Gail Campanella, M.B.A.
As the Institute's administrative leader, Ms. Campanella works closely with the IHPI Director and the Institute’s Leadership Team (ILT) to build the organization, shape strategy and implement programs and resources to serve the membership. She oversees the administrative staff as well as the day-to-day operations of the IHPI. Ms. Campanella has a wealth of experience in the private sector and at U-M. She served as chief of staff for the U-M Depression Center from 2005-13, and as interim executive director and COO of the National Network of Depression Centers from 2010-13. Ms. Campanella received her master's in business administration from Northwestern University.
Joan Keiser, Ph.D.
Dr. Keiser manages the implementation and direction of the Institute’s operating budget and strategic planning, including overseeing the planning for health services researchers and groups across the U-M campus to work together more closely at NCRC. Dr. Keiser joined the University of Michigan in late 2008 after a 25 year career in the private sector leading and directing cardiovascular and renal pharmaceutical research as the Vice-President for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Research at Pfizer Global Research and Development. Beginning in 2009, she worked with U-M and UMHS leadership to devise a research framework and occupancy plans for the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), including managing the establishment of IHPI. Dr. Keiser holds a B.S. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. She also holds a position as an adjunct professor in the U-M Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology. Her CV includes 78 peer-reviewed publications, two patents, and numerous abstracts and presentations.
Jessica Burris, C.P.A.
Ms. Burris leads the day-to-day and strategic financial activities of the Institute. In this role, she is responsible for managing the Institute’s operating budget under the direction of the Institute’s managing director and leadership team. She also oversees financial management of the Institute’s Clinician Scholars Program. Prior to joining IHPI, Ms. Burris gained experience in accounting and finance roles for University Financial Operations and Michigan Medicine Finance. She obtained her CPA license after graduating from Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s in business administration and worked in the private sector until joining the University of Michigan.
Ms. Holden provides high-level administrative support to the Institute Director and oversees the daily functions of the administrative office. She serves as the first point of contact at IHPI’s NCRC offices. Prior to joining U-M, Ms. Holden worked as an office manager for a financial planning firm in Brighton, Michigan. A native of Colorado, she earned her bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Denver.
Ms. Moore directly supports the Managing Director of IHPI on a wide variety of projects for the Institute. She began her career at the University of Michigan in 2007. Ms. Moore obtained her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a specialization in management from Eastern Michigan University. She is currently pursuing her master’s in business administration at Eastern Michigan University as well.
STRATEGIC INITIATIVES CATALYST
Trish Meyer, Ed.M.
Ms. Meyer manages the Institute’s portfolio of strategic initiatives. In this role, she is responsible for identifying and launching collaborative signature projects and programs which align with the Institute’s mission and vision, demonstrate the potential for policy impact, and draw upon the multi-disciplinary expertise of IHPI’s members. Before joining IHPI, Ms. Meyer served as the Manager of Outreach & Education for the U-M Depression Center from 2005-2016, where she garnered extensive experience developing, implementing, and evaluating educational initiatives related to adolescent and young adult mental health. Prior to that, for ten years she created and managed national educational outreach campaigns for WGBH Public Television in Boston. Ms. Meyer has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Erin Beathard, M.P.H., M.S.W.
Ms. Beathard assists in coordinating the Institute's Medicaid-related projects and initiatives, including those related to the expansion of Medicaid services in the State of Michigan (Healthy Michigan Plan). Prior to joining IHPI, Erin worked as a graduate research assistant at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where she contributed to several qualitative research and evaluation projects. Erin received her M.P.H., M.S.W., and B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan.
Matthias Kirch, M.S.
Mr. Kirch provides analytic support for IHPI strategic initiatives, including the evaluation of the Healthy Michigan Plan, the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging, and the Health Home evaluation. Prior to joining IHPI in January 2017, Mr. Kirch was the data manager for the Center for Health Communications Research (CHCR) where he provided data support and consultation to numerous project teams. He has also worked as a data analyst at the University of Minnesota, where he received a MS degree in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration with a minor in Biostatistics.
Wendy Lombard, M.P.H.
