CUNY SPH Foundation

CUNY SPH Foundation

The CUNY SPH Foundation, Inc. supports the educational mission of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy by helping to ensure the school has sufficient financial resources to accomplish its goals. With the gifts and grants it receives, the Foundation supports scholarships, emergency needs and programmatic activities in line with the school’s educational objectives.

Board of Directors

Lyndon Haviland

Lyndon Haviland
President, Lyndon Haviland & Co LLC

Lyndon Haviland, MPH, DrPH, is an international health consultant with more than 30 years public health experience. Dr. Haviland began her career in the US Refugee Service, working in multiple camps with South East Asia refugees. In 1991, she co-authored the first humanitarian needs assessment of Cambodia for the US Agency for International Development. Since that time, Dr. Haviland has led various public health campaigns, initiatives and organizations. Her consulting clients include UN agencies, international NGOs, and former Heads of State. She has served as a Board member for numerous international and domestic NGOs including the American Public Health Association where she is the recipient of two of its highest honors, Friend of the Student Assembly and the Director’s Citation.

As a consultant, Dr. Haviland has advised global leaders, presidents and agency heads on maternal and child health, access to vaccines, vaccine hesitancy, sexual and reproductive health, tobacco control and health promotion / disease prevention. Her work spans strategy, communications, leadership and partnership development. She was the Senior Project Leader for the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health Every Woman, Every Child) , an initiative helped to align all member states of the United Nations around a common strategy for saving more than 16 million lives and raised more than $40 billion in new resources for women and children’s health globally. Every Woman, Every Child is widely acknowledged as a turning point for multi-sectoral partnerships at the United Nations.

Dr. Haviland has worked in a broad range of professional environments spanning domestic, academic, multinational and multilateral organizations including the Earth Echo International, GAVI, UN Women, Policy Wisdom, Rabin Martin, the Aspen Institute, UNAIDS, the United Nations Department of Public Information, the UN Foundation, HRSA/SPNS projects, UNDP, WHO, the International Medical Corps, the American Legacy Foundation, The International Catholic Migration Commission and the International Organization for Migration. She holds a masters and doctorate degrees in public health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and has completed Advanced Management & Leadership training at the Harvard Business School.

Alfonso Chang

Alfonso Chang
Co-founder and Managing Director, AC3 Group
Managing Director, Relativity Healthcare Partners
CEO and President, Parsolex

Chang is co-founder and Managing Director of the AC3 Group, a boutique strategy consultancy firm, bringing over 20 years of experience providing counsel to leading global companies, guiding them through complex product developments. He also serves as Managing Director of Relativity Healthcare Partners, an investment group providing growth capital to healthcare companies, where he identifies and structures investment opportunities and provides strategic guidance to investment clients. Chang also provides analytical, development, manufacturing, and strategic solutions to pharmaceutical companies as CEO and President of Parsolex.


Margaret Crotty

Margaret Crotty

Executive Director and CEO, Partnership with Children

Margaret Crotty is the CEO of Partnership with Children, a major provider of school-based mental health services and community school management through a broad range of federal, state and city contracts. Previously, Margaret launched and ran Save the Children’s global $2 billion initiative to reduce global child mortality; and served as President and CEO of AFS-USA Intercultural Programs, which has provided international exchanges for over 300,000 students since 1947. In the private sector, Margaret held several executive positions at EF Education, the world’s largest privately-held education company, in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris, as a founding executive of EF’s online language education business, and as President of EF’s higher education business. She has lived in Indonesia twice, working for McKinsey & Co. and for Save the Children.

Margaret serves on the boards of Northwell Health, the CUNY School of Public Health Foundation, the Open Medical Institute, ACCESSHealth, and several education boards. She is also a board member of the Human Services Council and SeaChange Capital Partners; a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Council on Foreign Relations; and the chair of the Emerging Leaders Program for young leaders in the social sector.

Margaret graduated with honors from Princeton University in History and African-American Studies. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Public Health from the Mailman School at Columbia University.

Michael Meng

Michael Meng
President and Chief Financial Officer, Stellar Health

Michael Meng serves as Chairman, President and Chief Financial Officer of Stellar Health, a healthcare technology company that improves population health outcomes for providers and insurers around the country.  Michael has extensive experience investing in and working with healthcare companies from payors, to providers, technology solutions, and other ancillary services.  In addition, Michael has served on the board of companies ranging from $50 million to $3 billion plus in enterprise value.

Prior to founding Stellar Health, Michael was a Principal in the Healthcare Group at Apax Partners, a large cap global private equity firm.  Key deals that he led and worked on include Vyaire Medical (medical technology), Ideal Protein (consumer health), Medicomp (medical technology), One Call Care Management (workers’ comp network services), GENEX (workers’ comp nurse case management) Qualitest Pharmaceuticals (generic pharmaceuticals), and TriZetto (payor and provider IT).

