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Jennifer Murphy, Chair

Dewanna Burke, Chair-elect

Dewanna has over 20 years of experience as program and communications leader at a leading telecommunications and entertainment company.  She most recently obtained her Master of Healthcare Administration at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

As a program management and communications professional, Dewanna’s focus on marketing and operational improvement as well as large scale project management has enabled successful customer experience standards within the industry. Her strengths’ lie in aligning talent with strategic business goals, inspiring action and delivering on a compelling leadership vision.

Dewanna has a passionate desire to bring her skills to the healthcare industry through her Georgians for a Healthy Future and beyond.

She obtained B.A. in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University and an M.B.A at Georgia State University.  Dewanna is the proud new mom of daughter, Sarah.

Davida Jones, Treasurer

Davida Jones has over ten years of experience providing forensic accounting services, litigation support, and business advisory services in PwC’s Advisory practice.

As a forensic services professional, Davida manages financial fraud investigations, provides damages assessments in civil litigation matters as well as insurance claims, and provides consulting services relating to regulatory and compliance matters for large public and private companies across all industries. On a daily basis, Davida is responsible for managing project teams, marketing PwC’s service offerings, fostering client relationships, and coaching and developing junior staff. Davida specializes in problem-solving situations where she is tasked with quickly defining the problem, identifying solutions, minimizing business interruption, and assisting clients in emerging stronger from unplanned events.

Melanie L. Porter, Secretary

Melanie recently retired from John Deere, where she worked in several diverse capacities, including Director and then Vice President of the Agri Services division of the company. Melanie led HR teams in Mergers and Acquisitions, integrating new businesses into John Deere, and was then appointed to lead a newly created HR area of Change Management, where she and her team designed and developed processes and tools that enabled aligned teamwork and supported individual and team performance improvement. She then returned to HR Operations, leading a team  providing HR expertise and leadership to all the corporate functional areas of the company. Melanie also served as a Master Coach at John Deere, guiding leaders in their career objectives.  She was proud to serve 6 years as Vice Chair of the Board for Community Health Care, Inc., an organization that provides excellent, affordable in-patient medical, dental and behavioral health care to over 35,000 patients annually.

Jennifer L Baugh

Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) at Orozco Nutrition, a private practice nutrition consult business. Her focus helps clients with healthy aging, healing from chronic dieting, and managing chronic diseases through the power of food. Jennifer earned her Bachelors of Dietetics from Life University and underwent supervised practice hours at Emory University Hospital and Southern Regional Medical Center. She has put in leadership volunteer work at Interfaith Outreach Home and with her professional organizations, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Greater Atlanta Dietetics Association.

Jennifer has a passion for empowering her local community through policy change that will tear down social determinants of health, such as healthcare disparity. Many patients have limited access to RDNs due to their insurance plans, even when there is a condition present where individualized nutrition services would benefit them. Jennifer believes access to a variety of foods is part of quality healthcare. She believes part of ending healthcare disparity will also have to include policies that end food apartheid.

Abbie Fuksman

Ms. Fuksman is a health care advocate and policy professional with extensive experience working with insurance carriers, employers and health care providers. An experienced business leader, she is a dedicated to improving access to quality and affordable care regardless of health status, social need, or income.

Her work experience has included regional health care systems, a major insurance carrier, a national physicians’ association and several social advocacy organizations. She has also served on the Boards of various non-profit organizations, and was a founding Board Member of Sojourn, an educational non-profit for LGBTQ youth and their caregivers. Currently, Abbie is serving on the Atlanta Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) Board where she advocates and lobbies for health care access and quality issues. She also serves as a health care policy point person for Georgia and national legislation with the Jewish Democratic Women’s Salon.  Abbie also assists the national organization, Protect Our Care, with health care-related media releases and press conferences.

Ms. Fuksman has additionally helped many of these organizations achieve their financial goals, through various fundraising initiatives and events. Abbie is dedicated to improving health care policies through legislative actions and social justice activism. She is a strong advocate for educating stakeholders on the complexities of the U.S. health care system. She is a natural communicator and networker who educates and influences decision makers.

Amir Jones

Amir Jones has been an advocate for healthcare access for a number of years. He currently serves as a Certified Application Counselor (CAC), with the Affordable Care Act.  In this role, he has offered health insurance support to Georgians throughout the state.

In addition to one-on-one appointments with individuals and families, Amir holds space to discuss health insurance with advocates, community partners, and others with questions about the process.

This work has been complemented by other pursuits related to social justice needs, in the metro-Atlanta area.  Amir has volunteered with, worked for, and supported a number of organizations that emphasize fairness, equality, and dignity for all Ga. residents. SONG, Snap Co, ACLU of GA, Sistersong, are some of the few spaces (and others over the years) in which Amir has been an ally in the work for positive change in Atlanta and beyond.

Sar Medoff

Sar Medoff is an emergency medicine physician passionate about health policy, rural healthcare, his family, and spending time outdoors. Dr. Medoff graduated from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2015 and from the Harvard Kennedy School with a dual degree in public policy. He then completed his emergency medicine residency at Emory University in Atlanta. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member of the Georgia College of Emergency Physicians. He is also a member of the American College of Emergency Physician’s State and Legislative Regulatory Committee where he has advocated for Medicaid reform.

Sar has previously worked with the state of Vermont on health insurance reform, and during the COVID-19 pandemic he worked with Alaska’s Division of Public Health providing clinical support across state facilities. He is part of the Alaska Healthy and Equitable Communities Unit working to support and expand community health worker initiatives in Alaska. In Georgia, Dr. Medoff has been involved with the Emory Farmworker Project and works in multiple Emergency Departments around Atlanta. Sar was the founding chair of the Young Literacy Council for Reach Out and Read, which distributes books to pediatrician offices, and has been a Big Brother with Atlanta’s Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Rachel Stanley

Rachel Stanley is a native Atlantan and an experienced nonprofit development professional. She currently serves as the Senior Development Manager at Propel ATL (formerly known as the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition). She has also served in roles in various Atlanta nonprofits, including the Latin American Association, the Southern Center for Human Rights, CARE, and the Center for Civic Innovation. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Elon University.

Stanley volunteers her time with many community organizations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals and her Neighborhood Planning Unit. She was a 2017 30 Under 30 Awardee with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Atlanta, a 2017-2018 Georgia Women’s Policy Institute member through the YWCA, a 2019 High Potential Diverse Leader through the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, and a 2019 Black-Jewish Project Understanding participant with the American Jewish Committee.

Chastity L. Walker

Dr. Chastity Walker is an accomplished public health practitioner, with extensive experience managing public health programs, implementing evidence-based interventions, developing and executing public health policy, and facilitating partnerships and strategic planning. Her areas of expertise include both non-communicable and communicable disease prevention, health security, and developing comprehensive public health systems and approaches in both domestic and global settings. She is an advocate for health equity, accessibility, evidence and community-based approaches and a strong proponent of stakeholder engagement and inclusion of vulnerable populations and non-traditional voices in research.

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