Staff Directory

John SchlittJohn Schlitt, MSW

President

Email • (202) 370-4378
Expertise: School health care models, policy, advocacy, finance; Medicaid; community organizing; coalition building; maternal and child health policy; Board of Directors relations

 

John is the president of the School-Based Health Alliance. In this role, he directs continuous strategic goal setting, planning, program, and resource development in pursuit of the Alliance’s mission to improve children’s health care access.

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From 1997-2008, John served as School-Based Health Alliance’s first executive director, leading the organization’s advocacy, education, and technical assistance efforts to strengthen and sustain school-based health centers and build long-term financial support for the organization. In 2011 he rejoined School-Based Health Alliance after exploring other public health interests. John’s twenty-five year career spans maternal, infant, and child health policy, practice, and advocacy arenas. He is a national authority on school-based health care financing, organization, and delivery. John has worked as a clinical social worker with adolescents in psychiatric and community mental health settings and has authored several articles on school-based health care and teen pregnancy prevention. A native Floridian, John received his bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Florida and his master of social work degree from Florida State University.

Tammy AlexanderTammy Alexander, MEd

Director of Programs

Email • (971) 888-5985
Expertise: School-based substance abuse prevention, violence prevention, suicide prevention, safe and drug-free schools; state affiliate member relations; National Quality Initiative, Blueprint

 

Tammy oversees state leadership and state affiliation relations. She directs the National Quality Initiative and the SBIRT in School-Based Health Centers Initiative. In addition, Tammy provides training and technical assistance on school health program development and implementation, including policy development.

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Tammy started in school-based health care at the Oregon Health Division in 1993 while working as the adolescent health coordinator. In addition to supporting the growth of SBHCs in Oregon, Tammy brought partners together to identify adolescent health issues and find ways to influence policy and practice for better health outcomes in schools and communities. Her 30+-year career includes direct treatment for chemically dependent youth; developing trainings for school-based student assistance programs; providing vision, support, and technical assistance to SBHCs; and collaborating with key partners to establish state-wide conferences on such topics as violence prevention, suicide prevention, and Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Additionally, her work on the Governor’s Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force resulted in the establishment of a youth suicide prevention position at the state level, and an award for Tammy’s work. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Oregon School-Based Health Alliance, serving on the board, acting as interim director, and more recently working as the member services director. Tammy also served on the Alliance (formerly NASBHC) Board, chairing the Technical Assistance and Training Committee and the 2006 National Convention in Portland. Tammy earned her undergraduate degree at Oregon State University and received her Master of Health Education from the University of Virginia.

Donna BehrensDonna Behrens, RN, MPH

Project Advisor, School-Based Oral Health Services

Email • (410) 241-9604
Expertise: school mental health and school oral health, with an emphasis on immigrant and refugee students; policy development and finance; social emotional learning; School-Based Oral Health Initiative

Donna is the director of school oral health initiatives at the School Based Health Alliance. In this role, she leads a national grant project to increase students’ access to oral health services in schools and collaborates with national, state, and local partners to strengthen the policies and resources needed to advance school oral health programs.

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Donna brings many years of nursing, public health, and policy experience in children’s health, mental health, oral health and school-based health service delivery to the position. She started her career as a nurse in children’s mental health and pediatric acute care medical services. In 1996, she launched into the public health arena by becoming the first director of school-based health services in Maryland at the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families. In 2005, she became the executive director of the Maryland Assembly on School-Based Health Care. Two years later, she joined the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools at the George Washington University Milken School of Public Health as the associate director. In 2015, she joined the Alliance. She received her Associate and Bachelor degrees in nursing from Prince George’s County Community College and Catholic University of America respectively and a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Larry Bostian

Larry Bostian, MA

Vice President of Development

Email • (202) 638-5878
Expertise: Grant proposals; donor appeals; writing and editing; sponsor and partner relations; member relations, funding and development

 

As vice president for development, Larry helps identify and cultivate connections with potential funders, collaborates with colleagues to develop grant proposals, and participates in communications-related activities to inform and motivate our members and constituents.

