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Leadership Team

Aetna Foundation Board of Directors

Mark T. Bertolini
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Aetna Inc.

Donna Checkett
Vice President, Medicaid Business Development
Aetna Inc.

Shawn Guertin
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Enterprise Risk Officer
Aetna Inc.

Nancy Ham
CEO, Healthagen Technology Solutions
Aetna Inc.
Steve Kelmar
Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Aetna Inc.

Mark LaBorde
Senior Vice President, Head of Southeast Region
Aetna Inc.

Harold Paz, M.D., M.S.
Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer
Aetna Inc.

Aetna Foundation Staff

Garth N. Graham

Garth N. Graham

MD, MPH, FACP, FACC, President

Garth Graham, M.D., MPH, is a leading authority on social determinants of health. President of the Aetna Foundation and Vice President of Community Health for Aetna, Inc., Garth is also a cardiologist and public health expert.  

 He oversees the community health initiatives for the Foundation and Aetna, Inc., bringing his experience as a former deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Obama and Bush administrations where he also ran the Office of Minority Health. He directed the development of the federal government’s first National Health Disparities Plan released under the Obama administration.

He has been a contributor to The Hill, The Chicago Tribune, Fortune, Quartz, Health Affairs, and Ebony, and has been featured in Essence, CNN, and The New York Times among others.  His original research has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs and other publications. Along with his role at the Aetna Foundation, Garth is a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut.

Prior to joining the Foundation, in his role as the assistant dean for health policy at the University of Florida School of Medicine, Garth led several research initiatives looking at how to improve outcomes and readmission rates in cardiac patients in underserved populations. He contributes to several boards including being named by the President to the U.S. Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research, the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associational National Quality Oversight Committee, the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Data Standards and many others

Dr. Graham holds a medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, a master’s in public health from Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor of science in biology from Florida International University in Miami. He completed clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins where he trained in cardiology and interventional cardiology. He holds three board certifications including internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology

Amy Aparicio Clark

MEd, Senior Program Officer

Amy Aparicio Clark, Senior Program Officer, is responsible for day-to-day management of the Foundation’s community-based grantmaking. She also applies her expertise in program evaluation to help optimize the Foundation’s other initiatives.

Before joining the Aetna Foundation, Amy led research and development for Connecticut’s State Education Resource Center. Earlier, she served at the Education Development Center (EDC), a nonprofit based in the Boston area, where she led numerous projects including large-scale field trials of health programs aimed at young teens and their parents.

At EDC, Amy secured funding to establish the Postsecondary Access for Latino Middle-Grades Students project, which created a national network of schools that partner with families to promote education beyond high school for first-generation Latino college-goers. Amy began her career as teacher in a middle school dual-language immersion program in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Amy’s work has been published in Principal LeadershipASCD Express, and the Harvard Family Research Project’s Evaluation Exchange. She is on the board of directors for Kinsella Arts Incorporated.

She holds a master's in education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and a bachelor of arts in political science from Wellesley College. Amy is bilingual, having lived for many years in Lima, Peru.

Alan C. Eversley

Alan C. Eversley

Program Consultant

Alan C. Eversley (Ace), Program Consultant for the Aetna Foundation, provides program and operations support for a portfolio of national, international and strategic grants in the foundation's focus areas. Additionally, he assists with the Foundation’s grant-making process, as well as supports other Foundation projects.

Prior to joining the Aetna Foundation, he worked in Aetna’s National Accounts Sales Support as a Proposal Writer, and then in Public & Labor Sales Support as a Sales Consultant. During his time in sales support, he coordinated client-facing proposal responses for Aetna’s corporate and government prospects and customers. He also organized and led the development of proposal strategies that focus on financial positioning, product offerings, and Aetna value story.

He enjoys volunteering, and often supports local community efforts whenever possible.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT.

Sharon R. Ions

Sharon R. Ions

Corporate Relations Director

Sharon R. Ions, Corporate Relations Director, oversees the Foundation's executive-sponsored corporate public involvement activities, foundation and philanthropic relationships, and provides subject matter expertise on key philanthropic trends and emerging social issues for the enterprise. 

Prior to this position, she served as a program officer and managed an extensive portfolio of national and strategic grants that advanced the Foundation's work in improving health in underserved communities through better nutrition and greater physical activity.

Before joining the Foundation, Sharon was a senior program manager at the American Red Cross in Denver. There, she managed the youth leadership and development program, guiding high school students in the formulation and implementation of service-learning projects. This program was recognized for innovation in fostering collaborative partnerships. Earlier in her tenure at the American Red Cross, Sharon coordinated local and national disaster relief efforts, directly assisting and counseling impacted families. After September 11, she joined many of her colleagues in New York City to assist those in need.

