Our Team

The Rippel Foundation Strategy & Management Team

Laura Landy, MBA – President & CEO

Laura is founder and chair of ReThink Health and president & CEO of the Rippel Foundation. She guides overall strategy for ReThink Health and oversees the Rippel Foundation’s strategic approach to mission-based philanthropy. Laura has more than 35 years of experience promoting social entrepreneurship and innovation and creating models of change in banking, the arts, health, economic development, and higher education. She also spent many years leading academic institutes at New York University and Fairleigh Dickinson, and teaching at Columbia University. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and her MBA from NYU. She is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a trustee of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System.

Stacy Becker, MS, MPP – Vice President, Programs

Stacy leads the integration of our project teams, overseeing the majority of our field and place-based 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 to numerous agencies and partnerships, including foreclosure recovery.  Stacy served as a technical advisor to Minnesota’s pay-for-success pilot, facilitated state and national level work groups in addressing long-term care financing, assisted with the start-up of a CDFI, and developed community workshops so that citizens could better understand, and weigh in on, state and local budget matters. She holds an MPP from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a MS in city design and social science from the London School of Economics, which she attended as a Bush Leadership Fellow.

Kim Farris-Berg, MPP – Acting Director, Communications

Kim brings her talent and experience in social media, movement building, and strategic communications to Rippel and ReThink Health, providing leadership and partnership in the critical communications role. She will guide the thoughtful design and execution of communications across the organization in partnership with our project and management teams. Kim previously served as the senior director of RTH’s sustainable financing team. With more than 15 years of experience as a strategy consultant at the Center for Policy Studies, the McKnight Foundation, and the Center for Economic Progress, Kim is best known as lead author of Trusting Teachers with School Success: What Happens When Teachers Call the Shots and as co-creator of the Teacher-Powered School Initiative model, a movement to change the education system from the ground up. She holds an MPP from the University of Minnesota and a BA from the University of San Diego.

Kandy Ferree, MCP – Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Kandy leads Rippel and ReThink Health’s strategic partnership development efforts. She also guides special initiatives within the Foundation. With over 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 and foundation clients. Kandy is a graduate of the health care executive program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, holds a masters degree in community psychology from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA in family studies and gerontology from Messiah College.

Bobby Milstein, PhD, MPH – Director, Strategy & Innovation

Bobby Milstein directs strategy and innovation for ReThink Health and is a visiting scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. With an educational background that combines cultural anthropology, behavioral science, and systems science, he concentrates on challenges that involve large-scale institutional change. He currently leads several projects with peer catalysts and progressive leaders across the country. In addition, he coordinates ongoing development of the ReThink Health Dynamics Model and other tools that let leaders play out 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, and was the principal architect of CDC’s framework for program evaluation. He has received CDC’s Honor Award for Excellence in Innovation, the Applied Systems Thinking Prize from the ASysT Institute, as well as Article of the Year awards for papers published in Health Affairs and Health Promotion Practice.  Bobby has a PhD in public health science from the Union Institute & University, an MPH from Emory University, and a BA from the University of Michigan Honors College.

Audrey Wells, CPA – Director, Finance & Administration

Audrey is responsible for leading all financial and investment activities of the Foundation. She also oversees the organization’s IT, facilities, grants and contracts. Prior to joining the Foundation, Audrey held positions in accounting, finance, and audit with Customized Distribution Services, Lever Brothers Company, and Ernst & Young. Most recently, she held the position of chief financial officer at Cornerstone Family Programs (CFP). At CFP, she played a significant role in the acquisition of another agency, procurement of several new grants and contracts, and streamlining of procedures. A certified public accountant, Audrey holds a BS in accounting from Binghamton University.

ReThink Health Program Team

Lindsey Alexander, MPP – Senior Project Consultant

Lindsey is working with our director of sustainable financing to develop financing mechanisms and related diagnostic tools for ReThink Health’s partner regions. She has extensive experience in public finance and community engagement, both as a public employee for the Minneapolis Finance Department and as an independent consultant for Lindsey Alexander Consulting. Also, she created financial planning tools and cultivated client relationships as a project manager at Springsted Incorporated, a public sector consulting firm in St. Paul, MN. Lindsey holds an MPP from the University of Minnesota and a BA from Iowa State University.

