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Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, MPH, MSW
Director, National MCH Workforce Development Center
Dr. Cilenti is on faculty at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health and previously served as the NC Local Public Health Agency Accreditation Administrator at the NC Institute for Public Health. She has worked in leadership roles in local and state public health agencies in North Carolina for more than 20 years, including serving as Title V Deputy Director of North Carolina and health director for Chatham and Alamance counties and interim health director for Orange County in 2011 and 2017.

She currently directs the National MCH Workforce Development Center under a cooperative agreement with HRSA. She is committed to strengthening health system performance through workforce development, quality improvement, systems integration and implementation of evidence-based practices.

 

Rebecca Greenleaf
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.

 

 

 

Amy Mullenix
Senior Collaboration Manager
National MCH Workforce Development Center

Amy  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.

 

 

Katie Sellers, DrPH, CPH
Vice-President for Impact, de Beaumont Foundation
Dr. Sellers is responsible for demonstrating the impact of the Foundation’s investments and informing decisions regarding what future strategies are likely to achieve the greatest impact. Prior to joining the foundation, Dr. Sellers served as Senior Vice President for Science and Strategy at the March of Dimes, where she was responsible for the strategic initiatives and scientific foundation of March of Dimes work to achieve equity and improvements in birth outcomes. Dr. Sellers also served as Chief Science and Strategy Officer at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). Dr. Sellers has over twenty years of experience in public health, with over 50 publications. She received her doctorate in Maternal and Child Health from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

 

Reena Chudgar, MPH
Director of Innovation, Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI)
Reena leads planning and implementation of PHNCI’s portfolio of work. She joined PHNCI in April 2019 and has over 15 years of experience in public health practice. Prior to joining PHNCI, She served as Director for Performance Improvement at the National Association of County & City Health Officials. Her experience includes providing support to health departments and their public health system partners in community health and strategic planning, quality improvement/performance management, innovations, and in advancing efforts around racial and health equity. She received a Master of Public Health degree and a BS in chemistry from Emory University.

 

Amanda Cornett, MPH
Senior Program Director, Population Health Improvement Partners
Amanda is a Senior Program Director at Population Health Improvement Partners. She has over 10 years of experience in program design, implementation, and quality improvement. She has supported partners at the local, state, and national level to design, implement, and improve complex health initiatives. Additionally she has provided coaching and technical assistance to partners within state public health departments, national organizations, community coalitions, and health clinics to identify and implement best practices in relation to various maternal and child health issues including children and youth with special health care needs, maternal health, oral health, adolescent sexual health, and physical activity and nutrition. Most recently she has collaborated on projects with the National Maternal Child Health Workforce Development Center, the National Network for STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers, the National Governor’s Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

   

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.

 

Karen Trierweiler, MS, CNM (ret.)
Consultant and Founding Partner, Total Population Health
Karen is a master’s prepared nurse midwife and experienced public health professional, with over 30+ years’ experience in Public Health. She served as the Title V MCH Director in Colorado for 11 years and as the Title X Family Planning Director for six years. She is currently a consultant and founding partner of Total Population Health, with primary interests in MCH and organizational development.Karen received a Distinguished Service Award from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment in 2012, a Recognition of Distinction for state Maternal Child Health Leadership from the Association of Maternal Child Health Programs (AMCHP) in 2016 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) for Excellence in MCH in 2017.

   

Jeannine Herrick, MPH
National MCH Workforce Development Center

Jeannine Herrick is an independent leadership coach and trainer with a public health background. Jeannine is an adjunct instructor with at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health – Public Health Leadership Department. Jeannine is a coach for the National Program Office serving the Kresge Foundation sponsored Emerging Leaders in Public Health Initiative. She has coached over 40 leaders in local health departments who are creating new roles for their agencies to better meet adaptive challenges in their communities. Jeannine is also on staff with the National Maternal Child Health Workforce Development Center also based at UNC Gillings.  Jeannine serves on the Adaptive Leadership/Change Management Core supporting state Title V Maternal Child Health teams who are tackling complex challenges related to health transformation.

