The Jonas Philanthropies Board and Staff connect some of the country’s most prominent advocates for healthcare investment with leaders, innovators and experts from the worlds of business, philanthropy and education. Together, they are turning their passion for improving healthcare into tangible results where it matters most.
Donald Jonas is an Honorary Trustee of the Horace Mann School and a former member of numerous boards, including Cancer Care, Inc.; the American Jewish Congress; the Guggenheim Museum Business Board; and the KIPP Academy Charter School in the Bronx, New York.
Mr. Jonas was Founder and Chairman of the Barbara Lynn retail stores and its successor company, Belscott Retailers. He was a co-founder of the Lechters Housewares retail chain, serving as its chairman from 1973 until he retired in 2001, and was a board member of the apparel retail chain Dress Barn.
Mr. Jonas was born in New York City, attended the Horace Mann School and subsequently served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Frontier Nursing University. Mr. Jonas and his wife Barbara have two children, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Barbara Jonas is a member of the Columbia Presbyterian Health Sciences Advisory Council, and was previously Vice Chairman of the Community Services Board of the New York City Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services. From 1983 to 2005, Ms. Jonas was a Member of the Institutional Review Board of New York University Medical Center. In 1992, she established the Barbara Jonas Centers for the Study and Treatment of Children at Risk at the Departments of Psychiatry at New York University and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Centers.
Ms. Jonas is a Trustee Emeritus of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and is a current member of the Guggenheim’s Art and Museum Committee. She is also a former board member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Foundation.
Ms. Jonas graduated from the High School of Performing Arts and Sarah Lawrence College, earned her MSW from Yeshiva University, and was a practicing psychotherapist. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Frontier Nursing University.
Melissa Berman is the founding President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc. (RPA), an innovative nonprofit philanthropy service launched by the Rockefeller family in 2002 to help donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world. RPA develops strategic plans, conducts research, manages foundations and trusts, structures major gifts, coordinates donor collaboratives, and provides regranting and fiscal sponsorship services. It has offices in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and, most recently, London.
Ms. Berman has led RPA since its inception, building it into one of the world’s leading philanthropic advisory, grantmaking, research and project management services. Under her leadership, RPA developed and published the “Philanthropy Roadmap” series of donor guides with support from the Gates Foundation. She also developed and leads RPA’s “The Theory of the Foundation” research initiative, and authored three of the initiative’s reports.
A frequent public speaker, Ms. Berman has been a guest lecturer at universities across the U.S., Europe and Asia, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Duke, Oxford, Sun-Yat Sen and Beijing Normal. As a widely-recognized expert in philanthropy, Ms. Berman has been profiled in the New York Times and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Her ideas and views have been featured in The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Previously, Ms. Berman served as Senior Vice President, Research and Program Development at The Conference Board, a global nonprofit, independent business research organization.
Ms. Berman holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Board Chair, Reimagine, Inc.
Dr. Jeannie Blaustein is the founding board chair of Re:Imagine | End of Life: A City-Wide Exploration of Death and Celebration of Life. Jeannie is a licensed clinical psychologist and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral care and counseling from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.
Area Expertise: Over the last 15 years, Jeannie has served as a hospice volunteer at the Zicklin Hospice in Riverdale, NY, and trained at The Open Center NY to become a doula to accompany the dying. Jeannie serves on the Steering Committee of “What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life”, which was initiated through a partnership with the nationally recognized Advance Care Planning program ‘Respecting Choices’; she is a certified What Matters Facilitator, Instructor and provides ongoing supervision and education to the cadre of What Matters facilitators. She is pursuing Clinical Pastoral Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, working as a chaplaincy intern on the Geriatric and Palliative Care service at Mt. Sinai hospital in NYC.
Non-Profit Experience: Jeannie is the board president of a family foundation based in Baltimore, MD — The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation. She has served on numerous not-for-profit boards, including her service as president and then chair of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun’s Board of Trustees, a large (4000-person) Jewish community in New York City. She was a founding director of LitWorld in 2007, currently serving on its Advisory Council, and is an active member of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, serving on its board since 2010.
