Since 2000, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau funded Leadership Training Programs at UNC-Chapel Hill have joined together to co-sponsor an interdisciplinary leadership development curriculum for graduate and post-graduate fellows. This experience includes the opportunity to explore personal leadership styles through a 2-day leadership assessment workshop – providing the basis for an Individual Development Plan for each fellow to guide the year’s journey. Additional workshops focus on important skills for MCH leaders – conflict resolution, facilitation, cultural competence, and family/professional collaboration. In addition fellows have access to “just-in-time” online trainings in advanced leadership skills. Coordinated through the UNC MCH Leadership Consortium, this integrated approach to interdisciplinary training has become a national model and serves as an effective platform for academic – practice engagement in public health practice in MCH.

For the 2017-2018 year, three training programs – Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD), and the MSW/MPH Dual Degree in the School of Social Work – are partnering to offer this interdisciplinary training experience to students, parents of children with special health care needs, professionals from the North Carolina Title V program, and a self-advocate.

In addition to providing a year-long intensive MCH leadership development experience, UNC Consortium activities include:

  • Meeting regularly to plan and evaluate interdisciplinary MCH leadership teaching and research issues of mutual interest
  • Serving as a campus catalyst and coordinating body for family/professional collaboration and cultural competence within our UNC MCH training programs and other approaches to leadership development
  • Fostering a shared understanding of the diverse field of maternal and child health, anchored in a public health, population-based perspective
  • Advancing opportunities for trainee, faculty/staff, Title V interaction that address shared goals through joint initiatives

The mission of the UNC MCH Leadership Consortium is to work in partnership with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, its National MCH Training Network, and local Title V programs to train the next generation of leaders and to better serve the MCH population.

Core Faculty

Dorothy Cilenti, MSW, DrPH
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Gillings School of Global Public Health

Gary Cuddleback, PhD, MSW, MPH
School of Social Work

Jean B. Mankowski, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Director of Training, North Carolina LEND Program
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD)

Ann Palmer
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD)

Jack Roush, PhD
Director, North Carolina LEND Program
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD)

Fellows by Discipline


  • Katharina Burton

DHHS/Title V

  • Morgan Moore
  • Catasha Williams


  • Casey Okoniewski
  • Cherish Williams


  • Hunter Blanton
  • Leanne Laffoon
  • Baiyina Muhammad
  • Rya Williams


  • Jan Lee Santos

Maternal and Child Health

  • April Aviles
  • Meredith Burns
  • Aria Gray
  • Caitlin Nelligan


  • Kiersten Nash Okine


  • Ridley Zook
  • Charlotte Zuber

Physical Therapy

  • Cara Heaton
  • Mae Thomas

Self Advocacy

  • Remington Brown

Social Work

  • Nikki Michaelson

Social Work/MCH

  • Julia Barfield
  • Sarah Buisson
  • Ana Cabello-De la Garza
  • Kali Hackett
  • Millicent Robinson
  • Kristan Rosenthal

Speech Language

  • Aimee Chantalle
  • Sarah Griffin


  • McCafferty Kermon
Contact your Academic Coordinator.
Assistant to Chair: Katie Lucey
Looking for someone else?
MPH@UNC (MPH Online) Only:
Program Coordinator, John Sugg

135 Dauer Drive
401 Rosenau Hall, CB #7445
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7445
(919) 966-2017