|Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, MPH, MSW
Dr. Dorothy 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 health director for Chatham and Alamance counties and interim health director for Orange County in 2011. 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.
|Amy Mullenix, MSW, MSPH
Senior Collaboration Manager
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.
Family Engagement Team Lead
Alice Wertheimer is the Project Coordinator for the National MCH Workforce Development Center, based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She leads the Center’s Family Engagement Team whose mission is to integrate a family perspective into all aspects of the Center’s work. Alice has directed logistics and events for several MCH-related projects, including the Maternal and Child Health Public Health Leadership Institute and was the longtime Training Coordinator for the UNC-TEACCH Autism Program. A founding member of Extraordinary Ventures, a unique community employment program for adults with autism, Alice has served on boards of directors for a variety of local and state organizations dedicated to families of children with special health care needs.
|William Davis, MA
Public Communications Specialist and Knowledge Management Coordinator
William Davis is the Public Communications Specialist and Knowledge Management Coordinator for the National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He serves as a member of both the Change Management and the Evidence-based Decision Making cores and provides communication and information management support to all Center members.
|Rebecca Greenleaf, MPH
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.
|Shara Evans, MPH
Doctoral Graduate Assistant
Shara Evans is a doctoral student in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Maternal and Child Health department. She has an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and an MSc in Health, Population and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Shara supports each of the Core teams at the Center on an array of projects including data collection and management, program evaluation, and knowledge management.
|Emilee Coulter-Thompson, LMSW
Health Equity Team Member
Emilee Coulter-Thompson is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) student at the University of North Carolina and Department Strategist at the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Learning Health Sciences. With the MCH Workforce Development Center, she serves on the Health Equity Team. As a public health social worker, she has promoted health equity and advocated for underrepresented populations in community settings, state government public health and academic medicine for more than two decades. Emilee previously served as deputy to the director of the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center, the hub of innovation and improvement for Oregon’s health system transformation. Emilee lives in Ann Arbor with her wife and two children.
|Steve Orton, PhD
Change Management Core Lead
Steve Orton, PhD is the Deputy Director of Executive Education 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.
|W. Oscar Fleming, Candidate
Evidence-Based Decision Making Core Lead
Based at the National Implementation Research Network at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Oscar Fleming leads the Evidence-based Decision Making core for the National MCH Workforce Development Center. Oscar has worked on community, maternal and child health programs in the US and globally over 20 years. His areas of interest include applied implementation science, technical assistance and capacity building, and systems change, all in serve to improved well-being of children, families and communities. He is currently working to complete a Doctorate in Health Leadership at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
|Grace Guerrero Ramírez
Program Manager, Workforce Development and Capacity Building
Grace is the Program Manager for Workforce Development and Capacity Building at AMCHP earned her Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2019 and for the past year has been serving as the de Beaumont Foundation’s Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Philanthropy Fellow.
During her Fellowship, Grace built knowledge and capacity around appreciative inquiry, conducted qualitative research, and spearheaded the production of a public health policy book involving major coordination and collaboration with national subject matter experts. She also has a strong communications background, having published on topics including workplace perceptions among governmental public health workforce and the role of federal health policies in creating and exacerbating health disparities in Puerto Rico. As a graduate student, Grace led data collection and analysis efforts to understand home visiting and child welfare staff experiences working with families with substance use problems and/or substance-exposed newborns. Grace brings both a deep commitment to and experience in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and incorporating an anti-racist and social justice lens in all aspects of work.
At AMCHP, Grace focuses on best practices related to MCH workforce and leadership development, deploying training and capacity building resources, student engagement, and work closely with the University of North Carolina’s MCH Workforce Development Center as Core Manager for Change Management and Adaptive Leadership.
|Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD
System Integration Core Lead
Kristen Hassmiller 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.
|Lewis Margolis, MD, MPH
Evaluation Team Lead
Dr. Lewis Margolis, a pediatrician and epidemiologist, is associate professor of maternal and child health (MCH) at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Margolis is one of the two lead faculty instructors for the MCH department’s year-long master’s core course. He is an investigator with the UNC Center for the Study of Young Drivers, an interdisciplinary undertaking established in 2006 to ameliorate the driving risks of this group. He has played the role of liaison between the School and assorted Title V and other public health programs throughout the southeast, engaging in projects that translate research into practice. Dr. Margolis is the lead of the Evaluation Team for the National MCH Workforce Development Center, guiding the implementation of evaluating the effectiveness of the Center.
