Engaging the community to improve

children's health in Hampton Roads

Meet Our Staff


Amy Paulson, Director 

Mrs. Paulson has consulted and presented locally and nationally on a variety of topics related to coalition development and maintenance, community leadership building, strategic development, action planning, group dynamics, health policy advocacy, chronic disease, and pediatric health. Amy Paulson has over fifteen years experience in public health program management.  Ms. Paulson joined CINCH as a program coordinator in 2001 and assumed the role of Executive Director of CINCH in 2006.  She also serves as an Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters.  As the Executive Director of CINCH, she is responsible for coalition development, fundraising, grant writing and management, program development and implementation, staff supervision, and general operations. Her background is in public safety, prevention behavior, chronic disease research and programming, and organizational psychology. She is interested in health promotion, behavior, and social justice as it applies to community systems and policies, particularly in under-served populations. 

Amy holds Bachelor's degrees in Business in Health Care Administration and in Psychology, both from Appalachian State University, and a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Email: PaulsoAC@EVMS.EDU 


Sara Rothenberg, Assistant Director


Sara Rothenberg joins CINCH as the Assistant Director and an Instructor of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Sara has developed extensive early-career experience in health policy in Washington, D.C. as a project manager and senior researcher for the George Washington University. Her work has focused on health and access disparities in medically underserved populations. She has collaborated with diverse groups of stakeholders around Medicaid expansion and national health reform, developing issue briefs and policy analyses for such organizations as The Commonwealth Fund. Originally from upstate New York, Sara has continued to pursue her passion for public health with a focus on prevention, health promotion, and targeted community initiatives.

Sara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health, Behavior, and Society from the University of Rochester, and a Master of Public Health from the George Washington University.

Email: RothenSM@EVMS.EDU


Laurie McManama, Project Associate

Mrs. McManama joined CINCH in 2007 and has provides administrative support for CINCH and the Division of Pediatrics Staff.  She enjoys working with CINCH members and being a part of an organization that is helping children become healthy in Hampton Roads. Laurie also supports the EVMS/CHKD Summer Scholars Program, which has provided over 300 students from 65 universities in 25 states with scholarly projects.

Laurie holds an Associates Degree in Medical Administration from Tidewater Technical College. 

Email: McmanaLA@EVMS.EDU 



Christen Dunn, Program Coordinator

Christen Dunn Bio

Email: DunnCL@EVMS.EDU

What's Happening

September 19, 2018
Respiratory Health Workgroup meeting

September 19, 2018
Healthy Start Workgroup meeting

October 17, 2018
Respiratory Health Workgroup meeting


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