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Marian Uhlman

Executive Director
and Cofounder

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.

Board

Amy Ginensky, J.D., President

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.

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.

Justin Campbell, C.P.A.

Justin is a strategic operations manager at Comcast Corp. He is a certified public accountant and earned a B.B.A. cum laude from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. He is an alumnus of St. Raymond of Penafort Catholic School, an Independence Mission School that participates in Healthy NewsWorks. He joined the Healthy NewsWorks board in 2017.

Michelle Davidson

Michelle is senior vice president for communications and marketing and chief customer experience officer at Health Partners Plans. She has more than 30 years of experience developing and executing communications strategies for leading companies in the health care, pharmaceutical, technology, and service industries. She is also chair of the board of directors for the Health Partners Foundation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Delaware. She joined the board in 2018.

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.

Kenny Johnson

Kenny is community engagement coordinator for the Philadelphia Phillies. He helps plan and promote community events, keep the Phillies connected with Philadelphia’s diverse communities, and assist with Phillies front office recruitment efforts. He also serves on the United Negro College Fund Mayor’s Masked Ball Auction Committee, the PHL Diversity Advisory Board, and the Philadelphia Non-Profit Advertising Agency’s Youth Sports and Education Fund Committee. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Villanova University. He joined the board in 2018.

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.

Malcolm Ingram, J.D.

Malcolm is an associate in the Philadelphia office of Jackson Lewis, P.C., where he focuses on labor and employment law. He is a board member of the African American Chamber of Commerce and is active in the National African-American Insurance Association and the Homeless Advocacy Project. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Philadelphia University and completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He earned his law degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. He joined the Healthy NewsWorks board in 2018.

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.

Betsy Lee

Betsy is director of program and operations for the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, which works to build relationships between Asian American and non-Asian communities. Previously, she was a TV production executive producing programs for Nickelodeon, MTV Asia, USA Network, and Disney Channels Worldwide. She helped launch MTV Asia in Hong Kong and Singapore and worked on the rebranding of Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior. Betsy is a graduate of Temple University where she majored in radio, television, and film. She joined the Healthy NewsWorks board in 2018.

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.