Board of Directors

Health Promotion Advocates is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

John Harris, MEd – Board Chair
Vin DeProssino
Phil Habersto
Michael Motta
Michael P. O’Donnell, PhD, MBA, MPH
Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD

Advisory Board

The Health Promotion Advocates Advisory Board is made up of leading experts in the field of health promotion. They provide ongoing advice and counsel to the Board of Directors.

Bill Foege, M.D.
James Fries, M.D.
Martha Hill, Ph.D., R.N.
Dean Ornish, M.D.
J.Michael M. McGinnis, M.D., M.P.P.
Gilbert Omenn, M.D., Ph.D.
Mike Roizen, M.D.

Standing Committees

Four standing committees of volunteers drive our organizing work.

Grassroots Advocacy

Chaired by Mari Ryan, this committee equips and empowers health promotion professionals from each of the 435 U.S. congressional districts to advocate for health promotion legislation with their representatives.


Chaired by Vin DeProssino, this committee oversees the financial operations of Health Promotion Advocates and leads fundraising efforts for the organization.


Chaired by Donald E. Barr, this committee develops and executes communication plans to keep various audiences in the know about Health Promotion Advocates’ activities and to promote our efforts.


Chaired by Michael O’Donnell, this committee monitors legislative developments and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on advocacy efforts to launch.

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