ASTHVI Board of Directors
Eric oversees operation of the MIECHV program and the Strengthening Families Program for Children’s Trust. He has been the state lead for MIECHV since its inception in 2010, after several years of human services, youth development, and health education experience. With a passion for children and adolescent health services, he has worked on such initiatives as adolescent pregnancy prevention, Hurricane Katrina/Rita Relief projects, and infrastructure building for children’s mental health and substance abuse services. Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in health promotion from Coastal Carolina University and remains a big fan of the Chanticleers. He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society and the Eta Sigma Gamma national health education honor society.
Kasondra Branwen received her Master in Education at Pennsylvania State University in Curriculum and Instruction and her Bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She has 24 years of experience in early childhood education in Washington State. Kasondra has worked in family home, child care, and Head Start facilities including Seattle Educare. She helped Washington State develop and implement Early Achievers, our Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS), after the state was awarded the Race to the Top –Early Learning Challenge grant in 2011. She joined the home visiting team in August 2015 and is currently the Home Visiting Program & Policy Analyst.
Juan Delara is the MIECHV Grants Manager for Family Support and Prevention Services within the Oklahoma State Department of Health. As Grants Manager, he provides leadership for all activities related to the planning, development and implementation of the MIECHV grants. Juan began his career in public health as a student apprentice in community epidemiology and evaluation, providing evaluation support and technical assistance on Oklahoma’s Home Visiting database. He has worked with home visiting programs for the past ten years.
Tiffany Kostelec is the Manager of the Home Visiting Unit within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, joining the MIECHV team in 2011 and becoming the MIECHV lead in 2016. Tiffany has worked in the field of early childhood for over 20 years in both prevention and intervention focused early childhood programs, including work as a supervisor of a Part C of IDEA program in Nevada. Tiffany’s Michigan experience includes working with partners to strengthen the state’s home visiting system that includes 8 evidence-based models. Tiffany, her team, and many others, are participating in the often-crazy world that is home visiting to build a system that will ensure we are supporting families to achieve positive outcomes.
Sarah Sanders is the Early Childhood Initiatives Section Chief within the Tennessee Department of Health. As Section Chief of the Office of Early Childhood Initiatives, Sarah serves as the MIECHV Director for Tennessee. Prior to this role, she was program director of EBHV services for the Tennessee MIECHV team for just over 4 years. Sarah’s background includes state government strategic planning; mental health, education and advocacy; and contract oversight.
Patricia (PJ) West
PJ serves as the MIECHV Deputy Director for the Iowa Department of Public Health. She has worked in family support programming for over 20 years at both the local and state level, having begun working under IDPH MIECHV funding at its inception in Iowa over 10 years ago. PJ provides leadership to family support activities across the state of Iowa as well as providing contract management, support and technical assistance to local implementing agencies. She serves on several councils specific to family support programming in Iowa, on a multitude of committees representing Iowa family support and continues to serve on her local school board and child care center board, as she has for well over 10 years. PJ has an incredible passion for family support programming and simply helping people.
As ASTHVI’s Executive Director, Catriona has worked with the Board of Directors to promote a culture of open peer-to-peer collaboration while championing the issues facing home visiting administrators and communicating essential information to policymakers. Her leadership was especially impactful during the 2015-18 MIECHV extension/reauthorization process and through the COVID-19 pandemic, where her work supported home visiting in providing services despite unprecedented circumstances.
Catriona has spent her career working on issues of importance to socially and economically disadvantaged children, families and communities. As the President of Linchpin Strategies, a boutique strategic advisory and government relations firm, she focuses on health, education, and disability policy. Her experience on Capitol Hill includes working for Senator Edward Kennedy, Congressman Steny Hoyer, the House Majority Leader, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Catriona’s experience in the executive branch includes working as a budget and policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget at the US Department of Health and Human Services.
She received her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.