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HealthyWomen Appoints 7 New Members to Board of Directors

02/12/2018

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Red Bank, NJ—HealthyWomen is pleased to announce the appointment of seven new members to its board of directors, effective February 1, 2018. Ms. Julia M. Amadio, Ms. Kristin Cahill, Mr. Wes Metheny, Mr. Brian O'Connor, Ms. Kristina Kadeli Saunders, Ms. Lynn A. Taylor, and Ms. Tomeka Thomas are business and health care executives with broad expertise.

Ms. Amadio is Chief Product Officer at TherapeuticsMD, Inc., a position she's held since January 2012, helping develop natural hormone products for women. For over 25 years, Ms. Amadio's career spanned senior management, pharmaceutical marketing, product launches and development. She lectured at St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA, in the pharmaceutical MBA program, and authored a chapter on marketing, market research and insights in the book Pharmaceutical Development for Women (Wiley & Sons).

Ms. Cahill is President, North America, at GCI Health, an integrated communications agency that specializes in health care. In her current role, she works with a range of GCI Health's pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, health information technology and nonprofit clients with a focus on developing breakthrough strategies and creative programming. Throughout her 15 years at GCI Health, Ms. Cahill has managed high-profile, award-winning education campaigns on diseases that predominantly affect women, including multiple sclerosis, chronic migraine, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and cancers affecting women.

Mr. Metheny, Principal, Penn Quarter Partners, designs and leads public affairs campaigns and provides strategic business insights for innovators in health care. Before starting PQP, Mr. Metheny led advocacy efforts at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America – representing the world's leading biopharmaceutical research and development companies and recognized advocates for public policies supporting access to medicines and future medical advancements.

Mr. O'Connor serves as Vice President of Alliance Development, State and External Affairs, for the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). He is tasked with building alliances with patient advocacy organizations, medical and professional societies and other partners, as well as leading the association's State Medical Technology Alliance, a coalition of state-based life science trade associations. Mr. O'Connor also heads AdvaMed's State Government Affairs department, coordinating legislative engagement strategies in state capitols across the country.

Ms. Saunders, CFP, CIMA, is a Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager at Farr, Miller & Washington, and works closely with clients to identify their financial goals, establish financial plans and create investment portfolios aligned with their goals. Throughout her career, she has supported individuals and institutions with her financial expertise.  Her clients rely on her for unbiased advice and consider her a sounding board on all areas of their financial life

Ms. Taylor is Senior Vice President, Head of Healthcare Global Government and Public Affairs, and Head of Corporate and Government Relations, USA, for Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company with three business sectors: Healthcare, Life Science, and Performance Materials.  She is responsible for positioning the company globally as a partner of choice to ensure new medicines and technologies are brought to patients around the world. She and her team work to shape government public policies, enhance the company's reputation and build relations with key external stakeholders, including patient groups and professional societies.  She also leads policy and advocacy on behalf of the company's three business sectors across a broad array of issue sets and stakeholders in the USA.  Throughout her 20 year career in the healthcare sector, Lynn has been an advocate for advancing initiatives that can help to improve women's health and wellbeing, from access to health care to ensuring women are able to join, rise and thrive in their communities and live better lives.

Ms. Thomas is a health care professional with 20 years of experience and is focused on health care innovation at the state level. She currently leads health services management for Cigna/Bravo Health Springs in the Dallas–Fort Worth area. Ms. Thomas leads managed health care strategies and tactics to ensure appropriate care coordination and access for Medicaid recipients. She frequently represents her organization with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services addressing Medicaid benefits for participants in managed care organizations.

"As HealthyWomen continues to expand and grow, we welcome the addition of these seven outstanding new board members,” said Tamar R. Thompson, HealthyWomen’s Board Chair. “Their extensive experience and expertise in strategic business management, global health and patient advocacy will strengthen HealthyWomen’s ability to remain the leading nonprofit health information source for women."

"This is an exciting time for HealthyWomen. Our new board members bring expertise that aligns perfectly with our growth and business strategies. I am looking forward to working with each of them," said Beth Battaglino, RN, CEO, HealthyWomen.

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