Donna Behrens, RN, MPH, BSN, has been working in the field of school-based health care since 1994. Most recently, she was the Associate Director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools at the George Washington University Milken School of Public Health from 2007 to 2014. Prior to joining the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, Ms. Behrens held the position of Executive Director of the Maryland Assembly on School-Based Health Care from 2005 until 2007 and before that she served as Director of Health Policy and Director of the School-Based Health Center Initiative in the Maryland Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families. She currently is working with the School Based Health Alliance leading their new oral health project. In these many leadership positions in the state of Maryland and the national Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, she has used her extensive background in nursing, children’s health, mental health, policy and program development to strengthen school based systems of health care and improve the health outcomes of children and adolescents. Ms. Behrens received Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Prince George’s County Community College and Catholic University of America respectively and a Masters Degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Sue Brenchley currently works with the Office of Student Services for Dorchester County Public Schools in Cambridge, MD. She works with many programs in the district that are designed to increase student and family engagement in the education process. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Maryland Safe and Supportive Schools programming (MDS3), and Social Emotional Foundations to Early Learning, (SEFEL) to name a few. Prior to her position at Dorchester County Public Schools, Ms. Brenchley spent 20 years at the residential treatment facility at Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers of Dallas. Ms. Brenchley has earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from SUNY Brockport, Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s in Counseling from Texas A&M University at Commerce. Ms. Brenchley serves as Secretary on MASBHC’s Board of Directors
Liddy Garcia-Buñuel has more than 20 years of experience in health care access. In 1999, she launched a kids campaign for both Seattle/King County and Washington State, to ensure all kids had health insurance. In 2008, she became the founding Executive Director of Healthy Howard, which was created to administer a health plan for the uninsured in Howard County. While acting as Executive Director of Healthy Howard, she served on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange’s Navigator Work group and helped to apply for and receive $65 million to launch the first ever health care cooperative in the state of Maryland. After 2 ½ years of acting as Chief Operating Officer, she missed her consumer advocacy role and returned to Healthy Howard to focus on health care access with the vision of providing excellent, one-on-one assistance to Maryland residents.
Anna L. Davis, JD, MPH, serves as the Health Policy Director for Advocates for Children and Youth. In addition to her work at ACY, Ms. Davis is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and serves as Program Manager for the Clinic for Public Health Law and Policy. She teaches in the Clinic, as well as a course entitled, “Family Health, Public Health and Policy” in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health. Davis has practiced law since 1990 and has broad experience in both state and federal court in matters involving family law, children’s rights, intimate partner violence, housing, immigrant rights, and constitutional issues. She has testified in the Maryland General Assembly numerous times. From 1996 to 1998, she was an adjunct Clinical Law Instructor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is a member of the Bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and the Maryland Court of Appeals. She earned a BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, a JD from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she was an Associate Editor of the Maryland Law Review, and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Judith Francis DeBose, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified general pediatrician currently practicing with the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. Judith received her medical degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Judith’s interest in addressing health disparities stems from her experience in providing healthcare to medically underserved populations throughout her medical career. She has provided primary care to pediatric patients both in federally qualified health centers and school based health centers. Her interest is in addressing health disparities in the pediatric population led her to a career in school health. As the past medical director for the Bureau of School Health at the Baltimore City Health Department, she served as the medical liaison/consultant to the Baltimore City Public Schools system. Judith provided medical oversight of the both the School Health Services program, which provides traditional school health services, and the School Based Health Center program. Both programs aim to optimize student health so that each student may receive the full benefit of the school experience, and graduate as healthy and productive citizens. Judith is currently the chairperson of the School Health Committee, of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Joan Glick, MS, BSN, RN, PNP-BC is a master’s-prepared board certified pediatric nurse practitioner with over 30 cumulative years of academic, clinical and administrative experience. Ms. Glick currently serves as the Senior Administrator for the School Health Services division of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Glick began her nursing career as a pediatric Nurse Practitioner working at Somerville Hospital in Massachusetts, providing pediatric primary care in this high needs community. Ms. Glick moved to Montgomery County and worked in private practice and at a HMO. She subsequently worked as a school nurse in a middle and elementary school assignment for 7 years prior to entering the world of administration and school-based health care. Ms. Glick’s 10 years of experience as a school-based health professional has afforded her a “bird’s-eye” view of the unique health needs in the school environment, as well as their impact on the surrounding communities. Ms. Glick received her Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing, graduating with distinction. She received her Master’s Degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Nursing. She is certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ms. Glick also serves as Treasurer on MASBHC’s Board of Directors.
Oroma Igwe, holds a great appreciation for pragmatic healthcare intervention and systemic healthcare improvement as well as previous experience in non-profit management support and hospital administration. Ms. Igwe is a 2014 graduate of Meharry Medical College, where she received an M.S. in Public Health. Ms. Igwe currently works as the Organization and Program Manager for the Maryland Dental Action Coalition. Prior to that, she completed an Administrative Fellowship with Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, New York, and more previously served as an AmeriCorps Member with the American Red Cross in Central Ohio. During the course of her graduate studies, Oroma interned with Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, facilitating quality improvement initiatives and supporting daily operational management in the clinical environment. Additionally, Oroma interned with the Office of Public Health Surveillance at Tennessee’s State Department of Health, where she primarily focused on reviewing the state’s county health rankings report and monitoring targeted grant-funded programming. Mission driven, Oroma desires to continue utilizing her knowledge and experience to influence the efficacy of and nexus between public health solutions and the delivery of clinical care services. Ms. Igwe is a 2014 inductee of the Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society.
