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Angie Truesdale
Angie Truesdale
Chief Executive Officer

Angie joined Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) as chief executive officer in 2015, bringing leadership from both nonprofit and government relations/advocacy worlds to the organization. In a short time, Angie has restructured CHI to position Centering as a scalable healthcare delivery model for mothers, babies and families throughout the nation. She has secured more than $9 million in new philanthropic support and spearheaded CHI’s focus on quality assurance for Centering sites and practitioners. Under her leadership, Centering has become the standard of prenatal care for the U.S. Army, invested greatly in building out the CenteringParenting 0-2 pediatric model, and expanded access to Centering in nearly 600 clinical settings. Angie was named one of TIME Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare for 2018.


Prior to CHI, Angie’s career path was addressing healthcare disparities and turning grassroots efforts into successful movements for change. She spent 15 years in Washington, DC working in the national healthcare policy arena. She spearheaded the federal lobbying efforts for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and the American Diabetes Association through historic legislative events such as the creation of the Medicare Part D drug benefit and passage of the Affordable Care Act. Previously she worked for United States Representative Rúben Hinojosa (TX-15) as Press Secretary and Legislative Assistant for health policy. While on Capitol Hill, she crafted legislation and worked to address the health care issues facing one of the lowest income, yet fastest growing, minority populations in the nation – she focused primarily on diabetes and access to affordable and adequate health care.

Tamara Pitts
Tamara Pitts
Chief Administrative Officer

As Chief Administrative Officer, Tamara oversees the Information Technology, Administration and Human Resource teams and drives the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion imperative at CHI. With over 30 years experience in group health insurance, Tamara managed cross functional teams to collaborate on innovative enterprise wide projects and held several leadership roles in systems and operational improvement, large group Underwriting and program design and implementation. With a passion for improving systems by reducing barriers to access, Tamara served on Boards of local organizations and was an elected official in the Town of Randolph, MA.

John Craine
John Craine
Chief Financial Officer

A CHI team member since 2014, John oversees financial operations and supports the Executive Team in setting long term financial goals and strategies. He has held several positions within the organization including CHI's first Regional Director, Sr. Director of Strategy & Partnerships, and Chief Strategy Officer. John’s vision launched CHI’s expansion strategy leading a team of Regional Directors and State Program Managers to expand CHI's national footprint through direct outreach to providers, payers, influential stakeholders and community partners. Prior to CHI, John served for 12 years as COO/CFO of Vida Health Communications, Inc. directing numerous NIH and CDC-funded research grants focused on developing and scaling award winning behavioral interventions for maternal and child health. He has also been a successful entrepreneur having started and run his own lease financing business for 10 years.

Marena Burnett
Marena Burnett
Chief Engagement Officer

Since joining the team in 2015, Marena has been focused on increasing awareness and access to Centering group care. She has been a passionate driver of the prenatal through pediatrics (P - 2) continuity model and led product development efforts that re-imagined the CenteringPregnancy and CenteringParenting offerings. She introduced the CenteringHealthcare framework to support clinicians in applying the model across the life course. Marena provides leadership and oversight to the Engagement and Innovation department; working towards an equity lens and CHI’s core values infused into all communications, products and services. Additionally, she is working with philanthropic partners to ensure CHI’s mission and fundraising objectives are met. Prior to joining CHI, Marena enjoyed the challenge and spirit of two progressive healthcare start-ups.

Shannon Merrell
Shannon Merrell
Chief Experience Officer

As Chief Experience Officer, Shannon works to ensure CHI provides high quality experiences and support to our healthcare partners so they have everything they need to implement and expand access to Centering care. Her primary area of responsibility is to oversee the implementation, training and support services offered by CHI. Since joining the organization in 2015, Shannon has continuously worked to enhance the quality of services offered, evolve CHI's service delivery workforce structure and capacity and build new workstreams to complement standard service offerings. Early in her career, Shannon was inspired by her opportunity to work as a Centering Coordinator in a New York City health center and experienced first hand the impact Centering can have in participants' lives. Working at CHI brings Shannon's passions for maternal and child health and health equity full circle.

