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Past Board Members

Please note: The photos, bios and email addresses below were current at the time their board terms ended.


Elder Atum

Elder Atum
Minneapolis, MN

Elder Atum is a teacher and practitioner of African Thought & Spirituality. As executive director of The Cultural Wellness Center, a non-profit community-based organization in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN she leads the development of cultural approaches for positively impacting health and health care, economic development, and community building. The Center engages people in using culture as a resource for taking responsibility for their own health and well-being. To achieve its mission of unleashing the power of citizens to heal themselves, the Center works with individuals, communities, families, professionals and partners with academic institutions, government agencies, philanthropists, and other non-profits at local, national and international levels. Since 1987, Elder Atum's institution building work has generated over $18 million dollars within the African American Community. Over 1,000 people have received womanhood and manhood training, marriage ceremonies, naming ceremonies; birth labor coaching, mediations, conflict resolution and mediation, dialogue and effective communication and jobs/business development. In ceremonies that were held in 1989-1992, Atum Azzahir received titles of Elder, Shemsu and Mother from the Communities of African People in America, The Caribbean and the African continent, to whom she has dedicated her life's work. She received the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership award and the St Paul Foundation Leadership in neighborhood awards which granted over $140,000.00 for her work at the Cultural Wellness Center. In 2008 Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation acknowledged Atum with their prestigious leadership in Health Award.

Kaytura Felix Aaron
Rockville, MD

Kaytura Felix Aaron, MD is a physician and researcher at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) where she works on quality of care for vulnerable populations and community-based participatory research. She works to promote community-based participatory research (CBPR) at the Agency and within the federal Department of Heath and Human Services. She led efforts to organize a national policy meeting on CBPR. Kay is the co-editor for a Journal of General Internal Medicine special issue on CBPR.

Prior to coming to HRSA, she was a researcher at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) where she worked on quality of care for vulnerable populations and community-based participatory research. She worked to promote community-based participatory research (CBPR) at the Agency and within the federal Department of Heath and Human Services. She led efforts to organize a national policy meeting on CBPR. Kay is the co-editor for a Journal of General Internal Medicine special issue on CBPR.

Prior to her positions in the federal government, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and W.K. Kellogg Community Health Scholar at Johns Hopkins University. Her work then included the participatory development an instrument for clients to evaluate community-based outreach services to manage cardiovascular diseases. She also worked with several community groups to increase their representation in the policy-making process. In collaboration with the Community Health Workers of Maryland, she advocated for managed care legislation that increased outreach services to Medicaid beneficiaries.

She is a Salzburg fellow and a US Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow.

She maintains a small primary care practice serving uninsured and immigrant patients in her county.

Deborah Archer
Fort Collins, CO

Deborah Archer, MD practices primary care medicine at the Salud Family Health Centers along with 3 other pediatricans. She served as a founding CCPH board member when she was a student at the Brown University Program in Medicine. She served as a National Health Service Corps Scholar and completed her residency at Howard University.


Christopher G. Atchison
Iowa City, IA

Christopher G. Atchison, is Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and a Clinical Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa, College of Public Health. Mr. Atchison also serves as Director of the Institute for Public Health Practice, teaches the College's introduction to public health class and is course director for the MPH practicum required of all MPH candidates. Mr. Atchison is currently the principle investigator on three federal grants; the CDC funded Public Health Preparedness Center, the HRSA funded Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center and the Academic Health Department program also funded by CDC through the Association of Schools of Public Health.

Previously, Mr. Atchison served for eight years as Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health (1991-1999). During his tenure, Mr. Atchison chaired the Iowa Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Board, the Iowa Health Data Commission and the Governor's Task Force on Regulatory Reform. He was vice-chair of Healthy Iowans 2010, the Long Term Care Coordinating Council and was a member of the Governor's Health Care Reform Task Force and the Iowa Empowerment Board.

At the national level, Mr. Atchison served as President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) during the years 1994 and 1995 and was chair of the Joint Council of Official Health Agencies. In 1998 he received ASTHO's Arthur T. McCormack Award for his contributions to public health practice. He has been on the board of the Public Health Foundation and was a member of the New York Academy of Medicine's Committee on Medicine and Public Health. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for the National Academy of State Health Policy based in Portland Maine, and the Iowa Prevention of Disabilities Policy Council.


