We envision a vibrant community
of families whose children are healthy, confident and ready for school.
Child Health Partnership has decades of experience in the communities we serve, as well as the agility needed to respond to the complex and changing needs of today’s families.
Child Health Partnership began its community nursing services through the Thomas Jefferson Health District in the Virginia Department of Health in 1991. In 2008, we became an independent nonprofit organization known as the Jefferson Area Children’s Health Improvement Program (CHIP). In October 2019, we renamed our organization Child Health Partnership to more clearly convey our focus on child health.
Our staff reflects the diversity of the families we serve. About half of our families are newcomers from other countries. We support them with bilingual staff and interpreters to help ease the complexity of communicating about the health care needs of their children. We also locate one of our offices near the city neighborhoods we serve so that our staff are close-by members of the neighborhood. We strive to meet all our families where they are with the best support we can provide.
Jon Nafziger, MPA
Juliana Weaver, MA
Family Support Supervisor
Jessica Knight, RN, BSN
Medina Wilkerson, Director of Administration, 434-964-4702
Community Health Nurses
Family Support Specialists
Family Support Specialist/Parent Educator (Bilingual) – Exciting opportunity to work with a professional team. Child Health Partnership, a home visiting program, seeks Family Support Specialist/Parent Educator to work closely with a nurse to encourage optimal health and well being for pregnant women, children 0-6 and their families. Associate Degree with experience in child development, social work or related field required. Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Must be bilingual in Spanish/English. Must have reliable vehicle (mileage reimbursed). Full time, salary range starts at $34,000+ with excellent benefits. Child Health Partnership is an EOE and is strongly committed to a culturally diverse staff. Email resume and cover letter to HR@childhealthpartnership.org by July 6, 2020.
Board of Directors
Shane Cook is a Director at CFA Institute, a nonprofit member association headquartered in Charlottesville, whose mission is to lead the investment management profession globally by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society. Prior to joining CFA Institute, Shane spent three years working in retail and commercial banking in the Charlottesville area. Shane earned his MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University with concentrations in Finance and Management. He earned his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College. He is a 2016 graduate of the Board Development Academy through the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.
Mary Gibson, PhD, RN
Mary Gibson was born in Lancaster, PA and came to UVA as an undergraduate student while her husband was in medical school. Mary and Bob have raised their family here in Charlottesville and have one grandson (Coel) who lives in Baton Rouge. Mary worked in various nursing positions in maternal child health at UVA and in the Charlottesville community as a public health nurse. For nearly two decades, Mary taught maternal child health, public health, and other nursing courses at UVA School of Nursing, as well as an elective on medical history in the School of Medicine. Her research is in health care history.
Claudette Grant, Secretary
Claudette Grant is originally from Hartford, CT. She completed her undergraduate work in Urban Studies at the University of Connecticut and has a master’s degree from the University of Virginia in Urban and Environmental Planning. Claudette has worked as a planner for the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Her work in the housing field includes community organizing for Piedmont Housing Alliance, housing counselor for Housing Opportunities Made Equal, and loan assistant for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Claudette currently works as a Community Outreach Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge. She enjoys spending time with her family and being involved in the community through her work at church.
Former Imagine Award winner (2011) Ashley Jurney is an enthusiastic member of her community as well as a passionate and market-savvy real estate agent. She is originally from Buffalo, NY and currently resides in the heart of Charlottesville with her son Noah and fiancé, Gary. She studied Biology and Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated with a BS degree in 2015. After college she worked as a Clinical Applications Analyst at the University of Virginia. She has been awarded the Accredited Buyers Representation (ABR®) designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Counsel (REBAC) of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) Rising Star of the year 2018, and voted Best of C-Ville Weekly, Best REALTOR® in Charlottesville 2019. As a graduate from the Child Health Partnership program, she is very excited to serve as a new board member and chair of the fundraising committee, giving back to her community in a greater capacity and helping to bridge the gap between our families and board members.
Valerie Palamountain, Chair
Valerie Palamountain is the Dean of Workforce Services at Piedmont Virginia Community College, working with employers and economic development agencies within the Charlottesville region. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University at Albany, NY. She was twice selected as a Fulbright Specialist in Bermuda (2018) and Kolkata, India (2014), and serves on the Education2Employment staff at the University of Virginia Tibetan Studies. She is past-president of the Albemarle County Rotary Club and on the boards of the Workforce Investment Board and the Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce. She resides in Palmyra and enjoys traveling, gardening, music, and outdoor activities.
