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New MCH Leaders 

MCH PHLI FELLOWS 2011-2012 Cohort 

Ona Adair, PhD


Bureau of Laboratories

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Exton, Pennsylvania


Christopher Alexander, MS

Program Supervisor

Ohio Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Bureau of Child and Family Health Services

Ohio Department of Health

Columbus, Ohio


Rackell Arum, MPH

Health Services Administrator II

Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health

Philadelphia, Pennsylvan


Monique C. Bethell, PhD

Deputy Director

North Carolina Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities

North Carolina Division of Public Health

Raleigh, North Carolina


Vella Black-Roberts, MPH, RD

Perinatal Health Educator/Program Specialist

Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Program (IPOP)

Maternal, Paternal, Child & Adolescent Health (MPCAH)

San Leandro, California 


Jennifer Bolden-Pitre, MA, JD

Director of Integrated Systems

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)

SPAN Family Resource Specialist

Cherry Hill, New Jersey


Treeby Brown, MA

Senior Program Manager for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Washington, DC


Elizabeth Collins, RN-BC, MS

Administrator/Children with Special Health Care Needs Director

Special Medical Services

Concord, New Hampshire


Heather Dubiel, MS

Director of Early Childhood Initiatives

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Denver, Colorado


Carolyn Ellison, MHA

Newborn Screening Program Manager

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


Jessica Foster, MD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University

Gahanna, Ohio


David Grimes. MD, MPH

Branch Chief, Family Health Center for Health Advancement

Arkansas Department of Health

Little Rock, Arkansas


Gretchen Hageman, MA

Executive Officer

Bureau of Public Health

Iowa Department of Public Health

Des Moines, Iowa 


Lisa Hodgkins, MEd

Director, Maine WIC Nutrition Program

Augusta, Maine


Helene Kaiwi, MSW, LSW

Maternal and Child Health Branch

Hawaii Department of Health

Honolulu, Hawaii


Barbara Ludwig, MA

Immunization Program Manager

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Lincoln, Nebraska


Yvette McEachern, MA

Director, Federal-State MCH Partnerships

Center for Maternal and Child Health

Baltimore, Maryland


Joanne Newman, ASN

Senior Community Health Nursing Supervisor

Palm Beach County Health Department

West Palm Beach, Florida


Mary Jo Paladino, MSA

Indiana CISS Project Facilitator

Indiana University School of Medicine

Children’s Health Services Research

Indianapolis, Indiana


Ann Phillips

Executive Director

Delaware Family Voices, Inc. and Family to Family Health Information Center

Wilmington, Delaware


Judy Punyko, PhD, MS

State Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist

Minnesota Department of Health

Division of Community and Family Health

Data Epidemiology Unit

St. Paul, Minnesota


Maria Ines Robayo, MS

Public Health Educator

Wake County Department of Health

Raleigh, North Carolina


Sharon Saffold, MSW

Program Planner

County of Sacramento Public Health Department

Sacramento, California


Karis Schoellmann, MPH

Director of Health Education/Communication

Maternal and Child Health Program

Louisiana Office of Public Health

Destrehan, Louisiana


Theresa Seagraves

Maternal and Child Health Block Grant and Quality Improvement Coordinator

Ohio Department of Health

Division of Family and Community Health Services

Columbus, Ohio


Darcy Steinberg-Hastings, MPH

Director, Division of Developmental Pediatrics and Preventive Services and the National Bright Futures Education Center

American Academy of Pediatrics

Elk Grove Village, Illinois


Dawn Wardyga


Rhode Island Family to Family Health Information Center

Family Voices at the Rhode Island Parent Information Network

Cranston, Rhode Island


Mary Weber, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Director, Maternal and Child Health Division

Indiana State Department of Health

Indianapolis, Indiana



Gwendolyn Winters, MSA

State Adolescent Health Coordinator

Mississippi State Department of Health

Office of Child and Adolescent Health

Jackson, Mississippi


New AMCHP Staff

Tanya Disselkoen comes to AMCHP as the new Member Services Intern. She will work closely with 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. Tanya has a background in mental health with her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is currently a graduate student in the Health Promotion Management program at American University focusing in global health. She is very excited to be a part of AMCHP and all it has to offer. 

Michelle Jarvis joins AMCHP as Program Manager for Family Involvement. In this position, Michelle will manage various components related to the AMCHP Family Scholars Program and other areas related to increasing and strengthening family involvement within Title V and AMCHP. She will also contribute to AMCHP’s work related to the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC). Prior to joining AMCHP, Michelle held various elected positions. Most recently, she was President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of New Hampshire (NH), Council Chair of the NH Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Appointed Member of the Developmental Services Quality Council and a member of the Consumer Advisory Council of the Institute on Disability. Her experience includes assisting in the drafting of and passing legislation for fair and equal coverage for individuals with autism, contributions to grant development, leadership in developing trainings, public information, policy research and coordinated supports and services for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families as well as delivering trainings to diverse audiences. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Human Services at Springfield College.  

Caroline Stampfel, MPH, joins AMCHP’s Women’s and Infant Health Team as a Senior Epidemiologist. In this role, Caroline is the lead staff for strengthening the data, assessment, and epidemiology capacity of state maternal and child health programs. Previously, Caroline served as a maternal and child health (MCH) Epidemiologist at the Virginia Department Health, where she was the lead analytic staff for Virginia’s Title V program and State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI) project and provided consultation, training and technical assistance in data management, statistical software, and epidemiology. Caroline is a graduate of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Applied Epidemiology Fellowship in MCH. Caroline completed her MPH in Environmental Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and received her BA in Natural Science from Fordham University. Caroline has an affiliate faculty appointment with the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health at Virginia Commonwealth University and is a SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS9. 

William (Willie) Watters joins the AMCHP family as the new Policy Intern. He will be working with the policy team to develop compelling stories involving the impact of Title V on families nationwide. Willie’s roots in public health run deep; his mother, Kathy, worked for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for many years and now works as a Public Health Analyst at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Willie graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Sociology this past July and has since moved to the Washington, DC area. He is very excited to be a part of AMCHP and looks forward to learning as much as possible on a wide array of topics involving maternal and child health.