Annual Review

The Road Ahead: Research to Accelerate Women's Health

2021 Annual Review

Message from the Executive Director

Marla Black

Executive Director
Doris Howell Foundation
for Women’s Health Research

Although COVID continues to bring challenges and limitations, 2021 was a busy and productive year towards achieving our mission. Informational programs, such as The Howell Lecture Series, are fundamental to accelerating women’s health, and a trademark of the Howell Foundation. Last year, the Howell Foundation presented the critical findings of experts from UC San Diego Department of Medicine, SDSU School of Public Health and Sharp Medical Center/Behavioral Health. Our Scholars excelled in their fields of research. Due to your continuous support, the 18 undergraduate and graduate research scholarship awards included areas of study that will accelerate women’s health in the not-so distant future. Several research projects included new paths to fight breast and ovarian cancers, diabetes, women’s reproductive health, domestic violence, and meditation programs for post-partum depression.
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Under the newly adopted phrase “to prosper and grow” I am proud to announce our new slate of Board Directors. We now have the experience and leadership from all our academic partners, the business community, and importantly, representation of our Scholars. The sustainability of our programs continues to be a priority. Our fundraising efforts and the legacy gifts of the Howell, Oeschle and Rose Estates have secured the funding of our programs for the next three years. Our goal is to secure our programs for the next five. As we continue on the path to making a long-term positive impact on women’s health, we need your support. As you think about the women in your life, please consider a donation to the Howell Foundation. No gift is too small. Please contact the Howell Foundation to learn more about the many ways you can give. 2022 looks even more encouraging! Some of the topics on the schedule include close collaborations with academia to bring you early access to cutting-edge research.  Dr. Andrea LaCroix, Board Member and Director of the Women’s Health Center of Excellence at UCSD will be one the speakers at their “Taking Charge of your Magnificent Menopause Symposium” on March 3rd. Our Annual Top Ten Stories in Women’s Health will be held on May 6th, so make sure you stay tuned. I am looking forward to all that 2022 will bring, including the opportunity to continue promoting women’s health research to “keep the women we love healthy!”

In the News

Read about the Howell Foundation’s vision for 2022. 

Help us continue accelerating women’s health  research

Our Mission in Numbers

Accelerating Women’s Health with Research 

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* 2021 Howell Supporter Survey Results.

2021 Howell Lecture Series

First Hand, Early Access to Cutting-Edge Research

The Howell Foundation is known for its Lecture Series Program.  We provide a forum for medical researchers and experts to convey cutting-edge research on topics relevant to women’s health, many times hot-off -the-press.  We promote health education that encourages self-advocacy for the long term health and well-being of women, their families and the community in which they live.  By turning knowledge into action, we help keep the women we love healthy. 

Top 10  Stories In Women’s Health, 2021 Edition.

In February, the Howell Foundation hosted three experts in the field of women’s health. The Annual Howell Foundation Top Women’s Health Stories reviewed an update of the most relevant research stories that took place in 2020, and the impact it has in women’s health during 2021 and beyond: 

  • Effects of COVID-19 in women during pregnancy and lactation, and how it affects newborns
  • Heart disease awareness during menopause
  • Most important health issues affecting women in the later stages of life

Christina Chambers, Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Co-Director of the Center for Better Beginnings @UC San Diego

Cynthia Stuenkel, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Founding Member and Past President of the North American Menopause Society UC San Diego

Andrea LaCroix, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Chief of Epidemiology and Director, Women’s Health Center of Excellence UC San Diego

The Importance of Sleep in Aging Women: Why Can’t Grammie Sleep?

Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Center for Circadian Biology UCSD

In March, Dr. Ancoli-Israel addressed the reason older adults are not getting the sleep they need. Her presentation focused on the need vs. the ability to sleep, the consequences of poor sleep in older adults, the co-morbidities associated with poor sleep, the primary sleep disorders in older adults, and the cardinal rules for good sleep

COVID-19 and Pregnancy: Early Research Provides Critical Answers

COVID-19 and Pregnancy: Early Research Provides Critical Answers

Do you know someone who is pregnant? This information may be useful. Dr. Christina Chambers’ area of research focuses on…
Taking your health to heart during Heart Health Month

Taking your health to heart during Heart Health Month

For the first virtual luncheon of the year, the Howell Foundation hosted three experts in women’s health: Dr. Christina Chambers,…
Relevant Research Stories for Aging Women, 2021 Edition

Relevant Research Stories for Aging Women, 2021 Edition

The ‘Top Ten Health Stories in Women’s Health, 2020 Edition’ Howell Webinar in February included a presentation from Dr. Andrea…
How Sleep in Aging Women Impacts their Health

