MHealthy Advisory Committee

MHealthy is a university-wide effort to support the health and well-being of the university community by providing resources designed to help achieve a safer, healthier and more satisfying way of life. The MHealthy mission is to support members of the U-M community to lead healthy and fulfilling lives by helping to foster positive work cultures and environments that contribute to U-M being a great public university.

The MHealthy Advisory Committee, composed of members from each campus and the Health System, draws on the rich resources of the university to help address the national challenge in health care by developing innovative long-range solutions to improving health at the University and beyond.

The advisory committee has a contributing role in the university's major healthy living initiatives and health care benefit strategies.

Its guidance and support has helped to shape several key areas, including:

  • MHealthy's evolution from a three-year initiative to an ongoing program that represents the university's continuing commitment to health and well-being.
  • Health care benefit strategies related to cost design, sustainable behavior change, and communication of changes to the university community.
  • Value-based insurance design for MHealthy: Focus on Diabetes and MHealthy: Focus on Medicine pilot programs.
  • Mental and emotional health initiatives in the workplace and mental health parity.
  • Health promotion and disease management through risk reduction.

The advisory committee plays a vital role in the development of programs that stand to make the greatest difference in improving health and satisfaction and integrate wellness efforts with benefit programs for even greater efforts toward prevention.

Terry Alexander, PE, CIH, BCEE

Executive Director, Occupational Safety and Environmental Health and Office of Campus Sustainability

Terry Alexander

As head of the Department of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health, Terry Alexander is responsible for health, safety and environmental issues facing both the academic and business operations of the university. As head of the Office of Campus Sustainability, he is responsible for implementing in the operations arena the sustainability initiative for the campus. Since 2002 he holds an appointment as adjunct lecturer at the U-M School of Public Health. Prior to joining the university, Terry was an environmental consultant in the Chicago area for seven years specializing in property investigation, environmental clean-up and restoration, and industrial hygiene. Terry is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan and Illinois, a certified industrial hygienist, and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from South Dakota State University and a Master of Science degree in environmental science from the University of Idaho.

Liz M. Barry

Special Counsel to the President, Office of the President

Liz Barry

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 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 & Gray in Boston.

Nikki Tselios

Patient Representative, UMH Environmental Services

Nikki Benschoter

Nikki Benschoter is a Patient Representative in Environmental Services. In this role, she interviews patients to ensure that all cleaning needs are being met, inquires about noise levels and informs patients of ways to help make their stay as quiet and comfortable as possible. She also works with the staff to ensure patient rooms remain clean at all times and acts as the relief dispatcher for Environmental Services. Prior to taking on her new position, Nikki was a housekeeper in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation unit for nearly 12 years. She currently serves on the Environmental Services Safety Committee, the Career Development Passport Pilot Committee and is an acting Ambassador for the 2013 Employee Engagement Survey. She also serves as an MHealthy Champion for her department.

Daniel K. Chapman, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical Director, Occupational Health Services

Dr. Daniel K. Chapman is the Medical Director for Occupational Health Services (OHS). OHS provides evaluation and treatment for all occupationally related injuries and illnesses for both U-M campus and Health System employees. OHS also provides consultation for wellness in partnership with MHealthy and for safety issues in conjunction with Occupational Safety and Environmental Health (campus) and Safety Management Services (Health System). He has been in his current role since 2015 but has worked in Occupational Health at U-M for 20 years. Dr. Chapman also held the rank of Captain in the United States Air Force, serving as a Flight Surgeon and an FAA Senior Medical Examiner.  He received his B.A. from Albion College, his M.D. from Michigan State University, and his M.P.H. from U-M.  Dr. Chapman completed his residency at U-M and is board-certified in Occupational and Environmental Health.

Cathleen M. Connell, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health

Cathleen Connell

Dr. Cathleen Connell is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the U-M School of Public Health. She joined the faculty in 1989 and previously served as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Dr. Connell completed her doctoral training in Human Development and Families Studies with an emphasis on Adult Development and Aging from The Pennsylvania State University.  She completed post-doctoral training in cardiovascular disease management from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on chronic disease self- management and dementia caregiving. She teaches a course entitled “Health Behavior and Aging.”   

