Marian is a former reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she specialized in health issues. She founded Healthy NewsWorks (formerly Healthy Times) in 2003 with second-grade teacher Susan Spencer in order to engage young journalists in writing about health, nutrition, fitness, and safety issues that affect schools and local communities. Since 2006, Marian has led the expansion of the Healthy NewsWorks program in more than 30 elementary and middle schools in southeastern Pennsylvania.
During her career at The Inquirer, Marian covered a wide range of health issues including obesity, chronic disease, health insurance, and access to care. With an Inquirer colleague, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting for a series on the high costs of prescription drugs. The series was later turned into the book, Making Medicine, Making Money. She also wrote Covering Obesity: A Guide for Reporters for the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Marian also worked for The Albuquerque (N.M.) Tribune as a medical and science writer and for The Anniston (Ala.) Star as a news reporter, copy editor, and sports reporter.
She earned a B.A. magna cum laude in political science from Duke University and she received a Rotary Fellowship in Journalism to attend the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Amy Krulik, M.C.P., Chairperson
Amy is the CEO of the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center in Wynnewood, Pa. Previously she served as the executive director of the Jewish Relief Agency, one of the largest direct service food pantries in the Philadelphia region. She brings many years of experience in nonprofit administration and marketing to the Healthy NewsWorks Board. She earned a bachelor’s in government from Hamilton College and a master’s in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the board in 2010.
James W. Buehler, M.D.
Jim is a former City of Philadelphia health commissioner and is a professor of health management and policy at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. He previously served as a medical epidemiologist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where he worked in a variety of areas, including epidemiology, maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS prevention. Jim is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine. He joined the Healthy NewsWorks board in 2016.
Nancy Erickson, R.N., M.S.N., M.Ed.
Nancy worked as a school nurse for 22 years. She retired from Highland Park Elementary School in Upper Darby, Pa., where as part of the Healthy NewsWorks program she led the Healthy Hawk newspaper. She has a master’s degree in leadership in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in education from Eastern University. She joined the board in 2010.
Amy Ginensky, J.D.
Amy is a senior partner in Pepper Hamilton LLP’s Philadelphia office, the chair of its Media and Communications and First Amendment practices, and immediate past chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is past president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and a current member of its executive committee. She earned her law degree at the University of Virginia. Amy joined the Healthy NewsWorks board in 2016.
Aviva Habib, M.S.Ed.
Aviva is an adjunct faculty member at Camden Community College. She has worked as an elementary school teacher in Philadelphia and Camden, N.J., and has served as a Healthy NewsWorks teacher and editor. She earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania and received the Penn Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) Recent Alumni/Early Career Award of Merit in 2015. She joined the board in 2015.
Laurita Hack, D.P.T., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Laurita (Laurie) recently served nine years as a board member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and has been honored with APTA’s two highest honors—as Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA and with the Mary McMillan lectureship. She is a professor emeritus at Temple University where she had been chair of the physical therapy department. She earned doctoral degrees from the MGH Institute of Health Professions and the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from Penn’s Wharton School. She joined the board in 2014.
Moriah Hall, M.P.H.
Moriah is associate director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She was formerly Temple University’s MPH coordinator and clinical instructor in Harrisburg, Pa., and a project manager with The Food Trust in Philadelphia, where she worked with food pantries to improve the quality of food available to clients and consulted on external projects. She earned a bachelor’s in human services from the University of Delaware and an MPH from Temple University. She joined the board in 2011.
Victoria Kinzig, M.S.Ed.
Vicky is cofounder and chief client officer at KickUp, a Philadelphia-based company focused on improving professional learning in school districts across the United States. She has been recognized as one of Billy Penn’s “Who’s Next” young entrepreneurs making an impact in Philadelphia.
Before co-founding KickUp, Vicky earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and participated in the first-year turnaround of Harrity Elementary with Mastery Charter Schools, where she taught elementary reading and Spanish. She joined the Healthy NewsWorks board in 2017.
Andrew D. Magnus
Andrew is the owner and president of BTC Envelopes & Printing LLC, which he founded in 2007. He has more than 25 years experience in the print, envelope, and promotional advertising industries. He received a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Scranton. He was an assistant buyer for Strawbridge & Clothier and John Wanamaker. He started his sales career with Harris/3M selling copy machines and later joined Clinton Envelope/Printers Inc., where he rose through the ranks to vice president of sales. Andrew joined the board in 2016.
Elizabeth Rappaport, M.D.
Elizabeth (Liz) is a retired pediatric endocrinologist. Most recently she was as an associate professor from Thomas Jefferson University where she conducted research in childhood obesity and oversaw an educational program designed to engage underrepresented minority students in biomedical research. During her career, she has worked in basic and clinical research, public health, pharmaceutical development, and medical education. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Medical School. She joined the board in 2016.
H. George Shoffner, C.P.A.
George is president and a founding partner of Lewis, Shoffner & Co., an accounting firm specializing in tax planning and preparation for individuals and small businesses. He is active in several community organizations and is a co-author of The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course: Finance for Non-Financial Managers. He earned a B.S. in business and finance from Lehigh University and is a certified public accountant. He joined the board in 2013.
Elizabeth Useem, Ed.D.
Betsey has served as director of research for the Philadelphia Education Fund, senior consultant on educational research to Research for Action in Philadelphia, director of teacher education at Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College, and associate professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned doctoral and master’s degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in history from Northwestern University. She joined the board in 2011.