|Atyya Chaudhry, MPP
Atyya is a senior program manager on the Health Systems Transformation team at AMCHP. In this capacity, she works on the development, implementation and evaluation of program and policy initiatives related to health reform and its impact on state Title V programs and the maternal and child populations they serve. Previously, Atyya worked in community health at a local health department in Maryland. She completed her Master’s in Public Policy with a dual specialization in health policy and social policy.
Jessica Cohen is a program analyst 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. Jessica works with the Systems Integration Core.
|Alexsandra Monge, MPH
Alexsandra works for both the Evidence Center and the National MCH Workforce Development Center where she works on training development and delivery in program evaluation and use of evidence-based practices. Alexsandra earned her MPH from Rutgers University School of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology.
|Lynda Krisowaty, MHS
Lynda Krisowaty 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.
|Christina Welter, DrPH
Dr. Christina Welter is a clinical assistant professor of community health sciences of the UIC School of Public Health and director of the MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice. She also is associate director of the school’s DrPH Program in Leadership and an IHRP Fellow. She leads the training core of the Illinois Prevention Research Center, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and she works on the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s Change Management/Adaptive Leadership Core. Prior to joining UIC faculty, she was deputy director of Cook County Department of Public Health’s Prevention Services Unit. She earned her doctorate in public health leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010 and holds an MPH degree from the University of Michigan. Christina serves on the Change Management/Adaptive Leadership Core at the National MCH Workforce Development Center.
|Jeannine Herrick, MPH
Jeannine Herrick, MPH, is a Workforce Development Associate at the North Carolina Institute for Public Health within the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Gillings Global School of Public Health. Jeannine works closely with the Adaptive Leadership Core within the National MCH Workforce Development Center developing trainings and facilitating peer learning. Jeannine supports local health department leaders in the National Program Office for the Emerging Leaders in Public Health Program through training and technical assistance. Jeannine also supports local and state leaders through the North Carolina Public Health Leadership Institute. Jeannine has a wealth of experience in program design and implementation, strategic planning, partnership development and donor relations.
|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.
|Caroline Stampfel, MPH
Caroline Stampfel 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 (MCH) epidemiology and working with state MCH data systems. She serves on the Evidence-Based Decision Making Core at the National MCH Workforce Development Center.
|Ki’Yonna Jones, MHA, MBA
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.
|Allison Metz, PhD
Allison Metz is a developmental psychologist, Director of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN), and Senior Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Allison specializes in the implementation, mainstreaming, and scaling of evidence to achieve social impact for children and families in a range of human service and education areas, with an emphasis on child welfare and early childhood service contexts. Allison’s work focuses in several key areas including: the development of evidence-informed practice models; the use of effective implementation and scaling strategies to improve the application of evidence in service delivery systems; and the development of coaching, continuous quality improvement, and sustainability strategies. Allison works on the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s Evidence-based Decision Making Core.
|Amanda Cornett, MPH
Amanda Cornett, MPH, 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.
She serves as a coach and as a team member on the Evidence-Based Decision Making Core at the National MCH Workforce Development Center.
|Jane Branscomb, MPH
Jane Branscomb is a senior research associate at the Georgia Health Policy Center. She leads GHPC’s systems thinking efforts and manages a portfolio of projects aimed at improving population health and equity through the generation and use of sound evidence, cross-sector collaboration, and policy engagement. Jane helps diverse stakeholders who face a common challenge to understand data, value each other’s perspectives, build shared understanding of the complex interactions that perpetuate the challenge, and generate actionable insights for systemic change. She serves on the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s Systems Integration Core.
|Colleen Smith, MSW
Colleen Smith is a research associate at the Georgia Health Policy Center. She supports domestic and global research and evaluation efforts in mental health, substance use, and maternal and child health. Her area of expertise is in monitoring and evaluation. Smith brings over 10 years’ experience using systems thinking to evaluate complex programs and working closely with program teams to use the best available evidence to inform program quality improvement and support practice-informed research. Her work in evaluation has crossed multiple fields including infant and young child nutrition, food security, maternal health, reproductive health, children’s mental health, co-occurring mental health and substance use, community development, and gender. She also has experience in program design and implementation globally. Colleen serves on the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s Evidence Based Decision Making Core.
