People Are Our Passion

We see ourselves in the people we serve every day. Heluna Health’s accomplished board of directors and dynamic staff work collaboratively to uplift our partners and each other.

Board of Directors

Officers

Alexander Baker, MBA

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Erik D. Ramanathan, JD

Von Nguyen, MD, MPH

Robert R. Jenks, MBA

Tamara is a health care executive with diverse and global experience with publicly-traded and privately-held companies, as well as with public health non-profits. She is Vice Chair of the Heluna Health Board of Directors and also its audit committee, as well as a member of its governance and nominating committee. She also serves as a member of the audit committee of Crittenton Women’s Union, a non-profit dedicated to helping low-income women attain economic independence, and she does volunteer work for organizations benefitting special needs children. Tamara previously served as a director of the privately-held French cell therapy biotech, LTK Pharma.

Tamara has served as the general counsel at NASDAQ traded biotech companies Cubist Pharmaceuticals and Transkaryotic Therapies in Boston, and Australian stock exchange listed Mayne Pharma in London. In these roles, she advised the companies’ boards of directors, participated in the strategic direction and management of the companies, and led legal, government affairs, compliance and risk management departments. Prior to those experiences, she spent 6+ years at Biogen Idec’s international headquarters in Paris establishing legal, compliance, government and public affairs departments during a period of dynamic global expansion.

Before entering the health care sector in 1998, Tamara spent 8 years in law firms in NYC, LA, Paris and Brussels. She spent 6 years as a litigator and later international corporate lawyer with Morrison & Foerster and 2 years as a litigator with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson. Consistent with both firms’ leadership in providing pro bono legal services, Tamara devoted significant time to advising non-profit organizations and indigent individuals while at those firms. She authored a submission in 1989 that successfully persuaded the US Department of Justice to liberalize admissions for USSR Jewish refugees seeking political asylum, and in 1991 she argued a case before the California Court of Appeals that established the right of indigent plaintiffs to have their cases heard in civil courts rather than by paid arbitrators, thereby protecting their access to justice.

Tamara received her economics degree from Duke University and her law degrees from the University of Michigan, the College of Europe (Belgium) and the University of Paris.

Tamara is a health care executive with diverse and global experience with publicly-traded and privately-held companies, as well as with public health non-profits. She is Vice Chair of the Heluna Health Board of Directors and also its audit committee, as well as a member of its governance and nominating committee. She also serves as a member of the audit committee of Crittenton Women’s Union, a non-profit dedicated to helping low-income women attain economic independence, and she does volunteer work for organizations benefitting special needs children. Tamara previously served as a director of the privately-held French cell therapy biotech, LTK Pharma.

Tamara has served as the general counsel at NASDAQ traded biotech companies Cubist Pharmaceuticals and Transkaryotic Therapies in Boston, and Australian stock exchange listed Mayne Pharma in London. In these roles, she advised the companies’ boards of directors, participated in the strategic direction and management of the companies, and led legal, government affairs, compliance and risk management departments. Prior to those experiences, she spent 6+ years at Biogen Idec’s international headquarters in Paris establishing legal, compliance, government and public affairs departments during a period of dynamic global expansion.

Before entering the health care sector in 1998, Tamara spent 8 years in law firms in NYC, LA, Paris and Brussels. She spent 6 years as a litigator and later international corporate lawyer with Morrison & Foerster and 2 years as a litigator with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson. Consistent with both firms’ leadership in providing pro bono legal services, Tamara devoted significant time to advising non-profit organizations and indigent individuals while at those firms. She authored a submission in 1989 that successfully persuaded the US Department of Justice to liberalize admissions for USSR Jewish refugees seeking political asylum, and in 1991 she argued a case before the California Court of Appeals that established the right of indigent plaintiffs to have their cases heard in civil courts rather than by paid arbitrators, thereby protecting their access to justice.

Tamara received her economics degree from Duke University and her law degrees from the University of Michigan, the College of Europe (Belgium) and the University of Paris.