Renee Bayer
Ann Arbor, MI

Renee Bayer is Community-Academic Liaison Coordinator at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Office of Community-Based Public Health. The goal of this Office is to promote community-based public health research, teaching, and practice. Ms. Bayer facilitates relationships and activities between the faculty and students at the School of Public Health and community-based organizations and local health departments. She spends about half-time working with community-based organizations and coalitions. The other part of her time is spent consulting with faculty about curriculum and research and coordinating community-based internships. She is staff/liaison to the following projects: 1) Michigan Neighborhood AmeriCorps Program; 2) Detroit-Community Academic Urban Research Center; 3) Prevention Research Center of Michigan; 4) Michigan Center for the Environment and Children's Health; 5) Community-Health Scholars Program (Kellogg-funded post-doctoral program); and 6) Community Health Investigator Project (STD prevention curriculum for middle schools in Detroit) Renee has a master's degree in health services administration.

Chuck Conner
Spencer, WV


Chuck Conner recently stepped down as the Site Coordinator for the West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnerships after serving in that capacity for the past seventeen years. This program places health professions students in rural settings for clinical and community experiences. He has previously served on the CCPH Conference Development and Membership Development committees and as the Conference Photographer for several years. Chuck is also a Licensed Social Worker, Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor and Prevention Specialist. He has been providing education and treatment services for individuals and families experiencing difficulty with the use of alcohol and drugs for over twenty years.

His involvement in the field of health care extends to being on the West Virginia University’s PRC / Community Partnership Board and a representative to the National Community Committee; chair of the Roane County PATCH program (Planned Approach to Community Health), Board Chair of the Roane-Calhoun Health Sciences Training Academy (HSTA), a member of the WV Certification Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals; and co-chair of the Community partnership Board for WVU’s Rural Healthy Aging Network, etc.

Chuck was a member of a Rotary International Group Study Exchange Team to Northern India in 1997 which subsequently led to his involvement in Rotary. He has served as the Centennial President of the Ripley Rotary Club, developed and implemented international service projects in Nepal and India, and was the Team Leader for the GSE Team to Germany’s District 1880 in May of 2005. In 2003, 2004 and 2006 Chuck was selected as the Rotarian of the Year by his club.

Chuck has operated a professional photography business for the past thirty-five years. He began his profession in the US Air Force and worked at the Library of Congress as a photographer. His work has been selected for numerous juried exhibits and national publications. His work can be seen at .

Chuck lives on twelve acres in rural Roane County, WV. He has two adult children, Kane (32), and Kara (28). Other interests include hiking, biking, camping, gardening, beekeeping, reading, and riding motorcycle riding.

Diane Downing
Stafford, VA

Diane Downing has a broad public health practice background with experience at the local, state and national levels. Her experience includes Coordinator for the Indiana Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Project; Director Local Health Standards and Evaluation; Maternal and Child Health Director, Indiana State Board of Health; Assistant Commissioner for Nursing and Quality Improvement, New York City Department of Health; and Director Research, Policy, and Evaluation, Public Health Foundation. She is currently the Nurse Manager for Arlington County Department of Human Services, Arlington County, Virginia and is Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. She holds a Bachelors degree in Nursing and a Masters Degree in Public Health Nursing from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA and a PhD from George Mason University College of Nursing and Health Science, Fairfax, VA.

She has served as Chair of the Public Health Nursing Section, American Public Health Association and as Chair of the American Public Health Association Action Board. She is the CCPH representative to the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice. Her volunteer work includes membership on the Rappahannock Area Chapter, American Red Cross, Disaster Action Team.

Elmer Freeman
Boston, MA

Elmer is Executive Director of the Center for Community Health, Education, Research and Service (also CCHERS known as "Cheers"). CCHERS started in 1991 and is a partnership between Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences and fifteen community health centers serving the diverse racial and ethnic populations of the City of Boston. Prior to joining CCHERS, for sixteen years, Elmer was Executive Director of the Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, MA. Elmer is pursuing his doctoral degree in law and policy at Northeastern University.




