Barry D. Mann, MD, Professor of Surgery at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia is Chief Academic Officer for the Main Line Health System in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Dr. Mann serves as Program Director of the Lankenau Medical Center Surgical Residency Program and as Executive Director of the Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education.
Dr. Mann received both his undergraduate and MD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his surgical residency at the University of California Center of the Health Sciences where he completed a fellowship in Surgical Oncology.
Dr. Mann has received national recognition for his work in surgical education, including the Distinguished Educator Award of the Association for Surgical Education and the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Robert P. Glaser Distinguished Teacher of Medicine Award from the American Association for Medical Colleges. Dr. Mann is a past president of the Association for Surgical Education. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Alliance for Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC), where he currently serves as Chair of the AIAMC National Initiative on Wellness and Resiliency.
In 2009 Dr. Mann’s textbook entitled SURGERY: A Competency-Based Companion, published by Elsevier, became a medical textbook series for which Dr. Mann is the series’ editor. The series includes volumes in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Medicine. For the past decade, as Executive Director of the Annenberg Center for Medical Education at Lankenau Medical Center, Dr. Mann has lead a team of volunteers to develop the Health Career Academy, an enrichment program for high school students intended to inspire students to stay in school and to “pipeline” them to careers in healthcare.
Daniel Baer, PhD, LAT, ATC
Instructor/Clinical Education Coordinator, Department of Sports Medicine
Vice President, Healthcare Insights and Analytics
David Berkowitz is currently responsible for business development and sales for ECRI Institute’s information, analytics and services, providing healthcare insights and analytics to organizations in healthcare ecosystem well as collaborating on products and concepts for healthcare providers. Mr. Berkowitz has over 40 years of experience in health care, particularly in the areas technology evaluation, assessment and sales with views from the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. He has been responsible for testing and evaluating health care technology and performing forensic analyses of accidents involving medical devices and building and managing ECRI’s technology consulting practice.
Mr. Berkowitz also spent 16 years at Varian Medical Systems, the world’s largest manufacturer of radiation therapy technology for the treatment of cancer. At Varian he had responsibilities for managing strategic and national accounts and was Director of the Northeast Region.
Mr. Berkowitz holds B.S. and M.Eng Degrees in Biomedical Engineering as well as a Certificate of Clinical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He serves on the Board of Governors of Main Line Health System.
Susan Cusak, PhD, MBA
Florastine Byarms, MA
Health Educator & Injury Prevention Coordinator, Lankenau Medical Center
Florastine (Flo) Byarms was born and raised in West Philadelphia and was educated through the Philadelphia public school system. In 1991, she graduated from Overbrook High School in the Scholars Magnet program and attended Lincoln University for 1 year after HS. Faced with financial difficulties Flo was unable to return to Lincoln and began working as a certified nursing assistant while attending Community College of Philadelphia part-time. At 24 Flo became a single parent and continued to work, raise her son and take courses one semester at a time. In 2000 she started to work as Patient Care Associate and Unit Secretary at Delaware County Memorial Hospital until 2009. In 2009, Delaware County had a massive layoff and Flo used this difficult moment as an opportunity to return to school fulltime. She attended Temple University full-time while working as a unit secretary and a patient care technician at Paoli Hospital in their weekend program. She graduated from Temple in 2012 with her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Communications and minoring in Public Health. In 2013, Flo was a communications intern at Main Line Health corporate office where her desire for community services grew and she returned to school on-line. In 2014 she was hired as a health educator at Lankenau Medical Center and designated as the injury prevention coordinator when the hospital became an accredited trauma center in 2016. In May of 2016 Flo obtained her Masters of Art degree majoring in health communications from Southern New Hampshire University. Knowing the resiliency of attending school while working and raising a child Flo became a mentor for YoungLives, a Christian organization that supports and mentors teen moms. She is now the coordinator for the YoungLives Club of Sharon Hill where she supports and mentors teen moms and supports and connects leaders to the Teen moms. She also maintains her role as a Health Educator and Injury Prevention coordinator at Lankenau Medical Center.
Phyllis B. Cater
President and Chief Executive Officer, Spectrum Health Services Inc.
Ms. Phyllis Bagwell Cater currently serves as the President Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Health Services, Inc., and has served in this capacity for the past 15 years. Ms. Cater has over thirty years in community health. Her vast experience and accomplishments include entrepreneurial management, marketing & communications, funding and collaborative partnerships, board and program development. Ms. Cater provided senior executive leadership at three non-profit community health centers, Good Will Industries, Inc. and the Neighborhood Health Plan, a health center based managed care plan in Boston, MA. Ms. Cater was appointed the Chief Executive Officer at Spectrum Health Services in January, 2004.
