Marc Norman is an internationally recognized expert on policy and finance for affordable housing and community development. Trained as an urban planner, he has worked in the field of community development and finance for over 20 years. With degrees in political economics (University of California Berkeley, Bachelors of Art, 1989) and urban planning (University of California Los Angeles, Master of Art, 1992) and experience with for-profit and non-profit organizations, consulting firms and investment banks, Norman has worked collaboratively to develop or finance over 2,000 units totaling more than $400 million in total development costs.
Norman began his professional work as an intern with the Planning Department of Los Angeles County, worked briefly in Los Angeles as a consultant, and then worked for two different non- profits providing affordable housing in Los Angeles and New York. He then moved into leadership positions with several financial institutions, including Lehman Brothers (Senior Associate), Duvernay + Brooks (Managing Director), and Deutsche Bank (Vice President), specializing in complex financing for affordable housing and economic development projects. Through those endeavors he has conducted or participated in a wide array of projects related to strategic planning, affordable housing development, lending, and investment. He has notable experience in the use of tax credits for affordable housing development. Norman is the president of his own consulting firm “Ideas and Action,” working nationally and internationally on projects promoting affordable housing and community development.
In addition to his professional achievements, Norman was previously a professor of practice at Syracuse University, where he engaged with both students and communities by teaching courses on real estate and housing policy in the Syracuse School of Architecture. He also implemented initiatives at UPSTATE: A Center for Design Research and Real Estate, in collaboration with city, state, and university partners. As a 2014-2015 Harvard Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design, Norman consulted with architects, planners, nonprofit organizations and others throughout the United States.
Complementing his professional practice and teaching experience, Norman has engaged in numerous public service and academic service activities. Since 1994, he has served as a board member for 11 different non-profit and community organizations addressing issues of affordable housing, community development finance and design and serves on many fellowship and design award juries. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of Design Futures, on the Federal Reserve’s Community Advisory Council and on the board of MASS Design Group.
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Marcella Brighton, MBA
Chief Administrative Officer, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Marcella (Marcy) Brighton is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Since 2008 she has been managing the operations infrastructure of the school including finance, human resources, data analytics/business intelligence, facilities and information technology, as well as modeling and strategy development with the dean, faculty and staff leadership. She has been at the university for over thirty years, including leadership roles in the College of Engineering, School of Information and School of Nursing. She has been an active campus participant serving on a variety of cross campus committees and deeply values mentoring staff to attain their long term career goals. She has an undergraduate degree from Michigan (BA in History; Ed Cert) and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University.
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Mark Fitzgerald, DDS, MS
Associate Dean, Community-Based Collaborative Care and Education, U-M School of Dentistry
As Associate Dean for the School of Dentistry Community-Based Collaborative Care and Education Program (CBCE), Dr. Fitzgerald implements continuous assessment and improvement protocols; provides leadership and oversight of the Associate Director and staff efforts; maintains and ensures sustainability; and assesses, considers, and as appropriate, develops new healthcare delivery models. He also provides and maintains liaison with governmental and non-governmental agencies and provides oversight and/or coordination of all external graduate, pre-doctoral, and dental hygiene student outreach experiences. Dr. Fitzgerald previously served as Associate Chair of the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry Discipline Coordinator. He currently serves as the lead faculty at the School of Dentistry in IPE initiatives and has been involved in creating IPE/IPC opportunities for students in community health centers and campus-based clinical settings, as well as developing and teaching a campus wide IPE course in team-based clinical decision making. Dr. Fitzgerald earned his MS from the U-M Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and his DDS from the U-M School of Dentistry.
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Marsha Manning, MLIR, BSN, RN
Manager, Medical Benefits and Strategy, University Human Resources
Marsha Manning is Manager of Medical Benefits and Strategy in the Benefits Administration Office (BAO), and has been responsible for medical plan strategy and design for U-M health plans since 2013. The goals of the BAO are achieved through collaboration with health plans and the provider community, as well as leveraging internal and external expertise in order to insure that university health plan members have access to high quality and cost effective health care. Marsha has more than 30 years of experience in health care and human resources, including clinical nursing practice, administration, data analytics, and leadership. Prior to her current role, Marsha provided expertise as a member of the benefits staff at General Motors, including strategic and operational leadership for medical and prescription drug benefits, public policy, and community initiatives that focused on increasing the value of the health care delivery system in Southeast Michigan. Marsha received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University.
