SWINY has an open board — anyone interested in volunteering to help run SWINY may attend board meetings. Contact any board member below for more information.

SWINY board members contribute time, energy and resourcefulness in order to assist each other during event planning. Responsibilities include:

  • brainstorming
  • sharing contacts
  • identifying meeting spaces
  • drafting and copy-editing event announcements

As volunteers, board members are strongly encouraged, as time permits, to:

  • participate in a monthly board meeting (approximately two hours starting at 6 p.m.)
  • attend as many SWINY events as possible, assisting with guest check-in, refreshments, or other basics as needed
  • organize or co-organize at least one event each year

And most importantly, board members enjoy the camaraderie and stimulation of collaborating with creative, motivated colleagues.  

Current Board Members


David L. Levine — Chair
Freelance Health/Medical Writer
@dlloydlevine on Twitter

Alan S. Brown — Secretary
Freelance writer

Sheila Sperber Haas, PhD — Treasurer
Freelance writer


Rita Baron-Faust, MPH, CHES
Medical Journalist, Health Educator

Miriam Gordon
Independent Scientific Editor/Writer/Blogger
@miriamgordon on Twitter

Carol Milano
Health Care and Environmental Journalist

Rachel Yarmolinsky
Program Director, Division of Ethics at Columbia University

Lloyd Zimmerman
Freelance Writer

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