Staff Qualifications

Nancy Thorne, M.Ed.,   President

Ms. Thorne, the founder and head of Corporate Health Initiatives, oversees all client work. Ms. Thorne earned an M.Ed. in Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University. She has worked in the health industry for 18 years and has extensive experience in all marketing and educational services offered by the company. Prior to founding CHI, she was Director of Marketing for CH&W, a consortium of physicians and health providers in New York City. Earlier in her career she worked as a psychological consultant, and as a clinical researcher at Harvard University’s Division on Aging and Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Later she worked at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, overseeing a National Institute of Health research grant in the area of Complementary Medicine and Pain Management.

Gary Carner, MA,    Director of Marketing

Gary Carner brings a wealth of experience to CHI, with over 20 years of sales and marketing work in the area of health care, employee benefits and risk management, health insurance, wellness program design and strategic planning for corporate cost containment and growth. Carner achieved national recognition as a top producer at John Hancock before being hired by CHI in 2000. From 2000 until 2005 Carner expanded the firm’s reach by establishing its laboratory and developing many US major markets. From 2006 until rejoining CHI in 2013 he functioned as an advisor while running Sommelier Direct, a wholesale wine distributorship and brokerage. Carner was educated at Tufts University and City College of New York. He’s the author of several books and, as the world’s foremost authority on saxophonist Pepper Adams, has lectured at many universities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Dr. Daniel Olson, PhD.,  IT Director

Dr. Olson designs and maintains all information technology software for CHI’s administrative systems and web-site. He has served as a software engineer and consultant for several companies, including Polaroid and Reebok. From 1999 to 2000, he worked in the human resources industry, developing web-based software for benefits enrollment and maintenance for Cyborg Systems. From 1988 to 1997 Dr. Olson was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island, during which time he taught courses in Planar and Spatial Kinematics, and 3D Graphics, as well as directing the development of several large computer programs for companies such as General Electric and Ford Motor Company. He has published numerous technical articles on mechanism design. Dr. Olson received his Ph.D., M.S.M.E., and B.M.E. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Anne Amin, MA,  Director of Communications

Anne Amin is Director of Client Relations and focuses on client support, wellness campaign maintenance, the development of creative programs to address the unique needs of clients as well as corporate program administrative support.

Muhammad Mirza, MD,   Medical Director

Dr. Mirza oversees CHI’s health and wellness programs. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and practices in New York and New Jersey.