Shannon Brownlee
Lown Institute

Sister Simone Campbell
NETWORK

Robert Crittenden
Office of the Governor, State of Washington

Melanie Townsend Diggs
Enoch Pratt Free Library
First Mount Carmel Christian Community Church

Rushika Fernandopulle
Iora Health

Sam Karp

James Kimmey
Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice

L. Toni Lewis
SEIU

Philippe Villers
President and Co-Founder of Families USA Foundation

Andrew Webber
Maine Health Management Coalition
 



Shannon Brownlee

Shannon Brownlee is Senior Vice President of the Lown Institute, which was founded by cardiologist and humanitarian Bernard Lown. She is also Co-Founder of the Right Care Alliance, a group of clinicians, patients, and community leaders that is working to spark change in health care through social activism. In addition, she is an instructor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.  

Ms. Brownlee has been one of the national leaders to highlight the scope and consequences of the overuse of health care. An internationally known writer and essayist, she is best known for her book Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer. Her articles and essays have appeared in such outlets as The Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Time Magazine, and The Sunday Times of London.  

Ms. Brownlee holds a master’s degree in marine science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

Ms. Brownlee joined the Board of Directors in June 2013. She is a member of the Policy and Communications and the Strategic Planning Committees, as well as the Ad Hoc Committee on Board Self-Evaluation.

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Sister Simone Campbell

Sister Simone Campbell has been the Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney, and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for system change. In Washington, D.C., she lobbies on issues of peace building, health care, comprehensive immigration reform, and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues.

Prior to joining NETWORK, Sister Simone was Executive Director of JERICHO—the California interfaith public policy organization, which, like NETWORK, protects the interests of poor people. Before she worked at JERICHO, Sister Simone served as the general director of her religious community, the Sisters of Social Service. She was the leader of her Sisters in the United States, Mexico, Taiwan, and the Philippines. In this capacity, she negotiated with government and religious leaders in these countries. Sister Simone also participated in a delegation of religious leaders to Iraq in December 2002, just prior to the invasion, and a delegation to Syria and Lebanon in January 2008 to experience the Iraqi refugee crisis. She has spoken and written extensively on these experiences. In 1978, Sister Simone founded the Community Law Center in Oakland, California, where she worked for 18 years as the lead attorney. She served the family law and probate needs of the working poor in the county. 

Sister Simone has a JD from the University of California at Davis, where she was an editor of the law review. She earned her BA from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, where she graduated with honors.

Sister Simone joined the Board of Directors in February 2013. She is a member of the Personnel and the Audit and Finance Committees. 

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Robert Crittenden

Dr. Crittenden is currently the Senior Policy Advisor for Health for Washington Governor Jay Inslee. 

Prior to his work with the governor, Dr. Crittenden was the Executive Director of the Herndon Alliance. The Herndon Alliance is a national coalition of more than 200 organizations focused on communications and coordination with the goal of achieving affordable, quality health care for all people in America. He was also a professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Health Services at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Crittenden has been a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow with Senator George Mitchell, special assistant to Governor Gardner for health issues, and an employee of the state legislature. He was on the board of Northwest Health Law Advocates, on the steering committee of the Healthy Washington Coalition, and President of the Rainier Institute. In addition, he was Co-Chair of the Primary Care Coalition in Washington, a nonpartisan coalition of more than 30 organizations that is focused on strengthening primary care in the state. He has practiced as a family physician, caring for people in underserved, urban communities in central and southeast Seattle, for more than 30 years.   

Dr. Crittenden has a BA with honors from the University of California, Berkeley; a Special Diploma in Social Studies from Oxford University; and an MD and MPH from the University of Washington.

Dr. Crittenden has been on the Board of Directors since 1993 and is a permanent member of the Board. He is Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee. 

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Melanie Townsend Diggs

Ms. Diggs is a professional librarian who has more than 20 years of experience in public and school librarianship. In 1998, she was named one of 50 Spectrum Scholars by the American Library Association. This scholarship enabled her to pursue an MS in Library Science (2001) from The Catholic University of America.

Ms. Diggs is also very active in her community. She is a licensed minister affiliated with the United Council of Christian Community Churches of Maryland and Vicinity. She is an Associate Minister and Director of Christian Education of the First Mount Carmel Christian Community Church. As Director of Christian Education, she endeavors to reach and teach children and young adults.

As a result of her desire to give back to the community, Ms. Diggs has become an advocate for health care in Maryland. Her story, which was featured in Faces of Maryland's Newly Insured in 2010, shows how she benefitted from Medicaid coverage at a time when she and her family were uninsured. She will never forget the benefits of having Medicaid, which included dental care, medication for an extreme case of eczema for one of her children, and prenatal care.

Ms. Diggs lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and continues to support the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative and the Health Care for All! Coalition.

Ms. Diggs joined the Board of Directors in 2014. She is a member of the Policy and Communications Committee.

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Rushika Fernandopulle

Dr. Fernandopulle is a practicing physician and cofounder and CEO of Iora Health, a health care services firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company’s mission is to build a radically new model of primary care to improve quality and service and to reduce overall expenditures. He is also on the staff of Massachusetts General Hospital and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School.

In 2012, Dr. Fernandopulle was named an Ashoka Global Fellow, and he is also a member of the Albert Schweitzer and Salzburg Global Fellowships. He was the first Executive Director of the Harvard Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement, as well as the Managing Director of the Clinical Initiatives Center at the Advisory Board Company. He is co-author or editor of several publications, including Health Care Policy, a textbook for physicians and medical students, and Uninsured in America: Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity.

