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Lori Tremmel Freeman, MBA
Chief Executive Officer  
(202) 775-0436

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Lori Tremmel FreemanLori Tremmel Freeman, MBA
Chief Executive Officer; Organizational Performance & Member Services Team
(202) 266-3040 

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 multi-year 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 EwigBrent Ewig, MHS
Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs Team; Region 1 Liaison  
(202) 266-3041

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.

Lacy FehrenbachLacy Fehrenbach, MPH, CPH
Director, Program Team  
(202) 266-3039

Lacy Fehrenbach, MPH, CPH, is the Director of Programs at AMCHP. In this role, she serves on the senior leadership team, directs implementation of association strategic initiatives, and oversees all AMCHP cooperative agreements and grant funded work. Prior to joining AMCHP, Ms. Fehrenbach served as Chief of Member Services at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (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. Ms. Fehrenbach received a Master of Public Health Degree from the George Washington University and is Certified in Public Health. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from Texas A&M University.


Matt AlgeeMatt Algee
Senior Accountant; Organizational Performance & Member Services Team
(202) 266-3047

Matthew Algee is the Senior Accountant at AMCHP. Prior to his arrival at AMCHP, he worked at the American Association of Retired Persons as an accountant and other non profits. His experience includes both for-profit and non-profit accounting. His role at AMCHP is to implement sound financial practices, create financial systems and assist staff in furthering the goals and strategies of the organization. Mr. Algee has a Bachelor of Science Degree from San Francisco State University. He has been a member of the AMCHP team since 2007.


Brittany Argotsinger, MPH
Program Manager, Women's & Infant Health & CDC Public Health Prevention Service Fellow; Region X Liaison
Program Team 
(202) 266-3048

Brittany Argotsinger, MPH, is the Program Manager for Women’s & Infant Health and a Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) Fellow with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ms. Argotsinger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Drake University and a Master of Public Health degree in Global Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. In 2011, she completed a practicum in Kenya, working with the TARA Project to develop a low-literacy prenatal care referral tool for traditional birth attendants. Her thesis combined birth data from the U.S. and Mexico to understand factors related to delayed prenatal care along the border. Prior to pursuing her MPH, Ms. Argotsinger spent three years as a Community Program Coordinator in Health Promotion, Planning and Development with the Black Hawk County Health Department in Iowa. She is a former Fulbright scholar to Jordan, where her research focused on reproductive health issues among Jordanian Muslim women and Bedouin communities.  She has also worked with the Iowa International Center (formerly the Iowa Council for International Understanding) and Iowa NARAL.

Julio Arguello Jr.Julio Arguello Jr.
Digital Communications Manager; Organizational Performance & Member Services Team
(202) 266-3055

Julio Arguello Jr. is the Digital Communications Manager at AMCHP. In this position, Mr. Arguello is in charge of online communications and technology projects, including AMCHP’s website, online membership database, social media strategies, IT contractors, and other online media and technology activities of the association. He has more than 14 years of communications and publications management experience. He previously served as AMCHP’s Publications & Member Services Program Manager. Mr. Arguello has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in English from Towson State University. He has been with AMCHP since 2008.


yadashe.jpgYadashe Belay
Program Associate, Child & Adolescent Health; Program Team
(202) 266-3058

Yadashe Belay is the Program Associate, Child and Adolescent Health at AMCHP. Ms. Belay most recently served at the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) as the senior technician. In that role, she provided technical and administrative support for the APHL Newborn Screening and Genetics Program. Ms. Belay has a certificate in maternal and child health communications from the South Central Public Health Partnership, and is a current MPH student at the University of Maryland, College Park. She will be providing support to all child and adolescent health team program activities.

