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.
Matthew Broad, Mobile Health Clinic Coordinator
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 is also completing his Master in Public Health, in May 2017 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 7 years.
Eileen Francisco Cabus, Community Health Collaborative – Program Manager
Eileen Cabus graduated from Otterbein University with a B.S. in Psychology. Upon entering the workforce she has worked in the areas of advocacy, grant administration and public health. Prior to coming to the Trenton Health Team, she was a grant/hospital administrator in Brooklyn, NY, a position she accepted after five years in Trenton, working for Mercer Street Friends.
Eileen previously worked as the Assistant Director of Women and Children’s Health and Program Director of Family Planning Grant Program at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. She also has previous experience working in Trenton as Project Coordinator at Mercer Street Friends.
Eileen earned her BS in psychology from Otterbein College in Ohio, and she has additional work experience as a therapist and treatment coordinator.
“I am so excited to join the Trenton Health Team and return to Trenton. Working on a grant that aims to prevent the development of diabetes is one that means something to me personally and deeply and I hope to contribute to the improving health conditions in this city and for its people.”
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. Martha joined THT as Director of Development in 2013, working to secure funding for THT’s initiatives. Martha is also responsible for managing grant programs that relate to community education and engagement, including Faith in Prevention, Foundations for a Trauma-informed Culture of Health, Inroads for Health, and the Novo Nordisk Community Health Collaborative.
Prior to joining THT, Martha spent over 20 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, which is now a part of Rider University. Outside work, Martha’s interests include health and fitness, the arts, and reading. She is currently the accompanist for the Westminster Community Chorus and Chamber Choir.
Theresa Faulkner, Director of Health Information Exchange
Theresa Faulkner is the Director for the Trenton Health Information Exchange (THIE). Theresa is responsible for the management of THIE operations, including the technical infrastructure and quality control processes. In addition, she works with the THIE members and stakeholders to integrate data from the hospital and laboratory systems into the THIE. She is also responsible for the THIE user training program for physicians and hospital personnel.
Theresa is a seasoned clinical integration engineer and healthcare IT management Subject Matter Expert with over 15 years of industry experience – specializing in HL7, CCDA, ASTM and various other industry standards and proprietary healthcare data protocols. Project responsibilities have encompassed data interfaces, connectivity, interoperability, and systems design and analysis for hospital and clinical laboratory IT systems. Theresa brings in-depth, hands-on knowledge of Protected Health Information and Electronic Medical Record content and handling, and a proven track record of building and supporting clinical data interfaces across systems, including those of SmithKline Clinical Labs, Quest Diagnostics, Epic, Sunquest, Meditech and Cerner. Her technical skills include Project Management, Six Sigma, Object Oriented Analysis, Total Quality Management, Capability Maturity Model, Microsoft Office, HL7, CCDA, HTML, PL/SQL, C++, Java and TCP/IP. Theresa’s previous experience included more than 10 years with SmithKline Clinical Lab/Quest Diagnostics as a Senior Programmer and Lead Analyst. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics with Computer Science specialization from Mercy College, Westchester, New York.
Bonniwell Graham III, Health Education and Outreach Coordinator
Bonniwell Graham III, Health Education and Outreach Coordinator for THT, joined the Team in 2014. Prior to joining THT, Bonniwell has over 15 years of experience in government, profit and non-profit sectors. He is a graduate of University of Rhode Island in dual majors of Communications and African American Studies. He was a dual sport athlete at URI, playing soccer for a top 25 nationally ranked team and running track and field as part of five-time conference champions in the Atlantic 10 during his tenure. He has coached soccer for the past several years at Princeton Day School. He’s been a personal trainer for a decade, helping people achieve their health and wellness goals. He is married with a daughter and loves to assist those who are less fortunate than others.
Lauren Jamison, Health Information Exchange Engagement Specialist
Lauren Jamison joined the Trenton Health Team in September 2016, as our HIE Engagement Specialist. Lauren has extensive experience in healthcare IT focusing on helping users learn and work with IT and EHR systems. Previously, Lauren worked for RWJ University Hospital New Brunswick for more than 13 years as a Senior Programmer Analyst. She served as an IT analyst with the Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine and with CarePoint Health Medical Group. She has also worked as a substitute teacher for grades K-12. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers focusing on Labor Studies.
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
Runi Patel, MPH, Medicaid ACO Program Coordinator
Runi received a Bachelor of Arts at Drew University with a double major in biology and Spanish where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors in biology. In completing a capstone project as a component of her Spanish major, Runi became interested in the unequal distribution of access to healthcare and environmental justice. As a result, she decided to diverge from her original plan of working in the medical field to embracing a new but familiar career choice known as public health. Runi sought to continue her education at the Rutgers School of Public Health with a dual-concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health (ENOH) and Health Systems and Policy (HSAP) which would allow her to develop strategies to improve health care and environmental conditions among underserved populations.
Runi interned with the Trenton Health Team in fall 2015 through the New Jersey Department of Health and its Office of Minority and Multicultural Health where she assisted in data collection for the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment. Runi graduated with a Master of Public Health in May 2016 receiving the Bernard D. Goldstein Award for her academic excellence. Runi was born in Trenton, NJ and is now back at theTrenton Health Team and joined as the Program Coordinator- Medicaid ACO in August 2016. She is enthusiastic to be part of such a great group that will give her the ability to actualize her dream of helping others and making a difference where it matters the most. Runi’s interests include reading medical thrillers, photographing nature, Bollywood dancing and traveling.
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.
Natasha Perez, Associate Director of Community Engagement
Natasha Perez received her undergraduate degree from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Counseling at TCNJ. Natasha currently serves as Trenton Health Team’s Associate Director of Community Engagement. During her time with the Trenton Health Team, Natasha managed the Trauma-Informed Care Project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Through this initiative, she coordinated partnerships with the National Council for Behavioral Health and provided assistance for sixteen participating organizations involved in the TIC learning community. Currently, Natasha supports community programs within THT and aims to foster meaningful connections among partners. She also oversees the Faith in Prevention Program, funded through the NJ Department of Health.
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.
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.
Courtney Tilton, Communication and Engagement Coordinator
Courtney Tilton joined THT in 2014. She is a graduate from Rutgers University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Prior to joining THT, she served in Trenton as an AmeriCorps member for the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, where she headlined the Healthy Corner Store Initiative and assisted with the creation of the Trenton Healthy Food Network (now the Trenton Healthy Food and Fitness Network), a collaborative of over 30 organizations that takes a collective impact approach to increasing access to healthful, safe, affordable, and culturally-appropriate food in Trenton.
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.