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Lori Tremmel Freeman, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Organizational Performance & Member Services Team
Lori Tremmel Freeman, MBA, is the chief executive officer at AMCHP. Prior to AMCHP, Ms. Freeman worked at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), where she served as the associate executive director for administration and advancement, providing vision and leadership in engaging, serving and advancing the interests of governmental local health departments (LHDs) and the public health community. By building strategic partnerships with LHDs and other key organizations, she ensured that NACCHO was a relevant, responsive, member-driven and fiscally sustainable organization. Ms. Freeman also was responsible for strategic membership development; targeted and relevant outreach; developing superior communications, events, products and services; research and evaluation activities; and ensuring sound and strategized information technology infrastructure including database, website, software and hardware management.
Ms. Freeman has developed and overseen cooperative agreements and grants with a variety of government agencies and private foundations including procuring, planning, developing and implementing annual and multiyear grant proposals. Throughout her tenure in nonprofit management, she has contributed widely in senior managerial roles in strategic planning and visioning, building relationships and partnering opportunities, membership and new business development, foundation start-up and fundraising, creation of benefits and services, use of technology to advance organizations, event turnaround and program management.
Ms. Freeman received a Bachelor of Science degree in management sciences from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and went on to complete a master’s degree in business administration with a marketing minor from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She relocated to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and began a 26-year career in nonprofit management, holding senior management positions with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI); the American Public Health Association (APHA); the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM); Grant Thornton LLP; the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI); the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA); and, most recently, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). She currently resides in Haymarket, VA with her husband, Dan, and twin children Ariana and Tristan.
Brent Ewig, MHS
Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs Team
Brent Ewig, MHS, is the director for public policy and government affairs at AMCHP. Prior to his current role, Mr. Ewig served for two years as a senior program associate at Grantmakers In Health where he advised health foundations and corporate funders on health issues and synthesized lessons learned from their work. He also spent over eight years at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) where he served as the principal director for prevention and public health. In this capacity, he oversaw federally funded projects addressing access to primary care, maternal and child health, chronic disease prevention, adolescent and school health, and injury prevention and control. Prior to ASTHO, Mr. Ewig served for three years in the government relations office of InterHealth, a national association of not-for-profit, religiously-affiliated hospitals and health systems. In 2003, he was appointed to a three-year term on the Montgomery County (MD) Commission on Health and was elected chairman in 2005. In 2006 he was appointed to the Advisory Board of Montgomery Cares, an innovative public-private partnership expanding access to health care for uninsured county residents. Mr. Ewig holds a Master of Health Sciences degree in health policy from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Valparaiso University.
Caroline Stampfel, MPH
Director, Programs; Program Team
Caroline Stampfel, MPH, is the director of programs at AMCHP and leads a team of MCH experts working to improve the health and well-being of women, children, youth and families using a life course and collective impact approach. She oversees all of AMCHP's cooperative agreement and grant funded work, assuring alignment with AMCHP's strategic plan, synergy among programs and continuous quality improvement. Ms. Stampfel has more than 10 years of experience in maternal and child health epidemiology and working with state MCH data systems. She received her bacheor's degree in natural science from Fordham University and completed her Master of Public Health in environmental epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, where she focused on environmental health as it impacts MCH populations. Ms. Stampfel is a graduate of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Applied Epidemiology Fellowship in MCH. She is a SAS Certified Base Programmer in SAS 9 and trained in Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitation Methods and Strategic Planning.
Patrick Boyle, MJ
Associate Director, Communications & Membership;
Organizational Performance & Member Services Team
Patrick Boyle, MJ, is the associate director for communications and membership at AMCHP. In this role he provides support to all of AMCHP in the areas of communications, social media, web site, IT, SharePoint, membership and annual conference. Mr. Boyle received his bachelor's degree in communication arts from the University of Dayton. He received his master's degree in journalism from the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Mr. Boyle has a rich history in journalism and communications including working as a reporter, editor and communications director with a multitude of organizations including the Forum for Youth Investment, Youth Today, the Automobile Club of New York, The Washington Times, the New York City Tribune and the Watertown Daily Times.