How Sleep in Aging Women Impacts their Health

In March, the Howell Foundation hosted Sonia Ancoli-Isael, Ph,D to present the science behind sleep and its impact on the…

Finding Resilience through Challenging Times: Self-help Care Tips for Women

June 2021

Micro-Plastic Pollution and Human Health

September 2021

Finding Self-Empathy and Compassion: Kelee Meditation

November 2021

Howell Scholar Update
Inspiring Careers and
Funding the Next Scientific Breakthrough
in Women’s Health

It is well known that students who do research as undergrads gain both professional and personal skills such as problem solving, communication and teamwork. Research experience also helps students clarify their career goals and prepares them for success in their graduate school environments.  Many of our Scholars wouldn’t be able to participate in research unless we provide them with financial support, thus by offering scholarship grants to deserving students, we are helping to foster the interest of students in research careers and improve their ability to succeed in any career.  

Simply put: funding undergraduate and graduate research projects is the cornerstone to accelerating women’s health. 

The Howell Foundation congratulates you! 

Inspiring Careers: Howell Foundation Announces 2022 CSUPERB Awards

Inspiring Careers: Howell Foundation Announces 2022 CSUPERB Awards

Inspiring careers for the next scientific breakthrough as the cornerstone of women’s health. Topics of research include depression, monoclonal antibody…
2021 Howell-UCSD Scholars: Reproductive Health as Main Area of Research

2021 Howell-UCSD Scholars: Reproductive Health as Main Area of Research

The 2021 Howell-UCSD Scholars will research reproductive health in women.  We know research requires a constant infusion of talent to…
Howell Foundation Announces the 2021 USD-Cheryl Wilson Awards in Nursing

Howell Foundation Announces the 2021 USD-Cheryl Wilson Awards in Nursing

Partner Violence in the Latino Community and Meditation for Post-Partum Depression as the 2021 fields of research. Howell Foundation’s Research…

Where are they now?

 Creating and Impact in Women's Health 

Howell Happenings

Working to create a long-term, positive impact on women's health

Message From the Chair

Dear Friends:

 This has been quite a year for the Howell Foundation.  I’d like to start by recognizing our past and present Board Members who continue to work and deliver our mission to Keep the Women we Love Healthy.

We have continued our research grants at a high rate even though COVID has presented many challenges.  

 Our education efforts continue to focus on cutting edge research with our webinar program and an in-person luncheon this year.  We also hosted a Donor Appreciation event with a presentation by one of our scientists on her current research that hasn’t even been published yet!

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 Our Board of Directors has had the expertise, guidance and accomplishment of Dr. Mandy Butler for many years.  She has been the Chair of the Scholarships Committee.  In December, she retired from the Board and has become a member of our Legacy Council.  Mandy assures us that she will continue to help with Scholarships.  We will miss her and thank her for all she has done as a part of the Howell family!

I have had the pleasure of welcoming five new members to the Board of Directors this year.

Eileen Gaffen joins us, after being elected to her second term as President of the San Diego Press Club. She brings us her extensive experience in public relations and connecting to our community.  Trista Campbell and Carmen Colombo join our leadership having been former Howell Scholars.  Carmen holds a PhD in Nursing Research and heads the Specialty Hospital Care at Sharp Healthcare.  Trista also holds a PhD in Nursing and is the CEO of a healthcare company.  Undergraduate student, Bioengineering: Biotechnology, UCSD, Aditi brings the passion of following a career in women’s health.  Angel has a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California and her Juris Doctor from the Whittier School of Law. These are wonderful women and offer so much to making our programs successful.

I am privileged to work with a dedicated Board that makes women’s health research a priority.  I want to be sure to emphasize how much we value our Friends of Howell!  Our donors are the key to making everything else happen.  This year we hope to expand our reach with joint work with more academic institutions and health leaders.  We cannot do this without you!

Thank you so very much!

          Thank you so very much!


Carol Tuggey

2021 Chairperson

Welcome On Board

Trista R. Campbell, PHD, RN, CPHQ       
CEO,  Dream Care Group Homes, Righteous Inc.
M. Carmen Colombo, PhD, MBA, RN
Chief Nursing Officer Specialty Hospitals, Sharp Health Care
Eileen Gaffen
Public Relations Strategist, Founder and President, Steres Gaffen Media
Aditi Gnanasekar
Undergraduate student, Bioengineering: Biotechnology, UCSD
Angel Ryan
Social Media Researcher and Jury Consultant, IMS Consulting & Expert Services
Howell Foundation Scholarships - Mandy Butler of the Scholarships Committee

Mandy Butler, PhD.

