January 24–25, 2018
The Ohio Union

Donna Shalala

Conference Keynote
Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecture:
Dr. Donna Shalala

Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy, University of Miami

Donna E. Shalala is Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy at the University of Miami. She served as President of the Clinton Foundation from June 2015 to March 2017; President of the University of Miami from 2001 to 2015; President of Hunter College of the City University of New York from 1980 to 1987; and Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993.  A political scientist, she has held professorships at Columbia University, the City University of New York (CUNY), and the University of Wisconsin.

One of the most honored academics of her generation, she has been elected to seven national academies: the National Academy of Education, the National Academy of Public Administration, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Social Insurance, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the National Academy of Medicine.

President Clinton nominated her as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 1993, and she served in that post for eight years. In 2008 President Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran from 1962-64. In 2005, she was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report; in 2010, she received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights; in 2011 she was elected to the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Dr. Shalala received her A.B. in history from Western College for Women and her Ph.D. degree from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Thomas Quade

Thomas Quade

Mr. Quade is the current President of the American Public Health Association. He is also the Health Commissioner for Marion County, Ohio. His public health mission is a consequence of his experiences as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Nepal. After earning his MPH from Yale University, he worked briefly for the World Health Organization at the end of the crisis in Kosovo. He returned to his family home in Ohio when his mother passed away to provide for his sister who lives with developmental disabilities. That return was the beginning of his career in local public health practice. He began this career as an epidemiologist with the Akron City Health Department and worked his way up to eventually serve as the interim director of health when he led the department through a successful consolidation with the Summit County Public Health District. Post consolidation, he became the deputy health commissioner for the combined agency and successfully led the process that resulted in it becoming the first health department in the state to become nationally accredited.

He also holds a community faculty position with the Northeastern Ohio Medical University’s Master of Public Health program. He has been active in the American Public Health Association for many years. In addition to serving as President, he is a past chair of the Executive Board, and longtime member of the association’s Governing Council. Tom is a former President of the Ohio Public Health Association. He has held national appointments on the board of directors of the National Board of Public Health Examiners and the Foundation to Advance Public Health through Certification. He formerly chaired a NACCHO workgroup on Health and Disability. Mr. Quade is a strong advocate for public health accreditation and, in addition to shepherding two health departments through the accreditation process, he has chaired multiple site health department site visit teams for the Public Health Accreditation Board.

Public Health is a second career for Mr. Quade. In addition to his MPH, he has earned a master’s degree in counseling and worked for five years with families who had one or more children or adult children who live with developmental disabilities and were at risk of out of home placement.

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk


Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk is the Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, and Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. She also is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Ohio State’s College of Medicine. She is a nationally/ internationally recognized expert in evidence-based practice, intervention research, child and adolescent mental health, and health and wellness, and is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences on these topics. Dr. Melnyk has consulted with hundreds of healthcare systems and colleges throughout the nation and globe on how to improve quality of care and patient outcomes through implementing and sustaining evidence-based practice. Her record includes over 33 million dollars of sponsored funding from federal agencies and foundations as principal investigator and over 315 publications.

Dr. Melnyk is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She served a four-year term on the 16-member United States Preventive Services Task Force and the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Council for Nursing Research and was a board member of the National Guideline Clearinghouse and the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NGC/NQMC). Dr. Melnyk also serves as editor of the journal, Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience.

Dr. Melnyk has received numerous national and international awards, including the Audrey Hepburn Award, Mary Tolle Wright Excellence in Leadership Award, and the International Nursing Research Hall of Fame Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, the Jessie Scott Award from the American Nurses Association for the improvement of healthcare quality through the integration of research, education and practice, the 2012 Midwest Nursing Research Society Senior Scientist award, the NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research’s inaugural director’s lectureship award, the AANP Sharp Cutting Edge Award, and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Melnyk recently founded the National Interprofessional Education and Practice Collaborative to advance the Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts® initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. She also created and chaired the first three National Summits on Building Healthy Academic Communities in April of 2013, 2015 and 20157, and founded the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities, a collaborative organization to improve population health in the nation’s institutions of higher learning, for which she served as its first president.

Dr. Melnyk earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia University, her Master of Science degree with a specialization in nursing care of children and pediatric nurse practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh, and her PhD in clinical research from the University of Rochester where she also completed her post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.


