Leadership Fellows Program: Cohort 1

The School-Based Health Alliance is pleased to welcome our inaugural class of Leadership Fellows:

LFP_Bains_2.15.jpgRanbir Mangat Bains

Ranbir Mangat Bains is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in an inner city school-based health center that serves students aged pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. She has practiced in middle and elementary SBHCs for over 13 years in New Haven, Connecticut. Mangat Bains was hired to open up a new SBHC eight years ago and still works there presently. She received her undergraduate degree in microbial, cellular and molecular biology from the University of Calgary and her graduate degree in nursing from Yale University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in nursing. Mangat Bains’ research area for her dissertation is behavioral health services in SBHCs.

LFP_Davis_2.15.jpgKatie Davis MSN, RN, APHN-BC

Katie Davis MSN, RN, APHN-BC is a Program Director for The MetroHealth System’s School Health Program in Cleveland, Ohio. Initially trained in psychology, she returned to school to become a registered nurse. After gaining experience in the pediatric nursing field, she decided to obtain her masters of science degree in advanced public health nursing from The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Her clinical experiences for her master’s degree focused on standardizing the needs assessment process and planning an immunization program for the School Health Program. Her public health nursing experience has revolved around caring for children in inner city schools, with the goal of increasing both educational and health outcomes and decreasing health disparities within the schools and communities she serves.

LFP_Dzirasa_2.15.jpgLetitia Dzirasa MD

Letitia Dzirasa MD, is currently serving as the Medical Director for School-Based Health at Baltimore Medical System (BMS), the largest federally qualified health center in the Baltimore region. In addition to this role, Dr. Dzirasa also leads the pediatric working group, a specialty related group developed to help enhance health care to pediatric patients BMS serves. She is also involved in the Clinical Leadership Council, the Childhood Obesity Prevention Taskforce, the Provision of Care Committee, the Quality Committee, the Management Council and the Clinician Compensation Committee. She was appointed by the Governor to sit on Maryland’s School-Based Health Policy Advisory Council to help address statewide policy issues related to school-based health care in Maryland.

LFP_Flory_2.15.jpgSuzanne Flory

Suzanne Flory joined the Oregon School-Based Health Alliance with an extensive background in positive youth development and public health. She has worked closely with the homeless youth population in Portland, managed K-12 after school programs for youth living in affordable housing communities, and developed an adolescent sexual health training for Saint Paul Ramsey County Public Health. Originally from St. Paul, MN, Flory recently completed her MPH in Community Health Promotion at the University of Minnesota. Much of her work includes: outreach, training, technical assistance, and communications to the field regarding program development, researching funding opportunities, and working with SBHCs to craft grant proposals that include the development of sustainable work plans and budgets. Flory is always eager to learn how best to support SBHCs, while working to improve the health status of children and youth by advancing and advocating for school-based health care.

LFP_Kilcoyne_2.15.jpgAllison Kilcoyne

Allison Kilcoyne is a Family Nurse Practitioner who has spent most of her 15-year career working in and advocating for school-based health care. In her current position, she is planning and implementing an SBHC in Peabody Veterans Memorial High School in Peabody, Massachusetts. Prior to this she was a primary care provider and led an interdisciplinary medical and behavioral health care team at a high school SBHC in nearby Lynn, Massachusetts. During her nine years in that position, Kilcoyne presented at the School-Based Health Alliance’s national convention on topics such as psychopharmacology in SBHCs, behavioral 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 positive impact of school-based health centers on youth development.

LFP_Lemke_2.15.jpgSally Lemke MS, RN, WHNP-BC

Sally Lemke MS, RN, WHNP-BC is the Director of Community Based Practices for Rush University Medical Center (RUMC), a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and an instructor at the Rush University College of Nursing. She currently manages three SBHCs and the Adolescent Family Center, a prenatal care and family planning clinic for adolescents at RUMC. She is responsible for the oversight of all clinical functioning, staff supervision, quality assurance and improvement, and Rush University student learning in these centers. She is a faculty member and trainer for the Centering Healthcare Institute, for whom she provides national trainings on the delivery of group prenatal care through the Centering Pregnancy model of group care.

Sally Lemke is distinguished among the inaugural class of leaders as the Linda Juszczak Legacy Fellow. Lemke was selected by the advisory group for this honor because her career personifies the former president’s commitment to scholarship, training, and clinical leadership.

LFP_Meadows_2.15.jpgLynne P. Meadows RN, MS

Lynne P. Meadows RN, MS has 28 years of experience in health care and nursing. She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Queens College and a master’s of science degree in nursing from Georgia State University. Meadows had an extensive career at Grady Health System in Atlanta, GA, where she served in several leadership roles, including: Assistant Head Nurse, Staff Development Instructor, Director of Quality Improvement and the Assistant Vice President of Patient Care Services from 1996-2000. She has also worked as a Pediatric Nursing Instructor and a Legal Nurse Consultant. She is currently the Coordinator of Student Health Services for Fulton County School System where she has served in this capacity since the program’s inception in 2000. Meadows was named 2011 School Nurse Administrator of the Year by the Georgia Association of School Nurses.

LFP_Ray_2.15.jpgSharon Ray

Sharon Ray earned her associate of science degree in nursing from Southern Arkansas University in 1993. She has worked full-time in the nursing field since 1993 and is in the process of obtaining her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Ray has experience in a variety of fields in the nursing profession, including medical/surgical units, internal medicine, and surgery/recovery. Ray played a pivotal role in the founding of the SBHC at the Morehouse Jr. High, which opened in December 2009. A second SBHC was opened at the local high school in August 2014 and has been very successful as well. She hopes to continue to be an advocate for the children that not only attend the SBHCs in her area, but for children across the nation.

LFP_VanZwoll_2.15.jpgAdriane Marie Van Zwoll

Adriane Marie Van Zwoll has an extensive amount of experience working with at-risk youth in a variety of settings, including schools, child welfare, juvenile probation, and residential treatment. Van Zwoll is extremely experienced in working with youth with significant trauma histories and has a certification in working with LGBTQ Youth. Van Zwoll is a licensed clinical social worker through the state of Illinois. She holds a BSW in social work from Western Michigan University, an MSW from the University of Michigan and an MJ in children’s law and policy from Loyola University – Chicago.


Elana Wells, MPH, CHES

Elana Wells, MPH, CHES is the Program Manager for the School-Based Telehealth Program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Wells earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of South Carolina in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. Wells is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the School-Based Telehealth Program, including the expansion of the program across the state. Previously serving as the program coordinator for a statewide childhood obesity prevention program, Wells has experience working in schools in underserved communities.