Tracie Brown is a Certified Nurse Midwife at the the Family Health and Birth Center. She offers full scope well woman, pregnancy, postpartum and newborn care. Her specific interests include reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity and improving black women's experiences with obtaining reproductive health care. The first 8 years of her career provided her with invaluable nursing experience in critical care and high-risk OB at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Eager to improve maternal health and safety she became a doula and dedicated her free time to birth work, women's health and education. Soon after, she embarked on the journey to becoming a midwife and attended the University of Cincinnati where she earned her Master's of Science in Nursing.
Cassandra Burrell is a Certified Nurse Midwife at the Family Health and Birth Center. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Hampton University, school of nursing in May 1999. She attended midwifery school at Philadelphia University, where she received her Master's degree in May 2016. Her relationship with FHBC began about 12-13 years ago when she worked as a volunteer breastfeeding peer counselor and then later as an RN case manager with Healthy Babies Project. She was one of FHBCs first birth assistants and later returned as a midwifery student, a patient (her 4th child was born at the birth center), a birth assistant (again!), and now a midwife. Cassandra has been employed with Community of Hope since January 2019. Outside of work, she likes to spend time with her husband and their 5 children. She also enjoys napping, people watching and working on novice crochet projects.
Emma received her Master’s in Nursing in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University and her Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She has worked for Community of Hope since March 2014. Previously, she worked overseas offering reproductive healthcare in humanitarian crises. She is interested in preconception care, family planning and catching babies. In her free time, she loves biking with her husband and baking.
Hailing from sunny Jamaica, Viris received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Nursing at Bowie State University and continued her training in midwifery at Philadelphia University. For 14 years, she worked at MedStar Washington Hospital Center as a registered nurse and nurse manager for labor and delivery. She’s also taught in the baccalaureate nursing programs at Bowie State and Howard University. Viris’ interests include singing, traveling and gardening.
Sherece Dyer is a certified nurse midwife in Northeast DC at the Family Health and Birth Center. She received her BSN from the University of Virginia in 2009, and her MSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. She later went to Frontier Nursing University where she received both her post masters as a Certified Nurse Midwife and doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2018. Prior to Community of Hope, she worked at a health department in the STI and women's health clinic in NC. Her doctoral project was on increasing use of contraception. Sherece has been with Community of Hope since May 2019 and provides services such as Prenatal care, OB care, well women exams, new baby exams, STI testing/treatment, IUD and implant insertion and removal. Her core interests regarding her work is decreasing maternal mortality, increasing contraception use, and providing full scope midwifery care.Outside of work, Sherece enjoys bodybuilding, cooking, spending time with her fiancé, and traveling
Ebony Marcelle is the Director of Midwifery at Community of Hope that includes Family Health and Birth Center. Formerly the Administrative Chief of Midwifery Service at Medstar Washington Hospital Center she completed her nursing education at Georgetown University and Midwifery at Philadelphia University. She was recognized by Save the Children for their “Real Award Midwife Honoree” in 2014. In 2015 she was recognized by the American College of Nurse Midwives with the “Young Whippersnapper” award for midwives excelling professionally with less than 10 years’ experience. She was inducted this year as Fellow in the college. Last year she completed the Duke University and Johnson & Johnson Nursing Leadership Fellowship. Mrs Marcelle is known for her passion in midwifery and midwifery’s role in reproductive justice. She continues to build culturally aware midwifery with driven clinical models of care specifically for underserved African American women. She is currently serves on the following boards: March for Moms, National Association for the Advancement of Black Birth, and is a collaborator with Black Mamas Matter. Most recently she was appointed to the District’s Inaugural Maternal Mortality Review Committee. She resides here in Washington, DC, with her husband, Step-son, and two fur-children.
Christina trained as a Nurse-Midwife at Yale University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University focusing on Gender and International Relations. She holds a Master's degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford in the UK, and is a doctoral candidate in Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Christina loves working with pregnant people and their families as a midwife. She has worked as a midwife all over the world including Texas, Connecticut, Guatemala, South Sudan, and of course Washington DC. She catches babies at Washington Hospital Center. Christina started working at Community of Hope in 2018. Her research interests include intimate partner violence, reproductive health disparities, refugee/ immigrant health, and nursing and midwifery interventions for underserved/ vulnerable populations. Outside of work, Christina loves hanging out with family, practicing yoga, reading, and traveling to new places.
ReShata Mills received her Master of Science from Wilmington University followed by Board Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She continued her education and passion for Womans Health to earn a Post Master's Degree In Midwifery from Shenandoah University. She previously worked as an Internal Medicine and Primary Care provider at local Virginia and Maryland hospitals. She worked as a FNP for 5 years prior to joining the Midwifery Group at Community of Hope. Outside of work, ReShata enjoys spending time with family, friends, and traveling.