Associate Chief Operating Officer for Medical, Emergency and Psychiatry Services at University of Michigan Health System – Michigan Medicine
Carolyn Cole-Brown is the Associate Chief Operating Officer for Medical, Emergency and Psychiatry Services at University of Michigan Health System – Michigan Medicine.
Carolyn received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, School of Business and went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.
Upon graduating, Carolyn left Michigan to continue her training by participating in a post-graduate administrative Fellowship Program with the Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Medical Center (LAC+USC). The fellowship was a one-year program where Carolyn worked at two large County hospitals and the Los Angeles County Administrative Offices. Upon completing her fellowship training, she was hired on as an Assistant Hospital Administrator with responsibility for oversight of the Department of Internal Medicine (with five sub-specialty divisions and a medical procedure holding area).
Carolyn left California to return home to her family and worked at Bronson Healthcare Group as a Human Resources Consultant for a short period before taking a position at Mercy Hospital (Detroit, Michigan) as the Director for Diagnostic Services (including Radiology, Laboratory and Cardiology/Neurology). Carolyn was promoted twice and before leaving Mercy Hospital, she was given the responsibility to oversee Emergency Services along with her Diagnostic Services responsibilities.
Carolyn left Mercy Hospital in 1998 to join the University of Michigan Health System as the Division Administrator of Nephrology (Renal Services) in the Department of Internal Medicine.
In 2005, Carolyn left her role in Internal Medicine to become the Chief Department Administrator for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Then in 2016, Carolyn moved to her current role.
She has over thirty years of health care administrative experience (of which 23 of these years has been with University of Michigan Health). Her background includes clinical operations management working in a combination of public, community and academic health care settings; human resources consultation; along with a breadth of experience in hospital operations, physician practice management, professional and facility billing, plant maintenance and construction; regulatory compliance; process improvement; and program development.
Carolyn is a native Detroiter. She enjoys traveling, exercising, cooking and spending time with her spouse and her two daughters.
Carolyn Richards, PharmD
Adult Education and Professional Development Coordinator, Surgery Clinical Pharmacist Generalist, and Adjunct Clinical Faculty, College of Pharmacy
As the Adult Education and Professional Development Coordinator, Carolyn helps coordinate on-boarding and training for new staff as well as training current staff on new initiatives, policies, and workflows. She also assesses professional development needs and facilitates professional development opportunities for pharmacists and technicians. In her clinical role as a surgery clinical pharmacist generalist, Carolyn is responsible for providing clinical pharmacy services for patients on various surgical services. Prior to her current roles, she served as the Surgery/Cardiology Co-Lead Pharmacist. Carolyn is a member of the Pharmacy Clinical Practice Committee, the Pharmacy Management Team Committee, and the Pharmacy Professional Development Committee. She has a BS in Biology from the University of Richmond, Richmond, VA and a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
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Special Counsel to the Provost
Christine Gerdes serves as Special Counsel to the Provost, a position she has held since January, 2018. Prior to joining the Provost's Office, Christine served as an Associate General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel, with responsibility for all faculty and house officer legal matters. She joined the University of Michigan in 2006, working in Academic Human Resources. Christine holds a J.D. from Wayne State University, a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Science - Teaching (English and History) from Winona State University. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Christine worked as a labor and employment attorney in a large law firm, worked in Academic Human Resources at Eastern Michigan University, and worked in labor relations and employee relations for the Minnesota State College and University system.
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Director, Graduate Student Affairs, Rackham School of Graduate Studies
Darlene Ray-Johnson is Director of Graduate Student Affairs for Rackham School of Graduate Studies, managing administrative and operational activities and leading the development of goals and initiatives designed to enhance the graduate student experience. Her U-M career spans more than 20 years, in which time she has also served as Assistant Director of Residence Education and Director of Special Programs for University Housing. Darlene is involved with a number of committees, including the Domestic Violence Initiative, Child Care Initiative, Student Health Insurance Committee and the Academic Services Board. Her professional affiliations include the Commission on Graduate and Professional Student Affairs and the Association of College Personnel Administrators. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and her Master's degree from Western Michigan University, College Student Counseling/Personnel Administration.
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Dianne Singer, M.P.H
Project Manager, Child Health Evaluation and Research Center, Division of General Pediatrics
Dianne is a Project Manager in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and has worked at Michigan Medicine for the past 14 years. Dianne manages the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health and the National Poll on Healthy Aging. These polls measure public perceptions and opinions which help inform the public, health care providers, and policymakers on issues related to health, health care and health policy affecting children and adults age 50 and older. Prior to joining U-M, Dianne worked for Leade Health as an Account Manager and for Parke-Davis as a Human Resources Generalist, Manager of Health and Safety and Research Associate in Cardiovascular Pharmacology. Dianne received her B.S. in Health Education and Psychology from Michigan State University and her M.P.H. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan.
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Dyan Jenkins-Ali, MHSA
Senior Project Manager, Strategy and Planning, University Human Resources
Dyan Jenkins-Ali is a Senior Project Manager for University HR Strategy and Planning, managing administrative and operational projects that impact the development of goals and initiatives designed to enhance multiple student, staff, patient and faculty health benefits and experiences. Her health care career spans more than 25 years, in which time she has worked in an executive capacity with M-CARE, Delta Dental, Providence Hospital and Health Alliance Plan. Dyan has held a State of Michigan Agent//Producer License in Life, Health and Disability, and is a certified phlebotomist. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Executives and National Association of Health Service Executives, past-treasurer of U-M's Letterwinners M Club Board in which she served nine years, and a diplomat with the U-M Credit Union. Dyan received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master's degree from the School of Public Health both from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
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Emily Kate Stoneman, M.D.