Jeannie lives in NYC with her husband Peter Bokor, and happily welcomes home their two college-age daughters when vacations and work schedules allow!
Darlene J. Curley, MS, RN, FAAN is CEO of Jonas Philanthropies, investing grants in high need areas of nursing & veterans’ healthcare, low vision and blindness, and children’s environmental health. Curley is Executive Director of Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (JNVH) at Columbia University. Since 2009, she has forged partnerships with 40 National funders and more than 140 leading academic and healthcare organizations, to develop the signature program: 1,000 Doctoral Nursing Scholars in all 50 States addressing the nation’s critical shortage of nursing faculty and primary care leaders.
Ms. Curley was elected to the Maine State Legislature in 2002 and responsible for negotiation and oversight of an $8 billion state budget as a member of the appropriations committee. The Governor appointed her to the National Conference of State Legislatures charged with increasing healthcare access, improving quality, and reducing costs with legislative leaders from across the country. In 2006, she was a Congressional candidate in Maine’s 1st district.
Previously, Curley was the Founder and CEO of a Medicare certified home health and medical staffing agency serving five rural counties in western and northern Maine, creating jobs for 100 health care providers. As National Director of Strategic Planning for HealthSouth she was responsible for health system mergers and acquisitions in all 50 states.
In 2013 she received the Second Century Award for Excellence in Healthcare from Columbia University, and in 2015 was named a Visionary Pioneer at the University of Maryland. At the National Academy of Sciences, she is a member of the Global Forum for Innovation in Health Professional Education, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and New York Academy of Medicine. She is a frequent speaker and author on topics of healthcare philanthropy, healthy policy & finance, and workforce development including op-eds in Politico and the L.A. Times. She is a graduate of the University of Maine and holds a M.S. from the University of Maryland.
Internationally known for her research in preventing and treating hypertension and its complications, Dr. Martha Hill is widely recognized for her NIH-sponsored research, including “Comprehensive HBP Care for Young Urban Black Men,” “Barriers to HBP Care and Control in Black South Africans,” and “Research Training in Health Disparities in Underserved Populations.” Dr. Hill’s specialty is integrating patient, provider and system level interventions to improve care and outcomes for vulnerable and underserved populations. She boasts particular expertise in methodologies for assessing and improving adherence to medications and other treatment recommendations.
Dr. Hill has consulted on hypertension care and control in Australia, China, Israel, Scotland, South Africa and Uganda. She has over 225 publications, including journal articles and book chapters on hypertension care and control, nurse led clinics, community outreach, multi-level compliance interventions, and community-based participatory research in underserved populations. Dr. Hill has also played a major role in training nurses as clinicians and researchers internationally — particularly in developing countries.
Currently, Dr. Hill chairs the Global Alliance Panel for the Future of Nursing (GAPFON) of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Nursing Honor Society. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a member of National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Hill served on the IOM Council from 2007 to 2013, and served as the Co-Vice Chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee that produced the 2002 publication “Unequal Treatment: Confronting Ethnic and Racial Disparities in Health Care.” She serves on several review panels, editorial boards and advisory committees, including Research! America’s Board of Directors and the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine Health Sciences Policy Board.
Dr. Hill served as Dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing from 2002 to 2014. From 1997-1998, she served as the President of the American Heart Association — the first non-physician in that role.
Dr. Hill holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and a doctorate in behavioral sciences from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. In October 2016, she was honored as a 2016 Living legend of the American Academy of Nursing.
The Army’s 43rd Surgeon General
In December 2015, Lieutenant General (Retired) Patricia D. Horoho completed her four-year tour of duty as the first-ever woman and first-ever nurse to command the U.S. Army’s Medical Command and serve as the Surgeon General of a Military Department.
As a soldier, Gen. Horoho served at every level of leadership within Army Medicine, including Surgeon General and Army Medical Command Commanding General; Special Assistant to the Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Afghanistan; Deputy Surgeon General, Chief of the Army Nurse Corps, Western Regional Medical Command; Commander, Madigan Army Medical Center; and Commander, Walter Reed Health Care System.
