Meet Our Team

Altarum, in partnership with OZ Systems, The University of Michigan’s Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center, and The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), employed a host of proven project management, technical assistance, interoperability, and program evaluation methodologies to improve the health information technology system of care for infants and children with heritable conditions. Our highly qualified team established the INBSI Resource Center as the national leader and resource on health information data interoperability.

The Innovation in Newborn Screening Interoperability project team was a diverse group of subject matter experts from across the nation.

INBSI PROJECT TEAM

Kevin Dombkowski, DrPH, MS

Project Advisory & Evaluation

Kevin has conducted assessments of data quality, health services outcomes, and the quality of health care services for over 25 years. He has focused much of his work over the past decade on evaluations of the timeliness, completeness, and accuracy of data reported to public health registries from clinical systems adopting HL7 interoperability standards to foster improved electronic reporting. Kevin spends as much time as possible outdoors exploring wooded trails or paddling on the lakes and rivers of Michigan.

Laura Rappleye

Project Advisory

Laura has 20 years of experience planning and implementing health IT solutions in public health and clinical care settings and specializes in advancing population health through integrating clinical and public health data sets. From bites to bytes...as a dental hygienist, Laura spent the first part of her career examining bites and now is dedicated to ensuring bytes of information are shared to improve health outcomes.

Rachel Daskalov, MHA

Project Advisory

Ms. Daskalov has 20 years of experience in health services administration. She presently directs the American Academy of Pediatrics programs that support the healthy development of children using a public health approach. In this role, Ms. Daskalov facilitates internal and external collaboration among partners and ensures interconnectivity among programs where appropriate. 

Terese Finitzo, PhD F-ASHA

Project Advisory

Terese has more than a twenty-five-year history in advising, implementing, and managing newborn screening programs for hospitals, and state and federal programs. She has served as chair of the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing and as a subject matter expert in devising newborn screening interoperable and electronic systems, working closely with both EMR vendors and federal partners. Her focus is on “closing the loop” through patient-centric information solutions so that each infant receives the right care. Her work as a clinician and scientist has been instrumental in guiding OZ Systems throughout its history. Terese is a yoga practitioner and master chef. She loves walking her Irish water spaniel and is very good at throwing tennis balls.

Terra Tolley, PhD

Project Advisory

Terra is a global health educator, cultural and medical anthropologist, and conflict analyst. She has focused on newborn screening, maternal and child health policy, and Health IT for the last decade with OZ Systems. Terra also serves as the International Program Director for the Newborn Foundation. She is the mother of two young children, a white-water rafting guide, a university lecturer, and a survivor of multiple attacks by wild animals.

Craig Newman, PhD

Project Director

Craig has been developing and implementing interoperability standards for 15+ years. As co-chair of the HL7 Public Health Work Group and v2 Management Group, he helps to lead standards development across many areas of Public Health. Having visited both New Zealand and Spain, Craig has literally been to opposite ends of the earth.

Christopher Becker

Project Manager

Chris has 17+ years of health IT experience. He has served in a variety of roles over that time, including HL7 Interface Analyst, Sr. Business Analyst, Health IT & Quality Consultant, and Project Manager. He has a special interest in public health, HIEs, and interoperability. In his previous life, he served in a clinical role as a psychometrist and is a founding member of the National Association of Psychometrists. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys annual expeditions to the Western U.S. with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico being his favorite area to date.

Radhika Patel, MPH

Training and Education Team

Radhika has recently graduated with a Master’s in public health with a focus in the field of Epidemiology. Her experience in pediatric epidemiology has fostered her interest in loss-to-follow-up and loss-to-documentation. She currently works as a Program Support Assistant at PerkinElmer OZ Systems in the care coordination sector managing newborn hearing screening records in the TEHDI MIS. She currently resides in Austin, Texas where she spends her free time exploring new cuisines among the vast array of restaurants the city has to offer.

Rosa Arvizu

Training and Education Team

Rosa has 10 years of experience in the public health field and expertise in health education topics like nutrition, teen pregnancy prevention, and substance use prevention. Rosa provides administrative and programmatic support for the Innovations in Newborn Screening Interoperability (INBSI) project and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) program at the American Academy of Pediatrics. She likes the role of coordinating health education programs to help amplify the impact of change across underserved and diverse communities. During her free time, she loves visiting her family and friends across the west coast and making some of her favorite Mexican dishes.

Abbas Dahodwala

Technical Assistance Team

Abbas is a Program Analyst and Customer Support team member at OZ Systems. He has provided interoperability technical assistance to staff at hospitals and state health departments. Additionally, he has assisted with newborn screening interoperability implementation projects for multiple states. Abbas is an avid basketball player and spends plenty of time on the court.

Brenée Mitchell

Technical Assistance Team

Brenée’s journey in EHDI began as a hearing screener while an undergraduate Audiology student. Her experience in EHDI, newborn screening, and health informatics now spans over 20 years, most of those with PerkinElmer OZ Systems. She enjoys finding exceptions to the expectations in data. When not analyzing data to improve care outcomes for babies, you will probably find her at her kids’ baseball/softball games.

Marc Protske

Technical Assistance Team

Marc Protske has over 11 years of healthcare IT experience with a non-profit healthcare organization. His multiple roles have included business, clinical, and technical analyst positions focused on interoperability. He has served most of his professional career working with HL7 interfaces, onboarding, and supporting multiple electronic medical records.

