The Foundation is governed by a Board of Managers of no less than six and no more than eleven members who are elected to three year terms at the Annual Meeting of the Foundation.
Judy Wright’s career has spanned the fields of community organizing, education, and philanthropy, always with a focus on advancing social justice. Currently Judy is the Director of the Ohio Transformation Fund, a collaborative fund developed by national and local funders to make structural changes in Ohio’s criminal justice system in order to improve safety and health in Ohio’s communities. Judy graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S., cum laude, in Education and Social Policy and earned a M.Ed at Cleveland State University with a focus on Adult Learning and Development. With an interest in popular education and transformational learning, Judy has conducted field research in Chicago, Cleveland, and Bolivia. Her research on popular education in Cochabamba, Bolivia, served as the basis for several published articles and presentations. Judy’s work as a community organizer in Chicago and Ohio focused on issue campaigns including education, immigrant rights, and health access. As a project director at Ohio’s Planned Parenthood affiliate, Judy led the design and implementation of initiatives to address cultural barriers to care for the LGBT and immigrant community. From 2009-2010, Judy served as a Fellow in Robert Wood Johnson’s Ladder to Leadership eighteen month fellowship for emerging leaders in Cleveland’s public health sector. Judy lives in Lakewood, Ohio, with her husband, Walter, and their children, Lila and Iris.
Elizabeth Stites, PhD. is a Research Director at the Feinstein International Center of Tufts University, where she researches the livelihoods of conflict-affected populations. Focusing on experiences at the individual, household and community level, her research aims to inform and improve international and national policy. She always examines gender and generational differences in her research. She has led research in Turkey (on Syria), Nepal, Uganda, South Africa, Bosnia and Afghanistan.
Ellen Rome, MD, MPH
Dr. Rome serves as the Head of the Center for Adolescent Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. She is a board certified pediatrician and among the first to be board certified in Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Rome received her undergraduate degree in psychology, magna cum laude, from Yale, medical degree and Alpha Omega Alpha from Case, then completed her pediatric training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a 3 year fellowship in adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital, Boston, during which time she also obtained a masters degree in Public Health at the Harvard University School of Public Health. Dr. Rome then joined the Cleveland Clinic, where she now is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case. Dr. Rome has held leadership positions in various organizations serving youth, now as President of the Federation Internationale de Gynecologie Infantile et Juvenile (FIGIJ), an organization with over 6000 members. In 2015, she was also elected President of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG), FIGIJ’s North American counterpart, and has served previously as Vice President and chair of its membership committee, as well as past chair for two years of its program committee. She chaired the Subcommittee on Eating Disorders for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) and serves on SAHM’s finance committee. She serves on the Medical Care Task Force for the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and has served on the AAP’s Committee on Adolescence. As president of the Women’s Professional Staff at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Rome helped create and implement a business plan to recruit, develop, and promote the best staff within that enterprise. She also currently serves on the USTA Sport Science Committee and is on the board locally of Cleveland’s Inner City Tennis Clinic, teaching tennis, literacy, wellness, fitness and creativity to urban youth.
She is the author of two books collaboratively with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen, You: The Owner’s Manual for Teens, and You Raising Your Child from First Breath to First Grade. She won the Kaiser Award for Teaching Excellence in 2012 and the Mt. Zion Award for Community Service in Adolescent Medicine in 2013. Dr. Rome’s research interests include eating disorders and obesity, reproductive health, and preventive care and wellness. She has been an invited speaker locally, nationally, and internationally on various topics in adolescent medicine, while maintaining a commitment to ongoing teaching of house staff and students in the local and surrounding areas.
Jacqueline E. Darroch, PhD
Jacqueline E. Darroch, PhD is a sociologist and demographer. She is currently Senior Fellow for The Guttmacher Institute. Prior to that, she led the reproductive health grantmaking program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and, before that, the policy-focused research of The Alan Guttmacher Institute.
Dr. Darroch did graduate studies at The University of Cologne, Germany, and The University of Michigan and earned her Doctorate in Sociology from Princeton University. Dr. Darroch serves on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Adolescent Health Care and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Cleveland Heights, OH
Cindie Carroll-Pankhurst, PhD
Cindie Carroll-Pankhurst trained in Epidemiology (Ph.D. and MS) and Public Administration of Health Care (MPA) and commits her passion to local and international maternal and child health issues. She maintains a strong belief that only through scientifically-based public health interventions can communities change adverse health outcomes and improve access to care. After 12 years as a researcher/consultant for a community-based infant and child mortality reduction initiative, she joined the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office as a Medicolegal Death Scene Investigtor in 2006, where she served a population of 1.4 million people. She retired from the Examiner’s Office in 2017.
