Staff Directory

Robert Boyd, MCRP, MDiv


Email • 202-370-4378
Expertise: Legislative policy; state and federal relations; advocacy; coalition building; nonprofit management; strategic planning; fundraising; and finance 


Robert is the President and CEO of the School-Based Health Alliance, where he directs all planning, policy, administration and resource development for the Alliance. His top goals for the Alliance are to expand its base of political and financial support, amplify its voice in the movement to create healthy, safe and secure schools and increase the number of all forms of SBHCs.

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For the last four years, Robert has served as the founding executive director of the Secure Schools Alliance, where he positioned that organization as a leading voice in the school safety space and was a sought-after op-ed writer, presenter and moderator. He spent the prior twenty years working as an executive for youth programs and to improve public schools through, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the Community Education Building in Wilmington, DE. Throughout his career, he has served on the boards of over twenty nonprofits and has over twenty years of business experience, including twelve years as a director of a $4.5 billion federal savings bank.

Though born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Robert relates more to the 21 years he lived and raised his children in Texas, where he served as Associate Pastor at University Park UMC and chaired the Public Safety Committee of the City of University Park. Robert’s other government experience includes service as Chief of Staff to Congressman Harold Ford Sr., a stint in NYC Mayor Ed Koch’s Office of Economic Development, and as a paid staffer on numerous local, state and federal campaigns. A co-author of the 2018 STOP School Violence Act, Robert also helped recruit 23 nonprofits to support the bill. He helped organize the Congressional School Safety Caucus and has passed state and local legislation in four states.

A lifelong learner, Robert’s educational credentials include a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, in American Political Culture, a Master of City and Regional Planning from Harvard University, with a focus on Political Analysis and Economic Development and a Master of Divinity from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He holds Certificates in Clinical Pastoral Education (Chaplaincy) from Parkland Memorial Hospital, Charter School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Active Threat / Tactical Medical Response from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Robert lives on the Chesapeake Bay on Kent Island, MD and has two grown children: his son Jeffrey, a graduate of Brown and Harvard Ed school, is an educator in North Carolina and a doctoral candidate at UNC. Jeffrey is married to Dr. Amanda Boyd and father of one-year-old daughter Noa. His daughter, Lindsey, is a graduate of Wesleyan University and manages public arts programs in Philadelphia. In his free time, Robert enjoys golf, tennis, hunting, fishing and being by the water.

Tammy Alexander, MEd

Senior Director, State Relations

Email • 202-370-4380
Expertise: School-based substance abuse prevention, violence prevention, suicide prevention, safe and drug-free schools;  School-Based Oral Health Initiativestate affiliate member relations; Blueprint

Tammy is the director of state relations at the School-Based Health Alliance. 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. In addition to the school oral health initiative, Tammy oversees state leadership and state affiliation relations and provides training and technical assistance on school health program development and implementation.

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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.

Emily Baldi, MSW

Programs and Consulting Associate

Email • 202-370-4389
Expertise: Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment in School-Based Health Centers; adolescent development; training and facilitation; social-emotional wellness; consulting services

As a program associate, Emily provides support on a variety of projects, primarily the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment in SBHCs project. She also works with the Programs team on professional services consulting.

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Emily is a recent graduate of the Master of Social Work program at the University of Pennsylvania. Before returning to school to complete her MSW, Emily managed the dating abuse education program at a domestic violence shelter in northern New Jersey. In addition to her work in interpersonal violence, Emily has taught sexuality education, provided counseling to adolescents with special needs, and conducted intakes at a free primary care clinic. Emily has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Community Health from Tufts University.

Laura Brey, MS

Chief Strategy Officer

Email • 202-370-4387
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 chief strategy officer, Laura serves as a special advisor to the President on SBHC operation and oversees the programs division, implementation of new strategies and projects, organization’s consulting services, and staff development.

