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.
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.
Caitlin Synovec, OTD, OTR/L, BCMH
Medical Respite Manager
Caitlin Synovec is an occupational therapist with clinical experience working with adults experiencing homelessness to improve quality of life and engagement in their preferred communities. As the Medical Respite Manager, she works with the Director of Medical Respite on projects of the National Institute for Medical Respite Care (NIMRC) and the Respite Care Providers’ Network (RCPN).
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
Kristie Hartig, MSN, RN, PHN, CWOCN, CNE
Registered Nurse and Community Volunteer
Founder & CEO, SHILO (Supporting the Homeless Innovatively Loving Others)
Brenda Konkel, JD
Executive Director, Madison Area Care for the Homeless
Heidi Nelson, MHSA
CEO, Duffy Health Center
David Peery, JD
Chair, Consumer Advisory Board, Camillus Health Concern
Erin Ryan, MSW, MPH
Senior Vice President, The Night Ministry