Meet Our Staff:
The staff of Trenton Health Team is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with a shared commitment to ensuring access to quality care for all community residents. With backgrounds in medicine, social work, community health, education, data systems, and management, our team is dedicated to improving health and health care delivery. Our approach is holistic and person-centered, recognizing that physical and behavioral health are inextricably linked.
Emily Baggett, MPH, Senior Director of Policy and Strategy
Prior to joining the Trenton Health Team, Emily served in the Policy Office of Governor Chris Christie as a Senior Policy Advisor, handing policy matters related to health, human services, the child welfare system, housing, and the state’s opioid-related initiatives, including staffing the Governor on the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
Being in Governor’s Office for over three years gave Emily a deep understanding of how health policy is shaped and implemented and how organizations can be successful partners with government entities. Emily was fortunate to work alongside colleagues who share the view that health care is not simply medical care, and got to work on several task forces and working groups that looked at housing, homelessness, substance use disorder, and poverty in New Jersey.
In addition, Emily spent three years working on health policy for the American Action Forum, a think tank in Washington, DC. She regularly drafted white papers, data-driven infographics, and Congressional testimony for the organization’s president, and got some experience doing media with television and radio appearances.
Emily holds a Master of Public Health from the George Washington University with a Health Policy concentration, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, also from the George Washington University.
Emily’s policy expertise and passion for public health will help further the great work that the Trenton Health Team is doing to improve the lives of area residents.
Matthew Broad, MPH, Community Health and Wellness Manager
Matthew Broad joined the Trenton Health Team in January 2017 as the Robert W. Johnson Foundation demonstration project, Wheels to Wellness Mobile Health Clinic Coordinator. Matthew received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Montclair State University, where he graduated Cum Laude. He received his Master in Public Health with a concentration in Urban Health Administration from Rutgers State University. Prior to joining the Trenton Health Team, Matthew worked at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. While working at the Center for State Health Policy, he worked extensively in Trenton and Newark as part of the New Jersey Child Health Study. Matthew is passionate about bringing health services to underserved populations and is excited about to opportunity, to improve access to care through a mobile health unit in Trenton. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which he has been training in for over 9 years.
Elena Cromeyer, MPH, Project Director – Transforming Communities Initiative
Born in San Salvador, El Salvador to a Salvadoran father and Mexican mother, Elena was raised in Latin America and the United States. Her multilingual and multicultural background has enabled her to pursue studies and work in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Her professional and life experiences led her to pursue a career in public health, working in the non-profit, for-profit, academic and governmental sectors. Elena joined Trenton Health Team in June 2016 as Project Director of the Transforming Communities Initiative—a five-year Trinity Health program being implemented in six communities across the country. It is designed to address policy, systems, and environmental issues that affect health at the population level, including promoting breastfeeding enhancement policies, nutrition and physical fitness among school-aged children and youth, Tobacco 21 and Complete Streets. She also oversees a new Robert W. Johnson Foundation mobile health clinic demonstration project, which brings primary care to underserved residents of Trenton. Short-term goals include obtaining health data for individuals with conditions that might otherwise remain undiagnosed; connecting individuals to primary or specialty care, as needed; delivering basic health education for many whose literacy levels are low or who may struggle with linguistic and cultural barriers. Over time, we can begin to address the disparities that exist within the community regarding health literacy and conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension and other health needs.
Prior to joining THT, she worked for nearly a decade on issues related to chronic disease, gender-based violence, health policy and maternal health, specifically focusing on urban minority health and health disparities. In her previous roles, Elena directed Harlem Health Advocacy Partners, a community health worker demonstration project and the flagship program of the newly instituted New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Center for Health Equity, to address health disparities among residents of public housing. Concurrently, she directed a joint Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine pilot project to reduce early childhood caries among the Head Start population in Northern Manhattan.
Elena earned her Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in Letters and Spanish, from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Public Health in international community health from New York University. Elena is bilingual in English and Spanish and speaks Italian fluently. In her spare time, Elena enjoys doing yoga, meditating, going to the gym and is an avid long distance runner, having competed in the New York City Marathon in 2013 and several other races. She grew up playing a variety of sports, including varsity tennis, swimming and track and field. She enjoys reading, in particular Scandinavian crime fiction and historical non-fiction, film, spending time with her two cats, traveling, cooking and the occasional pub quiz.
