Program Manager - Philips Healthcare Advanced Diagnostic Imaging
David brings experience in law and healthcare tech to the Board. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in international studies.
Durrell J. Fox is a Community Health Worker (CHW) with over 30 years of experience providing community/street outreach, direct services, case management support, and advocacy for HIV+ adolescents/young adults, their families, and communities. He joined the JSI Research and Training Institute in 2015, where he is a CHW Consultant working on CHW, pandemic response, and youth gun violence prevention projects across several states. He is serving as a Co-PI for the CDC 2110-funded Washington State Evaluation Project (WSEP) National Evaluation Center. He is a proud member of the CHW workforce, continuing to serve in a volunteer CHW role for several communities and the national CHW workforce community.
Since 1991, Durrell has been involved in local, state, regional and national CHW workforce development efforts, including serving as one of the founding members of the CHW Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American Association of CHWs, the Massachusetts Association of CHWs, the New England CHW Coalition, the Advisory Workgroup for the Massachusetts CHW Board of Certification, the GA CHW Network and serves as a founding board member for the National Association of CHWs. He also serves on the American Diabetes Association National Health Disparities Council, the MHP Salud Board of Directors, and as a National CHW Core Consensus (C3) Project Team member.
“Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach the stars and to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
Magaly Dante, Ph.D, LMHC
Magaly “Maggie” Dante, Ph.D., LMHC, has been at the helm of MHP Salud since 2022, elevating impact by launching Community Health Worker (CHW) trainings, apprenticeships and programs to create societal returns through workforce development, and through expanding programs related to disease management, access to health and mental health care, nutrition education, and parental/family engagement to increase child safety and well-being. With two decades of leadership experience in mental health, health care and child welfare, Dr. Dante has a track record of elevating quality, maintaining fiscal integrity, and engaging the community in supporting and participating in services that lead to improved safety, health and well-being. As a first-generation Cuban American, Dr. Dante’s passion to serve under-resourced communities and minority populations has fueled her career.
She is a sought-after speaker and expert trainer in business sustainability, particularly for organizations implementing the Community Health Worker model, and has been recognized by the Orlando Business Journal with the coveted “Women Who Mean Business” award. She is a certified family life educator, a licensed mental health counselor, and a Florida-licensed qualified supervisor. Dr. Dante holds a Doctor of Public Policy and Administration from Walden University and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.
Kirsten Bean, MPH
Kirsten is a grant writer with experience in higher education and public health. Prior to working at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, she worked for over ten years managing health promotion and harm reduction programs for a local health department in southwestern Ohio. She has contributed to Community Health Assessments and Improvement Plans and has implemented home visiting and harm reduction programs that relied on the expertise of peer supporters and community health workers.
Her work in public health also included addressing social determinants of health and COVID-19 response and vaccine education and access in the community. Kirsten has provided patient navigation and interpretation in healthcare settings and established interpreter services to make the local health department’s healthcare clinic accessible to individuals who do not speak English. In 2006 she worked with Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER) to conduct a statewide survey of the Minnesota Department of Education’s Migrant Education Program.
Kirsten received her BA in Anthropology from Macalester College and her MPH with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Minnesota.
Brenda Ivelisse Piñero Carrasquillo, JD
Brenda Piñero is an attorney and business advisor. Her work includes designing business development strategies as Senior Manager for CVS Health and leading the largest US pro bono asylum representation project as Program Director for the American Bar Association. Brenda has published articles and management guides on program implementation, including a Blueprint for Integrating Social Work when serving clients of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.
She joined MHP Salud’s Board in 2018 and is also a Southwestern Texas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America board member and a Gear Shifter member of Bike Houston. Brenda advises on program management, leadership, ESG, and DEI strategies. She is a University of Puerto Rico Law graduate with specialized training in European and international law from Belgium, policy evaluation from Spain, and nonprofit management from Harvard. An avid birder, Brenda enjoys riding her road bike outdoors and helping others improve their health through fitness, yoga, and meditation.
