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Adele Wilzack has been an influential and highly effective healthcare leader in the state and the nation for more than 40 years.
After earning a nursing degree from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Ms. Wilzack worked in hospital administration. She then began her career in public health, with a focus on healthcare for the elderly. In 1974, she was appointed assistant commissioner for health services for the aging and medical care for Baltimore City.
In 1979, Ms. Wilzack was appointed assistant secretary of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which included administration of the Maryland Medicaid program. In 1983, Maryland Governor Harry Hughes appointed Ms. Wilzack secretary of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, making her the first woman and nurse to serve in this capacity. She was then appointed by Governor William Donald Schaefer to continue in this position during his administration. Subsequently, Ms. Wilzack served as the president of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland, a leading long-term care advocacy organization.
Ms. Wilzack has devoted her entire career to advocating for improved patient care and healthcare delivery, and has championed integrative health as a viable option to achieving these goals. Today, Ms. Wilzack serves as a board member of the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and chairs its Quality Care Committee. She is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of Notre Dame of the Maryland University School of Pharmacy and a member of the Johns Hopkins Certificate on Aging Advisory Board.
Ms. Wilzack joined Maryland University of Integrative Health’s Board of Trustees in October 1998 and was elected to serve as Vice Chair in 2006. Her interest in complementary medicine began several years ago, when she turned to acupuncture treatments at MUIH (then Tai Sophia Institute) to help with a personal health challenge. Since then, she has been a strong supporter of integrative health. The combination of her many years of experience as part of the U.S. healthcare delivery system and her knowledge of self-care gained at MUIH has led her to advocate for individuals to assume greater responsibility for their personal health.
Ms. Wilzack has benefited from and promotes simple practices, including mindful breathing, whole foods nutrition, and daily movement activities to increase one’s sense of well-being. She also asserts that the thoughtful use of language and intention has the power to shift our relationships and our experiences. Ms. Wilzack believes that if these practices and approaches would be adopted by our current disease-focused healthcare system, they would powerfully impact the cost and effectiveness of healthcare in the nation. Her commitment to and advocacy for the pioneering work of Maryland University of Integrative Health assures consistent progress in this direction.
Jim Truby is founder of Synthesis Incorporated, one of the most respected architectural, planning, and development firms in the Washington-Baltimore region, which serves leading-edge private and public sector clients by managing their building projects from initial vision and site assessment through design and construction to completion. Synthesis has managed headquarters, education, religious, medical, museum, visual and performing arts, specialized housing and environmental facilities many of which have won design, construction, and historic preservation awards and LEED certification. One of these projects is the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Phillip Merrill Environmental Center, the first building in the U.S. to receive a LEED Platinum Certification.
Mr. Truby holds a B.A. in Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon University and an M.A. in Social Anthropology from The American University. His professional experience includes serving as principal at Crystal Hill Investments, a real estate company that developed office, warehouse, residential, and mixed-use projects; administrator at the Maryland Aviation Administration, with overall responsibility for the marketing, air service and physical development, and operation of BWI and Martin State Airports; manager of policy analysis at the Maryland Department of Transportation in the Office of the Secretary; community facilities planning consultant at the National Institute of Mental Health; and volunteer architect with the U.S. Peace Corps in Sfax, Tunisia.
Mr. Truby’s recent and current community service includes serving as chair of the Board of Trustees for Howard Community College, secretary of the Board of Directors for the Horizon Foundation, co-chair of the Environmental Steering Committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, and member of Leadership Howard County. In 2006, he was nominated for the Howard County Volunteer of the Year Award.
Mr. Truby was elected a member of the Maryland University of Integrative Health Board of Trustees in 2012. Within his first year of service as a Trustee, he was elected to the Board’s Executive Committee and accepted an appointment to serve on its Governance and Nominating Committee.
Sherman Cohn is professor of law at Georgetown University and a past national president of the American Inns of Court. He received his B.S.F.S., J.D., and L.L.M. degrees from Georgetown University.
He has served as chair of the board of Tai Hsuan Foundation College of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii, as a member of the Board of the National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance, and as president of the National Acupuncture Foundation. He is a member of the National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the Council of Court Excellence, and the American Law Institute, all of which are elected positions. He has also been president of the Jewish Law Association, an international organization. He is an author and lecturer on civil procedure and ethics of the legal profession, and an international lecturer on the American legal and constitutional system.
Mr. Cohn also has served for many years as chairman of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has been a guide for the development of Maryland University of Integrative Health since 1975 and served as chair of its Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2013.
