HERO is a Member Driven Organization
Emeritus Board Members
Mark Dundon, Co-Founder
Bill Whitmer, Co-Founder
Jerry Noyce, President and CEO
Paul Terry, President and CEO
Board of Directors
The HERO Board of Directors provides the oversight and direction that has made HERO successful and helped us become a leading non-profit health management organization in the country. Our board is made up of corporate executives and individuals from a cross section of employee health management organizations.
Each board member is a recognized thought leader in their respective area of our industry. HERO is proud to be guided by this distinguished group of professionals.
Anita Shaughnessy, MEd
Vice President, Benefits Manager
Chair, HERO Board of Directors
Anita Shaughnessy is Vice President and Manager of the Well-Being program at Wells Fargo.
In this role she directs the well-being strategy, and is responsible for planning, developing and evaluating programs and initiatives offered to over 260,000 US based team members, and spanning 8,700 locations.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Anita was Vice President of U.S. Healthcare and Wellness at American Express. Under her leadership that program was conferred multiple industry awards including honorable mention for the C. Everett Koop award.
Before this, she was Director of Welfare Programs at Citi; and also previously led Citibank’s work-life and health promotion programs. While she was with Citibank, the Health Management Program received two C. Everett Koop awards, with published results in the American Journal of Health Promotion and the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
In her early career Anita led aquatic and physical programming for the YMCA and then consulted on staffing and development of corporate fitness centers for several corporations including General Foods, GH Bass and Titleist and Footjoy Worldwide.
Anita received her Bachelor of Science degree from Russell Sage College, and a Master’s degree in education from Springfield College.
Joni Troester, MBA, CEBS, SPHR
Assistant Vice President, Total Rewards
The University of Iowa
Vice Chair, HERO Board of Directors
In her current role as Assistant Vice President, Joni provides leadership for compensation, broad –based benefit offerings and integrated health management programs for approximately 20,000 employees. She leads a team of staff members responsible for compensation, health and welfare plans, retirement plans, disability services, well-being programs, and workers’ compensation services.
Joni has experience in many areas of human resources with emphasis on strategic planning, development and implementation of system-wide service delivery models, and data analytics/outcome analysis. In her work, she is focused on integrating the concepts of total rewards in support of the employee experience, well-being, performance and the talent agenda within the University of Iowa culture.
Joni earned degrees from the University of Iowa with a BS and MA in Exercise Science; and received her MBA from the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. She is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist and Senior Professional in Human Resources.
David Schweppe, MPH, CPHIMS
National Vice President
Customer Analytics & Reporting
Treasurer, HERO Board of Directors
David Schweppe is national vice president, Customer Analytics and Reporting, for Kaiser Permanente. He is responsible for leading the building of and maintaining industry leading customer reporting and analytic capability across the Kaiser Permanente organization.
In this capacity, Schweppe leads the assessment of Kaiser Permanente’s position in Customer Reporting and Value Demonstration to determine the current and future information needs of Kaiser Permanente customers. He also is responsible for developing the strategy and building the infrastructure to ensure Kaiser Permanente is the industry leader in analytics and reporting.
Schweppe joined Kaiser Permanente in 1993 previously; he was Director of Analytics in Quality Operations with The Permanente Medical Group, and with Kaiser Permanente IT as the Director, Clinical Data Solutions. In the last six years, Schweppe has led the release of a number of new information products, such as Kaiser Permanente’s Partnership in Health Reports, Information Consulting Services, and research & development services to enhance the organization’s reporting capabilities.
Schweppe has a master’s degree in public health from California State University at San Jose and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in genetics from UC Davis.
Marleece Barber, MD, MS
Chief Medical Officer
Secretary, HERO Board of Directors
Dr. Marleece Barber is Director of Health, Wellness and Employee Health and Life Insurance Benefits. She also serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the Lockheed Martin Corporation. She is responsible for designing, developing, and executing a health and productivity strategy that includes wellness and preventive care for over 100,000 employees.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, she was employed by Deere & Company where she created wellness programs and initiatives that emphasized the importance of risk factor reduction in the prevention of chronic disease. She was also the Director of Global Safety, ensuring that appropriate standards were met and programs deployed to prevent workplace injuries.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Dillard University; a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; and a Master of Science from Harvard University School of Public Health. Dr. Barber serves on the Board of Directors of the National Business Group on Health and is an inaugural member of the Institute of Medicine’s Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety Committee. She is also on the Board of Director’s for the Leapfrog Group.
