March of Dimes Leadership 2019

These are the executive leaders and Board of Trustees officers and members who are dedicated to our mission, leading the fight for the health of all moms and babies. These individuals are committed to making the future brighter for us all by helping every family get the best possible start.

Executive Leadership Team


Stacey D. Stewart

President and CEO

Adrian P. Mollo

SVP, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of the Board

David C. Damond

SVP, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Treasurer of the Board

Alan Brogdon

SVP, Chief Operating Officer and Officer of the Board
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Cindy Rahman

SVP & Chief Marketing Officer

Darlene Slaughter

VP & Chief People Officer

DJ Hampton

SVP & Chief Development Officer

Hilary Strickland

VP & Chief of Staff

Kelle Moley

SVP & Chief Scientific Officer, Research & Global Programs

Rahul Gupta

SVP & Chief Medical and Health Officer

Megan Walker

VP & Chief Volunteer Officer

Mike Wood

VP, Strategy

National Board of Trustees


Monica Luechtefeld

Monica Luechtefeld is the former Executive Vice President of E Commerce and Direct Marketing at Office Depot and a pioneer in the field of Internet retailing. During her 20-year career, she led diverse business units including global E Commerce, IT, supply chain/logistics, marketing and sales. Her strategic vision and ability to advance E Commerce and emerging digital media transformed Office Depot into a global leader in Internet retailing.
She created the vision and tactical roadmap for over 50 public and corporate websites, in 20 languages across 40 countries producing more than $4.1 billion in annual sales. Currently, she consults with companies, from a range of industries, seeking expertise in e-commerce and new digital media solutions.

F. Sessions Cole, III, MD

Vice Chair
F. Sessions Cole, M.D., is the Park J. White, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Children’s Health, Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, and Interim Director of the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. After 32 years as the Chief of the Division of Newborn Medicine and 12 years as Chief Medical Officer, he transitioned out of both of those positions in January 2019.

Sue Schick

Vice Chair
Sue Schick is Senior Vice President for UnitedHealthcare Community & State. In this role she’s responsible for empowering health plans and supporting local markets, and designing and building innovative strategies
to support state government customers. UnitedHealthcare Community & State proudly serves 6.45 million Medicaid members in 30 states, plus Washington, D.C. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group, a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone.

Harry E. Johnson, Esq

Elected to the Board of Trustees in 2012, Mr. Johnson is a career lawyer, entrepreneur and public servant. He is President of the Memorial Foundation formally known as the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. in Washington, D.C. Mr. Johnson raised $120 million to construct the Martin Luther King Memorial on the mall in Washington, D.C. Mr. Johnson also has a law office in Houston, Texas.

William (Bill) A. Fitzgerald

Bill Fitzgerald is vice president and general manager, Commercial Engine Operations for GE Aviation. In this role, he’s responsible for all commercial jet engine products and global support. Mr. Fitzgerald holds a mechanical engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering from Boston University. He is also a graduate of GE’s Advanced Manufacturing course. He is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Judy L. Aschner, MD

Judy L. Aschner, M.D. is an internationally recognized leader and physician-scientist in pediatrics, neonatology and perinatal biology. Her laboratory and translational research focus is the regulation of the newborn pulmonary circulation. Dr. Aschner has served in a number of leadership roles, including secretary-treasurer of the American Pediatric Society, founder of the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care, chair of the Organization of Neonatology Training Program Directors, member of the American Board of Pediatrics Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and vice-chair and member of the board of directors of IPOKRaTES Foundation, an organization dedicated to continuing medical education in the developing world.


Gretchen Carlson

Journalist, author, TED talk alum and advocate, Gretchen Carlson paved the way for #MeToo with her historic 2016 sexual harassment complaint against the chairman of Fox News. Named one of Time Magazine’s
“100 Most Influential People in the World,” and author of New York
Times bestsellers “Be Fierce” and “Getting Real,” Carlson is one of America’s most successful news anchors and a globally recognized advocate for women’s empowerment. Carlson’s Gift of Courage Fund created the Gretchen Carlson March of Dimes Advocacy Fellows program in 2018 for 20 women across the country to advocate in their local communities, states and nationally for health policies affecting women and children.

Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE

Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, became Founding Chief Executive Officer Emeritus of Texas Health Resources on September 1, 2014, upon stepping down as Chief Executive Officer. Texas Health, based in Arlington, is one of the nation’s largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems. The system includes Texas Health Physicians Group and hospitals under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley.