Jonathan Anders the executive vice president of business and corporate development for Digital Health Innovations and the chairman of WorkforceTactix, Inc., a recognized regional leader in risk management solutions for employers. He is the former CEO of Allegeant, LLC, an independently owned, wellness-focused organization in the mid-Atlantic region.
He is a thoughtful, articulate, and highly experienced healthcare executive with more than 20 years of leadership focused on managed healthcare benefits in the employer sponsored marketplace. He is proficient in designing, implementing and managing health plans and creating robust risk management strategies for organizations ranging in size from two to 25,000 employees. He holds a deep understanding of every aspect of benefits management and keeps a strong focus on health promotion, plan component integration, financial transparency, and providing usable data to employers. He has direct work experience in supporting physicians in promoting and managing patients through a digital health and data collection environment that enhances patient engagement.
Committed to improving healthcare policy in Maryland, Mr. Anders serves as the chairman of a joint legislative committee created by Maryland Association of Health Underwriters and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, where he testifies regularly regarding policy issues. He currently serves on the Wellness Committee for the National Association of Health Underwriters. He has also served as co-chair on two committees involved in establishing the Maryland Health Exchange.
A strong advocate for complementary and alternative approaches to conventional medicine, Mr. Anders has been outspoken about the need for individuals to adopt a higher level of personal responsibility for their wellbeing.
Mark E. Behm is a higher education and finance professional who most recently served Towson University as Assistant to the President for Special Projects and, prior to that, Interim Vice President and CFO, Administration and Finance. Mr. Behm spent thirty two years at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), where he was Director of the Office of Planning Budget and Financial Analysis and later the Vice President for Administration and Finance. In these capacities, he demonstrated expertise in planning, management, and budgetary operations. Following his time at UMBC, Mr. Behm joined Anne Arundel Community College as Interim Vice President, Learning Resources Management, in 2005 and then as Special Assistant to President/Vice Presidents in 2008.
With a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola College, Mr. Behm has led many teams through large-scale finance, administration, business, and strategic planning initiatives and brings five decades of experience in economics, business, finance, planning, policy, and education to the MUIH Board of Trustees.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Ex Officio
Steven Combs, Ph.D., was appointed to serve as President and CEO of MUIH and began his service on April 1, 2017.
Dr. Combs most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Provost at Drury University (Springfield, MO). During his tenure, he oversaw a significant enrollment increase, the implementation of six new academic programs, the acquisition of over $3.5 million in grants and donations, the building and refurbishing of key academic spaces, created an office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Teaching and Learning Center, and revitalized the Honors Program and Debate Team. Prior to Drury, Dr. Combs was the founding Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and the founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hawaii Pacific University.
Before joining the ranks of academic administrators, Dr. Combs had a distinguished career as a faculty member. He spent twelve years at Loyola Marymount University, where he achieved the rank of full professor, eight years at Claremont McKenna College, and two years at Occidental College. He has received numerous teaching awards, been honored three times by the Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and twice recognized in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership. Dr. Combs taught at Oxford University in summer 2005 and spent the fall 2005 semester as a visiting professor at Tsuda College in Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Combs has a broad background in communication studies and has presented scholarly papers on three continents. He has been published in top, peer-reviewed journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Social Semiotics, and Argumentation and Advocacy. He was the editor of a special issue of Argumentation and Advocacy, devoted to non-Greco Roman argumentation, and published a groundbreaking book, The Dao of Rhetoric.
Dr. Combs holds a Ph.D. in Communication Arts and Sciences from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis on rhetoric and public address. He completed his M.A. in Communication Studies at the University of Kansas, and his B.A. at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Combs has been a political and trial consultant and wrote Trial advocacy: Communication, Critical Thinking, and the Law for use in his classes. He coached university mock trial teams and has an extensive background coaching intercollegiate debate. His teams have won numerous national championships, including the National Debate Tournament. He also coached women’s softball at two different colleges.
Dr. Combs draws from his background as an intercollegiate debater, where he set and still holds the record for most victories in a college career (440) and placed second in the nation two years in a row. He enjoys softball, bodysurfing, and gardening.
