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Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, MPH, MSW
Associate Clinical Professor/Director
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/National MCH Workforce Development Center

Dorothy Cilenti has worked in local and state public health agencies in North Carolina for more than 20 years. She is primarily interested in improving systems of care for underserved women and children. Dr. Cilenti is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health where she directs the Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center and the National Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Center, under cooperative agreements with the Health Resources Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.


Amy Mullenix, MSW, MSPH
Senior Collaboration Manager
National MCH Workforce Development Center

Amy Mullenix serves as the Senior Collaboration Manager for the Center. In this role she leads the coordination and alignment of all Center functions, focusing on innovations that emerge from the interdisciplinary nature of the Center’s activities and ensuring Title V professionals and their partners are prepared to lead health transformation. She serves as the primary point of entry for states and jurisdictions wishing to explore potential collaboration with the Center and as a coach for Cohort teams. Amy has previously worked for local public health departments, a federally qualified health center, a hospital system and a national non-profit maternal and child health agency.


Rebecca Greenleaf, MPH
Training Coordinator
National MCH Workforce Development Center

Rebecca Greenleaf has been serving in various public health roles for more than 20 years. She earned a master’s degree from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. Rebecca has worked for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, North Carolina’s Title V Program, the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, and the National Training Institute for Child Care Health Consultants. Rebecca currently serves as the Training Coordinator for the National MCH Workforce Development Center. In this role, Rebecca supports public health workforce development for MCH professionals, with an emphasis on health transformation, systems integration, evidence-based decision making, and change management. She collaborates with Center faculty and staff to develop curricula, create unique learning platforms and develop resources for MCH leaders.


Ki’Yonna Jones, MHA, MBA
Training Associate

North Carolina Institute for Public Health

Ki’Yonna Jones is a training associate at the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) who specializes in workforce development, training and building leadership capacity. She has experience in convening and working with MCH public health professionals on the local, state and national level. Her areas of interest include implementing and strengthening programs that serve women, children, families and communities. She serves on the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s Change Management Core.


Jessica Simon, MSW
Program Manager on the Health Systems Transformation Team
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs

Jessica Simon is a program manager on the Health Systems Transformation team at AMCHP where she supports various programmatic and policy initiatives. Previously, Jessica worked on housing and behavioral health programs. She has experience on a range of MCH and social welfare issues including homelessness, food insecurity, economic development, health policy, and intimate partner violence. Jessica holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis with a focus on Social and Economic Development and System Dynamics. Jessica is the Core Manager for the Systems Integration Core.

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Vijaya Hogan, DrPH
VHJ Consulting

Dr. Hogan is a nationally known perinatal epidemiologist. She was a member of the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM), has served as a Program Officer at the WK Kellogg Foundation, was Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill, and was the lead epidemiologist on the Preterm Delivery Research Group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In her career, she has worked at the community, state, and federal levels, in public and private sector, in academia, and has worked both domestically and globally. She conducted research and authored several papers relating to understanding and addressing health inequities in perinatal outcomes. She currently works as an Independent Consultant.  She is utilizing her expertise to build the capacity of MCH and other public health organizations in their implementation of strategies to effectively address social determinants of health and to attain health equity.


W. Oscar Fleming, DrPHLead, Evidence Based Decision Making Core
National MCH Workforce Development Center

Dr. Fleming leads the Evidence-based Decision-Making Core for the National MCH Workforce Development Center, supporting public health professionals to use and produce evidence to protect and promote the health of children and families. Dr. Fleming has previously worked on public health, early childhood, and community development programs in North Carolina, across the US, and around the world. His areas of interest include program design, implementation science, applied research, coaching, and team development in support of evidence based and other innovative programs. Dr. Fleming is an Assistant Professor in the Public Health Leadership Program and an adjunct professor in the MCH Department at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.


