Officers and Board of Trustees

National staff officers

  • President – Dr. Jennifer L. Howse
  • Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer – Richard Mulligan
  • SVP & General Counsel, Assistant Secretary – Lisa Bellsey, Esq.
  • SVP & Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Treasurer – David Horne 

Officers of the Board of Trustees

  • Chair – LaVerne H. Council
  • Vice Chair – Carol Evans
  • Vice Chair – Gary Dixon
  • Vice Chair – Jonathan Spector
  • Treasurer – Alfred Childs
  • Secretary – David R. Smith, MD


  • Miriam Arond
  • Kathleen Behrens
  • Harris Brooks
  • Shannon Brown
  • John Burbank
  • Harvey Cohen, MD, PhD
  • José Cordero, MD, MPH
  • Virginia Davis Floyd, MD, MPH
  • Steven Freiberg
  • Robert F. Friel
  • Donald Germano
  • Aleem Gillani
  • H. Edward Hanway
  • William R. Harker, Esq.
  • Elizabeth Roosevelt Johnston, Esq.
  • David H. Lissy
  • Kenneth A. May
  • G. Brent Minor
  • Judith Nolte
  • Kirk Perry
  • Troy Ruhanen
  • David A. Travers
  • Joseph W. Wood
  • F. Robert Woudstra
  • Roger C. Young, MD, PhD

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

Most common 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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