Ms. Cater has an undergraduate degree in Sociology/Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, and a Master’s Degree in Social Planning, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, Boston, MA and is a graduate of the Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Health Care Executive Program, Anderson School of Management, UCLA.
Donna Cole, MPH
Project Coordinator, Healthy Corner Store Initiative
Donna Cole has experience in public health, health care policy analysis and health education. Donna’s public health career has been based on creating, implementing and planning programs to address disparities in underserved neighborhoods. Currently, Donna serves as a Project Coordinator at The Food Trust where she coordinates, implements and supports projects related to healthy retail initiatives in the tri-state area, including the Heart Smarts program. The Heart Smarts program empowers lower-income individuals to improve their health and reduce their risk of diet-related disease by bringing nutrition education, health care, social services and increased food access into the local corner or grocery store. Many of the stores that Donna works with as part of the Heart Smarts program are located in West Philadelphia.
Prior to joining The Food Trust, Donna worked with variety of community health organizations, where she spent time assessing community needs in addition to identifying and evaluating program outcomes designed for specifically for the West Philadelphia community.
Andrea L. Custis
President & CEO, Urban League of Philadelphia
Amanda Evans, MPH
Program Specialist, Community Outreach & Impact, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Janet Fleetwood, PhD, MPH
Professor of Public Health, Drexel University
Janet Fleetwood is a tenured full professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Prior to serving in university administration, Janet was a tenured professor of medical ethics in the Drexel University School of Medicine. Her current areas of interest include urban public health issues – especially food safety, food waste, and food access – and public health ethics. She has been principal investigator for programs funded by the Greenwall Foundation, the Culpeper Foundation, the van Ameringen Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Her publications are in journals including the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Internal Medicine, the Hastings Center Report, and the Journal of Medical Ethics.
Prior to joining the full-time faculty in the Dornsife School of Public Health, Janet was a Senior Vice Provost at Drexel University. She worked closely with Drexel’s President, John Fry, on university-wide strategic planning and with the university provosts on faculty development, diversity, and equity. She received the University Dragon Award for her collaborative work on the university strategic plan.
John W. Gruber, MS
Science Faculty, Friends’ Central
John Gruber has been involved in science education for more than 25 years as a teacher and mentor to students of all ages. He has worked actively in the areas of curriculum design and development, teacher training, and innovative approaches to learning in the classroom, the laboratory, and the field. John currently teaches courses in integrated physical and biological sciences as well as botany and biodiversity studies at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood where he also serves as director of the school’s Distinguished Visiting Scientist Program. He holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Medicinal Chemistry. As a researcher, John has worked for fifteen years on the life history and ecology of emerald moth species, leading field expeditions in the American southwest and coordinating a lab program investigating the use of DNA sequences in systematic studies of species differences. In 2017, John piloted a DNA summer science camp for students form West Philadelphia and surrounding areas as an immersive experience in lab science and genetics.
Jamila Harris-Morrison, MSW
Executive Director, ACHIEVEability
Jamila Harris-Morrison is an energetic and strategic leader with over 15 years of nonprofit experience in community and economic development, counseling, educational and evaluative services. Beyond her professional experience, Jamila personally relates to the challenges of growing up in and overcoming poverty. She passionately believes that “service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.”As such, she is a strong advocate for families impacted by poverty and is committed to building economic pathways that foster thriving families and sustainable Philadelphia communities. Ms. Harris-Morrison earned a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice and graduated from Clark University with a BA in Psychology.
Jamila has experience with diverse social issues including mental health, homelessness, poverty and issues impacting women. She understands that ending poverty requires both individual and systems solutions. To that end, she promotes innovative solutions to poverty through cross-sector collaboration and presentations to raise awareness and share expertise/experience on key topics including health, poverty, affordable housing, workforce development and non-profit collaborations. In the past year, she has presented at the Homes Within Reach conference, ARNOVA conference and NAHSE panel Addressing Disparities in Healthcare. A lifelong Philadelphian and advocate for vulnerable families, Jamila has dedicated her career to supporting to communities to realize their full potential.
Scott Heinerichs, EdD, LAT, ATC
West Chester University
Elizabeth L. Holder, Ed.D.
Director Patient Experience at Aramark Healthcare
Liz Holder, Ed.D. Dr. Liz serves as the Director, Patient Experience for Aramark Healthcare and Hospitality. In this role, Liz has demonstrated a proven ability to foster strong relationships with hospital executives, front line managers, and nurse leaders to improve the Patient Experience as evidenced by increasing Patient Satisfaction scores. With a passion for organizational development, Liz believes that her primary role as a system leader is to develop a service culture that demonstrates value and respect for all patients and families. Liz received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Arcadia University, Masters of Arts from LaSalle University, and Doctorate of Education Leadership in May 2017 from Saint Joseph's University. Dr. Liz currently serves as a member of Aramark's Women Business Resource Network (WBRN), lead liason for the Adopt-A-School program (working with high school students), an active member of Aramark Building Community, a Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion Facilitator (MLH), a graduate of Philadelphia's Urban Leadership Forum, and Vice President of the Board of Directors with the Community Learning Center (Philadelphia).
Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, RN, FAAN
Vice President, Health and Health Equity Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University
Joseph M. Kaczmarczyk, DO, MPH, MBA
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Kaczmarczyk joined PCOM in 2010 where he has been a leader and innovator, establishing a Core Clinical Campus network that includes Main Line Health. Previously, he had a 23-year career as a Commissioned Office in the US Public Health Service that began with the Navajo and Zuni as an OB/GYN in the Indian Health Service in New Mexico and lead to 19 years in the Washington, DC area in a variety of Federal positions such as those in Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) as Chief Medical Officer in the Office of Minority and Women’s Health or project officer with program responsibility for all Federally Qualified Health Centers in 2 Federal regions, Senior Medical Advisor on the staff of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, Medical Officer in the FDA Office of Women’s Health, and Medical Officer in the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Kaczmarczyk has nearly a decade of prior board experience with the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG). In addition, he has a Master of Public Health degree and will receive his executive MBA from St. Joseph’s University at commencement on May 19, 2018.
Saba Khan, MD
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Barbara Klock, MD, FAAP
Chester Charter School for the Arts
Manager, Community Relations, Penn Medicine
Director of Institutional Advancement at Friends’ Central School
Lydia Martin has been a part of the Friends’ Central community since 1995, working in the admission, development, and communications offices. In each of these areas she has worked closely with the Head of School and Board of Trustees. Currently she oversees internal and external marketing, school-wide and outreach events, market identification and and the parent association. An important aspect of this role is seeking strategic relationships with area institutions, including Lankenau Hospital and newly established partnerships with the Trinity Center for Urban Life in Center City Philadelphia, and Anderson Elementary School in West Philadelphia.
Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, MPH, RN
Associate Professor and Director, Center for Global & Public Health
Ruth McDermott-Levy is a public health nursing expert with a focus in immigrant/refugee, environmental, and global health. She has worked in the Philadelphia area for most of her nursing career and has established relationships with public health organizations and social service agencies that support the health of communities in the region.
She has over 20 years experience with home care nursing practice and education in which she has visited homes in West Philadelphia to address nursing needs of adults with chronic illnesses. Dr. McDermott-Levy has also educated nursing students in home visiting and supervised students during Philadelphia Department of Health influenza vaccination clinics. She has conducted and published a health needs assessment of Philadelphia’s Arab immigrant community and she has worked with natural gas development communities in a community based participatory research project.
Health Professions Advisor, St Joseph’s University
Andrew M. Peterson, PharmD, PhD
John Wyeth Dean, Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy & Executive Director of Substance Use Disorders Institute, University of the Sciences
Andrew M. Peterson PharmD, PhD, is the John Wyeth Dean of the Mayes College at University of the Science in Philadelphia. He is also Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Health Policy and previously served as Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice/Pharmacy Administration.
Before joining USciences in 1996, Dr. Peterson was an Assistant Director of pharmacy and clinical services at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and was an Associate Director of pharmacy, drug information, and clinical services at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
Highly regarded in the fields of Pharmacy Management and Health Policy, Dr. Peterson has more than 30 years research experience in medication compliance, health outcomes research, health and drug use policy, medications in the environment and more recently, substance use disorders. His accomplishments are wide ranging: he has produced a large body of research and scholarly work, created innovative programming, and secured significant grant dollars.
Practice Manager, MLHC City Line Family Medicine
Program Coordinator, Lankenau Family Medicine Residency
Currently I am the practice manager at MLHC City Line Family Medicine, a primary care office located on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd consisting of four attending physicians and six resident physicians. I have been with the practice full time for eleven years. In my role as the practice manager for MLHC, I had the opportunity to prepare and facilitate our first Patient and Family Experience Council in 2017 where we engaged physicians, staff members and patients in a discussion around setting healthy goals. Future meetings are being scheduled for 2018.
A significant portion of my time is dedicated to my position as program coordinator for the Family Medicine Residency Program at Lankenau. In 2012, I assisted with the formation of the program and our first class was accepted in June 2013. Our residents are involved in community medicine and also have scheduled hours at the FQHC, Spectrum Health Services in West Philadelphia for patient care.
Marcine Pickron-Davis, Ph.D.
Chief Diversity and Community Relations Officer, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Marcine Pickron-Davis joined the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) on May 1, 2017 as the College’s new chief diversity and community relations officer. She is charged with advancing diversity, inclusion, and community partnerships for the Philadelphia and Greater Atlanta and Southern Georgia campuses.
