Board of Directors

The BSRI Board of Directors (2023-2025) includes the best and brightest across research, policy, grants, and fiscal sectors. The board meets quarterly to review the BSRI Strategic Plan, budget, clients and projects, and to discuss barriers and strategies for future development.

Chair

Kevin C. Andrews M.A. M.S.W.

Executive Leader with over 30 years of progressive health care and leadership experience, with a strong background in Healthcare Operations, Quality, Patient Safety and Mental Health and have focused on program development in the areas of behavioral health, quality, performance improvement, risk management, case management, infection control, medical staff and/credentialing, patient relations/guest services and hospital re-engineering.

Improving hospital revenues as well as a strong background in physician, hospital relations and physician practice management through the development of an ambulatory case management model. In addition collaborated and partnered with community leaders and community providers to enhance mental health services in Miami-Dade County.

Kevin serves on the Boards of NAMI, Thriving Mind and the Behavioral Science Research Institute.

Secretary

Ken Sain

Ken Sain is a results-oriented strategic communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of effective, strategic and integrated communications. Ken has across various client sectors including philanthropy, corporate, nonprofit and governments. He is a creative problem solver known for a common- sense approach to challenges, motivating and developing people and teams in complex, highly charged and rapidly changing environments.

Ken is a partner at FINN Partners in Washington, D.C. He currently directs the agency’s work for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and previously served as a speechwriter for Her Highness Sheikah Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of the Education Above All Foundation and the Qatar Foundation in Doha, Qatar. Other clients include the U.S. Army, YoungArts Foundation, the American Society of Human Genetics and Accountable.US.

Prior to FINN, Ken was a senior vice president in the Health and Social Marketing group at Porter Novelli, where he led initiatives for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association. He was also the vice president of program partnerships for PowerUp: Bridging the Digital Divide.

An appointee of the Clinton administration, Ken was a special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Secretary of Labor and began his career on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to former Vice President and U.S. Senator Al Gore (TN). During his federal service, he worked on several social issues including Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities, affordable housing, livable wages and economic development.

Treasurer

Robin D. Watkins, CPA

Robin is regarded as one of the most respected organizational accounting and strategic financial management executives in the industry. As a CPA, she has more than 20 years of conducting financial statement audits, SEC compliance reviews, internal controls, and financial risk assessments.

Currently, Robin is Vice President of Finance and Accounting at United Way of the National Capital Area. She is involved in the day-to-day strategic decision making of the organization as a member of the Leadership Team. Robin also manages several key accounting and reporting functions within the organization, including budgeting, planning, and forecasting; financial and regulatory reporting; internal controls and risk management; research and analysis; the procure-to-pay cycle; and compliance with contractual documents and government regulations.

In addition, she is the Chief Financial Officer and corporate director at Minority Equality Opportunities Acquisition Inc., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). As CFO of the only minority-led SPAC listed on NASDAQ, Robin oversees the company’s financial management, audit and operations accounting responsibilities, and M&A due diligence process. In addition, Robin played an integral role in raising more than $126 million during the IPO process.

Prior to MEOA, Robin held senior and mid-level positions at Deloitte and PwC. In these roles, she provided executive-level strategic planning and audit-readiness advice to federal agencies such as the U.S. Departments of Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, and the US Postal Service.

As a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, Robin worked on Capitol Hill while studying for the CPA examine. After receiving her certifications in Maryland and Virginia, she started her career implementing Sarbanes-Oxley mandates for Behavioral Science Research Institute.