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MPCA staff members are listed by functional role within the following categories:

Executive Staff


Loretta V. Bush, MSHA, Chief Executive Officer

517.381.8001 (direct line) |  517.381.8000 x1001

  • Advocacy and legislative affairs 
  • Strategic planning 
  • Governance and bylaws 
  • Board and member relations 
  • Michigan Community Health Network relations 
   

Matt Herwaldt, CMAChief Financial Officer
517.381.8003 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1003
  • Financial reporting
  • Accounting, finance, and budgeting
  • Contract administration
   

Nancy Sting, MSA, SHRM-CP, Human Resources Director

517.381.8004 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1004

  • Human resources administration
  • Recruiting for MPCA positions
  • Training and development
   
  Amber Desgranges, MPH, CED, Program Deputy

517.827.0462 (direct line) | 517.381.8000 x1462

  • Provides technical and administrative support to the CEO.
  • Serves as an expert on the Payment Reform Workgroup.

 

 Data Evaluation 

 Prashanti Boinapally, MD, MsC, Data Analytics and Evaluation Manager

517.827.0882 (direct line) | 517.827.8000 x1882 

  • Data analytics and evaluation
 

Clinical Quality

Faiyaz Syed, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer

517.827.0887 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1887

  • Medical oversight, expertise and leadership to ensure the delivery of affordable quality
    health care services.
  • Directs Michigan Quality Improvement Network/Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) 
  • Chief Medical Officer network engagement and support
  • Health Information Technology and Interoperability (Meaningful Use, Health Information
    Exchanges, Data Analytics)
  • Clinical strategy development and implementation.
  • Collaboration with internal and external health care delivery partners promoting clinical
    integration. 
   
 

Mariah Black-Watson, MSA, Clinical Specialist 
517.827.1467 (direct line) | 517.381.8000 x 0467

  • Supporting and coordinating HCCN programmatic activities, including tracking and
    reporting of program deliverables.
  • Facilitating meetings and conference calls for the Clinical Services Committee and
    MQIN Leadership Committee.
  • Communicating with internal and external partners to gather and analyze information needed
    to carry out the program effectively.
  • Assisting clinical projects focusing on diabetes, hypertension, and epilepsy.
   

Debra KristyHealth Information Technology Specialist

517.827.0476 (direct line) |  517.381.8000 x 1476

  • Provides assistance to Health Centers in the areas of Electronic Health Record optimization,
    Meaningful Use, Health Information Exchanges and interoperability efforts.
   

Candy Vertalka, RN, Nurse Care Consultant

517.827.0479 (direct line) |  517.381.8000 x1479

  • Strategy development to support the expansion and optimization of nurse care managers
    within community health centers.
  • Assists in supporting the increase of information accessed through HIT to support
    care coordination and transition of care. 
  • Identifies, creates, and facilitates educational opportunities for health center staff to
    improve management of diabetes and other chronic diseases.
 

Integrated Health and Programs

Sara Coates, MADirector, Integrated Health and Programs
517.827.0875 (direct line) |  517.381.8000 x1875
  • Integrated care, including behavioral health, oral health, vision services, primary care, and
    comprehensive SUD services that include Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Helps health center staff commit to practice transformation
  • Works with key community partners to maximize resources 
   
Lindsey Naeyaert, MPH, Associate Director of SUD Services

517.827.0874  (direct line) | 517.381.8000 x1874

  • Directs MPCA’s health center innovation in substance use disorders treatment training and
    technical assistance program.
   
 Brittani Barkley, Integrated Health Specialist

517.827.0888 (direct line) |  517.381.8000 x1888

  • Special populations, including homeless, migrant, and LGBTQ communities
  • Project SPIRIT
  • Collaborative Care
   
 

Jessica Bautista, MSW, Integrated Health Program Manager

517.827.0872 (direct line) | 517.381.8000 x1872

  • Manages Health Homes and Connection to Care

  • Supports MI Care Team staff and Connection to Care staff to optimize team-based
    care activities

  • Supports practice transformation initiatives through an integrated care team approach 

   

Nina Lavi, MPH, Integrated Health Program Manager

517.827.0464  (direct line) | 517.381.8000 

  • Manages HIV/LGBT grant, and the colorectal, breast, and cervical grant programs 
  • Oversees telehealth research study collaborative 
     
   

Lindsay Sailor, Integrated Health Program Manager
517.827.0889 (direct line) |  517.381.8000 x1889

 

  • Maternal, child and infant health
  • Pharmacy services support
  • Oral health
 
 

 

 Policy & Grassroots Advocacy
   

J. Ryan Grinnell-Ackerman, MPA,  Policy and Government Affairs Manager

517.827.0884 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1884

  • Health policy analysis and government affairs support  
 

 

 Membership Services
Tom Kochheiser, CAE, Director of Member Services
517.827.0873 (direct line) | 517.381.8000 x1873
  • Responsible for management of all membership activities including board and membership
    meetings
  • Strategic planning for membership and sponsorship growth
  • Leads Membership Services team  


   
  Jen Anderson, Associate Director of Communications
517.827.0473 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1473
  • Oversees internal and external communications
  • Functions as an association-wide resource for style, branding, and language
  • Provides advocacy support and strategic communications
  • Coordinates design and production for printed materials
  • Updates Health Center Communications network
  • Manages social media
   

Barbara Lincoln, Training and Education Manager
517.853.1062 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1062

