About Us

The Rippel Foundation relies on a small, full-time staff to help create and sustain its major initiatives and projects. Our creative, team-driven environment fosters the ability to work in close collaboration with a broad array of partners who, in turn, help ensure we accomplish our goal of seeding innovations in health.

LAURA K. LANDYJORDANA BENSON I CHANA FITTONKIMBERLY HINES HART I LISA G. HOLTZMAN I C. SHERRY IMMEDIATO  I PATRICIA MACBAIN I BOBBY MILSTEIN I ELLEN PAPAZIAN I AMY TESTA I RUTH WAGEMAN

Laura K. Landy, Trustee, President & CEO

Laura K. Landy was named President and CEO of the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation in 2006 and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 1998. She is also the founder and chair of ReThink Health, an initiative of the Rippel Foundation.

Throughout her career, Ms. Landy has brought sound business and strategic thinking to creating sustainable solutions to pressing social issues. As President of Applied Concepts, a consulting firm she established in 1983, her efforts focused on the changing dynamics in health, higher education, finance, social services and culture. Among her health-related activities have been relationships with Pfizer, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, AT&T and urban health systems.

Ms. Landy’s expertise in entrepreneurship and corporate venturing led her to create and direct the Institute for Nonprofit Entrepreneurship at NYU’s Stern School of Business where she also taught and served as Associate Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. She has also been a member of the adjunct faculty of Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon, the New School, and Fairleigh Dickinson. Ms. Landy received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, she received her MBA from New York University. She is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.


Jordana Benson, Accountant

Jordana Benson is responsible for managing all of the Foundation’s payables, receivables and other financial transactions. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2012, she worked primarily in the banking and finance industry as a Management Accountant for the National Australia Bank and Australian Mutual Provident Society. She is a qualified Certified Public Accountant and currently completing work for her Financial Planning Certification.

Ms. Benson, who is originally from Australia, earned her bachelor’s in commerce from the University of Melbourne and master’s in business administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales.

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Chana Fitton, CFO & Vice President, Administration

Chana Fitton joined the Foundation in 2006. In her multi-faceted role, Ms. Fitton leads the design and management of the Foundation’s financial and investment activities. She also directs the Foundation’s human resources function and is a key partner in strategic planning and program decisions.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Fitton spent ten years as a Vice President and Senior Financial Analyst at Applied Concepts, a consulting firm that merged proven business applications with meaningful social values. Her work there included managing projects involving financial analysis and system design, strategic and business planning, and executive development. Earlier in her career, Ms. Fitton worked in the Risk Management Department for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and as an actuarial analyst at Tillinghast/Towers Perrin in Atlanta, GA.

Ms. Fitton received her B.S. in Economics with honors from the University of Illinois.

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Kimberly Hines Hart, JD, Legal Associate

Kimberly Hines Hart is the legal associate for the Foundation and responsible for drafting and reviewing contracts, grant agreements, employment letters, and other legal documents. Before joining the Foundation, she spent six years as an associate with McCarter & English, LLP, in Newark, NJ, where she counseled clients in family law and trust/estate matters. Ms. Hart has served on the board of trustees for the Mendham Cooperative Nursery School in Mendham, NJ, and currently serves on the board of trustees for Unity Charter School in Morristown, NJ. She holds a JD from Wake Forest School of Law and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and journalism from Boston University, where she graduated magna cum laude.

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Lisa G. Holtzman, MPH, Project Coordinator, ReThink Health

Lisa G. Holtzman is a project coordinator for ReThink Health. In this role, she supports research and evaluation, content creation, network development, and programs. Ms. Holtzman received her MPH in Health Behavior, Health Education from the University of Michigan, a BA in Women’s Studies from Smith College, and a certificate from the Five College Program in Culture, Health, and Science (Amherst, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire, Smith, and University of Massachusetts).

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C. Sherry Immediato, MPP, MBA, Director, ReThink Health

Sherry Immediato serves as ReThink Health’s acting Managing Director and leads regional stewardship programs across ReThink Health’s diverse portfolio. A founding practitioner in the field of organizational learning and an expert in using multi-stakeholder collaboration to address complex systems issues, Ms. Immediato is an adjunct faculty member at St. Louis University School of Public Health. She holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MPP from the Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Patricia MacBain, Office Manager

Patricia MacBain joined the Foundation in 2007. Her diverse responsibilities include meeting planning, financial recordkeeping, and facilities management.

Ms. MacBain began her career as an editor of Tax Publications at Prentice-Hall, Inc. During her twelve years there, Ms. MacBain wrote and edited state and local tax publications, and reported stock mergers and corporate reorganizations. Subsequently, inspired by the educational philosophy of the Waldorf schools, Ms. MacBain completed a master’s degree in Waldorf Education and became a Waldorf teacher. For thirteen years, she carried classes from grades one through eight in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Later Ms. MacBain mentored and evaluated Waldorf teachers to promote teacher development.

Ms. MacBain attended Radcliffe and Barnard Colleges, and received her B.A. in English summa cum laude from Montclair State University. She also holds an M.S.Ed. from Sunbridge College.

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Bobby Milstein, PhD, MPH, Director, ReThink Health

Bobby Milstein directs ReThink Health’s work in systems strategy and sustainable financing and stewardship. An expert in health system dynamics and policy, Dr. Milstein has overseen development of the ReThink Health Dynamics Model. He spent 20 years at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, where he founded the Syndemics Prevention Network and coordinated planning and evaluation activities for a number of public health initiatives. Dr. Milstein has a PhD in Public Health Science from Union Institute & University, an MPH from Emory University, and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan Honors College.

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Ellen Papazian, Administrative Associate

Ellen Papazian supports the administrative needs of the Foundation, particularly for its ReThink Health initiative. In addition to her part-time role at the Foundation, Ms. Papazian is a freelance editor and teaching artist for Morris Arts, where she leads memoir writing residencies in New Jersey public schools. She holds a master’s degree in English from Rutgers University.

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Amy Testa, Finance Associate

Amy Testa serves a multipurpose role as the Finance Associate for the Foundation. She assists the CFO & Vice President, Administration, with management of the Foundation’s financial activities, bookkeeping, and contracts management. She is also responsible for grants record-keeping, human resources assistance, and database management. She joined the Foundation in 2013 after serving for five years as the Office and Finance Manager for NY/NJ Baykeeper.

Ms. Testa is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University, where she earned her bachelor’s of science in natural resources, ecology, and environmental policy.

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Ruth Wageman, PhD, Director, ReThink Health

Ruth Wageman directs ReThink Health’s work with multi-stakeholder leadership teams and conducts empirical research to explore and define the conditions that enable communities to achieve systemic stewardship practices in health. She also coordinates ReThink Health’s research and evaluation efforts. An expert in collaborative leadership processes, Dr. Wageman has published prolifically in the field of organizational behavior. Dr. Wageman earned a PhD from Harvard’s joint doctoral program in organizational behavior and a BA in psychology from Columbia University.

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