Staff

Our Research and Administrative Staff are a group of talented and dedicated individuals who provide the support and expertise necessary to facilitate all aspects of our operations. Our Research Staff include data analysts, project managers, research assistants, data collection experts, as well as a quality improvement specialist and statistician.

Research Staff

Victoria Adkins
Victoria Adkins
Research Area Specialist Associate

Victoria coordinates studies, conducts qualitative interviewing, completes literature reviews and works with datasets and software as part of the research team led by Dr. Ellen Selkie. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Victoria enjoys fixing her car, dancing, and reading.

Lisa Cohn
Lisa Cohn
Senior Database Analyst/Programmer

Lisa works on claims data analysis and programming as part of the research team led by CHEAR Investigator Sarah Clark. She holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Statistics from Oakland University. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family.

Anne Cowan
Anne Cowan
Senior Research Area Specialist

Anne coordinates and manages projects for the research team led by Research Investigator Sarah Clark and Dr. Kevin Dobmkowski. She holds a Master of Public Health degree. Anne enjoys playing tennis and volleyball and spending time with her family.

Cori Davis
Cori Davis
Quality Improvement Specialist

Cori supports the design and implementation of quality improvement methods for the QMETRIC project and works with both internal and external research partners. Cori enjoys spending time with her daughter, cooking, yoga, and gardening.

Emily Hirschfeld Dhadphale
Emily Hirschfeld Dhadphale
Research Area Specialist Intermediate

Emily provides regulatory, financial, and data quality support for the Diabetes Screening Study. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Dickinson College. Emily enjoys traveling, baking, spoiling her dog, and antiquing.

Jacob Dwyer
Jacob Dwyer
Graphic Designer

Jacob provides graphic design services to support quality improvement and patient education efforts as part of the research team led by Dr. Joyce Lee. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan. Jacob enjoys gaming and is developing a web comic.

Sally Eder
Sally Eder
Clinical Subjects Coordinator

Sally manages data and is involved with IRB applications, visit tracking and subject recruitment for multiple projects as part of the research teams led by Dr. Jeremy Adler and Dr. Emily Fredericks. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University. Sally's favorite thing about CHEAR is the center's friendly and collaborative environment. She enjoys running and traveling to see her three adult daughters.

Emilia Floody
Emilia Floody
Research Assistant

Emilia works on projects regarding conditions affecting reproductive development present at birth as part of the research team led by Dr. David Sandberg. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Butler University. Emilia's favorite thing about CHEAR is the Center's friendly, supportive work environment. Outside of work, she enjoys dancing, painting, and playing music.

Melissa Gardner
Melissa Gardner
Research Area Specialist Senior

Melissa is part of the research team led by Dr. David Sandberg.

Ashley Garrity
Ashley Garrity
Research Area Specialist Intermediate

Ashley coordinates pediatric diabetes research projects and quality improvement initiatives as part of the research team led by Dr. Joyce Lee. She holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior & Health Education from the University of Michigan. She enjoys working with a great team and making an impact on the lives of patients and families.

Acham Gebremariam
Acham Gebremariam
Database Analyst/Programmer Senior

Acham provides statistical support to CHEAR faculty and staff that includes sample size and power calculations and analyzing data. He holds a Master of Science degree in Statistics and in Biostatistics. Acham's favorite thing about his work is answering questions regarding study design, statistical modeling, and data analysis. He enjoys running and playing soccer.

Anna Daly Kauffman
Anna Daly Kauffman
Database Programmer/Analyst Intermediate

Anna is a programmer and provides technical support for the Healthy Michigan Voices project led by CHEAR Investigator Sarah Clark, and is a technology consultant for the research team led by Dr. Susan Woolford. She holds a Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Bowling Green State University. Anna relentlessly follows Cleveland baseball and tries to keep up with her two young daughters.

Lauren Kimmel
Lauren Kimmel
Research Assistant

Lauren researches new policy related to the opioid epidemic and assists with the Joint Initiative in Vaccine Economics project as part of the research teams led by Dr. Kao-Ping Chua and Dr. Lisa Prosser. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomolecular Science from the University of Michigan. Lauren's favorite thing about CHEAR is its collaborative atmosphere. She enjoys listening to podcasts, hosting trivia, and watching Survivor.

Theresa Kowalski-Dobson
Theresa Kowalski-Dobson
Research Area Specialist Intermediate

Theresa supports the use of communications technology to enhance patient engagement and adherence to treatment recommendations as part of the research team led by Dr. Susan Woolford. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. Theresa enjoys spending time with her cats, running, and exploring Ann Arbor parks.

