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 was named president and CEO of the Rippel Foundation in 2006 and has served as a trustee since 1998. She also is founder and chair of ReThink Health, the Foundation’s flagship initiative. Throughout her career, Laura 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. Laura’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. Laura 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.
Kandy Ferree, MCP — Consultant, Strategic Partnerships
Kandy is working with the RTH leadership team to identify partnership opportunities, and coordinate business & resource development activities. With over 20 years of experience as a consultant, Kandy has held positions of leadership and strategy at Johnson & Johnson and at the National AIDS Fund. She also founded the 360 Strategy Group, a nonprofit firm that focuses on community engagement and multi-stakeholder alignment in the areas of social services and health care. Kandy holds an MA in community psychology from Pennsylvania State University and a BS from Messiah College.
Chana Fitton – Chief Operating Officer
Chana joined the Foundation in 2006. In her multi-faceted role, Chana 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, Chana spent 10 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, Chana 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.
Anu Gupta, MD – Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
As vice president for strategic initiatives for the Rippel Foundation, Anu focuses on a wide range of critical activities that amplify ReThink Health’s impact. As a member of the leadership team, she provides strategic guidance on multiple projects and communications initiatives. Prior to joining the Rippel and ReThink Health teams, Anu was executive director for strategic alliances and grantmaking worldwide corporate contributions at Johnson & Johnson. She set strategic direction and oversaw grantmaking initiatives to prevent diseases in vulnerable populations, focusing on HIV/AIDS, mental health, and caregiving. Anu received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her MD from Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation clinical scholar.
Rippel Foundation Administration Team
Maggie Cooke — Senior Administrative and Development Associate
As the full-time Senior Administrative and Development Associate. Maggie supports the executive team in the New Jersey office. Her primary responsibilities include researching, coordinating and supporting the Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health’s partnership development efforts; providing executive scheduling, meeting planning, IT, HR and other administrative and office support. Maggie has over ten years of experience in progressively challenging administrative roles, most recently as Senior Executive Administrative Associate. Since 2005, she has provided support for senior leadership within Johnson & Johnson and its operating companies. She has experience partnering with both non-profit as well as non-government organizations in identifying needs and gaps and working towards measurably improved outcomes. Maggie is pursuing her Masters in Public Health and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Asha Dais — Legal Intern
Asha assists our corporate counsel with the Foundation’s legal matters, including drafting contracts, researching legal issues, and completing larger projects. Previously, she interned in the legal department at The Prudential Insurance Company of America, where she reviewed and finalized template contract agreements. She also drafted legal claim opinions and conducted legal analysis. Asha earned her BA from Drew University and is working toward her JD degree at the Rutgers School of Law-Newark.
Ally Gotsell, MS – Communications Associate
As communications associate for the Foundation and ReThink Health, Ally provides support in communicating our mission and work across multiple platforms including web, print, video, blog, and social media. She assists in identifying, developing, and supporting compelling and effective ways of telling the Rippel and ReThink Health story. Ally previously worked in a grants administration role at a nutrition research center at Tufts University. Her education includes a BA from Stonehill College and an MS in Health Communication from Tufts University School of Medicine.
Kimberly Hines Hart, JD – Corporate Counsel
As corporate counsel for the Rippel Foundation, Kim is responsible for all legal matters for ReThink Health. This includes contracts, real estate, intellectual property, and other non-profit issues. Earlier in her career, she spent six years as an associate with McCarter & English, LLP, in Newark, NJ, and clerked for the Hon. Herbert Friend in the Superior Court of New Jersey. Kim currently serves on the board of trustees for Unity Charter School in Morristown, NJ, and does other volunteer work in her community. She holds a JD from Wake Forest School of Law and two bachelor’s degrees from Boston University.
Lorri Lizza, MBA — Human Resources & Organizational Consultant
Lorri provides HR support, coaching, leadership training, and organizational and team development for Rippel and RTH. She has led teams and corporate initiatives for more than two decades. She was a human resources vice president at AT&T, and was a founding corporate member of the MIT Organizational Learning Center. She also co-founded the Center for Shared Leadership, and was a founding member and board trustee of the Society for Organizational Learning. She has facilitated workshops and learning circles at the Authentic Leadership in Action Institute, the Omega Institute, and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She currently serves as board vice president and faculty member for Interweave. Lorri holds a BA from Marymount College, and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Jane Novak – Accountant
Jane 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 BS in accounting from Brooklyn College, CUNY.
Linda Onque, MBA — Human Resources Manager
Linda is supporting ReThink Health during a period of exciting growth and rapid expansion. Her focus is on recruitment, onboarding, addressing immediate hiring needs, and creating a systematic process for anticipating and fulfilling future needs as ReThink Health and the Rippel Foundation evolve. She brings to our organization a strong knowledge base in employee training, recruitment, onboarding, policy development and implementation, compliance, and benefits administration. Linda also has held HR positions with several corporate and nonprofit organizations. She holds a BS in legal studies, an MBA in human resources, and she currently is working on her MHRM degree.
Ed Rosen, MBA — IT & Work Process Consultant
Ed serves as IT & work process consultant for both Rippel and RTH. He is working to develop, customize, and improve work processes and information systems that are capable of supporting RTH’s rapidly expanding portfolios. This includes designing, implementing, and improving an information technology architecture and business process plan for organizational learning and development. Ed is president of ROLE Services, LLC. Previously, he has held leadership positions at Becton, Dickinson & Company–a medical technology company. He has worked directly with corporations, healthcare professionals, and patients. He also has designed and built medical products used by millions of patients every day. Ed holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BS in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University.
Amy Testa – Finance Associate
Amy 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 also is 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 a BS in natural resources, ecology, and environmental policy.
Audrey Wells – Director of Finance & Administration
Along with her roles as manager, team member, and coach on the Rippel and RTH teams, Audrey is in charge of a variety of activities. She oversees investment of the RTH portfolio as well as audit and compliance obligations with the IRS. Her responsibilities also center on RTH finance, accounting, budget development and tracking, payroll, benefits, lease commitments, facilities management, and grants & contracts management. Most recently, she held the position of chief financial officer at Cornerstone Family Programs (CFP). At CFP, she played a significant role in the acquisition of another agency, procurement of several new grants and contracts, and streamlining of procedures. A certified public accountant, Audrey holds a BS in accounting from the State University of New York, Binghamton.
ReThink Health Program Staff
- Anna Marie Creegan, MA, Acting Lead for Evaluation
- Jane Erickson, MPA, MAIR, Project Director
- Kristen Glauser, MPH, Project Associate
- Sherry Immediato, MPP, MBA, Director
- Amanda McIntosh, MPH, Project Associate
- Bobby Milstein, PhD, Director
- Katy Evans Pritchard, MA, Senior Associate
- Anna Springer, Senior Administrative Associate
- Ruth Wageman, PhD, Senior Scholar & Advisor
Learn more about the ReThink Health Program Team