Healthy LifeStars has an experienced, passionate and accountable Board and Leadership
Ruann F. Ernst, Chair
Ruann Ernst is former chairman and CEO of Digital Island, a managed hosting and internet services company that was acquired by Cable & Wireless PLC.
Before Digital Island, Dr. Ernst spent 13 years at Hewlett-Packard (HP) Company, most recently as general manager of the Financial Services Business Unit. Prior to HP, she was vice president and general manager of Applications Marketing Operation with General Electric Information Services Co. She has also served as director of the Medical Computing Services Division and assistant professor of Medicine and Computer Science at the Ohio State University, and as a congressional fellow in the Office of Technology Assessment.
Dr. Ernst serves on the board of IHS-Markit (INFO on NASDAQ), The Ohio State University Foundation Board and Fisher College of Business Advisory Board, and was a founder of Healthy LifeStars, a non-profit addressing childhood obesity.
Dr. Ernst is a three time graduate of The Ohio State University (OSU). Through her leadership at Hewlett Packard, Dr. Ernst helped to make possible over $3 million in gifts and gifts-in-kind to the Ohio State College of Engineering and its Department of Computer and Information Science. She and her husband, William Riffle, have also established scholarships for students in technology innovation at Ohio State and recently made a leadership gift in the “But For Ohio State” campaign focusing on entrepreneurship in the Fisher College of Business. They live in Los Altos Hills, California, and Scottsdale, Arizona.
Jeff Sisson, Vice Chair
Jeff is Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff for IHS Markit. In this role, he helps lead the merger integration process with a focus on key strategic and operational initiatives to support the future growth, execution and success of the new IHS Markit organization formed through a merger of equals.
Jeff has previously been the Chief Human Resources Officer at IHS since January, 2005. Working closely with the CEO and Board, he has served as the architect of IHS’ people and talent initiatives with responsibility for all aspects of global HR operations and strategy. He has been a leader of human resources for more than three decades, serving in a variety of specialist and generalist roles. His human resources expertise lies in the fields of organizational effectiveness, Board of Directors, M&A, executive compensation, and driving large scale complex change in support of growth. Jeff also oversees the company’s Corporate Service functions (Real Estate, Travel and Procurement).
Jeff was also a Special Advisor for General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm. In this role, he supported GA’s Resources Group with focus on human capital, helping portfolio companies achieve their growth trajectories by building their organizations and expanding their management teams.
Jeff has had assignments with a variety of leading organizations including Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Aquila Energy, Whirlpool Corporation and portfolio companies at General Atlantic. At IHS and in each of those roles he has helped to lead step changes in operating efficiencies, introduced new strategies, improved customer delight and employee engagement and developed key leaders. Over the last 11 years he has also taken a prominent role in an IPO, participated in over 70 acquisitions, substantially reorganized a $16B business and worked closely with the Board to lead a critical CEO succession process.
O. Kim Goheen, Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee
MBA, CMA, ICD.D. Retired. Previous Senior VP and CFO of Cameco, one of the world’s largest uranium producers. Played a key role in building Cameco’s strong financial position and prudent approach to financial management. Skilled in all aspects of preparing, reading and interpreting financial reports with more than two decades of direct experience in the North American capital markets and was deeply involved in international business outside of North America. Previously served on the boards of both privately and publically held companies.
Jerre and Mary Joy Stead
Jerre and Mary Joy Stead are passionate about combating childhood obesity and have been long time friends of Healthy LifeStars. They have been continually present as wise advisors, strong cheerleaders, coaches and caring friends. Not only have they given immeasurably of their time, talent, treasure and touch but they have also made introductions to individuals, to businesses and to community partners who have made significant contributions to advancing the mission of the organization.
Stepping through their contributions over the years:
• Jerre and Mary Joy were early believers in the organization and were incredibly generous in providing the funding which enabled the organization to hire its first professional leadership.
• They were instrumental in the organizations’ first geographic expansion beyond Arizona to Colorado and in establishing the Colorado Advisory Board.
• The Steads were key strategic partners in defining a 6-year partnership plan with The Salvation Army, in “selling” the plan to Army leadership and in providing the funding for execution. They remain deeply involved ensuring that the program grows as planned and is deployed nationally per the strategic plan.
• Jerre serves as Chair of the Board of a for-profit start up which was founded as the result a pilot family wellness program initially developed by Healthy LifeStars.
Throughout, they have been strong supporters of the metric oriented entrepreneurial approach of the organization. In addition to their ongoing invaluable counsel and guidance as Advisory Board Members, they remain active in advancing and supporting our individual team members and pushing us at every turn to achieve our vision of growing a generation of LifeStars.
Looking back, we would not be where we are nor would there be 30,000 LifeStars without the unparalleled support of Jerre and Mary Joy. Looking forward, it is their vision “to see”, their faith “to believe” and their encouragement and courage “to do” which will continue to inspire us.
No quote better conveys the caring and giving an essence of Jerre and Mary Joy than:
“Money is like love: it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it and enlivens
those who turn it on their fellow man” Kahlil Gibran
Jerre and Mary Joy have turned their treasure on their fellow men in an immense way but they have also done the same with their time, talent and touch.
Cindi grew up in Newark and Granville, Ohio. She worked part-time during school in her fathers business, Englefield Oil Company. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a B. S. in Business Administration and a major of Marketing. She founded and grew a multi-million dollar educational publishing business over 20 years until she sold the business in 2011. Cindi now owns her own Business Advisory Firm, Englefield Business Advisors, LLC, where she helps small business owners launch, grow or sell their businesses. Her passion is business! Networking in women’s organizations, such as, the Women Presidents’ Organization and the National Association of Women Business Owners were instrumental in her success. Cindi believes in philanthropy and is involved with many non-profits like Women’s Small Business Accelerator, OhioHealth Hospice, New Directions Career Center and the Red Cross Tiffany Circle. She is a member of the X-Squared Angel Investment Group and board member for Englefield Oil Company, OhioHealth Hospice Development Board and Chairs the Women’s Small Business Accelerator Board. She enjoys golf, fishing, reading, hiking, and horseback riding. She lives in Dublin, Ohio to be close to her children and their families and spends winters in Scottsdale, Arizona with Dave, her significant other.
