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About

Board committees

AHCJ relies on board members and other volunteers from the membership to help us remain relevant to health journalists, financially viable, a strong voice for openness and transparency and, above all, an indispensable resource. Committee membership by volunteers is a way of giving back to the profession and is a good introduction to what service would be like on the board. While the number of committees remains fairly consistent, the board often appoints "task forces" or "working groups" falling under specific committees for specialized or limited-term projects. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail AHCJ President Karl Stark at kstark@phillynews.com and Executive Director Len Bruzzese at len@healthjournalism.org.

Executive Committee

Traditionally made up of the board's four officers, plus one other director from the board. The Executive Committee shall have the authority of the Board of Directors in the management of the business of this corporation in the interval between meetings of the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee shall at all times be subject to the control and direction of the Board of Directors.

Karl Stark, president
                The Philadelphia Inquirer

Ivan Oransky, vice president
                MedPage Today

Julie Appleby, secretary
                Kaiser Health News

Felice J. Freyer, treasurer
                The Boston Globe

Gideon Gil, board member
                The Boston Globe

Finance and Development Committee

The Board of Directors may designate a Finance Committee composed of the treasurer and at least two other directors designated by the Board of Directors. The Finance Committee shall have general oversight over all financial affairs of this corporation, including fundraising activities, and shall at all times be subject to the control and direction of the Board of Directors.

Felice Freyer, treasurer (chair)
                The Boston Globe

Ivan Oransky, vice president
                MedPage Today

Irene Wielawski, board member
                Independent journalist (Pound Ridge, N.Y.)

Marshall Allen, AHCJ member volunteer
                ProPublica

Luis Fabregas, AHCJ member volunteer
                Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Chris King, AHCJ member volunteer
                St. Louis American

Membership Committee

Recommends and maintains membership requirements, handles vetting of member applicants, conducts outreach, works with staff to encourage renewals. Committee seeks out and recommends adopting new benefits to enhance membership. Works with city and regional chapters to maintain consistent mission. Shall at all times be subject to the control and direction of the Board of Directors.

Gideon Gil, AHCJ board member (chair)
                The Boston Globe

Phil Galewitz, board member
                Kaiser Health News

Scott Hensley, AHCJ board member
                NPR

Carla K. Johnson, AHCJ board member
                The Associated Press

Jim Berklan, AHCJ member volunteer
                McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Lisa Chedekel, AHCJ member volunteer
                Connecticut Health Investigative Team

Katie Gibas, AHCJ member volunteer
                YNN-Syracuse, N.Y.

Connie Ho, AHCJ member volunteer
                Independent journalist (Los Angeles)

Shuka Kalantari, AHCJ member volunteer
                Independent journalist (San Francisco)

Andrea King Collier, AHCJ member volunteer
                Independent journalist (Lansing, Mich.)

Amy Lotven, AHCJ member volunteer
                Inside Health Policy

Joe Rojas-Burke, AHCJ member volunteer
                Independent journalist (Portland, Ore.)

Michael Schroeder, AHCJ member volunteer
                Angie's List Indianapolis

Andrew Seaman, AHCJ member volunteer
                Reuters

Freelance Committee

This committee creates a team of freelance members who can research and recommend to the full board appropriate benefits and resources for independent journalists, and offer voice to their concerns.

Maryn McKenna, board member (chair)
          Independent journalist (Atlanta)

Irene Wielawski, board member
          Independent journalist (Pound Ridge, N.Y.)

Andy Miller, AHCJ member volunteer
          Editor, Georgia Health News (Atlanta)

Heather Boerner, AHCJ member volunteer
          Independent journalist (San Francisco)

Joseph Burns, AHCJ member volunteer
          Independent journalist (Falmouth, Mass.)

Lola Butcher, AHCJ member volunteer
          Independent journalist (Springfield, Mo.)

Jeanne Erdmann, AHCJ member volunteer
          Independent journalist (Wentzville, Mo.)

Sherree Geyer, AHCJ member volunteer
          Independent journalist (Lake Forest, Calif.)

Nancy Groves, AHCJ member volunteer
          Independent journalist (Lawrenceville, Ga.)

Elise Oberliesen, AHCJ member volunteer
          Independent journalist (Westminster, Colo.)

Tammy Worth, AHCJ member volunteer
          Independent journalist (Blue Springs, Mo.)

Lisa Zamosky, AHCJ member volunteer
          Independent journalist (San Diego)

Tara Haelle, AHCJ member volunteer
          Independent journalist (Peoria, Ill.)

Connie Ho, AHCJ member volunteer
          Independent journalist (Chino Hills, Calif.)

Judi Kanne, AHCJ member volunteer
          Independent journalist (Atlanta)

Michele Marill, AHCJ member volunteer
          Independent journalist (Decatur, Ga.)

Linda Marsa, AHCJ member volunteer
          Independent journalist (Los Angeles)

Jeannette Moninger, AHCJ member volunteer
          Independent journalist (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

Cheryl Platzman Weinstock, AHCJ member volunteer
          Independent journalist (Weston, Conn.)

Contest Committee

Recommends rules and categories for annual Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. Works with staff to establish procedures and deadlines. Selects screeners and judges, looks into and makes final determinations on any issues that arise. Shall at all times be subject to the control and direction of the Board of Directors.

Julie Appleby, secretary (chair)
                Kaiser Health News

Naseem Miller, AHCJ member volunteer (vice chair)
                International Medical News Group

Andy Miller, AHCJ member volunteer
                Georgia Health News 

Blythe Bernhard, AHCJ member volunteer
                St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cate Vojdik, AHCJ member volunteer
                CNN/Anderson Cooper 360

Right-to-Know Committee

Promotes the free flow of health and medical information, advises the board on potential First Amendment advocacy positions and serves as a resource for members on access issues. Shall at all times be subject to the control and direction of the Board of Directors.

Irene Wielawski, board member (chair)
                Independent journalist (Pound Ridge, N.Y.)

Felice J. Freyer, board member (vice chair)
                The Boston Globe

Charles Ornstein, board member
                ProPublica 

Blythe Bernhard, AHCJ member volunteer 
                St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Walter Eisner, AHCJ member volunteer
                Orthopedics This Week

Kathryn Foxhall, AHCJ member volunteer
                Independent journalist (Hyattsville, Md.)

Denise Fulton, AHCJ member volunteer
                IMNG Medical Media/Elsevier

Rose Hoban, AHCJ member volunteer
                North Carolina Health News

Tony Leys, AHCJ member volunteer
                Des Moines Register

Peggy Peck, AHCJ member volunteer 
                Medpage Today

Bob Roehr, AHCJ member volunteer
                Independent journalist (Washington, D.C.)

Deborah Schoch, AHCJ member volunteer
                California Healthcare Foundation Center for Health Reporting

Task forces and Working Groups

Task forces or working groups are currently active in these topic areas:

  • Curriculum development
  • Conference planning
  • Workshop planning
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