Who We Are
Meet Our Team
Bob Kieserman, Publisher
Bob Kieserman is the Executive Director of The Power of the Patient Project: The National Library of Patient Rights and Advocacy, and publisher of Today's Patient. Now retired, for over 35 years, he was a professor of healthcare administration and medical ethics and a healthcare consultant. He is the author of over 300 articles and four books on managing the private healthcare practice, the patient/provider relationship, and the rights of patients. Bob is both a medical librarian and a medical sociologist and resides near Philadelphia.
Sunny Kern, Managing Editor
Sunny Kern is a rising junior at Baruch College pursuing a degree in psychology with a minor in film. Having completed coursework in creative writing, journalism, and digital media, she has developed a strong understanding of storytelling and how to tailor messaging to specific audiences. As well as working as co-editor of Today's Patient, she also works on the communications team. In addition to her academic experience, she has been a social media intern in the Admissions Office of Baruch College, where she has been responsible for creating content on various platforms.
Jessie Rubino, Managing Editor
Jessie Rubino is a rising senior at Baruch College. Her major is communications with an emphasis on media. She works as the editor of Today's Patient as well as on the communications team for the main National Library of Patient Rights and Advocacy. She is extremely excited to be apart of an organization with such a strong mission to better the world. With a passion for healthcare, especially in regards to spreading information about mental health, Today's Patient is a wonderful outlet for her. In her free time she enjoy going on walks, reading, and exploring the city.
Ruby Laine, Senior Contributor
Ruby Laine (she/her) is a current undergraduate student at The George Washington University pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Public Health. She is passionate about improving health outcomes for underserved communities, families, and children. She wishes to assist in expanding access to healthcare and promote healthy lifestyle behaviors. She has previously worked with the NYC City Council in District 2 under Carlina Rivera while being an advocate for constituents and the community. As a member of the editorial team of Today’s Patient as a Senior Contributor, Ruby focuses on reaching out to wider audiences, to spread awareness for health concerns and improve health literacy.
Kealan Connors, Senior Contributor
Kealan Connors has always wanted to help people in any way, shape, or form. From a young age, he has always been engaged within his community, from building walking/biking trails in his local parks to helping his friends. This desire led him to pursue a degree in communications from Southern Oregon University. Currently, at 22, he resides in Grants Pass, Oregon. He also holds an Associate's degree in Arts from Rogue Community College. He wants to work in a career where people are the focus, whether in health care, politics, or a nonprofit organization. His favorite hobbies are going on long walks with his yellow lab, Taffy, mountain biking, and generally, he loves to be outside. Right now, he is starting a new hobby in cooking.
Alix Greenblatt, Senior Contributor
Alix Greenblatt is currently working for the CDC Foundation/NYSDOH as a facility surveyor in long-term care. She is also working on finishing her MPH program at the University at Albany with a certificate in Global Health. Her goals are to one day work toward improving health rights for women and to work toward ending the stigma behind mental illness. She enjoys baking and music
Alexandra Nguyen, Senior Contributor
Alexandra Nguyen is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism at Loyola Marymount University. From a young age, she has had a passion for writing, which later developed into focusing on how her words can make an impact on the world. The world of healthcare was exposed to her through her volunteer work at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto. Working side-by-side with patients and doctors, this role gave her a glimpse into public health. Alexandra combines her passions and experiences writing for Today’s Patient to educate society on lesser-known topics, especially those affecting young adults.
Elizabeth Linden, Senior Contributor
Elizabeth Linden is a retired special education teacher with 25 years of experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a master’s degree in Health Psychology. Liz has been an advocate for the educational needs of special education students throughout her career as well as an advocate for her own medical needs as a person with a rare headache disorder. Liz is also a Senior Anchor with The Power of the Patient Project, and her interviews are featured throughout our digital library.
Miranda R. Frank, Senior Contributor
Miranda R. Frank is a junior at Florida State University studying Creative Writing with a minor in Communications. She loves writing absolutely anything and everything, from poetry to research papers. She is passionate about information accessibility, and loves any opportunity to contribute to making essential information readily available to a wider audience.
Liya Moges, Senior Contributor
Liya Moges is a passionate and dedicated junior studying Biomedical Science, Business, and Law at Georgia State University. She works at Emory University Hospital supporting nurses and physicians on a Complex Medicine floor and uses this opportunity to shadow different physicians in different specialties. While working alongside healthcare professionals, Liya gained an interest in health equity and how it plays a role in the daily physician-patient interactions in a hospital setting. This interest plays a role in Liya’s desire to spread awareness on diversity/inclusion and health equity within healthcare. In an effort to combine her desire to educate the public, Liya joined Today’s Patient to address topics such as health and wellness, public health, and diversity inclusion in medicine.
Angela DeMondo, Senior Contributor
Angela DeMondo completed her undergraduate studies at Arizona State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with honors. Since high school, where she contributed to the school newspaper, she has harbored enthusiasm for the craft of writing. Her inclination towards health and patient advocacy was sparked upon discovering the prevalence of hypertension throughout her familial lineage. Furthermore, as a college student, she initiated the Wasted Wednesday Campaign with the aim of raising awareness about the escalating issue of single-use mask pollution and providing education on the appropriate utilization and disposal of masks amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, she authored a policy brief that tackles the spike in the single-use plastic dilemma amidst the Covid-19 outbreak. The paper aims to provide a comprehensive analysis, explanation, and proposed alternatives to address the issue of single-use plastics within the context of the State of Arizona.
Elika Oakley, Senior Contributor
Elika Oakley is a recent graduate from the University of Redlands. She has two Bachelors of Arts in Health, Medicine, and Society & Public Policy. Elika strives to dismantle health disparities and stigmatization by providing information and strategies to address the root cause of health complications. She believes that health is a basic human right and everyone should have equitable access to quality healthcare. Aside from being an advocate for health equity, she is an avid baker, an above average roller skater, and a Bay Area native.