Our Team

The Rippel Foundation Strategy & Management Team

Laura Landy, MBA – President & CEO

Laura Landy, together with the board of trustees, guides the vision and strategic direction of The Rippel Foundation, including its key programmatic efforts—ReThink Health and FORESIGHT: Designing the Future for Health. Laura, a board trustee since 1998, brings to this work a lifelong passion for finding creative new solutions to pressing social and organizational issues and a strong academic background in entrepreneurship and corporate venturing. Beginning as a grant maker for federal poverty and employment funds, and later in roles with the Ford Foundation, a New York City public policy organization, and as president of her consulting firm, Applied Concepts, she has helped address changing dynamics in health, higher education, finance, economic development, and social services, and culture. Laura is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis; University of California, Berkeley; and New York University, where she received her MBA. She also is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. 

Stacy Becker, MS, MPP – Vice President, Programs

Stacy Becker oversees the majority of ReThink Health’s place-based and research and development work. Previously, Stacy was director of sustainable financing for Rethink Health. She also has served as budget director for the City and County of San Francisco (CA) and for the City of Saint Paul (MN), as well as public works director for the City of Saint Paul. As a policy consultant for 18 years, she provided guidance on affordable housing, pay-for-success pilots, long-term care financing, and nonprofit strategic management. She has a master’s degree in public policy (MPP) from Harvard University, and an MS in city design and social science from the London School of Economics, which she attended as a Bush Leadership Fellow. Stacy has indulged her love for learning by taking up tennis and playing the harp. 

Kim Farris-Berg, MPP – Director, Communications

Kim Farris-Berg leads the design and execution of strategic communications for The Rippel Foundation and its programs. Bringing her background in policy, research, and building movements around complex policy ideas, Kim guides the efforts of the Foundation and works with its partners to use storytelling, traditional and new media, the principles of strategic leadership, and other tactics to awaken changemakers to the possibilities for disrupting, redesigning, and ultimately transforming health systems. Previously, she was a senior project director of ReThink Health’s sustainable financing team and a strategy consultant with the Center for Policy Studies, The McKnight Foundation, and more. Kim is lead author of Trusting Teachers with School Success and co-creator of the Teacher-Powered School Initiative. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota, and a BA from the University of San Diego. Some of Kim’s favorite things are engaging in thought-provoking conversations and pop-up camping with her family. 

Kandy Ferree, MCP – Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Kandy Ferree leads The Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health’s strategic partnership development and evaluation efforts. With more than 20 years of experience, Kandy has held numerous executive leadership roles in the health, philanthropy, and social justice arenas, including 12 years as president & CEO of the National AIDS Fund/AIDS United. After founding 360 Strategy Group, a for-profit consulting firm, she served as lead strategy advisor to Johnson & Johnson’s Worldwide Corporate Contributions Team, facilitated cutting-edge non-profit mergers, and provided strategy and organizational development consulting services to scores of non-profit, corporate, and foundation clients. Kandy is a graduate of the Health Care Executive Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, holds a master’s degree in community psychology (MCP) from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA in Family Studies and Gerontology from Messiah College. 

Bobby Milstein, PhD, MPH – Director, System Strategy 

Bobby Milstein leads several ReThink Health projects focused on large-scale institutional change, including ongoing development of the ReThink Health Dynamics Model and other tools that allow leaders to negotiate their own scenarios for transforming regional health. Previously, Bobby spent 20 years planning and evaluating system-oriented initiatives at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and was the principal architect of CDC’s framework for program evaluation. He received CDC’s Honor Award for Excellence in Innovation as well as Article of the Year awards for papers published in Health Affairs and Health Promotion Practice. Bobby earned a PhD in public health science from the Union Institute & University, and an MPH from Emory University. He once was a documentary filmmaker and also contributed storylines for The West Wing

Audrey Wells, CPA – Director, Finance & Administration

Audrey Wells leads The Rippel Foundation’s financial and investment activities, including budgeting, financial planning and analysis, compliance, and accounting operations. She also oversees the Foundation’s human resources function as well as its information technology and facilities operations, and grants and contracts function. With more than 25 years of experience, Audrey has held positions in accounting, finance, and audit with Customized Distribution Services, Lever Brothers Company, and Ernst & Young. Most recently, she was chief financial officer at Cornerstone Family Programs (CFP), a local non-profit. At CFP, she played a significant role in the acquisition of another agency, procurement of new grants and contracts, and streamlining of procedures. Audrey holds a BS in accounting from Binghamton University. In her spare time, she enjoys performing in several vocal ensembles and is a long-time volunteer in many areas within her synagogue. 

