The SPH Dean's Council, established in fall 2017, provides strategic advice to help the School achieve its mission: to inspire fearless ideas that promote health for all. The members are an engaged, strategic, informed and invested group of volunteers who provide senior level advocacy for, and service to the School of Public Health. They share advice, counsel, perspective, connections and the provision of support to the Dean of the School.
Mr. Andre Blackman
BS ’05, Public and Community Health; Founder & Principal, OnBoard Health
Mr. Andre Blackman is the CEO of Onboard Health, a platform dedicated to building an inclusive workforce ecosystem to power the future of health. Onboard Health helps startups & companies that have an impact on health become more inclusive while connecting them to diverse talent. He is an advisory board member with a number of organizations including the American Heart Association and the Mayo Clinic Center as well as a startup mentor and branding coach for healthcare executives. He previously founded Pulse +Signal, an innovation and strategy consultancy focused on the healthcare landscape.
Ms. Maureen “Mo” Bryant
BS ’01, Family Studies, community volunteer
Ms. Maureen "Mo" Bryant was recently recognized as one of the Women of Influence in Washington, D.C. Commercial Real Estate by Bisnow Media, and as a finalist for the March of Dimes 17th Annual Heroines of Washington Awards recognizing dedication to community service. She was previously vice president of marketing for a commercial real estate company. Maureen prides herself on her marketing/communications and project management expertise and her commitment to giving back through service activities. In addition to her role on the SPH Dean's Council, Mo serves on the YWCA National Capital Area and Mentors, Inc. boards of directors and recently served on the Washington, DC Police Foundation Board.
Mr. Kevin Clair, MA
BS ’82, Kinesiology; President (retired), Oceanview Advisors, LLC & Health Solutions Inc.
Mr. Kevin Clair, MA is a past president of Health Solutions Inc. and Oceanview Advisors. Mr. Clair is now retired and living in Florida. Health Solutions, a provider of employer-based online and on-site health and wellness programs, received national recognition including the C. Everett Koop National Health Award granted by The Health Project at Stanford University. Mr. Clair also managed a variety of outpatient services and affiliated enterprises for several hospital systems. He was recognized as a Fellow of the Association for Worksite Health Promotion.
Mr. Robb Cohen, MBA
BS '85, Finance; Community Volunteer
Mr. Robb Cohen is a retired healthcare executive with payer, provider, investment banking and consulting experience. Mr. Cohen is currently a community volunteer, serving on a number of non-profit Boards, including as the Chairman of the Board for University of Maryland Hillel. Mr. Cohen is also on many healthcare-related advisory boards and committees. Mr. Cohen was a co-founder and senior executive of XLHealth, which was founded as a diabetes disease management company, became the nation’s leading Medicare Advantage Chronic Special Needs Plan, and was acquired by United Healthcare. Mr. Cohen was an advisor to the State of Maryland on the design of the Maryland hospital payment system, and was also the former/founding CEO of Advanced Health Collaborative, a network that includes seven health systems with 10 hospitals in Maryland. Robb was also the CEO of and a founding partner of Phoenix HealthCare Consulting.
Tom Cove, MPA
BA ’81, Economics and Government; CEO, Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA)
Tom Cove is president and CEO of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), where he represents more than five hundred leading manufacturers, brands and retailers of athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel. Mr. Cove oversees SFIA initiatives to promote sports participation and safety; health and fitness; and international trade. He also serves as liaison to international and national sports governing bodies. Mr. Cove directs the sports industry’s premier research facility, called the “gold standard” by ESPN, and appears regularly in national media discussions on the state of youth sports and physical activity trends in America. Mr. Cove led the campaign to pass the Physical Education for Progress program which delivered almost $1 Billion to innovative local school physical education initiatives. He also directed the industry’s landmark campaign to end child labor in sports equipment production.
Bonnie A. Beavers, J.D.
Bonnie A. Beavers is a native of Dallas, Texas, and a Chevy Chase resident for 22 years. Her mother, Jeanette Spier Beavers, was an M.S.W. whose career included studying families with a disabled child. Bonnie’s interest in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health deepened after establishing the Jeanette Beavers Memorial Scholarship for SPH students interested in family therapy. Bonnie is a retired partner in the D.C. law firm of Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker, LLP. She has a B.A. in political science from Duke University and a J.D. from the University of Texas. A graduate of the 2014 Leadership Montgomery Core Program and a member of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, she is interested in helping underserved members of our community. Bonnie’s nonprofit activities have focused on issues of domestic violence and residents experiencing homelessness. She is married with two adult children, and enjoys travel, politics, yoga, and reading.
