These volunteer leaders were 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 role of board member, 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 Board of Directors: Kris-Tena Albers and Millie Jones. For more information about Kris-Tena and Millie, please visit AMCHP Board Member biographies here.
Kris-Tena has been an AMCHP member since 2008 and has volunteered her time graciously on both the Best Practices and Governance Committee of the organization. She has been an active AMCHP Board member since 2012 as a Region IV Director and is currently serving her second consecutive three-year term in that role.
A native Floridian, Kris-Tena has successfully supported the public health of her state since 2004. She is a professionally trained Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife.
She currently works as the Florida Department of Health Title V MCH Director, Bureau Chief of Family Health Services.
Kris-Tena tells us about her experience with AMCHP, "Serving on the board of AMCHP is one of the highlights of my professional career. The AMCHP staff, CEO and other board members are dedicated professionals who are committed to the health and well-being of mothers, children and families. Serving as Region IV Director provides the opportunity to not only be engaged at the national level but also allows for engagement with the other southeastern states."
In her 35 year professional nursing career, Kris-Tena's first 24 years was spent as a clinical practitioner in women's health and the last 11 years in public health disaster preparedness and MCH program and policy planning. She is well versed in the MCH issues at hand and actively contributes her expertise to the board. Kris-Tena shares that it is a privilege to represent the Region IV states and to assist AMCHP in carrying out its mission and vision.
In Millie's words, she has been a member of AMCHP forever – since the late 80s or early 90s! Her decades-long involvement in the organization has translated in many volunteer roles over time. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board as the Immediate Past President of AMCHP, the Annual Conference Planning Committee, and the Legislative and Health Care Finance Committee. In the past, she also has been a member of the Emerging Issues Committee and the Data Committee (now inactive).
Millie has been a long-tenured AMCHP Board member and has also served in multiple roles and capacities over the years on the Board of Directors. She has been secretary of AMCHP board, president of AMCHP board, and a member of the AMCHP CEO Search and Recruitment Committee.
In addition to her amazing volunteerism for AMCHP, Millie has proudly served the MCH field. She has worked in numerous MCH program and management roles for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services since 1985 and currently works as the Family Health Clinical Consultant. Prior to her work in Wisconsin, Millie's first clinical position was working at a Federally Qualified Health Center as a physician assistant in the late 1970s. Anyone who knows Millie also understands she is a very proud graduate of the UNC School of Public Health!
About her time with AMCHP, Millie reflects, "My AMCHP board and committee experiences over the years have been a great way to merge my state work with the policy and operational aspects of the association. The insight I gain from my association work keeps me energized and I always feel I have an opportunity to get the 'breaking news' from the committee and board work."
It is hard to believe that Millie has time for her personal life but she humbly admits to having a great husband who supports her in the MCH work she does every day. Her 20-year-old cat also teaches her something new each day. Millie's bucket list includes traveling around the world (she keeps her travel map posted on her desk at work).
Please take a moment to visit the AMCHP board page on the website for more details and how you can reach Kris-Tena and Millie.