Paul Freyder
Pittsburgh, PA

Paul J. Freyder is the Executive Director for The Salvation Army's Public Inebriate Program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Paul holds both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Social Work from St. Louis University and is presently involved in "competency " stage in the Doctoral Program, School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. A licensed Social Worker, national and state certified addictions counselor and national certified criminal justice specialist, Paul is responsible for a licensed non-hospital detoxification, outpatient counseling, HIV/AIDS outreach, drop-in center, and bridge housing programs. In his current capacity, Paul has been employed with The Salvation Army since 1986 providing services to homeless men and women with addiction disease. He also works with the Program for Health Care for Underserved Populations at the University of Pittsburgh, which provides a primary health care clinic on site three days a week.


Barbara Gottlieb
Jamaica Plain, MA

Barbara Gottlieb, MD, MPH is a primary care internist at Brookside Community Health Center, where she has worked since 1981. In addition to her patient care responsibilities, she is responsible for developing clinical and public health programs and coordinates medical student and resident teaching activities at the health center. She also coordinates research activities at the health center, and serves as a liaison to academically based researchers and research projects.

She is a member of the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care and the Division of Women's Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital, teaches regularly on the in-patient service and lectures on immigrant health and the health of underserved populations.

She is Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, where she teaches in several courses, is a member of the Division of Service Learning, chair of the Faculty Committee on Community Service and is a member of the HMS Academy, (a group of faculty dedicated to excellence in medical education.)  She is a faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she teaches in the interdisciplinary program in Women, Gender and Health. She also teaches a practicum course for MPH students. She serves as advisor and mentor to medical and public health students who are interested in the health of women and underserved communities.

She participates in local and national public health policy, advocacy and coalition building related to the health of underserved populations.  She is a member of several coalitions and research collaborations convened by the Boston Public Health Commission to improve the health of women and adolescents. She has taught at the CCPH Service-Learning Institute since 2005. She was a scholar at the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in the Health Professions, to which she returns each year as faculty. She consults nationally and internationally on service learning and community based programs for health professional students.

Lawrence W. Green
San Francisco, CA


Larry Green recently retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he oversaw a grant program for investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed, community-based participatory research projects. Before going to CDC as a Distinguished Fellow/Visiting Scientist in 1999, Larry was Director of the Institute of Health Promotion Research in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Professor of Health Care and Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia where he also headed the Division of Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion. He has also served as the Kaiser Family Foundation's Vice President and Director of its national Health Promotion Program. Larry is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Director of Social and Behavioral Research Program of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California at San Francisco and a visiting professor at the University of Maryland and at UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

Ella Greene-Moton
Flint, MI

Ella Greene-Moton has an extensive background in community organizing, community-academic partnership building, and advocacy that spans over the past thirty-five years in the Flint area. Her commitment to the empowerment of community residents reaches across local, state, national, and international levels.

She currently serves as a Community Education Coordinator at the Center of Public Health and Community Genomics as well as a Program Coordinator in the Community Based Public Health Office at the School of Public Health - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and an Independent Community-Academic Consultant. She also served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Michigan Flint Campus from 2000-2003 as well as a Co-Instructor at the Michigan Public Health Training Center. In addition, she serves as a Community Mentor for the Community Health Scholars Program (CHSP).

Ella is Chair of Community Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Board of Directors and member of the CCPH Consultancy Network. She is Past Chair of the Community-Based Public Health Caucus of APHA; Member-At-Large of the APHA Action Board and member of the APHA Joint Policy Committee (JPC).

Beginning in 1995, Ella joined the Flint Odyssey House, Inc. Health Awareness Center and served as Assistant Director for seven of her ten year period of employment with the organization. In addition to her responsibilities of office management and staff supervision, other affiliations included; Coordinator of the Birth Sister Component of the REACH 2010 Program; Coordinator of the in-house Student Intern Placement from the University of Michigan Flint and Ann Arbor; member and 1st Community Chair of the Michigan Prevention Research Center (PRC) Community Board; National PRC Community Board Representative; Past Chair of the National PRC Community Committee; member of the National PRC Steering Committee; member of the National Chronic Disease and Prevention Research Conference Planning Committee; member of the Michigan Public Health Training Center (MPHTC) Curriculum Committee; member of the MPHTC Steering Committee and Coordinator of the FOHIHAC HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing Site.

