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Robin Carle

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.

Samantha Edwards

Samantha Edwards is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for The Sullivan Alliance. Ms. Edwards is an integral part of the senior management team, involved in all aspects of strategic planning and SA project implementation. She has 20+ years of results-focused experience in strategic communications planning, media relations, partnership development, online strategies, branding, materials development, and executive visibility in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Ms. Edwards has worked with domestic and international non-profit organizations, government agencies, and corporations from the health, education, and technology sectors including AARP, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), TRICARE, Social Security Administration, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the American Red Cross, Department of Homeland Security, and FEMA.

Ms. Edwards launched and managed the NIH’s We Can! campaign to help children maintain a healthy weight. The We Can! campaign included extensive Fortune 500 partnership development, media relations and a parent-focused website. Ms. Edwards’ outreach yielded partnerships with Walmart, Peabody Energy, Health Monitor, Mutual of Omaha, Florida Power & Light, Delphi, Alltel, BET, and others.

Ms. Edwards was the day-to-day project manager for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Ticket to Work marketing campaign. Ticket to Work is a program that helps people with disabilities to find employment. Ms. Edwards completed a comprehensive set of branded marketing materials, brought Ticket to Work Employment Conference and Expos to ten cities nationwide, developed the event design and content, and managed corporate participation, media outreach, and Congressional outreach. The campaign won a Silver Anvil Award in the Special Events category.

Ms. Edwards has worked for various public relations agencies, government committees, and associations, including FleishmanHillard, Ogilvy Public Relations, Brodeur Worldwide, Powell Tate, the Widmeyer Group, the United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Ms. Edwards earned a Master of Arts degree in international science and technology policy from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French literature from Swarthmore College.

Terone Green

Terone Green is the National Director of State Alliance Development at The Sullivan Alliance. He is an accomplished healthcare and not-for-profit executive with proven leadership in devising and executing strategies to develop new business, enter new markets, increase market share, and drive business transformation. He has worked in top level executive and public service positions related to medical administration and healthcare and has guided teams in all aspects of healthcare operations and non-for-profit administration.

Mr. Green is expert at cultivating community relationships and forging strategic partnerships with non-profits, health agencies, government officials, and academic institutions. He has excellent communication and problem-solving skills. A critical change agent and tactical marketing expert with a track record of launching effective advocacy campaigns and instituting best practices, Mr. Green is a former community organizer and Vice President of a leading Virginia Health Maintenance Organization.

His work with The Sullivan Alliance includes responsibility for the promotion of and the development of statewide and regional consortium of minority undergraduate colleges with academic health centers—encouraging each of these alliances to develop its own unique focus and interventions.He provides senior organizational and strategic leadership when forging coalitions between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and academic health science centers toward the cultivation of minority pre-professionals in the health and basic sciences. As a result, the academic partners of The Sullivan Alliance have formed a significant reservoir of research talent from which to assemble multidisciplinary teams representing faculty and students from basic health, social and behavioral science. The Alliance’s institutional state partners act as “pathfinders” to identify and test best practices to diversify the health workforce. These best practices are leveraged and highlighted in our national work.

Mr. Green has assisted cities in developing comprehensive healthcare policies including creation of policy documents that identify the health priorities and goals and recommended strategies toward success. He has identified and analyzed the social factors that give rise to healthcare problems so that the cities may develop recommendations that can be implemented both in the short-term and long-term to ameliorate those disparities.

Mr. Green serves and has served on; the Governor’s Commission on Citizen Empowerment, Board of Health Professions, Board of Medical Assistance Services, Medical College of Virginia Hospital Authority Board, Virginia Health Services Cost Review Council, Richmond Planning Commission, Richmond Personnel Board, Richmond Ambulance Authority, National Urban League National Health Policy Coalition. In 2002, Mr. Green was appointed by then Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson to the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities-National Institutes of Health. Mr. Green also served as the founding chairman of the Florence Neil Cooper Smith Sickle Cell Initiative at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, chairman of the Richmond Urban League and board of directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Green held a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor of Management at Saint Paul’s College. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Green has published over 40 Featured, Op-Ed, Perspective, Back Page articles that have often served to establish greater understanding about an issue, public policy or simply express a point of view for the sake of inciting debate and intellectual exchange.

