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Our Team

David Whelan

David has more than 45 years of experience in the healthcare industry as a consultant and senior manager, most recently as President of a national healthcare consulting firm.  He is experienced in working with senior management and boards to create and implement strategic vision. During his career, David has been a senior officer of several public health care companies, including president of a public hospital company and chairman of a public hospital REIT.  David is skilled in strategic planning, corporate finance, mergers acquisitions and affiliations, facilities development and general management.

David has developed strategic plans for several high-profile clients, including academic medical centers, integrated delivery systems, regional hospitals, physician groups, and for emerging companies in the healthcare services, real estate and information technology industries.  He has been responsible for all aspects of development and implementation of strategic plans.  He has raised over $3 billion in project and corporate financing, both publicly and privately and has managed the development of over 100 major healthcare facilities and has led over 50 mergers, acquisitions, affiliation or sale transactions.

David received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology with Honors and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business with Distinction.

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Stephanie Hodge  M.S., PHR


Stephanie is CEO of Essex Consulting LLC.  She is known as a transformational leader with experience facilitating change and growth in performance management. Stephanie serves as a trusted advisor and coach to CEO's and senior leadership.  Under her guidance and leadership, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta was the proud recipient of the "2016 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" award.

Stephanie’s philosophy is to help businesses develop and execute strategies that achieve organizational success, through the development of their people. Stephanie enjoys aligning people strategies that support business goals, adding a personal touch, by utilizing her HR expertise to resolve business challenges.


Stephanie is a certified professional in human resources (PHR), holds a Master’s degree in Organization and Management from Capella University; and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Business Administration. She is a faculty member for Georgia Center for Non Profit – Non Profit University. She is immediate past board member of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in HR (NAAAHR); and is an active member of the Society for HR Management (SHRM) Atlanta and National Chapters.

Dr. Minda Reed,     MD.   MPH

Dr. Reed is a self-driven health scientist with over 5 years of experience planning, leading, consulting and collaborating to identify and solve public health problems. Her professional experience as a valued member of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) both as a skilled evaluator and a leader in cross-team collaboration has positioned her well to help guide Giving Health into the next decade as it develops a national model to expand across the country.

Minda was also a Research Fellow of ORISE, where her work helped to better identify and align resources that would more effectively combat the opioid crisis.  As the Giving Health model spreads across metro regions in the United States, Dr. Reed's experience will be invaluable in helping to plan for, capture, and analyze large data sets to demonstrate the various benefits and efficacies provided by on-demand Telehealth care.

Dr. Reed graduated from Duke University and continued her medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine in 2010.  The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University awarded Dr. Minda her MPH in 2016.  This unique combination of practical health knowledge of the body and mind, and the struggles of Public Health strategies and hurdles in attempting to make a positive difference will serve the organization well for many years to come.

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Dr. Jennifer Mathew,    MD. 

Dr. Jennifer Mathew has  over 20 years of medical experience as a primary care physician licensed  in Virginia, Maryland, Indiana, and now Georgia.  Jennifer’s passion for primary care led her to choose family medicine as her specialty where she had the privilege to provide obstetric, pediatric, and geriatric care to multi-generational families living in rural, urban and suburban communities.  Over the course of her career she has strived to create an atmosphere that provides quality, compassionate and equitable medical care to her patients. She also partnered with her home church in VA to organize  medical missions and community outreach in Nicaragua, ranging from clean water programs to community prenatal centers to a temporary free medical clinic. Jennifer currently serves on the Advisory Council of EMBRACE, which is the prenatal education & advocacy arm of Friends of Refugees in Clarkston, GA. 


Jennifer is the daughter of Indian immigrants and was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Cornell University and attended medical school at SUNY Stony Brook University, then completed her residency as chief resident at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Jennifer moved to Atlanta with her husband, Dr. John Lewis and their three children in 2017, to pursue a calling.  A calling to change the conversations and delivery systems that comprise our current medical systems; to reimagine how we can better deliver the “care” in healthcare.  She is currently serving as a medical provider for MDLive, a premier national provider of telehealth services. 

