ARCHI was founded by individuals and organizations committed to upstream, cross-sector work.
A long vision propelled by iterative action. We are connecting a broad range of players to plug into our framework and catalyze change. We are beginning to move to scale.

Kathryn LawlerExecutive Director
Kathryn Lawler serves as the Executive Director for the Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement (ARCHI). Kathryn’s 20 year career has focused on cross-sector interventions to address complex social problems.

From her earliest days as a case worker in downtown Atlanta, her graduate school research and her tenure in a variety of roles at the Atlanta Regional Commission, she has worked to bring together transportation, housing and healthcare systems to support vulnerable populations. Most recently she led a large team as Manager of the Aging and Health Resources Division and Director of the Area Agency on Aging for metro Atlanta.

Kathryn holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from Harvard University.

Robyn BusseyCommunity Health Strategist
Robyn N. Bussey is a Community Health Strategist for ARCHI. Robyn facilitates ARCHI’s community-based work in Fulton County.

She has been a part of the ARCHI team since 2012 and launched ARCHI’s engagement in the Tri-Cities community of South Fulton County in 2014. Robyn has experience in community health through engaging communities to assess the health of their neighborhoods and working with residents and organizations to build coalitions that design and drive the work of community health improvement. She is committed to highlighting and addressing the persistent inequities that impact a substantial number of the residents in the Atlanta region.

Robyn received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida A&M University and her master’s degrees in business administration and health administration from Georgia State University.

Meck XayavongsaStrategic Support
Meck Xayavongsa is a research coordinator with ARCHI. She provides administrative support, including management of grants and contracts and travel and meeting logistics. Additionally, Meck provides evaluation support to the ARCHI team and helps to improve partner engagement.

Meck’s research interests include improving access to care for vulnerable populations, specifically in the areas of maternal and infant care and refugee and immigrant health. She also brings experience in social services and refugee resettlement services, as well as in health in all policies approaches and utilization of health impact assessment tools to inform policy decision-making processes.

Meck received her bachelor’s degree from the University of West Georgia and her master’s degree in public health from London Metropolitan University.

Teri WheatonCommunications Specialist
Teri Wheaton is the communications specialist for ARCHI. Her professional background is in marketing and communications, graphic design, web design, and film production. Teri’s role is to provide internal and external marketing support for ARCHI, including development of marketing materials and maintenance of the website.

Teri received her bachelor’s degree in media studies from Radford University and her master’s degree in film and video from American University. She also received her MBA from Georgia State University.


ARCHI is a growing coalition of public, private and nonprofit organizations committed to improving the region’s health. If your organization shares this goal, please consider joining us.



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