Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of leaders in the fields of health and medicine, business, public policy, education, and entertainment. We use their wide range of expertise to make our efforts as effective and robust as possible


William J. (“Bill”) Bryant

Attorney and Shareholder

Dominick Feld Hyde, P.C.
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Bill Bryant is a tax attorney with the Birmingham, Alabama law firm of Dominick Feld Hyde, P.C. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Alabama and his Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Taxation degrees from the University of Alabama, School of Law. Bill’s law practice focuses on a wide variety of corporate and business matters, including deferred compensation, equity based incentive plans and the purchase and sale of owner-managed businesses - with an emphasis on developing exit strategies for the family or closely-held business owner. He also counsels clients on various federal, state and local tax issues.

He is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America®” and “Super Lawyers®”, maintains a Martindale-Hubbell “AV Pre-eminent®” peer review rating and has been recognized by his peers in surveys appearing in various local publications.

A strong proponent of community service, particularly as it relates to public health advocacy, Bill is guided by the words of George Bernard Shaw, “You see things that are and say, ‘why?’ But I dream things that never were and say, ‘why not?’” Bill has served in leadership positions in various voluntary health organizations, including national level service as Chairman of the Board of the American Heart Association, Inc. and as current Chairman of the Board of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Inc.


Nancy Brown

Chief Executive Officer

American Heart Association
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Nancy Brown has been Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association (AHA) since 2009. The Association is widely known and highly respected as the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing, treating and defeating cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

During her tenure as CEO, the AHA has become a global leader in the discovery and dissemination of heart disease and stroke science. Notably, under Nancy’s leadership the Association announced its bold new 2020 health impact goal: To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. Nancy’s drive to set a brave long-term goal, at a time when many other organizations were focused on short-term needs, has provided a rallying point for the Association’s millions of volunteers, staff, and donors.

Nancy has also led the organization to a number of significant advances in the time that she has served as its top staff executive, these include: a laser focus on prevention and improving cardiovascular health, development of a number of new lines of business for the Association, creating the Vision for Volunteerism initiative to generate even more significant opportunities for volunteers to impact the AHA’s mission, development of the first-ever integrated global strategy for the Association, launching new programs to expand individual giving/ major gifts and increase the Association’s revenue and mission impact in small communities, and instilling a culture of innovation throughout the AHA, spearheaded by the AHA’s Innovation Think Tank which is comprised of staff executives and volunteer thought leaders, who have among other things, created the roadmap for future new mission and revenue business enterprises.

In addition to her tireless efforts for the AHA, Nancy shares her passion for improving the health of individuals in the U.S. and globally by serving on the boards of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Research! America, and the Partnership for Prevention. She also serves as a member of Qualcomm Life’s Advisory Board, and as a member of the Corporate Advisory Board of the Healthcare Business Association. Nancy has been appointed as chairman-elect of the National Health Council and co-chairman of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, which is reframing how to provide end of life care that respects patient’s wishes and ensures quality decision-making and outcomes for families and healthcare providers.

Prior to being named CEO, Nancy served as AHA's Chief Operating Officer for the eight prior years. In this role she managed the Association's mission, science and business functions and led the AHA's integrated strategy to achieve its 2010 Impact Goal to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent. Notable accomplishments include the creation of the AHA’s signature platform Go Red for Women, creation of a suite of quality improvement programs including Get with the Guidelines, and notable advances in science, research, and consumer health and engagement. She has held multiple leadership positions at the AHA since her start in 1986 leading fundraising initiatives in the Michigan Affiliate, including serving as the Executive Director in Metro Detroit, as well as leading the AHA’s work as Executive Vice President of the former Massachusetts and New England Affiliates. Prior to joining the American Heart Association, Nancy also served her home state of Michigan as Director of Development/ Deputy Director of the Endowment Campaign for the Michigan Cancer Foundation, and as Special Events Director for Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit.



Chelsea Clinton

Vice Chair

Clinton Foundation
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Chelsea Clinton works to drive the vision and programmatic objectives of the Clinton Foundation.

