Board of Directors

Derek Alpert

Derek began his leadership tenure as full-time President of Concern Foundation in September 2001. Before taking on the role of full-time President at Concern, Derek had a very successful 26-plus-year career as a music industry executive as Vice President of Motion Picture Music at Rondor Music Publishing, the music publishing division of A&M Records.

As president of Concern, Derek oversees all aspects of the organization, including fundraising and fund development, donor development, developing new business strategies and alliances, event organization and planning of all Concern fundraising and “friend-raiser” events, community outreach programs, developing and maintaining private and corporate business partnerships, working with the Scientific Review Committee and Concern’s Finance, Oversight, and Investments committees.

Derek is a member of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases advisory councils and a founding and current executive board member of Piece By Piece, a social enterprise and creative arts program in downtown LA’s Skid Row.

Lauren Aronson

Lauren Aronson is a health policy expert with an insider’s understanding of how to navigate the political landscape in order to get things done in Washington. She joined Mehlman Castagnetti in May 2015 after serving in senior positions in both the Executive Branch and the United States Congress. Lauren’s expertise in the intricacies of health policy, combined with her many years in the trenches of policy-making on Capitol Hill and in the Administration, enables her to provide clients with a broad perspective. She is uniquely equipped to help clients read the political landscape and achieve policy and political objectives.

From 2012 until 2015, Lauren directed the Office of Legislation at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) where she led the agency’s interactions with Capitol Hill. Before joining CMS, Lauren served as a Professional Staff Member for the Committee on Ways and Means in the U.S. House of Representatives. Lauren served in the White House from 2009 to 2010 as the Policy Director in the Office of Health Reform. She was a key member of the Administration’s team working to enact the landmark ACA, President Obama’s signature health care law.

Michael Blum

Michael has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate development and finance industry. His career began in the Real Estate Finance Group with Bank of America and Freddie Mac. He originally joined Kettler in 1996 and became Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of the Company.In that capacity Michael was actively involved with the acquisition, disposition and development of numerous multifamily and mix-use assets as well as the placement of project debt and equity. In 2009, Michael co-founded Insight Property Group which has developed and acquired more than 4,500 residential units and 200K square feet of retail and office space. Michael is a 1987 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College where he received a BA in Business Management. In 1992 he received an MBA in Finance from the University of Baltimore.
Colonel Steven L. Coffee
Colonel Coffee oversees human resources operations for a 1,500+ joint military and civilian defense cyber organization. Colonel Coffee was introduced to Hope for Henry in 2012 following his eight-week-old son Steven II’s liver transplant at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Colonel Coffee has multiple degrees, most recently a Masters degree from Georgetown University in Clinical Quality Safety and Leadership.

Eric S. Eisner

Eric is Goldman Sachs’s global head of EM Credit Trading based in NY. He manages all market making in Sovereign, Quasi, Corporate Bonds, Credit Default Swaps, and Systematic trading globally. Prior to his current role, Eric served as head of Latin America Credit Trading. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2019 as a managing director. 

Prior to joining the firm, Eric worked at Deutsche Bank for five years, where he led Latin America Credit Trading. Earlier in his career, Eric worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he traded emerging market cash products from 2006 until 2014.

Eric earned a BA in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2006.

Jonathan Evans

Jonathan Evans is the President and CEO of Bart & Associates, Inc. (B&A).He is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the organization, delivering against the strategic plan, improving revenue and market share, and overall growth of the company. Jonathan brings executive leadership with 14+ years of relevant Federal Government contracting experience. Prior to joining B&A, Jonathan was with IBM Global Business Services where he served as a Project Manager at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Interior (DOI) managing over $50 million dollars in revenue.

Mr. Evans puts a strong emphasis on volunteering, charitable efforts, and mentoring his staff to create the next set of executives to run the company. Mr. Evans and the company have supported Shine on Casey which awards a scholarship to a high school graduate; Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) which provides housing assistance to vulnerable residents; the Cardinal Bank Classic; Chance for Life; the Celtino organization which promotes education in rural Latin America; and the Asian American Lead (AALEAD) which supports underserved youth. In addition, Mr. Evans served on the Washington Business Hall of Fame Committee of the Board of Junior Achievement of Greater Washington for two years which was responsible for raising over $1 million dollars for Junior Achievement.

