Three people with experience in the local health care and finance fields recently joined Interact for Health's Board of Directors.
Michael Chasnoff is CEO and founder of Truepoint Wealth Counsel and has served on Interact for Health’s Investment Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas. Michael serves on the Cincinnati Art Museum Board of Trustees and mentors students at Silverton Paideia Academy. He will help ensure that Interact for Health’s funds are invested wisely.
Julie Geisen Scheper is retired from a counseling career at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Covington. A Thomas More University graduate, Julie served six years on the Covington Independent Public Schools Board of Education. She is currently a board member and has mentored for Covington Partners, a nonprofit that helps Covington youth achieve success. Julie’s experience with the school system will help with Interact for Health’s school-based health center work.
Kenneth Washington has a private psychology practice and holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Cincinnati. He was Psychology Supervisor at the Warren Correctional Institution and provided substance use treatment for the Cincinnati Bengals. He has served on the board of the Springer School and Center and is a past president of the Cincinnati chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists. Kenneth’s background will benefit Interact for Health’s addiction work, including reducing tobacco use.
“Michael, Julie and Ken are fine additions to Interact for Health’s Board of Directors,” said O’dell Moreno Owens, M.D., M.P.H., president and CEO of Interact for Health. “The expertise they bring will help us as we continue to address tobacco use and the opioid epidemic and ensure that children have access to services at school-based health centers.”
In addition, Interact for Health recently promoted its Keller Fellow to a staff position and welcomed a part-time intern.
Colleen Desmond has been named Research Associate. She previously was Interact for Health’s first Keller Fellow. In her new role, Colleen will manage projects for Interact for Health’s community research program. Colleen holds a master's in public health with a concentration in biostatistics from the University of Cincinnati.
Shivani Bhatt, a University of Cincinnati student pursuing a master's degree in public health, joins Interact for Health as Strategy and Policy Intern. Shivani will work with the school-based health center team to evaluate and plan youth-centered programs. She will perform targeted research to identify evidence-based practices and solutions to improve access to care.
“Colleen’s work this past year has been impressive and we are pleased to have her continue at Interact for Health,” Owens said. “Though Shivani has been with us for only a few weeks, she has already made valuable contributions to our school-based health center team.”
Interact for Health regularly conducts research and collects data in order to monitor and evaluate our region’s health status and to measure public opinions about health policy.
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