Board of Directors

Dr. Rhonique
Shields-Harris, MD
Board Secretary

Rhonique Shields-Harris is a board certified pediatrician who previously served as the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc. 

Dr. Shields-Harris earned her medical degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine. After completing her pediatric residency training at Georgetown University Hospital, she stayed on an additional year to serve as chief resident of the pediatric program. She was recruited to work for and eventually became the medical director for mobile health programs at Children’s National in the District of Columbia where she had oversight and management of medical and dental mobile units which provided services to underserved community. During her early years at Children’s National, she earned a Masters in health care administration. Under Dr. Shields-Harris leadership, the mobile health program, a unique partnership with the national program, the Children’s Health Fund, expanded in terms of increasing the fleet of mobile units, expanding services regionally, implementing dental services and building a fixed site health center in Southeast DC. It is this health center and mobile health program  that achieved NCQA level three recognition as a patient centered medical home.

During her time at Children’s National, Dr. Harris was the medical director for the DCKIDS program, which was a partnership with the local foster care agency creating a medical home for children in out of home foster care and providing oversight of the care/case management program for children in foster care. She also wore the hat of Executive Director of Public Sector Partnerships which allowed her to provide advisory leadership of the school nurse program.

Dr. Shields-Harris is known for her passion to serve and educate others which is exemplified in her multiple testimonies on capitol hill around issues dealing with asthma, SCHIP authorization, loan repayment and physician work force, as well as position on multiple boards, including immediate past chair of the DC Primary Care Association, member of the NBC4 community advisory board and past member of the board for the Washington School for Girls. She is active in the DC chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, serving as their medical home asthma champion. Dr. Shields- Harris has presented at national forums around creating a medical home for children in foster care, asthma, mobile health care, patient centered medical home and quality improvement initiatives.

Dr. Shields- Harris is an avid marathoner, Zumba fitness instructor and mother of three. 

Board Chairman
Don Blanchon began his tenure as executive director of Whitman-Walker on May 1, 2006. Before that, he spent nine years READ MORE
Orhan, CPA
Board Treasurer
Zeynep Orhan, CPA is a senior manager at Hertzbach & Company, P.A. Zeynep’s experience is in assurance services and outsourced READ MORE
Dr. Rhonique
Shields-Harris, MD
Board Secretary
Rhonique Shields-Harris is a board certified pediatrician who previously served as the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical READ MORE
Immediate Past Board Chairman
George A. Jones became Chief Executive Officer of Bread for the City (BFTC) on January 2, 1996. BFTC’s mission is READ MORE
Maria S.
Gomez, RN, MPH
Maria S. Gomez is the founder of Mary’s Center, a community health organization providing health care, education and social services READ MORE
Flora Terrell
Hamilton, DSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
Flora Terrell Hamilton, DSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, Executive Director, is a founder of Family and Medical Counseling Service, Inc. (FMCS), incorporated READ MORE
Vincent A.
Vincent A. Keane is currently President/CEO of Unity Health Care, Inc. (Unity), Washington, D.C.  Unity, a Federally Qualified Health Center READ MORE
Sweeney McShane
Kelly Sweeney McShane is a well-respected and innovative nonprofit leader in Washington, DC. For over 20 years, she has worked tirelessly READ MORE
Lillie-Blanton, DrPH
Associate Research Professor
Marsha Lillie-Blanton is a public health professional with more than 30 years of experience working on health and health care READ MORE
Institute Fellow
Robert Berenson, is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington DC. He is an expert in health care READ MORE