Board of Directors
Kelli is both the Executive Director and a founding member of Think Kids. She began working in the nonprofit sector in 1999, advocating for public education, then for kids’ health issues since 2004. She is a 2021 graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program, studying the linkages between health care and public education in rural West Virginia.
Kelli is a vocal advocate for kids’ health in our state and can be heard and read frequently in statewide media. In 2019, she received the West Virginia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics’ Friend of Children Advocacy Award. In 2021, she was named a West Virginia Wonder Woman by WV Living magazine. Most often, you can find her on Twitter.
Patricia Collett, PA-C
Patricia Collett, PA-C, is the Chief Operations Officer for Community Care of West Virginia, Inc. It is the largest sponsor of school-based health care in our state. Trish graduated from Alderson- Broaddus College with a Bachelor of Medical Science degree in 1994 and WVU Health Care MBA Essentials Program in 2006. She joined Community Care of WV as a physician’s assistant in 2000. In 2008, she became the Director of Medical Services. She led their effort to expand SBHCs to multiple counties and schools in their service are.
Outside her work, Trish is involved in 4H, where she is an active adult leader and is the treasurer for the Randolph County WVU 4H Foundation. She also serves as the secretary on the Randolph County Parks and Recreation Board.
Andrea Darr is the Director of the West Virginia Center for Children’s Justice, which promotes and supports a statewide trauma-informed response to child maltreatment and children’s exposure to violence. The Center, housed in the Crimes Against Children Unit at the West Virginia State Police, streamlines resources and minimizes duplicative efforts to address challenges, barriers, gaps, and needed improvements in working child maltreatment cases. The Center includes the WV Children’s Justice Task Force and the WV Handle with Care Initiative. Before devoting her work full time to children’s initiatives, Andrea served as the Coordinator of Victim Witness Services for the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute from 2005-2015. Andrea is a nationally-sought speaker on the Handle with Care program, implemented in 28 states and three countries.
Sharon Iskra, JD
Sharon Iskra is a partner with Bailey Glasser LLP and leads the firm’s Institutional Abuse and Neglect team. She’s a nationally recognized advocate and voice for children, individuals with special needs, and others who have been abused, neglected, or exploited. Sharon is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) representing children. She is a graduate of Baylor University and Wake Forest University School of Law and resides in Charleston.
Sanjoy Mukherjee, MD
Dr. Sanjoy Mukherjee is the lead Medical Director at UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia in Charleston. Additionally, he is a part-time assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, KY. Dr. Mukherjee was recently named to the advisory board for the Marshall University Minority Health Institute. He is an emergency physician with more than 20 years of diverse experience, including remote, rural hospitals, inner-city locations, and large suburban and tertiary care centers. His current role at UniCare involves leading population health initiatives focusing on social determinants of health and health equity. He holds bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Louisville and has military experience, serving in the United States Navy.
Brittany Smith, PhD Student
Brittany Smith is a student at the West Virginia University School of Public Health who will be pursuing a PhD in Public Health Sciences. She will be graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. During her undergraduate career, she did extensive research that focused on childhood adversity and substance misuse in women. She has a special interest in studying the consequences of substance use crises on children due to her own childhood experiences. Her experiences have made her self-motivated to prevent the suffering and intergenerational transmission of trauma in this population. Brittany’s work has been presented at local, national, and international conferences and meetings.
W. Austin Smith, Esq.
Austin is an Associate Attorney with Bowles Rice LLP in Charleston. He earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law, where he served as Vice President and National Team Member of the Moot Court Board and Treasurer of the Black Law Students Association. He received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice – Legal Studies from Marshall University, where he was a Judith A. Herndon Fellow.
Ex Officio Members
Candice Lefeber, MPH
Candice Hamilton is the Assistant Director of Project WATCH/West Virginia’s Birth Score Program in the Department of Pediatrics at West Virginia University and the Executive Director of the West Virginia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. Since completing her Master of Public Health degree at WVU in 2004, she has worked closely with West Virginia maternal and infant birth outcome data, substance use during pregnancy, and public health policy. Through her experience as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and foster parent, she has developed a passion for advocacy to protect and improve kids’ health in our state.
Barbara Wessels, MS
Barbara Wessels is a marketing and communications strategist with a passion for public health. As part of the leadership team for UniCare, Barbara partners with organizations to promote health and wellness. She was recognized in the 2016-2017 Medicaid Health Plans of America’s Annual Best Practices – Promising Initiative for her work increasing well-child visits in a school-based setting. Formerly the marketing director for CAMC and Kay Casto and Chaney, Barbara has a BA from the University of Charleston and an MS for Western Governors University in management and leadership. She is a graduate of Leadership West Virginia and is a board member for the American Heart Association, Great Rivers Affiliate in Charleston, WV.
Elliana Bohan, Student Support, Including All Kids Project
Elliana Bohan is from Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to West Virginia to attend West Virginia University to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Public Health with an area of emphasis in Patient Navigation. She also works at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital as a Clinical Associate in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. This position has given her the opportunity to work closely with patients from all over West Virginia and notice how healthcare impacts different populations. She joined Think Kids in April to help assist with surveying West Virginia populations and healthcare support of families with kids that have a developmental disability.
Caity Coyne, Correspondent: The Health and Hunger Project
Caity Coyne grew up in San Diego. She came to West Virginia in 2013 to study journalism at WVU, and moved to Charleston in 2017 where she now serves as the public health reporter with the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Through a partnership with the national journalism service organization Report For America, Caity spent two years covering the state’s Southern Coalfields where she earned numerous local and national awards for investigative and feature reporting. Thanks to her travels in the region and hundreds of people willing to share their stories with her, Caity gained a deep respect and admiration for the Mountain State.
Stella Gill, Executive Support Specialist
Andrew Wessels, Project Director: Connecting Kids to Coverage WV
Andy Wessels has a unique and distinguished work history in both public relations and health insurance— a blend that makes him the ideal director for the Connecting Kids to Coverage project. Most recently, he served as the Director of Intergovernmental and Public Relations for the WV Board of Medicine. He’s also worked as the Director of Corporate Affairs for BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company and Director of Business Development with the West Virginia Primary Care Association. He also founded his own public relations company, Sterling Communications of West Virginia, LLC.