Mr. Green earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University, a Masters of Public Administration from Southeastern University, and is recognized as a Fellow at The University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute.

Marlene MacLeish

Dr. Marlene Y. MacLeish is professor of medical education at Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She is Senior Education Fellow of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s National Space Biomedical Research Institute and led the NSBRI Educational Outreach Team from 1997 to 2007. She is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and Co-chair of the Academy’s Study Group on space life sciences knowledge development and transfer to Africa.

Professor MacLeish received her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario (UWO), Canada, in 1968 and the Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.) from UWO in 2010 for her contributions to science education. She received her Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from Harvard University, where she served as dean for students at the School of Public Health. Dr. MacLeish is an international national spokeswoman for science and space education. She has delivered papers and chaired space education forums worldwide, including Scotland, Greece, Canada, Austria, Italy, Canada, China, Spain, South Korea, South Africa, Nigeria and the Czech Republic.

Irene Stephens

Irene Stephens is a Senior Research Associate for The Sullivan Alliance. Ms. Stephens is driven to use her background in public health practice, policy analysis, and stakeholder engagement to address domestic and global disparities in health care and its workforce. 

Ms. Stephens manages The Sullivan Alliance research portfolio. In this capacity she participates in a variety of team-based research projects that guide policy and practice at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Immediately before joining The Sullivan Alliance, Ms. Stephens was part of Walgreens’ Well Experience initiative within Healthcare Clinics in Washington, DC. Prior to that,she was engaged in health IT policy and state public health survey research at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

Ms. Stephens was a Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and completed internships at the Johns Hopkins NIEHS Center in Urban Environmental Health and U.S. House of Representatives.

Ms. Stephens received her MPH from Morgan State University and bachelor’s from Louisiana State University.

Gina Weisblat

Dr. Gina Weisblat is the National Scholar for Innovation and Academic Excellence at The Sullivan Alliance and a faculty member in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Director of Education for Service (Dean’s Office) at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She is a National Kresge Scholar winning this distinction with her Asset-Based Paradigm model. Her research interests include evaluation of STEM+M education, public health and social health disparities, and advancing the talents and skills of underrepresented and underprivileged populations.

She is the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) for multiple grants related to STEM+M, Community Development and Community/Public Health. Two major state initiatives for which she serves as PI include: a large state community health worker (CHW) MedTAPP grant that focuses on building a CHW curriculum, interdisciplinary practice model, and a foundational platform for the integration of CHWs in Ohio; and her AmeriCorps grant, contributing a 30-person rural health education corps to the community, which addresses STEM+M education, public health and social health disparities, and advancing the talents and skills of underrepresented and underprivileged populations.

She is the co-creator and developer of the Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) program and co-principal investigator. Nationally, she is the Co-investigator on a HRSA HCOP grant exploring health disparities from the lens of the community and on an NIH (NIMH) Urban Serving Universities award; a grant for building an urban primary care curriculum design and evaluation with the goal of supporting an educational pathway from the Baccalaureate level at Cleveland State University to and though the Medical Degree.

Dr. Weisblat’s teaching experience includes: Co-course Director of the Interprofessional Community Health Education class; Graduate Quantitative Statistics; and Graduate Cultural Diversity. Some selected related publications include: Starting Early: Teaching Graduate Students Transferable Skills Beyond The Discipline, Journal of Research Administration (International Best Conference Paper); Get That Grant: Your Guide to Planning Successful K-12 Grant Proposals: LRP Publications and Chapter: Youth, Citizenship, and Cleveland’s Futurein The New American City.

Dr. Weisblat earned her Masters in Counseling and Human Services from John Carroll University and her doctorate in Housing and Economics from the Urban College at Cleveland State University.