Previous to his tenure at Apax Partners, Michael was an investment banker in Lazard’s Healthcare Mergers & Acquisitions Group in New York, where he worked on pharma, biotech, and healthcare services M&A and financing transactions.  He currently also serves on the board of the nonprofit Global Language Project.

Michael received his MBA in Healthcare Management from The Wharton School of Business and his Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Ayman El-Mohandes

Voting Member Ex-Officio
Ayman El-Mohandes

Dr. El-Mohandes is a pediatrician, epidemiologist, and academician with a deep commitment to public service; he serves an elected member of the executive board of the American Public Health Association. Prior to his appointment to CUNY in 2013, he served as Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska, where he was also professor of epidemiology at the College of Public Health, and professor of pediatrics and of obstetrics/gynecology at the College of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

An established researcher in the field of infant mortality reduction in minority populations, Dr. El-Mohandes was supported by the NIH between 1994 and 2009 to conduct community-based interventions with pregnant women and new mothers in underserved communities. He has more than 100 citations published in the peer-reviewed literature, including published works on infant mortality in African-Americans and American Indians and Alaska Natives, preterm births, and the environmental effects of tobacco smoke on pregnancy outcomes.

Dr. El-Mohandes currently serves as the Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy at the City University of New York. In this capacity he has dramatically expanded the school’s collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Under his leadership the New York City NHANES study was completed in 2014, and a new collaboration to pilot a community health workers’ initiative in East Harlem was launched in 2015. The CUNY School of Public Health currently is a collaborative home, along with the NYU School of Medicine, to the CDC Prevention Center in New York City.  The School has expanded significantly with 50 faculty and more than 600 graduate students, and a revitalized research portfolio. In the past year the School has established two new institutes, one addressing urban food policy and the other focused on implementation science.

Adam Doyno

Non-Voting Member, Ex-Officio
Adam M. Doyno
Executive Director, CUNY SPH Foundation
Director of Development, CUNY SPH

Adam Doyno has been a fundraising practitioner to support public health and social services since 2007. Starting out in the industry 11 years ago, Adam experienced the impact of the economic collapse on the nonprofit sector firsthand. Over the course of his career, Adam has been building fundraising initiatives, departments and teams in New York City and across the country.

Currently, Adam is the inaugural Director of Development at the CUNY Graduate School for Public Health and Health Policy Foundation. In this role, he is responsible for launching all aspects of the school’s foundation, including fundraising and operations to support the growth of the school.  Prior, Adam re-tooled the annual fund at FPWA, launched the national Donor Development department at the National Kidney Foundation to re-focus the organization on individual and major giving, and spent a half-decade at United Way of New York City working to maintain and grow fundraising on the Major and Individual Giving team during the Great Recession.

Active in the fundraising community, Adam is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-NYC Chapter where he serves as the co-Chair of the Membership Committee, and is a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals, where he is a recurring speaker at their international conference.  He is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive, and holds an MPA from CW Post, Long Island University and a BA from Hofstra University.

Toyin Ajayi

Toyin Ajayi
Co-founder and Chief Health Officer, Cityblock Health

Dr. Ajayi, board certified in family medicine, is Chief Health Officer of Cityblock Health, the first tech-driven provider for communities with complex health and social needs–bringing better care to neighborhoods where it’s needed most. Cityblock’s care teams meet members where they are, delivering highly personalized primary care, behavioral health care, and social services to every member, including those who access Medicaid, are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare, and others living in lower-income neighborhoods.

Prior to Cityblock, Dr. Ajayi served as Chief Medical Officer of Commonwealth Care Alliance, a nationally renowned integrated health plan and care delivery system for individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. In this role, she led clinical operations, spearheaded care delivery innovations, and oversaw multi-disciplinary teams of clinicians, community health workers and administrators serving more than 20,000 beneficiaries across Massachusetts.

She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and her medical degree, with Distinction in Clinical Practice, from King’s College London School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center. She continues to practice primary care focused on patients with chronic, complex and end-of-life needs.​

Gil Addo

Gil Addo
Co-Founder and CEO, RubiconMD

Gil Addo is the CEO and Co-Founder of RubiconMD, a digital health platform that allows primary care providers to access same-day, eConsults from top medical specialists to improve patient care. He drives RubiconMD’s vision and strategy through his passion to improve access to quality medical expertise. Formerly a Consultant at Putnam Associates, a pharmaceutical strategy consultancy, Addo designed payer and market access strategies for fortune 500 companies. He previously held strategy and business development roles at Cubist (acquired by Merck), Xerox, and two early-stage healthcare ventures. Addo holds a BS in Economics and Biomedical Engineering from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard University. He has appeared in Inc, Forbes, CNBC, and Fortune Magazine. Addo been named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in healthcare and MedTech Boston’s 40 Under 40. In 2017, Crain’s New York named Addo as their Heritage Healthcare Innovator of the Year.

