Kennedy Krieger Institute Appoints Tony Chukuka and Maynard McAlipin to its Board of Directors

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BALTIMORE, July 12, 2022 – Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally renowned organization with the mission of improving the lives of children, adolescents and adults with disorders and injuries of the nervous system, recently appointed Tony Chukuka and Maynard McAlpin, two private sector executives with DEI and healthcare technology experience, to its board of directors.

“I am thrilled to welcome Tony and Maynard to our board of directors,” said Dr. Brad Schlaggar, president and CEO of Kennedy Krieger. “Both have decades worth of individual expertise and experience that will be so valuable to our board—and their collaboration with board colleagues will certainly advance the priorities of the Institute and the communities we serve.”

Chukuka serves as the vice president of human resources at Nestlé USA where he leads a team of human resource personnel to improve organizational accountability, enhance talent retention, and help build diverse and inclusive teams. Over the course of his 20-year career, Chukuka has held various positions at the world’s largest food and beverage company, starting as a recruiter and later advancing to corporate operations.

A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, Chukuka earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration before obtaining a master’s degree in management from University of Redlands. He then completed a professional certification in human rescouces. In his spare time, Chukuka enjoys being with his family and serving on the Boards of Directors for Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach and the Nestlé Foundation.

“Kennedy Krieger Institute is doing important work to improve the lives of children and young adults. I am honored to be joining this incredible group and look forward to helping make a difference for the patients and families the Institute serves,” Chukuka said.

McAlpin is the chief operating officer of Versant Health, a MetLife subsidiary that focuses on vision care. His responsibilities include the oversight of medical management, information technology and their intersection among Versant Health’s 37 million members. With 25 years in the healthcare industry, McAlpin has worked with the region’s leading medical organizations, including CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Kaiser Permanente.

A U.S. Navy veteran, McAlpin received a bachelor’s degree in health care management from Southern Illinois University. He holds an MBA in technology management from the University of Maryland and is an alumnus of the Fellowship in Entrepreneurship program at the university’s Robert H. Smith’s School of Business.

About Kennedy Krieger Institute: 

Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally known nonprofit 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 and 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 pioneering new interventions and methods of early diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Visit for more information about Kennedy Krieger.      


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