Senior Program Manager, CYSHCN - Child and Adolescent Health; Program Team
Paige Bussanich is the senior program manager for children and youth with special health care needs on the child and adolescent health team at AMCHP. In this role, she manages AMCHP's CYSHCN portfolio, including the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC), National Standards for CYSHCN Systems of Care and Leadership Institute for CYSHCN Directors (LICD). Ms. Bussanich has extensive experience in working with individuals with disabilities in research, evaluation and outreach settings. As a Wisconsin LEND trainee, she's received trained on service and care of MCH and CYSHCN populations, leadership development, core knowledge of neurodevelopmental disabilities, interdisciplinary and family-centered practices, and research and dissemination. She served as a Family Navigation Development Team Member for the Wisconsin Care Integration Initiative (WI's HRSA State Autism Grant), working to increase family-centered, integrated systems of care for children with developmental disabilities. She also has experience as a facilitator for a psychoeducational group for adults with autism.
Meetings and Membership Associate; Organizational Performance & Member Service Team
Karissa Charles is the meetings and membership associate at AMCHP. In this role, Ms. Charles provides support to all membership activities, including the annual conference. Previously, she has served as the organizational performance and member services intern, as well as the interim communications and membership associate at AMCHP. She has also worked with multiple nonprofits in the D.C. area, including HCM Strategists, where she conducted research for clients and partner and kept track of congressional action on health issues. She also served as an intern at NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, where she researched Maryland laws and policies relating to the reproductive health care of incarcerated women and girls in the juvenile system. Ms. Charles is currently in the process of obtaining a master's degree in health promotion management at American University. She is also a proud graduate of Howard University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science. |
Atyya Chaudhry, MPP
Senior Program Manager, Health Systems Transformation; Region VII Liaison; Program Team
Atyya Chaudhry, MPP, joined AMCHP in August 2014 as a policy analyst. Ms. Chaudhry primarily supports AMCHP activities in the National MCH Workforce Development Center. She focuses on programs and activities to strengthen and support health care systems that serve women, children and families. Prior to starting at AMCHP, Ms. Chaudhry completed a health policy internship with the Alliance for Health Reform, where she provided support for congressional briefings and assisted with qualitative research. Additionally, she worked with the Asian American Health Initiative under Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services as a program coordinator. She completed her Master of Public Policy degree with a dual specialization in health policy and social policy from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland College Park.
Dr. Cheryl Clark, DrPH, RHIA
Associate Director, Epidemiology and Evaluation
Dr. Cheryl Clark, DrPH, RHIA, joined AMCHP as the associate director for epidemiology and evaluation. She provides leadership and support for assessment, epidemiology, evaluation and improvement efforts at AMCHP, both for our members and our staff. Dr. Clark received her Bachelor of Science in health information management administration from University of Wisconsin and her Master of Public Health degree from University of South Florida, with a concentration in public health education. She received her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in epidemiology and biostatistics from Florida A & M University. She has extensive work experience as an epidemiologist, data/research consultant, evaluator and health informatics consultant. She has worked as a maternal and child health epidemiologist for 16 years, six of which were as a senior MCH epidemiologist. Dr. Clark comes to AMCHP from the Florida Department of Health, where she spent more than five years in the maternal and child health practice and analysis unit and more recently, children's medical services. Dr. Clark's wealth of experience includes managing the applied epidemiology unit, serving as the project director for the HRSA State Systems Development Initiative Grant, conducting epidemiological research and analysis using large data and population survey data, mapping and training on GIS mapping and analysis, writing for research and statistical publications and conducting program evaluations. During her tenure at the Florida Department of Health, Dr. Clark was appointed as epidemiologist to the Florida Child Abuse Death Review Committee, she redirected focus of program evaluation to support evidence-based program and policy platforms, provided mentorship/preceptorship to fellows and interns, supervised staff and peers, and co-authored research articles in peer-reviewed publications and department white papers on early nonmedically indicated deliveries in Florida and the provision of dental services to children in the U.S. |
Program Associate, Epidemiology and Evaluation; Program Team
Charlotte-Luisa Cleveland is the program associate on the epidemiology and evaluation Team. Ms. Cleveland has a bachelor's degree in international area studies with a minor in Spanish that she obtained from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Ms. Cleveland was one of two Annika Rodriguez Scholars awarded a full four-year tuition scholarship and recognized for exceptional academic merit and demonstration of academic and leadership achievements, as well as passion for community service. Ms. Cleveland was previously a political and outreach intern for NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri. She also has worked at the Women's Health Research Institute at Northwestern University, where she co-directed the Women's Health Science Program (WHSP), a summer science program with a specific focus on reproductive health for underprivileged minority women in high school who are interested in science, math and medicine. At AMCHP, Ms. Cleveland executes administrative, logistic and planning tasks.