A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Gen. Horoho earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982, and was recognized by the University as a Distinguished Graduate in 2015. She received her Master of Science degree as a Clinical Trauma Nurse Specialist from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992. The U. of Pittsburgh would later recognize Gen. Horoho as a Legacy Laureate and as a Distinguished Alumna and Fellow, and in 2012 awarded her the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service in Nursing.
In addition, Gen. Horoho holds a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and three honorary doctorates. She served as Distinguished Professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences Graduate School of Nursing, and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Among Gen. Horoho’s recognitions: selected as one of North Carolina’s top 100; honored by Time Life Publications for her actions at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001; one of 15 nurses selected by the American Red Cross and Nursing Spectrum to receive national recognition as a “Nurse Hero;” 2009 USO Woman of the Year; Tiffany Circle Distinguished Woman Warrior; first military service member and nurse to receive the New York Institute of Technology’s Riland Public Service Award; the Helen Manzen Award from the New York University College of Nursing for exemplary leadership on behalf of the health of the nation; the American Red Cross Women Who Care Humanitarian Award; Family Circle magazine recognition as one of our nation’s most influential Moms.
Military awards and citations: The Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, France’s National Order of Legion of Honor, Chevalier (Knight), Japan’s Defense Cooperation Award Second Class, and the President’s Lifetime Achievement award.
In June 2017, Gen. Horoho began working for OPTUM as their CEO of the Military and Veterans Group. She previously worked for Accenture Federal Services as Client Account Lead and Managing Director for Military Health, where she focused her talents on Military Medicine and served as a member of Accenture’s Global Health Board.
Gen. Horoho serves on the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees, the Advisory council for the MDW American Red Cross, the Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation Steering Committee and Advisory board, the Institute for Nursing Leadership’s National Advisory council, the Committee Member Boulercrest Retreat, the INL NAC Targeted Appointments Committee, and as a Member of the Women of Impact in Healthcare. She is also a Tiffany Circle Member, American Nurses Association and the NC Nurses Association. A grant in her name is awarded to underprivileged students each year at the University of North Carolina.
Gen. Horoho is married to Army Colonel (Retired) Ray Horoho. Together they have two wonderful children, John and Maggie.
John Jonas is the Founder and CEO of The Jonas Group, a leading retained executive search firm that specializes in retail and wholesale fashion, and is the number-one search firm for the footwear industry.
A prominent and active member of the Advisory Board of Jonas Philanthropies since its inception, John has been a key player in the growth and development of the organization over the last 10 years. In addition, John is actively involved on the Board of Directors of Hands In For Youth / Vacamas Programs for Youth, a non-profit camp for children from inner city areas throughout the Greater New York and New Jersey areas.
John is the son of Barbara and Donald Jonas. He received his BA from Brown University, and is a passionate art collector and tennis player.
Naomi Levine is a lawyer and an expert in constitutional law as it relates to civil rights, civil liberties, church-state separation, discrimination and the rights of minorities.
For 25 years, Ms. Levine was Senior Vice President for External Affairs at New York University (NYU). In this capacity, she was responsible for development and fundraising, press and public relations, alumni relations, and all special events relating to and involving alumni, trustees and donors.
In 1978, when Ms. Levine first came to NYU, the University was close to bankruptcy: raising only between $20-30 million a year, including funds for its medical center, hospital and law school. Under Ms. Levine’s direction, NYU began to raise $400 million a year and has become a great global center of learning.
Following her tenure as Senior Vice President of NYU, Ms. Levine was Special Advisor to the President of New York University; Founder, Chair and Executive Director of the NYU George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising; and Chair of the Boards of the NYU Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life and the NYU Taub Center for Israel Studies. She also became a faculty member in the NYU School of Professional Studies, teaching Ethics, Laws and Board Governance of Nonprofits. Ms. Levine serves as a member of the Committee on Character and Fitness of the New York Supreme Court. She works closely with the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, which is an area of special interest to her.
