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New MCH Staff


Laurie Kalanges, MD, MPH
Deputy Director, Office of Family Health Services
Virginia Department of Health


Susan Castellano
Maternal and Child Health Director
Minnesota Department of Heath

New CYSHCN Directors

Charlotte M. Curtis, RN, BSN, CPM
Bureau Chief, Network Operations
Director, Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs
Children’s Medical Services Network Division
Florida Department of Health


Heather Smith, MPH
Acting Director, CYSHCN
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

AMCHP Welcomes New Staff

Lacy Fehrenbach, MPH, CPH
Lacy Fehrenbach joined AMCHP as the director of programs. In this role, she serves on the senior leadership team, directs implementation of association strategic initiatives, and oversees all AMCHP cooperative agreement and grant funded work. Prior to joining AMCHP, Lacy served as chief of member services at ASTHO, leading communications, information technology, meetings services, governance, and member education and development programs. She also served as the national program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded State Health Leadership Initiative, which seeks to develop new state and territorial health officials into effective policymakers, administrators and advocates for public health. Lacy received her MPH from the George Washington University and is certified in public health. She holds a BS in Molecular and Cell Biology from Texas A&M University.


Maria Murillo
Maria Murillo joined AMCHP as the administrative assistant for programs and policy. Maria was born in Quito, Ecuador but moved to the United States when she was nine years old. In high school, she discovered her desire to get involved with children’s rights, particularly international rights and as such got involved with organizations such as UNICEF, Minority Scholars Programs and Children’s Right Council. She recently graduated from American University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations.


Megan Philippi
Megan Phillippi joined the AMCHP Women’s and Infant Health team as a program associate. For the last four and half years, Megan provided office management and program support for the national headquarters of Rebuilding Together in Washington, DC. In her most recent role, Megan managed four national corporate partner funding opportunities and provided logistical support for major media rebuilding events. Prior to joining Rebuilding Together, Megan provided direct support services for adults with developmental disabilities while working for Residential Services, Inc. in Chapel Hill, NC. Megan is originally from Charlotte, NC and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Jennifer Bolden Pitre, MA, JD
Jennifer Bolden Pitre joins AMCHP as the senior program manager, CYSHCN. Known as a family leader, Jennifer is the mother of CYSHCN. Jennifer will oversee the work of SPHARC, Act Early Activities, and overall programming for CYSHCN. She previously worked as director of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) state implementation grant for CYSCHN (D70) from 2009-2012 and the director of the state implementation ASD/DD grant from 2010-2012. Prior to joining SPAN, Jennifer worked as an Assistant Attorney General for Louisiana; served as Assistant Director of the NJ Division on Civil Rights, and litigated more than 100 cases as a Deputy Attorney General, representing the NJ Department of Labor where she received a Notable Commendation for Outstanding Representation of the Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Jennifer has two degrees in English and a law degree. Jennifer is licensed in New Jersey and retired from law in the State of Louisiana.

Jessica Teel, MS, CHES
Jessica Teel joined AMCHP as the program manager for workforce and leadership development. Prior to joining AMCHP, Jessica worked at AcademyHealth supporting the Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Knowledge Transfer (KT) Program. Her responsibilities included providing program support and assistance to health services users, and assisting with the dissemination of the latest health research for comparative effectiveness research to the Medicaid Medical Directors Learning Network and Rutgers University Medicaid Mental Health Network for Evidence Based Treatment Project; and AcademyHealth’s Long-Term Care Interest Group. Jessica earned a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Virginia in 2009 and M.S. degree in Health Promotion Management at Marymount University in 2012. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).