Currently, the Advisory Board consists of 8 members. Each member serves for three years and may be reappointed for one additional term. Learn more about our current board below.
Tosan Boyo, born in Nigeria and raised in Newark NJ, received his MPH from Montclair State University’s Department of Public Health in 2011. He is Senior Vice President for Operations at John Muir Health, a system of health services in the San Francisco Bay Area that is the region’s pre-eminent center for Neurosciences, Oncology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Cardiovascular, and Emergency Care. Prior to his current position, Mr. Boyo served as the Chief Operating Officer of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG). He was the Founder of the ZSFG Equity Council, and his development of the Enterprise-wide strategy to advance equity received the Best Initiative Award from the Disparities Solutions Center. In February 2020, he was appointed by San Francisco’s Director of Public Health to serve as the Deputy Commander of the City’s COVID-19 Operations Center.
Mr. Boyo also serves on the Board of Directors for Fred Finch Youth Centers, a 125-year-old nonprofit organization providing mental health, transitional housing, and social services to families across California. Prior to his position at ZSFG, he was Coordinator of the Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital in Secaucus, NJ; Manager of Specialty Care at Alameda Health System in Oakland, CA; and Director of Ambulatory Services at San Mateo Medical Center in San Mateo, CA. Immediately after completing his MPH degree, he received a highly competitive Fellowship in Ambulatory Operations at the UC San Diego Health System.
Before completing his education, Mr. Boyo backpacked across all seven continents—an experience that shaped his views on how intersections across cultures, public policy, and healthcare impact vulnerable communities. He has devoted his career to supporting such communities and populations. Board-Certified in Healthcare Management and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, he specializes in advancing value-based care, operational effectiveness, service-line growth, and health equity across integrated delivery systems.
Dianne Gregg has over 25 years of experience in the information technology industry.
She was an officer of Microsoft having joined the company in 1994 as General Manager of the East Region. She was promoted to Corporate Vice President in 1996 and became a member of the executive staff. As East Region V.P., Ms. Gregg had responsibility for sales, consulting, and marketing in the eastern US and the Federal government. Her organization contributed $3 billion in revenue and employed over 1,000 people. In 1999, Dianne led the initiative to reorganize Microsoft’s US field organization into vertically aligned businesses. She built and managed this business until September 2001 when she became VP for US Leadership Initiatives and Diversity. She retired from Microsoft in February 2002. She also served as a director on the boards of Bottomline Technologies and Meridio Holdings Limited.
Prior to Microsoft, Ms. Gregg spent 17 years at IBM. She joined IBM in 1977 and held various positions in sales and consulting. She was one of the first employees in the IBM Consulting Group where she helped to develop, launch and manage one of the service lines for the organization.
Ms. Gregg holds a B.A. degree from Montclair State University. She currently resides in La Jolla, California, and Kennebunk, Maine where she is actively involved in community service. She has served on the boards of the San Diego SCORE chapter and KBIA, a children’s camp in Maine.
Ms. Inserra attended New York University and graduated from NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. She began a career as a social worker before joining Inserra Supermarkets, which was founded by her great-father, Patsy Inserra. Even before she decided to devote her career to the family business, Ms. Inserra worked in ShopRite stores (owned by Inserra Supermarkets) at 16 and then joined the Donations Department at Inserra Supermarkets at the age of 21.
Ms. Inserra is now the Vice President of Corporate Health and Wellness and Marketing for Inserra Supermarkets, overseeing health service programs across 16 stores that offer nutritional education to the surrounding communities on a variety of health issues. As part of her role, she established a Health and Wellness Department and retail registered dietitian team. As Ms. Inserra’s role in her family business continues to expand, she has embraced all facets of the grocery industry. Her newest role is overseeing customer engagement training for all associates.
Ms. Inserra serves as Young Professional Chair of the North East Board of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Young Professional co-chair at Hackensack Meridian Children’s Hospital, and is on the boards of Table to Table and Pony Power. Ms. Inserra was recently named by Progressive Grocer 2017 among the Top Women in Grocery and was the recipient of NJBIZ 2017 40 Under 40 award.
Ms. Inserra also works closely with family members to determine the philanthropic direction of The Inserra Family Foundation. The Foundation supports large-scale organizations and locally based groups in the communities they serve. The Inserra family created an endowed chair—the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies—housed in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Montclair State. On behalf of the Inserra Foundation, Ms. Inserra has made generous financial gifts as well as donations of food and equipment to the MSU Food Pantry, which provides food, health and personal care items, and household/kitchen supplies to MSU students who are experiencing food insecurity.
Ms. Inserra currently resides in Mahwah, NJ with her husband and their two dogs.
