Our Board

Caroline Friedman Levy, MSc, PhD

Caroline Friedman Levy is a clinical psychologist and child welfare policy specialist who worked with vulnerable children and families at community mental health centers, schools and hospitals in New York, New Hampshire and Vermont, and administered a program helping pediatric professionals address infant and toddler risk factors for developmental disabilities and social-emotional disorders. After completing an MSc in Health, Community and Development at the London School of Economics, she served as a policy fellow in Children’s Services at the Department for Education in the UK, coordinating efforts to raise the baseline standard of care in preventing child abuse, neglect and exploitation. She is currently a Policy Consultant at The Civics Center and a Participating Researcher with the Research-to-Policy Collaboration at Penn State. Dr. Levy completed her undergraduate work at Cornell University and doctoral work in clinical psychology at the University of Vermont. 

Elizabeth A. Isakson, MD, FAAP

Dr. Liz Isakson is a pediatrician and public health researcher who has 15 years of experience with Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, the National Center for Children in Poverty and the New York Zero-to-Three Network. Her passion and support for early childhood systems integration stems from her exposure the short- and long-term human outcomes of an under-funded and misaligned system for families with young children. She received her MD from University of Connecticut Medical School and is completing her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Lisa Langhart, MBA

Lisa Langhart is a senior corporate finance professional with a decade of experience advising Fortune 500 branded consumer products companies and boards of directors. Ms. Langhart lends the Docs for Tots Board of Directors experience in strategic planning, development and negotiations. Her interest in Docs for Tots mission stems from a lifelong belief in the importance of education and health in mitigating inequities in our country. Ms. Langhart received her Bachelor from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her Masters of Business Administration from Harvard.

Karyn Leger, MBA

Karyn Leger has spent her lifetime in the health care industry and currently works for the largest public health system in the United States. Dedicating herself to the medical industry, she has focused on fulfilling her passion for helping people at their most vulnerable. In her current role she advises management on designing & implementing controls and training to improve compliance with patient privacy & security. Karyn’s interest in Docs for Tots originates from her own family’s experience with a developmentally delayed child. She is dedicated to helping not only her family, but other families and people of vulnerable populations. Her passion is to make it easier to navigate our health system to discover all available resources and support medical providers making an impact in our communities. Karyn has her MBA from Strayer University.

Lauren Smith Brody

Lauren is the founder of The Fifth Trimester movement and the author of The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby (Doubleday), a simultaneous #1 best-seller in the Amazon categories of Motherhood, Women & Business, and Cultural Anthropology. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN.com, Forbes, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Glamour, Refinery29, and dozens more outlets for business leaders and mothers. Prior to launching T5T, Lauren had a 16-year career in magazine publishing, most recently as the longtime executive editor of Glamour magazine at Condé Nast, where she produced the Women of the Year awards, honoring luminaries like Dr. Maya Angelou and Hillary Clinton. As both an executive-level manager and a content expert, she led colleagues and 12 million monthly readers through career and life transitions with empathy and vital information. Raised in Ohio, Texas, and Georgia, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two young sons.

Kalyani Thampi, MPA

Kalyani Thampi is currently a Senior Research Manager at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) overseeing the INSIGHT Clinical Data Research Network, an initiative that offers users a large volume of high-quality clinical and claims data along with support services to advance patient-centered research and healthcare delivery. Prior to joining WCM, Kalyani was a senior consultant for state and local governments specializing in policy implementation and strategic planning for large-scale IT modernization initiatives in health and human services. Kalyani has additional public sector experience in program development and evaluation; coalition-building and advocacy; and policy research on social and economic security policies in the U.S.  

Bridget Walsh, MPH

Bridget Walsh, MPH is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, a statewide, non-profit, policy and advocacy organization in New York. Ms. Walsh has over 25 years of experience in the field of health policy in New York. She has held positions in state government and several non-profit organizations representing constituencies as varied as physicians and business. She has deep expertise in the areas of public health, oral health, maternal and child health, and public programs and policies involving social determinants of health. Bridget earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University at Albany and a Bachelor of Arts from Ithaca College where she majored in politics. 

Joshua Weiner, MSc

Joshua is the Head of Health Technology Strategy at Facebook and was formerly an executive at CVS Health where he led several analytics and patient engagement efforts across Medicare, Medicaid and Commercial private insurance. Earlier in his career Joshua was a senior expert at McKinsey & Company and focused on both domestic and international healthcare organizations. Joshua is passionate about pediatric care and also serves on the Board of Enduring Hearts, the only non-profit focused on increasing the duration of pediatric heart transplants. Joshua holds a Master’s from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Quality early childhood education settings have great potential to transform our nation’s health.

Dina Lieser, MD, FAAP