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Edith Lee

Edith Lee

Edith Lee, LCSW, and Vice President of the US Program at Americares, possesses a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University, and a master’s degree in social work from Western New Mexico University. She comes to us after serving as an executive leader at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in southwest New Mexico. With a strong belief in service delivery that addresses the medical and mental health needs within communities, her expertise in addressing social determinants of health underpins her approach to strategy development, tactical execution, and operations management. Backed by 10 years of health and human services supervisory experience, Edith is personally committed to elevating the quality of care for underserved and marginalized populations. Edith’s career as a supervisor for health and human services nonprofits and direct mental health service provider experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker has given her a unique perspective on the entire continuum of needs – from prenatal health to geriatric populations.

Over the course of her career, Edith has successfully forged productive, responsive partnerships with national, state, and federal agencies, social service agencies, educational institutions, and managed care organizations. Some of her most accomplished work has been in leveraging the expertise of community health workers (CHWs) to impact patient health outcomes; expanding service line offerings through the acquisition and operations of senior programs to meet the biopsychosocial needs of the aging population; and participation in the improvement of community health center clinical quality measures, with focus on identification and improvement of disparity sensitive measures.

Edith believes that the ability to listen attentively is a key factor in inspired, visionary leadership – and this is a skill she has honed as both a clinical social worker and executive leader. She believes that only by engaging with and truly listening to partners and stakeholders can we build and sustain an organization and its programs and initiatives that meet the needs of target populations. With a fundamental belief in the power of communities to transform lives and an abiding desire to positively impact the lives of those we serve, Edith is deeply committed to leading a thriving organization with the programs, services, and staff necessary to achieve change. 

Christina Newport

Christina Newport serves as Director, Quality Improvement and Behavioral Health of the U.S. Program at Americares. Her current portfolio includes overseeing the U.S. Program’s Mental Health Initiative (MHI) to improve access to care in the U.S. behavioral health care safety net and leading and managing the Americares BD Advancing Community Health: Driving Quality Outcomes Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Initiative. The PCMH Initiative is designed to support free and charitable clinics in their transformation to the PCMH model and to obtain recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for their efforts.

Christina is also involved in the U.S. Programs efforts to build capacity in free and charitable clinics (FCCs). She previously managed the implementation of two innovative pilot programs in FCCs which involved research studies conducted by Loyola University at Chicago; one on diabetes prevention implementing the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program and one on implementing the ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) model for hypertension through a partnership with ECHO-Chicago and the IL Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.

Christina has over 12 years’ experience in public health, with a background in program development, project management and evaluation, quality and performance improvement and providing technical assistance to health care providers on chronic disease prevention and management. She currently holds her NCQA PCMH CCE certification, obtained in 2017, and is a graduate of Towson University. 

Nancy Nelle

Nancy Nelle, Associate Director of the Patient Assistance Program at Americares, oversees partnerships with pharmaceutical donors to provide access to medicine via corporate patient assistance programs.

Nancy collaborates with donors to design patient assistance programs using a variety of models, and provides technical assistance to donors as well as ongoing program management.  Nancy works closely with pharmaceutical donor PAP teams to plan and manage inventories of donated medicines for patient assistance programs and provides operational support for patient assistance programs throughout the country.

Nancy has over 20 years’ experience in operations management, with a background in domestic and international program development and management.  Prior to joining Americares, Nancy served as an operations manager at several global corporations in the private sector facilitating growth and quality improvement. Nancy studied Business Administration at Dominican College.

Kristina Otten

Kristina is a Senior Associate for the U.S. Program and is responsible for onboarding new behavioral health partners, managing and maintaining existing partnerships and supporting outreach and expansion efforts in the behavioral health sector.

Kristina manages the collection and storage of U.S. Program data and creates quarterly reports and dashboards to provide in-depth information on program outputs and trends. She reviews and analyzes donation offers to determine appropriateness of product and quantities for the U.S. clinic partner network. In the past, Kristina was an intern with the Americares Corporate Relations team where she assisted donor relationship management.

Kristina graduated from Providence College where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Health Policy Management, along with a Minor in Public and Community Service and a Certificate in Business Studies. Kristina was a Student Leader of the alternative spring break Global Service Learning Program in Nicaragua. She also participated in service projects in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Taylor Joyner

Taylor is a Senior Associate for the U.S. Program at Americares. Taylor works within the Partner Mangement and Expansion of the U.S. Program network. She reviews partner applications and works with clinics through the onboaring process. Taylor also participates in the strengthening of the U.S. Program partner network by continuing the implementation of current tools and systems in addition to targeted educational initiatives to track the impact of Americares resources.

Taylor graduated from the University of South Carolina in Columbia where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Public Health. Throughout college, she demonstrated committment to community service, working with organizations such as Relay for Life, Adopt a Highway, Special Olympics and March of Dimes. Taylor graduated with Leadership Distinction in Community Service after serving in a variety of leadership roles for her University’s chapter of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity.

Sara Gelb

Sara Gelb, Associate for the U.S. Program, helps manage the team’s 1,000+ partners and assists with the efforts that increase our network’s capacity and impact. She is responsible for responding to partner queries through the phone and email systems, as well as contributing to department projects related to diabetes, hypertension, medicine destruction, and medical donations. 

Sara graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in Global Health and the environment and minored in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Before becoming a full-time employee at Americares, she interned with both the Gift in Kind and Latin America and Caribbean Partnerships teams. In these capacities she created databases to facilitate the formation of medicine and medical supply shipments based on need and to efficiently quantify the value of medicines and supplies donated to Americares’ partners. She has also worked to promote sexual health through a variety of means, including on-campus peer education, research on the lived experiences and health access of HIV-positive individuals, and an internship that focused on youth sexual and reproductive health programming in Iganga, Uganda. Much of this work has analyzed and responded to the intersections of sexual health and health more broadly with gender, sexuality, race, and socioeconomic status.