Valerie Maholmes has devoted her career to addressing the challenges of low-income and minority children and families. From her early work as an educator to her current role supporting biomedical and behavioral sciences research, Dr. Maholmes calls attention to the short- and long-term psychological and health consequences of experiencing adversity early in life.
Dr. Maholmes completed her BA in English, with teacher certification, and MA in Counseling, Human Services, and Guidance at Montclair State University and her Ph.D. at Howard University and was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Yale Child Study Center in the School of Medicine. Upon completion of her post-doctoral training, she joined the faculty at the Yale Child Study Center. After serving in numerous capacities, including Director of Research and Policy for the Comer School Development Program, Dr. Maholmes was awarded the Irving B. Harris Assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry—an endowed professorial chair in research and social policy. In 2003, she earned a 6th year degree in School Psychology, with a concentration in Neuropsychological and Psychosocial Assessments from Fairfield University. In 2013, she was named Chief of the Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Washington, DC.
In 2003, Dr. Maholmes was awarded the prestigious Science Policy Fellowship sponsored by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS). She has been interviewed by multiple media outlets and was a featured author at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference and also at the Virginia Festival of the Book sponsored by the Virginia Foundation of the Humanities. Dr. Maholmes served two terms on the New Haven Public School Board of Education and served as a minority visiting faculty at the Indiana University School of Education in Bloomington, IN. She has been a board member for the Arnold Gesell Institute of Human Development and served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Education Association’s Membership Insurance Trust.
Dr. Maholmes has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and through her work at the National Institutes of Health has funded research and programs on factors that influence the health and development of low-income, minority children. She has published several notable books, including Child Development and Poverty (Oxford University Press, 2012); and Fostering Resilience and Well-being in Children and Families in Poverty: Why Hope Still Matters (Oxford University Press, 2014). In her most recent book, Post Dramatic Relationship Syndrome: How to Find Your Drama-Free Zone, she calls attention to the ways in which relationship dynamics have an impact on women’s emotional wellbeing and overall health.
Dr. Maholmes lives in Bethesda, MD.
Pamela Scott has been the Executive Director of the Partners for Health Foundation in Montclair, New Jersey since it was established in 2007.
Partners for Health works toward a vision of thriving communities ensuring health for all. The Foundation invests in programs, policies and organizations that lead to healthy communities and increased opportunities to thrive. Through partnering with community organizations, Partners for Health strives to advance health equity through learning, grantmaking and advocacy. The Foundation awards grants to eligible organizations that provide direct service in Montclair, New Jersey and surrounding communities, including 13 municipalities in Essex County, plus Clifton and Little Falls in Passaic County.
Ms. Scott’s areas of expertise include grantmaking, fundraising, communications, public relations and board governance. She was previously the Chief Foundation Officer of the Mountainside Hospital Foundation (Montclair, NJ). She has also held various marketing & public relations positions with Mountainside Hospital (now Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center), Atlantic Health (Florham Park, NJ) and two New York City-based book publishers: NAL/Signet Paperbacks and William Morrow & Co.
Her professional affiliations include the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers; Exponent Philanthropy; Grantmakers in Health; Grantmakers for Effective Philanthropy; New Jersey Center for Nonprofits; and the Montclair Nonprofit Roundtable.
Ms. Scott earned a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and has completed additional education at The Publishing Institute at the University of Denver, and Leadership Morris, sponsored by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.
She and her husband live in West Caldwell, NJ.
Dr. Wamwari Waichungo is Coca-Cola’s Vice President for Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs. Dr. Waichungo leads Coca-Cola’s efforts to evaluate and substantiate the safety and efficacy of all ingredients for more than 3,500 products worldwide. She leads a team of over 140 staff, based in 47 locations, who are responsible for ensuring the regulatory compliance of ingredients, products, packaging, claims and communication in more than 200 countries. Dr. Waichungo joined Coca-Cola in 2000 as a Strategic Marketing Manager in the Northern African Division. She subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility, including: Innovation Manager, East Africa and Islands Region; Strategy and Planning Director, Nigeria and Equatorial Africa business unit; Executive Assistant to the Africa Group President; Strategy and Business Planning Director for the North and West Africa Business and Strategy, Planning and Insights Director in the South Africa business. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Waichungo held product and consumer research roles at ConAgra Foods and the Campbell Soup Company.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from Montclair State University and an MSc and a Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also attended the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.
She is a member of the President’s Club at Montclair State University and is a distinguished fellow of the Monticello Society at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Waichungo also serves on the Advisory Council for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a member of the Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign initiative.
Dr. Waichungo is committed to training the next generation of food scientists and closing capacity gaps so that all communities can enjoy safe, abundant food and economic opportunity. She lives in Atlanta.