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Our Team

HealthCorps staff come from all walks of life. Some joined from the non-profit world while others worked at large multinational corporations. Some are in New York, others in D.C., and still others in Sacramento. Cumulatively we have earned PhDs, run marathons and been coordinators in the early days of HealthCorps.

The one thing we all have in common? We’re passionate about creating healthier communities. Please take a look below to learn more about the HealthCorps team.

Michelle Bouchard: President+ Read bio


Michelle Bouchard brings twenty years’ experience in public/private partnerships to her position as HealthCorps President. As President, she oversees more than 90 staff members and an operating budget of $8.6 million that impacts about 300,000 people across 13 states and Washington, DC.

Prior to heading up HealthCorps, Ms. Bouchard served as Chief Financial Officer of Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC), a public benefit corporation charged with the redevelopment of the former military base in New York Harbor. She was appointed to the position by the New York Governor and New York City Mayor. At GIPEC, Ms. Bouchard oversaw $35 million in operating funds and $140 million in capital funds.

Ms. Bouchard also co-founded two not-for-profit theatres in New York City, The 42nd Street Workshop (now the WorkShop Theater) and the New Group, serving as the primary producer in both cases. In the corporate world, Ms. Bouchard served as special assistant to the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Hoovers Online and the covert Director of Competitive Research for a historic software consortium, the REALM.

Ms. Bouchard has served on the Boards of Directors of several not-for-profits, including the New York State Theatre Institute, Youth Counseling League, the National Green Schools Network and the 42nd Street Workshop.

She has received the New York City Family Caregiver Coalition “Mind.Body.Sprit Award,” a Good Citizen Citation from the New York City Council, a Log Cabin Republicans Image Award, as well as an Off-Off Broadway Review (OOBR) Award for Excellence in Theater Production. She was also chosen as a participant in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) by the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

She has testified in front of the U.S. Senate Health Education Labor and Pension Committee on behalf of national service and has extensive media experience. She was a columnist for the New York Resident and ran for New York City Council at the time of the 9/11/01 attacks. Ms. Bouchard graduated from Wellesley College (’84) with a BA in Political Science and undertook independent media studies at MIT with Ed Diamond. She is a Native Texan and the mother of a 21-year-old son, Alex, and an 8-year-old daughter, Liberty. She is a member of the DAR, the Daughters of the Cincinnati and the Jamestown Society.

Ms. Bouchard believes in the benefits of an active lifestyle, which includes biking to the office and yoga.

Juan Brea: Chief Operating Officer+ Read bio


Juan J. Brea brings over 15 years’ experience in corporate and small business environments to his role at HealthCorps. He has served in various organizations as both Chief Operating Officer and Human Resources Development Operations Director. Juan began his career at American Express Company, Inc. where he held an array of positions that culminated in the last position held, Director of Operations for Global Human Resources Development. In this capacity, he managed a budget of over $50 million and tracked a global training budget of over $130 million.

After his tenure at American Express, Juan was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Executive Education Institute, a division of Provant, Inc., a publicly held provider of training and performance improvement solutions. After receiving his MBA, he started a consulting company to help small businesses streamline operations. Juan served 12 years in the United States Army Reserve Component. By the end of his second term, Juan had been promoted to a Non-Commissioned Officer status, had won the Army Achievement Medal, and had served his country with honors.

He currently serves as Co-President of the PS11 PTA and sits on the board of the P.I.T. Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to educating orphans in Kenya. Juan attained his MBA at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from New York University.

Juan likes to keep a healthy body and mind through hot yoga and spending time with his wife Laura, their daughters Chelsea and Sadie and their dog Lola.

Shawn Hayes, Ph.D.: Chief Academic Officer, Director of Research and Education+ Read bio


Presently, Dr. Hayes is the Chief Academic Officer and Director of Research and Education for HealthCorps. In this capacity, Dr. Hayes is charged with curriculum development and implementing, designing and conducting efficacy studies on the interventional components of the HealthCorps program as well as grant making. Additionally, he has oversight of the organization’s education program including HealthCorps University, the education program managers and coordinators.

Prior to joining HealthCorps, Dr. Hayes worked in the healthcare industry and academia. Dr. Hayes was a professor at Penn State University’s Hershey Medical Center in the Heart and Vascular Institute in the Neural Control Group. His areas of expertise are neurophysiology and cardiology. Specifically, he studied how the nervous system controls the cardiovascular and respiratory systems during exercise, and how these neural mechanisms are altered by diseases such as heart failure.

Before teaching at Penn State, Dr. Hayes was an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at University of California, Davis where he studied autonomic function and neural control of exercise. Dr .Hayes received his Ph.D. in integrative physiology from UC Davis as well as his postdoctoral work at the Center for Neuroscience.
Shawn was very active in postdoctoral scholars programs and issues and was the Chair of the UC Council of Postdoctoral Scholars and subsequently their faculty advisor. He has helped develop and implement postdoctoral policy for the University of California, the NIH and other organizations. Additionally, he developed and founded the Peer Mentor Program for graduate students at UC Davis and wrote the Postdoctoral Scholar’s Mentoring Checklist.

Dr. Hayes is invested in the mission of HealthCorps and likes to lead a healthy and active life through his rock climbing adventures and yoga classes.

Karen Johnson: Chief Communications Officer+ Read bio


The Honorable Karen A. Johnson is the former Assistant Secretary of Education for Congressional and Legislative Affairs under President George W. Bush. In this Senate-confirmed position she was the Department of Education’s primary contact with Capitol Hill. Before entering the Bush administration, Karen was vice president of social marketing and public affairs at Porter Novelli, where she oversaw clients including Catholic Charities and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Karen’s work is recognized internationally as well. She works with the International Republican Institute to train Iraqi women leaders and serves as a mentor to women leaders in Jordan and Egypt through CLIME. She has also worked with a disability coalition in Albania. Most recently she traveled to Afghanistan to work with 20 newly elected women Members of Parliament on constituent services, leadership and organization. She is on the Board of the Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School in the District of Columbia. Karen began her career as a staff assistant for Congressman Duncan L. Hunter (R- CA). She is a graduate of Appalachian State University, the veteran of six marathons and has hiked to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She stays active walking or running with her Aussie Boomer.

Fernando Pacheco: Vice President of Finance+ Read bio


Fernando Pacheco brings 17 years of extensive experience in accounting, finance, tax issues and human resources to his role as Vice President of Finance at HealthCorps, Inc. In this role, he negotiates contracts with public entities and foundations, creates reporting packages and handles oversight of city and government contracts. Mr. Pacheco created and manages an $8.6 million budget for the organization.

Prior to HealthCorps, he served as Controller for the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation for nearly four years where he helped administer a $130 million budget. He spent nearly three and half years at Merrill Lynch as a Senior Specialist in technology stocks in New York headquarters’ accounting department. In that role, he handled finances for nine legal entities, as well as preparation of state and federal tax provisions. He oversaw $600 million in private equity investments consisting of equity, debt and private client investments for the primary entity, and handled preparation of all quarterly reports, annual disclosure requirements and implementation of all new FASB guidelines. Fernando holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from Bernard M. Baruch College and is a Certified Non Profit Professional.

