Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH, Coach

Dr. Susan Allan has worked for more than 28 years developing and supporting public health professionals and programs in both practice and academic settings. Dr. Allan’s experience includes 20 years in local public health, with 18 years as department director (Arlington, Virginia), and three years as state public health director (Oregon). She is currently Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health, and until March 2013 served as the Director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, which provides training and practice-based research to state, local and tribal public health in the six northwest states and nationally.

She has served on many national public health boards and committees related to developing public health excellence and the public health workforce, including the Institute of Medicine committees and reports on “Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century” and “Training Physicians for Public Health Career”;  the Council on Education for Public Health, which accredits schools and programs of public health; the Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice; the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the Institute of Medicine; CDC workgroups on Law Enforcement and Public Health Emergencies, and Community Mitigation for Pandemic Influenza; and the Public Policy Advisory Council of the National March of Dimes.

Her education includes a BA from Seattle University, MD from Harvard Medical School, JD from Harvard Law School, and MPH from Johns Hopkins.  She notes that she can’t think of any field more rewarding, interesting, frustrating and underappreciated than public health!

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Eric Baumgartner, MD, MPH, Coach

Dr. Eric Baumgartner is a career public health physician engaged in a variety of community and national activities focused on population health and access to care issues. He formerly served as Policy and Program Planning Director for the Louisiana Public Health Institute and member of the Georgia Health Policy Center Technical Assistance Program team for Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Rural Health Policy grantees. Dr. Baumgartner also served as Director of the Tulane University School of Medicine Preventive Medicine Residency in 2006. He continues to engage in public speaking, facilitation, and community coaching for access to care initiatives nationally.

Formerly, Dr. Baumgartner served as the Director of the Community Access and State Planning Programs of the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration in Rockville, Maryland. Prior to that position, he served in a variety of posts in state public health agencies in the states of Mississippi, Hawaii, Texas and Louisiana. While in Louisiana, he served as the State Health Officer for three years. In Texas, he served as the Chief of the Bureau of Managed Care of the Texas Department of Health where he shared in the responsibility for converting Medicaid to managed care.

Dr. Baumgartner received his Medical Degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine and his Masters of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He completed a residency in general pediatrics at the University of Arkansas and completed a second residency in general preventive medicine at Tulane. He is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Arthur Chen, MD, Coach

Dr. Arthur Chen is currently a Senior Fellow at Asian Health Services (an FQHC/community health center) in Oakland, California, where since 1983 he continues practicing both inpatient and outpatient medicine as a family physician and where he previously served as Medical Director and Special Programs Director (1984-1995). From 2001-2009 he served as the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of the Alameda Alliance for Health, a Medicaid Managed Care public entity.  From 1996-2001 he was the Public Health Officer for Alameda County. Prior to that, he served as an emergency room physician and the Associate Medical Director of the Institute of emergency medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. He was also the Executive Director of the Chinatown Health Clinic (Charles B. Wang Health Center) in New York City.       

He also currently serves as Clinical Advisor and in 2017 served as the Chief Medical and Population Health Officer for Applied Research Works, a Health IT software company developing tools for improving quality of care performance among physician offices, medical groups and health plans.

 He is the past President of the Alameda Contra Costa County Medical Association.  He sits on the Board of Directors for the National Council of API Physicians and the California Physicians Alliance, an organization dedicated to universal health coverage and access for all Californians.

From July 2011 to July 2016, he was an appointee to the Advisory Committee on Minority Health, a national committee established to advise on health equity initiatives undertaken by the DHHS and the Office of Minority Health.  He chaired (1998-2006) the Board of Directors of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national policy and advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the health status of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. From 2001-2003 he was appointed to the Task Force on Culturally and Linguistically Competent Physicians and Dentists for the CA Dept of Consumer Affairs.  Between 1997-2001 he served on the National Association of County and City Health Officials MAPP (Mobilization for Action through Planning and Partnerships) planning committee (formerly APEXCPH: Assessment and Planning Excellence through Community Partners for Health.  From 1997-2001 he served as a Board Member and later an Executive Committee member of the California Conference of Local Health Officers. He also served on the Board (2003-2012 and as Chairperson, 2006-2008) of The California Endowment, a health foundation focused on improving health status and access to care for California’s medically underserved population. In 1999 he served on the CDC/ATSDR Task Force on Public Health Workforce Development.