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Larry has achieved success in many aspects of nonprofit fundraising, securing major contributions from foundations, corporations, labor unions, and government. He excels in securing individual support, from small direct-mail contributions to major gifts. He views fundraising as an important element of the Alliance’s broader development effort, which includes nurturing relationships with the organization’s members, state affiliates, and partners, as well as reaching out to new allies, and raising public awareness of the Alliance’s important work. Before coming to the Alliance, Larry worked for 19 years at the National Consumers League. Prior to that, he worked at Public Citizen, George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, the Institute for Policy Studies, and Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee. A native Tar Heel and a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Larry also earned a Master of Arts in religious studies at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.

Laura BreyLaura Brey, MS

Vice President for Strategy and Knowledge Management

Email • (941) 213-9336
Expertise: school health program development and implementation; school-community partnerships and coalition building at the national, state, and local levels; consulting services; Young Adolescent Male Project, Leadership Fellows Program

In her role as vice president for strategy and knowledge management, Laura oversees the organization’s training and technical assistance initiatives; development of technical assistance tools and resources; continuing education offerings, including monthly webinars and the annual convention; and execution of professional services contracts and consultancies.

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Laura joined the School-Based Health Alliance in October 2000. Her 30-year career experience includes migrant health, public health, nonprofit administration and management, family planning, adolescent health, training and coaching, technical assistance, and teaching at the secondary and college levels. School-based health care at the state and national levels has been the focus of her work for the past 20 years. She was the director of North Carolina’s SBHC program; director of the American Medical Association’s Guidelines for Adolescent Services (GAPS) in SBHCs; senior partner with Chicago Healthcare Management Consultants; director of Women’s Ambulatory Care Programs for Fantus Health Center, Cook County Hospital; and director of Bilingual Health Education Programs for the Illinois Migrant Council. Laura has Bachelor of Arts degrees in teaching, French, Spanish, and school health education; a Master of Science in community health education and administration from University of Illinois in Urbana; and post-graduate studies in qualitative research at the University of Chicago.

Tierra Brooks

Administrative Assistant, Programs

Email • (202) 370-4377
Expertise: Office administration; technical assistance; webinars

 

 

Tierra Brooks supports the organization’s broad portfolio of technical assistance, training, consultation, and continuing education efforts.

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Tierra’s background includes experience in health, education, mentoring, and administration. In 2006, she worked as a health educator for the District of Columbia Department of Health, where she also served as a mentor for children in DC Public Schools. She then became an administrative assistant for Bright Horizons from 2008 to 2011. In 2011, she took on the role of education coordinator for Bright Horizons, where she provided staff support in curriculum and program implementation. Tierra is a graduate from Bowie State University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Anna Burns

Communications and Public Policy Manager

Email • (202) 638-5872
Expertise: Communications, social media, writing and editing, website management, email marketing, public relations, member and state affiliate relations, mobile app development

 

As the communications and public policy manager, Anna works to engage both the Alliance’s state affiliates and the field in general, rallying them behind a common purpose to redefine health care for kids and teens. Anna also handles social media and assists with strategic planning for membership and development.

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Anna is originally from Columbia, SC, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and Spanish from Furman University in Greenville. After a few years in Madrid as a cultural ambassador through the Ministry of Education of Spain, Anna returned to Columbia to work in legislative and public affairs at the South Carolina Department of Education. She previously served as director of marketing and communications for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. As communications director, Anna was responsible for traditional media, member relations, digital communications, and social media.

Nataki Duncan

Program Assistant

Email • (202) 370-4377
Expertise: Administrative support; programmatic support; School-Based Oral Health Initiative; Hallways to Health

 

Nataki Duncan provides programmatic support for the School-Based Oral Health and Hallways to Health programs.