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During her 17 year tenure at the Alliance, she has served in a number of capacities including Director of SBHC Training and Technical Assistance Center, Senior Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, Associate Director, and Director of Program and Professional Services. Her 35 year career experience includes migrant health, public health, nonprofit administration, management, family planning, adolescent health, consultant services, training, 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. Laura was previously the Director of North Carolina’s SBHC Program, Director of 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 (Title X family planning, hi-risk OB, teen OB, and WIC) for Fantus Health Center, Cook County Hospital, and Director of Bilingual Health Education Programs for the Illinois Migrant Council. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching, French, Spanish, and School Health Education and 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, BA

Administrative Assistant, Record Management

Email • 202-370-4377
Expertise: Administrative support, technical assistance, accounts payable


Tierra 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.

Nicole Korp, BA

Program Associate

Email • 202-370-4392
Expertise: Youth development; social determinants of health; health equity; Youth Safety Net Project; Youth Advisory Council; Youth Engagement Toolkit; Youth Training Program

As program associate, Nicole supports a variety of technical assistance, training, and continuing education efforts for school and community-based health centers; and oversees the youth development initiatives of Youth Safety Net Project and the organization at-large.

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Though the Youth Safety Net Project, Nicole is responsible for supporting initiatives focused on improving health equity and access through training and technical assistance to safety-net providers serving school-aged children and adolescents. Nicole has been actively engaged with the Alliance since 2015, advancing from Youth Advisory Council (YAC) member to YAC leader, to Youth Development Intern in 2017. Throughout this time with the Alliance, she has supported training and technical assistance for schools and community health centers focused on creating and sustaining youth partnerships. She has also helped facilitate the Alliance’s Youth Advisory Council as well as their ‘Be the Change’ Youth Training Program at their annual convention. Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from Southern Adventist University.

Katherine Cushing, MPH

Senior Program Associate, Research and Evaluation

Email • 202-370-4381
Expertise: Quantitative and qualitative research; adolescent health; sexual and reproductive health; program evaluation; social determinants of health; theories of behavior change; National Census of SBHCs; National Quality Initiative; Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool

As senior program associate of research and evaluation, Katherine assists with the Alliance’s research and evaluation efforts related to the Census of School-Based Health Centers and the National Quality Initiative. She is also responsible for the SBHC Literature Database.

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Katherine’s background in maternal and child health includes experience in both quantitative and qualitative research. Katherine received her Master of Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her graduate research focused on adolescent and young adult sexual and reproductive health behaviors and access to care. Prior to joining the Alliance, Katherine worked as the study coordinator for the Birth Defects Study to Evaluate Pregnancy expousreS (BD-STEPS) in New York. Katherine became interested in school-based health care while serving in Title I schools with the AmeriCorps program City Year.

Matt Even, JD

Director, Data Management

Email • 202-370-4385
Expertise: Website programming; database management; SalesForce; National Quality Initiative; convention registration


As the director of data management, Matt 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 Fields, MSN, RN

Director of Programs and Consulting

Email • 202-370-4388
Expertise: School-community partnerships; community school models; healthcare, public education, and higher education experience; National Quality Initiative (NQI)


As a director of programs, Paula serves as the project lead for the National Quality Initiative. Paula also assists with consulting services, 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.

Maddie Ha, BA

Administrative Assistant

Email • 202-638-5878
Expertise: Administrative support; technical assistance

As an administrative assistant, Maddie provides administrative support and technical assistance to the Administrative and Programs teams.

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Maddie’s background includes experience in health education and promotion, development, and administration. She is a recent graduate of American University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies with a minor in Health Promotion. During undergrad, Maddie worked at AU’s Health Promotion and Advocacy Center as a Peer Health Educator where she gave presentations and conducted community outreach on a variety of health and wellness topics. Maddie has also interned at various non-profits including NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, Human Rights First, EMILY’s List, and the Seleni Institute.

Suzanne Mackey, MPH

Director, Policy

Email • 202-370-4393
Expertise: Federal school-based health care policy and advocacy; Medicaid; adolescent sexual and reproductive health; Expanding Partnerships and Disseminating HIV Prevention Materials to Reduce HIV and other STDs among Adolescents; national partnerships

As director of policy, Suzanne is responsible for federal school-based health care policy, which includes engaging national partners and the school-based health care field to advance legislation. She also leads a programmatic initiative to reduce HIV/STDs among adolescents through school-based prevention approaches.