Mia Robins, MPH
Mia Robins, MPH
Chief Strategy Officer

As Chief Strategy Officer, Mia works closely with the Executive Team to develop, execute and sustain key strategic capacities focused on growing, measuring and articulating CHI's reach and value proposition. As CSO, she leads CHI's efforts in federal and state payment policy matters, business development and data strategies. Mia brings extensive experience in the federal and health consulting space through her work at various government agencies, consulting firms and health plans. Through her efforts as a passionate public servant, Mia has been engaged in ground-breaking efforts including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and has been a sought after resource for government compliance and health policy initiatives which has led to countless recognitions in the field. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as well as other community-focused organizations.

Staff


Christina Albo, MA
Christina Albo, MA
Implementation Advisor

As an Implementation Advisor, Christina works directly with clinics to implement the Centering model through facilitation training and consultation services. Christina comes to Centering with over two decades of experience in building and implementing various programs aimed at systems change toward greater equity.

Gisely Alvarez
Gisely Alvarez
Coordinator, Administration & HR

A member of the Human Resources team, Gisely provides support and assists with recruitment, maintaining employee records and on-boarding new staff. In her role, she is also responsible for managing print and material vendor relationships and supports inventory monitoring activities. With an education in HR management, Gisely comes to CHI with experience in administration. 

Corina Anderson
Corina Anderson
Practice Service Representative

As part of the Practise Transformation team, Corina handles customer service inquiries relating to workshop registrations, products and online orders. She comes to CHI with over five years of experience in customer service including working as a patient care coordinator. With a background and education in health care systems and program implementation, Corina was drawn to CHI for its mission to transform healthcare and improve health outcomes nationwide.

Jessica Bedoy
Jessica Bedoy
Implementation Advisor

Jessica works collaboratively with healthcare organizations to build sustainable Centering models with a focus on patient-centered care. She comes to CHI with over 15 years of experience in Prenatal & Childbirth education, Centering facilitation and coordination in a FQHC community clinic setting. Her experience in Women’s Health and Family Practice drew her to CHI. She is dedicated to health equity efforts by supporting healthcare organizations to build a solid Centering foundation to address healthcare disparities in vulnerable communities.

Nia Casey, MPH
Nia Casey, MPH
Technical Assistance Manager

Responsible for supporting Centering practices in the Northeast and Great Plains regions, Nia engages in regular outreach and provides strategic input to sites on implementing Centering care from startup through launch and sustainability cycles. With a strong background in public health, she comes to CHI with nine years of experience working in the maternal health field. Previous experiences have honed her skills in program implementation, program evaluation and data analytics. 

Octavia Chambers
Octavia Chambers
Implementation Advisor

As Implementation Advisor, Octavia provides organizations with training and consultation services to support the successful implementation of Centering group care models. A health equity advocate with a skill and passion for supporting organizations through conscious and sustainable change, she enjoys engaging diverse stakeholders in collaborative efforts to improve overall program outcomes, breaking down silos inside and outside of organizations to promote inclusion, foster equity and drive innovation. Before joining CHI, Octavia served as a Public Health Advisor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Alaska and Oregon, leading efforts to reduce health disparities, advance health equity and prevent chronic disease. She has also led workforce development and equity, diversity & inclusion (EDI) efforts in the social services, sports and entertainment industries. Octavia is committed to serving her local community and serves on local nonprofit boards and supports the launch of several community-based programs, including co-founding the Miss Juneteenth Oregon empowerment program for African American girls.

Kennedy Comfort
Kennedy Comfort
Executive Assistant to the CEO

Kennedy provides day-to-day executive support and serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the office of the CEO. Initially a member of the Practice Transformation team, she moved into a more operational and administrative role in early 2020. Kennedy comes to CHI with sales and customer service experience. 

Amanda Donovan, MSW, MPH
Amanda Donovan, MSW, MPH
Implementation Advisor

Amanda provides consultation services and facilitation training to staff at healthcare practices to support the successful implementation of the Centering model. A Public Health Social Worker with expertise in mitigating the health effects of psychological trauma through social cohesion, she has over a decade of experience in group dynamics and facilitation with a passion for social justice and community building. As an Implementation Advisor, she is energized by the process of consulting with new Centering sites to create thriving and dynamic programs that meet the needs of diverse communities.

