SPEAKERS


 


 
General Session Speakers                              Breakout Session Speakers
 

 

Keynote Speaker -  Joan Garry

 

Joan Garry is an internationally recognized champion for the nonprofit sector and a highly sought after executive coach for CEOs at some of the nation’s largest organizations. Joan’s firm offers high-end strategic advisory services with a unique combination of coaching and management consulting. She is called upon by large organizations to tackle substantial change management, crisis management and leadership transitions requiring a hands-on strategist, a messaging expert, and a compassionate truth teller.

Joan is the go-to resource for hundreds of thousands of nonprofit leaders worldwide. Through her blog, podcast and book, Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership, she has become the ‘Dear Abby’ of the nonprofit sector, advocating for the success of nonprofits, large and small. 

As a columnist for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes Magazine, among others, Joan is a preeminent media spokesperson and thought leader on the role of the nonprofit sector in our society and is a sought after voice on issues facing the sector today. 

Joan is also the founder of the Nonprofit Leadership Lab, the online educational and community portal she leads for board and staff leaders of small nonprofits. 

Learn more about Joan by visiting https://www.joangarry.com.

 


 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS - Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene, From Privilege to Progress

Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene co-founded From Privilege to Progress--a national movement to desegregate the public conversation about race and racism--after their viral video of two black men being unjustly arrested at a Starbucks captured international attention.

Their work has been featured on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk, NPR’s Radio Times and Code Switch, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, MSNBC’s AM Joy, and in numerous television, print and online outlets.

Michelle and Melissa continue the conversation they started that day through social media campaigns and speaking engagements that create awareness and inspire action.

Join the #ShowUp movement by following From Privilege to Progress on social media.

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GENERAL SESSION SPEAKERS

 

Beth Armstrong, Executive Director, People's Health Clinic

Beth Armstrong has more than 25 years of healthcare industry experience.  With her extensive background in hospital administration, Beth has worked for such notable organizations as Cedars Sinai Cancer Center in Los Angeles, Northridge Medical Center in Northridge, California and Hospital of the Good Samaritan in downtown Los Angeles. She currently serves as the Executive Director of People's Health Clinic in Park City, a nonprofit clinic that provides quality healthcare to the uninsured of Summit and Wasatch Counties.  Armstrong also serves on many boards: the American Hospital Association where she lobbies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for community hospitals; KPCW Radio where she is secretary; she is Vice Chair of Park City Public Arts Advisory Board where she procures art for the city of Park City; Art for Healing where she assisted in creating an art cart for patients; Promontory Foundation where she is Director and primary fundraiser; and the Executive Council of the Utah Symphony/Utah Orchestra where her focus is on programming. Beth also serves on the Literacy Project board and the Board of Directors for Park City Hospital and is on the board of the Park City Chamber of Commerce.  Beth received her Bachelors of Science in Accounting from McNeese State University and  Masters study in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans.  She resides with her husband and 23-year-old son in Park City, Utah, enjoying the town’s world-class skiing, hiking, biking, and golf.

 

 

Stephanie Garris, Chief Executive Officer, Grace Medical Home

Stephanie Garris is the Chief Executive Officer of Grace Medical Home in Orlando, FL.  Stephanie has a lengthy career in civic activism and community service. Prior to working at Grace, she served as Executive Director for the American Cancer Society in Central Florida and held several positions in the federal legislative arena when she lived in Washington, D.C., including the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association. Stephanie also worked as a Legislative Assistant on Capitol Hill and a political fundraiser. She attended the University of Florida and the American University Washington College of Law. Stephanie has a long history of volunteer service in Orlando through the Junior League of Greater Orlando (President 2009-2010) and the Florida Bar Association (Elected Member, Young Lawyers Board of Directors). She is also very active in the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and serves on various committees for The Christ School. She and her husband are the proud parents of three young sons.

 

 

Isi Ikharebha Green, Executive Director, Physicians CareConnection

Isi Green is the Executive Director of the Physicians CareConnection which is an affiliate of the Columbus Medical Association. She has been in this role since 2009. Her primary responsibility is leading the effort to coordinate health care services and resources for people who are vulnerable in Central Ohio and share the value of coordinating safety net services through outcomes measurements and evaluation. Born in Dayton, Ohio in 1975, she is the daughter of Sam and Priscilla Ikharebha.  Green graduated 3rd in her class from Trotwood Madison High School in 1993. Green is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and currently serves as the President of her local chapter and is the State of Ohio Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Chair of the Board. Green believes she is serving her God-given purpose by helping people. Her favorite saying is “Leadership is an opportunity to serve.” Green is a proud Alumni of THE Ohio State University (Go BUCKS!) and earned both her Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry and Masters in Public Health from this great institution!!

