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Community Engagement Advisory Board

Community Engagement Advisory Board


Improving the health of communities through community research and participatory bidirectional capacity building, especially in areas where health disparities are pronounced.


The Community Engagement Advisory Board is dedicated to partnering with The Ohio State University to have a positive impact on health issues in the community while assuring community research represents local community interests. 


  • Partner with communities on health issues of mutual concern
  • Initiate intervention programs for health promotion and prevention
  • Initiate intervention programs leading to self-management of chronic diseases
  • Initiate intervention programs that target self-or symptom-management
  • Examine ways to enhance or implement sustainable health programs in communities
  • Assure community research has transparency
  • Assure community research represents local community interests
  • Assure community research protects vulnerable populations
  • Assure community research uses lay language and lay perspectives


Acri, Jane
Community Education Manager, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging     

Anderson, Tim
Founder, In My Backyard Health and Wellness (IMBY)
President and CEO, IMBY Prevention, LLC

Tim Anderson is the founder of In My Backyard Health and Wellness (IMBY), and the President and CEO of IMB Prevention, LLC.  IMBY is a community-based health and wellness intervention initiative that provides health and wellness education and activities in the backyard.

For two decades Tim Anderson has served the community as a health advocate; a community health innovator and architect; a lecturer/speaker; and as a writer addressing health promotion, health disparities, and community health engagement. Tim is driven by his passion to serve and a belief that his uncharted path is a continuum, which began more than a century ago by African American leaders, who sought to improve the health of African Americans.

Website: www.inmybackyardhope.com

Boykin, Lela
Chief Operations Officer, The Neighborhood House, Inc.

Lela Boykin earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from The Ohio State University and her master’s degree in education from Antioch College. She has more than 30 years of experience as a social service professional and 10 years as an instructor in the United States Army Reserves.

Boykin has been a member of The Columbus Foundation & United Way of Central Ohio Neighborhood Partnership program (UWCONP) advisory committee since 1996. She reviews grant applications and makes funding recommendations for the Committee. As an experienced speaker, she has presented workshops to various groups and community organizations. She has been a member of the UWCONP Center Advisory Committee since 2005 and became Chair of the Advisory Committee in 2006.

Boykin has a long history of commitment to community volunteer work. She is vice president of Woodland Park Neighborhood Association (2011 – present), and has been an active member for more than twenty years. Boykin came out of retirement in April 2013 and returned to The Neighborhood House, Inc., as Chief Operations Officer, where she oversees program development.

Burry, Yvonne
President, The Adams Street Group; Komen Advocate in Science

Yvonne Burry holds a BA in Science Education from the University of Colorado (Boulder) and an MA in Science Journalism from The Ohio State University. She recently retired after almost 30 years of service to Battelle, an international major player in contract research and technology management for government and industry.

Ms. Burry still maintains an active consultancy, writing about technical topics, assisting with grant applications, and developing assessment materials for the national standards in vocational education. At present, she also serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Engineering Technical Communications team for the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University.

As a community volunteer and patient advocate, she attends professional meetings, presents research summaries to lay audiences, reviews grants for national organizations such as Komen and PCORI, and serves on several research- and patient-oriented boards in central Ohio.

Davis, Dan
Chapter President and CEO, National Parkinson Foundation SE and Central Ohio

Dilts-Skaggs, Mary Kate
Director of Nursing, Emergency, Pediatric and Outpatient Services, Southern Ohio Medical Center

Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs is a Registered Nurse with a MSN in Nursing Administration, from Bellarmine College in Louisville, KY. She received her BSN from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is currently a Doctorate of Nursing Practice student at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is currently working on a process improvement project for ED patient satisfaction. She has over 25 years experience in nursing management. She currently is the Director of Nursing at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio where she manages the Emergency Department and three Urgent Care Centers. She has experience and interest in patient rights, ethics and IRB policies and practices.

Glover, Autumn (Williams)
Program Director, Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT) - University Hospital East

Habash, Rachael

Executive Director, Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Program

Rachael Habash graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in psychology. She served in the United States Army as a medical service officer prior to earning her master's degree in counselor education at The Ohio State University.

The prospect of utilizing her professional experience as a leader, resource manager, and program innovator, while encouraging healthy physical activity, is what initially attracted Habash to Walk With a Doc (WWAD), where she became the executive director. She now values the impact of walking, calling it "the miracle drug," and is impassioned by the vast number of people served by WWAD.

Kaufmann, Nancy
Co-Founder and President, Multiple Myeloma Opportunities for Research and Education (MMORE)

Nancy Kaufmann co-founded Multiple Myeloma Opportunities for Research and Education (MMORE) after a full career as an elementary and middle school teacher. MMORE is a non-profit corporation committed to supporting medical research aimed at finding better treatments and a cure for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer in the bone marrow.

Since it was established in 2008, MMORE has funded more than $2.5 million in multiple myeloma research through grassroots fundraising led by its active network of volunteers. MMORE also hosts educational events at no cost to participants, providing access to the latest myeloma research and treatment information for patients and their supporters. | Visit www.mmore.org for information

Munoz, Cora
President, Ohio Asian American Health Coalition

Nafziger, Connie
RN, Founder and Executive Director, CHLOE, Inc.

Connie Nafziger's professional experience is focused on the health and well being of women and children. She served as a nurse manager for a teen residential drug rehab program and Maternal & Child Health Community Health Nursing with Columbus Public Health.

Nafziger founded Community Health, Life skills, Opportunities, and Education (CHLOE) in 2000 and currently serves as the executive director. Through CHLOE, she served Somali refugees as a community partner and liaison for both Somali Women’s Association and Somali Women and Children’s Alliance.

In 2008, the focus of CHLOE changed to equipping and empowering pregnant and parenting teens. Nafziger manages multiple programs for community building, life skill enhancement, education, and self-sufficiency attainment. She is also a coordinator for the Advocates for Victims of Abuse program (AVA).

Nickell, Jacci
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Senior Living, Care and Services at National Church Residences

Sankarappa, Manju
Executive Director, Ohio Asian American Health Coalition     

Vicente, Josué
Executive Director, Ohio Hispanic Coalition (OHC)


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