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 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 role of board members, or simply to pique your interest in the work of your peers.

This month, we have the privilege of introducing you to Susan Colburn and Mary Frances Kornak, who currently serve on the AMCHP Board of Directors.

Susan Colburn.pngSusan Colburn has been an AMCHP member since the late 1990s, serving in multiple volunteer capacities including as a member of the Annual Conference Planning, Legislative and Health Care Financing, and Family and Youth Leadership Committees (where she has served in a Vice-Chair role). Susan has served as a Family Representative member of the AMCHP Board since 2014.

Susan has advocated for children with special health care needs for more than 20 years. She is presently employed by Children's Rehabilitation Service, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (Alabama's Title V Program for CSHCN) as the state parent consultant. She has held this position since 1996. Prior to that, Ms. Colburn worked in the Alabama Early Intervention System as a district service coordinator and a service coordinator for a local Early Intervention Service program. She was an appointed member of the Governor's Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention Services from 1987-1996, and a member of the Alabama Special Education Advisory Panel from 1989-1991. She is the co-coordinator of Family Voices of AL, home of Alabama's Family to Family Health Information Center, and has served as the co-Regional Coordinator for the eight-state Southeast Region for two terms. In 1987, Ms. Colburn was also a co-founder of Friends for Life, a support group for families and friends of children with special needs.

Susan serves on a variety of other statewide boards, councils and committees. She has a BS degree from Auburn University and is the mother of three young adult children, two of whom have special health care needs.

Mary Frances.pngWe welcome Mary Frances Kornak from the DC  Department of Health to the AMCHP Board as the Interim Region III Director, and a new member of the AMCHP Workforce Development subcommittee. She has been an active AMCHP member since 2007. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, she also volunteered her time to the Annual Conference Planning and Emerging Issues Committees, as well as served as an abstract reviewer for the AMCHP Annual Conference.

Ms. Kornak has more than 20 years of experience in public health, with 10 years of that time spent in the Maternal and Child Health area working with the Title V Block Grant.

"I wanted to be a part of the AMCHP Board to help DOH improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs in the District of Columbia," Mary Frances shares. "I specifically wanted to partner with AMCHP beyond just the member level to advocate for families and to fully utilize AMCHP technical assistance and spread the word to my regional colleagues about the value of what I received. As regional director I also wanted to help increase collaboration among the region to share experiences and ideas."

In her spare time, Mary Frances is currently the president of her condominium association in DC and the former president of the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (MWPHA). She believes she brings to the table strong prior organizational and management experience.

We thank and honor these two professionals for giving their time and expertise to AMCHP. Please take a moment to visit the AMCHP Board page on the website at for more details and how you can reach Susan Colburn and Mary Frances Kornak.