Meet Our Team

Above all else we are passionate about children. Steadfast in our belief that it is their right to achieve optimal health, we endeavor to help solve the toughest health challenges facing children and their families today, and for the future. Our team, improvement advisors and board of directors are tireless advocates, bringing their talent, skills and expertise to create transformative change in children’s health quality. Please refer to our contact information to get in touch with any of us by email, phone, or otherwise.

Ashidah

Ashidah Baker

Associate Director, Human Resources

I enjoy working for an organization that is focused on improving the healthcare systems for children and families. 

Camie Berardi

Camie Berardi, MPA

Associate Project Director

I believe everyone, especially children, should have access to quality healthcare and it is a true privilege to work alongside bright, talented and devoted colleagues who are working tirelessly to ensure that every child achieves optimal health.

Colleen Bernard

Colleen Bernard

Project Manager

I am grateful to work at an organization that seeks to disrupt the status quo and promote meaningful change in the health and well-being of children and their families. I am inspired by the passion and dedication our colleagues and partners bring to this important cause.

Scott Berns

Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP

President and CEO

As President and CEO, Scott Berns applies his extensive experience working to enhance the health of children and families across academic, clinical, nonprofit and public health settings to catapult NICHQ to explore new opportunities and approaches to meeting its mission. Read his full bio >

 

Heidi Brooks

Heidi Brooks, MA, MBA

Chief Operating Officer

Helping people achieve economic mobility is the thread that runs through my career, and good heath is critical. I am excited to apply all that I’ve learned in different sectors to helping NICHQ drive change to improve children’s health. Read her full bio >

Danisha Charles

Danisha Charles, MPH

Project Manager

As a public health advocate and woman of color, being on the NICHQ team provides me the opportunity to contribute to their extraordinary efforts by addressing health disparities within vulnerable communities and populations. I’m excited to have an active role in benefiting children and their families through projects and initiatives that are targeted towards improving the quality of life and achieving health equity for the ones that are impacted the most.

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Domonique Davis

Marketing and Communications Manager

I am proud to utilize my communications skillset to help showcase the incredible work NICHQ does to make certain that children and families of all backgrounds have access to quality healthcare systems. As a Black woman and communications professional, I am passionate about amplifying the voices of those who belong to marginalized communities, and I am honored to lend my own voice and skills to support NICHQ’s vision to ensure every child achieves their optimal health.

Kelly Edwards

Kelly Edwards, MPH

Project Manager

I am proud to be a part of the NICHQ team working to improve the health and well-being of children and families across the country. I love that I get to use my passion for positive childhood development to make sustainable, meaningful changes in healthcare.

Ana Franklin

Ana Franklin

Development Coordinator

My personal background, youth mentoring experiences, and project work with vulnerable communities has led me to join the Development team at NICHQ. I strive to bring my passion, writing skills, and outreach capabilities to support this amazing team that strives for health equity and aims to support all children.

Olivia Giordano Kean

Olivia Giordano Kean, MPH

Project Manager

I’m thrilled to be a part of the NICHQ team and to work alongside colleagues who are passionate and committed to driving sustainable change in child and family health. I’m grateful for the opportunity to use my project management experience and background in public health to support NICHQ’s mission every day.  

Corey Greene

Corey Greene

Project Manager

I am honored to be part of the NICHQ team and committed to the research being done to drive sustainable changes for women, children, and families.

Ann Cecilia

Ann Cecilia Gross Almonte, MPH

Project Specialist

I am very passionate about health equity and improving health outcomes. Being on the NICHQ team provides me the opportunity to contribute on projects that address health disparities and health equity with vulnerable communities and populations. It is truly inspiring to work alongside with other passionate people.

Kenn Harris

Kenn L. Harris

Executive Project Director and Engagement Lead

My motivation generates from the threat that injustice and inequity pose to anyone’s quality of life. My inspiration comes from working in environments of intelligent, compassionate, empathetic and committed individuals. And my dedication is to the health and well-being of women, children, fathers and families. Working at an organization like NICHQ provides me the opportunity to deliver equity and justice through the implementation of quality programs.