Erin Bonzon MSW, MSPH
Associate Director, Women's & Infant Health; Region IV Liaison; Program Team
(202) 266-3044


Erin Bonzon, MSW, MSPH, is the Associate Director for Women’s and Infant Health at AMCHP. In this role, Ms. Bonzon leads the Women’s and Infant Health Team contributes to the advancement of MCH programs and plays a critical role in fund development for women’s and infant programmatic efforts. She leads technical assistance efforts for the organization related to women’s health and improving birth outcomes, including management of a new home visiting technical assistance center contract. Prior to AMCHP, Ms. Bonzon was with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) as a Program Manager for Community Health. She oversaw the ACHIEVE project (part of CDC’s Healthy Communities Program) and led training and technical assistance for county and city health officials as they worked with community partners on active living and healthy eating initiatives. During her time at NACCHO, she provided project and budget management to several grant funded projects related to chronic disease prevention, injury prevention and maternal and child health. Ms. Bonzon completed a dual degree masters program (MSW/MSPH) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she participated in the MCH Leadership Training Program as a HRSA MCHB Fellow. She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York College at Fredonia.


Treeby Brown, MPP
Associate Director, Children's and Adolescent Health; Program Team
(202) 266-3053

Treeby Brown, MPP, is the Associate Director for Children's and Adolescent Health at AMCHP. In this role Ms. Brown oversees AMCHP’s portfolio in children, adolescent and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN), including managing the State Public Health Coordinating Center for Autism. Recently, Ms. Brown worked as a private consultant on issues of early childhood health and CYSHCN. Previously, Ms. Brown was a Senior Policy Analyst at AMCHP for six years. She has also worked as a Legislative Analyst for the governor of North Carolina and as a Press Secretary and Legislative Assistant for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. At AMCHP, Ms. Brown led policy initiatives in the areas of care coordination for CYSHCN and family involvement. Ms. Brown's experience working with AMCHP as a staffer and consultant has allowed her to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of how states implement federal programs, with a primary emphasis on the intersection between state Title V programs and other programs such as Part C Early Intervention Program and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Through various policy and programmatic responsibilities, she has developed a strong understanding of a variety of state systems of care. Ms. Brown has developed and maintained key contacts at the state and federal level, especially within the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and CDC, and also knows key players in the research and advocacy structure that supports maternal and child health policy issues. She holds a Master of Public Policy from Duke University.


Tania Carroll
Office Assistant; Organizational Performance & Member Services Team
(202) 775-0436

Tania Carroll is the Office Assistant at AMCHP. Ms. Carroll provides general office support for AMCHP. Work responsibilities include receptionist duties, and clerical tasks of various complexities that require knowledge of office support procedures. Previously, she worked for NAI Personnel, at the World Bank, and the Department of Health and Human resources as an administrative assistant.




Atyya-Chaudhry-FINAL.jpgAtyya Chaudhry, MPP
Policy Analyst, Health Reform Impementation; Program Team
(202) 775-1474



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 will focus on programs and activities to strengthen and support health care systems that serve women, children, and families. Prior to 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’s in Public Policy with a dual specialization in health policy and social policy from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland College Park.

Stacy-Collins.jpgStacy Collins, MSW
Associate Director, Health Reform Implementation;  Program Team
(202) 266-0965

Stacy Collins, MSW, joined AMCHP as the associate director, health reform implementation. She brings two decades of experience in health care and psychosocial issues related to women, children, and families, working in direct practice settings, advocacy organizations, and membership associations. Most recently she served as Senior Practice Associate for Health Care at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), where she lead NASW 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 (NACH), where she lead NACH policy initiatives and educational programming related to pediatric preventive health, including injury prevention, immunization, home visiting, substance abuse, and other issues. Ms. Collins has a Master’s degree in social work from Catholic University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Virginia.​

Sharron Corle, MS
Associate Director, MCH Leadership Development & Capacity Building;  Program Team
(202) 266-3036

Sharron Corle, MS, is the Associate Director for MCH Leadership Development & Capacity Building at AMCHP. In this role, Ms. Corle is accountable for shaping and promoting workforce and leadership development strategies, and creating an effective learning culture, both internally at AMCHP and externally in state maternal and child health programs. Ms. Corle’s current position recognizes that developing human resource development is a critical component of a successful organization in a knowledge economy – this requires a familiarity with the concepts and practices of adult learning theory and practice and their application in the workplace; knowledge of and the ability to use both AMCHP’s organizational and relevant training and development industry standards, procedures and policies; familiarity with the full spectrum of methods for delivering learning solutions, from distance learning events to in-person trainings to longer capacity-building projects, such as AMCHP’s Action Learning Collaboratives; and the knowledge of the methods, tools and techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of learning interventions. Prior to joining the AMCHP team in 2003, Ms. Corle worked to develop youth leaders and advance programs and policies aimed at improving adolescent health outcomes – at organizations such as the National Crime Prevention Council (McGruff the Crime Dog) where she worked on national policy related to youth violence prevention and Planned Parenthood where she worked on adolescent reproductive health issues. Ms. Corle has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in British and American Literature from Chatham College for Women at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA and a Master of Science Degree in Human Development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