Ms. Lombard supports the grant development efforts of IHPI members preparing proposals for innovative, large-scale, and multi-disciplinary health services research projects that align with IHPI’s strategic priorities. In addition, Ms. Lombard manages IHPI’s portfolio of grant resources, administers early-career grant development workshops, and evaluates the research metrics of IHPI members. Prior to joining IHPI in January 2017, Ms. Lombard led the program evaluation, health systems change, population health, and policy analysis efforts across the span of diabetes-related community health initiatives conducted by National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. She also served as a Senior Health Policy Specialist with the Michigan Public Health Institute. Ms. Lombard earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Tufts University, and a Master of Public Health degree in Public Health Policy and Administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Ms. Martin is a program coordinator for the IHPI Clinician Scholars Program and the Masters of Health and Health Care Research (HHCR MS) program. Before joining the IHPI team, she worked in the Department of Internal Medicine, General Medicine Division. Her 20+ years of previous administrative experience provides her with a wealth of knowledge in project management, event coordination, budgeting, reporting, and staffing.
Erica Solway, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.P.H.
Dr. Solway oversees the planning and implementation of IHPI projects related to the evaluation of state health policy initiatives, including the Institute’s contract to evaluate the impact of the expansion of Medicaid in Michigan under the Healthy Michigan Plan. She also serves as Associate Director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging. Prior to returning to U-M, Dr. Solway served as a policy advisor with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. She received her master’s degree in social work and master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan and doctoral degree in sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.
Emma Steppe, M.P.H.
Ms. Steppe assists in the coordination of education, training, and research initiatives through the Strategic Initiatives Catalyst. Prior to joining IHPI, Ms. Steppe worked for the Center for Health Communication Research where she managed the development and launch of online health interventions. Ms. Steppe received her B.S. in Education in Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami, and her M.P.H. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan.
Ms. Weatherwax oversees the daily operations for the National Clinician Scholars Program at IHPI and also serves as administrative assistant to Dr. Rodney Hayward, Director of the NCSP at IHPI. Previous to IHPI she worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program for 13 years.
Jason Wolfe, M.P.P.A.
Mr. Wolfe oversees a portfolio of faculty-led education and training and research projects and supports the implementation of new ones through the Strategic Initiatives Catalyst. Additionally, Mr. Wolfe provides key administrative support in managing and tracking the occupancy and use of IHPI’s workspace and managing the collection and analysis of bibliometrics and grant awards data for IHPI's membership. Prior to joining IHPI, Mr. Wolfe worked in the Executive Office of Governor Jennifer Granholm. Mr. Wolfe has a bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University and an master's in public policy and administration from Northwestern University.
Christina Camilli-Whisenhunt, M.P.A.
Ms. Camilli-Whisenhunt manages the marketing communications engine that drives and supports the dissemination of IHPI’s role as one of nation's leading university-based research institutes evaluating and improving healthcare. She is responsible for overseeing the creation and communication of information across a variety of internal and external print and electronic media communication platforms. Her professional communications career spans 20 years, and includes work at Fortune 500 companies, non-profit, and academia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in public administration from Eastern Michigan University.
Kara Gavin, M.S.
Ms. Gavin draws every day on her 25 years of experience in communicating about science, medicine and health policy. Her responsibilities include creating compelling stories about discoveries made by the U-M Medical School's biomedical and healthcare researchers and expanding the impact of research on health care and health policy by conveying it to many audiences. From 2008 – 2011 she served as the U-M Health System’s director of Public Relations. A graduate of Lehigh University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she came to Michigan in 1999 from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Lauren Hutchens, M.P.H.
Ms. Hutchens is responsible for developing, organizing, and disseminating creative content, managing special projects, and contributing to strategic communications planning. She has extensive experience working in communications across academia, government, industry, and nonprofit organizations, primarily in the fields of public health, health services research and policy, and mental health. Her previous roles include communications positions with the U-M Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She earned her master's degree in public health from the University of Washington and her bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Mark Lubin, M.S.
