HCWH United States Board of Directors

Dr. Laura Anderko, PhD RN, Professor, holds the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies and serves as Director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (Region 3’s Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit). In July 2013, Dr. Anderko was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for her work in climate change and public health. She is a scholar and educator in the fields of epidemiology, public health, health disparities, and environmental health. Dr. Anderko has published and presented extensively in the area of public health impacts from environmental exposures, including climate change, sustainability, and resiliency issues with a focus on environmental justice communities. Dr. Anderko serves as co-chair of the National Environmental Health Partnership Council (APHA/CDC), member of Project TENDR (Targeting Environment and Neuro Developmental Risks), and co-chair of the Research Workgroup for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. She is a former member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s federal advisory committees: the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee, the National Drinking Water Advisory Committee, and the National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee’s Research Workgroup.

Raheem Baraka, ACE-CPT, BCS is the founder and Executive Director of Baraka Community Wellness (BCW), a nonprofit community based organization with a mission to close the gap on health disparities and reduce healthcare costs as they relate to preventable chronic diseases within vulnerable and at-riskpopulations. Specific to the mission, BCW provides wellness solutions for at-risk individuals and communities that engage, educate, and empower through developing and implementing programs that address the social and behavioral determinants of poor health outcomes with a focus on lifestyle and behavior, food access and education, and environmental contributors. Prior to founding BCW, Raheem served as the Director of Fitness for the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Community Health Centers and was primarily responsible for developing and implementing health promotion and intervention programs for the hospital as well as direct to community engagements. These programs ranged from employee wellness initiatives to community wide holistic behavioral programming and in addition he trained clinicians and providers on exercise adherence and behaviors, health coaching and techniques on how to effectively communicate, deliver and implement these non-clinical prevention approaches to patients specific to their individual need through tailored wellness models. Raheem isactively involved in population health and is on the ground of prevention activities within Boston MA and New England and serves as the chairperson of The American Heart Association’s Healthy Equity Consortium Workgroup, is a delegate for Food Solutions New England and is a Healthy Boston Ambassador for a joint project with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) and the Boston Alliance for Community Health(BACH). Raheem has also been recognized for his work and dedication to community health and prevention initiatives by being an awardee of a 2010 and 2015 Partners in Excellence Award, A Citation of Recognition from the Massachusetts House of Representatives Liz Malia and a 2016 Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH) Community Leadership Award.

Aparna Bole, MD, FAAP is Division Chief of General Academic Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine and Medical Director of the Rainbow Ambulatory Practice at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. She is also Rainbow’s Medical Director of Community Integration, in which capacity she leads efforts to build close partnerships with community organizations and stakeholders to enhance the well-being of patients and families at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and MacDonald Women’s Hospitals, and supports innovation in women’s and pediatric primary care delivery. She is particularly interested in the intersection between environmental sustainability and pediatric public health. She serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee, and the boards of Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth, and the Ohio Environmental Council.

Charlotte Brody joined BlueGreen Alliance as Director of Chemicals, Public Health and Green Chemistry in January 2010. Prior to joining the BlueGreen Alliance, she was the National Field Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a nationwide effort to pass smart federal policies to protect us from toxic chemicals. A registered nurse, Charlotte previously served as the Director of Programs for Green For All, Executive Director of Commonweal, and a co-founder and Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm.

John Cleveland is currently President and a founder of the Innovation Network for Communities, a new national non-profit whose mission is to develop and spread scalable innovations that transform the performance of community systems. He has been working for over 30 years in human, social and natural capital formation strategies, sustainable development, green building design, organizational learning, socially responsible businesses, school reform, and economic development. He also serves as the part time Executive Director for the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, a high level CEO group in Boston that supports the implementation of the Boston Climate Action Plan.Between 1999 and 2006, John served as Vice President of IRN, Inc., a strategic planning and market intelligence firm located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. IRN provides strategic planning, market research, automotive forecasting and merger and acquisition due diligence for mid-sized manufacturing companies. Prior to joining IRN, he worked as a private consultant; as director of Continuous Improvement for Grand Rapids Community College; and as director of the State of Michigan’s industrial extension service. 

