New Leadership Brings New Energy in a Year of Positive Developments for Mazzoni Center

New Leadership Brings New Energy in a Year of Positive Developments for Mazzoni Center

In a year that’s already seen the announcement of no waiting list for its medical center, the award of a five-year $1.8 million growth grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, and designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center Lookalike, the addition of new officers and board members at Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia’s premier LGBTQ+ health and wellness center, provides even more reason for optimism and excitement.

In the early fall of 2023, Jeff Doucette, who has served on Mazzoni Center’s Board of Directors since 2021 and who professionally serves as Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer for Press Ganey Associates, became the new President of the Center’s Board of Directors. Doucette is joined by a slate of officers including Vice-President Karl-Anthony Jones, Treasurer Taylor Cobb, and Secretary Marianne Price.

Of his service on Mazzoni Center’s Board and his enthusiasm to serve as Board President, Doucette says “As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I felt an instant connection to the mission of Mazzoni Center when I moved to Philadelphia. The forty-plus-year history of the organization's evolution to serve the ever-changing needs of the community and the opportunity to volunteer for board service was a perfect fit for my background. It is a privilege to work with the board and staff at this world-class organization as we transform healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community. I am honored to be selected to lead the Board of Directors.”

Among his first tasks as Board President, Doucette worked hand in hand with Board Member Michael Nguyen, who leads the Board’s nominating and recruitment process, to add new board members who bring a diversity of backgrounds, talents, and perspectives to the Board.

Over the past several months, Mazzoni Center has added eight new members to its now 16-member Board of Directors. Those new additions include: Dylan Van Duyne, Senior Equity Training Specialist with the School District of Philadelphia; Lauren Hart, best known as the Philadelphia Flyers anthem singer; James Hoelz, Founder and CEO of Hoelz Healthcare Consulting; Joshua Johnston, Nurse Manager of the Cardiac/Pulmonary Intermediate Care Unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Akshay Kamath, Co-owner of the Cockatoo Bar in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood; Demo Lymberopoulos, Global Executive Director, Customer Technology at URBN; Ace Quintana, Head of Organizational & Leadership Development at FS Investments; and Simon Trowell, recently retired after 35 years in research and development in the biopharmaceutical industry.

“Our new board members represent the diversity of the community we serve,” says Doucette. “Each board member brings a unique skill set and perspective to this amazing group of community volunteers. As a board, our primary focus is ensuring that our leadership team and staff have the tools and resources they need to deliver state-of-the-art care for the patients we serve while challenging the status quo. I am beyond thrilled to work with such a dedicated group of professionals.”

For more information on Mazzoni Center’s board members, click here.