Our Team

Board Members

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Karla Powers, MBA, CHFP

Alliance Board Chair

Karla joined Albany Medical Center in October 2016. Prior to AMC, she worked at Whitney Young Health, an Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Albany, NY. For nearly 10 years she oversaw the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program; she ran the center’s three School Based Health Centers and provided administrative support to two dental programs.

Karla also purchased and operationalized a mobile health unit that was utilized in the area’s schools and community based organizations.


Karla received her Bachelor’s in Nutrition Science from Russell Sage College and her Master’s in Business Administration from the College of Saint Rose.

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Stephen Marshall, DDS, MPH

Alliance Board Chair-Elect/Treasurer

Dr. Stephen Marshall is currently working with Smile New York LLC advising them on matters associated with operating school based dental programs including clinical policies and procedures, quality assurance/ quality improvement, and program operations and logistics. Before this, he worked for the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

from 1988-2015 in a variety of leadership positions including: Senior Associate Dean, Vice President Columbia University HealthCare Inc., Chief Operating Officer Thelma Adair Medical/Dental Center, Chairman Ethics Committee, Chairman Quality Assurance Committee, Chairman Continuing Education Committee, Chairman Managed Care Committee. He was responsible for leading Community DentCare which included a network of school-based dental practices and a mobile dental van. 

His academic accomplishments as an Associate Professor of Dentistry include over 40 peer reviewed publications, Fellowship and grant support from multiple governmental and philanthropic entities, and teaching multiple courses. Dr. Marshall earned a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University, a D.D.S. from SUNY/Buffalo School of Dental and Oral Medicine, and an M.P.H. from Columbia University School of Public Health. He is licensed to practice dentistry in New York State. He is married and has two grown children.


Janet Garth, MPH

Alliance Board Secretary

Janet Garth is the Manager of the Center for Community Health and Education (CCHE), a department of the New York Presbyterian Hospital Ambulatory Care Network, which delivers a continuum of care in collaboration with the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Ms. Garth oversees a team of 100 employees serving approximately 25,000 individuals annually in nine locations in northern Manhattan including seven school-based health centers serving 23 NYC public schools, a Title X family planning practice and model young men’s clinic.

Ms. Garth’s considerable experience includes positions with the ACLU’s Children’s Rights Project, Community HealthCare Network and fifteen years in NYPH division of community health and education. Ms. Garth holds a Master of Public Health from Hunter College and has extensive experience in clinical practice management, performance improvement, ambulatory billing, program and strategic planning, regulatory compliance, and fiscal management. Ms. Garth is a Board Member of the Family Planning Advocates of New York and a member of the New York City Family Planning Providers Workgroup, New York City Adolescent Health Committee.


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Amy Pease, RN
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Alliance Board Past Chair

Amy Pease is the Owner of A.G. Pease, RN Consulting PLLC. She spent over 15 years working in an Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment Center, mostly within the Primary Care Clinic. She spent almost 7 of these years on the business side of the operations working with dental, pharmacy, behavioral health and medical lines of business.

She spent almost 7 of these years on the business side of the
operations working with dental, pharmacy, behavioral health and medical
lines of business. She was instrumental in getting one of the
organization’s school-based health centers opened and assisted with
sustainability of the other SBHC site.

Amy received her Associates of Applied Science in Nursing in 1998
from Jamestown Community College and went on to pursue her Masters of
Arts in Social Policy with a concentration in Healthcare Administration
from Empire State College in 2008.


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.


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. She also served as a Senior Social Worker there in an Article 31 mental health clinic operated in a school based clinic in a CAS Community School – I.S. 218. Kirby received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communications from Ripon College and her MSW from New York University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

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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.


Kerri LeBlanc, MD, FAAP

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.


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Rosy Chhabra, Psy.D.

Dr. Rosy Chhabra is Director of the Montefiore School Health Program located in the Bronx, NY.  Montefiore’s school health program comprises more than 25 sbhcs and is the largest network of school-based health centers in the country. Exceptionally experienced in her role, Dr. Chhabra is a public health research and program development expert with over 20 years of experience in designing and implementing clinical and community-based prevention/health promotion programs for youth, both nationally and internationally. She has specialization in building multidisciplinary teams and facilitating academic, organizational and community partnerships and a demonstrated ability to develop actionable individual, community and corporate level strategies and see them through execution. Dr. Chhabra has the ability to conceptualize, establish and operationalize innovative program solutions for implications at the community health, national policy and international public health level. See her faculty profile and list of published work here.


Kim Utech, MSN, FNP-C, AE-C

Kim Utech, family nurse practitioner, with 18 years of SBHC experience working in WNY’s Kaleida Health SBHCs. She is a union nurse practitioner chair for 1199SEIU, and has a passion for advancing SBHC in WNY through political advocacy.


April Lee, MD

April C. Lee, M.D. is Director, Division of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Staten Island University Hospital. She is a dedicated clinician, educator, and researcher in the field of Adolescent Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), involved in the Section of Adolescent Health, Council on School Health and New York Committee of Adolescence.

She is also a Fellow of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). She is the medical director for both the School Health Center at New Dorp High School and the School Health & Wellness Center at Port Richmond High School. Under her leadership, there has been expansive growth within the Division of Adolescent Medicine which coordinates several grant funded programs including the Family Grant Program and Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program. These programs provide opportunities to increase existing clinical services to underserved populations.

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Sara Hodgdon, MPH

Sara currently serves as the Associate Director for the School Based Health Centers Program at
Open Door Family Medical Center, where she is responsible for implementing the SBHC program strategic plan and delivering high quality primary care within schools aligned with Open Door’s mission, vision and goals. She oversees the SBHC program, including overall administrative management, oversight and operations of
the program and all seven SBHC locations.
Prior to this role, Sara was a Program Director HealthRight International, where she led program development, implementation, strategic planning, fundraising and financial management of HealthRight’s operations in Eastern Europe and Asia. Sarah also served a coordinator at The Door – A Center of Alternatives, Inc., where she supported the Adolescent Health Center’s management team and medical staff in coordination of clinic services and administration.  Sara holds a BA in Fine Arts from George Washington University and a Masters of Public Health from New York University.

Staff & Interns


Sarah Murphy

Executive Director

Sarah currently serves as the Executive Director for the New York School-Based Health Alliance and as the Manager for the New York School-Based Health Foundation, a newly developed research and education nonprofit. Previously, she was vice president of the Empire State Society of Association Executives, a statewide trade membership organization, as well as an organizational consultant for several associations and societies. She is principal of a management and consulting company, SeventhSister, LLC.

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Diana Procopis

Social Media Intern

 Recently, Diana graduated with a BA in Social Work and Pre-Law at Siena College.

“I am Diana Procopis, currently Interning with NYSBHA. I have a strong interest in helping both individuals and communities who face oppression. In the near future I aspire to continue my education and pursue a law degree. By interning with NYSBHA I have learned critical skills such as, time management, social engagement and professional networking. With all of these skills I have gained through NYSBHA internship, I intend on using and improving in my future careers.”

NYSBHA’s Consultants

Shauneen McNally, Partner
Reid, McNally & Savage LLC

Steven Ellwanger, CPA
Steven Ellwanger, CPA, PLLC

Josh Crystal
Crystal J Design