The Thought Leadership & Innovation Foundation (TLI) was formed in 2011 to support transformational change projects across healthcare and special education.

Our founders worked together in public and private sector roles and sought to create a nonprofit entity that would enable greater research, transformation and collaboration in a “safe space”

Led by Bill Oldham, a health and education entrepreneur

Senior Advisors and Fellows include thought leaders across health community, education, economic empowerment, and innovation

For more than 25 years, TLI’s leadership team have developed strong working relationships with US universities and aided in their varied pursuits of international, commercial and federal programs. Our strategic clinical and educational partners range from Mayo Clinic and Harvard University to top DC metro universities.

Currently, TLI supports the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the BADER Consortium which supports the University of Delaware, Harvard, and the Mayo Clinic.  

Other clients have included UPMC, University of Washington, Yale University, Columbia University, Duke University, Oklahoma University, University of Nebraska, Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and RAND Corporation.

Starting from a small contract in 2010 supporting the US Federal Health Futures Group, TLI has developed strong relationships and programs across a number of academic organizations. Our team has grown to include numerous Senior Advisors and Fellows with expertise in many program areas specific to the research and development goals of our partners.

TLI is all about providing the necessary thought leadership to promote innovative thinking and new research that leads to transformative change in each area.

TLI’s scientific purpose is to advance the development and delivery of personalized healthcare, and to build a safer, cleaner and more sustainable future for humanity. 

Our Mission

To promote new and innovative thinking that leads to transformative change in the healthcare, education, and economic empowerment arenas by engaging thought leaders in research, writing and program activities to address intractable problems plaguing those communities

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Bill Oldham

Founder & Chairman of the Board

Bill Oldham brings more than 25 years as an entrepreneur, investor, executive and consultant supporting growth industries and high value clients across health, technology, financial, and energy industries. Mr. Oldham has led many cutting edge and dynamic companies in a broad range of industries.

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Fred Cecere, M.D.

Dr. Fred Cecere is a physician with more than 40 years of experience. His major interests include: Bio-defense planning, disease management, performance metrics, process redesign and outcomes measurement in both commercial and Federal healthcare settings.

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Ambassador Bradley Holmes

Ambassador Bradley P. Holmes, a lawyer by training, has over 35 years of domestic and foreign experience in regulation, policy, legal, and operational matters affecting the global communications industry.


Bill Oldham

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Mr. Bill Oldham serves as Chairman & CEO and leads the overall direction of TLI, finance, and business development.

Bill Oldham brings more than 25 years as an entrepreneur, investor, executive and consultant supporting growth industries and high value clients across health, technology, financial, and energy industries. 

Mr. Oldham has led many cutting edge and dynamic companies in a broad range of industries. From bringing fintech to the PBM space, to building two $100m companies from scratch, to managing global financial and health organizations – Mr. Oldham has led teams and projects bringing innovation and technical excellence across geography and industries. Mr. Oldham supports several startups with consulting and board level roles to drive business growth, develop strategy, and manage finance. 

Mr. Oldham’s career started on Wall Street working in the financial information services industry. Leading North and South American operations for a small technology company based in the UK, Mr. Oldham used technology to transform sales and service delivery, expand partnerships and networks and better support customers. Following this experience, Mr. Oldham has worked in financial, telecom, and healthcare industries including work in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. That experience, coupled with graduate education in the UK and Holland, has led to a belief system grounded in global experience.

Mr. Oldham then sought to combine his health and financial interests in the rapidly growing value based payments space bringing fintech to health.   In 2013, Mr. Oldham and a team of two other investors bought AscellaHealth, a long-term care focused pharmacy benefits manager with a strong technology foundation based outside Philadelphia.  With less than $1m in revenue in 2013, AscellaHealth has grown to manage over $300m in drug spend and more than $30m in revenue with strong profitability every year of operation.  A niche player focused on specialty pharma payments and rebate management, AscellaHealth is a leader in the value-based, transparency movement of PBMs.

In 2017, continuing to pursue fintech opportunities, Mr. Oldham founded CryptoCargo, a token-based, crypto currency solution. Mr. Oldham is a published author and speaker on cybersecurity, having led many projects across commercial and federal clients in security & cryptography applications, networks, and IT infrastructure. 

Mr. Oldham holds an BBA from Harding University with a major in Economics and a MBA in Entrepreneurship / Entrepreneurial Studies from Manchester Business School.

Shawn Murphy

Executive Director

Ms. Shawn Murphy serves as Executive Director, oversees the administration, programs and the execution of the mission and strategic plan for TLI.

Shawn Murphy is an experienced leader and certified Project Management Professional with an impressive history of driving organizational growth in information technology and services industries. Her responsibilities as Executive Director include developing, implementing and ensuring the integrity and effectiveness of the organizational core systems and administrative services that support TLI’s mission, vision and values.

Drawing on her background in banking and information technology, Shawn’s work in commercial satellite communications, telecommunications and financial industries leveraged new technologies and project management best practices to re-engineer business processes and automate labor intensive and paper-heavy processes to transform business operations.

Her work for Defense Health Agency, Veterans’ Affairs, and National Institutes of Health programs focused on analysis of emerging technologies, business process transformation, interoperability, cybersecurity, and COTS integration into an enterprise system.