 

 

Nicole Lamoureux, President & CEO, National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC)

Nicole works daily with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and America’s 1,400 Free and Charitable Clinics and Pharmacies to ensure the medically underserved have access to affordable, quality health care. Nicole believes we all have the capability to make the world a better place, that health care is a right and not a privilege, that our country must start putting people over politics,and that together we should make sure all people, regardless of their age, sex, income, education, ethnicity, color of skin, religion, sexual orientation, or identity deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. 

Nicole has testified before Congress, is a regular TV commentator, and has published numerous articles on the important role of America’s safety net and charitable care providers. Nicole was named by the NonProfit Times as one of the top 50 Most Influential and Powerful Nonprofit Executives in the USA. She received the Center of NonProfit EXCEL Award for excellence in Executive Non-Profit Leadership.

Nicole holds a Master’s Degree in American Government and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics from The Catholic University of America and she resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband Mark

 

 


 

Breakout Session Speakers

 

David Baldwin, MD is a retired Professor of Medicine in the Section of Endocrinology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He graduated from Beloit College, WI in 1976, and from Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL in 1981. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA in 1984, and his fellowship in Endocrinology at The University of Chicago in 1986. He was an attending in the Section of Endocrinology at Rush for 32 years rising to become an endowed Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Section of Endocrinology. He has volunteered at CommunityHealth for the past 10 years.

 

Adam Bradley grew up in Almond, WI, a thriving metropolis of 448 people in Central Wisconsin, 25 miles from the nearest grocery store. Adam received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, double majoring like all over-achievers do in Spanish and Biology, with a Pre-Medicine concentration. After repeatedly putting off the MCAT, Adam applied to Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine to pursue a master’s degree of Public Health. Adam began his work at Luke's House, one of New Orleans only free medical clinics, in 2015 and has helped the clinic grow its outreach and impact ever since, predominantly among the city's Spanish-speaking population. The clinic now sees almost 1,000 patients each year and connects people to long-term, affordable healthcare and is a model for equity-driven healthcare.

 

Surekha Cohen, RN, BSN, MA, is currently the Director of Clinical Services at the Arlington Free Clinic in Arlington, VA. In her previous role at the Clinic, she was a nurse manager for seven years coordinating care for patients with chronic and acute illness, in addition to overseeing the Move to Health exercise and nutrition program. She has also worked internationally as a program manager of public health projects to address maternal mortality and child health in countries with limited health resources.

 

Beth Collier joined the staff of the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio in June 2019 as their first Social Worker. Beth holds her BSSW from The Ohio State University College of Social Work, where she is currently pursuing her MSW. She is an alumni of the NEW Leadership Ohio program for college women in politics and was a semi-finalist for the inaugural OSU President's Prize Competition in 2017. Prior to joining the staff of the Charitable Pharmacy, she served as the Director of Resource Development for the Charitable Healthcare Network and as a Senior Certified Pharmacy Technician with Walgreens. In her spare time, Beth enjoys cooking and writing novels about family drama and healthcare.

 

Julie Darnell, PhD, MHSA, joined the Department of Public Health Sciences, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago as Associate Professor in December 2015. Previously, she was on the faculty of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she served as Assistant Professor (2008-2015) and Associate Professor with tenure (2015). Dr. Darnell received her AM (2003) and PhD (2008) in Social Service Administration from The University of Chicago as well as a Master of Health Services Administration degree in health policy (1994) from The George Washington University. Her research focuses on access to, and the delivery and financing of, health care for poor and vulnerable populations and the safety net organizations that serve them. With the support of Americares, she is currently leading an evaluation of two evidence-based chronic disease interventions in free clinics. She is also conducting a national survey of all known free and charitable clinics across the country. She has earned a national reputation for her work on free clinics. Findings from her research on free clinics have been published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and Medical Care and in a report to the U.S. Congress. Her work on free clinics has received numerous awards and recognition from organizations including the Society for Social Work and Research, the National Association of Social Workers Foundation, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, the American Public Health Association, and the Public Health System Research Interest Group of AcademyHealth.

 

Liz Dickey ​has​ served as the Executive Director of Health For All​ since 2012. Health For All is a free clinic for the uninsured who have no access to employer funded health insurance, cannot afford their portion of the insurance, and/or are financially disqualified from government health care programs. ​Liz is actively working to increase the number of people served, grow the number of volunteers who help provide care, and raise the funds and awareness necessary to help ensure everyone in our community can access affordable healthcare. Liz has a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing and Supply Chain management and a communications minor from Syracuse University. She currently serves on the ​BVOOG ​Workforce Solutions Board and committees for the United Way and her Church. Liz is a member of the Junior League, Bryan Rotary Club and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, The Boys and Girls Club, and Special Olympics.

