Jessica Buesing

Jessica Buesing attends Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and expects to receive her MD in May 2018. Prior to Columbia, she attended Williams College and graduated with a degree in music and psychology. Jessica was on two national championship rowing teams while at Williams. She currently volunteers as a junior clinician at the Columbia Student Medical Outreach and serves as the head of her American Medical Student Association chapter in addition to her work with Nursing for All.

Jessica lives in Manhattan with her husband and two cats.


Kimberly Kicenuik

Kimberly is an Associate Director with CCS, a boutique, global fundraising consulting firm headquartered in New York City. In this role, she develops major gifts strategy, oversees strategic planning initiatives, and provides interim development management and support to organizations across the non-profit sector. Her recent projects included two $30 million major gifts initiatives with a North Carolina boarding school and the University of Florida Foundation.

Prior to joining CCS, Kimberly pursued her MBA at the Yale School of Management, focusing her studies on Marketing and Nonprofit Management. While at Yale, she completed several consulting projects including a strategic review of financial aid practices at a local independent school and a business development strategy for the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Lima, Peru.

Before Yale, Kimberly spent several years teaching and assisting the administration at Pingry, an independent school in her home-state of New Jersey. With “one foot in the classroom” and “the other foot in the strategic planning offices” of the school, Kimberly came to understand first-hand the importance of implementing sound fundraising strategies and vigorous financial controls to advance the school’s mission.

Kimberly graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College with an A.B. in English Literature. She is passionate about bringing effective business principles to non-profit organizations. In her free time, she enjoys long-distance running, travel, and the arts.

Ben Louie

Ben Louie was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1978 to an immigrant family. He is a proud graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School and then moved down the street to the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University earning a bachelors in Psychology.

Mr. Louie’s first contact with the non-profit sector saw him at the Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC) working with developmentally disabled adults. Mr. Louie then moved on to performing substance abuse research with first the Treatment Research Institute (TRI) and then with the National Development Research Institute (NDRI).

Mr. Louie then came to START (then the Addiction Research & Treatment Corp. [ARTC]) as a researcher, but within 6 months was given the opportunity to become the agency’s first Project Manager. Mr. Louie’s first project involved implementing the eClinicalWorks electronic medical record (EMR), continuing the agency’s use of cutting edge technology in providing the best quality care to the patients served. In November of 2013, Mr. Louie was again given an opportunity to excel when promoted to the position of Chief of Staff, a roll he fulfills to this day.

When not working, Mr. Louie enjoys going to new restaurants with good company or cooking at home in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Laura Jean Ridge ANP-BC, AAHIVS

Laura is a nurse practitioner with experience in addiction medicine, primary care, and HIV. She has worked both in the clinic settings and private practice, most recently for the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, the nation’s largest network of public hospitals, providing primary care to HIV-positive adults. She is Board certified by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center and is a designated HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Laura is currently in the first year of her PhD in Nursing at New York University, where she will study global nursing workforce under Dr. Allison Squires and Dr. Robin Klar.

Laura received her BS and MS from Columbia University and her AB from Harvard University, where she majored in Social Studies. She is the recipient of the 2006 Ames Award, presented to one female member of the class for dedication to public service. She lives in Manhattan with her boyfriend Matt and her dog Josie.


Veena Ramaswamy

Veena Ramaswamy grew up in New Jersey before majoring in Economics at MIT.  While at MIT, she was a research assistant for several renowned economists and was the captain of the MIT Lightweight Women’s Crew team.

Veena has an MBA from Harvard Business School and has worked as a Vice President at Morgan Stanley in Public Finance Infrastructure Banking and in Firm Strategy and Execution. She currently serves as Director of Special Projects at


John Roberts

John Roberts, CFA is a Senior Associate in the Office of Investments at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his current position, he worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Barclays. He graduated summa cum laude from Colby in 2009, where he majored in Mathematical Science and Honors Economics-Mathematics with a Concentration in Financial Markets. For his honors thesis, he examined whether parallel exchange rates could be used to predict moves in commodity prices. He cofounded the Colby Student Investment Association and was an avid member of the Sailing and Crew Teams. He is also an Eagle Scout and supporter of Boy Scouts of America.

DSC02870Alanna Jamner

Alanna is currently an Executive/Development Assistant at FilmAid International, an international humanitarian NGO that works to empower refugees through film and the media. She studied Economics and International Relations at Connecticut College where she graduated Cum Laude with an Honors Distinction in International Relations. At Connecticut College, Alanna co-founded the Amnesty International club, chaired the annual Vagina Monologues production, and was a Selected Scholar at the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy. Alanna loves puppies, the beach, and living in New York City.
Alanna plans to pursue an MPH/MPA in the near future.

Jenn Walsh RN, WHNP

Jennifer Walsh is a Board-Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner with a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Nursing. Before attending nursing school she graduated from Trinity College with a BA in Political Science, focusing on women’s issues worldwide. At Columbia, Jennifer received the prestigious Jonas Student Leader in Nursing Excellence Award. Jennifer is delighted to join NFA’s Board and bring her expertise in women’s health to our programming.

Jennifer’s clinical practice is in New Jersey; she lives with her husband and two sons.


Additional Supporters


Jason Abaluck, PhD

Jason Abaluck, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Yale School of Management. His research lies at the intersection of public finance, behavioral economics, health economics and industrial organization. He focuses on the detection of mistakes and the design of institutions when consumers or providers make mistakes in contexts such as health plan choice, dietary choice, or the provision of medical care.

Prior to his appointment at Yale, he was a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He completed his PhD in economics at MIT and his AB at Harvard University.



Katie Flanagan

Katie Flanagan is the former Executive Director of Kupona Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving healthcare in Tanzania, with an emphasis on maternal-fetal health. Katie completed all fundraising, marketing, and administrative activities for Kupona. Prior to her years at Kupona, Katie worked at the New York Nativity Centers. Katie is an alumna of Boston College and has a Master’s of Theological Studies from Emory University.

Richard Garfield RN, DrPH

Richard is the Henrik H. Bendixen Professor of Clinical International Nursing at Columbia University’s School of Nursing and a Clinical Professor at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. Richard’s research interests are the assessment of need in humanitarian crises, monitoring humanitarian recovery, and non-communicable conditions in less developed countries. He has been published in the Lancet, the American Medical Association’s journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, and has sat on several editorial boards.

For past research, Richard has quantified the impact of conflict on noncombatants using epidemiologic methods, and has studied the effects of economic sanctions on health in Iraq, Cuba, Nicaragua, Liberia, Haiti, and the former Yugoslavia. He has completed needs assessments for United Nations-related organizations in post-disaster Myanmar, Pakistan, Haiti, South Sudan, and New Orleans. He is member of the team at The Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) in Geneva, and continues to consult with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Richard has been a visiting professor at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in the U.K and at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, and was a 2002 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

William LaRock, RN, PhD

Dr. William LaRock, RN, PhD, is an Adult Nurse Practitioner with subspecialties in HIV disease and psychiatry. He received his NP/MSN from the University of California at San Francisco and his PhD from Columbia University in New York. He has spent his career as a healthcare provider to underserved individuals in the United States including the homeless, mentally ill and patients living in extreme poverty. His doctorate focused on program development and evaluation in limited resource settings. He has served as a capacity building consultant in public health systems development in both Rwanda and South Africa. He currently serves as a primary care provider for homeless and shelter based individual in Manhattan