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New MCH Leaders


David Thomason
Acting Bureau Director
Kansas Department of Health & Environment



Jacquie M. Daniel
Program Manager, Children’s Special Health Program
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare


Lonnie D. Barnett
Director, Children’s Special Health Care Services
Michigan Department of Community Health


Marilyn Gorney-Daley, DO, MPH
Director, Special Child Health & Early Intervention Services
Division of Family Health
Public Health Services Branch
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services



Alma Gomez
Alma Gomez joins the staff as our new Programs and Policy Administrative Assistant. Alma is a recent graduate from the University of California, Davis. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Minored in Education. Alma participated in an internship program through the University of California, which brings students to D.C. for a quarter, where she was a policy intern for Voices for America’s Children. It was through those experiences that she learned that she wanted to join the good fight to speak up for children. Alma has always had a passion for helping children. She has been a camp director, pre-school teacher, mentor to at-risk youth, an intern to an underprivileged science classes and an active volunteer in hospitals, as well as other areas of the community. Alma hopes to use her past experience, as well as her new ones, to make changes that will impact children and families in a positive way. She can be reached at

Piia T Hanson, MSPH
Piia Hanson joins AMCHP as a Program Manager for Women’s and Infant Health. In this role, she will assist both the Program and Policy teams to build capacity and provide resources for state MCH programs related to women’s and infant health, and data and assessment. Prior to AMCHP, Piia served as a Preconception Peer Educator Program Specialist in the Bureau of Family, Youth and Infant Health at the Metro Nashville/Davidson County Public Health Department. Her work included policy and program evaluation, management of preconception peer educator related activities, strategic planning, resource development, and information dissemination towards advancing preconception health issues. Piia received a MSPH from Meharry Medical College, a Certificate in Health Policy from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry, and a baccalaureate degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana. She can be reached at

Tegan Callahan, MPH
Tegan Callahan joins the AMCHP Women’s and Infant Health Team as a Public Health Prevention Specialist Fellow. She will primarily work on collective efforts to support member capacity to measure preconception health. Tegan has previously worked at the CDC, supporting communications and evaluation projects at the Center for Global Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Prior to working with the CDC, Tegan completed her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle where she focused on community-based public health practice and interned with both the HIV Program at Public Health Seattle and King County and a local, community-based intervention aimed at reducing fetal alcohol exposed births. She has also served as a health educator and community organizer in The Kingdom of Swaziland with the U.S. Peace Corps. Tegan is originally from Seattle and holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish from Western Washington University. She can be reached at