Our Staff

Danise C. Wilson, MPH
Executive Director

Danise C. Wilson, MPH is a lifelong resident of Buffalo, NY and has committed the last 20 years to the enhancement and enrichment of her community through outreach and mentorship. Mrs. Wilson is a graduate of the Buffalo Public School system, Daemen College, and the University at Buffalo, Masters of Public Health degree program. She brings to this position experience in human resource management, organizational leadership, community engagement and program management.

As the mother of five children in the Buffalo Public and Charter School systems, she is personally invested in promoting the advancement of health outcomes and quality education in Western New York. Mrs. Wilson is also a passionate activist, serving as a community volunteer and helping to enhance the overall well-being of youth in her community.

As the Executive Director, she wants to encourage and provide an opportunity for individuals in Erie and Niagara counties to pursue health careers, and come back to serve in the communities where they are from. Prepare, Groom and Grow our Own!




Mignon Otis

Office Administrator


Mignon Otis is the Office Administrator and began working for ENAHEC in January 2018. She started working in the non-profit world in 2012. Before then, she spent 11 years working for the Canadian Consulate General in Buffalo, New York where she credits having learned much about the world through the eyes of the Consulate. From there, her mission work has allowed her to be involved in women’s reproductive health and community foundation work in the areas of education, racial equity, preserving and restoring environmental resources and strengthening the region as a center for the Arts.  Her passion is serving her community through health and wellness initiatives & education.




Denise O. Walden

Program Manager


Denise O. Walden is a Senior Community Health Worker (CHW) who is proud to be the Program Manager for Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center. She is committed to building and growing communities by helping others see the strengths and assets within their communities. She brings to the position, experience in: relationship building, advocacy, service and system navigation, social justice and professional leadership, and motivational development.
As a single mom of four sons, with a desire to learn how to navigate the educational system and special education services, Denise went from just wanting to improve her children’s academic outcomes to being someone who navigates and advocates for other families. She is a certified parent leader through Parent Network of WNY and soon after became a Certified Community Health Worker.
Denise is passionate about the Social Determinants of Health and their impact on undeserved communities, as well the health outcomes of communities when they go unaddressed. This allows her to better connect communities and systems, where she serves as the bridge of change and empowers other to do the same. Denise is happy to have now found her professional home with Erie Niagara AHEC.  She prides herself on being an inspiration to her community and working to make a difference every day.

Shealyn McCoy, MPH, CPF

Program Specialist


Shealyn McCoy is a lifelong resident of Buffalo, New York. She serves as the Program Coordinator for the SEARCH Program, as well as assisting with the Millennium Collaborative Care PPS Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Training Program at Erie Niagara AHEC. Shealyn received her Bachelors in Biology and Spanish from Canisius College, and her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health and Health Behavior from the University at Buffalo. Shealyn is committed to listening to communities’ needs and facilitating growth from within.

For information about the SEARCH Program or other undergraduate and graduate student opportunities contact Shealyn directly.

Brittany Mitchell, MSW

Program Specialist


Brittany Mitchell is the Program Specialist for the Millennium Collaborative Care PPS Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Training Program at Erie Niagara AHEC. Brittany received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Health and Human Services with a concentration in Community Mental Health from the University at Buffalo in 2013, and her Masters of Social Work in 2016. She has worked in a variety of human services fields including education, staff development, social services, child welfare, and developmental disabilities. Brittany is passionate about community education and making a positive impact on her community.

For more information on professional education opportunities please contact Brittany directly.