Health Foundation announces 2018 class of Health Leadership Fellows

Thirty-one western and central New York skilled professionals from health-related and safety-net organizations have been awarded Health Leadership Fellowships.

Now in its ninth cohort, the goal of the Health Leadership Fellows program is to produce a network of diverse, highly-skilled leaders that will learn to lead collaboratively from both within and outside of their organizations and become advocates for improved health care delivery, particularly for older adults and children impacted by poverty.

During the 18-month fellowship, the program offers individual leadership development, academic and team support, executive coaching, opportunities to increase a personal and professional network of leaders and an opportunity for collective leadership and change.

The first residential session for the ninth cohort class begins in late September of 2018, with academic and experiential work taking place through April of 2020.

The 2018-2020 Western and Central New York Fellows are:

  • Marnie Annese, Program Officer, Health Foundation of Central and Western New York
  • Tim Boling, chief executive officer, Compeer International
  • Mary Carney, population health coordinator, HealtheConnections
  • Noelle Carter, President and chief administrative officer, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo
  • Leanna Cleveland, rural health network coordinator, Oswego County Opportunities
  • Chuck Colston, program officer, The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation.
  • Paula Conti, director of clinical transformation, Catholic Medical Partners
  • Shoshone Dentice, executive director of community relations, The GreenFields Continuing Care Community
  • DeAnna Eason, executive director, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc.
  • Abdirahman Farah, community educator and organizer
  • Ken Gholston, director of grants and contracts, Cazenovia Recovery Systems
  • Joseph Gross, associate executive director of clinical services and consumer directed personal services, AccessCNY
  • Jacqueline Hall, executive director, Erie County Department of Social Services Family Independence
  • Maya Hu-Morabito, assistant director, NYSTART
  • Lori Klivak, director of senior services, InterFaith Works
  • Anna Lau, director of clinical services, Planned Parenthood of Central & Western New York
  • Kimberly Luce, vice president of school-based services, BestSelf Behavioral Health
  • Kexin Ma, director of federal programs, Homeless Alliance of WNY
  • Merlin Marrain, director of health services, Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility
  • Patricia M. McGrath, supervising attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services
  • April Miles, director of clinical services, East Hill Family Medical, Inc.
  • Steve Miller, director, Buffalo Hearing & Speech
  • Darren Penoyer, senior program officer, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • Michael Prutsman, executive director, Council on Addiction Recovery Services
  • Molly Ranahan, Urban Planner and Evaluator, CCNY Inc
  • Monica Richardson, professional development and training team leader, Prevention Network
  • Bonnie Sloma, senior vice president, People Inc.
  • Ellen Somers, assistant director, Syracuse Jewish Family Service
  • Ann Spisiak, executive director, Cantalician Center
  • Diane Ward, emergency preparedness coordinator, Herkimer County Public Health
  • Danise C. Wilson, executive director, Erie Niagara AHEC

Since 2005, the Health Foundation has accepted 315 Fellows into its program. The Fellows were selected through an application process by a selection committee; selection criteria include leadership ability, the support of the nominee’s organization and the potential benefit of the program to the applicant’s organization and community. As graduates of the Health Leadership Fellows program, they continue their work as members of the Fellows Action Network.