Staff

 

Leadership

Maggie Sauer, President/CEO

Maggie-SauerMaggie Sauer, MHA, MS

President/CEO

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maggie.sauer@foundationhli.org

Maggie is the President/CEO for the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation. The Foundation creates opportunities for its programs and local communities to address whole person whole-community approaches integrating health, economic development and social determinants.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Maggie served as Associate Executive Director of the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation, directing programs to strengthen and expand primary care in North Carolina. Under her direction, the North Carolina Physician Institute for Quality Enhancement Fellowship was established to support Quality Improvement in the processes by which specialty medical care is delivered in North Carolina. Prior to that, Maggie was Director of Health Promotion at Duke’s Division of Community Health, where she led statewide chronic disease prevention and reduction programs in 67 NC counties.Prior to her administrative role, Maggie worked in team-based care as a speech/language pathologist focusing on technology to assist persons with disabilities.

Maggie holds a Master of Health Care Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Colorado State University. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.

Laura Fletcher, Director of Finance

Laura Fletcher PortraitLaura Fletcher

Director of Finance

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laura.fletcher@foundationhli.org

Laura Fletcher joined the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation as Director of Finance in December 2011. In her role, Laura is charged with strengthening and aligning the fiscal functions within the Foundation. This includes accounting, budgeting, audit compliance and internal controls, payroll, human resources, and contracting for the wide range of programs under the umbrella of the organization.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Laura’s twenty-year accounting career has focused on working within the non-profit sector. She was also previously the Director of Accounting for the Museum of Life of Science in Durham.

Laura holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.


 

Administration

Emily Bernson, Office Coordinator

emilyEmily Bernson

Office Coordinator

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emily.bernson@foundationhli.org

Emily Bernson joined the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation as Office Coordinator in April 2015. In her role, Emily oversees the day-to-day operations of the Foundation. She works closely with the Program & Development Manager to facilitate communications and fundraising work, and also assists in the operations of the NC Oral Health Collaborative.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Emily has worked with a number of organizations including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and United Way. She is also currently serving on the 2016 Walk Committee for the Arthritis Foundation, Triangle Chapter.

Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from High Point University.

Jessica Pikowski, Communications Coordinator

Jessica_PikowskiJessica Pikowski

Communications Coordinator

jessica.pikowski@foundationhli.org

Jessica Pikowski joined the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation as Communications Coordinator in February 2016. In her role, Jessica assists the Communications Team in setting and implementing strategies that build the Foundation’s brand and visibility.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Jessica worked for a small public relations agency, where she performed a variety of public relations and communications tactics for clients.

Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communication with a minor in Marketing from High Point University. She is currently working to complete her Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Health Communication at UNC Chapel Hill.

Rachel Presslein, Program and Development Manager

Rachel Presslein PortraitRachel Presslein, MPA

Program and Development Manager 

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rachel.presslein@foundationhli.org

Rachel Presslein joined the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation as Office Manager in March 2014, and she became Program and Development Manager in September 2015. In her role, Rachel manages general operations of the Bernstein Programs and the NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance. Rachel also works closely with the Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff to establish and implement strategy for the Foundation’s fund development and communications activities.

Prior to joining the Foundation, she managed the volunteer program at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Durham, NC. She is also a Certified Administrator of Volunteers in North Carolina.

Rachel holds a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina State University and also holds undergraduate degrees in Nonprofit Organization Management and Sociology from Lakeland University, formerly Lakeland College (Wisconsin).

Tim Smith, Program Data Analyst

Tim Smith PortraitTim Smith

Program Data Analyst

tismith@email.unc.edu

Tim Smith joined the Foundation of Health Leadership and Innovation as Program Data Analyst in February 2016. In his role, he will use his expertise as a full-time research associate at Carolina HealthNet (CHN) to assist the Foundation part-time with both data collection and evaluation.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Tim has worked for several types of organizations ranging from political campaigns, higher education, and several different non-profits working with rural areas to improve economic development and health outcomes. He is also a past Bernstein Fellow (2012-2014).

