Board

Stuart M. Butler : Chair

Stuart M. Butler

Chair

Stuart Butler, PhD, is the Board Chair of Mary’s Center. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. Before joining Brookings, Stuart spent 35 years at The Heritage Foundation, as Director of the Center for Policy Innovation and earlier as Vice-President for Domestic and Economic Policy Studies.  He is a member of Editorial Board of the journal, Health Affairs. Stuart has served on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisors and is a member of the Advisory Group for the National Academy of Medicine’s Culture of Health Program. Most recently, he has been focusing on the intersection between health, education, housing, and other services. Stuart earned an MA in Economics and History and a Ph.D. in American Economic History from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He was elected to the Mary's Center's Board of Directors in December 2016 and was appointed Board Chair in April 2018. 

Errin Green : Secretary

Errin Green

Secretary

Errin started her career as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company in Boston, before moving to the Washington DC area to work as a Real Estate Analyst at RER Solutions, Inc. Today, Errin is the CEO and Chairman at RER. Previously, she gained valuable experience at Global Recovery Group, LLC and Gallup, Inc. Errin obtained both her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and MBA from Harvard. Errin joined the Board in August 2014 and serves on the Finance Committee. 

Mervyn Alphonso : Treasurer

Mervyn Alphonso

Treasurer

Mervyn is Managing Principal at Milestone Ventures, LLC., and has significant experience in the healthcare sector of commercial real estate. His expertise includes development, acquisitions, investment analysis, transaction structuring, and asset management. One of his most rewarding achievements was working on the restructuring and rebuilding of New Orleans Schools following Hurricane Katrina. Mervyn has an MBA from The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Virginia Tech. He is a member of the BOMA National Medical Buildings Leadership Committee. Mervyn is a Certified Open Water Scuba Diver. He joined the Board in 2014 and serves on both the Finance Committee and the Real Estate Committee. 

Nikola Garber : Vice Chair 

Nikola Garber

Vice Chair 

Nikola Garber, PhD, brings scientific and management experience to the board. Dr. Garber holds a BS in Biology, an MS in Marine Science/Molecular Biology and a doctorate in International Development. She has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Grant College Program since 2000 and is currently the Deputy Director. She is a patient of Mary’s Center. 

Clay Harris :

Clay Harris

Clay Harris has 25 years of experience in advising business owners, executives and wealthy families on matters of investment strategy, private banking, finance, and estate planning. He served as Vice President, Agency, Corporate & Public Finance at Dougherty & Company LLC.  Prior to that, he was a Senior Director at BNY Mellon Wealth Management. Clay graduated from the Detroit College of Business in Michigan and Montgomery College in Maryland and holds several financial qualifications, including the Certified Trust Financial Advisor designation. His motivation to serve on the Mary’s Center board stems from his desire to transform lives using Mary’s Center’s evidence-based model. 

Berta Mata :

Berta Mata

Berta is a Bi-Lingual Educational Support Specialist/Parent Support Worker at Advocates for Justice and Education, a non-profit in Washington DC. She provides assistance to Latino families to ensure their children receive the education and health services they need. She also helps immigrant families to navigate available resources and support systems. Berta’s four sons received pediatric care at Mary’s Center and she credits the Center with teaching her to advocate for her youngest, who has special needs. She joined the Mary’s Center Board July 2016. 

Kathy Whelpley :

Kathy Whelpley

Kathy Whelpley is the Senior Director of Institutional Giving at Oceana. She has over 25 years of experience in helping philanthropic and non-profit organizations grow their assets and increase their impact, including many years with the National Center for Family Philanthropy, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and the Freddie Mac Foundation. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from James Madison University and a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the Development Committee. 

Michelle Paquin Klinger :

Michelle Paquin Klinger

Michelle Paquin serves as the Managing Director in the Career Management division of The Advisory Board Company, a health care and education research, technology, and consulting company.  Michelle oversees numerous human resource-related functions including learning and development, employee engagement, corporate communications, workforce strategy and analytics, corporate social responsibility, and diversity and inclusion. During her 20 years at the company, Michelle has held a variety of roles ranging from sales operations to recruiting and business partnership. She is a graduate of Colgate University. 

