Lillian M. Beard, M.D.
Dr. Beard is the the physician director of Children's Pediatricians and Associates, Silver Spring, Md., and is an associate clinical professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and an assistant professor at Howard University College of Medicine, Washington. She is also a national media spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Suzanne C. Boulter, M.D.
Suzanne C. Boulter, M.D.
Dr. Boulter is adjunct professor of pediatrics and community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. Her professional background includes clinical practice in a multispecialty group practice and pediatric faculty at the N.H. Dartmouth family medicine residency program. She is a past president of the N.H. Pediatric Society and has been active in child advocacy at the state and national levels. She has served on many American Academy of Pediatrics national committees and is currently a member of the AAP Committee on Development. She also serves on several editorial boards and has won numerous awards for her advocacy work.

Melinda Clark, M.D.
Melinda Clark, M.D.
Dr. Clark is an associate professor of pediatrics at Albany (N.Y.) Medical College, practicing general pediatrics in the context of a resident training program. Her areas of special interest include pediatric oral health, international adoption, quality improvement, and child abuse and neglect. Dr. Clark has served on several national committees, including the American Academy of Pediatrics section on oral health, and currently serves as the chief editor for both Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum and Protecting All Children's Teeth (PACT): AAP's Pediatric Oral Health Training Program for Physicians.

Kelly Curran, M.D.
Kelly Curran, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, practicing adolescent medicine. Dr. Curran is member of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she serves as an editorial board member for the AAP's Adolescent Medicine PREP series. Her areas of interest include bioethics, reproductive health care, and adolescent mental health care. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Ill.; served her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and served as a clinical fellow in adolescent medicine at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She also graduated from Loyola University with a master of arts in bioethics and health policy.

Lenore Jarvis MD, MEd

Dr. Jarvis is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children's National Health System, and assistant professor of pediatrics at George Washington University, both in Washington.

She is the current advocacy chair and at-large board member of the D.C. American Academy of Pediatrics chapter, and has received formal advocacy training through the American Academy of Pediatrics department of federal affairs. Her advocacy includes working with the hospital's government affairs and the DC AAP Chapter to facilitate testimonies that assist in enacting health care policies. Dr. Jarvis' advocacy work also includes research involving screening of and intervening for vulnerable patient populations. To provide sustainable community impact, she collaborates with social work and community stakeholders to provide real-time interventions for mothers who screen positive for postpartum depression and/or domestic safety concerns.

M. Susan Jay, M.D.
Dr. Jay is professor of pediatrics and chief of adolescent medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, both in Milwaukee. She currently serves as one of the American Board of Pediatrics representatives to the American Board of Medical Specialties. Dr. Jay has served on multiple national committees and societal boards, and was a former secretary-treasurer of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. She has served on the AAP's Bright Futures expert panel and has authored many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Jay also has presented on adolescent health and medicine topics regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Timothy J. Joos, MD, MPH
Dr. Joos is a practicing clinician in combined internal medicine/pediatrics in Seattle. For the last decade, he has worked at a federally qualified community health center in Seattle serving a largely low-income and immigrant population. He received his specialty training through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his medical degree at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Dr. Joos previously worked with the World Health Organization in Bangladesh and Pakistan on the eradication of polio. His areas of focus have been international public health, immunization, preventive medicine, cross-cultural medicine, and working with disadvantaged populations.

Karalyn Kinsella, M.D.
Dr. Kinsella practices general pediatrics in a small group private practice in Cheshire, Conn. She completed the Connecticut Children's Medical Center's residency program in 2001 after graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Kinsella is a member of the AAP. Her special interests are in children's mental health, gastrointestinal issues, and preventive medicine.

Kevin Powell, M.D. Ph.D.
Kevin T. Powell, M.D. Ph.D.

Kevin T. Powell, MD, PHD, is a pediatric hospitalist and clinical ethics consultant living in St. Louis.

Francis E. Rushton Jr., M.D.
Francis E. Rushton Jr., M.D.
Dr. Francis E. Rushton Jr. is a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and medical director of the Quality Through Innovation in Pediatrics (QTIP) network. He has practiced pediatrics in Beaufort, S.C., for 32 years and is the author of "Family Support in Community Pediatrics, Confronting the Challenge. "Dr. Rushton's academic interests include quality improvement, community pediatrics, early brain development, home visitation, and group well child care.

Sarah Schlegel, M.D.
Sarah Schlegel, M.D.
Dr. Schlegel joined the division of developmental-behavioral pediatrics at Connecticut Children's Medical Center after completing a fellowship in developmental-behavioral pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine. She is now an assistant professor of pediatrics with the University of Connecticut. Her clinical work includes outpatient services for children with developmental, behavioral, and learning problems; school consultation services; as well as support for the outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation programs. Dr. Schlegel is currently the medical director for the Hartford area Medical-Legal Partnership Project. She is an invited member of the Program Committee of the Society for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. Her involvement in Reach Out and Read led her to create her own youth literacy non-profit organization; she founded ReBooK (Recycling Books for Kids) in 2000. Dr. Schlegel is also the cofounder and now coadvisor of the University of Connecticut Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine American School for the Deaf Health Education program in West Hartford.

Howard Smart, M.D.
Howard Smart, M.D.
Dr. Smart is the chairman of the department of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in San Diego. He is a voluntary assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego, and is currently chief of pediatrics at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns. Dr. Smart's interests include medical informatics, health care IT, and specifically clinical decision support and the use of data to drive clinical quality improvement.

Kathy Stepien, M.D.
Kathy Stepien, M.D.
Dr. Stepien practices general pediatrics in a private practice in Juneau, Alaska. She graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, and completed her pediatric residency at St. Joseph's Hospital/Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisc. She received a Master of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Colorado State University, Aurora, and worked as a physical therapist for many years before studying medicine. Dr. Stepien is board certified in pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her professional interests include physician wellness, medical humanities, and education.

Mary Tierney, M.D.
Mary Tierney, M.D.,
Mary Tierney, M.D., is a nationally recognized expert in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), public health, and coordination between primary care and mental health for children and youth. A board certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she is serving as a consultant to the AAP on the Enhancing School Health Services through Training, Education, Assistance, Mentorship, and Support (TEAMS). She will be providing technical assistance on Medicaid, CHIP, and the Affordable Care Act as it relates to school-based services.

Consultant Advisory Board

Cathy Haut, DNP, CPNP-AC, CPNP-PC Cathy Haut, DNP, CPNP-AC, CPNP-PC, is a pediatric nurse practitioner who is the immediate past president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). Dr. Haut works at Beacon Pediatrics, a large primary care practice in Rehoboth Beach, Del. She also works part time for Pediatrix Medical Group, serving the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit medical team at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai in Baltimore and serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, also in Baltimore. The coeditor of a textbook, Lippincott Certification Review: Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Haut has published and presented on many clinical and professional topics.

Laura Searcy, APRN, PPCNP-BC

Laura Searcy, APRN, PPCNP-BC, is president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), and is on the medical staff at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center in Marietta, Ga., delivering care to newborns. A member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Ms. Searcy received the 2014 AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence from Georgia. Ms. Searcy gained much of her governance experience serving three terms, including chair and vice chair, on the Cobb County Georgia Board of Education. The U.S. Secretary of Education appointed her to the Southeast Regional Advisement Committee, and the Georgia School Board Association appointed her to the National School Board Association Federal Relations Network. Ms. Searcy also has more than 12 years of nonprofit board experience, working with children’s advocacy centers and youth alcohol and drug-abuse prevention organizations.

Marita Quigley Nazarian is director of pharmacy at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Last updated July 13, 2017