George McFarland, MSW

AAHP Program Manager and CEO and President of McFarland and Associates, Inc.
George McFarland has more than 46 years of experience developing programs and providing service in the areas of health care, education, employment and economic sustainability. A resident of Montgomery County for more than 41 years, Mr. McFarland has worked closely with numerous federal, state and community organizations in the County and throughout the U.S. to improve the quality of life for people whose lives are affected by health risks. He has authored and implemented more than $100 million in grants and contracts to promote health and human development, playing a major role in shaping our understanding of the influence of behavior on overall health and wellness.


Under his leadership, McFarland & Associates, Inc., provides program and management consulting services in health care, social science research, education, criminal justice, housing, information technology, and substance abuse prevention. A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, George McFarland holds a bachelors in political science from Howard as well as a master of social work in social policy formation from Howard University.

Nkossi Dambita, MD, MPH, MS

Clinical Director
Dr. Nkossi Dambita is the Director of Clinical Services at McFarland & Associates in the African American Health Program in Montgomery County, Maryland. Dr. Dambita is a public health physician trained in epidemiology at SUNY at Buffalo where he received his Master of Science degree. Dr. Dambita received his MPH in health systems management from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a master's in health sciences informatics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. For more than two decades, he has directed public health programs at the state and local levels, as well as internationally. He has successfully managed major public health projects, including the serological monitoring of HIV in Maryland and the surveillance of bioterrorism in Baltimore City.


Dr. Dambita has provided education and advisory services to governments and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). He has been faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine since 2006. He is a passionate advocate of knowledge management systems as a means of delivering knowledge at the point of need for better decision-making in Public Health.

Andrea Guy-McFarland, MSW

Senior Associate for Project Development and Quality Assurance
Andrea Guy-McFarland began her long career in public service and social work as a community organizer in Philadelphia. In support of services and programs that help the mentally handicapped, mentally retarded and emotionally disturbed, and children in need of protection, she has held leadership positions that involved developing policy and procedures; designing, implementing and evaluating programs; assisting in the preparation, monitoring, and adjustment of budgets; and managing and supervising staff, among other tasks. For ten years, she served as the District Program Manager, Deputy District Administrator, and District Administrator (on an as-needed basis) as well as the Vice-president of operations for two social service organizations.


In these roles, she was responsible for a welfare reform case management contract and supervised and coordinated social services for programs related to alcohol and drug abuse, mental health, and other health issues. After relocating to the DC metropolitan area, she worked as the Deputy Director of Planning, Policy and Program Support for DC Child and Family Services for 15 years. In 2015, she joined McFarland and Associates as a senior associate for project development and quality assurance, where she is responsible for staff development and quality assurance. Ms. McFarland holds a bachelor’s in liberal arts from Temple University as well as a master’s in social work from University of Pennsylvania. She also has numerous professional affiliations, volunteers extensively, and has been recognized for her work and dedication with accolades that include the Valeria Bullard Black Administrator of the Year Award.

Monica Brame, PMP

Chief Financial & Business Operations Officer
Monica Brame has more than 15 years of federal contracting, program management and accounting experience with several health and human services agencies. Early in her career, she worked for KPMG performing client engagement and later worked as an analyst for Lockheed Martin, where she provided financial support and leadership. Prior to joining McFarland and Associates, she worked as an accountant for the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Brame joined AAHP as a finance manager providing managerial leadership and staff direction for financial and accounting administration, company operating budgets, payroll operations, accounting deliverables, cost management and pricing proposals, internal audits, fiscal reporting, and business controls.


She later became McFarland’s CFO and business operations office; in that role, she provides guidance in the design and implementation of strategic plans and initiatives for measurement of company progress against contract requirements. She also currently works as a consultant in finance, contracts, human resources, accounting and sales. A certified PMP, she holds a bachelor's in accounting from Morgan State University and a master's in management, and an MBA from University of Maryland University College. She is a member of the National Association of Black Accountants and Beta Gamma Sigma, a business honor society.

