Jonas Philanthropies is led and supported by leaders and experts from the worlds of healthcare, business, philanthropy and education
Clare Dubois is the founder and CEO of TreeSisters.org, a global women’s movement spanning multiple countries, that has collectively funded the planting of over 15 million trees. TreeSisters is a social change movement and a tropical reforestation organization working towards normalizing cultural reciprocity with nature. The aim of both Clare and TreeSisters is to make it as normal to give back to nature as it currently is to take nature for granted, while supporting humanity in its transition from a consumer species to a restorer species. Before founding TreeSisters, Clare worked internationally for over two decades, coaching business leaders and facilitating group behavior change processes in multiple sectors. Known for her direct, catalytic energy, her inspirational speaking and her holistic approach to collective transformation, Clare is a walking invitation to anyone ready to step up and step in on behalf of the planet.
Karen Holl has studied how to restore both tropical and temperate forests for nearly three decades. She oversees a long-term tropical forest restoration study in southern Costa Rica and has worked with students and collaborators on forest restoration in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, and the United States. She advises numerous land management and conservation organizations in California and internationally with the aim of improving the success of ecological restoration efforts. She is the author of Primer of Ecological Restoration published in 2020 by Island Press and was the 2017 co-winner of the Theodore Sperry Award for innovative restoration research from the Society for Ecological Restoration.
Dr. Sattler is a founding and active member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, an international organization that is helping to integrate environmental health, including climate change, into nursing education, practice, research, and policy/advocacy.
While at the University of Maryland, where she was on faculty for 25 years, she directed the Maryland Hospitals for Healthy Environments, a 10-year statewide initiative that helped hospitals develop sustainable policies and practices to achieve the triple bottom line of employee health, patient health, and ecological health. She also helped to bring local, sustainable, healthy foods to Maryland’s hospitals. She has been an advisor to the US EPA’s Office of Child Health Protection and the National Library of Medicine for informational needs of health professionals on environmental health.
Dr. Sattler helped to found Health Care Without Harm, a national organization focused on greening the health care sector. She is the author of Environmental Health and Nursing, and many peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Sattler is a Registered Nurse with an MPH and DrPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Dr. Sattler is a Professor at the University of San Francisco (USF) and an international leader in environmental health and nursing. She is a founding and current Board member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (www.enviRN.org), an international organization that is helping to integrate environmental health, including climate change, into nursing education, practice, research, and policy/advocacy. She has helped to integrate environmental health as a core content area into the population DNP program.
While at the University of Maryland, where she was on faculty for 25 years, she directed the Maryland Hospitals for Healthy Environments, a 10-year statewide initiative that helped hospitals develop sustainable policies and practices to achieve the triple bottom line of employee health, patient health, and ecological health. Supported by grants from the US Department of Agriculture she also helped to bring local, sustainable, healthy foods to Maryland’s hospitals. She has been an advisor to the US EPA’s Office of Child Health Protection and the National Library of Medicine for informational needs of health professionals on environmental health.
Dr. Sattler has been the Principle Investigator on a host of grants from NIEHS, HUD, and the EPA. She helped to found Health Care Without Harm, a national organization focused on greening the health care sector. She is the author of Environmental Health and Nursing, and many peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Sattler is a Registered Nurse with an MPH and DrPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Laura Galinson is the Founder and President of the Galinson Family Foundation, the Price-Galinson Collaborative Fund, the Alternative Families Fund, as well as the Laura Jo Galinson Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego.
Laura has a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Religion from University of Colorado, Boulder, where her passion for photography blossomed as yearbook photo editor. After college, she took photos for the Boulder Daily Camera and Denver Post, won an award for a photo picked up by the New York Times Magazine, and traveled to Australia with her winnings. Later she was a photographer for the Associated Press, until moving into the world of publishing. Laura says she learned everything she knows about books from her time working at John Cole’s Book Shop and White Rabbit Children’s Bookstore, two legendary book sellers in La Jolla. From there, she became Assistant to Sandra Dijkstra, regarded by many as the most powerful literary agent on the West Coast, where Laura worked with Janell Cannon to produce Stellaluna. Laura was then recruited to become Senior Publicist at Harper Collins in San Francisco, where she worked until relocating back to San Diego in 1997. At that time, Laura’s father, Murray Galinson, introduced her to Sol Price, and her work in philanthropy began.
Also of note is Laura’s history as a competitive swimmer from age 5 to 40. As a youth, she routinely competed in the YMCA Nationals and Junior Olympics, and was a part of the number one ranked relay team in the U.S. at age 13. Laura went on to dominate in U.S. Masters Swimming and International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) competitions. At the age of 36, she broke the World Record for the 100 meter individual medley at the IGLA Olympics in Atlanta.
