Team

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John M. Clymer


Title Executive Director


John Clymer is executive director of the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, an independent, nonprofit catalyst for collaboration.  Additionally, he is an adjunct assistant professor at Loma Linda University School of Public Health, guest lecturer at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and member of the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force.

Under his leadership as president of Partnership for Prevention from 2001-2008, the organization won passage of landmark Medicare policy changes; established the National Commission on Prevention Priorities; was recognized by Harvard Business Review for a Breakthrough Idea on workforce health; and quadrupled its income.

Clymer is the TEDMED thought leader for Great Challenges: Making Prevention Popular and Profitable and has served as a subject matter expert at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos. He has conducted numerous Congressional briefings, appeared on NBC Nightly News, Fox News, CNBC, public radio, and in print media such as The New York Times, and authored book chapters, articles and commentaries on prevention.

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Jen Childress


Title Senior Program Manager


Jen Childress, MS, MCHES – Senior Program Manager,  manages the National Forum’s Value & Access and Move with the Mayor initiatives.  Jen brings 20 years’ experience in the field of health promotion. She co-created & launched HealthLead®, a comprehensive workplace & academic health promotion program accreditation initiative designed to assist organizations and universities in enhancing their health & wellness management policies.

Jen has over a decade of leadership in both the private and non-profit sectors organizing events & convening stakeholders, including recruiting & educating lay-leaders, senior leaders, & community champions. In 2016, she was named one of the National Top Ten Business Women of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) for her contributions to business, community & the association.

Jen holds a Masters degree in Health Promotion Management & certificates in Personal Fitness Training, Coaching & Health Education. She has authored content published in peer-reviewed articles & textbooks.

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Julie Harvill


Title Director of Operations


Julie Harvill, MPA, MPH is the Operations Director for the National Forum. In this capacity, she serves oversees and manages the daily operations of the organization. Working with the management team, she contributes to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, programs, policies and practices in support of the National Forum’s vision, mission, 2021 goal and strategic priorities.  She provides strategic, logistical and administrative support to the Forum’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Corporate Operations and Finance Committee,  Annual Meeting and Mid-Year Planning Committees, and other special work groups.

Harvill, a native of Illinois received a bachelor’s in psychology and social service from Bradley University in 1985, a master’s in public administration from Sangamon State University in 1993 and a master’s in public health from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2001. She was formerly the administrator of the Illinois Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention program.  Harvill was President of the Chronic Disease Directors in 2004-2005. She was the Co-chair of the Cardiovascular Health Council in 1998, President of the Illinois Society for Public Health Education in 1995 and Executive Council Member of the Illinois Public Health Association from 1992–1995. She was co-chair of the National Chronic Disease Conference in 2004 and chair of the Great Lakes Regional Cardiovascular Conference in 2003.  Harvill received the Community Service Award from the Illinois Department of Public Health in 1997, the Outstanding Leadership Award from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors in 2006 and the National Forum Chair Recognition Award for her leadership and actions to increase effectiveness of the organization in 2010. Harvill resides in Glenarm, Illinois with her husband Rick. They have two daughters Cassandra and Ciera.

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Stacy Rezendes


Title Operations Consultant


Stacy Rezendes is the Operation Consultant for the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.  In this capacity, she provides support for educational and organizational programs, maintains records of program actions, copy editing, tracks timelines and milestones, coordinates Office 365, and responds to member needs.

Before working with the National Forum, she was a surgical coordinator for a very busy practice for eleven years and has served as a physician’s personal assistant.  She brings a huge skill set to the organization.

She was born and raised in Wisconsin but has lived in several states, most recently moving from Virginia  to Texas. She is passionate about healthy, flavorful cooking and tries to be physically active every day.

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Caroline Hedges


Title Program Consultant


Caroline Hedges is the Program Consultant for the National Forum’s Value & Innovation Forum. In this capacity, she coordinates monthly steering committee meetings and briefings, tracks timelines and milestones, secures speakers, and responds to member needs.

Educated in England, with a literary background, Caroline is the CEO and founder of a professional temporary employment agency.

A native of England, Caroline now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two children. She is also a tennis addict, a devourer of books, and a Netflix binge-watcher.

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Laquetta Qualls Peters


Title National Forum Grant Writer


Laquetta Peters is the grant writer for the National Forum. She provides guidance in budgeting, and grants management.