Kevin Berry

Vice President

Dr. Kevin Berry serves as Vice President and leads the federal research support team. Dr. Kevin Berry is an accomplished physician, administrator, leader, and researcher interested in implementing innovations

Dr. Kevin Berry is an accomplished physician, administrator, leader, and researcher interested in implementing innovations.

His 30-year Navy Medicine career includes serving as Chair of Pediatrics, Naval Medical Center San Diego supporting two graduate medical education programs, multiple clinical and leadership positions.

He served as senior leader/advisor on research projects including a teaching kitchen program for enlisted Soldiers to improve personal readiness through practical life-style behavior change, facilitating community health engagement, expanding access to non-drug therapies for acute and chronic pain in health systems, and systematically reviewing the evidence for hyperbaric oxygen in the treatment of traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Berry is one of the founding leaders of the 100 Million Healthier Lives movement and a founding member of the Veteran Hub. Dr. Berry received his M.D. in Medicine from Georgetown School of Medicine and a BS in Biology from the University of Southern California.

Bonnie Sakallaris

Vice President

Dr. Bonnie Sakallaris serves as Vice President with a focus on research and development of holistic approaches to health creation. She also leads our coordinated, collaborative asset-based community engagement programs.

Dr. Bonnie Sakallaris, PhD, RN is TLI’s Vice President for Optimal Healing Environments.  She leads a team of scientists and clinicians committed to the development and understanding whole system approaches to health and healing and the environments that support them.

Her work in research and development of holistic approaches to health creation produced the evaluation tools for the Optimal Healing Environments framework, the Optimal Healthy Workplace framework and evaluation survey, and the Foundation’s definition and framework for Community Wellness and Resilience.

Dr. Sakallaris is responsible for the translation of evidence about wellness and healing into products and services accessible to clients to stimulate practice transformation, culture and behavior change toward a world where healing processes are the foundation for improving performance, preventing illness, achieving and maintaining wellness and ameliorating chronic disease. She works with a group of international corporate and not-for-profit leaders on the issue of global well-being and serves as the convener to bring diverse experts together around global wellness issues.

Dr. Sakallaris holds a B.S. in Psychology from Northeastern University, B.S.N. from Boston University, M.S.N. from the Catholic University of America, and Ph.D. is from George Mason University.

Jennifer Verge

Senior Director, Marketing and Communications

Ms. Jennifer Verge serves as Senior Director, Marketing and Communications and leads marketing and communications strategy and operations as well as proposal development and operations.

Ms. Jennifer Verge is a marketing and communications professional with more than 13 years of experience in driving the development, implementation, and management of marketing and communications strategies through the creation of publications, marketing content and materials, conference and event planning, and website content creation and development. 

She is a strategic marketer with a passion for planning, producing and executing go-to-market strategies while interacting with executive leadership team to define and drive company strategies. Ms. Verge spent ten years supporting companies with federal government, state government, and commercial contracts. She has an ability to communicate effectively with a wide audience, both technical and non-technical, and to work independently and collaboratively with sales, marketing, client services, engineering, and executive team.

Ms. Verge supported a Silicon Valley start-up product launch for an Application Release Automation (ARA) / DevOps / Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) software product, including product marketing and client services support. In addition, she has more than 12 years of experience providing full life cycle proposal management support, developing proposal infrastructure through implementation of proposal procedures, use of proposal development methodologies including storyboarding and graphics-oriented approaches.


TLI Fellows are all recognized innovators in their respective fields. Each Fellow works with TLI to pursue implementation of a common mission through either an active contract or a project in our Innovation Hub.


Fred Cecere, M.D

Senior Fellow

Dr. Fred Cecere serves as a Senior Fellow and leads the Fellows program for TLI

Dr. Fred Cecere is a physician with greater than 40 years of experience. His major interests include: Bio-defense planning, disease management, performance metrics, process redesign and outcomes measurement in both commercial and Federal healthcare settings.

Dr. Cecere served as the Chief Medical Officer of Evolvent (2012-2013). During his tenure with Evolvent, and during his previous tenure as the Chief Medical Officer for Expertech Solutions, he was a major force in the development of the Air Force Medical System (AFMS) Futures Group and in the transformation of that group into the Federal Health Futures Group (FHFG). During his three years as a coordinator of the FHFG, he demonstrated his acumen as a Futurist and as a highly skilled facilitator. As the current Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Director of the Thought Leadership & Innovation Foundation, he continues in a subject matter expert role to that organization. Until late 2008, Dr. Cecere was the Chief Medical Officer for Noblis (formerly Mitretek) a nationally prominent non-profit company working to improve healthcare performance in the Federal sector. Dr. Cecere has served as the President of the Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces for the last two years.

Dr. Cecere has a passion for improving the quality of health care and planning for the delivery of health care. Throughout his career he has blended his clinical acumen, his experience leading provider organizations and his knowledge of systems to make a difference. He has performed pioneering work in outcomes research, has led major process improvement projects within the National Quality Management Program of the Department of Defense, and has been instrumental in the design and early functional integration of both the National Capital Area Multi-Service Market and more recently the newly conceived Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

In 2001, Dr. Cecere founded CFR Enterprises as a company dedicated to supporting and promoting businesses and biotech firms that seek to advance the principals of responsible and high-quality healthcare. During his 26-year military career he served as Special Staff officer to the Surgeon General (TSG)/Commander U.S. Army Medical Command (USAMEDCOM), the Deputy Surgeon General and the Assistant Surgeon General for Health Services, Financial Policy and Readiness Operations. Dr. Cecere assisted TSG in communicating his strategic vision to the Army Medical Department’s internal and external audiences.

