Eleanor (Ellie) Thornton

Eleanor (Ellie) Thornton, M.S., MCHES, AE-C 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.  Visionary also provides comprehensive support services that include health information technology, program and project management, services integration and consolidation, organizational development, executive and administrative support, procurement support, and staff augmentation.  Since founding Visionary in 2008, Ms. Thornton has significantly increased the company’s revenues through purposeful management and offering relevant 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 Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout our nation.   

As one of the nation’s first certified Master Health Educators, she is recognized for her research and co-investigation expertise on behalf of emerging national healthcare and economic priorities that include effective asthma care and evidenced-based practices; health education and outreach to our nation’s Service members and Veterans; capacity building between healthcare providers, community based organizations and public health agencies; and specialization in implementation research.  Ms. Thornton 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.  Her extensive work has been cited in peer-reviewed journals as well as various media outlets, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Ms. Thornton has also contributed thought leadership to Howard University, 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 developing and leading the Office of Community Outreach for Asthma Care for the College of Medicine at Howard University, implementing effective chronic disease management and asthma interventions for individuals following hurricane Katrina, disseminating literature around effective asthma focused interventions, and training numerous asthma counselors throughout our country, in areas that include the District of Columbia, New Orleans, Arizona, and Puerto Rico.  

Ms. Thornton also provides advice, services, and support to numerous councils and boards.  She currently serves as an advisory board member of the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research Health Information Technology Policy of the Morehouse School of Medicine where she provides insight for enhancing the academic and community partnership by leveraging Health Information Technology.  She served on the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Corporate Executive Council, which was comprised of a select group of business leaders who worked to expand awareness of the Prevent Cancer Foundation and its life saving messages of cancer prevention and early detection. Ms. Thornton was also avidly involved in promoting the Small Business Administration’s Women-owned Small Business program through a 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), where she served 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 served as co-chair of the HIMSS Small Business and Diversity Roundtable.  Ms. Thornton holds a BS in Respiratory Therapy from Georgia State University, and a MS in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in Virginia.  

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