Karen Buonocore: Vice President of Education+ Read bio

Karen has served in senior level, management and consulting roles for the past several years in the health and wellness field. Karen most recently worked as an Associate Director for the Healthy Schools Program at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national non-profit organization with a mission to combat childhood obesity. Prior to her role as Associate Director, she served as Senior Project Manager, as well as Relationship Manager with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program Team. Karen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science/Fitness & Cardiac Rehabilitation at Ithaca College and Master of Arts degree in Health Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

She comes to HealthCorps with extensive experience in the health and fitness industry, including running her own personal training business, hosting a wide variety of interactive health and fitness workshops, and working in corporate, commercial and community settings. Prior to joining the Alliance, Karen worked as the Health & Wellness General Manager for a new, ground up community center project in Staten Island, New York. Karen is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and holds certifications as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Instructor, American Council on Exercise (ACE) Group Exercise Instructor, Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. Spinning Instructor and Adult & Infant CPR.

Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and her daughter Serena and son Max. She likes all things related to exercising — especially boxing.

Jessica Anders: Educational Program Manager+ Read bio


With a degree in Health Policy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Jessica brings a passion for education and an understanding of the correlation between positive health habits and student academic achievement to the HealthCorps team. She oversees the HealthCorps program in Oregon and California.

Jessica began her career at HealthCorps as Coordinator at Franklin Lane High School, 2009 to 2011, in Brooklyn, where she started the school’s first garden and developed an elective class curriculum focused on food and culture. In addition to her class work, afterschool activities and community outreach, Jessica created a dynamic School Wellness Council where she piloted and developed best practices in assessing school site wellness. This became a prototype for other schools in the HealthCorps network.

Prior to her role as HealthCorps Coordinator, Jessica served as Assistant Director at Camp Henry and helped establish and run the Camp Henry Outdoor School, which teaches outdoor leadership and environmental skills and is based her hometown of Asheville, NC. Jessica’s passion for the outdoors remains and she can be found running, hiking or partaking in water sports.

Aaron Kaplan: Educational Program Manager+ Read bio

Aaron is the Eastern Educational Program Manager responsible for managing relationships with in-school program administration, funders and national/local partnerships.

After graduating from the University of Michigan with a double major in History and Political Science, Aaron became a coordinator at Humanities Preparatory Academy and the James Baldwin School in Manhattan, New York. As a coordinator, Aaron specialized in fitness based programming specifically with regards to after-school programs and staff wellness. In his second year, Aaron became a Learning Team Leader and was responsible for training and supporting his fellow coordinators in the New York area. Aaron’s time with HealthCorps opened him up to different ideas and experiences, including a newfound passion in cooking.

Meghan Berry: Educational Training Manager+ Read bio


Meghan oversees HealthCorps sites and coordinators in Texas, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Florida. In addition she was a Summer Institute Director, providing initial training for all new HealthCorps Coordinators. Meghan began her career with HealthCorps in 2008, working as a HealthCorps coordinator at Tampa Technical High School.

In addition to her work with HealthCorps, Meghan regularly volunteered at a substance abuse treatment center in Tampa where she taught female residential clients how to live a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families. A 2007 graduate of Florida State University, Meghan is passionate about helping at risk adolescents and young adults improve their decision making skills and health. Meghan’s passion for living healthy extends to her own life, and she can often be found making healthy, home-cooked meals and walking while she works from her treadmill desk.

Colleen Grandis: Educational Program Supervisor+ Read bio


Colleen graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Dietetics, Major Nutrition and Food Science. She completed her Dietetic Internship at the Medical University of South Carolina before working as a personal health coach for Focused Health Solutions. Colleen took her nutritional expertise to two separate communities as a Coordinator, working in schools in Phoenix, Arizona, 2009 to 2010, and Shafter, California, 2011 to 2012.

During her time as a Coordinator, Colleen also served as a Learning Team Leader and the Nutritional Educator for all incoming Coordinators during their training. As an Educational Program Supervisor, Colleen oversees coordinators in the South West region. To keep herself healthy, Colleen is an outdoor enthusiast and particularly enjoys water sports.

Rose Marie Borillo: Educational Program Supervisor+ Read bio


Rose Marie graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 2010 with her Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, determined to enter the healthcare field. She began her career as an intern with the Health Education Council, assisting with curriculum planning and facilitation for the Summer of Service program at Sacramento’s Luther Burbank High School. During her experience, she developed a passion for empowering youth as health advocates in their community, leading her to apply for a position as a HealthCorps coordinator.

Rose Marie was accepted into the HealthCorps program in 2011, and served as a coordinator for two years at Hayward High School in the San Francisco Bay Area. Between her first and second year of placement, she also worked as the HealthCorps Summer Institute Director of Events, and was involved in producing the coordinator opening and closing ceremonies, among other responsibilities. After her two-year placement closed, Rose Marie was promoted to the position of Educational Program Supervisor in the Northwest region. As an EPS, she supports coordinators in 15 schools in Oregon and Northern California.

In her spare time, Rose Marie enjoys hiking the urban hills of San Francisco as well as California’s many open-space preserves.

Austin Cromartie: Educational Program Supervisor+ Read bio


Austin holds a degree in education from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and also carries a wealth of experience in coaching and mentoring young people. Before joining HealthCorps, Austin held jobs as an athletics coach, camp director, primary school teacher and a youth advocate. After graduating from college with high honors, Austin joined HealthCorps as a Coordinator at Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy in Bronx, NY.

In his second year, Austin became a Learning Team Leader and now continues to oversee the HealthCorps program in the NY/NJ area as an Educational Program Supervisor. Austin loves what he does and enjoys staying fit and active and spending quality time with family and close friends.

Kaitlyn MacGregor: West Coast Communications Manager+ Read bio


Prior to HealthCorps Kaitlyn interned at Mercury Public Affairs and Sacramento’s Child Abuse Prevention Center. Her areas of experience are in non-profit communications and event planning.

Kaitlyn has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an option in public relations from California State University, Chico where she was active both on and off the campus, in sports, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and school clubs. She leads an active life and enjoys trying healthy, new dishes and improving her strength and conditioning through CrossFit.

Rachel Tennenbaum: East Coast Communications Manager+ Read bio

Prior to joining HealthCorps, Rachel studied International Relations and Communications at NYU. While pursuing her MA, she held numerous communications internships, including positions with the non-profit Indego Africa, the William J. Clinton Foundation, and the office of U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY), meanwhile developing a passion for harnessing media as a tool for social change. A native of California, Rachel now calls Brooklyn home, and most days can be found doing yoga, taking long walks or discovering new restaurants.

Jeffrey Hartinger: Social Media Manager+ Read bio


A native of Buffalo, Jeffrey graduated from Canisius College with a degree in English in 2011. Prior to joining HealthCorps as a Social Media Manager, he undertook a wide range of communications positions, including writing for The Advocate, traveling as an assistant on a national book tour, and working at a marketing firm in Manhattan.

