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Media Experts: Older Adults

To request an interview with one of our staff or community experts, contact Terri Woodmore, NHCHC Communications Manager.

Council Staff

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.

 

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.

 

Bobby Watts, CEO

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
Seattle, WA

Josephine Ensign, DrPH, RN, ARNP
Professor, University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Kristie Hartig, MSN, RN, PHN, CWOCN, CNE
Registered Nurse and Community Volunteer
Topeka, KS

Walter Herres
Founder & CEO, SHILO (Supporting the Homeless Innovatively Loving Others)
Edison, NJ

Stefan Kertesz, MD, MSc
Professor of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Homewood, AL

Brenda Konkel, JD
Executive Director, Madison Area Care for the Homeless
Madison, WI

Randle Loeb, MDiv, MS
People’s Advocacy Council, Stout Street Health Center, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO

Charita McCollers, BSW, MSWA/LCSW
Social Worker, Lincoln Community Health Center – HCH Clinic
Durham, NC

David Peery, JD
Chair, Consumer Advisory Board, Camillus Health Concern
Miami, FL

Erin Ryan, MSW, MPH
Senior Vice President, The Night Ministry
Chicago, IL

Christine Zacchei, MSS, LCSW
Behavioral Health Consultant, Project HOME, Healthcare Services Department
Philadelphia, PA