Davon Russell was named President of WHEDco in September
2017. A lifelong educator and mentor who believes in the
transformative power of the arts, Davon has been responsible
for creating and implementing WHEDco’s research-driven
early childhood and youth programs.
Davon was appointed by Bronx Borough President Ruben
munity Education Council and received the PASEsetter Award
He earned a BA in Telecommunications and Film, as well as an
MA in Theatre, from the University of Oregon, Eugene.
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NINFA SEGARRA, JD
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER
ST. BARNABAS HOSPITAL
Ninfa Segarra is a proud Puerto Rican who has achieved
major professional milestones including serving as Deputy
Mayor of the City of New York. She attributes her successes to
her parents, Pablo and Paula Velez.
Ninfa is currently employed in St. Barnabas Hospital as Senior
Ninfa has also served as Executive Director of the NYC Police Museum
and has consistently been involved in supporting social justice.
Ninfa’s education includes attending NYU and New York
THE BUSINESS INITIATIVE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK
Rafael A. Roger is the Executive Director of SBA 504 Lending
for The Business Initiative Corporation of New York, which
helps entrepreneurs and companies gain access to private
and public funding around New York State.
BICNY has provided over $120 million in loans to businesses in
The Bronx and throughout the state.
Prior to joining BICNY, Rafael worked in the healthcare and
insurance industries, and obtained his MBA and BS in International
Business Management from SUNY Empire State College.
He was raised in the Bronx and attended Fordham Prep.
EXECUTIVE VP & CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER
CENTERLIGHT HEALTH SYSTEM
With over 20 years of healthcare leadership and strategic planning
experience, Shaun Ruskin’s focus has been on improving oper-
ity and reduced costs. He most recently served as the Chief Growth
MAX. There, he oversaw strategic planning, member services, business
development, sales/marketing, and advertising/branding.
During Shaun’s tenure, VillageCare’s revenue grew from $60
million to more than $800 million.
Shaun also authored two health and wellness books, and
had a syndicated newspaper health and wellness column.