September 18, 2017

Board of Directors

Current Members

Monte Roulier – Interim President
Monte is Co-Founder and President of Community Initiatives, a network of professionals and partner organizations dedicated to building healthy and whole communities. As a consultant, coach, and facilitator he has helped a wide range of communities, coalitions and national initiatives use collaborative approaches to achieve and sustain desired results. Monte and the CI team are actively engaged as strategic advisors and technical assistance providers for several leading national efforts aimed at improving community health and preventing chronic disease — with a strong emphasis on shaping the policies and the environments that lead to healthier people and places. These efforts include work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the YMCA of the USA.

Kathryn E. Johnson – Vice Chair
Kathryn E. Johnson served as the Chief Executive Officer of Health Forum for twenty-five years and retired January 1, 2002. She is the Co-Founder of the Center for Global Service and an active consultant on global health issues. She has served on numerous Boards, including chairing the Boards of the Institute for Research on Learning and the American Society of Association Executives. She is a former W. K Kellogg Foundation Fellow. Currently, Ms. Johnson serves on Boards of the UN’s World Food Program-USA, Global Women’s Leadership Program at Santa Clara University’s Business School, the Health Technology Center, the International Leadership Association, Omni Med, and RENEW. In addition, she serves on the MedShare Western Advisory Board.

Janet Saidi
Janet is a freelance writer, producer and teacher in Columbia, Missouri, working with print and public broadcasting, and teaching at the Missouri School of Journalism and at the Newseum Institute’s Religious Freedom Center, in Washington, DC. Janet has written and produced stories for NPR, PBS, the BBC and BBC World Service, Wired Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. Janet spent eight years at the Missouri School of Journalism directing the newsroom at NPR-affiliate KBIA Radio. Janet recently served as vice president of news at Kansas City Public Television, leading a team of multi-platform journalists and launching KCPT’s digital magazine FlatlandKC. In the 1990s, Janet edited alternative publications in San Diego, including the Gay & Lesbian Times, co-produced and co-hosted “The Lounge” on NPR-affiliate station KPBS, and spent three years on the 1996 national PBS series “Remaking American Medicine,” which sparked her interest in health journalism. Janet lived for several years in England, where she earned a Master’s in literature from University College, London.

Aliyah Hussani, MD, MSc
A practicing pediatrician, Dr. Hussaini is responsible for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s national efforts to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity through interventions addressing nutrition and physical activity environments, access, and behavior. Her work spans a range of initiatives from The Weight of the Nation public health campaign to the GO! Austin/VAMOS! Austin (GAVA) initiative, a collaborative, resident driven, resident led approach to make healthy choices easier in Dove Springs and the ’45 neighborhoods in Austin. Dr. Hussaini has a bachelor of arts in Biology and Economics from Swarthmore College and a medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed her pediatrics residency and served as chief resident at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, and has a master of science in Health Policy Research from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.

Vikki Lassiter
Vikki has centered her life’s work on creating initiatives, processes and systems that advance health equity. She has over 15 years of experience managing large-scale academiccommunity partnered research, advocacy and marketing programs. As the senior advisor and former executive director for the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN), she has led the strategic direction to foster new ways of conceptualizing and translating research to improve weight and quality of life in African-American communities. In prior non-profit executive roles, Vikki has managed organizational learning strategy and the implementation of initiatives that promote performance improvement in people and across organizations. Vikki received her B.S. in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from University of Pennsylvania.

Former Members

Tyler Norris, MDiv
Tyler is Vice President, Total Health Partnerships, at Kaiser Permanente. His three decades of service in the public, private and non-profit sectors have included work with over 350 communities and with scores of organizations in the US and around the world. He is a long-time social entrepreneur, and a trusted advisor to philanthropies, health systems, governments, and collaborative partnerships working to improve the health of people and places. Previously he served as founding President of Community Initiatives, Founding Director of the Convergence Partnership, Head Coach for the YMCA of the USA’s healthy community programs, Senior Fellow of the Public Health Institute and Senior Advisor to Ascension Health. He is a parent of two teens, an avid mountain biker, backcountry skier and pilot.

In Memory

Lark Galloway-Gilliam was a member of the IP3 Board of Directors before passing away in late 2014. She was the Executive Director of Community Health Councils, a consumer-oriented health promotion and advocacy organization that focuses on increasing access to quality healthcare and improving the health of under-resourced communities. Ms. Galloway-Gilliam played an active role in the policy debate around expansion of healthcare coverage for children and families; national healthcare reform; health equity and healthcare quality improvement; environmental justice; and improving the built environment in under-served communities. Her work challenged consumers and policymakers alike to examine their assumptions, value and learn from each other, and explore alternative models for eliminating disparities and the chronic conditions confronting communities.

Read a tribute to Lark from Monte Roulier.