Meet our leadership team!

The DCAC Leadership Team is comprised of elected officers (i.e. Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer), team leaders, and particular ex oficio agents.

Janet Phoenix, MD


She has visited and helped more than 200 asthmatic families helping them to better care for their sick children. Janet often speaks to many organizations and agencies about asthma, especially in wards 7 and 8, promoting policies to reduce the number of people with asthma. She has developed relationships with many organizations, including managed care organizations, non-profits, environmental, housing and health organizations and intends to use those relationships to further the goals of the DC Asthma Coalition.

    Patricia Austin, RN, MSN

    Vice Chair

    She is an advanced practice community/public health nurse, and academician with more than 20 years of experience in various health care delivery systems and health policy development. She was an Eli Lilly Fellow who served as a Health Policy Analyst with the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. She has published several articles and studies related to Asthma among minority populations, and presented at local as well as national conferences.

      Robin M. Barclay, MPH


      She has devoted thirty years developing and operating managed care plans for the uninsured and indigent. She currently serves as Director for Health Promotions and Outreach, and Business Development for Trusted Health Plan, which holds a contract with the District of Columbia to serve Medicaid recipients.

        LaVerne Hawkins-Jones

        Ex oficio member

        LaVerne works as a Liaison for the DC Department of Health, Community Health Administration, which is a principal funder for the DCAC.

          Language W. Barrow, RN

          Team Leader

          Language leads the DCAC Outreach & Communications team. He works as a Clinical Quality Improvement Analyst for Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN) Quality and Accreditation department, and is currently serving as project lead on the HSCSN Asthma Pilot Project.

            Faye Roy-Hunter

            Team Co-Leader

            Leanne is the DCAC Program Team Co-Leader.

              Marcela Gieminiani

              Team Co-Leader

              Marcela is the DCAC Program Team Co-Leader.

                Rolando A. Andrewn, MBA

                Team Leader

                Rolando is the DCAC Sustainability Team Leader.  His organization, Breathe DC, also serves as the fiscal agent for the DCAC.

                Derdire “De” Coleman

                Derdire serves as the DCAC Policy Team Leader.