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Dean's Council

The SPH Dean's Council, established in fall 2017, provides strategic advice to help the School achieve its mission: to inspire fearless ideas that promote health for all. The members are an engaged, strategic, informed and invested group of volunteers who provide senior-level advocacy for, and service to the School of Public Health. They share advice, counsel, perspective, connections and the provision of support to the Dean of the School.

Bonnie Beavers, Dean's council member of the School of Public Health

Bonnie A. Beavers
Community Volunteer
SPH Campaign Cabinet Member

Ms. Bonnie A. Beavers, JD, is a native of Dallas, Texas, and has been a Chevy Chase resident for 22 years. Her mother, Jeanette Spier Beavers, was an MSW whose career included studying families with a disabled child. Bonnie’s interest in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health deepened after establishing the Jeanette Beavers Memorial Scholarship for students interested in family therapy. Bonnie is a retired partner in the D.C. law firm of Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker, LLP. She has a BA in political science from Duke University and a JD from the University of Texas. A graduate of the 2014 Leadership Montgomery Core Program and a member of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, she is interested in helping underserved members of our community. Bonnie’s nonprofit activities have focused on issues of domestic violence and homelessness.

Andre Blackman, dean's council member of School of Public Health

Andre Blackman
BS ’05, Public and Community Health; CEO, OnBoard Health
Twitter: @mindofandre

Mr. Andre Blackman is the CEO of Onboard Health, a platform dedicated to building an inclusive workforce ecosystem to power the future of health. Onboard Health helps startups and companies that have an impact on health become more inclusive while connecting them to diverse talent. He is an advisory board member with a number of organizations including the American Heart Association and the Mayo Clinic Center as well as a startup mentor and branding coach for health care executives. He previously founded Pulse +Signal, an innovation and strategy consultancy focused on the health care landscape.

Mo Bryant, Dean's council member of the School of Public Health

Maureen “Mo” Bryant
BS ’01, Family Studies, Community Volunteer

Ms. Maureen "Mo" Bryant is founder of Spontaneity, LLC. She has been recognized as one of the Women of Influence in Washington, D.C. Commercial Real Estate by Bisnow Media, and as a finalist for the March of Dimes 17th Annual Heroines of Washington Awards for her dedication to community service. She was previously vice president of marketing for a commercial real estate company. Maureen prides herself on her marketing/communications and project management expertise and her commitment to giving back through service activities. In addition to her role on the School of Public Health Dean’s Council, Mo serves on the YWCA National Capital Area and Mentors, Inc. boards of directors and recently served on the Washington, DC Police Foundation Board.

Brian Castrucci, president and chief executive officer of the de Beaumont Foundation

Brian C. Castrucci
President & CEO, de Beaumont Foundation

Dr. Brian Castrucci, DrPh, MA, is the president and chief executive officer of the de Beaumont Foundation and a disruptor, instigator and fierce advocate for public health. Over the past six years, he has helped build the de Beaumont Foundation into a national powerhouse in public health philanthropy and advocacy, and now serves as the foundation’s chief executive officer. An award-winning epidemiologist with 10 years of experience in state and local health departments, Dr. Castrucci brings a unique background that allows him to shape visionary and practical initiatives and partnerships that bring together research and practice to improve public health. Under his leadership, the de Beaumont Foundation is driving change to improve population health, foster collaboration between public health and other sectors and strengthen the nation’s public health infrastructure. CityHealth, the BUILD Health Challenge and the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey are among the national projects he has helped create at the foundation.

Robb Cohen, community volunteer

Robb Cohen
BS '85, Finance; Community Volunteer
SPH Campaign Cabinet Member

Mr. Robb Cohen, MBA, is a retired health care executive with payer, provider, investment banking and consulting experience. Mr. Cohen is currently a community volunteer, serving on a number of non-profit boards, including as the chairman of the board for University of Maryland Hillel. Mr. Cohen is also on many health care-related advisory boards and committees. Mr. Cohen was a co-founder and senior executive of XLHealth, the nation’s leading Medicare Advantage chronic special Needs Plan, which was acquired by United Healthcare. Mr. Cohen was an advisor to the state of Maryland on the design of the Maryland hospital payment system, and was also the former founding CEO of Advanced Health Collaborative, a network that includes seven health systems with 10 hospitals in Maryland. Robb also served as CEO and founding partner of Phoenix HealthCare Consulting.