In his spare time, Jeffrey likes to explore the city, particularly lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, and writes freelance for a few publications. He is interested in travel, history, social movements, journalism, technology and social media.

Lily Ebey-Field: Active Alliance Manager+ Read bio


Lily joined HealthCorps in July of 2013 as the Active Alliance Manager. In this position, Lily is responsible for managing the partnership between HealthCorps and professional sports teams in order to improve health in children through exercise, nutrition and education.

Prior to joining HealthCorps, Lily worked with sports teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Raiders in premium services and game day entertainment, and has a varied background in project and client management. She attended U.C. Davis for her undergraduate degree in psychology, where she was a peer counselor in athletics and a member of the women’s rugby team, and later obtained her Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco.

Lily has always enjoyed being active for the mind, body and spirit, whether it involves being outdoors or trying a new fitness class. She teaches yoga, and loves running on the beach, volleyball, Pilates, and walking her dog. A vegetarian for 20 years, Lily also enjoys sampling the growing food options for vegetarians and vegans.

In addition to her love for fitness, Lily has a long-standing passion for animals, and is on the board of a rescue organization promoting rescue pets and helping to find them permanent homes.

Clayton Smith: Contracts & Grants Reporting Specialist+ Read bio


As the Contracts & Grants Reporting Specialist, Clayton manages all contracts and grants for Healthcorps and ensures that all reporting requirements are met. Previous to HealthCorps, Clayton thrived in both the non-profit and corporate sectors gaining extensive knowledge as a commercial financial analyst. Clayton most recently worked as a development manager for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, a national non-profit advocating on behalf of children and adults suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Also during that time he served as the development director for New Hope Oklahoma, an organization working to end generational incarceration one child at a time. Clayton brings experience in grant research and fundraising through major gifts, foundational giving, and event coordination.

Clayton graduated from Oklahoma State University with the unique combination of Bachelor degrees in both Animal Science and Economics and will soon complete his Master of Sciences degree in Psychology. Clayton is passionate about staying fit and enjoys running half marathons, snowboarding, strength training, hiking, hanging out with friends, and dreams of an Olympic bid for men’s sand volleyball. He is committed to education and human rights advocacy, recently traveling to Cambodia to volunteer at an international school for orphans and is currently planning a trip in 2014 to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro as a nonprofit fundraiser. Oh, and he will never turn down a cup of coffee.

Sara Halper: Program Manager+ Read bio


A former teacher in southern Florida, Sara obtained her master’s degree in teaching from Rowan University in New Jersey and worked in Philadelphia urban-area schools creating an up-to-date social studies curriculum as well as cutting edge professional development experiences. In addition to teaching, Sara worked with future teachers and helped publish several professional education articles.

Sara continues to expand her education and enjoys taking healthy cooking classes and learning new sports. She especially likes spending time on the beach with family, stand-up paddle boarding or enjoying a long run.

Briana M. Webster: HealthCorps University Manager+ Read bio


For the last decade Briana Webster has been an advocate for improving the health and lives of people across the nation. Since 2009, Briana has focused on the issue of children’s health through her work with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program (HSP). While at the Alliance, she served as lead on a Department of Defense funded project called the “Healthy Base Initiative” (HBI). Briana was responsible for improving the health and wellness of students and staff in schools on military installations across the nation. Prior to that, she served as the Alliance’s Prince George’s County Sustainability Manager and Program Manager. In this capacity, she effectively managed nearly 200 schools within Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), a large school district outside of Washington, DC. During this time, she successfully coached 61 Prince George’s County schools to earn the Alliance’s prestigious national recognition award.

Before joining the Alliance, Briana served as a Program Manager at Community Voices: Health Care for the Underserved of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. While at Morehouse, she managed the National Urban League’s Save Our Sons Initiative, a community health worker program that focuses on diabetes and obesity prevention. Prior to this position, Briana worked at Families USA, a national health policy and advocacy organization in the role of Program Manager in the Minority Health Initiatives Department. She was responsible for cultivating relationships with stakeholders from around the country, promoting health programs that improve the lives of communities of color, and expanding the field of advocates working to improve health care access for racial and ethnic minorities. Briana was also honored to serve as the organization’s first Paul Wellstone Fellow.

Briana earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at Carolina, she majored in Health Policy and Management and minored in African American studies. In her spare time, Briana is on the Board of Directors at Crispus Attucks Development Corporation and serves as president of the Kenya Javon Webster Memorial Scholarship. She also enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, cooking, traveling, and spending time at the beach.

Erica Irvin: Research Scientist + Read bio

As HealthCorps’ Research Scientist, Erica is responsible for the creation and implementation of evaluation and assessment tools, as well as assisting all ongoing HealthCorps research projects.

Before taking on her current position, Erica spent three years as a HealthCorps Coordinator at University Heights High School (Bronx, NY). At University Heights, Erica co-founded an urban farm and ran after-school boot camp and cooking programs, as well as supported fellow HealthCorps coordinators in Brooklyn and the Bronx as a team leader.

Erica is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico but attended high school in Wilmington, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Chemistry in 2009, and obtained her Master of Public Health from Columbia University in 2013.

Dong Xie: Financial Analyst+ Read bio

Dong first came to the United States to study finance at SUNY Plattsburgh at 2006. During his course of study, he gained accounting and finance experience through several internships at prominent global financial institutions.

In June 2011, Dong began working for HealthCorps as an accounting intern in the finance department while pursuing his Master of Accounting degree at Baruch College in New York. Earlier in 2012, with the skills he gained from HealthCorps, he flexed his entrepreneurial muscle by collaborating on the development of an organic blueberry business in China for five months. Upon graduation in August 2012, Dong returned to HealthCorps as full-time analyst to provide analysis and support for the executive management team. In his leisure time, Dong likes to play sports and keep a healthy body.

Neisha Springer: Manager, Human Resources and Operations + Read bio


Neisha Springer joined HealthCorps in 2012 as the Office Manager and Human Resources Generalist. She engages with staff on all levels, enjoys embracing a healthier lifestyle and interacting with HealthCorps’ amazing Coordinators. HealthCorps is a company that she is proud to work for and contribute to its success from an operations standpoint. Neisha comes to HealthCorps a seasoned Human Resources professional with previous experience in Healthcare Public Relations and Human Resources. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Human Resources Management and is pleased to bring her expertise to such an illustrious and unique organization.

Neisha has a 5-year-old daughter and spends a lot of time participating in activities with her. She enjoys laughing and smiling for any reason at all, playing badminton or volleyball, jogging, and dining at various cultural restaurants throughout New York City. At HealthCorps, she feels right at home with the “healthy foodie” organization.

Graceyolanda Diaz-Rivera: Receptionist + Read bio


Graceyolanda first encountered HealthCorps as a high school student at Franklin K. Lane High School in Brooklyn, New York. The program, coupled with her personal experience of caring for her diabetic grandparents, sparked an interest in health and wellness. After graduating from high school, Graceyolanda began interning with HealthCorps, and later became a full-time employee. Today Graceyolanda serves as the HealthCorps receptionist, where she works with the HealthCorps operations team to keep the office running at its most efficient. Grace is also pursuing her Associate’s in Business Administration at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

In her spare time, Graceyolanda can be found browsing new cookbooks, watching Spanish novellas or checking out the latest show on the Food Network.