Dr. Alice Horowitz
PhD ’92, Health Education, Research Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Health
Dr. Alice Horowitz is a research associate professor in the School of Public Health’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health and benefactor of the school’s Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy. Dr. Horowitz was formerly was a senior scientist at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Health, National Institutes of Health and has done extensive research and community outreach related to dental caries prevention and early detection. She was a primary architect of the Maryland State Oral Cancer Prevention and Early Detection coalition. She initiated both state and national research on what health care providers and the public know and do about oral cancer prevention and early detection. Dr. Horowitz served on the recent Institute of Medicine’s panel, Advancing Oral Health in America.
Mr. Neil Meltzer, MPA, MPH
Mr. Neil Meltzer is president and CEO of LifeBridge Health, a position he has held since 2013. As CEO of LifeBridge Health, Mr. Meltzer has led the system through a period of strategic growth with a mission to transform the organization into an integrated health care delivery system, offering a full spectrum of care.
He serves on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Notre Dame of Maryland University, the Maryland Hospital Association, the Hippodrome Foundation and Everyman Theatre. On the national level, he continues to work with the American Heart Association after serving as national chairman. He was also one of 15 national workforce health care champions appointed by former president Barack Obama. Among his many honors, the Maryland Daily Record has recognized Mr. Meltzer as an Influential Marylander and a Most Admired CEO and awarded him its ICON Honor. The Baltimore Business Journal has named Mr. Meltzer as one of its Power 10 CEOs.
Dr. Robin E. Mockenhaupt, PhD, MPH, MBA is the chief of staff of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Dr. Mockenhaupt joined the RWJF in 1999. In her role as chief of staff, she provides leadership to the chief executive, senior management team, staff, and the Board of Trustees. She is responsible for foundation-level, cross-functional teams, and operations. Robin is based in Washington, D.C., on an assignment to assess RWJF’s policy activities and functions. Previously, Dr. Mockenhaupt spent 16 years with AARP in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in health and aging. Robin sits on the Generations Editorial Review Board of the American Society on Aging and is a member of the George Mason University College of Health and Human Services Advisory Board. Mockenhaupt formerly chaired Grantmakers in Health and was the vice chair of the Francis E. Parker Memorial Home Board of Trustees.
BS ’89, Consumer Economics; Co-Founder, The Powers Companies
Mark Powers is a co-founder of The Powers Companies, specializing in residential, office, commercial and industrial real estate. Mr. Powers is also affiliated with FutureCare Health and Management, which operates numerous rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers across the Baltimore/Washington area. He currently sits on the board and various committees for a regional nonprofit health care organization operating in the Baltimore area.
Mr. Jeffrey A. Rivest, FACHE
BS ‘75, Biological Sciences; Senior Partner, CSuite Solutions LLC
Mr. Jeffrey “Jeff” Rivest MS, FACHE is a nationally recognized health care executive who has played a key role in the growth and success of several leading academic medical centers for more than 40 years. He served most recently as president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) from 2004 to 2015. Mr. Rivest currently serves as a senior partner with CSuite Solutions LLC, an executive advisory firm serving the healthcare industry. He also serves on the University of Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors as Campaign Cabinet Chair.
Dr. Leana Wen, M.D., MSc., FAAEM
President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Dr. Leana Wen MD, MSc, FAAEM Dr. Leana Wen is the President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. She is the first physician in nearly 50 years to lead the organization. Planned Parenthood provides vital health services to nearly 2.5 million men and women each year through its more than 600 health centers across the country. Prior to joining the Planned Parenthood Family in November 2018, Dr. Wen was the Baltimore City Health Commissioner. In this role, she led the oldest, continuously-operating health department in the U.S., founded in 1793, with 1,000 employees committed to improving well-being and combatting disparities. In that role, she led the country in health innovations and made great strides in addressing opioid overdose and infant mortality. She also expanded trauma and mental health services; secured funding for Safe Streets, a program designed to treat gun violence as a contagious disease; and led public health campaigns on vaccinations, childhood obesity, and racism as a public health issue. Twitter: @DrLeanaWen
BS ’93, Information Systems Management; CEO, TerpSys
Edward (Ed) Woods IV is the owner, President, and CEO of TerpSys. TerpSys is a technology company, focused on customer service. Their mission is to delight their customers, challenge themselves, and serve their communities. They strive to be leaders in the community through the generous giving of time, talent, and treasure. Their staff and the company are shining examples that corporate social responsibility truly is the right thing to do. In 2009, TerpSys was named one of the “50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America” by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Great Place to Work Institute, Inc., placing #17 in the small business category. Mr. Woods has been the hands-on architect of TerpSys’ strong corporate culture, providing a responsible balance between good business, good times, and good deeds.