Sharon Higgins

Sharon Mills Higgins has been involved in the efforts of the March of Dimes as a Volunteer leader for fifteen years. Sharon joined the Southeastern Pennsylvania board, now the Philadel-phia Market board, in 2004. She has served in various capacities since then, including Secre-tary, Vice Chair, and acting Board Chair. She co-chaired the Signature Chefs auction in Phila-delphia in both 2008 and 2009. Sharon was also a Chapter board member for the state of Pennsylvania for five years until the board folded at the end of 2015. She currently is the state of Pennsylvania Advocacy Chair. In January 2017, Sharon was invited to and accepted a role as a member of the National Volunteer Leadership Council. She also was a committee member from 2015-2018 for the Shining Star Awards dinner, a large Philadelphia gala sponsored by Comcast/NBC Sports that benefits the March of Dimes. Along with her daughter Carly, Sharon has led her Family Team for March for Babies for over ten years. From 2016 thru 2018, she held the position of Co-Chair, then Chair, of the Campaign to End Preterm Birth. This individual gift campaign to date has raised over $1.5 million in the state of Pennsylvania and $50 million nationally. Sharon is married to Thomas Higgins, a senior executive with The Vanguard Group. They are parents to 8 children, two of which were born with severe birth defects. They also have 6 grandchildren and reside in Malvern, Pennsylvania and Avalon, New Jersey. Sharon spent 20 years at Xerox Corporation, serving in a variety of sales, marketing, and senior man-ager positions (see attached CV). Upon her separation from Xerox in 2001 due to the birth of her severely ill daughter, Sharon began doing consulting work. She currently serves on multiple boards and committees in addition to her work with March of Dimes, encompassing private school and other philanthropic organizations with a focus on children. They include Bishop Shanahan High School Board of Trustees, Partners In Outreach Board of Trustees, St. Patrick Parish, Malvern, PA and others. Sharon holds a BA from Villanova University and studied in the Masters of Organization Dynamics program at the Wharton school of the University of Pennsylvania.

David L. Lakey, MD

David L. Lakey, MD, serves as the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for the University of Texas System, and the Senior Advisor to the President and Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler (UTHCT). Dr. Lakey serves on the Trust for America’s Health Board of Directors.

Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM

Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM, is Senior Vice President, USF Health
Dean, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. At USF Health, Dr. Lockwood leads the Morsani College of Medicine and the Colleges of Nursing, Public Health and Pharmacy, and the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. He also oversees the faculty group practice of the medical school—with over 900 health care providers, it’s one of the largest multispecialty group practices in Florida. Dr. Lockwood is also a professor in the medical school's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and holds a secondary appointment as a professor in the USF Health College of Public Health. He assumed these leadership roles when he joined USF Health in May 2014, and has also served as an Executive Vice President at Tampa General Hospital since 2015.

Dana W. Points

Dana was Points was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2012. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Parents and American Baby on all platforms, and the content director for the Parents Network, which also includes Meredith Corporation’s FamilyFun and its Hispanic titles, Parents Latina, Ser Padres and Siempre Mujer. Points has also been Executive Editor of American Health for Women, a Reader’s Digest publication and has held editorial positions with Mademoiselle and Family Circle. She serves on the board of Safe Kids Worldwide, an organization working to prevent unintentional childhood injuries. Points has appeared on “Today” and “Good Morning America,” as well as on CNN. She was chosen as one of MIN’s 21 Most Intriguing People of 2010. In addition to her work with March of Dimes, Dana is the Chairman of the Board of Safe Kids Worldwide.

Juan Salgado-Morales, FACOG, MD

Dr. Juan L Salgado is from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He graduated from the Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine in Puerto Rico in 1985. He completed his residency in OB/GYN at the Caguas Regional Hospital in 1989 and is an international speaker in endometriosis and laparoscopy. His main work is in preoperative Staging of Endometriosis with endovaginal ultrasound and operative laparoscopy for deep infiltrating endometriosis. Dr. Salgado is an Associate Professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine and an Assistant Professor in the department of Surgery Residency Program at the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan

Frank Wall

Frank Wall is Executive Vice President of the Mechanical & Service Contractors Association of Eastern Pennsylvania, whose mission is to provide representation for each of its Contractor and Allied Members, to enhance and perpetuate their business and profitability. A longtime volunteer for March of Dimes, Wall serves on their National Board of Trustees and on the National Volunteer Leadership Council. In this role, he travels the country speaking to boards and volunteers about board development and board excellence. His volunteer leadership talents were noted when a Portland television station honored him as an outstanding community leader.

Donald K. Warne, MD, MPH

Donald Warne, MD, MPH is the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) Program Director, and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota. He also serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board. Dr. Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men. He received his MD from Stanford University School of Medicine and his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Warne’s life’s work is to address health equity, including birth outcomes, in indigenous populations. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, he is a member of the Health Disparities Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as we as a member of the Board of Directors, Public Health Foundation.