Todd Foreman, Chair

For 25 years, Todd co-owned and was the CEO of UCG, a portfolio of business information and software companies. He and his partners recently divested of all but one of those companies, GasBuddy, where Todd remains the Chairman of the Board. Todd and his partners also owned the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena in Atlanta, which they sold in June 2015. Besides Hope for Henry, Todd is involved philanthropically with Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, where he serves as the Chairman of the Goizueta Advisory Board. Todd grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and then got his BBA from Emory where he met his wife Tracy. He later got an MBA from George Washington University. Todd started his career as a CPA with KPMG. He and Tracy have 3 children – Sam (25), Josh (23) and Katelyn (18). Todd is a member of Young President’s Organization, is an avid golfer, a struggling guitar player, and loves music, wine, and travel.

Allen Goldberg

Allen Goldberg, Henry’s dad, was most recently Senior Vice President of Communications of the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM), formerly the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, which improves access to safe, quality, effective medicine. The association advocates for policies to keep safe, effective and affordable prescription medicines within reach for all Americans. Allen began his career in Washington, DC more than 30 years ago working with trade associations for the nation’s broadcasters, grocery stores and food manufacturers. After his time with the industry groups, Allen started working with Internet and hi-tech companies, including VarsityBooks.com, FKF Applied Research (a neuromarketing firm) and XM Satellite Radio. Allen also worked as Vice President of Communications for Neustar, a provider of data and analytic services to the communications, Internet and entertainment industries. Allen is the co-founder of Hope for Henry Foundation.

Steve Hubberman

Steve has provided strategic real estate advisory services to businesses and associations throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area, the United States, and internationally for more than 30 years. Since first entering the field in 1989, Steve has managed over 40 million square feet of real estate transactions on behalf of national corporations, nonprofits, and technology companies. Steve’s financial background as a Certified Public Accountant and his negotiation and management skills make him uniquely qualified to provide advisory services that offer customized solutions and cost reduction strategies for his clients. Steve focuses on branding and organizational behavior in finding broad-based solutions to his clients’ office space needs. Steve was a Branch Manager for a national real estate advisory firm before co-founding Serten Advisors in 2011. Steve was CEO of the fast-growing leading tenant advisory firm and oversaw double-digit growth and profitability before the firm was acquired by Colliers International in 2017. Steve continues his leadership role at Colliers as Vice Chairman in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area.

Sara Just

Sara oversees the editorial and production across platforms of PBS’ nightly PBS NewsHour broadcast, digital platforms, breaking and special news broadcasts, the PBS News Weekend program, and the weekly public affairs program, Washington Week. Sara spent more than 25 years at ABC News, where she most recently served as ABC’s Deputy Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Washington Producer for Good Morning America. She is the recipient of 16 Emmy Awards, six Peabody Awards, three Dupont Silver Batons, two Overseas Press Club Awards, a Gracie Award, a Sigma Chi Delta Award, James Beard Broadcast and Journalism Award, RFK Journalism Award and multiple Webby Awards.
Jonathan Kaplan

Jonathan has served in leadership positions in higher education, business, and the public sector. He currently advises private equity firms and companies on ed tech market trends and investment opportunities. Jon also is a lecturer at Georgetown University in higher education leadership and ethics.

Jon previously held senior executive positions at Laureate Education, including serving as President of Walden University and CEO of the Online Division. Earlier in his career, Jon served in the White House as special assistant to the President for economic policy under President Bill Clinton, and he practiced law as an associate at Covington & Burling. Jon lives in Bethesda with his wife, Jill Wilkins, and their three children.

Lindsay Karr, Vice Chair

Lindsay Karr is the recipient of the 2023 Hope for Henry Hero Award. A former high school teacher, Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Boston University and a Master’s in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia. Currently, she works as a mentor and supervisor of aspiring teachers.

In 2019, Lindsay’s 3-year-old son Max underwent urgent surgery for a brain tumor. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Lindsay saw Hope for Henry’s powerful impact firsthand during Max’s long hospital stays and frequent clinic visits. She is honored to serve as a member of the board, supporting other families like hers.

Lindsay and her husband, Drew, live in Bethesda, Maryland, with Max and his two sisters, Ava and Ellie.

