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, together with the board of trustees, guides the vision and strategic direction of The Rippel Foundation, including its key programmatic efforts—ReThink Health and FORESIGHT: Designing the Future for Health. Laura, a board trustee since 1998, brings to this work a lifelong passion for finding creative new solutions to pressing social and organizational issues and a strong academic background in entrepreneurship and corporate venturing. Beginning as a grant maker for federal poverty and employment funds, and later in roles with the Ford Foundation, a New York City public policy organization, and as president of her consulting firm, Applied Concepts, she has helped address changing dynamics in health, higher education, finance, economic development, and social services, and culture. Laura is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis; University of California, Berkeley; and New York University, where she received her MBA. She also is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

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 – Acting 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.

Kandy Ferree, MCP – Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Evaluation

Kandy Ferree leads The Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health’s strategic partnership development and evaluation efforts. With more than 20 years of experience, Kandy has held numerous executive leadership roles in the health, philanthropy, and social justice arenas, including 12 years as president & CEO of the National AIDS Fund/AIDS United. After founding 360 Strategy Group, a for-profit consulting firm, she served as lead strategy advisor to Johnson & Johnson’s Worldwide Corporate Contributions Team, facilitated cutting-edge non-profit mergers, and provided strategy and organizational development consulting services to scores of non-profit, corporate, and foundation clients. Kandy is a graduate of the Health Care Executive Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, holds a master’s degree in community psychology (MCP) from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA in Family Studies and Gerontology from Messiah College.

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

Maggie Cooke – 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 is currently pursuing 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 – Senior Program & Evaluation Associate

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.

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.

Amanda McIntosh, MPH – Program & Communications Associate

Amanda McIntosh manages social media 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 is a new mother and veteran ocean-lover.

Jane Novak – Accountant

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.

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.

Amy Testa – Finance Associate

Amy Testa is The Rippel Foundation’s finance associate. She assists the administrative team with management of the Foundation’s financial activities, bookkeeping, and contracts. She also is responsible for grants record-keeping, human resources, recruitment, and database management. She joined the Foundation after serving as the office and finance manager for NY/NJ Baykeeper for five years. She has previous experience working in operations at international nonprofits related to agricultural sustainability and animal welfare. Amy is a graduate of Cornell University, where she earned a BS in ecology and environmental policy. She is also a certified yoga teacher, a part-time gymnastics instructor, and an avid kayaker.

ReThink Health Program Staff

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

Learn more about the ReThink Health Program Team