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.
Alan Lieber, MBA – Executive Vice President
As an executive vice president, Alan is focused on helping to lead Rippel’s health sector work, including amplifying our impact in the communities we serve. Alan has been a health care executive for nearly 40 years. He spent the last 18 years as president of Overlook Medical Center, which is part of the Atlantic Health System. Under his leadership, Overlook has ranked as a “Top 50” hospital by Healthgrades, and a “Top 25” environmentally friendly hospital and among the “Top 100” places to work by Fortune magazine. Also under Alan’s leadership, Overlook instituted several innovative programs that tackled major structural problems, including a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ gainsharing demonstration project as well as one of the most successful accountable care organizations in the country. During Alan’s tenure, Overlook also established the Thomas Glasser Caregivers Center, as well as a community-based program to educate families on having crucial end-of-life conversations and a “Walk a Mile” program to encourage patient ambulation. Prior to serving at Overlook, Alan served in various leadership roles at Lenox Hill Hospital, University of Maryland Medical Center, Hahnemann University Hospital, and the Medical College of Virginia (now known as VCU Medical Center). Alan has served on many boards and has held leadership positions on several of them. He served as board chair for the Gateway Chamber of Commerce and for the Cornell Sloan Alumni Association, and as board vice chair for Optimus ACO. He also was a board member for the American Heart Association, Northern New Jersey, and is currently on the boards of the Red Bear Angels and the Jewish Home Family, a long-term care provider. He is also an advisor to several health care startups. Alan loves to be outdoors; he has hiked, biked, and paddled all around the U.S. and in several other countries as well. He is most proud of his family, including his wife of 35 years and their two children, who are now pursuing their own exciting careers. Alan holds an MBA, with a focus on health care administration and finance, and a BS in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University.
Becky Payne, MPH – Executive Vice President
As an executive vice president, Becky is helping to lead implementation of Rippel’s programs, including facilitating our strategic partnerships with organizations in the philanthropic, corporate, and government sectors. Over the last 20 years, Becky has served in a variety of leadership roles within the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she was responsible for designing and launching new, large-scale initiatives. Most recently, she completed an 18-month assignment to the Department of Health and Human Services, where she led the development of an all-of-government plan for the equitable recovery and resilience of U.S. communities following the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to that, as CDC’s deputy chief of staff, Becky established corporate partnerships and coordinated agency responses to significant crises, including international Zika and Ebola outbreaks and the contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Her many assignments allowed her to have a significant impact on the direction of numerous CDC activities, including global health security, healthy communities, racial and ethnic approaches to community health, adolescent and school health, and public private partnerships. She has received a CDC Honor Award for Excellence in Front Line Public Health for her leadership of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work program. Becky serves on the board of directors for the Decatur Education Foundation and has been recognized by the Atlanta City Council for her community service. She loves to run and travel and spend time with family. Becky holds an MPH in community health sciences with a minor in evaluation from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine and a BS in interdisciplinary studies in social science: health policy with a cognate in psychology from Michigan State University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laila Hussain — Deputy Communications Director
Laila Hussain leads the development and implementation of communications strategies designed to further the understanding, value, and impact of Rippel’s work. She specializes in making complex concepts accessible to a wide range of audiences, and is committed to amplifying individual and collective voices to advance change. Laila brings expertise in strategic communications on programs related to public health, reproductive rights, education, and impact investing in the United States and South Asia. Before joining Rippel, she was most recently part of the Knowledge and Communications team at Mission Investors Exchange, where she helped foundations and other mission-driven organizations learn about and engage in impact investing.
Laila holds an MBA and an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from NYU, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. Originally from Karachi, Pakistan, she is motivated by her two young children and her family across three continents to leverage the power of communications to shape a new narrative around health and well-being.
Amanda McIntosh, MPH – Communications Manager
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.
- Molly Belsky, Program Coordinator
- Maggie Cooke, Senior Strategic Partnerships Associate
- Anna Creegan, Project Director
- Sonali Bhatnagar, Administrative Associate
- Iueh Soh, Associate Director, Stewardship Practice
- Katherine Wright, Program Manager
Learn more about the Rippel Program Team