Board of Directors

2016-17 School-Based Health Alliance Board

Executive Committee


Rita Cook

Rita Cook
Bethesda, MD

Rita Cook is the owner and principal of PRI, a small accounting firm providing accounting and financial support to principally nonprofit organizations.

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She started the firm in 1997. Her career has been split between accounting and financial recruiting. She began her career as an Auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co, moved on to be the Chief Financial Officer of a venture capital real estate firm and then spent eleven years as a Financial Recruiter. With her staff of four, she is currently providing financial support to 15 nonprofit organizations. Her unique background has been beneficial to organizations needing assistance in both financial and operational management. Ms. Cook was born in Washington, DC. She earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Maryland in 1976. Ms. Cook is a Certified Public Accountant.



Winston WongWinston Wong, MD, MS
Oakland, CA

Winston Wong leads Kaiser Permanente’s efforts in developing and cultivating community partnerships that address the needs of the underserved and the pursuit of health equity.

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At Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated pre-paid health provider with over 8.8 million members, Dr. Wong guides investments and partnerships to support the country’s community health centers, public hospitals, and public health systems, with a particular emphasis on the promotion of population management strategies and the elimination of health disparities. As a clinician and medical director of a federally supported community health center in Oakland’s Chinatown from 1986-93, Dr. Wong established several programs targeting health inequities faced by immigrant Asian communities. From 1993-2003, Dr. Wong served as a Commissioned Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, achieving the rank of Captain, and serving in various roles in the Region IX Office of the Department of Health and Human Services. In recognition of his public service, Wong was the recipient of the U.S. Public Health Service’s Outstanding Service Medal. Dr. Wong is a national authority in areas of cultural competence and health disparities. He co-chaired the National Quality Forum’s Steering Committee on Cultural Competence, which led to a framework for the adoption of culturally competent practices among the nation’s health care providers. Dr. Wong serves on the IOM Committee on the Integration of Public Health and Primary Care, and on two IOM roundtables: the Roundtable on Health Disparities and the Roundtable on Health Literacy. CMS appointed Dr. Wong to serve on the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education for a two-year term in 2011. Dr. Wong received his bachelor degree in ethnic studies with honors from the University of California – Berkeley, and his master’s and medical degrees from the UCSF-Berkeley Joint Medical Program. He is also a Certified Health Insurance Executive. Dr. Wong was profiled as a “Face of Public Health” in the May 2010 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.



Jesse White-FreséJesse White-Fresé, MA
North Haven, CT

Jesse White-Fresé is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of School-Based Health Centers, a statewide advocacy organization.

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Prior to her position, Jesse was a consultant on a variety of health care projects, including a children’s oral health collaborative project, a federally funded Healthy Communities’ Access Project, and a school-based emergency preparedness project. Jesse was the Director of School-Based Health Services for 10 years for the Community Health Center, Inc., and served as President of the Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers from 1998 – 2000. She has been active in Connecticut’s Medicaid Managed Care Council and currently serves on the Behavioral Health Partnership Oversight Council, a legislatively-appointed position. Jesse served on the Technical Assistance and Training panel of the School-Based Health Alliance for six years, serving on the Council of State and Regional Chapters. Jesse has been co-chair of the CT Coalition for Oral Health, and is currently chair of the statewide School Based Health Center Advisory Council. Jesse participated in the development of the Oral Health Plan for Connecticut: 2007-2012, and the Oral Health Education K-12 curriculum for Connecticut schools. Jesse holds a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She resides in East Haddam, Connecticut.



Herman BristerHerman Brister, PhD, MA
Baton Rouge, LA

Herman Brister was elected Superintendent of Baker Schools in May 2015. Previously, Brister spent 25 years in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, working directly with Baton Rouge youth both academically and athletically.

