Chief Executive Officer
Jennie Ward-Robinson, PhD
Dr. Jennie Ward-Robinson is a transformational leader known for engaging diverse interests and stakeholders to produce systemic solutions to NGO/nonprofit and public health challenges. She has more than 15 years of executive leadership within academic, nonprofit and for-profit communities. She served as the President & CEO for Uniting for Health Innovation; founded the Institute for Public Health and Water Research, a private-public initiative, and served as Director, Medical and Scientific Affairs for the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Ward-Robinson also served as an Associate Professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center, and as Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, Chicago.
A Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Dr. Ward-Robinson holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She’s led initiatives nationally and internationally and served on various Boards, including the US EPA National Drinking Water Council, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors, Smithsonian Science Education Center.
Sr. Director of Operations
Shelia Buchanan, has over 18 years of experience working in the nonprofit environment with considerable experience delivering national and international conferences and operational management. She served as the Director, Meetings & Exhibits for the Academy of General Dentistry; as Director, Education, Conferences and Membership at the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery where she designed physician CME offerings and led the organization out of academic probation; and Director, Membership & Conference Programs for the Alzheimer’s Association where she launched its membership section, the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART), developing bylaws, operation procedures, and member benefits. Shelia maintains an active participation in community services, from participating on the Board of Directors for community health care organizations to launching and organizing an empowerment program for girls in under-resourced communities. Shelia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
Board of Trustees
Simone L. Acha
Simone Acha is the owner of Simone Acha Consulting and provides IT consulting and advisory services to senior executives in the Federal Government and private industry. She is a focused, results-oriented senior executive with a 30-year record of demonstrated achievements and success in both the commercial and Federal sector. Prior to acquisition by ECS Federal in August 2012, Ms. Acha was the Chief Executive Officer of iLuMinA Solutions Incorporated, a leading provider of ERP Advisory Services to the Federal Government.
Ms. Acha currently provides leadership to several philanthropic boards. She chairs the Alliance for Global Health Innovation Board supporting health in the Americas. She is the Governance and Membership Chair for the Smithsonian Science Education Center Advisory Board providing Smithsonian-based science curricula for grades K-8. She also serves as Membership Chair for the Virginia Tech National Capital Region’s President Leadership Council. She formerly co-chaired and is now an Advisory member of the Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross, National Capital Region. She serves as a member of the WashingtonExec STEM Council and mentors high school girls seeking careers in the STEM fields through the Girls in Technology organization.
Ms. Acha is a graduate of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and holds a Minor in English.
Kenneth A. Mundt, PhD, FACE
Dr. Kenneth A. Mundt holds an MS and PhD in epidemiology and has over 30 years’ experience in determining human health risks associated with occupational and environmental health risks. In this capacity he has advised numerous private corporations and government agencies on the human health risks of chemicals in the workplace, environment and consumer products. He is a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology (ACE) and currently serves on the ACE Ethics Committee. He currently serves as the Associate Director for Institutional Engagement of the Institute for Global Health-University of Massachusetts-Amherst - Senior Principal Health Scientist at Cardno ChemRisk. He also has served on the faculty of several universities in the US and Europe, and currently is Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts, School of Public Health and Health Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board and Advisor to the University of Massachusetts Institute for Global Health. Dr. Mundt is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences of the University of South Carolina. He has served as a research scientist and advisor to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and Secretary of a Science Committee of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), an affiliate of the World Health Organization. He also is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of Opportunities for Communities, Inc., a 501(c)3 educational organization, as well as their Haitian Program Director, and is Advisor to the President of the American University of the Caribbean in Les Cayes, Haiti. Dr. Mundt was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Alliance for Global Health Innovations.
Herman M. Ellis, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM
Dr. Ellis is a native of Louisiana. He went to high school and college in New York City. After graduating from Boston University School of Medicine he did a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at Harlem Hospital Center before active duty with the United States Navy. He left active duty and served 10 years in the Marine Reserves as a Lt. Commander.
Dr. Ellis has held senior/executive, as well as a Chief Medical Officer, positions at three Fortune 500 companies. He worked in academia (Columbia University) during his time in industry before moving on to Meharry Medical College to start their Department of Occupational and Preventive Medicine. He did so after completing a year as New Jersey’s State Epidemiologist/Assistant Commissioner.
Following his work at Meharry, Dr. Ellis held a series of positions in public health, the most recent as Clinical Division Director with Top Secret clearance of the Federal Occupational Health a $110MM+ federal agency serving federal employees in over 100 agencies with over one million employees in such varied organizations as Veterans Affairs, FBI, Secret Service, Social Security and Homeland Security.
Dr. Ellis is now working as an opioid addiction practitioner (MAT) and medical director in the Delaware Department of Corrections. Dr. Ellis is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health achieving fellowship status with the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and the American Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FACOEM). Dr. Ellis’ public health peers at ACPM elected him to two terms on the Board of Regents.
Health and Scientific Advisory Board
Sole M. Dennis
City of Springfield Department of Health and Human Services
Soloe M. Dennis is a leader with 16 years of management experience in the area of Public Health. His area of expertise includes, creating a regional public health infrastructure to deliver critical public health services to improve residents’ lives; creating the First Regional Dialogues meeting in the Commonwealth among local health departments and universities to discuss internships and research opportunities for students, and creating and developing the first Problem Gambling Office to address issues and concerns in the nation around problem gambling from a public health lens. Over the years, he has gained expertise in the performance of programs by using demonstrated communication and organizational and problem-solving skills. Mr. Dennis’ extensive leadership and management experience within large state agencies, includes the State’s Department of Public Health, City of Springfield, and Regional Planning Agency and Health Center.
He currently serves as Deputy Commissioner for the City of Springfield Department of Health and Human Services in Springfield, MA, where he provides leadership support and guidance to all departments of Health and Humans Services and Federal Qualified Health Center in the City.
Mr. Dennis received both a Master’s of Science in Environmental Health Science and a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.