Andria CornellAndria Cornell, MSPH 
Senior Program Manager, Women's Health; Region III Liaison; Program Team
(202) 266-3043

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 contributes to programs that build member MCH epidemiology and data capacity and focuses her efforts on bridging public health and clinical care in women's health. She currently 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 brings unique perspective to MCH epidemiology capacity building through her training in public health informatics, and has special interest in leveraging standards-based information exchange to improve sustainability and facilitate a data utilization strategy for MCH epidemiology functioning. She’s completed practicums in two bureaus of the Health Resources and Services Administration: the MCHB Division of MCH Workforce Development and the Health IT Branch of the Office of Quality and Data with the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Andria has worked in the academic, federal, and non-profit sectors, including managing federally-funded newborn screening education and research grants and coordinating advocacy activities for families of children with rare genetic conditions as Advocacy and Health Policy Manager at Genetic Alliance. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the George Washington University and a Master of Science in Public Health Degree in reproductive, perinatal and women's health and a certificate in public health informatics from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Kidist Endale
Bookkeeper & Human Resources Assistant; Organizational Performance & Member Services Team
(202) 266-3050

Kidist Endale is the Bookkeeper & Human Resources Assistant at AMCHP. Her role at AMCHP is to support the Accounting and Human Resource operation and provide general administrative and clerical assistance. 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 in Science Degree in Computer Programming from Northern Virginia Community College.


Jen Leone pic.jpgJennifer Farfalla, MPH
Analyst for Quality Improvement and Life Course, Women's & Infant Health; Program Team
(202) 266-3051
Jennifer Farfalla, MPH, is the Analyst for Quality Improvement and Life Course at AMCHP. In this role, Ms. Farfalla performs planning and program implementation, data and assessment activities, and research and evaluation projects related to women's and infant health and MCH. She is a recent graduate of the George Washington University with a Master's in Public Health in epidemiology. Ms. Farfalla has completed a number of public health internships, including work on tobacco-dependence treatment research at the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies and her work at AMCHP on several aspects of the life course indicators project. Prior to pursing her MPH, Ms. Farfalla held multiple roles over seven years on clinical research teams at a contract research organization. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Stonehill College.
Laura Goodwin
Program Manager, Publications and Member Services; Organizational Performance & Member Services Team
(703) 785-2700

Laura Goodwin, is a Program Manager for Publications and Member Services at AMCHP. In this position, Ms. Goodwin works on AMCHP publications and newsletters; member renewals/retention and member inquiries; conference management; and, in coordination with the Digital Communications Manager, on social media strategies. Prior to joining AMCHP, she worked for the Air Transport Association (ATA) on member communication, media relations and online communications. Before ATA, she worked for several associations in the Washington, D.C. area. Ms. Goodwin graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing.


Krista Granger, MPH
Program Manager, Data and Assessment; Region V Liaison; Programs Team
(202) 266-3057
Krista Granger, MPH, is the Program Manger, Data and Assessment for the Women’s and Infant Health at AMCHP. In her role, she contributes to the advancement of maternal and child health outcomes by performing a variety of planning and program implementation, research, and evaluation projects related to WIH and MCH. Prior to joining AMCHP, Ms. Granger worked as the Deputy Project Coordinator for an HIV prevention project in South Africa to oversee data monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance, and project promotion. She completed a practicum in Honduras, working to implement a Community Health Worker Program focused on improving community access to Maternal and Child Health services. Ms. Granger received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Clemson University and completed her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health, where she focused on Global Health.