Dr. Cecere received a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University College of Liberal Arts and received a Doctorate of Medicine from the Boston University School of Medicine.

Marna Ericson, PhD – Health Community

Dr. Marna E. Ericson currently serves as Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Ericson joined the University of Minnesota Department of Dermatology in 1996 as part of the Clinical Research Division team. She is Director of the research laboratory in Dermatology located in Diehl Hall and leads the Basic Science Friday resident lecture series.

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Ericson has adapted advanced imaging methodologies with new molecular techniques to improve understanding of vector-borne diseases with a long-term goal of deciphering the mechanisms and complex nature of co-infections. Her interests lie in imaging with special emphasis on single- and multi-photon laser scanning confocal microscopy. Her expertise in imaging has led to fruitful collaborations with other investigators outside the Department of Dermatology in the fields of infectious diseases, oncology, neuroscience, rheumatology, engineering, dentistry, and orthopedics.

Dr. Ericson has successfully administered collaborative projects with peer-reviewed publications as well as funding. With Innovation as a hallmark of her research endeavors, Professor Ericson has contributions like understanding and treating Cancer pain, identifying molecular targets of phytochemicals, comprehending the role of the peripheral nervous system in skin and hair biology, and recognizing the implications of Bartonellosis.

Dr. Ericson’s current research activities include cancer pain in a murine model, mechanisms of hair growth, tumor/T-cell interactions, mechanism of mammalian/tick infection, and second harmonic imaging of collagen.

Dr. Ericson became a Fellow of the Thought Leadership & Innovation Foundation (TLI) in 2018. She has contributed to Science with 47 peer-reviewed papers and has received several honors and awards in Imaging Science, including in 2013 as a Finalist in Posters/Graphics for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Science Engineering Visualization Challenge.

Rachel Foster, FACHE – Health Community

Ms. Foster is currently President of Fostering Innovation, LLC where she offers strategic consulting services to her clients. She retired from the Office of the Secretary of Defense in September 2014 after serving for 32 years in Comptroller and Health Affairs.

During her career she served in roles with increasing responsibility in the areas of Military Medicine and Programming and Budgeting. In Ms. Fosters’ most recent position with the Government, she served as the first Military Health System Chief Innovation Officer (CINO), directly reporting to the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs. As the CINO, Ms. Foster spearheaded the activities of the MHS Innovation Strategy and team. Her main responsibilities included creating a sustaining culture of innovation across the Enterprise and supporting innovations in the areas of recapture of specialty and inpatient care, obesity and tobacco use reduction, and knowledge sharing.

From 2009-2011, Ms. Foster served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Budgets and Financial Policy. In this role she was responsible for overseeing the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process for the $50B Military Health System. During her tenure, she reengineered the PPBE process to ensure that key decisions were placed in the hands of senior leaders, a model which continues today.

Ms. Foster is Board Certified in Healthcare Management. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow at TLI. Ms. Foster has served on the Board of Trustees for the Metropolitan Area Prevention of Blindness Society since 2002. Ms. Foster has a Post Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from George Washington University. She has an MA in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from the University of Texas, Austin.

Barry Granger — Economic Empowerment, Innovation

Mr. Barry Granger is a business executive and consultant, working for over 35 years at the DuPont Company and the Dow Chemical Company. Both companies are world leaders in market-driven innovation and science. 

In his two most recent roles as Vice President – Government Marketing and Government Affairs and Vice President and General Manager, Nonwovens, he led the transformation of the Government Affairs organization, refocused and rebuilt the global Government Marketing Development organization and provided leadership in the business recovery of the Nonwovens business unit during the US housing and global economic crisis.  He has over 35 years of extensive experience in highly regulated industrial materials companies, especially in the market areas of food packaging and graphics, personal protection, housing and automotive.  He worked at DuPont since 1987, and is experienced in corporate and non-profit board governance process through his previous roles as Assistant Corporate Secretary and Executive Assistant to the Chairman and CEO, and Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Delaware State University.

Mr. Granger has extensive experience in international business strategy, especially in emerging markets, through his development and implementation of new business segment growth strategies to expand into China, South Korea, Taiwan and Eastern Europe.  He has led global business teams, managed global customer relations and is adept with dealing with customers from different cultures and around the world.

During Mr. Granger’s assignment as Assistant Secretary of the Corporation and Secretary to the Strategic Direction and Environmental Policy Committees, he gained experience and expertise in the governance process of a world leading, diversified materials company.  He worked closely with leadership across all areas of the company, furnishing him with a rare understanding of board and management perspectives on governance.  He is therefore uniquely positioned to assist the board in cultivating a productive and beneficial relationship with management.

Prior to joining DuPont, Mr. Granger served as an Engineer – Manufacturing Business Group at Chrysler Corporation and as Production Engineer – Texas Operations at Dow Chemical.  He has served on a number of public sector boards and became Vice Chair of the Delaware State University Board of Trustees in 2014.  He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and his MBA in Industrial Management from Indiana University.

Sam Hanna, MBA, CISA, CBCP, CRISC, Green Six Sigma - Education, Economic Empowerment, Health Community

Mr. Sam Hanna is the Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, an Executive in Residence and the Program Director of the master’s in healthcare management at American University in Washington, DC. He is an industry visionary and has developed a unique approach of bringing key industry best practices that represent the future direction of where the entire healthcare industry is headed. He is a sought-after advisor, mentor and speaker, and has provided consulting services to various organizations in the governments, industry, startup and the non-for-profit fields.