Rob Eddins, MBA
Rob Eddins, MBA
Strategic Project Manager

Rob drives the delivery of projects and initiatives that span multiple business units at the organization. In this role, he is responsible for managing resources, schedules and project costs including management of issues, risks and project change requests to ensure successful on-time project delivery. Rob also contributes to process improvement initiatives as it relates to improving project delivery. He brings over 15 years of experience as a project leader and client manager leading teams within the government and commercial insurance space. Rob has also attained his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.


Gianna Evangelista
Gianna Evangelista
Coordinator, Engagement & Innovation

In her role, Gianna provides support to the Chief Engagement Officer and the E&I team through administrative, organizational and communication contributions. She has worked in both non-profit and healthcare practice settings with experience in data entry, multi-department collaborations, schedule management and customer assistance. Her fluency in Spanish has helped her become an advocate for those with language barriers. 

Mia Fite
Mia Fite
Product Development, E-Learning Specialist

Mia is responsible for the development of CHI’s online courses, virtual training resources and offerings to support Centering sites. For the past seven years, she has focused on her passion for keeping learners engaged in the online environment through the use of adult learning principles and developing interactive learning tools. Prior to CHI, Mia worked as a consultant supporting several universities and organizations in transferring their traditional face-to-face training into synchronous and asynchronous online courses. Mia is known for developing an online learning experience that cherishes the intent of the in-person experience. 

Mary Fitzmaurice, CNM, MSN
Mary Fitzmaurice, CNM, MSN
Regional Director, Great Plains and Northeast

As part of the Business Development team, Mary is responsible for leading the growth and expansion of Centering across states in the Great Plains and Northeast regions through collaborations with healthcare providers and systems, funders and government agencies. She is the lead on a number of key Centering initiatives in the Northeast. Her journey with Centering started as a provider facilitator and coordinator of CenteringPregnancy and she moved to become the Centering in-house trainer at a large outpatient clinic in North Carolina. A Certified Nurse-Midwife, Mary comes to CHI with over 22 years of healthcare experience and is passionate about providing care for the whole person and improving health outcomes particularly in underserved communities.

Selina Griswold
Selina Griswold
Director of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Responsible for leading organizational strategies and learning engagements, Selina works closely with CHI staff and leadership to implement diversity and inclusion initiatives across the organization. With over 25 years of experience in the field as a consultant, educator and author, Selina has been a business professor teaching and creating diversity management curriculum, certificate courses and training programs. Prior to CHI, Selina has held numerous university roles including College of Business & Innovation Director of Diversity & Inclusion and University Inclusion Officer at the University of Toledo, OH. She has authored three textbooks: Managing Workplace DiversityWorkplace Diversity: A Training Guide for Individuals & Organizations and Managing Diversity in the Workplace: A Practical ApproachSelina has also held board membership positions at local nonprofits and worked with underrepresented populations to address barriers to the workplace and higher education.

Jon Hayes
Jon Hayes
Senior Director of Information Technology

As Senior Director of Information Technology, Jon is responsible for CHI's IT infrastructure and staff and has been with the organization since 2015. He brings over 15 years of experience in the Information Technology field, focusing largely on enterprise CRM and ERP application management. Outside of the office, Jon enjoys time with his wife Kim and their daughter Lily.

Kara Nett Hinkley, MPP
Kara Nett Hinkley, MPP
Director of Advocacy & Government Affairs

In her role as Director, Kara works with state agency, legislative, and regulatory leaders to implement policies that improve health, transform care and disrupt inequitable systems through the Centering group model. A policy and strategic partnerships expert, Kara's past roles have seen her as Special Advisor for COVID-19 Disabilities & Emergency Preparedness for the Louisiana Department of Health where she worked with leadership to secure and allocate more than $130 million in federal CV19 relief funding and developed and implemented the In-Home Vaccination Program for the state. She was also a former health policy associate with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) where her work focused on health care cost containment, provider scope of practice, health facility regulation and state pharmaceutical policy. In her role in government affairs for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, she drafted legislation and policy priorities, organized grassroots to grasstops mapping, advocacy and campaign efforts and lobbied at the state and federal levels in the legislative and regulatory arenas. She has also directed teams across the southeast to train frontline workers on stigma and bias in health care at the intersection of race, disability and reproductive health.