Amy Haddad
Associate Director; Government Affairs; Public Policy & Government Affairs Team
(202) 266-3045



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. 
Piia Hanson, MSPH
Senior Program Manager, Women's & Infant Health; Region IX Liaison; Program Team
(202) 266-3052
Piia T Hanson, MSPH, is a Senior Program Manager for Women's and Infant Health at the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP).  In this role she manages various projects on several federal and private cooperative agreements and works across AMCHP to build capacity and provide resources for state MCH programs related to women’s and infant health. Prior to AMCHP, she served as a Preconception Peer Educator Program Specialist in the Bureau of Family, Youth and Infant Health at the Metro Nashville/Davidson County Public Health Department.  Herein, her work included policy and program evaluation, management of preconception peer educator related activities, strategic planning, resource development, and information dissemination towards advancing preconception health issues. Ms. Hanson received a Master of Science in Public Health Degree from Meharry Medical College as well as a Certificate in Health Policy from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Meharry Medical College. Ms. Hanson has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana.​


Michelle Jarvis
Program Manager, Family Engagement and Leadership Development; Program Team
(202) 775-1472

Michelle Jarvis is the Program Manager for Family Engagement and Leadership Development at AMCHP. In this position Ms. Jarvis manages various components related to the AMCHP Family Scholars Program and other areas related to increasing and strengthening family involvement within Title V and AMCHP. She also contributes to AMCHP’s work related to the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC). Prior to joining AMCHP, Ms. Jarvis held various elected positions. Most recently she was President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of New Hampshire, Council Chair of the NH Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Appointed Member of the Developmental Services Quality Council and a member of the Consumer Advisory Council of the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. Her experience includes assisting in the drafting of and passing legislation for fair and equal coverage for individuals with autism, contributed to grant development, provided leadership in developing trainings, public information, policy research and coordinated supports and services for individuals affected with ASD and their families as well as delivering trainings to diverse audiences. She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services from Springfield College.


Ki'Yonna-Jones.jpgKi'Yonna Jones, MPH
Program Manager, Workforce & Leadership Development; Program Team
(202) 266-3054 

Ki'Yonna Jones, MPH, is the Program Manager, Workforce & 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.

Nora Lam
Senior Executive Assistant & Board Administrator; Organizational Performance & Member Services Team
(202) 266-3038

Nora Lam is the Senior Executive Assistant & Board Administrator at AMCHP. Prior to joining the organization in 2005 Nora had worked as an executive assistant reporting to chairmen, chief executive officers/presidents of companies in the private sector. Ms. Lam past work experience includes serving as a manager of customer relations and office administration with various organizations in Hong Kong as well as several different states within the United States for two years. Ms. Lam attended Purdue University in Fort Wayne, IN, and also attended a year-long secretarial course in Hong Kong prior to moving to the United States.



Carolyn McCoy, MPH
Senior Policy Manager; Region II Liaison; Health Reform Implementation, Program Team
(202) 266-3042

Carolyn McCoy, MPH, is the Senior Policy Manager at AMCHP. In her role she works primarily on the AMCHP National Center for Health Reform Implementation and related work. Ms. McCoy has over 11 years of professional experience in politics, policy and public health. Previously, she worked for the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, as well as the political polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. She also completed internships with both the Venice Family Clinic and the office of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Ms. McCoy received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also earned her Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in maternal and child health from UCLA and is professionally trained in public health informatics. She is proficient in written and spoken Spanish.


Maria Murillo
Administrative Assistant; Program Team
(202) 266-3046

Maria Murillo, is an Administrative Assistant at AMCHP, where she provides support to organizational leadership. Ms. Murillo has three years of experience providing administrative experience in multiple organizations. Ms. Murillo recieved a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and International Relations from American University. She is fluent in Spanish.



Megan Phillippi
Program Analyst, Women's & Infant Health; Program Team
(202) 775-9085

Megan Phillippi is a Program Analyst for Women's and Infant Health at AMCHP. In this role she supports and assists the Women’s and Infant Health Team in the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to MCH, women’s and infant health/data and assessment. For the last four and half years, Ms. Phillippi provided office management and program support for the national headquarters of Rebuilding Together in Washington, DC. In her most recent role, Ms. Phillippi managed four national corporate partner funding opportunities and provided logistical support for major media rebuilding events. Prior to joining Rebuilding Together, Ms. Phillippi provided direct support services for adults with developmental disabilities while working for Residential Services, Inc. in Chapel Hill, NC. Ms. Phillippi 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.