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La-Toya Harris-Freeman


La-Toya has 17 years of experience in the field of mental health and addiction. She is currently an employee of the US Veterans Administration serving as a Health Science Specialist on the National Veterans and Military Crisis Line as well as a Behavioral Health Assessor for Wellstar Hospitals. La-Toya specializes in crisis stabilization, depression and anxiety, addictions counseling, vocational counseling, education, and counselor training & supervision.


Additionally, La-Toya has over seven years of teaching and speaking experience. She is a highly sought-after presenter and speaker for Mental Health First Aid for conferences, community organizations, organizational workshops, public schools, and universities. La-Toya brings a wealth of knowledge and experience working with children, adults, as well as Veterans and formerly incarcerated individuals on emotional and addiction challenges, behavior change, through motivational interviewing via counseling and coaching.  She is the subject matter expert in the areas of stress management, self-care, crisis stabilization, behavioral health education, and Veteran services.

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Michael Giglio


Michael is a retired Coast Guard officer with 29 years of distinguished service, including two years at the White House as member of the National Security Council staff.  He is a recognized leader and team builder who has successfully managed a diverse portfolio of complex domestic and international policy issues, and is respected as a strategic thinker, adept at translating initiatives into well-developed operational programs. 

Michael founded and operates Alliant Life an insurance solutions provider. He works with national innovators in healthcare and health insurance who are focused on addressing the long-standing barriers to accessing affordable, quality health care. Michael is working closely with the leading national Telehealth providers examining new technologies that can potentially improve healthcare access in underserved communities. 

Michael is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Veterans Empowerment Organization of Georgia.  He holds a B.S. and two master’s degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies

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Dr. Erika Heard MD


Dr. Erika Heard is trained and board certified in internal medicine and psychiatry. She currently works as a consult liaison psychiatrist specializing in treating those dealing with dementia, delirium, depression, substance use, and serious mental illness. Through her work, she was motivated to obtain her Masters in Public Health degree with anticipated completion in the Fall of 2022. She is highly committed to working to help improve access to care, decrease health inequity, and improve elder care. 


Dr. Heard is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. Graduating from Spelman College with a degree in Biology, she set her sights on attending medical school. She completed medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. She returned to Atlanta to complete her internal medicine and psychiatry residency training and a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy trying the many restaurants and festivals Atlanta offers and being a dog mom to Maslow


Ravi Thyagarajan

Ravi is an accomplished healthcare executive with extensive experience managing large IT teams and introducing IT solutions into healthcare organizations. Ravi currently works for Syntel where he is responsible for leveraging resources and capabilities that support the top 2 healthcare payers meet their business and IT objectives. Ravi is an expert at building relationships with industry leaders, understanding their strategy and roadmap, and aligning resources to achieve their desired outcomes.  

Prior to Syntel, Ravi worked for a Nashville-based healthcare organization where he managed the relationships with a top 3 US healthcare payer. He started his career as a computer programmer and quickly gravitated towards project and program management. He has held several senior level positions and has successfully led large teams to transform organizations and help them achieve strategic objectives. He has managed diverse organizations in India, Australia, UK, and the US.  Ravi holds an Engineering Degree in Computer Science & Engineering and has won several national level awards.

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Lisa Banov   

Lisa Banov - Lisa is the Practice Manager at Psych Atlanta. She began her career as a management consultant, advising businesses in large scale change and leading them through the process. After 6 years in the field, she focused the next 25 years cultivating and growning Psych Atlanta into the most innovative, successful psychiatric practice in the metro Atlanta Area.


Lisa has been responsible for acquisition and construction of 3 offices, H/R, I/T, bookkeeping, process management and general management. Lisa continued to grow the practice throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  She is also a Community Consulting Teams of Atlanta volunteer. Lisa participated in projects to help improve non-profit organizations including Hire Heroes, USA and Community Advanced Practice Nurses, Inc. Lisa earned her Masters in Business Administration at Harvard Business School. 