As vice chair, Chelsea works alongside the Foundation’s leadership and partners to help create greater opportunities for people to build better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. Chelsea is a tireless advocate for expanding access to early childhood education, improving the health and well-being of Americans across the country, providing the next generation of young leaders with the resources they need to turn their ideas into action, and ensuring the empowerment of girls and women is a cross-cutting priority across all of the Foundation’s programs and initiatives.

Chelsea also serves on the board of the Clinton Foundation’s affiliated Clinton Health Access Initiative – which works to expand access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications and services in the developing world, as well as on the board of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation – a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association, which works to empower kids to develop lifelong healthy habits around food and physical activity.

Chelsea currently teaches at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital. In addition, Chelsea serves on the boards of the School of American Ballet, the Africa Center, IAC, Expedia, Clover Health, and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the co-chair of the Advisory Board of the Of Many Institute at NYU. Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford, a Master of Public Health from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, and both a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate in international relations from Oxford University.

Chelsea is co-author with Devi Sridhar of “Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?” which examines the role of public-private partnerships in combating the spread of infectious diseases like AIDS and reducing pervasive chronic health problems like malnutrition. Chelsea is also the author of “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going” – a book for young readers, ages 10-14 which explores some of the biggest challenges facing our world today and shares inspiring stories of young people who are already making a difference in their own communities and around the globe by tackling them in fun and creative way – and, “She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World” – a picture book that introduces tiny feminists, mini activists, and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted.

She lives with her husband Marc, their daughter Charlotte, and their son Aidan in New York City.


Elsa Collins


The Ideateur
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Elsa, originally from Tijuana, Mexico, received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. Settling in Los Angeles, she co-founded BabytalkLA, a parenting education company addressing parenting issues such as healthy sleeping and eating habits. From there, she transitioned to working for Fusion/Univision on their social impact team, overseeing campaigns including the eradication of solitary confinement for juveniles, early childhood education and the value of mentorship with the organization My Brother's Keeper.  

Most recently, she co-founded The Ideateur, a social impact and political consulting group focusing on sports, culture and the entertainment space, helping clients construct a strategy to address the issues they care about and move the needle in the direction they want to see it shift. She works mostly with organizations who are on the frontlines of many issues in the United States today, including increasing voter registration and participation amongst the Latino community; protecting the undocumented; and promoting racial and religious harmony and gender equality. Collaborating with these organizations, the activists and influencers is key when one is trying to affect change. She is also a contributing writer to Lenny Letter where she has penned essays addressing how to talk about race with your children and address gender bias when having children.

She has been married since 2004 to Jarron Collins, an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors. They share three children, Alessandra, Valentina and Massimo.


Mary Beth Donahue

Health Care Executive and Government Affairs Strategist

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Mary Beth Donahue is nationally recognized as a leader in management and advocacy in the private and public sectors. She has decades of experience working in large, complex organizations. She is known for her unique ability to build and execute plans, develop collaborative teams, foster strategic alliances, and successfully achieve goals.

Mary Beth most recently served as Executive Vice President at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), one of the nation’s largest trade associations, which represents over 1,200 member companies providing health benefits to more than 200 million Americans. Mary Beth managed the 160 person association with a $60 million budget. She oversaw all operations and played a strategic role in the advocacy efforts for the health industry. She lead the management team and coordinated all activities for the Board of Directors. Mary Beth began her AHIP tenure as Vice President of Federal Affairs in 2001 where she developed and advocated the health industry priorities.

Prior to joining AHIP in 2001, Mary Beth served in a number of positions in the public sector, including Chief of Staff for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she worked from 1993-2001. As Chief of Staff, Mary Beth managed the operations of the HHS agencies, oversaw personnel, coordinated HHS priorities and initiatives with the White House, and served as principal advisor to Secretary Donna Shalala. She was appointed to HHS in 1993 as Congressional Liaison in the Legislative Office where she advocated HHS’ policy agenda to Congress. She was selected as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary in 1998. Mary Beth began her career as Executive Assistant to Massachusetts’ Governor, Michael Dukakis, 1987-1990. Mary Beth’s career included leadership roles on the political front. She was selected by the Kerry Presidential Campaign in 2004 to serve as Chief of Staff to the Vice Presidential Nominee. She built and managed the staff, budget and operations for the VP Nominee’s team. She also worked on the 1992 Clinton Presidential Campaign and served on the Clinton-Gore Transition team.