ReThink Health Program Team

Staff

Nina Burke, MPH – Program Associate

Nina Burke provides critical research, project management, writing, data analysis, tool development, and technical support to an array of place-based and R&D projects related to regional health system redesign. These include ReThink Health’s work providing thought partnership and technical assistance to the California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI), the Ventures project, and community leadership development for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She also has supported the delivery of high-quality trainings and learning activities, including a virtual course focused on building the leadership and stewardship capacity of individuals leading change and quality improvement efforts. Previously, Nina was a program manager at a local non-profit managing homeless prevention and re-housing efforts, where she engaged with stakeholders in the affordable housing field. Nina earned both an MPH and a BS from Boston University. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and friendly debates over potluck dinners. 

Maggie Cooke – Strategic Partnerships Associate

Maggie Cooke provides project management and high-level support to The Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health around the development and cultivation of new partners and emerging projects. She also assists in the implementation of partnership-oriented projects. In this role, she develops and monitors processes and timelines across the program teams, prepares partnership-focused blogs and communications materials, and supports the effective use of our customer relationship management database system. Maggie joined the Foundation after nearly 10 years at Johnson & Johnson and its operating companies, and earlier work with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. Maggie is currently pursuing an MPH from Dartmouth, and holds a BA in anthropology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and seeing live music whenever she can.

Anna Marie Creegan, MA – Senior Program & Evaluation Associate

Anna Creegan brings 10 years of experience designing and managing community and international health efforts across the U.S. and Latin America to her work with The Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health. She led the design process for the Foundation’s enterprise-wide evaluation framework, which includes an assessment tool to measure regional progress toward health system transformation. Currently, Anna manages the implementation of evaluation across the Foundation; measures and analyzes project, cross-project, and organization-wide progress, outcomes, and impacts; and distills and disseminates the valuable information gained from evaluation efforts so that it may be integrated into practice. She also works on ReThink Health’s Resident Engagement for Health Systems Transformation R&D project, which seeks ways to activate and involve residents in transformational processes. Anna holds an MA in international development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and a BA from Fordham University. She is fluent in Spanish and loves traveling and the outdoors, especially her native Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Jane Erickson, MPA, MAIR – Project Director

Jane Erickson oversees both strategy and implementation for ReThink Health Ventures, a national project that is exploring how multi-sector partnerships can accelerate their change efforts to transform health in their communities. Jane has a passion for cross-sector community change—shaped through collaborative governance—and has experience leading large-scale projects, guiding grantmaking, and conducting research. Previously, Jane oversaw The Rippel Foundation’s communications and led special projects with the executive team. Prior to joining ReThink Health, she ran the grants department at the Clinton Health Access Initiative and was a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia. Jane holds a master’s degree in public administration (MPA), a master of arts in international relations (MAIR), and a certificate in public health from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, as well as a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she is currently president of the alumnae association.

Katy Evans Pritchard, MA – Senior Program Associate

Katy Evans Pritchard works on ReThink Health Ventures, developing and overseeing project workplans, managing the budget, leading project operations, and providing key communications and writing support. Katy came to ReThink Health from the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, where she ran communications and programming for a large-scale project on institutional corruption. She holds an MA in critical methodologies from Kings College London, and a BA in English and international studies from Boston College. She is currently is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in American and New England Studies at Boston University. In her spare time, Katy is an avid traveler.

Tami Gouveia, MSW, MPH – Project Director

Tami Gouveia leads several project teams, including ReThink Health’s place-based work providing technical assistance and thought partnership to the California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI). She is also leading ReThink Health’s efforts to integrate equity, diversity, and inclusion into its organizational culture as well as its work with partners and projects. Previously, Tami launched several nonprofit  initiatives in substance abuse prevention and youth development. She was executive director of Tobacco Free Mass, where she advocated for tobacco taxes and the Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Fund to strengthen prevention efforts. Tami currently is working on her DrPH at Boston University, where she also earned her MSW and MPH degrees. She also holds a BA in urban politics and policies from Mt. Holyoke College. Tami enjoys come-as-you-are dinner parties with friends and curling.

Kalila Jackson-Spieker, MPA – Program Associate

Kalila Jackson-Spieker provides high-level project implementation support and analysis for ReThink Health, including its place-based partnership with the Great Lakes Bay Health Initiative in Michigan and its Ventures project, in which she works closely with the King County (WA) site as it works to build its team and develop the resources needed to sustain long-term transformation. She also supports regions’ use of the ReThink Health Dynamics Model. Previously, Kalila was an analyst at the nonprofit consulting firm Root Cause, focusing on health and health care. Prior to working at Root Cause, she was a nonprofit capacity building fellow at Third Sector New England and as a program assistant at the civil legal aid firm TeamChild. Kalila earned an MPA with a focus on research and nonprofit management from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In her spare time, Kalila acts as a resident tutor at Harvard University, where she enjoys trying to get students to read for fun and not just class.

