ASTHVI Board of Directors
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.
Maggie Enlow has nearly 10 years of experience planning, implementing, and evaluating maternal and child health programs. She has focused on programs related to home visiting, child development, infant and early childhood mental health, continuous quality improvement (CQI), policy development, and early intervention services. Her area of expertise includes program evaluation, technical assistance, data collection and analysis, and data-informed
Currently, Enlow is the Program Director of the Applied Evaluation and Assessment Collaborative (AEAC), housed within the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where she supports organizations and partners to tell their stories and communicate their value to improve our world. She values collaboration, teamwork, responsiveness, creativity, and innovation and strives to bring those values when assisting and managing projects.
Prior to joining the AEAC, Enlow worked as a home visitor and program supervisor for a home visiting program located in Birmingham, Al. She received her MPH in Health Care Organization and Policy/Maternal and Child Health from UAB in 2021. She is currently seeking her PhD in Health Behavior from UAB, along with a graduate certificate in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Advocacy.
Kehaulani Fernandez is the Program Coordinator for Lake County Tribal Health Consortium’s Tribal Home Visiting Program in Northern California, the land of the Pomo. Their Consortium consist of six federally recognized Tribes. She started in this program three years ago as a Family Advocate and is newly appointed as Program Coordinator. Her background is in early childhood education, and she has taught preschool and managed different preschool and infant centers.
She believes in this work–to empower Native families to strengthen their emotional, mental, physical, social and spiritual wellness and to increase connections to their culture and community so that parents and children are safer, healthier, happier and more resilient. Kehaulani is married to her high school sweetheart and together they have five amazing children.
LCDR Pamela Finch is one of the Nurse Supervisors for the Nutaqsiivik-NFP program, a nurse home visiting program for moms and babies at Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, AK. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and recently received her Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University.
Pamela’s passion is maternal child health, which has been her focus throughout her nursing career. She was a nurse at an outpatient pediatric clinic in Olympia, WA for 6 years. She has been at Southcentral Foundation now for 17 years where she has served in many roles. First in the Outpatient Pediatric Clinic as an RN Case Manager, a Senior RN Case Manager and then as the Clinical Specialist-RN and Manager of the Lactation Program. She transferred to the Nutaqsiivik program in 2020. She is a Certified Pediatric Nurse, certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management, and is a Certified Lactation Counselor. Pamela joined the US Public Health Service in 2015 and is active in multiple committees including the local branch of the Commissioned Officers Association as President Elect. Pamela enjoys spending time watching her son play sports, spending time with family, traveling, and being active outside in our beautiful state of Alaska.
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.