Capita Welcomes New Board Members

I am very excited to share that three new members of Capita’s governing Board of Directors were elected at our board meeting on March 21st in Atlanta. The three new members represent diverse backgrounds, but share a common commitment to innovation and excellence on behalf of America’s youngest children and their families.

The new board members are Tich Changamire of Louisville, Kentucky, Jessica (Jess) Schumer of Long Beach, California, and Jessica H. Derrick of Charleston, South Carolina. The three join me, Grady Powell of Greenville, South Carolina, Brandon Hinman of Atlanta, and Sara Peters of San Francisco as directors.

Jessica, Tich, and Jess have boundless energy, professional expertise, and a commitment to innovation that they are willing to lend to improving outcomes for America’s children and families. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with them. We are all grateful for their service.

Jessica Schumer

Jessica Schumer, MD, MPH is a primary care pediatrician and public health advocate. She is passionate about improving community health and designing innovative systems, specifically in early childhood, to help all children and families thrive. She finished a Maternal-Child Health Fellowship at the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, and is a founding member of The Primary School in the Bay Area. She is proud to call Long Beach home since 2013 and works at a large, multi-site Federally Qualified Health Center called The Children’s Clinic. She is the Assistant Medical Director of School-Based Health and sees patients at Roosevelt Elementary School’s campus, working to more fully integrate school-health services in the local community. She has been actively involved in the development of Long Beach’s 10-year Economic Development Blueprint and an early childhood collective impact project through the public health department. She looks forward to further contributing to the city as a newly appointed Commissioner to the Economic Development Commission, bringing her perspective as a local resident, practicing physician, and public health champion.

Jessica H. Derrick

Jessica H. Derrick was born in San Diego, California and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. With a degree in economics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, she moved on to live in Paris, Washington, DC and New York City where she found her way through the media and publishing industry before landing in Charleston, South Carolina to join the early team at Garden & Gun magazine. In New York, Derrick’s experience ranged from Conde Nast’s House & Garden magazine, where she partnered with the City of New York to host the first-ever citywide Design Week to in-depth promotional and brand work at Country Home magazine along with unique projects for Vanity Fair, Rachael Ray Every Day, Bridal Guide, Calvin Klein, and Earth Pledge, a nonprofit focused on sustainability. Before joining LHG in March 2018, Jessica spent nearly a decade overseeing all marketing and brand extensions within the Garden & Gun portfolio. Derrick joined G&G in 2008 and played an integral role in growing G&G, including the inception and launch of the Garden & Gun Club; G&G Excursions; G&G Mercantile & Co.; G&G Fieldshop at The Dewberry; the Garden & Gun Jubilee, and the Garden & Gun Club at the Battery in Atlanta. Jessica is most passionate about big vision, loves working with creative teams and has an entrepreneurial spirit to her core. She serves on several boards including Lowcountry Local First of Charleston, AIR Serenbe in Atlanta and Blixt + Co in Idaho. Known for being a leader among her peers, Jessica adds enthusiasm, expertise and endless curiosity to the table. As the newest member of the LHG team, Jessica will add vitality to all aspects of the business, including brand development, retail innovation and promotional strategy. When not at work, Jessica spends time with her husband, Butler, their two young girls and lovable dog, Harper. The Derricks live on James Island and can often be found in the field, near a beach, in the kitchen cooking or hatching their next travel plan.

Tich Changamire

Tich Changamire, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, is a Medical Director in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer (OCMO) at Humana Inc. He is a board-certified family physician with a strong interest in value-based health care, population health, clinical quality improvement and the business of health care. His experience includes incorporating entrepreneurship, innovation and data analytics to solve contemporary health care challenges, and his competencies include strong analytical, interpersonal and business skills. At Humana, he is leveraging his experience to enhance access and improve quality of care for Humana-insured patients through collaboration with health care systems and providers. He has worked in cross functional teams to drive results in corporate strategy, innovation projects, and marketing assignments. Dr. Changamire joined Humana from the Greenville Health System in South Carolina, where he was medical director at the Center for Family Medicine, as well as the director of physician leadership development at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. He has served as a professor of family medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. Dr. Changamire also has prior experience with large corporations and public sector institutions as a consultant with Bain and Company, a management consulting firm, and the World Bank. A graduate of the University of Zimbabwe (M.D.), Harvard University (Ph.D.) and Stanford University (MBA), Dr. Changamire completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. He serves as a board director for a global health nonprofit that provides accessible and affordable health care in developing countries.

Make plans to join us for Capital C: An Evening for Capita on Thursday, May 3rd at 6:30 pm at Greenbrier Farms in Easley, South Carolina. Capital C will be Capita’s official launch and first fundraiser where we will announce several new and exciting projects.

Capital C will feature a four-course farm-to-table spring supper with wine pairings. We are also very excited that storyteller Ray Christian, winner of the National Story Slam at the National Storytelling Festival and a fixture of The Moth, will entertain, delight, and challenge us with stories of childhood and growing up. Ray will join us through our partnership with AIR Serenbe, the artist-in-residence program in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, where Capita is a partner in supporting artists creating new work for young children. You can see Ray doing what he does best — telling a great story — here.

Tickets are available for purchase here.