Alliance Board of Directors & Officers 

Nominees for 2017

Each year, dues paying members of the Alliance are eligible to cast a vote in person, by ballot or by proxy to elect Directors and Officers to the Board. Directors serve a three year term once elected. Officers serve two year terms in each position; Secretary, Treasurer and Chair-Elect are subject to election every 2nd year.
 

Interested in Board service?  Learn more about it here or contact Sarah Murphy at 1-518-694-3423 or nysbha@gmail.com.



New Director Candidates:



Linda Carmine, MD

Dr. Linda Carmine joined the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Cohen Children’s Medical Center as an Attending Physician and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Hofstra Northwell Health School of Medicine in 2008. She is the Director of 4 multi-disciplinary full-time School-based Health Centers and a co-located Pregnancy Prevention Program, as well as a provider in both the Division of Adolescent Medicine and the Adolescent HIV Clinic. Dr. Carmine is currently the Chapter 2 Chair of the Committee on Youth and Adolescence for the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Prior to 2008, Dr. Carmine was the Director of the Adolescent HIV Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Adolescent Health Center, responsible for the interdisciplinary program of care for HIV infected adolescents and, as Principal Investigator, for that site’s participation in the National Institutes of Health sponsored Adolescent Medicine HIV/AIDS Research Network.




Grace Walfall, MBA

As the Chief Operating Officer for the Montefiore School Health Program, Grace Walfall oversees the operation of 23 school based health centers with more than 25 years of experience in community service and organizational development. Prior to being appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer, Grace was the Administrative Director and Director of Community Health Initiatives for the Montefiore School Health Program. As the Administrative Director, Grace supported a team of almost 200 associates to deliver comprehensive health care to more 25,000 children and adolescents in the Bronx. As Director of Community Health Initiatives, she led a team of Community Health Organizers who used a public health approach to eliminate health disparities.

Prior to joining the MSHP, she was the Executive Director for Cool Girls, Inc., a self-empowerment non-profit organization in Atlanta, GA whose mission is to break the cycles of poverty, low self-esteem and teen pregnancy for girls living in low-income communities. Grace was also an Intervention - Prevention Specialist with DeKalb County School System in Georgia, where she managed programs designed to reduce tobacco, alcohol, and drug use, teen pregnancy, and violence for the largest school system in the state of Georgia.

Grace Walfall is native New Yorker, born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn and Queens. She is a proud graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School and now lives in the Bronx. She earned a BS in Nutrition and Food from Rutgers University and an MBA from Rutgers Business School. Over the years she has held leadership positions in corporations, hospitals, nursing homes, and government, as well as, being an adjunct professor.




Kerri LeBlanc, MD

Kerri LeBlanc, M.D., F.A.A.P joined the Bassett Healthcare Network as the Co-Director of the School-Based Health Program in 2014. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD; attended medical school and the Northwestern Feinberg University School of Medicine in Chicago, IL; and completed her pediatrics training at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. Prior to joining Bassett, she was Clinical Associate with the University of Chicago, providing patient care and resident education as a Pediatric Hospitalist in 3 different Chicago-land hospitals as well as the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital Emergency Room.


As Co-Director of the Bassett School-Based Health Program, she has endeavored to standardize care while striving to foster an environment of evidence-based practice across the 20 Bassett SBHC sites. She has also been deeply involved in the program’s application to the NCQA for Patient Centered Medical Home accreditation, and received training as an NCQA Certified Content Expert as part of that goal.


Kerri is a native of the southwest, born and raised in New Mexico. When not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Interests include traveling, cooking, reading, and (whenever possible) taking naps.




Luis E. Torres, MA, SDA, SAS
Luis E. Torres was born November 9, 1970 to Puerto Rican parents. His father, Angel Luis Torres has been the superintendent of two buildings for over 35 years. His mother, Elizabeth Torres runs a home day care service. At the age of 18, Luis E. Torres served in the U.S. Navy. One year after completing “boot camp,” he was called up to serve during “Operation Desert Storm/Shield.” Upon returning from military service, he completed an A.S. (Biology) degree from Hostos Community College. He then completed a B.S. (Psychology) from City College, MA in teaching from Mercy College, and an MA in administration from Hunter College. After completing over 9 years of college, Mr. Torres entered and completed the New York City Leadership Academy. Upon completing the NYC Leadership Academy, Mr. Torres was given the responsibility of leading Public School 55. He three children and is married to Joan Torres. Two of his children attend District Schools.


For Luis Eladio Torres, the road to the Principal’s office was as unexpected as a change-up pitch. Once a naval petty officer, he is now responsible for turning PS 55, once the lowest performing school in New York City located in District 9 in the center of the Morrisania housing projects in the Bronx, into a model school. “My predecessor put things in place. I’m just taking it to the next level,” he says modestly. The Puerto Rican has a unique connection with this community because he is a product of the NYC public school system as well as the Bronx. His father, an apartment building superintendent and a community organizer, raised Mr. Torres to be a leader in the community and to giveback. One method of giving back he has developed is to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the school. To do that, Mr. Torres acts as the school’s spokesperson/publicist/cheerleader. Mr. Torres is responsible for a new computer funded by the Department of Education, and a new indoor Aeroponic Garden funded through a grant from the Bronx Green Machine, an organization that builds gardens around the world. His go-getter attitude has allowed him to build a close relationship with Brandon Steiner of Steiner Sports; among the benefits of that relationship, Mr. Steiner gives framed posters of sports figures with messages to students as well as providing incentives for good behavior and attendance. His ability to raise funds has also enabled him to increase mental and physical health supports for his students; he hired a mental health coordinator and the school now a psychologist and dentist. Students attend a Montefiore Medical Center health clinic that received a $250,000 upgrade. Parental involvement, however, remains a challenge for Mr. Torres. “If the conditions at home are not supportive of what we are trying to do at the school, it makes a difference … If you want to change the school you have to change the community because the kids have to go home at the end of the day,” he said. Many of the schools 750 students live in less than ideal settings.



Kelly Kirby, LCSW-R

Kelly Kirby is a Mental Health Program Manager at NY Presbyterian Hospital. She is responsible for managing the daily operations and clinical oversight of a team of licensed clinical psychologists and social workers located in seven primary care School-Based Health Centers and a Family Planning Clinic.  Kirby provides individual and group clinical supervision, clinical documentation review, billing and utilization review for the mental health program. She monitors, develops and implements strategies to ensure the productivity of the mental health providers and the quality of the clinical services provided to the patients.


Prior to NYP, Kelly was the Family Planning Program Director at the Children's Aid Society, where she supervised the implementation and on-going management of a federal Title X Reproductive Health Grant focusing on adolescent health services at two medical clinics located in Harlem and The Bronx and oversaw the implementation of the work-plan, budget expenses, health education and peer education programs as well as collaborated with the Medical Director and Site Managers to ensure that all data, performance measures and billing requirements are met.  She also served as a Senior Social Worker there where she provided mental health program management and clinical supervision to social work staff in an Article 31 mental health clinic operated in a school based clinic in a CAS Community School - I.S. 218 Middle School in New York City’s Inwood community.


Kirby received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communications from Ripon College and a Master of Social Work from New York University, Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.




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