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Dr. Cynthia (Cee) Barnes-Boyd

Director, Office of Community Engagement And Neighborhood Health Partnerships and Healthy City Collaborative


Phone (312) 996-4656

Dr. Cynthia (Cee) Boyd began her health professional career in 1973 as a diploma prepared registered nurse. She completed her BSN, MSN and finally her Ph.D. in 1990 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has held a variety of advance practice and administrative roles including those of Critical Care Clinical Specialist, Assistant Director of Nursing and Executive Director and developer of a community health center network. Currently, Dr. Boyd holds a dual position as the Director of the Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships (OCEAN-HP) and Director of the UIC Healthy City Collaborative. She is a co-director of Program 1 of the Community Engagement Research Core leadership team of the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Dr. Boyd is an Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Public Health and College of Nursing. Her responsibilities include developing and sustaining University/community service and research partnerships. Through OCEAN-HP, she directs numerous community partnered initiatives including school located community health centers, community mental health programs, community based education programs and community centered research initiatives to name a few.

Dr. Boyd serves as a director, co-investigator or evaluation director for several community engaged research programs including the CDC supported REACH US and the Center for Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities. Both projects work through community coalitions to develop and test interventions addressing cardiovascular disease and diabetes in Chicago's African American and Latino communities. Dr. Boyd also directs a university/community evaluation effort for the Greater Englewood Healthy Start infant mortality reduction program of the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion, a city-wide, state-supported nutrition education initiative. Her research focuses on social and cultural contributors to health disparities, service utilization barriers and health problems of importance to racioethnic groups. She has consulted and lectured internationally on issues related to health, community engagement and management. Dr. Boyd is nationally recognized for her work with organizations in the areas of cultural competency and community engagement with diverse communities.

Dr. Boyd currently serves on numerous boards including the Board of Directors for Community and Campus Partnerships for Health, the National Assembly of School-Based Health Care, the Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation and the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities.

Dr. Boyd is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the Institute of Medicine of Chicago and Alum of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program.


Beverly Washington 

Beverly Washington

Executive Assistant to the Director, UIC Office of Community Engagement And Neighborhood Health Partnerships


Phone (312) 996-2513

Ms. Washington began her administrative career in 1980 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ms. Washington worked at UIC until 1995 providing assistance to Dr. Cynthia Boyd when she left to return to college full time. She worked as a consultant on grants from 1995 - 97 at which time she assumed a position with Rush University as an Administrative Manager in the Cancer Institute and then went on to become an Administrative Coordinator in 2000 with the Arthur Andersen Accounting firm in the Tax Division. Ms. Washington returned to the UIC in 2003 as the Executive Assistant to Dr. Boyd in the OCEAN-HP.



Angela Ellison

Associate Director, Community Engagement, UIC Office of Community Engagement And Neighborhood Health Partnerships


Phone (312) 996-4880

Angela Ellison is currently Associate Director for Community Engagement of OCEAN-HP. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations for the division's west side offices. She directly oversees the community school health center programs, the faith and health initiatives and the two evaluation projects currently being managed by OCEAN-HP. Ms. Ellison has a strong commitment to improving the quality of lives for the families and individuals touched by the programs she oversees. She has strong commitment to social justice, including addressing racial disparities in health. Ms. Ellison has been an administrator for almost 30 years and has directed a variety of programs focusing on infant mortality initiatives, HIV prevention and education, diabetes and cardio vascular disease and many others. Ms. Ellison, who prefers to be called Angela, is also the proud mother of one very handsome son.



Dr. Audrey Stillerman

Medical Director, Community School Health Centers


Phone (312) 413-2398

Dr. Stillerman is the medical director of OCEAN-HP School Health Center Program. She is a board-certified family physician who has been providing comprehensive care for the whole family, from babies to senior citizens, since 1991. She received her medical degree with honors from the University of Illinois, completed her residency program at Cook County Hospital, and received additional training in family therapy from the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois. She has worked in a variety of public and private practice settings, caring for patients, teaching medical students and residents, and advocating for health promotion practices. Dr Stillerman provides consultation to the school health center staff and helps coordinate both the medical and mental health programs. She is the mother of two wonderful girls.