Meredith Pyle
Senior Program Manager, CYSHCN, Child & Adolescent Health Team 

Meredith Pyle is the Senior Program Manager, CYSHCN at AMCHP. Ms. Pyle most recently served as program chief for infrastructure and systems development in the Maryland Title V CYSHCN Program. In this role, she led a variety of strategic planning, needs assessment, and partnership coordination projects in support of statewide public health systems and infrastructure development to support the health and well-being of children and youth with special health care needs. She has been active with AMCHP and with SPHARC (Maryland has a state autism grant) and the needs assessment process in Maryland. Meredith is working on our CYSHCN Standards work, Leadership Institute for CYSHCN Directors and more. Ms. Pyle holds bachelor degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Systems and is pursuing a doctoral degree in public policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Caroline Stampfel, MPH
Associate Director, Epidemiology and Evaluation; Program Team
(202) 775-1473

Caroline Stampfel, MPH, is the Associate Director, Epidemiology and Evaluation at AMCHP. In her role she is the lead staff for strengthening the data, assessment, and epidemiology capacity of state maternal and child health (MCH) programs. Ms. Stampfel has 7 years of experience in MCH epidemiology and working with state MCH data systems. Ms. Stampfel received her BA in Natural Science from Fordham University and completed her Master of Public Health Degree 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. Ms. Stampfel is a SAS Certified Base Programmer in SAS 9.


Kate Taft, MPH
Senior Program Manager, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs; Region VI Liaison; Program Team
(202) 266-3056

Kate Taft, MPH, is the Senior Program Manager for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) at AMCHP and assumes a lead role on issues surrounding CYSHCN, birth defects and developmental disabilities and early childhood. Specifically, Ms. Taft manages AMCHP’s grant portfolio and budget related to autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD). This includes the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC), AMCHP’s comprehensive resource center for state Title V programs and others interested in improving systems for children and youth with ASD/DD and their families.  Ms. Taft has over nine years' 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.

Jessica Teel, MS, CHES
Program Manager, Workforce & Leadership Development; Region VIII Liaison; Program Team
(202) 266-3054

Jessica Teel, MS, CHES, is the Program Manager of Workforce and Leadership Development at AMCHP. In her current role, she manages the workforce development programs including the New Director Mentor Program and Workforce Development Committee. Ms. Teel develops member-focused leadership and capacity-building resources such as tool kits and training materials. She has over six​​ years of professional public health experience at the Federal level and in support of national and state level initiatives addressing the health needs for women, children, the poor, elderly, and other health issues. Prior to joining the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), Ms. Teel worked at AcademyHealth supporting the Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Knowledge Transfer (KT) Program supporting state Medicaid Medical Directors. Ms. Teel received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science Degree in Health Promotion Management at Marymount University. Ms. Teel is also a Certified Health Education Specialist.


Maritza Valenzuela, MPH, CHES
Senior Program Manager, Adolescent Health; Region VII Liaison; Program Team
(202) 266-5252

Maritza Valenzuela, MPH, CHES, is a Senior Program Manager for Adolescent Health at AMCHP. In her role she oversees capacity building activities that equip state health department staff and partners to advance adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Ms. Valenzuela is a public health professional with a range of experience in health promotion, HIV prevention, electoral campaigns, issue advocacy, capacity building, and youth empowerment. Ms. Valenzuela’s past experience includes staffing a local campaign; managing national projects for FairVote, a non-profit advocating for electoral reform; coordinated national nonviolence trainings for youth with the Fellowship of Reconciliation; organizing presidential campaign volunteers for America Coming Together; and provided HIV testing, education, and counseling to high-risk communities. Ms. Valenzuela received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Redlands' Johnston Center for Integrative Studies in 2000 with a self-designed degree in Political Activism with an Emphasis in Environmental Issues. Ms. Valenzuela also has a Master of Public Health Degree from Columbia University in Health Promotion. Ms. Valenzuela is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. She is passionate about the intersections of social justice and public health, addressing health disparities, anti-oppression education, and the health of sexual minority youth.