June 2023

The Greenwall Foundation Announces New Board Leadership

Ann Alpers, JD

In May, The Greenwall Foundation Board of Directors elected two members to new leadership positions. Ann Alpers, JD, was elected as Board Chair, and Phyllis D. Meadows, PhD, MSN, RN, is now Vice Chair.

Ms. Alpers, who joined the Board in 2014 and served as Vice Chair since 2018, is President and CEO of the S. H. Cowell Foundation, which seeks to improve the quality of life of Northern and Central California’s poorest children by making grants to support and strengthen these children’s families and the communities where they live. Prior to joining Cowell in 2005, Ms. Alpers was a faculty member of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California, San Francisco where she co-directed the required medical ethics course for third year medical students and sat on the hospital’s ethics committee.

Phyllis Meadows, PhD, MSN, RN

Dr. Meadows is a Senior Fellow in the Health Program at The Kresge Foundation, advising the Health team on the development of its overall strategic direction and providing leadership in the design and implementation of grantmaking initiatives and projects. She is the former Associate Dean for Practice at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and clinical professor in health management and policy, and her work in public health includes serving as Deputy Director and then Director/Public Health Officer for the city of Detroit. Dr. Meadows has been a member of the Greenwall Board of Directors since 2016.

Ms. Alpers will succeed James A. Tulsky, MD, who was Chair since 2018. Of Ms. Alpers, Dr. Tulsky said, “Ann’s commitment to the Foundation and deep experience in bioethics will make her a tremendous fit for the position of Board Chair.”

Greenwall President & CEO Michelle Groman, JD, described the new leadership: “Ann and Phyllis bring inspiring vision and practical experience to their new roles. Both women are leaders in the nonprofit sector, with on-the-ground experience implementing change in bioethics and public health.”