Ella Auchincloss, MTS – Senior Project Consultant

Ella heads community engagement efforts for ReThink Health. An expert in community leadership development, she leads multi-site projects, trainings, and workshops. She also provides coaching for a wide variety of organizations and teams, helping them develop the skills needed to lead change. Ella founded The Leadership Development Initiative: a faith-based teaching and coaching program for mission and community outreach, and she is a fellow of the Leading Change Network at Harvard’s Kennedy School. She holds an MTS from the Harvard Divinity School and a BS from Babson College.  

Cassandra Benjamin, MNA – Senior Project Consultant 

Cassandra led Ventures’ site selection process and now serves as lead designer for the program’s in-person gatherings as well as coach for the King County team.  She specializes in working with cross-sector partnerships and designing and delivering learning communities including the Strong, Prosperous, & Resilient Communities Challenge; Presidio Institute Fellowship; College Futures Foundation; and Living Cities Integration Initiative. Since 2005, she has worked with a range of philanthropic organizations and collaboratives to increase their impact. Prior to founding csb consulting, Cassandra’s career included two decades of service with a focus on housing and homelessness at the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, Shelter Network, and Larkin Street Youth Services among others. She holds a master’s degree in nonprofit administration 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. 

Nina Burke, MPH – Program Associate

Nina provides critical research, project management, data analysis, tool development, and technical support to an array of projects related to regional health system redesign. She has experience in supporting 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, she was a program manager at a local non-profit managing homeless prevention and re-housing efforts, where she engaged with many stakeholders in the affordable housing field. Nina’s interests lie at the intersection of public health and poverty in the U.S. Nina earned her MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health and her BS from Boston University. 

Anna Marie Creegan, MA – Senior Program Associate

Anna is acting lead for evaluation for ReThink Health. She helps structure, guide, and implement a substantial portfolio of research and evaluation projects and provides project coordination and support to team project leaders. Anna has prior experience working with the Triple Aim program of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Her education includes an undergraduate degree from Fordham University, and an MA in international development and a certificate of global health affairs from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.

Maggie Cooke – Strategic Partnerships Associate

Maggie provides project management and high-level support to the development and cultivation of new partners and emerging projects. She will also assist in the implementation of partnership-oriented projects. In this role, she will be crafting and monitoring processes and timelines across the program teams, developing partnership-focused blogs and communications materials, and supporting the effective use of the new CRM database system. Maggie joined ReThink Health and the Rippel Foundation after nearly 10 years within Johnson & Johnson and its operating companies, and earlier work with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. Maggie is currently pursuing her MPH from Dartmouth and holds a BA in anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Jane Erickson, MPA, MAIR – Project Director

As project director of ReThink Health Ventures, Jane is responsible for advancing the strategy and leading the implementation of a major new project co-funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Rippel Foundation exploring how an integrated approach to business planning can drive regional change across the U.S. Previously Jane oversaw the organization’s communications efforts, supported enterprise-level strategic planning, and led special projects. Jane was a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia and has expertise in collaborative governance, civic engagement, and conflict mediation. Jane holds an MPA, a master of arts in international relations (MAIR), and a certificate in public health from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Michael Goodman, MS – Senior Strategy Consultant

Michael is working with the RTH team to grow the user base of the RTH Dynamics Model in regional and academic settings, design and serve as a facilitator in community settings, and act as the main interface among RTH team members for Model development and data collection. He is the author of one of the first textbooks in the field of Systems Thinking, Study Notes in Systems Dynamics, as well as a contributor to the Dance of Change and the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook. His current clients include the World Bank Group, IMF, Asia Development Bank, Kimberly Clark Corporation, and Northwestern Mutual. Michael holds two MS degrees from MIT–in mechanical engineering and in management–and a BS from Purdue University.

Tami Gouveia, MSW, MPH – Project Director

As project director, Tami is responsible for testing RTH’s tools in various user contexts and evaluating our work for long-term impact. She also leads our efforts to integrate equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout our practice areas and strives to create spaces and opportunities for health system leaders to effectively address health inequities in their communities. A strategic thinker, an expert at building strong relationships with diverse stakeholders, and a community advocate, Tami launched several non-profit initiatives in substance abuse prevention, youth development, and health and safety throughout her career. As executive director of Tobacco Free Mass, she advocated for tobacco taxes and Master Settlement Agreement funds to be reinvested in prevention and cessation programs. Tami currently is working on her PhD in public health 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. 