In 2005 Ms. Levine received the NYU Presidential Medal, which is the highest honor the University confers. In 2013 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Hebrew Union College. And in 2015 she received a special Humanitarian Award from the NYU College of Nursing.
Prior to NYU, Mrs. Levine was the National Executive Director of the American Jewish Congress, a national organization concerned with the political, social and economic needs of Jews in the United States and the security of people in Israel and the Diaspora. She was the first woman to hold this position. For many years, she was also an Assistant Professor in Race Relations at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Earlier in her career, Mrs. Levine practiced law in New York City. She received her undergraduate education at Hunter College (1944) and is a graduate of Columbia Law School (1948), where she was an editor of its Law Review. She is the author of several books and articles on intergroup relations, as well as the book Politics, Religion and Love, a scholarly biography of Edwin Montagu, Secretary of State for India, 1917-1918.
In her tenure at the National League for Nursing (NLN), Beverly Malone has led a redefinition of the League’s mission to reflect its core values of caring, diversity, integrity and excellence, as well as its ongoing focus on advancing the health of the nation and the global community.
Dr. Malone has been ranked amongst the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine; in 2016 she claimed 39th place in the field of leading policy-makers, activists, health care professionals and corporate figures in the health care, insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Additional recognition in 2016 included the Florence Nightingale Award, induction into the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame, an honorary doctorate from Georgetown University, and induction into the Nursing Hall of Fame at Tuskegee University in Alabama.
Dr. Malone’s distinguished career has mixed policy, education, administration and clinical practice. She has worked as a surgical staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, director of nursing and assistant administrator of nursing. During the 1980s, she was dean of the School of Nursing at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. In 1996, she was elected to two terms as president of the American Nurses Association, representing 180,000 nurses in the U.S. In 2000 she became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, following four years of service on President Bill Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry.
From June 2001 to January 2007, Dr. Malone was general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, the United Kingdom’s largest professional union of nurses. Between 2002 and 2006, she served as a member of various organizations including the U.K. delegation to the World Health Assembly, the Commonwealth Nurses Federation, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. During that time, Dr. Malone was also vice chair of the Brussels-based European Federation of Nurses Association.
Dr. Malone was elected to the Institute of Medicine and is on the board of the Kaiser Family Foundation. She served on the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on the Future of Nursing Education, contributing to the IOM’s groundbreaking report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” and on the Advisory Committee on Minority Health, a federal panel established to advise the secretary of health and human services.
For more than twenty years, Margaret McClure she was the chief nursing officer at NYU Medical Center, where she also served as the chief operating officer and hospital administrator. In addition, she served in the United States Army, retiring from the Reserves with the rank of Colonel.
A prolific writer and lecturer, Dr. McClure is internationally recognized as a nursing leader. Her best-known contribution to the literature is the study “Magnet Hospitals: Attraction and Retention of Professional Nurses,” which she co-authored under the auspices of the American Academy of Nursing. This research served as the basis for today’s Magnet Hospital program, an internationally recognized set of standards that have served to improve both patient care and the work lives of nurses.
Dr. McClure is the past president of two national organizations: the American Academy of Nursing and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Seton Hall University and an honorary doctor of laws degree from Moravian College. In 2007 she was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing.
A graduate of the Lankenau Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Dr. McClure received her baccalaureate degree from Moravian College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently serves on a number of boards, including Nurses Education Funds and Presbyterian Senior Services.
With more than 30 years experience as a professional nurse, public health practitioner and health advocate, Dr. Phyllis Meadows advises, develops and guides the programming efforts of The Kresge Foundation’s health team, including supporting the design of strategic investments within health, and the organization’s diverse programming areas. Dr. Meadows is actively involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of several national public health initiatives to build local health leadership and community partnerships to address the health inequities experienced by vulnerable populations across the country.