Hamed Faridi, Ph.D., is chief science officer of McCormick & Company, Inc. in Hunt Valley, Maryland. He is responsible for providing overall research, product development and technical services leadership, and developing an enterprise-wide technical strategy that supports McCormick’s business plans worldwide. He is also responsible for the McCormick Science Institute (MSI), which was created to advance the knowledge on health benefits of culinary spices and herbs. Prior to joining McCormick & Company in 1997, he served on the faculty of Washington State University and held R&D executive positions at Nabisco (now a unit of Kraft). Dr. Faridi is a renowned food scientist and has edited and authored six books and more than 70 articles in food science and technology. He has given invited lectures in conferences, and research institutions in 21 countries.
Dr. Faridi has served on several boards of professional and trade associations in the U.S. and Europe and has acted in an advisory capacity to food science departments of Texas A&M, University of Illinois, Rutgers University, and Louisiana State University. He is the past president of AACC International, and the Flavor & Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) and currently serves on the Board of Governors. Faridi is a member of the Board of Directors of St. Joseph Medical Center. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in food chemistry from Kansas State University and M.B.A. in management and marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Chris Formant is senior vice president and global president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions where he is responsible for global sales, operations, and marketing of the organization’s cloud, machine to machine, data center, and security products and solutions. He combines a unique blend of enterprise, early stage company, and world class consulting experience.
Mr. Formant previously served as senior vice president and president of Avaya Global Services where he was responsible for the $2.5 billion global services business, providing unified communications, contact centers, networking and related services to companies of all sizes around the world. Under Formant’s leadership, the business was twice recognized as “An Outstanding Customer Service Experience” by J.D. Power and Associates Certified Technology Service and Support (CTSS) ProgramSM and won numerous Technology Services Industry Association recognitions.
In addition to his executive leadership roles at Avaya, Mr. Formant has also held senior executive positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and MBNA, as well as serving as an advisor and investor to early stage technology companies. He has also been named as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Consultants by Consulting Magazine.
Mr. Formant received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.
Along with his entrepreneurship and extensive business development experience, Mr. Formant has an appreciation for the potential of integrative health care, and in particular MUIH’s unique value to the field. He is committed to MUIH’s work and our students and graduates. He understands how the University has evolved and is committed to helping MUIH take advantage of the many opportunities that are on the horizon.
Janet Kahn is an assistant professor at Vermont College of Medicine. She is nationally known and respected in the field of integrative health and clinical research. By presidential appointment, she is a member of the Advisory Board on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health and was a member of the National Institutes for Health National Advisory Council on Complementary and Alternative Medicine from 1999-2003 and 2009-2011. She was also a member of the steering committee that initiated the National Policy Dialogue to Advance Integrated Care: “Finding Common Ground,” which resulted in creation of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium for which she served as executive director from 2005-2011. She is also a massage therapist and a medical sociologist.
A senior policy advisor for the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Kahn also serves as co-principal investigator of Mission Reconnect, an initiative supported by the National Institute of Mental Health. This initiative brings instruction in mind-body techniques and partner massage to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and their partners in an effort to promote individual and family well-being.
Dr. Kahn has been a co-investigator on many massage-related studies with partners at Group Health Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Collinge and Associates. She served the Massage Therapy Foundation (formerly American Massage Therapy Association Foundation) as vice president for grants and then as president, working to increase awareness of the importance of research to advance the profession. She pursued the same goal as director of research for the Massage Therapy Research Consortium, a collaborative of leading massage schools that are building their research capacity.
In her clinical practice, Dr. Kahn focuses on treating people living with chronic pain, as well as people in trauma recovery. In 2008, with William Collinge, she won two Telly Awards for the DVD, “Touch, Caring and Cancer.” As president of Peace Village Projects, she traveled to the Middle East to treat children recovering from war trauma and to train local day care workers in hands-on trauma recovery methods.
Dr. Kahn holds a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College, a Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a doctorate from Brandeis University. A long-time friend of MUIH, Dr. Kahn is familiar with the MUIH history and has a high respect for the level of academic programming and for the organization’s transformation over the past few years. She has a sincere interest in assisting MUIH with becoming a prominent factor in the evolution of integrative health care by offering her knowledge, legislative insight, industry contacts, and academic and clinical research experience.
Ms. Kramer is the principal in Kramer Consulting. She has more than 30 years of experience as an international management consultant, delivering strategic planning, change management, leadership development, executive coaching, and organizational development services to both private and public sector organizations.
Prior to founding Kramer Consulting, Ms. Kramer served as a senior management consultant to The World Bank Group where she advised senior management officials regarding the implementation of a new leadership culture and a common approach to the organization’s corporate strategy, organizational structure, and global presence. She has also served as a culture change advisor to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and was responsible for developing a strategic planning process for the president and executive team of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development. She has also held management positions at MCI Telecommunications, Arthur Young & Co., and Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company.