Pat Heinrich

Pat Heinrich, RN, MSN, CLE

Executive Project Director

Born a preemie I was destined to work caring for and improving care for infants and families. I love coming to work in this action oriented environment.  John Kennedy said, “things do not happen things are made to happen” and at NICHQ we are a mighty force - we make it happen!

Chantal Hoff

Chantal Hoff, MPH

Data and Program Manager

Researchers and evaluators can play a unique role in advancing health equity by amplifying the stories and experiences of marginalized communities. I’m excited to bring my evaluation and project management skills to NICHQ, where I work alongside passionate colleagues to promote health equity for children and their families.

Lisa Hong

Lisa Hong

Technology Specialist

Regardless of ability, appearance and origin, everyone should have access to quality care. While there is a lot of work to be done, I am excited to work with and motivated by my NICHQ colleagues and partners. We are intentionally and passionately working to drive change and improvement so every child is able to achieve optimal health.

Amy Hu

Amy Hu, MBA

Accounting Analyst

Life is a journey of pursuing happiness. Quality health is part of a happy life. As an Accounting Analyst, I will apply my knowledge to produce quality work and support colleagues and teams to achieve their goals.

Rebecca Huber

Rebecca Huber, MPP

Analyst

I am thrilled to contribute to NICHQ’s mission of improving social determinants of health for children and families. As an analyst, I am committed to advancing equity through evaluation research, using numbers and data to identify service gaps and inform practical two-generation solutions for vulnerable groups.

 

Sara Ivan

Sarah Ivan, MPP

Analyst

I firmly believe that data driven methods are essential to tackling complex problems, especially those related to children’s health. It is a privilege to be a part of a mission driven organization that rigorously works towards improving outcomes for all children and their families.

Meghan Johnson

Meghan Johnson, MSc

Senior Director of Programs

As a public health professional and a parent, I am passionate about improving systems to ensure that every child thrives.

Kirsten Klatka

Kirsten Klatka, MSW

Senior Project Manager

I work at NICHQ because of my aspiration to improve the lives of children and families. It is great to be a part of a team that shares this passion and excitement for making our healthcare system better for all people.

Barry

Barry Leonard

Senior Director of Finance

Throughout my career, I have been committed to using my skills and experience for the greater good.  I am particularly passionate about access to quality health care for all and am excited to join the dedicated team at NICHQ.

Dominique Maffei

Dominique Maffei, MSc

Senior Project Manager

I believe that all families, regardless of where they are from or what they look like, should have access to the care and support they need to life healthy lives. I am thrilled to be working with a team and partners who are passionate about and dedicated to making this a reality. 

Meera

Meera Menon, PhD

Associate Director of Research and Evaluation

I am enthusiastic about NICHQ’s data-driven approaches to innovative and impactful projects that address the complex issues surrounding children’s health. Additionally, I am especially passionate about using rigorous research and evidence-based methods to promote equity and well-being among our nation’s diverse children and families.

Emily O'Donnell

Emily O'Donnell, ScD, MS

Associate Director of Research and Evaluation

As an epidemiologist and parent, I love using data and rigorous methods to improve the wellbeing of children and families.  I feel very lucky to be part of the NICHQ team, making a real impact on health outcomes and working with equally passionate people!

Amy Oppenheim

Amy Oppenheim

Associate Director of Development

Helping to secure projects that positively impact children’s health, and knowing that those projects are in the hands of my passionate and expert NICHQ colleagues, keeps me coming to work every day with a smile! Also, sometimes there are bagels.

Stacey Penny

Stacey C. Penny, MSW, MPH

Senior Project Director

As a public health leader, a woman of color, and a "girl mom," I have never been more passionate and more empowered than I am right now to work in maternal and child health.  NICHQ's reputation of building strong relationships among stakeholders to create effective strategies for change aligns well with my love for collaboration. I am excited to work alongside other passionate people to tackle the wicked health inequities facing so many of our nation's women and children. 

Tess

Tess Pritchard

Project Specialist

I am excited to work with such a motivated team, dedicated to helping all children achieve a bright future by making positive, lasting improvements in the health care system for families.

Priscilla Rosati

Priscilla Rosati

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

I was inspired by the work and research NICHQ has done and continues to do to improve healthcare for children. NICHQ gives a voice to those who otherwise do not have one.