Board of Directors

HealthCorps staff and students benefit from an accomplished and inspirational Board of Directors whose work spans the worlds of health, medicine, finance, marketing and business. Working together, HealthCorps’ message can be brought to students, schools, and communities across the nation.

Jordan S. Davis+ Read bio


Jordan S. Davis is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Radius Ventures, a health and life sciences venture capital firm. His experience spans the founding of new ventures to growth stage investing in a broad range of innovative healthcare, medical technology and life sciences companies. Mr. Davis also has extensive capital markets and M&A expertise and has served on numerous public and private company boards. He currently serves on the board of directors of Biostorage Technologies, MID Surgical and Tactile Medical – all Radius portfolio companies.

Sean Heyniger+ Read bio


Currently Chief Executive Officer and Managing Member of Watermark Medical, LLC., Sean Heyniger has 20 years of experience in healthcare. Sean Heyniger is an associate with SCF Growth Equity. Mr Heyniger was formerly founder & CEO of PDSHeart, a leading provider of cardiac monitoring services. In 2007, Mr. Heyniger successfully sold PDSHeart to CardioNet Inc., a leading provider of wireless mobile cardiac monitoring solutions. Before founding PDSHeart, Mr. Heyniger was Sales VP of PSS Medical Supplies.

Thomas J. Higgins+ Read bio


Thomas J. (TJ) Higgins is US President for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. TJ is responsible for leading the operations for PCH’s US Brands, including Advil, Centrum, ChapStick, Robitussin and Emergen-C. He has been part of PCH since February 2012.

Before joining PCH, TJ was at Merck Consumer Care for almost 12 years and was most recently Group Vice President, Regional Leader for Developed Markets which included Canada, Mexico, Australia, Western Europe and Japan. Previously, TJ led U.S. Marketing, overseeing a portfolio of Claritin allergy, Coppertone sun care, Dr. Scholl’s foot care and MiraLax laxative products. TJ oversaw the successful creation of the Dr Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotics platform as well as the revolutionary Coppertone Continuous Spray product line. He also led the Rx to OTC Switch activities for Claritin, MiraLax and Zegerid OTC.

TJ joined Merck Consumer Care after holding various positions at Vlasic Foods International (formerly of Campbell’s Soup Company) and Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Products division.

TJ graduated summa cum laude from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Harvard University.

Benjamin Lewis+ Read bio


Dr. Benjamin Lewis, a board-certified cardiologist, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University and an Assistant Attending at both the Presbyterian Hospitals and Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Dr. Lewis received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Lewis has devoted his career to the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. His particular focus is on the increased use of lifestyle approaches, medical therapies, and noninvasive, nonradioactive techniques – in particular, ultrasound – for the diagnosis and management of heart-disease patients.

Alex Markowits+ Read bio


Alex Markowits is Founder, President and CEO of Spring Hills Senior Communities. Founded in 2001, Spring Hills now operates in multiple states. He was responsible for the creation of the company’s innovative “Signature Touches” initiative, which integrates a healthy living approach to every aspect of a Spring Hills Community resident’s life.
Mr. Markowits is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and has a reputation for turning around troubled senior communities. He also serves as an Executive Board Member for the Health Care Association of New Jersey, which represents more than 350 nursing, subacute care, assisted living, adult day health care and related care facilities, and is Chairman of HCANJ’s Education Committee.

Anthony Meyer+ Read bio


Anthony E. Meyer, 51, is a New York City-based entrepreneur, private investor and philanthropist. He is the President of Ocean Road Advisors, Inc. (www.oceanroadadvisors.com), a privately-held “family office” investment management company he founded in 2005 that manages a diversified investment portfolio of public and private securities, hedge funds, real estate and venture capital on behalf of several New York families. He also serves as the Chairman of privately-held Meyer and Co., LLC (www.meyerandco.com), a merchant banking firm founded in 2002 and based in New York City with offices in Providence, Rhode Island and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.+ Read bio


Dr. Oz, two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning host of the three-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show,” is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books, has received several patents, and performs more than 100 heart surgeries per year.

Dr. Oz was born in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in Delaware, received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University (1982) and obtained a joint MD and MBA (1986) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton Business School. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife Lisa of 27 years and their four children, Daphne, Arabella, Zoe and Oliver.

Previously, Dr. Oz was a featured health expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for over five seasons, spanning 55 episodes. In addition to regular appearances on the “Today” show, he has also been featured on “Good Morning America,” “Larry King Live,” “The View,” “Piers Morgan Tonight,” guest-hosted the “Charlie Rose” show and appeared on all the evening news broadcasts. He also served as medical director of Denzel Washington’s “John Q” and participated in several other feature films.

Dr. Oz authored seven New York Times Best Sellers, including “You: The Owner’s Manual,” “You: The Smart Patient,” “YOU: On a Diet,” “YOU: Staying Young,” “YOU: Being Beautiful,” “YOU: Having a Baby,” “YOU: The Owner’s Manual for Teens,” as well as the award-winning “Healing from the Heart.” He has a regular column in O, The Oprah Magazine, Time and AARP, and his article “Retool, Reboot, and Rebuild” for Esquire magazine was awarded the 2009 National Magazine Award for Personal Service.

In addition to belonging to every major professional society for heart surgeons, Dr. Oz was named Forbes’ #3 most influential celebrity (2010-2011), has been honored as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People (2008), Esquire magazine’s 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century and a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum (1999-2004). He has also won the prestigious Gross Surgical Research Scholarship, received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul University and was voted a “Doctor of the Year” by Hippocrates magazine.

Jill Posnick+ Read bio


Jill Posnick is the President and CEO of JP Advisory LLC, a Los Angeles, CA-based firm which provides strategic counsel and services to companies and nonprofit organizations regarding marketing strategy, marketing communications, investor relations, organizational structure and design, fundraising, and new business development. Ms. Posnick has more than 25 years of comprehensive management and execution experience, with expertise spanning multiple industries and disciplines, including: consulting, technology and outsourcing services, real estate investment and management, entrepreneurial start-ups, healthcare and financial services.

Board of Advisors

HealthCorps staff and students benefit from an accomplished and inspirational Board of Advisors. These leaders and innovators of national and international stature spread the HealthCorps message through press, media appearances and publications as well as participate in school visits, the training of our Coordinators and creation of our Curriculum.

Daniel Amen, M.D.+ Read bio

Dr. Amen is a physician, double board certified psychiatrist, teacher and five time New York Times bestselling author. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on applying brain imaging science to everyday clinical practice. Dr. Amen is the Founder of Amen Clinics in Newport Beach and San Francisco, California, Bellevue, Washington, Reston, Virginia, Atlanta and New York City. Dr. Amen is also the host of 6 popular shows about the brain, which have raised more than 40 million dollars for public television. Lastly, he is the author of 51 professional articles, five book chapters, and over 30 books, including five New York Times bestsellers, including Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Magnificent Mind At Any Age, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, and Use Your Brain to Change Your Age. In February 2013, Crown will publish Dr. Amen’s upcoming book, Unleash the Power of the Female Brain.