Prior to joining American University, Mr. Hanna was a professor and Program Director of the master’s Program in Management of Health Informatics & Analytics at The George Washington University where he created and directed the program to be a marquee program in the field. Prior to his academic career, he was the Chief Innovations Officer at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the Senior Director of the Health care practice in the Mid Atlantic.

Mr. Hanna also led the Health Reform program office tasked with determining the consulting firm’s response to policy changes impacting the healthcare field and clients. He also led the firm’s New Venture Incubator where he was responsible for creating strategic integrated solutions that brought multi-competency skills, tools and technologies to clients. In that capacity, he was responsible for designing, developing and enabling over $500M in new revenue and partnerships.

While he was leading these strategic initiatives, Mr. Hanna continued to serve clients to apply his knowledge and to remain focused on their needs. He is recognized nationally for his expertise in Project and Program Management, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Business Continuity, Complex Clinical & Financial Systems Implementations, HIPAA, ARRA/ HITECH, Audit, Risks and Governance Consulting, and the Convergence of the business of healthcare with IT. He has also held leadership opportunities at other organizations such as Deloitte and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Mr. Hanna is a PhD candidate in the field of Translational Health Sciences. He holds a graduate degree (MBA) from Babson College with a focus in Entrepreneurship and a dual degree from Christian Brothers University in Accounting and Information Technology Management. In addition, he holds a certificate of leadership and management from Harvard Business School. He also holds many certification and credentials including Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC). He is active in the local chapters of the following organization:  ACHE, HIMSS, HFMA, DRII, The IIA and ISACA.

Teresa Hardee, EdD – Education and Economic Empowerment

Dr. Teresa Hardee is a senior executive with over 25 years of leadership experience in business and industry, government, and higher education. She specializes in helping organizations achieve superior business results through operationalizing strategic and tactical business plans.

Dr. Hardee has a proven record of accomplishment and has served in a variety of leadership roles in several organizations. She currently serves as the President and CEO of I5O Consulting Services specializing in data-driven processes that improve operating performance and productivity. She is a licensed certified public accountant and a six-sigma black belt. She has worked closely with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on data analytics and measurement. She formerly served as a chief operating officer and chief financial officer and has interests in many aspects of organizational improvement through leveraging technology and reimagining business processes. She has also effectively managed significant public/private partnerships involving large-scale construction and renovation projects, bringing them in on-time and under budget.

Dr. Hardee received her undergraduate degree majoring in accounting from Fayetteville State University, a masters (MPA) from NC Central University and her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She has also completed a certification at Harvard University.

Rear Admiral (RADM) (Ret) Tom McGinnis, PharmD – Health Community

Rear Admiral (RADM) (Ret) Tom McGinnis has over 38 years of experience in the fields of military medicine, pharmacology and health care management. RADM (Ret) McGinnis served over 36 years in the United States Public Health Service and Department of Defense (DoD). At the time of his retirement in 2014, he served as Assistant Surgeon General and Chief of the Pharmaceutical Operations Directorate in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) for the TRICARE Management Activity since 2005.

In this senior management position at the DoD, RADM (Ret) McGinnis was responsible for advising the Assistant Secretary on all pharmacy related matters and for executive leadership and technical directions for the management and operational implementation of the DoD $7 billion annual TRICARE pharmacy benefit program, which provides worldwide coverage for 9.5 million active duty and retired beneficiaries of the seven uniformed services and their families.

In this capacity, RADM (Ret) McGinnis directed and managed a staff of over 100 military and civilian employees. He also served as the Source Selection Authority for the TRICARE Pharmacy program acquisition contract, a $50 billion multi-year pharmacy benefit contract. The 2008 and 2014 awards were one of the few DoD contracts of this magnitude not appealed. In addition, he served as the Source Selection Authority for the TRICARE Managed Care South and West contract awards in 2012.

Prior to working at TRICARE, RADM (Ret) McGinnis served as Deputy Associate Commissioner for Health Affairs at the Food and Drug Administration. In addition, RADM (Ret) McGinnis deployed to Louisiana and served as Incident Commander for the Alexandria Special Needs Shelter, a 250-bed shelter staffed by over 100 health professionals, including active duty, inactive reserve, and federalized volunteers.

RADM (Ret) McGinnis is a recipient of the United States Surgeon General Medal and Distinguished Service Medal. He is a Life Member of AMSUS, the Military Officers Association and the PHS Commissioned Officers Association. He is also a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association and gave the Commencement Address at the Rutgers College of Pharmacy in 2009. RADM (Ret) McGinnis is a Life Member of the United State Tennis Association and is a ranked singles and doubles player.

B. Robert Mozayeni, M.D. – Health Community

Dr. B. Robert Mozayeni is an expert in Translational Medicine, the science and art of advancing medical science safely and efficiently.

Dr. Mozayeni is a Rheumatologist with graduate and post-graduate physician-scientist training from Albany Medical College, Yale University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the National Institutes of Health (NCI, NHLBI, and NIAMS). He is presently in private practice in Bethesda, MD where he specializes in chronic inflammatory diseases having rheumatic and neurovascular manifestations.