Stacy Collins, MSW
Associate Director, Health Systems Transformation; Program Team
Stacy Collins, MSW is the associate director of health systems transformation at AMCHP. She co-directs the association's health reform policy efforts, educating state members about the evolving health reform landscape and its implications for maternal and child health populations. She also serves as core staff for federal and foundation-funded technical assistance programs to strengthen the Title V workforce and promote new service delivery models that reflect current MCH priorities. She has over two decades of experience in health care policy and programming related to women, children and families, and she has worked in membership associations, advocacy organizations and direct practice settings.Previous to AMCHP, she was a senior associate at the National Association of Social Workers, where she led policy efforts related to Affordable Care Act implementation, including regulatory and legislative oversight and member education efforts. She also served as the associate director for child health at the National Association of Children's Hospitals, where she led NACH policy initiatives and educational programming related to pediatric preventive health, including injury prevention, immunization, home visiting, substance abuse and other issues. Ms. Collins holds a master's degree in social work from Catholic University and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Virginia.
Accounts Payable/Office Associate, Organizational Performance & Member Services Team
Linnard Corbin is the Accounts Payable/Office Associate at AMCHP. He spends time supporting our finance and accounting area while also managing the front office. Mr. Corbin is a recent graduate of Frostburg State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and history and a concentration in American studies. In addition to AMCHP, he has most recently worked with NACCHO.
Andria Cornell, MSPH
Senior Program Manager, Women's Health; Region II Liaison; Program Team
Andria Cornell, MSPH, is the senior program manager for women's health at AMCHP. In her position with the women’s and infant health team, Ms. Cornell focuses her efforts on bridging public health and clinical care in women's health. She manages the AMCHP Every Mother Initiative, a Merck for Mothers-funded project that builds state capacity for translating findings from state-based maternal mortality reviews into population health interventions. She also coordinates implementation of AMCHP’s role in a new AMCHP-CDC partnership ensuring standard data collection and analysis in maternal mortality and expanding access to evidence-based programs and strategies for maternal mortality reviews. She represents AMCHP as a core partner on the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM), a multi-sector collaboration led by ACOG and funded by MCHB/HRSA to implement maternity safety bundles across birth facilities to standardize the care women receive during and after pregnancy. She serves on the initiative’s bundle workgroup, Reducing Peripartum Racial Disparities. Ms. Cornell has worked in the academic, federal and nonprofit sectors advancing maternal and child health in the fields of public health, research and health care. She has a Bachelor of Science in biology from the George Washington University and a Master of Science in public health in reproductive, perinatal and women's health and a certificate in public health informatics from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Program Analyst, Health Systems Transformation; Program Team; Region VI Liaison
Emily Eckert is the program analyst for health systems transformation at AMCHP. Ms. Eckert has worked with multiple nonprofits that specialize in women’s health policy, advocacy and health care delivery. Most recently, she worked as a community health organizer for the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, where she helped uninsured and underinsured Pennsylvanians access health care coverage and was actively involved in the organization's communications and state-level advocacy efforts. Ms. Eckert has also worked as an ACA organizer for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), where she gained extensive knowledge of the federal health insurance exchange system. In her time at NFPRHA, she worked at a Philadelphia OB/GYN practice, where she assisted underserved pregnant women and new mothers enroll in health coverage. Rounding out her ACA credentials, Ms. Eckert is a licensed health insurance navigator and a certified application counselor. Ms. Eckert graduated from Allegheny College in 2014 with a dual Bachelor of Art degree in women’s studies and English.
