Kennedy Krieger Institute Appoints Three New Members to its Board of Directors

BALTIMORE, September 8, 2020 –  Kennedy Krieger Institute, internationally known for providing a wide range of services for children, adolescents and adults with diseases, disorders or injuries that impact the nervous system, recently appointed three new members to its board of directors: Steve Navarro, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing at Mind Over Machines; Robert “Bob” Sloan, chairman and president/CEO of Joey’s Foundation; and Alicia Wilson, vice president of Economic Development for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore. The three new members bring the board to 29 members.

“Alicia, Steve and Bob are highly accomplished individuals with incredible skills and experiences that will be of significant value in furthering our mission and vision,” said Dr. Bradley Schlaggar, president and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute. “We are so very fortunate to have them join our talented board of directors, all of whom are dedicated to serving and supporting our patient care services, schools, community programs, training and research initiatives.”

Steve Navarro:

A business leader with over 30 years of experience, Navarro is the executive vice president of Sales and Marketing at Mind Over Machines, a software and data consultancy in Baltimore that helps business leaders achieve exceptional results by solving complex business technology issues.

In advance of his current position, Navarro was the managing director and vice president of Corporate Development at strategic marketing consulting firm, Right Source Marketing. Before that, he was vice president of Market Development at R2integrated, a leading Internet marketing and technology company, for over five years. At BDMetrics, a startup providing personalized portal experiences for the conference and trade show industry, he was vice president of client services. Throughout his career, Navarro has helped organizations realize their true potential by maximizing market growth and profitability.

Familiar to Kennedy Krieger, Navarro is the board chair of PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, an affiliate organization of the Institute that is the only specialized childcare center in Central Maryland for young children with complex medical needs or infants and toddlers who are experiencing homelessness. He is also a current board member of the Maryland Innovation Center and Advisory Board Member for Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business Information Systems Group

Navarro graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in business and economics from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia.  

Bob Sloan:

Sloan is the chairman and president/CEO of Joey’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial support to individuals, organizations and other entities engaged in research, innovation and education related to children with brain injury. He most recently served as the president and CEO of the Jane Bancroft Robinson Foundation, which provides financial support for the mission of the Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., and as senior adviser to the Johns Hopkins Health System. 

Prior to his current role with Joey’s Foundation, Sloan was the president and CEO of the Sibley Memorial Hospital for 27 years. During his time at Sibley Memorial, he was a recipient of numerous accolades including the District of Columbia Hospital Association Leadership Award, the American College of Healthcare Executives District of Columbia Regents Award for Excellence in Executive Management, and numerous others.  

From 1978-85, he was the executive vice president of the Columbia Hospital for Women Medical Center Inc., and before that, he was the assistant administrator at Prince George’s General Hospital and Medical Center. A veteran of the United States Army, Sloan served as a captain and commanding officer of a special operations detachment and received the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and other military commendations.

Sloan is currently on the board of directors of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and WETA National Public Television; he is a member and past chairman of the board of directors of the District of Columbia Hospital Association; he was the founding director and former chairman of the Potomac Home Health Care Agency; a former member of the board at CareFirst Inc.; and a former member and chairman of Community of Hope Inc.

Sloan received a Bachelor of Arts from the Olivet Nazarene University in Ill. and a Master of Arts in Health Care Administration, Public Administration and Business Management from George Washington University.

Alicia Wilson:

As vice president of Economic Development for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, Wilson leads a team focused on developing and implementing organizational strategies and initiatives as an anchor institution in the state of Maryland and elevating and expanding Hopkins’ dedication to Baltimore through investments in economic and neighborhood development, healthcare and education.

Preceding her position at Hopkins, Wilson was the senior vice president of Impact Investments, senior legal counsel to the Port Covington Development Team, and was a partner at Gordon Feinblatt, a law firm in downtown Baltimore. She currently serves on the University of Maryland School of Law’s board of visitors and on the board of the National Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program. As the first CollegeBound Foundation alumni, Wilson serves as the Foundation’s youngest chair in its 30 years of existence.

Wilson is decorated with numerous awards and honors including the 2019 Whitney M. Young Award from the Greater Baltimore Urban League, the 2019 Distinguished Women Award from the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, and she was recently named to the Maryland Daily Record’s 2020 VIP List. Profiled in Forbes as “The Black Millennial Lawyer Making Michelle Obama More Accessible to Baltimore’s Youth,” listed as one of the Most Influential Women in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine, featured in the National Business Journal as one of the nation’s Top 50 Influencers under 40, and recognized by Black Enterprise for her work securing the $660 million tax increment financing for the Port Covington Project, Wilson is a notable professional in Baltimore and beyond.

Wilson graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

About Kennedy Krieger Institute:  

Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally known, non-profit organization located in the greater Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region, transforms the lives of more than 25,000 individuals a year through inpatient and outpatient medical, behavioral health and wellness therapies, home and community services, school-based programs, training and education for professionals and advocacy. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children, adolescents and adults with diseases, disorders or injuries that impact the nervous system, ranging from mild to severe. The Institute is home to a team of investigators who contribute to the understanding of how disorders develop, while at the same time pioneer new interventions and methods of early diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Visit for more information about Kennedy Krieger.     


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