She began her journey in Community Based Public Health as Chair of the McCree North Advisory Board; member of the Broome Team Collaborative (a cbo, university, and health department partnership established to implement and sustain Community Based Public Health activities); member of the Genesee County Violence Prevention Coalition; 1st Vice-Chair of the Community Based Organization Partners (CBOP); Past Vice-Chair of the Community Based Public Health Committee UM SPH; Past Vice-Chair of the Programs and Services Committee of PRIDE (Programs to Reduce Infant Deaths Effectively) Coalition; Past Vice- President of the Board of Directors of the Community Health Outreach Workers ([CHOW] a state wide coalition with a focus on HIV/AIDS) and member of the HIV/AIDS Regional Community Planning Group.

Ella's volunteerism includes: President of the Michigan Association of Black Social Workers (MABSW); Immediate Past-President of the Flint Association of Black Social Workers (FABSW); Chair of the Health Committee of the Flint Association of Black Social Workers; and Alternate Representative for the National Association of Black Social Workers Steering Committee. She also serves on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Executive Committee; Past-Chair of the NAACP Youth Works; Chair of the NAACP ACT-SO (Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics); Past-Youth Advisor of the Junior Optimist and Octagon International (JOOI) Clubs; Past-Chair/Coordinator of the Juneteenth Parade; Past-Co-Coordinator of the NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner; Past-Chair of the NAACP Souvenir Journal Committee; Chair of the Southwestern Christian College National Dinner Day Activities.

In support of her quest for knowledge and respect for learning, Ella has decided to return to school to complete her formal education that she might better utilize the wealth of experience and training she has already acquired.

Susan Gust

Susan Ann Gust
Minneapolis, MN


Susan Ann Gust is a community activist and small business owner of a thirty-four year old construction management, consulting and community development company.  Her work in construction and economic/environmental justice led her to founding the ReUse Center in Minneapolis.  Through her business, she is a facility manager of a 117-year-old building that houses a family violence prevention program.  She was a University of Minnesota Public Policy Fellow in 2003-2004.  Susan was the co-founder of the Phillips Neighborhood Healthy Housing Collaborative and is a consultant to the Family Sustainability Collaborative, a Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation funded project that grew out of the original collaboration.  She recently completed 9 years of service on the Board of Community University Health Care Center and 6 years as an appointee on the City of Minneapolis Public Health Advisory Committee.  Currently, she is serving on the Board of Community Campus Partnerships for Health and as a member of the Cultural Wellness Center’s Law and Policy Committee.  Additional civic responsibilities includes participating in the following local efforts: Healthy Homes, Healthy Kids; Phillips Environmental Steering Committee Initiative and Allina’s Backyard Initiative.  Susan also eagerly spends time in activities involving her school-aged daughter and her grandchildren.

Hilda Heady
Morgantown, WV

Hilda R. Heady is Associate Vice-President for Rural Health at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University. She is jointly appointed to the University System of West Virginia and works with the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and WVU in implementing an interdisciplinary, rural health-training network covering 47 of West Virginia's most underserved counties. She serves as the Executive Director of this program, the West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnerships. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Rural Health Association and various national and state task forces and committees addressing rural health and rural economic development issues. She has been involved in rural health issues and rural community development for 25 years. She has served in a leadership role in rural health care reform, policy development, technical assistance, and coordination of statewide resources for rural health. She was an invited participant to the "Health Care Reform in Rural Areas" conference held in Little Rock in March 1993 and a regional finalist for the 1997 White House Fellows program.

Ms. Heady served as the CEO of a small 58 bed rural hospital, Preston Memorial Hospital, and provided the needed leadership to turn around this near bankrupt rural hospital by working with the community and leaders to restructure its mission and the debt of the hospital. She also established an alternative birth center and improved obstetric services in this county prior to her role as CEO. Ms. Heady is active in rural networking activities in West Virginia around issues of managed care, community health information networks, health professions recruitment, and delivery systems.

Ms. Heady holds a Masters degree in Social Work from West Virginia University. She is the recipient of numerous awards including: the Governor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rural Health in 1996, the 1992 Exemplar Award by the West Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, the Award of Achievement by the West Virginia Hospital Association in 1991, and the American College of Healthcare Executives Regents Award in 1991. She also received the Susan B. Anthony Award for the state chapter of NOW in 1990, was selected as "Woman of the Year" by the Preston County News and "Woman of the Year" by the Dominion-Post in 1983. Ms. Heady's highest award is being the mother of two sons, Eli and Jesse.