Tom Cove, president and CEO of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association

Tom Cove
BA ’81, Economics and Government; CEO, Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA)

Mr. Tom Cove, MPA, is the president and CEO of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, where he represents more than five hundred leading manufacturers, brands and retailers of athletic equipment, footwear and apparel. Mr. Cove oversees initiatives to promote sports participation; safety, health, fitness and international trade. He also serves as liaison to international and national sports governing bodies. Mr. Cove directs the sports industry’s premier research facility, called the “gold standard” by ESPN, and appears regularly in national media discussions on the state of youth sports and physical activity trends in the U.S. Mr. Cove led the campaign to pass the Physical Education for Progress program which delivered almost $1 Billion to innovative local school physical education initiatives. He also directed the industry’s landmark campaign to end child labor in sports equipment production.

J. Nadine Garcia, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Trust for America’s Health

J. Nadine Gracia
President & CEO, Trust for America's Health

Dr. J. Nadine Gracia is the President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit, nonpartisan public health policy, research and advocacy organization that promotes optimal health for every person and community. Dr. Gracia is a national health equity leader with extensive leadership and management experience in federal government, the nonprofit sector, academia, and professional associations. Before being appointed President and CEO, Dr. Gracia served as TFAH’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as Chief Medical Officer in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and as a White House Fellow at HHS.  Dr. Gracia received a Bachelor of Arts in French from Stanford University, a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is active in many professional and civic organizations, including the Aspen Global Leadership Network, the Dean’s Council at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, Women of Impact, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Alice Horowitz, faculty member of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland

Alice Horowitz
Ph.D. ’92, Health Education, Research Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Health

Dr. Alice Horowitz, PhD, is a research associate professor in the School of Public Health’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health and benefactor of the school’s Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy. Dr. Horowitz was formerly was a senior scientist at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Health, National Institutes of Health and has done extensive research and community outreach related to dental caries prevention and early detection. She was a primary architect of the Maryland State Oral Cancer Prevention and Early Detection coalition. She initiated both state and national research on what health care providers and the public know and do about oral cancer prevention and early detection. Dr. Horowitz served on the recent Institute of Medicine’s panel, Advancing Oral Health in America and she is a 2012 recipient of the University of Maryland School of Public Health Distinguished Alumnus Award.

George Leventhal, director of community health for Washington D.C. and suburban Maryland

George L. Leventhal
PhD' 17, Public Policy Analysis; Director, Community Health for Washington D.C. and Suburban Maryland Kaiser Permanente

Dr. George L. Leventhal, PhD, is the director of community health for Washington D.C. and suburban Maryland, Kaiser Permanente. He is an innovative policymaker with a history of proposing new service delivery solutions for people most in need. Dr. Leventhal joined Kaiser Permanente in December 2018. In this role, he develops policies for, and provides oversight and support to, a range of activities that address social determinants of health in the region, including access to health care for the uninsured, affordable housing, homelessness, food security and behavioral health in schools. Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Leventhal served 16 years on the Montgomery County Council in Maryland and served as council president twice. Dr. Leventhal chaired the Council’s Health and Human Services Committee for 16 years and also served on the Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee.

Neil Meltzer, president and CEO of LifeBridge Health

Neil Meltzer
President/CEO, LifeBridge

Mr. Neil Meltzer, MPH, MHA, is the president and CEO of LifeBridge Health, a position he has held since 2013. As CEO, Mr. Meltzer has led the system through a period of strategic growth with a mission to transform the organization into an integrated health care delivery system, offering a full spectrum of care. He serves on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Notre Dame of Maryland University, the Maryland Hospital Association, the Hippodrome Foundation and Everyman Theatre. On the national level, he continues to work with the American Heart Association after serving as national chairman. He was also one of 15 national workforce health care champions appointed by former President Barack Obama. Among his many honors, the Maryland Daily Record has recognized Mr. Meltzer as an Influential Marylander, a Most Admired CEO and awarded him its ICON Honor. The Baltimore Business Journal has named Mr. Meltzer as one of its Power 10 CEOs.