Nicole A. Johnson has over twenty years of experience in nonprofit leadership, program development, group facilitation and resource development. Her professional mission is to change the odds faced by children, youth and families by providing quality consultation to the individuals, informal groups, advocates and organizations serving them. In January 2016, she launched Extraordinary Changes to provide technical assistance and facilitation support to informal groups and organizations working to create real improvements in the lives of children, youth and families across the country. Before launching Extraordinary Changes, Nicole served as Senior Director for Elev8 Baltimore, a full-service community schools initiative. In this role, she successfully planned and launched a strategy to integrate learning, health and family support services into the operations of four schools in East Baltimore. Over a seven-year period, she transitioned the initiative from start-up to sustainability drawing upon her skills as a facilitator, strategic planner, writer and youth worker. Nicole’s professional experience is built upon a foundation of academic study, and a passion for children, families and hard-working people in under-served communities. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Stanford University and an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. She resides presently in Baltimore City, MD with her husband, son and daughter. Ms. Johnson currently serves as the President of MASBHC.
Barbara Masiulis, MS, CRNP is a Specialist in the Office of Health Services for Baltimore County Public Schools; supervising its school based health centers. Ms. Masulis is certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with 16 years of experience in school health. In addition to her commitment to school-based health care, she has a special interest in the needs of students with Diabetes in the school setting. During her 35 year career, she has cared for children in a variety of settings. Ms. Masulis received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Niagara University. She received her Master’s Degree in Pediatric Nursing and her Post Master’s as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Rochester. She lives with her husband in Elkridge and has three adult children, one of whom is a nurse. Ms. Masulis has actively participated in the Maryland Assembly on School-Based Health Care as a member of the Technical Assistance Committee, as Co-Chair of the Technical Assistance Committee and as past President. She is committed to supporting the mission, goals and the continued successful endeavors of MASBHC.
Sharon Stephan, Ph.D., is a leading figure in advancing school mental health (SMH) research, training, policy and practice at national, state, and local levels. Dr. Stephan is a licensed clinical psychologist and a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. After providing direct mental health promotion and treatment service for several years in the Baltimore City Public Schools, Dr. Stephan was appointed as Director of Research for the National Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) in 2002. From 2005-2010, she guided the advancement of research and policy in her role as the CSMH Director of Research and Analysis, and in 2010 became the CSMH Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Director with Dr. Nancy Lever. Dr. Stephan has extensive expertise and leadership related to implementation science, quality assessment and improvement, evaluation and outcome measurement, and SMH service delivery, workforce development, and state and local capacity building. Dr. Stephan has published extensively, with many peer-reviewed articles and editorial service, and is a highly regarded and sought after speaker and trainer. She has held leadership roles on several national committees including: the SAMHSA Federal-National partnership, the National Evidence-Based Practice Consortium, the National Coordinating Committee on School Health and Safety (NCCSHS), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) SMH Capacity Building Project, the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (Evaluation and Quality Panel, Training and Technical Assistance Panel), and the SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Network Trauma Services Adaptation Center for Schools (School Treatment Workgroup and Military Families Workgroup).
Patryce Toye, MD, is the Senior Medical Director for MedStar Family Choice, the Medicaid Managed Care Organization in the MedStar Health System. MedStar Health is an integrated delivery system in the Baltimore-Washington area. MedStar Family Choice is a NCQA accredited health plan. Dr. Toye is also the Medical Director of record for the MedStar Medicare Advantage Plan with members in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Dr. Patryce Toye received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences with distinction in all subjects. She attended medical school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. She stayed on to do her Internship and Residency training in Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. After several years in private practice, she spent many years as an attending physician in a community hospital Emergency Room. She joined HelixCare, the predecessor to MedStar Health, as the Division Director for Urgent Care, then served as the Assistant Medical Director and Director of Quality Assurance for the HelixCare medical group before moving to the health plan. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Johns Hopkins University, Carey School of Business. She has been a Medical Director at MedStar Family Choice since 2000 and the Senior Medical Director since 2014. As Medical Director, she has helped set the medical policy, utilization policy, and quality agenda that have resulted in MedStar Family Choice’s success.
Joy Twesigye, MPP, MSN, is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner who applies a decade of clinical practice, evidence-based science, and interventions to generate and implement policy aimed at diminishing health disparities, expanding services, decreasing expenditures, and creating workforce development opportunities. Joy was a member of the executive team at School-Based Health Alliance, responsible for transformational project implementation on the heels of healthcare reform brought about by Affordable Care Act. She managed two national cooperative agreements from Bureau of Primary Healthcare, Maternal Child Health Bureau, corporate partners and foundations. Joy had the pleasure of traveling across the country and working from the DC office providing technical assistance and support to SBHC field. She is the new Executive Director at Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc. and is focused on driving culture change in the maternal child health community to improve the health and well being of Baltimore’s families facing the brunt of health disparities, including infant mortality.