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Officers and Board of Trustees

  • Millions of volunteers and donors made mission goals possible.
  • We are making headway in preventing premature birth.
  • More than $31 million was invested in research in 2011.
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Officers and Board of Trustees

National staff officers

  • President – Dr. Jennifer L. Howse
  • Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer – Lisa Bellsey 
  • SVP and General Counsel,  Assistant  Secretary – Lisa Bellsey 
  • SVP and Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Treasurer – David Horne 
  • SVP & Chief Medical Officer – Edward R. B. McCabe, MD, PhD  

Officers of the Board of Trustee

  • Chair – LaVerne H. Council
  • Vice Chair – Gary Dixon
  • Vice Chair – Jonathan Spector
  • Vice Chair - H. Edward Hanway
  • Secretary – Monica Luechtefeld
  • Treasurer – Deidra Merriwether


  • Lisa Belkin 
  • Regina Benjamin, MD 
  • Harris Brooks 
  • John Burbank 
  • Gretchen Carlson 
  • Harvey Cohen, MD, PhD 
  • F. Sessions Cole, MD 
  • James Corbett 
  • José Cordero, MD, MPH
  • LaVerne Council
  • Gary Dixon
  • Virginia Davis Floyd, MD, MPH
  • Steven Freiberg
  • Alfredo Gangotena 
  • Donald Germano
  • Aleem Gillani
  • H. Edward Hanway 
  • Harry Johnson
  • David H. Lissy
  • Monica Luechtefeld
  • Deidra Merriwether
  • Kirk Perry
  • Dana Points
  • John Rainey
  • Kathleen Roosevelt
  • Troy Ruhanen
  • Will Smith
  • Jonathan Spector 
  • Roger C. Young, MD, PhD


March of Dimes National Office
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
(914) 997-4488

Frequently Asked Questions

How much money was dedicated to programs in 2012?

With the help of volunteers, donors and partners, we raised $219 million to invest in research, education and community services.

What are some key milestones in March of Dimes history?

Our research advances over the past 75 years are still improving health and saving lives for babies today.

  • The Salk and Sabin polio vaccines
  • The discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick
  • The first newborn screening test that detects PKU
  • The use of surfactant to treat infant respiratory distress

What are some of the highlights of 2012?

The March of Dimes commitment to babies is as strong as ever. Nearly 100 prominent hospitals joined us in working to eliminate elective deliveries before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. We also got the message out to moms-to-be that if their baby is healthy, it’s best to wait for labor to begin on its own. We partnered with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, which led to health departments in 48 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia setting a goal to reduce their rates of premature birth by 8 percent by 2014. And our NICU Family Support® project is in 128 hospitals bringing information and comfort to families.

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