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Louis Sullivan

Louis W. Sullivan M.D.
CEO & Chairman of The Sullivan Alliance
President emeritus,
Morehouse School of Medicine

Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions. He is also chairman of the board of the National Health Museum (NHM) in Atlanta, Georgia. The goal of the NHM is to improve the health of Americans by enhancing health literacy and advancing healthy behaviors. Dr. Sullivan served as chair of the President’s Commission on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from 2002-2009 and was co-chair of the President’s Commission on HIV and AIDS from 2001-2006. With the exception of his tenure as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 1989 to 1993, Dr. Sullivan was president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) for more than two decades.

As Secretary of HHS, Dr. Sullivan’s efforts to improve the health and health behavior of Americans included (1) the introduction of a new and improved FDA food label; (2) release of Healthy People 2000, a guide for improved health promotion/disease prevention activities; (3) education of the public about health dangers from tobacco use; (4) successful efforts to prevent the introduction of “Uptown”, a non-filtered, mentholated cigarette by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; (5) inauguration of a $100 million minority male health and injury prevention initiative; and (6) implementation of greater gender and ethnic diversity in senior positions of HHS, including the appointment of the first female director of the National Institutes of Health, the first female (and first Hispanic) Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service, and the first African American Commissioner of the Social Security Administration.

Jay Gershen

Jay A. Gershen D.D.S., Ph.D.
Secretary/Treasurer of The Sullivan Alliance

Jay Alan Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D. became the sixth president of the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), formerly Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM) in January 2010.

He has initiated an ‘education for service’ initiative in Northeast Ohio, an innovative health workforce development program that reduces student indebtedness, provides health care to underserved rural and urban communities, diversifies the healthcare workforce and contributes to economic growth. In partnership with Cleveland State University, Dr. Gershen has also expanded NEOMED’s regional mission to the Cleveland area, working with local hospitals, community health centers and other providers to create an urban primary care training program. In addition, he has provided leadership to expand NEOMED’s research activities through investments in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, the recruitment of renowned scientists, and commercialization activities. Furthermore, he has initiated a campus expansion plan that includes the Bio-Med Science Academy, the first rural STEM school in Ohio.

Dr. Gershen serves on the boards of the Greater Akron Chamber, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, NorTech, Akron Tomorrow, Portage Development Board and the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. He also serves as secretary/treasurer of the Sullivan Alliance to Transform America’s Health Professions and is a member of the Board and Executive Committee of Research!America.

Dr. Gershen holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a D.D.S. from the University of Maryland. He completed both a clinical specialty in pediatric dentistry and a Ph.D. in education at the University of California, Los Angeles. Concurrently, he was a postdoctoral scholar in child psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. In 1982, he was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship, sponsored by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Greer Glazer

Greer Glazer RN, CNP, PhD, FAAN
Director of The Sullivan Alliance
Dean and Associate Vice President for Health Affairs,
College of Nursing,
University of Cincinnati

Greer Glazer, Ph.D., RN, CNP, FAAN is University of Cincinnati’s seventh nursing dean and fourteenth senior leader of the College of Nursing. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Michigan and received her master’s and Ph.D. in nursing with a maternal/newborn focus from Case Western Reserve University. Greer was also a Fulbright Scholar (in Israel) and a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow. She held the dean’s position at the University of Massachusetts Boston, College of Nursing and Health Sciences 2004-2011 and has extensive clinical, teaching and research experience, conducting studies on domestic violence education, alcohol use during pregnancy and barriers to prenatal health care among African-American women. She has been involved in efforts to diversify the nursing workforce since 2004 with significant HRSA foundation and health care funding for pipeline institutional projects. Under her leadership, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing received the annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Her professional organization involvement includes, AACN Board of Directors, Urban Serving Universities Urban Health Initiative Committee, and past Chairperson of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Executive Development Series. In the community, Greer is on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and serves as Chair of the Salvation Army Program Committee, Greater Cincinnati Health Council Regional Nursing Steering Committee, and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati Health Impact Council. At the University of Cincinnati, she has served on the President’s Cabinet, UC Provost Search Committee, UC Pharmacy Dean Search Committee, Diversity Council, and the Grievance Committee. Greer was also appointed Associate Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Cincinnati.