Laura Berman, Ph.D.+ Read bio

Dr. Laura Berman is the Director of the Berman Center in Chicago, a specialized healthcare facility for women and couples. She is also an assistant clinical professor of OBGYN and Psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Berman has been working as a sex educator, researcher and therapist for 20 years. She is the author of the newly-released New York Times best-selling book, “Real Sex for Real Women: Intimacy, Pleasure, & Sexual Wellbeing”. She is a Chicago Sun-Times columnist and a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Today Show.

Mickey Beyer-Clausen+ Read bio

Mickey Beyer-Clausen is an award-winning entrepreneur and the CEO of Mental Workout, which he founded in 2009. Mickey is responsible for setting the overall direction and strategy for the company and leads worldwide business development. In the 90s, he became one of the first to launch successful internet businesses and today he is pioneering mobile media. Prior to founding Mental Workout, he co-founded Speednames, Ascio Technologies, Afilias, and Trunk Archive. He is also the Founder of Happiness Foundation, helping business leaders and experts donate their time, knowledge, and contacts to help nonprofits increase their impact. Mickey has been a guest lecturer at INSEAD and is frequently invited to speak at industry and consumer forums.

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D.+ Read bio

Jeffrey S. Bland, an internationally recognized leader in the nutritional medicine field for over 25 years, is Chief Science Officer of Metagenics and President of Metaproteomics. Headquartered in Gig Harbor, WA, the companies are leaders in the development of medical foods. Dr. Bland originally founded HealthComm International, Inc. in 1985, which merged with Metagenics, in 2000. Dr. Bland also established the internationally-respected Institute for Functional Medicine to train health practitioners globally in the application of nutritional and functional medicine. He is one of the four original founders of Bastyr University in Washington State, the first federally accredited university in the United States offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in natural medicine. With his highly regarded seminar series on science-based nutrition and health, Dr. bland continues to focus on providing practical education to healthcare professionals worldwide.

B.K. Boreyko+ Read bio

BK Boreyko is the Founder and CEO of VEMMA®, a Scottsdale, AZ-based liquid supplement company. As an industry leader, Vemma’s wellness products coupled with a simple and generous compensation plan help people live healthier and more rewarding lives. BK’s contagious energy, “anything’s possible attitude” and fresh approach to marketing has earned him countless accolades and recognition as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, success coach and mentor. BK is also on the Leadership Board of the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, led by Chief Wellness Officer Dr. Michael Roizen, and a board member of the Canyonville Christian Academy. BK devotes much of his personal and corporate resources by giving back to the community – in which his total donations exceed $4 million – and relishes every moment as a proud husband and father of three sons, and five dogs.

Julie Cho, D.M.D.+ Read bio

Julie Cho, D.M.D., is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Upon graduation, she completed a general practice residency at New York Mount Sinai Hospital and is currently in private practice in Manhattan focusing on cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Dr. Cho has served as a key expert panelist for the Wm Wrigley Jr. Co. in a discussion of tooth whitening products in chewing gum. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, as well as a board member of the Healthcare Chaplaincy, a not-for-profit multifaith organization committed to the total care of body, mind, and spirit . Her interests include running, skiing, and traveling.

Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D.+ Read bio

Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., CHES, is a health educator and award-winning writer, consultant and lecturer. Dr. Colbin is adjunct professor of nutrition in the Graduate Program of Oriental Medicine at Touro College and also teaches at Empire State College. She founded the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City, which offers career programs and classes in healthful cooking methods and natural healing. She wrote Food and Our Bones: The natural way to prevent osteoporosis; Food and Healing; and her column “Food and Your Health” has appeared in New York Spirit Magazine since 1988.

Andrea Collier+ Read bio

Andrea King Collier is a freelance journalist with a passion for writing about food. She also works as a co-convener for the food access work group of the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University, where she analyzes policy recommendations for increasing access to good, healthy, affordable food.

Andrea is an award-winning writer whose published essays have appeared in the Best Food Writing annual book series. In 2008 she started a two-year appointment as a W.K. Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, with a focus on food access for communities of color for which she traveled the country to profile communities and families.

She is member of the National Association of Black Journalists, International Association of Culinary Professional, Association of Health Care Journalists, and Online Journalists Association. She is also a regular attendee at the Greenbrier Food Writers Symposium.

Her writing appears in O Magazine, Essence, More, Better Homes and Gardens, Town and Country, Country Living, Hallmark, Heart and Soul, the Washington Post, the Lansing State Journal, Huffington Post, the Root.com, and others. She is the author of two health related books, Still With Me…A Daughter’s Journey of Love and Loss (Simon and Schuster) and The Black Woman’s Guide to Black Men’s Health with Willarda Edwards, M.D. (President of the National Medical Association) for Warner Wellness.

Maurice Elias, Ph.D.+ Read bio

Maurice Elias, Ph.D., is a Rutgers University psychologist and author of numerous articles and books on emotional intelligence, including Raising Emotionally Intelligent Teenagers and Emotionally Intelligent Parenting. Dr. Elias is Vice Chair of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning Leadership Team at Rutgers University and also serves as Senior Advisor for Research, Practice, and Policy at the New Jersey Center for Character Education, Center for Applied Psychology at Rutgers.

Moshe Engelberg+ Read bio

Moshe is a true expert in understanding and communicating with people. His work ranges from branding and identity building to product development, consumer testing, communication research and strategic planning. He has worked intimately with companies such as March of Dimes, Welch Allyn, Phillips, UCSD Healthcare, Stanford University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Moshe is the founder and CEO of ResearchWorks, a strategic marketing and consulting firm that helps companies in the business of health improve their performance. He earned a Master of Public Health from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University.

James Ferguson+ Read bio

Currently the President of MKTG, James Ferguson has over 20 years of experience encompassing every conceivable marketing discipline. He has become a master of developing fully integrated marketing programs. During that time, James has filled many valuable roles, including VP Sales and Marketing, VP of Operations, and SVP of Client Services. He currently heads the ‘mktg’ Promotion Division. At every step, ‘mktg’ clients have benefited from James’s strategic marketing leadership and savvy. Some of the clients he has helped shepherd along the way include Procter and Gamble, Chiquita, Fresh Express, Kikkoman International, Bayer HealthCare, Nature’s Way, and Fast Mart Convenience Stores.

Alan Gass, M.D., F.A.C.C.+ Read bio

Alan L. Gass, M.D., FACC, is Director of Advanced Cardiac Failure and Transplantation at Westchester Medical Center where he treats patients with end-stage heart failure. Previously, Dr. Gass served for 14 years as Medical Director of New York Mount Sinai’s Heart Transplant Program since its inception in 1991. His work in tailored, minimal immunosuppresion after transplant has gained international recognition. He lectures at national meetings and academic centers, and collaborates on investigative studies related to transplantation and cardiac assist devices.