 

Dr. Adlia Ebeid has served as the Director of Pharmacy Services at San Jose Clinic for the past 4 years. Prior to joining the team as a staff member, she served as a volunteer pharmacist for 2.5 years. She has more than 10 years of experience in pharmacy services with specific expertise in chronic disease management. During her time at the clinic, Dr. Ebeid has overseen the creation and implementation of a successful disease state management (DSM) program benefiting hundreds of uninsured, underserved patients living with chronic illnesses in the greater Houston area each year. She spearheaded San Jose Clinic's seminal partnership with Texas Southern University (TSU) to continuously provide the clinic with faculty and student volunteers to run the DSM program. Through this program, we train new pharmacy students on-site and recruit a residential pharmacist intern each year. Our DSM program has seen great results, with at least one volunteer pharmacist securing a 60% success rate with her patients.

 

Ariana Gordillo joined the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) in 2011 and is the Director of Strategic Initiatives. In this position, Ariana works daily with Free & Charitable Clinics and Charitable Pharmacies, volunteers and partners. Her responsibilities include member relations, volunteer activation and aid, partner relations, grant program management, community outreach and committee support. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Latin American & Hemispheric Studies from the George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies from the American University in Washington, D.C. Ariana is a native of Lima, Peru and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

 

Kristi Gilleland, LCSW, serves as the Director of Whole Person Care at Mercy Health Center (MHC) in Athens, Georgia.  MHC is a faith-based, non-profit, free health clinic that provides whole-person care to uninsured adults in a six county area.  In her role, she oversees Behavioral Health, Social Services, Wellness, and Spiritual Care services for the clinic, and serves as a community-based liaison for various research initiatives with the University of Georgia and Medical College of Georgia.  Kristi has over 10 years’ experience in the non-profit free clinic sector, and has an extensive knowledge of integrating behavioral health in the primary care setting, collaborative care models, social determinants of health and health literacy.  She is a Behavioral Health Specialist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

 

Emily Hendel, MS, NP-C is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Director of Clinical Services at CommunityHealth, the nation’s largest free clinic located in Chicago. Emily received her Master of Science in Nursing from DePaul University in 2004 and the same year started as a staff RN at CommunityHealth. In 2007, she transitioned to Nursing Manager, after receiving her Family Nurse Practitioner Postmasters Certificate from DePaul University. In 2013, Emily was promoted to Director of Nursing Services and then transitioned to Director of Clinical Services in 2015. Emily is bilingual English/Spanish and has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the College of Wooster. 

 

Suzanne HobanAfter getting her Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois, Suzanne Hoban founded the Family Health Partnership Clinic in 1996 – the first charitable clinic in McHenry County. Suzanne is involved in several community and civic organizations. She is the President of the Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and on the board of Leadership Greater McHenry County. She is also an elected trustee for McHenry County College. She has experience in refugee resettlement and has worked in refugee camps in Southeast Asia as well as Central America. She has presented at state and national conferences on topics ranging from fundraising to improving quality assurance in the safety net sector.  Suzanne is a recipient of several local and regional awards including the Illinois State Treasurer “Healthcare Trailblazer “Award, the McHenry County Women of Distinction, and Woodstock Woman of the Year.

 

Irene Hruskoci is a retired Physical Therapist who received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College. Over the years she has practiced in a variety of acute care settings both locally and abroad with patients from pediatrics to geriatrics. Upon retirement in 2015, she started volunteering as a Physical Therapist at the Arlington Free Clinic in Arlington, Virginia. In 2016 she also became a volunteer coach for the Clinic’s Move to Health exercise and nutrition program and is now the Volunteer Coordinator of the program. She has helped evolve Move to Health through many changes, always searching for the most effective way to help our patient population attain better health.

 

Breanna Lathrop, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC is the chief operating officer and nurse practitioner at Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta, GA. She has spent over a decade providing health care to individuals and families who lack health insurance. She earned her doctor of nursing practice from Georgia Southern University and master of nursing and master of public health from Emory University. She is passionate health equity and addressing social determinants of health. She writes and speaks on these topics and is the co-author of How Neighborhoods Make Us Sick: Restoring Health and Wellness to Our Communities. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader.

 

Rev. Judith Long has served as Executive Director of The Free Clinics for 14.5 years, as a community minister. During her tenure, TFC has quintupled staff, programs, budget, and patients served. TFC also built a new facility, launched an endowment, expanded to serve our neighboring county, and serves as fiscal agent for the community's collaborative addressing substance use disorder. Judy has a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco and over 26 years experience in nonprofit organizations in Atlanta, San Francisco/Oakland, Boston, and Brooklyn/Manhattan, focusing on housing/homelessness; anti-racism/anti-oppression efforts, and empowering survivors of interpersonal violence. Judy earned her Masters of Divinity from Harvard and has served as a hospital chaplain and Unitarian Universalist parish minister. She leads the interfaith DREAM Scholarship Project that bridges the gap between in-and-out-of-state tuition at public institutions for DREAMERs. She earned her BA from Smith College in Northampton, MA, and is the proud mother of a talented 14 year old daughter.

