Leadership Fellows Program: Cohort 2

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

Molly Baldridge, MPH

Molly Baldridge, MPH, is the Adolescent Health Program Manager for the California School-Based Health Alliance. She is responsible for providing youth engagement technical assistance to school-based health centers statewide. Molly brings over ten years of youth development and health education experience to her current position. She began working in the health field as a peer educator in high school. This early exposure to public health informed her pursuit of both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Community Health Education. Molly’s professional experience includes working as the Community Engagement Manager for Youth Radio, responsible for training young people in public health concepts, and as a Health Educator for the school-based health centers in Alameda, CA, responsible for providing individual sexual/reproductive health education to students. Molly believes that youth development through school-based health centers is an essential tool for elevating youth voices, advocating for health equity, and exposing young people to health career pathways.

Jill Holmes Brown, MSW, LCSW

Jill Holmes Brown, MSW, LCSW, has been working in health care for over 20 years and currently serves as an SBHC Director in East Hartford, Connecticut. She began her career in school-based health care in 1998 as a clinician in Silver Lane’s SBHC. In 2006, after 8 years of experience and expertise, she was hired to serve as the Director of East Hartford’s SBHC Program. She was part of the team that developed Integrated Health Services, a nonprofit organization that administers five SBHC programs in East Hartford Public Schools. She also serves as Clinical Director for the behavioral and nursing services at Goodwin College’s Early Childhood Magnet School, the Connecticut River Academy, and Goodwin College. Under her direction, a full dental restorative program was implemented in five of the sites, as well as a preschool early behavioral health intervention model called ADAPT (Assessing Development to Assist Preschoolers in Transition). Ms. Holmes-Brown sits on several boards: the Connecticut Association of School-Based Health Centers (CASBHC), the Early Childhood Education Advisory Board, the Community and Family Resource Board, and the EH Child Plan Health Committee. She was also recently appointed by Senator Duff-(D) to the Behavioral Health Partnership Oversight Legislative Council.

Kristin Harsch, MPH, CPH, CHES

Kristin Harsch serves as a consultant for the Child and Adolescent Health Center (CAHC) Program in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, she provides direct technical assistance to 14 school-based and school-linked health centers, five of which opened in 2015. Kristin is also involved in several innovative initiatives, including a school-based telemedicine pilot project and new health center impact evaluation. She participates in collaborative school health initiatives with the Michigan Department of Education, and within the last year, she formed a health education networking group for CAHC program health educators. Prior to returning to her home state of Michigan, Kristin worked closely with adolescents, school nurses, and community partners while implementing and managing a health education program in the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, FL. Kristin earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in public health education from the University of South Florida College of Public Health. She is also certified in public health (CPH) and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Mandy LeBlanc

Mandy LeBlanc is a Health Education Specialist with Group Health in Seattle, WA. She is currently embedded in two middle schools via the School-Based Health Alliance Hallways the Health grant. Mandy’s work over the past 15 years has focused on prevention as a dropout prevention manager, a teacher, and a wellness program designer. Her BA from American University in Communications taught her to view health from another perspective and the importance of connecting with people via Health Promotion. She was encouraged to make the shift to school-based health three years ago due to her passion to empower communities to overcome health disparities, launch innovative pilots that improve outcomes, and establish win-win solutions. She is looking forward to doing all that is in her power to enhance and ensure the sustainability of school-based health centers.

Gina Prindle, PhD, MS, FNP

Gina Prindle PhD, MS, FNP, is currently serving as the Director of the School-Based Health Center for Heritage Health (a FQHC), in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing at Boston College, her master’s degree in science from the University of Colorado, and her post-master’s certificate in family practice from SUNY Stony Brook. Her practice experience includes serving inner-city and immigrant populations in Bridgeport, CT and Escondido, CA. Prindle has extensive leadership experience after serving 20 years as an officer in the US Navy Reserve. She was awarded her PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Idaho while employed as a nurse educator/program director for 16 years. In her current position, Prindle spearheads a program incorporating trauma-informed care at the alternative high schools in north Idaho, hoping to expand services to multiple sites and age groups.