Serena Holtz, RN

Nurse Case Manager
Serena Holtz joined AAHP as a Nurse Case Manager for the S.M.I.L.E. program in 2017. She formerly worked as a clinic charge nurse and a clinical nursing supervisor at several Prince George’s County Health Department clinics, working in the prenatal, post-partum, and family planning clinics as well as the STD, TB and Healthy Teens and Young Adults Health Center. There, she gained valuable experience providing health care and health education to a diverse clientele as well as training, managing and supervising nursing staff. Ms. Holtz also worked as an RN evaluator, conducting exams for nurse aide candidates. Active in her church, Ms. Holtz serves as an ambassador for Kingdom Fellowship AME Church's Women of Faith Ministry and participates in the Health and Wellness Ministry and the Adoration Choir. 

Charlene Day, RNC-OB, MSN, CNS, C-EFM

Nurse Case Manager
Charlene Day has twenty years of experience as a registered nurse specializing in maternal and child health and labor and delivery. She most recently worked to provide nursing care for antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum patients at Walter Reed National Military Hospital and as a travel nurse with Inova Fair Oaks and Montgomery General Hospital. Prior to that, she worked as a clinical nurse specialist at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Washington Adventist Hospital. Ms. Day received her associate’s from the Helene Fuld School of Nursing, her bachelor of science in nursing from the C.W. Post Long Island University, and her master’s in nursing from Hunter College.

Brandon Estime, BS

Data Coordinator/Community Health Worker
As AAHP’s data coordinator/community health worker, Brandon Estime analyzes health screening data to identify trends and coordinates health outreach events. A recent graduate of University of Maryland, College Park, Mr. Estime received his bachelors in community health and recently received certification for HIV Testing and Linkage to Care. Mr. Estime has interned with the National Cancer Institute, Community Clinic Inc. Health and Wellness Services, volunteered for Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy, served as a member of United Against Inequities in Disease, and worked as a researcher for the Community Anti-Drug Coalition.

Saundra Jackson, RN

Nurse Case Manager
Saundra Jackson received her associate's degree in nursing from Prince George's Community College and her bachelor's in healthcare administration from Columbia Union College. During the first half of her nursing career, Ms. Jackson worked in emergency rooms, labor and delivery wards, and neonatal ICUs in Southeast D.C. among the African American population. In 2003, Ms. Jackson began providing services in Montgomery County with Nurses for Newborns where she was the regional director. She later became the first nurse for the African American Health Program. She is certified in Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding. As a nurse case manager with AAHP, Ms. Jackson provides direct client services to African Americans in Montgomery County through the Maternal and Child Health focus area's SMILE program.

Beri Kari-Fonge, MSN Ed., RN.

Interim Nurse Case Manager, Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Program
Beri Kari-Fonge began working with AAHP as a volunteer in 2006, and after a long hiatus, began again as a volunteer in 2016, and was then promptly promoted to the Community Health Worker role. Originally from Cameroon, Ms. Kari-Fonge graduated from the University of Texas, Arlington, with a bachelor's in nursing. She worked for more than seven years as a critical care nurse with adult care experience in medical-surgical care, geriatric, hospice, cardiac, and rehabilitative care. Since August 2015, she has taught at Montgomery College as clinical adjunct faculty in the nursing program. Ms. Kari-Fonge recently earned her master's in nursing education from Frostburg State University.

Dylan Owens, BS, MPH

Research Associate and Community Health Worker
Dylan Owens brings a passion for community health and health education. At AAHP, she assists with literature reviews, grant proposals, and other research related to the mental and behavioral health of African Americans. A trained and certified registered behavior technician, she also currently works for the Language and Behavior Center implementing Behavior Intervention Programs for autistic children. Ms. Owens received her bachelor’s at James Madison University and recently received her Master of Public Health at George Washington University.

Deborah Rodriguez-Gummo

Nurse Supervisor
Deborah Rodriguez-Gummo, AAHP's nurse supervisor, is a registered nurse with expertise in health screenings and caring for patients with Diabetes or Cardiovascular diseases. Since 2017, she has worked as an independent contractor with various wellness programs in Maryland, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania. In addition to her nursing experience, she has also worked in hospital and pharmaceutical sales for Johnson & Johnson. Deborah received her BSN degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio.

