Administration

Allen Taylor, Ph.D.

STEP Executive Director, Allen Taylor, PhD, has been directing the Laboratories for Nutrition and Vision Research at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University for 35 years. He has extensive success building and managing international, interdisciplinary, and collaborative scientific programs. Recent projects involve multiple research teams working in Israel, China, Australia, Holland and India. The objective of these programs is to prolong vision by preventing or delaying age-related eye diseases including age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. His laboratories discovered a way to delay macular degeneration for over 100,000 people in a 5-year period as well as opened up new opportunities for pharmaceutical intervention. Dr. Taylor has managed over $30,000,000 in national and international grants that have required continual annual reportage and accounting. He has published over 230 scientific articles and monographs, and 2 books.

Kim Kronenberg, MPH

STEP Co-Director, Kim Kronenberg, MPH, has decades’ of experience as a public health practitioner with expertise in health communication and the use of media to promote health. She was the founder and director of the Office of Health Communication for chronic diseases at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Professor Kronenberg was an adjunct professor at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She has directed dozens of health communication campaigns, and has facilitated strategic communication planning efforts for clients in the US and globally.

Ahmad Abu Al-Halaweh, RN, Ph.D.

STEP Regional Representative, Ahmad Abu Al-Halaweh, RN is a public health specialist and STEP Alumnus, finishing his Ph.D. at Ben Gurion University on “Comprehensive Diabetes Care, Prevention, and Management: Policy Implications, Implementations and Challenges for the Palestinian Healthcare System.” Ahmad established and directed the Diabetes Care Center at the Augusta Victoria Hospital 2002-2020. He is the Co-founder of Diabetes Palestine Association, served as the secretary and for five years before he was elected as the president of the association. Currently,  Ahmad is the CEO of Diabetes Palestine and Challenges for the Palestinian Healthcare System.” Ahmad established and directed the Diabetes Care Center at the Augusta Victoria Hospital 2002-2020. He is the Co-founder of Diabetes Palestine Association, served as the secretary and for five years before he was elected as the president of the association. Currently, Ahmad is the CEO Diabetes Palestine.

ADDITIONAL MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

Doug Brooks

Doug Brooks

Legal Counsel

Nira Voss

Nira Voss

Treasurer

Diane Robins

Diane Robins

Science Advisor

ALUMNI REPRESENTATIVES TO THE BOARD

Danielle Duenas-Asaf, PhD.

Aya Awad, Ph.D.