LAURA K. LANDY I EARNEST CAWVEY I ANNA MARIE CREEGAN I JANE ERICKSON I CHANA FITTON I KIMBERLY HINES HART I LISA G. HOLTZMAN I C. SHERRY IMMEDIATO I PATRICIA MACBAIN I BOBBY MILSTEIN I JANE NOVAK I ELLEN PAPAZIAN I LAURIE STILLMAN 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.
Ernest Cawvey, MPA, Executive Coordinator, ReThink Health
Ernest Cawvey, MPA, assists the directors of the ReThink Health leadership team with a diverse set of tasks related to project coordination, administration, communications, and presentation. He has seven years of experience in philanthropy, grants management, and organizational finance for state agencies and nonprofit organizations. He has secured and administered federal, state, and private-sector grants as well as facilitated, monitored, and evaluated public and private partnerships among city and county governments with nonprofit programs. Prior to earning his MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2013, he served as Executive Director of the Oxford Free Clinic and provided strategic planning for the Michigan Governor’s Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity.
Anna Marie Creegan, MA, Research and Evaluation Associate, ReThink Health
Anna Marie Creegan helps structure, guide, and implement a substantial portfolio of research and evaluation projects related to ReThink Health’s efforts to support local health-system transformation in regions across the U.S. She also provides project coordination and support to team project leaders. Ms. Creegan earned her BA cum laude in sociology and Spanish language and literature from Fordham University, and her MA in international development and a Certificate of Global Health Affairs from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.
Jane Erickson, MPA, MAIR (candidate), Special Assistant to the President & CEO
Jane Erickson, MPA, MAIR (candidate), is the full-time Special Assistant to the President & CEO of the Rippel Foundation. She conducts research and project coordination for aspects of the Frontiers initiative and supports the President & CEO with strategy, process, and development-related items. A former Fellow at ReThink Health, Jane holds a BA in Public Policy and Political Science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, an MPA from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, a certificate in Public Health from Upstate Medical University, and a certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Maxwell School. A former Fulbright Scholar, she is in the final stages of completing her master’s degree in International Relations (MAIR), also from the Maxwell School.
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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Jane Novak, Accountant
Jane Novak is responsible for managing all of the Foundation’s payables, receivables, and other financial transactions. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked for more than two decades as an accountant in the non-profit and for-profit sectors, including nine years as an Accountant with the Easter Seal Society of New Jersey. Most recently, she was the Accounting Assistant for David Jacobs, CPA, in Manalapan. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from Brooklyn College, CUNY.
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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Laurie Stillman, MMHS, Senior Project Leader, ReThink Health
Laurie Stillman, MMHS, is the Senior Project Leader for the ReThink Health team. She has spent more than 30 years working with organizations to promote public health and health equity through evidence-based policies and practices. She has held high-level policy and management positions in a variety of public and private health organizations. Most recently she was the Chief Strategy Officer at Health Resources in Action. She received her MMHS from Brandeis University’s Heller Graduate School for Social Policy and Management. She recently co-authored an important and relevant policy and practice report entitled, “Leveraging Multi-Sector Investments: New Opportunities to Improve the Health and Vitality of Communities.
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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