Robert Gold

Robert S. Gold Ph.D., Dr.P.H., F.A.S.H.A., F.A.A.H.B.
Director of The Sullivan Alliance
Chair and Professor,
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics,
University of Maryland School of Public Health

Robert Gold, PhD, DrPH is an accomplished researcher and nationally known expert in the application of technology in public health. Dr. Gold is founding Dean, University of Maryland School of Public Health, and Founding Director of the Public Health Informatics Research Laboratory. He formerly held positions as: 1) Vice President – ORC Macro International where he directed the Applied Human Technologies Division – the principal component of the organization responsible for public health technology development; 2) Director, Prevention Policy Branch in the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and, 3) Representative for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Gold holds a Ph.D. in health education with major emphases in computer science and research design, and a Dr.P.H. in Community Health Practice with major areas of study in program evaluation and epidemiology.

Ronny Lancaster

Ronny B. Lancaster
Director of The Sullivan Alliance
Senior Vice President,
Government Relations,
Assurant, Inc.

Mr. Ronny B. Lancaster, a Director of The Sullivan Alliance, is Senior Vice President for Government Relations at ASSURANT, Inc., a Fortune 300 company, providing specialty coverage in health, life, property and casualty insurance. Prior to his current position, for more than 12 years, Mr. Lancaster was at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), becoming Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. While at MSM, Mr. Lancaster also served for six years as President of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS). In addition to MSM, the Association included the Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Schools at Howard University, the Medical and Dental Schools of Meharry Medical College, the Medical Program at the Charles R. Drew University, the Pharmacy Schools of Hampton University, Florida A&M University, Xavier University and Texas Southern University, and the Veterinary School at Tuskegee University.

Before coming to Morehouse, Mr. Lancaster served under Secretary Louis W. Sullivan at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in a number of positions, including Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

Mr. Lancaster has held several senior level positions in health including, Senior Washington Representative for the National Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and Chief of the Fee-For-Service Plans at the U. S. Office of Personnel Management, administering the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Mr. Lancaster serves on the board of OraSure Technologies, Inc., and on the Medical Advisory Board of Henry Schein, Inc., as well as on the non-profit boards of City Year, Washington, D.C., and Archbishop Carroll High School.

Mr. Lancaster received a B.A. in Economics from Catholic University of America, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from Georgetown University. Mr. Lancaster was admitted to the Bar in the State of Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

Ricardo Martinez

Ricardo Martinez M.D., FACEP
Director of The Sullivan Alliance
Chief Medical Officer,
Adeptus Health

Ricardo Martinez, MD, FACEP is the Chief Medical Officer of Adeptus Health. A recognized healthcare innovator, he has served in senior roles in academics, federal government and business including faculty at both Emory and Stanford University Schools of Medicine; VP of Medical Affairs at WebMD; President of Division East and EVP of Medical Affairs for the Schumacher Group, an emergency medicine practice management company; and as the federal Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (1994-1999). He also established and served as the Executive Director of the Medical Leadership Academy. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2004, and appointed to the Board of Population Health and Public Health Service. He is a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership.

His thought leadership includes the development of the Inclusive Trauma System, EMS Agenda for the Future, and the emerging Integrated Networks of Emergency Care that use technology and telemedicine to redesign existing care systems. He has been honored with national awards by the American Medical Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Trauma Society, and the National Association of EMS Physicians. He first described and published the “Martinez Phenomenon” in the New England of Journal in 1991. Since 1988, Dr. Martinez has been the senior medical advisor to the National Football League for the Super Bowl.

Marc Nivet

Marc A. Nivet Ed.D., MBA
Director of The Sullivan Alliance
Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement,
Office of Institutional Advancement,
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Marc A. Nivet, Ed.D., is the Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the UT Southwestern Medical Center. From 2010-2016, he served as Chief Diversity Officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, where he provided strategic vision and programmatic leadership around diversity and inclusion. Through his advising, lectures and writing, Dr. Nivet has worked to reframe the narrative around diversity, positioning it as a driver of excellence and highlighting the link between community engagement and health equity. He encourages audiences to elevate diversity out of its silo and into the company of talent management and strategic planning to transform organizations and, ultimately, communities. In the context of academic medicine, this means making diversity core to the overall mission of better health outcomes for all. Dr. Nivet serves the diversity and academic medicine communities on a variety of boards and commissions. He is a member of the NIH National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council, HRSA Bureau of Health Professions National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Board of Trustees, the American Dental Education Association’s Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education, the Beyond Flexner Advisory Council, the ETS Policy Evaluation and Research Council, and the CDC Medical College Roundtable.

