Deans Council 10 Year Anniversary Photo

The School of Public Health Dean's Council. Back row: Andre Blackman, PJ Jung, Ayne Furman, Boris Lushniak. Front row: Robb Cohen, Alice Horowitz, Jeffrey Rivest, Neil Meltzer. Not pictured: Maureen Bryant, Kevin Clair, Leana Wen.

October 24, 2017

A newly formed Dean’s Council, convened by School of Public Health Dean Boris Lushniak, will provide strategic advice to help the school achieve its mission: to promote and protect the health and well-being of the diverse communities throughout Maryland, the nation and the world.

The distinguished group has committed to provide senior level advocacy for, and service to the School of Public Health. They share advice, perspective, connections and provide support for initiatives to elevate the school’s profile and advance its success. The group, which had its first meeting in September 2017, will also support the school’s development efforts in the university’s Fearless Ideas campaign. That campaign, scheduled to launch in Spring 2018, will raise funds to strengthen the SPH’s growing initiatives in global public health, innovation, healthy families and aging.

The Dean’s Council members include: 

Mr. Andre Blackman (BS ’05, Public and Community Health) is the founder and CEO of Onboard Health, a platform that connects a fresh pipeline of diverse talent with backgrounds in business, social impact, tech/data science, design-thinking, communications and policy to companies dedicated to health innovation. He is an advisory board member for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, producer for Health:Further, and co-founder of the FastForward Health Film Festival. Follow Mr. Blackman on Twitter @mindofandre.


Ms. Maureen “Mo” Bryant (BS ’01, Family Studies) is Vice President of Marketing at The Korth Companies, a full-service general contractor with specialization in corporate, medical, flex-space, bio and technology.




Mr. Kevin Clair (BS ’82, Kinesiology) is a past president of Health Solutions Inc. and Oceanview Advisors. Mr. Clair is now retired and living in Florida. Follow Mr. Clair on Twitter @Kevin_Clair_Jax




Mr. Robb Cohen (BS Business Administration, Finance ’95) is vice president for government affairs of PopHealthCare. Previously, Robb 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 UnitedHealthcare. Robb is also the founding CEO of Advanced Health Collaborative, a network that includes seven health systems with ten hospitals.


Dr. Ayne Furman (BS Kinesiology ’77) is a retired podiatrist with over 30 years of sports medicine experience.  She is the owner of Arch and Sole Podiatric Educational Services, a company dedicated to providing lower extremity biomechanical education and use of custom equipment for the treatment and management of lower extremity dysfunction. 



Dr. Alice Horowitz (PhD ’92, Health Education) 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. She served on the recent Institute of Medicine’s panel, Advancing Oral Health in America. 



Capt. Paul “PJ” Jung (BA ’91, Philosophy) is a U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officer serving in the Indian Health Service. He is the former Associate Director for Health Services for the Peace Corps, and has also served as Deputy Director and Acting Director in the Office of the Surgeon General, Commissioned Corps Headquarters. Follow Capt. Jung on Twitter @LikeAnAdmiral.



Mr. Neil Meltzer is president and CEO of Lifebridge Health, recognized as a "Best Place to Work" in the greater Baltimore area, and added to the Fortune 100 list of Best Places to Work. He is on the Greater Baltimore Committee's President’s Advisory Committee, the Baltimore City Workforce Investment Board and the Maryland Hospital Association Board, where he chaired the Legislative and Regulatory Policy Committee from 2011-2013. 


Mr. Jeffrey Rivest (BS '75 Biological Sciences) is the former president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center. He 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 also serves on the University of Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors.



Dr. Leana Wen is the Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore. An emergency physician and patient and community advocate, she leads the Baltimore City Health Department, the oldest health department in the United States, formed in 1793. She joins the Dean’s Council in support of a pipeline for public health professionals in Maryland. Follow Dr. Wen on Twitter @DrLeanaWen.

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