Maria Cantu, MBA

Technical Assistance Team

Maria Cantu is Head of Operations at PerkinElmer OZ Systems. Maria has a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus on information systems. She has 30 years of experience working with public health and hospitals in implementing newborn screening programs and creating solutions to meet their program needs. She will be participating as an SME and in Readiness Assessments. Maria is a fan of all Dallas professional sports, especially the Dallas Mavericks; however, her favorite athletes to watch in person are her two grandsons.

Marina Goulas, MHI

Technical Assistance Team

Marina recently received her Master's in Health Informatics and is passionate about interoperability and improving the quality and access of healthcare data. Currently, she works on Altarum's Technical Assistant and Onboarding teams and has helped onboard sites for Blood Lead Reporting and Electronic Lab Reporting to Michigan Disease Surveillance System. Although Marina has traveled to Greece 12 times, she has never visited any other European country.

Mike Yaskanin, MBA, PHIAS

Technical Assistance Team

Mike has 25 years of IT operations management, EDI, data integration, and public health interoperability experience. His skills include project management, business analysis, and creating and implementing value-added solutions that adhere to a customer’s operational and financial requirements. Mike is a certified scuba diver and has participated in a variety of different dives from shipwrecks in the Great Lakes and the Caribbean to Cenotes in Mexico to exploring coral tunnels off the coast of Grand Cayman.

Zarah Jamaluddin

Technical Assistance Team

Zarah has recently completed a certificate in Health Informatics and Information Technology which has fueled her interest in interoperability and improving newborn screening within healthcare. She currently works at OZ Systems as a Program Analyst and has worked in-depth with EHDI care coordination data. In her free time, Zarah enjoys spending time outdoors and, despite her fear of heights, has recently come to love rock climbing.

 

INBSI ADVISORY BOARD & ECHO® FACULTY

Joseph Schneider, MD

Informatics Consultant

Indiana University Health CHIO and SVP Texas Medical Association HIT Chair

Susan Wiley, MD

Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Marci Sontag

Director, Center for Public Health Innovation

CI International

Paul Romitti, MS, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology, College of Public Health

University of Iowa

Elizabeth Mikula, MSN, RN, CPN, CPHQ

Director of Quality and Resource Management

HCA Capital Division in Richmond, VA.

Ashleigh Ragsdale, MPH

Epidemiologist

Washington State Department of Health

Amy Gaviglio, MS, CGC

Public Health Genetics Consultant

CDC, APHL, and Expecting Health

Annamarie Saarinen

Health Advocate, Economist, and Co-Founder

Newborn Foundation

Brandan Kennedy, MD FAAP

Director of Medical Informatics

Children's Mercy Kansas City

John Stamm

Interface Engineer

Epic

Daniel Rutz

Interface Engineer

Epic

Wanda "Willie" Andrews, BSMT(ASCP)

Former VA/DCLS Director of Laboratory Operations (retired) and Public Health Laboratory Consultant

River Views Consulting, LLC

Rachel Lee, PhD

Microbiology Unit Director and Newborn Screening Technical Advisor

Texas Department of State Health Services

 

OTHER COLLABORATORS & RESOURCES

  • Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)
    APHL represents state and local governmental health labs that monitor and detect public health threats and works to build effective laboratory systems in the US and globally.
  • The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) at Utah State University
    NCHAM works to ensure that all infants and young children with hearing loss are identified as early as possible and have access to timely and appropriate audiological, educational, medical intervention, and family support services.
  • Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE)
    IHE promotes the coordinated use of established standards such as DICOM and HL7 to address specific clinical needs in support of optimal patient care.
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Inc (HIMSS)
    HIMSS is a global advisor and thought leader supporting the transformation of the health ecosystem through information and technology.
  • Newborn Screening Translational Research Network (NBSTRN)
    NBSTRN works to develop new screening and diagnostic tests and by discovering new treatments by developing tools, resources, and expertise available to researchers, healthcare professionals, families, advocacy groups, and state newborn screening programs.
  • The Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII)
    PHII has led the charge in establishing informatics as a recognized discipline critical to the field of public health with a mission to transform health practitioners’ ability to use information effectively.
  • APHLNewSTEPS
    NewSTEPs is a national newborn screening resource center designed to provide data, technical assistance, and training to newborn screening programs and assist states with quality improvement initiatives.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention- (EHDI) Program
    CDC’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program works with states and territories to ensure that infants are screened for hearing loss no later than one month of age, infants who do not pass the screening for hearing loss get a full hearing evaluation no later than 3 months of age, and infants with a hearing loss receive intervention services no later than 6 months of age.
  • The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
    ONC is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information.
  • Health Level Seven International (HL7)
    HL7 is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited standard developing organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery, and evaluation of health services.
  • The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)
    AMCHP is a national resource, partner, and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth, and families, including those with special health care needs.
  • American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
    AMIA supports the current and next generation of informatics professionals through education, training, accreditation, and certification, fostering and expanding leadership opportunities.
  • The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)
    CSTE works to provide information, education, and developmental support to practicing epidemiologists in a wide range of areas as well as expertise for program and surveillance efforts.
  • Baby's First Test
    Baby's First Test is the nation's resource center for newborn screening information
  • HRSA Newborn Screening Information Center (NBSIC)
    The NBSIC provides up-to-date information, materials, and resources about newborn screening in the United States. These resources help increase awareness, knowledge, and understanding of NBS and genetic conditions.