Wayne Riley

Wayne J Riley M.D., MBA, MPH, MACP
Director of The Sullivan Alliance
Downstate Medical Center,
State University of New York

Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP is the President of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation’s largest medical specialty organization. Dr. Riley has served as a member of ACP’s Board of Regents since 2009 and previously served as President of the Texas Academy of Internal Medicine – the Texas Chapter of the ACP and as Governor-elect of the Texas Southern region of the College.

Currently, Dr. Riley is clinical professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and an Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management at Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. From January 2007 – June 2013, Dr. Riley served as the 10th President and Chief Executive Officer of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee where he also held the rank of tenured Professor of Medicine and Senior Health Policy Associate at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry.

Dr. Riley is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Administration of Health Services, Education and Research Section of the IOM.

Jeanne Sinkford

Jeanne Sinkford D.D.S., Ph.D.
Director of The Sullivan Alliance
Senior Scholar-in-Residence,
Office of the Executive Director,
American Dental Education Association

Jeanne Sinkford, D.D.S., Ph.D. serves on The Sullivan Alliance’s Board of Directors. Before Dr. Sinkford joined the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in 1991 as Director of the Office of Women and Minority Affairs, she served for 16 years as Dean at Howard University College of Dentistry (first female dean of a U.S. dental school). Prior to her appointment as Dean, she held the Associate Dean post from 1967 to 1974 and was Chair of Prosthodontics from 1964 to 1974. During her career at Howard University, Dr. Sinkford was named to a nine-member panel studying the U.S. Public Health Service Tuskegee Syphilis Study No. 1 (1972), and, in 1974, she became the first African American female dentist inducted into the U.S. section of the International College of Dentists. Dr. Sinkford has played a role in crafting significant reports on the status of minorities in dentistry including the 2004 Sullivan Commission on Diversity report, Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions.

Ciro Sumaya

Ciro V. Sumaya M.D., M.P.H.T.M.
Director of The Sullivan Alliance
Retired Professor,
School of Rural Public Health,
Texas A&M University System, HSC

Ciro V. Sumaya, M.D., M.P.H.T.M. serves as a Director of The Sullivan Alliance. Dr. Sumaya was the Founding Dean of the School of Rural Public Health at the Texas A&M Health Science Center in College Station. He currently holds the rank of professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and is the holder of the John and Maureen Cox Endowed Chair. Prior to becoming Dean of the School of Rural Public Health, Dr. Sumaya was a Presidential Appointee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He first served as Administrator of Health Resources and Services Administration, a federal focal point for innovation in health care delivery and health professions education, and subsequently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, spearheading the federal Initiative on the Future of Academic Health Centers. Dr. Sumaya was Associate Medical Dean at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and also held an academic position at the Pediatric Infectious Disease Division, UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Sumaya was one of the six Founding Scholars in Academic Administration and Health Policy of the Association of Academic Health Centers and an Executive Committee Member of the Surgeon General's National Hispanic Health Initiative. He currently serves as Board Chairman for the National Hispanic Medical Association and as a member of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the principal recommending governmental body for vaccines administered to the American public.

Robin Carle

Robin Carle
Executive Director & COO of The Sullivan Alliance

Robin H. Carle is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of The Sullivan Alliance. Ms. Carle is an experienced executive manager who has a professional track record of weaving short-term and long-term strategic goals into highly organized plans and program implementation.  Ms. Carle is charged with managing and enhancing the Alliance and its initiatives to enlist health professionals, students, corporations, associations, business leaders, government officials, the academic community, and other nonprofit and community-based organizations by educating the public and policy makers on the crucial need to increase diversity in the health professions.

During the past three decades, Ms. Carle has developed and maintains a significant national resource network among government, policy, academic and corporate communities. She began her professional career as a field operative in party politics.

Ms. Carle is the former Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, having been elected to that position in the 104th and 105th Congresses (1995 – 1999). Immediately prior to joining the Alliance, she was a senior vice president at Fleishman Hilliard (FH), one of the world’s largest public relations agencies working with clients in the areas of health policy and health technology. Prior to FH, she was vice president for government affairs of The Century Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to issues of underage drinking and drunk driving. Earlier in her career, Ms. Carle served as chief of staff to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the chief of staff and director of campaign operations for a national party organization.

Born in New Mexico and raised in Idaho, Ms. Carle graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has resided in the Washington, D.C. area since 1983.