Alaina Boyer, PhD
Director of Research
Alaina Boyer provides oversight and guidance for the research activities of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, which include quality improvement projects and providing educational resources for health care clinics that serve individuals experiencing homelessness. She coordinates and facilitates the Research Committee and Practice Based Research Network initiatives, which are currently focused on improving health outcomes and providing quality care across systems for vulnerable populations.
Senior Director of Policy
Barbara DiPietro directs the policy and advocacy activities for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. This includes conducting policy analysis, providing educational materials and presentations to a broad range of policymakers and other stakeholders, coordinating the Council’s policy priorities with national partners, and organizing staff assistance to the Policy Committee and the National Consumer Advisory Board.
D. Michael Durham, MTS
Community Engagement Manager
Michael Durham is responsible for strategic relationship-building and increasing representation of marginalized communities in all of the Council’s work. Leaning on these relationships, he coordinates the Council’s largely peer-to-peer technical assistance program, which provides support to health centers and other organizations serving people experiencing homelessness. He also supports the CEO in certain racial equity initiatives.
Darlene Jenkins, DrPH
Senior Director of Programs
Darlene Jenkins directs and coordinates the program areas of the Council and supports the work of the research, clinical and quality, and community engagement teams. As a public health practitioner, registered dietitian, and certified health education specialist, she provides training and technical assistance in the areas of health equity, social determinants of health, and diabetes prevention and management.
Courtney Pladsen, DNP, FNP-BC, RN
Director of Clinical and Quality Improvement
Courtney Pladsen leads initiatives to improve the delivery of primary care, substance use treatment, and mental health care nationally. She directs training and quality improvement initiatives, and contributes to research and policy recommendations on emerging clinical issues affecting people experiencing homelessness.
Regina Reed, MPH
Health Policy Manager
Regina Reed is responsible for representing the interests of the Council to policymakers and organizational partners in Washington, D.C., working with the Policy Committee to advance the Council’s advocacy agenda, developing policy positions and analyses, and mobilizing member organizations, service providers, and other advocates to end poverty and homelessness.
Bobby Watts, MPH, MS
Chief Executive Officer
Bobby Watts is the chief executive officer of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, which supports Health Care for the Homeless programs and medical respite providers with training, technical assistance, sharing of best practices, research, publications, and an active policy and advocacy program working to eliminate homelessness. He has 30 years of experience in administration, direct service, and implementation of homeless health services, beginning as a live-in counselor at the New York City Rescue Mission. In February 2021, he was appointed as a member of the Biden-Harris Administration’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.
HCH Community Experts
Kelly Bruno, MSW
President & CEO, National Health Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
Brett Dennis-Duke, MA
Researcher/Mental Health Specialist, Harvard University/Edward Thomas House Medical Respite
Josephine Ensign, DrPH, RN, ARNP
Professor, University of Washington
Kristie Hartig, MSN, RN, PHN, CWOCN, CNE
Registered Nurse and Community Volunteer
Videographer/Photographer, Ebenezer Baptist Church
Brenda Konkel, JD
Executive Director, Madison Area Care for the Homeless
Randle Loeb, MDiv, MS
People’s Advocacy Council, Stout Street Health Center, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
David Peery, JD
Chair, Consumer Advisory Board, Camillus Health Concern
Erin Ryan, MSW, MPH
Senior Vice President, The Night Ministry
Christine Zacchei, MSS, LCSW
Behavioral Health Consultant, Project HOME, Healthcare Services Department