Twylla Dillion, MBA, PhD is the Executive Director of HC One. She brings 10+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector spanning philanthropy, Medicaid reform, maternal-child health, data analytics, and academia.
In her prior work at United Way of Greater Rochester, Dr. Dillion focused on using data and analytics across the fundraising, grantmaking, and evaluation cycle. Additionally, Dr. Dillion has conducted research on breastfeeding, served as program officer for maternal-child health programs, and worked as a research lead on a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the project focused on collaborating with Black moms better to understand contributors to Black maternal mortality/morbidity and develop strategies for better outcomes. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where she received her Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Policy and Outcomes, and St. John Fisher College, where she received her MBA.
Leadership Coordinator and Board Liason
Kanan holds B.A.s in Health, Behavior, and Society, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies from the University of Rochester. She is passionate about birth equity, reproductive justice, and moving towards these goals through community engagement. In addition to her work at HealthConnect One, Kanan is on the leadership team of a local reproductive justice taskforce.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time outside, cooking, and arts & crafts.
Impact & Advocacy
Community Engagement Coordinator
Tiwani Oseni is the Community Engagement Coordinator at HealthConnect One. Tiwani graduated with her Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Health Education & Communications from Tulane University in 2022 and found a passion in creating public health social media content that allows individuals and communities to better understand various health topics. While at Tulane, Tiwani was a Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Scholar. Through this scholar program, she created social media content, podcasts, and toolkits for organizations associated with Maternal and Child Health throughout the greater New Orleans area.
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Tiwani attended California State University, Long Beach where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Health Care Administration. In her free time, Tiwani enjoys exploring the sights and cuisine in the city of New Orleans!
Finance & Operations
VP of Finance and Operations
Guillermina Nava is the VP of Finance and Operations at HealthConnect One. She brings 30+ years of non-profit accounting experience to her role at HC One. Guillermina manages all the financial aspects of the agency as well as business operations and human resources.
Before joining HealthConnect One, Guillermina worked her way from Accounting Clerk to Controller at Pilsen-Little Village Community Mental Health Center, Inc., (d/b/a Pilsen Wellness Center) where she was responsible for all of the agency’s financial plans and policies, overseeing their financial affairs, acting as primary contact for the independent auditor, funders, and lending institutions, and supervising the finance department staff.
Ms. Nava received a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from National-Louis University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from DePaul University. She holds certificates in Commercial Spanish, Conflict Management, Confidentiality & Ethics, and Project Management, and is fully bilingual in Spanish and English.
Director of Donor Engagement and Fundraising
Paula Aguilera is the Director of Donor Engagement and Fundraising at HealthConnect One. Her passion is to collaborate with mission-driven individuals and organizations interested in strengthening their communities.
In her off time, Paula can be found at the farmers market of Upstate NY, going outdoors, or planning her next family trip!
Finance & Grants Assistant
Michelle Rodriguez is the Finance & Grants Assistant at HealthConnect One who works under the VP of Finance & Operations. She aids in all the financial aspects of the agency and business operations. Before joining HealthConnect One, Michelle gained extensive knowledge in the Accounting and Business fields. Her passion is to collaborate with like-minded individuals interested in empowering and making a difference within the Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.
In her off time, Michelle enjoys dancing, being outdoors, exercising, traveling, and cooking/baking lots of food for her family. She is also a huge dog lover.
Assistant Vice President of Organizational Stategy
Shonvá Millien (she/her) is Licensed Practical Nurse, certified full spectrum doula and Project Management Professional. She has 10 years of experience in nursing as well as extensive case management and community engagement expertise. She brings a wealth of knowledge from the various fields she has worked in which include non-profit leadership, government, and managed care. She currently serves as the Director of Project Management for HealthConnect One.**
In her free time she enjoys reading, playing with her German Shepard, hiking, and cooking.
Joíní James (she/they) is a Public Health professional, trauma informed full spectrum doula, yoga teacher, childbirth educator, and Certified Lactation Counselor.
They are the proud owner and founder of The Resting Garden serving NJ/NY which was founded to support community solutions for Black maternal mortality.
In their free time they love restaurant tasting, dancing, traveling, doing yoga, reading, writing/creating art, and knitting.
Senior Project Manager
Rebecca Lesperance, CD, MSHE a certified full-spectrum doula, certified holistic fertility doula, and the founder and owner of Birthing Your Light. Rebecca utilizes her 10 years of experience as a former higher education administrator in her current work as a birth worker to support birthing families in the New Jersey/NYC area to make informed evidence-based decisions and advocate for their care holistically.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Temple University and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Drexel University.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and practicing yoga.
Executive Director of the New Jersey Doula Learning Collaborative (NJDLC)
Jodi Green, CLD, CBE is the Executive Director of the NJDLC. As an active doula since 2001, Jodi has served families in NJ, PA, and DE for over 20 years. She is a labor and postpartum doula, and teaches in local communities as a childbirth and reproductive health educator.
