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.

Rippel Foundation Leadership Team

Laura K. Landy, MBA – President & CEO

Laura K. Landy, MBA, was named President and CEO of the Rippel Foundation in 2006 and has served as a Trustee since 1998. She is also the founder and chair of ReThink Health, the Foundation’s flagship initiative. Throughout her career, Ms. Landy has brought sound business and strategic thinking to pressing social issues. As President of Applied Concepts, a consulting firm she established in 1983, she helped address changing dynamics in health, higher education, finance, social services, and culture. Her health-related activities include work with Pfizer, the state of New Jersey, AT&T, and various urban health systems. Ms. Landy’s expertise in entrepreneurship and corporate venturing led to her creation of 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 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. She received her MBA from New York University, and is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

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 and administrative functions 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.

Jane Erickson, MPA, MAIR – Special Assistant to the President  & CEO

Jane Erickson joined the Foundation in 2013 as a Research and Policy Fellow at ReThink Health. In her current role, she supports the Rippel and ReThink Health leadership teams in a broad array of areas spanning communications, business development, strategy, project design and coordination, and research. Ms. Erickson is a Fulbright Scholar and has several years of experience in foundation governance and risk management, civic engagement advocacy, and conflict mediation. Previously she managed the grants and contracts department at the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Jane holds an MPA, Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR), and a Certificate in Public Health from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

Rippel Foundation Administration Team

Kimberly Hines Hart, JD – Legal Associate

Kimberly Hines Hart is the Legal Associate for the Rippel Foundation and is responsible for all legal matters for ReThink Health. Prior to joining the Foundation, she spent six years as an associate with McCarter & English, LLP, in Newark, NJ. Kim 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 from Boston University.

Patricia MacBain, MS.Ed – Office Manager

Patricia MacBain is the Office Manager for the Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health. Her diverse responsibilities include meeting logistics, scheduling, and facilities management. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was an editor of tax publications at Prentice-Hall, Inc. Subsequently, inspired by the educational philosophy of the Waldorf schools, Patricia was a Waldorf teacher and mentor in grades one through eight. She attended Radcliffe and Barnard Colleges, received her BA from Montclair State University, and MS.Ed in Waldorf Education from Sunbridge College.

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, MA – 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.

Amy Testa – Finance Associate

Amy Testa is the Finance Associate for the Foundation and ReThink Health. She assists the CFO and the administrative team with management of the Foundation’s financial activities, bookkeeping, and contracts. She is also responsible for grants record-keeping, human resources assistance, and database management. She joined the Foundation after serving for five years as the office and finance manager for NY/NJ Baykeeper. Amy is a graduate of Cornell University, where she earned her bachelors of science in natural resources, ecology, and environmental policy.

ReThink Health Program Staff

  • Sherry Immediato, MPP, MBA, Director
  • Bobby Milstein, PhD, Director
  • Ruth Wageman, PhD,Director
  • Ernest Cawvey, MPA, Executive Coordinator
  • Anna Marie Creegan, MA, Research and Evaluation Associate
  • Kristen Glauser, MPH, Project Coordinator

Learn more about the ReThink Health Program Team