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Advisory Board Members

Gloria A. Addo-Ayensu
Director of Health
Fairfax County Health Department

Gloria Addo AyensuGloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D. M.P.H is the Director of Health for Fairfax County. In this capacity she provides overall leadership, management and direction for public health programs in the county and serves as the official health advisor to Fairfax County's Board of Supervisors, Health Care Advisory Board and the Human Services Council. She has led a number of local and regional public health initiatives in the areas of emergency preparedness, health promotion and health equity. Throughout her public health career, she has promoted community health and resiliency through partnerships and has a long-term record of successfully leveraging community assets to create innovative, practical and sustainable community-based approaches to complex public health challenges. She earned her Doctor of Medicine and Master's in Public Health from Tulane University and completed her residency training in preventive medicine from the Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Robert B. Blancato
Matz, Blancato and Associates

Bob BlancatoBob Blancato is President of Matz, Blancato and Associates located in Washington D.C. He is the National Coordinator of the bi partisan 3000 member Elder Justice Coalition. He serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. Bob has more than 20 years of federal government service in the Congress and Executive branches including 13 years as on the senior staff of the House Select Committee on Aging and an appointment by President Clinton to be Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. Currently Bob is in volunteer leadership roles with top national aging groups including serving as AARP State President in Virginia, a member of Board and Executive Committee for the American Society on Aging and on the Board of the National Council on Aging. He holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MPA from American University. Bob has won numerous awards for advocacy and in 2011 was knighted by the Italian Republic for his commitment to the relationship between the United States and Italy.

Eleanor Dehoney
Vice President of Policy and Advocacy

Ellie DehoneyEleanor (Ellie) Dehoney, MSPH, has been vice president of policy and advocacy at Research!America since March of 2011.  Prior to joining Research!America, Ellie served as legislative director in the office of Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).  Ellie also served as the legislative director for Brown in the House of Representatives, where she maintained lead responsibility for work related to his role as Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee.  Before joining Brown’s staff, Ellie served as a legislative assistant for former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD).  Previous positions included serving as a special assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) within the Department of Health and Human Services and in other executive branch and private sector roles focused on health care financing and delivery. 

Ellie received a BA in Economics and English from the College of William & Mary and an MSPH in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Maureen Dempsey
Regional Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Maureen Dempsey, MD, MSc, BCC, ACC, FAAP joined Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield as the Regional Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the Virginia commercial health plan in 2015 and assumed responsibility for the Georgia health plan in 2019.  She has 28 years of executive leadership experience in health and public health organizations, having served as the State Health Commissioner in several states and as the Chief Medical Officer of commercial, Medicaid and Medicare health plans.

In her health plan role, Dr. Dempsey is responsible for the strategic development, management and leadership of medical, quality and care management efforts that engage members in the effective utilization of their benefits and enhance member outcomes.   In addition, she serves as a leading interface to the Virginia provider community, offering education, strengthening relationships and assisting providers in clinical service and cost performance improvement efforts.

As the Chief Deputy and then acting Commissioner in Virginia, in Delaware and as a member of the executive branch while Commissioner in Missouri, Dr. Dempsey advised Governors on a wide array of prevention, quality and health status improvement policies and initiatives.  In addition to leading cancer, infant and maternal mortality reduction efforts, she developed an innovative bioterrorism and emergency preparedness program 2 year prior to September 11, 2001 and implemented a comprehensive strategic plan for public health that was incorporated into the independent local public health agencies and a school of public health.

In addition to state public health and health plan service, Dr. Dempsey practiced as a general pediatrician for more than 12 years in hospital and ambulatory care settings, providing newborn, well-child and adolescent care, with a special focus on child abuse and neglect.  She served as the Executive Director and Medical Director for Health and Dental Care for Kids in St. Louis, an inner city pediatric primary medical and dental care clinic.

Dr. Dempsey received her undergraduate education at St. Louis University and her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. She completed her residency in general pediatrics, a neonatal fellowship, and an externship with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Dempsey is board-certified in pediatrics, completed a public health leadership program at the St. Louis University School of Public Health and executive leadership training at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She received her Master’s degree in Healthcare Management from the University of Texas/Dallas.  She is a board certified Executive Coach.

Mary Ann Friesen
CHHS Advisory Board Vice Chair
Nursing Research Coordinator
INOVA Health System

Mary Ann FriesenDr. Mary Ann Friesen is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) with more than 30 years of experience in nursing education, patient education, performance improvement and consulting. Her clinical experience includes critical care, cardiac, home health and geriatric nursing. Dr. Friesen is the Nursing Research Coordinator and Evidence Based Practice Coordinator for Inova and is chair of the Nursing Research and Evidence Based Council. The majority of her professional career has been focused on the improvement of patient care and developing processes and systems to promote high-quality patient-centered care.

