HealthMinder Day at BlogHer '12 Speakers

Speakers

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Angelica Perez, PhD
Publisher & CEO, NEW LATINA

Angélica Pérez, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice, and a social entrepreneur.  She is the publisher & CEO of NEW LATINA, a digital media platform that promotes personal and professional success among Latinas.  Dr. Perez is the creator of several leadership and education initiatives, including a Latina Leadership Conference, schedued for the summer of 2013.

AV Flox

AV Flox is the Health and Love & Sex section editor on BlogHer.com. She's also the founder and editor of Sex and the 405, a site that strives to be what your newspaper would look like if it had a sex section -- and a sense of humor. Her writing has appeared in the Village Voice, LA Weekly and Los Angeles Times. You can follow her on Twitter @avflox, subscribe on Facebook /anaiis, or circle her on Google Plus +A.V.

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA
Writer, Executive Producer, Media Broadcaster, Blogger, Health Educator
Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA
Writer, Executive Producer, Media Broadcaster, Blogger, Health Educator

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA is founder of Healthin30.com, award-winning broadcast journalist, featured writer for The Huffington Post, registered nurse and a leading voice in health offering practical advice for spectacular health focusing on patient|consumer empowerment and engagement, health care social media, health IT, mhealth and healthy living.

Carmen Staicer
Producer, BlogHer

I'm a producer for the BlogHer network and Mom to six incredibly loud and opinionated kids who are always right no matter what. I have my black belt in Muay Thai boxing. My passions include Zumba and Crossfit classes, reading and cooking. A desire to eat as close to non processed as possible doesn't mean I don't love me some Diet Coke. And some coffee. Always, with the coffee. We deal with asthma, food allergies, autistic spectrum issues, and smart mouths on a daily basis. 

Carol Greenburg

Carol Greenburg, executive director of New York Special Needs Consulting (www.nyspecialneedsconsulting.com) is a special education consultant professional non-attorney advocate in private practice serving the five boroughs of NYC and beyond.

Denise Tanton
Senior Community Manager, BlogHer.com

Denise is the BlogHer Community Manager who started her life on the internet by developing a serious addiction to chat at iVillage. From there she was employed at Women.com as a Message Board Moderator and WebMd as a Senior Community Moderator.

Dr Kimberly Manning

Kimberly Manning, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She is dual board-certified in Internal Medicne and Pediatrics and spends her time teaching medical students and residents at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Manning authors Reflections of a Grady Doctor, a blog centered around patient care and work-life balance. It was named in 2010 by ‘O’ The Oprah Magazine as one of “four top medical blogs you should read.” She contributes weekly to the American College of Physicians Blog.

Eileen Howard Boone
Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations at CVS Caremark
Eileen Howard Boone
Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations at CVS Caremark

One of Eileen Howard Boone's most significant accomplishments is establishing CVS Caremark All Kids Can, an initiative designed to make life easier for children with disabilities. This signature program supports nonprofits that are focus on helping kids learn, play and succeed in all aspects of their lives.

Elisa Camahort Page
Co-Founder and COO, BlogHer

Elisa Camahort Page co-founded BlogHer, Inc., in 2005 with Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, and serves as the company’s COO. Elisa leads events, marketing, public relations and research for the company and with her leadership, the BlogHer conference business has grown from a single conference hosting 300 attendees in 2005, to five diverse events that will host over 4,000 attendees in 2011.

Ellen Seidman
Love That Max

Ellen Seidman is an editor, blogger, web content consultant, special needs advocate and proud mom of two. She has held senior positions at Glamour, SELF, Redbook and Good Housekeeping, and done freelance projects for Martha Stewart Living, Allure, People StyleWatch and In Style. She's currently a contributing editor for Health magazine.

Erin Kotecki Vest

Erin Kotecki Vest is BlogHer, Inc.’s Social Media Strategist but is currently disabled due to Lupus. She is a mother of two elementary school aged kids who keep her busy, even when she has treatment...apparently basketball and karate and horseback riding stop for no disease! She has a wonderful husband who tries to keep the house in order while she has an IV in her arm, and always over-do it trying to to be SuperMom.