John Holder
John Holder
Salesforce / IT Administrator

John is the Salesforce / IT administrator at CHI. He has over ten years experience in IT systems and infrastructure management with a specific focus on Salesforce CRM implementation, integration and administration.

Deus Jean-Francois
Deus Jean-Francois
Accounting Manager

In his role as Accounting Manager, Deus assists the Director of Finance with daily operations of the accounting department. He has a strong background in accounting and financial management with over 15 years of experience working as a public accountant.

Dillon Kamutenga
Dillon Kamutenga
Communications Manager

As the Communications Manager, Dillon focuses on building CHI’s social media and email marketing capability as well as supporting the communication needs across the organization. He comes with over 10 years of experience in digital communications, developing and implementing social media campaigns and managing audience engagement across online platforms.

Cherelle King
Cherelle King
Human Resources Manager

Cherelle comes to CHI with over 7 years of experience in varying aspects of human resource management. As the Human Resource Manager for CHI, Cherelle plans and coordinates all administrative functions of our organization. Serving as the link between staff and managers, she enhances human resources by planning, implementing and evaluating employee relations and human resources policies, programs and practices. 

Miguel A. Lopez, MBA
Miguel A. Lopez, MBA
National Director – Business Development

Miguel is responsible for the organization's business development strategy and execution of the national expansion of Centering sites. Along with his team of Regional Directors and State program managers, they focus on outreach to providers, payers, influential stakeholders, community organizations and legislative partners. Miguel's brings over 20 years of experience in functional areas like sales, operations and customer service leadership in medical transcription, clinical documentation improvement, revenue cycle management, EHR, robotic process automation and organizational consulting to Physicians, Clinics and Health Systems. Miguel is an Adjunct Professor for Houston Community College and has also led the startup of several businesses ventures as an entrepreneur.  

Daphne Mazuz
Daphne Mazuz
Lead Technical Assistance Manager

Daphne joined the CHI team in 2017, and currently manages the team that provides support and technical assistance to Centering practices nationwide. She is the primary point of contact for practices affiliated with Unified Women's Healthcare as well as those located in New England. Daphne's career is driven by a commitment to health equity and social justice. She has consulted on public health communications and advocacy projects, supported community-based public health research studies, worked in non-profit development and communications for nearly a decade, and serves on the boards of both local and national non-profit organizations.

Nicole McCollum
Nicole McCollum
Implementation Advisor

Nicole brings over 12 years of first-hand experience as a Centering facilitator at an FQHC in Chicago, where she went on to becoming a project manager and leading the organization in the implementation of four Centering programs. She began her community healthcare career as a Doula and has over 15 years experience as a Doula, Certified Lactation Consultant and Childbirth Educator. Nicole’s lifework has been around serving the underserved and combating disparities in healthcare. In 2017, she launched The Birth Professionals of Color Collective, to address the health disparities within her community in Chicago.

Katherine McGuiness, MPH, MSW
Katherine McGuiness, MPH, MSW
Director, Facilitation Services

Katherine is responsible for ensuring effective delivery of CHI's facilitation services and co-manages the Implementation Advisor team. She has spent the last years working at the intersections of public health, social work and social change. She has worked on a variety of issues on the program and policy sides, including reproductive and sexual health, immunizations, domestic and sexual violence prevention, and abortion access. Having grown up in South and Central America, Katherine moved to the United States as an adolescent and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Tanya Munroe
Tanya Munroe
Director of Special Initiatives

As Director of Special Initiatives, Tanya provides leadership to the Implementation Awards Initiative. With over 10 years of experience at CHI, Tanya has been instrumental in providing direction for developing quality and improvement processes at the organization. She has led the charge on data and outcomes management including developing processes for data collection and evaluation, site readiness assessing, Site Accreditation and consortium-building. Prior to CHI, Tanya was the Manager of Chapter Grants at the March of Dimes National Office. She also established the Office of Global Health Education & Training at Columbia University Medical Center in 2003 and was the administrative director for a post-graduate program at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Anna C. Pfaff, MPH
Anna C. Pfaff, MPH
Technical Assistance Manager

In her role, Anna provides support and technical assistance to Centering practices in the Midwest and Southeast regions. She was introduced to the Centering model as pregnancy care manager in the health department and Federally Qualified Health Center settings, while working primarily with immigrant populations. Anna is proud of her two decades’ commitment to maternal and child health, during which she has contributed to state and national non-profits, led grassroots organizations and sat on multiple boards. Anna is bilingual, a trained birth and full spectrum doula and a returned WorldTeach volunteer, having served two years in Costa Rica. 

