Board of Directors

Healwell’s Board brings a variety of critical talent, skills, and industry knowledge to guide our overall direction.

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Katherine LaVelle, Chair

Katherine is a Managing Director with Accenture where she is responsible for the organization’s North America Talent and Organization consulting practice which spans organization effectiveness, HR transformation, and change journey management.

An industry thought leader, Katherine has been named to Washington Business Journal’s “Top 25 Women Who Mean Business,” honoring the most influential businesswomen in the Washington DC Area, Diversity MBA Magazine’s list of “Top 100 Executive Leaders,” and a “Woman of Achievement” by the National Capital Area YWCA.

Katherine is a passionate advocate for contributing back to the community. She served for seven years on the board of NPower Greater DC, a not-for-profit technology consulting organization serving charities in the Washington DC area. During her last four years on the board she held the role of board chair. She remains actively involved in this organization through chairing a number of events each year and also participates with other organizations that seek to make a positive difference in the community, including the Robin Hood Foundation, Susan G. Komen, and Only Make Believe.

Outside of work, Katherine enjoys gardening, food, wine, and hosting get-togethers with family and friends. An avid cook and traveler, she has spent vacations at cooking schools in various countries including Italy, France, and Morocco.

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Mary Ester, Vice Chair

Mary is Director of Individual Giving at Consumer Reports. She has worked in fundraising for more than 20 years and has had the privilege of working for local, national, and international organizations in Washington, DC, including WAMU-FM, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Global Rights. Prior to Consumer Reports, she served as Director of Development for the Government Performance division of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Mary is a licensed massage therapist, trained at Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI) and feels fortunate to have taken oncology massage courses taught by Healwell’s Cal Cates and Lucille Eddy. Mary earned a B.A. in Russian Language from Grinnell College in Iowa.

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Michael Reynolds, Treasurer

Michael is an entrepreneur with a career in business starting in 1996 when he founded a digital marketing agency before that was even a thing. Over the course of two decades, he grew the agency into one of the most respected businesses in the industry and sold the agency in 2018 to pursue other projects.

His other projects include co-founding a growing software company, co-founding a marketing staffing firm and launching an independent financial planning firm.

In the massage space, his current claim to fame is co-founding Massage Business Blueprint along with Allissa Haines and together they co-host the most popular massage podcast in the world. He and Allissa provide business mentorship and resources to independent massage therapists throughout the U.S. and even internationally.

Michael lives in the Indianapolis area with his family, plays the cello and love to eat good sushi whenever he can find it.

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Roshni Ghosh, Director

Roshni Ghosh is a physician with over 15 years of health care experience. She has a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University and is a certified Project Management Professional. She brings significant experience leading the health IT strategic vision and implementation strategies for large-scale electronic health record deployments as they relate to performance improvement initiatives, clinical workflow design, business process reengineering, and health outcomes measurement and analysis.

Dr. Ghosh managed the Clinical Informatics & Requirements contract for the Department of Defense, Veteran’s Affairs and the Interagency Program Office. In this capacity, she provided the clinical strategy for each agency’s electronic health record acquisition, deployment and implementation. She was also instrumental in helping Kaiser Mid Atlantic deploy their large scale electronic health record. Her areas of focus include Health information technology and clinical information system adoption, which includes the development of training, engagement, communication, workflow redesign, and deployment support strategies to encourage user acceptance and utilization of the system, as well as health analytics, health quality, population health, health reform, care coordination, global health, health plans and life sciences. 

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Cynthia Oden, Director

Cindy is Senior Physical Therapist working at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. With over 20 years’ experience, she specializes in stroke and geriatric rehab and serves as clinical advisor and instructor for PT students and junior staff. She is former Program Director of Virginia Hospital Center’s Inpatient Rehab Center where she directed the program to its first National Accreditation Award from CARF International. Cindy earned an MBA in Health Care Management from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School and an MS in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

Outside of work, Cindy enjoys wine, cooking and international travel. She plays piano and dabbles a bit with her guitar and banjo.

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Jamil Rivers, Director

Jamil Rivers is an innovative financial management professional with over fifteen years of experience in leading finance teams in a variety of business sectors.

Prior to her position as Chief Financial Officer at EducationWorks, Jamil served at the helm of leadership in roles such as Finance Director and Divisional Controller. She is a proven change agent and leader and has provided financial advisory, financial analysis and accounting management to financial restructurings, distressed organizations and acquisitions. With a strong knowledge of budget, finance, analytics, grants management and compliance, Jamil has been responsible for multi-fund budgets as high as $800 million. Jamil’s current focus is to provide students and educators with the revenue support and financial information that are essential for learning and achievement for a high quality and equitable education, and equally important, providing leaders with the reporting tools necessary for critical decision making and strategic planning.

Jamil received a Master of Business Administration from Arcadia University and a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance from University of Southampton.

Advisory Board

Healwell’s board and staff are honored to work with a group of special advisors who provide valuable insight and knowledge based on years of experience. Our team of professional advisors provides expertise in their field and enables us to develop programs and initiatives that are built upon experience, cutting-edge information, and practical wisdom. Their contributions are invaluable to Healwell and we are deeply grateful for their support.

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Margaret Firer Bishop ANP-BC, ACHPN

Palliative Care NP, Sentara Martha Jefferson Inpatient Services

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Jerrilyn Cambron, DC, MPH, PhD, LMT

Dean, College of Allied Health Sciences & Distance Education at National University of Health Sciences

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Michael Harry

Founder & CIO, Gipht AI

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Janet Kahn, PhD, LMT

Principal, Mission Reconnect

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Annie LaCroix, MS, LMT

Professional speaker, podcaster, and business strategist

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Amanda Long, LMT

Writer and massage therapist

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Kelly Mack

Past President at Washington Women in Public Relations

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Ruth Werner

Author, Educator, Artist

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Leslie A. Young, PhD

Senior Director, Administration and Outreach Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals/Professional Assist Corporation