Saquib Rahim

Saquib Rahim
Strategy & Innovation, Immunology Data Science, Johnson & Johnson
Board-Certified Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian

Dr. Saquib Rahim is a digital health executive and a board-certified attending physician at New York Presbyterian. He formerly served as the chief medical officer of Alyvant and as chief medical officer and vice president of clinical strategy at Aetna Digital. He also served as director of integrated health at Quartet and chief medical officer at CipherHealth – both New York-based healthcare technology companies.

Dr. Rahim brings extensive experience in healthcare from both clinical and business perspectives to the CUNY SPH Foundation, having practiced and consulted in more than 20 different health systems. He graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in political science and earned his MD from Northwestern University with honors in internal medicine as a member of the combined seven-year BA/MD program. He earned his MBA at Harvard Business School, where he co-authored a teaching case on outcomes measurement in healthcare and advised the HBS Healthcare Initiative.

Pamela Wheeler

Pamela Wheeler
Lecturer, Master of Science, Sports Management, Columbia University

Pamela Wheeler is a woman of firsts. She was the first woman appointed to lead a professional sports union, was the founding Director of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) and negotiated the first collective bargaining agreement in women’s professional sports.

As founding Director, Ms. Wheeler created the organizational infrastructure of the WNBPA and was responsible for improving the lives of professional women basketball players both on and off the court. Whether through collective bargaining, establishing programs for players or developing alternative income sources, she consistently implemented strategies that resulted in significant advances for WNBA players. She successfully led multiple CBA negotiations, culminating in the establishment of (i) minimum salary increases of 75% for rookies and 100% for veterans; (ii) year-round medical, maternity and retirement benefits; (iii) a landmark system of free agency; (iv) player controlled group license marketing rights; (v) player revenue sharing and (vi) a flexible salary cap system. Under her leadership player benefits, salaries and resources increased by 300% from 1998 to 2014.

In addition, Ms. Wheeler consistently worked to enhance the working conditions and social welfare of WNBA players both during and after their playing careers. To that end, she implemented and administered a myriad of Association and joint labor/management programs, including anti-drug, graduate school tuition reimbursement, career assessments & apprenticeships, financial planning and Rookie orientation.

Prior to the WNBPA, Ms. Wheeler was the Director of Business Development for the Continental Basketball Association, where she finalized stalled negotiations with New Line Cinema to create a national branding platform based on merging sports and entertainment. Before that, she served as General Counsel & Marketing Manager at Bob Woolf Associates, creating sports and entertainment marketing programs for institutional clients and negotiating marketing agreements for athletes.

She earned a BA from Dartmouth College and a JD from Boston University. She has been profiled in a number of traditional and sports publications, including the Sports Business Journal, “Game Changer,” Sports Illustrated, 101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports, Black Enterprise, 50 Most Powerful Blacks in Sports and Essence Magazine, Powerful African American Women.

Ruth Wooden

Ruth Wooden
Marketing and public policy communications professional

Ruth Wooden retired in 2011 after a 40+ year career as a marketing and public policy communications professional. Early in her career she worked in the private sector at the Ralston Purina Company and NW Ayer Advertising. In 1987 she was elected President of the Advertising Council, the nation’s leading provider of public service advertising campaigns for government agencies (e.g. drunk driving prevention for Dept. of Transportation) and nonprofit organizations (e.g. United Negro College Fund). In 1999-2000, she served full time as the advertising coordinator for Senator Bill Bradley’s Presidential campaign. From 2001-2003, she worked for the international PR firm, Porter Novelli in their social marketing practice and from 2003 until her retirement she served as President of Public Agenda, the NYC based research and public policy think tank founded by social scientist Dan Yankelovich and Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance.

Ms. Wooden has served as a director for a number of nonprofit organizations including CARE, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Partnership for Drug Free Kids, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University School of Health Sciences and the Mailman School of Public Health, Research!America, Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, Demos, The Public Good Projects Inc. She is the former Chair of the Board of (formerly Civic Ventures), and current Chair of the Board of Futures Without Violence (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund), as well as a board member of the CUNY School of Public Health Foundation. She was also a corporate director of the U.S. Trust Company.

She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has an honorary degree from Northeastern University. In 1996, she was named Advertising Woman of the Year and was a recipient of the Matrix Award in Communications. She is currently consulting with a number of nonprofit organizations and is a 2016 MA graduate of Union Theological Seminary. Ms. Wooden lives in New York City and Callicoon, NY.