PHII has a diverse team of professionals in public health, information systems, training and communications.
Vivian Singletary, MBA, JM
Director of PHII
Vivian Singletary, MBA serves as director of the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), a program of the Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Vivian guides PHII’s work to improve health outcomes worldwide by strengthening health practitioners’ abilities to use information effectively.
Vivian’s experience combines almost 20 years in systems development and in public health. Earlier in her career, she served in leadership positions in supply chain management and information systems implementation for Home Depot and M&M before transitioning into public health. She was introduced to the Task Force for Global health in 2009 as the global supply chain manager for the International Trachoma Initiative, where she oversaw the pharmaceutical supply chain of over $1 billion in Zithromax donations and built in-country capacity for over 15 African and Asian countries.
Vivian has played an integral role in developing PHII’s global portfolio. Her work for the institute began with improving, designing and analyzing business processes and developing functional requirements for health insurance information systems. She established PHII’s Requirements Laboratory business unit in 2012. As the unit’s director, Vivian played an essential part in managing informatics projects in both the U.S. and in developing countries. Key projects include her leadership role in developing the African Workforce Planning project—a tool that helps allocate health care practitioners to areas of greatest need in Mozambique and Tanzania—and acting as director of informatics practice for the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) initiative, which addresses the causes of childhood mortality in developing countries.
Vivian holds a master’s of business administration degree from Kennesaw State University and a juris master's degree from Emory University School of Law, with a focus on global health. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Daniela Salas O'Connell, MPH
Daniela Salas O’Connell serves as PHII's deputy director. In this role, Daniela oversees financial and operational aspects of PHII, including grants management and new funding.
Daniela brings to this role 10 years of experience in the planning and implementation of health projects, as well as a strong background in grant management. Daniela was a project manager with PHII’s Requirements Lab for the previous two and a half years, overseeing multiple project activities, deliverables and budgets. Prior to her position at PHII, she worked as program associate for TEPHINET, managing a multimillion-dollar CDC cooperative agreement and a portfolio of 15+ projects that focused on health systems capacity building and strengthening field epidemiology training programs. Daniela also worked at Emory’s School of Medicine, where she developed grant proposals and managed day-today operations for multicultural diabetes education programs.
Bill Brand, MPH
Director of Public Health Informatics Strategy
Bill Brand brings to PHII over 25 years of experience working on state, local and national public health issues, with 15 of those years focused on public health informatics. As director of public health informatics strategy, Bill ensures that PHII’s programs are helping to advance the growing discipline and practice of public health informatics. He oversees the development and implementation of the programs within PHII, ensuring they both leverage and contribute to other informatics developments across the country and globally.
Before coming to PHII, Bill served as deputy director for the Center for Health Informatics and the Minnesota e-Health Initiative at the Minnesota Department of Health.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from St. Cloud State University. He earned a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in community health education and epidemiology from the University of Minnesota.
The Requirements Lab helps domestic and international public health practitioners use information and information technology effectively. Through application of our Collaborative Requirements Development Methodology (CRDM)TM and business process redesign, the Requirements Lab seeks to improve business processes to enhance public health practices and outcomes.
Jimica Mack Tchamako
Director of the Requirements Lab
Jimica serves as the Director of the Requirements for the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII, a program of The Task Force for Global Health), where she is responsible for leading teams and collaborating with public health professionals and their stakeholders on projects centered around business analysis, process improvements, requirements development, information system solutions and informatics training.
Prior to joining PHII, Jimica served as a senior management consultant in health care operations and delivery, where she partnered extensively with numerous health systems of varying size and complexity across the U.S. to lead teams responsible for evaluating and reengineering those health systems’ business processes to maximize efficiency. In addition, Jimica led the design and implementation of information systems, enforcing best practices, coaching and empowering the health systems’ leadership, and shepherding the health systems through the volatile financial healthcare landscape that ultimately resulted in the increase of each of those health systems’ annual revenues by tens of millions of dollars and ability to effectively serve growing populations.
Jimica holds a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development, International Leadership and Development, and Political Science from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She is currently completing a Master of Public Health focused in Applied Public Health Informatics at Emory University.
Sheereen Brown, MS
Sheereen joined the Task Force in 2012 as a volunteer and later as a PHII intern with the Requirements Lab. After her internship with PHII, she served as a service project coordinator and research assistant at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Her work with CHOA included mathematical modeling for laboratory tests for the pediatric intensive care units, analysis and collection of data for metro-Atlanta children diagnosed with asthma and subsequent interventions, as well as developing electronic data collection systems for multiple service lines.
Sheereen is a two-time graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. She has received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Science in Health Systems.
Brendan Crosby, MPA
Brendan Crosby serves as the project manager for PHII's Requirements Lab. In this position, he oversees multiple project activities, deliverables and budgets for a range of global health initiatives. Prior to coming to PHII, Brendan served as a project manager for TEPHINET, another Task Force for Global Health program.