Surendra Pokharel
Surendra Pokharel
Director of Finance

Surendra Pokharel joined CHI in 2016 bringing his versatile experience in accounting and finance, encompassing banking, distribution, auditing, financial management, book-keeping, accounting, and compliance services. His positive attitude not only brings warmth to our office but has also resulted in his successful team building, innovative solutions, and the organizational capacity to maintain quality service, even during periods of internal consolidation and rapid business growth. When not in the office, Surendra enjoys meditation, sports and spending time with his family and friends.

Kelly Roper
Kelly Roper
Practice Service Representative

Kelly comes to CHI with extensive customer service experience in both healthcare and non-profit settings. Over the past four years, her work has supported patient care at a dental practice as well as visitor experience at two museums in the city of Boston. As a member of the Practice Transformation team, Kelly is responsible for coordinating activities and operations that contribute to Centering practice site implementation. She facilitates communication between internal and external groups through a variety of channels in order to ensure excellent client satisfaction.

Lynn Scheidenhelm, LCSW, LCCE
Lynn Scheidenhelm, LCSW, LCCE
Director of Innovation

Lynn joined CHI as a Centering Consultant in 2007 and recently took on a new position as Director of Innovation. In this new role, she blends the job of a Consultant and CHI Staff. She is responsible for the development of products, services and training tools that support the Centering models. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator and worked as a Behavioral Health Clinical Manager at Clinica Family Health Services in Denver, CO. Lynn has four grandchildren and loves to make beaded jewelry.

Lisa Stratton
Lisa Stratton
Regional Director, Southeast

As the Southeast Regional Director, Lisa is responsible for leading the growth and expansion of Centering across seven states through collaborations with healthcare providers, payers and government agencies. Lisa comes to CHI with over 33 years of experience in healthcare working with primarily independent physician practices, hospitals and health insurance payers. She has a strong background and understanding of revenue cycle management, merit-based incentive payments systems' reporting and outcome measures, with an emphasis on technology and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. 

Liz Stern, MPH
Liz Stern, MPH
Implementation Advisor

Liz is a public health professional with extensive experience in program management, training, and working with clinic leadership on systems change and population health initiatives. She has an MPH in health behavior and health education and has focused much of her career on intimate partner violence. Liz loves leading workshops and group facilitation. She finds it fun, engaging and exhilarating. She joined CHI in 2017 as a consultant because she is passionate about increasing Centering into our healthcare system.

Deanna Velazquez
Deanna Velazquez
Director, Implementation Services

As CHI's Director of Implementation Services, Deanna is an expert in the clinical implementation of the Centering model and manages a team of consultants. Her education in business administration and previous experience in international business has provided Deanna with the keen eye to evaluate implementation processes at a macro level to showcase the impact the Centering model can make. Her responsibilities also include managing initiatives and collaborations with healthcare providers, public health advocates and organizations to improve maternal health. With a strong background in maternal and child health and a passion to promote birth equity, Deanna brings over a decade of experience as a Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Childbirth Educator and reproductive activist to CHI. She has been teaching mindfulness and yoga for more than 20 years.

Emma Vine
Emma Vine
Technical Assistance Manager

Emma joined CHI as a Practice Service Representative and was indispensable in developing optimal customer service processes for Centering sites and ensuring the Practice Transformation team could do its work most effectively. She is now a Technical Assistance Manager providing support for Centering practices in the West and South Central regions. Emma comes to CHI with a background in event coordination and customer service.

Heidi Walker
Heidi Walker
Implementation Advisor

Heidi comes to CHI with over 20 years’ experience in nursing and maternal-child health and is a certified lactation counselor and childbirth educator. A veteran of the US Navy and Gulf war, Heidi started her journey with Centering as the Centering Coordinator for Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune (NMCCL) where she provided CenteringPregnancy care to over 2800 military families and was recognized as NMCCL’s Civilian of the Year in 2016, for excellence and dedication in providing Tricare beneficiaries prenatal care. As a Certified Centering Facilitator Trainer for the Navy, Heidi has trained over 1000 healthcare staff and assisted with the implementation of Centering programs for the Department of Defense all over the world. In 2018, she joined CHI as Certification Coordinator responsible for the development of CHI’s Certification Program. Heidi is also a member of the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. 