Anastasia McGee (Stacey)

Consultant, UIC Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion


Anastasia is a registered dietitian with extensive clinical and community experience in the diet and lifestyle management of obesity and chronic diseases. A UIC graduate, she worked professionally at UIC since 1999. She previously served as senior clinical nutrition specialist at the UIC Nutrition & Wellness Center, co-director of the Diabetes Education Program at Circle Family Health Center and Assistant Director, UIC Practicum in Obesity Education and Treatment (POET), an evidence-based practical training program for weight management experts. Anastasia is the Co-founder of OCEANHP's Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion. Anastasia roots for the Cubs and FSU Seminole sports teams. She plays team beach volleyball and co-ed football and is a proud wife and mother.



Nancy Tartt

Director of Operations, UIC Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion 


Phone (312) 996-8268

Nancy returns "home" to OCEAN-HP after a brief stint in corporate America performing Research Administration at various Universities. During Nancy's pervious juncture at UIC she held the position of Associate Director of Community Engagement, Evaluation Director of the Reach 2010 project as well as Project Director of Communities Reducing Adolescent Pregnancies a 4 million dollar grant funded through the Centers for Disease Control.  Nancy is currently the Assistant Director for the Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion. She has over twenty five years of public health experience. Nancy is also a graduate of the International Center for Health Leadership Development. Prior to moving to Chicago in 1995, Nancy held positions such as Interim Director of the Austin Rape Crisis Center and Mental Health Liaison at Trenton State Hospital. Nancy is proud to say she is the mother of a news anchor in Binghamton New York.


Shirley Fleming, CNM, DrPH, MDiv

Director, The Office for Faith Community Health Promotion


Phone: (312) 996-4656


Shirley Fleming is a long-time advocate for equity adn social justice in health and human services. She has dedicated more than thirty years of her public health career to working locally and nationally as a provider, administrator and advocate to assure that all people, especially those who are disadvantaged, have the opportunity to enjoy the highest level of health and engagement in human society.

The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation is a joint project of Advocate Health Care and the University of Illinois, Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships It is a "virtual" center and, staff of the partner institutions work out of their own organizational sites, collaborating on projects and programs. The Center was formed to mobilize the unique strengths of faith communities to address the social conditions that impact people's health. Its core purpose is to catalyze community partnerships that draw on the wisdom and energy of faith communities to create the long-term social change that will eliminate health inequities. It also serves as a hub for the faith and health movement in metropolitan Chicago.

Rev. Dr. Fleming received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Xavier College, School of Nursing in 1972. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois, College of Nursing in 1977 in MCH with a specialty in nurse-
midwifery. She earned a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Illinois, School of Public Health in 1994 with a special focus in community health and maternal-child health and a minor in health services. She accepted her call to ministry in 2002 and graduated in 2007 with a Masters of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She has been an active member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago for the past 14 years. Throughout her career she has worked ecumenically with a diverse range of faith traditions.

Rev. Dr. Fleming has had the privilege of serving in leadership positions on numerous local and national academic, faith-based and governmental boards that are focused on understanding and eliminating health inequity across the lifecycle. She has a special passion and interest in community-driven strategies for improving maternal and child health. Dr. Fleming has been married to her best friend, David, for nearly forty years. She is a lifelong resident of the south side of Chicago. God blessed their union with two wonderful children (Danyetta Gwendolyn and David). She is the proud Nana of Eden, Daniel, Jesus and David.



