Directors

Ann Alpers, JD

Ann Alpers is President of the S. H. Cowell Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life of children living in poverty in California by strengthening families and communities.  She has chaired the San Francisco Public Library Board and serves on the Board of Legal Services for Children in San Francisco.  Previously she has served as Deputy City Attorney for Health and Human Services for the City and County of San Francisco and as a faculty member in the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.

 

Mark Barnes, JD, LLM

Mr. Barnes is a partner at Ropes & Gray and teaches at Harvard Law School and the Yale School of Medicine.  He has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and as Senior Associate Provost for Research at Harvard University.  He has held senior appointed positions in the New York State and New York City Departments of Health.  In the early 1990s, he directed the Ryan White CARE Act program providing medical, substance abuse and mental health treatment to New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. 

 

George L Bunting, Jr

George L. Bunting, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of Bunting Management Group. He formerly served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Noxell Corporation (a Procter & Gamble Company). He is also a Trustee of Johns Hopkins Hospital, Trustee Emeritus of Johns Hopkins University, Honorary Trustee of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Johns Hopkins Health System and a board member of a number of other non-profit institutions.  Mr. Bunting was Vice Chair of Johns Hopkins, Chairman of Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Health System, as well as Johns Hopkins Medicine.  

 

Christine K Cassel, MD, MACP — Chair

Dr. Cassel is the Planning Dean for the new Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. She is the former President and CEO of the National Quality Forum, and President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the ABIM Foundation. She served on President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Dr. Cassel is past President of the American College of Physicians. She also formerly served as Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs at Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Cassel is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), has served on the IOM Council, and has chaired major IOM reports on public health and on end-of-life care.

 

Jason Karlawish, MD

Dr. Karlawish is Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania.  He also directs the Neurodegenerative Disease Ethics and Policy Program at Penn. Dr. Karlawish is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bar Association's Commission on Law and Aging. He wrote the novel Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont, and is the winner of The Lancet's Wakley Prize for his essay, A Personal Choice. Additionally, he chairs the Internal Ethics Committee of the NIH funded Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study. 

 

Jennifer L Klein, JD

Ms. Klein is a Senior Advisor to Hillary Clinton on women’s and girls’ issues.   She is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.  From March 2013 through April 2015, she worked as a consultant to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, helping to plan and manage No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, an initiative to assess progress for women and girls and to spur action to advance gender equality.  From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Klein was a Deputy and Senior Advisor in the Office of Global Women's Issues within the Office of the Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State.  In this capacity, she worked on a range of foreign policy issues related to the advancement of women. 

 

Bernard Lo, MD — President & CEO   

Before becoming President and CEO of the Greenwall Foundation, Dr. Lo was Professor of Medicine and Director of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California San Francisco.  He is co-chair of the Standards Working Group of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. He serves on the Board of Directors of Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs.  A member of the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Lo served on the IOM Council, chaired the Board on Health Sciences Policy, chaired an IOM report on conflicts of interest in medicine. 

 

Phyllis D Meadows, PhD, MSN, RN

Dr. Meadows currently serves as a Senior Fellow with the Kresge Foundation, where she advises, develops and guides the programming efforts of the health team. She formerly served as Associate Dean for Practice at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Meadows has spent a substantial number of years working in local governmental public health, including serving as the Director of Public Health and Health Officer for the City of Detroit.  Dr. Meadows has a distinguished career in health and philanthropy which has involved engaging communities to address pressing health issues both domestically and internationally.  She serves on the Review Board for the American Journal of Nursing, and lends her expertise to several National Academy of Medicine Roundtables focusing on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities, and Population Health Improvement.  Dr. Meadows maintains a very active role in nursing, serving as an advisor on several state and national efforts to improve nursing leadership and practice. 


Joel W Motley, JD

Mr. Motley is a Managing Director of Public Capital Advisors LLC.  He previously worked at Lazard Freres & Co. and founded Carmona Motley Inc. He also served as an aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan after working at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.  Mr. Motley is Chairman of the Governance Committee of the New York board of the Oppenheimer Funds, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Human Rights Watch, Vestry of Trinity Wall Street, Historic Hudson Valley and of The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

 

Richard L Salzer, Jr, MD

Dr. Salzer practices at Englewood Orthopedic Associates where he specializes in joint replacement surgery.  He has served on the clinical faculty at The Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University, New York City.  He has been recognized by numerous publications as a "top doctor" in the New York area. At Englewood Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Salzer served as Secretary, Vice-President and President of the Medical Staff and Medical Executive Committee. He is the Head Team Physician for Farleigh Dickinson University's Varsity Athletic Teams.

 

T Dennis Sullivan — Secretary & Treasurer

Mr. Sullivan has served as President of The Episcopal Church’s Pension Fund, Financial Vice President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, President and Chief Investment Officer of the Princeton University Investment Company, and Chief Financial Officer of the New York Public Library. In public service, he served as Director of Finance for Newark, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Labor & Industry for New Jersey, Secretary of Finance for Delaware, and Executive Director of the Municipal Assistance Corporation for the City of New York. Mr. Sullivan has served on the Boards of a number of nonprofits including Spencer Foundation and Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions.  

 

James A Tulsky, MD — Vice-Chair

Dr. James Tulsky is Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Chief, Division of Palliative Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Professor of Medicine and Co-Director, Center for Palliative Care at Harvard Medical School. He is the recipient of the 2014 American Cancer Society Pathfinder in Palliative Care award. Dr. Tulsky has a longstanding interest in doctor-patient communication and quality of life at the end of life, and has published widely in these areas.  He is a Founding Director of VitalTalk (www.vitaltalk.org) a non-profit devoted to nurturing healthier connections between clinicians and patients through communication skills teaching.

 

Staff

Bernard Lo, MD — President & CEO   

Dr. Lo's extended bio

Sam Teigen — Finance & Operations Manager   

Sam Teigen started at The Foundation in 2001 as Grants Administrator, working closest with the Program in Arts & Humanities and Program in Education.  He handles the financial and general mangement of The Foundation's operations.

Previously he worked for two prior grantees of The Foundation: Theatre for a New Audience and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.  Sam has a BA from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and an MPA from NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Michelle Groman, JD — Director of Bioethics Grants, Strategy, and Special Projects   

Michelle is Director of Bioethics Grants, Strategy, and Special Projects for the Greenwall Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Michelle served as Associate Director at the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues where she oversaw staff work on diverse topics including neuroscience and related ethical issues, pediatric medical countermeasure research, and human subjects research protections.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Michelle also practiced law in Washington, DC and clerked for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She has published articles on various legal issues and topics in bioethics including end-of- life decision-making, research ethics, and emerging genetic technologies.

Rebekkah Boxt — Executive Assistant to the President   

Rebekkah serves as Executive Assistant to Bernard Lo, President of the Foundation.  She also administers the Foundation’s Making a Difference and Faculty Scholars Programs and organizes annual meetings and conferences for the Foundation.

Prior to working at the Foundation, she worked for the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine.  Rebekkah has a BA from University of South Carolina and is currently a Master’s candidate in Public Health at CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy where she will receive an additional certification in Maternal, Child, Reproductive and Sexual Health.