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Presenter Biographies

NATALIE S. BURKE

is the PRESIDENT & CEO of COMMONHEALTH ACTION, a national public health organization whose mission is to develop people and organizations to produce health through equitable policy, programs, and practice. A relationship specialist, executive/c-suite coach, strategist, and master facilitator, she builds and sustains successful, long-term interactions with leaders and innovators across sectors. Since the mid-90s, she has held leadership positions focused on creating opportunities for health through community, institutional, systemic change, and policy change. Her public health and health care experience include technical assistance and capacity building for hundreds of community based organizations and collaboratives; national and international corporate entities; academia; and philanthropy—as well as federal, state, and local governments. Prior to co-founding CommonHealth ACTION in 2004, Natalie was in executive leadership at the National Association of County and City Health Officials in Washington, DC, where she managed the National Turning Point Initiative.

A graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Government and Politics, Natalie conducted federal health policy analyses at the National Health Policy Forum and was on staff at the National Institutes of Health. She has been selected for numerous national fellowships including the Emerging Leaders in Public Health Fellowship (Jointly hosted by the University of North Carolina’s Schools of Business and Public Health) and New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service Lead the Way Fellowship for visionary and entrepreneurial leaders in the nonprofit sector. In 2012, Natalie was selected to the Council of Innovation Advisors for Converge US, a national initiative focused on technology-based social innovation between the technology sector and the nation’s nonprofits. In addition, she co-authored a chapter featuring the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ PLACE MATTERS Initiative in the second edition of Tackling Health Inequities through Public Health Practice (2010).

Committed to the health and well-being of all people, Natalie views health as the product of complex interactions amongst systems and factors such as education, employment, environmental conditions, access to technology, housing, transportation, and health care. Throughout her career, she has sought to understand the root causes of ill-health including the delicate balance amongst genetics, personal health behaviors, and the systems and institutions that provide the contexts within which we live our lives and make our decisions. That understanding guides her work with corporate, academic, elected, and community leaders whose decisions produce health. For the past decade through curriculum development, education, and publications, she has focused on the roles that systemic privilege and oppression play in the production of the public’s health.

Natalie serves as co-Director of the Culture of Health Leaders National Program Center, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; she directs the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Equitable Leadership in Baltimore; she is a member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Equity Advisory Group; she serves on the Ventures Advisory Group for ReThink Health; and she is a member of the NationSwell Council.

“As an advisor to corporate leaders, communities aspiring to change, and everyone in between—I guide people and organizations to solutions, plans, and common language necessary to succeed and make the world a better place, a healthy place. As a strategist, I focus on the connective tissue that forms organizations (people and entities in relationship) and how to strengthen it. As a facilitator, I cultivate spaces to exchange ideas that create change. As a writer, I use what I know to say what needs to be said. As a leader, I know that world-changing is serious business but then again, what better way is there for me to spend my time?”

 

PATRICIA SWEENEY

is the HEALTH COMMISSIONER for the MAHONING COUNTY DISTRICT BOARD OF HEALTH in northeast Ohio. In that role she and her staff of 70 public health nurses, educators, sanitarians, dieticians and professional support staff endeavor to promote and protect the health of the 230,000 residents of Mahoning County. Since becoming Health Commissioner in 2012, Ms. Sweeney led the creation of a county-wide Community Health Improvement Plan targeting infant mortality and now co-leads a coalition to eliminate racially disparate birth outcomes. Ms. Sweeney also directs a Pathways HUB program that strives to reduce infant mortality by addressing the social determinants of health. Prior to joining the Health Department Patt served on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and School of Law where she taught public health law and ethics courses and conducted public health law research. Patt earned her Juris Doctorate and a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Youngstown State University. A RN since 1979, Patt has been a public health advocate for almost 40 years.

 

FRANK MIGLIOZZI

is the HEALTH COMMISSIONER for the TRUMBULL COUNTY COMBINED HEALTH DISTRICT. He has over 20 years of experience in public health, serving Trumbull County in various roles since 2001. As Health Commissioner, Mr. Migliozzi is responsible for assuring public health protection and that quality programs and services are provided for the citizens of the county. Mr. Migliozzi received his Master of Public Health from Kent State University and is a member of the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners and Ohio Environmental Health Association.

 

DAVID SHIPPS, AICP

is the COLUMBUS OFFICE DIRECTOR of TOOLE DESIGN GROUP. He has over 15 years of experience in the transportation sector, primarily focusing on multimodal planning projects and supporting active transportation in Ohio and surrounding states. David has worked hand in hand with the program manager and district coordinators of Ohio’s Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation programs; he has overseen the development and update of the school travel planning (STP) process, the creation of the collaborative Large District STP process, and the conception of the Ohio Safe Routes Academy, which offers complimentary training options for local communities. David is also a trainer with the National Center for Safe Routes to School and serves on the programming committee for the Ohio Transportation and Engineering Conference. Outside of work, you’ll find David gardening or exploring something new with his wife and two boys. During the summer, he releases his competitive juices by coaching and playing baseball.

