Advisory Board Members
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.
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.
Eleanor (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, 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.
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.
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.
Praduman Jain, known to colleagues as “PJ,” is CEO and Founder of Vibrent Health and the Principle Investigator of the Participant Technology Systems Center of the National Institutes of Health Precision Medicine Initiative, the All of Us Research Program, for which the PTSC received a $75 million grant to build a national platform for health research and health management insights for 1 million people across the U.S. Jain is also the Chair of the Security Board of the Committee on Access, Privacy & Security for the NIH All of Us Research Program; a member of the Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; an invited external expert for eMERGE & Beyond, The Future of Electronic Medical Records and Genomics program of the Division of Genomic Medicine, National Human Genome Research Institute; and an external advisory board member for iTHRIVE – a Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Award.
Prior to founding Vibrent, Jain held various senior leadership roles at Sprint, Nextel, AOL, Time Warner and VTech and launched emerging products and services with revenues of more than $2 billion. He earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering, and he holds several patents and has authored several research publications.
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.
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.
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.
Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, brings to CDC more than 30 years of experience in public health and healthcare, with leadership roles in the public and private sectors. Her “north star” has always been children and families and she has shaped her career around helping every family have the best opportunity for health and well-being.
Dr. Remley was most recently the Senior Advisor for COVID-19 Response for the Office of the Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health. In that role she has been instrumental in increasing and assuring testing for COVID-19 to ensure it is widely available across the Commonwealth of Virginia for all people. A Professor of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Remley serves on many national committees and commissions working on public health education, health equity, and patient safety. She recently served as the Inaugural Senior Fellow at the de Beaumont Foundation, dedicated to pragmatic solutions to improve public health. Dr. Remley has also previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Commissioner of Health for the Commonwealth of Virginia under two governors, Chief Medical Director of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Virginia, and Chief Executive Officer of Physicians for Peace.
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 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.
Tonga Turner, MBA, MS, serves as the Senior Director of Community Health & Social Impact Investing for CareFirst. Prior to this role, Tonga was a Director in Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health division where she oversaw the Northern Virginia Community Health portfolio. In her role, Tonga, developed and executed the overall Northern Virginia Health Strategy, focusing 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.