Martha Cook Davidson, Senior Director of Development and Communications
Public health has always been an interest for Martha Davidson, who grew up in India, where her parents worked as medical missionaries. Her family later settled in Newton, MA, where her father served as commissioner of public health. Davidson joined the Trenton Health Team (THT) as Director of Development in 2013, working to secure funding for THT’s initiatives. Davidson is also responsible for managing grant programs that relate to community education and engagement, including Faith in Prevention, Inroads for Health, the BUILD Health Challenge, and the Trinity Health Transforming Communities Initiative. She has presented locally and nationally, including webinars and conferences for the National Council for Behavioral Health, a Trauma-informed Care Roundtable (2016) sponsored by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, USDA Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, Southeastern Pennsylvania Collaborative Opportunities to Advance Community Health (COACH), NJ Black Issues Convention 2016, the All In: Data for Community Health national meeting (2017), and Activating Shared Data, hosted by Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers (2017). Prior to joining THT, Davidson spent over twenty years working in development for nonprofit organizations that support the arts and education. She received her BM in Music Education and her MM in Accompanying and Vocal Coaching from Westminster Choir College.
Clara Gregory, MPA, Faith in Prevention Outreach Officer
Clara Gregory served as Senior Warden and continues to serve as Chairperson of the Outreach Commission of Trinity Cathedral. She is also the Jubilee Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. In these capacities, she has and continues to broaden associations with local healthcare facilities, governments, colleges, and not-for-profit organizations; which have and will continue to mobilize a variety of services in the areas of healthcare, job development and social services to those most in need in Trenton and beyond. Through her dedication to food and nutrition ministries, Clara co-founded “The Healthier Heart Farmers’ Market at Trinity Cathedral” and the Trinity
Cathedral Walking Trail.
She has been recognized for her service and contributions to the community through numerous awards, including a State of New Jersey Joint Legislative Community Champion “Shero” Award, a Molino Medicaid Community Champion Award and Phi Delta Kappa, Inc – Pi Chapter “2017 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Recognition Award” in the area of service to the Community.
Clara is a founding board member of Urban Promise Trenton (UPT). UPT provides youth with a safe and structured environment, which affords them the opportunity to grow academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. She is currently a board member of the following organizations: Anti-Poverty Network of NJ, NJ Council of Churches, Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry of NJ, and St. Francis Medical Center – Institutional Review Board (IRB) – representing the interests of the community.
In 2013, Clara retired from the New Jersey Department of Health, Division of HIV/STD/TD services after 26 years of service. Her responsibilities included, Coordinator of Grants Management and Special Projects. These special projects included a statewide faith based initiative and Project IMPACT. Project IMPACT (Intensive Mobilization to Promote AIDS Awareness through Community-based Technologies) is a city-by- city community mobilization initiative designed to galvanize and support African Americans leaders to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in cities with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS.
Clara holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from Rutgers University, and a Certificate in Public Management/Policy from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Ernie Morganstern, MPA, Senior Director of Population Health
As a field paramedic in inner city Brooklyn, New York, and later as an EMS administrator at a community hospital, Ernie Morganstern worked with patients who were economically disadvantaged and left behind by the health care system. They suffered from pervasive lack of access to primary care and healthy food; many were victims of the drug-related violence that was at its peak at the time. Overwhelmingly, members of the community sought care in the emergency department, and were launched into a self-repeating cycle of one hospital admission after another. Joining THT as Senior Director of Population Health, he sees an opportunity to assist an engaged community in building strong bridges to care by addressing the medical, social and environmental factors that contribute to community health by meeting at-risk members in their community.
Prior to joining THT, Ernie served as Vice President for Care Management at Complexcare Solutions, a national payor services firm providing care management for the frail elderly and risk adjustment services on behalf of Managed Care Organizations. There, he oversaw the clinical and business operation of multidisciplinary care teams, designed and implemented new models of care, and supported his team through the design and implementation of a web-based platform for care management assessment, care planning, documentation, and reporting activities.
Earlier in his career, he served in a succession of leadership roles in large not for profit Home care and Hospice organizations, focusing on cost containment, process redesign, and implementing new clinical systems.
Ernie earned a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) in Health Care Policy from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs of Baruch College in New York City, as well as a BS in Business (awarded summa cum laude) with a concentration in Management from the College of Staten Island. He is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.