Ms. Kramer has extensive international work experience in Africa (Madagascar, Nigeria, Ghana); Europe (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania); Asia (India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Thailand, Lao, Vietnam, Indonesia, China); and Latin America (Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama).
She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, earned an M.S. from Columbia University, holds a Master of Acupuncture from Maryland University of Integrative Health, and is a licensed acupuncturist.
Ms. Kramer knows MUIH as an alumna and as a private lender. She has followed with a deep interest the past several years of organizational transition and growth and brings to the Board and MUIH leadership significant experience in organizational development and change management and her values-based approach.
Dr. Anne Lin is the founding dean and a professor at the School of Pharmacy at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, and serves on the cabinet of the President. Established in 2008 to meet the national demand for pharmacists, the School of Pharmacy’s vision is to provide exceptional pharmacy education by creating a model learning community dedicated to the transformation of societal health.
Over the course of Dr. Lin’s 27-year career, she has held faculty positions at St. John’s University, founded the pharmacy practice at a new school of pharmacy at Wilkes University, and served as the dean of the College of Pharmacy-Glendale at Midwestern University. She is a strong proponent of service-based learning and the potential for institutions of higher education to contribute to their surrounding communities. In addition to her academic roles, Dr. Lin is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Pharmacists Association, and the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists. She was a founding member of the American Chinese Pharmaceutical Association and is actively engaged within her community.
Dr. Lin is committed to educating future health practitioners to possess meaningful clinical skills as well as the ability to offer compassionate, patient-centered care to the diverse populations they serve. She has been recognized for developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life for seniors and people who are medically underserved.
She received her bachelor’s and doctor of pharmacy degrees from St. John’s University, where she also received the University’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2009. She completed her clinical pharmacy residency at Virginia Commonwealth Health System.
Dr. Lin has collaborated with MUIH in having our faculty deliver health and wellness coaching courses to pharmacy students at Notre Dame of Maryland University. This initiative underscores Dr. Lin’s alignment with the vision and mission of Maryland University of Integrative Health as well as her full understanding of its role in the wellness community. Further collaborations are anticipated as Dr. Lin continues to promote the role of pharmacists as health educators.
Dr. John Rosa is a leader in chiropractic and sports medicine. He owns and supervises Accessible Beltway Clinics, a leading chiropractic group in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area since 1998. Its 15 rehab centers combine medicine, chiropractic and physical therapy to give a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to musculoskeletal disorders.Dr. Rosa specializes in sports medicine as team doctor for many sports organizations, treating elementary, high school, college, professional and Olympic level athletes. He is a founding member of the RecoveryDoc team, which utilizes cutting-edge healing technology, customized treatment programs, and a state-of-the-art monitoring service to help athletes recover faster and stronger, enabling them to perform at their optimum level. Previously, as a consultant for the development of integrative medicine in the treatment of cancer he helped develop Shady Grove Hospitals cutting edge cancer center’s Integrative Medicine Department. Dr. Rosa holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, and completed his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at New York Chiropractic College.
Dr. John Rosa served on the Board of Trustees of New York Chiropractic College for over 15 years and termed off the board in June 2016 after serving his term as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Rosa was recently awarded the highest recognitions in his profession in Fellow of the American Chiropractic Colleges and Fellow of the International Chiropractic Colleges.
Beverly J. White-Seals is the President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Howard County (CFHC). Prior to joining CFHC, Ms. White-Seals served as the director of workforce diversity for the Johns Hopkins Health System. Her career also includes her position as assistant general counsel for General Growth Properties, of counsel with Hodes, Ulman, Pessin & Katz, senior assistant general counsel for The Rouse Company, and staff attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor.
Ms. White-Seals community service includes co-chairing a capital campaign for Howard County General Hospital (a Johns Hopkins hospital), which raised $30 million toward the hospital’s expansion and renovation, as well as chairing the Johns Hopkins Health System Community Needs Assessment Council.
Ms. White-Seals currently is a trustee and past board chair for Howard County General Hospital, founder and co-chair of the hospital’s Community Relations Council, and trustee for the Heifetz International Music Institute. Among her honors, Ms. White-Seals was inducted into the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame and received a citation from Sen. Barbara Mikulski for her efforts on behalf of the state of Maryland. She also received the Governor’s Award for her efforts on behalf of residents of Howard County, MD. Ms. White-Seals received her B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and a J.D. from Columbia University.