Get to know L.A. Net’s Practice Facilitators and Staff
Lyndee M. Knox, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
June Levine, RN, MSN
Director of Practice Coaching & Quality Improvement
Ms. Levine has worked with a variety of organizations on such endeavors as quality management, disease management, healthcare student recruitment, workforce analysis, community based planning, continuing education, disaster preparedness, grant writing and bioethics education. She directed the Access to Care Collaborative in the San Fernando Valley and manages three monthly volunteer based primary care clinics. Previously, Ms. Levine was the Director of Clinical Practice for the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County where she facilitated broad efforts in the area of disease management, quality improvement and disaster preparedness and spent over twelve years as a nurse executive in hospitals. In the course of her career, she has facilitated multiple practice change strategies while coaching health care professionals and other managers through planning and implementation. Her writing, including two books, has covered bioethical and administrative topics. She has served on the Board of the American Cancer Society – East San Gabriel area, the Board of Senior Care Network in Pasadena and the Advisory Board of the LA Best Babies Network. She has been an active participant in the health care professional community, holding offices in various organizations, including the presidency of the Nurse Executive Council of the Healthcare Association of Southern California and the chairperson of the California Primary Care Association-Clinic Emergency Preparedness Project Committee.
Vanessa Nguyen, MPH
Ms. Nguyen’s experience and interest in Public Health began with her training at the University of California, Los Angeles and continued onto Loma Linda University, School of Public Health where she received her MPH in Health Services Research. Experienced in both qualitative and quantitative data analysis she holds a passion for research, particularly in health administration and policy. One of her more recent projects stemmed from the national Kids Inpatient Database surrounding correlations between respiratory disease hospitalizations and ambient air pollutants for 24 surveyed states. The database was funded by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project and by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Prior to her work with LA Net, she held a researching position at the Office of Public Health Practice & Workforce Development, which housed one of the 27 CDC Centers for Public Health Preparedness. Her role as a researcher provided experience in working with communities and administration. As a Practice Facilitator for LA Net, Ms. Nguyen aims to assist in aiding primary care practices to reach their goals in improving quality care given to patients.
Diana Traje, MPH
Christine Edwards, PhD
Christine Edwards is originally from Chicago, Illinois where she did her undergraduate and masters’ programs at Northern Illinois University. She then attended the University of Southern California and completed her Ph.D. in Adult Learning. Christine has focused on physician and hospital-based education, serving as Director of Continuing Medical Education.
Zoe-Anne Fitzhugh, RN, MS, CHES, CCNS
Ms. Fitzhugh’s professional career includes consultation with a focus on professional staff development and continuing education; clinical teaching and administration in both university and medical center settings; and serving as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in a 900 bed public hospital.
Ms. Fitzhugh’s expertise includes instructional design and teaching and developing competencies. The skills sets required include assessing needs, establishing goals and objectives, developing tools for evaluation, facilitating groups and presenting ideas. She has designed and conducted workshops regionally, nationally and internationally. The topics included the administration of continuing education programs, instructional design- particularly for the adult learner, counseling and supervision, planned change, communication and developing support groups, and prevention of HIV transmission and treatment of HIV disease. In addition, she has assisted several hospitals and ambulatory clinics prepare staff for accreditation. While employed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for HIV and Mental Health Services, Ms Fitzhugh maintained a counseling service for employees, patients and their families, and served as a group facilitator and educator.
Ms. Fitzhugh holds a BSN degree from California State University at Los Angeles, Department of Nursing and an MS degree in Adult Community Mental Health Nursing from Boston University School of Nursing. While at Boston University she completed the doctoral course work and comprehensive examination required for a degree in Continuing Education and Community College (Adult Education). She is a Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, State of California and Certified Health Education Specialist, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
Ms Fitzhugh is particularly adept at preparing clinical instructors, internal and external consultants and developing work teams and facilitating and evaluating the process of organizational change. She is an excellent facilitator, who is known for her ability to inspire and motivate others.
Aminah Ofumbi, MSW
As a Los Angeles native, Aminah witnessed many social inadequacies. Through her experiences, she has developed an unrelenting passion for reducing health disparities within her community. Aminah has a background in community health promotion in South Los Angeles. Working the Los Angeles Urban League, she focused on increasing quality health resources for disenfranchised populations. Her work has been recognized among several community leaders and organizations. She has participated in innovative community-based initiatives aimed at increasing positive health outcomes among African-American and Latino communities. Aminah has earned a Masters degree in social work from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.