Today, Laura focuses her charitable work on her passions for education, youth, mental health, the arts, Africa, Israel and San Diego, and she continues to be an avid photographer and swimmer. Laura and her wife, Jodi Diamond, are devoted mothers to their children Hannah, Bob, Syvan and Teddy.
Among her many contributions to the community, Laura currently provides leadership to the Museum of Photographic Arts (Education Chair and Acquisitions and Development committees); Jewish Women’s Foundation (Board Member), Support the Enlisted Project (Advisory Board and Development Committee), Psych Armor (Mental Health Advisor), and Hillel San Diego (Board Member and Capital Campaign Chair).
Born in the state of New Mexico, James grew up with a passion to help indigenous communities across the country. As a first generation college graduate with an Agricultural Business degree from Colorado State University, James strives towards educating others about the importance of higher education and self-identity. James joined Trees, Water, & People as the National Program Coordinator and will work closely with communities across the country on developing a plan to move their communities towards a renewable and cleaner world. As a proud indigenous community member, he understands and experienced first hand the hardships that affect indigenous communities across the country. Following his passion and spiritual education from his community elders, his vision is to educate and empower the warriors of tomorrow, all while respecting and honoring our ancestral roots.
Tracey Osborne is Associate Professor at the University of California, Merced. Her research focuses on the social and political economic dimensions of climate change mitigation in tropical forests and the role of Indigenous Peoples, the politics of climate finance, global environmental governance, and climate equity and justice. She has worked on these issues globally with extensive field experience in Mexico and the Amazon.
She also leads the Climate Alliance Mapping Project, a collaborative effort between academics, environmental non-governmental organizations, and Indigenous organizations working for a socially-just response to climate change through research, maps and digital stories. The mapping project is an initiative of the Public Political Ecology Lab, which Tracey founded and directs to support engaged scholarship by communicating environmental research to broader publics. She received her PhD from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley.
Gerardo consults throughout Mexico and Latin America on regenerative land use planning. For the last 5 years, he has been a member of the Wixarika Research Center, a non-profit that works to preserve the culture and the natural heritage of the Wixarika (Huichol) people in Mexico through regenerative development and permaculture. He Co-founded Plantum land planning and management firm, the international Apios Institute non-profit and his innovative ‘Mexquitl’ mesquite value-adding brand he is enabling more and more producers and people to become part of the regenerative agriculture future.
Dr. Valerie Small (Apsáalooke) is the National Director of Tribal Programs. As a ‘First Generation” student to graduate with a college degree in her family, Valerie completed her PhD in BioAgricultural Sciences & Pest Management-Weed Sciences Division from Colorado State University. Her interdisciplinary research was conducted on the homelands of the Crow Tribe of Indians focused on trees, water and the Crow People, and incorporated western science within a traditional knowledges framework. This research was essentially a vulnerability assessment of the culturally significant riparian species, Plains Cottonwood that is quickly being replaced by the invasive species Russian olive, along the Little Bighorn and Bighorn River watersheds within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Indian reservation. This research was also recently published in the recently released 4th National Climate Assessment.
Val is dedicated to improving access and availability to harvest culturally significant plant/animals species within Tribal lands for future generations to use as food sources (decolonizing the diet), and plant species utilized in the practice of sacred ceremonies.
Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables, and the co-author of Edible Forest Gardens as well as a senior fellow and contributor for Drawdown. He is an appointed lecturer at Yale University, and an international trainer, presenting in English and Spanish in the US, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean. Eric has studied permaculture and useful plants of the world for over two decades. He managed an urban farm project for five years, ran a seed company, and co-developed a farm business training curriculum that is now used in eight US states and three Canadian provinces. Eric’s most recent book is the Carbon Farming: a Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices which was backed by supporters through a Kickstarter campaign.
Amrita is a member of EFM’s management team. In this role, she shapes the company’s growth and impact investment strategies managing new product development, fund structuring and investor recruitment. Additionally, as a member of the investment committee, she contributes to property sourcing, transaction structuring, conservation finance, and carbon project development. She cultivated a passion for financing the growth of environmental business while working for Piper Jaffray’s cleantech banking group. Her love for forests began during a stint in Indonesia where she helped develop a carbon project on 200,000 hectares of pristine tropical peat forest. Amrita is a Fellow of the Erb Institute and graduated from the University of Michigan with an MBA and an MS in Natural Resources.
Dr. Laura Anderko PhD RN, professor at Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies holds the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care. She is Director of the federally funded Region 3 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment serving PA, VA, WV, DE, MD, and DC. The Mid-Atlantic Center provides outreach/education to health providers and communities, as well as consultation and referrals related to reproductive and children’s environmental health (http://kidsandenvironment.georgetown.edu).
