Staff

The Rippel Foundation relies on a dedicated team of 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.

The Rippel Foundation Strategy & Management Team

Laura K. Landy, MBA – President & CEO

As Rippel’s president and CEO, Laura steers the organization’s vision and strategic direction. She gathers the right people and leads them in creating and guiding groundbreaking initiatives like ReThink Health and FORESIGHT. Laura has continually expanded Rippel’s vision in pursuit of its mission step-by-step, inspired by its first president, Julius A. Rippel’s own writings from over 60 years ago. With her leadership, the foundation has shifted from being a small grantmaker bringing about micro-level impacts to pioneering the transformation of health and well-being across the nation. A Rippel board trustee since 1998, Laura began her career as a grantmaker for federal poverty and unemployment funds, and subsequently worked with the Ford Foundation, Pfizer, Bell Labs, and New Jersey’s public health system—notably designing an integrated medical system for the city of Newark. She also built strategic plans for organizations like Adelphi University and the 92nd Street Y as president of her own consulting firm, Applied Concepts. She created the Institute for Nonprofit Entrepreneurship at NYU’s Stern School of Business (the only such program at any business school), 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, the New School, and Fairleigh Dickinson. Laura serves as a trustee of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and a board member of Grantmakers in Health..

Bobby Milstein, PhD, MPH – Director, System Strategy

Bobby Milstein leads several ReThink Health projects focused on large-scale institutional change, including ongoing development of the ReThink Health Dynamics Model and other tools that allow leaders to negotiate their own scenarios for transforming regional health. Previously, Bobby spent 20 years planning and evaluating system-oriented initiatives at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and was the principal architect of CDC’s framework for program evaluation. He received CDC’s Honor Award for Excellence in Innovation as well as Article of the Year awards for papers published in Health Affairs and Health Promotion Practice. Bobby earned a PhD in public health science from the Union Institute & University, and an MPH from Emory University. He once was a documentary filmmaker and also contributed storylines for The West Wing.

Ella D. Auchincloss, MTS – Director of Enterprise Innovation

Ella serves as Rippel’s Director of Enterprise Innovation as well as a key contributor to the ReThink Health initiative’s Hospital Systems in Transition and Portfolio Design for Healthier Regions projects.

Ella has spearheaded many resident engagement efforts for Rippel’s ReThink Health initiative, coaching a wide variety of partner organizations and teams in change leadership, and developing Community Activation for System Stewardship, in which she and her team advised the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s Quality Improvement Organization Leadership, Organizing in Action program. She also directed a research project exploring tax credits’ potential as a source of sustainable financing for population health. Before joining Rippel, she founded The Leadership Development Initiative, a faith-based teaching and coaching program for resident outreach. She is also a fellow of the Leading Change Network at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Prior to her work in resident engagement, Ella worked in the financial services sector.

In 2015, Ella was awarded the Barbara C. Harris Award for Social Justice by the Episcopal City Mission in Boston, Massachusetts for her founding of The Leadership Development Initiative. Ella is a recovering Wall Street professional, and is most at home in drafty church basements and other community settings, leading story slams and singing freedom songs. She is at her best when she is near the ocean in the company of her beloved dog.

Audrey Wells, CPA – Director, Finance & Administration

Audrey Wells leads The Rippel Foundation’s financial and investment activities, including budgeting, financial planning and analysis, compliance, and accounting operations. She also oversees the Foundation’s human resources function as well as its information technology and facilities operations, and grants and contracts function. With more than 25 years of experience, Audrey has held positions in accounting, finance, and audit with Customized Distribution Services, Lever Brothers Company, and Ernst & Young. Most recently, she was chief financial officer at Cornerstone Family Programs (CFP), a local non-profit. At CFP, she played a significant role in the acquisition of another agency, procurement of new grants and contracts, and streamlining of procedures. Audrey holds a BS in accounting from Binghamton University. In her spare time, she enjoys performing in several vocal ensembles and is a long-time volunteer in many areas within her synagogue.