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Since then, he has served in multiple capacities: Athletic Director for Istrouma High School, Assistant Principal of Crestworth Middle, Principal of Staring Education Center, Principal of Capitol Middle School, Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools, and Associate Superintendent of Instructional Support Services. Dr. Brister’s dedication to children continued to be evident in his service as the system’s Associate Superintendent of Instructional Support Services. In this capacity, Dr. Brister lead the school system’s instructional support services program by planning, developing, and evaluating the district’s needs for issues of quality and equity. In addition, Dr. Brister provided leadership and guidance for the system’s Autonomous and Charter Schools, Adult Education programs, I CARE Substance Abuse Prevention Program, Guidance Counselors, Student Activities, Child Welfare and Attendance, JROTC, Special Programs, Transfers and Security and Education Excellence Funds. As Chief Academic Officer, the East Baton Rouge School System District Performance Score has moved further and faster than any other time in accountability history. As the CAO, he received the NAACP Community Achievement Award for outstanding service to the community of Baton Rouge. During his 10 year tenure as a district level administrator, he has authored, co-authored, directed the development of grants and served as project investigator on more than 20 million dollars to improve the academic performance of all children. Dr. Brister received his bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Southern University, a master’s of education degree in special education from Louisiana State University and his doctoral degree in organizational/educational leadership from Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


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Peter Beilenson, MD, MPH
Baltimore, MD

Peter Beilenson currently serves as the CEO and President of the Evergreen Health Cooperative, an innovative, member-oriented health care model authorized by the Affordable Care Act.

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He brings 20 years of experience in public health leadership having previously served as the Health Officer of Howard County, Maryland in the administration of County Executive Ken Ulman and as the Baltimore City Health Commissioner in the administrations of Mayors Kurt Schmoke and Martin O’Malley. Dr. Beilenson received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, Medical Doctorate from Emory University School of Medicine, and Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. During his tenure in Baltimore City, Dr. Beilenson’s vision led to expanded drug treatment programs in Baltimore, improved immunization compliance, a wide range of extremely effective lead poisoning prevention initiatives, juvenile violence prevention, and the creation of the state-wide initiative for universal health coverage in Maryland – Health Care for All. In Howard County he launched the Healthy Howard Access Plan, a first-of-its-kind program in the country that provides comprehensive, affordable health and wellness services to the uninsured of Howard County; the Healthy Howard Initiative—which certifies healthy schools, workplaces, childcare and restaurants; and the first in the nation ban on indoor tanning for minors.


Ben L. BynumBen L. Bynum, MD, MBA, MPH
Denver, Colorado

Ben Bynum serves as portfolio director of private sector engagement for The Colorado Health Foundation. In this role, he develops the Foundation’s impact investing strategy and manages their impact investment portfolio, including program-related investments.

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As a trained physician and an experienced impact investor, Dr. Bynum sees private sector investment in the health care space as the perfect way to bring health care services and sustainable business models together to make an impact on communities in need. He connects to his work and the Foundation’s mission on a personal level as well. Every day, he is driven to improve the lives of Coloradans, including those whose life experiences parallel his own.

Dr. Bynum has over a decade of experience in impact investing. Before working at the Foundation, he helped to plan and execute the creation of Vital Healthcare Capital (V-Cap), a nonprofit organization that provides flexible financing and development services to support quality health care and good health care jobs in low-income communities. He also spearheaded the work that led to the launch of the Foundation’s Strengthening Primary Care funding opportunity, which he cites as one of his high points working with the Foundation.

Ben’s commitment to education and health is long-standing. Currently he is a member of the national School-Based Health Alliance’s Board of Directors. Dr. Bynum is a former adjunct professor and a published author in the Journal of Health Care Finance analyzing the intersection of school-based health centers and Medicaid alternative payment models. He was a Scholastic All-American defensive back at Tuskegee University and a member of their undefeated 2000 Black College National Championship team. Dr. Bynum received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, and completed a dual master’s degree program at Columbia Business School and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health at which he was honored as a W.E.B. Du Bois Scholar. Before he went to medical school, he took a two-year break to teach sixth-grade science at his old middle school, where he also coached football.

Ultimately, Ben is a relationship builder at heart. Dr. Bynum is fueled by connection and impact, and relishes the opportunity to support Colorado communities through intelligent investments that bring the Foundation’s mission to life.


Anna Gabriella Casalme
Chino Hills, CA

Anna Gabriella Casalme is a recent graduate of Stanford University, aspiring physician and former member of the Youth Advisory Council of the School-Based Health Alliance.




Lelin ChaoLelin Chao, MD
Laurel, MD

Lelin Chao is a healthcare executive and family physician with 17 years of experience managing professional staff and developing systems in multidisciplinary health centers.

