Meet our team
Our team at Responsum Health is passionate about empowering patients through accurate and reliable information and strong community connections. Thankfully, we’re not alone in that—each of our platforms is supported by leading patient and medical experts who guide us along the way.
Founder and CEO
A former staff person for Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Andrew has been a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare policy expert for nearly two decades. He is a graduate of Amherst College with a law degree and a masters in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia. He lives in Alexandria, VA, with his wife, Jenny, and children, Kate and Max.
Vice President of Operations
The multitalented and diverse Responsum leadership team is lead by VP of Operations, Yury Salazar Smith, who has been instrumental in the design, revision, and development of Responsum’s systematic approach and proprietary technology since its launch.
Chief Content Editor
Dominic Nicosia is a New Jersey-based writer and editor, focusing primarily on the healthcare landscape. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Writing from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has collaborated with some of the nation’s largest hospital systems and healthcare providers to help empower patients, improve provider engagement and expand health literacy to populations with limited access through the process of content creation.
Robert Saint Laurent has been a contributing health writer for SOCO Magazine since 2007 and immersed in pulmonary fibrosis educational writing since 2016. A certified master fitness professional for 20 years, he is the author of FitWorks! Your 21st Century Way to Total Fitness and holds an M.Ed. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from Bridgewater State University.</p>
Samantha Aline Carpenter serves as a contributing writer for Responsum. With a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, she has been a practicing registered dietitian since 2012. Samantha is experienced in multiple healthcare settings and has provided medical nutrition therapy for a variety of chronic conditions. Currently, she provides care to those with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) on dialysis.
Margalo Eden serves as a contributing writer and curator for Responsum Health. She holds an M.A. in English from City University of New York–Brooklyn College and an MPH in Health Education and Promotion from the University of North Florida. She has written public health program content and educational materials on diverse topics, such as memory enhancement, geriatric care, LGBTQ health, and suicide prevention.
Glaucoma Medical Content Advisor
Dr. Robin serves as Glaucoma Medical Content Advisor for The Glaucoma Community. He is the Executive Vice President of the American Glaucoma Society (AGS). He is a leader in the clinical management and scientific study of glaucoma. Dr. Robin is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and International Health at Johns Hopkins University and a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Michigan. He was also a Professor of Ophthalmology in the VA system. Moreover, Dr. Robin was the Co-Director of the Glaucoma Service at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and held an active private practice, with offices in Baltimore and southern Pennsylvania.
Public Relations Director
Jenny Rosenberg previously, she served as Director of Communications to the Assistant Secretary for Health and the U.S. Surgeon General at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this position, she oversaw public affairs in the U.S. and internationally for several major public health initiatives, including the major national health challenges of tobacco use and reducing obesity rates. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Community Relations Director
Bridget Greinke is the Community Relations Director who works to ensure that Responsum Health members are receiving the support and resources they are looking for. In her role, Bridget specializes in building and maintaining positive relationships with the community. She earned her degree in Strategic Communication from Northern Arizona University.
Digital Marketing Director
Zach Kay is a digital marketer with experience ranging from eSports to startups and enterprise-level software. Having studied Songwriting at Berklee College of Music, he combines his creative heart with a keen eye for pattern recognition to bring a highly data-driven approach to Responsum Health.
Social Media Manager
Sharinda Williams-Simmons is a digital media professional with a passion for social media marketing and branding. As a former news reporter, storytelling and advocacy are the heartbeat of any content she creates. Her past experience includes guiding the digital communications strategies of Emory University School of Medicine, Georgia Tech, and Morehouse School of Medicine.
Chief Technology Officer
Software Engineer with more than 13 years of experience creating stable, scalable sysadmin solutions for both small and large businesses, specializing in simplicity in design, creative code, and innovation. He is a self-motivated professional with over 14 years of web development and programming experience and has an in-depth understanding of web standards, accessibility, and semantic markup. He lives in Ho Chi Minh city with his wife and beautiful kids.
Vice President of Operations
In addition to leading the Responsum leadership team, Yury supports the development team in data ops and product testing. Yury is a specialist in Software Product Management and has more than 5 years of experience launching digital communities for Responsum Health. She brings a rare combination of capabilities to lead a collection of experts in patient engagement, alliance building, digital marketing, social media, and technology development.
Lead Development Engineer
Software Engineer with more than 15 years of experience in software development, Dat helps mentor the development team in implementing features and creating new platforms using the best practices available.
He joined the team in Fall 2019 after working in print and digital healthcare information for nearly 20 years—founding and building medical publishing companies and online social communities. Tony’s expertise is built upon the shoulders of giants in patient advocacy, medical information, and social networks by understanding the needs of the communities, listening to their constituents, and bringing innovation to these sectors.
Vanessa is passionate about developing innovative programs and partnerships that accelerate patient engagement and therapeutic development in rare and genetic diseases. As a co-founder of PatientCrossroads (d.b.a. AltaVoice), Vanessa brought together genetics, technology and partners forming more than 85 global online patient-centered registry programs for leading biopharmaceutical companies, disease organizations, academia and government.
Thayer has over a decade of experience in advocacy, coalition building, and strategic partnerships. She has a deep expertise in convening stakeholders with shared areas of interest and brings with her a comprehensive understanding of health policy, as well as a broad network of relationships within the patient advocacy and health policy communities.
Tanika Gray Valbrun
She is an award-winning journalist, educator, and founder of The White Dress Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women with uterine fibroids, promoting awareness of the condition and its treatments, raising funds, and providing education. Tanika has successfully worked with doctors, health advocates, and state legislators to officially declare the month of July as Fibroids Awareness Month, and she is recognized as a thought leader and patient advocate for uterine health.
Patient Advocate and Contributor
Stephen is an engineer who focuses on developing consensus solutions that apply technology to societal problems, such as wireless in healthcare and disability access. He also has a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, and was a volunteer hospital chaplain. Diagnosed with IPF in 2017, Stephen thinks a lot about faith, hope, values, and how to navigate the complex challenges we all face with grace, integrity and authenticity.
Patient Advocate and Contributor
Erich Ditschman serves as a patient advocate for Responsum Health. Erich is a national speaker, author, advocate, and blogger on his Facebook pages, Paddling on Dialysis for Kidney Health, and Black Children White Parents. His topics include kidney disease, dialysis, kidney transplant, intimacy with dialysis, coming to terms with chronic illness, getting outside, and discovering one’s best life in the face of adversity.
Patient Advocate and Contributor
Having been both a pastor and former idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patient, his column, “Prescriptions for Hope,” provides powerful insight into the patient experience, both pre- and post-transplant. Tim is also the author of Surprised by Tragedy: Finding Hope When Your Days Are Dark, a compelling story of hope throughout his IPF journey.