Becky Russell

Becky Russell, MSPH

Senior Director, Applied Research and Evaluation

My passion is utilizing the power of data to drive changes necessary for every child to have the opportunity to live a healthy life. I love working alongside other passionate professionals at NICHQ to help move us towards that goal equitably for everyone.

Stacy Scott

Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA

Executive Project Director and Equity Lead

I always say, not only does it take a village to raise a child, it takes a village to save one.  Working with NICHQ provides a wonderful opportunity to impact families and achieve better outcomes for all children. Recognizing the importance of being inclusive and striving for health equity, NICHQ’s mission is aligned with my passion for being a champion for social justice and an agent of positive change.

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Kim Sprunck, MSW, MPH

Associate Director of Programs

I am grateful to be a part of the dedicated program staff working to address challenging children’s health issues. I am specifically interested in NICHQ’s focus on addressing health equity and social determinants of health, as we work to reach our vision of optimal health for all children.

Loraine Swanson

Loraine Swanson, MPH

Senior Project Director

As a child wellness systems designer, I am inspired to work at NICHQ where I can be a leader who motivates others to lean into complex challenges, drive transformational changes, create data-based innovations, and develop and implement systems solutions that positively impact children’s health, development and well-being.

Jennifer Weisgerber

Jennifer Weisgerber

Associate Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy

I’m honored to join NICHQ’s great work to drive dramatic changes in children’s health. As an advocate for LGBTQIA+ youth and communities of color, often ignored and underserved by health systems, I’m grateful to bring my experience in nonprofit communications and public education, community organizing, and brand engagement to support NICHQ’s mission of improving equity in children’s health.

Dana West PhD NICHQ Associate Direcot of Equity

Dana West, PhD

Associate Project Director of Equity

Healthcare is ever evolving, from research to policy, to practice, and, ultimately, to health outcomes. I am most interested in and find that there is tremendous need in identifying connections across this evolution to better understand the impact of these on child and family health. Doing so promotes awareness of and effective response to national, state, local, and even cultural barriers that impact health equity. Working with NICHQ – an organization dedicated to improving children’s health and achieving health equity – is an honor. 

Sandra Windland

Sandra Widland, MPH

Project Director

I work at NICHQ to provide a framework for and a lasting impact of improving children's health.

Eliza Williamson

Eliza Williamson

Senior Project Manager

I am proud to work with NICHQ on an inspiring portfolio of projects that not only aim to help children and families achieve optimal health but also anticipate how positive change in health outcomes and quality/access to care and information can be sustained.

Isabel

Isabel Zuckoff, MPH

Associate Project Director

I’m inspired by NICHQ’s mission and commitment to improving health outcomes for the most vulnerable members of our society: children. Working at NICHQ motivates and enables me to use my skills, expertise, and passion to make meaningful, systems-level changes and to reduce health inequities.

Advisors & Faculty

Sue Butts-Dion

Sue Butts-Dion

Improvement Advisor

As President of Butts-Dion Consulting Inc., Sue Butts-Dion applies her more than 25 years of experience as an improvement advisor to many maternal and child health projects, including advising the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s Strong Start initiative and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s EMPower Breastfeeding Collaborative. She has multiple publications and has provided expertise to state improvement programs along the east coast, including programs in Maine, New Hampshire and North Carolina.

Virginia Hamilton Crowe

Virginia (Ginna) Hamilton Crowe, RN, EdD

Improvement Advisor

Virginia (Ginna) Leigh Hamilton Crowe, principal for Hamilton Consulting, LLC, is an experienced nurse, adult educator and quality management consultant. Crowe has over 30 years’ of practice in many areas and multiple levels of healthcare, ranging from care delivery to management and international consulting. Crowe is well versed in quality improvement theory and is especially intrigued with systems thinking and human relationships.

Suzette Oyeku

Suzette Oyeku, MD, MPH

Medical Advisor

Dr. Suzette Oyeku is Chief of the Division of Academic General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM). She is also Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Oyeku also serves as Medical Director for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program National Coordinating Center with NICHQ. On a regional and national level, Dr. Oyeku has also served on advisory panels and committees focused on sickle cell disease and improving healthcare quality for children and adolescents.