The wife and mother of two children is also a talented singer and songwriter of inspirational music.
Seth Serxner, PhD, MPH
Chief Health Officer and Senior Vice President
Population Health Optum
Immediate Past Chair, HERO Board of Directors
Seth Serxner brings the breadth of his experience in academia, industry and consulting to his role as chief health officer and senior vice president of population health for Optum Care Solutions. His versatile skill set ensures processes and outcomes that improve health for clients in all markets. Seth’s deep knowledge of behavior change, population health and measurement allow him to visualize and deliver on program innovation. He has more than 25 years of experience in health and productivity management and has published more than 30 articles. Seth came to Optum from Mercer’s Total Health Management specialty, where he served as partner and senior consultant for nine years. During his tenure there, Seth established himself as a national expert on behavior change, program design and measurement.
Seth spent a decade each in academia and private industry before becoming a consultant. During this time, Seth was vice president of research at StayWell, where he established the industry-leading market research program for developing and marketing consumer health materials and programs. He has also held academic positions with the University of Hawaii Medical School, the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii and the University of California, Irvine. Seth earned a Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a doctorate from the University of California, Irvine, where his research focused on health promotion and disease prevention in social ecology.
Karen Moseley is President of the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), a national think tank dedicated to advancing best practices in employee health promotion. In collaboration with HERO members, Karen and the HERO team provide leadership in research and education on issues such as the impact of wellness program best practices on health outcomes and the impact of healthy cultures on employee performance.
Prior to being appointed President of HERO, Karen served as the organization’s Vice President of Education and Director of Operations. In these positions, she was instrumental in growing HERO membership, increasing member engagement, and continuously improving educational programming and supporting HERO’s robust research agenda. Karen also managed HERO’s grant-funded projects, which include a multi-stakeholder collaboration to support employer involvement in community health initiatives and another to identify common measures of community health, both funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Having worked in the non-profit sector for more than 25 years, Karen has managed the development and dissemination of a number of publications and educational conferences. Karen received her Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
To stay healthy, Karen enjoys yoga and focuses on movement throughout the day. She also enjoys cooking and being in nature. Karen and her husband, T.J., and their children Harris and Catherine, reside in Fayetteville, NC.
Maggie Biscarr, MSW
Director, Global Partnership Solutions
Maggie Biscarr has over 15 years of experience developing and managing programs and public-private partnerships designed to serve vulnerable populations. In 2016, Maggie made a move from the non-profit sector to PepsiCo, where she directs a global partnership strategy for PepsiCo’s Public Policy / Government Affairs shop. She and her team work across corporate and commercial business units to develop proactive, shared value partnerships (with retail customers, industry groups, and the public sector) that connect PepsiCo’s commercial, regulatory and sustainability agendas with a primary focus on health and wellness.
Prior to her role at PepsiCo, Maggie led the development of AARP Foundation’s SNAP and nutrition incentive portfolios, including Fruit and Vegetable incentive and food Rx programs. Most notably, she developed and ran Fresh Savings, an innovative public-private partnership with UnitedHealthcare, Kroger, farmers markets, and USDA that provided monetary incentives for SNAP consumers to incentivize the purchase and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Maggie’s other primary functions while at AARP Foundation were in grantmaking and cause marketing – she played a key role in the development and management of AARP’s Drive to End Hunger program with NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports. In her early career, Maggie’s direct service experience included a stint working in the DC foster care system, providing behavioral health services for at-risk youth, and serving as a behavioral therapist for children with autism.
In addition to serving on HERO’s board of directors, Maggie holds a board seat on the DC Central Kitchen board to support social enterprise, food security, and job creation in the city where she lives. Maggie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Mercer University, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Georgia.