Gretchen Kinder
Worcester, MA

Gretchen Kinder is the Chair of the CCPH Board of Directors. She works as the Project Manager for Education and Training Initiatives at the MassHealth Access Program, a program of the Office of Community Programs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her professional work focuses on community-based health planning and research to improve access to quality health care for underserved populations in Massachusetts. Gretchen received graduate degrees from Boston University, earning both her Master of Social Work in 1996 and her Master of Public Health in 1997. Active in the development of healthy communities, Gretchen is a mentor to, and serves on, the Advisory Committee for the Healthy Communities Massachusetts Institute and is a founding member of the Anti-Racism Group at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Harvard Square. She has served on the Board of CCPH since April 1998.


Terese Kluzik
San Francisco, CA

Terri Kluzik is the director of the National Fund for Medical Education, and associate director for program management and operations at the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California San Francisco. In addition, Terri manages the Primary Care Achievement and Journalism Awards program at the Center. Prior to joining the Center, Terri was the Assistant Executive Director of the Health Care Foundation of San Francisco; a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) sponsored by the San Francisco Medical Society. Terri was responsible for directing all aspects of the Foundation, initiating and coordinating efforts for creation of a new Individual Practice Association (IPA), and serving as a Board member of the Health Care Foundations of the California Coast, a consortium of Foundations in Northern California. Terri received her Masters of Social Work degree, with a concentration in administration, from San Francisco State University. Her social work experience was predominantly with the homeless population in San Francisco and included managing a shelter for women. Furthermore, Terri provided direct services to the developmentally disabled, taught a job search course to residents of a treatment center, and performed Medicaid eligibility for a county social service agency.


JoEllen Koerner
Sioux Falls, SD

JoEllen Koerner is President of the Global Nursing Academy of E-Vitro. She has served in executive level management and leadership roles in health care administration, education, regulation, and e-commerce. She has extensive experience in the development of clinical systems and health management processes sensitive to cost and quality. She is founder of the Healing Web, a collaborative education-service model that facilitates service learning in the community, and she is a partner in MAKOCE: Whole Earth Health; a transdisciplinary, transcultural healing center committed to self-responsible health by integrating body, mind, spirit and environment. Her professional positions include practicing as a staff nurse and nurse manager, directing a college department of nursing, serving as executive secretary of the South Dakota Board of Nursing, and senior vice president of patient services for Sioux Valley Hospitals and Health System.

JoEllen is past president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and President of the South Dakota State University Foundation. She has also served on numerous advisory bodies, including the nursing panel of the Pew Health Professions Commission, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Colleagues in Caring National Advisory Committee, and the Partners in Caring and Community: Service-Learning in Nursing Education National Advisory Committee.

JoEllen has authored more than 60 articles, chapters & editorials. She co-edited two books, Implementing Differentiated Practice: Transformation by Design, and Caring and Community: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Nursing and serves on the editorial boards of: Executive Nurse Update, Nursing Administration Quarterly, Nursing Outlook, Journal of Nursing Administration, and Journal of Professional Nursing. JoEllen holds a BSN in nursing from Mount Mary College, an MS in nursing from South Dakota State University and a PhD in Human and Organizational Development from the Fielding Institute.


Daniel Korin
Bronx, NY

Daniel E. Korin, M.D., FAAP, a Latino board certified pediatrician, graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires medical school. He completed a Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital National Center, Washington, D.C. and trained at the Residency Program in Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY. Currently, he is a consultant for the GENE project at the March of Dimes to educate underserved communities on advances in genetics, with major emphasis on health communication, health literacy, and community-based participatory approaches. He has had extensive experience in the design and implementation primary care practices, health services to minority and medically underserved urban communities, and implementation of practice guidelines. He was instrumental in the development of a variety of community health intervention programs: * training of community women as "health care navigators" to increase completion of cervical and breast cancer screening among minority communities in the South Bronx; * improving health services and support for Hispanic and other minority family caregivers of chronically ill adults; * increasing immunization rates in minority children less than two years of age; * designing and implementing a program to "train-trainers" in cultural competence for health care providers, and others.