 

Rippel’s Administrative, Communications, and Learning & Impact Teams

Maggie Cooke, MPH – Senior Strategic Partnerships Associate

Maggie Cooke provides project management and high-level support to The Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health around the development and cultivation of new partners and emerging projects. She also assists in the implementation of partnership-oriented projects. In this role, she develops and monitors processes and timelines across the program teams, prepares partnership-focused blogs and communications materials, and supports the effective use of our customer relationship management database system. Maggie joined the Foundation after nearly 10 years at Johnson & Johnson and its operating companies, and earlier work with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. Maggie recently earned an MPH from Dartmouth and holds a BA in anthropology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and seeing live music whenever she can.

Jane Erickson, MPA, MAIR — Director, Learning and Impact

Jane leads Rippel’s Learning and Impact team and directs the ReThink Health initiative’s Amplifying Stewardship Together project. Jane has worked with national philanthropies to advance social change for over a decade. She has led numerous nation-wide research efforts to build a shared understanding of the landscape of multisector collaboration to improve community health, including the ReThink Health Pulse Check. Previously, Jane oversaw strategy and implementation of the ReThink Health Ventures project (2016-2018), a large-scale project that advanced multisector approaches for health transformation. Jane has also worked to foster civic engagement across communities in the US and internationally, including as a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia and with the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. In 2020, Jane was named a Terrance Keenan Institute fellow by Grantmakers in Health. She holds an MPA, a master of arts in international relations, and a certificate in public health from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, as well as a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees.

Cierra Bryant— Senior Learning and Impact Associate

As senior learning and impact associate, Cierra advances organizational learning and provides high-level support around the implementation and scaling of program evaluation, as well as developing and implementing a cohesive and innovate enterprise evaluation effort. She works to adapt conventional evaluation and impact approaches to Rippel’s dynamic, nation-wide, action-learning and influence portfolio.

Cierra’s professional background is in research and program evaluation in maternal and child health and domestic violence prevention. While in graduate school, she spent a summer in Lesotho, in southern Africa, researching knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of secondary school students toward menstrual hygiene management. Cierra received her MPH from Drexel University and BS in public health from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Cierra serves on the board of directors for a Delaware-based nonprofit organization that aims to improve birth outcomes for Black birthing people and their babies. In her free time, Cierra enjoys exploring new restaurants and spending time with her furry friend, Raven.

Bethlihem Gebremedhin — Program Coordinator

Bethlihem provides high level support to two Rippel directors as well as managing the Cambridge office. She also helps to support the Regional Portfolio Development team and the Learning and Impact Team. Bethlihem previously worked as an administrative/project specialist for the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She supported over five faculty members within the Therapeutics Research and Infectious Disease Epidemiology (TIDE) group, and provided administrative support for multiple project submissions. As an undergraduate, she majored in public health with a minor in afro-american studies. She is currently pursuing her masters in public health with a concentration in health services management and policy. She also holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Bethlihem loves to read, and a few of her favorite authors include Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Bell Hooks. She is extremely passionate about holistic health, traveling, and learning about different cultures. Her dream vacation destination is Bali, Indonesia.

Teri Wade — Director, Communications and Influence

Teri directs Rippel’s communications and influence initiatives. She and her team are responsible for strategic, multi-channel communications activities that build engagement with Rippel’s efforts to transform health and well-being so that everyone thrives. To cultivate partnerships, advance thought leadership, and ensure that Rippel’s many diverse audiences connect with its work, Teri and her team develop and execute a comprehensive, integrated communications program that includes content development and promotion; brand management; social media outreach; media relations; conference and event oversight; and more.