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Nataki graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, with a Bachelor of Science in public health. While living in New Jersey, she immersed herself in national and local public health efforts. Nataki worked as a research interviewer for the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System. She used her skills in planning fundraising and HIV/AIDS awareness events with the Rutgers Children’s AIDS Network, ultimately earning her a position as a committee member for the Robert Wood Johnson AIDS Program. Prior to joining the Alliance, Nataki assisted with managing multiple projects for the Support for International Family Planning Organizations at Population Services International. There, she successfully coordinated logistics for trainings and conferences to deliver resources on providing family planning services in developing countries.

Matt EvenMatt Even

Senior Database Manager

Email • (202) 306-5847
Expertise: Website programming; database management; SalesForce; National Quality Initiative; convention registration

 

 

As senior database manager, Matt Even, JD, builds databases and web portals to help Alliance staff run projects, collect and analyze data, and share knowledge with the field. Matt creates tools to manage registrations and memberships for the organization and explores new technologies with the goal of making the Alliance’s data collection and dissemination user-friendly for both staff and the field.

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Prior to joining the organization, Matt coordinated a volunteer program for all first-year students at New York’s SUNY College of Old Westbury. This program partnered Old Westbury students with various Long Island nonprofits and government agencies, including local schools, animal sanctuaries, and hospitals. Matt’s previous experience focused on information technology and logistical support for nonprofits in Washington, DC, including Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri and his Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America.

Paula FieldsPaula Fields, MSN, RN

Senior Program Manager for the School Health Services National Quality Initiative

Email • (304) 651-6718
Expertise: School-community partnerships; community school models; healthcare, public education, and higher education experience; National Quality Initiative (NQI)

As a senior program manager, Paula serves as the project lead for the National Quality Initiative. Paula also assists with the development of technical assistance tools and resources, training and continuing educational offerings, and building school and community partnerships to work towards student success.

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Paula first started in school-based health care in the late 1990s while working as the director of outpatient programs for a West Virginia hospital. One of her first tasks was to plan, implement, and sustain an SBHC. Paula worked to transition this SBHC to a federally qualified health center satellite, optimizing its sustainability. In 2004, she helped secure grant funding to create and staff the West Virginia School-Based Health Alliance where she also served as a board member for many years. Most recently, Paula worked at the West Virginia Department of Education as the first state-level community schools coordinator. Currently, Paula works on many School-Based Health Alliance quality improvement initiatives, in addition to serving as an SBHC consultant. She also is a board member for a West Virginia federally qualified health clinic. Paula has a diverse background in performance improvement, administration of nonprofits, management, consulting services, training, technical assistance, teaching, risk management, intensive care, cardiac rehabilitation, and infection control. Paula holds a Master’s degree in nursing education and administration, a Bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Hayley Lofink LoveHayley Lofink Love, PhD, MSc

Director of Research and Evaluation

Email • (202) 370-4385
Expertise: Quantitative and qualitative research; survey design, implementation, analysis, and reporting; program evaluation; GIS mapping and data visualization; ethnographic research on childhood obesity in underserved communities; National Census of SBHCs; National Quality Initiative (NQI); Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool

As director of research and evaluation, Hayley leads the organization’s research and evaluation efforts. She is responsible for leading the Alliance’s Census of School-Based Health Centers and the Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool. She serves as a senior evaluator across all of the Alliance’s initiatives.

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Hayley has more than 16 years of experience working with school and adolescent health initiatives. Her background is in the field of medical anthropology and she has designed, implemented, and published research examining how social determinants­­­–including economic pressures, cultural contexts, and physical environments–influence child and adolescent health. At the Alliance, she leads the design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination of the Census of School-Based Health Centers. She also led the development of the Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool. She has designed and implemented evaluations on child and adolescent health eating and active living; obesity prevention; behavioral health; Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT); reproductive health; oral health; and clinical performance measurement. Hayley has a doctoral degree from the University of Oxford and undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Suzanne MackeySuzanne Mackey, MPH

Senior Policy Analyst

Email • (202) 370-4393
Expertise: Federal public health policy and advocacy; HIV/AIDs; State Policy Collaborative

 

As senior policy analyst, Suzanne is responsible for federal, state, and local school-based health center policy research, analysis, and advocacy.