Tricia Schroffner, MS, FNP

Tricia Schroffner has been a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner since 2001. Tricia currently splits her time as the sole medical provider between two school-based health centers in Eugene, Oregon. She also plays the roles of on-site clinic manager, vaccine coordinator, laboratory director, and quality assurance manager in these small safety-net clinics, where more than a third of her patients are uninsured. Prior to this role, she worked for 10 years at an inner-city adolescent clinic in Hartford, Connecticut, providing primary care services to underserved youth. Tricia has also enjoyed serving as a clinical preceptor for nurse practitioner students throughout her career, and recently participated in a legislative policy advisory committee for the Oregon Board of Nursing. Tricia received her bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine and sociology from the University of Notre Dame and her master’s degree in nursing from Columbia University. When she’s not working, Tricia enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Casey Scott, MD

Casey Scott, MD, earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland—Baltimore in 2010. She then went on to complete a residency program in family medicine, also at the University of Maryland, where she served as chief resident. Scott worked in academic medicine after her training, teaching both medical students and residents. She currently serves as the medical director for the Dorchester County Health Department’s School-Based Wellness Center Program. Scott spends her clinical time as a staff physician at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, where she is also an alumna. She currently lives in Easton, Maryland with her husband, Jason, and their 2 year-old daughter, Sloane.

Theresa Skipper, MPH

Theresa Skipper, MPH, is currently the School-Based Health Clinics Manager for Pinellas County Health Department in the Florida Department of Health. This appointment combines her passion to help others achieve optimal health and her experience working on a variety of initiatives dealing with health promotion and education. As an adept public health practitioner and leader, Theresa has honed capabilities that enable her to manage with emotional intelligence, circumspection, and data-driven decision making. In her current role, she supervises four clinics that provide prevention, intervention, and emergency school-based health services to adolescents. She supervises the overall management of the clinic within each high school, which includes planning and promotion of services and activities associated with the school-based health centers. Through this leadership opportunity she looks forward to gaining invaluable knowledge that she can impart on others to further facilitate growth in school-based health clinics and to ignite greater community involvement.

Scott Stewart

Scott Stewart is the Marketing and Communications Specialist at Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (OIHN), a federally qualified health center in Pontiac, Michigan. As a young professional, Scott is highly experienced in working with nonprofits focused on children’s health, LGBTQ equality, homeless populations, and domestic violence. Scott is responsible for promoting the services and care provided at the health centers, building relationships with foundations and donors to help support access to healthcare for vulnerable populations, and advocating for community health centers and school-based health centers locally, statewide and nationally. Scott holds a BAA in Integrative Public Relations from Central Michigan University, where he was a leader in nonprofit volunteerism and public relations in his community.

Sara Trivette, PA-C, CHES

Sara Trivette has been working in the school-based health care field since March 2013 when Albany Area Primary Healthcare (AAPHC) opened its first school-based health center in southwest Georgia at Turner Elementary School. The Turner Elementary SBHC has seen great growth by focusing on quality and has received multiple grants including Hallways to Health from the national School-Based Health Alliance. Through the success of the Turner Elementary SBHC, AAPHC is in the process of opening five additional SBHCs to serve southwest Georgia. Sara will be the director of these SBHCs to ensure that all of them operate with the same quality focus and work on primary prevention outside the walls of the health center. Prior to starting at the SBHC, Sara worked in 2006 as a Physician Assistant in primary healthcare, serving pediatric, IM and Rural HIV clinics for AAPHC, a FQHC. She attended the University of Iowa for PA school and was a National Health Service Corp Scholar. Her undergraduate degree was in the field of health sciences from Truman State University. Through this program, she was able to sit for her Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam and also functions as the SBHC’s health educator. She has a 7 month-old baby girl, which was an amazing life change. Her husband is an educator and coach at the high school level.