Dr. J. Mario Molina

President, Golden Shore Medical Group and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Molina Healthcare

Dr. J. Mario Molina is President of the Golden Shore Medical Group and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Molina Healthcare, a FORTUNE 500 company founded by his physician father in 1980 to provide health care to low-income individuals receiving benefits through government programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare.

Dr. Molina earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Southern California where he was elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Molina performed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital then a fellowship in endocrinology at the University of California, San Diego where his research focus was Type II Diabetes. He was assistant professor of medicine at USC before joining Molina Healthcare.

In 2005, Dr. Molina was featured in Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America. He has an honorary doctorate from Claremont Graduate University. Modern Healthcare listed him among the 100 most influential people in health care. He is a board member for Homeboy Industries, the Aquarium of the Pacific and an Overseer of the Huntington Library and Curator of the Osler Library. He is a trustee of Johns Hopkins Medicine and served on the Visiting Committee for the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Dental School.

Dr. Molina is the brother of Dr. Martha Bernadett and a long-time supporter of The Molina Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity started by her along with her husband, Dr. Faustino Bernadett. The mission of the foundation is to reduce disparities in access to education and health. The foundation does so through community partnerships with Co-operative Extension and others to address the social determinants of health and common barriers to learning and wellness such as literacy. To date, the foundation has distributed over 5 million new books to children and families in need across all 50 states and offered programs and materials to address healthy habits and disease prevention.

Dr. Joseph Crowley

Joseph P. Crowley, D.D.S.

President, American Dental Association

Dr. Joseph Crowley, who practices general dentistry in Cincinnati, Ohio, is president of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Crowley served the ADA as Seventh District Trustee, as a board member on the American Dental Political Action Committee, and as a member and chair of the Council on Government Affairs. He also served as a member of the Dental Quality Alliance Committee, ADA Library Transition Plan Task Force, and Board of Trustees Standing Committees on Audit and on Information Technology. He served as ADA liaison to the Dental Lifeline Network and participated in the ADA delegation for multiple years. He served as liaison to the Council on Communications, Council on ADA Sessions, American Student Dental Association and New Dentist Committee. Dr. Crowley is past president of the Ohio Dental Association and the Cincinnati Dental Society.

Dr. Crowley, a general dentist, attended pre-dental courses at Xavier University and earned his dental doctorate degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Crowley is married to wife Pauletta 43 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

Laurie A. Van Egeren

Laurie A. Van Egeren

Community-Engaged Scholarship and NSF's Broader Impacts 

Laurie A. Van Egeren is Michigan State University's assistant provost for university-community partnerships. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and recently served as acting director of the Michigan State University Museum. Dr. Van Egeren, a developmental psychologist and program evaluator, conducts engaged research funded by NSF, NIH, state government, and foundations, including state evaluations of afterschool programs and child care consultation programs; early childhood science education; youth-driven spaces; parent programs for children diagnosed with autism; and programs to increase STEM college entry among African-American students. She is on the board of the Engaged Scholarship Consortium, the steering committee for the National Association for Broader Impacts, and a member of the APLU Council on Engagement and Outreach. She has a master's in clinical child/family psychology and a PhD in developmental psychology from Michigan State University.

Lina Dostilio

Dr. Lina Dostilio

Dr. Lina Dostilio has spent her career connecting colleges and universities with their local communities so that they can better realize their civic missions. Her research as a scholar-administrator has focused on multi-sector partnership development and the evolution of the community engagement profession within higher education. She currently serves as the University of Pittsburgh's Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement, appointed through the Center for Urban Education.

Dostilio is also the scholar-in-residence directing the Campus Compact’s Project on the Community Engagement Professional, a national research project staffed by 19 research fellows across the country that has produced "The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education: A Competency Model for an Emerging Field" (Stylus Publishing, 2017), and "The Community Engagement Professional Guidebook" (Stylus Publishing, forthcoming). She also serves on the content advisory board for the Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Project.

Previously, she was the lead facilitator for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Peer Development Network, an effort of the Eastern Regional Campus Compact to prepare more than 110 campuses seeking the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement in 2015. Dostilio is a team member of the Next Generation Engagement Project, a collaboration between the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, AASCU, and Imagining America, and was an invited member of the civic learning roundtable discussions held by the U.S. Department of Education that led to the National Task Force report titled, “A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future.” Dostilio has also served as past-chair of the board of directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, and is on the editorial board of Metropolitan Universities. She frequently consults with campuses that seek to institutionalize civic engagement, build their community engagement infrastructure, and develop innovative partnership models.

