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John M. Clymer

Title Executive Director

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.

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Jen Childress

Title Senior Program Manager

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.

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Julie Harvill

Title Director of Operations

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.

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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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Winnie Wong, MHA

Title Community Manager

Winnie Wong, MHA has over four years of extensive experience working in the healthcare system. She demonstrates program management skills to drive executives, key stakeholders, and teams strategically towards success and is passionate about revamping underperforming programs. She is experienced in community relations and event coordination for various initiatives, including partnering with the city of Seattle in vaccination efforts, organizational workforce development, and other acute care-centered nursing programs. Before that, she worked in different patient-facing roles supporting Neuroscience physician clinics.In 2013, she had an opportunity to visit the Federal Congress offices in Washington DC to visit Congress members and Senators to voice support towards educational fundings. Between 2013 and 2014, she interned at the Honorable member of Congress office in the 2nd District. She partnered with office managers on research projects, constituents’ advocacy and opinions.

Winnie was born in Hong Kong and moved to Seattle, WA over ten years ago. She holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Providence and a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Social Science. She is currently pursuing a certification in Program Management. During her personal time, she enjoys paddle boarding, wine tasting, hiking, and traveling.

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Chelanna O'Brien

Title Community Manager

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.