Caitlin Donohue-Vega, RDH, BS has served as the Oral Health Outreach Coordinator with the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (ESAHEC) since 2018 and also practices clinical dental hygiene 3 days a week in a periodontal specialty practice. Mrs. Donohue-Vega has worked in both general and specialty dental practices as well as the public health sector for a total of 20 years in the dental field. She is a strong advocate for education and has a passion for breaking down the barriers by providing oral health education and services to our most vulnerable populations. She has a strong desire to give back to the community that helped shape who she is today. Mrs. Donohue-Vega is a 2009 graduate from Salisbury University with a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. She then went on to pursue her dental hygiene degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry where she graduated summa cum laude in 2013. For help with oral health resources, program information and/or questions please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Donohue-Vega via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carroll Scully is the Geriatric and Clinical Education Program Coordinator for ESAHEC. She joined ESAHEC in May 2020 as the Program Director for Connecting Kids to Coverage, enrolling children and their families in the Maryland Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicaid. Before coming to ESAHEC, Carroll worked at a long-term care facility for six years, first as a Medicaid specialist and then progressing to business office manager. A native of Washington, DC, she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004 and was an independent business owner in the hospitality industry for many years. Carroll earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Delaware. Her favorite things to do outside the office are being a mom to three young adults, cooking, reading and going to the beach.
Damaris joined the Eastern Shore AHEC in September, 2016. She brings extensive experience to her position working in healthcare, education and business for more than 25 years. In addition to her clinical nursing career, she served as Healthcare Continuing Education Coordinator at Chesapeake College for 15 years; and developed the curriculum and directed the Associate Degree Program in Massage Therapy at Chesapeake College for 13 years. Damaris is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has maintained a private massage therapy practice since 1998. In her role as ESAHEC’s High School Health Careers Coordinator she works in partnership with high schools and organizations on the eastern shore developing programs and learning experiences to foster, support and encourage high school students to explore careers in healthcare.
Since 2014 Steffanie Malkus has worked for Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center as their Grant Specialist and Project Coordinator. She has a Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland in Speech Communications with a minor in Psychology. Ms. Malkus began her career in public relations and marketing working with high-tech start-up clients seeking venture capital. She also has extensive experience in technical writing. She moved to the Eastern Shore fifteen years ago and currently resides in Cambridge, Maryland with her two young sons.
Kenesia joins ESAHEC as the Administrative and Strategic Partnerships Associate. She hails from New York City where she served in Public Service as a Community Associate at the NYC Department of Transportation and provided administrative support to the over 8 million citizens of the 5 boroughs. She has spearheaded pilot programs to train administrative professionals and clerics to use borough-wide administrative software and tools to expedite responses regarding the safe use of NYC roadways. Mrs. Greene has been instrumental in formulating correspondences that have been converted into templates that are still being used by her previous employer today. She is passionate about the charitable works she has implemented, one of which provides help to impoverished youths in the inner-cities of Kingston Jamaica, West Indies where she was born. Mrs. Greene has recently relocated to the Eastern Shores with her husband and son and is excited for her new journey and partnering in building these communities.
Since 2011, Erica Tracy has been providing office, administrative, and technical support services for all aspects of the ESAHEC. Prior to this position, Ms. Tracy began her career as an accounting assistant. Her earlier work experience includes a Staff Accountant for a Baltimore-based retailer and Office Manager/Assistant for an entrepreneur specializing in retail and service industries. She moved to the Eastern Shore in 2005 and when not in the office Ms. Tracy enjoys fishing with her husband and son.
Ashley was previously the Director of Programs and Special Initiatives. She secured and managed over $10 million in funding from the Health Resources Services Administration, and she has been lauded for achievements in program development, administration, and operations. Prior to her time at SCDA, Ashley was the Manager at the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Rural Health and Primary Care. She was responsible for efforts to promote equity throughout the Commonwealth by improving access to quality care, supporting the development of innovative models of care, and addressing barriers related to rurality. Ashley was responsible for the day-to-day management of the federal State Office of Rural Health Grant Program, served as a subject matter expert on alternative models of care, telehealth, and opioid abuse prevention, and provided important input into grant programs supporting medically underserved populations in rural communities. At the Virginia Department of Health, Ashley also created and maintained an active network of trained, local Community Health Workers to work with area health systems, school divisions, and other community partners. This network linked at-risk children and adults to a medical home and community resources to help manage chronic conditions. Ashley is skilled at working with rural stakeholders and has provided consultation, technical assistance, and training about model programs, best practices, and emerging promising approaches in rural health and primary care to rural stakeholders such as local health departments, rural health clinics, community health centers, community-based organizations and other healthcare providers. Ashley has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Spelman College and a Master of Arts in Human Development, Family Studies and Related Services, as well as a Master of Public Health Degree from Liberty University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Social and Public Policy at Liberty University. Ashley is thrilled to lead ESAHEC into a new era and put down roots on the Eastern Shore with her fiancé and young son.