Cara Pates, Treasurer
Cara Pates is a Virginia native and graduate of The College of William and Mary (BBA in Accounting) and UVa’s McIntire School of Commerce (MS of Accounting). Cara has 7+ years of experience in public accounting and is a Tax Manager for KPMG, LLP. She and her husband Seth, a Charlottesville native, moved back to town 4 years ago. Cara enjoys reading, cooking, and chasing after her two kids.
Susan Payne began her marketing career in Hartford, CT, where she served as Director of Commercial Development for a large insurance company. Previously she worked with all the clients of Payne, Ross overseeing their marketing plans. She draws on her research experience to examine the spectrum of marketing vehicles available to develop advertising that not only is creative, but outperforms the competition. Today, she is excited to head her own agency, Blue Ridge Group. Her dedication to promoting tourism for the region is evidenced by 14 years of board service to Virginia Tourism Corporation. Susan has been appointed to the VTC by Virginia’s last four governors.
Carolyn Pettit is retired from the Albemarle County Department of Social Services, where she worked in the areas of child protective services, foster care, and special needs adoptions for over 30 years. During this time she developed a special interest in understanding and working with young children with attachment and trauma concerns. She served as Chair of ADOPT, a Virginia adoption social worker organization. She is currently a Stephen Minister at her church. Carolyn has three children with her husband David and four grandchildren.
Jim Plews-Ogan, M.D.
Jim Plews-Ogan is a primary care pediatrician in Charlottesville, where he has practiced for almost 20 years. He is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia, where he primarily works with medically complex and disabled children.
Mimi O’Connell Scully
Mimi moved to Charlottesville in 2015 and immediately joined the Child Health Partnership Board. Mimi was familiar with and enthusiastic about Child Health’s program, which she learned about from her daughter, a visiting nurse with the organization. Mimi has a long history of nonprofit board service. For ten years Mimi was a member of the Board of Governors of Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY. Mimi also served on the Board of Lawrence Home Care, which includes Jansen Memorial Hospice, Home Nursing Association, and Bereavement Center of Westchester. In 1995, Mimi helped establish the Treehouse Program, which is the cornerstone of the Bereavement Center, a special place of support for children who have experienced the loss of a parent or sibling. Mimi enjoys volunteering at Loaves and Fishes food pantry in Albemarle County.
Vickie Southall, MSN, RN
Vickie Southall is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia, where she teaches pediatrics and community health nursing. She is involved in many volunteer activities in her hometown of Louisa, and her collaboration of teaching with community service garnered her UVA’s first Excellence in Public Service Award, an all-University award from the Provost.
Toya Trager is the Director of Marketing and Administration for family-owned and operated Trager Brothers Coffee. For 12 years she has worked alongside her husband William in growing the family’s organic coffee brand and promoting the local food movement. As the mother of a special needs child who required intensive home health care, she understands the importance of the role Child Health Partnership plays with support and outreach to families in the Charlottesville area community.
Andrea Tribastone, MD
Andrea Tribastone grew up in Northern Virginia and then obtained her undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary (B.S.’93). She moved to Charlottesville in 1993 to attend medical school at UVA. After graduating with her M.D. in 1997, she remained at UVA for her training in Family Medicine. She was hired on the Faculty of UVA Department of Family Medicine in 2000, where she worked as a teacher of Family Medicine and Obstetrics, as well as seeing her own patients in Nelson County. After starting her family, Dr Tribastone left academic medicine. She began working at Sentara Forest Lakes Family Medicine in 2005, where she continues to see patients regularly. Dr. Tribastone is married and has 4 sons and 3 step-sons. She enjoys reading, traveling with her family, and many outdoor activities.
Erica Wheat has worked in the University of Virginia’s Human Resources Department for several years and currently manages the Benefits and Leave team. Prior to moving to the Charlottesville area with her family in 2003, Erica worked in Human Resources for a community hospital in the Maryland suburbs of DC. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and visiting her three children – two teachers and an aspiring accountant – and singing with the Crozet Community Choir.
Elizabeth Willingham, Vice-Chair
Elizabeth Willingham is the retired co-founder of Silverchair, a Charlottesville software development company and one of the nation’s leading providers of online product development and technology platform services to scholarly publishers. She currently serves on the company’s board of directors, as well as on the board of the Community Investment Collaborative, a local nonprofit supporting under-resourced entrepreneurs. She works as a guide at Monticello and is a member of Women United Together in Philanthropy. She is an avid traveler, reader, and loyal fan of the basketball team of Duke University, her alma mater.