Matt Guy, MPA – Senior Project Consultant 

As a member of the Ventures program team, Matt is working to make system level changes in health in communities in the United States. 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. 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 (Iowa). He also holds a 4th-degree black belt in taekwondo, and is Commissioned Ruling Elder with the Presbyterian Church USA in the Pueblo Presbytery.

Kate Hilton, JD, MTS – Senior Engagement Consultant

Kate specializes in multi-stakeholder engagement, coalition building, leadership development, and campaign design for collective action. Her work with ReThink Health focuses on the application and diffusion of replicable tools for multi-stakeholder groups seeking to generate commitment for broad-scope, collaborative improvement initiatives. A fellow of the Leading Change Network at Harvard’s Kennedy School, Kate holds a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and an AB from Dartmouth College.

Gary Hirsch, SM – Senior Modeling Consultant

Gary brings to ReThink Health his skills in system dynamics and systems thinking and is a co-developer of the ReThink Health Dynamics Model. His work in health care has focused on population health and improving the performance of health care delivery systems. Gary is the co-developer of several other simulation-based learning environments and 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. Gary holds SB and SM degrees from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Jack Homer, PhD – Senior Modeling Consultant

Jack is a leading expert in system dynamics policy modeling, a former faculty member at USC, a full-time consultant since 1990, and author of a recent collection of papers, “Models That Matter: Selected Writings on System Dynamics 1985-2010.” He is lead modeler for the ReThink Health Dynamics Model project and has developed original policy models for many other organizations, including the CDC, NIH, CMS, and FDA. His work has received awards from the International System Dynamics Society, the Applied Systems Thinking Institute, and AcademyHealth. He has BS and MS degrees from Stanford University and a PhD from MIT.

Sherry Immediato, MPP, MBA – Senior Project Consultant

As a senior project consultant, Sherry serves as a project manager and facilitator for field projects, and is a key contributor to ReThink Health’s theories, tools and methods. She is a founding practitioner in the field of organizational learning and expert in using multi-stakeholder collaboration to address complex systems issues. Prior to joining ReThink Health, Sherry was president and managing director of the Society for Organizational Learning and has served as lead faculty in numerous public health leadership institutes. She holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Kalila Jackson-Spieker, MPA – Program Associate

Kalila works with the ReThink Health Strategy team on research, client projects, and training system stewards to use the ReThink Health Dynamics Model as a tool for health transformation. Previously, Kalila was an Analyst at the nonprofit consulting firm Root Cause, focusing on health & health care. Prior to working at Root Cause, she worked as 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 from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a BA in international relations & human rights from the University of Washington.

Kristi Kienholz, MPA – Communications Consultant

Kristi is principal of a consulting practice that focuses on marketing, strategy development, and cross-sector partnerships. Recent clients include: the Consensus Building Institute, Gaining Ground, The Talent Initiative, Oxfam America, Oxfam International, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and MIT Leadership Center. Kienholz teaches marketing in the Institute for Nonprofit Practice at Tufts University and taught a course on Marketing Social Change in the Boston University School of Management for five years. In addition to operating her consulting practice, Kienholz has served in management positions (marketing, public affairs, development, and operations) at America Achieves; Children’s Hospital, Boston; Massachusetts Audubon Society; and Old Sturbridge Village. Kienholz holds an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a BA from Williams College.

Teri Larson, MHS – Communications Consultant

As a communications professional who specializes in working with nonprofits in the areas of health and social policy, Teri advises on and assists with a wide array of ReThink Health’s communications needs. As principal of Teri Larson Consulting, 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 own business, Teri was vice president for health policy and publications director at Burness Communications. She also served as communications director at Funders Together to End Homelessness. She holds an MHS from John Hopkins University’s School of Hygiene & Public Health and a BA from Virginia Tech.

