Ellen Kourakos | 2014-15 Fellow
Ellen uses design thinking to create innovative health solutions. She is currently a Product Manager for the health-tech company Ultralinq. Previously, Ellen worked as a research and development engineer and project manager for a medical device company. She joined HFA as a fellow and then as Chief Operations Officer (COO). As COO of HFA, she was named one of the Aspen Institute’s inaugural Urban Innovators in 2015. Ellen studied human-centered design and earned a BS in Manufacturing and Design Engineering at Northwestern University.
Sandra Hwang | 2014-15 Fellow
Sandra is a Co-Investigator at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also teaches design thinking to patients, providers, and leadership at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. As an HFA fellow, she used mixed research methods and the human-centered design process to better understand patients, and led user testing to inform the solution’s design. She previously worked at the World Health Organization, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Group Health. Sandra holds a MSPH in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, BS in Biology and Society from Cornell University, and is EDA-Certified in evidence-based design of healthcare settings.
Miki Templeton | 2013 Fellow
Miki recently completed her Peace Corps service in Moldova, where she worked as a community and organizational development advisor and collaborated with youth and adults on multiple small grants and trainings, including skills transfer in project design and management, lean startup methodology, and user-centered design. She is also set to graduate with her MA in International Development and a certificate in Global Health Affairs this summer. In July 2016, Miki began working as a Program Analyst at the National Science Foundation.
Nick Azpiroz | 2014-15 Fellow
Nick is a current Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, focusing on the study of design methodology. Since the Health for America (HFA) fellowship, Nick has worked on multiple design projects intersecting with health, including the creation of a device to improve the surgical gowning process and multiple initiatives within the Family-Centered Care Department of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Nick holds a BS in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University.
Megan Caldwell | 2014-15 Fellow
Megan is a Customer Success Manager at Jiff, Inc. in Oakland, CA. She works with Fortune 500 companies to deliver personalized benefits and wellness recommendations for their employees via a user-centered mobile platform. Previously, she was the Executive Director of HFA, writing the health and professional development curricula and facilitating HFA's integration with MedStar Health. As a 2014-2015 HFA fellow, Megan brought her business acumen and health finance expertise to the team. Prior to this, she worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and was named an Aspen Institute Urban Innovator in Residence. Megan holds a BSPA and BA from Indiana University.
Abena Dakwahene | 2013 Fellow
Abena is a Project Director at EmPoWER Somerset, a non-profit organization in New Jersey which focuses on underage drinking prevention among youth showing early signs of substance use. Abena began her career in substance abuse prevention and mental health care after her 2013 HFA fellowship. She is dedicated to improving health among vulnerable communities and advocating for patient-centered care. Abena is a lover of all things New Jersey and holds an MPH with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from Boston University and a BS in Community Health with a concentration in Global Health from George Mason University.
Glenn L. Means III | 2013 Fellow
Glenn L. Means III is a Constituent Services Analyst for The Legislative Research Commission, addressing constituent concerns for 138 members of Congress. He is also the Co-Founder and Events Director for event planning company EPOCH Affairs. Additionally, Glenn is the Lead Organizer for The LGBTQIAA Consortium, a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and a volunteer for CASA of Lexington. Previously, he was the Director of Development at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass. Glenn graduated from Morehead State University with a MA in Public Administration and a BS in Psychology. He is pursuing a healthcare policy degree.
Amanda Newman | 2015-16 Fellow
Amanda came to HFA from the intersection of health, community engagement, and the arts. Now serving as a Strategic Advisor to HFA, she is providing operational support for WellRooted, the 2015-16 fellows’ type 2 diabetes solution, and helping to welcome the 2016-17 fellows. Previously, Amanda worked as an artist, facilitator, and communications coordinator at Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, MD. She graduated with a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah where she also founded a community health program to support at-risk populations. She plans to pursue a Master’s in Social Work in the New York area in 2017.
Dan Hoff | 2015-16 Fellow
Dan is supporting meal delivery startup Power Supply with its integration of WellRooted, the type 2 diabetes solution the 2015-16 HFA fellows developed, in addition to advancing other strategic projects for the company. During the fellowship, Dan led business model development and managed partnership initiatives. He also played a key role in the establishment of the early technical components of the WellRooted service. Prior to the fellowship, Dan worked in healthcare
and tech consulting. He holds a ScB in Biomedical Engineering with honors from Brown University.
Maythana Paquete | 2015-16 Fellow
May joined HFA after working in public health policy helping policy makers connect and implement innovation strategies. The fellowship ignited her passion for and training in human-centered design and, continuing forward, May’s career goal is to work at the intersection of design and health. Previously, she has worked with the National Academy for State Health Policy, Children’s National Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. May graduated from University of Maryland in Behavioral and Community Health, where she also worked on Sister to Sister: Life Choices, an intervention targeted to reduce obesity rates in African-American women.
Jake Vildibill | 2015-16 Fellow
Jake is a Project Analyst and founding team member at Docent Health in Boston. He leverages his diverse talents to help develop digital health solutions that improve patient experiences. During the HFA fellowship, Jake brought his test engineering knowledge to the development of WellRooted, the 2015-16 HFA fellows’ type 2 diabetes solution, and facilitated the ideation phase. Prior to joining HFA, Jake graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Jake also pioneered and secured funding for an ongoing project at Marquette developing non-electric hospital equipment and deploying it to developing countries.