Jeannine has a Bachelor of Arts from William Smith College in psychology and a MPH degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Maternal and Child Health.

Kate Schedel   

Kate Schedel, MPH
Programs Director, Division of Maternal and Child Health, Indiana State Department of Health

Kate is committed to improving infant, child, adolescent, and maternal in Indiana. Her life in global health began by researching infant and maternal mortality in the Dominican Republic. That led her to strengthening health systems and infrastructure in Central America, serving as a Peace Corps Health Education Volunteer in Albania, and setting up primary care clinics and public health prevention programs in South America. Kate is passionate about identifying gaps and improving the health of Hoosiers through programming and evaluation and is currently serving as the Programs Director for the Division of Maternal and Child Health at the Indiana State Department of Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Public Health degree from Yale University. In her free time, Kate is an avid reader, enjoys working on home improvement projects, dreams of travel after COVID-19, and loves being an aunt.

Sarah Dunne   

Sarah Dunne, MSW, MPH
Supervisor, Children and Youth with Special Needs Program, Minnesota Department of Health
Sarah works as a Supervisor in the Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (CYSHN) Program at the Minnesota Department of Health, where she coordinates Title V MCH Block Grant CYSHN efforts and other CYSHN initiatives, including assessments, priority setting, and program planning. Prior to working for MDH, Sarah worked for the Nebraska Division of Behavioral Health where she coordinated statewide systems for adults and children experiencing psychiatric crises. She has clinical experience working with children and families of in the home and in day treatment facilities. Sarah earned both her Bachelors of Science and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and earned her Masters of Public Health with a focus in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota.

W. Oscar Fleming, PhD
Implementation Scientist
National Implementation Research Network
Dr. Fleming is an Implementation Scientist based at the National Implementation Research Network at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. 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. Mr. 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. Mr. Fleming is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Maternal and Child Health department at the Gillings SChool of Global Public Health.
Lynda Krisowaty AMCHP  

Linda Krisowaty, MHS
Senior Program Manager for Evidence-Based Practice, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
Lynda  is the Senior Program Manager for Evidence-Based Practice at AMCHP where she contributes to the development, implementation, and evaluation of program activities related to evidence-based practices. She leads the implementation of AMCHP’s Best Practices Initiative and Innovation Station, a repository of cutting edge, emerging, promising, and best practices in maternal and child health which allows states to learn about successful MCH programs across the United States and to benefit from lessons learned. She works on the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s Evidence-Based Decision Making Core as the Core Manager.

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.

Rakiah Anderson
 
 

Rakiah Anderson, MPH
Evaluation Coordinator, Maternal Telehealth Access Project
Rakiah is an Evaluation Coordinator for the Maternal Telehealth Access Project. She received her MPH (2020) in Health Behavior from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and trained in Culturally Responsive Evaluation by way of the American Evaluation Association GEDI Scholarship. Rakiah’s career commitment is to utilize culturally responsive and racial equity approaches to understand, and address, inequities in health outcomes.

Michelle Crawford Michelle Crawford

Michelle is the Senior Specialist for Family Leadership Initiatives at AMCHP. In this position, Ms. Crawford 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. Crawford’s 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. Ms. Crawford serves on the Family Engagement Team at the National MCH Workforce Development Center.

