Co-founders

Christian John Lillis, Executive Director

20150222-Christian Lillis-0023Peggy’s elder son. Christian has 15 years experience in fundraising, advocacy and nonprofit management. Prior to focusing his professional efforts on PLF, he was managing director of prospect strategy & research at Teach For America, where he led prospect development, strategy and analysis. He was previously director of development at In The Life Media, a nonprofit that produced educational media for television and online audiences. Christian has also served as director of major gifts for the National LGBTQ Task Force, and as associate director of development research for NYU Langone Medical Center. He is an adviser to the Patient Voice Institute and Gulf Coast C. diff Collaborative, as well as a member of Consumers Union Safe Patient Project and Chicago Area Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Network. Christian is a past board member of the Greater New York Chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement and the City University of New York’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. Christian holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Brooklyn College. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he lives in its Park Slope neighborhood with his husband and their “beagle baby” April.

 

Liam Lillis, President

Liam Lillis

Peggy’s younger son. Liam is a plumber at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn and member of Plumbers Local 1. He previously worked for Ideal Plumbing and AC Klem.

Liam lives in Marine Park, Brooklyn with his fiancée, Melissa, their dog, McGee, and their cat, Maizey.

 

 

 

Board of Directors

Victoria Amari

Victoria is Director of Corporate Affairs Communications, Oncology at Celgene. She has more than 15 years of healthcare publicity and marketing experience, and has developed relationships with top medical and third party organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association, National Meningitis Association, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and AARP. Victoria holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communication from Boston University.

 

Helen Beigle, RN

Peggy’s sister. Helen has been a registered nurse for 20 years. She is an assistant director of nursing for Northwell Health. Helen holds a BS in Nursing from Molloy College.

 

Amy-Elizabeth Hagen, Treasurer

Amy-Elizabeth is the Chief Financial Officer at The Hunger Project, and has a wealth of experience in non-profit governance and financial management, with over 20 years’ experience in international development organizations including Teach for All, Rainforest Alliance, and the United Nations. She holds a Master’s degree in International Political Economy and Development as well as a Master’s in Economics from Fordham University.

 

Gerard Honig, PhD

Gerard is the founder and chief executive officer of Symbiotic Health, a New York-based biotechnology company focused on the development of novel therapies for C. difficile. He is a cross-functional leader who directs and coordinates business development and research activities. Gerard received his PhD in Biological Sciences from UCSF, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow. He has trained in pathogenesis and microbiome research in several leading laboratories. In 2013, he founded Symbiotic Health to develop microbiome-based therapeutics to address critical public health challenges. He has received numerous awards for this work, including the FIGHT CDIFF Innovator Award and the NewYorkBIO Life Science Entrepreneur Fellowship.

 

Jeffrey Pollack, JD, Secretary

Jeff is the head of Mintz & Gold’s Labor and Employment Department, and concentrates his practice in all areas of labor and employment law on behalf of employers. Jeff is recognized as an authority on the Fair Labor Standards Act. He represents companies in lawsuits involving allegations of wage and hour violations, union representational campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, and regularly practices before the Federal and State Courts, the NLRB, EEOC and the New York State Division of Human Rights. Pollack’s practice includes counseling clients on the day-to-day concerns of employers in today’s litigious climate. Pollack received a B.A. degree from Emory University in 1987, and a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Boston University in 1990, where he served as an editor of the Law Review. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts (retired status elected) and Florida and served as an adjunct professor of Legal Writing at Brooklyn Law School. He is the author of numerous published articles on labor law.

 

Julie Reagan, PhD, JD, MPH

Julie is an assistant professor in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. She holds a PhD in Management, Policy, and Community Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health in Houston, Texas. Dr. Reagan is also an attorney with over 20 years practice experience in Texas and New Mexico state government. She also holds degrees in health education and dental hygiene. Dr. Reagan’s 2010 dissertation topic, The Movement Toward Patient Safety: State Action Related to Reporting and Disclosure of Healthcare-Associated Infections, presented a comparative analysis of state reporting and public disclosure laws and activity among U.S. states and territories. HAI-related committee work has included service on the New York One and Only Campaign, the New Mexico Healthcare-Associated Infections Committee, and the Nevada Safe Injection Practices Coalition. She was also a member of an expert working group that advised the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the development of an HAI Policy Toolkit presenting state policy options to prevent and eliminate HAIs.

 

Phenelle Segal, RN CIC

C. diff survivor. Phenelle is the founder of Infection Control Consulting Services. She is a registered nurse, certified in infection control with more than 30 years of experience in Infection Prevention and Control. She is responsible for providing many services to a variety of health care facilities, organizations and companies. Phenelle ensures that ICCS assists facilities, organizations, associations and other entities with developing, implementing and maintaining evidence-based infection prevention and control programs as well as providing exceptional educational programs to meet client needs.

 

Alicia Skovera, MSW

Alicia is the Director of Camping & Year Round Programs at The Fresh Air Fund. Ms. Skovera joined The Fund in 2007 as the Director of Camp ABC and Off-Season Programs. She received her master’s degree from Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City and has spent 23 years working with at-risk inner-city youth. Alicia currently serves on the Boards of the American Camp Association (New York & New Jersey Section) and the New York State Camp Directors Association. Prior to joining The Fund, Ms. Skovera worked with people living with HIV/AIDS, and was a director at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in New York City, where she provided counseling and consulting services.

 

Staff

Kit Curl, Associate

Hans Johnson, Strategic Advisor