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..
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.
Rippel’s Administrative, Communications, and Organization Learning & Evaluation Teams
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.
Jane Erickson, MPA, MAIR — Project Director
Jane is project director of the ReThink Health initiative’s Field Building team. She also leads Rippel’s Organizational Learning and Evaluation team. Jane has worked with national philanthropies to advance social change for over a decade. Jane oversaw strategy and implementation of Rippel’s ReThink Health Ventures project (2016-2018), a large-scale project that advanced multisector approaches for health transformation. She also led numerous nation-wide research efforts to transform health, including the ReThink Health Pulse Check and research published in health affairs. Before that, Jane led Rippel’s communications and special projects with the executive team. Prior to joining Rippel, she established and ran the grants department at the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Jane has also conducted research and led efforts to build 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. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, her undergraduate alma mater. Jane played varsity lacrosse in college, which brought her out east from her home state of Colorado. One of her favorite guilty pleasures is watching science fiction television shows, especially Battlestar Galactica. She earned MPA and MAIR from Syracuse University, and a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Bethlihem Gebremedhin — Administrative Associate
Bethlihem provides high level support to two Rippel directors as well as managing the Cambridge office. She also helps to support the Regional Portfolio Development team and the Communications Team. Bethlihem previously worked as an administrative/project specialist for the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She supported over five faculty members within the Therapeutics Research and Infectious Disease Epidemiology (TIDE) group, and provided administrative support for multiple project submissions. As an undergraduate, she majored in public health with a minor in afro-american studies. She is currently pursuing her masters in public health with a concentration in health services management and policy. She also holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Bethlihem loves to read, and a few of her favorite authors include Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Bell Hooks. She is extremely passionate about holistic health, traveling, and learning about different cultures. Her dream vacation destination is Bali, Indonesia.
Bradley Girard — Interim Communications Director
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.
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.”
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.
- Lindsey Alexander, Project Director
- Ella D. Auchincloss, Project Director
- Molly Belsky, Program Coordinator
- Nina Burke, Consultant, Learning & Evaluation
- Maggie Cooke, Strategic Partnerships Associate
- Anna Creegan, Project Director
- Jane Erickson, Project Director
- Katy Evans, Project Manager
- Krishna Patel, Senior Program Associate
- Sarah Rial, Program Coordinator
- Iueh Soh, Project Manager
- Pedja Stojicic, Project Director
- Katherine Wright, Senior Program Associate
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