Nurse-Family Partnership leadership team
Ensuring success for implementing agencies and communities.
The Denver, Colorado-based Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office is comprised of a diverse and knowledgeable team of nursing and nurse education, public policy, program development, marketing, program quality assurance, administration and legal, and information technology professionals, as well as vital support staff in finance and human resources.
The National Service Office staff collaborates with Denver-based Invest in Kids and other partners nationwide to develop new implementing agencies and to provide continuing support to existing agencies. In addition to direct service to Nurse-Family Partnership Implementing Agencies, the National Service Office staff works to educate policy makers, clinicians, and the public about the impact Nurse-Family Partnership has on maternal and child health and on government expenditures.
Thomas R. Jenkins, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Tom joined Nurse-Family Partnership in 2006, bringing senior-level management experience in public, non-profit, and for-profit organizations serving the needs of children, youth, and families. Prior to joining Nurse-Family Partnership, he was president and COO for Cornell Companies, a private, for-profit company providing adult corrections and juvenile justice treatment services nationwide. Tom also served as director of Child Welfare Services for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, overseeing programs and services for abused and dependent children. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology/sociology from St. Vincent College, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Lauren leads the team responsible for managing the Nurse-Family Partnership’s brand and messaging, including marketing materials, public relations, web site management, tradeshow participation, and executive and implementing agency communications. Her marketing and communications experience spans both Fortune 100 companies and smaller entrepreneurial firms and includes Ford Motor Company, Alcoa Inc., and American Medical Response. Lauren began her career as a broadcast journalist. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, where she attended the School of Journalism.
Director, Program Development
Erika is responsible for overseeing the activities aimed at assuring prospective and new implementing agencies, their community partners, and their governmental and private sector funders and institutional sponsors are adequately prepared to implement the NFP program with fidelity to the model. She also leads the NSO's continuing, intensive effort to sustain and diversify financing for our current network of implementing agencies. Prior to joining Nurse-Family Partnership in 2006, Erika held positions in the non-profit and for-profit sectors, with experience in new business development, public policy, lobbying, campaign finance, and public service. Erika holds a baccalaureate degree in psychology with a minor in health care from Beloit College, and a master’s degree in political science-public policy from Kent State University.
Chief Policy and Government Affairs Officer
Tamar leads the federal policy and government affairs department in securing government support for Nurse-Family Partnership’s home visitation services. Tamar is an attorney with expertise in healthcare law and maternal and child health policy, research, and advocacy experience. Before joining Nurse-Family Partnership, Tamar served in leadership positions at the Forum for Child Health at the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics for District II, the Greater New York March of Dimes Foundation, and the National Office of Government Affairs. Tamar holds a bachelor’s degree in history and music from Wesleyan University, and a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law.
Chief Operating Officer
Nancy leads the Nurse-Family Partnership Operations team comprised of Nursing, Program Development, Information Technology and Program Quality staff. She also is the lead for the collaborative relationship with the independent NFP longitudinal research team. She works collaboratively with leadership of all NFP departments and NFP’s Board of Directors to steadily and rapidly bring the NFP program to more eligible families. Nancy previously held the position of Executive Director National Claims Service, overseeing financial management of the business plan for major health plan claims systems and consolidation for five of the company’s regions. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics from University of California-Davis, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado. In addition, she completed the Executive MBA/ Advanced Leadership program (for Kaiser Permanente) at the University of North Carolina.
Wallace P. (Sandy) Dunlap
Chief Planning and Administrative Officer
As Chief Planning and Administrator Officer, Sandy is responsible for the contracts with Nurse-Family Partnership Implementing Agencies and long-term business planning. He has three decades of experience in general management and marketing and sales management, including three years as a president of a successful turn-around company. Prior to joining Nurse-Family Partnership, Sandy held senior management positions at Nike, Call Connect Communications. and Corrintec/UK Ltd. Sandy holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University.
Director, Information Technology
Bear joined the Nurse-Family Partnership in 2009 as the director of information technology. He has more than 25 years of experience in many areas of IT, with a strong emphasis on business systems, strategic planning, system architecture, and the day-to-day management of software development projects. Bear is responsible for all IT programs and processes. He attended the University of Kansas and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Director, Program Quality
Molly leads the effort to promote and ensure model fidelity and high-quality national replication of the Nurse-Family Partnership program through evaluation and quality improvement measures. She joined NFP from the Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN), where she served as Clinical Quality Division Director beginning in 2006. Previously, she served in quality improvement and community health management positions with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing and several organizations in Texas, including the Baylor Health Care System, JPS Health System and Texas Woman’s University. In addition, O’Fallon has clinical nursing experience with the Parkland Healthcare System in Dallas, the Visiting Nursing Association of Texas, and Denver Children’s Hospital.
Director, Fund Development
Michelle joined Nurse-Family Partnership in 2005. Michelle is responsible for all fund development initiatives including, individual giving, annual campaigns, donor stewardship, social media and online ventures. Michelle has been actively involved in all aspects of fundraising, including working on the successful $50M ‘Growth’ capital campaign. Prior to joining Nurse-Family Partnership, Michelle owned and operated a full service flower shop. She has also held positions at Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies. Michelle received a BSBA in International Business from the University of Denver.
Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Paul is responsible for the finance, human resources, and IT functions at the National Service Office. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial management, including accounting, finance, payroll, risk management, purchasing, and fleet operations with a strong customer-centric approach to all processes. He has held senior management positions at Colorado firms including King Soopers, Children's World, and Elite Auto Glass. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Colorado and is an active Certified Public Accountant.
Director, Nursing Practice
As head of Nursing Practice, Elly leads the national team of nurse consultants and nurse educators that works directly with implementing agencies. Prior to joining Nurse-Family Partnership, Elly was executive director of Pennsylvania’s Smart Start-Centre County. She also served as division manager, maternal/child health, for the Yavapai County Health Department in Prescott, Arizona. Elly's clinical expertise is in child development specialist/evaluator for early intervention programs. She holds a Master of Business Administration and Health Administration; a Master of Science, Nursing; and is a board-certified and licensed Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.