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Staff

Vincent DeMarco

Vincent DeMarco is a long time advocate for public health causes including reducing teen smoking and gun violence and expanding health care access.

As President of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, he is working to guarantee quality, affordable health care for all Marylanders.

And, as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, he is working to educate public health students from around the world on effective methods of advocating for public health policies.

He has been recognized for his work by organizations such as the Baltimore Sun which declared him “Marylander of the Year” in 1988 and the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council which awarded him its 2002 “Ecumenical Leadership Award”. Families USA also recognized DeMarco at the 2007 Health Action forum as “Health Advocate of the Year.”

Vinny is also the subject of Michael Pertschuk’s 2010 book entitled, “The DeMarco Factor: Turning Public Will into Political Power.”

In addition to serving as the President of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, Mr. DeMarco is chairman of the board of the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative  and also works with Faiths United Against Tobacco, Faiths United to Prevent Childhood Obesity, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, and Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence. Please note that his independent work with these other organizations is not endorsed by or affiliated with the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, Inc.

Suzanne Schlattman

Since joining MCHI in 2006, Ms. Schlattman has raised over $6 million for the organization, and led successful public education campaigns targeting various Maryland audiences, including small businesses, young adults and low-income working families. These efforts have resulted in over 300,000 Marylanders gaining health care coverage.

She has led a distinguished academic career. A 2006 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of McDaniel College, she was awarded the college’s prestigious Mary Ward Lewis Prize for “top college woman.” In 2009, Suzanne received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland and Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, following a research fellowship at the Innovations Institute at University of Maryland School of Medicine. In 2016 she was named “Most Outstanding Recent Graduate” by the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Ms. Schlattman also served on the board of directors for the Baltimore Intersection, a new nonprofit for equipping at-risk youth with advocacy skills and leadership development. Youth are mentored to channel their energy and frustrations to have a profound impact on their communities. The students’ most recent victories include  the Maryland DREAM Act, Maryland Gun Violence Prevention Act and the creation of Baltimore City’s Children and Youth Fund.

Stephanie Klapper, LGSW

Stephanie Klapper, LGSW, has been working to elevate consumers’ voices in healthcare since 2010. Since joining MCHI in 2014, Ms. Klapper has worked on increasing access and affordability for health coverage and prescription drugs, and has built the Maryland Faith Health Network to create stronger connections between health systems and faith congregations. In addition, Ms. Klapper serves as a consumer representative on state workgroups. In 2018 she received the first annual “Innovation in Social Work” Award by the University of Maryland School of Social Work Alumni Council. Prior to joining MCHI, Ms. Klapper developed Patient Reported Outcomes measures for clinical trials. Ms. Klapper graduated with a 4.0 GPA from the UMB School of Social Work and received national and departmental awards for her research at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.