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Melanie Weaver Barnett, MBA
Chief Executive Education Officer at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
Melanie Weaver Barnett is chief executive education officer at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Under Melanie’s leadership, Michigan Ross Executive Education has been consistently ranked among the top in the world, offering programs in multiple locations in the Americas, Asia (including India and the Middle East), Europe, and Africa.
She has served as chair of the board of directors for UNICON (the International University Consortium for Executive Education) and on the boards of the University of Michigan Alumni Association and the Advisory Board for Intercollegiate Athletics.
In addition to holding an MBA from Michigan Ross, Melanie earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, where she was an all-American distance runner. She is a member of the Hall of Honor and received the University’s Gerald R. Ford Award, awarded to one former athlete each year for achievement in academics, sport, and society.
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Preeti Malani, MD, MSJ
Chief Health Officer, U-M; Professor of Medicine, Michigan Medicine Infectious Disease
Preeti N. Malani is the Chief Health Officer and a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan. Dr. Malani's clinical and research interests include infection control and prevention and infections in older adults. She is the director of the recently launched National Poll on Healthy Aging based at the Institute for Health Policy and Innovation. Dr. Malani has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and editorials and has edited five books. Dr. Malani is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Previously, she served as the Assistant Deputy Editor of Clinical Infectious Diseases and an Associate Editor of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Dr. Malani received her M.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, she completed a Masters in Journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at U-M where she also received a Masters in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis. Dr. Malani completed fellowship training in Geriatric Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University.
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Intermediate Customer Service Representative, Logistics, Parking, and Transportation
Quinci Alexander started at U-M in kitchen prep at South Quad in 2008. Here is where he discovered his love for cooking. After leaving the university for a time, he returned as a parking attendant in 2012. In 2018, Quinci was promoted to Intermediate Customer Service Representative, managing the flow of traffic as well as other duties within his department. He also helps with special project launches related to parking changes.
He is a member of the Voices of the Staff and the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. He also serves as an MHealthy Champion for his department. Quinci graduated from ITT Technical Institute in 2008 with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences of Computer Aided Drafting. He is also certified in Mental Health First Aid.
Chief Administrative Officer, University of Michigan Health System
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.
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Associate Vice President, University Human Resources
Rich Holcomb is Associate Vice President 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.
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Director for Human Resources at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
Rima Berry-Hung is the Director for Human Resources at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, providing strategic and broad HR service and support for the entire campus. Her career in human resources and higher education spans more than 21 years, in which time she has worked both on the Ann Arbor campus at the School of Education, the Stamps School of Art and Design and Human Resources Records and Information Services. Rima has her PHR (professional human resources) certification and has been a member of SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) for over 15 years. Rima received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Anthropology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Master's degree from the College of Communication and Theatre Arts at Eastern Michigan University.
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Robert Ernst, MD
Associate Vice-President of Student Life for Health and Wellness
Dr. Robert Ernst serves as Associate Vice-President of Student Life for Health and Wellness at the University of Michigan. In this role he not only functions as Executive Director of the University Health Service but also provides supervision of the Counseling and Psychological Services, Services for Students with Disabilities and Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center. In addition to his administrative duties he is also a practicing General Internist as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Michigan Medicine. Dr. Ernst is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Hospital.
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Romesh P. Nalliah, BDS, MHCM
Associate Dean for Patient Services and Clinical Professor of Dentistry, School of Dentistry
Romesh P. Nalliah is the Associate Dean for Patient Services at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He leads the clinical program at the School of Dentistry which boasts 16 unique clinics including a community health center, a special care dentistry clinic, several undergraduate and graduate teaching clinics, and private dental offices. Prior to coming to Michigan in 2015, Dr. Nalliah was a faculty member at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. While at Harvard, Dr. Nalliah developed expertise in health services research, global health and leadership. Dr. Nalliah also completed a Fellowship in Medical Education (Harvard Medical School) and a Masters in Healthcare Management (Harvard School of Public Health). Dr. Nalliah is also a health services researcher with a focus on public health. He has published well over 100 papers in peer reviewed journals on public health topics and is a nationally recognized expert in access to care and opioid prescribing. Dr. Nalliah's career began in Australia (where he graduated from Adelaide University School of Dentistry in 2000) delivering care in a rural hospital which was the gateway to the Outback. This experience included using a mobile dental van to deliver care to rural-dwelling Aboriginal Australians.