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

Laura Landy guides the vision and strategic direction of The Rippel Foundation, including its key programmatic efforts—ReThink Health and FORESIGHT: Designing the Future for Health. A Rippel board trustee since 1998, Laura began her career as a grantmaker for federal poverty and employment funds and, later, held roles at the Ford Foundation and a New York City public policy organization. As president of her consulting firm, Applied Concepts, she helped address changing dynamics in health, higher education, finance, economic development, social services, and culture. Her health background includes work with Pfizer, a partnership with Bell Labs, redesign of New Jersey’s public health system, and creation of an integrated medical system for Newark, NJ. Laura serves as a trustee of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and is a board member of Grantmakers in Health, a non-profit dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis; University of California, Berkeley; and New York University, where she received her MBA.

Stacy Becker, MS, MPP – Vice President, Programs

Stacy Becker oversees the majority of ReThink Health’s place-based and research and development work. Previously, Stacy was director of sustainable financing for Rethink Health. She also has served as budget director for the City and County of San Francisco (CA) and for the City of Saint Paul (MN), as well as public works director for the City of Saint Paul. As a policy consultant for 18 years, she provided guidance on affordable housing, pay-for-success pilots, long-term care financing, and nonprofit strategic management. She has a master’s degree in public policy (MPP) from Harvard University, and an MS in city design and social science from the London School of Economics, which she attended as a Bush Leadership Fellow. Stacy has indulged her love for learning by taking up tennis and playing the harp.

Kim Farris-Berg, MPP – Director, Communications

Kim Farris-Berg leads the design and execution of strategic communications for The Rippel Foundation and its programs. Bringing her background in policy, research, and building movements around complex policy ideas, Kim guides the efforts of the Foundation and works with its partners to use storytelling, traditional and new media, the principles of strategic leadership, and other tactics to awaken changemakers to the possibilities for disrupting, redesigning, and ultimately transforming health systems. Previously, she was a senior project director of ReThink Health’s sustainable financing team and a strategy consultant with the Center for Policy Studies, The McKnight Foundation, and more. Kim is lead author of Trusting Teachers with School Success and co-creator of the Teacher-Powered School Initiative. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota, and a BA from the University of San Diego. Some of Kim’s favorite things are engaging in thought-provoking conversations and pop-up camping with her family.

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.

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.

 

The Rippel Foundation Administration Team

 

Nina Burke, MPH – Senior Program Associate

Nina Burke is responsible for implementation of evaluation across the Foundation: guiding project evaluation development; analyzing project, cross-project, and organization-wide progress, outcomes, and impacts; and distilling learnings so that they may be integrated into practice. She also performs critical research and writing, and project management for an array of ReThink Health projects, including the California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI), ReThink Health Ventures, the National Coordinating Center for Quality Improvement Organizations, and exploring how tax credits can finance population health. Previously, Nina was a program manager at a local non-profit managing homeless prevention and re-housing efforts. Nina earned both an MPH and a BS from Boston University. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and friendly debates over potluck dinners.

Maggie Cooke, MPH – 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.

Anna Marie Creegan, MA – Project Director

Anna Creegan brings 10 years of experience designing and managing community and international health efforts across the U.S. and Latin America to her work with The Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health. She led the design process for the Foundation’s enterprise-wide evaluation framework, which includes an assessment tool to measure regional progress toward health system transformation. Currently, Anna manages the implementation of evaluation across the Foundation; measures and analyzes project, cross-project, and organization-wide progress, outcomes, and impacts; and distills and disseminates the valuable information gained from evaluation efforts so that it may be integrated into practice. She also works on ReThink Health’s Resident Engagement for Health Systems Transformation R&D project, which seeks ways to activate and involve residents in transformational processes. Anna holds an MA in international development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and a BA from Fordham University. She is fluent in Spanish and loves traveling and the outdoors, especially her native Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Bradley Girard — Senior Communications Consultant

Brad Girard provides branding and other visual identity and messaging support to The Rippel Foundation and its programs. As principal of his own award-winning boutique agency, Brad leads the development of creative marketing solutions to help his clients identify, refine, and grow their brands. 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.

Jeff Lamoreaux – Senior Writer & Editor

Jeff Lamoreaux writes and edits Rippel’s communications content. He collaborates with the broader Rippel team to strategically develop narratives around their groundbreaking work in health systems transformation. Jeff brings a decade of experience translating complicated concepts into plain language without sacrificing accuracy, and doing so in a wide variety of media, including video, blogs, podcasts, and social media. Innately curious, he learned from successfully exploring advertising, theater, academic research, education, and the financial industry before settling on what he considers his true calling: finding the perfect word for every situation (and defending the Oxford Comma). Jeff holds a bachelor of science in communications and a master of art in social psychology, even though he thinks they got the art and science backwards on those. He enjoys practicing strategy and problem solving over board games with family and friends, and he absorbs every story he can, whether it takes the form of a memoir, action movie, or newspaper.

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.

Jane Novak – Finance Associate

Jane Novak is responsible for managing The Rippel 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 nonprofit and for-profit sectors, including nine years as an accountant with the Easter Seal Society of New Jersey. Subsequently, Jane was the accounting assistant for David Jacobs, CPA, in the Manalapan Township of New Jersey. She earned her BS in accounting from Brooklyn College, CUNY. Jane is fluent in Russian and she loves animals, especially dogs.

Farida O’Neill – Executive Associate

Farida O’Neill provides executive support to Laura Landy, president and CEO of The Rippel Foundation. She also supports the Foundation’s staff and its key initiatives in a variety of ways, including serving as the primary contact for external offices and assisting with multiple projects, meetings, conferences, and workshops. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Farida worked for 25 years as an executive & legal assistant in the pharmaceutical industry, where she also supported high-level executives and served as liaison for their direct reports. She enjoys the outdoors and loves animals, gourmet cooking, organic gardening, reading, and spending time with family and friends. One of Farida’s favorite quotes comes from Mother Teresa: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.”

Sarah Rial, MA – Administrative Associate

Sarah Rial provides The Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health with high-level administrative support. Previously, Sarah served as senior executive assistant at Management Sciences for Health as well as program director for the non-profit My Sister’s Keeper. She founded and is president of Global Partnership for Peace in South Sudan, which engages South Sudanese communities across the globe in working collectively for peace and social justice. Sarah has a master’s degree from American University in Cairo, Egypt; a graduate certificate in women in politics and public policy from the University of Massachusetts; and a bachelor’s degree from Sudan’s Juba University. She has received numerous awards for her work as a community organizer, activist, and advocate, including the 2010 Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, which was presented to her by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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.

 

ReThink Health Program Staff

  • Nina Burke, MPH, Senior Program Associate
  • Jane Erickson, MPA, MAIR, Project Director
  • Katy Evans Pritchard, MA, Senior Program Associate
  • Tami Gouveia, MSW, MPH, Project Director
  • Krishna Patel, MPH, Program Associate
  • Pedja Stojicic, MD, MPH, Project Director
  • Ruth Wageman, PhD, Senior Scholar & Advisor
  • Katherine Wright, MS, Senior Program Associate

Learn more about the ReThink Health Program Team

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