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Vermont public health association

  Admin and Board of Directors

Kenneth Allen Ed.D., MBA (Burlington, VT)  – President (2021 - 2022)

Kenneth is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont. Prior to moving to Vermont, Kenneth worked for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California as a clinical education coordinator, project manager, and director of imaging services. His work has often focused on regulatory compliance and advocacy, addressing inequities in the delivery of healthcare, and quality improvement in the delivery of diagnostic services. Kenneth received his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont in 2016. His research interests include college matriculation patterns of students who are typically underrepresented in the healthcare workforce and the safe and effective use of radiation in diagnostic imaging. His teaching focus is in the areas of healthcare finance, management, and sustainability. Kenneth is a past President Elect of the VtPHA (2020 - 2021). 

Theo Kennedy, Esq., M.P.H. (Middlesex, VT) – Vice President/President Elect (2021 - 2022)

Theo Kennedy, Esq., M.P.H. has broad experience in education, policy, environmental policy, public policy and governmental affairs, consumer affairs, statutory and regulatory affairs, and healthcare administration. Theo described his public health philosophy: “Prevention matters. Facts matter. Kindness matters. It’s not us and them, just us. Never give up.” Theo has previously served as the Director of Planning, Policy and Regulation at Vermont Department for Children and Families, Agency of Human Services, and as the Director of Health Rates and Forms at Vermont Health Care Administration, Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration. Theo is currently a partner in Otis & Kennedy, L.L.C., Montpelier, Vermont, where he performs public policy law with a focus on governmental and legislative affairs in addition to general practice.

Sally Kerschner, RN, MSN (Ferrisburgh, VT) – Secretary (2020 - 2022)
Sally Kerschner, MSN, RN is the MCH Injury Prevention Coordinator, Division of Maternal and Child Health at the Vermont Department of Health where she has worked since 1983 in a variety of supervisory and management positions for programs dealing with community health and Maternal and Child Health. She has been involved with the Vermont Public Health Association for over ten years and has served as President since 2017. Professional interests include population health planning, systems development, public health policy, and maternal and child health issues such as environmental, periconceptual health, injury prevention, and rural health. Sally is a Past President of the VtPHA (2017 - 2020).

Ashley Foutz, MBA (Williston, VT) – Treasurer (2021 - 2022)

Ashley has been employed by the University of Vermont Medical Center since 2015. Currently, she is a Senior Accountant in the Corporate Accounting department. In 2016, she earned her Vermont CPA license and graduated with her MBA from Champlain College in 2017. Over the last decade, she has worked in both the public and private sectors where her work has focused on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), comprehending new and updated standards issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and the intricacies and analysis of audited financial statements.

Burton Wilcke, PhD – Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC) (2020 - 2022)

Burton Wilcke, PhD is an Emeritus Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont. Currently he is engaged in Global Health consulting work focusing on leadership training for laboratory directors in developing countries. He has over twenty-five years of public health practice experience at the state and local level in California, Michigan and Vermont. In 2002 he became the Chair of the Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences (now Biomedical and Health Sciences) at the University of Vermont (UVM). Prior to joining the faculty at UVM he was the Director of Health Surveillance for the Vermont Department of Health. His experience covers a range of areas spanning infectious diseases, microbiology, public health practice, the health workforce and global health. He has previously served on committees and boards of national health and public health organizations such as the American Public Health Association, the American Society for Microbiology, the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) serving as its President, and the Institute of Medicine. He has also served on the Editorial Board of the Emerging Infectious Diseases and Public Health Reports. He is a Past President of the Vermont Public Health Association.

Cathy Aikman, MA (Richmond, VT) – Operations Manager, VtPHA; CDC Health Equity Grant Program Manager, VtPHI
Cathy Aikman, MA, is passionate about working at non-profits furthering their missions to improve the lives of the people in our communities. Her focus, in most recent years, has been in the public policy arena focused on addiction and recovery. She was the Assistant Director at the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County, Project Manager at Aspenti Health and former Executive Director for the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance, which she joined in May 2016.

She also has great interest in the community mental health field and has worked as the Quality Assurance Coordinator at Washington County Mental Health Services, Project Director for Starting Over Strong VT, a FEMA grant statewide crisis counseling program in response to Hurricane Irene and her most recent position as the Project Director for another FEMA crisis counseling program grant providing mental health supports to community members during the pandemic for COVID Support VT. She gained extensive marketing and project management skills, early in her career, as the Volunteer and Marketing Coordinator for the Richmond Floodplain Forest Restoration Project, the Event and Marketing Coordinator for Gardener’s Supply Co., as well as the Corporate Volunteer Event Coordinator for Boston Cares. 