Max Gomez, Ph.D.+ Read bio

Dr. Max Gomez is a medical correspondent at WCBS in New York City. He has been a health and science journalist for nearly three decades, having begun his career at New York’s WNEW-TV. Dr. Gomez served as health and science editor for KYW-TV in Philadelphia from 1984 until 1991. Among his many journalism accolades, he was awarded six New York Emmy’s, two Philadelphia Emmy’s, a UPI honor for ‘Best Documentary’ for a 1986 report on AIDS and three NY State Broadcaster’s Association awards.

Mark Goulston, M.D.+ Read bio

Mark Goulston, M.D. is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Heartfelt Leadership whose mission is Daring to Care. He also works as a key advisor and coach to CEO’s and other executives of organizations and companies and Managing Partners of service professional firms. He speaks internationally on communication and building a positive culture. He is the author of six books including the #1 international best seller, “Just Listen” Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone. His current book, co-authored with Dr. John Ullmen is REAL INFLUENCE: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In is about how to persuade people in a post-selling world. He writes the career advice column, “Solve Anything with Dr. Mark,” for Tribune Media, “The Closing Bell,” for C-Suite Quarterly Magazine and blogs for the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Fast Company and Business Insider. He appears frequently in the television, radio and print media including: CNN, msNBC, BBC-TV, ABC/CBS/NBC News, PBS-TV, Wall Street Journal, N.Y. Times, Forbes, Fortune, Los Angeles Times, Westwood One, NPR.

Tara Lynda Guber+ Read bio

Tara Guber’s life and work reflect her three primary passions: family, education and spirituality. In 2001 Mrs. Guber founded Yoga Ed., an organization dedicated to the development of health and wellness education programs and materials that utilize the physiological, emotional and educational benefits of yoga and creative play. She acted as founding member of the board of directors of The Accelerated School, the internationally recognized charter public school in South Central Los Angeles, once named “Elementary School of the Year” by TIME magazine. The School housed the pilot program of Yoga Ed.’s nationally recognized yoga curriculum for schools – creating a model to export to other public schools.

Prior to founding Yoga Ed., for eight years Mrs. Guber served as Co-Founder and President of EDUCATION FIRST!, a non-profit organization that utilized the resources of the entertainment industry to address the crisis in American education. She is the mother of four children.

Robert Guida+ Read bio

Robert Guida is a nationally recognized leader in the Executive Search and Staffing Industry. Mr. Guida founded Guidance Corporation in 1987 in the heart of the financial district. Today Guidance is a leading staffing company in a range of industries. Mr. Guida was singled out by CNN in December 2001 as “A Success Story in American Business.” In addition to TV appearances, numerous feature articles and cover stories have been written on Mr. Guida in such media outlets as The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, CBS’ Sunday Morning, Crains’ NY Business and CNN.

Mark Hyman, M.D.+ Read bio

Mark Hyman, M.D. has dedicated his career to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking whole-systems medicine approach known as Functional Medicine. He is a family physician, a four-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader in his field.

Dr. Hyman is Chairman-elect of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and was awarded its 2009 Linus Pauling Award for Leadership in Functional Medicine. He is on the Board of Directors of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and a faculty member of its Food As Medicine training program. As a volunteer for Partners in Health, Dr. Hyman worked on the ground immediately after the Haiti earthquake and was featured on 60 Minutes.

In recognition of his efforts, he was recently awarded The Council on Litigation Management’s2010 Professionalism Award, citing individuals who have demonstrated leadership by example in the highest standard of their profession. He also received The American College of Nutrition2009 Communication and Media Award for his contribution to promoting better understanding of nutrition science.

Dr. Hyman is founder and Medical Director of The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, where he directs a team of physicians, nutritionists and nurses who utilize a comprehensive approach to health. Before starting his practice, he was co-Medical Director at Canyon Ranch Lenox, one of the world’s leading health resorts.
Dr. Hyman graduated with a B.A. from Cornell University, and received his medical degree from the Ottawa University School of Medicine.

Mark Jaffe+ Read bio

Mark S.Jaffe is Executive Director of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized by the New York City Department of Health. In 2004 he testified at the Sullivan Commission hearings to help reduce health care disparities and later introduced legislation in Albany to help improve the delivery and affordability of healthcare by allowing small businesses to pool together. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the American Diabetes Association and the NYC Food and Fitness Partnership.

Stephen Josephson, Ph.D.+ Read bio

Stephen Josephson is a clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety/stress management and behavioral medicine. He holds Diplomates in both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Psychology, and was an Associate Professor at Cornell University Medical Center-New York Hospital and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He currently directs Behavioral Medicine Associates, a private group practice based in NYC and Scarsdale.

David L. Katz, M.D.+ Read bio

David L. Katz MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP is an internationally renowned authority on nutrition, weight management, and the prevention of chronic disease, and an internationally recognized leader in integrative medicine and patient-centered care. He is a board certified specialist in both Internal Medicine, and Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and Associate Professor (adjunct) in Public Health Practice at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Katz is the Director and founder (1998) of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Director and founder of the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital (2000) in Derby, CT; founder and president of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation; and formerly the Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine for eight years. Katz has published over 100 scientific papers, numerous textbook chapters, nearly a thousand newspaper columns, and 12 books to date.

He is the principal inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index utilized in the NuVal™nutrition guidance program, currently offered in over 500 supermarkets throughout the United States. Katz is a prominent voice in medical media, serving as an expert source for most leading newspapers and magazines, serving on the editorial advisory boards of several leading health periodicals and professional journals (including Health, Prevention, Men’s Health, Best Life, and the American Journal of Health Promotion).

Katz has been recognized by the Consumers Research Council of America three times (2004; 2006; 2009) as one of America’s top physicians in Preventive Medicine and in 2009 he was named one of the 25 most influential people in the lives of children by Children’s Health magazine. He has consulted to the US Secretary of Health, the National Governors Association, and the World Health Organization. In 2009, Katz received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health.
He and Catherine have 5 children.

Jon LaPook, M.D.+ Read bio

CBS News has named Jonathan LaPook, M.D., its medical correspondent for the CBS Evening News.
Dr. LaPook is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He has been an associate attending physician for New York-Presbyterian Hospital since 2001. Before that, he served as an assistant attending physician (1986-2001) and an assistant physician (1985-86) for the hospital.

Dr. LaPook has also been an associate clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center since 2001. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor of clinical medicine (1986-2001) and an instructor in clinical medicine (1985-86) at Columbia University.

He has done extensive work in the field of medical computing, including helping to develop an electronic textbook of medicine and writing a medical practice management software package that he sold in 1999 to a company that was later acquired by Emdeon Corporation, the parent company of WebMD. Dr. LaPook is a member of several professional organizations and is a widely published author.

