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Dr. Stephen Haering became Alexandria Health Department’s Director in August 2010. He previously served as the Health Director for the Lord Fairfax Health District (which includes Winchester, Virginia and the surrounding area) since 2008. Dr. Haering, a board-certified specialist in preventive medicine and general public health, earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Duke University, his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and his Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He completed his internship in Family Practice at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton, California, and worked for several private practices for 13 years. In 2003, Dr. Haering joined the Manatee County (Florida) Health Department as a senior physician. In addition to his clinical duties, he led the county’s tuberculosis program and implemented a number of innovative programs and practices in disease prevention and health promotion.
Dr. Haering completed a preventive medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University between 2005 and 2007. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Haering was selected as Chief Resident for the Preventive Medicine Residency for 2007-2008. Dr. Haering has conducted primary research on food security in the city of Baltimore, and he was the primary author of a synthesis of the scientific literature on food security in U.S. urban centers.
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. Dr. Addo-Ayensu 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.
Rachel Lynch, Program Outreach Administrator, Population Health
Rachel Lynch is a Program Outreach Administrator for the Population Health Division at Inova Health System. In this role, Rachel manages Inova's Community Health Needs Assessment process, liaises with community partners and helps with Inova’s Community Benefit programming and assessment. Prior to this, Rachel worked on other community health and education areas, including influenza prevention, stroke education, fitness and weight management.
In addition to the Ex-Officio Board role with Neighborhood Health, Rachel is active with the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax and the Loudoun Health Council and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria. Rachel has a Masters Degree in Public Heath from George Washington University focusing on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Rachel's undergraduate degree is a BS in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Thomas Greeson, Chair, Board Secretary, By-laws Committee
Thomas Greeson, MBA, JD is a partner in the Life Science Health Industries Practice Group of Reed Smith LLP. His practice focuses on the health care industry representing radiologists and physicians involving health and hospital law, managed care contracting, antitrust, Medicare reimbursement, fraud and abuse, not-for-profit law, legislative and regulatory, and licensure and disciplinary matters. Previously, he served as general counsel for the American College of Radiology. Mr. Greeson is the immediate past chair of the Virginia Bar Association Health Law Section Council. He is past-Chair, and current member, of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Area Health Education Center. He has been awarded the President’s Award and the Calhoun Award from the Radiology Business Management Association, and was listed as one of ten outstanding physician practice lawyers in the United States by Nightingale’s Healthcare News. He was a trustee of the Campbell Hoffman Foundation, serving as its Secretary -Treasurer. Mr. Greeson earned his B.B.A and M.B.A. from the University of Georgia, and J.D., with honors, from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Carter Flemming is a native Alexandrian and has served as a volunteer in the non-profit sector for many years. Her focus has been on children and families of underserved populations in our community. She is a graduate of Tulane University and she and her husband, Mike, have two grown sons.
Carter brings a great deal of board experience to Neighborhood Health. She has served as board chair of The Campagna Center and the Alexandria Red Cross. In addition, she has served as a board member for the Alexandria United Way, Healthy Families Alexandria, The Center for Alexandria’s Children and the Alexandria Economic Opportunities Commission. She is the immediate past president of the Newcomb College Alumnae Association and served on the Tulane University President’s Council and the Tulane University Alumni Association. Currently, Carter serves on the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board, the Alexandria Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, the board of Senior Services of Alexandria, and is Vice President of the Seminary Hill Association.
Carter has been a supporter of Neighborhood Health since the organization’s founding and has served as a volunteer and chair of its special fundraising events and provided board training.
Paola Navaro, LPC
Paola Navaro is a bilingual (English and Spanish) Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 16 years of experience as a counselor. She joined Neighborhood Health in November 2009 as a Mental Health Counselor where she provided services to individuals, families and children of diverse backgrounds. Paola has worked with women and families during the prenatal and postnatal phase, with women suffering from depression and with families with newborn children until age three to address risks of developmental delays. She left Neighborhood Health in December 2014 to pursue a career goal at Alexandria Community Services Board (CSB).
Paola graduated from the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1998, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In 2003 she completed a Master’s Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Psychology at Antioch University, New England.
Paola has a strong commitment to Neighborhood Health’s mission and to the families we serve. As a parent of children receiving care at our health center for many years, she brings that additional perspective to our Board.
