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Marian Uhlman

Executive Director
and Founder

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 a dozen elementary and middle schools in southeastern Pennsylvania.

During her career at The Inquirer, Marian covered topics including obesity, teenage driving, health insurance, and managed 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.

Advisory Board

Amy Krulik, M.C.P., Chairperson

Amy is 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 Advisory Board. She earned a bachelor’s in government from Hamilton College and a master’s in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She has served on the advisory board since 2010.

James W. Buehler, M.D.

James 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. Dr. Buehler 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 has been a nurse for more than 30 years and recently retired from Highland Park Elementary School in Upper Darby, Pa., where as part of the Healthy NewsWorks program she led the Healthy Hawk newspaper. Nancy also enjoys writing poetry, volunteering, and teaching CPR for the American Red Cross. She is a registered nurse and has a master’s degree in health education. She has served on the advisory board since 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. Ms. Ginensky 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. She joined the Healthy NewsWorks board in 2016.

Aviva Habib, M.S.Ed.

Aviva 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 won the award in part due to her work with Healthy NewsWorks and her formation of an Alumni Volunteer Program, which “encourages students to volunteer and regularly visit their former elementary school, engaging in community service and mentoring.” She joined the advisory board in 2015.

Laurita Hack, D.P.T., M.B.A., Ph.D.

Laurita (Laurie) currently is coeditor of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education and has recently served nine years as a board member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is also working with colleagues on a new book on excellence in physical therapy education. She is a professor emeritus at Temple University where she had been chair of the physical therapy department. She has two doctoral degrees—a D.P.T. in physical therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She also has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the advisory 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 has served on the advisory board since 2011.

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 advisory board in 2016.

Elizabeth Rappaport, M.D.

Elizabeth (Liz) is a pediatric endocrinologist who recently retired 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 advisory 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 advisory 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 advisory board in 2011.

Healthcare and Scientific Editorial Committee

Elizabeth Rappaport, M.D., Chairperson

Elizabeth (Liz) is a pediatric endocrinologist who recently retired 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.

Margaret O’Neil, Ph.D.

Dr. O’Neil is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. She holds a secondary appointment in the School of Public Health, Department of Community Health and Prevention. Dr. O’Neil conducts interdisciplinary research with child health researchers in medicine, nutrition, exercise science, public health, and health psychology.

AnnMarie Papa, D.N.P, R.N.

Dr. Papa is vice president and chief nursing officer at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. She directs personnel, operations and financial activities for nursing services. Prior to her Einstein appointment, she had multiple nursing leadership positions at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, including as the clinical director for emergency, observation and medical nursing.

Cornelius Pitts, Pharm.D.

Dr. Pitts is an adjunct instructor in pharmacy practice and drug development at the University of the Sciences and director of the African Pharmaceutical and Development Manufacturing Initiative. Previously, Dr. Pitts served in various research positions at Glaxo SmithKline, including as director of Psychiatry Clinical Research and Development.

Daniel Taylor, D.O.

Dr. Taylor is board-certified in pediatrics and practices at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. He founded the web-based Children’s Advocacy Project known as Cap4Kids, which has been replicated in 12 communities across the country, and is the administrator of the Philadelphia Cap4Kids website.

Althea Zanecosky, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

Ms. Zanecosky is a communications specialist and media spokesperson for Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, where she specializes in nutrition and health reporting. She is a former spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and has covered topics ranging from childhood nutrition to the latest research on food and health.