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AMCHP Board of Directors Update

AMCHP’s board of directors is pleased to welcome Gloria Rodriguez, PhD, as our new Region II Director. Gloria is Director, Special Child, Adult and Early Intervention Services with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Gloria brings a great perspective to the board having been a founding member of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) and an active MCH leader in New Jersey for many years. Gloria was elected by the board to fill the term vacated by Dr. Linda Jones-Hicks. 

We are also pleased to share that Melinda Sanders, MS RN, Section Administrator, Section for Healthy Families and Youth, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has been elected to the position of AMCHP’s Treasurer. Melinda has been a Region VII Director for two terms and brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the board. Melinda was elected by the board to fill the term vacated by Dr. JoAnn Dotson. Melinda also serves as AMCHP’s official liaison to CityMatCH.  

The board will shortly be seeking nominations to fill the Region VII Director position created by Melinda’s change in position and complete her term. Any interested Region VII delegate is eligible to nominate themselves or another Region VII delegate for consideration by the board. AMCHP President Phyllis Sloyer will be sending an invitation to all Region VII delegates later this week. If you have any interest or question and are a Region VII delegate you may also contact Mike Fraser or Nora Lam at the AMCHP Office (202) 266-3038. 

AMCHP Welcomes Member Services Intern Maeve Spence

As AMCHP’s new member services intern, Maeve will assist our member services manager with dues renewals and member retention programs; analyzing member assessment data and using the data to inform AMCHP’s member services; assisting in managing AMCHP’s member database, including updating AMCHP member information; providing reports to AMCHP staff, including the CEO and Executive Committee, on member statistics; tracking new and retiring members; and coordinating the production of new member welcome packets.  

Maeve recently relocated to the Washington, DC area from Toronto, Canada. She is currently a graduate student working on a Master’s degree in International Development Studies at Saint Mary’s University - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and is expected to graduate in October 2010. Her administrative experience is extensive, including clerical and receptionist positions with several offices, most recently at the Halifax Learning Centre. Maeve also had the unique opportunity to work for the Toronto Local Host Secretariat for the XIV International AIDS Conference where she held the position of Site and Logistics Assistant. Her duties included providing administrative support for the organization and working with delegates on various aspects of their attendance. She hopes to have a future career in the nonprofit sector. 

New MCH Leaders  

New Jersey 

Lakota Kruse, MD
Director, MCH Program
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services 

West Virginia 

Heidi E. Staats
Director, Children with Special Health Care Needs
Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health
Bureau for Public Health
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources 

If you know of a new or retiring MCH leader, please contact Librada Estrada, Associate Director, Workforce & Leadership Development, Family Involvement, AMCHP.