Currently the Dr. Friesen is the Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Coordinator for Inova. She has a record of leading successful and productive research projects in areas of high relevance to principles of patient-centered care. During her career in patient advocacy and education, Dr. Friesen has developed a culturally sensitive patient education program, obtained funding for patient education programs, and worked extensively with patient support groups. In her various roles in performance improvement and quality assurance, Dr. Friesen has evaluated system-wide processes, coordinated medical staff monitoring and evaluation activities, chaired performance improvement committees, collaboratively conducted root cause analysis, and assured compliance with regulatory agency standards.

Dr. Friesen has written articles, presented at numerous professional conferences. Her publications include articles in Nursing ManagementJournal of Nursing Care QualityJONAHolistic Nursing Practice, and Birth. She completed a doctoral nursing internship at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and co-authored the chapter on handoffs in Advances in Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses.

Her education includes an Associate Degree in Nursing, from Pace University, NY; a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Cameron University, OK; a Masters in Nursing from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Doctorate in Nursing from George Mason University, VA.

Janet E. Hinchcliff
CHHS Advisory Board Chair
Principal, Health Systems and Strategy
Health Transformation Tech Center
The MITRE Corporation

Janet HinchcliffJanet Hinchcliff devotes her career to improving health and healthcare delivery. She serves as a long-term member of the College of Health and Human Service Advisory Board and during a portion of that time, the Board liaison to the School of Nursing.

As a principal with the MITRE Corporation, a non-profit, that operates federally funded research and development centers including the CMS Alliance to Modernize Healthcare, she leads a group in MITRE’s health tech center, which supports the development of new, innovative, and improved health and healthcare programs for federal government sponsors. Prior to MITRE, she spent several years in the healthcare regulatory and consulting practices at PwC and KPMG leading projects across the healthcare domain, including, academic medical centers, integrated healthcare systems, physician groups, insurers, research organizations, and others. She also was a director with a regional healthcare system where she collaborated on designing and implementing new, innovative programs.

Janet earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Virginia and her Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University. She was co-chair of the Employer/Consumer Healthcare Subcommittee of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, helped found the Healthcare Committee of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and was a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Healthcare Financial Management Association. She’s spoken on various healthcare topics and provided information for healthcare articles and journals.

Susie Lee
Executive Director
Potomac Health Foundation

Susie Lee has a career in public health that spans over two decades at the local, national, and international levels for various organizations and agencies. She has been serving as the Executive Director of Potomac Health Foundation in Woodbridge, Virginia since 2014. In her current role, she is responsible for the overall management of the Foundation, including for areas of strategic planning, financial management, and grant programs. Her time there has been focused on positioning the Foundation to be a catalyst for ideas to improve access to health care for the medically underserved, through strategic grant making and convening community partners.

She previously held management positions at Public Health Solutions in New York City and Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance where her focus was on managing public health programs and monitoring of grants to ensure effective implementation and improved health outcomes. Earlier in her career, she worked in health policy at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Program and the Children’s Defense Fund, where she discovered her passion for public health as an intern in the health division. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with Honors Distinction from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. 

Susie is a Northern Virginia native. She was raised in Fairfax County and is a product of Fairfax County Public Schools, works in Prince William County, and lives in Arlington County with her husband.

Susan E. Lydick
CHHS Adjunct Faculty

Susan E. Lydick, M.A., PhD. is a proud GMU alum. She earned her Bachelors in Individualized Studies in Health Research, her M.A. in Developmental Psychology, completed all but dissertation toward a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology, and most recently earned the Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science from GMU in May 2016. Her dissertation topic was on the impact of group cohesion on leisure time physical activity among persons with spinal cord injury and other mobility impairment who participate in adaptive sport and adaptive group fitness. 

Susan is particularly proud of her work as the safe and drug free communities coalition coordinator for Robinson Secondary School Pyramid over a period of several years, having become involved in the Fairfax County Safe and Drug Free Community Coalitions in response to the shootings at Columbine. During her tenure as coordinator she was a strong advocate for the development of school mentoring programs and middle school after school programs in Fairfax County to support development of safe and healthy communities for children and youth. Subsequently, Susan worked for the Fairfax Partnership for Youth (FPY) a nonprofit that had the mission to bring together Fairfax County human service agencies, Fairfax County Public Schools, nonprofit human service organizations, and faith communities to prevent youth violence. While at FPY she developed new Support on Suspension sites in the Huntington and Culmore communities of Fairfax County, two areas of the county that at the time had the highest rates of long-term out of school suspension and where students were at high risk for recruitment into gang activity. While with FPY she also coordinated the Youth Suicide Prevention and mental wellness initiative and convened an annual conference that brought together as many as 500 stakeholders each year from the community.