Associate Professor of Teaching Emerita,
Division of Biological Sciences,
UC San Diego

Thank you Mandy, for your years of service to the Howell Foundation.

Mandy served on the Howell Foundation Board of Directors from 2002 until 2021 . Throughout her history with the Foundation, she  led the Scholarship Committee until her retirement in 2021, and held many positions over the years including Secretary of the Board.  

Voted unanimously for Board Emeritus, Mandy will now serve in the Foundation’s Legacy Council, where she will continue to provide valuable feedback on the best road to keep the women we love healthy.   Thank you for your dedication and support! Your leadership will be missed. We wish you a happy retirement.

Support for Community Research Affecting Women's Health

A Must-Attend: UCSD's Take Charge of your Magnificent Menopause 

The major benefit of being part of the Howell Community is the opportunity to learn, first-hand, about cutting-edge research efforts that will have a profound impact in the future of women’s health.  

We are pleased to announce that Howell Board Member and Director of the Women’s Health Center of Excellence UC San Diego, Andrea LaCroix, Ph.D. will be part of the panel of speakers at UCSD’s Symposium meant to provide the information and valuable tools women need to address their menopause:

             Taking Charge of your Magnificent Menopause
                                             March 3
                                  10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

                                                                      Presented by:
The organization offers in person or virtual attendance alternatives, and is free of charge.

“The focus on Menopause research goes to the very origins of the Foundation, since this was the topic of our very first community program on Women’s Health”, comments Dr. LaCroix. “The Symposium will summarize the major findings from two major research programs funded for last the 20 years to improve our knowledge about menopause as part of the aging process for women, and to rigorously test treatments and get this information to women in the US and throughout the world.”Howll 

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The symposium will provide the information and valuable tools women need to address their menopause:  
  •  It will cover paradigm-shifting research findings from the Study of Women Across the Nation (SWAN) and the Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers to Symptoms and Health (MsFLASH) Trials Network. 
  • Attendees will have a chance to find out what researchers have learned about the menopause transition, how long it lasts, who is most affected by vasomotor and other symptoms of menopause, and what they have learned about the most effective treatments. 
  • There will be a demonstration of the brand new MyMenoPlan, a digital resource where women will have a chance to learn the hot-off-the-press preliminary results of the first randomized trial evaluating its effectiveness. It is meant to help women understand menopause, research their symptoms, and find out about the evidence on whether treatments work for their symptoms or not, including how to create their own MyMenoPlan. 

Thank you for Keeping the Women we Love Healthy

Your support accelerates research for the benefit of women, their families and the communities in which they live.

Women’s Health Research Accelerator

The Reuben H. Fleet Foundation Fund of The San Diego Foundation
Alexander and Eva Nemeth Foundation

Full Scholarship Donor
Susan Baxter, PhD
The National CHEERS Foundation
Betty Jo Petersen
Soroptimist International of La Jolla

Women’s Health Research Pioneer
Marla Black
Madeline Butler, PhD
Jane Georges, PhD, RN
Laury Graves
Diana Hill
Gladys Kohn
Hamilton Loeb
Stanley Maloy, PhD
David Mulvaney
Colleen  Peterson
Laurayne Ratner
Ruth Lane Charitable Foundation
Sheryl Scarano
Marilyn Tedesco
Irving Tragen
Carol Tuggey
Cheryl Wilson, RN

Women’s Health Innovator

Brad Benter
Gaylyn Boone
Carmen Colombo, PhD, MBA, RN
Janet Douglas
Janet Hawkins
Daniel Lee
Jean McGrath
Virginia “Jill” Patch
Angel Ryan
Vici Willis

Women’s Health Advocate
Betty Brayshay
Joyce Dostart
Berit Durler
Eileen Gaffen
Kippy Gambill
Stacy Holzman
William Littlejohn
Kathleen McGuire
Patty Moises
Janace Pierce
Patricia Price
Meg Richman, MD, FACR
Marlene Turrentine
Sheila Weinberg
Pattie Wellborn
William Wurch JD, CPA, LLM

Friend of Howell

Barbara Arledge
Carole Banka, PhD
Karen Bowden
Sally Clair
Tanya Fortuna
Aditi Gnanasekar
Sheila Harden
James and Ruth Harris
Mary Lynn Hyde
Jesse Kartus
Adele Kayser
John Kelleher
Ronda Landrum
Mimi Lee
Candice  McCarty
Sharon McDonnell
Irene Mylonas
Jeanne Nichols
Lynn Payette
Marilyn Scheininger
JoAnn Siudara
Maryanne Sorge
Sharon Weremiuk
Judith White

Additional Donations:

Paulette Bohrer
Elaine Feuer-Barton
Kathleen Franklin
Denise Gudzikowski
Andrea LaCroix
Amy Sitapati
Carolyn Northrup

Why Give to Women's Health Research?