Independent Consultant. Mr. Miller is an independent consultant and advisor to early stage healthcare companies and nonprofit organizations focused primarily in the Health and Wellness spaces. In addition to these types of organizations, he also has extensive experience working with health insurance companies, provider groups, public health organizations and pharmaceutical companies, as well as non-governmental organizations focused on various Healthcare needs and issues. He typically works with c-level executives to formulate business strategies, define and develop new programs and services, and plan / oversee various initiatives focused on improving health outcomes, reducing medical costs and enhancing customer service. Prior to this he was a senior executive with Accenture, where he led the Care Management, Wellness and Prevention practice, as well as the Health Services Corporate Citizenship program. He received his Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship and Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Susan Underhill, Chair of Corporate Sponsorship/Development Committee
Susan Underhill is a global sales and marketing executive with three decades of experience building and running software and service businesses. Susan is the former Vice President of Enterprise Sales for Apollo Education Group, a leading provider of quality, accessible education for individuals around the world and innovator of online education. Prior to AEG, Susan held several senior executive positions at Hewlett-Packard, most recently serving as Vice President of Global Enterprise Marketing where she was responsible for building HP’s global learning products business and leading the IT industry’s largest certification and training business. Prior to HP, Susan held executive sales and marketing positions with leading technology pioneers including RSA Security, Skytel, Lotus Development and Software Publishing Corporation. She began her high tech career in retail management, opening and running ComputerLand centers in New England. Susan has chaired the global Computer Industry trade association’s Education Foundation, and served as a board director and chairperson for NH based Families in Transition, a non-profit providing housing and social services to help break the cycle of homelessness. She is also an angel investor in early-stage technology companies and a private real estate investor.
Director in Memoriam
Founder and President of Operation Quality Time; Community Volunteer and Leader
Suzanne W. Herrmann, Executive Director
Suzanne is committed to nonprofit excellence. She is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a degree in Business Administration. Suzanne’s leadership as a finance executive in the national nonprofit arena extends over a period of 27 years working for large organizations such as Make-A-Wish America, St Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Boy Scouts of America, and other youth service organizations. Her professional accomplishments include successfully creating innovative, relevant, and sustainable programs through experienced financial management, fundraising and committed volunteer involvement.
Tami Anderson, Colorado Director
Tami has an extensive background in school health and wellness, having worked the past 15 ½ years for Western Dairy Association and the Fuel Up to Play 60 program for Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. She has a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. In her most recent role she served as Fuel Up to Play 60 program lead for CO, WY and MT, she helped launch the program in 2008 and wrote the popular Fuel Up to Play 60 with Miles school assembly program, in partnership with the Denver Broncos mascot “Miles”. The assembly reached more than 160,000 students and over 200 schools in CO and encouraged kids to “Fuel Up” with nutritious foods and get active for 60 minutes a day in a fun and engaging way.
Tami is passionate about children’s health and wellness along with active lifestyles. Her husband works for Sodexo and is an Executive Chef for Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, CO. She and her husband love to try new recipes that support the healthy lifestyle. Tami’s favorite active lifestyle activities include: hiking and camping (glamping in their RV trailer) in the Colorado wilderness. She serves as a large group teacher and as an adult worship team lead for elementary students at her church.
Laura Fernandez, Ohio Director
Laura Fernandez began in December, 2017, she has a degree in Public Health from Ohio State University. Her research experience ranges from an Ohio State research study investigating Type II Diabetes in Latinx patients to a Seattle Children’s Hospital childhood spina bifida study. Laura enjoys working with people and is interested in community and bilingual health care, as well as health education and health equity. She has traveled to Colombia, Nicaragua, and Panama during several summers to do public health volunteer work. In Autumn 2018, she will be continuing her education with a Masters of Public Health Epidemiology at Ohio State University.
Vickie Miene, Iowa Director
Vickie Miene, MS, MA, LMHCis the Interim Director of the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy and an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy, at the University of Iowa, College of Public Health. She is also the Director of the Iowa Healthy LifeStars program.
The Institute brings together public health practitioners, researchers, community leaders and policy makers to expand the impact of public health through practice, research and policy, with an emphasis on improving the health of populations. Ms. Miene has over 25 years of experience building, implementing and evaluating effective community based health care delivery models. Vickie lead a multimillion dollar, multi-year federally funded System of Care in 10 counties of NE Iowa, which gained national recognition as the first SOC that effectively combined social support and medical systems through an integrated team-based model of care. Ms. Miene has lead statewide training and technical assistance initiatives focused on integrated health, large scale quality improvement initiatives, and peer support services for the chronically mentally ill. Vickie currently co-leads a RWJF supported INVEST Health initiative to improve health among low-income populations through creating partnerships between health and housing sectors. She has conducted various program evaluations, most recently an assessment of Iowa public health data needs.
Vickie earned her BA in Psychology, and her MA in Applied Clinical Psychology both from Loras College in Dubuque Iowa. She earned her MA in Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College.
Cortney Wilson is focused on improving the health of Arizona’s adolescent population and currently serves as the state’s Program Manager. She is a graduate of Arizona State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Delivery. She is passionate about community and public health and is always looking for new and innovative ways to get our youngest populations engaged in health and wellness.