|Jimmy Dills, MPH, MUP
Jimmy Dills is a research associate II at the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC). He works to improve public health by advancing a Health in All Policies perspective of decision-making. His areas of expertise are health impact assessment (HIA) and healthy community design. At GHPC, Jimmy leads work on specific HIA projects and the provision of training and technical assistance to local, state, and national partners related to Health in All Policies. Jimmy is also involved in the center’s behavioral health work as a member of the Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health, where he focuses on qualitative elements of program evaluation. He works on the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s Systems Integration Core.
|Karen Minyard, PhD, MN
Karen Minyard, Ph.D. is the chief executive officer of the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University. She has led the center since 2001 and is also a research professor with the Department of Public Management and Policy in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Minyard connects the research, policy, and programmatic work of the center across issue areas including: population health, health and health care financing, health in all policies, long-term services and supports, rural health, child health and well-being, behavioral health, health system transformation, and community health systems development. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia, and a doctoral degree in business administration with a major in strategic management and minor in health care financing from Georgia State University. She works on the Systems Integration Core at the National MCH Workforce Development Center.
|John Richards, MA
John Richards is a research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute (HPI). He serves as Co-Director for the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Lead for the Health Information Group that develops distance learning curricula, medical center infrastructure, and data-driven public health websites. He currently runs the MCH Navigator and the HealthCheck Provider Training and Resource Center. For the past twenty years he has worked on a wide range of MCHB initiatives at Georgetown University, including the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, the MCH Library, the National Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep, the Title V Information System, Bright Futures, and the Healthy Start National Resource Center. He serves as technical liaison with the National MCH Workforce Development Center.
|Arden Handler, DrPH
Dr. Arden Handler is the Director of the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health and a Professor in the Community Health Sciences division of the UIC School of Public Health. Dr. Handler’s research career reflects her long-standing commitment to improve the health of women, children and families, with specific interests in exploring the factors that increase the risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes and examining ways in which the health care delivery system, particularly how prenatal care, postpartum care, and preconception/interconception/well-woman care can ameliorate these risks. She is a nationally renowned leader in maternal and child health advocacy, policy, epidemiology, and public health system improvement. Dr. Handler works on the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s Pipeline Team.
|Cindy San Miguel, MPH
Cindy San Miguel currently serves as the coordinator for the Title V MCH Internship and is part of the Pipeline Team for the National MCH Workforce Development Center. Cindy San Miguel is also the Assistant Director for the Center of Excellence (CoE) in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) at the University of Illinois at Chicago – School of Public Health. Her past work experience includes lung health education through the Respiratory Health Association at various ambulatory clinics of Cook County Health. She also previously worked as a community-based doula for young mothers in the South-Side of Chicago and was a home visitor for Healthy Start and Family Case management, serving pregnant women and children on Medicaid throughout the Chicagoland area. Cindy has an MPH from the UIC School of Public Health in community health sciences and maternal and child health.
|Christine Bozlak, PhD, MPH
Christine Bozlak is Assistant Professor at the University at Albany and the Co-director of the Maternal and Child Health Public Health Catalyst Program. Christine frequently teaches courses in childhood obesity, adolescent health, maternal and child health, and program development in health promotion. Her research interests are in the areas of maternal and child health, specifically childhood obesity prevention, wellness promotion, and positive youth development. Christine’s areas of expertise are in applied policy research and community-based participatory research. In her research, she utilizes a variety of mixed methods, specializing in qualitative methodologies. Christine provides consultation to the Pipeline Team at the National MCH Workforce Development Center.