Amanda Nash, RHIA, Health Information Exchange Program Manager
After obtaining her degree in Health Information Management from Temple University in Philadelphia, Mandy began her career in healthcare consulting in Washington, D.C. with Accenture Federal Services. While there, Mandy gained experience contributing to various projects at Health and Human Services, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and a variety of other federal clients. Mandy furthered her consulting career at several firms by managing large insurance plan implementations and federal health system initiatives.
Mandy joined the Trenton Health Team in June of 2017 and manages the Trenton Health Information Exchange (HIE). The HIE went live in 2014 and continues to have tremendous growth and impact throughout the Trenton community. On a daily basis, she is furthering the positive results of the HIE by applying her IT skillset and public health experience with our partners. Mandy is invested in improving patient health on the individual level to help local communities thrive and develop.
Patricia Ni’ma, MSW, Licensed Social Worker
Pat Ni’ma is a licensed social worker and member of THT’s Care Management Team, where she works with individuals and groups to provide support for psychosocial needs. She consults with patients to determine whether issues with housing, finances, and food are contributing to their health problems, and matches those needs with community resources that can help.
Pat has over 15 years of experience in client needs assessment, substance abuse counseling, conflict resolution, and organizational leadership. Prior to joining THT’s Care Management Team, she worked as an employment specialist for Catholic Charities, where she helped clients assess their skills and obtain employment. She has also worked as a parent educator, kinship care specialist and case manager. In October, Pat’s efforts were recognized with an Outstanding Service Award from the Trenton chapter of the NAACP, presented at the 100th anniversary celebration of its founding. Pat holds a BA in History and Psychology and a MSW from Rutgers University
Tiknika Nollie, Administrative Coordinator
Tiknika Nollie joined Trenton Health Team in January 2018 as the Administrative Coordinator. As a native of Trenton, NJ she graduated from Trenton Central High School in 1998 and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree for Human Resources at Strayer University . With a versatile background, she will be bringing a skill set that will strengthen the THT team. Tiknika has excelled in several positions including the Department Secretary for Princeton Healthcare System as well as the Office Coordinator for Foundation Academies. During her time with Princeton Healthcare System, Tiknika was valued in her role for assuring the quality and delivery of services to a wide variety of clients. Prior to working with Princeton Healthcare System, she worked with Foundation Academies. During her time their Tiknika helped and guided over 100 students in her position, bringing unreasonable optimism and unparalleled flexibility to the foundation. Tiknika also has over 10 years of experience working in several medical offices throughout the Trenton area, allowing her to strengthen her relationship with the community and will continue to do so with Trenton Health Team.
Gregory Paulson, Executive Director
During his years as an emergency department Patient Care Technician and Field Paramedic, Greg Paulson helped many patients who needed emergency care, and many who sought refuge in the emergency room when they actually needed accessible primary care and social services. His interest in improving the healthcare system brought him into health care operations and training, and finally to Trenton Health Team as the Deputy Director of Operations and Programs.
“The opportunity to work with the Trenton Health Team intrigued me because it offers a chance to work on the healthcare problems and experiences I had as a paramedic, in an environment where healthcare institutions are collaborating to restore health to the community they serve,” he said.
Prior to joining THT, Greg served as the Manager of Emergency Medical Services at Somerset Medical Center, where he oversaw all operations, policy development, new programs development and implementation, staff management, strategic planning and community outreach. Greg joined THT in 2013 as Deputy Director, with responsibility for programs and special projects, administering operations including facilities management, technology and human resources. He led the effort to develop and launch the Trenton Health Information Exchange (HIE). Greg was promoted to Executive Director in May, 2015.
Greg earned his BA in Psychology from Princeton University, followed by the Post- Baccalaureate PreMedical Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his MS in Emergency Services Management at Drexel University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Deborah Peters, RN, Tuberculosis Nurse Case Manager
Deborah joined THT in 2011, bringing many years of experience as a nurse and health services administrator. She has served as team leader and unit manager for dialysis centers in Delran and Bordentown, NJ, and as a staff nurse at Helene Fuld Medical Center (now Capital Health Regional Campus). She has also served as Head Nurse in the Adult Psychiatric Unit at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, Primary Care Nurse in the Oncology Unit at Rancocas Valley Hospital, as a nurse for the Trenton State Prison and Garden State Youth Correctional Facility, and Center Supervisor for Cooper River Convalescent Center in Camden, NJ.
