Meet Our Team

Steering Committee Members

Donald Dudley, M.D. │ Obstetrics Lead │ dd7ss@virginia.edu

Currently the William T. Moore Professor and Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.  He specializes in caring for women with high risk pregnancies, particularly those women and families that have suffered pregnancy losses in the past.  He graduated medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa, and then MFM fellowship at the University of Utah.  Dr. Dudley prized collaborative efforts and is enthusiastic about the role that the VNPC can play in improving pregnancy outcomes in Virginia.

Joseph Khoury, MD │ Pediatrics Leadjoseph.elkhoury@vcuhealth.org

Dr. Khoury is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. He is Medical Director of Neonatal Transport, Associate Director for Fellowship Training at VCU and site Director for Fellowship Training at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals. Dr. Khoury received his medical degree in 2004 from The American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He completed his Pediatric Residency in 2009 and Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in 2012 at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Shannon Pursell, MPHVirginia Department of Health (VDH)shannon.pursell@vdh.virginia.gov

Shannon is the Maternal and Infant Health Coordinator at the Virginia Department of Health.  She is an Army veteran, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a medic working with the local population and developing a medical record system in an orphanage in Ghazni Providence.  She completed her Master’s in Public Health in 2007 at Walden University and her Bachelors of Science at Purdue University in Health Sciences.

Marie Pokraka, RN, MSN, IBCLC │ March of Dimesmpokraka@marchofdimes.org

Marie has been a registered nurse for more than 25 years and an internationally board certified lactation consultant for more than 15 years.  She has a BSN from NYU and MSN from GMU.  She currently serves as the Director of March of Dimes VA, Maternal Child Health and Governmental Affairs.

Joan Williamson RN, MSN │ Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA)jwilliamson@vhha.com

A registered nurse since 1976, she has practiced in critical care for 30 years. She earned a BSN from Alderson Broaddus University, and a Master of Nursing in Adult Health with a specialization in Critical Care from Emory University. For the past 10 years she has been working in hospital quality and patient safety, and holds certifications in hospital quality and patient safety.  Joan currently serves as the Director of the Virginia Patient Safety Organization, a federally listed PSO. She is married, has two adult children and two grandchildren.

Barbara Snapp, DNP, NNP-BCNational Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP) │bsnappdnp@gmail.com

Dr. Snapp is employed as a neonatal nurse practitioner by the Children’s National Health System at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Dr. Snapp currently serves on the National Association of Neonatal Nurses Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Advanced Practice Council. Her commitment to nursing scholarship and quality care is evidenced by her many publications, leadership in multicenter, collaborative quality improvement teams, and her work with national organizations on developing quality metrics for neonatology. Dr. Snapp collaborates closely with her colleagues to assure that high quality evidence based care is provided to infants and families.

Jessica Purdom, MSVirginia Department of Health│jessica.purdom@vdh.virginia.gov

Jessica is the Virginia Neonatal Perinatal Collaborative Specialist at the Virginia Department of Health. She has worked for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) for the past 6 years in Virginia and New Mexico. She was the Regional Coordinator and Breastfeeding Coordinator for Albuquerque, NM WIC. She completed her Master of Science in Health Education in 2016 at the University of New Mexico and her Bachelor of Science at California State University, Chico in Nutrition.

Executive Committee Members

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) │Deanna Daniel, RN-BC, BSN

American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) │ Amber Price, DNP

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) │Chris Chisholm, MD

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) │Ann Kellams, MD, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) │David Gregory, MD

Managed Care Organization (MCO) Christine McCormick

Insurance Company David Buchsbaum MD

Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) Mishka Terplan MD

Office of Secretary of Health and Human Resources (OSHHR)

Family Representative Dana Griffin-Graves