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine; Medical Director, Occupational Health Services; Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, Department of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology
Dr. Stoneman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. Her clinical responsibilities include providing care for patients with infectious diseases and performing clinical research. Dr. Stoneman is also Medical Director of Occupational Health Services, where she oversees prevention and treatment services related to workplace health and safety for U-M employees. She also serves as an Associate Hospital Epidemiologist in the Department of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology, where she works to reduce healthcare-associated infections. Dr. Stoneman is a member of various Michigan Medicine committees related to patient and workforce member safety, and a member of the COVID-19 Campus Health Response Committee. She earned her undergraduate degree from University of Michigan and her medical degree from Vanderbilt University.
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James A. Bell
President, U-M Retirees Association
James Bell has been a board member and President of the U-M Retirees Association since 2017. He most recently served as Chief Administrative Officer for the U-M Medical School (1999 – 2016), and Assistant Director of Finance for the U-M Hospital (1980-1999). He also was Lead Healthcare Auditor for the State of Michigan Department of Social Service (1976-1980). From 1981-2009, he was a member of the Midwest Financial Credit Union Board, serving on numerous committees and as Chairmen of the Board. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the State Bar of Michigan. He holds a BBA in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University, and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Cooley Law School.
Jeffrey T. Kullgren, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School, Research Scientist, VA Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System
Dr. Jeff Kullgren is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and a Research Scientist in the Center for Clinical Management Research at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Dr. Kullgren holds undergraduate and medical degrees from Michigan State University and a master of public health degree from the University of Michigan. He completed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. The main focus of Dr. Kullgren's research is identifying innovative and scalable approaches to improve patient engagement in preventive behaviors. Most recently this work has involved randomized controlled trials of behavioral economic interventions, like financial and social incentives, to promote weight loss, physical activity, and cancer screening. A secondary focus of his research is understanding the impact of consumer-directed health care on patient decisions.
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Karen Schmidt, MPH
Senior Director, MHealthy
Karen Schmidt is the Senior Director of MHealthy. In this role, she supports the health and well-being of the university's 60,000+ faculty, staff, dependents, retirees, and spouses. Karen has over 20 years of proven experience leading, implementing, and evaluating health and well-being programs. Before joining MHealthy in 2008, she worked for the university's health plan, developing and overseeing wellness programming for its members. She has held various roles in health and well-being within corporate, health system, and health plan organizations. Karen holds a MPH (health behavior/health education) from the University of Michigan and a BA in communication and psychology. She is also a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
Lisa M. Shea
Associate Director-Programs and Marketing, Recreational Sports
A native of Germantown, Illinois, Shea has been a key member of Michigan's Recreational Sports Department since 1996, when she took assumed responsibility for Facility Rentals, Publicity and Promotions. Since then, she has held a variety of posts including that of Building Director for the North Campus Recreation Building (NCRB) for eight years. In her current role as Associate Director, Shea oversees the overall leadership, strategy and direction for programs, specifically Adventure Leadership, Club Sports, Fitness and Wellness, Intramural Sports and Development, Marketing, Sponsorship and Academic Partnerships. Shea serves as the co-lead of the Health and Wellness Collective Impact Core Team for Student Life. The aspirational goal of HWCI is, through collective and innovative programs, services and facilities, the University of Michigan will help students grow in their capacity to: Integrate health and wellness as part of success; Build resilience to manage the fluctuations of life; Make thoughtful choices that reduce harms; Find meaning and purpose. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, Shea was Assistant Director of Recreation at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois from 1992 to 1995. She oversaw operations of the Christy Varsity Tennis Center, the club sports program, and the Wildcat Summer Sports Camp, with responsibility for generating net revenue in excess of $250,000 annually. Shea received a bachelor's degree in Recreation Fitness from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a master's degree in Recreational Sports Administration from the University of Illinois in Champaign. In her spare time, she teaches indoor cycling and floor group exercise classes. She and her husband make their home in Saline, Michigan, with Ciara, their wonder dog.
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Liz M. Barry
Special Counsel to the President, Office of the President
As Special Counsel, Liz serves as advisor and strategic partner to the President, handling a variety of ongoing initiatives as well as getting involved in high priority projects and issues as they arise. She staffs a number of Presidential initiatives, such as the President's Advisory Committee of Public Art as well as carries out certain institutional responsibilities of the President's Office. She also teaches an interdisciplinary graduate course based in the Ross School entitled "The Business of Biology." Prior to joining the President's Office in August 2013, Liz served for 12 years as the Managing Director of the Life Sciences Institute working closely with the Director and faculty on operational and strategic matters. She has professional training is as an attorney, having served as U-M's Interim Co-General Counsel and then Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel from 1997-2002, taking the lead in-house role on the university's defense of its affirmative action policies. Prior to coming to Michigan, Liz served as University Attorney at Harvard and was in private practice at Ropes and Gray in Boston.
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