United Family Medicine Board Names Chief Executive Officer

ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–United Family Medicine (UFM), a federally-qualified health center (FQHC) in St. Paul dedicated to meeting the health care demands of its community while contributing to the vitality of the region, announced today that its board of directors promoted Ann Nyakundi to CEO effective immediately.

Nyakundi joined the organization as interim CEO in October 2019, establishing priorities to re-design UFM’s care model to improve patients’ access to its services, maintain highest level health outcomes, and achieve compliance with the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), its federal regulator and primary funder. The resulting transformative changes, including migrating from its Allina-leased provider arrangement to hiring its own full complement of physicians, place UFM on track to attain regulatory compliance, while improving patients’ ability to see their doctors and health care team more quickly than ever before.

“It’s my desire and our collective responsibility to provide the best health care possible to every one of our patients, at the time that they need it, and we’re making numerous changes to meet this commitment,” said Nyakundi. “I’m grateful to UFM’s board of directors for the confidence it’s placed in me as its CEO, and excited to continue our work to place patients at the center of our response to community needs.”

Through the onset and continuing stressors of the Covid-19 pandemic, Nyakundi empowered her teams to improve access to care, such as the advanced practitioners who launched telemedicine as a service. This prompt response resulted in UFM regaining most of the patient visits that were delayed due to the pandemic, while significantly reducing UFM’s operating deficit and reliance on a part-time physician workforce. These cost efficiencies will allow UFM to expand dental and other services.

“Ann’s skill as a health care leader and her ethical and motivational orientation has steered United Family Medicine forward through the extreme challenges that its operating structure posed and the Covid-19 pandemic continues to present,” said Daymond Dean, UFM Executive Committee Board Member. “Our patients’ lives and well-being depend on their ability to receive the services that a community health center provides, and Ann is immeasurably qualified to ensure that UFM delivers those services and high-quality health care to our community.

Nyakundi pursued undergraduate and graduate medical anthropology and health care administration at the University of Michigan and University of Minnesota respectively, and brings to her role expertise in community health, philanthropy, strategic planning and health policy. Having experienced homelessness as a child without access to adequate options for high quality health care, inspired her career and commitment to public health. Most recently she volunteered for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as a National Expert for the New Models of Primary Care Workforce and Financing Project, provided strategic support to the National Marrow Donor Program and worked within the Primary Care Services Division of the American Cancer Society.

About United Family Medicine

United Family Medicine, a federally qualified health center in St. Paul, Minnesota, provides high quality primary care, dental services and

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DMCC Executive Chairman and CEO joins last day of Dubai fitness challenge in JLT Park

Dubai: On Saturday 14 November, Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC, joined the last set of activities at the DMCC Fitness Hub, in the JLT Park. Along with DMCC employees, JLT residents and visitors, Bin Sulayem took part in forming a huge human symbol spelling out “JLT by DMCC”.

Between 6 and 14 November, DMCC hosted a range of sessions and classes catering to all ages and levels as part of the city-wide Dubai Fitness Challenge. DMCC has been a proud host of the initiative since 2018. Supporting community health and wellbeing initiatives and efforts is inherent in the ethos of the UAE, DMCC and Bin Sulayem himself.

JLT is one of the most dynamic urban districts in Dubai and home to a growing diverse community of over 100,00 who live, work and visit the area.


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Headquartered in Dubai, DMCC is the world’s most interconnected Free Zone, and the leading trade and enterprise hub for commodities. Whether developing vibrant neighbourhoods with world-class property like Jumeirah Lakes Towers and the much-anticipated Uptown Dubai, or delivering high performance business services, DMCC provides everything its dynamic community needs to live, work and thrive. Made for Trade, DMCC is proud to sustain and grow Dubai’s position as the place to be for global trade today and long into the future. www.dmcc.ae 

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The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine Announces Election of 2021 Officers, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors

Washington, DC, Oct. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NewMediaWire — The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM), the leading international advocacy organization dedicated to realizing the promise of regenerative medicines and advanced therapies, announced today the election of its 2021 Officers, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors.

The Executive Committee and Board of Directors oversee the formation and execution of ARM’s strategic priorities and focus areas over the coming year. The committee and board are subject to an annual re-election or rotation process, with nominations and approval by the ARM membership and current Board.

“We are pleased to welcome such an accomplished group of executives to the 2021 ARM board of directors,” said Janet Lambert, CEO of ARM. “As scientists, commercial leaders, and regulatory experts, the new members of the board will be instrumental in helping ARM and its members deliver transformative and potentially curative regenerative medicines to patients around the world.” 

ARM 2021 Officers:

Emile Nuwaysir, Ph.D. – President and CEO, BlueRock Therapeutics (Chairman)

Usman ‘Oz’ Azam, M.D. – President and CEO, Tmunity Therapeutics (Vice Chairman)

Amy Butler, Ph.D. – President, Biosciences, Thermo Fisher Scientific (Secretary)

Devyn Smith, Ph.D. – COO, Sigilon Therapeutics (Treasurer)

ARM 2021 Executive Committee:
*new to the Executive Committee for 2021

Usman ‘Oz’ Azam, M.D. – President and CEO, Tmunity Therapeutics

Amy Butler, Ph.D. – President, Biosciences, Thermo Fisher Scientific 

* Miguel Forte, M.D., Ph.D. – CEO, Bone Therapeutics

Claudia Mitchell, MBA, Ph.D. – SVP, Product and Portfolio Strategy, Astellas Pharma

Emile Nuwaysir, Ph.D. – President and CEO, BlueRock Therapeutics 

Bob Smith, MBA – SVP, Global Gene Therapy Business, Pfizer Inc.

Devyn Smith, Ph.D. – COO, Sigilon Therapeutics

* Arthur Tzianabos, Ph.D. – President and CEO, Homology Medicines

* Christopher Vann – COO, Autolus Therapeutics 

ARM 2021 Board of Directors:
*new to the Board for 2021

Usman ‘Oz’ Azam, M.D. – President and CEO, Tmunity Therapeutics

Ronald Bartek – Co-Founder and President, Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance

Amy Butler, Ph.D. – President, Biosciences, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Bradley Campbell, MBA – President and COO, Amicus Therapeutics

Cindy Collins, MBA – President and CEO, Editas Medicine

* Maria Fardis, Ph.D., MBA – President and CEO, Iovance Biotherapeutics

Miguel Forte, M.D., Ph.D. – CEO, Bone Therapeutics

Jonathan Garen, M.S. – CBO, uniQure

* Bobby Gaspar, M.D., Ph.D. – CEO, Orchard Therapeutics

Michael Hunt, ACA – CFO, ReNeuron

Jerry Keybl, Ph.D. – Senior Director, Cell & Gene Therapy, MilliporeSigma

* Louise Rodino-Klapac, Ph.D. – SVP, Gene Therapy, Sarepta Therapeutics

Ann Lee, Ph.D. – SVP and Head of Cell Therapy Development & Operations, Bristol Myers Squibb

* Dave Lennon, Ph.D. – President, Novartis Gene Therapies

Bruce Levine, Ph.D. – Barbara and Edward Netter Professor in Cancer Gene Therapy, and Founding Director, Clinical Cell and Vaccine Production Facility, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Abramson Cancer Center, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

John Maslowski, M.S. – President and CEO, Castle Creek Pharmaceuticals

Claudia Mitchell, MBA, Ph.D. – SVP, Product and Portfolio Strategy, Astellas Pharma

* Adora Ndu, PharmD,

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