Phone (202) 903-7303
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.
Phone (515) 422-4498
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.
Phone (217) 483-2828
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.
Phone (909) 815-7101
Debbie Martinez, MA is a program consultant for the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. In this capacity, she provides strategic planning, implementation, and management of the Stronger Hearts Helpline™, Move with the Mayor™, and the Counter Cholesterol initiative.
Before coming to the National Forum, Debbie directed Harvey Mudd’s Transnational Relationships Lab – a research initiative dedicated to the exploration of adverse effects on involuntarily separated migrant families. In addition to leading research efforts within the community, she organized seminars on how to conduct culturally competent research with communities of color for the junior research assistants. These seminars equipped them with various qualitative research strategies and prepared them for infield research.
Debbie is a graduate of the Next Generation Leaders of Color Program – a year-long program that utilizes a multicultural framework to deepen management and leadership capabilities and promote organizational change.
Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN is a program consultant for the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. In this capacity she provides coordination with Move with the Mayor™ program through planning, recruitment, marketing, and implantation of program activities. Carly has over four-years experience with Move with the Mayor through her work as a Program Administrator at Healthy West Chicago, a non-profit city-wide health coalition dedicated to increasing healthy eating and physical activity in the City of West Chicago through engaging events and policy efforts. This experience has brought a new on the ground perspective to the team.
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Carly brings her passion for health and nutrition to her position with over eight years of experience in the field of health promotion. She has a comprehensive range of experience within the health and nutrition industry including her past work as a Dietitian with Kendall County Health Department and Kishwaukee Community Hospital.
After training and serving in the United States Air Force, Carly received her Bachelor of Nutritional Science from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s in Nutrition and Wellness from Benedictine University.
Mr. Kirkendall’s experience spans planning, implementing, and evaluating numerous public health programs at local, state, and national levels. He is currently evaluating the Move with the MayorTM (MWTM) initiative that aims to strengthen the capability of cities to respond to public health priorities around cardiovascular health in collaborative ways. The purpose of the mixed methods evaluation is to measure progress toward MWTM goals, learn how to improve implementation, and inform a strategy for scaling up and replicating the program.
He previously worked on the update report for the National Forum’s Value and Access initiative. This involved interviewing stakeholders who represented patients, providers, payers and purchasers, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and public health and then analyzing the interviews to assess convergence and differences across the stakeholders in their understanding of value and access.
Marc is a policy analyst for the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. In this role, he works closely with cities participating in the Move with the Mayor initiative to research and advise on local policies aimed at achieving health outcomes.
Marc has over a decade of experience in coalition building, community organizing, and policy implementation.
Since 2015, Marc has practiced municipal law in California. His practice involves researching and advising on cutting-edge policy issues, drafting and defending ordinances, and converting campaign promises to practical deliverables to serve constituents and stakeholders.
Marc obtained his BA in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside and his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
In his spare time, Marc coaches high school mock trial.
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.
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.