During this same period she became actively involved with and joined the Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads. Susan served as President of her Rotary club while completing her doctoral coursework. She is currently President of the Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads Foundation and is co-leading a new Rotary District 7610 level initiative to encourage development of greater local Rotary club engagement with George Mason University.

Susan serves as founder and coordinator for her church program, the Burke Presbyterian TreeHouse ministry for adults with a wide range of disabilities. Through this group she and her family coordinate a wide variety of service projects for wounded warriors and their family members. Susan also serves as Secretary for Presbyterians for Disability Concerns national leadership team.

Most recently she became Adjutant for the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Chapter 10, Fairfax-Arlington Chapter and is pleased to be a brand new Recreation and Reconditioning volunteer for NOVA Vets. Susan is currently working toward founding an organization to serve the on-going rehabilitation and reconditioning needs of veterans and other adults with physical mobility limitations.

Angela H. McConnell, USAFR/USA MAJ (RET)
Owner and CEO
Q Integrative Healthcare Consulting

Angela McConnellAngela H. McConnell, Owner and CEO of Q Integrative Healthcare Consulting, served over 22 years in the U.S. Military, active duty and reserve, in both the enlisted ranks and officer corps. Since retirement in 2009, she has dedicated time towards multiple local Veteran/Military initiatives to include the Wounded Warrior Mentoring Program, Association for Defense Communities, Ride 2 Recovery, and was the co-founder and co-chair of Prince William Chamber Veterans Council. In 2013, she founded and began developing Northern Virginia Veterans Association (NOVAVETS). This service organization has a distinct and necessary mission being a hands-on, non-profit that connects veterans and military families, at no cost, to a vast system of community resources addressing needs to support and improve their quality of life. It provides a comprehensive continuity of support, follow-up and case management.

Ms. McConnell’s entrepreneurial work and experience within the military and civilian health care systems provides insight and expertise for comprehensive understanding and development of leading-edge integrative healthcare programs and models. Ms. McConnell has combined her background, training, and education to facilitate this forward-leaning Veteran/military collaborative coalition movement where she’s working to facilitate community partnerships, create solutions to meet the local needs and bring Veterans together throughout Northern Virginia.

Angela is finishing her PhD in Health Administration and working towards publishing in both Healthcare and Veteran/Military journals.

Robin E. Mockenhaupt
Chief of Staff
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Robin MockenhauptRobin E. Mockenhaupt, PhD, MPH, MBA, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1999. In her role as chief of staff, she provides leadership to the chief executive, senior management team, staff, and Board of Trustees. She is responsible for Foundation-level, cross-functional teams and operations, strategic planning, and operations and support.

From 2003 to 2005, Mockenhaupt worked as deputy group director for the Health Group and also served as its interim director in 2004. As a senior program officer, from 1999 to 2003, she worked in the areas of health behavior, obesity, and chronic disease management.

Before joining the Foundation, Mockenhaupt spent 16 years with AARP in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in health and aging, managing Health Advocacy Services and the National Resource Center on Health Promotion and Aging. She co-authored the book Healthy Aging with Kathy Nelson. She also has held positions at Focus Technologies in Washington, D.C.; the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Georgetown University; and the National Health Screening Council, Bethesda, Md.

Mockenhaupt received a PhD in health education from the University of Maryland, a graduate certificate in gerontology from the Center on Aging at the University of Maryland, an MPH in health administration from Columbia University, and an MBA and BS in biology from the Pennsylvania State University.

As of June 2015, Mockenhaupt chairs the board of Grantmakers in Health (GIH). She is on the board and Executive Committee of the Francis E. Parker Memorial Home, and on the board of the American Society on Aging, where she sits on the Generations Editorial Review Board.

A native of Pittsburgh, Mockenhaupt now lives in New Jersey. She and her husband, Ralph, have two adult children.

Karen Remley
Senior Fellow
de Beaumont Foundation

Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, joined the Foundation in August 2018 as a Senior Fellow. Dr. Remley, who has more than 30 years of experience in public health and healthcare, previously served as CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents 67,000 practitioners dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

In her role as Senior Fellow, Dr. Remley serves an advisory and leadership role in the Foundation’s efforts to create practical solutions to build healthier communities. She brings a unique combination of public health, healthcare, and clinical experience and a track record of improving social and economic factors that result in better health for all.

