Martha Lester Harris, MPAFounder and CEO
Martha Lester Harris is a serial entrepreneur who has spent a lifetime developing solutions to complicated problems in both private industry and government. Before founding Fizika, Martha founded EHR software company InnerLink, Inc., she served as COO of Pennsylvania’s Workforce Investment Board, and she served as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) in governor Tom Ridge’s administration for 5 years. Prior to joining the Ridge Administration, Martha served as Director of Economic Development for the Pittsburgh High Technology Council where she founded the Southwestern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, the organization now known as Catalyst Connection. Martha earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Dickinson College. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s of Divinity program at Lancaster Theological Seminary.
Media Content Specialist
Kathryn is an innovative problem solver responsible for creating and curating media content for Fizika. She has a B.A. in Communications from Alvernia University. Kathryn is passionate about country music and the performing arts. She is creating a soundtrack for seniors who engage in Fizikaflex.
Fizika Scholar Ashley Pride
Ashley Pride is a brand strategist who uses disruptive design thinking to solve problems and facilitate meaningful connections. As a multi-disciplinary artist and founder of APrideDesigns, she channels her passion for artistic mediums like film and fashion into innovative solutions for the clients and companies she collaborates with. Her experience in research, data analysis, design, and her recent transition from faithful family helper to a professional caregiver with Synergy Homecare allows her to bring a unique perspective to developing strategies, creative content, and features for Fizikaflex. Ashley earned her B.S. in Business Management from Philadelphia University (2017) and is currently pursuing an iMBA in Strategy and Design Thinking from Thomas Jefferson University (2021) and a Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurship from Bank of America + Cornell University (2021).
Meet the Fizika Scholars
Fizika is honored to be joined this summer by a team of exceptionally bright young people. Recent college graduates and currently enrolled college students, the initial class of Fizika Scholars brings energy and expertise to the challenges of creating a world where seniors can stay healthy and engaged, despite a global pandemic.
Dickinson College ‘20
“To me, community wellness means prevention and looking out for each other. In addition to striving for the absence of disease, we also deserve to live with holistic fulfillment. Working with Fizika Group motivates me to live well and help others do the same through healthful behaviors and community building.”
Data Analyst and Caregiver Team
University of Pennsylvania ’21
“So much of health and wellness boils down to the little things that we as individuals can do each and every day. I am excited to be a part of the Fizika team to provide both a platform and a community of support to help individuals make the small daily well being decisions that have such a large impact on long term health.”
Business Development and Data Analyst, University of Pennsylvania ’20
“Effective and sustainable health interventions involve both the individual and their community. Fizika Group has the potential to foster collaborative problem-solving. I am excited to be part of the team!”
Integrated Marketing, Equity & Inclusion Advisor
Dickinson College ‘20
BA Policy Management
“During this time of uncertainty, Fizika Group has become community for many to learn about health and wellness. I hope to capture the stories of seniors who are empower ed by the Fizikaflex community to take control of their own health.”
Integrated Marketing and Designer
Temple University ’21
Leah produces a blog series for Temple Ad Club called “More Than Mad Men” that discusses the role of persuasion, perception, and strategic communication across various fields of work.
Our Advisory Board
Fizika is guided by an expert panel of advisors from medicine, pharmaceuticals, software development and business. We are grateful for each person’s expertise, and commitment to our mission of fostering healthier communities.
Mary Lynne Bercik, PMP, PMI-RMP, CPSMExecutive Director, Merck Pharmaceuticals
Senior level new product launch supply chain and innovation expert. Excelling in external manufacturing and supplier relationship management. Proven exceptional risk reduction and value creation capabilities. Extensive experience in leading and executing successful strategic initiatives with global cross functional teams. Mary Lynne was the catalyst for the new Bioprocessing Institute established by Thomas Jefferson University in partnership with the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) in Dublin, Ireland.
Dian Traisci-Marandola RN, MPH, DNP – Public Health Nurse
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
Locally, she impacted the health of children in her community as an elected official on New Milford, Connecticut’s Board of Education where she authored the school district’s Wellness Policy. After 9-11, Dr. T. Marandola launched Public Health Associates, a company staffed by ten RNs to support local and regional public health as her company led the recruitment of 120 nurses and physicians to form local public health emergency preparedness protocols, establish health alert systems and implement emergency drills. Dr. Marandola took her preparedness skills to Children’s Health Fund as she administered primary care for children impacted by health related social needs. “Nurses Without Walls” describes her work providing disaster primary care post-Hurricane Katrina to the New Orleans community. In service delivery, Dr. Marandola saw an opportunity to impact RN transition to practice by championing the development of a Nurse Residency Program for 28 home care nurses, annually. In the Philippines, her advanced practice skills were used to clear 27 children for surgery; to advocate for child protection programs and to lead the establishment of a home-care and hospice programs for people with complex illness and their caregivers who live in two low resourced communities.
Francis X. McKeePresident, St. Andrew Development, Inc.
As President of St. Andrew Development, a health education company with a particular emphasis on designing and deploying health education and intervention programs into economically disadvantaged communities, Frank serves as a business mentor to Fizika. His passion forLi using Internet-based technologies to improve access to needed health care information and services in underserved areas has helped frame Fizika’s strategy for fostering healthier communities by serving vulnerable populations across the lifespan.
Chris Sciamanna, MD, MPHProfessor of Medicine and Public Health Services Penn State Hershey Medicine
Dr. Sciamanna is a gifted doctor and passionate about helping the medical profession value exercise as a prescription. Founder of BandTogether, a fun and easy to use group exercise program for seniors, Dr. Sciammana explains the need for this program on his LinkedIn profile. MY MISSION: Create, test and scale social exercise programs that people really enjoy doing. THE NOT-SO-OBVIOUS SOLUTION: 90% of people don’t exercise enough. They tell you it’s because they don’t have time, yet they watch hours of TV each day. Dr. Sciamanna’s track record for getting seniors moving while creating new social connections has helped shape the design and implementation of Fizikaflex.
Our Talent Bank
Fizika draws on the expertise of many professionals to create its high quality products and services.
We refer to these individuals as our “Talent Bank”. As independent contractors, they are highly sought after professionals who are committed to our mission of empowering individuals, schools, organizations and communities to live healthier and more productive lives.