Cindy Zeldin, Executive Director
Cindy Zeldin is the Executive Director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, a non-profit consumer health advocacy organization that advocates for access to quality, affordable health care for all Georgians through public education and outreach, coalition building, and public policy advocacy. Cindy joined Georgians for a Healthy Future as Executive Director in 2009 and brought ten years of prior experience in health policy to the role. Her previous positions include working as a senior program associate in the health policy program at the New America Foundation, a national think tank; as federal affairs coordinator for the public policy organization Demos; and working within state government at the Georgia Department of Audits, where she was part of a team that conducted program audits of health care programs in the state. She also currently serves as a consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), was appointed to and served on the Governor’s Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Committee in 2011, and was named one of Georgia’s “40 Under 40: Georgia’s Best and Brightest” by Georgia Trend magazine in 2010. She was also recognized by the League of Women Voters of Georgia with an Empowerment Award in the area of health care in 2014 and by HealthSTAT in 2011 with a Community Partner Award. Cindy serves as a volunteer on several advisory committees and boards, including on the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia Public Affairs Committee, the Georgia Health Information Network board, and the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Health Access Leadership Council. She holds an MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, an MA from the George Washington University, and a BA from Emory University.
Laura Colbert, Community Outreach Manager
Laura Colbert is the Community Outreach Manager at Georgians for a Healthy Future. Laura came to Georgians for a Healthy Future in June 2014 from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life initiative. At Children’s, she served as Camp Director for Camp Strong4Life, a camp program for overweight and obese children and their families. She also developed and managed Strong4Life’s community partnership and outreach efforts. Laura’s other previous positions include working at HealthSTAT, a student-run health policy and advocacy organization; and the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. Laura has an MPH from Emory University, where she focused on health literacy and the social determinants of health. Before moving to Atlanta, Laura attended the University of Georgia, where she earned her B.S.Ed in Kinesiology with a focus on biomechanics.
Anna Cullen, Communications Coordinator
Anna Cullen is Georgians for a Healthy Future’s Communications Coordinator. She joined Georgians for a Healthy Future in August 2014. In this capacity she works to strategically develop and implement concise and effective messages across multiple outlets – from traditional to social media as well as stakeholder communications. Anna comes to Georgians for a Healthy Future from the United States House of Representatives where she worked as a Legislative Assistant for a senior member of Congress and gained a strong understanding of the most effective tools to activate change in a divisive political atmosphere. In that capacity Anna also managed the congressman’s external communications as well as interactions with agency officials and stakeholders within her policy portfolio which included environment, energy, social justice, housing and health issues. Anna earned her B.A. in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government from American University in Washington, DC.
Nykita Howell, Health Insurance Navigator
Nykita Howell is Georgians for a Healthy Future’s Health Insurance Navigator. She joined Georgians for a Healthy Future in October 2014. In this role, Nykita provides enrollment assistance to Georgia health care consumers. Prior to joining Georgians for a Healthy Future, Nykita worked in the fields of clinical and community based research and as a navigator for the first open enrollment period of the national Health Insurance Exchange. Her research efforts have been on studies focused on retention strategies for an NIH funded cohort based at Umass Medical School, and a church based diabetes project housed at Mercer University. Her work as a navigator prior to joining Georgians for a Healthy Future included building community partnerships and educating consumers over a seven county area. She holds an MPH from Mercer University School of Medicine and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Prior to her graduate studies, Nykita received her B.S. in Biology from Clark Atlanta University, in Atlanta, GA.
Board of Directors
Harry J. Heiman, Chair
Director of Health Policy, The Satcher Health Leadership Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine
Kathy Floyd, Vice Chair
Georgia Council on Aging
Allyson W. Burroughs, Secretary
Vice President, Marketing
Xerox State Healthcare, LLC
Marci Thomas, Treasurer
Principal and Director of Quality Control
Jeremy P. Burnette
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Associate Clinical Professor, and Co-Director of the HeLP Legal Services Clinic
Georgia State University College of Law
Tracy Bland DuBose
Easter Seals Southern Georgia Inc.
Iris Z. Feinberg
Doctoral Candidate, Health Communications
Georgia State University
Georgia Equality and the Equality Foundation of Georgia
Chief Executive Officer
Hayslett Group LLC