Tim received an MPA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


 

Bernstein Programs

Tom Bacon, Director

Tom Bacon PortraitTom Bacon

Director – Bernstein Fellows Program

tom_bacon@med.unc.edu

Tom joined the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation as the Director of the Bernstein Fellows Program in October 2015. In his role, Tom oversees the strategic direction of the fellowship, sets goals for the Fellows’ educational schedule and programming, and provides one-on-one support for their project development.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Tom served as the Executive Associate Dean and NC AHEC Program director at the UNC School of Medicine from 1996 until his retirement in 2013.  His academic and career interests are in health workforce development, and he currently serves as Senior Research Fellow in the Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC.

Tom is a graduate of Eckerd College, holds a master’s degree in demography from the University of Chicago, and has a doctorate in health policy and management from the UNC School of Public Health.

Rachel Presslein, Program Manager

Rachel Presslein PortraitRachel Presslein, MPA

Program Manager – Bernstein Fellows Program 

Program Manager – Bernstein Scholars Program 

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rachel.presslein@foundationhli.org

Rachel Presslein joined the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation as Office Manager in March 2014, and she became Program and Development Manager in September 2015. In her role, Rachel manages general operations of the Bernstein Programs and the NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance. Rachel also works closely with the Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff to establish and implement strategy for the Foundation’s fund development and communications activities.

Prior to joining the Foundation, she managed the volunteer program at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Durham, NC. She is also a Certified Administrator of Volunteers in North Carolina.

Rachel holds a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina State University and also holds undergraduate degrees in Nonprofit Organization Management and Sociology from Lakeland University, formerly Lakeland College (Wisconsin).

 

Center of Excellence of Integrated Care

Christine Borst, Director of Operations

Christine Borst PortraitChristine Borst, PhD, LMFT

Director of Operations – Center of Excellence for Integrated Care

Christine Borst joined the Center of Excellence for Integrated Care (COE) as Director of Operations in September 2013. In her role, she works with her amazing COE team to advance integrated behavioral and medical care across the country. Prior to joining COE, Christine spent nearly two years working in a rural community health center to set up and implement an integrated care model. Her research interests include brief behavioral interventions for use in medical settings, and identification of the needs of children and their families in rural integrated care. Christine received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University and a doctorate in Medical Family Therapy from East Carolina University.

Monica Harrison, Technical Assistant

Monica_HarrisonMonica Harrison, MSW, LCSW

Technical Assistant – Center of Excellence for Integrated Care

monica.harrison@foundationhli.org

Monica Harrison joined Center of Excellence for Integrated Care (COE) as a Technical Assistant in April 2016. In her role, she works with organizations and healthcare professionals by providing resources, tools, techniques, assessments, training, and technical assistance around evidenced based and/or best practices around integration in North Carolina.

Prior to joining COE, Monica worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has over 11 years of experience in behavioral health integration throughout North Carolina. Her significant clinical experience and background in human development and family studies has provided her with a unique professional history that’s spanned from providing direct clinical service to children and adults to managing a variety of health centers across North Carolina.

Monica received her master’s degree from the Joint Masters of Social Work Program of North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Irina Kolobova, Technical Assistant

Irina Kolobova PortraitIrina Kolobova, PhD, CCRP

Technical Assistant – Center of Excellence for Integrated Care

irina.kolobova@foundationhli.org

Irina Kolobova, PhD, joined the Center of Excellence for Integrated Care (COE) as a Technical Assistant in May 2015. In her role, Dr. Kolobova provides technical assistance to healthcare settings, such as primary care offices, behavioral health agencies, and school health centers, across North Carolina in designing, developing, and implementing models of healthcare that bring together physical health and behavioral health to ensure that patients receive whole-person care.

Prior to joining COE, Dr. Kolobova spent three years working as a Medical Family Therapist/Behavioral Health Provider in a FQHC in eastern North Carolina and 10 years in various research positions related to biopsychosocial health in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Kolobova has a master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy from Lewis & Clark College and a PhD in Medical Family Therapy from East Carolina University.

Amelia Muse, Technical Assistant

Amelia Muse PortraitAmelia Muse, MS, LMFTA

Technical Assistant – Center of Excellence for Integrated Care

amelia.muse@foundationhli.org

Amelia first joined the Center of Excellence for Integrated Care (COE) as a consultant in February 2016 and became a technical assistant in May 2016. In her role, Amelia provides training, on-site support, and resources to medical and behavioral health providers working to integrate their services to provide higher quality care to patients and the community.

