Well Being Trust Announces Four New Board Members

Well Being Trust Announces Four New Board Members
Board will focus on combatting the mental health crisis and improving well-being  

OAKLAND, Calif. – April 8, 2021 – Well Being Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to its governing board. The new board members will join four current members in furthering the organization’s mission of advancing the mental, social and spiritual health of the nation.
New board members include:

  • Maureen Bisognano, President Emerita and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement;
  • Daniel H. Gillison Jr., CEO, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI);
  • Terri Ludwig, President, Ballmer Group Philanthropy;
  • Preston Simmons, DSc, Chief Executive, Providence Alaska Region.

“Our four new governing board members represent diverse areas of expertise and bring unique perspectives in the mental health and addiction field as well as an invaluable understanding of what creates health and well-being in the first place,” said Tyler Norris, Chief Executive, Well Being Trust.

“Their guidance will help position Well Being Trust for even greater impact toward achieving its goal of saving 100,000 lives from death and despair, while measurably improving the well-being of the American people.”

The new members join existing board members, Rod Hochman, M.D., Well Being Trust Board Chair and President & CEO, Providence; Deb Canales, Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer, Providence; Amy Compton-Phillips, M.D., President, Chief Clinical Officer, Providence; and Joel Gilbertson, Chief Executive, Providence Washington and Montana Region.

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Maureen Bisognano is a prominent authority on improving health care systems and advises leaders around the world. She previously served as IHI’s President and CEO from 2010 to 2015, and as Executive Vice President and COO from 1995 to 2010.  She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a research associate in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities.  She co-chairs the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care with Dr. Atul Gawande, and serves on the boards of the Commonwealth Fund, Indiana University Health, and Nursing Now. Maureen is also chair of the Well Being Trust National Advisory Council, a position she has held since its inception in 2017.

Daniel Gillison leads NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. He brings expertise in non-profit leadership and a passion for advocating for people with mental illness. Before joining NAMI, he led the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF), where he was responsible for strategic planning, personnel management, board communications, oversight of APAF’s public education programs and outreach, and formulating strategic alliances and partnerships to further APAF’s mission. Prior to APAF, Gillison led County Solutions and Innovation for the National Association of Counties (NACo) where he was instrumental in repositioning the organization’s programs to provide expertise in health and human services, justice and public safety. In addition to Daniel’s role on the Well Being Trust board, he will continue to serve on the organization’s National Advisory Council.

Terri Ludwig leads Ballmer Group Philanthropy, directing resources and civic activism to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States, especially those who have been pushed furthest from opportunity. Under Terri’s leadership, Ballmer Group has become a leading national funder for strong, data-driven community partnerships among public, private, and nonprofit organizations, and Ballmer Group has also made significant investments to catalyze change in areas that affect economic mobility – such as early learning, youth justice, and supporting communities of color. Terri’s career has focused on leading cross-sector solutions that tackle some of society’s toughest challenges, including as CEO of Enterprise Community Partners and President & CEO of the Merrill Lynch Community Development Company. Terri will continue to serve on Well Being Trust’s National Advisory Council.

Preston Simmons serves as Chief Executive for the Providence Alaska Region, including operating entities in Anchorage, Kodiak, Palmer, Seward and Valdez. Preston joined Providence Health & Services Alaska in January 2018, and he has been a leader within Providence since 2007 serving in a variety of roles, including CEO of Providence’s Northwest Washington Region and Chief Operating and Administrative Officer of the Western Washington Region. Preston also served as a Senior Associate Administrator for the University of Washington Medical Center. He holds a doctorate in health services from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a master’s degree health administration from the University of Washington. He is board certified as an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow. Preston actively participates on multiple regional and national professional and non-profit boards.

About Well Being Trust
Well Being Trust is a national foundation dedicated to advancing the mental, social, and spiritual health of the nation. Created to include participation from organizations across sectors and perspectives, Well Being Trust is committed to innovating and addressing the most critical mental health challenges facing America, and to transforming individual and community well-being.  For more information, visit wellbeingtrust.org.