She has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) focused in Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law from University of Alabama.

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Chelanna O'Brien


Title Community Engagement Coordinator


Chelanna O’Brien is a Community Manager for the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. In this capacity, she provides program support, including planning and implementation goals, recruitment, outreach and onboarding, and team support as needed.  

Chelanna is a proud resident of New Mexico and holds a degree in Professional Writing from the University of New Mexico. She has worked extensively with non-profit organizations, public policy, and advocacy at the state and national levels.  

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Rachel Myrer, MPH, CPH, CHES


Title Program Evaluator


Rachel Myrer is the Program Evaluator for the National Forum. Rachel received an undergraduate degree in Public Health from Brigham Young University and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Utah. She recently returned to the University of Utah to pursue her PhD. Rachel’s career has centered around planning, implementing, and evaluating public health programs. She has worked to prevent and control chronic diseases in elementary schools, universities, health departments, and in the private sector. She also teaches Program Planning and Evaluation at Westminster College and serves as an elected member of the Utah Public Health Association (UPHA) Board of Directors. In her free time, she enjoys road and mountain biking, traveling with her husband, and taking her Corgi Milo on long walks around their neighborhood.

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Jasmine Manglinong


Title Community Engagement Coordinator


Jasmine Manglinong is a Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Forum. In this role, she provides support to a range of projects.

Jasmine was born and raised in California, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from California State University, Fullerton. She brings 11 years of experience in the health insurance industry. In her work, she led training, support, and consultations on Medicare for community partners, doctors’ offices, and individuals within the senior and Medicaid demographics. She has taught hundreds of people with Medicare and Medicaid in cities all over the West Coast how to take full advantage of their healthcare resources.

When she’s not in the office, Jasmine enjoys playing flag football, serving as a volunteer career mentor, and engaging in self-care.

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Michelle Snyder


Title Community Engagement Coordinator


Michelle Snyder is a Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, an independent, nonprofit catalyst for collaboration.

Michelle brings experience in health education, health promotion, marketing, and event management in her role at National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention. She has served in leadership roles in the nonprofit and humanitarian sectors. She received her master’s degree in public health with a specialization in community health education and her bachelor’s degree in workforce education specializing in education, training, and development both from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Il.

She has traveled extensively for her work including teaching/training in Haiti, Honduras, Malawi, and Tanzania. She currently resides in southern Illinois.

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John Bartkus, PMP, CPF


Title Program Management Consultant


John Bartkus is a program management consultant specializing in enterprise performance improvement and project/program management. His 25+ years in project management cross a variety of industries and disciplines working with companies such as British Airways, SITA, Freese & Nichols, Jacobs Engineering, Carter & Burgess, Carstens & Cahoon, DFW Airport, WFAA, AbleTo, ForeFront Telecare, and the American Heart Association.

John is a Project Management Institute (PMI) Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) with the International Association of Facilitators. His formal education includes a Bachelor’s in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement (BAAS-ATPI), and he is a former president of the Fort Worth Chapter of the Project Management Institute and was named PMI Chapter Leader of the Year (globally) in 2013.

John has supported the National Forum with project management for the annual convening – as well as production services to make it engaging and broaden the reach/impact.

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Deborah Bowie, CCE


Title Program Consultant


Deborah Bowie is the Program Consultant for the Stronger HeartsTM Helpline Program. In this capacity, she coordinates steering committee meetings and briefings, recruits communities to participate in the program, develops and tracks program milestones, reviews program deliverables, and develops guidelines for program replication.

A former city administrator, Deborah has more than 20 years of experience in public and nonprofit management, serving in multiple senior-level positions in city governments and chambers of commerce in Alabama and Florida. In 2015, she was named President and Chief Executive Officer for the United Way of North Central Florida where she led the effort to consolidate homeless service delivery as the lead agency for the region’s Continuum of Care network. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication, numerous certifications in organizational nonprofit management, and is currently completing a master’s in public administration at the University of Central Florida.

Deborah is the proud mother of four children, including a set of triplets one of whom has nonverbal autism. In her spare time, Deborah often writes and speaks to groups about her experiences advocating for her special needs son and helping others to connect to resources.