  • Training, conference, and event planning
  • Webinar hosting
 

 Derek Commey, Training and Education Specialist

517.827.0871 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1871

  • Training, conference, and event coordination and registration
  • Webinar coordination, hosting, and registration
   


 

Health Center Operations & Enabling Services

 

J. Ryan Grinnell-Ackerman, MPA, Interim Director

517.827.0884 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1884

  • Health policy analysis and government affairs support  
  • Directs MPCA's health center training and technical assistance programs connecting to
    enabling services
  • Manages programs, contracts, and grants related to enabling services
  • Engages in state and federal partnerships to advance the mission, vision, and services of
    MPCA and health centers
   
Nashia A. Choudhury, MPH, Associate Director of Enabling Services

517.827.0475 (direct line)  | 517.381.8000 x1475 

  • Specialized proactive supports for new Health Center organizations
  • Coordinating MPCA's community development and strategic growth activities
  • Supporting Health Center capital development
   

Smriti “Simmi” D. Isaac, MA, MHA, PCMH-CCE,Associate Director for Operational Excellence
517.827.0471 (direct line) | 517.381.8000x1471

  • QI Directors Network facilitation
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home practice transformation strategies
  • Training and technical assistance to improve clinical and operational quality, reduce health
    disparities, and improve population health through health information technology.
   

Charmaine Femster, Billing and Operations Specialist
517.827.0878 (direct line) | 517.381.8000 x1878

  • Serves as association expert on medical coding and billing
  • Provides training and technical assistance for health center operations
  • Helps resolve billing issues by providing proactive and responsive technical support and training for health centers
   
 

Health Information Technology and Data Services

Rob Pazdan, MBA, Director of Information Systems
517.827.0481 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1481
  • Strategic and tactical planning, development, evaluation, coordination of MPCA's information
    and technology systems, including VirtualCHC
  • Health Information Technology coordination with the Michigan Quality Improvement Network
    (MQIN)
   
Dustin Barber, System Administrator II

517.827.0483 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1483

  • Systems and network administration
  • System monitoring
  • Customer support
   
Daniel Dawkins, System Administrator II
517.827.0488 (direct line) | 517.381.8000 x1488
  • Systems and network administration
  • Systems monitoring
  • Customer support
   
Michael Gleason, System Administrator II
517.827.0482 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1482
  • New system design
  • Systems and network administration and monitoring
  • Customer support
   
 

Cheryl Gildner, Clinical Data Manager

517.827.0870 (direct line) | 517.381.8000 x1870

  • Manages statewide integrated data system
  • Provides direction and daily management of MPCA's data assets
   
Colin VanDusen, System Administrator I

517.827.0487 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1487

  • Systems and network administration
  • System monitoring
  • Customer support
   
 

Ashley Wozniak, Clinical Data Specialist

   
 

MPCA Finance & Operations


Matt Herwaldt, CMAChief Financial Officer
517.381.8003 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1003
  • Financial reporting
  • Accounting, finance, and budgeting
  • Contract administration
   

Katie Nearpass, Accounting Assistant
517.827.1478 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1478

  • Accounting
  • Payables/Recievables
   
Erin Rogers, Office Administrator
517.827.0469 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1469
  • Office operations
  • Building maintenance oversight
  • Program support
   
Kristin Seyfert, Administrative Assistant
517.381.8000 (direct line)  
  • First point-of-contact with visitors and callers
  • Providing support to the Chief Executive Officer and MPCA staff



Kelli Rockwell, Accounting and Contract Specialist

517.827.0881 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1881

  • Contract processing and tracking
  • Accounts receivable
  • Collections
   

Julie Tatko, MSW, Enabling Services Director

jtatko@mpca.net  |  517.827.0882 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1882

  • Developing and implementing programs focused on health insurance coverage enrollment, community outreach, patient and community education, translation and interpretation and health navigation/coordination
  • Promoting and supporting community-based service linkages
  • Directing MPCA’s Expanding Enrollment Capacity in Michigan Certified Application Counselor program
Lydia Starrs, MSW, Enabling Services Specialist

lstarrs@mpca.net  |  517.827.0886 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1886

  • Providing training and technical assistance around health insurance coverage enrollment and other enabling services
  • Developing and maintaining resources, communications, and alerts
  • Outreach and Enrollment Network liaison
Lydia Starrs, MSW, Enabling Services Specialist

lstarrs@mpca.net  |  517.827.0886 (direct line)  |  517.381.8000 x1886

  • Providing training and technical assistance around health insurance coverage enrollment and other enabling services
  • Developing and maintaining resources, communications, and alerts
  • Outreach and Enrollment Network liaison

Joyce GriffithOutreach & Enrollment Coordinator

jgriffith@mpca.net  |  269.235.9667 (direct line)

  • Providing outreach opportunities for community residents who lack access to health care
  • Offering health insurance application assistance and enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, and MIChild
  • Building and strengthening enrollment collaborations with local partner organizations in Southwest Michigan 

Joyce GriffithOutreach & Enrollment Coordinator

jgriffith@mpca.net  |  269.235.9667 (direct line)

  • Providing outreach opportunities for community residents who lack access to health care
  • Offering health insurance application assistance and enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, and MIChild
  • Building and strengthening enrollment collaborations with local partner organizations in Southwest Michigan 
Jason Johnson, Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator
jjohnson2@mpca.net  |   989.312.3905
·        Providing outreach opportunities for community residents who lack access to health care
·        Offering health insurance application assistance and enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, an
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