Executive Director

 Laura Gilmour

Laura Gilmour is the Founder and President of HUB Worldwide. Prior to this role, she had a successful 20-year career in healthcare software sales working for eFileshare, SCI Solutions, Craneware, and Experian Health where she combined administrative, sales, and marketing skills in challenging, multitasking environments.  She successfully used a consultative approach to access key decision makers, effectively network, and create synergistic relationships. She has broad-based sales and management experience as well as executive ability to plan and organize senior-level business affairs while maintaining expert control of financial and human resources.

In addition to her sales career, she has also successfully started and managed several companies in the real estate industry. She will graduate in August 2019 with an MBA and Global Health certification from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, reading and spending time with her wife and two grown sons.

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Elliott

President

Elizabeth Elliott PhD teaches at the Sparkman Center for Global Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She earned a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern University. Together with an BSN and MSN in Nursing, she combined nursing and sociology with a focus on health care in the Arab world. As an advocate for indigenous peoples’ rights and sovereignty, she worked at the field level on health care development and education projects with Palestinian refugees in camps across the Middle East. She also served as the director of the Project HOPE, Cairo, Egypt office managing USAID grants in continuing medical and nursing education.  She worked with the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in particular of Palestine and Egypt. Her sociology interests are in the links between everyday life and the macro social/political apparatus that constructs people’s everyday lives. She is interested in the role NGOs and non-state actors play in access and delivery of global health care.  She volunteers as a legal observer for the National Lawyers Guild and advocates for human rights over property rights. Outside of work, she is an oil painter, specialized in figures and portraits.  Her work is found in private and corporate collections.

Nancy Dinsmore

Vice President

Nancy Dinsmore MSN, PNP is a tenured professor At Ohlone College, in the registered nursing program. She is the faculty of reference for mental health, and teaches medical/surgical nursing courses. She received her MSN from the University of California, San Francisco and is a Nurse Practitioner. Her clinical expertise within nursing ranges from acute medical/surgical care of adults and children to mental health care across the life span. She loves international travel and spent almost twenty years out of the US, working as a nursing educator, administrator, and consultant. Her travels took her from the job of a cruise ship nurse, to post earthquake Haiti, Armenia and the Middle East. She worked on train the trainers programs through the Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies and UNICEF. She administered multi-disciplinary health projects with international staff in high risk settings providing care to extremely vulnerable populations. She worked as a professor at Al Quds University in East Jerusalem with extra consultation on curriculum. Outside of work, Nancy loves live music, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors. Always nearby are her dog, Amira, and her cat, Raven, who together, never fail to bring comic relief at the end of a long day.

Brit Blalock

Secretary

Brit Blalock is a communications and branding expert with more than 10 years of experience with various nonprofit, for profit, and educational organizations. Hailing from the Alabama Gulf Coast, Brit received her undergraduate degree in literature from Samford University followed by her master's degree in creative writing from New York University. From there, she started her career in Denver, CO, working with both Goodwill Industries and the Better Business Bureau in marketing and fundraising. Brit recently completed training through Emerge Alabama and launched a political consulting business. A community activist and organizer, she leads two Birmingham-based LGBTQ organizations and volunteers regularly for many other causes. 

Chesley Kent

Treasurer

Chelsey Kent is a Senior Financial Analyst in the Asset Management and Underwriting department at Medical Properties Trust. In her role she monitors and evaluates both financial and non-financial information for a portfolio of healthcare real estate investments with $10.1 billion assets under management. Prior to working at Medical Properties Trust, Chelsey lived in New York City and spent three years as an auditor in a public accounting firm and three years as a fund accountant at a hedge fund. She is a licensed CPA in New York and graduated with an accounting degree from Elmira College and an MBA from Saint John Fisher College. In her free time, Chelsey enjoys exploring the outdoors and the Birmingham food scene with her partner, Carmen, and puppy, Remy. She is also an avid traveler and loves adventure! 

Oye Akisanya

Oye Akisanya PhD is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. She earned her BSN and MSN from  JSU in 2000 and 2011 respectively. She earned her Ph.D. in Health Education/Promotion from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2018. 

Her clinical experience includes acute care, primary care, long-term care, and public health nursing. Prior to becoming a nursing instructor at JSU, Oye was responsible for starting and managing multiple medical practices in the northeastern part of Alabama. She also led numerous development training programs for physicians, nurses, and staff in areas such as licensure, certification, management, and leadership. She implemented the inaugural campus-wide National Health Assessment (NCHA) survey at JSU in 2017. Her research interest includes care of the college populations and health education/promotion across the lifespan. Her awards include the Graduate Scholar Award (Alabama Board of Nursing, 2016) and Outstanding Doctoral Student (UAB, 2018). She is a member ofSigma Theta TauInternational Nursing Honor Society and the National League of Nursing (NLN). Outside of professional interests, she travels widely, reads, cooks, and enjoys going to the beach.

Kit Deason 

Kit Deason makes Birmingham, Alabama her home. She is an IT Department Manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of AL, where she had worked for 27 years.   She is an active member at Baptist Church of the Covenant where she teaches children and is involved in several committees.  She also serves on the board of Better Basics, Inc.  She loves to travel and spend time with her sons and grandson.  

Sibylle Kristensen

Sibylle Kristensen, MPH, MSPH, DrPH- Chief Operations Officer, One Heart Worldwide

She is a perinatal epidemiologist with over 30 years of experience developing and implementing international capacity building programs. Born and raised in the DRC, she has previous work experience in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa Central and North America. She has held appointments in the Department of International Health and Development at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; in the Department of Epidemiology and International Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB); in the UAB Center for Community Health; in the Behavioral Core of the UAB Center for AIDS Research and in the Division of Geographic Medicine at UAB. Her research interests include reproductive health, maternal and newborn health; issues related to lack of access to care for vulnerable populations; and psycho-social aspects of health. Dr. Kristensen joined One Heart Worldwide as a consultant 20 years ago and as Chief Operation Officer since 2010. She has been a key player in the development and scale up of the One Heart Worldwide maternal and newborn health programs in Tibet , Mexico and Nepal (www.oneheartworldwide.org). 

Jim Stanley

A native of Anniston, Alabama, Jim Stanley and his wife, Chemegne currently reside in Hoover. Jim is blessed to have three wonderful daughters and three step-daughters. A graduate of the University of Alabama and Vanderbilt Law School, Jim is currently an attorney for the City of Birmingham with over twenty-eight years of experience as an attorney, Jim enjoys traveling with Chemegne and attending Alabama football games.

Jean Ann Larson 

Jean Ann Larson is the chief leadership development officer for the University of Alabama-Birmingham Health System and School of Medicine. She has over 25 years’ experience as a senior leader, organizational and leadership development expert and process improvement consultant. Larson holds a doctorate in organizational change from Pepperdine University and an MBA in international management from Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Wichita State University. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and is a diplomate of IISE’s Society for Health Systems. She has edited and authored several books and published many articles. Her most recent book is Organizational and Process Reengineering Approaches for Health Care Transformation, Published August 2015, CRC Press, Winner of the 2015 HIMSS Book of the Year Award.