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Suzanne’s background in federal public health policy and advocacy includes previous work with the National Coalition of STD Directors and The AIDS Institute. She received her Master of Public Health from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles. Suzanne discovered her passion for public health as an undergraduate volunteer with the Middle School Outreach Program of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, teaching comprehensive sexuality education in schools throughout the county. She is currently an active volunteer with CASA for Children of DC, where she serves as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) for youth in the DC foster care system.

Seleena MooreSeleena Moore, MPH

Program Manager

Email • (202) 370-4383
Expertise: Youth development; social determinants of health; community-based program design; Youth Safety Net Project; Youth Advisory Council; Youth Engagement Toolkit; Youth Training Program

As program manager, Seleena leads efforts for the Alliance’s Youth Safety Net Project; supports a variety of technical assistance, training, and continuing education efforts for school and community-based health centers; and oversees the organization’s youth development initiatives.

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Seleena graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in globalization studies and a public health minor, and obtained her Master of Public Health at the University of Virginia. Her graduate research focused on childhood asthma education and management in Saint Kitts and Nevis. Prior to her position at the Alliance, Seleena worked as a research assistant for the Commonwealth Public Health Training Center, improving public health training and education with universities throughout Virginia. She also conducted health education research on a Center for School, Health, and Education pilot program to improve public health initiatives in schools. Seleena is very dedicated to engaging in service-learning opportunities and humanitarian efforts and has spent the last six years volunteering for the US Fund for UNICEF.

Alicia NewellAlicia Newell

Office Manager and Membership Coordinator

Email • (202) 370-4375
Expertise: Member relations, administrative support, convention registration

 

Alicia serves as the office manager and membership coordinator. She is responsible for daily office administration at the national office and serves as the liaison for the School-Based Health Alliance Board of Directors.

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Alicia has more than 15 years of administrative experience. She was an administrative assistant with the Office of Employee Benefits and Exempt Organizations of the Internal Revenue Service for five years. Because of her administrative expertise, Alicia was invited to provide administrative support to two attorneys who left the Internal Revenue Service and started the independent law firm of Bosley Hutzelman. She served in that position for seven years before joining The Mitchellville School where she served as business administrator for four years.

Nirmita PanchalNirmita Panchal, MPH

Research and Evaluation Manager

Email • (202) 370-4391
Expertise: Quantitative and qualitative research; survey design, implementation, analysis, and reporting; National Census of SBHCs; National Quality Initiative (NQI); Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool

Nirmita’s position as research and evaluation manager involves managing the National Census of School-Based Health Centers and disseminating the Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool.

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Prior to joining the Alliance, Nirmita was a policy analyst for the Kaiser Family Foundation. Her work primarily focused on the Employer Health Benefits Survey, a national benchmark survey of employer-sponsored health care. Nirmita is passionate about working with underserved populations, particularly children, and international service projects. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, and her Master of Public Health from George Washington University.

Kate SchechterKate Schechter, MA

Program Manager

Email • (202) 370-4390
Expertise: Oral health and education, School-Based Oral Health Initiative

 

As program manager for the School Oral Health Learning Collaborative Network Project, Kate focuses on developing the school district learning community network, with the goal of increasing consent rates for services and the incorporation of oral health into the primary education system across the country. Kate also provides technical assistance; develops tools and resources, including webinars and resource libraries; and draws on learning collaborative frameworks to facilitate learning and sharing.

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Kate grew up in Silver Spring, MD. After attending North Carolina State University for a sociology undergraduate degree, she taught English in Japan, the catalyst for her continued desire to work in education. Kate taught ESOL and continuing education locally until she attended the University of Pittsburgh for a master’s degree in social comparative analysis of education. After graduating, Kate worked as a program associate for educational programs at the Maryland General Assembly before joining the School-Based Health Alliance. Kate enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, collaborating on art projects with her more talented friends, and traveling.

