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BIO

Having worked in an Executive Leadership position with non-profits for the last 37 years, it has been one of my dreams to help other non-profits succeed by passing on the wealth of experience and knowledge that I have gained. Running small to medium non-profit organizations provides an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in many different areas. From personnel management to building teams to defining a good board governance structure and building relationships with donors; these are some of the skills that have benefited me in the organizations that I have led.

I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Africa twice with a group focused on population health.  This experience allowed me to assist start-up NGO’s in Africa to become sustainable and create measurable outcomes.

 

As a non-profit CEO, I have provided support and guidance to my board of directors and as a board chair for other non-profits, I have supervised and mentored CEO's. These experiences have given me a deep well of experience with board leadership and governance.

It gives me great pleasure to be able to assist other non-profits by helping their leadership build infrastructure and manage change in order to be able to quickly pivot in this ever-evolving business environment. 

Blue Stairway

"Robin’s leadership of CHIP over the past 30 years has truly been remarkable.  While her knowledge in the field is unmatched, it is both her willingness to keep learning and her empathic nature when dealing with others that definitely set her apart from other administrators or CEOs with whom we have worked over our 40 years in public service."

Ben & Suzanne Bazak

Roanoke City Schools & CHIP

Awards

Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

- May 2012

Virginia Healthcare Foundation’s “Heroes in Healthcare, Alumnae Achievement Award”- For CHIP’s growth and success over the past ten years.

- May 2006

Premier Cares Award Finalist -$22,000 cash award for CHIP for innovative services to children in poverty

- January 2005

Virginia Health Care Foundation’s “Heroes in Healthcare, Unsung Heroes Award”- For personally helping to establish a pediatric dental clinic in the Roanoke Valley

- May 2002

"Robin's organizational skills, knowledge of finance and her leadership skills were exceptional. She exhibited an even temperament, and her ability to remain flexible, when necessary because of changing conditions, was exemplary. She was able to avert crises and find a solution to whatever problem she faced."

Patrick N. Shaffner

Board Member CHIP

Publications

In Home Education Enhances Shaken Baby Syndrome Knowledge in High-Risk Parents

- Apr 8, 2017  Poster Presentation

Parent Satisfaction and Child Success: An Assessment of Client/Provider Rapport Building in a School Readiness Intervention Program

- Apr 7, 2017  Poster Publication

Effects of Social Determinants on Oral Health Care Participation

- Apr 6, 2017  Poster Presentation

Understanding How Quantity and Types of Risk Factors Influence School Outcomes for Impoverished Children

- Apr 6, 2017  Poster Presentation, Society for Research in Child Development

The Impact of a Home Visiting Program on Children's Utilization of Dental Services

- Nov 2013  Pediatrics-Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Community Involvement

Data Action Team-Early Impact Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

2019-Current

Community Engagement Task Force-Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

2020-Current

Roanoke City CDBG Steering Committee Fallon Park Initiative

2020-Current

Affiliate Faculty, Oral Health Services Research Core-VCU School of Dentistry, Richmond, VA

2017-2018

Board of Directors, Virginia Oral Health Coalition

2017-2019

Chair, Board of Directors, Virginia Oral Health Coalition

2014-2016

Human Services Advisory Board/Roanoke City

2012-2016

Piedmont Regional Child Fatality Review Board

2012-Current

Africa Public Health Ambassador- U.S. State Dept. Grant to VA, Tech Dept. of Population Health Sciences

2012 Zambia

Africa Public Health Ambassador- U.S. State Dept. Grant to VA. Tech Dept. of Population Health Sciences

2011 Malawi

Vice Chair, Board of Directors -Virginia Oral Health Coalition, Richmond, VA

2011-2013

Member, Community Diversity Advisory Board- Virginia Tech Carilion Medical School

2011-Current

Member- Healthy Roanoke Valley, Oral Health Action Team

2012-2019

Chair, Executive Committee - Mission of Mercy

2009-2010

Chair - Community-Based Health Care Coalition

2001-2011