Darryl Conway, MA, AT, ATC

Senior Associate Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Health and Welfare, Athletics

Darryl Conway

Darryl Conway serves as the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Health and Welfare at the University of Michigan. In that role, he oversees Athletic Medicine, Performance Science, Performance Nutrition, Performance Psychology, Olympic Strength and Conditioning, Performance Science, and Equipment Operations personnel, as well as serving as the liaison to Team Physicians from the U-M Health Systems and Health Services, and serving as a member of the Athletics Leadership Team. Darryl came to the U-M in 2013 from the University of Maryland, where he served as the Assistant Athletic Director – Sports Medicine. Darryl has also worked full-time as an athletic trainer at the University of Central Florida, the University of Northern Iowa, Morgan State University, the University of Delaware, and the New York Jets Football Club. Darryl holds a Masters’ Degree from Adelphi University (’95) in Sports Medicine and Sports Management and a Bachelors’ Degree from the University of Delaware (’93) in Physical Education Studies and Athletic Training. In addition to being a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), Darryl has worked with various SWAT Teams as their Tactical Medic and Athletic Trainer, and as a volunteer EMT, and has been an American Red Cross first aid, CPR, and AED instructor for greater than 25 years. Darryl’s professional interests lie in the fields of Emergency Planning, Catastrophic and Crisis Response, Risk Management, and Cervical Spine Injury Management and he is a frequent presenter at regional and national meetings on these topics.

Shon Dwyer, M.B.A.

Associate Hospital Director for Operations and Clinical Services and Chief Administrative Officer for Surgical Services

Shon Dwyer

Shon Dwyer is the Associate Hospital Director for Operations and Clinical Services and Chief Administrative Officer for Surgical Services at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS). Her areas of responsibility include Surgical Services, Anesthesiology, Operating Rooms, Neurosciences, Pathology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Transplant. She has been with UMHS for over 23 years, holding progressively responsible positions in the areas of clinical nursing, education, quality, compliance, information technology, management and administration. Most recently, prior to her current position, she led the successful implementation of computerized provider order entry across the 865 bed system. Shon received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan School of Nursing and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Administration. She is also a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow alumna.

Jeffery R. Frumkin, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Senior Director, Academic Human Resources

Jeffery Frumkin is the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Senior Director for Academic Human Resources. He has been at the University of Michigan since January 1998. Previously, he worked at the University of California, Michigan State University, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and Eastern Michigan University. He earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Higher Education Administration.

William H. Herman, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School; Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health; and Director, Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research

William Herman

Bill Herman is Professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Michigan and Director of the Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research.  His clinical interests focus on the prevention and treatment of diabetes, its complications, and comorbidities.  His research focuses on the broad areas of clinical trials, epidemiology, health services research, and clinical economics.  He currently chairs the American Diabetes Association’s Professional Practice Committee and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Workgroup on Diabetes Quality Measures.  

Rich Holcomb

Senior Director for Benefits, University Human Resources

Rich Holcomb

Rich Holcomb is Senior Director for Benefits for University Human Resources. He brings over 20 years of experience in HR and benefits, including work as Compensation and Benefits Manager at Foote Hospital in Jackson and, most recently, Director of Total Rewards and HR Services for UMHS Human Resources. One of Rich's professional areas of interest is in developing strategies to create value for both employee and employer in benefit plan design. In his 12 years with UMHS, Rich was a valuable leader and a member of several university benefit committees including the Committee on Retirement Savings Plan and Retirement Health Benefits, Committee on Sustainable Health Benefits, Committee on Retiree Health Benefits, and the Member Engagement Health Plan Committee. Rich has attended the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, The University of Michigan Ross Business School Health Care Leadership Institute and Advanced Human Resources Executive Program. He holds a Master's Degree in Labor Relations and Human Resources and a Bachelor's Degree in Employment Relations, both from Michigan State University, and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) as designated by World at Work.