Suzanne SellmanSuzanne Sellman, MA

Director of Communications

Email • (202) 370-4384
Expertise: Message development and branding; media relations, public education, and community engagement; publication management, social media marketing, and website development; stakeholder collaboration on large-scale communication strategies; convention marketing

As the director of communications for the Alliance, Suzanne Sellman, MA, oversees the website, blog, social media, eblasts, media relations, marketing, and overall branding of the organization. She supports the entire organization through expertise in writing and editing, graphic design, product development and promotion, and communications best practices.

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Suzanne has worked in the fields of communications, marketing, and partnership development since 1992. Prior to joining the Alliance in November 2016, she was the senior communications manager for the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. In this position, she was responsible for working with the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau to identify and partner with federal and professional stakeholders to help implement the goals and objectives of the federal EMSC Program, including all strategic communication activities. Most recently, Suzanne worked with more than 55 state grant recipients and 22 national and professional partners to implement a comprehensive, multi-layered communications strategy to ensure participation in a nationwide survey of more than 5,400 emergency departments. The strategy resulted in a 83% response rate. Suzanne has a Master’s degree from the SI Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and an undergraduate degree in public relations and marketing from York College of Pennsylvania.

Andrea ShoreAndrea Shore, MPH

Director of Programs

Email • (202) 370-4386
Expertise: School-based supports for expectant and parenting students; training design and facilitation; school health policies in urban public school district; content expert on youth development, adolescent sexual and reproductive health; HIV/AIDs; convention programming

As director of programs, Andrea oversees several of the organization’s initiatives, including the Youth Safety Net Project, Hallways to Health, and the Partnership for Adolescent Sexual Health. She also manages the program content for the annual School-Based Health Care Convention.

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Andrea has more than 20 years of experience in the public health field, where she has led child and adolescent health and youth development programs and initiatives, many of which focused on the intersection of health and education. Her most recent positions prior to the School-Based Health Alliance include director of school services at Metro TeenAIDS and program manager for health services for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Her work at DCPS was integral to expanding a program that supports expectant and parenting students from two to 13 DCPS high schools and the opening of numerous SBHCs. Andrea’s professional experience spans the local and national levels and has involved leading teams in designing, implementing, and continuously improving health programs for children and youth; building the capacity of health and education professionals who work with youth through trainings and technical assistance; developing and ensuring compliance with school health policies; and collaborating on the provision of health services in schools. She has a Bachelor of Arts in child development from Tufts University and a Master of Public Health from Emory University.

Jordanna SnyderJordanna Snyder, MPH

Program Manager

Email • (202) 370-4389
Expertise: Healthy eating, active living, program design and management, Hallways to Health

 

As program manager, Jordanna facilitates trainings and technical assistance for 13 SBHCs in the Hallways to Health initiative. She also creates opportunities to share the stories, data, and success from the initiative in hopes that other SBHCs can replicate.

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Prior to joining the School-Based Health Alliance, Jordanna worked in the community health field as a researcher and community organizer, creating programs and building relationships, and as an educator where she taught elementary school science. She is originally from Phoenixville, PA, but has lived in the Washington, DC area for six years. Jordanna attended Bucknell University as an undergraduate where she studied biology and environmental studies and completed her Master of Public Health at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in Prevention and Community Health.

Deirdre TaylorDeirdre Taylor

Senior Director of Administration

Email • (202) 370-4379
Expertise: Human resources, administrative support, database management, information technology, convention logistics

 

In her role as senior director of administration, Deirdre is responsible for managing the administrative functions of the organization, including payroll, employee benefits, daily office operations, and general financial oversight. She is responsible for inventory control and computer equipment. In addition, Deirdre oversees logistics for the annual School-Based Health Care Convention.

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Deirdre came to the School-Based Health Alliance with more than 16 years of administrative and financial experience. She was the office manager for a construction union and volunteered bookkeeping services to her youngest daughters’ daycare center, as well as prepared taxes for Jackson Hewett. While working full time and raising children, Deirdre earned a degree in accounting from Strayer University and a certificate in information technology and network administration from Computer Learning Center.

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