Conference 2021: Presenter Bios


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Robert Mackey, MA, SAS
Throughout his career, Bob has focused on providing children with cutting-edge opportunities to learn and grow as people, cultivating a culture of collaboration which encourages students and staff to focus on learning, results, and action. Bob started teaching high school social studies and coaching in 1987 and began his school administration career in 1994, serving as a director of education, building principal and adjunct faculty at Hartwick College along the way. He and his wife Barbara are career educators who worked and raised their three children in central New York. Previously serving as Superintendent of the Unadilla Valley Central School, New Berlin from 2007 through 2021, Bob is currently Interim Superintendent for the Delhi School District in upstate New York.


Katy Cook 
Katy Cook is the owner of ADK Health Solutions, a new health care consulting firm based out of the Capital Region of NYS. She also serves as the Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Healthcare Association of NYS (HANYS). Prior to her time at HANYS, she served as a state sponsored telehealth expert, working for the Adirondack Health Institute. At AHI, she managed the end-to-end development of multiple telehealth programs and service lines in health centers, hospitals, behavioral health organizations, home health agencies, and more around the North Country region.


Lisa Perry
Lisa Perry, principal of  Morningside Health Strategies, Inc., is a consultant with extensive executive experience in health care performance improvement. As Principal at Morningside Health Strategies since 2019, her work has focused on data- and technology- driven innovation in patient care and operations. Prior to this, Lisa served as Sr. Vice President, Quality & Technology at the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS).




Daryl Blank
Daryl Blank is proud to be in his twelfth year as Principal of the High School of Fashion Industries (HSFI) located on the west side of Manhattan. He has been at HSFI for 26 years, first as a teacher and sports coach and then as an Assistant Principal. Daryl is proud of the innovative practices that he has helped bring to HSFI that use Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Social Emotional Learning and a comprehensive College Access system. Academically, the school has become more rigorous during Daryl’s tenure with the addition of calculus, physics and additional Advanced Placement classes. Daryl’s favorite part of the school day is the morning when he greets all 1,700+ plus students and staff as they enter the building. He is especially excited to greet the HSFI community for ‘Fashion Dollar Fridays’ and is known as the ‘VTOD Master’ by his students as he screams vocabulary words at them most mornings. Outside of school, Daryl is passionate about playing basketball and coaching his two kids in youth sports. Daryl is a proud product of the NYC public schools that includes PS 183, Wagner JHS and the Bronx High School of Science.



Carlos Romero, MBA
As chief evangelist for Apex’s approach to evaluation, Carlos Romero leads a passionate pursuit of Apex’ vision: Evaluation that works. He cultivates and nurtures new and existing relationships with organizations that are addressing barriers to academic, health, and social success for vulnerable children, youth, and their families.
Carlos spends a significant amount of energy ensuring the Apex team has the capacity and support to carry out this mission. He founded Apex in 1999. Other than a brief post-collegiate attempt at trying to be a race car driver, grantsmanship and program evaluation are all he’s ever done. He has over 25 years of experience in program planning, evaluation, and facilitation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Master of Business Administration.
Carlos is Vice President of Finance for New Mexico Evaluators, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Con Alma Health Foundation. He can make almost any conversation about IndyCar racing, including those that involve evaluation, and still dreams of being the oldest rookie ever at the Indy 500.


Jamie Duvall, BA
As a project manager for Apex, Jamie assists with data collection and reporting to clients and state agencies. She tracks project deliverables while cultivating relationships with clients. Jamie also plays a large role in the development of Apex’ technology system, the Data Hub, which includes a mobile data collection app and web-based data collection tools.

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and is pursuing a Master’s in Public Health. She grew up in and recently moved her family back to Edgewood, New Mexico.


Jane V. Hamilton, RN
Jane V. Hamilton, R.N., is Manager of the Bassett Healthcare School-Based Health , overseeing the administrative, programmatic and community-based work for 20 centers. She has served in this position for over 25 years. Prior to her current position, she spent nine years in Delhi, New York, serving as Program Director for the Delaware Academy Student Health Program, of Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. Earlier, she served as that O’Connor Hospital’s Prenatal Clinic Manager and Delaware County Prenatal Assistance Program Coordinator (1990-93). Ms. Hamilton worked as grant coordinator for the Community Orientated Primary Care Demonstration Project, Delhi Family Medicine (1989-92), and for the Cardio-vascular Screening Program, O’Connor Hospital (1985-88), both in Delhi, New York. Ms. Hamilton has served on the boards of the Delaware County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (2003-2007), the Delaware County Rural Health Alliance (2002-present), and the Rural Health Network of South Central New York (1999-2001) Family Planning of South Central New York (2014-present), State University New York-Delhi, Community Advisory Member (2016-present), State University New York, Oneonta, NY Community Member of IRB, New York State American Cancer Society HPV Public Health Education Committee Member (2018-present). She is a Certified Content Expert on NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home. She has presented multiple workshops and posters related to school-based health centers at state and national conferences.


Julie Blitzer, PhD
Julie Blitzer is the Outreach and Prevention Psychologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s School-Based Health Center, 7 article 28 primary care clinics that serve approximately 8000 public school students in upper Manhattan and the Bronx. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).

Dr. Blitzer has been a part of the NYP School-Based team since 2012 where she began as a mental health provider at the program’s largest site serving 7 schools at the John F. Kennedy Campus. After five years in a clinical role and a brief leave, she returned to the program to assume a newly established role dedicated to universal mental health interventions and outreach in 2019. Dr. Blitzer works with school staff, parents and students to increase access to mental health and wellness education, resources and program services through workshops, health messaging and consultation.


Rachel Evans
Rachel Evans is the Practice Administrator for the School-Based Health Program at The Institute for Family Health in New York City. She has been working in School-Based Health for five years and has a special interest in sexual and reproductive health. Rachel is a proud member of NYSBHA’s Technical Assistance and Program and Events Committee.




Richard Niederman, DMD
Dr. Richard Niederman is a professor and chair, Department of Epidemiology & Health Promotion at New York University College of Dentistry, and Director of the WHO Collaborating Center. He graduated magna cum laude and received his periodontal specialty training from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He received certificate training in Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University. He co-founded the journal Evidence-Based Dentistry, co-authored the book Evidence-based Dentistry, and more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles.

Over the last 20 years, he developed and implemented CariedAway, a school-based, aerosol-free caries prevention and treatment program that reduces caries by >50%. CariedAway is supported by the NIH, PCORI, Medicaid and foundations. Programs are currently running in urban New York and rural New Hampshire.

He previously established programs in both urban (Boston), and rural (Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, and Maine) U.S. locations, and collaborated in international locations (Buenos Aires, Argentina; Pernambuco, Brazil; Bogata, Colombia).

Susanna Banks, MPH 
HPV Vaccination Program Director, Special Assistant to the Director of Adolescent Health at the Office of School Health, Adolescent Health Unit for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

NYSDOH Presenters
Stephanie Sheehan
, Health Program Administrator at New York State Department of Health
Suzanne Swan, MPH, Director for the Bureau of Child Health, Division of Family Health in the NYSDOH
Michael Battenfeld, School Health Unit Manager for the Bureau of Child Health, Division of Family Health in the New York State Department of Health