Who We Are

Introducing our consultants to you

Our Consultants

Frances Dunn Butterfoss

Frances Dunn Butterfoss brings 30 years of experience supporting partnerships, coalitions and collaborations and is the founding president of Coalitions Work. Dr. Butterfoss is a Professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and founding director of two coalitions: Consortium for Infant & Child Health (CINCH) and Project Immunize Virginia (PIV). Fran formerly directed the national Immunization Coalition Training Institute (1995-1998) and has significant experience in consulting and training worldwide on developing, sustaining and evaluating coalitions for health promotion and disease prevention. She has received substantial research support and has published widely. Dr. Butterfoss holds a PhD in health promotion and education from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Her textbooks, Coalitions and Partnerships in Community Health and Ignite! Getting Your Community Coalition Fired Up for Change are best sellers for academics and practitioners alike.


Timothy LaPier

Timothy LaPier, MA, has worked tirelessly to build effective coalitions for over 25 years. He served as a consultant and trainer for developing strong partnerships and coalitions at the local (American Lung Association), state (New York State Department of Health), and federal level (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)).



Patti Kiger

Patti Kiger is a senior strategic planning, social marketing and coalition development consultant. She is an Instructor at EVMS and Executive Director of Eastern Shore Healthy Communities. She holds a Masters in Education from the University and is pursuing a doctorate in Health Services Research at Old Dominion University.

Amy Paulson

Amy Paulson has over 19 years’ experience in public health program management.  Ms. Paulson has served as Executive Director of the Consortium for Infant and Child Health (CINCH) since 2006.  She is a certified asthma instructor and an Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.  Ms. Paulson holds Bachelor’s degrees in Business in Health Care Administration and in Psychology, both from Appalachian State University, and a Masters of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.