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Shantel Gilbert


Title Community Engagement Coordinator


Shantel Gilbert is a Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention and is a Doctoral Candidate in Industrial & Organizational Psychology and the founder of PLI Consulting.  She holds a Master of Science in Industrial Psychology from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Marketing from Georgia State University, and is a certified travel agent.

Shantel brings experience in providing leadership, partnership strategies, redevelopment, cutting-edge research, and essential best practices International Affairs, Special Projects, and Trade Missions with countries outside the United States with a focus on Africa, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Asia.

She has worked with the US Engagement Specialist for the African Renaissance and Diaspora Network (ARDN), served as the Executive Director of BYC (Build your City County and Country), the Project Coordinator and Chief of Staff for the Minority Whip of the Georgia State Senate, and as Chief of Staff to the African American Mayors Association.

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McKenna Smith


Title Community Engagement Coordinator


McKenna Smith is a Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. McKenna recently graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education and Promotion. She enjoys encouraging others to improve their lives through healthy decisions. McKenna brings experience in health promotion, health education, prevention, substance use training, and mental health awareness. McKenna is excited about this role as a Community Engagement Coordinator and to work for the National Forum.   

When she’s not in the office, McKenna enjoys trying new foods and spending time outside with her dog and husband.  

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Gabriela Delgado


Title Community Engagement Coordinator


Gabriela Delgado is a Community Engagement Coordinator with vast sales and recruiting experience. She draws expertise from years of experience as a Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist with an extensive background in establishing inclusive recruitment processes to identify and place superior candidates. Her expertise includes account management, partnerships, customer success. business development, and sales experience with a strong understanding of sales trends. She is known as an innovative and strategic leader with a high level of accuracy, exceptional communication skills, and the ability to build successful relationships with clients and stakeholders.

With a B.A. in Business Administration from J.F Kennedy University, CA her professional life in the health and medical field began as a recruiting/sales manager. As time progressed, so did Gabriela’s skills and experience. She enjoyed accolades for efficiently coordinating recruitment processes according to clients’ needs and utilizing internal and external hiring tools.

Throughout her career in operations, sales, management, and talent acquisition, Gabriela has shown insight and expertise in all facets of the profession. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

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Gail Reisman


Title Community Engagement Coordinator


Gail B. Reisman is a strategic marketing leader with more than 25 years of experience building high-impact brand experiences that deliver value and growth. Most recently, Gail was Director, Advertising and Brand Engagement at Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board), the organization that sets the standards for CFP® certification.

An active member of the Washington, DC community, Gail has been a project leader for several Compass pro bono consulting projects and a marketing mentor within the DC Chapter of the American Marketing Association. A lover of animals, Gail was an adoption counselor for City Dogs Rescue for several years. She regularly volunteers with the Capital Area Food Bank.

Gail holds a BA in Accounting and Business Administration from Muhlenberg College and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, son, and two rescue dogs.

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Rhonda Reed


Title Accounting Consultant


Rhonda is an online QuickBooks expert and brings over twenty years of corporate accounting experience to the organization.

She has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Accounting from Elmhurst College and lives in Oswego, Illinois.

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Nicole Miller, PT, DPT


Title Community Engagement Coordinator


Nicole is a Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. She is a proud graduate of West Virginia University, where she pursued her bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Nicole’s previous clinical experience was in a variety of settings, but predominantly she worked with people who have both acute and chronic neurological conditions. She is very passionate about access to care and patient education, both of which are fundamental to this endeavor. 

When she’s not in the office, you can often find Nicole outside with her dog; they enjoy being in nature, traveling, hiking, and of course West Virginia University Football! 

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Tom Harness


Title Community Engagement Coordinator


Tom Harness is a U.S. Army Veteran, Former Educator, Entrepreneur, and owner of Harness Digital Marketing. He is an SIU alumnus with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Administration. He is best known for his Ugly Christmas Suit fundraiser campaign that raised over 5 years $25,000 for 5 local non-profits.
Tom is a Delta Leadership Institute and Harvard Kennedy School of Business Authentic Leadership graduate. He has used his diverse background, skills, and passion for various Veterans Organizations and his current position as Carterville, IL Ward 2 City Councilman to be a servant leader throughout Southern Illinois.
He is the recipient of the 2020 WSIU Good Neighbor Award, the Illinois Bicentennial 200 Honor Veteran Award, the 2020 Rotary Spirit of Service Award,  and the 2016 Hospice of Southern Illinois Service Award.