Amanda McIntosh, MPH – Program & Communications Associate

Amanda McIntosh manages social media and visual production and provides other key support for The Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health communications. She also provides critical research, design, and project management support to national level ReThink Health projects, including an R&D effort exploring how tax credits can finance population health and the Convening of Catalysts leadership group. Amanda brings her experience supporting nationwide programs and outreach campaigns for consumer health advocacy organizations, formerly serving as program associate to Community Catalyst’s Roadmaps to Health project and as statewide coordinator at Health Care For All. Amanda holds an MPH from Drexel University, and a BA in political science from the College of Charleston. Amanda is a new mother and veteran ocean-lover.

Krishna Patel, MPH – Program Associate

Krishna Patel provides ReThink Health Ventures with critical logistical and operational support around scheduling, budget management, events, and IT systems. In this role, she also works closely with the Ventures coaching staff to support the work of three of the participating sites: Central Oregon, Sonoma (CA), and Bernalillo County (NM). Krishna came to ReThink Health after graduating from Northeastern University, where she earned an MPH as well as a BS in biology while also holding several professional positions in the university’s library system. Krishna found her studies in public health to be an intersection of her interest in science and her passion for social justice and service. She continues to foster her passion by volunteering every week at a local shelter that serves homeless and low-income women.

Pedja Stojicic, MD, MPH – Project Director

Pedja Stojicic is passionate about helping health leaders become change agents. Currently, he directs ReThink Health’s Resident Engagement for Health Systems Transformation project, which seeks to involve residents in transformational processes. Pedja’s previous ReThink Health projects included work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Telligen, the Center for Public Health Leadership, Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation, and the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care, among others. He is a board member of the Leading Change Network, the largest global network of community organizing practitioners, teachers, and researchers. Pedja holds an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and spent more than two years teaching community organizing with Dr. Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Pedja describes himself as a health activist, radical optimist, and big believer in community, science, and dogs. 

Ruth Wageman, PhD – Senior Scholar & Advisor

Ruth Wageman brings her knowledge of leadership teams, collaborative governance, and leadership development to ReThink Health’s stewardship practice. With a passion for supporting groups that want to accomplish great things together, Ruth works with our many place-based partners to identify how multi-sector partnerships can build the collaborative stewardship structures and processes necessary for health system transformation. Ruth has published prolifically in the field of organizational behavior. She earned a PhD from Harvard’s joint doctoral program in organizational behavior, and a BA from Columbia University. She rides horses, reads science fiction, and tries to always be learning a new skill (this year, it’s archery).

Katherine Wright, MS – Program Associate

Katherine Wright provides high-level support around ReThink Health’s sustainable financing and R&D projects, including the forthcoming financing workbook, Beyond the Grant: It’s OK to Get Paid; the Resident Engagement for Health Systems Transformation project; and a project exploring how tax credits can finance population health. In several previous jobs, she coordinated health-focused programs involving multiple sectors at both the regional and state levels. Katherine is interested in improving systems to create better health outcomes, especially via sustainable financing for population health and the engagement of residents. She holds an MS in food policy and applied nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and a BS in dietetics from Michigan State University. Katherine was previously a resident advisor at Michigan State University, where she worked to create a robust and engaged community in a dorm housing more than 1,000 students.

Contractors

Lindsey Alexander, MPP – Senior Project Consultant

Lindsey Alexander is developing ReThink Health’s forthcoming sustainable financing workbook, Beyond the Grant: It’s OK to Get Paid, which is made up of intelligent tools to demystify financing and help partnerships sustainably fund their work. She also directs ReThink Health’s place-based partnership with the Great Lakes Bay Health Initiative in Michigan, and serves as the financing content lead for the Ventures project. Lindsey is a seasoned financing professional whose direct experience with multi-sector partnerships has helped her develop the know-how to coach them as they address their financing challenges. Lindsey brings her extensive background and knowledge of public finance and community engagement from her own consulting practice and from her position as an analyst with the City of Minneapolis’ finance department. Lindsey holds an MPP from the University of Minnesota, and a BA from Iowa State University. Lindsey loves to be active, spend time with her family, and is learning to “enjoy” camping.

