Eleanor (Ellie) Thornton

Eleanor (Ellie) Thornton, is the President, CEO and founding principal consultant of Visionary Consulting Partners, LLC, a Woman-owned, Service Disabled Veteran-owned, and Small Disadvantaged Business headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia.  Ms. Thornton provides operational and fiscal direction for the firm’s employees, and oversees multiple corporate to client engagements that aim to promote optimum health for all persons, with a special emphasis on socially and medically underserved populations.  Since founding Visionary in 2008, she has increased the company’s revenues by more than 500%, through purposeful management and offering relevant management consulting services to DoD, Federal, State and Local government clients, as well as selected academic institutions and non-profit partners.  Her leadership has helped Visionary provide essential services and solutions for the Defense Health Agency, US Agency for International Development, National Institutes of Health, George Washington University, Merck Childhood Asthma Network, and Coastal Family Health Center. 

As one of the nation’s first certified Master Health Educators, she is nationally recognized for her research and co-investigation expertise on behalf of emerging national healthcare and economic priorities, such as effective asthma care and evidenced-based practices; health education and outreach to the nation’s Service members and Veterans, and capacity building between healthcare providers, community based organizations and public health agencies.  She has more than 30 years of experience in planning, designing, implementing, and managing comprehensive health promotion and behavior interventions, as well as related health policy initiatives. 

She has also contributed thought leadership in many of these areas for Tulane University, Louisiana State University, and George Washington University, with her efforts profoundly helping to advance the health status of individuals and the communities in which they reside.    Additional professional credits for Ms. Thornton include standing up the office of community outreach for asthma care for the College of Medicine at Howard University, disseminating effective chronic disease management and asthma intervention for individuals following hurricane Katrina, and training asthma educators in the State of Arizona and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. 

She is also avidly involved in promoting the Small Business Administration’s Women-owned Small Business program. Through a current collaboration between Heinz College School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University and the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Women’s Business Ownership and the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), she serves as an advisory board member on a student-led research project focused on understanding the current ecosystem of support within the Women’s Business Center (WBC) and developing a comprehensive framework that can guide future decision-making. 

Ms. Thornton is an active member of numerous organizations and associations, including the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), where Visionary serves as co-chair of the HIMSS Small Business and Diversity Roundtable.  She is a volunteer member of the National Health Information Technology Collaborative for the Underserved, Education, Outreach, Policy, and Privacy and Consent workgroups, and the Society for Public Health Education.  Ms. Thornton holds a BS in Respiratory Therapy from Georgia State University, and a MS in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in Virginia.