He served as a consultant for national and international organizations on health services design and implementation, health services for adolescents, cultural competent health care, distance learning, and health care response to domestic violence (PanAmerican Health Organization, Inter-American Bank of Development, Lewin-ICF). He is the Senior Medical Advisor of Pro-Salud, a Hispanic health supplement distributed in major Spanish-language newspapers in the US with a total distribution of 450,000. Also, he is currently involved in the development of a Web-based bilingual-bicultural patient education management system for ambulatory care patients at the New York Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Network. His academic involvement includes the position of Associate Dean (New York Medical College); he held other academic appointments at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and SUNY Downstate. He was involved in hospital medical administration as Director of Community Medicine and Ambulatory Care; Medical Director/Associate Dean; and Sr. Vice President for Medical and professional affairs.

Dennis William Magill
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dennis William Magill is Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto. He is the Director of the University of Toronto's undergraduate Health Studies programme. In 1990 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Wellesley Hospital, a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. During the Ontario provincial hospital restructuring, the Wellesley Hospital was closed in 1997. Its financial and real estate resources were transferred to the Wellesley Central Health Corporation. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of this Corporation. The corporation established the first Canadian Resource Centre in Community Based Research. A key goal of this Centre is the development of partnerships between community agencies/groups and researchers at the three Toronto universities: York University, Ryerson University, and the University of Toronto. The Centre has funded many community based research projects.

He is the Managing Director and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Urban Health Initiatives located at the University of Toronto. Established in 2003 and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the focus of the Centre is the facilitation of innovative trans-disciplinary research on the effects of physical and social environments on the health of urban residents. A major goal of the Centre is to involve the community in the process of academic research.

His research areas are: race and ethnic relations, urban sociology, organizational analysis, and urban health.

Cheryl Maurana
Milwaukee, WI

Cheryl A. Maurana recently joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin as Vice Chair and Chief of the Division of Community Health. She is also the Director of the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) state system. Previously, Cheryl was Associate Dean for Community Health Development and Founding Director of the Center Health Communities at Wright State University School of Medicine. Cheryl holds a BA in Mathematics and Sociology from Seton Hill College, and Ph.D. in Health Services Research from Purdue University. Cheryl is committed to developing community-academic partnerships that serve as a force for change in health care and health professions education. She has extensive experience in multidisciplinary education, consensus building and developing working partnerships with formal and informal community, government and business leaders. Cheryl has received a number of grants from foundation, state, federal and corporate sources for partnership building based upon the philosophy of "doing with" rather than "doing for" or "doing to". While at Wright State University, she received the School of Medicine Award for Innovative Medical Education and the first annual President's Award for Outstanding Collaboration.


Mindy Nierenberg
Boston, MA

Mindy Nierenberg is the Associate Dean of Students and the Director of Service Learning and Community Outreach at the Massachusetts College of Art. MassArt is the only public independent college of art and design in the United States and is located in the medical district of Boston. Mindy has developed numerous programs for students, faculty and alumni that integrate the visual arts into healthcare settings through partnerships with medical institutions. Programs such as "Healing Ceilings", a mural-ceiling tile replacement program developed with Mass. General Hospital and "The Journal Project", in which handmade blank journals were created for use by patients at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute involve campus-wide collaborations with the community. Mindy works with faculty to integrate service into the curriculum through the pedagogy of service learning. MassArt courses involved in healthcare partnerships include: 1) an illustration course, where teams of students create murals for pediatric treatment rooms; 2) a glass course, where students create a glass installation in a hospital setting utilizing the healing effects of light and color; and 3) a computer animation class, where students create a collaborative video animation with cystic fibrosis patients. Mindy has given presentations on service learning in the visual arts at many national and international conferences. She has worked in the feild of higher education for eighteen years. Mindy was selected as a member of the first Massachusetts Think Tank on Service Learning, founded by the New England Research Center on Higher Education and Massachusetts Campus Compact. She promotes the model of the "citizen/artist", whereby artists utilize their talents and visions to collaborate with the community, and make a positive contribution in finding creative solutions to issues facing a global society. Mindy is also interested in the effects of childhood/adolescent chronic illnesses on patients and their families, as well as alternative healing and integrative medicine.


Monte Roulier
Columbia, MO

Monte Roulier is a Co-Founder and Principal of Community Initiatives (CI), a network of individuals dedicated to helping organizations and community collaborations shape change and accelerate results.

Monte is a process and change strategist, consultant and facilitator. His work in the areas of team development, collaborative leadership, performance measurement and organizational learning includes a unique mixture of assistance to hundreds of community and organizational change initiatives.