We have entered a new era in Women’s Health and “tomorrow’s breakthrough” depends on what we do today to make a difference in the future of health care. It’s an honor to be part of this incredible group of people who believe in women’s health causes.

Maryanne Sarge
Maryanne Sorge Family Nurse Practitioner Friend of Howell Foundation

Although women live longer than men, they bear a greater burden of diseases & disability. I’m privileged to serve on the Howell Foundation Board of Directors to help this exceptional organization promote women’s health research through its student & community engagement research awards.”

Michelle LaCroix
Andrea Z. Lacroix. Ph.D. Professor & Director of the Women's Health Center of Excellence UC San Diego

For me, the Howell Foundation is about Education. Research. Next Generation. I learn so much about women’s health from the top physician researchers and scientists in San Diego. Knowing that my contribution is going toward women’s health research scholarships is rewarding.

Eileen Steres Gaffen President Steres Gaffen Media
The best reason is knowing that your investment supports an emerging scientist and contributes to a lifetime of furthering women’s health, family health and the health of our community. With your support, today’s Howell Scholar will have the possibility of unleashing the next scientific breakthrough in women’s health research.

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Meet your Board

Driving Women's Health Research Forward

2021 Executive Directors: 

Carol Tuggey
Board Chairperson                                     Community Leader                                          Former CEO, Tuggey Interior Design, Inc.   

William A. Wurch, JD, CPA, LLM
Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer
President , The Law Firm of
William A. Wurch, PC

Colleen Peterson
Secretary                                                                      Chair, Strategic Planning, Governance, and Nominations Committee                          Founder and  President                              Peterson Hill Marketing, Inc.  

Marilyn Tedesco
Chair, Development Committee                  Founder and President of Training One and Consultants to Management

2021 Board of Directors

Susan M. Baxter, PhD
Adjunct Professor
College of Sciences
San Diego State University

Mandy Butler, PhD
Scholarship Review Committee Chair
Associate Professor of Teaching Emerita, Division of Biological Sciences.


Trista R. Campbell, PHD, RN, CPHQ
CEO,  Dream Care Group
Homes,Righteous Inc.

M. Carmen Colombo, PhD, MBA, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Specialty Hospitals, Sharp HealthCare

Eileen Gaffen
Public Relations Strategist,
Founder and President, Steres Gaffen Media

Jane M. Georges, PhD, RN Dean, Hahn School of Nursing & Health Science

Aditi Gnanasekar 
Undergraduate student,
Bioengineering: Biotechnology, UCSD

Diana Hill
Past President,
Soroptimist International of La Jolla

Andrea Z. LaCroix, Ph.D.,
Lecture Series Committee Chair,
Professor and Chief of Epidemiology, Director, Women’s Health Center of Excellence – UC San Diego
Bill Littlejohn
Senior Vice President and CEO,
Sharp HealthCare Foundation

Stanley Maloy, PhD, 
Associate Vice President for Innovation,
 San Diego State University

David Mulvaney
Director, Donor Engagement
St. Paul’s Senior Services 

Carolyn Northrup,
Communications Committee Chair
Marketing Consultant

Katherine “Meg” Richman, MD, FACR
Clinical Professor of Radiology and Medical Director of Thornton Radiology at UCSD Health Sciences

Angel Ryan  
Social Media Researcher and Jury Consultant,
IMS Consulting & Expert Services

Marla Black,
Executive Director

Tanya Fortuna, 
Administrative Coordinator

2021 Legacy Council 

Carole Banka, PhD                                                      Brad Benter                                                                       Betty Brayshay                                                               Cher Conner                                                            Abigail D’Agostino                                                    Kathleen Franklin                                             Gladys Kohn

Hamilton Loeb, Jr.
Jean McGrath
Priscilla Moxley
Kay Pierce
Beatrice Rose, MD, MPH
Pattie Wellborn
Cheryl Wilson, RN

To all our Board Members who are committed to serve in the advancement of women’s health research, and to our volunteers and donors who with their support help us accomplish our mission, THANK YOU!

Howell Scholarship Program

We inspire and fund undergraduate and graduate researchers to pursue scientific innovation for the next-generation pool of physicians and scientists who will accelerate solutions to women’s health issues.

Outreach and Events

We promote health education by presenting cutting-edge research that encourages self-advocacy for the long term health and well-being of women, their families and the community in which they live.

Community Engagement Initiative

Howell Foundation Community Engagement Initiative

We award pilot research grants to scientists working with community organizations to develop and evaluate programs designed to address the most pressing health issues affecting underrepresented women in our community.

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