Hugo Aguas, MA
Hugo Aguas works with the research team to research health outcomes using data driven methodologies. He collaborates with other community health partners throughout the country to develop educational materials pertaining to medical care for those experiencing homelessness; disseminates data; and provides ease-of-access to community partners throughout the nation.
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.
Barbara DiPietro, PhD
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.
Tineciaa Harris, MSPH, MS
Clinical and Quality Improvement Manager
Tineciaa Harris works to improve the clinical environment in health centers broadly through education, training, technical assistance, and policy with a focus on quality improvement. She operates on the national level in frequent partnership with both federal and non-profit organizations and leads initiatives that seek to improve health outcomes for people experiencing homelessness.
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.
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
Ellen Bassuk, MD
Founder, C4 Innovations
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
Founder & CEO, SHILO (Supporting the Homeless Innovatively Loving Others)
Videographer/Photographer, Ebenezer Baptist Church
Frances Isbell, MS
CEO, Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston
Brenda Konkel, JD
Executive Director, Madison Area Care for the Homeless
Charita McCollers, BSW, MSWA/LCSW
Social Worker, Lincoln Community Health Center – HCH Clinic
Jessica Mowry, MSW, LICSW
Assistant Director, Leased Housing and Rental Services, RIHousing
David Peery, JD
Chair, Consumer Advisory Board, Camillus Health Concern
Natalia Rodriguez, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Public Health, Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
Erin Ryan, MSW, MPH
Senior Vice President, The Night Ministry
Rebecca Winkel, PhD
Director of Mental Health Services, Licensed Psychologist, Montefiore Medical Center, Homeless Program
Christine Zacchei, MSS, LCSW
Behavioral Health Consultant, Project HOME, Healthcare Services Department