Chris Calitz, MPP
Director of Center for Workplace Health
American Heart Association
Chris is an experienced public health professional committed to promoting health and well-being through forging innovative public-private partnerships that scale up science-based health promotion policies and programs. As the Director of the Center for Workplace Health, his responsibilities include leading the Center, as well as providing research, policy and evaluation support to the AHA CEO Roundtable, 45+ CEOs from the nation’s largest companies who committed to creating a culture of health to improve employee and community health. Chris also serves as the Staff Lead to the AHA’s Workplace Health Steering Committee.
Previously, he was a health policy analyst for the Vitality Group, provider of the internationally recognized Vitality wellness program. Chris co-founded and served as North American Partnership Director for the MEND Program, one of the largest evidence-based childhood obesity programs in the UK, Canada, and Australia. He led the multidisciplinary team that adapted, piloted and disseminated the MEND Program in the US and Canada.
Chris has published original research, commentaries, and statement articles on disease prevention and workplace health promotion in the Health Affairs, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation, and the American Journal of Health Promotion. He is currently the Principal Investigator on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant on culture of health. He has served as an expert panelist on workplace wellness for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the national advisory board for the Corporate Health Leadership Program convened by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He currently serves on the Policy and Education Committees of the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO).
Born in South Africa, Chris holds a Master of Public Policy (with honors) from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University and a BA Hons (with honors) from the University of Cape Town. He is a member of the Alpha Chapter of the Delta Omega public health honors society.
Janis Davis-Street, MS, MA, EdD, CHES
Associate Manager, Health and Productivity
Health and Medical
Dr. Janis Davis-Street manages Chevron’s Health and Productivity group which provides targeted interventions for identified health risks and designs health promotion programming for employee groups. As global wellness consultants, the group focuses on prevention and the role of personal health as an enabler of safety and productivity.
Janis’ qualifications include a doctorate in health education and Masters’ degrees in nutrition and organizational leadership. She is credentialed as a certified health education specialist and holds a certificate in public health informatics. Prior to joining Chevron in 2006, Janis spent 15+ years as a nutritionist at NASA. Current focus areas include human performance, organizational learning, employee engagement, resilience, health technologies that improve well-being, and communications oversight for Health and Medical. Other interests include health disparities, education outreach, and the roles of physical and psychological wellbeing in preventing chronic diseases.
Janis has co-authored several publications on corporate wellness and more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers in the areas of nutrition and spaceflight. She is co-author of “Space Nutrition” – a middle school text book. Outside of Chevron, Janis has led workshops on nutrition, cardiovascular health, healthy lifestyles, resilience and spiritual wellbeing.
Gerardo D. Durand, MD, MPH
Senior Corporate Occupational Medicine Physician
Jack Groppel, PhD
Co-founder, Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute
Jack Groppel, PhD, is an internationally recognized authority and pioneer in the science of human performance and co-chair of the newly formed Global Alliance for Health & Performance. He currently serves on an academic appointment as Professor of Kinesiology & Community Health at the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign, and served as an Adjunct Professor of Management at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University for several years. Jack has addressed the issue of worksite wellness and performance at such policy events as the United Nations Side Event for Physical Activity and Non-Communicable Disease, a US Congressional Briefing on Worksite Health Promotion, and represented the worksite wellness industry at the historic Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities. He is the co-chair of HERO’s Workplace Performance Study Committee, as well as the national spokesperson for the CEO Pledge for Physical Activity of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity. Jack co-authored the books, “The Corporate Athlete” and “The Corporate Athlete Advantage,” and developed a training program around the concept. He has been featured in the New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Shape, Fast Company and Huffington Post, among others. Jack is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Nutrition, as well as a Board certified nutritionist.
Nico Pronk, Ph.D., M.A., FACSM, FAWHP
President of the HealthPartners Institute
Chief Science Officer at HealthPartners, Inc.
Adjunct Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts
Dr. Pronk’s work is focused on connecting evidence of effectiveness with the practical application of programs and practices, policies and systems that measurably improve population health and well-being. His work applies to the workplace, the care delivery setting, and the community and involves development of new models to improve health and well-being at the research, practice and policy levels.