 

ANN STAHLHEBER

is a PROGRAM MANAGER serving on three initiatives at the CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH, Prevention and Wellness Division including Health Improvement Partnership (HIP) – Cuyahoga; Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) Program and Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH). Ann is a Registered Dietitian, with twelve years of experience working with communities to create environmental, systems and policy changes to improve nutrition, physical activity and reduce tobacco use at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. Ann works with people at both the grass roots level, and with community leaders to realize positive results. Ann has a strong interest in health equity and social justice, and believes that being healthy is a right of everyone. Ann serves on the steering committee of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition and as the coordinator of communications for the HIP – Cuyahoga County and REACH initiatives. Previous to her current initiatives at CCBH, Ann worked on the Health Impact Assessment, Place Matters, East Cleveland Teen Collaborative, Safe Routes to School, and the Community Nutrition Programs. Ann has been working as a registered, licensed dietitian for eighteen years. Prior to working at CCBH, Ann worked for an international contract management company as a clinical dietitian clinical nutrition manager, and foodservice manager. She also works as a private consultant treating individuals with various health needs and nutrition goals. Ann is a founding member of Lakewood Earth and Food (LEAF) Community. Along with her family, she rents a community garden plot at Webb Community garden in Lakewood. She is a member of three local parent teacher organizations, and enjoys cooking, fitness, the outdoors, bike riding, and crafting.

 

IAN BENISTON, AICP, HDFP

is the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the YOUNGSTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (YNDC). Prior to becoming Executive Director, Ian spent five years as YNDC’s Deputy Director. Ian is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and the day to day operations.
Ian brings twelve years of neighborhood planning, development, and finance experience in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. Previously, Ian served as Director of Policy for the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, where he worked to establish the YNDC. Ian holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Youngstown State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a National Development Council Housing Development Finance Professional. He was a 40 under 40 award recipient in 2009, 25 under 35 award recipient in 2013 and 2017, a Next City Vanguard in 2014, and OCDCA CDC Staff Member of the Year in 2015. Ian resides in Youngstown with his wife, Krista; Irish Wolfhound, Keira; and retired racing Greyhound, Ozzy.

 

TIFFANY GRAHAM

is PROJECT DIRECTOR at LAND STUDIO in Cleveland, Ohio. In this role, she oversees projects related to the City of Cleveland’s Percent for Art Program, other public art projects, community engagement activities, public art master planning processes, and public space improvements within the City. A Lakewood resident, Tiffany also serves as a trustee for Lakewood Public Library.

 

MATT MARTIN

has been the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of TRUMBULL NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIP since its launch in 2010 and has directed the organizations management of the Trumbull County Land Bank since 2013. Prior to joining TNP, he was a Land Re-utilization Manager for Stockyard Redevelopment Organization, a Cleveland CDC. He has a BA in Liberal Studies from Cleveland State and an MA in Environmental Studies from Cleveland State’s Levin College of Urban Affairs.

 

APRIL MENDEZ

is PRESIDENT of FRESH COAST COMMUNITIES, a non-profit that seeks to help cities maximize the benefits of green infrastructure for their communities, and CO-FOUNDER of FRESH COAST CAPITAL, a mission-driven urban revitalization firm that helps communities achieve their vision of comprehensive green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), or the use of nature-based systems to manage stormwater. GSI revitalizes communities, reduces flooding, and supports municipal clean water goals and requirements. April is responsible for cultivating the partnerships with cities and community stakeholders that are the foundation of Fresh Coast’s work. Driven by an inherent respect for the human spirit, April approaches Fresh Coast’s work with vision for fostering environments in which everyone can thrive and make their mark on our collective future. April co-founded and spent 13 years building Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a $4.5 million nonprofit that is transforming the way higher education engages religious diversity. She has also worked for the Steans Family Foundation and founded an organization dedicated to developing social entrepreneurship among minority youth in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods. April holds a B.A. from Carleton College and is pursuing an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University focusing on social innovation.

 

CHRIS THOMPSON

is the FOUNDER of CIVIC COLLABORATION CONSULTANTS, LLC, and is devoted to catalyzing enduring, positive community change. Chris helps communities design and sustain cross-sector collaborations that improve outcomes within complex civic systems, including economic development, workforce, transportation, education, the environment and health care. Chris also helps foundation leaders, public officials, business executives and others to exercise the type of leadership that is critical to effective collaborations.

Chris is a frequent speaker and presenter of workshops on collaboration and collaborative leadership. Chris previously was director of regional engagement for the Fund for Our Economic Future from 2007 to 2016, where he helped a collaboration of philanthropy to advance job creation, job preparation and job access efforts in Northeast Ohio. Before joining the Fund, Chris worked on catalyzing civic change as a communications consultant and a journalist.

Chris lives in Strongsville, Ohio, with his wife. They have two grown children. When not supporting cross-sector collaborations, Chris can be found in a trout stream waving a stick.