Dr. Laura Jean Ridge, PhD, ANP-BC, AAHIVE

Board President

Laura is a nurse practitioner with experience in addiction medicine, primary care, and HIV. She has practiced most recently at 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 Expert by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. 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 Harvard’s 2006 Ames Award, presented to one female member of the class for dedication to public service. Laura completed her PhD in Nursing at New York University; her dissertation was on Liberia’s nursing workforce.

Ben Louie, PMP

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) with a final not-for-profit stop at START Treatment and Recovery Centers ending a decade long stint as Chief of Staff.

Mr. Louie is now working at New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission overseeing the City’s Taxi Improvement Fund (TIF), a self sustaining fund that collects and disburses $40 million a year to promote the adoption and operation of wheelchair accessible taxis. Mr. Louie also manages special projects as needed by the agency including internal business systems analyses and projects facilitating taxi industry health/sustainability.

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

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.

John Roberts

John Roberts, CFA is a Associate Director 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.

Love Jones, MS, MPH

Love G.K. Jones was born and raised in Liberia, West Africa. When she was 7 years old, a civil war erupted in her native country and like many Liberians, she experienced the horrors that accompany such warfares. In October 2001, Love emigrated to the United States, joining her mother in New York. Although it was difficult leaving the rest of her family in Liberia, she knew her life would be better.

Love graduated with an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Borough of Manhattan Community College in December, 2004 and got her first job as a nurse at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Columbia University Medical Center in 2005. After working for a year, she went back to school and graduated from Pace University with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

Having worked as a nurse for over thirteen years, Love will be graduating from New York University in May,2019 with a dual Master’s degrees-Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner & Global Public Health. Having firsthand experience of the atrocities of war, being a patient in Liberia after a near death car accident and losing her stepfather during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Love intends to use her knowledge and experience for nursing development, ultimately improving health outcomes for people here in the United States and in low-income countries like Liberia.

Dr. Rita K. Adeniran

Born in Nigeria, Dr. Rita K. Adeniran has a compelling record as a leader and fearless advocate
for the vulnerable and culturally disenfranchised! She is the President and CEO of Innovative and Inclusive Global Solutions (IIGS), a consulting firm that supports organizations to leverage their diverse workforce’s total capacity. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Graduate Nursing, Advanced Role Department of Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. With an infectious passion for social justice, ethics of inclusion, and the spirit of graciousness, Dr. Adeniran contributes to shaping solutions to the long-standing disparities in health and healthcare. Dr. Adeniran served as the Global Nurse Ambassador of Penn Medicine for over a decade and brought recognition to the institution as a leader in cultural competence education and inclusive practice environments and becoming a global resource center for nurses worldwide.
She completed a three-year prestigious leadership fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows’ Program, where she collaborated with six nurse leaders across the nation to design and launch a “Civility Tool Kit” (www.stopbullyingtoolkit.org). The toolkit has been accessed in 138 countries across the globe. A framework that she developed from her research is espoused as the model for nursing leadership development by the University of Applied Science in Dresden, Germany.

Veena Ramaswamy

Veena Ramaswamy is Head of Corporate Development at Lemonade, an insurance company powered by a unique combination of artificial intelligence and behavioral economics that is disrupting the centuries-old insurance industry. Prior to this, she was Head of Strategy and Corporate Development at CommonBond, a financial technology company focused on the consumer lending space. Veena began her career at Morgan Stanley where she spent several years in the investment banking group as well as the company’s corporate strategy and M&A group. Veena graduated with a BS in Economics from M.I.T. and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a founding member and Treasurer of the board for Nursing for All.