Advancing the Vaccine Law Dialogue

Pre-conference: September 13 Washington, D.C.

Sonali Gunawardhana

Sonali Gunawardhana, Esq. General Counsel Regulatory Law, Cardinal Health Incorporated Bio: Ms. Gunawardhana has taught is multiple courses relating to the regulation of vaccines, including Vaccine Law, at the American University Washington College of Law. She is Assistant General Counsel Regulatory Law at Cardinal Health Incorporated. In this role, Sonali provides regulatory and legal support … Read more

Meghan Jendrysik, PhD

Meghan Jendrysik, PhD Managing Editor, Elsevier, Fellow, NIH Bio: Meghan Jendrysik, PhD, joined Elsevier in 2011 and currently serves as the Scientific Editor for the journal Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy. Prior to joining Elsevier, she was a post-doctoral fellow at NIAID/NIH. She holds a BS in Biology from MIT, a PhD in Pathology from the University … Read more

Laura Fox, MD

Laura Fox, MD Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, The George Washington University College of Medicine Bio: Dr Fox is an emergency physician at United Medical Center, a community hospital in Washington DC, and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Health Sciences. Her interests include advocating for equitable … Read more

Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, FAAF

Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, FAAF Chief Medical Officer, VaxCare, Past President, American Academy of Family Physicians Bio: Wanda Filer, MD MBA FAAFP is a nationally recognized health and business professional with 30 years of diverse leadership, advocacy, communications and clinical experience. She is Chief Medical Officer for VaxCare, an Orlando based company using innovative business … Read more

Maggie Davis, JD, MBE, PMP

Maggie Davis, JD, MBE, PMP Director, State Health Policy, ASTHO Bio: Maggie Davis is the Director of State Health Policy at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). In this role she provides law and policy technical assistance, supports ASTHO’s Executive Leadership Forum and Legislative Liaison Peer Network, and oversees the organization’s state … Read more

Heather Burris, ME

Heather Burris, ME Deputy Director, Act for Public Health Initiative, Network for Public Health Law Bio: Heather Burris is the Immunization Division Chief at the District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health). Heather joined DC Health in 2017 as the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program Manager, and subsequently lead the COVID-19 Vaccine Planning and … Read more

Charley John

Charley John PharmD, Senior Director, Healthcare Policy & Strategy, Walgreen Co. Bio: Charley John serves as Senior Director of Healthcare Policy and Strategy for the Walgreen Company. He has been with Walgreens for 25 years, 10 of them as a pharmacist. He attended the University of Florida where he completed his doctorate of pharmacy. He … Read more

Heather Pearlman, JD

Heather Pearlman JD, Deputy Director of the Constitutional and Specialized Torts Branch U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division Bio: Heather Pearlman is Deputy Director of the Constitutional and Specialized Torts Branch in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, where her primary responsibility is managing litigation arising under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of … Read more

Darlene Huang Briggs

Darlene Huang Briggs, JD, MPH Deputy Director, Act for Public Health Initiative, Network for Public Health Law Bio: Darlene is the Network for Public Health Law’s Deputy Director for the Act for Public Health initiative. She provides collaborative leadership to Act for Public Health, which is a partnership of public health law organizations supporting public … Read more

Abby Bownas

Abby Bownas Partner and Coalition Manager, Adult Vaccine Access Coalition Bio: Abby Bownas, Partner. Coalition manager extraordinaire, currently running the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition (adultvaccinesnow.org). Subject matter expert in vaccine policy, diabetes-related policy issues, and preventive health. Broad reach in the patient advocacy world. Strong understanding of nutrition, housing policy and community development. Significant experience … Read more