Robin Mockenhaupt, staff member of the School of Public Health from the University of Maryland

Robin Mockenhaupt
Ph.D. ’99, Health Education, Independent Consultant in Philanthropy and Non-profit Management
Dean’s Council Chair

Robin Mockenhaupt is a national philanthropic and non-profit leader in population health, with a lifespan focus from maternal and child health to healthy aging. She is an independent consultant in philanthropy and non-profit management.

Robin worked for 21 years at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, retiring in 2020. Before joining the Foundation, Robin spent 16 years with AARP, where she specialized in health and aging.  She also worked in non-profit organizations in maternal and child health and community health. She received a PhD in health education and a graduate certificate in gerontology from the University of Maryland, a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University, and a Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Pennsylvania State University.

Mark Powers, co-founder of Powers Companies, specializing in residential, office, commercial and industrial real estate

Mark Powers
BS ’89, Consumer Economics; Co-Founder, The Powers Companies

Mr. Mark Powers is a co-founder of Powers Companies, specializing in residential, office, commercial and industrial real estate. Mr. Powers is also affiliated with FutureCare Health and Management, which operates numerous rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers across the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. He currently sits on the board and various committees for a regional nonprofit health care organization operating in the Baltimore area.

Jeffery Rivest, Senior Partner, CSuite Solutions LLC

Jeffrey A. Rivest
BS ‘75, Biological Sciences; Senior Partner, CSuite Solutions LLC

Mr. Jeffrey “Jeff” Rivest, MS, FACHE, is a nationally recognized health care executive who has played a key role in the growth and success of several leading academic medical centers for more than 40 years. He served most recently as president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center from 2004 to 2015. Mr. Rivest currently serves as a senior partner with CSuite Solutions LLC, an executive advisory firm serving the health care industry. He also serves as president-elect of the University of Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors. He is a 2018 recipient of the University of Maryland School of Public Health Distinguished Terrapin Award.

Monica Schmude, market president for Cigna's health care and related benefits plans in the Mid-Atlantic region

Monica Schmude
Market President, Cigna Mid-Atlantic 

Ms. Monica Schmude is market president for Cigna's health care and related benefits plans in the Mid-Atlantic region. In this role, Ms. Schmude's responsibilities include driving market growth by creating customer value. She also partners with area health care professionals and health systems to help improve the health of Cigna customers and leads Cigna's efforts to serve the communities of the Mid-Atlantic region. Ms. Schmude  serves on the boards of Girls on the Run Northern Virginia, Mid-Atlantic Business Group on Health and the 2020 Greater Washington Board of Trade Board of Directors. She is also a member of Marymount University's Masters in Healthcare Management Advisory Council, the Economic Club of Washington DC and Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2020. In 2019, she was named one of the Most Powerful Women in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine, received the March of Dimes Heroine of Washington Award and served as the program chair for the Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy. Ms. Schmude earned a bachelor's degree in industrial/organizational psychology with a concentration in women's studies from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. 

Ed Woods, owner, President, and CEO of TerpSys

Ed Woods
BS ’93, Information Systems Management; CEO, TerpSys

Edward (Ed) Woods IV is the owner, President, and CEO of TerpSys. TerpSys is a technology company, focused on customer service.  Their mission is to delight their customers, challenge themselves, and serve their communities. They strive to be leaders in the community through the generous giving of time, talent, and treasure.  Their staff and the company are shining examples that corporate social responsibility truly is the right thing to do. In 2009, TerpSys was named one of the “50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America” by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Great Place to Work Institute, Inc., placing #17 in the small business category. Mr. Woods has been the hands-on architect of TerpSys’ strong corporate culture, providing a responsible balance between good business, good times, and good deeds.