Prior to Community Initiatives, Monte served as the Senior Community Advisor at the National Civic League (NCL), a non-profit organization dedicated to participative governance and civic engagement. While at NCL Monte led its nationally recognized Healthy Communities Program. Monte also served for five years as President of Service Adventures, Inc, a business that produced educational programs, and sustainable development and natural resource protection projects in Russia and Central Asia.

Monte lives in Columbia, Missouri with his wife and three kids.


Tom O'Toole
Baltimore, MD

Tom O'Toole is an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he directs a program for homeless, drug-addicted persons seeking recovery. He is also a program officer for the Open Society Institute Program on Medicine as a Profession service initiative, which is developing a national community-based service-learning program for medical students and residents. Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins, he was at the University of Pittsburgh for eight years where he founded and directed the Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations. This Program, which was recognized as an honorable mention awardee in the U.S. Health and Human Services Models that Work initiative, sponsors service learning partnerships with several community organizations and health professional schools at the University of Pittsburgh. He was one of the original grantees in the Health Professions Schools in Service to the Nation Program (HPSISN), and a recent grantee by the Corporation for National Service to develop four-year para-curricula in community service-learning at the University of Pittsburgh. He was recognized in 1999 with the Ernest A. Lynton Award for Faculty Professional Service and Academic Outreach honorable mention and with the NBI Healthcare Foundation Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award.


Carmen Patrick
Atlanta, GA

Carmen Patrick is an MD candidate at Emory University who has been mobilizing students around access to healthcare and gender and racial equality for eight years. Along those lines, Carmen serves on the boards of the Third Wave Foundation, where she works specifically for reproductive health and justice, and of Health Students Taking Action Together (HealthSTAT). Her interdisciplinary efforts have included coordination of clinical trials of preventive HIV vaccines, internship with the national pilot of the Friendly Access Maternal and Child Health Program, and tissue-engineering research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As past Chairman of the Board of HealthSTAT, Carmen led the organization’s effort to strengthen its infrastructure, including board development, hiring its first full-time Executive Director, and developing its summer internship program. She also co-founded Context – The Journal of HealthSTAT in partnership with the Student Health Alliance, which is the first online journal to focus explicitly on health professional students’ service, advocacy, and research in communities.

Carmen received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Resource Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park where she was a Banneker-Key Scholar. After leaving Maryland, she was selected in national competition as one of six Jane Addams-Andrew Carnegie Fellows at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy.

Carmen has received various recognitions for her work including the Robert E. Steward Engineering and Humanities Award from the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, the John Portz Award for students committed to service from the University of Maryland, and the Paul Ambrose Leadership Award from the American Teachers of Preventive Medicine.


Richard W. Redman
Ann Arbor, MI

Richard W. Redman is Director, Doctoral and Post-doctoral Programs, and Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. A professional nurse and a health services researcher, Richard has 30 years of academic experience in nursing, medical, and graduate education. He received a BSN from San Jose State University and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa. He's taught nurses, family medicine residents, and health care administration students at a variety of academic institutions, including the Universities of Iowa, Michigan, and North Carolina (Chapel Hill) as well as the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and SUNY/Buffalo.

He's passionate about civic engagement and service learning through community-based partnerships for students in the health professions. While at Colorado, he worked with faculty to implement required service learning experiences for nursing students in four degree programs. Similar efforts were carried out at UNC-Chapel Hill. At Michigan, he is implementing a service learning course for all undergraduate students and hopefully this will be expanded to other programs as well.

Richard is married to Patricia, a medical librarian. They are the parents of four sons and grandparents of one granddaughter.


Peggy M. Shepard
New York, NY

Peggy Shepard is executive director and co-founder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Founded in 1988, WE ACT was New York’s first environmental justice organization created to improve environmental health and quality of life in communities of color. WE ACT is a nationally recognized organization in the field of community-based participatory research in partnership with the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Ms. Shepard is a co-investigator of the Columbia Children’s Environmental Health Center’s Community Outreach and Translational Research Core and community partner of the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health In Northern Manhattan at Columbia. She is Principal Investigator on an NIEHS grant to foster communications and partnerships between researchers, clinicians and community on environmental health education and outreach.

