Our Leadership

Executive Director

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.

2017 Board of Directors

Susan Brock Wilkes, PhD, Chair
Wilkes Consulting

Melanie Green, PhD, RN, CNE, Vice-Chair
Bon Secours

Dominic P. Madigan, Esq., Treasurer
Williams Mullen

Laura Windsor, Esq, Secretary
Williams Mullen

Andree Aboite, RN, MSN
VCU Health

Jennifer I. Bartusiak, APR
CarMax, Inc.

Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn, PhD
Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, VCU

Sherry Dubester, M.D., M.S.
Anthem BlueCross BlueShield

Jason Hatcher

Brenda Hicks
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia

Bonita Hogue, MSW, LCSW
VCU Health

Joyce Kennedy

Bev Koerin, PhD
Retired Professor/Community Volunteer

Roger Neathawk
Neathawk Dubuque & Packett

Keisha Smith, MPA
Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority

Chet Wade

James Wasilewski
L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, VCU

Carolyn Watts, Ph.D.
School of Allied Health Professions, VCU

Ali Woodworth, PE
CarMax, Inc.