Michelle Eglovitch, MPH
Program Analyst, Women's and Infant Health, Program Team; REgion III Liaison
Michelle Eglovitch, MPH, is the program analyst for women’s and infant health at AMCHP. In this role, Michelle provides support to all women’s and infant health team program activities. Prior to joining AMCHP, Ms. Eglovitch worked as a research assistant for a pregnancy research study at the Boston University School of Public Health. In this role, she built foundational knowledge and awareness of critical issues in women’s and infant health, including occupational, environmental and dietary factors and exposures during pregnancy. In the summer of 2015, she completed a practicum facilitating a community health assessment in Ladakh, India, where she collected and analyzed information on gender differentials in growth and development for children aged 0-5. Ms. Eglovitch recently earned an MPH in maternal and child health from the Boston University School of Public Health. She received her bachelor’s degree in public health with a minor in psychology from the University of Rochester in 2013.
Accounting Associate; Organizational Performance & Member Services Team
Kidist Endale is the accounting associate at AMCHP. Her role at AMCHP is to support the accounting and human resources operation and to obtain financial data for use in maintaining accounting records and she performs bookkeeping functions as well. Prior to AMCHP, she worked for Raytheon as the accounts payable specialist; she also worked for First American Real Estate and Field Service as research and record maintenance specialist and at the Marriott Corporation as an operator. Ms. Endale has a Bachelor of Science degree in decision sciences/management information systems from George Mason University and an associate degree in computer programming from Northern Virginia Community College.
Jennifer Farfalla, MPH
Senior Epidemiologist; Region I Liaison; Program Team
Jennifer Farfalla, MPH, is the senior epidemiologist at AMCHP. In this role, Ms. Farfalla performs planning and program implementation to increase epidemiologic capacity throughout Title V programs, data and assessment activities, and research and evaluation projects related to maternal and child health. Ms. Farfalla leads AMCHP quality improvement, life course indicator and epidemiology support initiatives. She holds a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachutsetts. Prior to her work at AMCHP, Ms. Farfalla held roles in research and evaluation at the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at the Truth Initiative and PAREXEL International.
Program Analyst, Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs; Program Team
Cori Floyd is the program analyst of children and youth with special health care needs at AMCHP. Prior to joining AMCHP, she interned at ASTHO on its health systems transformation team, working on a variety of projects including, recommendations for CDC’s health equity language guide, PCPH Collaborative webpage remodel and website content management. She has also interned at Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group and Carolinas Healthcare System. Ms. Floyd recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in public health with a health policy and management concentration.
Associate Director; Government Affairs; Public Policy & Government Affairs Team
Amy Haddad is the associate director for government affairs at AMCHP. In this role, she leads our work to advocate for Title V appropriations; supporting AMCHP’s policy priorities; representing AMCHP in various policy coalitions; and helping support the Legislative and Health Care Finance Committee. Prior to joining AMCHP, Ms. Haddad served as the Director of Public Policy for Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy and brings over seven years of Capitol Hill experience, including six years as Legislative Assistant to Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA). In addition, she spent over two years living in Tel Aviv as the country director of a small nonprofit organization. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.
Program Associate, Workforce and Leadership Development; Program Team
Nisa Hussain is the program associate for the workforce and leadership development team. Ms. Hussain brings valuable experience in program coordination, committee management, digital education material development and working with focus groups, as well as collecting qualitative and quantitative data. During her internship at the National Center for Health Research, Ms. Hussain's responsibilities spanned from writing health blog posts and editing newsletters to managing website content. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science in community health. At AMCHP, she focuses on supporting event management for the National MCH Workforce Development Center, staff liaising the WDC Advisory Committee, maintaining the workforce development web pages and advancing other leadership development efforts and initiatives.