A recipient of the 10th Annual Heinz Award For the Environment and the 2008 Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Achievement, Ms. Shepard is a former Democratic District Leader, who represented West Harlem from 1985 to April 1993, and served as President of the National Women’s Political Caucus-Manhattan from 1993-1997.  A former journalist, she was a reporter for The Indianapolis News, a copy editor for The San Juan Star, and a researcher for Time-Life Books. She has served as an editor at Redbook, Essence, and Black Enterprise magazines. Ms. Shepard began a career in government as a speechwriter for the New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal and Director of Public Information for Rent Administration. She served as the Women’s Outreach Coordinator for the New York City Comptroller’s Office.  A frequent lecturer at universities and conferences on issues of environmental justice and community-based health research, she is a graduate of Howard University and Solebury and Newtown Friends Schools. She has one daughter, Nicole and lives in the Hamilton Grange Historic District of West Harlem.

Douglas Simmons
Houston, TX

Douglas M. Simmons is an Associate Professor in the department of Dental Public Health and Dental Hygiene at The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center Dental Branch. He joined the Dental Branch faculty in 1974 in a part-time capacity, while maintaining a full-time private practice in Houston. In 1981, he became a full-time faculty member and served as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Goodwill Dental Clinic (a community-based teaching clinic for fourth year dental students). He has served as the chair of the Department of Community Dentistry and interim chair of the Department of Dental Public Health and Dental Hygiene at the Dental Branch. In 1995, he established a school-based teaching dental clinic at Rusk Elementary School in Houston. About two years later, he established a mobile dental clinic where dental and dental hygiene students provide dental care at five elementary schools located in underserved neighborhoods. He is currently serving as the director of these two programs.

Douglas serves on a number of academic committees at the University, and he was instrumental in establishing the advanced education program in dental public health at the Dental Branch. He is active in numerous civic, community, and professional organizations at the local, state and national levels. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Good Neighbor Healthcare Center, Houston Area Urban League, and Houston Association of the United Church of Christ's housing project for low-income residents. At the state level, he is a member of the Oral Health Advisory Committee to the Texas Department of Health. He also served as the initial conveyer of a special interest group that became the Minority Affairs Section of the American Association of Dental Schools.

Douglas received a D.D.S. from The University of Texas Houston Dental Branch and a M.P.H. from The University of Texas Houston School of Public Health. In addition, he received a certificate in dental care for the handicapped from the DECOD program at The University of Washington. He is married to Charles Andrea Simmons, a social worker, and they are the parents of two children ages 28 and 30.

April L. Vestal
Rainelle, WV

April L. Vestal is the Associate Director of the West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnerships Program, a statewide initiative that trains health profession students from West Virginia University, Marshall University and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. This program places health profession students in rural underserved communities for a portion of their training and serves 47 of 55 counties in West Virginia. April has served as a site coordinator in the program for over 8 years and currently holds the Associate Director position. April holds a BS degree in Organizational Management and Development from Bluefield College. She is currently completing the Master of Public Health Program at West Virginia University. April has extensive experience in public relations and media, working for eight years in sales, announcing and management of a small radio station. April has served on many community boards such as the Health Sciences and Technology Local Board, the Greenbrier Planned Approach to Community Health and Fayette Family Resource Network. April has developed several successful community grants and enjoys the role of community supporter, facilitator and mediator as well as her role as a wife and mother of two wonderful children.


Vickie Ybarra

Vickie Ybarra, RN, MPH, is Director of Planning and Development for the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, one of the largest community/migrant health care systems in the country, with clinics in Washington and Oregon. She has extensive experience in development, oversight, and evaluation of community programs targeting Hispanic and Spanish-speaking populations. She earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Washington School of Nursing, and in 1996 completed her Masters in Public Health at the University of Washington. In her role as a member of the Washington State Board of Health she has provided leadership for the Board's Health Disparities efforts, and in May 2001 co-authored the Board's report on Health Disparities focusing on diversifying the state healthcare workforce. Ms. Ybarra has been active in efforts to connect local communities to institutions of higher education. She has conducted research related to the presence and service needs of local undocumented women and children. She also served as a member of the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health board of directors from 1997-2000. Ms. Ybarra is active in her community in Hispanic academic achievement. She works with a local group to distribute scholarship dollars and provide community-wide recognition for academic success of local outstanding Hispanic high school graduates. She has conducted research with the local school district demonstrating the wide gap in college preparedness between Hispanic and non-Hispanic students. Ms. Ybarra is also a recently elected member of the local School Board, with a particular focus on closing the achievement gap between Hispanic and non-Hispanic students.