A scholar and educator in the fields of public health and environmental health, she has studied and published on the health impacts of methylmercury from fish consumption, and most recently on the health impacts from climate change using epidemiological and community-based methods of inquiry.
Dr. Anderko has served on a wide range of boards and committees including several federal advisory committees: EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee, the Drinking Water Advisory Committee, and the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. She is a member of the American Public Health Association’s National Environmental Health Partnership Council, Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks), and is a board member of the international organization, Health Care Without Harm. In 2013 she was recognized by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change for her advocacy efforts in Climate Change and Public Health.
Pamela H. Wall, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP is a psychiatric nurse practitioner, a 20 year veteran of the United States Navy, and a clinical expert in traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder and caregiver fatigue and resiliency. Her program of research is focused on sleep disorders in the military, especially in those with traumatic brain injury. Wall has been a member of a congressionally-appointed panel that developed the curriculum for DoD/VA caregivers of patients with traumatic brain injury and has authored and co-authored several publications that focus on mental health disorders and TBI in the military. She is currently serving as a Mental Health Consultant and International Health Coordinator for the United States Peace Corps and is a Consulting Associate at Duke School of Nursing where she was formally an Assistant Professor. Pam has served in positions such as the United States Navy Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Specialty Leader to the Nurse Corps Chief and Surgeon General, lead faculty for the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program and the Academic Co Director for the Duke/Durham VA Psychiatric NP Residency Program, and Program Director at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.
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.
Board Chair, Reimagine, Inc.
Dr. Jeannie Blaustein has spent her professional career as a therapist, pastoral counselor, and community leader, supporting people in the work of having difficult conversations about love, loss, and conflict. Over the last 15 years, her work has gravitated toward the field of end of life, and in particular, the work of advanced care planning, perhaps the most difficult conversation we must each have with our loved ones, yet by far one of the most important.
Jeannie is deeply committed to improving End of Life care and practices in this country. She is the founding board chair of Reimagine End of LIfe, a non-profit organization that aims to transform people’s individual and collective experiences of death, dying, and living. Reimagine hosts community-driven festivals that bring creativity, connection, and essential conversation to cities around the world designed to help break down taboos around death and dying.
She has served as a volunteer at Beth Israel Hospital, Zicklin Residential Hospice in Riverdale, NY, and as a hospice visitor in people’s homes. Jeannie completed the Art of Dying Institute’s End of Life doula course (to accompany the dying), and currently sits on the Steering Committee of “What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life, of which she is a certified What Matters/Respecting Choices Facilitator, Instructor and Supervisor. She has completed one year of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and worked as a chaplain on the Geriatric and Palliative Care service at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC.
A strong believer in the power of art to transform thinking and attitudes, Jeannie is an Executive Producer of Defining Hope, a film by noted photographer Carolyn Jones, highlighting the critical role that nurses play in hospice care. Jeannie and her husband Peter Bokor are also Executive Producers of Wrestling Jerusalem The Film, by Aaron Davidman, a remarkable one-man show which depicts the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through empathy-driven portrayals of 17 different individual stakeholders in the situation.
Board service experience includes The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation (President) which works to advance racial, environmental and immigrant/refugee justice, the Berman Bioethics Institute of Johns Hopkins University and Congregation B’nai Jeshurun (President, then Chair), LitWorld, and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
A graduate of Brown University (A.B. History) and NYU University (M.A. History), Jeannie is a licensed clinical psychologist (City University of NY) and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral care and counseling (Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion).
Jeannie lives in NYC with her husband Peter Bokor, and happily welcomes home their two adult daughters (Sophie, Carleton College, 2018 & Livia, Yale University, 2020).
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.
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.
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.
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 Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.
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
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.
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.
Martin S. Begun had a long and distinguished career in public service and community relations. He was a partner in Reiter/Begun Associates, LLC, a private sector consulting firm that specializes in management and marketing for governmental and community relations. He was also President and Founder of MSB Strategies Inc., a consulting firm in public policy planning. Mr. Begun worked for more than 35 years at New York University School of Medicine and Medical Center as Senior Associate Dean and Vice President for External Affairs. He also performed Military Service as a Sergeant in the Army National Guard from 1955-1960.
Mr. Begun was a member of a variety of boards. He served as Board Chair for the Baruch School of Public Affairs, and as a board member for the Parks Council of New York City, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and the American Red Cross of Greater New York. Mr. Begun received many awards and honors from such organizations as Housing and Human Services, Inc.; the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty; and the Coalition of Voluntary Mental Health Agencies.
Mr. Begun obtained his MA in the Department of Public Law and Government at Columbia University, where he also performed post-graduate work. He earned his BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.