Gena Hamshaw
Pre-med, post-bacc student; author, Choosing Raw
Gena Hamshaw
Pre-med, post-bacc student; author, Choosing Raw

Gena Hamshaw, C.C.N., is a certified clinical nutritionist, a premedical, post-baccaulaureate student, and the author of the blog Choosing Raw, where she celebrates vegan and raw food. Gena believes that healthy, plant-based food is as satisfying and delicious as it is healthful. A former eating disorder sufferer, she is an advocate for eating disorder awareness within the vegan community, and a firm believer that conscious food choices need not be at odds with full recovery.

Gena's recipes have been featured at Whole Living online, Food52, Glamour online, and in O Magazine.

Janelle Peralez Gunn
Acting Policy Team Lead, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Janelle Peralez Gunn
Acting Policy Team Lead, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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).

Jen Lee Reeves
Founder

Jen Lee Reeves is passionate about social media and advocacy. She is the national social communications trainer at AARP and is the founder of a special needs community, Born Just Right. Reeves trains how to use social media and communicate across platforms. She also shares stories and lessons as a parent of a child who was born with a physical difference. Reeves regularly speaks on the power of social media in business, journalism and the higher education world. She often focuses on ways to improve digital literacy across all generations.

Joanne Dwyer
Director of Corporate Communications & Community Relations, CVS Caremark
Joanne Dwyer
Director of Corporate Communications & Community Relations, CVS Caremark

Joanne Dwyer is Director of Corporate Communications & Community Relations for CVS Caremark. Joanne manages external communications, public relations and social media initiatives for CVS Caremark’s philanthropic programs, including CVS Caremark All Kids Can. Joanne also manages the company’s foundation, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, which provides grants that align with the company’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health.

Julia Roberts
President, Speaker, Writer, Publisher

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.

Kate Brigham
Patient Experience Manager

Kate Brigham is the Patient Experience Manager at PatientsLikeMe, a website where patients can share information about their health, find other patients like them, and learn from the real-world experiences of others coping with similar symptoms, treatments and conditions. In addition to focusing on community building in her role overseeing a team of Community Managers and Customer Support Specialists, Kate has used her background in user experience design to help create environments and opportunities for interaction that e

Katherine Stone
Founder, Postpartum Progress

Katherine Stone is the founder and publisher of Postpartum Progress, the world’s leading blog on postpartum depression and new moms’ emotional health. Katherine is also the founder of Postpartum Progress Inc., a national nonprofit focused on vastly improving support for women with maternal mental illness.

Kristina Chew
Care2

I started blogging about my teenage son Charlie in June of 2005. I've never stopped -- and thanks to blogging, I am now Online Advocacy and Marketing Manager at Care2. Prior to this, I taught taught ancient Greek and Latin for 20 years at universities on the East Coast and the Midwest. My essays on autism and disability studies have appeared in the Guardian, the Chronicle of Higher Education and in a number of collections including the recent Worlds of Autism: Across the Spectrum of Neurological Difference.

Laura Shumaker
Writer, Author, Blogger, Mother

Laura is the mother of three terrific sons. The oldest, Matthew, is a young adult with autism. She is the author of the book A Regular Guy: Growing Up With Autism, and a contributor to The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism.

Lisa Stone
Co-Founder and CEO, BlogHer

Lisa Stone co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins, and serves as the company’s CEO. With Lisa’s leadership, the company has grown from an idea for a grassroots conference into a diversified media company and a Top 5 women’s network  online, according to comScore, with 2,500+ premium blog contributors, the world’s largest in-person events for bloggers, and an award-winning social hub at BlogHer.com.

Mailet Lopez
Founder, I Had Cancer

Mailet Lopez is a breast cancer survivor who founded IHadCancer.com—a social support network for cancer fighters, survivors and supporters focused on creating connections that help people deal with cancer peer to peer. A Cuban exile and digital pioneer Mailet is also co-founder of the award winning digital agency Squeaky Wheel Media which was formed in 2001 and is both an Ad Age Small Agency of the year recipient and INC 5000 fastest growing company.

Marisa Howard-Karp
Grad student. Non-profit consultant. Special-needs mama. Open adoption advocate.
Marisa Howard-Karp
Grad student. Non-profit consultant. Special-needs mama. Open adoption advocate.

Marisa Howard-Karp is a mom, wife, graduate student (Non-Profit Management), and advocate.

As an adoptive parent and a parent to two special-needs children, ages four and six, she is passionate about promoting openness in adoption (and child welfare reform in general) and supporting and connecting with other special-needs families.