Dr. Meadows consults and provides technical assistance in health and program design for non-profit health and human services agencies across the country. Her professional career includes over 20 years of experience in the philanthropic sector, developing international, national and community-based approaches to improve health systems and services. Dr. Meadows’s work has involved the design, implementation and evaluation of several national initiatives on health, leadership, clinic operations, youth programming, early-childhood and population health. She has also served as a program director and advisor to foundations including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Skillman Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition to the Jonas Philanthropies, Dr. Meadows currently serves on the Board of The Greenwall Foundation.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Meadows served the University of Michigan School of Public Health as its Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, and Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy. In this role, she was responsible for developing a comprehensive strategy for the School to improve the public health workforce and the effectiveness of local governmental health agencies and community health services. As a faculty member of the Department of Health Management and Policy, Dr. Meadows developed and taught courses in public health administration, leadership, public health policy and population health. She has spent a number of years working in public workforce development, including the design and coordination of model training methods and content for health professionals and practitioners, focusing on strategies and competencies to address health disparities and eliminate health inequities.
Dr. Meadows also served as the Director of Public Health and Health Officer for the City of Detroit. In this role, she provided leadership for a large urban health department, and executive level oversight for numerous health and human services programs. She continues to work closely with local health departments and the department leadership in Michigan, across the United States and several international locations. Dr. Meadows lends her expertise in nursing, public health and philanthropy through her numerous appointments to local, state and national Boards and Advisory Committees. These include the Michigan Public Health Institute Board of Directors, Michigan Peer Review Organization, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Partners in Nursing Initiative, the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows National Advisory Committee and Jonas Philanthropies.
Dr. Meadows also serves on the Review Board for the American Journal of Nursing, and the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Review. Additionally, she is actively involved as a member for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement.
Throughout her career, Dr. Meadows has received numerous awards for excellence in public health practice, public health innovation, nursing and community service.
Dr. Herbert Pardes, after serving from January 2000 through September 2011 as President and Chief Executive Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, became Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Under his leadership, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has risen to be to one of the highest-ranked hospitals and comprehensive health care institutions in the United States.
Dr. Pardes has been an outspoken proponent for academic medicine, medical research, children’s health education, mental health, access to care, humanism and empathy in care delivery, information technology, and medicine.
He has chaired three different departments of psychiatry at Downstate Medical Center, the University of Colorado and Columbia University. He served from 1989 to 2000 as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Vice President for Health Sciences. A noted psychiatrist, he served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and the United States Assistant Surgeon General during the Carter and Reagan Administrations. He was also President of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Pardes is a member of the Institute of Medicine and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received the United States Army Commendation Medal in addition to the Sarnat International Prize for leadership in the field of mental health. In 2014 he was given the first Pardes Humanitarian Award in mental health sponsored in part by leaders of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF).
Dr. Pardes has served on various commissions related to health policy appointed by Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, including the Presidential Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry, and the Commission on Systemic Interoperability. He serves on the NYeC Board Executive Committee for Information Technology, and is Vice Chairman of the New York Genome Center. Dr. Pardes is also former Chairman of the Greater New York Hospital Association, the Hospital Association of New York (on whose Board he continues to sit), the Association of American Medical Colleges and the New York Association of Medical Schools.
Dr. Pardes has served on many for profit and not-for-profit boards. He is Chair of the Scientific Council of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and serves on the UCLA Advisory Council as well as on the Board of Autism Speaks and as Chair of the Science Review Committee.
Joan Payden, CFA®, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Payden & Rygel, the global investment management firm she founded in 1983.
Ms. Payden has overseen the firm’s international expansion and its growth to more than $105 billion in assets under management. In 1992 the firm launched Payden & Rygel Investment Group, a family of mutual funds, of which she is chairman and chief executive officer. Subsequently, many of these strategies were duplicated in UCITS funds domiciled in Ireland. In 1998 Payden & Rygel Global Ltd. was founded in London. At the same time, the firm established Metzler/Payden LLC, its joint venture with Metzler Bank, Germany’s oldest private bank. Ms. Payden is currently a member of the Payden & Rygel Investment Policy Committee as well as Chairman of the Board.
Prior to founding Payden & Rygel, Ms. Payden was managing director of West Coast operations for Scudder, Stevens & Clark as a national partner of the firm.