 

Dr. Shawn Smith, PharmD is the Executive Director of Symba Center, a start-up non-profit free clinic in Victorville, California. After receiving his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Loma Linda University, he completed two years of post- graduate training in ambulatory care. His first year was spent at the University of California, San Diego Health and a second year at Virginia Commonwealth University where he gained clinical practice experience in non-profit free clinics and research experience in metabolic diseases. His expertise includes outpatient chronic disease management with a focus on diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, smoking cessation, and cardiovascular risk reduction. Dr. Smith is currently an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at WesternU College of Pharmacy. He is passionate about partnering with community leaders to develop innovative care models that meet the needs of the underserved and improve access to medications and primary healthcare services.

 

Veronica Squires is chief administrative officer at The Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where she leads strategy, expansion and development efforts. She previously served as director of corporate development for Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, and as the Georgia director of ministry partnerships for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She is a certified Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) practitioner and serves on the advisory board for the Georgia Charitable Care Network. She is currently pursuing her Executive MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

 

Sara Sullivan works as an evaluation and business consultant for a variety of free and charitable clinics and other non-profit organizations, focusing on program evaluation, process improvement, and capacity building. She has a master’s degree in program evaluation and over 20 years of experience ranging from multi-year evaluations of federally funded programs to small feasibility studies. As the founder of Sullivan Evaluation Services, she utilizes her wide range of experience to help non-profit organizations gather and use information in meaningful ways. Located in Orlando, FL, she has conducted needs assessments, outcome evaluations, case studies, data mining and analysis projects, and quality improvement initiatives.

 

Rebecca Tamayo was born and raised in New Orleans. She attended Edna Karr High School and then Tulane University majoring in Public Health. Continuing her public health education, she attended LSU for her Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology. Rebecca began working at Luke's House in 2016, where she's able to use her skills as a native Spanish-speaker and New Orleanian to help her community members access healthcare resources.

 

Kenn Tilus has served as the executive director of Faith Community Health in Branson, Missouri since January 2016. With a background in finance and operations in nonprofit settings, Kenn was tasked to lead the organization to a sustainable future in a rural tourism-based community where a third of the workforce is without health insurance and wages are second lowest among U.S. micropolitan areas. The concept for FaithCare, an employer-based direct primary care service for local small businesses, was conceived and developed in 2017 and launched in March 2018. The FaithCare program contributed about 20% of patient visits and nearly 25% of total revenues within two years, enrolling nearly 300 members and providing a steady source of subscription income for the clinic.

 

Jeffrey Trask is a Professor in the Public Health master’s program with Benedictine University. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy in Community Health with a Specialization in Health Policy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also completed his undergraduate work, and he earned his Master of Science in Education Administration from Eastern Illinois University. In his professional career, Dr. Trask worked in hospital, public health, school clinic, and free clinic settings. In 2003, he founded the Champaign County Christian Health Center (CCCHC), a free clinic that provides healthcare services to the uninsured in Champaign County. His many other professional accomplishments include: Treasurer for the Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, Member of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Advocacy for Justice Committee; Board President for Christian Community Health Fellowship (CCHF); and board member for the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA).

 

Dr. Maria Vital has been the very enthusiastic Operations Manager at the LCHFC since she moved to the US from Brazil in 2007. Dr. Vital is responsible for balancing several budgets and allocating monies for the various programs offered at the Leahy Clinic. She has developed a strong rapport with the diverse patient population in the clinic, utilizing her language fluency to act as a translator and an advocate for the patients. She also works closely with clinic staff, physicians, faculty, students, and volunteers at the Leahy clinic, serving as the Volunteer Services Coordinator. Fluent in five languages, Dr. Vital is an active community volunteer who often provides pro bono translation services in health care, community and legal settings. Dr. Vital is the president of the Lackawanna County Interagency Council, a board member of the Weinberg Food Bank, a board member for the Fresh Food Committee for the GATE, and a board member for the Immigration Committee.

 

Dr. Mary Brennan Wirshup, MD, FAAFP, is the Vice President of Medical Affairs at Community Volunteers in Medicine in West Chester, PA, which provides health care to uninsured, low-income individuals in the community. For 18 years, she has been responsible for the management of clinical care and oversight of over 200 medical staff and clinical volunteers, while treating chronic disease and specialty care patients. Dr. Wirshup received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and served her medical residency at Lancaster General Hospital. Dr. Wirshup is a Fellow of the Academy of Family Practice and serves as a Clinical Adjunct Professor of Family Practice at Temple Medical School and Penn State College of Medicine. In December 2019, Dr. Wirshup was the recipient of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity, which recognizes individuals who have successfully changed systems and policies that help reduce health disparities. She has been the recipient of numerous other awards and recognition.