Eunice N. Hines, MHP, MHFA, CCHW, CHC
Eunice Hines has devoted seventeen years to Community Health of South Florida, Inc., where she leads programs for at-risk populations, emphasizing education in chronic disease and self-management. As the Director of Migrant Health Services, she successfully expanded outreach efforts and introduced a Mobile Medical Van, providing comprehensive healthcare to underserved communities. Ms. Hines, a Certified Community Health Worker, aims to extend these services to at-risk populations in areas like Coconut Grove and the Florida Keys.
As a board member of the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, an active member of the Mobile Healthcare Association, and co-chair of the Florida Regional Coalition for the Mobile Healthcare Association, Ms. Hines actively participates in partner service agencies’ meetings and collaborates with local organizations. Ms. Hines’s career has been a result of her passion to gain an understanding of what the community needs are and to help create an impact within the various populations, all to provide better health outcomes. She is a true and passionate Community Health Advocate.
Born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley of California, Mike has worked in the employee benefits field since 1994 and has run his own business since 2002. As such, he brings experience in human resources, financial management and planning, and the legal issues around employee benefits to the table. In addition to serving on the Agent Advisory Board for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and The Physicians Health Plan, he has served on several other non-profit and profit Boards including the Strategic Benefits Network, LLC, Haslett Okemos Rotary Foundation, The People’s Church, and Florence Crittenton. As a first-generation college student, he has earned degrees in both Finance and Economics and has taught college courses in Economics. From his first job working in the fields in vector control to his current position of small business owner, Mike remains committed to his family and the diverse communities he serves.
Anisa Kline is a research associate at the Ohio State University. She conducts primary research with farmworkers, focusing on the lives, experiences, occupational health and safety and healthcare access for agricultural guestworkers throughout the state.
Molly Sass is a Manger at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission where she oversees grant awardees working to improve access to health care. Her current portfolio includes initiatives addressing health-related social needs and improving access to timely behavioral health care, specifically around medication assisted treatment in emergency rooms. She works closely with health providers and administrators across the state to implement innovative initiatives in hospitals, health centers and affordable housing sites. In addition, she brings her previous experience in community and hospital-based program development and implementation to the Board. Molly earned an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health and a BA in Spanish Literature and Anthropology/Sociology from Kalamazoo College.
Julie Smythe, LCSW
Julie Smythe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in the administration of community mental health programs focused on kids and families. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Child Welfare Specialty Plan for Sunshine Health, a specialty-managed medical plan for children in or adopted from foster care. Julie is a passionate supporter of the role of Community Health Workers (CHW) to improve access and adherence to health care services, and increase health screening and adherence to preventative care.
Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Julie lives in central Florida with her four children and three dogs.
David Vineyard, JD
David brings experience in law and healthcare to the Board. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in international studies. David’s background stretches from helping get small startups off the ground, to leading Fortune 500 companies’ efforts to navigate the complex regulatory landscape in the biomedical device and pharmaceutical industries. He currently leads operations for a small healthcare startup.
The son of an immigrant mother who came to the US from Guatemala, David has been engaged in serving in the Latino community since his childhood, serving as an ESL teacher, community connections volunteer and healthcare advocate for immigrant populations.
With over 15 years of experience in the human services field, Lisseth Russa is a passionate advocate for helping others. She began her career at a Boys and Girls club in New Jersey, where she mastered nonprofit management, budgeting, grant management, and team leadership. Her journey led her to become a registered mental health therapist, but her desire to have a broader impact drove her towards management roles.
As the Clinical Services Director at Behavioral Support Services, Inc. in Orlando, Florida, she managed a large team, ensured compliance, and collaborated with external agencies. Later, as the Director of Workforce Development at Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, she oversaw job placement services and built valuable partnerships.
Today, Ms. Russa is the Vice President of Operations at the Mental Health Association of Central Florida, where her dedication to helping others continues to shine. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology, and several certifications under her belt, she is a committed leader making a positive difference in the community. Born in Colombia, raised in New Jersey, and now residing in Winter Park, Florida, she shares her journey with her husband and son.