Thomas G. Bognanno, President and CEO

Bognanno_webThomas G. Bognanno has been the President and CEO of Community Health Charities since January 2006. Prior to that, Tom had a distinguished 20-year career with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), starting as Executive Director for the former ADA New Mexico and Missouri affiliates and Executive Vice President for the Texas affiliate. He was promoted to Special Assistant to the CEO in 1998 before moving into the role of Chief Field Officer in 2003. Prior to his years with ADA, he spent six years with the American Cancer Society.

Among his key accomplishments in his role as Chief Field Officer, Tom was instrumental in revitalizing the community level infrastructure of ADA and in bringing volunteer and staff development back as a priority for the organization. He was also one of the chief architects of the Everyday Choices for a Healthier Life partnership between the ADA, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

At Community Health Charities, Tom has been a catalyst for creating a new direction for the organization’s nearly 2,000 member charities nationwide and its network of 50 market locations. Through the initial introduction of the Health Matters at Work portal in 2006, Community Health Charities has evolved into a full-service employee engagement delivery model under Tom’s leadership. This model focuses on strengthening our community presence, improving brand awareness and in accessing, opening and servicing new workplace giving campaigns. Tom has also provided the leadership and vision that resulted in the consolidation of Community Health Charities into one corporate entity with the merger of the 36 separate affiliate associations in 2014. Currently, he is leading the effort to re-align Community Health Charities’ strategic direction to optimize this expanded business model with a broader array of health and employee engagement products. The goal is to create strategic capability across all functions of Community Health Charities that will accelerate the ability to generate income for our member charities.

Residing in northern Virginia, Tom and his wife, Suzan, have been married for 34 years and raised three children.

National Board of Directors

Community Health Charities is honored to have the strong volunteer leadership of the 2015–2016 National Board of Directors.

  • Kerry Finnegan, Chair

    Senior Partner
    Chicago, IL

  • Cynthia Rolfe, Vice Chair

    Vice President, Brand & Marketing
    BlueCross BlueShield Association
    Chicago, IL

  • Stephen Keith, MD, Vice Chair

    Vivacelle Bio, Inc.
    Washington, DC

  • Linda G. Blount, Secretary

    President & CEO
    Black Women’s Health Imperative
    Washington, DC

  • Charles A. Burbridge, Treasurer

    Executive Director
    Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund
    Chicago, IL

  • Thomas G. Bognanno

    President & CEO
    Community Health Charities
    Alexandria, Va

  • Lew Bartfield

    American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest
    Wauwatosa, WI

  • Walt Chesley

    Vice President, Human Resources Officer
    Hennepin County Medical Center
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Kevin Clayton

    Managing Partner
    JumpBall Corp.
    Atlanta, GA

  • Angie Dahl

    Director, Corporate Giving
    Be The Match Foundation
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Frederick J. Dorey, Immediate Past Chair

    Special Counsel
    Cooley LLP
    Palo Alto, CA

  • John Hallberg

    Children’s Cancer Research Fund
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Bill Heffernan

    President & CEO
    Employee Resource Systems
    Chicago, IL

  • Linda C. Ireland

    Founder & Principal
    Bloomington, MN

  • Eric T. Jones

    Senior Managing Director, Advisory Solutions & Product Development
    TIAA Retail Financial Services
    New York, NY

  • Sean Madix

    Executive Director
    EIT Benefit Funds
    Chicago, IL

  • Dr. Sandra B. Nichols

    SVP, Chief Medical Officer
    Reston, VA

  • Beatriz R. Perez

    Chief Sustainability Officer
    The Coca-Cola Company
    Atlanta, GA

  • Charu Raheja, PhD

    Jacksonville, FL

  • Frank Raimondi

    Technology Marketing Consultant
    Strategic Channel Concepts
    Portland, OR

  • Adam Rothschild

    Former VP and Head of Global Marketplace Insights
    American Express
    New York, NY

  • Beth Rusert

    Senior Vice President, Partner
    Standing Partnership
    St. Louis, MO

  • Jason L. Sobel, Esq.

    Of Counsel – Real Estate
    Sills Cummis & Gross, PC
    Newark, NJ

  • Sabrina Spitaletta

    Head of Corporate Relations and Engagement,
    Children’s Health Fund,
    New York, NY