Karen Legato, Executive Director of Health Brigade, has served 30 years in the not-for-profit sector in both direct services and administration. Her passion and leadership is shaped by working with those most vulnerable in society with the least resources. Her service background includes medical social work, administration, child and family work, education, program development, project management, facilitation, public speaking and community coalitions and partnership work. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech, Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, and a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Prior to coming toHealth Brigade, Karen was the Director of Service Programs at Friends Association for Children, a non-profit organization that has served vulnerable children and families since the Civil War. She has also served as an organizational consultant, adjunct professor, social work field supervisor, director of medical social work services, youth minister, pastoral administrator and hospital chaplain. A person of heart with a passion for social justice, Karen is most noted for her enthusiasm and ability to seize creative opportunities to “make things happen.”
In March 2016, HB Executive Director Karen A. Legato was named Social Worker of the Year by the Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. This video shares her reflections on her profession and how fellow/sister social workers transform communities.
Susan Brock Wilkes, PhD, Chair
Melanie Green, PhD, RN, CNE, Vice-Chair
Dominic P. Madigan, Esq., Treasurer
Laura Windsor, Esq, Secretary
Andree Aboite, RN, MSN
Jennifer I. Bartusiak, APR
Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn, PhD
Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, VCU
Sherry Dubester, M.D., M.S.
Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia
Bonita Hogue, MSW, LCSW
Bev Koerin, PhD
Retired Professor/Community Volunteer
Neathawk Dubuque & Packett
Keisha Smith, MPA
Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority
L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, VCU
Carolyn Watts, Ph.D.
School of Allied Health Professions, VCU
Ali Woodworth, PE