Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of dedicated leaders from across the nation and in Mexico with diverse backgrounds. They are committed to advancing equity to support safe, secure, vibrant and healthy communities where everyone can thrive.

James Baker

James Baker

Chairperson of the Board

James Baker is the founder of IPS and Chairperson of the Board of Directors. James was the program developer and led the implementation of the San Diego-Tijuana Border Youth Drinking Reduction Program, a SAMHSA Model Program.

Marilyn Wexler

Marilyn Wexler

Vice President / Compensation and HR Committee

Marilyn Wexler is Vice President for the Institute for Public Strategies Board of Directors and has held that position since 2010.

Kathleen Smith-Wenning

Kathleen Smith-Wenning

Secretary Treasurer / Finance Committee

Kathleen Smith-Wenning is a registered respiratory therapist who holds a master’s degree in medical anthropology.

Sam Becknel, Jr., MPA

Sam Becknel, Jr., MPA

Compensation and HR Committee

Sam Becknel is a dynamic, hands-on organizational strategist and consultant with a wealth of knowledge and experience in strategic planning, program development / evaluation and the leadership of complex projects.

Vicki Luquette

Vicki Luquette

Finance Committee

Vicki has served on the IPS Board of Directors for four years and previously served in various leadership roles within IPS for 11 years.

Silddy Atilano, MD, FACOG

Silddy Atilano, MD, FACOG

Silddy Atilano is an Obstetrics and Gynecology/Women’s health specialist in Montana. Her interests include caring for immigrant women and their families in the southwest Montana area focusing on access to obstetrical and gynecological care.

Sara Cooley Broschart

Sara Cooley Broschart

Sara Cooley Broschart has over ten years of experience as a substance abuse prevention leader at local, regional and state levels.

Kevin Groark

Kevin Groark

Dr. Kevin Groark is a medical and psychological anthropologist working at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

Richard Yoast

Richard Yoast

Dr. Richard Yoast, now retired, directed the American Medical Association (AMA) Office of Prevention and Healthy Lifestyles (1996-2010).

Dana Sherrod, MPH

Dana Sherrod, MPH

Dana Sherrod is a visionary public health leader whose work centers on health equity, gender, and racial justice.