Our Team

Executive Director
Arturo Brito, MD, MPH

Arturo leads the Foundation, managing its funding priorities and strategic partnerships. He is a pediatrician with a public health background and particular expertise in program development for vulnerable populations. Before joining the Foundation, he was Deputy Commissioner, Public Health Services, of the New Jersey State Department of Health from 2011-2017. Previous leadership positions included serving as Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President at the Children’s Health Fund and overseeing the South Florida Children's Health Project. Early in his career, he was a practicing pediatrician in Southwestern Alaska and in South Florida.

Senior Program Officer
Shannon Ayers, PHD, MS, MEd

Shannon leads early childhood initiatives at the Foundation and works on projects at the intersection of health and early childhood. She has extensive and varied experience in the early childhood field, spanning from the classroom, to the state Department of Education, to national systems improvement. Before joining the Foundation, she was an Associate Research Professor at the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University where she led research, technical assistance, and professional development projects.

Kim Boller
Chief Strategy and Evaluation Officer
Kimberly Boller, PHD, MS

Kim coordinates work across the early childhood and health portfolios, providing strategic direction and leading the Foundation’s evaluation and learning agendas. Kim is a cognitive and developmental psychologist with more than 20 years of experience conducting policy and program evaluations. She has studied early childhood systems in more than 10 countries. Her work has focused on the effects of child care and early education initiatives, parenting programs, and policy on children and families. Before joining the Foundation, Kim was a Senior Fellow at Mathematica Policy Research and Senior Advisor for Learning and Innovation at the Early Learning Lab.

Maureen Deevey
Senior Program Officer
Maureen Deevey

Maureen is responsible for the Foundation’s work with Community Health Coalitions as vehicles for improving population health, and serves as the co-lead on the development of a health system Innovation Center. She also is responsible for initiatives that focus on the value of data and data analysis in driving improvements in healthcare. Maureen has many years of experience in public sector policy, program development, and operations, with expertise in implementing complex large-scale operations.

Michelle Fouks
Chief Fiscal Officer
Michelle Fouks

Michelle is responsible for all the Foundation’s fiscal activities as well as most Personnel matters. She oversees internal financial operations and ensures the integrity of the Foundation’s funding processes. Michelle has more than 35 years of finance experience with a focus in the government health and human services sector. Before joining the Foundation, Michelle was the Executive Deputy Commissioner of Finance at the New York City Human Resources Administration, responsible for the oversight of all fiscal and claiming activities, including managing a budget exceeding $9 billion.

Barbara Kang
Senior Program Officer
Barbara Kang, MA, EdM

Barbara leads the Foundation’s work to improve the integration of behavioral health in primary care. She is also leading the Foundation’s efforts to stimulate innovation in healthcare service delivery. Barbara has extensive private and public sector experience in developing and managing education, social, and human services programs. Before joining the Foundation, she led multiple grant-funded programs in the Department of Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center.

Communications Director and Program Officer
Kevin McManemin, MS

Kevin manages the Foundation’s online and offline communications vehicles and directs its media relations efforts. Kevin brings with him 15 years of experience working primarily in non-profit communications, including health-focused non-profits the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Columbia University’s Institute on Medicine as a Profession. He most recently worked as Director of Communications at All Souls Church in New York City.

Grace Munoz
Administrative Assistant
Grace Munoz

Grace provides administrative support to The Nicholson Foundation team. Grace has worked in both the public and private sectors, including many years with the City of New York.

Linda Refi
Office Manager
Linda Refi

Linda assists the Executive Director in administering Foundation operations. She also assists the Chief Fiscal Officer in fiscal aspects of grant management. She is experienced in fiscal management in the public and private sectors. Before joining the Foundation, she was Administrator of Business Operations for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.

Anne Brown Rodgers
External Communications Writer
Anne Brown Rodgers

Anne is the Foundation’s staff writer. Anne has been a health and science writer and editor for many years. She works with a variety of Federal agencies and other organizations, focusing primarily on public health issues such as nutrition, physical activity, childhood obesity prevention, pediatric preventive care, and primary care service delivery.

Fred Sambataro
Fiscal and Administrative Director
Fred Sambataro, MBA

Fred works with the Foundation’s program staff to ensure accuracy and completeness of fiscal reports from funded organizations and contractors, which includes conducting program audits and site visits. Fred has extensive experience in fiscal management in the public sector. Before joining the Foundation, he was the Administrator of Business Operations for the New Jersey State Division of Youth and Family Services. 

Public Health Fellow
Christina Chesnakov, MPH

Christina conducts background research in areas of interest to the Foundation, including establishing a public health institute in New Jersey and collaborating with Rutgers’ Initiative for Women Leadership in co-authoring case studies on women leaders in the health field. Christina completed her MPH at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health in 2018 with a certificate in child, youth, and family health.

Public Health Policy Fellow
Wesley Wei, MPH

Wesley works with the Executive Director, Chief Strategy and Evaluation Officer, and Senior Program Officers to research and provide background on potential projects related to population health, maternal and child health. He collaborated on a strategic plan to end chronic and veteran’s homelessness in Newark. Before joining the Foundation, Wesley worked with various organizations, including Johnson and Johnson Health Care Systems, Virtua Health, the Rutgers Institute for Health, and the New Jersey and Pennsylvania court systems. Wesley completed his MPH specializing in Health Systems and Policy at Rutgers University in 2019.

Communications Associate
Bruce S. Trachtenberg

Bruce assists with the Foundation's day-to-day communications activities, including social media and website management. He also writes and edits content for internal and external audiences. In earlier years, Bruce held communications posts at The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and the Wallace Foundation. He also previously served as Executive Director of the Communications Network, a national membership organization that advances the use of strategic communications for social good. Before switching to the nonprofit sector, he worked for Reader's Digest and IBM. He began his career as a reporter for The Oregonian in Portland, Ore.