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.

Leadership team

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.

Erika Bantz
Senior Director, Business 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.

Tamar Bauer
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.

Fran Benton
Director, Public Relations
As director of public relations, Fran directs press outreach and social media at NFP.  Fran moved to Denver from Washington, DC, where she began her career in communications and public policy. She previously served as assistant communications director to a U.S. Senator, and also directed communications and advocacy initiatives for a leading performing arts association. Fran holds a Master in Public Health in Health Systems, Management and Policy from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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.

Dianne M. Bennett Gerken
Executive Director of Nursing
Dianne most recently was the director of nursing for the emergency department and women’s services at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital in Colorado. She previously held nurse management positions overseeing teams of nurses in the newborn special care center and the pediatric transplant surgical unit at the Jackson Health System-Holtz Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Miami, Florida. Dianne brings extensive nursing leadership and clinical experience in pediatrics and in the neonatal intensive care unit. As the executive director of nursing, she will provide strategic and operational leadership to the NFP nursing department. Dianne will oversee program quality, operational efficiencies and program education, in addition to leading overall strategy, evaluation and policy development.

Bear Miller
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.

Molly O'Fallon
Director, Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program
Molly oversees the national implementation of the MIECHV program -- the federal home visiting program that provides states with funding to expand the NFP program and other home visiting models. She has also led the efforts to promote and ensure model fidelity and high-quality national replication of the NFP program. O’Fallon launched a new NFP Quality Framework to improve evaluation and ensure the quality replication of NFP, and has expanded other program evaluation measures. O’Fallon also has experience in pediatrics and as a family nurse practitioner. In addition, she has worked in quality improvement and community health management in large health care systems and for smaller nonprofits.

Michelle Stapleton
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.

Paul Tosetti
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.

Elly Yost
Director, Program Innovations
As director of program innovations, Elly facilitates defining, developing and integrating innovations and augmentations to the NFP model that support growth, sustainability and quality to the NFP model. She was formerly the Director of Nursing Practice, where she directed the national team of nurse consultants and nurse educators that work 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 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

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