Meet Our Advisors
Pamela W. Barnes
Ms. Barnes worked for more than 20 years in investment management and corporate finance in New York, including at GTE and RCA. She transitioned to the non-profit sector after having volunteered at Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic and subsequently being asked to step into the Chief Operating Officer position there. She and her husband, Tim Barnes, were Peace Corps Volunteers in Paraguay from 1998 until 2000. Pam then served as the Vice President for Finance and Administration at the International Trachoma Institute. She went on to lead the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, first in the position of Chief Operating Officer, then as the President and Chief Executive Officer. After five years at Elizabeth Glaser, based primarily in Washington, DC, Pam returned home to New York and was President and CEO at EngenderHealth, a non-profit organization working to improve health in more than twenty countries around the world. Pam and her husband, Tim, served as international vochellis, or camp counselors, at GCA’s Camp Sizanani in December 2009.
Frank J. Sasinowski
Mr. Sasinowski assists sponsors in developing new medicines and has helped secure FDA approval for hundreds of new drugs including more than 45 new molecular entities, often for serious and/or rare diseases. Frank joined the FDA in 1983 as regulatory counsel in the Center for Drugs and Biologics, where he was key to implementing both the 1983 Orphan Drug law and the 1984 Hatch-Waxman law. Frank twice received the FDA Award of Merit. In 1987 he left the FDA as Deputy Director of the health policy staff in the Commissioner's office and joined Hyman, Phelps & McNamara PC in Washington, DC. Frank has served in leadership positions on several Boards of Directors, including The National Organization for Rare Disorders; the United States Pharmacopeia; the Catholic Medical Mission Board; the American Public Health Association; and biotechnology companies. He also serves as a volunteer Chaplain at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Fairfax, VA. Frank holds a Masters of Science in nutritional sciences and a Masters of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley, a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences and genetics from Cornell University, and a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Lawrence C. Pakula
Dr. Pakula, MD, has dedicated his professional and civic life to improving the lives of children. Though he followed in his father’s footsteps, this second-generation pediatrician clearly made his own tracks when he crafted a specialty working with children who encounter developmental, behavioral, and educational challenges. His earliest medical experiences were garnered in Israel and the Philippines, and his global interest in children’s health has led him to engage in the health care of children beyond his own country. In his adopted home state of Maryland, he is a university professor, consultant, author, presenter, advocate, and editorial adviser for his profession’s foremost national organization. In recognition of his expertise, Baltimore Magazine has four times listed him as one of the area’s best physicians, and the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has honored him in the past as Pediatrician of the Year. Dr. Pakula is an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University and continues in private practice.
Mr. Brandwein is an internationally recognized expert on management, communication, leadership, team-building, and customer service. He has presented in every one of the 50 states, in most provinces of Canada, and on 6 of the 7 continents. He is the author of four best-selling books, Training Terrific Staff!, Training Terrific Staff! Volume Two, Super Staff SuperVision, Skill of the Day, and Learning Leadership, and wrote and presented three 1999 Emmy® award-winning televisions programs on communication, broadcast on PBS stations throughout the U.S. Michael’s Juris Doctor degree is from the University of Chicago. He served nine years as a trial lawyer and partner in a firm in Chicago until he left the practice of law in 1989 to pursue full-time his true passion of teaching and speaking. His undergraduate degree in Speech Communication is from the University of Illinois at Urbana, where he graduated summa cum laude as a Bronze Tablet Scholar, the highest academic distinction awarded by the University. Michael has directed training for Global Camps Africa’s counselors in Johannesburg, and for a USAID/GGA training workshop for camp directors around South Africa. He also conducted two trainings on USAID contracts in South Africa. Michael is based in the Chicago area where he lives with his wife Donna, a professional sign language interpreter, and their two sons.
Dr. Kalahn Taylor-Clark recently served as the Director of Health Policy at the National Partnership for Women and Families (NP). Her primary responsibilities were in providing strategic policy support on a range of activities related to delivery system reform, including payment reform, quality measurement, reduction of health disparities, consumer engagement, and promotion of patient-centered care delivery and the effective use of health information technology (HIT). Prior to joining NP, Dr. Taylor-Clark led the Patient-Centeredness and Health Equity Portfolio in the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution.
Dr. Taylor-Clark was a W.K. Kellogg Health Scholar at Harvard University from 2006-2008, where her areas of research included public health communication in politically and socially marginalized populations and minority voting on health care issues. In 2005-2007, she was a lecturer at Tufts University, where she taught "Women and Health" and "The Politics of Health Disparities." Before teaching at Tufts, Dr. Taylor-Clark held a position as a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Project on Biological Security and the Public, where she focused on risk communication in communities of color during public health emergencies. She received a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, an MPH from Tufts School of Medicine, and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University.
Ginger McGuire (Austin, TX) is president and managing partner of Austin Stone LLC, a real estate consulting firm in Austin TX dealing with the finance, development and quality of affordable multi-family housing. She has more than 40 years previous experience in public policy and program management. Ginger has worked for the federal government, Texas state government, nonprofits and private corporations. She has served as a Board or advisory member for numerous organizations including the Congressional Federal Credit Union, Fannie Mae, Dallas Affordable Housing Coalition and Volunteers of America Texas.
Jay Jacobs is the owner/operator of the TLC Family of Camps, which includes three Sleep-Away camps, four Day Camps, a Nursery School and the Timber Lake Foundation. He is the founder of SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education), a program that sends inner city children to not for profit camps. In 2001, Jay founded and currently serves as Chairman of Project Heal the Children, an ACA program that provides free summer camp experiences for the children of victims of the 9/11 tragedy.
Jay is Nassau County Democratic Chairman, and is the longest-running chairman in the county’s history. He also served as Chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee under both Governors Paterson and Cuomo, from September 2009 until June 2012 and is currently a member of the Democratic National Committee.
Jay grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, NY and graduated with a BA degree from SUNY Oneonta and a JD from Northwestern University Law School. Jay currently resides in Laurel Hollow with his wife Mindy. They have two daughters, Jessica and Jackie.
William Haworth, nationally recognized public relations and crisis communications specialist, has provided strategic representation for an array of Fortune 500 clients for more than two decades. He is principal partner of Integrated Strategies, Los Angeles-based firm he founded in 1999. Haworth also served as vice president and senior counsel for Manning, Selvage and Lee’s Washington, D.C. office. A former award-winning reporter for for major market radio and television stations, he was a campaign strategist to President Bill Clinton in 1992, and again in 1996. On behalf of major non-profit organizations, Haworth has managed and directed capital and cause-related initiatives for such groups as The American Lung Association, Flight 93 National Memorial, American Dairy Coalition, National Breast Cancer Coalition, Planned Parenthood, AIDS Action Council and AIDS Project Los Angeles. He has produced events on behalf of philanthropic causes featuring such luminaries as Bob Hope, Garth Brooks, Elizabeth Taylor, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson and Sting. Haworth majored in journalism at North Texas State University, and holds a bachelor of arts degree.