Dr. Mozayeni is the founder and Executive Director of the Translational Medicine Group where he has developed and commercialized software that supports data-driven methods to accelerate the evaluation and improvement of patient-centered care pathways. Under an ongoing research collaboration, Dr. Mozayeni maintains an observational clinical evaluation of the significance of Bartonella infection in a cohort of several hundred human patients with otherwise unexplained chronic conditions. Clinical correlations between Bartonella species and various conditions are being determined as part of ongoing research which continues to redefine diagnostic and therapeutic options as dictated by clinical experience.

Robin A. Robinson, Ph.D. – Health Community

Dr. Robin Robinson serves concurrently as a Fellow for Regenerative Medicine and Chronic Diseases at TLI, the acting Chief Executive Officer of Acquired Immune Medicines, Inc. developing new vaccines for influenza and other emerging pathogens, and an independent senior executive consultant for many pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the U.S. and Europe. He leads TLI’s development of cellular therapies to treat wounds from thermal, radiation, and diabetic wounds to establish a new regenerative medicine program.

He reentered the private pharmaceutical industry sector after retiring in 2016 from federal public service at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he served from 2008 - 2016 as the first director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Dr. Robinson brought BARDA into prominence as one of the top 10 fully integrated R&D organizations worldwide supporting advanced development and acquisition of drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and medical devices for man-made threats, pandemic influenza, and emerging infectious diseases. 38 of these medical countermeasure products supported by BARDA supported under his leadership were FDA approved. Under his leadership, BARDA established premier programs that developed treatments for acute radiation syndromes (ARS) with industry partners; novel cellular therapy technologies were utilized to treat ARS-associated neutropenia and thermal and radiation burns. In 2018, Dr. Robinson was recognized as one of top 100 innovators in medicine.

While at BARDA, Dr. Robinson served from 2004-2008 as the Director for the Influenza & Emerging Disease Division. Dr. Robinson established a program with scientific and technical experts to implement the national and global strategic plans and policies for the development of new influenza antiviral drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics outlined in the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza. For his leadership in this role, Dr. Robinson was the recipient of the Department of Defense’s Clay Dalrymple Award in 2008, the HHS Distinguished Service Award three times, and a finalist for the Service to America Medal in 2009. From 2013- 2015, Dr. Robinson was recognized as one of the top 50 most influential persons worldwide in vaccines by Vaccine Nation.

Prior to public service, Dr. Robinson served as the Director of Vaccines at Novavax, Inc. (Rockville, MD) from 1995-2004, where he led the development of 20+ vaccines to hepatitis B and E, influenza, noroviruses, and human papilloma viruses from early development, clinical trials, manufacturing scale-up, and commercialization through FDA licensure. He developed patented platform vaccine technologies including virus-like particles and subunit protein vaccines for human pathogens including malaria, human papilloma, hepatitis, and influenza and for prostate, melanoma, and cervical cancers. Dr. Robinson pursued research from 1983-1992 on the molecular pathogenesis of herpesviruses and HIV while on faculty in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

Dr. Robinson received a Bachelor of Science degree from Millsaps College and a doctoral degree from the University of Mississippi Medical School in microbiology. He completed a NIH postdoctoral fellowship with the State University of New York at Stony Brook in molecular oncology.

Dr. Robinson also serves on the Senior Advisory Group for the World Health Organization (WHO) on emerging infectious diseases and pandemic influenza. Additionally, he continues to serve as an editorial board member and reviewer for several professional scientific and technical journals on virology, vaccines, public health, and biotechnology.

Emad Samad - Economic Empowerment

Mr. Emad Samad currently serves as the Managing Director of WBB Securities, an investment bank that focuses its practice in the life sciences. Since beginning his tenure at the firm, Mr. Samad has focused on advising immunotherapy, infectious disease, biodefense, gene and cell therapy, and regenerative medicine companies, and is the author of numerous publications on the subject of funding for biotechnology research in the United States. As a member of WBB’s senior banking team, Mr. Samad has worked extensively on private and public equity financings, working closely with the senior management of major biotechnology and medical device companies.

Mr. Samad has consulted numerous private and public companies on M&A transactions, acting as special financial and strategic business advisor. Mr. Samad is also a member of the Asian American Writers Workshop in New York City, and has worked extensively int eh service of several nonprofits entrusted with meeting the social, financial and healthcare needs of people with disabilities.


TLI Advisors are a diverse group of talented and experienced individuals who provide ongoing advice and support as an Advisory Board to the Board of Directors.


Dea Belazi, MPH, PharmaD — Health Community

Mr. Dea Belazi leads AscellaHealth, which provides pharmacy benefit manager services to nearly 3 million people in the commercial, Medicaid and Medicare markets.

He operates the independent consultancy, AlchemiPharma, whose clients include pharmaceutical manufacturers and health plans. The consultancy focuses on many areas including pharmacy benefit strategies, formulary management, contracting, business development strategies, and health economics and outcomes research. Belazi is also the principal and owner of CrowdHealth, a social networking site for consumers to share healthcare experiences. Belazi founded and leads the business development of two other Pharmacy Benefit Managers, PerformRx and FutureScripts, which was acquired in September 2010 by Catamaran. Mr. Belazi holds a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

Lynly Boor — Innovation and Public Advocacy

Ms. Lynly Boor is an executive-level valued advisor with more than 25 years of experience in strategic communications, public and government affairs, partnership-building and business development.