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HFMA’s thought leadership has covered payment reform, value creation, revenue cycle management, accounting and financial reporting, capital access, and many other areas that drive healthcare organizational high performance. Results of those initiatives have been used by hospitals, rating agencies, regulatory agencies, congressional committees, accounting standard setting bodies, state hospital organizations, and other government and industry leaders. Mr. Gundling is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, a Certified Management Accountant, and is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants. Mr. Gundling joined Neighborhood Health Board in January 2014.
Richard Gundling, FHFMA, CMA, is the Vice President for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). Mr. Gundling is responsible for the technical and content direction for HFMA, managing of its thought leadership efforts, and leadership of its Washington, DC activities. He also serves as a staff liaison to the Principles and Practices Board of the HFMA. Mr. Gundling has written an extensive number of published articles on broad topics within healthcare finance and the healthcare industry. HFMA is a professional association with over 40,000 members engaged in the financial management of the healthcare sector.
Mr. Hearle founded Verité Healthcare Consulting in 2006 after serving as a Vice President at The Lewin Group, Inc. He is familiar with Federally Qualified Health Centers, having worked with many of them on financial issues in several states. He has an M.B.A. in finance from Vanderbilt University and an A.B. in economics from Davidson College. Keith joined Neighborhood Health's Board in 2010 and served as the Board Treasurer from 2010 to December 2013. He was elected Board President in November 2013, effective January 2014.
Keith Hearle, MBA is the President of Verité Healthcare Consulting, LLC, in Alexandria. Mr. Hearle has over 25 years of consulting, management, and research experience all focused on the healthcare field with specialization in strategic planning, financial analysis and decision support, strategic financial planning, community benefit and hospital tax-exemption requirements, health care reform and safety net systems of care, and public policy analysis.
Elizabeth moved to Alexandria from Laurel, MD in 1988. For the last 15 years she has worked with the education department of NOVAM (NO VA AIDS Ministry) speaking to youth 13-25 about living with HIV. She is currently the E-blast editor for the Del Ray Artisans. Ms. Martinez is committed to community service and to improving opportunities for those with limited resources. She is especially interested in assuring access to primary health care for low-income individuals and those without health insurance as she deals with these same issues herself. She started to received services at the Casey Health Center in 1994 and began to receive services from Neighborhood Health in December of 2010 when Neighborhood Health opened a clinical services site there. As an individual receiving care at the Health Center she brings a unique consumer perspective to our Board of Directors.
Yonas has lived in Alexandria since 1991. He is currently the President and CEO of YOAM Properties, LLC. Previously, he was an Assistant Vice President of Burke & Herbert Bank and Trust Company until March of 2006. Prior to joining Burke & Herbert & Trust Co, he was a customer service specialist with First Virginia Bank. He is currently in pursuit of furthering his education at George Mason University College of Humanities and Social Science in Economics.
Dr. Michael Millman served as a senior program analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Health and Human Services federal agency. As a member of the Office of Science and Data Policy he was involved in a broad range of issues in the areas of public health, access to health care, health information technology, and health care reform. Previously, he served as Director of the Research and Data Policy Group in the Office of Planning and Evaluation, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Dr. Millman represented HRSA on a number of department-wide councils, including the HHS Data Council, the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research, the Council on the Application of Health Information Technology, the Research Coordination Council, and the Privacy Coordination Council. During his more than 20 years at HRSA, he conducted evaluation projects on a broad array of HRSA programs.
Miriam Aguila came to the US from Bolivia, South America in 1988 and currently resides in Burke in Fairfax County. Miriam currently works in Washington, DC with a contractor of the federal government as a Proposal/Contracts Coordinator. In this role, she coordinates all logistical aspects of submitting contracts and proposals to the government, including scheduling, organizing meetings of staff responsible for various sections, reviewing and editing the final proposals, and serving as the primary contact person for those contracts. She previously worked in an accounting office as an accounting clerk.
She has served in various small nonprofit organizations as a volunteer, serving as Vice President on one of them, and working with other Board members in strategic planning and marketing and providing leadership to the fundraising events sponsored by the organizations. Miriam is currently completing her third year of her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.
Miriam has received medical care from Neighborhood Health since 2008 and as such, she brings a unique experience and perspective to our Board. She has expressed that she wants to contribute so that others can also have the same care and experience she has had.