Our Executive Leadership Team is responsible for the day-to-day guidance of Public Health Solutions (PHS). They are also highly committed to inspire PHS’ passionate and talented staff to learn more, do more, and become more.
President and CEO
Lisa David is the President and CEO of PHS. She leads the organization to support vulnerable families in achieving optimal health and building pathways to reach their potential. Under Lisa’s guidance, PHS improves health outcomes among underserved families by providing direct services such as food assistance, health insurance enrollment, maternal and child health support and sexual and reproductive health services, delivering robust fiscal and administrative grant support for over 200 community-based organizations across the city, and developing coordinated and accountable networks that bridge health and human services to make a sustainable impact in community health.
Lisa has over 30 years of experience in the public health and healthcare sectors. Prior to joining PHS, she held positions as the Interim CEO of Medicines360, the EVP and COO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Vice Chair for Administration of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Columbia School of Physicians and Surgeons. Lisa currently serves on the Health and Mental Hygiene Advisory Council and the Health and Mental Health Advisory Committee for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Policy Committee of the United Hospital Fund, the Priority and Strategy Council of the Human Services Council, and the New York City Mayor’s Public Health Advisory Council. She also serves on the board of directors of Medicines360, the board of trustees of the Women’s Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal), and the board of National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI).
Chief Financial Officer
Kathy Fitzpatrick assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer for PHS in July 2019. Kathy joined PHS 35 years ago, and quickly accumulated more responsibilities. She eventually took full charge of all fiscal functions as Corporate Controller during years of great expansion for PHS. Kathy is responsible for establishing many of the processes and procedures the organization follows. As such, she is the ‘go to’ source for questions, and with her institutional memory, she is an unparalleled resource. She knows just about everything about PHS, and always helps us all get a handle on a new project or initiative. She will continue to provide guidance and direction on all of our most difficult accounting issues in her new role.
She has been an integral part of our organization for those 35 years, helping to steward PHS’ resources through rapid growth and change.
Zachariah “Zach” Hennessey
Vice President of Neighborhood Health
Zach Hennessey joined PHS in 2017 as Vice President of Neighborhood Health to oversee PHS’ direct service program areas — including program development, delivery and evaluation, budget setting, knowledge management, and all internal and external relationship management. Zach comes to PHS with over a decade of experience in developing, executing, and evaluating health and human services programs in collaboration with local communities. Prior to Public Health Solutions, he served as Assistant Vice President for Community and Population Health at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and co-directed the Special Projects Division of the Spencer Cox Center for Health at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York’s largest Designated AIDS Center. Zach was also the Director of Development and Evaluation at ECQ Group, a small nonprofit public health consulting firm, where he developed and evaluated health and human services programs for a broad range of nonprofits.
Vice President of Development and Marketing
Lisa Jakobsberg joined PHS in 2016. She serves as chief strategist in building the direction for fundraising, public relations, marketing, and brand positioning for PHS. She oversees all fundraising, including individual giving and foundation grants, to expand new and existing programs that focus resources to where they are most needed in managing chronic and merging public health issues. Lisa previously served as the Executive Vice President of Development and Corporate Relations at the National MS Society and led re-branding, business partnerships, and events at the Food Bank For New York City. Lisa worked in public relations prior to her career in nonprofit marketing and fundraising. She led multi-year communication campaigns that led to public policy shifts among national health organizations, including the American Heart Association and American Academy of Pediatrics.
Chief Information Officer
Peter Jensen joined Public Health Solutions in 2001 and has been the Chief Information Officer since 2007. As CIO Peter overseas all corporate technology and communication systems. Peter has 30 years’ experience supporting numerous technology initiative in the public health and education fields. Prior to joining Public Health Solutions, he worked as the Content Manager for the Center for Collaborative Education which project supported 40 New York City Public Schools with educational technology. He has also worked at the Dalton School as the Associate Director of Technology.
Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel
Krista Lepper first came to PHS as a Post-Graduate Legal Fellow, straight from Brooklyn Law School in 2009. After working through a variety of legal roles at PHS, Krista was promoted to General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs. In this new role, she provides counsel to the Senior Leadership Team, Board, and staff; addresses nonprofit governance and ethical issues; oversees PHS’ contracting and compliance work; and engages in and supports employee relations. Over the past ten years at PHS, Krista has completely revamped PHS’ HIPAA program, engaged with numerous outside counsel on myriad contracting and other transactional issues and, most importantly, gotten to know her PHS colleagues. Krista has always had an interest in public health, working at Kaiser Permanent’s Division of Research prior to attending law school. Access to healthcare and health equity are two issues she and PHS are committed to fighting for.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Jeanette M. Moy serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for PHS. In this role, she oversees PHS’ Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities and Real Estate Management, and Contracting and Management Services teams.
Previously, Jeanette served as COO at the Office of the New York Attorney General, overseeing its business operations with a $225 million budget and 1,800 employees across 33 locations, and enterprise-wide modernization program. Jeanette served as the first Chief Strategy Officer at the Brooklyn Public Library, driving its mission-critical strategic initiatives to deliver innovative services, generate revenue and improve operations. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor in the NYC Office of the Mayor, focused on customer service strategies, technology, and innovation. Prior to her time in public service, she worked at management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and health insurance company Anthem.
Jeanette received her BA in Political Science and MS in Management from the University of Rochester.
Senior Director for Health Policy and Community Affairs
Deidre Sully first joined PHS in 2010 as a Borough Coordinator with NYC Smoke-Free, then named NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City. Now, as Senior Director for Health Policy and Community Affairs, she aims to further advance the organization’s work in community outreach, health advocacy and influence on public health policy.
Deidre continues to direct PHS’ advocacy program, NYC Smoke-Free, leading the program’s mission to expand smoke-free protections for New York City. As Director, Deidre develops messaging, sets budgets and provides overall strategic direction for the team. Prior to joining PHS, Ms. Sully worked in cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where she managed a multi-center Gastric Cancer Consortium. Adding to her experience in public health, Ms. Sully also volunteers for Red Wrap, a community service initiative providing feminine hygiene products to displaced women and girls. Recently, Deidre also added the role of Health Influencer as the founder of True Health Live, a podcast exploring basic truths of public health issues in the world and building upon the importance of people being able to make informed decisions about their health.
Deidre received her MPH from Boston University. Her passion is to apply her skills and knowledge help people achieve and maintain optimal levels of health through information, advocacy and policy.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Cara Walker joined PHS in January 2019 as the Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development and was promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer in 2020. Since joining PHS, Cara has provided strategic guidance and leadership for all aspects of the human resources function and established a vision and direction for the full complement of core human capital programs, policies, and services. Cara came to PHS as an experienced HR generalist, having held positions with both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Her professional expertise includes organizational development, diversity and inclusion, employee and labor relations, succession planning, coaching, performance management, training, managing global teams, and workshop facilitation. Cara most recently served as the Director of Human Resources at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. Cara holds a Master of Public Policy and Management, Human Resources and Labor Relations from the University of Pittsburgh.