He was born in Mineola, N.Y. LaPook was graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and with honors from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1980 with an M.D. He completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in gastroenterology at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

Gerald Lemole, M.D.+ Read bio

Gerald M. Lemole, M.D., was appointed Medical Director of Christiania Care’s Preventive Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute and Center for Integrative Health in January, 2007. Prior to his appointment as Medical Director, Dr. Lemole was Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Medical Center of Delaware since 1986.

He joined Christiana Care Health Services Staff as a consulting physician in 1975. In 2006, Dr. Lemole was the recipient of the W. L. Samuel Carpenter III Distinguished Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery, Christiana Care Health System.

Dr. Lemole received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in Philadelphia in 1958 and his doctor of medicine degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1962. From medical school, Dr. Lemole returned to his birthplace, Staten Island, New York, where he served a one-year internship at Staten Island Hospital.

Upon completing his internship, he returned to Philadelphia for a residency in general surgery at Temple University Hospital. He did his cardiac training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, from 1967 to 1969. While at Baylor, Dr. Lemole became certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and began serving as an instructor in surgery. In 1968 he was a member of the surgical team that performed the first successful heart transplant in the United States.

Jonathan Levine, DMD+ Read bio

Jonathan Levine, DMD, is an accomplished aesthetic dentist, professor, product innovator, entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. Dr. Levine is also a man with a mission: To give the world a reason to smile. A “smile beauty” practitioner for more than two decades, in 2002, he and his wife, Stacey, co-founded the revolutionary, luxury, smile beauty company GoSMILE™. As an Associate Professor at New York University School of Dentistry and a published researcher, Dr. Levine is equally committed to influencing the next generation of dentists as he is to providing smile care and education to people in places that need it most.

Woodson C. Merrell, M.D.+ Read bio

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Todd R. Olson, Ph.D.+ Read bio

Professor Todd R. Olson is faculty member in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Department of Anatomy & Structural Biology. He is currently the President of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists which promotes clinically relevant anatomic research and education. Prof. Olson has been the Director of Einstein’s Clinical and Developmental Anatomy course since 1989 and has taught over 3,500 medical students during his two decades at the College.

He received B.A. and M.A. degrees in vertebrate paleontology from the University of California at Berkeley where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1970. From Berkeley, he went to London for his doctoral degree in human anatomy at St. Thomas’s Hospital Medical School.

His textbook the A.D.A.M. Student Atlas of Anatomy, first published in 1996, is now in its 2nd edition and has been translated into five foreign languages. He is coauthor of the second edition the medical school textbook: Ger’s Essentials of Clinical Anatomy.

Prof. Olson is an internationally recognized authority on the usage of human remains in medical education and research, and has been a featured participant on National Public Radio, ABC’s Primetime and 20/20 shows, BBC TV’s Horizon series, and CNN’s American Morning. Dr. Olson is one of only seven faculty in the half-century history of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine to receive both its students’ Samuel M. Rosen Outstanding Teacher Award (1994) and the faculty’s Harry Eagle Award for Outstanding Basic Science Teaching (1999). Einstein’s alumni honored Prof. Olson in 2009 naming him an honorary graduate of the College of Medicine in 2009.

Dean Ornish, M.D.+ Read bio

Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Ornish received his medical training in internal medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He received a B.A. in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address.

For over 32 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program, the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes.

He directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. His current research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease, as well as increasing telomerase, an enzyme that lengthens telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes which control aging (in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009).

He is the author of six best-selling books, including four New York Times’ bestsellers: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and his most recent book, The Spectrum.

Seval Oz+ Read bio


Known as the chief troublemaker on her team, Seval Oz is Senior New Business Development Manager at Google Inc. She supports all business and marketing efforts for Google’s self-driving technology commercial launch. As part of new business development responsibilities in Google Knowledge, Seval is working on transparency in Government Elections, and spearheaded the efforts for the 2011 national elections in Turkey, Egypt and Kyrgyzstan.

She is on the Advisory Board of HealthCorps®, a national health education program for high schools founded by her brother Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa, and Endeavor.Org, a global high-impact entrepreneurship organization based in NYC. She is also a steering committee member of the New York Public Library.

Seval accepted the PWI Women in Technology Award for Courage in San Francisco this year. Seval received her MBA from Wharton Business School, graduating with Distinction, and her BA, cum laude, from Wellesley/M.I.T. in economics and political science.

Stephen B. Phillips, M.A., BCBC+ Read bio

Stephen Phillips, M.A., BCBC, is currently the executive director of the Children’s Health Education Foundation (CHEF).
He is also Director of the Advanced Certificate in Bariatric Science Program and an associate professor of education and psychology in the Graduate Division of Touro College in New York City.

Professor Phillips is a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC) with more than two decades of experience treating obesities and related disorders in the context of primary care medicine.

His graduate education and training in health psychology, which includes the physical and social sciences, has uniquely prepared him to address the biological mechanisms, psychological processes and social influences of obesities. He has evaluated, counseled and treated thousands of patients, adults, children and families, individually and in group settings.

In addition to his administrative and clinical responsibilities Professor Phillips continues to teach graduate courses in bariatric science, health psychology and eating disorders, and actively serves on the Board of Advisors to HealthCorps, a nationwide school-age public school initiative that he co-founded with Dr. Mehmet Oz.

He is the public policy and legislative officer for the American Association of Bariatric Counselors and is a participating fellow at the Film and Education Research Academy, Teachers College, Columbia University.

John Ratey, M.D.+ Read bio

John J Ratey, M.D., is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Research Synthesizer, Speaker, and Author, as well a Clinical Psychiatrist maintaining a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has lectured and published many articles on the topics of Aggression, Autism, ADHD, and other issues in neuropsychiatry.

Dr.Ratey has authored “A User’s Guide to the Brain” (2000) and co-authored “Shadow Syndromes” (1997) with Catherine Johnson, Ph.D. From 1994 to 2005 he co-authored “Driven to Distraction” (1994), “Answers to Distraction” (1995) and “Delivered from Distraction” (2005) with Edward Hallowell, M.D., all published by Pantheon Press/Random House. Additionally, he has edited several books including “The Neuropsychiatry of Personality Disorders” (1994), published by Blackwell Scientific.

Most recently, Dr Ratey has penned, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain published by Little Brown. In Spark, Dr. Ratey guides the reader to an understanding of neurobiology and inspires the reader to reach for their potential, and embrace exercise that is crucial for the brain and body to operate at peak performance.
Spark is fueling a movement to re-engineer school practices and medical recommendations to establish curriculum, lifestyles and corporate practices based on scientific principles. Providing the scientific foundation and research data, Dr Ratey has been drafted into the groundswell of those whose mission it is to revitalize schools, combat the obesity crisis, stave off the encroaching epidemic of Sedentarism, by returning to evolutionary principles of physical exercise and proper diet thereby combating syndrome X, the underlying causation of much chronic disease.

Merrill Richmond+ Read bio

Merrill Richmond’s 20 year marketing career includes leading in-house marketing and creative development programs at the Walt Disney Company, Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) and Town Sports International’s New York Sports Clubs, Boston Sports Clubs, Washington Sports Clubs & Philadelphia Sports Clubs locatiions.