In her role with TB patients throughout Trenton, Deb interacts regularly with the City of Trenton’s team of public health nurses, all of whom make regular home visits and coordinate care for some of the neediest residents, including those without documentation or insurance. The services she provides are often the difference between life and death for individuals with limited education or resources. Deb has an Associate of Applied Science from Mercer County Community College and a Certificate in Dialysis from the National Nephrology Association.
Eric Schwartz, MD, MBA, FACP, Medical Director, THT-ACO
Dr. Eric Schwartz is the medical director for the Trenton Health Team Accountable Care Organization (ACO). He also works for Capital Health System, where he is responsible for the planning and strategy behind Capital Health’s Institute for Urban Care. The Institute focuses on the enhancement of healthcare services within the Trenton community by understanding and optimizing the patient experience and supporting Capital Health’s role as a regional leader in healthcare.
Dr. Schwartz is a board certified internist with sub-specialty training in gastroenterology. He earned his MBA in Health Care Management from the Fox School of Business and received a certificate in Managing Health Care Delivery from the Harvard Business School. With more than 20 years of experience as a physician leader in international, public, private, and academic settings, he has played a major role in transforming hospitals and physician groups to optimize quality outcomes, patient experience, and organizational value.
Before joining Capital Health, Dr. Schwartz led the 400-clinician Medical Group of the Christiana Care Health System. He also served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Henry J. Austin Health Center (a federally qualified health center), where he authored grants and developed novel programming to tackle HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, childhood obesity, and behavioral health challenges in the Trenton community. He is currently a member of Robin Hood Ventures, one of the region’s largest angel investing groups.
Dr. Schwartz received his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel. He was trained in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Schwartz is a member of a number of professional organizations, including recognition as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Association for Physician Leadership, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Valerie Smith, Health Data Specialist
Kalisha Spence, Community Health Worker
Kalisha Spence joined the THT Care Management Team as a Community Health Worker in August of 2014. Kalisha has been trained through the Career Training Institute of Mercer County Community College. Previously, Kalisha has worked with Catholic Charities and has experience supporting patients in the community as well as fostering behavior change.
Albertha (Bert) Thompson, RN, Nurse Case Manager
Albertha E. Thompson, Nurse Case Manager for the THT Care Management Team, is a Trenton native, having graduated from Trenton Central High School in 1982, ranking number 10 out of more than 600 students. She began her nursing studies at Pensacola Junior College in Pensacola, FL, but returned home to Trenton and was accepted to Mercer Medical Center of Nursing School in 1987. Bert graduated with a Diploma in Nursing and Excellence in Clinical Care Award for the class of 1990. She also received an A.S. degree from Mercer County Community College in 1990, graduating with honors. While in nursing school, Bert was awarded one of two scholarships in 1988 to participate in an internship at St. Francis Medical Center, chosen from more than 100 applicants. Bert began her nursing career working for Mercer Medical Center in 1990, starting in the ICU/CCU unit on the 11pm-7am shift. After two years on this specialty unit, Bert decided to pursue a position in community/ home care nursing, as her passion was to work with the public, out in the community. Bert joined the Visiting Nurse Association in Trenton and worked as a staff nurse, team leader, and preceptor for 23 years prior to joining THT.
Natalie Terens, Population Health Program Manager
Prior to joining Trenton Health Team, Natalie was the Performance Improvement Project Manager at Union Health Center in New York City where she worked closely with clinical leadership and staff on quality improvement and population health initiatives. She also led the health center to receive Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Natalie has experience working with the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program at Public Health Solutions in New York City implementing an experiential learning program that gives families the skills and knowledge to make healthy meals at home. Natalie spent time in Rome, Italy, working with the Department of Epidemiology of the Lazio Regional Health Service in the Clinical and Evaluative Epidemiology Department.
Natalie earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Master of Public Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University where she studied Community-Oriented Primary Care (COPC).
Natalie joined the Trenton Health Team in October 2017 as the Population Health Program Manager. She is honored to be working with her home state to improve community health.
Ashlee Wynne, Community Health Worker
Ashlee Wynne came on board as a Community Health Worker for THT’s Care Management Team in July 2014. She received a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from Delaware State University, where she graduated Cum Laude. Previously, Ashlee was a caseworker with Head Start in Trenton. She visited families in their homes to assess their needs and barriers to a successful transition to school for children. She was a Parent and Child Advocate and continues this advocacy in her CHW role at THT.