Advisors

Civic Health Month is advised by a growing panel of representatives and experts in the field.

Ali Raja, MD
Executive Vice Chair of Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Ali S. Raja, MD, MBA, MPH, FACHE is the Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Raja received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, holds MD and MBA degrees from Duke University and, after training in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati, completed a research fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A practicing emergency physician and author of over 150 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, his federally-funded research focuses on improving the appropriateness of resource utilization in emergency medicine.
Deborah Turner MD, JD
President of the League of Women Voters of the United States
Deborah has served on the LWVUS National Board from 2016-present. She served as vice president of LWV Iowa from 2011–2015 and President of LWV Des Moines Metropolitan from 2010–2015. She obtained her JD from Drake University and her MD from University of Iowa. She has been a Gynecologic Oncologist for 30 years. Deborah served on the Board Regents for the State of Iowa (1999-2006), and was entered into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013. She lives in Nebraska and has two grown children – a son and a niece. "I believe no child should be restrained by the circumstances of their birth. The League, through our leadership in the democracy space, can make this dream a reality."
Alister Martin, MD MPP
Executive Director of VotER; Former Chief Resident at MGH
Alister Martin is a practicing emergency physician and former Chief Resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Medical School joint degree program and now serves as faculty at Harvard Medical School in the Center for Social Justice and Health Equity. He leverages his background in politics, healthcare policy, and the field of behavioral economics to use the ER as a place to build programs that serve the needs of vulnerable patients that frequent it and most recently launched VotER with a team of physicians, policy and behavioral science experts.
Trey Grayson (R-KY)
Former Secretary of State, Kentucky; Former Director, Harvard Institute of Politics
From 2011 to June 2014, Trey served as the Director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. While at Harvard, he was known as an expert on the political views of millennials and the role of technology in politics and government. Prior to his time at Harvard, Trey was a two-term Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Miles Rapoport (D-CT)
Former Secretary of State, Connecticut; Senior Fellow, Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School
Miles Rapoport is a longtime organizer, policy advocate, and elected official with four decades of experience working to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions in the United States. Rapoport previously served as Connecticut’s Secretary of the State and a state legislator for ten years in Hartford. He has written, spoken, and organized widely on issues of American democracy.
Naomi Fener NP, MPH
Nurse Practitioner, Massachusetts General Hospital
Naomi Fener is a nurse practitioner at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program. She received her Masters in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where Ms. Fener focused on policy to mitigate the negative impact of social determinants of health on vulnerable populations.
Cindy Samuelson
Vice President of Member and Public Relations at the Kansas Hospital Association
Cindy Samuelson currently serves as the Vice President of Member and Public Relations at KHA. She was active in the campaign to expand health care coverage in Kansas. Samuelson was also integral in the 2011 development and 2015 redesign of Kansas Health Matters, a web-based tool to assist hospitals, health departments, policy makers and others with community health needs assessment and improvement.
Julie Salisbury
Founder and CEO of The Bee Colony
Julie is the founder and CEO of The Bee Colony and is an expert in effective and creative communications. Besides earning numerous AMY marketing awards, IABC Golden Flame awards, and PRSA Phoenix awards for the agency’s work, Julie was named to Atlanta’s Top 10 Women to Watch, selected as one of The Outstanding Young People of Atlanta and was a perennial pick for Adweek’s Atlanta Agency Dream Team.
Amber McReynolds
CEO, National Vote From Home Institute and former Director of Elections, Denver
Amber McReynolds is one of the country’s leading experts on election administration and policy. Amber is the CEO for the National Vote At Home Institute and Coalition and is the former Director of Elections for Denver, Colorado. She has proven that designing pro-voter policies, voter-centric processes, and implementing technical innovations will improve representation for all voters.
Parissa Ballard, PhD
Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Dr. Ballard is an Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Dr. Ballard’s research focuses on positive youth development and understanding the implications of civic engagement for youth and community wellbeing.
Kathryn Peters
Cofounder, Democracy Works and Turbovote
Kathryn Peters is a civic technologist, nonprofit entrepreneur, and voting advocate. She co-founded Democracy Works, where she launched TurboVote, an election reminder and voter registration tool that now serves more than 7 million voters. Her belief in better democracy has taken her from campaign organizing in Southeast Missouri to a master’s in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government to political rights monitoring in Afghanistan. Katy has been honored as one of Forbes magazine’s ’30 Under 30′ in the field of law and policy and as a Champion of Democracy by the National Priorities Project.
Christina C. Morone
Co-Founder and Operating Manager, One Nation Every Vote and senior physician assistant, Massachusetts General Hospital
CC is a senior physician assistant in the emergency medicine department at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is also a Lead Advance Practice Provider at the Center for Ultrasound Research and Education. Additionally, CC is Co-Founder and Operating Manager of One Nation, Every Vote, a nonprofit that shares the experiences and stories of American voters and communities, and offers facts and information about past and upcoming elections, with the hope that all Americans exercise their right to vote in local, state and federal elections.
Eric Scherzer
Former Executive Director of the Committee of Interns and Residents. – currently a Senior Advisor to Vot-ER and other non-profit organizations.
Eric Scherzer is a longtime activist and organizer with a 45-year commitment to building strong organizations of physicians and other workers. Under his leadership, the Committee of Interns and Residents grew from 7,000 to 16,000 members and expanded its role as a strong advocate for expanding healthcare for all. His role at Vot-ER has been to connect the organization with physicians, medical and public health associations and healthcare leaders around the country.