Nancy Brady headshotNancy Brady

Neighborhood House

Nancy Brady, joined Neighborhood House as president in 2014, returning to the organization where, from 2003-2006, she led the successful capital campaign that funded the construction of Neighborhood House’s home, The Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center for Community Building. Brady has more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience in an array of areas including strategic planning, fundraising, volunteer engagement, marketing and communications, program development, project management, and community relations. She served on the senior leadership team at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity for eight years, and was responsible for fundraising, volunteerism, and marketing and communications. 
Brady holds a master’s in business administration from New York University and a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Illinois. She is a member of the Leadership St. Paul Class of 2004 and served on the board of directors at Prevent Child Abuse MN for two terms including serving as its chair. She is currently serving on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities.

Mike Hanley headshotMichael Hanley

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania 

Michael Hanley is the CEO of United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC), a multi service social service agency serving the needs of families, individuals, senior citizens, and children through a network of community centers, childcare centers, senior centers, and community services programs. Hanley began his career at United Neighborhood Centers in 1988 as the director of youth programs at UNCs Bellevue Community Center and went on to serve as the director of aging services programs in 1992, assistant executive director in 1994, and executive director in 1995. During his tenure, UNC has more than tripled in size, primarily through the expansion of its housing, community services, and crisis programs. He instituted a One Stop Shop Housing Counseling program serving over 1,000 households annually with a variety of housing needs including first time homebuyer’s education, foreclosure prevention counseling, and transitional as well as permanent supportive housing programs for homeless individuals and families.

In addition, under his leadership, UNC has initiated a Community Health Department staffed by community health professionals, nurses, and social workers with the purpose of breaking down the silos between the low-income community and health care. In its four-year history this program has grown to serve over 500 individuals with chronic diseases, linking them to health professionals throughout the community. Hanley also serves as the CEO of the United Neighborhood Community Development Corporation, a subsidiary of UNC with a mission of developing affordable rental housing for low-income seniors and families as well as addressing the comprehensive community development needs of struggling neighborhoods.

Hanley holds a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Scranton and a master’s in public administration from Marywood University. He is a 2010 graduate of the Achieving Excellence Executive Education Program at Neighborworks and Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School. Hanley is a board member of Regional Hospital of Scranton, Metro Action of Lackawanna County, and the Lackawanna County Workforce Investment Board. He is also a member of the National Advisory Board of the Center for Engagement and Neighborhood Building at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. He is a former board member of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, a founding member of the Housing Coalition for Lackawanna County, and a member of the Human Relations Commission for the City of Scranton.  He is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Honor Award from the Martin Luther King Commission, the 2012 Sister Siena Finley Ethics Award from the Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the 2009 Interdependence Award.

Leslie Newman headshotLeslie J. Newman

Children & Families First

Leslie Newman has led Children and Families First in Wilmington, Delaware, for the past 11 years and served as the agency’s director of development for 15 years prior to her appointment as CEO. She is a commissioner for the Child Death Review Commission and a member of the Delaware Early Childhood Council, serving as chair of its Health Committee. Newman has chaired Delaware’s Home Visiting Community Advisory Board since its inception in 2008. She is a member of the Healthy Neighborhoods Committee, part of the Delaware’s Health Innovation Plan, and a member of the Division of Family Services’ Advisory Board. Newman also serves as president of the Milton & Hattie Kutz Foundation Board of Directors.

Newman has been a true leader in the social services sector for many years and has been a valuable contributor to the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. Children and Families First helps children facing adversity on their journey to adulthood. They offer a wide variety of programs that cover a lifespan, use a trauma-informed lens, and help children build resilience so they can reach their full potential. For the past two years, Children and Families First has been a cohort member of the Alliance’s Change in Mind initiative and continues to lead Delaware in leveraging advances in neurosciences to achieve better outcomes for children and families.

Monica Baskin

Monica L. Baskin

Professor of Preventive Medicine
Vice Chair for Culture and Diversity in the Department of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Monica L. Baskin, professor of preventive medicine and vice chair for culture and diversity in the department of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Baskin received her bachelor of arts in psychology and sociology from Emory University and her master of science in community counseling and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Georgia State University.

