Rebecca Dineen is co-lead of the BHB Initiative (along with Family League of Baltimore) and the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health at the Baltimore City Health Department where she has worked since 2008. She has 17 years of experience providing support for all stages of project development (proposal, design, implementation, and evaluation) in a variety of areas including: quality assurance, performance improvement for health systems development, training, community mobilization, and behavior change. Rebecca has worked in fourteen countries on three continents in maternal and child health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and primary health care programs. Her experience includes work in both the public and private sectors. She earned a master of science in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1998 and her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Northwestern University in 1989. Rebecca spends her sacred free time with daughter Alexandra and husband Tom. She also enjoys participating in distance running and triathlon events and escaping to Vermont.
Gena O’Keefe is the Director of Healthy Community Initiatives at the Family League of Baltimore, and in that role is co-lead (with the Baltimore City Health Department) for the BHB Initiative. She is also a Senior Associate with The Annie E. Casey Foundation where she has used her public health and medical background to design comprehensive health strategies, curriculum, and services for Elev8 Baltimore, an integrated services initiative for East Baltimore. Prior to joining The Casey Foundation, Gena served as a Senior Advisor for Special Projects and Child Welfare to the Health Commissioner at BCHD where she organized and led collaborative projects to address public health crises. She developed and implemented the Medicare Part D Surveillance and Response Initiative which was named a national model for public health practice. Gena earned her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2004 and her undergraduate degree in English from Harvard University in 1987.