Regina A. Ortiz

Director, Planning and Enterprise Development


Phone (312) 413-3418

Regina A. Ortiz has over 30 years of nursing experience. She received her bachelor's of science in nursing degree from Andrews University in 1980, and later received her Master's in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management with certification in Human Resource Management. Her nursing career began in 1980 with neonatal intensive care at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's hospital. Over the following 12 years, she had been involved in progressive nursing administration in the areas of neonatology and catastrophic perinatal/head injury case management. From 1992 to 1995 she became involved with maternal-child community health nursing in the UIC REACH (resource, education and care in the home) program, providing pre and post natal case management in the home. During this time she also headed the UIC Division of Community Health's breatfeeding initiative for 3 years. In 1995 she became involved in community school health as the nurse health educator, and has served on various committees with the Illinois Coalition for School Health and was an active participant with the National Assembly for School Health Centers. In 1996 she assumed the role of Program Director for OCEAN-HP Community School Health Centers. She is responsible for the planning, development, and sustainablity of community school health centers.



Thea Crum

Economic Development Planner, Neighborhoods Initiative


Phone (312) 996-4617

Thea Crum is an Economic Development Planner for GCI's Neighborhoods Initiative, where she works in collaboration with community-based organizations and university faculty, staff, and students to provide training and technical assistance on community and economic development projects. She has over ten years of non-profit administrative and project management experience in the areas of capacity building and civic engagement. Recently, she served as the Assistant Director on the Illinois ResourceNet Initiative that worked with Illinois communities to secure over $113 million in new federal resources. She received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and her Master's degree in Urban Planning and Policy from UIC.



Daylan Dufelmeier

Daylan Dufelmeier

Assistant Director, UIC Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion 


Phone (312) 355-3659

Daylan hails from Australia and is a graduate of Florida A&M University. He was attracted to the CPHP's mission after being invited to give a presentation for CPHP staffers and now currently coordinates the Chicago Park District and the Pantry/Produce Mobile projects at CPHP. Outside of work Daylan enjoys long walks on the beach, Hip Hop and building things.


Sabrina Nelson

Sabrina Nelson

Program Coordinator


Phone (312) 355-1844

Sabrina Nelson is the Project Coordinator for OCEAN-HP, Healthy Cities Collaborative (HCC), a multidisciplinary workgroup that engages university researchers, external partners and community leadership in conversation and research to benefit the Health of Chicago. She provides leadership for the day to day functions of the development, coordination and implementation of activities that support the scope of the project. She earned her Bachelor's of Science from Chicago State University with a concentration in Psychology in Business. She possess a diverse educational and work background and continues to enhance her knowledge in all areas.

While being employed at UIC, Sabrina has provided project coordination on several community engaged research programs including the CDC supported REACH US, and the Center for Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (CEED). In addition, she has provided project support on the community evaluation effort for the Greater Englewood Healthy Start (GESHI). Sabrina is known for her great sense of humor and her willingness to help others, in addition to having a keen interest in the helping professions. Sabrina enjoys networking, and shopping.


Sebastian Ortiz

Sebastian Ortiz

Communications Coordinator


Phone (630) 557-9048

Sebastian Ortiz is the Communications Coordinator for OCEAN-HP. He maintains university websites, creates marketing material, and provides photography and videography services.

He is a graduate of the American Academy of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has been an instructor in a co-ed scouting organization called Pathfinders for over six years and has held the position of deputy director for two years. In his free time, he is a guitarist, enjoys the outdoors and likes hanging out with friends.


Paula Henderson

Paula Henderson

Financial Manager


Phone (312) 413-4629

Paula handles all things financial for CPHP and OCEAN-HP. Paula is responsible for the financial management of grants from switching accounts to processing contracts. Paula also has a unique skill of putting all financial fires out and calming everyone's nerves. When Paula is not putting out fires she is an avid dog lover and fitness fanatic.


Candice Anderson

Candice Anderson

Human Resource Manager


Candice Anderson is the Human Resources Associate for OCEAN-HP. She is responsible for the processing and managing of the Human Resource functions for the unit. She received her Bachelors of Arts in English Studies degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and later received her Master's in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management with a certification in Human Resource Management. Candice has done work in Human Resources with both Motorola and US Foods and also worked with Goodwill Workforce Connection Center in Englewood as a Workforce Connection Specialist. Candice enjoys working with people and improving processes and procedures. Outside of work, she loves being a mother of 2.

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