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Division of Neurology
Professor, Department of Human Genetics
University of Michigan

Benjamin L. Ebert, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair, Medical Oncology
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Jose C. Florez, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Dianna Milewicz, M.D., Ph.D.
President George H.W. Bush Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine
Division Director, Professor, Vice-Chair-Medical Genetics 
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Daniel J. Rader, M.D.
Seymour Gray Professor of Molecular Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Child Well-being Program

Lola Adedokun, M.P.H.
Program Director for Child Well-being and Director for the African Health Initiative
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Rumeli Banik, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer for Child Well-being 
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Karimata Bah
Program Associate for Child Well-being and Associate for the African Health Initiative
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Advisory Board Members

Kimber Bogard, Ph.D.
Advisory Board Chair
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Programs
New York Academy of Medicine

Yusuf Ali
Network Coordinator, Vital Village Network
Boston Medical Center

Eric Brettschneider, J.D., M.A.

First Deputy Commissioner
NYC Administration for Children's Services

Rosemary Chalk
Former Director, Board on Children, Youth, and Families
Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council

Angela Diaz, M.D., M.P.H.
Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

Felton Earls, M.D.
Emeritus Professor
Harvard Medical School

Maxine Hayes, M.D., M.P.H.
Clinical Professor
University of Washington School of Public Health

Lauren van Schilfgaarde, J.D.
Tribal Law Specialist
Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Indigenous Peoples Portfolio Advisory Board

Kealoha Fox, Ph.D., M.A.
Native Hawaiian Liaison
Aloha Care

Stephanie Fryberg, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
University of Michigan

John Haworth
Senior Executive Emeritus
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Puni Jackson
Program Director
Ho’oulu‘ Āina Kōkua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services

Nikki Pitre
Executive Director
Center for Native American Youth

Lauren van Schilfgaarde, J.D.
Tribal Legal Development Clinic
UCLA School of Law

Erik Stegman, J.D., M.A.
Executive Director
Native Americans in Philanthropy

Shavaughna Underwood
Aspen Fellow
Center for Native American Youth

African Health Initiative

Lola Adedokun, M.P.H.
Director for the African Health Initiative and Program Director for Child Well-being
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Karimata Bah
Associate for the African Health Initiative and Program Associate for Child Well-being
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Building Bridges Program

Zeyba Rahman
Senior Program Officer for the Building Bridges Program (DDFIA)
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Linda Artola
Program Associate for the Building Bridges Program (DDFIA) and Operations Assistant
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Advisory Council Members

The Advisory Council guides the Building Bridges Program with overarching and subject specific advice.

Abdullah Antepli
Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs
Duke University

Anisa Mehdi
Emmy Award-winning Journalist
Fulbright Scholar in Jordan

Hind Makki
Founder, Side Entrance blog
Co-Founder, Muslim ARC

Hussein Rashid
Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religion
Barnard College
Media commentator and columnist

Shahed Amanallah
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Affinis Lab

Theodore Levin
Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music
Dartmouth College



Eileen Oberlander
Controller / Director of Finance

Thomas Carney
Accounting Manager

Christopher Anthony
Accounting Manager

Lynn Pipitone
Senior Accountant

Keri Rice
Accounts Payable Associate

Human Resources

Human Resources

James Eodice, MBA/MHRM
Human Resources Director

Veronica Mayes
Human Resources Associate

Nicole Cruz
Human Resources Assistant

Information Services

Information Services

Guli Basu
Director of Information Systems