Shaker Heights, Ohio
Reverend Henry C. Doll
Reverend Henry Doll has a rich history working in the foundation field, including serving as program officer, associate director, interim director and director of four foundations including The Cleveland Foundation, the Nord Family Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the Cummins Engine Foundation. In addition to those roles, Reverend Doll has provided consultant services to several family and community foundations including the Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation, the McGregor Foundation, the Benjamin Gerson Foundation, the Brentwood Foundation, the Knowledge Works Foundation, the Akron Community Foundation, the John Huntington Fund for Education, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, and the Firestone Trust Fund.
Reverend Doll’s experience in the foundation field also includes service as founding president of the Donors Forum of Ohio (now called Philanthropy Ohio), as co-founder of the national Neighborhood Funders affinity group and recently as vice president of the board of the McGregor Foundation In 1995, he conducted a statewide survey of selected Ohio philanthropists which resulted in a statewide “Promotion of Philanthropy” initiative.
In addition to his foundation experience, Reverend Doll is an ordained Presbyterian minister with degrees from Princeton University (BA), Yale Divinity School (BD) and the University of Pittsburgh (MPA). In recent years, he has served as interim pastor at East Side Presbyterian Church in Ashtabula, Ohio and at the First Presbyterian church in Willoughby, Ohio.
St. Louis, MO
Stacey Easterling is the Vice President of Programs at the Missouri Foundation for Health where she leads the design, development and delivery of the Foundation’s program activities. In 2015, Stacey was the Director of Program Growth and Development at Encore.org in New York. During her one-year appointment, she helped develop a five-year campaign supporting Encore talent (individuals aged 50+) to improve the lives of vulnerable children and youth.
Prior to her role at Encore.org, she served as a Program Executive on the U.S. Aging Program at The Atlantic Philanthropies. Easterling managed a portfolio of $35 million and engaged in work that focused on economic security, advocacy and grassroots mobilization. Her time at the Cleveland Foundation as the Director of Community Responsive Grantmaking included work in health, social services, education, arts and culture, economic development and the environment.
Prior to joining The Cleveland Foundation, she served as Director of Client Services for Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland. She also served as the Deputy Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of East Central Michigan (Flint). Stacey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from The University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.
Chapel Hill, NC
Abigail English is a lawyer, researcher, and advocate for the rights of vulnerable young people. Since 1999, she has directed the Center for Adolescent Health & the Law, a nonprofit organization in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that works nationally to support laws and policies that promote the health of adolescents and their access to comprehensive health care. Her research and advocacy have focused on health insurance and public financing of care for adolescents and young adults, consent and confidentiality protections, and sexual and reproductive health care. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.
She has taught at the UC Berkeley School of Public Policy, the Boalt Hall School of Law, and the Gillings Global School of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. She was a Gallagher Lecturer for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in 1987, and she received the Child Advocacy Award from the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division in 1997 and the Outstanding Achievement Award in Adolescent Medicine from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in 2000. She was the Frieda L. Miller Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 2010-2011. Her current work focuses on the problem of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of adolescents and young adults.
Dr. Gita Gidwani has been a member of the Brush Foundation Board of Managers for over 8 years. She has practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Cleveland Clinic for over thirty years. Dr. Gidwani was a founding member and later one of the presidents of the North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. She has been actively involved with Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio and with their Global Partnership in Jamshedpur, India. She is a member of many national and international OB/GYN organizations. She is the author of many articles and book chapters within OB/GYN literature.
New York, NY
Ellen Liu has over ten years of experience in grantmaking, organizational development, policy advocacy and capacity building with health and social justice organizations. As the Ms. Foundation’s Director of Women’s Health, Ellen manages grantmaking and programmatic activities in the areas of reproductive and sexual health, rights and justice, and women and HIV/AIDS policy.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ellen was Program Officer for the Open Society Foundation’s Public Health Program, where she worked with health and human rights organizations in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and East and Southern Africa to strengthen national accountability mechanisms and advance policies and protections for people living with HIV/AIDS and TB, people with mental disabilities, ethnic minorities, and people in need of palliative care. While at OSF, Ellen helped launch new initiatives in monitoring health budgets to empower communities to hold governments accountable for their spending and supported activists to use innovative social media tools and strengthen their voices in shaping the policies that most affect them. Prior to OSF, Ellen worked as a consultant for a number of organizations including the UN World Food Program, Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. She currently serves on the steering committee of the Asian Women Giving Circle.
Ellen holds an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University and graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in History.
Daniel E. Pellegrom
Daniel E. Pellegrom’s career in reproductive health spanned more than 4 decades including Presidencies of three different organizations, concluded with a 26 year tenure as President and CEO of Pathfinder International. Dan is widely respected for his experience in both management and advocacy. His career at Pathfinder was the longest tenure of anyone serving as the head of a reproductive health organization. Dan was regarded as a successful fundraiser, leading Pathfinder from $8m annual budget to $100,000,000.
