Jonas Philanthropies Announces New Hires to Leadership Team


 NEW YORK, November 29, 2018 – Jonas Philanthropies, a New York City-based nonprofit organization that aims to provide the country’s most vulnerable populations with quality healthcare through scalable, impactful solutions, is pleased to announce two new staff members to the Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (JNVH) leadership team.  Althea Hicks joins as the new Grants and Programs Manager, and Mary Fiore comes onboard as Development and Partnerships Manager. Both report directly to Wanda Montalvo PhD, RN, who joined Jonas Philanthropies in September 2018 as its new Executive Director.


Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare is a part of Jonas Philanthropies which aims to, according to founders Barbara and Donald Jonas, “Improve healthcare for the better by investing where it matters most.” It includes Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, Jonas Low Vision and Blindness and Jonas Children’s Environmental Health.


“Our growing team is a direct reflection of our continued commitment to nursing and veteran care as our doctoral nurses continue to impact healthcare through the generations.” Montalvo says. “Both Althea and Mary will bring tremendous success and experience to the organization, and we look forward to the positive impact they will have on our signature program Jonas Nursing and Veteran Healthcare.”


Earlier this year, Columbia University School of Nursing welcomed Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare into its new building as a part of an $11.1 million, 10-year grant to Columbia Nursing meant to underscore the organization’s enduring commitment to the future of the nursing profession.


“We look forward to our continued collaboration with Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare and welcome their new team members into the Columbia University community,” says Lorraine Frazier, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of Columbia University School of Nursing and Senior Vice President of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center.


Jonas Nursing and Healthcare Leadership Team

Wanda Montalvo, PhD, RN

Dr. Montalvo is a recognized executive nurse leader who is an expert at leading national initiatives aimed at decreasing health disparities for the most vulnerable populations in primary care.  She is skilled at using research and quality improvement methods to inform system transformation strategies.  She is an alum of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow and a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar.  Dr. Montalvo is a graduate of Columbia University School of Nursing where her research focus was leadership, organizational politics and mentoring of doctoral nursing.  Dr. Montalvo is a Fellow of the prestigious New York Academy of Medicine, where a diverse set of fellows across disciplines work on critical healthcare issues.   As Executive Director, her vision is to increase the number of doctoral-level candidates selected as Jonas Nurse Scholars, promote solutions informed by nursing research and clinical practice that advance healthcare system improvement and support emerging nurse leaders in research, health, and education.


Althea Hicks | Grants and Programs Manager

Althea comes to Jonas Philanthropies from Weill Cornell Medicine, where she served as a Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist. In her nearly two decades of experience in research projects, she has developed a great understanding and passion for studies pertaining to medical, clinical and behavioral health. Althea also worked as a Grants Management Specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Health Education from Temple University, and holds a Masters of Public Health from CUNY Hunter College. In May, she will graduate with her Doctor of Education from St. John’s University.


Mary Fiore | Development and Partnerships Manager

Mary brings more than 26 years of nonprofit leadership and expertise to Jonas Philanthropies. She previously served as the Director of Constituent Engagement for the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where she created and executed programming for students, alumni, the Board of Overseers, and more. Prior to being recruited to join Columbia University, she managed her own fundraising and events firm. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is a graduate of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.



Jonas Philanthropies is transforming healthcare for the better by investing where it matters most, in solutions that can be scaled for the greatest impact. Its programs address high-need issues and audiences with high-impact solutions: promoting leadership in nursing and veterans’ healthcare, preventing and treating low vision and blindness, and protecting our children’s environmental health. For more information about the Jonas Philanthropies, visit, follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.

Columbia University School of Nursing

Columbia University School of Nursing is part of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, which also includes the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, and the College of Dental Medicine. With more than 100 full-time faculty and 700 students, the School of Nursing is dedicated to educating the next generation of nurse leaders in education, research, and clinical care. The School has pioneered advanced practice nursing curricula and continues to define the role of nursing and nursing research through its PhD program which prepares nurse scientists, and its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), among the first clinical practice doctorate programs in the nation. Among the clinical practice areas shaped by the School’s research are the reduction of infectious disease and the use of health care informatics to improve health and health care. For more information, please visit: