Our Story

Our Story

Health Movement was founded in 2019 when a group of thought-leaders from various sectors were invited to envision a future where the underserved have access to fair and just opportunities for health. In acknowledgment of the overlapping factors that contribute to health inequity, human suffering, and unfair disadvantages, they began to examine the impact that visionary leaders can have in advancing health equity.

As the vision and hope for impact began to take shape, they reflected on the needs of nonprofits that are coming together to build a health experience that reflects the needs of various communities and eliminates barriers to health and wellbeing. These nonprofits have a unique opportunity to maximize their collective impact through effective collaboration. At Health Movement, we believe that the nature of this vital upstream work requires a compelling vision, an unwavering commitment to the long haul, and the strategic uplifting of those who are leading these efforts.

That is why Health Movement is committed to identifying nonprofits that are prioritizing the removal of obstacles to health and well-being through collaboration and partnering with them by providing low-cost or no-cost services that uplift their leaders and enhance their effectiveness to advance their shared common purpose, mission and vision.

Our Mission

Empowering leaders to advance health equity and transform communities

Our Vision

Access to fair and just opportunities for health for the underserved through community collaboration

Our Team

Leah Albright-Byrd

Executive Director

Leah Albright-Byrd serves as the Executive Director of Health Movement, an organization that prepares senior leaders of nonprofits for transformational impact as they advance health equity. She has faithfully served her community as an advocate, direct service provider, and leader in the nonprofit sector for the last 18 years. In 2011, she founded and directed a California-based nonprofit that provided an array of services to child and adult survivors of human trafficking. While leading that effort, she became a national and international advocate for the cause, promoted legislative change, and appeared on various media outlets to promote public awareness. She eventually received congressional honor for her activism efforts in 2016. Due to the high level of burnout associated with such passionate work, she made the decision to focus her energy on various consulting projects and it was during that time that she developed an interest in uplifting other nonprofit leaders. Because of her intimate knowledge of the needs of nonprofit leaders, a passion for upstream work, and a desire for community transformation, the opportunity to lead Health Movement became the natural progression of her life’s work. Leah possesses a bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Theology from William Jessup University and coaching certifications from Western Seminary. She lives in Rowlett, TX with her dog Charlie Rose, is a yoga enthusiast, and loves biking.

Daisy Jenkins

Senior Advisor

Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq., is a THEO Senior Advisor and a former Executive Vice President with over 30 years’ experience in both health care and manufacturing industries. She has served in national and multinational corporations and has significant experience in developing and leading high performing, multifunctional human resources organizations, with broad organization development expertise. Prior to joining THEO, Daisy served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative and Human Resources Officer for Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, Arizona. She was also responsible for Government Advocacy and Community Relations as Carondelet’s Lobbyist. Daisy served as the vice president of Human Resources for Raytheon and was the first director of Global Diversity and first female vice president of color during her 28-year career there.

Craig W. Jones

Senior Advisor

Craig W. Jones, LFACHE, is a THEO Senior Advisor, with over 30 years of experience in healthcare administration and association services. Prior to joining Health Movement, Craig served as president and chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Hospital Association, a position he held since November 1998. Prior to his assuming that position he served as executive vice president of the Association, beginning in March of 1997. The Association represents and serves the interests of approximately 132 hospitals across the state of Oklahoma. Previously, Craig served as president and chief executive officer of Norman Regional Hospital, now Norman Regional Health System.

Lee Penrose

Senior Advisor

Lee Penrose is a THEO Senior Advisor with over 25 years of experience in healthcare leadership who has held positions in insurance, physician practice management and hospital administration. Lee served with Providence St. Joseph Health from 1998 to 2018. Ultimately, he held a dual role of regional Chief Operating Officer and regional Chief Financial Officer. Before working in the region, Lee held local roles first as Chief Financial Officer and later as Chief Executive Officer at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. While at St. Jude, Lee implemented strategies and initiatives resulting in high-quality care delivered with top-tier patient experience while ensuring fiscal strength. His career also includes roles with FHP, Integrated Physician Services, Orange Coast Managed Care and St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare.

Board of Directors

David Cauble

Board President

Shannon Dwyer

Board Secretary

Shannon G. Dwyer, Esq., MHA, is a Senior Advisor and Chief Practice Officer with the THEO Executive Group with almost 30 years of experience in healthcare serving as trusted advisor, counsel and strategic thought partner to executive management and governance. Prior to joining THEO, Shannon served with Providence St. Joseph Health from 1998 to 2018 where she held several positions including Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and most recently Executive Vice President, Special Advisor to the President & Chief Executive Officer. She was instrumental in her role as General Counsel in facilitating the combination of St. Joseph Health and Providence Health & Services. She also served as in-house counsel for a national physician practice management company for several years, specializing in the management of anesthesia group practices. Prior to becoming an attorney, Shannon served as the Assistant Director of Health Information Services at Bon Secours-St. Joseph Hospital for seven years.

Gabriela Robles

Board Treasurer

Gabriela Robles is currently the president and chief executive of the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund and AVP of Community Partnerships at Providence. In these roles, she defines the strategic direction of the Fund’s grant programs and initiatives. With more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including extensive experience in community health programs, Gabriela holds the institutional knowledge and passion for equity needed to effectively address the greatest needs in our community. In addition to her extensive professional and volunteer experience, Gabriela has pursued several post-secondary degrees that bring a breadth of knowledge and skills from several fields. Gabriela earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science, and shortly after graduating, pursued a master’s degree in urban and regional planning, both at the University of California at Irvine. Later, she earned an MBA from New York University and a Master of Arts in Health Care Mission from Aquinas Institute of Theology.

Lisa Hembry
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Board Member

Lisa A. Hembry is a passionate advocate for literacy in all its iterations. She believes that low educational attainment, and especially low literacy, have a direct and significant impact on healthcare outcomes and costs for vulnerable populations, as well as healthcare institutions and providers. Ms. Hembry served as the Health Movement’s inaugural board chair from 2020 – 2022. In addition to her volunteer involvement with the Health Movement, she currently serves on the boards of directors of the Trinity River Authority of Texas, the Callier Center for Communication Disorders Foundation, and the Texas Capital Bank Community Development Corporation. Lisa’s prior professional experience includes serving roles as a Dallas County elected official, commercial real estate broker, president of several local and statewide non-profit agencies, and broadcast media management.