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Suzanne’s background in federal public health policy and HIV/STD prevention includes previous positions 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 a recent volunteer with CASA for Children of DC, where she served as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) for a youth in the DC foster care system.

Seleena Moore, MPH

Senior Program Manager

Email • 202-370-4383
Expertise: Youth development; social determinants of health; enabling services data collection; community-based program design; ProjectECHO facilitation; Youth Safety Net Project; Youth Advisory Council; Youth Engagement Toolkit; Youth Training Program

As senior program manager, Seleena leads 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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Through the Youth Safety Net Project, Seleena facilitates training opportunities for school and community health centers focused on health equity and access, including adolescent health, social determinants of health (SDOH), enabling services, and school and health center partnerships. Seleena also works with health centers to cultivate youth-led approaches to health care delivery and oversees the Alliance’s youth development endeavors, including their Youth Advisory Council, the ‘Be the Change’ Youth Training Program at their annual convention. Seleena obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Globalization from The Ohio State University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Virginia. Her graduate and post-graduate research focused on community-based strategies for 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.

Alicia Newell, BA

Associate Director, Administration

Email • 202-370-4382
Expertise: Office administration, human resources support, accounts receivable, convention logistics


In her role as associate director of administration, Alicia is responsible for managing the daily office operations for the organization. She manages the organization’s broad portfolio of technical assistance, training, consultation, and continuing education efforts. She serves as the liaison for the School-Based Health Alliance Board of Directors as well as oversees logistics for the annual School-Based Health Care Convention.

More about Alicia

Alicia has more than 25 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.

Ufuoma Oyiborhoro, BA

Administrative Assistant

Email • 202-370-4376
Expertise: Administrative support, technical assistance

Ufuoma Oyiborhoro provides administrative support in management, working alongside the Administration and Program teams to coordinate strategy development and implementation.

More about Ufuoma

Ufuoma’s background includes experience in education, health policy, tutoring, communications, and administration. Prior to joining the alliance, Ufuoma worked as an elementary school educator in Washington, DC, creating and implementing holistic learning programs to improve behavioral management systems. Ufuoma’s previous experience with nonprofits focused on advocacy, minority and gender equality, as well as youth engagement. Originally from Long Island, New York, Ufuoma holds a bachelor’s degree in History from The George Washington University.

Andrea Shore, MPH

Vice President, 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 vice president 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.

Katy Stinchfield, MS, LPC

Senior Program Manager

Email • 202-370-4384
Expertise: Mental health in SBHCs; school counseling; community mental health; crisis counseling; substance abuse prevention

As a senior program manager, Katy is responsible for behavioral health initiatives at the Alliance.  In this role, Katy leads the Alliance’s substance abuse prevention initiatives, including SBIRT; and supports a variety of consulting, technical assistance, training, and continuing education efforts for school and community-based health centers.

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Katy has worked with children and families in the mental health, education, and social services fields for nearly 20 years.  She is both a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed School Counselor in Oregon, as well as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).  Prior to joining the Alliance, she worked in rural Eastern Oregon as a clinical supervisor, developing school-based mental health programs.  Katy has a diverse professional history, ranging from working as a National Health Service Corps mental health clinician, crisis worker, and school counselor in Oregon, to teaching on the edge of the Navajo Reservation via Teach for America, to experiential wilderness education through the National Outdoor Leadership School, to family intervention services directed at preventing child abuse and neglect at a non-profit Relief Nursery, to instructing Youth Mental Health First Aid courses in diverse communities, to running after-school programs in a low income neighborhood to pay her way through college.  Katy has a dual endorsement Master’s degree in Community Mental Health and School Counseling from Oregon State University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in English from Willamette University.

Deirdre Taylor, BA

Chief Administrative Officer

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


In her role as chief administrative officer, 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.