Nevillene White is the contract manager for the Adolescent Health Unit within the Division of Family Health at the New York State Department of Health. Nevillene received her undergraduate degree in Education and African American Studies from the University at Albany. She manages over 22 of the Comprehensive Adolescent Prevention Pregnancy grants awarded across the state. In addition to her role as contract manager, she is the lead on the Health Equity team for the Maternal and Child health services block grant. Her role as team lead is to focus the department’s efforts to increase health equity by ensuring that all strategies implemented include a health equity lens. Nevillene works on the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s Equity Team. Prior to assuming her current position, she worked for the Bureau of Immunization and New York State AIDS institute. Ms. White brings over 23 years of experience working in the field of public health.
|Sarah Verbiest, DrPH
Dr. Sarah Verbiest is a public health social worker who has spent the last 20 years working to improve the health of women and babies in North Carolina and the southeast. She has taken on this challenge from many angles – as a program leader, strategic planner, educator, lobbyist, fundraiser, connector, systems-thinker, manager, researcher and partner. Dr. Verbiest is a clinical associate professor in the UNC School of Social Work, co-founder and director of the Every Woman Southeast Coalition and senior advisor to the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative. She has served as director of the Center for Maternal and Infant Health for 11 years. She has her DrPH, MPH and MSW – all earned at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At the National MCH Workforce Development Center, she works on the Equity Team.
Michelle Crawford 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.
|Stacy Collins, MSW
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. Stacy holds a master’s degree in social work from Catholic University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Virginia.
|Meg Comeau, MHA
Meg Comeau, MHA is a senior project director at the Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health (CISWH). She is a nationally recognized expert on the impact of Medicaid and federal health care reform for children with special health care needs, medically complex conditions, and disabilities. She brings more than 15 years of health care delivery and financing experience to her role as principal investigator for the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Advance Care for Children with Medical Complexity (CMC) and as principal investigator of the Catalyst Center, a project focused on improving insurance coverage and financing of care for children and youth with special health care needs.
She has been a member of the MCH Workforce Development Center since 2014, serving as a coverage/financing expert, state team coach and member of the Family Engagement team.
|Greg Randolph, MD, FACS, FACE
Greg is the Executive Director of Population Health Improvement Partners and is an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has 20 years of experience in quality improvement (QI) leadership, implementation, education, and research focused on improving population health. He has published extensively on the application of QI in health care and public health. Greg served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Quality Measures for the Healthy People Leading Health Indicators, the US Department of Health and Human Services Expert Panel on Public Health Quality, the Public Health Accreditation Board Evaluation and Quality Improvement Committee, the American Board of Pediatrics Maintenance of Certification Committee, the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and as Editor of the AAP Quality Connections newsletter.
|Victoria Moerchen, PT, PhD
Victoria Moerchen’s research has both a basic science and a translational trajectory, where each intentionally informs the other. The basic science component of her work is aimed at understanding developmental transitions and emergent motor control during infancy and toddler development. The translational component of Moerchen’s research is aimed at enhancing social interaction and physical activity in infants with neuromotor delays, with a particular interest in clinical populations with global developmental delays, including spina bifida, Down syndrome and autism. Moerchen’s scholarship marries developmental and motor control theory with clinical reality, and the ecological slant to her work is increasingly shaped by family-systems perspectives. Having worked as a clinician for 15 years in early intervention prior to her research career, she is interested in addressing not only the issues of how to get infants more active and walking earlier, but also how best to deliver this intervention in a way that is both efficient and ecologically relevant to the natural course of early development. At present, Moerchen utilizes an infant treadmill paradigm to examine basic science and clinical questions. Dr. Moerchen contributes her expertise to the National MCH Workforce Development Center.
|Karl Umble, PhD, MPH
Karl Umble is an Assistant Professor in the School’s Department of Health Policy and Management, where he was Director of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program (2014-19) and teaches Program Evaluation for doctoral students and Senior Capstone and Senior Honors Thesis for BSPH students. He has worked as a Health Educator with the Virginia Department of Health, where he trained field staff, designed programs, conducted evaluations, and wrote proposals.
In 1998, Karl joined UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, where he planned and evaluated continuing education and distance learning programs. Since 2000, he has been with the School’s North Carolina Institute for Public Health and has played major roles in the Management Academy for Public Health, the National and Southeastern Public Health Leadership Institutes, the Caribbean Health Leadership Institute, and other programs. Karl has conducted evaluations of the CDC’s Sustainable Management Development Program activities in the Philippines and Vietnam, and of continuing education programs offered by the Atlanta-based Public Health Informatics Institute.
He serves on the Center Evaluation Team.