GHP Announces Three New Appointments to Its Board of Directors

Linthicum, Md. (Jan. 28, 2021): The GREEN HOUSE® Project (GHP) and its sponsoring organization, the Center for Innovation (CFI), announced today that it has appointed three new members to its board of directors: Jeffrey Ash, EdD, associate dean for diversity and inclusion and assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON); Joycelyn Elders, MD, former surgeon general of the United States; and Karyne Jones, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA) and NCBA Housing Management and Development Corporation. 

We are honored to have these three incredible leaders join our board, and we look forward to having their knowledge, skills, and insights contribute to the advancement of GHP's mission to transform care for all elders,” said Susan Ryan, senior director. “This is a very proud moment for the organization.”

Board Chair Steve McAlilly added: “We are excited to expand our board with three new members who will bring their unique and much-needed expertise and insight to our work as we continue to expand the movement to revolutionize eldercare.”

About the Appointees:

Jeffrey Ash, EdD: Dr. Ash is associate dean for diversity and inclusion and assistant professor at UMSON, where he oversees all of the school’s diversity and inclusion initiatives in partnership with colleagues across the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus to promote and execute UMB efforts related to diversity and inclusion. Since Dr. Ash’s appointment, UMSON has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED) for the last three years in a row. He also serves as an assistant professor in UMSON’s Department of Partnerships, Professional Education, and Practice. Dr. Ash has been published in the Journal of Professional Nursing and speaks and writes widely on diversity and inclusion. Prior to his appointment at UMSON, he was clinical associate professor and director of internships at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Erickson School of Aging Studies. 

Joycelyn Elders, MD: Dr. Elders was the fifteenth surgeon general of the United States, as well as the first African American and only the second woman to head the U.S. Public Health Service. Long an outspoken advocate of public health, Elders was appointed by President Clinton in 1993. She left office in 1994 and in 1995 returned to the University of Arkansas as a faculty researcher and professor of pediatric endocrinology at the Arkansas Children's Hospital. In 1996, she wrote her autobiography, Joycelyn Elders, M.D.: From Sharecropper's Daughter to Surgeon General of the United States of America. Now retired from practice, she is a professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine and remains active in public health education.

Karyne Jones: Jones is president and CEO of NCBA and NCBA Housing Management and Development Corporation. During its 47-year history, NCBA has been the only national organization devoted solely to providing effective leadership in making minority participation in aging services a national issue and priority. Jones served for eight years in the Texas legislature, representing District 120 in San Antonio. During her tenure, she served on the Appropriations, State-Federal Relations, Corrections and Urban Affairs committees. She also served as vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus and was a member of the Black and Mexican American Legislative Caucuses. Prior to her election to the Texas House of Representatives, Jones was elected twice to the school board of the East Central Independent School District. She was honored with a 2014 Washington Brava! Award by SmartCEO Magazine as a top female CEO and nationally recognized by Next Avenue magazine in 2016 as an Influencer in Aging. Her alma mater, Northern Illinois University, honored her in 2017 with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. Jones is also an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law.

More details about the Board of Directors, including photos, can be found here:

About The Green House Project

The Green House Project (GHP) is an organization that seeks to radically transform senior
housing models by partnering with providers and developers to revolutionize care and empower
the lives of people who live and work in long-term and post-acute care. GHP creates real homes
where all people live meaningful lives amid empowered staff.

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