T. James (Jim) Truby, M.A.
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.
John Rosa, D.C.
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.
Jonathan W. Anders
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, M.B.A.
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.
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.
Christopher M. Formant, M.B.A.
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, Ph.D.
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.
Beverly J. White-Seals, J.D.
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.
Adele Wilzack, M.S., R.N.
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.
Marc Levin, M.B.A., M.A., CPA, (Ex-Officio), President and CEO
Marc Levin joined MUIH in March 2008 and has served as a senior officer for every president in the history of the University. He is highly respected both within and outside the University and recognized for his integrity, authenticity, and grace. He earned his Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Social Change from MUIH under the teachings of the University’s founders and elders. Today, he is a proud alum and continues to be a strong supporter of the University’s values and culture which are consistently shown through his leadership and actions.
“My dream is to unleash the collective passion, expertise, and creativity of our community to create a future where we strive to positively impact the health, wellness, and well-being of every person on the planet,” said Mr. Levin
“My dream is for MUIH to view itself as a real community and to live into that image.”
“I have a saying, ‘See the future, create the future, be the future.’ My dream is for MUIH to be the future.”
Mr. Levin brought more than 25 years of business experience when he joined MUIH. He holds a Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland and is a certified public accountant. He is also the author of Eight Shifts for Wellness: Practical Transformative Steps to Enhance Health, Wellness, and Well-Being, a book inspired by the teachings and philosophy of MUIH.
Mr. Levin is on the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of Howard County and serves as its treasurer. He is also a volunteer coach for Leadership Howard County and is a member of the Howard County Estate Planning Council, serving on the membership committee. Mr. Levin and his family have been residents of Howard County for 30 years.