RICHMOND, VIRGINIA — Adira Foundation announced today the appointment of two board members: Cynthia Gómez, behavioral health scientist and health equity consultant, and Todd Evenson, president of, International and founder of Alchemy Health.

Adira Founder and CEO Greg Smiley said he is humbled by both their acceptance to the board and the expertise they bring in health care leadership.

“Adira will undoubtedly benefit from Cynthia’s decades-long, influential career, that has made a real difference in diversity, equity and inclusion for so many,” he said. “And we are eager to have Todd lend his strategic, technological, financial and communications leadership to us.”

Gómez said she is “honored and thrilled” to join Adira’s board.

“I look forward to working alongside my fellow board members and executive team to offer models, strategies and resources to best meet the needs of those impacted by complex neurodegenerative diseases,” she said. “Adira’s commitment to community-led priorities, and systems-level change will also promote health equity and well-being for all—values that I deeply care about and will advocate for as a member of this board.

Evenson echoed her sentiments:

“Our Board has a profound opportunity and responsibility to advocate for those impacted by neurodegenerative disease,” he said. “To my personal friends and family that live each day with these challenges, I will actively listen and learn so that may I serve as a strong ambassador for positive change and improving lives.”

Todd B. Evenson, President, International and Founder of Alchemy Health, was recognized by Modern Healthcare as “Top 25 COO in Healthcare.” Evenson is an experienced C-Suite executive with a demonstrated history of leadership in the health care industry. He is an expert in strategy, finance, performance improvement, communication, analytics and research. Before joining, Evenson served as chief operating officer of Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the premier association for more than 54,000 medical practice executives in the U.S.

Evenson is committed to the health and wellness of all communities. He invests in his passions by serving on several boards including AllHealth Network (Past Chair), Colorado Health Administration Alumni Association, Jefferson County Special Education Advisory Committee, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and Laradon Foundation. Todd holds an MBA from University of Colorado and executive education at Wharton and Stanford University.

Dr. Cynthia A. Gómez has demonstrated leadership and contribution to U.S. and international health policy, and over 25 years of experience as a behavioral health scientist. She has been a pioneer in the integration of social determinants of health in research and in the development of community-based health interventions. Gómez has helped build strong and diverse health-focused organizations, including a community mental health center, a global HIV research center, and a broad-based health equity institute. Currently, she consults around health equity, health policy, and community-informed science.

She has served on nonprofit boards her entire career, including now as the ETR, Inc. board chair, and the board of the San Francisco Community Health Center. She served on the federal advisory committee of the Department of Health & Human Services’ Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (Healthy People 2030).

A native of California and of Mexican descent, Gómez grew-up in Ecuador and Puerto Rico before going to college in Boston. She has a master’s degree in counseling and consulting psychology from Harvard University and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Boston University. She has over 100 scientific publications.