Denise Fairchild, Ph.D. is the inaugural President of Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC), a national non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. with affiliates in major urban centers across the United States. She is charged with advancing ECC’s “high road” mission to green our cities, build resilient local economies and ensure equity inclusion in both the process and the outcomes of a new green and healthy economy. Denise is nationally recognized and respected for her 40-year successful track record and innovative programs in sustainable community development, domestically and internationally. In 1995 she founded and directed the Community and Economic Development (CED) Department at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, as well as an affiliated non-profit community development research and technical assistance organization, CDTech. She helped launch the Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI), an initiative of Los Angeles Trade-Technical College to provide inner city residents with career and technical education for high growth/high demand jobs in the L.A. region, with a focus on the green economy. From 1989-1995 she served as executive director of LISC-LA helping to build-out the region’s community development industry creating non-profit housing, jobs and businesses that strengthened and improved the health and environments of L.A.’s low-income, communities of color. Denise received her B.A from Fisk in 1972, a masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and doctorate in urban planning from UCLA. Denise serves on a number of national boards, is the recipient of a number of political appointments and holds a number of academic distinctions, including serving as a senior fellow at M.I.T., U.C.L.A. and The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship.

Kathy Gerwig is Vice President, Workplace Safety and Environmental Stewardship Officer for Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans serving almost nine million members. Kathy is responsible for developing, organizing and managing a nationwide environmental initiative for the organization. Under her leadership, Kaiser Permanente has become widely recognized as an environmental leader in the health care sector. Kathy has testified twice to Congress on the need for federal chemical policy reform, and she has appeared at numerous hearings on environmental and safety issues. Kathy is also Kaiser Permanente’s national leader for Workplace Safety, responsible for strengthening efforts to eliminate workplace injuries for the organization’s 164,000 employees and 15,000 physicians. She is on the boards of several leading non-governmental organizations focused on safety and environmental sustainability in health care.

Blair L. Sadler, Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is also a member of the faculty at the University of California, San Diego, Schools of Medicine and Management. Under his leadership as former President and CEO, Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego received the Ernest A. Codman Award for its work in developing clinical pathways. Mr. Sadler was a board member of the Center for Health Design, has been heavily involved in developing the business case for building better hospitals through evidence-based design, and was a founder of the Center's Pebble program that disseminates pioneering work on evidence-based design. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of building optimally safe hospitals through evidence-based design and the hospital trustee role in patient safety and quality. He is faculty for the IHI program on Effective Crisis Management, an active participant in the IHI Fellows Alumni Program, and lead author of the IHI white paper on evidence-based environmental design. He is co-author of the book Transforming the Healthcare Experience Through the Arts.

Miriam Shark, Ph.D is an independent consultant working from Portland, Maine to help organizations achieve their visions of excellence. She helps them assess and align their strategies to make the biggest contributions they can, individually and in partnership with others. She helps organizations effectively position themselves, their issues and their work in ways that increase impact, expand influence and build financial support. In so doing, she draws deeply on her knowledge, experience and relationships across the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Clients and partners note the acute ear, insightful analysis, freshness and humor she brings to the work. 

Her clients reflect her deep roots in philanthropy and her growing connections to Maine and Northern New England. Representative of these are the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the John. T. Gorman Foundation, the Sunrise County Economic Council, the Maine Philanthropy Center, the Maine Harvest Credit Project (pro bono) and the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. 

Miriam currently serves on the boards of the Forum of Regional Associations of Philanthropy and the William J. Clinton Center on Community Philanthropy. 

Tory Dietel Hopps, Managing Partner, Dietel Partners manages portfolios for clients with both domestic and international interests. She works closely with the Dietel Partners team to define strategy, identify grantee and funding partners and provide assistance to grantees with their strategies, resource development and capacity building needs. Tory works closely with funding partners to help with field building in the areas of interest to her clients. She believes strongly in working towards better dynamics between the funding and grantseeking communities and takes a humanist approach to her work.Prior to joining Dietel Partners, Tory had a 25 year career in nonprofit resource development, management and governance with a particular focus in education and health and human services. She was trained by BoardSource as a nonprofit governance consultant and was a principle of Turning Point Consulting which focused on strategic planning and organizational capacity building in the nonprofit sector.

Sister Susan Vickers is the Vice President of Community Health for Dignity Health. She is responsible for directing and overseeing system-wide community benefit initiatives, corporate social responsibility and ecology programs. In conjunction with her community health work, Susan directs Dignity Health's shareholder initiatives. She collaborates with other members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) to raise social responsibility issues with the management of companies in Dignity Health's investment portfolio. Susan took a leadership role in developing Dignity Health's system wide commitment to improved environmental performance and in the decision-making process which led Dignity Health to endorse the Ceres Principles for environmental protection and conservation. Susan currently serves as board member of Practice Greenhealth, Partners for the Common Good Loan Fund, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, and St. Mary Medical Center Foundation. Prior to joining Dignity Health, Susan served on the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy — Regional Community of Burlingame, California. She has worked as pastoral minister/administrative assistant in assisted rental housing for elderly and handicapped persons and spent twenty years in teaching and administering elementary schools.