Phoenix Society Announces Appointment of 3 New Board Members

Written on September 07, 2022

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, a leader in supporting the burn survivor journey, announced three new board members who will each help support the nonprofit's mission to support the lifelong healing of burn survivors and their loved ones.   

The new board members will begin serving on the board effective August 17, 2022. The three new board members are:

  • Mallory Reed, RN, BSN, MHA, Chief Administrative Officer at Orlando Health  

  • Felicia Nicole Williams, MD, FACS, Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  

  • Jason Heard, MD, Faculty Member at UC Davis/Shriners Northern California Burn Unit, and Burn Survivor  

"I am honored to welcome our newest board of directors to our organization.

Phoenix Society is in a pivotal place where we are growing and expanding with new programs, greater advocacy, and information. Our board members reflect the communities and burn survivors we serve."

Amy Acton, Chief Executive Officer

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors supports a national audience of burn survivors, loved ones, hospital and corporate partners, and fire safety professionals with various programs, advocacy, and initiatives to encourage awareness and support of the burn survivors they serve.

Mallory Reed, RN, BSN, MHA, serves as the Orlando Health Medical Group's Chief Administrative Officer at Orlando Health. The Orlando Health Medical Group is a 1,500+ employed provider medical group supporting Orlando Health, a not-for-profit health system with $8 billion of assets under management. Mallory leads strategic business development projects, physician recruitment, and human resources in this role. She previously held other positions at Orlando Health within the value-based care and home health departments. Before her time at Orlando Health, Mallory worked as a pediatric home health registered nurse. She is passionate about building patient-centric, sustainable models to simplify the complex healthcare industry and improve the patient experience. Mallory enjoys trying new restaurants, playing with her two dogs, and fitness in her spare time. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Health Administration degrees from the University of Florida.

Felicia Nicole Williams, MD, is an Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a talented Burn Surgeon who dedicated her career to improving outcomes for patients with severe burn injuries. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor's in Biophysics and went to medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She did her General Surgery Residency at East Carolina University and all of her Burn training at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Shriner's Children's Hospital. Since joining the faculty at UNC in 2014, she has been and remains academically and clinically productive and embraces challenges. She is currently the Associate Division Chief of Burns at UNC. She believes that superheroes are made, not born. She believes that superheroes are made from skillful hard work, determination, and the passion for succeeding - all embodied in the patients and families she serves.

Jason Heard, MD, sustained a burn injury on almost half of his body at the age of 12, and he was drawn to the medical field and knew he wanted to help other burn survivors in the future. Heard completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics and Biotechnology at the University of Iowa in 2011. During his undergraduate years, he completed many burn-related research projects leading to multiple peer-reviewed publications. During this time, he was also heavily involved with a regional burn nonprofit organization, Saint Florian Fire and Burn Foundation. Through this organization, he could not only attend but develop programming for multiple burn survivor programs. Heard was fortunate to serve on the Saint Florian Fire and Burn Foundation Board of Directors from 2012-2014. Heard then matriculated into medical school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 2012. I matched into general surgery residency at UC Davis in 2016 and ultimately completed a residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2021. His passion for burn care and aspiration of doing burn/critical care persisted throughout his training, and he completed his fellowship at UC Davis in 2022. He is currently the newest faculty member at UC Davis/Shriners Northern California Burn Units. He continues to care for burn survivors during their initial hospital admission and recovery, including reconstructive procedures/treatments. Jason was also awarded Phoenix Society's former PEG scholarship.

The three new Phoenix Society board members will be joining the following existing members:  

  • Jeff Gallinat, President  

  • Sara Ann Mackinlay, Vice President  

  • Karen Badger, Secretary  

  • Mark Schlegel, Treasurer

  • Andy Jenks  

  • Howard Tellepsen  

  • John O'Leary  

  • Lewis E. Kazis  

  • Lorraine Carli  

  • Prashant Kulkarni  

  • Sandra Cramolini  

  • Tony Gonzalez