Family Engagement and Leadership Development; Program Team
Michelle Jarvis is a specialist for family engagement and leadership development at AMCHP. In this position Ms. Jarvis contributes to the advancement of maternal and child health programs through planning and program implementation, research, advocacy, education and evaluation projects related to family engagement and leadership development. These activities include project planning, coordination and evaluation; collaboration with advisory committee members, AMCHP members and staff on project activities; serving as liaison to federal project officers; and project and policy promotion. Ms. Jarvis' work is cross-cutting and contributes to major issues surrounding family engagement and leadership development in all areas of AMCHP's policy, programmatic and member engagement work. The work involves serving as a consultant and advisor across the organization, partnership with fellow staff, participation in associated professional organizations and groups and collaboration with member programs and funding agencies. Prior to joining AMCHP, Ms. Jarvis' experience includes assisting in the drafting of and passing legislation for fair and equal coverage for individuals with autism, grant development, leadership in developing trainings, public information, policy research, coordinated supports and services for individuals with special health care needs and their families, as well as delivering trainings to diverse audiences. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in human services from Springfield College, graduating summa cum laude.
Ki'Yonna Jones, MPH, MHA, MBA
Senior Program Manager, Workforce & Leadership Development; Program Team; Region VIII Liaison
Ki'Yonna Jones, MPH, MHA, MBA, is the senior program manager of workforce and leadership development at AMCHP. Ms. Jones most recently served at the Arthritis Foundation as the state health and wellness director. In this role, she served as a health educator, public speaker, advocate and special event fundraiser. She established community partnerships and was responsible for board development, community development, strategic initiatives focused on statewide planning for Aging in Place, health department worksite wellness implementation and state wide programming for children with juvenile arthritis. Ms. Jones leads AMCHP's efforts on best practices and emerging issues, while supporting the efforts of the National MCH Workforce Development Center.
Jeanette Kowalik, PhD, MPH
Associate Director, Women's & Infant Health; Program Team
Jeanette Kowalik, PhD, MPH, is the associate director of women’s and infant health. She has over a decade of progressive public health experience in a variety of areas representing the life-course. Jeanette began her career as an intern at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Milwaukee in health care administration. She obtained a Master of Public Health from the Northern Illinois University while maintaining full-time employment at the Milwaukee Health Department. Afterwards, Jeanette began her doctoral program in health sciences at UW-Milwaukee. Her initial focus was infant mortality disparities, but she soon realized there was a significant gap in the literature regarding recruitment and retention of the public health workforce. Jeanette completed her coursework while working full-time for the Wauwatosa Health Department and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. Jeanette completed her dissertation remotely as she served the city of Chicago as the Director of STI Surveillance. She served as UW-Madison’s Director of Prevention and Campus Health Initiatives prior to her transition to AMCHP.|
Lynda Krisowaty, MPH
Program Manager, Evidence-Based Practice; Program Team
Lynda Krisowaty, MPH, is the program manager of evidence-based practice. She has a Master of Health Science in mental health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in anthropology from State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY Binghamton). In addition, Lynda has trainings in health emergencies in large populations and R.A.P.I.D. psychological first aid. Ms. Krisowaty previously worked as a public health education coordinator with the Peace Corps in Uganda where she supervised a community health promoter (CHP) program consisting of eight volunteers and worked to educate the community on public health issues, as well as marketing health center services. It was during these work and volunteer experiences within stateside and international settings where Lynda came to understand the importance of evidence-based platforms for planning and implementing effective public health practice and impactful community services.
Program Associate, Women's and Infant Health; Program Team
Nadia Laniyan is a program associate for women's and infant health. Ms. Laniyan is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland and comes to AMCHP with a specific passion for women's health and improving the lives of disadvantaged groups. She took great initiative in developing her own major at UMD on public health equity and also served as president of her sorority. During her studies, Ms. Laniyan founded a social enterprise using hair extensions and products as an unconventional avenue of exposure to breast health information for the population of African-American women, winning her a Social Entrepreneur of the Year award at school. Her other experiences include supporting nonprofits (National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and Teach for America) and a long-time commitment to the department of resident life at UMD.