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Tamara Joseph, JD

Directors

Nicole J. Macarchuk, JD

Sarah Mullen Rich, MBA

Vivian Vasallo

Georgia Casciato, FACHE

Dr. De Santi is a neuroscientist with almost 20 years of research experience and clinical expertise in Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, she holds the position as Executive Director, Global Medical Affairs, Patient Journey, Neurology Business Group, Eisai, Inc.

Prior to joining Eisai, Inc., she worked as VP, Medical Affairs North America & Asia Pacific for Life Molecular Imaging and Piramal Pharma, Global Medical Director for GE Healthcare, Global Clinical Director for Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and briefly as Director of Research at the MedAvante, Research Institute.

In addition, she worked in academic settings, including as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University Langone Medical Center, New York City.

Susan served as the Administrative Director at the Center for Brain Health and continues to hold an adjunct Associate Professorship at this institution. Dr. De Santi’s research focused on early diagnostic markers of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease using brain imaging, biological markers, and cognition. She was part of the team that identified, using both MRI and FDG PET, the brain regions showing the earliest changes in Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition, Dr. De Santi developed robust cognitive norms and robust imaging norms for identifying the earliest changes in healthy individuals which predict cognitive decline. Dr. De Santi received her Ph.D. focusing in neurolinguistics from the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. Dr. De Santi and the NYU Center for Brain Health are internationally recognized for their contribution to the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease using a multi-modality approach. She has authored numerous scientific articles and has presented her work internationally.

Dr. De Santi is a neuroscientist with almost 20 years of research experience and clinical expertise in Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, she holds the position as Executive Director, Global Medical Affairs, Patient Journey, Neurology Business Group, Eisai, Inc.

Prior to joining Eisai, Inc., she worked as VP, Medical Affairs North America & Asia Pacific for Life Molecular Imaging and Piramal Pharma, Global Medical Director for GE Healthcare, Global Clinical Director for Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and briefly as Director of Research at the MedAvante, Research Institute.

In addition, she worked in academic settings, including as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University Langone Medical Center, New York City.

Susan served as the Administrative Director at the Center for Brain Health and continues to hold an adjunct Associate Professorship at this institution. Dr. De Santi’s research focused on early diagnostic markers of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease using brain imaging, biological markers, and cognition. She was part of the team that identified, using both MRI and FDG PET, the brain regions showing the earliest changes in Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition, Dr. De Santi developed robust cognitive norms and robust imaging norms for identifying the earliest changes in healthy individuals which predict cognitive decline. Dr. De Santi received her Ph.D. focusing in neurolinguistics from the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. Dr. De Santi and the NYU Center for Brain Health are internationally recognized for their contribution to the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease using a multi-modality approach. She has authored numerous scientific articles and has presented her work internationally.

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Susan De Santi, PhD

Carladenise Edwards, PhD

Scott Filer, MPH, MBA

Jean C. O’Connor, JD, MPH, DrPH, FACHE

Santosh Vetticaden, MD, PhD, MBA

Edward Yip, JD

Celina Gorre

Bonnie Midura, MPH

Heluna Health welcomes individuals from all backgrounds and experiences to submit their names for consideration to serve on our Board of Directors. Please send your name and contact information along with at least a one paragraph description regarding your interest in serving on our Board and/or a resume to hello@helunahealth.org.

Management Team

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Blayne Cutler, MD, PhD

Jordan Gadd, MA

Tim Seifert, JD

Peter Dale, CPCM, MA

Brian Gieseler, MBA

Kiran Saluja, MPH, RDN

Nickie Kluge

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Jo Kay Ghosh, PhD

Staff Members

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Armando Arredondo

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Aaron Gomez

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Jackie Lombos, MS

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Rochelle McLaurin, MBA

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Laura S. Nevares

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Barbara Rodriguez

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Joseph Selvaraj

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Natalie Still

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Kevin Tran

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Jannie Whitt