In addition to serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alliance, Mary Beth also serves on the Advisory Board for the Cancer Support Community, on organization empowering cancer patients with education, support services and resources. Mary Beth attended Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, received an M.P.P. from Georgetown University and a B.S. from Boston College. She was a recipient of the Campbell Alumni Award from Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy. She is a native of Massachusetts and resides with her family in Maryland.


David P. Faxon, M.D.

Associate Chief, Cardiovascular Division

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Senior Lecturer

Harvard Medical School
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Dr. David Faxon is Associate Chief of Cardiology and Clinical Director of Cardiovascular Services at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He is ABIM board certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.

A graduate of Hamilton College in 1967, Dr Faxon received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1971. He did his internship and residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and his Cardiology Fellowship at Boston University Medical Center.

He began his career at Boston University Medical center and became the Director of Cardiac Catheterization laboratory and established one of the first coronary angioplasty programs in the US. From 1993 until 2000, he was Chief of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine at the University of Southern California. In 2000 he moved to Chicago as Chief of the Section of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine at The University of Chicago. In 2006 he moved back to Boston as Chief of Cardiology at the Boston VA Healthcare System while also serving as Vice Chair of Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in 2015 assumed the above full-time position at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has had a busy clinical practice and has been an active interventional cardiologist up until 2017.

He previously served as an Associate Editor of Circulation and is Editor-in-Chief of Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions.  He was Chairman of the Board of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a collaborative program between the Clinton Foundation and the AHA and currently is a Board member. He is a past President of the Vascular Disease Foundation. He was a member of the ABIM Cardiovascular Board and a member of the ACGME Residency Review Committee in Internal Medicine as well as a site visitor for ACGME international.

In 2001-2002 he was the President of the American Heart Association and continues to serve on numerous committees. Previously he served as the Affiliate President for both the Massachusetts (1993) and Los Angeles (1997) affiliates of the American Heart Association.  Dr. Faxon is a past President of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (1997).

Dr. Faxon has over 500 publications and 4 books relating to his clinical experience and research studies with a focus on interventional cardiology.


David A. Josserand

Former Partner and Group President

Dalton Agency
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Dave is a partner and Group President at the Dalton Agency, a national advertising and public-relations firm based in Jacksonville, Florida with clients doing business all over the world.

Dave grew up in Tucson, AZ and graduated in 1978 from the University of Arizona with a degree in Education. As a member of the men’s gymnastic team, Dave represented the University of Arizona and the United States Gymnastics Federation in intercollegiate and international competitions for more than four years. Upon graduation, he was hired as Head Men’s Gymnastics Coach for Arizona and led the program to top-20 finishes until he moved into athletic administration in 1981.

During the 1980s, Dave’s career focus transitioned from sports administration to broadcasting. He joined Nationwide Communications and went on to years of managing radio stations in Tucson, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Baltimore, MD; and Orlando, FL. Dave’s final stop in the radio business was Jacksonville as Vice President and General Manager for Prism Radio Partners. There, he managed a group of four radio stations and built the NFL Jaguars’ Radio Network.

Upon the sale of Prism Radio Partners, Dave joined Jim Dalton as a partner in the Dalton Agency. Since 1997, this partnership has grown the company from nine employees to 90, serving more than 70 clients in all business segments, including retail, defense contractors, real estate and business-to-business. Clients include McDonald’s, American Heart Association, AT&T, Georgia Economic Commission, Southern Link, NYCM Insurance, Atlanta Zoo to name a few. The Dalton Agency was recently recognized as Southeastern Small Agency of the Year for 2015 by Advertising Age. Dalton now maintains offices in Jacksonville, Orlando and Atlanta.

