Meet the Team

Daphne Koinis-Mitchell, PhD director, Community Asthma Program. Koinis-Mitchell is a licensed clinical psychologist with an interest in pediatric psychology. She has a particular interest in working with urban children with chronic illnesses and psychological concerns. Her primary research interests are in the area of resilience and the identification of child-based, family/cultural, and neighborhood-related protective factors that may minimize children's experience of asthma morbidity across the home and school settings.
Nico Vehse, MD, Medical Director Asthma Camp and Consultant to the Community Asthma Program, Director of Pediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy, Associate Cystic Fibrosis Center Director and Chairman of the Pediatric Respiratory Committee. Vehse is a native of Frankfurt Germany where he received his medical degree from the Johann Wolfgang v. Geothe Univesitaet. He received his pediatric training in New York and was trained in pediatric pulmonology at the University of Virginia. During his fellowship he developed an extensive expertise in airway inflammation research, severe persisting childhood asthma, pediatric flexible bronchoscopy and pulmonary diagnostics. Vehse is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert School of Brown University and board certified in pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology. He joined Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Respiratory Immunology Center in 2010 and has enthusiastically joined the community asthma education efforts. He has particular interest in furthering the understanding of and improving the treatments for asthma based on the most up to date available knowledge.
Miosotis Alsina, program manager of the Community Asthma Programs and administrator director of the Asthma Camp at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Alsina has a background in elementary education and development. Her focus is assisting health professionals, community members, and families to improve the health of children, particularly those with asthma. Before joining the Community Asthma Programs, Alsina directed recruitment and community outreach for the Childhood Asthma Research Program at the Bradley Research Center and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Currently, she manages the staff at the Community Asthma Programs, and ensures the provision of high-quality, state-of-the-art education, interventional resources, and a higher quality of life for children, and the families of children, with chronic diagnosis of asthma. Alsina has a passion for engagement within the community, which she practices by participating in various boards, and assisting community organizations with direct and indirect input and assistance. She has worked with community programs as a point of guidance to help secure funding and security, and provides input on historical background of program functionality. Overall she has served for more than 14 years in the health care field, and has spent over 16 years helping in the community.
Barbara Jandasek, PhD Supervisor of Training, Child Curriculum Development, and Co-director of Asthma Camp. Jandasek is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in child and pediatric psychology. She is interested in health behaviors of adolescents and young adults with chronic illness, patient-physician collaboration, and health disparities. Jandasek is passionate about her work with children and families, and has been teaching children about asthma for over 3 years.
Catherine Kempe, RRT, asthma educator. Kempe, is a recognized pediatric respiratory specialist. She has been engaged in community health education during the past twenty years, specializing in asthma management and respiratory rehabilitation programs since 1994. She conducts asthma education workshops in English at both the hospital and in the community.
Arelis Valerio, MD, community education coordinator. Before moving to the United States, Valerio was a practicing physician in the Dominican Republic. For the past four years, Valerio has worked as part of the Respiratory and Immunlology Center team. Her responsibilities include recruitment, program development and facilitating educational workshops in Spanish. She also coordinates the Hispanic asthma support group for parents of children with asthma. She is a recognized leader among Providence's burgeoning Latino community and serves on board of directors for the HELP Lead Safe Center and Childhood Lead Action Project. Valerio has a son with asthma.
Renata Tejada, Recruitment Specialist for the Community Asthma Programs. Tejada specializes in recruiting families for the many initiatives the Community Asthma Program offers.  Tejada, provides various administrative services and helps assist with all programs recruitment process, registration and the variety of other components.  She enjoys work for the Community Asthma Programs and is extremely passionate about her work.