Staff & Advisory Councils

Office of the President

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

Erica Dziedzic
Counsel

Operations

Peter Simmons
Chief Operating Officer
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Beth Woltering
Office Operations Manager

Linda Artola
Operations Assistant

 

Communications

Kristin Roth-Schrefer
Communications Director
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Delaney Dryfoos
Communications Assistant
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Investments

Jeffrey Heil
Chief Investment Officer
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Randy Klein
Senior Investment Officer

Leena Bhutta
Investment Officer

Jennifer Katz
Portfolio Analyst

Bracewell Polo
Financial Analyst

Lisa Yeh
Investment Associate

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

Medical Research Program

Betsy Myers, Ph.D.
Program Director for Medical Research
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Sindy Escobar-Alvarez, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer for Medical Research
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Katrina Bandong
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

Talmadge E. King, Jr., M.D.
Dean, Department of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

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

Christopher V. Plowe, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.S.T.M.H.
Director, Duke Global Health Institute
Professor of Medicine and Global Health
Duke University

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

Rochelle Walensky, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School 

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.
Program Officer for Child Well-being 
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McKenzie Bennett
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.
Director
Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

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

Sandro Galea, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H.
Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor
Boston University School of Public Health

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

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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McKenzie Bennett
Associate for the African Health Initiative and Program Associate for Child Well-being
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The African Health Advisory Council provides advice and guidance to the foundation staff on the African Health Initiative.

African Health Advisory Council Members

Abdul Ghaffar, M.D., Ph.D.
Executive Director, Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research
World Health Organization

Charles Hongoro, Ph.D.
Deputy Executive Director, 
Human Sciences Research Council

Marian Jacobs, M.B.Ch.B.
Emeritus Professor, Paedeatrics and Child Health
University of Cape Town

Adetokunbo O. Lucas, M.D.
Adjunct Professor of International Health
Harvard School of Public Health

Cheikh Mbacké, Ph.D.
Independent Consultant

Irene Agyepong, M.B.Ch.B., Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
Public Health Specialist, Research and Development Division
Ghana Health Service

Mary Bassett, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights
Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Stefan Nachuk, M.A.
Deputy Director, Health System Design
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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

Peter Awn
Dean and Professor, School of General Studies
Professor of Islam and Comparative Religion
Columbia University

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

Theodore Levin
Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music
Dartmouth College

Finance

Finance

Eileen Oberlander
Controller / Director of Finance

Thomas Carney
Accounting Manager

Christopher Anthony
Accounting Manager

Lynn Pipitone
Senior Accountant

Jacqueline Guzzi 
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

Tulika Bhalla
Information Systems Analyst