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.
Stacy Becker, MS, MPP – Vice President, Programs
Stacy leads the integration of our project teams, overseeing the majority of our field and place-based 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 to numerous agencies and partnerships, including foreclosure recovery. Stacy served as a technical advisor to Minnesota’s pay-for-success pilot, facilitated state and national level work groups in addressing long-term care financing, assisted with the start-up of a CDFI, and developed community workshops so that citizens could better understand, and weigh in on, state and local budget matters. She holds an MPP from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a MS in city design and social science from the London School of Economics, which she attended as a Bush Leadership Fellow.
Kim Farris-Berg, MPP – Acting Director of Communications
Kim brings her talent and experience in social media, movement building, and strategic communications to Rippel and ReThink Health, providing leadership and partnership in the critical communications role. She will guide the thoughtful design and execution of communications across the organization in partnership with our project and management teams. Kim previously served as the senior director of RTH’s sustainable financing team. With more than 15 years of experience as a strategy consultant at the Center for Policy Studies, the McKnight Foundation, and the Center for Economic Progress, Kim is best known as lead author of Trusting Teachers with School Success: What Happens When Teachers Call the Shots and as co-creator of the Teacher-Powered School Initiative model, a movement to change the education system from the ground up. She holds an MPP from the University of Minnesota and a BA from the University of San Diego.
Kandy Ferree, MCP – Vice President, Programs & Strategic Partnerships
As vice president of programs and strategic partnerships, Kandy leads Rippel and ReThink Health’s program and strategic partnership development efforts. She also guides special initiatives within the Foundation. With over 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 and foundation clients. Kandy is a graduate of the Health Care Executive Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, holds a Masters degree in community psychology from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA in Family Studies and Gerontology from Messiah College.
Bobby Milstein, PhD, MPH – Director
Bobby directs ReThink Health’s work in dynamics, systems strategy, and sustainable financing. An expert in health system dynamics and policy, Bobby oversees the on-going development of the ReThink Health Dynamics Model. He spent 20 years at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, where he founded the Syndemics Prevention Network and coordinated planning and evaluation activities for a number of public health initiatives. Bobby has a PhD in public health science from Union Institute & University, an MPH from Emory University, and a BA from the University of Michigan Honors College.
Audrey Wells, CPA – Director of Finance & Administration
Audrey is responsible for leading all financial and investment activities of the Foundation. She also oversees the organization’s IT, facilities, grants and contracts. Prior to joining the Foundation, Audrey held positions in accounting, finance, and audit with Customized Distribution Services, Lever Brothers Company, and Ernst & Young. 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 Binghamton University.
Rippel Foundation Administration Team
Jennifer Boone – Senior Administrative Associate
Jennifer provides high-level administrative support to the leadership of the Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health. She also helps with various activities such as meeting planning, approaches to efficiency, and supporting communications to enhance our social media exposure. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jennifer held positions at Atlantic Health System, Merrill Lynch, the Princeton HealthCare System Foundation, and she most recently served as Business Administrator at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Maggie Cooke – Strategic Partnerships Associate
Maggie provides project management and high-level support to the development and cultivation of new partners and emerging projects. She will also assist in the implementation of partnership-oriented projects. In this role, she will be crafting and monitoring processes and timelines across the program teams, developing partnership-focused blogs and communications materials, and supporting the effective use of the new CRM database system. Maggie joined ReThink Health and the Rippel Foundation after nearly 10 years within Johnson & Johnson and its operating companies, and earlier work with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. Maggie is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health from Dartmouth and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
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.
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.
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.
ReThink Health Program Staff
- Nina Burke, MPH, Project Associate
- Anna Marie Creegan, MA, Acting Lead for Evaluation
- Jane Erickson, MPA, MAIR, Project Director
- Tami Goveia, MSW, MPH, Program Director
- C. Sherry Immediato, MPP, MBA, Lead Coach & Senior Consultant
- Amanda McIntosh, MPH, Project Associate
- Krishna Patel, MPH, Project Coordinator
- Katy Evans Pritchard, MA, Senior Associate
- Ruth Wageman, PhD, Senior Scholar & Advisor
- Katherine Wright, MS, Project Coordinator
Learn more about the ReThink Health Program Team