Dr. Chen was the recipient of the 2008 California Medical Association Foundation’s Robert D. Sparks, MD Leadership Award.  He was selected as a fellow to the 1996-7 Public Health Leadership Institute sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and the University of California.  During l989-l992 he was a member of the Kellogg National Fellowship Program. 

James Allen Crouch, MPH, Coach

Jim Crouch served as the Executive Director of the California Rural Indian Health Board Inc. (CRIHB) an Indian Self Determination Act contractor based in Sacramento California for 26 years, retiring in December of 2013 with the title of Senior Advisor.  During his tenure, CRIHB evolved into a multi-service organization designed to facilitate the development of Tribal Health Programs in California.  Areas of focus include public health programming, health services development, compliance, leadership development, health services research, epidemiology, policy analysis and advocacy.  He served for nine years on the founding board of The California Endowment, California’s largest health foundation.  He also helped found the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, a health policy and advocacy organization, where he was board chair for a decade.  He helped establish and served on the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services Tribal-Technical Advisory group, representing California Tribal interests from 2004 to 2013.  In 2012 he was awarded the National Indian Health Board’s highest honor: the Jake White Crow Award.  Jim is a member of the Cherokee Nation and was a delegate from California to the Cherokee Nation Constitutional Convention in 1999. He holds a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree from the American University in Washington, D.C.  

Donna R. Dinkin DrPH, MPH

Donna R. Dinkin, DrPH, MPH, Advisor

Global Public Health Leadership Consultant and Action Learning Team Coach

Donna Dinkin is a Public Health Leadership Consultant and an Action Learning Specialist and Coach. She is recognized for her expertise in designing, implementing and evaluating leadership development experiences for mid- to senior level health and human service professionals. She serves as a co- trainer for the Center for Creative Leadership’s (CCL) Leadership Beyond Boundaries Program in Africa and has been a Capacity Building and Training Evaluator for several global health projects in the US and in Africa.

Dr. Dinkin’s unique contribution to the practice of leadership development is her experience in the area of Action Learning. She is a seasoned Team Learning Coach and has recently led or been involved in several initiatives that were designed to help people, organizations and communities build sustainable leadership capacity through the use of strategic action learning team projects.  Donna has served as the lead Action Learning Consultant and Coach for the CCL-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Ladder to Leadership Program, the Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute (PHLI), the Leaders Across Borders (Mexico and the US) Program, the California-Hawaii PHLI and the new Plaza Partnership ReAL Collaborative in Nebraska.

Prior to consulting, Donna worked for the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health as the Director of the National Public Health Leadership Institute (NPHLI) and the Southeast Public Health Leadership Institute (SEPHLI.) SEPHLI and NPHLI are both year-long leadership development programs for mid- to senior level public health officials. She also led several NC Community Health Improvement Projects for Health Faculty Consultants and was the lead for community health coalitions that focused on issues related to breast cancer, tobacco use and HIV/AIDS. She currently serves as the Facilitator for the Community Transformation Grant in North Carolina - Region 3.

Dr. Dinkin has a Masters degree in Public Health, Public Health Nutrition (MPH) and a Doctorate (DrPH) in Public Health Leadership/ Health Policy & Administration from the University of North Carolina (UNC), Gillings School of Global Public Health. Donna is an adjunct member of the Center for Creative Leadership, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Health Policy and Management Department and the Health Education Department at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.

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Edward P. Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, Coach

Dr. Edward Ehlinger is a public health metaphysician who has spent his professional career working in various settings to advance health equity and optimal health for all.  He has Integrated the values, practices, and approaches of medical care, public health, community building, and social justice in his work as a Senior Assistant Surgeon with the National Health Service Corps, Director of Maternal and Child Health at the Minneapolis Health Department, Director and Chief Health Officer at Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota, and Commissioner of Health at the Minnesota Department of Health.  He is currently serving as Acting Chair of the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. 
Dr. Ehlinger received his BA degree in English and his MD degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his Master of Science in Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  He is a Fellow of the American College Health Association, a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, and a Bush Fellow.  He is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.  He is a past president of the Minnesota Public Health Association, the North Central College Health Association, the Twin Cities Medical Society, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the first board chair of CityMatCH. 