Justin Berger.   Attorney

Justin Berger - Justin established Berger Law, LLC to serve those endeavoring to make a difference in the world — whether through a business or a nonprofit — who need assistance navigating the legal terrain in which they operate. Justin relies on his experience as counsel for business and nonprofit entities, work on voter protection efforts, and time spent as director of operations for a statewide political campaign, to counsel clients starting out, and those needing assistance with ongoing operations and compliance. Justin is licensed to practice law in Georgia. He received his Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law and his bachelor’s degree in communications from Elon University. 


Martresa Graves   Assistant Director

Martresa has 30+ years nonprofit experience and serves as the full-time Giving Health Administrative Assistant. She joined in October 2021 as a member, and later as a contract Bilingual Enrollment Specialist and interim Assistant Director. Martresa oversees various aspects of enrollment, training, operations, administration, and account management in Giving Health’s telehealth program.


As Funds Development Director at Housing Initiative of North Fulton, Martresa raised nearly $1M in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and built community partnerships to benefit low-income, single-parent families. Martresa also worked in administration, development, translation and research for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) of Atlanta, Atlanta Hawks and TBS. In college, she served as the full-time Executive Director of the Volunteer Student Bureau.


Martresa studied Cybersecurity and Information Security at Emory University, Spanish and Business at Indiana University, and is a licensed Property & Casualty insurance agent.


Scott Tatro 

Scott has more than 3 decades of experience as a serial technology entrepreneur.  Mr. Tatro is a patent holder with experience in creating and introducing innovative technology solutions into mature industries. Together with an executive team of founders Mr. Tatro founded KindMatch in 2016, a non-profit with a mission to transform the way philanthropy is perceived and practiced across America.  His experience in early stage startups, and Fortune 500 spin-offs have both helped to shape his understanding and sensitivity to vision and values.

 In addition to transformative technology solutions in the communication, media, and information technologies, Scott has helped to found numerous Non-Profits over the past 35 years. In addition to founding, consulting, and mentoring non-profits, Scott has also served on both regional and national charitable boards, including having chaired a multi-million-dollar New York CAP organization with more than 150 employees. Scott studied both Criminal Justice and Business Marketing within the State University of New York academic system.

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Westside Health Collaborative:             

This regional collaborative is one of Atlanta’s most influential and comprehensive change makers in the past 50 years. Atlanta’s need is great; but, so is the support and generosity of our neighbors. WHC seeks to align and coordinate the highest and best use of that generosity through resource collaboration.

The collaborative includes most of the regions premier health providers, along with the metro’s largest foundations and corporations. WHC acknowledges that Giving Health is positioned to further engage with partners who have a mutual goal of improving the health and well-being of residents on the Westside of Atlanta.  Giving Health is proud to offer residents on the Westside Free access to its innovative Telehealth solution.

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Good Samaritan Health Clinic:                  

For nearly 20 years this charitable clinic with its more than $10 million annual budget has been expanding the definition of health care for the underserved. They have led the way with innovation for the total well-being of not only the patient, but the family unit as well.

Whether thru their Medical, Dental, Nutrition, Counseling, or Exercise and Therapy sessions they have a unique understanding of the challenges of both serving and empowering this demographic.  Giving Health is proud to have provided a Key element in enabling this organization to achieve its 5 year strategic plan for expanded reach into this Atlanta based community.


Georgia Charitable Care Network:                  

GCCN serves a network of free and charity clinics providing a unified voice statewide for this safety net of healthcare providers. Today, GCCN's membership includes more than 100 clinics across Georgia serving low income, uninsured residents with quality healthcare services.  GCCN raises funds and advocates on behalf of its members, consults with communities interested in starting a free or charity clinic, coordinates donated medications and goods between the donors and clinics, and investigates new technology to address clinic needs

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