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COCHS' Advisors

Dick Bohrer


Dick Bohrer is a partner at Martin, Blanck and Associates, Inc., a consulting firm to the health care industry and to health care information management and technology companies.

Mr. Bohrer retired in 2004 from the US Public Health Services as assistant Surgeon General and director of the Community Health Center Program after more than 34 years of service. In this capacity, Mr. Bohrer managed a national program to improve access to high-quality primary health care services for underserved and vulnerable populations in the United States.

Martin Blanck and Assocates Inc.; Washington, DC

Thomas Dart


Thomas Dart is in his sixth year of service at the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, the nation’s second largest of its kind. After serving as chief of staff to former Cook County Sheriff Michael F. Sheahan, he was elected to a four-year term as sheriff in November 2006.

Sheriff Dart began a career in public service as an assistant attorney for Cook County. In 1992, he won a seat in the Illinois House, representing a diverse district on Chicago’s South Side. He received numerous honors for his work in the legislature, including the Illinois State Bar Association’s President’s Commendation and “Legislator of the Year” awards from several groups, including the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois State Crime Commission, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Cook County, IL

Ed Dean


Ed Dean was made sheriff of Marion County in 1998 through an appointment by the late Florida governor, Lawton Chiles, and was elected to the position in November 2000 and 2004.

Previously, Sheriff Dean served as an attorney at a private practice and held leadership roles in the manufacturing industry. In both the private and public sectors, Sheriff Dean has served on numerous local boards and commissions, including the Marion County Indigent Health Care Council, Marion Regional Manufacturers Association, and several law enforcement associations. Recently, he has led a county-wide effort to merge community and correctional health care.

Marion County, FL

Steven Spencer, MD

Independent Correctional Health Consultant

Dr. Steven Spencer is board-certified in internal medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Following eight years as medical director of the New Mexico Corrections Department, he has been an independent consultant in correctional health care to various state and local jurisdictions, federal courts, the US Department of Justice, and the Royal Government of Cambodia.

Dr. Spencer is a credentialed surveyor for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and a recipient of the organization’s Bernard P. Harrison Award of Merit. He is also a certified correctional health professional (CCHP-A), a former member of the CCHP Board of Trustees, and a member and former board member of the American Correctional Health Services Association and the Society of Correctional Physicians, respectively.

Santa Fe, NM

Michelle Staples-Horne, MD, MPH, CCHP

President-Elect, Society of Correctional Physicians; Medical Director, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

Dr. Michelle Staples-Horne has been the medical director for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice for twelve years, and is responsible for providing medical services to youths served by the Department. She also is president-elect of the Society of Correctional Physicians, and serves on the Health Care Committee of the American Correctional Association and the Juvenile Health Committee for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.

Dr. Staples-Horne has provided training and consultation to the National Institute on Corrections and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and contributed to several articles and books on correctional health care.

Decatur, GA

Marc F. Stern, MD, MPH

Former Health Services Director; Washington State Department of Corrections

Dr. Marc Stern is a teacher, researcher, and consultant in correctional health care and former Health Services Director for the Washington State Department of Corrections. He is a member of several professional associations, including the American College of Physicians, the Society of Correctional Physicians, the American Correctional Association, and the Washington Correctional Association. Dr. Stern also serves as an affiliate assistant professor at the School of Public Health of the University of Washington.

Previously, he served as the regional medical directors for Correctional Medical Services, Inc., and the New York State Department of Correctional Services.

Olympia, WA

Frederica Williams

President and Chief Executive Officer; Whittier Street Health Center

Frederica Williams is the president and CEO of the Whittier Street Health Center, and has more than 20 years of experience in community-based health care, international public health, strategic planning, revenue control, physician practice management, and health technology.

She currently serves on the Boards of Trustees for New England Eye Institute and Boston Health Net. Williams also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Joslin Diabetes African American Initiative, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s National Cancer Collaborative Dissemination Project, the Global Health/International Women’s Health Initiative, and the Center for Health Options and Innovative Community Empowerment.

Boston, MA

Jacqueline C. Zalumas, PhD, RNC, FNP

Corrections Director, Southeast AIDS Training Center

Dr. Jacqueline Zalumas is a professor of nursing at Mercer University School of Nursing and professor emeritus of the Emory University Medical School. Previously, she served as corrections director for the Southeast AIDS Training Center. She has extensive experience providing training and technical assistance to correctional facilities in the Southeast United States.

Atlanta, GA