Jane Taylor Improvement Advisor

Jane Taylor, EdD, MBA, MHA

Improvement Advisor

Jane Taylor is a learning and improvement advisor for healthcare, manufacturing and education. She brings more than 30 years of experience supporting patient and family engagement, and collaborative learning and improvement. Taylor has served as a hospital CEO and a quality improvement professional, and has published articles on rapid cycle change, the role of middle management in transformation and the art of using questions to drive transformation.

Board of Directors

Cara Coleman

Cara Coleman, JD, MPH

Program Manager, Family Voices National; Patient and Family Partnerships Specialist at the Institute for Patient- and Family-Center Care and Instructor of Pediatrics Virginia Commonwealth University, INOVA Campus

Cara Coleman is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Family Voices National and the author of “I am Justice, Hear Me Roar” about her daughter, Justice, with special healthcare needs and disabilities. She is an Instructor of Pediatrics at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She is Associate Editor for Family Partnerships, Executive Editorial Board of Pediatrics. In the past, Cara has worked as an adult health specialist, a case manager for homeless pregnant women, a counselor in a shelter for battered women, a law clerk for a Judge, immigration subject matter consultant, and an attorney serving low-income immigrants.  

Charlene Collier

Charlene Collier, MD, MPH

Medical Director of the Bureau of Maternal and Infant Health at Mississippi State Department of Health

Dr. Charlene Collier is the Medical Director of the Bureau of Maternal and Infant Health, at the Mississippi State Department of Health in Jackson, Miss. She is also Director and Co-Founder of the Mississippi Perinatal Quality Collaborative and co-chairs the Maternal Mortality Review Committee. 

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Sean Gleeson, MD, MBA

Vice President of Community Health & Wellness at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Sean Gleeson, MD, MBA, is the Vice President of Community Health and Wellness for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and President for Partners For Kids, the hospital’s affiliated accountable care organization.

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Beth Hurley, MBA

Human Resources Director, Simmons College

Beth Hurley has decades of experience as a human resources professional at a variety of mission-based organizations. She currently serves as AVP, Compensation and Employee Relations, Simmons University and serves on the NICHQ board of directors.

Calvin B Johnson

Calvin B. Johnson, MD, MPH

Founder and Principal of Altre Strategic Solutions Group

Calvin B. Johnson, MD, MPH, is the founder and principal of Altre Strategic Solutions Group, a strategic consulting firm focused on data-driven healthcare policy, care delivery and population health management. Previously, Johnson was the executive vice president and chief medical officer for Corizon Health; executive vice president and chief medical officer for MinSec Companies; and the vice president and chief medical officer of Temple University Health System.

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Scott O’Gorman

Consultant, The Concept Group

Scott O’Gorman most recently served as president of Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan (BMCHP), a managed care organization committed to ensuring quality health coverage and services for underserved populations. With 15 years of experience in Massachusetts, BMCHP, under O’Gorman’s leadership, expanded that mission into New Hampshire in 2013.

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Michal Regunberg

Principal at MR Associates

Michal Regunberg is an award-winning communications professional with a successful track record in public relations, government and community relations, academia and journalism. Most recently she served as senior vice president at Solomon McCown & Company where she provided senior strategic counsel to the healthcare and mission-focused clients.

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Gregory Serrao

Founder and Chairman, President and CEO Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care (Thrive)

Gregory Serrao is President of Colony Care Behavioral Health; he is also the founder and a board member of Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care, a provider of home care services to medically fragile children. Prior to Thrive, Serrao founded American Dental Partners, Inc. (ADPI), and served as the company's CEO and President and a Director for 20 years. Serrao’s previous roles include CEO and senior executive roles in health care and banking.  

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Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH

Community Health Equity Officer and Executive Director of the Kraft Center for Community Health at Mass General Hospital

Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, is a well-known pediatrician and childhood obesity researcher with extensive experience and passion for understanding social determinants of health and developing interventions across the life course to prevent obesity and chronic diseases, especially in underserved populations. Taveras is the Community Health Equity Officer and Executive Director of the Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and professor in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Wendy Warring, JD

President & CEO of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI)

Wendy Warring, JD, is President & CEO of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI). She is focused on strengthening NEHI’s role in advancing innovative care models and technologies that improve access to effective health care, especially by lowering individuals’ health care costs.