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Foundation Staff Directory

Karen Gerlach
Senior Program Officer

Karen Gerlach is currently a Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey. After receiving her Ph.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine, she attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and received an MPH in Epidemiology and Health Policy. Prior to joining the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she was an epidemiologist in the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Gerlach did her postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.

C. Tracy Orleans
Senior Program Officer for Evaluation

C. Tracy Orleans is a Senior Scientist at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she is responsible for numerous research-based tobacco control, substance abuse prevention, behavioral medicine and chronic disease management projects.  A clinical psychologist, Dr. Orleans serves as Adjunct Full Member of the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Her past work has focused on the development and evaluation of model tobacco control and treatment programs for community and health care settings and for a variety of high-risk populations.  Dr. Orleans has served on many national, federal and corporate behavioral medicine and tobacco control advisory panels and currently serves on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.  She has authored or co-authored over 100 publications and recently co-edited the first textbook on the treatment of nicotine addiction. 

Betsy Fader
Director of Strategy and Planning/Director, Child Abuse Prevention Program

Betsy Fader is the Director of Strategy and Planning at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, where she oversees strategic planning and handles various leadership responsibilities in grant making and program development.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Fader undertook consulting projects for such organizations as the Council on Foundations, the Ford and MacArthur Foundations, UNESCO and The Mountain Institute.  From 1989 to 1995, Ms. Fader was the Executive Director of Student Pugwash USA – the "junior" arm of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (which won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1995).  Ms. Fader also has worked as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. and as a Parliamentary Assistant in the House of Commons in London, where her work focused on the areas of technology and policy.  Ms. Fader sits on the boards of the Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science, the Literacy Assistance Center, Teachers for Tomorrow and the Government Accountability Project.  She is also a strategic planning advisor to Computers for Youth Foundation.  Ms. Fader previously served for four years on the Board of Trustees of Vanderbilt University and for more than one year on the editorial board of the Journal of Science and Engineering Ethics.  Ms. Fader has authored numerous articles and is listed in Who's Who of America.

Francie Zimmerman
Program Officer, Child Abuse Prevention Program

Francie Zimmerman has worked for nonprofit organizations, public agencies and foundations in a variety of capacities—all with a shared goal of improving the lives of children and families.  While living in New York City, her direct service experience included working as an advocate for children in foster care, as a special needs adoption caseworker and as Assistant to the Director of Spofford Juvenile Center, a secure detention facility for children.  At the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, she was the Associate in the Program for Homeless Families.  Currently a consultant, Ms. Zimmerman is involved in several projects: For the F.B. Heron Foundation, Ms. Zimmerman works closely with staff to assess the impact of the Foundation's grant making in areas such as home ownership, enterprise development, job training and access to capital.  She has also researched and written strategy papers for the Foundation in the areas of family support, childcare, substance abuse, and homelessness.  For the Center for the Study of Social Policy, Ms. Zimmerman provided technical assistance to, and documented the efforts of, four sites that have established Community Partnerships for Protecting Children. For the National Resource Center for Permanency Planning, Ms. Zimmerman conducted training and developed materials on strategies for moving children out of foster care into permanent families either through family reunification or adoption. She currently works with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, helping to design and implement a new grant making program in child abuse prevention. 


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Free To Grow is a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.