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19th Annual Spring Conference
March 26-28 2018

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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President (2016-2018)

Kenn Harris
Project Director, New Haven Healthy Start 
New Haven, CT 

Vice President (2016-2018)


President Elect (2014-2016)


Past President (2016-2018)

Charlotte Parent
Director of Health, City of New Orleans Health Department 
New Orleans, LA 

Secretary (2016-2018)

Peggy Vander Meulen
Strong Beginnings - Healthy Start
Grand Rapids, MI

Treasurer (2016-2018)

Timika Anderson Reeves
MCH Program Manager, Westside Healthy Start
Chicago, IL

Board Members

Belinda Pettiford, MPH
Branch Head, Division of Public Health, Women's Health Branch, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Raleigh, NC 

Kimberly Brown-Williams
Project Director, Healthy Start, Government, Corporate & Community Relations, All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine
St. Petersburg, FL

Regina Davis Moss, PhD, MPH, MCHES
Associate Executive Director, Public Health Policy and Practice, American Public Health Association
Washington, DC

Angela Ellison
Associate Director of Community Engagement, University of Illinois
Chicago, IL

Celeste Garcia
Porject Director, Healthy Start Southeast Chicago
Chicago, IL

Corrina Jackson
Project Director, Tulsa Healthy Start 
Tulsa, OK 

Selina Lazarus
Parliamentarian, Board of Directors

Syracuse, NY

Segrid Renne, EdD, MPA 
Chief Programs Officer, Community Health Center of Richmond 
Staten Island, NY 

Rashid Mizell Sr.
Father Services Specialist, Healthy Start, Government, Corporate & Community Relations, All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine
St. Petersburg, FL

Isaias Solis, MSW 
Healthy Start Supervisor, Ingham County Health Department
Lansing, MI 

Madie Robinson
Executive Director and Project Director, Pee Dee Healthy Start
Florence, SC

Sharon Ross-Donaldson, MSW, LCSW, IMHS, CACS
Director of Program Operations, Center for Health Equity
Quincy, FL

Jennifer Blemur, Esq. 
Policy Associate/ Legal Counsel, National Black Caucus of State Legislators 
Washington, DC 

Mary-Powel Thomas
Program Manager, “By My Side" doula program, Healthy Start Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY

Raynard E. Washington, PhD, MPH
Health Research Scientist, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Washington, DC

Shelby Weeks, MHS
NC Baby Love Plus Program Supervisor, NC Department of Health & Human Services
Raleigh, NC

Jonah Garcia, LISW
Program Director, Healthy Start Program, La Clinica de Familia
Las Cruces, NM
Reverend Tommy Rodgers
Senior Pastor/Teacher, Bethelehem Baptist Church 
Jacksonville, FL 


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