Prior to joining COE, Amelia worked for four years as a behavioral health clinician in a variety of medical settings serving underserved populations in eastern North Carolina. Amelia’s area of research is focused on the implementation and evaluation of integrated behavioral health care programs.

Amelia received her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Carolina University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Medical Family Therapy at East Carolina University.

Lisa Tyndall, Technical Assistant

Lisa_TyndallLisa Tyndall, PhD, LMFT

Technical Assistant  Center of Excellence for Integrated Care

lisa.tyndall@foundationhli.org

Lisa Tyndall, PhD, joined the Center of Excellence for Integrated Care (COE) as a Technical Assistant in June 2016. In her role, Dr. Tyndall provides technical assistance for integrated care program development to a variety of medical practice settings. Her responsibilities include shadowing and one-on-one consultation, offerings of trainings, webinars, regular phone consultation and provision of resources and reference materials.

Prior to joining COE, Dr. Tyndall spent six years working as the Family Therapy Clinic Director for East Carolina University. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she has over ten years of experience serving in various research, instructor, and clinical positions related to both marriage and family therapy and integrated care in North Carolina.

Dr. Tyndall has a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a doctorate in Medical Family Therapy, both from East Carolina University.

 

NC Oral Health Collaborative

Zulayka Santiago, Director

Zulayka Santiago PortraitM. Zulayka Santiago, MPA

Director – NC Oral Health Collaborative

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zulayka.santiago@foundationhli.org

Zulayka Santiago joined the NC Oral Health Collaborative as the Director in August 2015. In her role, Zulayka works to convene a diverse group of stakeholders committed to building health equity for all North Carolinians.

Prior to joining the NC Oral Health Collaborative, Zulayka worked as an independent consultant, providing leadership, capacity building and technical support on various projects relating to social justice, philanthropy, cooperatives and community engagement. In previous twists along her interesting career path, Zulayka has served as Health Disparities Program Officer with the NC Health & Wellness Trust Fund; Youth Program Director and subsequently Executive Director for El Pueblo Inc., a statewide Latino advocacy organization, and Co-Manager for the NC Peoples’ Coalition for Giving. These are just a few of her many noteworthy endeavors.

Zulayka holds a a Master of Public Administration Degree from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and received her undergraduate degree in Pan-African Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is a also a part of the 06-08 William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations through the Wildacres Leadership Initiative.

Emily Bernson, Program Coordinator

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Emily Bernson

Program Coordinator – NC Oral Health Collaborative

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emily.bernson@foundationhli.org

Emily Bernson joined the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation as Office Coordinator in April 2015. In her role, Emily oversees the day-to-day operations of the Foundation. She works closely with the Program & Development Manager to facilitate communications and fundraising work, and also assists in the operations of the NC Oral Health Collaborative.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Emily has worked with a number of organizations including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and United Way. She is also currently serving on the 2016 Walk Committee for the Arthritis Foundation, Triangle Chapter.

Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from High Point University.

 

NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance

Rachel Presslein, Program Manager

Rachel Presslein PortraitRachel Presslein, MPA

Program Manager – NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance

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rachel.presslein@foundationhli.org

Rachel Presslein joined the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation as Office Manager in March 2014, and she became Program and Development Manager in September 2015. In her role, Rachel manages general operations of the Bernstein Programs and the NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance. Rachel also works closely with the Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff to establish and implement strategy for the Foundation’s fund development and communications activities.

Prior to joining the Foundation, she managed the volunteer program at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Durham, NC. She is also a Certified Administrator of Volunteers in North Carolina.

Rachel holds a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina State University and also holds undergraduate degrees in Nonprofit Organization Management and Sociology from Lakeland University, formerly Lakeland College (Wisconsin).

 

Practice Sights

Jackie Fannell, Program Manager

Jackie Fannell PortraitJackie Fannell

Program Manager – Practice Sights

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jackie.fannell@foundationhli.org

Jackie Fannell joined Practice Sights as Program Manager in April 2012.  In her role, Jackie provides technical assistance and training for the Practice Sights Clinician Recruitment and Retention Management System. Additionally, she is responsible for the coordination and collaboration of project activities between participating states and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research for the Practice Sights Retention Collaborative.