She is committed to advancing the needs of our nation’s service members, veterans and military families. Ms. Boor served as Head of External Relations at the United Service Organizations (USO) where she led USO’s relationships with Congress, the White House, Executive Branch agencies and key stakeholder groups. She spearheaded successful advocacy efforts and built collaborative relationships with the entertainment industry, partner organizations and targeted external constituencies to generate public awareness and ongoing engagement in support of USO goals and bottom-line objectives. These include securing over $160M in appropriated funds and corporate / individual support; building one of the largest and most engaged Caucuses on Capitol Hill with over 225 Members of Congress; partnering with White House on more collaborative engagement and military support events than any other non-profit within the space. Throughout her career, she is committed to achieving measurable outcomes and drive business forward in the public and private sectors. She received a B.A. in communications from the University of Maryland.

Ahmed Calvo, M.D. — Health Community

Dr. Calvo has wide policy and advisory experience as principal of multiple consulting firms and has been on clinical faculty at the medical schools at Stanford, UCSF, and UCSD.

Ahmed Calvo, MD, MPH, is Director of the National Leadership Fellowship on Health Policy and Public Service, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University; Senior Fellow and Advisor, Thought Leadership and Innovations Foundation; Immediate Past-President, Hispanic Employees Organization, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS-HEO); and member of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA). Dr. Calvo has wide policy and advisory experience as principal of multiple consulting firms and has been on clinical faculty at the medical schools at Stanford, UCSF, and UCSD. He has been a consultant to the Department of Defense (DOD), most recently co-leading the Health Futures Group in support of the Joint Medical Chair for Global Health, National Defense University (NDU), under Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. Jonathan Woodson. 

For more than 13 years, Dr. Calvo has been Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Breakthrough Collaboratives of the Health Disparities Collaboratives operated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Chief of the Clinical Quality Improvement Branch, Bureau of Primary Health Care; Acting Deputy Director of the HRSA Center for Quality, Office of the Administrator, HRSA; Chief Medical Officer, Senior Advisor and Acting Director Office of Health IT and Quality, HRSA; and Vice-Chair, HHS Medical Claims Review Panel for the Federal Torts Claim Act (FTCA), with Dr. Anand Parekh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS, housed within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH). 

Prior to joining HRSA, Dr. Calvo was Director of Medical Education at Scripps in San Diego, and Medical Director of the San Ysidro Health Center, a large Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) community health center network on the California-Baja California Border Area that evolved emergency operations center capacity for emergency preparedness by using mobile clinics. Dr. Calvo has been in active clinical practice for over 30 years; was CEO and Chairman of the Board for a variety of medical groups in private practice; and was President of several chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).   A graduate of Stanford University, the UCSF School of Medicine, and the UCSD/SDSU School of Public Health program, Dr. Calvo also completed multiple advanced faculty development fellowships at UCSD focused on care of the underserved; as well as the National Leadership Fellowship at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service (with the National Hispanic Medical Association).

John Cho, M.D. — Health Community

Dr. John M. Cho is a retired US Army Brigadier General with over 20 years of senior executive experience in healthcare operations, management, and administration and in leading the planning and direction of complex health management organizations — from clinics to large healthcare systems.

As the Deputy Chief of Staff, Support (G-1/4/6), he was the responsible General Officer (GO) for 200 senior corporate headquarters staff and all Army Medicine issues related to information management, information technology, cyber, clinical informatics, the new $4.5B DoD electronic health record (MHS Genesis, Army Functional GO Champion), military and civilian human resources, talent management and medical logistics for the US Army Medical Command- an $11.5B healthcare system with 65,000 personnel serving 1.5M beneficiaries worldwide. He has a proven track record of leading change, achieving value for large organizations through creative and effective strategic problem solving, and effective coaching and mentoring leading to former subordinates serving as the CEO of hospitals and large clinics. Dr. Cho is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) of the American Association for Physician Leadership since 2011, Board Certified in Cardiothoracic and General Surgery, American Board of Surgery, in 1998 and 1995 respectively and a Fellow American College of Surgeons (FACS) in 2000. He was recently selected by the Board of Directors for AMSUS, The Society of Federal Health Professionals, as its Executive Director. Organized in 1891 and chartered by Congress in 1903, AMSUS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership-based organization, the voice for federal health professionals and advocate for interagency healthcare collaboration among the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services.

Robert Clerman – Innovation

Mr. Robert Clerman has more than 30 years of experience at the intersection of public policy, science and technology. Mr. Clerman’s experience focuses on formulating innovative solutions for clients facing complex technical and management challenges in fields like national security, environmental sustainability and healthcare. 

His interests include homeland security, health, biological defense, public health preparedness, and critical infrastructure protection. He works with government agencies and businesses on strategic initiatives that drive innovation and business growth, including launching new services, winning contract awards, diversifying into new markets, assessing technology, and develop branding, account development, and capture strategies. He also serves on the Boards of TEAM Integrated Engineering and Systems Development and Analysis, Inc. (SDA). Mr. Clerman served as the Corporate Vice President for Mission Development at Noblis, where he provided branding, program management and business development leadership. At Noblis and its predecessor organizations, Mitretek Systems and MITRE, he worked with teams from across the corporation and other organizations to conduct studies, develop new business, disseminate and evolve the corporation’s strategic plan, and communicate brand value to employees, customers and other stakeholders.