She is a licensed psychologist whose research focuses on minority health and health disparities. Her research utilizes community-based participatory methods to better understand and address individual, family, and environmental factors associated with healthy eating, physical activity, obesity, and cancer prevention and control. This work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, and others. Her extensive NIH-funded research history includes the design and adaptation of culturally-relevant behavioral and environmental interventions to address obesity among African Americans living in the Deep South. This research has included residents of rural and urban communities and populations across the lifespan. Much of her work utilizes various participatory methods to link academic partners to community- and faith-based networks to better understand and address individual, family, and environmental factors associated with healthy eating, physical activity, obesity, and associated chronic conditions. Current projects focus on community-led interventions for weight loss and African American women in rural Alabama and social determinants of gestational weight gain among black and white women in Birmingham, Alabama.

Baskin is also part of the inaugural cohort of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Program and serves in multiple leadership roles focused on advancing health equity in Jefferson County, Alabama, including chair of Jefferson County Collaborative for Health Equity (formerly Jefferson County Place Matters), chair of advancing health equity priority group of the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership. She is a trained and authorized facilitator of nationally-known training programs on unconscious bias for health professionals and equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Drew Langloh

President and CEO
United Way of Central Alabama

Drew Langloh has dedicated his career to the mission of serving the underserved through the United Way movement. This Arlington, Virginia native believes United Way is a ministry of service to others—its work is not only to help those in need but to help volunteers and donors fulfill their service needs by helping others.

With his degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Langloh joined United Way in 1988 in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 1991, he moved to Birmingham as the vice president of resource development for United Way of Central Alabama and completed his master’s in business administration at Samford University. He left Birmingham for Baltimore in 1999 to become the senior vice president of resource development and marketing for United Way of Central Maryland and in 2004, became president and chief professional officer of United Way of Delaware.

He returned to Birmingham in 2008 as president and CEO with a vision to elevate United Way of Central Alabama to a top model for making lasting changes to complex problems. He feels today’s problems have become so complex and deeply rooted that a different approach is needed. To solve today’s problems, he believes it will take nonprofit agencies, municipalities, corporations, foundations, academics, and faith communities working together with a common focus.

He is a servant leader, involved in many other community organizations including Leadership Birmingham, Leadership Alabama, Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Addiction Prevention Coalition Advisory Board, Advent Episcopal Day School Board of Trustees, Samford University Board of Overseers, The City Club Board of Directors, and is the chair of Jefferson County Health Action Partnership, Hands on Birmingham, Community Partnership of Alabama, Priority Veteran, and Meals on Wheels.

United Way of Central Alabama is among the top twenty United Ways in the country in total revenue. It has just successfully completed another fundraising campaign, raising $38,000,214 million dollars for the programs and agencies it funds. Throughout his 30-year career, Langloh has helped raise over $1 billion for charity.

Langloh and his wife Anne Lynn live in Birmingham with their three children. He and his family are active members of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham.

Christopher Nanni

President and CEO
Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Nanni joined the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham as president and CEO in February 2014. As the largest foundation in the state, the Community Foundation works with philanthropists, nonprofits, and civic leaders, igniting passion for transformational change in our five-county region.

He has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit and community work and a deep-seated passion for philanthropy. What has made him effective in the foundation realm is the many years he has spent in the nonprofit sector running organizations and programs dealing with such issues as addictions, homelessness, poverty, and education.

Nanni believes that philanthropy is an essential tool in addressing critical issues. He is interested in evolving the Community Foundation’s grant making to be proactive in resolving community problems. Given the incredible generosity of our community and manageability of our issues, he believes the foundation is strategically poised to help build a more prosperous community.

Nanni has a master’s in social work from the University of Chicago and a master’s in cross-cultural theology from Catholic Theological Union. He earned his bachelor’s degree in theology and computer applications from the University of Notre Dame where he was a walk-on for the men’s basketball team. Nanni and his wife, Allison, and their three children live in Homewood.

Mark Wilson

Health Officer
Jefferson County

Dr. Mark Wilson became health officer of Jefferson County in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2011, overseeing the various programs of the Jefferson County Department of Health. Before taking this position, he served on the Jefferson County Board of Health for three years and worked for over 20 years as a general internist in indigent health care at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital, including several years as outpatient medical director and then chief of staff. Wilson helps lead the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership. He has also been a leader in the local “Pills to Needles” community collaboration to address the opioid epidemic and serves on the Alabama Council on Opioid Misuse and Addiction. He serves on the boards of several health-related organizations. He has an engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a medical degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Wendy Ellis

Project Director
Building Community Resilience Collaborative
Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University

Wendy Ellis is the project director of the Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. The BCR collaborative is testing and implementing a model based on Ellis’ research in designing a strategic process for child health systems, health departments, and cross-sector partners to align resources, programs, and initiatives with community-based organizations to address the Pair of ACEs.