Jonathan Blum :

Jonathan Blum

Jonathan Blum served as the Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. He led a division of 550 clinical and analytic staff who coordinated medical benefits for all of CareFirst’s business lines that served more than 3.1 million members. In addition, he managed CareFirst’s care coordination programs and the nationally-recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home program. Prior to that, he served as the Principal Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare And Medicaid Services (CMS), directing CMS policy centers and offices to develop and implement strategies to improve payment and the delivery of care throughout the US. Jonathan has also worked for Avalere Health, the United States Senate (Committee on Finance) and the Executive Office Of The President (Office Of Management And Budget). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Jonathan joined the Mary’s Center Board of Directors in December 2016. 

Todd A Cox :

Todd A Cox

Todd A. Cox is the Director of Policy at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.  As a civil rights litigator and policy advocate, Todd has dedicated his legal career to public service with positions in the Federal government, including serving as a political appointee under the Obama administration; the non-profit sector; and the foundation world. He started his legal career as an honors trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Todd has testified before Congress and state legislatures, made numerous media appearances, and authored several articles. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.   

Lydia Goring :

Lydia Goring

Lydia Goring is a community leader and real estate investor who has lived in the District of Columbia for over 35 years. She retired from American Airlines after a long and successful career and has since focused her time and energy on improving her community. Lydia served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for ANC2C for six years and also as a president, vice-president and treasurer of the Mt. Vernon Square Neighborhood Association. In addition, she received the Dr. Arthur Flemming Community Leadership Award, in recognition of her exemplary service and leadership in the revitalization of distressed communities. Lydia is an experienced real estate investor and business owner, having acquired, renovated, and managed single-family and small multi-family properties for over 40 years. She also founded the Mt. Vernon Square Bed and Breakfast. A patient of Mary’s Center, Lydia has a strong interest in the well-being of older adults, especially their access to quality, age-appropriate healthcare. 

Jim Rost :

Jim Rost

Jim Rost, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer of Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital.  A neonatologist and pediatrician, Dr. Rost has served on the medical staff of both Washington Adventist Hospital and Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center for 20 years. During this time, he has demonstrated knowledge, passion and success in providing care for patients and the community. Dr. Rost is highly regarded for his commitment to patient safety and quality care. For the past 10 years, he has served as medical director of Quality and Patient Safety at Shady Grove Medical Center. In addition, he has served as medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) since 2010. Dr. Rost is also active with the Maryland Patient Safety Center and is presently chair of the Board of Governors. 

David Vosvick II :

David Vosvick II

David L. Vosvick II is the Vice President of Human Resources for Pepco Holdings. He has long been involved in philanthropic endeavors and serves on several other boards besides Mary’s Center’s including the Maryland Corporate Council, Central Maryland Meals on Wheels, and the St. Joseph Medical Center Board. He is an active advocate for charitable organizations that support underprivileged youth, and previously served on the board of the United Way of Central Maryland, an organization he remains active with through the annual United Way campaign. Vosvick graduated from the University of Texas in Dallas and the Leadership Baltimore County Program, which is a community leadership program focused on diversity, management, and civic awareness. 

Wendy Goldberg :

Wendy Goldberg

Wendy Goldberg is active in the Washington D.C. community. She has served on numerous boards and been involved with many organizations throughout he D.C. area that support diverse and vulnerable communities in various ways. Currently she serves as the Board Chair for Educare DC, an early childhood education school and community center that serves children and families in D.C. and as Co-Chair of Raise DC, an organization that promotes collaboration amongst local stakeholders to provide every youth with opportunities to succeed. She is also a Board Member for the Greater Washington Community Foundation and the Children’s Law Center.    

Anne De Biasi :

Anne De Biasi

Anne De Biasi has been working in the health industry since she was 16 and got her first job in a provider’s office. Since then she has worked in a variety of roles from hospital administration to providing services to vulnerable populations at community health centers to public health policy. Anne currently serves as the Director of Policy Development for the Trust for America’s Health where she advocates for improving the health of communities and making disease prevention a national priority. She has a passion for service and has served on numerous advisory committees and boards in the health field. She holds a B.A. in Linguistics and Spanish from the University of Virginia and a Master’s of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University where she was elected Class Valedictorian.