NJ DLC Administrative Assistant
Daña Drinkard has previous experience working in event planning, customer service, and as a freelance Graphic Designer.
In her free time, Daña enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, travelling, cooking, eating, reading a good book, and keeping up with her favorite television shows.
Training & Curriculum
VP of Training & Curriculum
Brenda Reyes is a bilingual registered nurse and certified lactation counselor. As the VP of Training and Curriculum for HealthConnect One (HC One), she has over 20 years of experience working with diverse organizations to create and implement peer support programs for birthing families and maternal child health quality improvement initiatives.
Her work centers and engages communities every step of the way. In 2020, her Op-Ed on Why Community-Based Doulas Are A Lifeline for Latinas was featured in HipLatina.com. Her work was also spotlighted in Prism and WellnessandGood.com. Recently, she was also featured in Telemundo’s Mujeres Imparables by Telemundo for her work in maternal and child health. During 2011 – 2012, Brenda worked on Communities Putting Prevention to Work and on Chicago’s Healthy Places initiative and co-created the Hospital Breastfeeding Toolkit for Illinois’ State Perinatal Breastfeeding Quality Improvement Project. She led HC One’s National Birth Equity Leadership Academy (BELA) Community Projects Initiative.
Currently, she serves as HC One’s representative to the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). She has served as an elected board member of USBC and NAPPLSC. She participated in the Center for Social Inclusion’s National First Food Racial Equity Cohort; served as work group expert panel member of the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) for the United States; Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Bread for the World Institute and White House Gender Policy Council (GPC), White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) and Office of the Vice President (OVP) focused on maternal health.
She led the HC One First Food Equity Project Initiative funded by WKKF. She is a frequent speaker on breast/chestfeeding, maternal and child health, racial equity, reproductive justice, and supporting birthing communities of color. She is a parent of three children, enjoys running, art, and the outdoors.
Program Cordinator/ Trainer
Ashauna Mathews is the Project Coordinator/Trainer at HealthConnect One. Ashauna is a certified full-spectrum doula; holistic fertility, birth and postpartum. Ashauna is the founder of SunshineFLO which is where her joy for birthwork began. Ashauna uses her skills acquired through her business, undergraduate career at The Ohio State University and graduate career at the University of Pittsburgh to provide optimal care to her community and provide outcome-based, sustainable care to families in need. Ashauna is an advocate for birth equity and challenging the many systems of oppression that compromise safety for birthing bodies and families worldwide.
LMS & Training Coordinator
Atalya Rajahn is the LMS & Training Coordinator at HealthConnect One. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Public Health in 2020 from Georgia State University. While pursuing her undergrad degree, she found a passion in Maternal and Child Health. After graduation, she gained experience facilitating a peer support group focused on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), and later as a WIC breastfeeding peer counselor. During her work as a PC, she earned her Certified Breastfeeding Specialist certification. She has a love for supporting lactating people & their families, and educating them.
In her free time Atalya enjoys cooking, shopping, and dining out. She lives just outside of Atlanta with her husband and 2 breastfed sons.
Lactation Program Manager/Trainer
Charlotte Torres is a dynamic Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (PC), Community-Based Doula (CBD), and public health professional. Charlotte has over 10 years of experience in data collection management and supporting families on their Breast/Chestfeeding journey through one-on-one peer support, support groups, and celebratory luncheons as a Breast/Chestfeeding PC at UIC Mile Square Health Center WIC while earning her CLC. She co-developed and co-facilitated lunch and learns for the faculty and clinic staff to encourage support and awareness of Breast/Chestfeeding within the communities being served.
Charlotte is a member of the Chicago Region Breastfeeding Task Force (CRBFTF) and serves as an HC One representative for the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). Currently, she serves as the Lactation Program Manager and Trainer for HC One, where she co-facilitates Peer Counselor Trainings, facilitated focus groups at the University of Chicago (U of C), provides technical assistance and consulting to our First Food Equity (FFE) partners, the Illinois State Physical Activity and Nutrition Program (ISPAN), and North Shore Hospital Systems while advocating for first food equity within BIPOC families and communities.
Community-Based Doula Program Manager
Jacqueline Lambert, is the Community Based Doula Manager/Trainer. She has worked in her community serving for about 15 years and believes in empowering women and their families. She is an activist for women’s health. In 2014 she started training home visitation programs to become better breastfeeding friendly but also to become better advocates for breastfeeding towards the families they serve. She continues working training organizations and using the WIC peer to peer support programs to this date. Before joining HC One staff, she was instrumental in building lactation spaces, developing and managing programs in her previous employment, and successful at implementing and facilitating one of the Baby Cafes in Mississippi. During COVID she had one of the most successful Baby cafes in her region from having more than 600 participants. With each cafe’ session , she looks forward to meeting every family and engaging and learning their experiences. Jackie has received numerous awards for her work in Maternal and Child Health. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, facilitating groups within her church and keeping up with new television shows.