Brian Madden
Brian Madden
Research Area Specialist Senior

Brian analyzes data sets to develop and test measures intended to improve the quality of health care received by pediatric patients as part of the research team led by Dr. Kevin Dombkowski. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. Outside of work, Brian spends time raising his three young children and remodeling their new house.

Julie McCormick
Julie A. McCormick
Research Area Specialist Senior

Julie manages the QMETRIC Implementation and Quality Improvement Project and the American Board of Pediatrics Longitudinal Workforce Study as part of the research team led by Dr. Gary Freed. Julie loves traveling with her family and spending time outdoors. Her hobbies include costuming for community theater and middle school plays.

Rory Menzer
Rory Menzer
Research Area Specialist Intermediate

Rory works on the Healthy Michigan Voices Project as part of the research team led by CHEAR Investigator Sarah Clark. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin. Rory's favorite thing about CHEAR is that it allows him to coach and attend graduate school while also working full-time on a fast-paced research project. Rory enjoys watching sports and re-runs of The Office.

Yemi Okunseinde
Yemi Okunseinde
Chart Abstraction Specialist

Yemi performs chart abstraction for the QMETRIC Quality Improvement Project as part of the research team led by Dr. Gary Freed. He holds a doctor of medicine degree from Georgetown University, a Master of Science degree from George Mason/Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University. Yemi's favorite thing about CHEAR is that it offers him a unique opportunity to put his clinical skills to use while also learning about quality improvement research.

Hannah Peng
Hannah Peng
Statistician Senior

Hannah analyzes and interprets data and presents study results (manuscripts, presentations, and reports) as part of the research team led by Dr. Kevin Dobmkowski. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. Hannah plays kickball and dodgeball in the Ann Arbor Sport and Social Club.

Angela Rose
Angela Rose
Project Coordinator

Angela manages projects focused on economic modeling of potential public health interventions and preference measurement surveys as part of the research team led by Dr. Lisa Prosser. She holds a Master of Science degree from the Ohio State University and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Virginia. Angela enjoys running, baking, and wrangling her three children.

Sara Schultz
Sara Schultz
Research Area Specialist Intermediate

Sara supports the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health (Mott Poll) and other projects as part of the research team led by CHEAR Investigator Sarah Clark. She holds a Master of Professional Studies degree in Publishing from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies from the University of Michigan. Sara enjoys baking, reading, tap dancing, and Broadway musicals.

Dianne Singer
Dianne C. Singer
Project Manager Intermediate

Dianne is a project manager supporting the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health (Mott Poll) as part of the research team led by CHEAR Investigator Sarah Clark and Dr. Gary Freed; she also supports the National Poll on Healthy Aging as part of the research team led by Dr. Preeti Malani with the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University. Dianne enjoys going up north to her family cabin, kayaking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Chantal Singer
Chantal Singer
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Chantal conducts research on healthier fast food recommendations for the Location Initiated Individualized Texts for Adolescent Health project as part of the research team led by Dr. Susan Woolford. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Michigan State University. Chantal enjoys slacklining, yoga, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Juliet Villegas
Juliet Villegas
Research Assistant

Juliet helps overweight adolescents make healthier changes in their lives by utilizing mobile app technologies as part of the research team led by Dr. Susan Woolford. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University. Juliet enjoys spending her free time at a local Latin Dance studio.

Administrative Staff

Viola Hebert
Viola Hebert
Administrative Assistant

Viola provides administrative support for CHEAR faculty members. In her free time, she loves cooking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Alexis Henderson
Administrative Assistant

Alexis provides administrative support for CHEAR faculty members. In her free time she enjoys travelling, crafting and hanging out with her dog.

Kyle Palmer
Kyle Palmer
Office Manager

Kyle is the Office Manager and Human Resources Coordinator for the CHEAR Center. Kyle enjoys working out, exploring new restaurants and hanging out with friends, family, and his dogs.

Terri Sanders
Terri Sanders
Financial Consultant

Terri provides financial post-award grant support to all CHEAR faculty. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University. Terri enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising and watching movies.

Becky Smith
Becky Smith
Accountant Associate

Becky provides financial support to CHEAR faculty and to primary care physicians in the division of General Pediatrics. Becky's favorite thing about CHEAR is getting to work with everyone in the Center and learning about its different research projects. Becky loves to go up north, swim, and spend time with friends and family.

Kevin Stone
Kevin Stone
Administrative Assistant

Kevin provides administrative support for CHEAR faculty members. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Television and Digital Media Production from Ferris State University. Kevin's favorite thing about CHEAR is making his coworkers laugh. He enjoys watching movies, reading, and writing.

Matthew Ungar
Administrative Assistant

Matthew provides administrative support to the CHEAR faculty and administrative staff members. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Michigan State University. Matthew’s favorite thing about CHEAR is the supportive environment and people. He enjoys reading, listening to music and cooking.