As mentioned in the April Board Corner, these volunteer leaders have been elected by you to provide for the care and future direction of AMCHP. This information is meant to provide you with a resource for a new MCH connection, a better understanding of the board member roles, or simply to peak your interest in the work of your peers.
This month, we have the privilege of introducing you to two additional AMCHP leaders that currently serve on the AMCHP Board of Directors: Valerie Ricker and Michael Warren. For more information about Valerie and Michael, please visit AMCHP Board Member biographies here.
Valerie has a rich 20-year history with AMCHP and has served the organization in a multitude of volunteer roles including Region I Director; Chair of the Workforce Development and Leadership Committee; Peer Mentor through the New Director Mentor Program (NDMP); Program Committee Member; Chair of the Governance Committee Policy Subcommittee; and Member of the Annual Conference Planning Committee.
She brings vast experience and background in MCH and nursing to her board role as secretary and member of the Executive Committee. She currently works as the assistant director, Division of Population Health and the Title V director for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Her career highlights also include serving as the Maine CDC director of the Public Health Nursing program; leading the Maine CDC preparation for accreditation; and working as a pediatric and women's health nurse practitioner earlier in her career.
Valerie comments on her experiences with the organization that, "AMCHP is the trade association for state Title V programs and provides representation of Title V with our federal partners, Congress and other MCH related organizations. I grew up in a family that supported volunteerism and giving back to one's community; I felt I received so much support from AMCHP when I was new in my role and that I should give back to my peers in Region I and across the country. I also felt that AMCHP was a great resource for the state Title V staff and I needed to be engaged in order to link staff to the resources."
Although new to his role to the AMCHP board this year, Michael Warren is no stranger to working with AMCHP. A member since 2011, he has served as a member of the Workforce Development and Leadership Committee, a presenter on AMCHP webinars Succession Planning and Building a Resilient Workforce; a presenter at the AMCHP Annual Conference each year; a mentor in the NDMP; and serves on the National MCH Workforce Development Center Advisory Committee.
Michael grew up in rural Eastern North Carolina (in a town with a population ~600!) where he attended college and medical school. Prior to medical school, he worked as a lifeguard, bank teller, and pizza cook and was proudly the first in his family to attend college. Michael later moved to Tennessee for residency at Vanderbilt and has stayed in that area. He has served as the Title V director for Tennessee since 2010 and is a trained pediatrician. Michael also wants everyone to know that he is Uncle Mike to two nephews (with a third baby on the way).
Michael reflects, "At my first AMCHP conference in 2009, I immediately felt 'at home' – I remember telling a colleague, 'these feel like my kind of people!' I am energized by the exchange of ideas and new knowledge that I glean from participation in AMCHP and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to that experience for other AMCHP members through service as an at-large board member. As a state Title V director, AMCHP has been an invaluable resource to me – I hope that my participation and service as a board member will allow me to give back and advance the mission of the organization."
Please take a moment to visit the AMCHP board page on the website for more details including how you can reach Valerie and Michael.