Rachel West, MS, LCCE
Rachel West, MS, LCCE
Implementation Advisor

As part of the Practice Transformation team, Rachel is dedicated to supporting Centering site partners as they adopt and implement evidence-based group care. She brings over six years of experience as a Doula and Childbirth Educator in the San Antonio, Texas area and has also worked towards expanding the reach of group prenatal care since 2019. Rachel is passionate about reshaping healthcare experiences for all families in an effort to promote health equity and cultivate communities where individuals have an equitable opportunity to thrive.

Breann Westmore
Breann Westmore
Director of Advocacy & Government Affairs

In her role as Director, Breann works to create and support evidence-based health policy, develop a pathway for access to care and payment reform as well as mobilize advocates to expand the utilization of the Centering model. She comes to CHI with over 15 years of maternal child health leadership in state government and non-profit sectors and is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. Prior to joining CHI, Breann served as the Maternal Infant Health & Government Affairs Director for March of Dimes for eight years. A dynamic speaker and advocate on the correlation of good public policy and health outcomes, Breann's work has included expanding access to care, payment reform and enhanced data surveillance and monitoring. Past honors include Arizona Best of the Capitol Top Advocate, Arizona Women Achiever of the year, and AMCHP young professional of the year.

Stephanie Zahary
Stephanie Zahary
Regional Director, South Central

As part of the Business Development team, Stephanie is responsible for leading the growth and expansion of Centering across six states in the South Central region through collaborations with healthcare providers, payers and government agencies. She is also the lead development director on key initiatives, including the partnership with Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) and CHI's national Kaiser account. Stephanie comes to the organization with a 25 year career in healthcare business development, managing large territories to help create better health outcomes for the people we serve. She is passionate about health equity and access for all people.

Board Members


Carmen Strickland, MD, MPH
Chairperson

Dr. Strickland is an Associate Professor at Wake Forest Department of Family and Community Medicine where she practices the full scope of family medicine including both inpatient and maternity care. She earned a Master’s of Public Health degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and is an active member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. She has been a long time advocate of Centering, joining the CHI Board of Directors in 2008. She has experience as a Centering provider and has implemented group visit programs in several residency programs. Locally, Dr. Strickland leads the North Carolina CenteringPregnancy Consortium in partnership with Northwest Community Care Network of Community Care of North Carolina.

Sharon Schindler Rising, MSN, CNM, FACNM
President Emeritus

Sharon Rising is the founder of the Centering model of group healthcare and since 1993 has provided leadership for the development and growth of the organization. She has received recognition for her achievements from several notable organizations including 2006 Yale University School of Nursing distinguished Alumna Award, Civic Ventures Purpose Prize in 2008, the American Academy of Nursing 2010 "Edge Runner" Award, and the 2010 American College of Nurse-Midwives' highest honor, the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award. In addition to creating the innovative Centering model, Sharon's impressive career ranged from clinical practice to healthcare education. She established the nurse-midwifery program and the Childbearing Childrearing Center at the University of Minnesota.


Amy Fine
Vice Chairperson

Amy Fine is a Senior Fellow at the Center of the Study of Social Policy. In this role, she helps shape CSSP's approach to integrating health, education, human services and other family supports at the community level, focusing on more preventive, developmentally-oriented service systems for children and families. With more than 25 years of experience working on issues related to maternal and child health, Amy has served as a consultant to federal and state health agencies, private philanthropies and national initiatives focused on improving results for children.

Andrea Darby-Stewart, MD
Secretary

Dr. Darby-Stewart is an experienced clinician-leader with skills in transformational healthcare redesign, primary care/specialty integration, and medical education. She is currently Associate Program Director at HonorHealth Family Medicine Residency in Scottsdale, Arizona, and recently served as Clinical Department Chair of Family Medicine and Medical Director for Chronic Care TTRIaD at Banner Health. Dr. Darby-Stewart brings a skill for connecting population health management with personalized healthcare to the Centering Healthcare Board. She has a true passion for excellence in patient care and medical education.

Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, MD, MEd, MPPM, FACOG
Diversity and Inclusion Chairperson

Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew, is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Clinical Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for Allegheny Health Network. An internationally respected expert in cultural competency within the health care field, she has spent her career engaging marginalized communities and building programs that focus on promoting outcomes equity for vulnerable patients and mitigating socio-political barriers to care. She has a special interest in educating and empowering women, especially those pursuing careers in medicine. Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew’s clinical practice focuses on providing care to women living in low- to middle-resource communities, with a clinical focus in the care of women living with HIV. She also served as Chair & Director of the Center for Clinical Excellence and Diversity at University Hospitals as well as Dean of Students for Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew is the founder of W.O.N.D.O.O.R. (one door), Women and Newborns, Diversity, Outreach, Opportunity and Research, a program that aims to educate global medical providers through local and international health care collaborations. She lectures frequently, regionally and internationally, on health issues relating to the wellness of women. She is also the author of “The Colors of My Heart: Embracing My Blackness with History, Family, Fear and Faith,” a recently published autobiography. 



Eva N. Boyce
Director

Eva is the Chief Financial Officer for GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) a non-profit legal organization and is responsible for operations and finance. She has over 25 years of combined experience in public accounting and non-profit management in wide-ranging capacities including: CFO, controller, treasurer, consultant, auditor, trainer, manager and coach. Eva is a Rockwood Leadership alumnus and participated in the inaugural cohort of the 21st Century Pipeline project; a year-long leadership training program designed to retain & support leaders of color in the LGBT movement. She has also served as a volunteer board member of the Provincetown Film Society, The Theatre Offensive, Elizabeth Stone House, Victory Programs, and Casa Myrna Vasquez.

Ram Jagannath
Director

Ram Jagannath is a Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Healthcare for Blackstone Growth and a member of the Blackstone Growth Investment Committee. Since joining Blackstone in 2019, Ram has led Blackstone’s acquisition of HealthEdge Software and was actively involved in its investment in Alnylam and the inclisiran royalty. Prior to his current position, Ram has held positions as a founding Partner of Navab Capital Partners (NCP) and Head of Healthcare. He was a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, focused on healthcare investments. Ram has worked broadly across the healthcare sector, including general healthcare services (payors and providers), pharma and pharma services, healthcare information technology, tech-enabled healthcare services, medical products, and diagnostics. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of HealthEdge Software and also serves on the Board of Visitors of the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. Ram was previously a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Arianne Graham
Director

As the eldest child of retired physicians, it is no accident that Arianne Graham has spent her entire career in healthcare. She is currently Director of Innovation for Healthworx, the innovation and investment arm of CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield. In this role, she and her team aim to solve the most pressing problems in the sector while expanding and transforming CareFirst's core health insurance business. Prior to Healthworx, Arianne held numerous strategy and commercial leadership roles spanning the non-profit and for-profit sector, including positions at March of Dimes, Peer Health Exchange, Quartet Health, Kyruus, and patientslikeme. She has co-founded nonprofits Not One More Life and Samara Collective, a worker-owned consultancy that specializes in empowering organizations and movements such as labor unions and progressive community coalitions through digital organizing, web development, press and training.

Piia Hanson
Director

Piia Hanson has over 20 years’ experience working with academic institutions, non-profits, corporations, and local, state, and federal public health programs. Her past roles include Medicaid Chief of Quality for the Louisiana Department of Health, Chief of Perinatal and Infant Health at the Washington DC Department of Health, Senior Program Manager at AMCHP, and Program Analyst for the Metro Nashville/Davidson County Public Health Department. She is currently the principal consultant for Ph Solutions, a boutique public health consulting firm, and adjunct faculty at George Mason University and Lamar University. She has been recognized for her efforts to make a lasting impact in Maternal and Child Health, including the APHA MCH Young Professional of the Year award, the Xavier University 40 Under 40 award and a successful fellowship with the prestigious Maternal Child Health Public Health Leadership Institute at the University of North Carolina. Additionally, is a co-author in the newly-published, 4th edition of Kotch's Maternal and Child Health: Problems, Programs, and Policy in Public Health.

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