Lindsey Yates  

Lindsey Yates, MPH
PhD Candidate
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Lindsey’s research examines racial differences in immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). Her findings will enrich current understanding of women’s receipt of LARC postpartum and contribute to knowledge about equitable access to women’s reproductive services. To support her research Lindsey was awarded the UNC-Chapel Hill Summer Fellowship and Graduate Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

Lindsey has worked in both clinical and public health research. She worked as a social/clinical research assistant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Lindsey also supported community research in central Texas. There she assisted with the facilitation of concept mapping and worked with local stakeholders to explore the impact of social determinants of health on racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality.



Steve Orton, PhD
Change Management Core Lead
National MCH Workforce Development Center

Steve Orton, PhD is the Senior Fellow, Public Health Leadership at the North Carolina Institute for Public Health in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Steve is the Core Lead of the Change Management Core at the National MCH Workforce Development Center and serves as a coach for state and territory teams participating in Center training and technical assistance.


Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD
Associate Professor,Department of Health Policy and Management
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Hasmiller Lich is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in the application of systems thinking, operations research and simulation modeling methods to inform health policy and management decision-making. Kristen is the Core Lead of the Systems Integration core of the National MCH Workforce Development Center. Her work seeks to advance the way we use system maps, models, and local data to improve decision making at multiple levels within systems, and to engage system stakeholders in the process.

Becky Burns  

Becky Burns, MSSW
CYSHCN Statewide Coordinator
UW-Madison, Waisman Center UCEDD

Becky’s career centers on supporting children and families whose lives have been affected by unanticipated journeys through the world of disability services. She treasures the opportunities to work with these families whose resilience and growth continues to astound her. With a Master’s of Science in Social Work, she has used her education along with her personal experience of being raised in a family with a child who has a disability to influence her work with families. She has worked in one capacity or another for the state of WI for over 20 years.

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Nicole Boyer, MPH
Research Assistant
Department of Maternal and Child Health
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Nicole (she,her) is a values driven leader and change agent for equity in public health. After earning her Masters in Public Health degree in Maternal & Child Health in 2014, she returned home to Portland, Oregon to work in HIV & STI prevention and health equity. Leading with cultural humility, Nicole has done Equity Consulting for peer-led nonprofit organizations which provide safetynet HIV+ care, mental healthcare, and addiction support services for BIPOC and LGBTQIA2S+ communities, people with disabilities, and folx whose identities intersect all three groups. She is a peer group facilitator for LGBTQIA2S+ mental health, a certified Traditional Health Worker (THW) in Oregon, and was a first responder for the Multnomah County Health Department’s COVID-19 efforts. To recharge, Nicole enjoys macrame, nature walks, and meditation.

Stacey Tuck  

Stacey Tuck, MS
Director of Programs
Association of Maternal & Health Programs

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Stacey is an accomplished public health practitioner who has dedicated her career to making systematic improvements in maternal and child health over the past 25 years. At AMCHP, Ms. Tuck provides collaborative oversight of the Program Team and serves as part of AMCHP’s executive leadership where she enthusiastically supports authentically advancing racial and health equity within AMCHP, throughout all Title V funded states and jurisdictions and with external partners such as the National MCH Workforce Development Center. Stacey is glad to be part of the Equity and Engagement Core at the Center.


Allison George, MPH
Curriculum Development Specialist
National MCH Workforce Development Center

Allison possesses close to 20 years of domestic and international public health experience. She has created, delivered and evaluated trainings and courses on topics including: HIV prevention, quality improvement, disaster preparedness, family planning, and household survey data collection. Allison holds a Masters of Public Health in Health Education and Health Behavior from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Macalester College. She is a Masters Certified Health Education Specialist. Having lived in 7 countries, 5 states and the District of Columbia, Allison has a deep appreciation for the rich contributions that diverse backgrounds, faces, and experiences bring to any learning experience.


Denise Evans, MM, MA

Ms. Evans is a trained facilitator, public health educator and Truth Racial Healing Transformation Racial Healing Circles practitioner. She has specialized training in health equity and social justice, Cultural Intelligence, unconscious/implicit bias, as well as Technologies of Participation facilitation.  Denise works closely with the National Healthy Start Association, the National Association of County & City Health Officials and state and local health departments on issues of equity, justice, bias and inclusion.