She serves on the Board of Advisors of the UCLA Anderson School, and is a Trustee of the University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount University. Ms. Payden is also a Board member of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Sports Council, the California Chamber of Commerce and Town Hall. She is past chairman of the Investment Counsel Association of America.
Ms. Payden holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and earned a BA from Trinity College in Mathematics and Physics.
Lendri Purcell uses her skills as a children’s rights advocate, a community organizer and a seasoned funder to drive the work of the Jonas Program for Children’s Environmental Health.
In response to learning through a routine blood test that her baby had an elevated lead level, Ms. Purcell embarked on a quest to find the source of that exposure. In the process, she uncovered numerous common toxic chemicals in her own home — and in the lives of all American children. Ms. Purcell has spent the last six years immersing herself in the latest academic research addressing the damaging physiological ramifications of in-utero and early childhood exposures to toxic chemicals. She has discovered that, as a result of the abundance of toxics they come into contact with daily through food, water air, toys etc., the physical and cognitive health of children in this country and their learning potential is suffering greatly.
Ms. Purcell began formally advocating for children while participating in the renowned teacher training and leadership program, Teach for America. While teaching children with special learning and emotional challenges in an under-resourced school, she earned a Masters’ in Learning and Instruction and advanced certifications in educational therapy and childhood trauma. In addition to teaching, Ms. Purcell created enrichment programs to address obstacles to student learning outside of the classroom, including an outdoor education program.
Ms. Purcell’s desire to impact more children led her to work as a case manager, community schools’ coordinator, community organizer and a foundation program officer for Price Charities. While working in those capacities, she also spearheaded the Jonas Youth Development Initiative. In over 10 years, the program disbursed close to three million dollars through almost 100 grants — supporting mentoring, school-to-career training programs and mental health support for well over eight-thousand highly at-risk San Francisco East Bay youth. This grant-making program was especially unique in that Lendri created a youth advisory board reflective of the community to help recommend grants.
In addition to funding many innovative, award-winning programs that got their start with Jonas seed funding, Ms. Purcell spearheaded initiatives to increase investments in East Bay youth and to strengthen the youth development community by increasing collaboration and coordination. She founded the Oakland Youth-Friendly Business Awards, a model program that has been replicated outside the East Bay to promote business engagement in the youth development sector. She also founded the East Bay Youth Ally Alliance, an active program that coordinates and enhances youth development efforts through trainings, coaching, special events and social media tools.
Adam Purcell is Founder and CEO of Esoteric Distribution and PPC Print and Design. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a major in Political Science.
Chair, Sullivan Alliance to Transform America's Health Professions
Louis W. Sullivan, MD, is chairman of the board of the National Health Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, and is chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Sullivan Alliance to Transform America’s Health Professions. He served as chair of the President’s Commission on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from 2002-2009, and was co-chair of the President’s Commission on HIV and AIDS from 2001-2006.
As secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 1989 to 1993, Dr. Sullivan released Healthy People 2000 (a blueprint for health promotion and disease prevention), waged a vigorous campaign against tobacco use, urged increased seat belt use in vehicles, and improved FDA food labels.
In 1975 Dr. Sullivan was the founding dean and president of the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), and went on to serve for more than two decades. He is now President Emeritus.
A native of Atlanta, Dr. Sullivan graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College and earned his medical degree, cum laude, from Boston University School of Medicine. His postgraduate training included an internship and residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center (1958-60), a clinical fellowship in pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital (1960-61), and a research fellowship in hematology at the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory of Harvard Medical School, Boston City Hospital (1961-63). Dr. Sullivan is certified in internal medicine and hematology.
He has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Boston University School of Medicine.
He is the author (with Marybeth Gasman) of The Morehouse Mystique: Becoming a Doctor at the Nation’s Newest African American Medical School, published in 2012 by the Johns Hopkins University Press, and his autobiography Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine (with David Chanoff), published in 2014 by the University of Georgia Press.