Joyce Essien, MD, MBA, FAACP, Coach

Director - Center for Public Health Practice, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Dr. Essien is a retired Captain, US Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; a retired founding Director , Visiting Associate Professor, Center for Public Health Practice, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; and a registered civil mediator, State of Georgia.

Culminating a career that spans academic medicine, the private health sector and public health, the current focus of her work explores the complex dynamics occurring at the intersection between cross- sectoral health promoting assets and social systems to generate health, and how and where to intervene within the system to optimize health and equity at the population level. Dr. Essien currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Public Health 2030 Project for the Institute for the Future, to develop scenarios describing expectable, challenging, and visionary futures of public health in the U.S. This work is funded by the Kresge and RWJ Foundations to consider uncertainties, trends, and forces that will influence the health of the public, public health agencies and other providers within the healthcare system. She also serves as a co- facilitator for the Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN) Deceased Donor Potential Study, a HRSA commissioned study of deceased donor potential for transplant organs in the US. Dr. Essien is a leadership coach in The Center for Health Leadership and Practice of the Public Health Institute providing coaching support for teams who successfully competed for participation in National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health , a one year action-learning, training and leadership development program to strengthen cross- sectoral leadership, to drive the adoption of evidence-based practices; better align medicine and public health and improve health outcomes through sustainable systems change, funded by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dr. Essien is co-author of the Public Health Competency Handbook- Optimizing Individual and Organizational Performance for the Public’s Health (2003) and recently concluded service on the Committee on Public Health Strategies, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2009-2012
which produced 3 reports:

  • National Research Council. For the Public's Health: The Role of Measurement in Action and Accountability. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2011.
  • National Research Council. For the Public's Health: Revitalizing Law and Policy to Meet New Challenges. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2011.
  • For the Public's Health: Investing in a Healthier Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2012.

Dr. Essien has served on the Boards of Trustees of the Bon Secours Hospital System, Southwest Hospital and Medical Center, the Atlanta Regional Health Forum and ZAP Asthma Consortium Inc. She served as invited members of three national initiatives to improve population health outcomes by realigning public, private and community health assets; and served on the Board of Directors and Advisory Committees of the Association for Community Health Improvement of the American Hospital Association ; two National Advisory Committees for the Institute for Alternative Futures: Disparity Reducing Advances and Biomonitoring Futures Project; and the Advisory Committee for the American Health Information Management Association .

Dr. Essien is recipient of the 2011 Physician of the Year Award from the Atlanta Medical Association; a recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Medicine Award from the American Medical Association Foundation; and a member of the team that received the 2008 Inaugural Applied Systems Thinking Award from the Applied Systems Thinking Institute for the magnitude of the problems that were being addressed (chronic disease syndemics and health system transformation). The ZAP Asthma Consortium, Inc., co- founded by Dr Essien, is the recipient of the Rosalyn and Jimmy Carter Partnership Award for service and contributions to the public’s health. Dr. Essien was a recipient in l999 of the Women in Government Award from Good Housekeeping Magazine, The Ford Foundation, and The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. She is also the recipient of the Thomas Sellars Award for teaching excellence from the Rollins School of Public Health and the Unsung Heroine Award from Emory University.

Joseph Hafey, MPA, Coach

President Emeritus - Public Health Institute

Joe Hafey is President Emeritus of the Public Health Institute (PHI). Under Joe’s direction as President and CEO for 20 years, PHI grew into an organization with over $80 million in annual revenue, 600 employees, and 20 centers with over 250 distinct projects. PHI works in partnership with state and local public health agencies, foundations, provider groups, community-based organizations, and scientists to implement a variety of specialized programs that include research, training, technical assistance, media and public health advocacy, program design, evaluation, and leadership and public policy development.

Joe began his career in health planning over 30 years ago. As the Executive Director for the Center for Health Planning, he led technical assistance to State and Regional health planning agencies. He was instrumental in creating the first Healthy Cities program, the Center for Health Law and Policy, the Community Benefits program, and the Regional Asthma Management program. While President and CEO of PHI, he was instrumental in the evolution of the National Public Health Leadership program from writing the first proposal and running the program from 1991-1999. Joe was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the National Network of Leadership Programs.

