Shannon O. Sullivan leads fundraising efforts at Safe Kids Worldwide, a U.S.-based nonprofit that seeks to prevent childhood injuries worldwide. Prior to joining Safe Kids, Shannon worked at the National Parkinson Foundation, managing the fundraising department and, most recently, leading strategic initiatives including corporate partnerships and consumer programs. She began her work in healthcare philanthropy as the Director of Development for Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for brain cancer. Shannon is a graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston in Houston, TX.
Julia Roberts is an innovative builder of communities both physical and virtual, and is an adept communicator in both realms. She owns a traditional marketing firm, is a writer, speaker, and advocate. Mom to two cute kids with special needs including kidney failure, dialysis and kidney transplants for both. Mix in some medical trauma with mental illness and this is the reason she is tired most of the time.
She's a marketing professional, co-founder of a site for special needs parents, blogger, mom, wife, friend and wrangler of doctors, resources and kids. I'm co-founder of Support for Special Needs.com and 9 year blogger of Kidneys and Eyes.
Robin Strongin, President and CEO of Amplify Public Affairs, and the Creator and Founder of the Disruptive Women in Health Care blog, is an accomplished public affairs expert with 30 years of experience working in Washington, DC. Ms. Strongin has worked with and for Federal and state governments, regulatory agencies, Congress, think tanks, nonprofit organizations, corporations, coalitions and trade associations. Before becoming President & CEO of Amplify, a woman-owned small business, Ms. Strongin was a Managing Partner at the public affairs firm Polidais, LLC. Before Polidais, Ms. Strongin served as a Senior Research Associate with the National Health Policy Forum at George Washington University. While at the Forum, she organized seminars for congressional and executive staff, authored numerous publications, and worked closely with a range of state and federal agencies, professional societies, advocacy groups and consumer organizations. She also served as acting Executive Director and Director of Research for the Health Care Technology Institute.
Her previous tenures with health and policy organizations include the National Leadership Coalition on Health Care and the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (now the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission). Ms. Strongin was selected as a Presidential Management Intern and worked in the Office of Legislation and Policy of the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid), in addition to serving in the Office of Congressman James J. Florio (D-NJ).
Ms. Strongin is a member of the Women Business Leaders of the US Health Care Industry Foundation and serves on the following boards: Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy, The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (a member of the Beth Abraham Health Services); The Older Women’s League (OWL); Physician-Parent Caregivers and The Hill Newspaper Publisher’s Advisory Board.
Janelle Gunn, MPH, RD, is a registered dietitian and the Acting Policy Team Lead in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Janelle also coordinates CDC’s sodium reduction initiative, which includes managing activities with other federal agencies and national partners, providing guidance and assistance to grantees, and implementing a congressional mandate to work with food manufacturers and chain restaurants to lower sodium in the food supply and submit an annual progress report to Congress.
Janelle joined CDC in 2003 in the Public Health Prevention Service. She received a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a master’s degree in public health with a focus on nutrition, both from the University of Minnesota.