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Alliance for a Healthier Generation Announces New Board of Directors

CEO of the William J. Clinton Foundation Named as Chairman 

NEW YORK (August 28, 2012) – The Alliance for a Healthier Generation today announced the expansion of its board of directors and the election of the new chairman for the 2012-2013 term.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, works to address one of the nation’s leading public health threats – childhood obesity. The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to empower kids to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Bruce R. Lindsey, chief executive officer of the William J. Clinton Foundation has been elected to serve as Chairman of the board. He succeeds David P. Faxon, MD Vice Chair of Medicine for Strategic Planning at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Faxon will remain on the board.

In addition to the election of a new chairman, the board was expanded to include three additional members. The board’s term will run through July 2013. The new board members include:

Wendell Pierce, actor and entrepreneur, originally from New Orleans, dedicates his philanthropy efforts to rebuilding his native city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He formed Pontchartrain Park Neighborhood Association, a nonprofit corporation, to rebuild 350 affordable and environmentally friendly homes which will preserve the community character and help longtime residents come back to their neighborhood. He recently opened four grocery stores in low-income, food deserts in New Orleans. Pierce was inspired by Michelle Obama’s initiative to bring more healthful food options to so-called food deserts. “This is the call to action that has gone out across the country”.  Pierce is a three-time NAACP Image Award Nominee for Best Actor in a television drama for his work on HBO’s “The Wire” and won the 2008 Image Award for best actor in a television movie for HBO’s ‘Life Support” as well as the Women’s Image Network “WIN” Award.

Natalie Shirley, President of Oklahoma State University- Oklahoma City, served as Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism and was executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce from 2007-11 under Governor Brad Henry.  Prior to that, she held several executive positions during a 16-year career with Washington, D.C. firm, ICI Mutual Insurance Group, including serving as president and chief executive officer from 2001 to 2006. In addition to her current role as Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City President, Shirley serves on several philanthropic boards including the World Association for Children and Parents Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, the Oklahoma CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) Association, and the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum. Shirley graduated from Oklahoma State University and earned a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Joan Werner, Director of Client Services in the Fixed Income Department of New York Life Investments was formerly the Director of Marketing and Client Services at Ramius/ A Cowen Group Company, which is an independent alternative investments firm. Prior to joining Ramius, she was director of marketing for Credit Suisse First Boston Volaris Advisors (formerly Volaris Advisors) which is an independent investment advisory firm specializing in volatility management. She has also worked at Merrill Lynch and Prudential Investments. Joan has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves as Treasurer of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, a current Board Member for The POETIC Foundation (Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators' Consortium) and is a Founding Board Member for the Professional Association for Investment Communications Resources (PAICR). She has also been an Adjunct Professor in Marketing at The College of New Jersey.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Board of Directors: 

Chair: 

Bruce Lindsey, chief executive officer, William J. Clinton Foundation

Immediate Past Chair: 

David P. Faxon, MD, Vice Chair of Medicine for Strategic Planning at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School

Members: 

  • William J. Bryant, attorney and shareholder of Dominick Feld Hyde, P.C.
  • Scott M. Curran, assistant general counsel of the William J. Clinton Foundation
  • Laura Graham, chief of staff to President Clinton
  • Wendell Pierce, actor
  • Kathy Rogers, executive vice president of consumer health at the American Heart Association
  • Natalie Shirley, president of Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City
  • Joan Werner, Director of Client Services in the Fixed Income Department of New York Life Investments and treasurer of 100 Women in Hedge Funds

About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation 

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to address one of the nation’s leading public health threats – childhood obesity. The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to empower kids to make healthy lifestyle choices. Founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, the Alliance works to positively affect the places that can make a difference to a child’s health: homes, schools, doctor’s offices and communities. To learn more about the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, visit www. HealthierGeneration.org.

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