He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from UCLA and has served as a lecturer at UCLA, UC Berkley, and Harvard University.

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Milano Harden, Coach

President & Founder, The Genius Group, Inc.

Milano Harden is Principal and President of The Genius Group, Inc. (TGG), which provides: organization strategy and grant making design support to private foundations; technical assistance and capacity building support to the grantees of foundation-funded initiatives; and solutions in strategic planning, program evaluation, board development, financial management, diversity and inclusion. Harden has extensive experience and training in: philanthropic strategy; leadership and organizational development; nonprofit management; equity and inclusion; and community health improvement. TGG works with leaders of all kinds with an emphasis on philanthropic/nonprofit leaders working on social change and community building themes.

Harden has deep interests in ethnic philanthropy, the effectiveness of next generation leaders, and the human development of young men and boys of color. Most recently, Harden was the Program Director of The Healthcare Georgia Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. Harden has also served as: Manager of Education Initiatives for the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Development Manager of Executive Education at the Health Research & Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association; Program Evaluator for the Department of Community Services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; and the District Health Coordinator for the Illinois Primary Health Care Association. In 1996, Harden co-founded Imago Dei, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to improving the social condition, educational attainment, and psychological well-being of young men and boys of color.

Harden holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and a graduate degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Harden was in the 2009-2010 class of Connecting Leadership Fellows of the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE). In 2003, Harden was selected by the Southeastern Council of Foundation as a Hull Leadership Fellow for emerging leaders in philanthropy and in 1998 by the Harvard University as an Administrative Fellow for high potential administrators of color on staff at Harvard.

Harden serves on several boards and committees including: Board of Directors of the Business Resource & Incubation Center (THE BRIC); Board of Directors of Project on the Money; the steering committee of the Southeastern Network of African Americans in Philanthropy (SNAAP!); the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Program; The YMCA of the USA’s Activate America!; and the National Expert Panel on Communities of Color.

Harden is the happy husband to Joan Harden, M.D. and proud father of two boys – Zachery Alexander and Seth Emmanuel.

Mark Horton, MD, MSPH, Coach

Dr. Mark B Horton is a physician and public health official with eighteen years’ experience in the clinical practice of pediatrics and over fifteen years’ experience directing state and local public health agencies. He was appointed to the position of California State Public Health Officer in 2005. From November 2005 through June 2007, he served as State Public Health Officer and Chief Deputy Director over Public Health Programs for the California Department of Health Services. In 2007 he was appointed as the first Director of the newly created California Department of Public Health and served in that position until early 2011.  Dr. Horton has also served as the Deputy Agency Director for Public Health Programs, the Health Officer for the County of Orange Health Care Agency, Vice President for Community Programs at San Diego Children's Hospital and Health Center, and State Public Health Officer and Director of Health for the state of Nebraska. Dr. Horton currently is a consultant to the Center for Health Leadership and Practice at the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California. He received his Medical Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Medicine and his Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina School Of Public Health. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Mary Maddux-Gonzalez, MD, MPH, Coach

Board Chair, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

Dr. Mary Maddux-Gonzalez is a family medicine doctor in Santa Rosa, California and former Health Officer/Public Health Division Director for the County of Sonoma, Department of Health Services.  She received her medical degree from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Maddux-Gonzalez also served as Chief Medical Officer of the Redwood Community Health Coalition in Petaluma, California. As Associate Clinical Professor, she taught at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine. Currently, she serves on the board of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. She has also recently served as chair of the Patient-Centered Medical Home Workgroup of the California Primary Care Association and Healthy Kids Sonoma County / Covered Sonoma Steering Committee.

Dr. Maddux-Gonzalez received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program in 2011. In 2008, she received the Wellness Leader Award from the Northern California Center for Well Being. This past year, Dr. Maddux-Gonzalez was awarded both the Clinic Legacy Award by the California Primary Care Association and the Gracias Award by Latinos Unidos of Sonoma County. In addition to her medical degree, Dr. Maddux-Gonzalez also earned a Master of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.

