Dr. Mark and Dr. Sarah Redding created the Pathways Community HUB Institute Model to helps communities move toward health equity by addressing access to care and the social determinants of health--such as housing, education, transportation, and other basic needs--in an outcome-driven, whole-person, sustainable, community-based care coordination approach focused on under-resourced residents.
Working alongside community health workers and organizational leaders implementing the PCHI Model as Pathways Community HUBs, care coordination agencies, payers, health care providers, and funders, Mark and Sarah created a “Pathway” for communities to achieve their fullest potential.
While Dr. Mark Redding passed away in 2021, the PCHI Team continues to be inspired by his legacy and are honored to work with Dr. Sarah Redding, Founder, to spread the PCHI Model across the country. Meet our Team, led by President & CEO Jan Ruma, that collectively has more than 125 years of experience implementing and advocating for the Pathways Community HUB Institute Model.
Co-Founder of the PCHI℠ Model | Director of Research and Quality
Mark Redding (1960-2021)
Mark was the biggest champion for the Pathways Community HUB Institute. He strongly believed in finding meaningful solutions to improve healthy equity by supporting the work of community health workers. His research at Akron Children’s Hospital Risk Reduction Research Initiative focused on ways to highlight how effective CHWs were. Risk identification and risk reduction became the basis of the Pathways Community HUB Institute℠ Model. This work also included the development of strategies to tie financing to confirmed reductions in risk. It was his early insight that led to the development of the PCHI℠ Model Certification program that is in place today.
Mark received his medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine and completed his Pediatrics residency at the University of Maryland. Mark was a well-loved primary care pediatrician at Akron Children’s Hospital in Mansfield, Ohio.
Mark’s passion for improving health and social outcomes continues to motivate our team today. PCHI is striving to fulfill his mission.
Co-Founder of the PCHI℠ Model | PCHI Founder
Sarah is the Founder of the Pathways Community HUB Institute, a nonprofit organization established in 2015. PCHI supports the PCHI℠ Model through national certification and technical assistance to communities to assure Model fidelity. Sarah, and her late husband Mark Redding, MD, co-founded the Pathways Community HUB Institute℠ Model.
For the past three decades, Sarah has been involved with developing new strategies to provide sustainable community-based care coordination, train community health workers, and build outcome-based funding strategies. Her focus has always been on improving health equity.
Sarah received her medical degree from the Wright State University School of Medicine and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She completed her residency in General Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.
President & CEO
Jan Ruma, MEd, CFRE, is president & CEO of the Pathways Community HUB Institute. She has more than 35 years of experience in institutional advancement in healthcare and higher education including founding and leading the implementation of the first nationally certified Pathways Community HUB in Ohio, made up of 15 care coordination agencies, 40 community health workers, and contracts with all of Ohio's Medicaid managed care plans and many other public and private funding sources. A Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE), Jan holds a certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, a master’s degree in training and development, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, both from Bowling Green State University. Jan has been recognized for her leadership with several awards: YWCA Milestones Award, The University of Toledo’s Champion for Human Rights & Social Justice Award, the Area Office on Aging President’s Award, the ProMedica Health Advocate of the Year Award, the St. Vincent Mercy Children’s Hospital Child Advocacy Award, and the Toledo 20 UNDER 40 Leadership Award.
Director of Certification
Brenda A. Leath
Brenda A. Leath, DPS, MHSA, PMP, is the director of certification at the Pathways Community HUB Institute. Dr. Leath brings a historical context to this role, drawing from more than a decade of experience working in various leadership capacities with the founders of the PCHI℠ Model - Dr. Sarah Redding and the late Dr. Mark Redding. In her former positions as senior study director and director of the Center on Health Disparities & Health Equity Research at Westat, Dr. Leath was instrumental in leading various sponsored projects that supported the promotion of the PCHI℠ Model as a healthcare innovation, pilot testing certification, developing performance measures, and implementing a learning network. She is a seasoned health professional with more than 35 years of experience in the health services industry and is recognized as a thought leader, author, advocate, and health policy strategist. Dr. Leath is founder & CEO of Leath & Associates, a minority woman-owned company in the District of Columbia. Dr. Leath earned her Doctorate of Professional Studies in Biomedical Ethics and Health Policy from the Albany Medical College, Alden March Bioethics Institute. She is a graduate of The George Washington University (master of Health Services Administration) and Georgetown University (bachelor in Psychology). She has maintained continuous certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute since 2006.
Director of Education
Anne Biddle Seifert
Anne Biddle Seifert is director of education for the Pathways Community HUB Institute. She has more than 30 years of experience in community-based care coordination and higher education including co-development of Ohio’s first Board of Nursing-approved community health worker (CHW) curriculum. Since 1999, she has worked with the founders of the PCHI℠ Model - Dr. Sarah Redding and the late Dr. Mark Redding - developing training curriculum for the Model. Anne has helped to develop the PCHI Education and Training Division. Anne holds a master’s degree in community counseling from Kent State University, and a bachelor of arts in communications from Ashland University.
Director of Community Engagement and Development
Rick Wilk, MPH, MBA, is director of community engagement and development for the Pathways Community HUB Institute. He has more than 30 years of experience in assisting communities in identify resources to enhance and/or redesign their health care delivery systems through multi-sector partnerships. Specializing in comprehensive, community care coordination, delivery system development, and public health interventions to ensure quality services to underserved populations, Rick has advised communities, provider groups, government entities and associations in ways to enhance their health care and human service offerings. Previously serving as the regional administrator of the HRSA Chicago Regional Office, Rick provided leadership in operations enhancement, national campaign development, program planning and oversight, support for FQHCs, non-profit organizations, hospitals, and governments to leverage resources to expand service offerings and access to services. Additional experience includes large meeting pacing event design and facilitation, and job coaching.
Technology and Analytics Advisor
Amy Vreeland, principal of the Social Care Consulting Group, is the technology and analytics advisor to the Pathways Community HUB Institute. In collaboration with PCHI founders, she assisted in the development of a standards-based national data model for community-based social care, risk/risk mitigation codification, and national benchmark reporting that is being implemented in certified PCHs. She also guided the development of the PCHI℠ Model Certification for Technology Vendors, attracting many of the largest social determinants of health-focused vendors to the program. Amy has more than 30 years of experience in health technology and consulting, including as the CCO of an early-to-market company focused on community-based care, and as a co-founder of lifeIMAGE, a cloud-based enterprise image exchange platform. Amy is a member of a research team whose work on cross-sector collaboration for social care has been published (with additional publication pending) in the Georgia Health Policy Center’s Aligning Systems for Health publications. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in information systems from the University of Connecticut.
Mary Martell, training consultant for the Pathways Community HUB Institute, has more than 15 years of experience in program development and post-secondary education including leading the development and implementation of a Pathways Community HUB in northeastern Ohio, and serving as an assistant lecturer at the University of Akron. Currently enrolled as a doctoral candidate at Youngstown State University, Mary holds a master’s degree in health and human services from The University of Akron.
Ellie Kaufman, MPH, is assistant to the President & CEO of Pathways Community HUB Institute. Her bachelor and master degrees are from the University of Toledo and the Northwest Ohio Consortium of Public Health. She has more than six years of public health experience focused on maternal & child health, community health assessments and company health education.