March of Dimes Leadership 2021

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

Andrew Coccari

Chief Development Officer

Hilary Strickland

VP & Chief of Staff

Rahul Gupta

SVP & Chief Medical and Health Officer
Interim Chief Scientific Officer, Research & Global Programs

Dr. Zsakeba Henderson

SVP & MCH Impact Deputy Medical Officer, MCH and NICU Innovation

Megan Walker

VP & Chief Volunteer Officer

Kelly Ernst

Senior Vice President Market Impact, Market Impact Leadership

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 is a Senior Vice President of Employer Group and Specialty at Humana.
Sue is responsible for group medical, group specialty and individual specialty lines
of business, including pricing and underwriting risk management. She
provides strategic, operational, and financial oversight for our actuarial, underwriting, and specialty areas.
Sue brings more than 30 years of experience in insurance, including sales, employee benefits, regional management, distribution, and growth.

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.

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.

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

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.

LaVerne H. Council

LaVerne H. Council is a founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Emerald One Consulting. She has more than 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, implementing global technology solutions and strategies that drive growth and innovation. She previously served as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Information & Technology and Chief Information Officer for Veterans Affairs; Corporate Vice President and first Global CIO for Johnson & Johnson; Global Vice President for information technology, global business solutions, and development services at Dell Inc., among others. Council has been a March of Dimes volunteer since the age of five and served as Chair of the National Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2015.

Sharon Mills Higgins

Sharon Mills Higgins, an independent marketing and philanthropy consultant, spent 20 years at Xerox Corporation in a variety of management positions. She has also been a volunteer for March of Dimes Pennsylvania for 15 years. There she has served in various capacities, including Secretary, Vice Chair, acting Board Chair, and currently as Advocacy Chair. In 2017, she joined the March of Dimes National Volunteer Leadership Council.

Tonya Lewis Lee

Tonya Lewis Lee is a producer, author and advocate for women and infant health, with a particular focus on improving the health and wellness of underserved communities. In 2009, Lee produced the documentary, Crisis in The Crib, exploring the issues of infant mortality in the U.S. Her work as a women’s health advocate, led Lee to establish her own wellness brand, Movita. She is also an accomplished writer of children’s books and scripts. She formerly served as a spokesperson for A Healthy Baby Begins With You campaign from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Muhammad Shahzad

Muhammad Shahzad is Chief Financial Officer at The Honest Company. Previously, he was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he covered a broad array of clients in the technology and media sectors. Shahzad has previously founded his own company, and also has worked at Accenture and Deutsche Bank. He also currently serves as Chairperson of the Board of Directors at Developments in Literacy, an education nonprofit organization, and is involved in other nonprofit endeavors.

Lorna Street, MBA, CPA

Lorna Street, MBA, CPA, brings over 20 years of financial leadership experience to March of Dimes and was most recently Chief Financial Officer of Kids2, a global leader in the infant product industry. During her career she held global leadership roles at Nestle, Morgan Stanley and Harland Clarke that include leading large finance, IT and legal teams. Street’s financial and accounting knowledge, impart significant expertise to the board, including strategy, risk management, audit, financial reporting and corporate governance.

Amy L. Casseri, JD

Amy L. Casseri, JD joined HCA as the Corporate Vice President of Pediatric Services in 2014. Her role expanded in January 2016 to include Women’s Services. She now leads the charge for Women’s & Children’s Services while engaging and collaborating with Operations, Clinical Services and other teams across HCA to enhance quality and grow services.
Amy is active in the community and serves on various non-profit boards including: American Hospital Association Maternal Child Board, March of Dimes TN State Board, as well as the Shalom Foundation. She was selected as a member of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows in 2020. She also formerly served with the Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes CO Board and both the Nashville and Denver Chambers of Commerce.
Amy and her husband, Keith live in Nashville and have two wonderful children.


BROTHER EVERETT B. WARD, PH.D. is a respected transformational leader with more than 30 years of national and statewide leadership experience. Dr. Ward was named the eleventh president of Saint Augustine’s University on April 10, 2015, by the Board of Trustees. Dr. Ward is the third alumnus to hold the post in the 148-year history of Saint Augustine’s University.
Dr. Ward was appointed by the Saint Augustine’s University Board of Trustees on April 23, 2014 as interim president. During his appointment, Ward put forth an aggressive agenda focused primarily on three key areas: (1) returning the institution to financial stability; (2) strengthening the faith of students, employees and alumni in the viability of the institution; and (3) engaging the community and corporate stakeholders for mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations. Transparency, shared governance and collaboration are the cornerstones of his administration.

Matan Parnes

Matan Parnes is a Senior-Vice-President at PayPal, leading its Global Data Science organization for the past 5 years. In his role, Matan is responsible to drive usage and increase impact of advanced data-science (Machine-learning and Artificial intelligence) across multiple domains. Prior to this role, Matan also acted as the General-Manager for PayPal Israel for 4 years.
Matan has previously worked at McKinsey & Company Tel Aviv’s office for 6 years in multiple strategy and operations projects in Israel and abroad, focusing on the Telecom, Banking, retail and Consumer-goods industries.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Matan worked as a software developer and team manager in two Israeli start-up companies. Matan is also a Major in the Israeli Air Force where he has commanded and led a special-forces team through training and operations.
Matan obtained his MBA from INSEAD business school in France and Singapore and a BA in Computer Science and Business Administration summa cum laude from the IDC in Israel.
Matan currently lives in NYC with his wife and 2 kids

Judette Louis MD, MPH

Dr. Louis is the Department Chair for the Department of OB/GYN at University of South Florida. She is a specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine and serves as the Immediate Past President for the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine. Dr. Louis has a joint faculty appointment in both the College of Public Health and the College of Medicine at USF. Her research in obstructive sleep apnea in pregnant women led to a career focused on maternal morbidity and mortality. After completing a Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship at Wayne State University/NIH Perinatology Research Branch, Dr. Louis embarked on a career studying obstructive sleep apnea in pregnancy. At the time, little was known about the disease and its implications for maternal and infant health. She collaborated with sleep medicine experts and anesthesiologists to define the outcomes associated with sleep apnea in pregnancy. Her research portfolio has expanded to include research on maternal morbidity and mortality and cardiometabolic consequences of sleep disorders. She has authored more than 70 scientific articles and book chapters. NIH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, foundations and industry, have funded her research. Dr. Louis has focused her most recent advocacy work in research and has been a champion of studying sex and gender differences of therapeutics and inclusion of pregnant people in clinical trials. She continues to be passionate about mentoring students and trainees with the belief that research is an essential part of medical education.

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