Leah Potter, Communications Coordinator, Public Health Foundation
The Public Health Foundation (PHF) is excited to announce that Denise Fair Razo, Vivian Singletary, and Joe Finkbonner have been elected to the PHF Board of Directors, an eleven-member body composed of state and local health officials and individuals from boards of health, academia, the private sector, and other governmental agencies. Ms. Fair Razo, Ms. Singletary, and Mr. Finkbonner bring decades of public health experience and expertise to the Board.
Denise Fair Razo, MBA, MPH, FACHE, Chief Public Health Officer, Detroit Health Department. In her role, Ms. Fair Razo directs public health strategies toward protecting the health and wellbeing of residents through a variety of public health programs. Ms. Fair Razo currently serves on the Michigan Public Health Advisory Council, appointed by Gov. Whitmer, to represent local public health officials. Ms. Fair also holds board positions on the Detroit Authority and the Detroit Urban Research Center Board of Directors.
Vivian Singletary, MBA, JM, Director, Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII). Through her work, Ms. Singletary guides PHII to improve health outcomes worldwide by strengthening health practitioners’ abilities to use information effectively. At the institute, she began improving, designing, and analyzing business processes and developing functional requirements for health insurance information systems. She established PHII’s Requirements Laboratory business unit in 2012. As the unit’s director, Ms. Singletary played an essential part in managing informatics projects in both the United States and developing countries.
Joe Finkbonner, RPH, MHA, former Executive Director, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB). Mr. Finkbonner also was the Director of the Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (The EpiCenter) at the NPAIHB. Mr. Finkbonner began his work in Indian health for the Lummi Tribe as the Health Director/CEO, where he heightened awareness surrounding the disparities of the American Indian and Alaska Native population. He also assisted with focusing action toward improving health status through policy development.
PHF also said farewell to two Board members last month, Matt Stefanak and Lee Thielen.
Mr. Stefanak served on the Board for eight years, holding the position of Chair from 2016 to 2018. He also served as Secretary/Treasurer from 2015 to 2016 and again from 2020 to 2021. Mr. Stefanak is an instructor and public health “ambassador” in the College of Public Health at Kent State University and a consultant to public health organizations and local health departments.
Ms. Thielen served on the Board for six years, holding the position of Vice-chair from 2018 to 2020. She also served as Secretary/Treasurer from 2016 to 2018. Ms. Thielen is a consultant on public health issues, with a special interest in improving public health infrastructure.