Sharon is an active volunteer, preparing food for the homeless at the Mercy Housing and Shelter in Hartford, and taking part in many Aetna-sponsored employee volunteer efforts throughout the year.

She holds a B.A. from St. Bonaventure University in New York.

Melenie O. Magnotta

Melenie O. Magnotta

Chief Operating Officer

Melenie O. Magnotta, Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for planning and directing all administrative, financial, and operational activities for the Aetna Foundation. Prior to this work, she served as the grants manager and a program officer for the organization where she managed a portfolio of national and strategic grants in the Aetna Foundation's focus area of racial and ethnic health equity.

Earlier in her role, she administered the foundation’s former programs focused on end-of-life care and depression and was project manager for the inaugural Aetna Foundation Health Policy Forum.

Prior to joining the Aetna Foundation in 2006, she was community director for the March of Dimes Foundation in Hartford, where she coordinated fund-raising walks, motorcycle rides and other events. At Hewitt Associates, a human resources consulting and outsourcing firm, she was a project manager/business analyst in the company’s Norwalk, Conn., office. She began her career as an analyst for retailer Nine West Group Inc.

She holds a bachelor of science from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa. Melenie is also a Connecticut Health Foundation Health Equity Fellow (2013 class).

Theresa A. Ostashen

Assistant to the President

Theresa A. Ostashen is Assistant to the President of the Aetna Foundation, providing executive support while acting as a point person for operational matters and organizational information. 

Theresa has an extensive history of experience with Aetna, having acted in administrative roles for the company’s property casualty division and corporate investment management group beginning in the 1980s. She joined the Aetna Foundation in 2012, bringing with her 30 years of experience in the health insurance industry.

Among her community service activities, Theresa for eight years played a key role in mentoring and volunteering on a school-based robotics program, which competed for honors in the national US FIRST organization’s annual competitions. She actively participates in fundraisers and volunteers for a number of nonprofits in the Greater Hartford area.

Alyse B. Sabina

Alyse B. Sabina

MPH, National Program Director

Alyse B. Sabina, MPH, national program director for the Aetna Foundation, is responsible for directing the Foundation’s national and international programs and managing a portfolio of strategic national and international grants in the foundation's focus areas of health innovations, health equity, and healthy eating and active living.

Prior to this position, she served as a program officer and managed portfolios of national and international grants in digital health and integrated health care, with a focus on care coordination and quality.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2010, she was a program officer at the Missouri Foundation for Health in St. Louis, where she specialized in programs addressing obesity prevention, mental health, substance abuse, women’s health issues, as well as nonprofit capacity building.

Earlier in her career, she focused on research in chronic disease prevention and health promotion. She was a senior research associate at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, where she developed grant proposals and managed public health research studies, and previously worked on multiple health behavior studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She has coauthored a number of articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, Preventive Medicine and Archives of Internal Medicine. She is a 2012 fellow in the Grantmakers in Health Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy.

She earned her master's of public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her bachelor of arts at the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.

Saima R. Siddiqi

Saima R. Siddiqi

MSEM, Program Associate

Saima R. Siddiqi, MSEM, program associate for the Aetna Foundation, provides operational support and information technology expertise to the Foundation’s regional grant-making efforts. She also provides accounting and budgeting assistance and ensures timely disbursement of grant awards and other payments.

Prior to joining the Aetna Foundation she worked for Brightside for Families and Children, a nonprofit social service organization based in West Springfield, Mass. There, she initiated and established several new operating models designed to streamline processes, yield greater efficiencies, reduce expenditures and achieve organizational compliance with federal and state regulations.

Saima holds a B.S. in biology from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Mass., and received her Masters of Science in Engineering Management from Western New England University in Springfield, Mass., where she is currently pursuing an M.B.A.

Cheryl A. Tourigny

Cheryl A. Tourigny

Program Associate

Cheryl A. Tourigny, Program Associate for the Aetna Foundation, provides program, communications and operations support for the Foundation’s community-based grantmaking,as well as project support for other Foundation activities.

Cheryl graduated cum laude from Franklin & Marshall College in May of 2013, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. She joined Aetna shortly after graduating, where she participated in a professional development program before transitioning to her current position with the Foundation.

Cheryl graduated cum laude from Franklin & Marshall College in May of 2013, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. She joined Aetna shortly after graduating, where she participated in a professional development program before transitioning to her current position with the Foundation.

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