Dyan Jenkins-Ali, MHSA

Senior Project Manager, Strategy and Planning, University Human Resources

Dyan Jenkins-Ali

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 20 years, in which time she has worked in an executive capacity with M-CARE, Dental Dental, Providence Hospital and Health Alliance Plan. Dyan holds 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, treasurer of U-M's Letterwinners M Club Board, and a diplomat with the U-M Credit Union. Dyan received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master's degree in Health Services Administration, both from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Duane M. Kirking, PharmD, PhD.

Professor Emeritus of Social and Administrative Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Research Scientist Emeritus of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health

Duane Kirking

Duane M. Kirking, a member of the U-M Retirees Association, is retired from the faculties of the College of Pharmacy and School of Public Health at U-M where he spent his entire academic career. He has over 35 years of involvement in research, teaching and professional service in assessing and improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of medication use. He co-founded and was Director of the Center for Medication Use, Policy, and Economics and was instrumental in starting the College’s Department of Social and Administrative Sciences, serving as its first Chair. Among his numerous professional activities, Dr. Kirking’s served as President of the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science and was a member of the APhA Board of Trustees. He recently completed five years as Chairman of the Board of the United States Pharmacopeia. Dr. Kirking was elected a Fellow of the American Pharmaceutical Association and awarded its Research Achievement Award in the Pharmaceutical Sciences.  He received a B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Pharm.D. degree and clinical pharmacy residency from the University of Kentucky, and, his master’s degree in public administration and Ph.D. in administrative and social sciences in pharmacy from The Ohio State University.

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

Jeffrey Kullgren

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.

Michelle Leonard

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Behavioral Sciences, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters, U-M Dearborn

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard received both her Master's (2004) and Ph.D. (2008) in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University. Since 2008 she has been with the University of Michigan - Dearborn and is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. She teaches several undergraduate and graduate-level classes and coordinates the clinical psychology practicum placements for master's students. In addition to teaching, she is actively involved in research focused on several areas of clinical health psychology, including intimate relationships and relationship dynamics in the context of chronic health problems, the etiology and maintenance of chronic health problems and how psychosocial processes impact and/or are impacted by physical health, and the role ethnicity/race plays in these areas. Professor Leonard currently sits on the department's graduate and assessment committees, as well as on U-M Dearborn's faculty senate. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and is fully licensed to practice psychology in the state of Michigan.

LaVaughn Palma-Davis, M.A.

Senior Director of University Health and Well-Being Services

LaVaughn Palma-Davis

LaVaughn Palma-Davis is currently the Senior Director for University Health and Well-Being Services at the University of Michigan. In this role, she provides leadership for the implementation of the MHealthy strategic plan, an ambitious collaborative effort to leverage the University's resources to promote the health and well-being of faculty, staff, dependents and retirees and contain health care costs. LaVaughn provides direction to over 80 employees in numerous programs and services including: wellness and risk reduction services (tobacco cessation, nutrition and weight management, alcohol management, physical activity, stress management, etc.), employee assistance programs, occupational health clinical services, ergonomics, and community health promotion outreach. LaVaughn has over 25 years of experience in health promotion and health care administration, having served in a variety of capacities for the UM Health System as well as for Blodgett Memorial Medical Center. She also was the project director for leadership development strategy for the Health System. LaVaughn received her B.S. in Health Education from the University of Dayton and her Master's Degree in Public Health Education from Central Michigan University.

Darlene Ray-Johnson

Director, Graduate Student Affairs, Rackham School of Graduate Studies

Darlene Ray-Johnson

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.

Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S.

Clinical Professor and Associate Chair, Integrated Medical and Psychiatric Services, Department of Psychiatry; Associate Director, U-M Comprehensive Depression Center; Director, Psychoncology Program, U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center; Associate Director, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research.

