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Jennifer Johnston (President) is an attorney at Verizon, focusing on antitrust and regulatory law. She is involved in the pro bono community and represents pro bono clients in their applications for U-Visas and T-Visas, which gives victims of domestic violence or trafficking the ability to gain legal status in the United States. She supports Woodley House because of its focus on empowering individuals to help them heal and lead productive and fulfilling lives. Jennifer holds a BS in Financial Economics from SUNY Binghamton and a JD from George Mason University School of Law.


Julie Jernigan (Vice President) is the Senior Director of Network Development and Strategy at Evolent Health, LLC. In this role Julie is responsible for building and maintaining enterprise managed care networks for commercial, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid lines of business. Julie’s interest in behavioral health was heightened while she worked to build a behavioral health program for a statewide Medicaid program and has worked with all three major MBHOs. Julie is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Washington and holds a BA in political science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Norm Schneider, JD, (Treasurer) is a partner at the Kamerow Law Firm. He has been on the Board of Woodley House since 1994, serving as President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and as an At-Large member of the Executive Committee. Norm first became acquainted with Woodley House when his father, psychiatrist Irv Schneider, referred the first patient to the nascent Woodley House in 1959. Norm fondly remembers picking cherries from high up in founder Joan Doniger’s back yard for the luscious cherry pies she used to make for Woodley House events. Trained as an historian and then as a lawyer, he’s one of the few people who can truly say that he has worked with all four Executive Directors of Woodley House: Joan Doniger, Edee Maeda, Debra Young, and Gary Frye, and he has brought both skills to the organization. He was President of the Board when the movie benefit was inaugurated with the premier of “Titanic,” a reception at the Vice President’s house, and the screening at the Uptown Theater.


Liz Walsh (Secretary) is a Consultant and Lead Content Strategist at Anne Tumlinson Innovations where she oversees research and analysis and provides clients with insights related to emerging trends and opportunities in national and local markets. Previously Liz served as Associate Director of Product Management at Evolent Health, a firm that enables major health systems to manage risk across Medicare, Medicaid, Commercial, and Self-funded populations. She also worked as a Consultant at Avalere Health where she advised clients on trends in value-based care and performance improvement. Liz holds a BA in Political Science and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.


Debra Barrett is founder of Barrett Strategic LLC, a strategic consulting, public and government affairs and executive coaching. Previously, she was SVP Global Government Affairs and Public Policy at Teva Pharmaceuticals where she directed advocacy and policy development. Before joining Teva, Debra was an assignment editor at CNN after beginning her career on Capitol Hill. Debra holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 


Jeanine Boyle, JD, MPH is President at Rock Creek Policy Advisors. Previously, she served as Vice President of Corporate Government Affairs and Health Policy at Magellan Health. She also directed federal and state policy in roles she held at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, and PhRMA. Jeanine holds a BA from the Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Public Health with a concentration in law and public health from Harvard University, and a JD from Tulane University.


Catherine Cooke volunteered at a Woodley House art class in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the organization and its mission ever since. Catherine’s career as a management consultant and strategic communicator in both the private and public sectors spans more than 20 years. She currently manages creative services and internal communications for the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. She earned a B.A. in music at University of Delaware and an M.S. in information management at Marymount University. Catherine is pursuing her Master’s at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, with a focus on wellness coaching for people living with bipolar disorder.


Matthew Hoffman, JD is an Attorney at the Federal Trade Commission. Previously he served as Partner at Goodwin Proctor. Matthew holds a BA from Harvard University and a JD from Yale University. He is the nephew of Woodley House founder, Joan Doniger, so Woodley House has been part of his entire life. 


Isabel Jasinowski most recently served as Vice President and Corporate Officer for Goodyear. She headed government relations for Goodyear’s Washington, D.C. office since 1995 and served as the company’s senior lobbyist. Prior to Goodyear, Isabel set up and ran the office of Business Liaison at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Having started her career as director of local issues for Gov. Jimmy Carter’s 1976 presidential campaign, she has more than 25 years of government relations and Capitol Hill experience. Isabel holds a BA in political science from Barnard Collect and a Master’s from Columbia University.


Vincent Keane is President/CEO of Unity Health Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and non-profit organization that provides primary health care, psycho-social services, and mental health care to the medically underserved in Washington,DC. As well as his executive responsibilities, Vincent is actively involved in the development of national health care policy as it addresses the needs of the medically underserved and poverty communities. He is regularly called upon to testify before the City Council of the District of Columbia. Vincent was born in County Mayo, Ireland and was educated at All Hallows College Dublin where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.). 


Diane Murray is enjoying retirement after serving as Assistant Vice President in the Strategy and Innovation Division at SourceAmerica.  Prior to joining SourceAmerica Diane worked at Northrop Grumman for 32 years, where she served as VP, Chief Information Officer, and Deputy GM of the Global Information Technology Division, before retiring in 2009. Active in her church and community, Diane has received several awards recognizing her professional achievements and community service, including Computerworld’s Premier 100 Technology Leader and National Women of Color Technology Leadership awards. Diane received a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Spelman College and a Master’s degree in Operations Research from Cornell University.


Purva Rawal, PhD, is a Principal at CapView where she works with health systems, life sciences companies, think tanks, and healthcare coalitions. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches undergraduate classes including “Politics of Health Care”. Purva recently completed a book examining the veracity of beliefs and claims about health reform, The Affordable Care Act: Explaining the Facts, published in January 2016. From 2005-2010 Dr. Rawal served as staff in the U.S. Senate where she worked on the Senate Budget Committee as a key advisor to Chairman Conrad (D-ND) during the drafting and passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Prior to that, Purva was the health advisor to Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT). After leaving Capitol Hill, she was a Director in the Health Insurance and Reform Practice at Avalere Health. Purva received her BA and PhD from Northwestern University.


Troy Swanda is CEO of So Others Might Eat (SOME), a DC nonprofit organization dedicating to providing housing, food, clothing, job training, addiction treatment and and healthcare to meet the daily needs of the poor and homeless in the city. Troy has been with SOME for 15 years, and is a noted housing specialist in the District. He holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska. 

John Valenti recently returned to the east coast after many years of living in Los Angeles, California, where he most recently worked as Director of Digital Distribution for Warner Bros.  John is a native Washingtonian and graduated from Stanford University. His parents, Mary Margaret and Jack Valenti, were long-time supporters of Woodley House. In fact, its flagship group home, Valenti House, is named in their honor. Mary Margaret also created the Woodley House Annual Movie Benefit as its signature fundraising event which hundreds of friends and supporters attend each year to support Woodley House and its programs.

Jeremiah Watts is a Principal of D | WATTS Construction where he is responsible for providing project and executive oversight managing projects from design development through construction occupancy. Prior to founding D | WATTS, Jeremiah worked with HITT Contracting for more than a decade where he oversaw large teams and held an award-winning portfolio. He holds a BS in Public and Private Sector Organizations from Brown University.