Dave’s work with the American Heart Association (AHA) began in 2000, when he served on the local community board in Jacksonville. He provided creative services to develop a television public-service announcement to enhance the awareness of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Since that time, Dave has served on the National Board of Directors and Administrative Cabinet for more than five years. He also led the organization’s efforts to refine its brand image and begin paid-advertising efforts as Chair of the Communications and Marketing Coordinating Committee. Many of these continue to be centered on proactive and healthier lifestyle programs to curb the potential effects of cardiovascular diseases.

During Dave’s tenure on the Board and as Chairman, the American Heart Association has undertaken several major initiatives. Among them are Start!, Choose to Move, Alliance for a Healthier Generation and legislative support to encourage physical education in public schools. Dave was installed as Chairman of the Board in June and oversees the communications, cause marketing, business and financial functions of the organization.

Dave has been the recipient of numerous awards, including:

  • Meritorious Achievement Award (AHA-National)
  • President’s Award- (AHA-Greater Southeast)
  • Distinguished National Leadership Award- (AHA-National)

In recognition of his leadership in health and education issues, Dave was appointed by President George W. Bush to Chair the President’s Council on Physical Fitness.

Dave has been married to Deonne Darden-Josserand for 27 years and resides in Jacksonville with their two children, Taylor (24) and Chandlor (19). Physical fitness is a big part of the Josserand household. Dave is an avid road cyclist and skier, Deonne is an A-team tennis player, Taylor swam for the University of South Carolina and currently attends Grad School at University of North Florida and Chandlor attends Ole Miss and is a standout soccer player and played on several national Lacrosse teams.


Bruce Lindsey

Counselor to the Chair of the Board

Clinton Foundation
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Bruce Lindsey serves as the counselor to the chair of the Board for the Clinton Foundation, and served as chairman from 2005 to 2017. Bruce joined the Foundation in 2001 as general counsel and served as CEO from 2003 to 2013. Bruce served as assistant to the President and deputy counsel to the President throughout President Clinton's two terms in office. In 1993, Bruce was also director of the Office of Presidential Personnel where he supervised the selection and approval of political appointees in the Cabinet departments and to Presidential boards and commissions. During the 1992 Presidential campaign, he served as the National Campaign Director. He had previously been a partner at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, a law firm in Little Rock, where he is currently of counsel. Bruce received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Rhodes College.


H. Melvin Ming

Former President and CEO

Sesame Workshop
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Mel graduated from Temple University in June 1967, joined the CPA firm of Lybrand Ross Brothers & Montgomery in Philadelphia (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and began a 12-year career learning, servicing, assessing, auditing and advising businesses.  His clients included insurance and financial services companies, metal fabricators, governmental agencies, entrepreneurial start-ups, hospitals, medical professional corporations and religious organizations.  In 1973, Mel became the 7th African American to achieve the professional standing of Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Mel entered the media sector of business fortuitously, when a PricewaterhouseCoopers partner recommended him to the management team selected to save National Public Radio from bankruptcy in 1981.  It was there that Mel found what was for him a perfect opportunity to blend worthy mission and public services with good business practices that yielded personal and professional fulfillment in doing well by doing good.

Mel worked at Sesame Workshop for many years in several leadership roles. He retired in 2014 as President and CEO of Sesame Workshop, having had the privilege to lead the nonprofit educational organization in its mission to create innovative, engaging content that maximizes the educational power of media to help children reach their highest potential. He directed the Workshop’s efforts around Sesame Street’s global presence as well as initiatives that address a wide range of issues for children and families including literacy, health and military deployment.  In that role, he also coordinated and alignment of the Workshop’s efforts with its stated strategic direction and short-term goals. 

Mel recently said, “Having worked for 45 years, it is now time for me to invests all of my experience, learning and energy into the development of children, their causes and the systems and communities that will optimally grow them.” 


Angela Moskow

Pharmaceuticals Industry Executive

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Angela Moskow is currently a Vice President at Sanofi U.S., leading a team focused on Chronic Disease Prevention & Wellness. She is charged with developing and implementing strategic direction for external prevention and wellness partnerships, initiatives and investments. She is responsible for building alliances with health organizations representing patients, providers, payers, governments and other constituencies that are working to improve health policy, with a view to positive patient outcomes.

Her department works to support the U.S. healthcare system in moving from a system that treats sickness to one that embraces and incentivizes wellness. Key areas of focus are chronic disease awareness, treatment access and medication adherence with a goal to lower the chronic disease burden in the U.S. In addition, her team supports Sanofi wellness initiatives by seeking out best practices and working to apply these within Sanofi’s employee population, such as utilization of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Benefit program.

Angela joined Sanofi in 1990, and has held various positions within marketing and sales, including serving as Vice President of Insulin and Metabolism Marketing in the U.S. Angela holds a degree in Marketing from the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond.

Angela was recently appointed to the Northwest Missouri State University Foundation Board and serves as co-chair of the Academic Excellence Champions Group. She was also awarded the Highest Leaf Award by The Women’s Venture Fund this past summer.

Angela and her husband have two teenage children and reside in New Jersey.


Rica Rodman

Executive Director

Wasserman Foundation
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Rica is the Executive Director of the Wasserman Foundation. She advises Casey Wasserman on strategic philanthropic initiatives in the areas of education, health, arts & culture, service, and global initiatives. She served the Foundation in a similar capacity starting in 2000. Rica has over 20 years of experience with media relations, strategic philanthropy, government relations, and large scale event management.

She started her career in The White House Press Office, serving for four years as President Clinton’s Radio Director. She produced the President’s Saturday morning radio addresses and managed press for the President, Vice President, First Lady, world leaders, and U.S. Cabinet Secretaries. She has been active in politics ever since, serving as television booker for John Kerry’s presidential campaign, a finance director for Antonio Villaraigosa’s first mayoral campaign, and media booker for three national Democratic conventions.

Rica moved home to Los Angeles in 1997 to work at The Walt Disney Company as the Manager of Government Relations and Vice President of Disney’s political action committee. Following this, she served as the Director of Norman Lear’s Foundation.

Prior to joining the Wasserman Foundation, Rica owned a public relations and marketing firm working in both Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Her client roster included: the United Nations World Food Programme, the United Nations Foundation, CNN, the Sundance Channel, the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, the National World War II Memorial, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Washington, DC Convention and Tourism Corporation. Some of these clients overlapped with her time as Vice President of a public relations firm.

Rica is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and a donor to the William J. Clinton Foundation. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Human Rights Watch Southern California Committee, is a Board Member of Clinton’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and is a new Board Member of the Center for the Digital Future. She is the former President of the Getty House Foundation and a former Board Member of the Music Center.

Rica graduated magna cum laude with Honors from UCLA in Communications Studies. Rica enjoys adventure travel and has visited 40 countries in the past several years.


Trooper Sanders

Senior Advisor

Hello Wallet


Wise Whisper
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Trooper Sanders is founder of Wise Whisper, a business development and program strategy consulting practice tackling critical social challenges including economic stability and health and wellness. Previously, Trooper served as an advisor to U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, leading Mrs. Obama’s efforts supporting America’s military families, including the creation of the Joining Forces campaign, and managing her international public diplomacy efforts, including solo trips to Haiti, Mexico and southern Africa. He served as domestic policy advisor to former U.S. President Bill Clinton and oversaw the William J. Clinton Foundation’s domestic initiatives spanning economic opportunity and children’s health.

During the 2004 election season, Trooper founded Time to Vote, a campaign encouraging employers to provide workers with flexible leave on Election Day. He also served as communications advisor to the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and, during a fellowship in Germany, worked for the anti-corruption non-profit Transparency International and Ashoka, a non-profit supporting social entrepreneurs.

Trooper's government service began as a White House policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore. His international career began in the United Kingdom as a policy analyst with The Prince of Wales’s Business Leaders Forum (the Forum) where he established the Forum’s presence in Egypt and supported efforts forging ties between the World Bank and business in emerging economies. He currently serves on the boards of International Social Service of the USA, the Center for Place Based Initiatives, former President Clinton’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Alumni Association.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Trooper has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree from the London School of Economics.