Oct. 20, 2017

Highmark Health Executive Joins The Tull Family Theater Board of Directors

The Tull Family Theater, the nonprofit cinematic and cultural center in Sewickley, welcomes accomplished healthcare executive Sarah Ahmad (Wilson) to its Board of Directors.

Ahmad moved to the region earlier this year to serve as Senior Vice President, Innovation & Transformation Strategy at Highmark Health, with the opportunity to explore how to best deliver what consumers need to impact their wellness through new strategies and innovative solutions.

Sarah Ahmad (Wilson)

Known in the industry as a dynamic thought leader and visionary, Ahmad’s career has focused on transforming healthcare so it’s easier for people to access the best care and achieve their best health.  Prior to joining Highmark Health and relocating to the Pittsburgh area Ahmad lived in Louisville, Ky., and worked at Humana Health Care for over 20 years. While there, she developed a passion for influencing customer empowerment and delivering the optimal care experience through key leadership roles in product development, clinical operations, network development and innovation.

In her most recent Humana role, Vice President of Health Innovation and Head of Consumer Health Solutions, Ahmad developed products and consumer health solutions that encouraged members to make transformative lifestyle choices. Her accomplishments have impacted over 10 million insurance holders and included a special, consumer-centered initiative focused on patients living with diabetes and other chronic conditions.

Ahmad’s wide-ranging experiences and academic background include a master’s degree in health services management from Webster University and an MBA with a focus on entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tulane University.

“The Tull Family Theater’s board of directors is a group of diverse, forward-thinking leaders,” said Carolina Pais-Barreto Thor, executive director of the nonprofit. “Sarah Ahmad’s innovation-driven skills and experience will dovetail with the vastly experienced and deeply committed board.”

Also a volunteer with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Circle of Red, Ahmad is eager to contribute her energy and talents to the theater, which is in its inaugural year of operations.

“With so much of my background invested in generating new products and processes in the healthcare system, I am eager to apply this experience to cultural activities that impact so many people,” Ahmad said. “I thrive on community involvement and am honored to join this very active board. As a parent, I am interested in programming for youth but, as a healthcare professional, I also want to ensure that the benefits of the arts reach underserved residents of all ages. It’s critical to focus on offering accessible and relevant arts experience to all of the residents living northwest of Pittsburgh.”

Ahmad also enjoys running and has amazing memories of supportive spectators and experiences during the New York City, Napa Valley, New Orleans and Chicago marathons.  Now that she and her family—husband James Wilson, children Sophia and Jake, and their two dogs— are settled into their new home in Sewickley, she is ready to take on running Pittsburgh’s famous hills.

The Tull Family Theater, a 501(c) (3) Pennsylvania nonprofit, is a film-based arts organization created to strengthen cultural, educational and entertainment experiences in the region northwest of Pittsburgh. Supported by diverse revenue streams from private, public, corporate and foundation funding, the theater counts among its donors Allegheny Regional Asset District, Huntington Bank, Esmark and the Bouchard Family, more than 500 individuals and its patrons. Their support helps to sustain and expand programming at an independent cinema in Sewickley offering two screens and an event/performance space. TheTullFamilyTheater.org
Contact: Karen Ferrick-Roman, Karen@thetullfamilytheater.org, cell 412.671.1456