In addition to leading the AAP, Dr. Remley has had a prestigious and diverse career as a commissioner of health for the Commonwealth of Virginia, a pediatric emergency physician, and the chief medical director of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Virginia. As Virginia’s health commissioner from 2008 to 2012, she advised the governor on public health issues and helped lead improvements in the rates of teen pregnancy, infant mortality, and cardiovascular disease. She is a professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School and has held senior leadership roles in hospitals and health nonprofits, including Operation Smile Inc., Physicians for Peace, and Sentara Healthcare.

Dr. Remley earned an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, an MPH at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and her MD from University of Missouri in Kansas City. She completed her pediatrics residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Carolyn A. Taylor
Corporate Operations Officer
Taylor-Oden Enterprises

Carolyn TaylorCarolyn Taylor is Corporate Operations Officer at Taylor-Oden Enterprises, Inc. (TOE), an Information technology and health care consulting firm and has held this role for nine years. She has more than thirty years experience in the health care industry as a clinician, manager and corporate executive. She has served as a mentor, educator, consultant and facilitator. Ms. Taylor is a dynamic speaker who has presented numerous topics related to health care, human resources, information technology and financial management.

Currently, she is an adjunct professor at George Mason University (GMU) College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). She teaches graduate students majoring in Nursing Administration. She actively participates on boards and professional associations. She formerly served as board member & treasurer on the GMU Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) from 2001-2005. She has also served on the Deans Advisory Board of the CHHS at GMU since 2001-current. She served as Membership Chair on the GMU College of Health & Human Services Alumni Association for 2001-2005. Ms. Taylor received the GMU Alumni Service Award in 2001. Ms. Taylor and her husband Les Taylor are founding sponsors of the Quality Improvement of the Year Awards. Ms. Taylor was nominated and elected to the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Health Education Council (NVAHEC) for a three-year term in January 2009.

Ms. Taylor is a graduate of GMU with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the College of Health and Human Services. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the School of Management at GMU. She has completed a residency at Oxford University, Oxford England in International Business and Finance. Currently, Ms. Taylor is in the third year of doctoral studies at GMU in the CHHS and has completed core course work and moved to doctoral candidacy in January 2009.

Leslie H. Taylor
President & CEO
Taylor-Oden Enterprises

Les TaylorLes Taylor is President and CEO of Taylor-Oden Enterprises (TOE), Incorporated, located in Chantilly, Virginia. TOE is a full-service information technology provider of enterprise-level IT services across the full spectrum of defense organizations and missions. Les has over thirty years of hands-on experience as an information technology architect and engineer in both the government and commercial sectors. He is also the founder and principal of his newly-formed company, Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (HSi) is a healthcare services and technology company. HSi provides a full range of healthcare-related services to organizations and institutions seeking to improve, enhance, and advance the cause of wellness and cost efficiency at all levels of healthcare performance, especially their Health Information Systems (HIS). Les is an adjunct professor in George Mason’s Health Administration and Policy (HAP) Department. He is a retired senior Army officer and veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. He is a published author of a nonfiction book entitled, “The Burden of Ethics,” a Heritage Foundation Essay (Bronze Medal) award winner, a poet, and an entrepreneur. He holds a PhD in Philosophy with a concentration in Christian Apologetics and has an MBA as well. Les currently resides in Northern Virginia with his wife, Dr. Carolyn A. Taylor, three daughters, and six grandchildren.

Tonga Y. Turner
Kaiser Permanente Community Health Division

Tonga Turner, MBA, MS, serves as a Director in Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health division where she oversees the Northern Virginia Community Health portfolio. In her role, Tonga, develops and executes the overall Northern Virginia Health Strategy which focuses on changing, policy, systems and environments in communities that experience inequities with the goal of promoting health, equity and justice. Tonga joined Kaiser Permanente from the United States Department of Health & Humans Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid where she worked on federal policy and legislative matters on behalf of the Federal Coordinated Health Care Office. Under her leadership, she worked on several major federal policies, rules and regulations impacting the dual-eligible (Medicare-Medicaid) population, including the development and implementation of the CMS Medicare-Medicaid Health Plan Enrollment Disenrollment Guidance which is currently utilized by several States and Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) across the nation. Prior to her work at the federal level, Tonga has had a stellar career in the private sector, working for prestigious consulting firms such as Booz Allen Hamilton and the American Institute for Research as a senior leader in developing and implementing policies and initiatives focused on addressing health disparities and leveraging the social determinants of health to improve health outcomes in vulnerable communities. Tonga holds a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Howard University, an MBA from the University of Maryland and another Master’s in Health Care Administration from the University of Maryland. Tonga’s passion for community transcends into her private life; she volunteers and serves as a mentor to young women at several Maryland and Northern Virginia education and workforce development community non-profits.

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