This strengths-based approach is aimed at building community infrastructure to promote resilience in cities and communities across the country, and it is being tested in six major metropolitan areas:

  • Cincinnati
  • Dallas
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Kansas City, Missouri and St. Louis
  • BCR is supported in part by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Kresge Foundation. Ellis and co-principal investigator Bill Dietz have published an article in Academic Pediatrics detailing the BCR framework. At each site, Ellis' team at George Washington University’s Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellbeing provide technical assistance to establish relationships between primary care providers, churches, government agencies, community organizations, and community members to help address gaps and disparities for children and families. This multi-sector effort is aimed at helping communities not just 'bounce back' from adversity but as Ellis puts it, 'bounce forward,' stressing the project's aim to improve baseline quality of life for children and families. "We are not interested in merely piecing together a system of care. This work will change systems and policies to ensure every child has the opportunity to thrive," says Ellis.

    In 2017, Ellis was selected to receive a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being—seeking innovations to prevent child abuse and neglect. The fellowships are designed to develop a new generation of leaders capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation's ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. She is also a Milken Scholar at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, where she is completing dissertation research toward a doctorate in health policy. Ellis holds a master’s in public health from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and a bachelor’s from Seattle University.

    At the University of Washington, she led a study investigating factors associated with disparities in access to mental health care among children in Washington state, which was published in Health Affairs. Prior to joining George Washington University she served as Manager of Child Health Policy in Nemours’ National Office of Child Health Policy and Practice in Washington, D.C. In this role, she led policy research and development efforts in population health, prevention, child behavioral health, toxic stress, and adverse childhood experiences. Ellis also managed policy and communications for the Kresge-funded Moving Health Care Upstream initiative. Previously, she served as manager of health services research and health policy at CSR Incorporated, a research and technical services firm in Arlington, Virginia. At CSR, Ellis led research and policy analysis projects on an array of health services topics including: Patient-centered medical homes, access to care issues for children and families, reducing health disparities, child mental health, and health promotion as well as program evaluation for the Centers for Disease Control, the National Association of County and City Health Organizations, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and others.

    Headshot of Kim ScottKim Scott

    CEO of Trillium Group
    Executive Director of Trillium Family Foundation

    Kim Scott is responsible for providing executive leadership for all Trillium program operations. He provides direct supervision to the organization’s CEOs, and leadership in the development of organizational policy and procedure, compliance with national accrediting bodies, and program and business development activities. Scott is committed to the health and well-being of Oregon’s children and families, and has dedicated his life’s work to making the world a safer, more supportive place for ALL people to thrive.

    Scott provides statewide leadership in the development of intensive treatment services that are family focused and integrated with local communities and planning structures. He serves on the Association of Children’s Residential Centers Advisory Board, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities CEO Council, Concordia University Board of Directors, and Helping Men Heal Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the peer faculty for the Alliance for Strong Communities and Families Residential Treatment Transformation initiative, has been invited to participate in the Building Bridges Summit sponsored by SAMHSA, and is actively involved with the Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs.

    Scott started his career as a childcare worker at Waverly Children’s Home in 1978 and he became the residential services coordinator in 1983. In 1985, he moved to Alaska, where he served as Detention Unit Leader for the Department of Health and Social Services in Juneau and as youth counselor at Johnson Youth Center, also in Juneau, Alaska. Prior to joining Trillium Family Services, Scott served as associate director of the Children’s Farm Home in Corvallis, Oregon. In this role, he was responsible for directing all residential care and treatment services operations and supervised coordinators responsible for managing residential, community-based, and clinical services program operations. Scott received a bachelor’s in counseling education from Columbia Christian College in 1980. He received a master’s in public administration from the University of Alaska Southeast in August 1995.

    Scott has presented at conferences for the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), Oregon’s Children & Adolescent Residential Psychiatric Programs (CHARPP), the Council on Accreditation (COA), and the University of Southern Florida’s Research & Best Practice conference. He also has provided quality assurance, accreditation, and electronic record consultation for mental health agencies in Oregon and Alaska.

    Over the past few years, Scott and his team at Trillium have adopted a trauma-informed lens to the work of the organization. Understanding the profound impact that trauma and stress have on individuals, families, organizations, systems, communities, and all human systems has led Trillium down a path toward creating a network of trauma-informed community partners determined to change the conversation about people and problems from, “What’s wrong with you?” to “What has happened to you?” Trillium’s “Keep Oregon Well” campaign was launched in 2015, with initiatives involving poverty, equity, inclusion, and safety in the pipeline for the coming year.