Rich Lane

Rich Lane, a founding principal at West, Lane, and Schlager, is an Executive Vice President at Transwestern. Rich is an active professional in the commercial real estate industry, where his primary focus is the representation of law firms. Prior to forming WLS in 1996, Rich worked at the commercial real estate firm Grubb & Ellis for seven years. He works extensively in downtown Washington, DC, as well as in the suburban office markets in Virginia and Maryland.

Richard Mintz

Richard Mintz counsels companies, countries and institutions in managing communications and issues around high-profile crises and special situations. His specialty is in assessing and managing political risk around cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Currently, he is advising the United Arab Emirates in its recovery from the Dubai ports controversy by developing and managing a comprehensive U.S. public diplomacy and issues management program. He also works closely with Arabian Gulf, European and Russian companies investing in the United States.

Stacy Samet

Stacy Samet earned her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts. She was a performer and choreographer with Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia and spent years as a teacher working with children and young adults. She has a long history of giving back to the Washington, DC region through active volunteer efforts and philanthropy. She is a proud mother of two grown children.

Aziza Shad, MD

Dr. Aziza Shad is the Ellen W.P. Wasserman Endowed Chair of the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital and the director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. She earned her medical degree from Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan followed by pediatric residency training in Pakistan, the United Kingdom and at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. She completed her fellowship in pediatric hematology oncology at the National Cancer Institute. Shad is the Director of the US branch of INCTR (International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research), Chair of the Pediatric Oncology Education Committee and Member of the Governing Council of the INCTR. She is also a Senior Scientific Advisor for the International Committee for Establishment and Development of Oncology Centers (ICEDOC) and Chair of the Palliative Care Steering Committee for MECC (Middle East Cancer Consortium). She has spoken at numerous scientific meetings, both nationally and internationally, and has published in the field of Pediatric Lymphomas, Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries and Late Effects in Cancer Survivors, a major area of her research.

Jamie Shor

Jamie is President of PR Collaborative. With a rich background in public policy and journalism, Jamie creates communication plans that put her clients in the national spotlight—and keeps them there. Whether it’s managing a crisis, devising long-term strategies, or assembling top-notch teams to execute campaigns, Jamie’s boundless enthusiasm and insider’s perspective add clarity and credence to any project.

Jamie has her roots in political communication, and the second phase of her career, in which Robert Redford pushed her to leverage her skills in national advocacy to start a thriving film public relations business, came later. Jamie is a Maryland native (and proud University of Maryland grad) who has been living and working in the metro DC area for the better part of thirty years.

A former D.C.-based television news writer and producer, Jamie served as press secretary to U.S. Representative Sam Gejdenson of Connecticut. After Capitol Hill, Jamie was named Communications Director for Handgun Control, Inc. and the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence. She served as a spokesperson for Jim and Sarah Brady and was a lead strategist for gun control and education initiatives. Jamie also has a long career in the arts as the co-founder of the Impact Arts and Film Fund.

Laurie Strongin

Laurie Strongin is founder and CEO of the Washington, DC-based Hope for Henry Foundation. Laurie’s work with Hope for Henry and the memoir she published, “Saving Henry,” have placed her at the forefront of supporting the rights of patients and their families and the responsible use of new medical technologies.

Laurie’s advocacy has led her to service on the nation’s preeminent science policy and bioethics panels – including her participation on the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Ethical and Social Policy Considerations of Novel Techniques for Prevention of Maternal Transmission of Mitochondrial DNA Diseases. Her activism has produced op-eds in national newspapers; appearances on television and radio; collaborations with Congressional leadership; and recognition from the White House. An in-demand inspirational speaker, Laurie has been featured as a People magazine “Heroes Among Us” and was the subject of profiles in the USA Today and the Washington Post.

Jeri Wilson

Jeri Wilson, a motivated and experienced nonprofit executive, is vice president of development/principal gifts for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. After 12 years of interacting with pediatric oncology families as executive director of the Foundation, Jeri is determined to identify new resources to exponentially expand research funding and help create better futures for all children living with pediatric cancers.

Jeri’s 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and gift planning was honed at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and MemorialCare and through her work with the Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County Chapter, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She is a current member of Cancer and Blood Disease Institute Leadership Council of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and is a volunteer Co-Facilitator at griefHaven, which provides support and education to those who have loved and lost.