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Media Experts: Program Management

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

Council Staff

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.

 

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

Ellen Bassuk, MD
Founder, C4 Innovations
Needham, MA

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

Frances Isbell, MS
CEO, Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston
Houston, TX

David Modersbach
Grants Manager, Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless Program
Oakland, CA

Jessica Mowry, MSW, LICSW
Assistant Director, Leased Housing and Rental Services, RIHousing
Providence, RI

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

Elizabeth Torkington, BSN, RN, PHN
Street Health Outreach Director, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center
Oakland, CA

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