Cathy received her Master’s degree from Tufts University with a focus on Urban and Social Policy after receiving her Undergraduate degree at Ripon College majoring in Sociology and minoring in Environmental Biology. She has a passion to serve her community, outside of her workday, and has volunteered at various organizations including Feeding Chittenden, Mount Mansfield Union High School Boosters, Terracycle, and had various positions on the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County Board for over four years.

Katina Cummings (St. Johnsbury, VT)

Katina holds a wealth of experience in organizational management and leadership, policy and project planning in the public health, mental health and social service arenas.  Since 2019, she has served as the Health Workforce Program Manager at the Northern Vermont Area Health Education Center (AHEC), where she leads the continuing education program for health professionals, and the organization’s work in advancing equity-oriented health care.  She also provides support to UVM medical and other health professions students in their rural community health improvement projects.  Katina is active on the State’s Community Health Worker Steering Committee and participated for several years on the VT Farm Health and Safety Coalition. For 3 years, she developed community-based initiatives in KY as the Refugee Health Promotion and Education Coordinator to improve the health and wellbeing of newly arriving and resettling people across the state. A trained and experienced educator in diverse service settings, Katina has provided technical assistance and training for interprofessional service teams in trauma-informed and culturally and linguistically appropriate health care service delivery.  Her professional interests include enhancing cross-disciplinary initiatives to eliminate health disparities for minority and underserved populations. She holds a B.S. degree in Political Science and History and a Master’s Degree in Planning from M.I.T.  In 2015, she volunteered with Mercy World Wide and Doctors of the World at the Moria Refugee Camp in Lesvos, Greece.

Erin Flynn, MPA  (Shelburne, VT) 

Erin Flynn is a Health Care Project Director at the Department of Vermont Health Access’ Payment Reform division where she has served in various roles since 2013. Erin earned a Bachelor of Science from Ithaca College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Vermont. In addition to more recent service to the State of Vermont, Erin has served in various public health and education roles both at home and abroad. Primary professional interests lie in designing and implementing integrated systems for the delivery of health care and human services driven my comprehensive and sustainable financing reform.

Joyce Gallimore, CPHQ, MPH (South Burlington, VT) 
Joyce Gallimore provides consulting on a variety of health related issues including quality improvement projects, healthy lifestyle choices, consumer education, and health care delivery. She was the Director of the Accountable Care Organization formed by the Vermont federally qualified health centers, with administrative support from Bi-State Primary Care. She implemented quality improvement and consumer protection initiatives for MVP Health Care in Vermont for 10 years. Prior to this, she directed review, licensing and surveillance activities for the New York Department of Health. Joyce earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Currently she is pursuing creative projects including writing and singing, and work that supports active and sustainable communities. Joyce is a Past President of the VtPHA (2020 - 2021). 

Maureen Leahy, M.Ed (Burlington, VT)
Maureen Leahy is the Director of the University of Vermont Medical Group and provides management leadership for multiple clinical sites such as Neurology, Psychiatry, Children’s, Women’s and Orthopedics services. Maureen earned a M.Ed and also a Certification of Advanced Management Studies from St. Michael’s College. In addition to her extensive background and expertise in health care management, she also serves as the President of the VT Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Assn. Maureen taught emergency medical response at the University of Vermont and was Fire Lieutenant of the South Burlington Fire Department.

Jaqueline Lewman (Burlington, VT)
Jacqueline is a senior health sciences major with an emergency medical services minor at the University of Vermont. She is the current president of the Vermont Student Assembly for Public Health. She has previously volunteered as a peer mentor for incoming health sciences students, as well as served as the Chair for the Committee of Student Action and Well-Being for UVM’s Student Government Association. When she is not in her classes, she is working as a unit secretary in the Emergency Department at University of Vermont Medical Center. 


About the association

VtPHA is a membership organization which facilitates collaboration among people who care about public health and are interested in protecting and promoting the health of Vermont residents.

VtPHA is an Affiliate of the American Public Health Association (APHA). APHA is the national voice of public health and champions the health of all people and all communities. They are the only organization that combines a 140-plus year perspective, the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health and a member community from all public health disciplines and over 40 countries. Learn more at www.apha.org.

Contact

vtpublichealth@vtpha.orgpha.org
Vermont Public Health Association
P.O. Box 732
Burlington, VT 05402-0732

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