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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.

Diane Davis

Community Outreach Manager

Diane Davis is the Community Outreach Manager with Healthy NewsWorks. In this role, she helps engage schools and individuals in Healthy NewsWorks activities and increases awareness and support in the larger community. Diane is a business development specialist and has worked in sales and marketing for more than 30 years.

Mia Blitstein, M.S.Ed.

Program Manager

Mia brings to Healthy NewsWorks experience as a literacy coach, professional developer, special instructor, and classroom teacher. She has spent many years writing curriculum, planning lessons, and teaching children. She also coached Philadelphia-area teachers with Children’s Literacy Initiative for seven years. Working with Healthy NewsWorks since 2017, Mia helped develop the pilot Hearty Kids program and later moved into the classroom to work with student reporters and classroom teachers. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Children’s Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

Sarah Lowing, M.Ed.

Program Associate

Sarah has more than a decade of classroom instruction in both public and charter school settings. She is an experienced instructional coach in best practices in literacy instruction, and does curriculum design across grade levels and content areas. Sarah joined Healthy NewsWorks in 2020, where she has been creating new lesson plans to support our existing journalism and health content. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Temple University and a master’s of education from Cabrini College.

Ginger Ragland, M.Ed.

Program Associate

Ginger has extensive experience as a both a classroom teacher and program developer, with a particular focus on implementing programs for students and teachers with a focus on at-risk students and those with special needs. She is especially effective at engaging challenging students, encouraging wayward parents, and mentoring struggling teachers. She joined Healthy NewsWorks in 2021. She has a bachelor’s degree in special education and psychology from Gordon College and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the American College of Education.


Amy B. 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 board in 2016.

Joel Catindig

Joel is manager of Digital Solutions at Independence Blue Cross. He provides oversight of internal communications across the family of companies and is actively involved in the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts. He joined Independence Blue Cross in 2007 after earlier jobs with Cendant Corporation and several design agencies. He is also a board advisor for the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia and an officer of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals. He attended Rutgers University-Camden. He joined the board in 2020.

Luther T. Clark, M.D., FACC, FACP

Luther is deputy chief patient officer and global director of scientific, medical and patient perspective in the Office of the Chief Patient Officer at Merck. In this role, he works to ensure that the company’s decision-making reflects not only current scientific and medical information but also the voice of patients, and also is part of a team that seeks to ensure health-care equity and promotes health literacy and research diversity. Before joining Merck, he was head of cardiovascular medicine and director of adult cardiology training at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Luther earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He joined the board 2021.

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.

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.

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.

Omar D. Joseph

Omar is content engagement program manager at Facebook where he works to align the communications strategy across the learning and development organization. Previously, he was regional marketing director-East at Quest Diagnostics, where he led marketing campaigns and managed digital, video, specialty, and print marketing projects. Earlier in his career, he worked with JK Design, Inc., O.S. Randolph Group, and Tyco International. Omar earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and Puerto Rican & Hispanic Caribbean Studies from Rutgers University. He joined the board in 2020.

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.

Sharon Manker, M.Ed.

Sharon is manager of diverse supplier initiatives for AmeriHealth Caritas. She previously has worked in various roles for American Water Works Service Company, Inc., Independence Mission Schools, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems. Sharon earned a Master of Education with specialization in organizational leadership from Northcentral University and a Bachelor of Science in communications and applied technology from Drexel University. She is a Philadelphia native and attended Philadelphia parochial schools. Sharon joined the board in 2019.

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.

Eileen G. Ruby

Eileen is a private investor and advisor. Her career began at J.P. Morgan, where she specialized in client relationships and highly structured financings. She later was managing director for the U.S. arm of Citigroup’s global chemicals and pharmaceuticals business. She is also on the national board of directors for Compass, based in Washington, D.C. Eileen earned a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and master’s degrees from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and School of Business. Eileen joined the board in 2019.

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.

Deborah Stern, M.A.T., Ph.D.

Deborah is a long-time educator and school leader based in Philadelphia. She works as an independent consultant to design and develop school programs, write curriculum, and coach educators for R4 Education Services, an independent educational consultancy. Deborah specializes in supporting teachers and academic programs to strengthen literacy and engagement for students. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College, a master’s in teaching from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Pennsylvania. Deborah joined the board in 2019.

Ellyn Jo Waller, Ed.D.

Ellyn Jo is an advocate and educator who is engaged in civic as well as humanitarian efforts. She was a special education teacher in Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, and continues to advocate on behalf of students with special needs. She has devoted herself to education, women’s empowerment, and championing the fight against human trafficking, both domestically and internationally. She is president of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and a board member of Waldron Mercy Academy. She is a member of the United Negro College Fund Philadelphia Area Office Leadership Council and the Philadelphia chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Ellyn Jo joined the board in 2022.


Chelsea Dellavella, J.D.

Board Observer Program

Chelsea is as a conflicts attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Philadelphia and comes to Healthy NewsWorks through the Board Observer Program, a partnership between the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Chelsea previously worked for and on behalf of children at Philadelphia Family Court and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. She earned her law degree from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia in 2019.


Advisory Board

Mike Banks, managing director for employment opportunities and entrepreneurship, United Way

Steven Scott Bradley, president and CEO, Bradley & Bradley

Justin Campbell, strategic operations manager, Comcast Corp.

Bettyann Creighton, retired executive director of health, safety, and physical education, School District of Philadelphia

Michelle Davidson, founder and CEO, Thunder Marketing & Public Relations

Ron Davis, chief diversity officer, Parx Casino

Michael Days, former vice president of diversity and inclusion, The Philadelphia Inquirer; former editor, The Philadelphia Daily News

Greg DeShields, executive director, Tourism Diversity Matters

Stephen Fried, author, public speaker, editorial consultant

Leroy Howell, manager, constituency relations, government relations & public affairs, Einstein Healthcare Network

Jane Isaacs Lowe, Ph.D., retired program director, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Victoria Kinzig, co-founder and chief operating officer, KickUp

Amy Krulik, executive director, Main Line Reform Temple

Betsy Lee-Fong, production manager, IBIS Consulting Group

Lorina Marshall-Blake, president, IBX Foundation

Bonnie Offit, M.D., chief innovation officer, Self Care Decisions; co-founder, Murphy Cares

Cary Rice, attorney, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin Schiller

Ilene Rothblat, medical operations, quality and regulatory, Quest Diagnostics

Diana Torralvo, director of communications and community relations, NBCUniversal Media

Walter Tsou, M.D., M.P.H., public health and health policy consultant

Ilene Wasserman, president, ICW Consulting Group