VTPha

Vermont Public Health Association
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VtPHA Board of Directors..

  • Brian Flynn, ScD Shelburne, VT - President
    Brian Flynn is current Professor Emeritus and interim research director in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Vermont. Brian's work focused on evaluation of population health behavior changes in community health promotion programs with funding from the National Institutes of Health and similar agencies. He led research teams in the Office of Health Promotion Research UVM College of Medicine 1980-2012. Between 2002 and 2014 several Governors appointment him to the Vermont Tobacco Evaluation Review Board which evaluates the statewide tobacco control program.

  • Burton Wilke, Jr., Ph.D S. Burlington, VT - Vice President
    Burt Wilcke Chairs the Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont and teaches in the areas of microbiology and public health. He formerly served as the Director Health Surveillance for the Vermont Department of Health. Interested in infectious diseases, environmental health and global health. Past president of VtPHA.

  • Penrose Jackson Hinesburg, VT - Treasurer
    Penrose Jackson is employed by The University of Vermont Medical Center. She is currently a board member of the Vermont Ethics Network, the Association for Community Health and the UVM Alumni Association. She is also a Senior Fellow with the Health Research & Educational Trust. Penrose is a graduate of the University of Vermont and received a Certificate in Community Benefit from Saint Louis University.

  • Joyce Gallimore, MPH South Burlington, VT - Secretary
    Joyce Gallimore is an independent health consultant doing business as GS Associates, LLC providing contract services based on 30 years in quality improvement, healthy lifestyle choices, consumer education and engagement, government programs and health care delivery. She implemented quality improvement and consumer protection initiatives for MVP Health Care in Vermont for 10 years. Joyce earned a Master's in Public Health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.



  • Lori Augustyniak
    Lori Augustyniak has twenty years' experience working in the fields of health promotion and prevention, and works with CHL as the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Program Specialist to enhance and expand outreach and education on ATOD issues to school staff, families and others. In addition, she coordinates Prevention Works! VT, a statewide network of community coalitions promoting evidence-based practices to reduce substance use and abuse. She served as director for the Cabot Coalition for nearly 15 years and helped that community build a strong infrastructure to address emerging issues to improve quality of life and outcomes for youth.

  • Bob Costantino, MPH Montpelier, VT
    Bob Costantino, MPH, is employed by the Vermont Agency of Human Services as their Director of Emergency Management. Bob has been working in public health for over 30 years, including nine years of refugee relief work in Southeast Asia. He is a founding member and Past President of the Vermont Public Health Association and now serves as the VtPHA representative to the APHA Governing Council. Bob is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health.

  • Greg Dana, MPA Burlington, VT
    Greg Dana serves as a member of the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) team evaluating the patient-centered medical home component of the Vermont Blueprint for Health healthcare reform initiative. Previously he served as a project director and research analyst with the Office of Health Promotion Research, UVM College of Medicine, conducting community-based health promotion and health education research, and program evaluation. Greg has also conducted research, planning and program evaluation for several departments within state government. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from UVM with a focus on public health.

  • Tracy Dolan, MS Jericho, VT
    Tracy Dolan is the Deputy Commissioner for Public Health at the Vermont Department of Health. She has worked in public health for 15 years, starting in Northern British Columbia working with vulnerable populations in reducing the risk of HIV infection. She spent 10 years working in international health, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on HIV/AIDS care and prevention, maternal child health and youth participation. For the past five years, Tracy has worked at the Vermont Department of Health. She was hired in 2009 as the Director of Planning and in 2011, was appointed Deputy. She holds a Master's of Science in Community Health.

  • Sally Kerschner, RN, MSN Ferrisburgh, VT
    Sally Kerschner, MSN, RN is the MCH Planning Specialist, 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 served as a Kappa Tau Chapter Board member for the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing since 2000. Professional interests in population health planning, systems development, public health policy, and maternal and child health issues such as environmental, periconceptual health, injury prevention, and rural health.

  • Heidi Klein, MSPH Jericho, VT
    Heidi Klein serves as the Director of Health Surveillance at the Vermont Department of Health. Heidi possesses over 20 years of experience in public health practice, public engagement, and collaborative planning. She worked with leaders at the national, state and local level, to design programs and policies which recognize the interconnection between public health, environmental protection and economically vibrant communities. She is past-president of VtPHA and has served in multiple capacities for the American Public Health Association.

  • Amy Lefevre, ME Essex Junction, VT
    Amy Lefevre works as a health educator for Marathon Health in Colchester, VT. Amy earned her Master of Education degree in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from Springfield College. Her interests in public health include women and children's health, occupational health and health promotion.

  • Nicole Lukas, MA South Burlington, VT
    Nicole Lukas serves as Health Systems Director for the Vermont Department of Health. In this role she oversees a statewide breast and cervical cancer and heart health screening program, with a focus on provider engagement and training, clinical quality improvement, and member relations and communications. She also oversees the state's Cancer Control Program. She also works on and oversees staffs who work on large public health and primary care collaborations that use population health data to drive process improvement in Medicaid and other private payer environments. Ms. Lukas came to the health department after spending several years directing public health and government relations initiatives for the American Heart Association in Vermont. Nicole holds a Master's Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

  • Judy Shaw, EdD, MPH South Burlington, VT
    Dr. Shaw has been Executive Director of the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) since its inception in 1999. In addition, she is Principal Investigator for several federally-funded projects designed to improve delivery of health care to children and holds the position of Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Nursing at the University of Vermont. Nationally, Dr. Shaw is co-editor of the 2007 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) publication of Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Third Edition. In 2007 she received the Director's Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB). She was a DHHS Secretary's Primary Care Health Policy Fellow in 2002, on the Board of Directors of the Academic Pediatric Association from 1999-2002 and was reelected to the board in 2009-2012 and 2014-2021.