Joseph Platt spent 27 years at Johnson & Higgins (J&H), a global insurance broker and employee benefits consultant. During his tenure at the firm, Joe held many positions including the management of branches, regions, industry specializations (Healthcare, et al.) and the firm’s global business. At the time of the sale of J&H to Marsh &McLennan Companies in 1997, Joe was a member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Vice President, and one of the owners. He was also head of the Operating Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Joe is currently a General Partner at Thorn Partners, L.P. a private investment firm in Pittsburgh, PA. Joe has many corporate and community affiliations that include: Independent Director of BlackRock’s Equity/Liquidity Funds; Director of Greenlight Re (GLRE – NASDAQ); Director of WQED Multimedia; and he is a former Director of a number of not-for-profit and community organizations. Joe became involved with BHI in 2011, and joined the Advisory Board in January 2012. He became Chair of the Board of Directors in March 2015. Joe is a graduate of Manhattan College and Fordham University Law School, as well as Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Liz Barton is a former senior vice president at Bank of America Corporation. During her nine years with the firm, she held a variety of senior operating officer and human resources roles within both the investment banking and private wealth management divisions. Liz graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University with a B.A. in psychology. She subsequently earned an M.A. in industrial organizational psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Born and raised in Vestal, NY, she moved to New York City in 2005, when she was re-located by Bank of America from Charlotte, NC. Liz and her husband Quinn R. Barton III reside in Jacksonville, Florida with their daughters, Lily and Ella. Liz was invited to join Basic Health International’s Board of Directors in 2014. She looks forward to continuing to help BHI in their efforts to eradicate cervical cancer in the developing world.
Deepa Desai is a former consultant with McKinsey & Company where her focus was asset management firms. Prior to that, she worked with Chase Asset Management and Citibank. Deepa received an AB in Biology from Brown University and her MBA from the Duke University. She has traveled extensively and has lived in Mumbai, Hong Kong and London. She has been in New York City since 1993 and lives with her husband and 3 children. Deepa became involved with BHI through her college friend BHI Executive Director, Rachel Masch. She has been a member of the Board since 2013 and is looking forward to helping BHI continue their cervical cancer screening and treating programs in Latin America, the Caribbean and ultimately, the globe.
Dr. Juan Carlos Felix
Dr. Felix directs Cytopathology at Los Angeles County Women’s and Children’s Hospital and heads OB-GYN Pathology at Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California. Among other research interests, Dr. Felix investigates the pathobiology of Human Papillomavirus and its involvement in cervical cancer and its precursor lesions and is involved in creating strategies to diagnose and treat cervical cancer precursors. He also conducts studies on the etiology of endometrial cancer precursor lesions and the effect of hormone replacement therapy on menopausal women. He teaches OB-GYN Pathology, Placental Pathology, and Cytopathology to medical students, graduate students and residents of the Keck School of medicine. Dr. Felix also teaches and reviews cases with cytotechnologists of the Los Angeles County Medical Center. Beyond his professional and academic capacities, Dr. Felix has volunteered in the Los Angeles community, serving as physician-in-charge of the Fifth Annual Central City Community Health Fair for the homeless, where he directed cervical cancer screenings. While earning his medical degree and completing his residency, he trained for and participated in two Olympic Games for Puerto Rico, competing in the single sculls event.
Miriam Hess has bridged politics, public service, and law, and made her mark in all three. A graduate of George Washington University and St. Louis University’s schools of Law and Public Health where she graduated with honors, Miriam began her career focusing on access to healthcare, working with NARAL/NY, Sisters of Mercy Health System and later with the law firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. She continued to focus on access to critical services with the New York Department of Homeless Services under Mayor Michael Bloomberg where she worked to reform the NYC Shelter system. Miriam served as Deputy Campaign Manager for the gubernatorial campaign of Eliot Spitzer before going to work in the investment bank and asset management divisions of UBS. Presently, Miriam is a principal in Siegel Strategies, a political communications firm representing clients nationwide. In addition to her work, Miriam is an active member of her community volunteering and serving on the boards of The Paper Bag Players, one of the oldest children’s theater groups in the country and Ubuntu Africa which delivers critical services to children and teens living with HIV/AIDS in Khayelitsha, South Africa.