Teri has more than 25 years of experience helping mission-driven nonprofits in a variety of fields—including health and human services, education, philanthropy, arts and culture, and social research—increase their visibility and impact through strategic communications. She previously led communications and marketing at Amida Care, a nonprofit community health insurance plan designed for New Yorkers with complex medical conditions, and at the Foundation Center (now known as Candid), a national organization that advances knowledge about philanthropy and the social sector. Earlier in her career, Teri served as director of marketing at Baruch College of The City University of New York (CUNY) and was an editor and writer at the Museum of Television & Radio (now the Paley Center for Media).

Teri is on the board of directors of Ariva, a nonprofit organization that helps low-wealth New Yorkers achieve economic stability. She earned a master’s degree in corporate communication from Baruch College/CUNY and a BA in media studies from Fordham University. Teri enjoys performing as a jazz vocalist with her husband’s trio and other groups at venues in the New York area.

Bradley Girard — Director, Branding and Creative

Bradley directs the Branding & Creative Team, leading a team on the creative design and production of all Rippel branding vehicles. He makes complex concepts easier for all to understand and unifies messaging around Rippel’s shared vision and its initiatives. His team designs visuals to make ideas more straightforward for all to understand. In his 28 years as a professional designer, photographer, and marketer, Brad has worked with a variety of large brands–including Kaiser Permanente, Verio Healthcare, SCAN Health Plan, Toshiba, The Irvine Company, San Francisco 49ers, Del Taco, and Quicksilver–and has received multiple international awards for design, print, and marketing. He also serves on portfolio review boards for AIGA, Cal State Fullerton, and Chapman University, mentoring students as they ready themselves for professional careers. In his free time, Brad enjoys spontaneous adventures with his family, traveling to Kauai and other tropical places, and photography.

Amanda McIntosh, MPH – Senior Communications Associate

Amanda McIntosh manages editorial and visual production and provides other key support for The Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health communications. She also provides critical research, design, and project management support to national level ReThink Health projects, including an R&D effort exploring how tax credits can finance population health and the Convening of Catalysts leadership group. Amanda brings her experience supporting nationwide programs and outreach campaigns for consumer health advocacy organizations, formerly serving as program associate to Community Catalyst’s Roadmaps to Health project and as statewide coordinator at Health Care For All. Amanda holds an MPH from Drexel University and a BA in political science from the College of Charleston. Amanda finds great joy in raising her young daughter, traveling whenever possible, and spending time on the ocean.

Kimberly Hines Hart, JD – Corporate Counsel

As corporate counsel for The Rippel Foundation, Kimberly Hines Hart is responsible for all legal matters for the Foundation and ReThink Health. This includes drafting and negotiating contracts, providing guidance on intellectual property matters, and handling other nonprofit issues that arise. Earlier in her career, Kim spent six years as a litigation associate with McCarter & English, LLP, in Newark, NJ, and clerked for the Hon. Herbert Friend in the Superior Court of New Jersey. She holds a JD from Wake Forest School of Law and two bachelor’s degrees (in psychology and journalism) from Boston University. For more than five years, Kim served on the board of trustees, including as co-president, for her children’s schools, and continues to do other volunteer work in her community. She is also an amateur photographer.

Ed Rosen, MBA – IT Consultant

Ed Rosen serves as an information technology (IT) consultant for The Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health. He develops, customizes, maintains, and improves information systems that are capable of supporting the Foundation’s rapidly expanding portfolio. Ed is president of ROLE Services, LLC, an IT consulting organization. Previously, he held a variety of leadership positions at Becton, Dickinson & Company—a medical technology company. Ed holds eight patents for medical products. He has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BS in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University. Ed and his wife enjoy traveling and wine tasting.

 

Program Staff

  • Lindsey Alexander, Project Director
  • Molly Belsky, Program Coordinator
  • Maggie Cooke, Senior Strategic Partnerships Associate
  • Anna Creegan, Project Director
  • Katy Evans, Associate Director, Stewardship Practice
  • Sonali Bhatnagar, Administrative Associate
  • Iueh Soh, Associate Director, Stewardship Practice
  • Katherine Wright, Program Manager

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