Most recently, Dr. Pickron-Davis served as the inaugural chief community engagement and diversity officer at Widener University where she served as a strategic leader to advance the university’s commitment to access, equity, diversity, and inclusion. During her 12 year tenure, she raised Widener’s civic engagement profile among the national higher education community, implemented civic engagement initiatives resulting in sustainable partnerships between the university and the Chester community; and led the development of innovative programs and initiatives to promote a culture of inclusion. Dr. Pickron-Davis’ accomplishments resulted in institutional and cultural change in policies and practices at Widener.
Prior to her arrival at Widener, Dr. Pickron-Davis served as a Research Associate for Research for Action, a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization working in educational research and reform in public education. She completed her bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and her masters of social work degree from Temple University’s School of Social Administration. She earned her doctor of philosophy degree in educational leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Pickron-Davis completed the Institute for Educational Management (IEM) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Engagement Academy for University Leaders, and Leadership Philadelphia, Inc. She is a native of Philadelphia and currently resides with her family in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania.
Deon Vigilance, MD, MBA
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mercy Health System
I am a Cardiovascular surgeon and currently serve as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery for the Mercy Health System. A position I have held for the past 19 months. Prior to this current position, I spent almost 9 years on the faculty at Indiana University as a Cardiovascular surgeon. During my time at Indiana University, key leadership roles included, Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Indiana University Bloomington and Saxony Hospitals, President of the Medical Executive Committee at Kindred Hospital and Board member of the YMCA.
I have a great interest in healthcare transformation focused on clinical management of populations with the integration of technology and remote patient monitoring. Based upon this interest, I obtained an MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 2015. An experience that afforded me the opportunity to travel to India and evaluate healthcare systems and population health management in an emerging environment.
Since relocating to Philadelphia in 2016, I have created a non-profit (faith-based) organization and partnered with a West Philadelphia church to reduce the cardiovascular risk profile of the West Philadelphia community. This effort has been greatly support by the Mercy Health System’s leadership Team. As a result, our CEO, Susan Croushore, has encouraged me to represent the Mercy Health System on the Together for West Philadelphia Board. I truly believe the efforts of this organization will significantly change lives by improving general health and clinical outcomes in the West Philadelphia community through collaborative approaches that are inclusive of engaged health systems and devoted community partners.
Richard Watson, D.O.
Physician, MLHC City Line Family Medicine
Program Director, Lankenau Family Medicine Residency
As primary care physician at MLHC City Line Family Medicine, I have provided patient care to both the Main Line and West Philadelphia patient populations for the past twenty-seven years. Proudly, the practice has reported quality scores in the upper ninetieth percentile for the previous decade while achieving Press Ganey patient satisfaction scores exceeding both regional and national averages. Within the past four years the practice has brought two excellent, younger physicians to increase patient access to care.
After twenty-five years of graduate medical education involvement, in 2014 I assumed the position of director of the Lankenau Family Medicine Residency Program. As program director, I have had the privilege of directing the education and training of an outstanding group of residents and medical students. The program's goal is to develop and expand the primary care physician network of Main Line Health so that all patients may have access to excellent medical care. The program and City Line Family Medicine was benefited by hiring our first graduated Megan Daley, DO who now participates in the education of the MSA program at Lankenau.
Lastly, I serve as a primary care Clinical Operations Leader. At this position, I am tasked with developing strategies and work flows that enhance quality of care as determined by Main Line Health's senior leadership Clinical Priority Projects. My current priority project is based on the region's opioid crisis and the role primary care physicians play. I am developing a pain management tool detailing the various pain types, non-pharmacologic and non-opioid treatment options for pain. The tool will also focus on the proper prescribing of opioids where indicated for chronic, non-cancer pain. A list of resources for pain management and opioid abuse disorder will be provided as part of the tool.
Program Coordinator, Penn Towne Chapter of the Links
GSK - Director National Advocacy and Alliance Development (A&AD) January 2012 — Present
• Lead matrix team’s strategic direction and activities for engagement with national nonprofit organizations (NPOs), e.g., patient advocacy groups, health professional associations, to address unmet medical needs via aligned collaborations to elevate awareness, educate and mobilize on addressing legislative priorities
• Lead compilation of insights to uncover and map explicit needs of nonprofit organizations for GSK related therapeutic areas and to address health policy issues, resulting in collaboration to shape the health policy landscape for improved patient care and rewarding innovative R&D. Translate insights advice to inform GSK businesses.
• Oversee cultivation of relationships with NPOs and external experts through engagement and solution-driven activities directed toward policy makers, public, healthcare professionals, resulting in creation of a favorable external environment focusing on improving access to high quality healthcare and reducing costs.
• Lead and manage vaccines matrix team incorporating business improvement resources to ensure aligned roles, accountability, standardized ways of working and aligned strategic plan for NPO engagement activities.