Merrill developed and produced “Saints and Spinners” a 24-hour spinning party and fundraiser for HealthCorps in New York 2008. He also produced Chain Reaction, a three day spinning event for HealthCorps in San Francisco in 2009.
Merrill’s work with Town Sports International and Zoom Media was recognized by MEDIA Magazine with a Creative Media Award finalist designation. He also produced two successful Guinness World Records for New York Sports Clubs, was featured in a Google Case Study and managed Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations-a 13 city statue tour commemorating Mickey Mouse’s 75th anniversary.

Michael F. Roizen, M.D.+ Read bio

Michael F. Roizen, M.D., is the Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of The Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic where he is striving to elevate preventive care and wellness to a driving role in medicine and society by radically improving health and decreasing wellness costs spiritually, physically and economically. Among Dr. Roizen’s many accomplishments, he co-founded six companies including RealAge sold to Hearst in 2007; co-invented a drug approved by the FDA in April 2008; co-wrote three medical bestsellers and four number one New York Times bestsellers (the YOU series books and RealAge) and formerly served as chair of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee, as well as editor of six medical journals. He and Dr. Mehmet Oz co-write the daily “YOU Docs” columns syndicated to 76 newspapers in North America and similar columns in four magazines.

Roger Ross+ Read bio

Roger Ross is the Chief Markting Office for Guidance Corporation, a nationally recognized staffing and executive search firm specialized in the medical, financial, and fashion industries. In 2006 Guidance Medical Personnel, Inc. received the first certification from the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations of a staffing company in New York State history. Mr. Ross is a Trustee/Board Member for the Young Peoples Chorus of NYC, the City’s Community Board 1 (Landmarks & Finance District Committee), the Downtown Alliance and the City’s Principal for a Day initiative.

Mache Seibel, M.D.+ Read bio

Dr. Mache Seibel is Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Seibel has written over 200 scientific articles and 10 books and is at work on a cookbook to address menopausal symptoms. He also founded HealthRock™, a health “edutainment” company to increase health literacy by making it fun for children and teens to learn about health and wellness. He writes songs related to a range of health awareness issues and performs for children and teens, as well as designs animations, videos, games and books to take his important message to a wide audience of Americans.

Lori Smatt, D.C.+ Read bio

Dr. Lori M. Smatt, Director and Founder of the Smatt Family Chiropractic center, has been in private practice since 1983. Dr. Smatt is a graduate of the Life Chiropractic College, a Diplomate of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, a member of the International Chiropractors Association and a member of the New York Chiropractic Council. Dr. Smatt was instrumental in the passage and enforcement of the Insurance Equality Law in 1997 that requires insurance companies to provide coverage for Chiropractic Care.

Michael C. Smatt, D.C., FICA+ Read bio

Dr. Michael C. Smatt is Director and Founder of the Madison Avenue Chiropractic Center. Dr. Smatt has been in private practice since 1980. A graduate of New York Chiropractic College, he is also a Diplomat of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, a Legislative Advisor to the New York Chiropractic Council, an Officer and Director of the Political Action Committee and a Member of the Legislative Committee of the International Chiropractors Association. Dr. Smatt was instrumental in the passage and enforcement of the Insurance Equality Law in 1997 that requires insurance companies to provide coverage for Chiropractic Care.

Doug Stroup+ Read bio

Doug Stroup is an award-winning health and wellness communicator with experience spanning twenty years of working with Fortune 500 companies, their brands and health-related organizations to find their unique voices and marketplace opportunities for success. He is Executive Vice President/Director of Client Service for HealthStar Public Relations, a New York-based company. From groundbreaking oral HIV diagnostic testing to digestive health innovation to diabetes activism to experiential health programs for high school students, concepts delivered by Stroup create a unique and transformative wellness-seeking strategic pathway for results that change attitudes and behaviors. His clients have included Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Sanofi-aventis, Schering Plough, Gerber Baby Products, McNeil Consumer Products, SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare (now GSK) and Aetna Insurance. Stroup’s work has been recognized with numerous awards for innovation and excellence in communications including the Public Relations Society of America, Pharmaceutical Advertising and Marketing Association, Cable Positive/Cable Television Association and a Telly® Award.

Brian Wansink, Ph.D.+ Read bio

Brian Wansink (Ph.D. Stanford University) is the John Dyson Professor of Marketing and the Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab in the Department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, Ithaca NY.

He earned his Ph.D. in marketing at Stanford (1990) and was marketing professor at the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College (1990-1994), the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (1994-1995), and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (1995-1997) and the Julian Simon Faculty Scholar and Professor of Marketing, Nutritional Sciences and Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1997-2005).

When he moved to the University of Illinois in 1997 he established the Food & Brand Lab which uniquely focuses on the psychology behind what people eat and how often they eat it.

His research has been widely featured on 20/20, BBC News, The Learning Channel, all news networks, and on the front pages of The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

Professor Wansink founded and directs the Food and Brand Lab, a series of test kitchens, restaurants, and cooperating grocery stores that are used to understand how consumers “choose and use” foods. With the help of researchers from psychology, history, food science, cultural anthropology, and agricultural and consumer economics, the mission of the Food & Brand Labs’ studies is to help consumers eat more nutritiously and behave responsibly.

In 1999, Professor Wansink founded the Wansink Consumer Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization which is funded by book royalties and speaking honorariums. The Foundation supports high school science projects dealing with consumer welfare and provides textbook-related scholarships to selected college-bound students who wish to promote consumer welfare through their studies.

On a personal level, Brian was born in Sioux City, Iowa and now lives with his wife Jennifer and daughter Audrey. He plays tenor saxophone in a jazz quartet (“Shaken Not Stirred”) and in an eight-piece rhythm and blues dance band (“The Usual Suspects”).

Mark Warfel, M.D.+ Read bio

Dr. W. Mark Warfel is the Director of Medicine and Surgery at the Warfel Institute in New York City. He has developed treatments, procedures, and regimens to keep one’s biological age as youthful as possible. Dr. Warfel holds hospital affiliations at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He attends national and international meetings of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

John Whyte, M.D.+ Read bio

Dr. John J. Whyte is Vice President for Continuing Medical Education at Discovery Health Channel, which belongs to the media conglomerate of Discovery Communications. Dr. Whyte creates courses, products and services on important clinical topics that appeal to both a medical and lay audience. Prior to joining Discovery, Dr. Whyte was in the immediate office of the director at the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality. He is a board-certified internist and earned a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Whyte has written extensively in the medical and lay press on health policy issues.

 

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Ambassadors

Ambassadors help lead HealthCorps’ grassroots movement across America. They are high profile supporters who promote our message by attending our public events, participating in school visits, and utilizing their networks to ensure students and their families are making healthy lifestyle choices

Ambassadors extend the HealthCorps “eat smart and stay active” regimen through our:

  • Outreach community activities (health fairs, health forums, fitness and fundraising events)
  • Experiential Marketing campaigns

HealthCorps thanks the following Ambassadors for their investment in time and for making a difference.