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The DUH Team

  • Sue Saltmarsh, Founder, Executive Director
    Sue Saltmarsh, Founder, Executive Director

Valiant Volunteers

  • Josh Dill, Comminications Director
    Josh Dill, Comminications Director

    Josh is currently DUH's part-time Communications Director. Sue met Josh while volunteering for Dr. David Gill’s campaign. Impressed by his management and commitment, she is excited to have both his knowledge and his help with DUH’s endorsement process.

    Josh has a degree in Political Science and experience in data analysis, speech writing, strategy and canvassing which served him well as a field organizer, strategist, and fundraiser for the Gill campaign. He is also a former State Senate Candidate, and has been a campaign organizer and strategist on both the local and Congressional level. He is a member of Progressive Democrats of America and elected Precinct Committeeman for the Sangamon County Democratic party.

    His positive energy serves him well as a single dad, but what DUH pays him is laughable (whatever's left in Sue's bank account after her bills are paid) so his talents and skills are completely wasted by driving a FedEx truck to support his family.

    Though we know we’ll only have him temporarily until his next paid political job comes along, we are lucky and grateful for every minute he gives DUH. Now if only we could win the lottery and actually pay him, Luule, hire more staff, donate to our candidates, and travel to every event we should attend, DUH and Josh might reach their potential!

  • Tanner Cronk, World's Best Volunteer
    Tanner Cronk, World's Best Volunteer

    Tanner is a History major at Salisbury University in Maryland. In addition to his academic work, he is also involved in Maryland politics and has become indispensable to DUH in his willingness and good judgment in posting on the PEP page on Facebook. We know we'll lose him someday, but he'll always be a winner in our book!

DUH ALLIES

  • Rick Guasco – Graphic Genius
    Rick Guasco – Graphic Genius

    Rick is the designer of our logos, flyers, brochures, and promotional material. He worked with Sue at Positively Aware as Creative Director and is the creator of A Day with HIV, the annual photo essay for the magazine, published every November. Though Rick’s passion lies in the aesthetics rather than the activism, his generous support of DUH’s mission by working for free, as well as applying his talent to make it look good, are invaluable.

  • Ryan Splitt — Executive Assistant & Travel Guru
    Ryan Splitt — Executive Assistant & Travel Guru

    A multi-talented, energetic addition to the DUH team, Ryan has been instrumental in finding the lowest airfares, car rental rates, and best motel deals, as well as lending his muscle strength and encouragement to the group, carrying heavy items, running for coffee, even arranging for wheelchairs to get Sue around in in airports! Ryan is a world traveler who has also lived in England, Ireland, and New Zealand, so he’s seen the way a national health program can work in other countries. His enthusiasm and positive attitude, along with his battle cry, “I have a coupon!” make Ryan an invaluable part of DUH.

  • Joshua is a man of many talents — his performance of his hauntingly beautiful song, Silence Is Consent (click on his title to hear it), is sadly hard to hear at the end of The Healthcare Movie, but his talent can be heard on his first album, Inimicus. He is also an amazing woodworker, computer game designer, and passionate opposing force of all injustice. DUH was lucky to have him join us to perform live at one of our events and to have his help when Sue tries to understand “computerese.”

ORIGINAL DUH TEAM

  • Donna Ellington
    Donna Ellington

    Sue and Donna met at the 2012 Global Health & Humanitarian Summit at Emory University where they both spoke, along with filmmakers Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, who made the introductions. In organizing the first tour with The Healthcare Movie, Donna quickly became indispensable in promoting it and subsequent tours and events, as well as taking the original DUH FB page from 347 followers to almost 90,000 over the next 7 years. She obviously earned her 2013 title of Social Media Director and the 100% raise from her $0 salary and in 2015 she got another title bump (and subsequent 100% raise) to become DUH's Deputy Director until her departure in 2019. Donna continues to repeatedly walk Sue through such inscrutable mazes as how to schedule a post, delete a comment, or find workarounds to the dysfunctions built into Facebook. Donna has several FB pages but hopes the original DUH's 90,000 followers will shift to the renamed page NIMA, National Improved Medicare for All.

  • Laurie Simons & Terry Sterrenberg - Activists, Filmmakers
    Laurie Simons & Terry Sterrenberg - Activists, Filmmakers

    Licensed counselors and filmmakers Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg are a married couple of mixed cultural heritage, Laurie being Canadian, and Terry American. From 1982 to 1992, Terry and Laurie lived in Canada and their two sons, Jeff and Jay, were born there. In making the documentary The Healthcare Movie, they became leaders in the effort to push the U.S. toward the same peace of mind and state of good national heath that Canadians enjoy.
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THE HJM TEAM

  • David Ball - Speaker/Volunteer Coordinator, True Believer ​
    David Ball - Speaker/Volunteer Coordinator, True Believer ​

    David was the level-headed, Type Triple-A, EverReady Bunny who took on not just the pressurized job of relentless pursuit of speakers for the rally, but also the marshaling of the volunteers. But perhaps his role that was the most challenging (to him) and treasured (by us) was as the tenacious, unstoppable force that kept Sue sane and who never wavered in his belief in our mission, no matter the opposition or obstacles he encountered.

  • Peter Robbins – Database and Research Hero
    Peter Robbins – Database and Research Hero

    Peter lives in upstate New York and worked tirelessly to build our database and reach out to other organizations, and individuals. He never missed a conference call, maintained a positive attitude, and was a totally reliable self-starter so we had no worries about having to tell him what to do. As NY gets closer to achieving single-payer healthcare, they are lucky to have an advocate like Peter on their side

  • Luule Vess – Master Email Blaster
    Luule Vess – Master Email Blaster

    Having decades of experience as an AIDS activist, we knew Luule was good at multi-tasking. What we didn’t know was how fast she’d get through a mile-long list of email addresses to make sure the maximum number of people got our fundraising appeals and updates! Not only that, but she ended up donating almost every time she sent out an appeal! The best part was seeing her at the March – she drove from NC to be there and she wore her HJM t-shirt proudly!

  • Donna Dewitt – Labor Liaison and Consultant
    Donna Dewitt – Labor Liaison and Consultant

    Donna is another great S.Carolina advocate and president emeritus of the SC AFL-CIO. She worked hard reaching out to union leaders she knows and sending paper letters to locals all over the country. She also offered sage advice and constant encouragement. It was one of the disappointments of the day when medical concerns kept her from attending the HJM, but she remains a valued friend and we look forward to working together again in the future!

  • Dr. Bill Honigman – Spokesman, Advisor, Rock Star
    Dr. Bill Honigman – Spokesman, Advisor, Rock Star

    A favorite among core DUH-sters, Dr. Bill was the one who, during our West Coast tour, suggested we do something for Medicare’s 50th. He was also the first speaker to commit to appearing and even agreed to perform his own rendition of Silence Is Consent! Though his job in the ER made it hard for him to join our conference calls, his advice and encouragement were greatly appreciated! He was also our spokesman on his social media pages and during PDA calls, never failing to mention the HJM or get us on the agenda. We love Dr. Bill!