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), employ 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 has established the INBSI Resource Center as the national leader and resource on health information data interoperability.

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

INBSI PROJECT TEAM

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.

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.

Lisa Steffey, PMP, B.S.

Project Manager

Lisa has been managing and overseeing health information technology projects for 14+ years. As a certified project manager she helps to lead cross functional teams across a variety of federal and state public health projects. Lisa is an avid boater and grew up sailing on Lake Michigan. Her favorite sailing trip was sailing both US and British Virgin Islands. 

Mike Yaskanin, M.B.A., 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.

La’Tia Baulckim, NBC-HWP, B.A.

Learning Management Coordinator

Ms. Baulckim a certified health and wellness practitioner, has 11 years of experience providing technical assistance, quality improvement and evaluation support for community, state and federal programs aimed at improving health systems and services for vulnerable populations. Having ate various kinds tacos from around the world, it’s safe to “taco-about” her love for them.

Rachel Daskalov, MHA

Project Advisory

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

Troy Abrahams

Technical Assistance Lead

Troy has worked in healthcare interoperability and IT infrastructure for over a decade. He currently manages Altarum's Technical Assistance and Onboarding teams who implement public health reporting use cases such as Electronic Lab Reporting, Cancer Surveillance, Blood Lead Reporting, and Newborn Screening. Troy supports the fight against climate change, but drives a 1968 Pontiac Firebird that gets about six miles per gallon. Luckily, his commute is short as he works remotely full time.

Terra Tolley, PhD.

Project Advisory

Terra is a global health educator, cultural and medical anthropologist, and a 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.

Christine Evans, PhD., CCC-SLP

Project Advisory

Christine has been working in the field of early hearing detection and intervention for over 13 years. Her work experience spans clinical, public health, and research settings. She provides subject matter expertise for newborn screening information system development and implementation at OZ Systems. Christine is an avid distance runner and aspires to run a marathon in all 50 states.

Sabrina Suarez, MSHS

Technical Assistance Team

Sabrina has been a Customer Advocate and Care Coordinator at OZ Systems for over 6 years. She has provided outreach and technical support and assistance to newborn hearing staff at hospitals and state health departments. She has been vegan for 8 years and loves cooking dishes from different countries.

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 in the outdoors exploring wooded trails or paddling on the lakes and rivers of Michigan.

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 onboards 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.

Kaitlin Houlihan

Training & Education Team Lead

Kaitlin has 7 years of experience implementing information systems and leading process improvement initiatives for state public health programs. Her skills include project management, business analysis, and quality improvement and her answer to most problems is “have you created a project charter for that yet?” Kaitlin is a true Minnesotan and you’ll find her teleworking outside even in the middle of winter.

INBSI ADVISORY BOARD

Joseph Schneider, PhD

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 Kanas City

John Stamm

Interface Engineer

Epic

 

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 discover 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 standards 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 of 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