Meet Our Team

Martha Lester Harris, CEO

Martha Lester Harris, MPA

Founder 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.

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Kathryn Harris

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 Art Director, Leah Moore

Leah Moore is a senior at Temple University in Philadelphia where she is majoring in Advertising and

Creative Design. A gifted designer, Leah created the Fizikaflex Wellness Journal while working as a Fizika Scholar during the summer of 2000.

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.

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Leah Moore

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.

Michael Murphy

Project Manager,
Dickinson College ‘20
BS Neuroscience

“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.”

Jacob Dubner

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.”

Dana Marecheau

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.”

Leah Moore

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

Mary Lynne Bercik, PMP, PMI-RMP, CPSM

Executive 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.

Jeanette Diamond, Health and Wellbeing

Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

Employee wellness has developed as a focal point through completion of a Neuroscience degree at Dickinson College, which included independent research examining the effects of chronic stress, and annual analysis of the employee wellness program aggregate data at the college. Looking at workplace wellness holistically to include all aspects – biological, psychological/emotional, financial, intellectual, spiritual and otherwise – allows for a better approach to wellbeing and Work Life Balance.

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. McKee

President, 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., MPH

Chris Sciamanna, MD, MPH

Professor 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.

Meet Our Team April 12, 2019