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP

Dr. Pamela Peeke is an internationally renowned physician, scientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, metabolism, stress and fitness. Dr. Peeke is a Pew Foundation Scholar in Nutrition and Metabolism, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland.

Dr Peeke is the lifestyle expert for WebMD’s 90 million members and chief medical correspondent for Discovery Health TV, where she is featured in the National Body Challenge series, and hosts Could You Survive? Dr.

Rita Sharma
CEO & Co-Founder

Rita Sharma has a strong dedication to improving health by empowering individuals. Early on, she realized that the only viable path for her health was prevention and wellness. She learned from her mother’s struggle with Type 2 Diabetes that a chronic health challenge could truly compromise your quality of life. In the end, Rita’s mother died of kidney failure and her body’s fight against the dialysis treatments.

Robin Strongin
President & CEO Amplify Public Affairs / Creator Disruptive Women in Health Care Blog
Robin Strongin
President & CEO Amplify Public Affairs / Creator Disruptive Women in Health Care Blog

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.

Roni Noone
SkinnyMinnyMedia LLC

Roni Noone used her blog, Roni’s Weigh, to shed 70 pounds, start a running habit, get over a fear of weight training, complete her first marathon and run seven Tough Mudders, yes, seven. In 2011, she published her first cookbook based on recipes shared on the popular GreenLiteBites and brought the fourth annual FitBloggin’ conference to Portland, Ore., bringing together new and seasoned health, wellness, fitness and weight-loss bloggers for knowledge, personal growth and networking.

Roshini Raj
Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine
Roshini Raj
Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine

Dr. Roshini Raj is an attending physician at NYU Medical Center/Tisch Hospital in New York City, where she was the first female gastroenterologist to join the faculty. She also serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Raj has a special interest in women's health and cancer screening and has published several research articles on colon cancer screening.

Sarah Pollet
COO Rock Health

As COO, Sarah is Rock Health’s operational lead. She oversees daily business operations and directs the Rock Health incubator. She is currently on the ground in Boston running the incubator program at Harvard Medical School. At the end of the summer, she will return to Rock Health's San Francisco headquarters to direct the 5-month incubator out west starting this fall.

Shannon O. Sullivan
Chief Development Officer

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.

Stephanie Quilao
Founder and Chief Storyteller, Thriving Media
Stephanie Quilao
Founder and Chief Storyteller, Thriving Media

Stephanie Quilao is the Founder and Chief Storyteller of Thriving Media. She is well-known for her (now retired) healthy living blog Back in Skinny Jeans, and healthy eating blog Noshtopia. She has produced two mobile apps on iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile, and is launching In October 2013 an iPhone food photo editing app. Her personal blog is StephanieQuilao.com.

Stephanie Scott
Director, Worldwide Communications, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
Stephanie Scott
Director, Worldwide Communications, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
During her 22 year career in communications, Stephanie Scott has focused on delivering programs that improve health education and drive better awareness and understanding of wellness and disease prevention. Stephanie has worked within the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies for the past 10 years and joined Ortho Clinical Diagnostics earlier this year.
Susan Senator
Author/Professor/Autism Mommy Swami

Susan Senator is an author, journalist, public speaker, English professor, Autism Mommy Swami, and the mother of three boys, the oldest of whom is 22 and is severely autistic.

Susan has appeared on the Today Show, NPR and CNN. She is the author of Making Peace With Autism, The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide and Dirt: A story about gardening, mothering, and other messy business.

Tanis Miller

After seven years of success and accolades writing Attack of the Redneck Mommy Tanis Miller blew up her blog so that she could start fresh in the obscurity that is her B-side.

Terry Walters
Author, Educator, Clean Food Advocate
Terry Walters
Author, Educator, Clean Food Advocate

Terry Walters is at the forefront of the clean eating lifestyle movement. She is the author of two highly acclaimed cookbooks—the bestselling CLEAN FOOD, and CLEAN START, a James Beard Foundation Award finalist and recipient of the Nautilus Gold Book Award. Terry is dedicated to making sustainable good health both easy and delicious.

Tina Shoulders
Designer/ Educator/ Runner/Mom

Tina Shoulders is a branding and social media strategist who runs Exposure Camps to educate teens to the power of content creation. She ia currently working on a startup, a web venture to support the camp. She is an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the creator of the pop culture inspired home furnishings line Laidback Home.

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