Amanda McIntosh, MPH – Program & Communications Associate

Amanda supports the ReThink Health directors and fellow project associates on project activities, data collection, and project tracking. She currently is coordinator for several initiatives, including the Way to Wellville project, Convening of Catalysts, and the Practice Council. Amanda specializes in nationwide programs and public outreach campaigns for health advocacy organizations. She was a program associate for Community Catalyst’s Roadmaps to Health, a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She also was statewide community canvassing coordinator at Health Care For All and a graduate research assistant at Healthcare-NOW! Amanda holds an MPH from Drexel University and a BA from the College of Charleston.

Rebecca Niles, MBA – Senior Strategy Consultant

Rebecca is a senior facilitator of the ReThink Health Dynamics Model Strategy Labs. Rebecca designs materials and experiences, supports analytics, and leads workshops to help communities identify effective change strategies and build consensus toward their implementation. An MIT-trained expert in systems thinking and simulation modeling, she has experience in diverse problem areas, including education, affordable housing, water resources, health, economics, finance, and manufacturing. Rebecca earned her BS and MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Krishna Patel, MPH – Program Associate

Krishna provides the Ventures team with logistical and operational support around scheduling, budget management, and IT systems. Krishna also works closely with Ventures coaches and liaises with participating sites across the country. She comes to ReThink Health after a long academic and professional career at Northeastern University, where she earned a BS in biology and then a master’s degree in public health, which she found to be an intersection of her interest in science and passion for social justice.

Katy Evans Pritchard, MA – Senior Program Associate

As senior program associate, Katy works closely with the Ventures project director on workplan development and oversight, budgetary management, and communications, with internal working groups & sub-contractors. Before joining ReThink Health, she worked for the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, where she ran communications and programming for a large-scale project on institutional corruption. Katy currently is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in American and New England Studies at Boston University. She earned her MA in critical methodologies at Kings College London, and her BA at Boston College.

Pedja Stojicic, MD, MPH – Project Director

Pedja is a ReThink Health trainer and coach on leadership development and applying community organizing to public-health problems. He has recently worked with the Center for Public Health Leadership at the Harvard School of Public Health, Partners in Health, Primary Care Progress, Cambridge Health Alliance, and others. Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, Pedja graduated from the Harvard School of Public Health. He has served as president and executive director of Youth of JAZAS, a Serbian NGO fighting HIV/AIDS, and as a consultant for the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia.

Lauren Tobias – Senior Communications Consultant

Lauren is the communications lead for ReThink Health Ventures and provides additional support for ReThink Health’s many other communications endeavors. Lauren has spent nearly 20 years in media and nonprofit communications. The majority of her work during this time has focused on health, including projects with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Gates Foundation, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Johnson & Johnson, the Rippel Foundation, and the United Nations Foundation, among others. From 2008 to 2013, Lauren served as the director of communications at the IOM, 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.

Ruth Wageman, PhD – Senior Scholar & Advisor

Ruth directs ReThink Health’s research and evaluation activities, provides expertise related to work with multi-stakeholder leadership teams, and conducts empirical research to explore and define the conditions that enable communities to achieve systemic stewardship practices in health. An expert in collaborative leadership processes, Ruth has published prolifically in the field of organizational behavior. Ruth earned a PhD from Harvard’s joint doctoral program in organizational behavior and a BA from Columbia University.

Kristina Wile, MS – Senior Strategy Consultant

Kristina works with ReThink Health supporting the dynamic modeling team in facilitation design and user-interface modifications. She is a facilitator and analyst of systems thinking, system dynamics, and organizational learning and is founding partner of the Systems Thinking Collaborative. Kristina helps organizations in public and private sectors understand the feedback forces driving their performance and develop strategies. She is co-president of Leverage Networks, a new company providing online resources to those practicing systemic thinking.

Katherine Wright, MS – Program Associate

Katherine Wright is program associate for sustainable financing and, among other duties, she coordinates project implementation with senior project leaders. Before joining ReThink Health, she worked within government, academia, nonprofit, and the private sectors and coordinated several multi-sectoral health-focused programs.  Katherine holds a BS in dietetics from Michigan State University, with specialization in environmental studies, and an MS in food policy and applied nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

Rippel Foundation Administration Team

  • Jennifer Boone – Senior Administrative Associate
  • Kimberly Hines Hart, JD – Corporate Counsel
  • Jane Novak – Accountant
  • Ed Rosen, MBA – IT Consultant
  • Amy Testa – Finance Associate