Prior to joining the Practice Sights, Jackie was responsible for coordinating with the NC Office of Rural Health and the Sheps Center to pilot and then manage the ongoing collection of retention data. As a Coordinator for the NC Medical Society Foundation’s Community Practitioner Program, she administered questionnaires to physicians and medical practices to evaluate the program’s impact on retention.

Jackie received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management in 2015 from Duke University.

 

Rural Forward NC

Calvin Allen, Director

Calvin Allen PortraitCalvin Allen

Director – Rural Forward NC

984.204.6008

calvin.allen@foundationhli.org

Calvin Allen joined Rural Forward NC as their first Director in October 2014. In his role as director, Calvin supervises staff, sets program vision and direction.  He manages key state and national relationships and provides technical assistance and support in Healthy Places NC counties.

Prior to joining Rural Forward NC, Calvin has worked in the nonprofit sector as an administrator, trainer, facilitator, advocate, and consultant, primarily around rural economic development. Most recently, he worked for the Golden LEAF Foundation’s community grants making programs for three years as a program officer and three prior years as a consultant. He was also the associate director at the Southern Rural Development Initiative, helping small towns become economically sustainable without having to become urban. 

Calvin graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1992, and is also a 1994 graduate of Leadership Durham. He received a certificate in nonprofit management in September 2004 and is a 2003-2005 graduate of the William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations through the Wildacres Leadership Initiative.

Marley Braun, Administrative Manager

Marley Braun PortraitMarley Braun

Administrative Manager Rural Forward NC

877.407.2885

marley.braun@foundationhli.org

Marley Braun joined Rural Forward NC as the Administrative Manager in April 2015. In her role, Marley provides administrative support to the other members of the team.  She manages evaluation data, assists with external communications, and manage RFNC’s infrastructure in coordination with the director.  She helps create, implement, and maintain RFNC systems and tools to support the other RFNC staff, our communities, and our partners to be most effective.

Prior to joining Rural Forward NC, Marley served several years at Duke University Health System in both their planning and their marketing departments. She has experience in marketing, planning, statistical analysis, community organization, and healthy nutrition.

Marley graduated magna cum laude from Elon University in North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in English.

Brandy Bynum Dawson, Associate Director

Brandy Bynum PortraitBrandy Bynum Dawson, MPA

Associate Director – Rural Forward NC

984.204.6009

brandy.bynumdawson@foundationhli.org

Brandy Bynum joined Rural Forward NC as the Associate Director in September 2014. In her role, Brandy works with the Director and program staff to manage, plan, organize, and direct daily capacity building services. Specifically, she provides technical assistance, coaching, facilitation, resource management and support of community initiatives in rural central and eastern North Carolina.

Brandy has been active in the nonprofit community for more than a decade as a professional, volunteer, and board member to improve outcomes for children and families. Prior to joining Rural Forward NC in 2014, Brandy served as the Director of Policy and Outreach at NC Child for over twelve years.  Brandy has extensive experience conducting research and analysis of public policy issues and developing summary reports on a variety of topics; as well as providing community development services to agencies, communities, and coalitions in the areas of civic engagement, action planning, results-based facilitation, program implementation and organizational collaboration.

Brandy graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Brandy also holds a master’s degree in public administration from NC State University, with a concentration in mental health policy.

Jessica Burroughs, Partnership Manager

Jessica Burroughs, MPH, MSW (photo coming soon!)

Partnership Manager – Rural Forward NC

 jessica.burroughs@foundationhli.org 

Jessica Burroughs joined Rural Forward NC as the Partnership Manager in February 2017. In her role, Jessica works with the Rural Forward team to design, organize, and implement capacity-building services for Healthy Places NC.

Prior to joining Rural Forward NC, Jessica has spent the last 18 years helping to drive the sustainable growth of regional and state-wide public health initiatives. Most recently, she worked at the North Carolina Partnership for Children on a statewide early childhood obesity prevention initiative called Shape NC. Prior to that, she spent seven years at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at Duke University, helping mental health agencies select, implement, and sustain best practices for treating children with trauma. She has also previously served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua.

Jessica holds both a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her undergraduate degree in Literature from Pomona College.