Our board of trustees provides strategic guidance and oversight for the development of New Jersey’s first public health institute.

It’s made up of a dynamic group of individuals from various backgrounds, each bringing unique skills and perspectives to our organization. We believe that a diverse board is more effective in making strategic decisions that benefit all communities. Their collective wisdom and expertise will guide our strategic direction and ensure we remain focused on our mission.


Acenda, Inc 

Maisha Simmons

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

Nicole A. Vaughn, PhD

Rowan University 

Victor Murray

Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

Cecile Edwards, M.Ed.

NJ Birth Equity Funders Alliance 

Kifle Mihrete, PhD, MPH

Atlantic City Health Department

Sreelekha Prakash, MD, MPH

Stockton University 

Paul Roman NJLBHA

NJ Public Health Council

Lee G. Ruszczyk, LCSW, ACS

Henry J. Austin Health Center

Joel Cantor, ScD

Rutgers Center for State Health Policy

Crystal D. Charley, MBA, CD

Melanin and Maternal Wellness

Jeremy Wampler, CPA

Acenda, Inc. 

Raquel Mazon-Jeffers

Community Health Acceleration Partnership

Betsy B. Erbaugh, PhD

Stockton University

Linda Schwimmer, JD

New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute

Timothy Castano

Community Health Acceleration Partnership

Chris Pernell, MD, MPH, FACPM

The Esther Group 

Kevin Sumner, MPH

NJ Assoc. of County and City Health Officials 

Laura Mickley


Nancy Gerrity, MSN, RN, HO

Public Health Nurse Consultant

Lisa Wolff, ScD

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