Grants and Contracts Administrator, Organizational Performance & Member Services Team
Ashley Miller is the grants and contracts administrator. In this role, she performs a full range of duties associated with all aspects of internal and external financial reporting with grants and programs, as well as provides oversight to contracting and grants management. Ms. Miller is the primary financial liaison to AMCHP program staff and works closely with staff to provide accurate and timely financial information for the entire grant/contract life cycle from proposal to close out of the project. Ms. Miller received her Bachelor of Science in business management from Hampton University and a master's degree in business administration from Trinity Washington University. Prior to accepting this position, she served as the contract and grant specialist at the American Association for Blood Banks.
Program Associate, Health Systems Transformation;
|Sara Miller, MPH, is the program associate for the health systems transformation team. She received her MPH from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Arts in history and American studies from Franklin and Marshall College in 2012. As a graduate research assistant at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, Ms. Miller was responsible for the youth tobacco awareness program and was also was a reviewer for the Journal of Drug Education: Substance Abuse Research and Prevention. Within Texas A&M's community health promotion student organization, Ms. Miller worked to develop a public awareness campaign on preventing sexual transmission of the Zika virus. She also worked as an intern at the university's telehealth counseling clinic, where she researched effectiveness of mental health services for rural communities in Texas. Most recently, Ms. Miller was an intern at USAID with the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), part of the U.S. Global Development Lab, where her responsibilities spanned communications, event planning and program research. She has also interned in the office of U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance of New Jersey and The White House Project, an organization that seeks to advance women's participation in all levels of government.|
Nikeisha Ogletree, HRPM,
Associate Director, Human Resources and Administration; Organizational Performance & Member Services Team
|Nikeisha Ogletree, HRPM, PHR, SHRM-CP, is the associate director of human resources and administration. In this role, Ms. Ogletree provides critical support to the human resources functions at AMCHP while also supporting the executive office administration for the CEO and board's crucial work. Prior to joining AMCHP full-time, Ms. Ogletree worked with AMCHP as the senior human resources consultant for 18 months. Prevoiusly, she served as the Chief of HR Operations and Lead HR Consultant at JLM HR Consulting. She has experience with both government and commercial business leaders and staffs at all levels to build winning cultures, leadership and HR policies and practices. |
Christina Ratleff, MPH
Senior Program Manager, Women's & Infant Health; Program Team; Region IV Liaison
Christina Ratleff, MPH, is the senior program manager for women's and infant health. In this role, Ms. Ratleff provides support to state MCH programs focused on improving pregnancy outcomes. She assists partners using a collective impact approach to reduce infant mortality, improve birth outcomes and advance health equity. Prior to joining AMCHP, Ms. Ratleff interned with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, serving as the Title V MCH needs assessment intern, where she provided project management and coordination support to the children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) team and contributed to the Massachusetts Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant 5-year Needs Assessment. Recently, Ms. Ratleff completed her master’s in public health at Boston University, where she focused on maternal and child health and policy and systems change. Previously, she worked for six years in Chicago as a tenant advocate, working on behalf of individuals being evicted from their homes. Ms. Ratleff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the College of Wooster.
Kate Taft, MPH
Associate Director, Child and Adolescent Health; Program Team
Kate Taft, MPH, is the associate director for child and adolescent health at AMCHP. She leads and supports the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to child and adolescent health, including children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Prior to this role, she led AMCHP’s grant portfolio and budget related to autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD), including the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC). Ms. Taft has over a decade of experience working on issues that affect children's health, such as early childhood development, mental health and injury prevention at the public health and individual levels. She also has coordinated the child fatality review team in Suffolk County, Ma. Prior to joining AMCHP, Ms. Taft worked at the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), providing support to academic public health including the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health and the ASPH Maternal and Child Health Council. She received her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in maternal and child health from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the College of William and Mary.