Michael Connelly – Education

Mr. Michael Connelly is an executive and an entrepreneur with 40 years’ experience in leading transformational change in education, healthcare, media, and private equity investing. He served with distinction in the areas of executive management, operations, business development, finance and law.  His focus is on strategy, organizational development, operational excellence, and results. He is a leader in the development of strategy and in building the organizational structure required to achieve it, with a track record of achievement. Mr. Connelly is a frequent public speaker in the US and internationally on education reform, school management, entrepreneurial management, strategic planning, social entrepreneurism, corporate governance, and finance. He is a leader in education reform and social entrepreneurism.

Mr. Connelly served as the CEO of Mosaica Education, Inc., a global manager of K-12 public charter schools, private schools, and online educational programs for 17 years. Under his direction, he expanded Company from two schools under management to 93 schools in 14 states and four countries (U.K., India, Qatar and UAE). He oversaw development and operations of new divisions responsible for the Company’s award-winning proprietary curriculum (“Paragon”), its online schools and other K-12 learning options, a successful school turn-around management business, and its extraordinary professional development and assessment capabilities. He received Global Entrepreneur of Year Award from the AllWorld Network (Harvard University, 2012). 

Mr. Connelly holds a BA, with honors, in Mathematics with minors in Social Science (Economics/Sociology) and Education. He also holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. He also serves as a Senior Fellow from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, where he is honored as a “Distinguished Leader in Education” for “outstanding contributions to children, schools and the future globally.”

Bruce Green, M.D. – Health Community

Dr. Charles Bruce Green was the 20th Air Force Surgeon General and the functional manager of the U.S. Air Force Medical Service.

He is an expert in anything related to the Military Health System, veterans’ health, medical disaster response, air evacuation, patient centered medical home, connected health, and health analytics. Dr. Green is a managing director with Deloitte Consulting LLP, serving as chief medical officer for Deloitte’s Federal Health practice.

Dr. Green is an advisor to Deloitte’s federal and commercial health clients and a thought leader in clinical public health leadership and preparedness. He serves as a consultant to health industry and corporate boards, improving private sector and government care by strategically planning sustainable models of care. He has a MD and a MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and is board certified in Aerospace Medicine.

Ambassador Bradley Holmes – Economic Empowerment

Ambassador Bradley P. Holmes, a lawyer by training, has over 35 years of domestic and foreign experience in regulation, policy, legal, and operational matters affecting the global communications industry. 

Both the public and private sectors recognize him as a worldwide expert on telecommunications, information technologies, and general communications. He was recently recognized for his many years of outstanding service and contributions to the telecommunications industry by the International Telecommunications Union, one of the oldest United Nations agencies based in Geneva, Switzerland, by receiving its highest award and medal. 

During the Administration of President George H. W. Bush, he served as the United States Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, a position equivalent in rank to Assistant Secretary of State with the title of Ambassador. Working with other key cabinet and government agencies such as the FCC, Department of Commerce, Office of the US Trade Representative, Pentagon and National Security Agency, Ambassador Holmes developed and directed US telecommunications policy as an integral part of US foreign policy. Prior to this position, Ambassador Holmes served in key policy positions at the Federal Communications Commission, and was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to be a Commissioner. 

Following government service Ambassador Holmes was a partner in the consulting practice of Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) and served as MD of the firm’s Global Telecom Group.  Subsequent business positions include CEO of a New York City market wireless telecom company and COO of a global undersea cable company (pre-operations). Over the years he has also served as a top advisor to the executive management of global communications companies, financial institutions, international organizations and governments. At the beginning of his career he was a lawyer in the New York City office of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Ambassador Holmes received his Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English from Dartmouth College. He is a member of the Bar of the State of New York.

Sidney Levitsky, M.D. – Health Community

Dr. Sidney Levitsky serves as a Senior Vice Chairman of Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Levitsky is the David W. and David Cheever Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery for the CARE GROUP in Boston. He served as President of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2005 to 2006) and has held faculty positions at Yale University School of Medicine, the National Heart Institute, the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Cook County Graduate School and Harvard Medical School. He has been a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at CellAegis Devices Inc. since August 2012. He serves as a Member of Board of Trustees at Harvard Clinical Research Institute, Inc. He has authored over 450 journal articles and publications with a focus on intraoperative myocardial protection and ischemia/reperfusion injury of the heart. Dr. Levitsky received his M.D. degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery.

Ian Portnoy, JD - Legal

With a diverse corporate, intellectual property and real estate practice, Mr. Ian Portnoy has played a significant role in many high-profile projects throughout the U.S. Highlights among Mr. Portnoy’s background are major economic development and infrastructure development and finance projects, including public/private joint ventures, in conjunction with airports and mass transit facilities throughout the U.S. and extensive work regarding public private partnerships involving privatization of facilities on military bases. These projects often involved extensive coordination with federal, state and local governmental authorities including having the local laws changed to accommodate the projects. Several of these projects also involved the development of energy generation facilities, including green energy.

Mr. Portnoy acts as outside counsel to large and small technology and bio-tech companies (several of which specialize on agriculture, food security and food safety) coordinating their intellectual property assets with their business objectives and assisting with complex contract and intellectual property issues.

Mr. Portnoy also represents many not-for-profits (501-C3 and 501-C 6) including trade associations, foundations, schools and colleges acting as outside counsel providing wide ranging advice on diverse matters including technology issues, contracts, preparation of policies and staff guidance including social medial policy, acceptable use policy and proper utilization of cloud-based services. He regularly advises on board governance and board/staff issues, 501-C-3 compliance issues, and mergers and acquisitions of not-for-profits.

