New Officers, New Members for The Children’s Inn Board of Directors
BETHESDA, Md. (October 13, 2023) – The Children’s Inn at NIH is proud to announce new appointments to its Board of Directors, including four new members of the Board and four new officers. The appointments took effect at the Board’s annual meeting at the beginning of October.
Brian Kelly, who had been serving as the Board’s Vice Chair, began his term as the Board Chair. The Editorial Director and Executive Vice President of U.S. News & World Report, Kelly was elected Secretary of the Board in February 2020 and became the Vice Chair in late 2022. The author of several books, Kelly led the transformation of U.S. news from a print news magazine to a digital media company with a range of influential products including the Best Colleges and Best Hospitals rankings. He also serves as the Chair of Spotlight/DC, a non-profit journalism foundation that funds investigative reporting and is a former Vice President of the Economic Club of Washington.
Kelly will be succeeded as Vice Chair by Liz Wurster, the Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Washington, D.C. She has been a member of the Board since 2020. At J.P. Morgan, she oversees client relationships and provides strategic advice to individuals, families, and nonprofits. She is also a member of the board of The Family Tree in Baltimore.
Kamal Narang, a member of the Board since 2019, has been appointed Treasurer. The Vice President and General Manager for Federal Health at GDIT, Narang manages GDIT’s federal health portfolio of more than $1 billion in annual revenue. He has over 25 years of experience in the federal health IT industry and oversees the strategic direction, growth, and performance of more than 3,000 professionals responsible for delivering technology and mission services to federal health agencies.
Erin Darling has been appointed Secretary of the Board of Directors. The Associate Vice President and Counsel for Federal Policy & Government Relations at Merck, Darling has served on the Board at The Children’s Inn since 2020. At Merck, she led the U.S. policy team and oversees advocacy and policy strategies on federal health care legislative and regulatory issues. She is a member of the bar in Washington, D.C., and North Carolina.
In addition to the new officers, four new members of the Board assumed their seats at the October meeting.
Milad Bahrami is the Senior Vice President for Civilian Health Solutions at Leidos, where he is responsible for leading a business unit providing solutions and services to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration. He also serves on the AFCEA Bethesda Board of Directors and the Washington Executive Healthcare Council.
Kavita Kalatur is the Founder and Chairperson of NetImpact, Inc. She founded the company in 2009, bringing a “customer-first” approach that has led to a collaborative culture where NetImpact professionals work as Trusted Advisors, driving innovation and outcome-focused results to meet customer needs. She was inducted into the FedHealthIT 100 Hall of Fame and has been honored with the WBJ Minority Business Leader Award and the FedHealthIT Women in Leadership Impact award.
Zoe Sharp, the General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Talent & Culture at Optoro, leads a team dedicated to making Optoro a best-in-class employer while also advising on legal, financial, and compliance issues. She is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law Center and American University and serves as the Cosmos Club Treasurer and former Board Chair of My Sister’s Place in Washington.
Ken Wojdon is Deloitte’s Lead Client Service Partner for the NIH. In that role, he helps grow Deloitte’s application management services federal business line and oversees the organization’s large-scale information technology projects. He specializes in leadership, program management, transformation, enterprise visualization, shared services, and consolidation activities.
The Children’s Inn at NIH is a private, nonprofit “Place Like Home” for children and their families participating in pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the world’s premier biomedical research hospital. The Inn reduces the burden of illness through therapeutic, educational, and recreational programming – all at no cost to the families. Since opening in 1990, more than 16,000 families from around the world, and all 50 states, have considered The Inn their home. As a partner in discovery and care with the NIH, The Inn strives for the day when no family endures the heartbreak of a seriously ill child.