Dr. Fernandopulle earned his AB, MD, and MPP from Harvard University, and he completed his clinical training at the University of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Fernandopulle joined the Board of Directors in June 2015. He is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.

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Sam Karp

Sam Karp recently retired after spending 17 years working at the California HealthCare Foundation. For the last nine of those years, he served as the Vice President of Programs, where he was responsible for leading the foundation’s overall programmatic and grant-making activities. Mr. Karp previously served as the foundation’s Director of Health Information Technology and its Chief Information Officer. 

During his tenure at the California Healthcare Foundation, Mr. Karp was known as an innovator and pioneer in the promotion of health information technology as a tool to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of care delivery. He developed and led successful initiatives to establish data standards for the secure exchange of clinical information, designed new approaches for data integration, fostered policy initiatives to establish stronger health privacy safeguards, and developed new models to streamline enrollment in health and social service programs.

Prior to joining the foundation, Mr. Karp was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of HandsNet, a national nonprofit technology intermediary that enabled thousands of nonprofit organizations to adopt and effectively integrate Internet-based tools into their work. He previously directed a large community-based health and nutrition organization in Santa Cruz, California, where he promoted integrated service delivery for low-income children, families, and the elderly. Mr. Karp has also been involved in the formation, governance, and leadership of a variety of nonprofit organizations, as well as state and national campaigns, and he has consulted internationally. 

Mr. Karp received his bachelor's degree from Washington and Jefferson College. 

Mr. Karp joined the Board of Directors in 2014. He is a member of the Policy and Communications and Development Committees.

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James Kimmey

Dr. Kimmey is Professor Emeritus, Health Management and Policy, at St. Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice. He also serves on national, state, and local boards and advisory committees that address health care and educational issues. 

From 2001 until 2011, Dr. Kimmey was President and CEO of the Missouri Foundation for Health, Missouri’s largest health foundation and one of the top 50 foundations in the United States. The foundation works to improve the health of the residents of the region, paying particular attention to the health needs of the underserved. For 14 years before joining the foundation, Dr. Kimmey was a key member of the Saint Louis University administration, first as Director of its Center for Health Services Education and Research and founding Dean of the School of Public Health. From 1993 to 1998, he was Vice President for Health Sciences. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Saint Louis University from 1998 until September 2000.

Dr. Kimmey earned his BS, MS, and MD degrees from the University of Wisconsin and his MPH from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Kimmey joined the Board of Directors in 2012. He is a member of the Policy and Communications and the Strategic Planning Committees and he chairs the Development and Personnel Committees. 

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L. Toni Lewis

Dr. Lewis is a physician, and, since the spring of 2010, she has also been Chair of SEIU Healthcare. From 2007-2010, Dr. Lewis was President of the Committee of Interns and Residents, the largest physicians local in SEIU. She played a central role in building Healthcare United, a national grassroots movement of union and non-union nurses, doctors, and health care workers that placed the issue of national health reform at the forefront of the presidential campaigns. In 2009, she led SEIU’s initiative to unite medical residents and doctors in support of comprehensive national health reform and to educate people about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Lewis is a recipient of many awards, including the 2010 “Phenomenal Woman” Award by the New York Branch of the NAACP. She also received the 2010 Dr. Paul Cornely Award from the Physician’s Forum for her efforts to ensure comprehensive health care for everyone in America.

Dr. Lewis earned her BA in sociology from Georgetown University and her MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in family practice and her fellowship in geriatric medicine at the New York Medical College/Brooklyn-Queens program. 

Dr. Lewis joined the Board of Directors in 2011. She is a member of the Personnel and Development Committees. 

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Philippe Villers

Mr. Villers is the cofounder of Families USA. In 1981, he and his wife, Kate Villers, founded the organization, which was initially called The Villers Foundation. He has served as its President and as a permanent member of the Board of Directors since its inception. 

Mr. Villers is also the founder of Computervision Corporation (a Fortune 500 company for many years); Automatix, Inc.; and Cognition, Inc. He has been a guiding force in innovative and successful high-tech corporations for more than 40 years. In addition, he is President of GrainPro, Inc., a “green, not only for profit” company working on improving food security, food safety, and small farm income in 107 countries using its patented, pesticide-free hermetic storage  technology. Mr. Villers also serves on the ACLU President’s Committee as well as Amnesty International USA’s Executive Directors Council.

Mr. Villers holds an AB with honors from Harvard and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T.

Mr. Villers is a member of all Board committees and is a permanent member of the Board of Directors.

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Andrew Webber

Mr. Webber is the Chief Executive Officer of the Maine Health Management Coalition (MHMC), a statewide, not-for-profit, purchaser-led coalition with diverse stakeholders working collaboratively to improve health and maximize the value of health care services. As president and CEO, he is responsible for overseeing all organizational activities, including the coalition's pioneering work in performance measurement and public reporting. 

Prior to joining MHMC, Mr. Webber served for a decade as the president and CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health, a membership association of 53 employer-led health coalitions. His previous positions include Vice President for Public Policy at the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Senior Associate for the Consumer Coalition for Quality Health Care, Executive Vice President for the American Medical Peer Review Association (renamed the American Health Quality Association), and Vice President for Public Policy at the Washington Business Group on Health (renamed the National Business Group on Health). 

Throughout his 35-year career, Mr. Weber has been a vocal advocate for advancing the “Triple Aim” of better health and health care at a lower cost. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative and the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement and sits on the national advisory council for the Aligning Forces for Quality program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Mr. Webber is also a frequent speaker and lecturer on health and health care policy issues.

Mr. Webber is a graduate of Harvard College. 

Mr. Webber joined the Board of Directors in June 2014. He is the chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

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