Wanda J. Smith, MSW

Social Worker
With a professional emphasis on therapy, crisis intervention, case management, education and community outreach, Wanda Smith’s career in social work spans over twenty years. Ms. Smith recently worked as an adult protective services supervisor for the Fairfax County Government, where she oversaw case outcomes and ensured compliance with federal and state laws and procedures. She also has experience serving the aging and disabled population. Ms. Smith received her bachelors in social work from California State Polytechnic University and her masters in social work from University of Maryland at Baltimore.

Elsa N. Sohahong-Kombet, MBA, MSHR

HIV Coordinator
Elsa Sohahong-Kombet has a Nursing Assistant Certification and a bachelor's in biology from the University of the District of Columbia. She has a Master of Business Administration in Health Service Administration and Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Strayer University. She has held internships at Howard University Hospital, George Mason University and The United Nations in New York. Ms. Sohahong-Kombet has managed incoming payments in accounts receivable in the hotel industry in the accounting department; summarized receivables on a weekly and monthly basis; and analyzed accounts to discover discrepancies. As a front office assistant manager, she coordinated activities with other hotel departments in order to increase levels of communication and customer satisfaction. She also acted as a liaison between sales and front desk staff in order to ensure that all group events were executed perfectly. She speaks French, English, and some Spanish and Chinese.

Juliette Williams

Community Health Worker
Ms. Williams brings to her position as a community health worker a strong background in recruitment, community outreach, coordinating and training volunteers, and fundraising. She spent more than a decade as an account executive with the National Marrow Donor program’s Be the Match Registry, where she helped increase the number of African Americans in the National Bone Marrow registry by 200% and was recognized as one of the top five account executives nationally. Ms. Williams received her bachelors from Virginia State University and completed graduate coursework at Howard University and the University of Iowa.

Robina Barlow

Plant-Based Nutritionist and Food for Life Instructor
Robina Barlow is a certified Food for Life Instructor focused on improving health outcomes for individuals through food and nutrition. Her classes provide nutrition information and food preparation demonstrations. Class topics include diabetes, heart disease, cancer, weight control, healthy basics, and kickstarting health. She has enjoyed watching her students improve their biometrics and health through healthy eating and other lifestyle changes.


Ms. Barlow's Food for Life Instructor certification was granted by the Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine, which researches and promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. She is also certified in plant-based nutrition from the Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell University. 

Her training includes the Rouxbe Cooking School’s Forks Over Knives Cooking Course, general nutrition training from Wageningen University, the Lifestyle Training Seminar at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, and the International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine. Ms. Barlow is a graduate of Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Ms. Barlow’s work as a nutrition instructor follows many years of work as a project manager in the area of information technology.

William B. Lawson, M.D., Ph.D., D.L F.A.P.A.

Dr. Lawson is Founder and Director of the Institute to Reduce Disparities. LLC, and Director of Psychiatric Research for the Emerson Clinical Research Institute, and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Emeritus professor and former chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Howard University School of Medicine, Dr. Lawson is a leader and pioneer in the field of mental health, particularly as it pertains to minority populations. He has held numerous senior positions including former positions as the president of the DC chapter of Mental Health America, president of the Washington Psychiatric Society, past Chair of the Section of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the National Medical Association, and president of the Black Psychiatrists of America. Dr. Lawson received his PhD in psychology from the University of New Hampshire, his MD from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago, and completed his residency at Stanford University and completed a fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health.

Joseph Latta, DDS

Dr. Joseph Bruce Latta has provided outstanding service to patients in Montgomery County for more than 40 years. His pediatric dental practice, Latta and Associates, is widely recognized for implementing groundbreaking strategies to motivate children and youth to practice good oral hygiene. Active in the community, Dr. Latta is s a resource for dental health programs and is a member of several professional organizations including the American Dental Association, the American Society of Density for Children, and the Maryland State Dental Association. Dr. Latta received his bachelor's from Florida A & M University and his doctorate in dental surgery and his certificate in pedodontics from Howard University.
The African American Health Program is funded and administered by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and implemented by McFarland & Associates, Inc.
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