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Dr. Chao is also a front line primary care provider with strong interest in quality management methodologies and leading data driven, lean, patient focused clinical teams. She currently serves as Senior Clinical Officer for Provider, Member and Vendor Operations at Amerigroup Maryland, Inc. where she oversees case management quality and NCQA accreditation for complex chronic care, chronic disease management and improving provider satisfaction with case management services. For 12 years, Dr. Chao served as chief medical officer for People’s Community Health Centers, an FQHC in Baltimore. She is board-certified by the American Board of Family Physicians. Dr. Chao received her M.D. from New York Medical College, Valhalla, and BA from Barnard College, New York, NY.


ginwrightShawn Ginwright, PhD
Oakland, CA

Shawn Ginwright is an Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate for the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University.

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In 1989, Dr. Ginwright founded Leadership Excellence Inc. an innovative youth development agency located in Oakland, California that trains African American youth to address pressing social and community problems. In 1999, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. His research examines the ways in which youth in urban communities navigate through the constraints of poverty and struggle to create equality and justice in their schools and communities.
He is the author of “Hope and Healing in Urban Education: How Activists and Teachers are Reclaiming Matters of the Heart”, “Black in School- Afrocentric Reform, Black Youth and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture” and co-editor of” Beyond Resistance!: Youth Resistance and Community Change: New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America’s Youth” and in 2010 he published “Black Youth Rising, Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America”.
He has published extensively on issues related to urban youth in journals such as Social Problems, Social Justice, Urban Review, and New Directions in Youth Development. He is a highly sought speaker to national and international audiences.


Tammy GreenwellTammy Greenwell, MPH
Saluda, NC

Tammy Greenwell is an accomplished senior management professional with over 18 years of relevant operational, performance, and compliance experience in both non-profit and for-profit organizational settings.

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As Chief Operations Officer for Blue Ridge Community Health Services, Inc. (a non-profit federally-qualified health center), Greenwell provides operational management of 10 practice sites involving oversight of 137 total FTEs; 50 providers, 82 non providers including 5 direct reports. Specialties include primary care, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and behavioral health, pharmacy, dentistry, school health services (4 SBHC sites), and nutrition services. Combined gross revenue for Blue Ridge CHS totals $17M annually. She earned a Master of Public Health, Administration and Bachelor of Science, Nursing both from East Tennessee State University. She holds a credential as Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.


Joey HortonJoey Marie Horton, MBA
Watertown, NY

Joey Marie Horton is the Executive Director of the North Country Family Health Center, a federally qualified health center serving Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, and Franklin Counties of Northern New York.

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The center provides medical, behavioral health, dental, and WIC services. As Executive Director, Joey Marie is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization and works with agency staff to ensure the agency carries out its mission of opening doors to better health care. The center believes that every individual in the community deserves high quality, affordable health care. Joey Marie returned permanently to the Health Center in 2014 as she worked for the organization from 2007 to 2012 in its School-Based Health Program. Previously, Joey Marie was Deputy Director of Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO), a nonprofit organization with a mission of building a strong North Country health care system by analyzing the existing health care system, identifying gaps, and leveraging resources to fill those gaps. While at FDRHPO, Joey Marie was also Network Director of North Country Healthcare Providers, a multi-hospital rural health network in Northern New York. Additionally, Joey Marie held the role of Co-Executive Director of the New York State Coalition for School-Based Health Centers, a statewide, nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of New York’s over 200 school-based health centers. Joey Marie completed her master’s of business administration degree in health services management at the School of Business of the State University of New York, Institute of Technology. She graduated with distinction from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and health studies. Joey Marie is a Board member of the FDRHPO, the Greater Watertown Jaycees, and the New York Statewide Health Center Controlled Network. Joey Marie lives on Wellesley Island, NY with her husband, toddler son, and yellow lab.


Cassandra JoubertCassandra Joubert, PhD
Fresno, CA

Cassandra Joubert is the Director of the Central California Children’s Institute (CCCI) at California State University – Fresno, and holds an appointment as tenured professor in the Department of Public Health.