Communications Associate;Organizational Performance and Member Services Team
Kristen Taylor is the communications associate. She brings valuable experience in content marketing, writing and research, digital strategy and journalism. At AMCHP, she provides support to all external communications, including the Pulse newsletter, website content and social media channels. Ms. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Emerging Media and Communications with a specialization in global communications.
Program Associate, Child and Adolescent Health; Program Team
Kelly Umana is the program associate on the child and adolescent health team. Ms. Umana is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor's in public health sciences. During her studies, she was president of Students Engaged in Public Health and organized a public event about vaccines called "Tots, Shots, Connecting the Dots: The Truth about Vaccine Hesitancy." Recently, Ms. Umana interned at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and worked on several projects, including a diversity and health equity resource guide for the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for
Children grant program. She has also interned at the Healthy Future program in College Park, Maryland, providing nutritional education to Hispanic mothers and working in day care facilities to improve children's nutrition.
Program Analyst, Child and Adolescent Health; Program Team
Anna Watson, MPH is the program analyst on the child and adolescent health team. In this role, Ms. Watson provides needed support and quality improvement expertise to her team members on several key projects, including the AYAH CoIIN, Healthy Weight CoIIN and the current Action Learning Collaboratives led by this team. Ms. Watson previously served as a senior public health nutritionist and site supervisor for a local WIC program under the Virginia Department of Health. She also has experience in program planning, analysis and evaluation through her previous stints with the Florida Department of Health, particularly in the area of tobacco prevention and cessation. There, she was instrumental in collaborating with state managers to evaluate statewide data, refine data collection tools, and facilitate trainings on refined tools. Ms. Watson received a dual Bachelor of Science in human nutrition, food and exercise and in biological sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, followed by her MPH in social and behavioral sciences from University of Florida.
Finance & Accounting;
Organizational Performance & Member Services Team
Wendy Wen is the associate director of finance and accounting at AMCHP. Ms. Wen previously worked for eight years at the International Life Sciences Institute. Prior to that she worked as an accountant for Rizik Brothers and as a Controller in the Chinese government. She has over twenty years of experience in business and financial operations including general accounting, finance, grants management, budgeting and audit practices. Ms. Wen received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Xiangtan Zhigong University in Xiangtan City, Hunan Province, P.R. China.
Iliana White, MPH, CHES, CPH
Senior Program Manager, Adolescent Health; Region IX Liaison; Program Team
Iliana White, MPH, CHES, CPH is the senior program manager of adolescent health. In her role, she oversees the adolescent health-related portfolio of activities, including AMCHP's contributions to the Adolescent & Young Adult Health National Resource Center and the Youth Engagement Community of Practice within the Title V field. Ms. White previously served as a program manager at the School-Based Health Alliance. There, she directed the technical assistance and training activities for the organization's
Hallways to Health initiative, a national school-based
learning collaborative focused on behavior and systems changes for healthy eating and active living utilizing school-based health centers as catalysts for improvement. She also managed the Alliance's Leadership Fellows Program, aimed at training health professionals to build their capacity and leadership skillset in school-based health care. Ms. White has worked for a variety of sectors and organizations, including the National Cancer Institute, the U.S. Office on Women's Health, National Women's Health Network, Planned Parenthood of Indiana, Indiana's Tobacco Retailer Inspection Program, Indiana Prevention Resource Center and Society for Public Health Education. She graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in health science, concentration in community health education, focus on maternal and child health. She earned her Master of Public Health in public health leadership and practice from Indiana University.
Program Analyst, Health Systems Transformation;
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Fellow, Public Health Associate Program
Elliane Yashar comes to AMCHP as a CDC Fellow through the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP). She is currently serving as a program analyst for the health systems transformation team in which she assists with adolescent health related initiatives and efforts. Ms. Yashar was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. She graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in psychology from University of California at Berkeley, and she moved to Washington D.C. shortly after. In the fall of 2014, Ms. Yashar interned with Food Day at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to help raise awareness and promote healthy, affordable and sustainable food across America. Most recently, she completed internships at the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Alliance to Save Energy, assisting with both of the organizations' Annual Global Forum events in Washington, D.C.