Pathfinder became only the second US-based organization to receive the United Nations Population Award in 1996. In 2011, Dan was awarded the Union Medal by Union Theological Seminary in New York City; Union does not award honorary Doctorates, hence the Union Medal is its highest honor.
Dan has served on various boards of directors including The Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood, World Neighbors, and is a past board chair of both the Brush Foundation and InterAction, the largest coalition of US-based humanitarian organizations working abroad. He has written op-ed pieces for The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, and The New York Times as well as provided testimony at Congressional hearings and other public forums.
In 1968 Dan was the President of the Students Council at Columbia University and provided days of testimony to the Fact-Finding Commission headed by Archibald Cox, after the student-led revolt at the University.
New York, NY
Lourdes Rivera is the Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs for the Center for Reproductive Rights where she is an executive of the Center, providing vision and strategic guidance to its state, federal, and foreign policy programs in the U.S. This includes overseeing all aspects of program strategy and implementation, including shaping the legal and policy landscape on reproductive rights, as well as building and leveraging new strategic alliances to advance the Center’s goals.
Lourdes most recently served as Senior Program Officer at the Ford Foundation where for close to 10 years she designed and implemented the Foundation’s U.S. and global grantmaking strategy in sexual and reproductive health and rights, using a social justice and human rights approach. Before joining the Ford Foundation in 2006, Lourdes was the Managing Attorney of the Los Angeles office of the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and specialized in issues relating to Medicaid, managed care, and women’s and children’s health. In 1996, she created and directed NHeLP’s Initiative to Promote Access to Reproductive Health Care for Low-Income Women. Previously, she worked in Washington D.C. as a Senior Associate with the Children’s Defense Fund, Health Division and as a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow with the National Women’s Law Center.
She is a co-founder of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, the Groundswell Fund, as well as the funder affinity group, Philanthropy for Women’s Human Rights. Lourdes served as a former Board chair of the National Women’s Health Network, former co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Health Rights and Bioethics Committee of the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section (now known as Civil Rights and Justice Section) and former member of the IRR Section Council. She has served on the Action Board of the American Public Health Association (APHA), as section counselor to APHA’s Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section, and as a member of its Latino Caucus. She was an active member and former Board Treasurer of the Funders Network on Population Family Planning and Reproductive Health and Rights and served as the co-chair of its Women of Color Working Group. She currently serves on the Boards of the National Health Law Program and the Brush Foundation.
Lourdes has a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. in Latin American studies from Yale University. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she teaches a graduate-level course in Health and Human Rights.
Lourdes speaks conversational Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.
Charles F. Brush
Virginia Carter, PhD*
Henry W. Foster, Jr., MD
Henry W. Foster is Professor Emeritus and former Dean, Meharry College and Clinical Professor, OB/GYN, Vanderbilt University. His B.S. degree is from Morehouse College and his M.D. degree from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Foster has served on numerous boards, committees and councils, all of which work to improve reproductive health and medical education. In 1995 he was President Clinton’s, nominee to become U. S. Surgeon General; thereafter, he served 5 years as his Senior Advisor on Teen Pregnancy and Youth Issues.
Carol Miller completed her second year in Ethiopia this June, working as the Director of Policy and Communication for the Africa Area, Save the Children USA. This year her focus will largely be on building the advocacy and communication capacity of my colleagues working throughout Africa as they develop their national advocacy strategies.
More and more Ms. Miller’s work involves the nine Save the Children Alliance members working in Africa (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Swaziland, and UK). She edits an Alliance Africa Newsletter – IMPACT – and will establish an Africa-wide Alliance advocacy training of trainers team this year. For the past several months Ms. Miller was helping to coordinate the Alliance emergency communication and advocacy response for Ethiopia, including taking journalists (USA Today) and UN officials (John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs) to visit Save the Children programs and will continue working with the countries were we work in Africa to raise visibility around our policy agenda for children.
Lee Minto joined the Brush Foundation Board in 1993 following her retirement as President/CEO of what is now known as Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest. During those years she served on the boards of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, The Guttmacher Institute, The National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, and a number of other national, regional and local organizations. From 1972 to 1993,
Lee Minto held a position as Adjunct Associate Professor of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington. She served as co-chair of the Washington state coalition which in 1971, passed the first state abortion reform law voted in by a vote of the people. Subsequently, she chaired in 1986 a new statewide coalition, PRO-Choice Washington, which defeated an attempt to de-fund abortions for low-income women, and went on in 1991 to pass Initiative 120, which codified Roe v Wade language, plus the guarantee of funding into Washington State Law.
* Indicates members of the Founder’s family.
Board Nominating Committee:
Cindie Carroll-Pankhurst, Stacey Easterling (Chair), Daniel Pellegrom, Lourdes Rivera, Ellen Rome, Elizabeth Stites
Board Finance Committee:
Ellen Rome (Chair), Cindie Carroll-Pankhurst, Hank Doll