Team

Arturo Brito
Executive Director

Arturo leads the Foundation, managing its funding priorities and strategic partnerships. He is a pediatrician with a public health background, with 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.

Shannon Ayers
Senior Program Officer

Shannon leads early childhood initiatives at the Foundation. 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.

Rachel Cahill
Senior Program Officer

Rachel leads the Foundation’s work to improve the safety net healthcare delivery system through the development of payment reforms, including Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations. She has many years of experience in research, program development, and operations of healthcare and human services systems.  Rachel has held several leadership roles at the New York City Human Resources Administration and in the Department of Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center. In these positions, she developed large-scale innovative and cost-effective programs for vulnerable populations. 

Maureen Deevey
Senior Program Officer

Maureen is responsible for continuous quality improvement for Nicholson’s performance-based funding approach to ensure that all projects meet the Foundation’s standards. As a member of the Foundation’s healthcare team, 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 and has expertise in implementing complex large-scale operations.

Michelle Fouks
Chief Fiscal Officer

Michelle is responsible for all the Foundation’s fiscal activities. She oversees internal financial operations and ensures the integrity of the Foundation’s funding processes. Michelle has extensive finance experience, with a focus in the government health and human services sector. Before joining the Foundation, she was the Executive Deputy Commissioner of Finance at the New York City Human Resources Administration, responsible for a budget exceeding $9 billion. 

Kay Hendon
Senior Program Officer

Kay leads the Foundation’s early childhood initiatives. She is experienced in the areas of child care, child welfare, and neighborhood services. Kay has held leadership positions in both the nonprofit and public sectors and has spearheaded public policy initiatives. Before joining the Foundation, she was the Associate Commissioner for Child Care Operations for the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. 

Raquel Mazon Jeffers
Senior Program Officer

Raquel leads the Foundation’s work to improve the quality and accessibility of primary care. Raquel has many years of experience in healthcare, where much of her work has focused on delivery system reform for vulnerable populations. She has held a number of leadership positions, including serving as Director of Managed Care for a large network of Federally Qualified Health Centers. Before joining the Foundation, she was the Deputy Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services in the New Jersey Department of Human Services.  

Barbara Kang
Senior Program Officer

Barbara leads the Foundation’s work to improve the integration of behavioral health in primary care. She also is 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. 

Kevin McManemin
Communications Manager

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 provides administrative support to the Chief Operating Officer and Nicholson’s healthcare 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 assists the Executive Director to administer Foundation operations. 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 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
Director of Administration

Fred works with the Foundation’s program staff to ensure the accuracy and completeness of fiscal reports from funded organizations and contractors. 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.