Mr. Portnoy advises companies about the risks of cyber security, hacking, ransomware and the risks associated with data breach and data security. He has lectured on these subjects to many associations, schools and business entities. He has also worked with other professionals regarding school safety and preparedness.

In the energy arena, Mr. Portnoy counsels clients on energy efficiency, smart-grid, new battery technology demonstration, smart-house demonstration, photo-voltaic, low-flow turbine generation, energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and other alternative energy projects. He has worked on Public Private Partnerships all over the country. He assists federal, state, municipal and corporate clients to identify and address power purchase agreements (PPAs), energy tax credit issues and other similar issues. Further, he is currently assisting developer entities to develop “energy parks” on federal facilities.

Mr. Portnoy has published many articles and regularly speaks to professional and technology audiences. He was the senior editor of three major real estate publications and is presently working on several major real estate acquisitions. Prior to private practice in Washington, he was counsel to a major public company based in Philadelphia.

Mr. Portnoy holds a B.A. with Honors from the University of Michigan. He has a J.D. from the Villanova University of School of Law. He is a member of the Bar of the State of New York and the District of Columbia.

Henry Smith, EdD – Education

Dr. Henry Smith is a senior non-profit professional with 30 years’ experience as a transformative organizational leader in government, higher education and associations. He served as the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education with superior presentation skills plus strong experience building successful educational partnerships to advance the mission on international, federal, state and local levels. He is a fundraising, strategic marketing and government consultant supporting universities, community colleges, education consortia and associations. 

Dr. Smith currently serves as Assistant Professor for the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. In this role, he leads faculty on Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education in EdD and serves as an Instructor in Leadership; Politics and Education; Disciplinary Approaches to Education. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director for Partnerships in Educational Transformation, which was a new Dean-initiated position to develop national, international partnerships for education reform, to diversity School revenue streams to raise Schools’ national profile. In this role, he created and implemented national Visiting Fellows program; organized School’s first professional development program; initiated, brokered and implemented multimillion dollar partnerships with education companies such as, Disney; and major nonprofit organizations such as Smithsonian, Teach for America, Sesame Street; and served on the Dean’s Leadership Council.

Dr. Smith served as the US Assistant Secretary of Education, appointed by the Secretary of Education, Richard Riley. In his role at the US Department of Education, he managed collaboration with the White House, Secretary of Education, governors, college presidents and other federal agencies on implementation of major education reforms of the Clinton Administration. 

Dr. Smith holds a BA in American Government from Boston University, a Masters of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from the Graduate School of Education and Human Development from the George Washington University. 


TLI has formed alliances and subcontracting relationships with entities ranging from small to large industry businesses, nonprofit organizations, and academia.


To strengthen our longstanding commitment to military medicine and health, we have established affiliations with:



Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC)

TLI is a non-traditional defense contractor member of the MTEC. MTEC is a 501(c)(3) biomedical technology consortium collaborating with multiple government agencies under a 10-year renewable Other Transaction Agreement with the USAMRMC. MTEC is designed to organize and conduct advanced applied research for prototype development to address a range of military capability needs.


Uniformed Services University (USU) and Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF)

TLI has a longstanding relationship going back more than a decade with the HJF to support USU on multiple programs, including research and systemic reviews, program design and evaluation, community health activation, and human performance optimization services. HJF relies on TLI as a partner to provide quality research, education, training and scientific support services that benefit the USU. 


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Supporting the Health Equity and Prosperity Project, TLI worked to strengthen multi-sector community leaders and create both better health and more effective healthcare.  Our analysis of the research revealed that the best outcomes will be gained where networked community leaders work to extend and improve life in healthier environments created through multi-sector partnerships. 


Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS)

AMSUS provides communications and education forums to present a broad selection of opportunities for member companies to see, hear and interact with leaders from the Federal Health System (e.g. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Indian Health Service, Public Health Service and Coast Guard) in an environment that fosters cooperation and the sharing of ideas for the betterment of both the member companies and these Federal agencies. As a member of AMSUS, TLI participates in the engagement between government and industry.  TLI also facilitates the Executive Advisory Board (EAB) meetings and forums.


Mayo Clinic

TLI works closely with the Motion Analysis Clinic at the Mayo Clinic to further the development of a national prosthetists registry.  This registry is designed to standardize, measure, and report patient outcomes data, support evidence-based decision making, enhance health care delivery, and establish and disseminate best practices in this field. 


Dartmouth University Biomedical Engineering Center for Orthopedics

Since our inception, TLI has worked with Amputee Coalition, AOPA, the Mayo Clinic and other organizations to develop a registry for the collection of data related to patients who have had limb loss or limb preservation surgery.  Our goal is to make data available which could improve patient outcomes and identify trends in the success or failure of medical devices. As a part of this work, we have collaborated with the Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Center (DBEC) for Orthopedics where they assess new technologies and designs for orthopedic medical devices. As an academic retrieval laboratory, they exist as a sentinel in the effort to detect device failures prior to widespread harm to patients.

We bring together individuals and organizations who share our commitment to transformational and cultural change.

We provide an objective platform where the goal is to create societal benefit through collaboration, innovation, and thought leadership. We take on projects that drive change with our partners.