Mr. Lubin assists members of the communications team in developing and executing communications-based projects including media monitoring, information tracking, electronic media, and team logistics. He also provides project support as needed to the Director of Government Relations and other IHPI managers. Mr. Lubin received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in integrated marketing and communications from Eastern Michigan University.
Ms. Trosell is responsible for overseeing IHPI’s member engagement activities that include a variety of member participation events and opportunities, as well as other special events, seminars, and conferences. Before coming to IHPI, Ms. Trosell held events-related positions at the U-M School of Social Work, Gleaners Community Food Bank, and The Community House. She earned her bachelor's degree in community development from Central Michigan University.
Ms. Zarack is responsible for the creation of visuals that support greater understanding of healthcare research and policy conducted by IHPI members. Prior to joining IHPI, she worked as a graphic designer for the communications and marketing department at Ohio University.She also served as an adjunct faculty teaching a basic information design course for the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. She received her B.F.A. in graphic design at Ohio University and is currently working towards an M.A. in interactive multimedia.
GOVERNMENT AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS
Eileen Kostanecki, M.A.
Based in Washington, D.C., Ms. Kostanecki is focused on expanding IHPI member impact on health policy. She works to promote and advance IHPI health services research expertise and capacity to the State of Michigan, Congress, US Department of Health & Human Services, associations, think-tanks, and other stakeholders to help inform and evaluate policy. Ms. Kostanecki has served in healthcare policy roles for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the state of Michigan, the state of California, and Henry Ford Health System. She earned two bachelors degrees, in Political Science and Spanish, as well as her master’s degree from Wayne State University.
DATA AND METHODS HUB
Patrick Brady, M.H.A.
Mr. Brady manages the financial, operational, and technical duties associated with the distribution and management of large, national datasets, and the provision of methodological support to IHPI’s members. The Data & Methods Hub currently provides access to claims data from millions of American health records, in addition to technical and analytic support for the management of these large data. Mr. Brady, previously served for two years as an Administrative Fellow in the University of Michigan Health System CEO’s office. He earned a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in health administration from Emory University.
Neil Kamdar, M.A.
Mr. Kamdar is lead statistician jointly appointed with IHPI and the U-M Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He provides analytic expertise, mentoring, and collaboration on several projects in health services research. He has experience working with Clinical Quality Initiative (CQI) data, large administrative claims such as Medicare, Optum, and Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), and other institutional data sources for analysis and publication. He has a Master of Mathematics Education and bachelor's degrees in biochemistry and mathematics from the University of Michigan.
Tanima Banerjee, M.S.
Ms. Banerjee's primary role is focused on supporting the management and analysis of IHPI's Optum data. Prior to joining IHPI in June 2016, she worked as a statistician with the U-M School of Nursing, providing consultation for faculty on data analysis, interpretation, manuscript preparation, and NIH grant funded project proposal reviews. She has also worked at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, and several other units at the University of Michigan, including the U-M Transportation Institute (UMTRI), and the School of Public Health (SPH). Ms. Banerjee received her MS in Biostatistics from SPH in April of 2014.
Paul Lin, M.S.
Mr. Lin’s work focuses on datasets acquired by the Data and Methods Hub where he applies data-mining and statistical techniques for a variety of different projects. Prior to joining IHPI, Mr. Lin interned at the Detroit Medical Center where he researched infection control in both standard hospital rooms and the ICU. Mr. Lin received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a master's in biostatistics, both from the University of Michigan.
Phyllis Wright-Slaughter, M.H.A.
In her role, Ms. Wright-Slaughter brings to bear a wealth of knowledge surrounding information on data issues, challenges for Medicare and other data-sets, as well as current research projects and the data being used for those projects. She also deals with the location, extent, and contents of Medicare data-files. Additionally, she assists PIs in defining the scope of their work and identifying reasonable processes for achieving their goals given existing data limitations.
Mr. Cliff works with IHPI faculty members and leadership to connect their work with philanthropic support. He is the liaison between the Michigan Medicine Office of Development and IHPI members from all U-M schools and colleges. Prior to becoming the Institute’s first associate director of development, Mr. Cliff worked extensively in fundraising communications and journalism. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.