Emilee Coulter-Thompson   

Emilee Coulter-Thompson, LMSW, DrPH Cohort 15
Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Emilee has promoted health equity and advocated for underrepresented populations in community settings, state government public health and academic medicine for more than two decades. Currently she is the Department Strategist for the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Learning Health Sciences, a basic science department focused on revolutionizing learning and transforming health. In this role she oversees strategy, communications and development and coordinates learning health system initiatives, including a local learning community to increase survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Melissa James  

Melissa James
Parent Consultant, Ohio Department of Health
Melissa is a Parent Consultant for the Ohio Department of Health in the Maternal, Child, and Family Health Bureau. She enjoys bringing the family perspective and voice to all of ODH’s teams, services, and programs. Melissa finds great comfort in this work, as she is also the mother of a sweet 5-year-old with pediatric cancer and the founder of the nonprofit, Feel Better Foundation. Feel Better Foundation serves all children with special health care needs and includes no cost therapy, support groups, and programming for families, such as Feel Better Mom Support Group, Feel Better Dad, and Kids Korner.

 

Lindsey Alexander
Project Director, FORESIGHT INITIATIVE
The Ripple FoundationLindsey is project director of Rippel’s FORESIGHT initiative, overseeing all aspects of its development and implementation. She contributes intervention portfolio expertise to the ReThink Health initiative’s Regional Portfolio Design project.

 

Lindsey guided the ReThink Health initiative’s place-based partnership with Michigan’s THRIVE Health Initiative and served as financing content lead for Rippel’s ReThink Health Ventures project. She also co-authored and managed the development of Beyond the Grant: A Sustainable Financing Workbook. Previously, Lindsey led her own consulting practice for 10 years that focused on designing and implementing catalytic local processes. She was also an analyst with the City of Minneapolis finance department.

Lindsey loves to spend time with her husband and three kids and is learning to “enjoy” camping in Minnesota, where the (unofficial) state bird is the mosquito.

 

Molly Belsky
The Ripple Foundation

Molly coordinates logistics and research for the many branches of the FORESIGHT team, and acts as a catch-all support system for the Implementation Team.

Molly held a number of different roles before coming to Rippel, all with the same through line of fostering communication and empathy between groups of people. She taught middle school history and theatre for two years before working as a canvass director for Planned Parenthood—two jobs that bore a striking resemblance to each other in terms of helping people discover and articulate causes that they believe in. Her love of storytelling and human connection is what drives her in all endeavors.

As a formerly hour-plus commuter—as well as being generally uncomfortable with silence while she does things like cleaning the bathroom or cooking dinner—Molly regularly listens to many podcasts, on topics as broad as women in business and politics, and as narrow as Harry Potter being read as a sacred text.

 

Maggie Cooke
The Ripple Foundation

Maggie provides Rippel with project management, grants administration, proposal development, and high-level support around the development and cultivation of new partners and emerging projects. Working side by side with Rippel President and CEO Laura Landy, Maggie has helped lead the significant fundraising and strategic partnerships efforts of FORESIGHT.

As part of a research project exploring tax credits’ potential as a source of sustainable financing for population health, Maggie co-authored a paper for the National Academy of Medicine (2018). This work also earned her an award of distinction for her practicum project at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. Before joining Rippel, Maggie worked at Johnson & Johnson for 10 years, most recently as the senior executive assistant to the chief strategy and business transformation officer, and was a service coordinator at the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation before that, where she assisted residents by connecting them to critical resources in order to empower them in maintaining independent housing.

Maggie enjoys living on the Delaware River with her family and is an active member of her community, participating in the Hunterdon County Anti-Racism Coalition, and serving on both the Frenchtown School Advisory Council and the Frenchtown Planning Board.

 

Rebecca Wells, PhD

Rebecca is currently a professor of Management, Policy, and Community Health at The University of Texas School of Public Health. Rebecca is currently on teams examining community collaboration intended to reduce rates of diabetes, and an innovative case management program for sobering center clients. She recently evaluated Texas’s Medicaid 1115(a) waiver value-based payment program for that state. Previously, she served on the Health Policy and Management faculty full time for seven years at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, during which time she taught strategy classes in the DrPH program. While in North Carolina, Rebecca co-chaired the North Carolina Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Families, a statewide group promoting implementation of system of care practices. She works on the Change Management/Adaptive Leadership and Systems Integration Cores at the National MCH Workforce Development Center.