Ella Auchincloss, MTS – Senior Project Consultant

With her expertise in community leadership development, Ella Auchincloss spearheads ReThink Health’s community engagement efforts, including multi-site projects, trainings, and workshops. In this capacity, she provides coaching for a wide variety of organizations and teams, helping them develop the skills needed to lead change. Drawing on prior professional experience in financing, Ella also leads a ReThink Health research and development project exploring how tax credits can be used to finance population health. Previously, she founded The Leadership Development Initiative, a faith-based teaching and coaching program for mission and community outreach. Ella is a fellow of the Leading Change Network at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She holds a master’s degree in theological studies (MTS) from the Harvard Divinity School, and a BS in finance from Babson College. Ella is a recovering Wall Street professional with a passion for cooking, tennis, golf, cycling, skiing, ocean swimming, and dogs.

Bradley Girard — Senior Communications Consultant

Brad Girard provides branding and other visual identity and messaging support to The Rippel Foundation and its programs. As principal of his own award-winning boutique agency, Brad leads the development of creative marketing solutions to help his clients identify, refine, and grow their brands. In his 28 years as a professional designer, photographer, and marketer, Brad has worked with a variety of large brands–including Kaiser Permanente, Verio Healthcare, SCAN Health Plan, Toshiba, The Irvine Company, San Francisco 49ers, Del Taco, and Quicksilver–and has received multiple international awards for design, print, and marketing. He also serves on portfolio review boards for AIGA, Cal State Fullerton, and Chapman University, mentoring students as they ready themselves for professional careers. In his free time, Brad enjoys spontaneous adventures with his family, traveling to Kauai and other tropical places, and photography.

Rebecca Niles, MBA – Senior Strategy Consultant

An experienced professional in systems thinking and simulation modeling, Rebecca Niles helps leaders understand and transform the systems that shape health and well-being. She designs and facilitates interactive workshops—also called strategy labs—to help leaders use the ReThink Health Dynamics Model, system maps, and other simulation models to identify effective change strategies and build consensus toward their implementation. Rebecca has systems thinking and modeling experience in diverse content areas, including education, affordable housing, water resources, health, economics, finance, and manufacturing. She earned her MBA and BS degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Consultants

Cassandra Benjamin, MNA – Senior Project Consultant

Cassandra Benjamin assisted with the site selection process for the ReThink Health Ventures project and now designs the project’s in-person gatherings and coaches its King County (WA) site as it works to build its team and develop the resources needed to sustain long-term transformation. She is founder of csb consulting, where she specializes in working with cross-sector partnerships and learning communities, including the Strong, Prosperous, & Resilient Communities Challenge; Presidio Institute Fellowship; College Futures Foundation; and Living Cities Integration Initiative. Prior to opening her consulting practice, she focused on housing and homelessness at the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, Shelter Network, and Larkin Street Youth Services, among others. Cassandra holds a master’s degree in nonprofit administration (MNA) from the University of San Francisco, a BA from the University of Michigan, and a certificate in strategic perspectives in nonprofit management from Harvard Business School. She likes to climb mountains—most recently Mt. Kilimanjaro—and hike Bay Area trails with her teenage daughter and Labrador Retriever.

Matt Guy, MPA – Senior Project Consultant

As a consultant on the ReThink Health Ventures project, Matt Guy coaches the Bernalillo County, NM; Oregon; and Sonoma, CA sites, helping them explore how the partnerships can develop the team and resources needed for long-term health transformation. He also has consulted and coached communities across the U.S. and Canada as faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and has significant experience leading community-level systems change as founding executive director of the Pueblo Triple Aim Corporation in Colorado. He has also been a governor’s appointee on the Colorado Commission on Family Medicine. Matt received an MPA from the University of Colorado, and a BA from Central College in Iowa. He also holds a 4th-degree black belt in taekwondo, and is a commissioned ruling elder with the Presbyterian Church USA in the Pueblo Presbytery.

Kate Hilton, JD, MTS – Senior Engagement Consultant

With her expertise in community engagement, Kate Hilton teaches people how to build will and lead change in community health and quality improvement settings. She currently serves as senior faculty on ReThink Health’s Leadership & Organizing for Action project, a five-year engagement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop leadership and organizing skills among quality improvement leaders. Kate previously led ReThink Health’s place-based Healthy Columbia project to demonstrate the contributions organizing can make to the transformation of health. Kate also works with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, leading online training programs and coaching leaders of health care systems and communities across the world. She advises 100 Million Healthier Lives and is faculty in the Leaders for Health Equity Fellowship at the George Washington University. Kate earned a JD from the University of Wisconsin, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and an AB from Dartmouth College. As a leadership practice, Kate loves to celebrate and is the first person to get a dance party started.

