STAFF
Jessie Gruman Jessie C. Gruman, PhD, is president and founder of the Center for Advancing Health, a nonpartisan, Washington-based policy institute which, since 1992, has been supported by foundations and individuals to work on people's engagement in their health care from the patient perspective. Prior to founding CFAH, Gruman worked on these same concerns in the private sector (AT&T), the public sector (National Institutes of Health) and the voluntary health sector (American Cancer Society). More information about Dr. Gruman.
 
Dorothy Jeffress Dorothy Jeffress, MBA, MSW, MA, (djeffress@cfah.org) executive director, joined CFAH in March 2008. Prior positions include vice president, Center for Information Therapy, 2005-2008, where she assisted with the IxAction Alliance membership program, the annual Ix Conference and finance/administration for the IxCenter; and as the assistant vice president of Value Based Purchasing for the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) from 2003 to 2005, where she directed the eValue8 Request for Information (RFI) program. She also worked with NCQA from 1999 to 2002 where she was the director of constituent relations and a senior health care analyst in HEDIS performance measure development. She has also worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as the director of a CDC/state-funded women's health promotion and chronic disease prevention program. She has managed a TPA for self-funded employee benefit programs and also been a benefit manager for a mid-sized employer. Dorothy has an MBA from Clemson University and an MSW in clinical social work and an MA in theology from Boston College.
Kelly Malcom Kelly Malcom (kmalcom@cfah.org), editor of the Health Behavior News Service, is a senior-level science and medical writer, with experience in journalism, marketing and corporate communications. Before coming to HBNS, she was a writer and editor at the Johns Hopkins Health System, science editor and internal communications specialist at Duke University Health System and worked for several years at Science News Magazine in Washington, D.C. as editorial assistant and book editor. She has written about sickle cell disease, genetic screening, stem cell research, lung cancer, addiction and infectious disease, among other topics.  She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Goldie Pyka Goldie Pyka (gpyka@cfah.org), communications manager, joined CFAH in November of 2009.  Goldie works closely with CFAH staff to maintain and enhance the center's communications database and expand communications.  She attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where she graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Cultural Anthropology.  After graduating, she worked for the La Crosse Area Realtors Association and Greater MLS Corporation in Wisconsin, where she managed local, state, and national membership databases.  Her professional experiences have also included internships in marketing and fundraising with the World Health Foundation and in the legal division at Pfizer Inc.'s corporate headquarters in New York.
David Torresen David Torresen (dtorresen@cfah.org), vice president, finance and operations, is responsible for bookkeeping, human resources administration, and general office management at CFAH. He also serves as assistant to President Jessie Gruman and as coordinator for Center-sponsored conferences. Before joining CFAH, he worked as classified advertising manager, administrator and operations manager for the Washington Blade newspaper.