Director of Health
Fairfax County Health Department
Gloria 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.
Matz, Blancato and Associates
Bob 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.
Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 38 million that has long been recognized for the value of its services, information and advocacy on behalf of people age 50 and over. As Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Kevin Donnellan provides the link between the CEO and AARP’s Executive and Leadership Teams, working to enhance organizational development, build constructive internal and external partnerships, oversee the implementation of AARP’s enterprise strategy, solve management problems, and deal with sensitive issues before they are brought to the Chief Executive. As Chief of Staff, Kevin also provides leadership and management for all internal communications, executive positioning and public outreach functions in the enterprise. He serves as a key liaison with AARP’s Board of Directors, as well as the Boards of AARP Services, Inc., and AARP Foundation.
During his 33 years at AARP, Mr. Donnellan has led many of the organization’s most visible and impactful programs. He has provided consistent leadership and growth to AARP’s legislative, advocacy, human resources, and communications programs, and under his leadership, AARP has become a 21st century media conglomerate. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 he was named to Influence 100 – the world’s most influential corporate communicators – by the prestigious Holmes Report. He is recognized broadly for his understanding of the interplay and nuance of business, politics and social change.
Donnellan began his career as Executive/Legislative Assistant to US Representative Geraldine A. Ferraro. He was responsible for the administration and management of the Congressional office, including the direct supervision of the Congressional staff. In addition, Donnellan handled the scheduling and advance work for a three-week European fact-finding tour for the former Vice Presidential candidate. Donnellan and Ferraro met with dozens of world leaders, policy makers and opinion leaders, including Pope John Paul II, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister Benito Craxi, Foreign Minister Peter Barry and Gore Vidal. He successfully worked with the Holy See, Italian, British, and Irish governments, the US State Department, and the domestic and foreign press.
Mr. Donnellan holds both a BA and MA in Government and Politics from St. John’s University in New York and a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration.
In addition to serving on the Advisory Board of the College of Health and Human Services, Mr. Donnellan serves on the Ad Council Advisory Committee on Public Issues, and is a member of the prestigious Arthur W. Page Society (a society of the country’s top communications professionals). He currently serves as the public member on the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association. He is a past Commissioner on the ABA Commission on Legal Problems for the Elderly and served on the Board of Directors (including serving as Board Chair) of both the Long Term Care Campaign and the Long Term Care Education Fund. Donnellan also served as the public member of the Board of Directors of the Insurance Marketplace Standards Association.
CHHS Advisory Board Vice Chair
Nursing Research Coordinator
INOVA Health System
Dr. 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 Management, Journal of Nursing Care Quality, JONA, Holistic 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.
CHHS Advisory Board Chair
Principal Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer
Janet 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.
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.
Owner and CEO
Q Integrative Healthcare Consulting
Angela 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.
Chief of Staff
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Robin 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.
Corporate Operations Officer
Carolyn 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.
President & CEO
Les 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.
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Reston Hospital Center
Irene Evans Williford, RN, MSN, CNOR, NE-BC, is the Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Reston Hospital Center. In this role she provides leadership, direction, and administration of direct patient care activities, nursing practice, and nursing education and development across the organization.