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 — 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.
Jodie L. Silverman, MPA – Director of Communications and Influence
As director of communications and influence, Jodie Silverman is responsible for developing and implementing ReThink Health’s communications and influence strategy to help advance its mission. Jodie previously worked with Health Resources in Action, overseeing the development and execution of a variety of public health strategies with particular emphasis on communications, policy, and systems change approaches. She oversaw a multi-year policy initiative focused on implementation of community fluoridation via social marketing and community mobilization. She also directed development and marketing activities for HRiA, including fundraising and prospecting, as well as helping to position HRiA among funders, partners, and key stakeholders. She was also the director of HRiA’s Health Communication Services for more than eight years, overseeing the development and implementation of public health campaigns. Jodie also spent 15 years in Washington, DC, working for elected officials and national advocacy organizations in communications and public policy. She received her master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University, and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Middlebury 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
Maggie Cooke — Senior Administrative & 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.
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.
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
- Bobby Milstein, PhD, Director
- 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