Currently, Dr. Pronk serves as co-chair of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (aka Healthy People 2030) and is a member of the Community Preventive Services Task Force. He was the founding and past president of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion and has served on boards and committees at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the American Heart Association, the Health Enhancement Research Organization, among others.
He is widely published in both the scientific and practice literatures and is a national and international speaker on population health and health promotion. Dr. Pronk received his doctorate degree in exercise physiology at Texas A&M University and completed his post-doctoral studies in behavioral medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH is Chief Medical Officer of Zipongo. He has an extensive background in health care management and policy and is currently President-elect of The American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Prior to Zipongo, Dr. Shurney was as the Chief Medical Director /Executive Director for Global Health Benefits and Corporate Wellness for Cummins, Inc. He has also served as Chief Medical Director of the Employee Health Plan for Vanderbilt University and Medical Center where Dr. Shurney held joint faculty appointments. He is co-author of the book “Integrating Wellness into Your Disease Management Programs” which is a “how- to” guide for employers that wish to innovate their approach to chronic condition management. Dr. Shurney is board-certified in general preventive medicine and public health and serves on numerous boards. Other positions that Dr. Shurney has held include Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Healthways, Senior Health Policy Strategist in the Division of Government Affairs for the biotechnology company Amgen Inc., Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of medical affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Editor of the Journal of Managed Care Physicians.
Tamara (Tami) Simon, JD
Managing Director and Global Practice Leader
Knowledge Resource Center
Conduent Human Resource Services
Tami Simon is a nationally recognized health, wellness and workforce strategy leader. Recently named one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Benefit Consulting by Employee Benefit Adviser, Tami is the Global Practice Leader of Conduent’s HR Services Knowledge Resource Center. The Knowledge Resource Center is responsible for the firm’s cross-practice legal compliance consulting center, government relations, thought leadership, publications, research, surveys, and training. Tami also held the position of Global Practice Leader for the Career Practice, the firm’s compensation, talent management and vendor management team. Tami is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and executive sponsor for the Conduent Women’s Alliance DC chapter.
Tami is an accomplished and highly sought-after public speaker and has testified before the US Congress and Federal Government agencies. She has served as a faculty member for numerous programs, including those of the Harvard Business School, American Law Institute, American Benefits Council, ERISA Industry Committee, Society for Human Resource Management, and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists.
Tami has authored numerous articles in nationally recognized industry publications such as the Benefits Law Journal, Employee Relations Law Journal and Employee Benefits Journal. She has also been quoted by leading news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BNA, The Atlantic, Business Week, CFO Magazine, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, MSN Money, US News & World Report, Washington Business Journal, and Yahoo Finance.
Tami is on the board of directors for Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions, advisory board of the ERISA Industry Committee as well as BNA Tax Management’s Compensation Planning Journal. Before joining, Tami worked for Mercer, the law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery, Hewitt Associates and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office; she also served as a judicial intern for the Iowa District Court. Tami received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and her law degree, with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law, where she was an associate editor of the Law Review. She is a member of the Illinois Bar.
Shelly Wolff, PhD
Senior Director, Health and Benefits Global Health and Wellbeing
Health and Group Benefits
Willis Towers Watson
Shelly is a national and international expert in Willis Towers Watson’s Health & Wellbeing specialty area in the Health and Benefits Practice. She provides a wide variety of strategic consulting services in all aspects of health and well-being to include physical, emotional and financial aspects of organizational and personal health. Areas of expertise include care and condition management, wellness and prevention, health incentive design, onsite health centers, healthcare delivery innovations, worksite based support, emotional health, and financial well-being, absence and disability benefit design, statutory leave, workers compensation, employee productivity, workforce effectiveness and strategic planning with clients. She is also responsible for leading global health and productivity projects, engagement strategies and is a regular contributor to Towers Watson’s published research on global and domestic health and well-being strategies, programs and impacts. Prior to joining Towers Watson, Shelly came from General Electric where she was responsible for leading company-wide cross functional projects which became a cornerstone in GE’s absence and worker health programs. Shelly brings 20+ years of experience having worked in the insurance industry prior to her work at GE. Shelly holds a MBA from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN and master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling from the University of Minnesota.