Vaccine Task Force

The Board of Trade commissioned a Regional Vaccine Information Task Force in early 2021. This cross-sector group offers a wide and relevant field of insight and is extremely well positioned to consider challenges and solutions at the intersection of vaccine deployment, public health and safety, and economic recovery. The group’s near-term focus is to educate employers and employees on vaccine information, legal and HR issues, and perhaps most importantly, why the vaccine program is so critical to economic recovery.  

The Task Force planned a series of virtual town hall meetings to inform and encourage members of our community who might be in the “wait and see” category to get the vaccine so we can return to work, business, and leisure. Our focus is on small and mid-sized businesses who might not have the resources or information to respond to their employees, customers, or others seeking clarifying information. We know local governments, health providers, universities, and others are holding similar events and we aim to supplement those efforts.   

In partnering with the Chambers across the region, we seek to leverage the trusted business-to-business relationships between chambers and their members. These town halls are designed for a small group in a relaxed virtual atmosphere where the attendees feel comfortable and have an opportunity to engage with a experts to ask their tough questions about covid-19, vaccine hesitancy, herd (or community) immunity, return to workplace HR and legal considerations, or other questions for which they are seeking clarifications.  

Vaccine Task Force Participants

  • Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) – Katalin Péter, Esq., Vice President of Government Affairs, DC Residential
  • Best Best & Krieger, LLP – Lisa Bell, Partner, Washington D.C. Office
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield – Colette Chichester, Vice President of Government Affairs
  • Carlton Fields, P.A. – Megan Dhillon, Attorney
  • Children’s National Hospital – Claire Boogaard, MD, MPH , Clinical Pediatrician and Medical Director, COVID-19 Vaccine Program
  • Children’s National Hospital – Kathy Gorman, Executive Vice President for Patient Care Services & Chief Operating Officer
  • Cigna Mid-Atlantic – Christina A. Stasiuk, DO, FACOI, Senior Medical Director
  • Clyde’s Restaurant Group – Jeff Owens, CFO & Corporate Development
  • Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area – Andrew Flagel, President and CEO
  • EY – Yele Aluko, EY Americas Chief Medical Officer
  • Fox Rothschild – Reggie Jones, DC Office Managing Partner
  • Giant Pharmacy – Samir Balile R.Ph., Pharm.D., Manager of Clinical Programs
  • Greater Washington Board of Trade – Jack McDougle, President & CEO
  • Holy Cross Health – Eileen Cahill, Chief Advocacy and Community Engagement Officer
  • Howard University Hospital – Anita L.A. Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer
  • Inova Health System – Marna Borieux, DHA, MBA, Chief of Staff
  • Johns Hopkins Health System – David Simpkins, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, National Capital Region
  • Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic – Lawrence Hamilton, Chief Operating Officer, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
  • LINK Strategic Partners – Michael Akin, President
  • MedStar Health – Emily Briton, Vice President, Professional Services, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) – Lisa Ragain, Principal Planner
  • NFP – Ken Jenkins, Senior Advisor, Corporate Services
  • Uber – Michele Blackwell, Public Affairs Manager, Mid-Atlantic
  • Verizon – Candice Austin, Director, State Government & Community Affairs
  • WMATA-Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority – Theresa Impastato, EVP/Chief Safety Officer

Featured Members