Gary Hirsch, SM – Senior Modeling Consultant

Gary Hirsch brings to ReThink Health his skills in system dynamics and systems thinking and a long career committed to applying these skills to difficult health problems. He is a co-developer of the ReThink Health Dynamics Model and is continuing to work on enhancements to the model and on new simulation models that extend the work into other social factors that affect health. His work in health care has focused on population health and improving the performance of health care delivery systems and included efforts in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, organ transplantation, HIV/AIDS, children’s oral health, influenza, and emergency preparedness. Gary is the author of three books and numerous journal articles and conference presentations. He is a founder and former president of the MetroWest Free Medical Program, which serves people with limited access to health care. Gary holds SB and SM degrees from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In his spare time, he enjoys biking.

Jack Homer, PhD – Senior Modeling Consultant

A consultant and world-recognized expert in system dynamics policy modeling, Jack Homer has been lead modeler for the ReThink Health Dynamics Model since its inception. He also has developed original policy models for many other organizations, notably the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Food & Drug Administration. Jack also is a former faculty member at the University of Southern California and author of the book, Models That Matter: Selected Writings on System Dynamics 1985-2010. He has received awards from the International System Dynamics Society, the Applied Systems Thinking Institute, and AcademyHealth. He holds a PhD from MIT as well as MS and BS degrees from Stanford University. In his spare time, he enjoys playing clarinet with a chamber music quintet, attending concerts, improving his tennis game, hiking, and exploring the Hudson Valley with his wife, Emily, and their dog, Dylan.

Sherry Immediato, MPP, MBA – Senior Project Consultant

Sherry Immediato leads the team of consultants providing customized coaching to the six sites participating in the ReThink Health Ventures project. She serves on the project design team, co-developing tools and resources, and has made significant contributions across ReThink Health to foundational efforts like the Pathway for Health System Transformation and the Inclusive Health Value planning process. While leading many early field projects, she focused on refining and integrating the core practices of stewardship, strategy, and sustainable financing. Sherry came to ReThink Health after a decade as executive director of the Society for Organizational Learning, where she managed an international learning community for multi-stakeholder groups pursuing large system transformation. She began her career in economic development and venture capital, but shifted her attention to the human dynamics of innovation and learning. She holds MBA and MPP degrees from the Harvard Business School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Sherry values learning from and mentoring her younger colleagues, particularly during floating meetings held in kayaks on the Charles River.

Teri Larson, MHS – Communications Consultant

Teri Larson is a writer and editor who assists The Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health with a variety of communications needs, including copy editing and web support for the ReThinkers’ Blog. As principal of Teri Larson Consulting, which specializes in communications assistance for nonprofits focused on health and social policy, she has worked with the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and Massachusetts Heath Quality Partners, among others. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Teri served as communications director at Funders Together to End Homelessness and as vice president for health policy and publications director at Burness Communications. She holds an MHS in health policy from John Hopkins University’s School of Hygiene & Public Health, and a BA from Virginia Tech. Teri enjoys traveling with her family, especially when it involves exploring foreign countries, trying new foods, or wine tasting.

Lauren Tobias – Senior Communications Consultant

Lauren Tobias is communications lead for ReThink Health Ventures and provides additional support for The Rippel Foundation’s many other communications endeavors. She has spent nearly 20 years in media and nonprofit communications, with the majority of her work focused on health, including projects with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Gates Foundation, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Johnson & Johnson, and the United Nations Foundation, among others. From 2008 to 2013, Lauren was the director of communications at the Institute of Medicine, before leaving to launch Maven Messaging & Communications. Lauren began her career in television news, working as a researcher at CNN and with NBC foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Wesleyan University, which is also home to her greatest regret: wimping out at auditions for the school’s all-female a capella group.

Kristina Wile, MS – Senior Strategy Consultant

Kristina Wile brings more than 25 years of experience with collaborative systemic problem solving, strategy development, scenario planning, and project management to ReThink Health, which she assists in the areas of stakeholder facilitation, process design, and user-interface development. She has helped facilitate a diverse group of stakeholders explore the connections between incarceration and health with the Minnesota Department of Health as well as a regional strategy learning lab with the Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement, among others. Prior to ReThink Health, Kris worked in a range of industries (public health, environment, technology, transportation, education, and energy) and is a founding partner of the Systems Thinking Collaborative. She has an MS in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management, as well as an undergraduate electronics and computer engineering degree from Northeastern University. Kris relishes challenges, real talk, and optimism rooted in love.

Rippel Foundation Administration Team

  • Kimberly Hines Hart, JD – Corporate Counsel
  • Jane Novak – Finance Associate
  • Ed Rosen, MBA – IT Consultant