Charles Rutheiser

Charles Rutheiser

Charles Rutheiser is a Senior Associate in the Center for Community and Economic Opportunity at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. A former faculty member at Bryn Mawr College, Georgia State University, Johns Hopkins University and Western Michigan University, he earned a PhD in cultural anthropology from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in anthropology from New College of Florida. Charles is the author of The Opportunity Makers: The First Half-Century of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (2016, Blurb), Imagineering Atlanta: the politics of place in the city of dreams (1996, Verso) and numerous articles, book chapters and reports on education and urban development in the United States and the Caribbean. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Christina and their two dogs, Betty and Mabel.

Amy Rohling McGee

Amy Rohling McGee

President, Health Policy Institute of Ohio

McGee has served as the president of HPIO, a nonpartisan, independent nonprofit organization that provides information and analysis to state policymakers and others, since 2010. In her leadership role, she is responsible for management, resource development and stakeholder relationship building. McGee frequently presents HPIO’s work at local, state and federal meetings.

Her prior public sector experience includes work in the executive branch of state government focused on policy related to issues such as health insurance, health system improvement and Medicaid; and service in the state legislature as a Legislative Service Commission intern in the mid-1990s. Private sector experience includes five years as the executive director of the Ohio Association of Free Clinics, representing health clinics that served the uninsured, primarily through volunteers. She also has led community-based nonprofit programs.

McGee earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Social Work from the Ohio State University. She has received the Business First “Forty Under Forty” award and the Ohio State University Alumni Association William Oxley Thompson award. She currently serves on the Ohio State University Alumni Council, representing the College of Social Work.

John Begala

John Begala

John Begala is an executive, strategist, and community leader with a wide range of experience in both the public and nonprofit sectors. Mr. Begala served as Executive Director of Cleveland, Ohio’s Center for Community Solutions from 1998 through 2004, and again from 2008 through 2014.

Prior to then, he served as a senior executive for several health care institutions, Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, member of the Ohio House of Representatives and Kent, Ohio City Council. He has been an adjunct professor for several Ohio universities, currently as a lecturer at The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

His publications on public policy include, most recently, “Big City Problems in Ohio’s Small Towns” and “The Troubled Prospects of Ohio’s 88 Capital Cities and Villages.” He and his wife Carole live in Granville with an assortment of pets, enjoying the company of family and friends who live nearby.

Ed Morrison

Ed Morrison

Agile Strategy Lab, Purdue University

Ed Morrison directs the Agile Strategy Lab at Purdue University. Ed has been developing a new approach to developing strategies for complex collaboration in open, loosely connected networks. Called “Strategic Doing”, this methodology emphasizes the strategic value of collaboration in today's global economy.

For over twenty-five years, he conducted strategy projects throughout the U.S. His work won the first Arthur D. Little Award for excellence in economic development presented by the American Economic Development Council.

Prior to starting his economic development work, Ed worked for Telesis, a corporate strategy consulting firm. In this position, he served on consulting teams for clients such as Ford Motor Company, Volvo, and General Electric. He conducted manufacturing cost studies in the U.S., Japan, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Sweden, and France.

Ed started his professional career in Washington, D.C., where he has served as a legislative assistant to an Ohio Congressman, staff attorney in the Federal Trade Commission, and staff counsel in the US Senate. He holds a BA degree cum laude with honors from Yale University and MBA and JD degrees from the University of Virginia.

Thomas Ryan MD

Thomas Ryan MD, MBA

Thomas Ryan, MD, MBA, is director of The Ohio State University Heart and Vascular Center. He holds the John G. and Jeanne Bonnet McCoy Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and leads the Medical Center’s Heart Program. Dr. Ryan also serves as a professor of cardiovascular medicine at Ohio State’s Medical Center. He was named one of America’s Best Doctors in 2009.

Dr. Ryan earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and holds an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business in Durham, N.C. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at Indiana University.

Dr. Ryan has authored or co-authored more than 200 published articles, book chapters and abstracts. He is a national expert on cardiac ultrasound technology, and co-author of Feigenbaum’s Echocardiography, the leading textbook in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound. Dr. Ryan is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Echocardiography, of which he is a former president.