Adam Usdan has been in the investment advisory industry for over 18 years, founding Trellus Partners 1994, and has been investing in Real Estate for over 30 years. Mr. Usdan began his investment career in 1987 at Odyssey Partners, where he was responsible for managing long/short U.S. equity (small to mid-cap) pools of capital. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, with majors in Finance, Marketing, and Accounting (1987), and a BA in English from Wesleyan University (1983). He is an owner of Winter Hill Farm in Freeport, Maine, and serves on the Board of Griffin Mining, a zinc and gold producer. He is a Trustee of Wesleyan University and a former Trustee of the Dalton School. He currently serves on Jewish Board for Children and Family Services, as well as Jonas Philanthropies.
Richard Zall, Esq. is chair of the Health Care Department at the international law firm Proskauer. His practice is focused on corporate and regulatory representation of a wide array of health care services and technology clients, as well as private equity firms and lenders to the health care industry.
Over the past decade, Mr. Zall has been an active participant in the healthcare industry. He is a frequent speaker at health industry events and writes about health care trends and developments. Mr. Zall launched and heads the firm’s Health Care Industry Group, a collaboration of practices providing health care industry clients the representation they need across all legal disciplines. He has also directed two health industry studies for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one on the condition of the U.S. health care safety net, and the other on Federal and State Consumer Protection Regulation of the Managed Care Industry.
Since late 2003, Mr. Zall has served as Counsel to the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), an affiliate of the Clinton Foundation. In this capacity, he has represented CHAI in numerous matters including the negotiation of agreements with pharmaceutical and medical device companies to provide low-cost medicine and testing kits to developing countries. Richard also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of, CHAI, and a Trustee of CHAI-United Kingdom.
Richard is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and Chairman of the Leadership Council of the New York City Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) of which he is a co-founder. Richard is a graduate of Brown University and the New York University School of Law.
Emeritus board members
Dr. William Baker is President Emeritus of Educational Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), licensee of Thirteen/WNET New York and WLIW21 New York. Stepping down as Chief Executive Officer in February 2008, he served as the head of EBC since 1987. Thirteen/ WNET is the premier national public television program producer, and the most-watched public television station in the United States. It is also the largest producer of cultural and arts programming in America.
Dr. Baker previously served a dual role as President of Westinghouse Television, Inc. (from 1979) and Chairman of Group W Satellite Communications (from 1981). He began his broadcasting career while still a student, and held a variety of programming and general management positions in radio and television in Cleveland, Baltimore, Los Angeles and New York.
Dr. Baker was honored with the 1987 Trustees Emmy Award of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also received the Gabriel Personal Achievement Award, two duPont Columbia Journalism Awards and six Emmy Awards. In 2004 he was inducted into Broadcasting & Cable’s Hall of Fame, and in 2005 was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. In 2007 he received the Mark Schubart Award from the Lincoln Center Institute.
Dr. Baker serves on an array of boards, including the Public Broadcasting Service; Freedom Communications, Inc; and the National Park System. He is a former president of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Baker received his B.A., M.A. and PhD degrees from Case Western Reserve University, and is the recipient of honorary degrees from numerous schools, including New School University and Seton Hall.
William Gorham served as the first President of the Urban Institute from 1968 to 2000. The Urban Institute began during the Johnson Administration and is a non-partisan research and policy institute that concentrates on the social, economic and political needs and challenges faced in the urban environment. Mr. Gorham’s professional contributions include numerous governmental posts, including Co-Chairman of the President’s Panel on Social Indicators; Chairman of the President’s Task Force on Child Development; Assistant Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense.
Mr. Gorham served on the boards of Insituform Group Ltd.; Insituform Techs., Inc.; and the Social Science Research Council. He held memberships with the US Advisory Committee of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, as well as the International Community on Education for the 21st Century, Delors Community and UNESCO. Currently, Mr. Gorham is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration, the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the Cosmos Club.
Mr. Gorham serves on the Editorial Boards of both Policy Sciences and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and was co-Editor of the Urban Predicament (1976). He had the honor of receiving the Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the US Department of Defense in 1965. Mr. Gorham holds an LLD from Trinity College, and received his BA from Stanford University.