Michelle Riba

Dr. Michelle Riba is Clinical Professor and Associate Chair for Integrated Medical and Psychiatric Services in the Department of Psychiatry, Associate Director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, Director of the PsychOncology Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Associate Director of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research. She has served on numerous editorial boards and is the author or editor of over 100 scientific articles, books, chapters and scientific abstracts. She is past president of the American Psychiatric Association, Association for Academic Psychiatry, and American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training. Currently, she is zonal representative from the American Psychiatric Association to the World Psychiatric Association. As a psychosomatic medicine psychiatrist, Dr. Riba's clinical and research interests include primary care psychiatry, depression and cardiovascular disease, psychoncology, and the role of screening for distress in patients with medical illness.

Peggy Sheagren, M.P.H., M.B.A.

Executive Director of Budget and Administration, School of Kinesiology

Peggy Sheagren

Peggy Sheagren has worked for the University of Michigan for the past 17 years. Currently, Peggy is the Executive Director of Budget and Administration at the School of Kinesiology. In her role, Peggy oversees all operational aspects of the School, including strategy and planning, budget administration, human resources, facilities and construction, and organizational policies/procedures. Prior to joining Kinesiology, Peggy spent two years as Director of Operations for the Office of Development at the U-M Health System, and 12 years in various leadership roles with MHealthy. In addition to joining the MHealthy Advisory Committee, Peggy serves as the co-lead for the Health and Wellness team connected to U-M’s Bicentennial Staff Celebration. Prior to her work at the U-M, Peggy was the Regional Director of Health Education and Women’s Health for Humana (Chicago and Louisville), and also worked as a health educator for Health Alliance Plan (Detroit). Peggy earned her M.P.H. in 1989, and her M.B.A. in 2005, both from the University of Michigan.

Laurita Thomas

Associate Vice President, University Human Resources

Laurita Thomas

Laurita Thomas is the Associate Vice President for Human Resources at the University of Michigan. She gained a deep understanding of human resources as the former Administrator of Human Resources and Director of Allied Health Education in the Health System. Her human resources career spans roles in the financial industry, higher education and healthcare. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan in political science and economics. Her graduate work is in guidance and counseling and business administration. Her leadership roles have included officer positions in the University Health System Consortium's Human Resources Officers Council, Medical Center Employee Relations Association, the Society for Human Resources Management, the Human Resources Planning Society, American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and in many community service organizations.

Quinta Vreede

Chief Administrative Officer, University of Michigan Health System

Quinta Vreede

Quinta became the first Chief Administrative Officer of the University of Michigan Health System in May 2010. She oversees key Health System functions including regulatory compliance, government relations, facility planning, public relations and marketing. In addition to her CAO role, Quinta also serves as Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs. Quinta has more than 20 years of experience working in health care, many of them at UMHS. Prior to becoming the CAO, she was the lead administrator for the Department of Family Medicine in the U-M Medical School, while also serving as an ambulatory care administrator responsible for five of the Health System's outpatient centers. She was the first health care administrator to hold both roles simultaneously. Quinta has an M.H.S.A. from the U-M School of Public Health.

Mike Widen

Director of Recreation Sports

Mike Widen

As Director of U-M Recreation Sports, Mike Widen provides leadership of the Recreational Sports program, facilities, services, and staff, as well as develops strategic program vision for the department. Previously, Mike worked at the University of Iowa in a variety of capacities as both a professional and student. Mike started in campus recreation as a student official and then as a Graduate Assistant in Intramural Sports. He was then hired full-time by the University of Iowa to oversee Campus Recreation programs, facility operations and special events. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Sport Management with a minor in Business Administration, and a Master of Arts in Sport and Leisure Management, both from the University of Iowa.

Susan Zill, R.N.

Mott Children's Hospital Operating Room Staff Nurse

Susan Zill

Susan Zill is a registered nurse currently serving as an Operating Room Staff Nurse at Mott Children's Hospital. She has been with the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) since 1979. She received her education from Mack School of Nursing Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology and Eastern Michigan University. Susan has been a member of numerous UMHS committees and currently serves on the Mott Perioperative Patient and Family Centered Care Committee and the U-M Long Term Disability Review Committee. She is also a member of the Voices of the Staff Program Management Team and the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN).