Who We Are


Michael J. Critelli has a long track record of leading successful, diverse problem-solving networks. He has successfully tackled problems such as how to make mail safe from anthrax attacks, how to contain SARS outbreaks in company operations, and how to create a comprehensive portable health record. Since retiring from Pitney Bowes, he has been a hands-on serial entrepreneur, investor, and business advisor.

Our Charter Sponsor

Lawrence Leisure is Founder and Managing Partner at Chicago Pacific Founders. He was an operating partner at Kleiner Perkins and continues there as a Senior Advisor. Larry was instrumental in building two of the most successful health management consultancies, Towers Watson and Accenture. He is also an investor or board member of several Silicon Valley health information and bioscience companies.

Our Mission

Both Larry and Mike are successful businessmen who are "givers." And along with all the members of our community, they share a common vision: they want to help our country recover from the pandemic and from the many societal issues COVID-19 has uncovered in our great American land.

MakeUsWell wants to help people and businesses heal and thrive in the time of pandemics. We want to be proactive in preventing and reducing the damage from those diseases, illnesses and immune system deficiencies that made Covid19 so horrific in its impact.

We will find new ideas by weaving different fields and disciplines. And do so in an information-based, non-partisan way.   READ MORE

Our top-notch Charter Members want you to know...

I am pleased to join the MakeUsWell Network. This Covid-19 crisis has not only had a devastating effect on disadvantaged communities, but it has severely damaged trust in medical science and public health. This Network can make a major contribution in rebuilding trust and finding a path to improved public health for all Americans.

     —Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League

I am excited to be part of the MakeUsWell Network. We have a major public health crisis. We need the best grass roots outreach tools to tap into the public’s deepest emotions and channel them constructively to end this pandemic and prevent future ones.

     —Jordanne Anderson, Independent Development and Advocacy Strategist

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Masks are common sense and not political

by Nico Pronk

Nico Pronk, PhD, is a MakeUsWell Charter Member. He is also Adjunct Professor for Social And Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston and Co-Chair of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (aka “Healthy People 2030”).

Michael J. Critelli, MakeUsWell's CEO, writes "Nico is a scientist, in the best sense of the word; he is meticulous in his research and continually challenges himself to get better insights. Nico has a wonderful blend of academic accomplishment and practical application of health promotion principles, as is evident in his combined degrees in exercise physiological and social and behavioral medicine."

A Physician's Path Fighting COVID-19

by Sandra Wainwright

Dr. Sandra K. Wainwright, a MakeUsWell Charter Member, is with Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut. She has also taught at Yale University Hospital. Dr. Wainwright is a noted expert on hyperbaric oxygen therapy and its possible role in treating seriously ill COVID-19 patients.

Dr. Vance Vanier, emergency medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at Stanford University Medical Center, writes "Dr. Wainwright's story resonates with me. Her authentic voice is a compelling read for patients and physicians alike. I've been fighting COVID-19 in Stanford's ER and saw a lot of fear in the beginning. But I am grateful for the chance to heal patients."

Biobanks and the Next Pandemic

by Phyllis Wise

Phyllis Wise is a MakeUsWell Charter Member. She got her bachelor's degree in Biology from Swarthmore College. And a doctorate in Zoology from the University of Michigan.

From 2011-2015, she served as the Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was also on Nike's board.

Mike Critelli said “Phyllis has top-notch abilities to envision and describe a medical diagnostic process through which we would know how each of us differ in our health profiles and risks. She also has the tenacity and discipline to create that platform through the Colorado Longitudinal Study."

The Strategy of Rapid Testing

by Michael J. Critelli

Rebuild Public Trust with Good Information on Viral Loads

by MakeUsWell