Innovation Award Judging Panel

Karen Allen, RN, Ph.D., FAAN

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Karen became dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions in July of 2017. Previously she served as professor of nursing at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. for 17 years. Under her leadership, the department established a doctor of nursing practice program with an emphasis in family nurse practitioner.

Allen has served in various leadership roles, including president of the International Nurses Society on Addiction for four years; member of the board of directors of Adventist Health Systems Sunbelt Corporation for five years; member of the United States Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Treatment Improvement Protocols Editorial Advisory Board for five years; member of the National Advisory Council for the United States Center for Substance Abuse Prevention for seven years.

 Recently, the College of Nursing and Health professions expanded to offer new health care programs, including health care leadership, physician assistant studies, public health, and health administration. The College also launched a doctor of nursing practice program, becoming the first university in Indiana to offer this degree.

Allen has been an avid researcher throughout her career and was principal researcher/evaluator for “A National Cross-Site Evaluation Study on the Effectiveness of Pregnant and Post-Partum Women and Children’s Substance Abuse Treatment Programs,” funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. In addition, she assessed the design and function of evaluation programs implemented in federally funded women and children’s substance abuse/addiction treatment programs across the country.

Allen holds a Ph.D. in nursing sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a master’s in nursing administration and a bachelor’s in nursing from Andrews University. She has also been inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Laurie Dodge


As Director of Marketing & Development, at The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., Laurie Dodge is responsible for the Association’s marketing, communications, fundraising and development activities.

She has held senior management positions at Icon Medialab, an international IT services firm, and at Interbrand, the nation’s leading branding consultancy. In each of these roles she oversaw the design and execution of the firm’s communications strategies in North America, harnessing print and online platforms to advance the image of the brand. Earlier in her career, she developed and executed public relations and marketing initiatives to support the top-grossing Impressionist & Modern Art department of Christie’s auction house. Her work there resulted in unprecedented global media coverage and record-breaking sales results.

Laurie holds a B.A. from Smith College.

Lisa Goodale, MSW, LSW

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Lisa Goodale is Consulting Services Vice President at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance where she directs training and consultation services for peers, clinicians, and the general public. She served as Project Manager for DBSA’s national contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs to train nearly 500 of the VA’s newly-hired Veteran peer specialists throughout the country.

Goodale was Co-Investigator for two NIMH-funded studies: Developing a Sustainable Consumer Clearinghouse for Translational Depression and Bipolar Disorder Research at the University of Michigan Depression Center; and Pilot Trial of Peer Support for Bipolar Disorder at Group Health Cooperative/Center for Health Studies. She served as an Expert Panel Member for the Peer Specialist Services in the VA: Fidelity of Implementation study and was a co-author of Pillars of peer support: transforming mental health systems of care through peer support services.

A long-time member of the DBSA team and a licensed social worker, Goodale holds an MSW degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA degree from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. It is her joy and special privilege to have been invited along on the recovery journeys of so many courageous people.

John Keats, MD

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Dr. Keats is the course director for ACOG’s postgraduate course entitled Quality and Safety for Leaders in Women’s Health Care. In addition, he serves as a site reviewer for ACOG’s Voluntary Review of Quality of Care program and is a member of that program’s national steering committee. Dr. Keats is an ex-officio mem-ber of ACOG’s national Committee on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, and was one of the principle designers of ACOG’s SCOPE program, a certification program for office safety. In May 2016, Dr. Keats began a two-year term as Fellow-at-Large on ACOG’s Executive Board.

John attended Brown University’s seven-year Program in Medicine, and completed a four-year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA Medical Center in 1982. This was followed by three years of active duty as an obstetrician-gynecologist with the Air Force, during which time Dr. Keats achieved board-certification in his specialty and be-came a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). After leaving the military in 1985, Dr. Keats joined Buenaventura Medical Group (BMG) in Ventura, California. He has held various leadership positions within the group and medical community. He has served as chair of the departments of obstetrics and gynecology at two local hospitals. He served several terms on the BMG board of directors, including two years as board chair. Dr. Keats was appointed Medical Director of BMG in 1995. In 2001, he was selected to join the inaugural class of University of California San Francisco’s two-year California Healthcare Leadership Fellowship, spon-sored by the California Health Care Foundation. In 2002, Dr. Keats was designated a Certified Physician Executive by the Certifying Commission on Medical Management after completing an extensive course of study with the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL).

In July 2007, Dr. Keats became President and Medical Director of California HealthFirst Physi-cians, a multi-specialty group in southern California affiliated with Catholic Healthcare West (CHW). In addition, he was designated the Medical Director for Perinatal Safety for the CHW system, which includes 32 obstetrical units performing approximately 60,000 deliveries per year. He left CHW in January 2012 to join Cigna Health Plans as Market Medical Executive for the state of Arizona, and in 2016 was appointed Cigna’s national medical director for Enterprise Trend Analysis and Specialty Society Relationships.  In 2009, Dr. Keats became an AAPL Fellow in recognition of his many leadership roles in health care. In 2011 he was elected to the board of AAPL and served a four-year term ending in 2015. He remains clinically active, working as an OB hospitalist on weekends. 

Samantha Levine


Samantha Levine has 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, strategy, operations and team development. In summer 2017 Sam re-joined The Bridgespan Group as a senior manager. In that role, Sam is currently supporting Bridgespan’s Seattle Leading for Impact® program, a two-year consulting experience focused on building the strategic skills of nonprofit executive teams to improve their organization’s performance. In her previous 12 years at Bridgespan, Sam helped to develop and launch the Leading for Impact program, and managed consulting projects for over a dozen clients representing all facets of the nonprofit sector.

Prior to re-joining Bridgespan, Sam spent two years as the founding executive director of Constellation Philanthropy, an organization that supports donors dedicated to learning about and investing in early childhood causes in Colorado. Through Constellation, Sam connected donors with high-leverage early childhood philanthropic investments, coordinated funding to those opportunities, and identified gaps in the early childhood space where socially-oriented capital could make a difference.

Sam received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, with a focus on strategy and nonprofit management; and a BA in Women Studies from the University of Colorado. A proud Denver native and even more proud Denver resident, Sam spends her free time dragging her two boys on hikes or to Rockies games, volunteering at their schools, and baking pies.

Alice Lu

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Alice Luhas over a decade of experience in biotechnology product management, marketing, and new products planning, working at companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Schering-Plough, and Enzon Pharmaceuticals.  She has a real passion for innovative products and programs to improve the quality of life for patients with high unmet needs.  Alice has served as Project Manager for commercial programs to launch a colorectal cancer drug; worked with leading-edge scientists and medical professionals on the research and development plan for a novel breast cancer drug; performed market assessments on potential indications for experimental immunology and immuno-oncology agents; and served as a Product Manager to develop promotional materials and sales force training activities to launch an asthma drug.  Alice is passionate about applying her new products planning and marketing experience to improve maternal mental health.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University, and a MBA in Biotechnology and Health Industry Management and Marketing from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.