Wendy Liberante is a Policy Analyst in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the President. Prior to her career in the federal government, Wendy was a marketing and advertising consultant in the sports, entertainment, and home furnishings categories; developing communication plans, branding campaigns, and Internet solutions for clients. Wendy received a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. in Management from Post University where she was recognized as a NAIA Scholar Athlete in soccer.
Dr. Laura Schiller
Dr. Laura Schiller earned her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College before completing her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York – Presbyterian Hospital. She is board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been in private practice in New York City since 1991. Dr. Schiller was fortunate to meet Dr. Miriam Cremer in 2010 and joined the Basic Health International team, initially traveling to El Salvador to train health care providers in screening and treating cervical dysplasia. In 2013, Dr. Schiller was invited to join Basic Health International’s Board of Directors. She looks forward to continuing to help BHI in their efforts to eradicate cervical cancer in the developing world.
Liz Lange pioneered ‘maternity chic’ by creating stylish, body conscious clothing for pregnant women. After working at Vogue Magazine, Liz developed the idea for a sophisticated collection of maternity clothing. In 1997, she created Liz Lange Maternity, changing forever the face of maternity fashions. After dressing every major pregnant celebrity, Liz forged licensing deals with Nike and Target. Liz Lange Maternity for Target is the exclusive maternity department at all Target locations and offers affordable maternity pieces. She is also author of “Liz Lange’s Maternity Style: How to look Fabulous during the Most Fashion Challenged Time.” Liz has spent over a decade helping expecting moms dress stylishly on a budget.
As a retail and fashion pioneer Liz also developed a ready-to-wear collection for HSN, Completely Me™ by Liz Lange. Liz is the only maternity designer to be a member of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America and is a regular contributor and fashion expert to several leading publications and broadcast outlets.
Liz is actively involved in many charities and is a spokesperson for cervical cancer awareness. In the past she has partnered with Jhpiego, a global health nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of women and families in developing countries. Liz was also a national spokesperson for cervical cancer awareness. Currently she serves on the Advisory Board for Basic Health International, working to eradicate cervical cancer globally.
Ricardo A. Sagrera
In 2009, Ricardo founded Viceroy Capital Advisors, a NY-based advisory firm focused on alternative investments. Ricardo has been investing in private equity in Latin America for the last seven years, mostly in the renewable energy sector which provides clean electricity and serves underdeveloped countries. Prior to founding Viceroy Capital, he spent 3 years at a Latin America-focused private equity firm investing in power projects in the region. Ricardo is a founding member of Fundación Sagrera Palomo, a family foundation focused on education, which started a highly successful and replicable initiative called Programa Empresarial Supérate! (Spanish for “Improve Yourself!” (PES)). PES is an academically strict 3-year after-school program for young boys and girls between the ages of 13-18 that teaches English, computer skills & values in a quality setting with modern equipment. PES has now been adopted by several families and corporations in El Salvador and Panama. Fundación Sagrera Palomo is the only family foundation in El Salvador that has been granted a matching funds program ($1.5M) by USAID. This will allow PES to replicate its program within Central America by matching funds up to construct and operate schools, which gives children the tools and motivation to stay in school; go to college; get a higher paying, value added job; and have a better quality of life. Ricardo has a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Dr. Amy Woolever
Dr. Amy Woolever earned her medical degree from State University of New York at Buffalo before completing her residency in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Icahn Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Associate Director for the Pediatrics Residency Program at Elmhurst Hospital where she also serves as the site director for Reach Out and Read and directs the Home Visit program for residents. Dr. Woolever became involved with BHI by serving as a general pediatrician on a delegation during her chief resident year and has remained involved due to the dedication of the organization to eradicating cervical cancer.