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In her role as CCCI Director, she provides leadership for community-oriented, applied interdisciplinary research and training programs devoted to improving the health and well-being of children in the San Joaquin Valley. Prior to coming to Fresno State in 2008, Dr. Joubert spent ten years in the philanthropic sector, serving as Vice President of Community Investment at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and Senior Program Officer at the Ruth Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan. She also served as Acting Director of the Michigan Office of Minority Health, and oversaw maternal and child health programs for the Michigan Public Health Institute. She received her doctoral of science degree in maternal and child health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and earned a graduate certificate in infant-parent mental health conferred by the University of Massachusetts – Boston. She is a member of the Board of Exceptional Parents Unlimited, a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Public Health, and is President of the Fresno/San Joaquin Valley Chapter of Black Women Organized for Political Action. Dr. Joubert is married to Michael Allen, a marriage and family therapist who works with youth in the juvenile justice system.


Allison KilcoyneAllison Kilcoyne, NP
Beverly, MA

Allison Kilcoyne, a Family Nurse Practitioner, spent most of her 15 year career working in and advocating for School Based Health.

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Most recently she implemented an SBHC in Peabody Veterans Memorial High School in Peabody, Massachusetts. She was a primary care provider that led an interdisciplinary medical and behavioral health care team at a high school SBHC in nearby Lynn, Massachusetts. Allison has presented at the Alliance’s national conference on psychopharmacology in SBHC, mental health programmatic evaluations and engaging undocumented minors into the health care system. In her clinical practice she was able to engage youth into the health care system and see first-hand the impact of SBHCs on youth development. Previously she had served as the school nurse leader for the City of Peabody. A graduate of University of Pennsylvania and Northeastern University, she is a long time preceptor of nurse practitioner students; guest lectures in nearby graduate schools of nursing, has participated in funded SBHC research projects and has co-authored articles and book chapters on adolescence and school health.


Karen SaverinoKaren Saverino
Washington, DC

Karen Saverino, APR, is President of Eightfold Strategy, a branding, marketing and communication firm that works with nonprofits, foundations and socially conscious businesses launched on January 8, 2010.

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With twenty years of broad-ranging experience as a communicator, Karen provides expertise in all facets of strategic communication, including research and planning, brand and message development, media relations and social media. A skilled facilitator with a knack for helping groups get creative, she has helped dozens of clients frame issues and develop strategic plans, brand platforms and campaign frameworks. Her work has supported policy initiatives at the local, state and federal levels. A national leader in branding social purpose organizations, Karen has worked on teams that created new or refreshed brands for the National Skills Coalition, Child Welfare Information Gateway, Women Employed, Minnesota Community Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, The National Trust for Historic Preservation and ShoreBank Corporation. Karen advised program officers and grantees of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s School-Based Health Care Policy Program on communication to advance policy, resulting in the 2010 passage of federal legislation to authorize funding for school-based health centers. She also worked with Pre-K for All DC on communication to support the organization’s efforts that led to successful passage of legislation to bring quality pre-K education to all 3- and 4-year-olds in the District of Columbia. A former journalist, Karen has landed media coverage of issues such as education reform, quality health care, clean rivers and drinking water and socially responsible investing in influential media outlets including The Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Business Week, CNN and National Public Radio. From 2001-2009, Karen worked as vice president at Metropolitan Group in Washington, DC. A 1990 cum laude graduate of The College of Notre Dame of Maryland, she received a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in marketing. She lives in Washington, DC. She enjoys biking, skiing and cooking healthy meals.


Martin TaylorMartin Taylor
Portland, OR

Martin Taylor is the Executive Director of the Oregon Nurses Association.

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In his previous role, he worked with the Governor’s office and State Legislature on health care reform policies including Medicaid Reform, the insurance exchange and budgets. He led a team that successfully secured federal funding to launch Oregon’s Health CO-OP. He has lead the creation and development of a Member Advisory Council, giving voice to the 175,000 CareOregon individuals and families receiving services associated with CareOregon. He oversees the distribution CareOregon’s Community Benefit funds (over 1 million dollars annually). CareOregon’s Communications Department reports to Martin. Martin Taylor also serves on the Board of Directors of several not-for-profits including: 211, CCO Oregon and the Community Health Advocates of Oregon (CHAO). Prior to joining CareOregon in 2008, Martin Taylor worked in Oregon politics as legislative and campaign staff from 1991 until 1996. In 1997 he joined the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) where he was part of the executive team. In his 11 years at ONA Martin Taylor directed lobbying, public policy and member advocacy activities.