Member? Log in...

Join or renew today

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 Ivan Oransky at ivan-oransky@erols.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.

Ivan Oransky, M.D., president
MedPage Today

Felice J. Freyer, vice president
The Boston Globe

Gideon Gil, treasurer
Stat/Boston Globe Media

Julie Appleby, M.P.H., secretary
Kaiser Health News

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.

Gideon Gil, treasurer (Committee chair)
Stat/Boston Globe Media

Felice J. Freyer, vice president
The Boston Globe

Scott Hensley, AHCJ board member
NPR

Marshall Allen, AHCJ member volunteer
ProPublica

Chris King, AHCJ member volunteer             
St. Louis American

Andrew Kitchenman, AHCJ member volunteer
KTOO and Alaska Public Media

Irene Wielawski,AHCJ member volunteer
Independent journalist, Pound Ridge, N.Y.

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.

Charlotte Sutton, AHCJ board member (Committee chair)
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Gideon Gil, AHCJ board member
Stat/Boston Globe Media

Lisa Chedekel, AHCJ member volunteer
Connecticut Health Investigative Team

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

Katti Gray, AHCJ member volunteer
Independent journalist

Erika Check Hayden, AHCJ member volunteer
University of California, Santa Cruz

Stefanie Ilgenfritz, AHCJ member volunteer
Wall Street Journal

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

Michael Schroeder, AHCJ member volunteer
U.S. News & World Report

Andrew Seaman, AHCJ member volunteer
Reuters

Sarah Jane Tribble, AHCJ member volunteer (Chapter coordinator)
Kaiser Health News

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.

Jeanne Erdmann, AHCJ board member (Committee chair)
Independent journalist, Wentzville, Mo.

Maryn McKenna, AHCJ board member
Independent journalist, Atlanta

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

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

Judi Kanne, AHCJ member volunteer
Independent journalist, Atlanta

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

Katti Gray, AHCJ member volunteer
Independent journalist, Monticello, N.Y.

Fran Kritz, AHCJ member volunteer
Independent journalist, Silver Spring, Mass.

Keren Landman, AHCJ member volunteer
Independent journalist, Atlanta

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

Linda Marsa, AHCJ member volunteer
Independent journalist, Los Angeles

Lisa Rapaport,AHCJ member volunteer
Independent journalist, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Bara Vaida, AHCJ member volunteer
Independent journalist, Washington, D.C.

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

Irene Wielawski,AHCJ member volunteer
Independent journalist, Pound Ridge, N.Y.

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

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.

Tony Leys, AHCJ board member (Committee chair)
Des Moines Register

Julie Appleby, AHCJ board member (Committee co-chair)
Kaiser Health News

Cate Vojdik, AHCJ member volunteer
Independent journalist

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.

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

Sabriya Rice, AHCJ board member (Committee vice chair)
The Dallas Morning News

Tony Leys, board member
Des Moines Register

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

Joyce Frieden, AHCJ member volunteer
MedPage Today

Charles Ornstein, AHCJ member volunteer
ProPublica

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

Bram Sable-Smith, AHCJ member volunteer
KBIA-Columbia, Mo.

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

Irene Wielawski, AHCJ member volunteer
Independent journalist, Pound Ridge, N.Y.

Task Forces and Working Groups

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

  • Curriculum development

  • Conference planning

  • Workshop planning