Deborah Meehan, Learning and Development Advisor

Founder and Executive Director - Leadership Learning Community

Deborah Meehan is the founder and executive director of the Leadership Learning Community (LLC). In 1991 Deborah received a Kellogg National Leadership fellowship. In 1991 Deborah was a Salzburg Fellow and returned to Salzburg in 2007 as a member of the Global Youth Leadership faculty. Deborah also conducts an annual Women’s Leadership Seminar for women law fellows. She has served as a consultant for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to build an alumni association for the 700 leadership alumni of the Kellogg program. She served as a board member for the International Leadership Association, the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance and currently sits on the board of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of MN. Deborah has created a consulting services arm of LLC and conducted evaluations for national and international leadership programs and produced leadership scans, literature reviews and made program recommendations on behalf of 30 foundations that include a mix of small, regional, state and prominent national foundations.

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Kelly Moore, MD, FAAP, Coach

Kelly Moore, MD, FAAP, is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma and currently an Associate Professor at the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH) at the Colorado School of Public Health on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Prior to joining the CAIANH in 2008, Dr. Moore served in the Indian Health Service (IHS) for 20 years, with her last assignment as a Clinical Consultant with the IHS national program office for diabetes, the Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

While with IHS, she spent 15 years serving as a clinician and administrator among the Navajo in Kayenta, Arizona, the Gila River Pima in Sacaton, Arizona, the Ute on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah, the Quinault of the Washington Olympic Peninsula, and Northern Plains tribes of Montana and Wyoming. She is a past Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Native American Child Health. She is also a former Chair of the American Indian/Alaska Native Work Group of the National Diabetes Education Program. She is a retired Captain in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her major research interests include urban Indian health, childhood type 2 diabetes and obesity, chronic disease management and health disparities.

She lives in Albuquerque with her husband Jon. They have two grown children, Matthew and Tava, and two grandsons. 

Cathy Slemp, MD, MPH, Coach

Dr. Cathy Slemp currently is in private practice as a public health consultant working with organizations at both state and national levels. Her prior experience includes numerous leadership positions in state public health as well as advisory committees and organizations at national, state, and local levels. Prior to her medical and public health career, she trained as a family practitioner and volunteered internationally in community development.

From 2002-2011, Dr. Slemp served as West Virginia’s State Health Officer with the WV Bureau for Public Health. There, she oversaw immunization programs, outbreak and disease control programs, emergency preparedness and response efforts, and agency quality improvement activities. Concurrently, she served as the state’s Emergency Preparedness Director, directing preparedness programs, managing multi-million dollar grants, and leading public health agency responses, including the state’s response to the 2009 influenza pandemic. She has worked extensively in risk communication, serving as lead agency spokesperson for a wide variety of public health emergencies. Prior to these roles, she was the founding director of the state’s Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and epidemiologist for the WV Cancer Registry. Throughout her career, Dr. Slemp has worked closely with public health agencies, health care facilities, and other partners to build both epidemiology and emergency preparedness infrastructure within communities.

Dr. Slemp has and continues to serve on numerous CDC, ASTHO, IOM, and university advisory committees, workgroups, and projects in a variety of leadership positions. In 2008-09 she chaired ASTHO’s Directors of Public Health Preparedness.

Dr. Slemp is board certified in both Public Health / Preventive Medicine and in Family Practice. She undertook her medical training at Duke University, her preventive medicine residency and MPH at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her family practice residency at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and has undertaken leadership training through both the Southeast and National Public Health Leadership Institutes.

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Mildred Thompson, MSW, Coach

Mildred Thompson is a health equity consultant and former Senior Director of the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place. Thompson’s work focuses on healthy food access, improving the built environment, and the systemic integration of health equity. A significant component of her work involves exploring community factors that impact health, and identifying effective solutions. Prior to joining PolicyLink, she was director of Community Health Services for Alameda County’s Public Health Department; director of Healthy Start; and director of San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center.

Having taught at Mills College and San Francisco State University, she has also worked as an organizational development consultant. Thompson is a frequent speaker on topics related to health equity and serves on several boards and commissions including The Zellerbach Family Foundation and she is a member of the Health Disparities Subcommittee to the CDC Director’s Advisory Committee. Thompson has degrees in nursing, psychology, and social work.