Throughout his career, Brendan has worked across the world, in countries that include Liberia, Nigeria, South Sudan and Paraguay, for organizations like the Carter Center and Global Communities. He has extensive experience managing programmatic funding, logistics and procedures. Brendan began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and his Master of Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Senior Business Analyst
Juneka Rembert serves as a senior business analyst for the Public Health Informatics Institute. She is responsible for understanding processes and developing requirements for public health information systems through utilization of PHII’s Collaborative Requirements Development Methodology (CRDM)™.
Prior to joining PHII, Juneka worked as a contractor for The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the National Center for Environmental Heath/ATSDR and PGO for over eight years as a senior business analyst/project lead, where she was responsible for software development, system implementations and enhancement, gathering requirements, and project planning and management. Juneka also worked as a program analyst at Citrix Systems Inc., where she performed analysis of the Subscription Advantage process and gathered subscription renewal statistics and reports.
Juneka holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Morris Brown College and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Information Systems and a Project Management Professional Certification.
PHII’s Practice Support joins public health practitioners, health officers and community partners together to share knowledge and expertise and address the barriers to improving population health. Projects in Practice Support focus on providing public health agencies with services that strengthen their informatics capabilities.
Jim Jellison, MPH
Director of Practice Support
Jim Jellison serves as the director of Practice Support. In this role, Jim supervises staff and manages the Practice Support portfolio of projects. In his previous role as a senior informatics analyst, Jim provided informatics and policy analysis expertise to a number of projects, either as project director or as a member of a project team. He also works with a variety of public health stakeholders, including local and state health department staff, the public health professional associations, and the Joint Public Health Informatics Taskforce.
Jim is an alumnus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program where he worked with the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. There he provided expertise for systems development, project evaluation, and stakeholder collaboration planning for a public health surveillance data query system. Prior to the fellowship, Jim worked in the local public health agency in Nashville, TN. There he acquired a broad range of informatics experience developing infrastructure for a variety of public health programs. Before that, Jim developed the agency’s geographic information systems capacity and provided GIS and applications development services for surveillance, investigations, environmental health, and health promotion.
Jim holds a Master of Public Health degree concentrating in epidemiology from East Tennessee State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Social Sciences from Michigan State University.
Nosipho Beaufort, MPH
Senior Informatics Analyst
Nosipho Beaufort came to her role at PHII from Deloitte Consulting, where she provided expertise in performance measurement, evaluation and grants management to federal health clients.
Nosipho has over 12 years of experience in public health at the state and federal levels. Her background includes strategic planning, project management, performance management, process improvement and quality improvement. Prior to joining Deloitte, Nosipho worked for four years as a public health advisor for SciMetrika and provided technical assistance to state and local grantees. She also worked for the Florida Department of Health, where she coordinated adult hepatitis vaccination and testing activities, conducted data analysis, and reviewed and implemented state and federal policies.
Nosipho holds an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in psychology from Carleton College.
Michael DeMayo, MPH
Michael DeMayo serves as a project manager at PHII. Prior to joining PHII, Michael was a consultant for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, AIDS Office, where he recently co-developed a 5-year strategic plan for HIV direct care and prevention services in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties. He also served as a project coordinator on a five-year CDC Medication Therapy Management Demonstration Project in partnership with HealtHIV in Washington, DC, Walgreens Community Pharmacies, and the University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy. Michael is no stranger to Emory. He served as the Associate Director of Programs for the Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center (SEATEC) in the School of Medicine from 2010 until 2015.
Michael received his MPH from the University of California/Berkeley in 1995.
Lura Daussat, MPH
Senior Informatics Analyst
Lura Daussat serves as a senior informatics analyst for PHII, focusing primarily on the Digital Bridge initiative. Previously, she spent 12 years at OZ Systems, where she partnered with state public health programs that included newborn hearing screening, critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) screening, and newborn bloodspot screening as they implemented OZ Systems software. In addition to supporting newborn screening programs, while at OZ, Lura authored two implementation guides for HL7 on exchanging data from devices to public health for newborn hearing screening and for CCHD.
Prior to joining OZ Systems, Lura worked as program coordinator for a hospital, in HIV prevention for Planned Parenthood, and as an adjunct instructor at the University of Texas at Tyler. She received her Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine after she completed three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. While in Peace Corps, she taught science for two years and was the Gender and Youth Development Coordinator for one year. Her undergraduate degree is a BS in Biology from the University of North Texas.
Jim Mootrey, PMP
Senior Project Manager
Jim Mootrey is a senior project manager for PHII. In this role, he oversees public health informatics projects, particularly in the area of child health. Before joining PHII's staff, Jim provided technical support to PHII as the information technology manager of The Task Force for Child Survival and Development.
Jim brings more than 20 years of technical experience from a number of diverse companies, including large corporations such as Digital Equipment Corporation. Prior to joining the Task Force, he worked for eight years as the network operations manager for XcelleNet, a global software development company. This experience has given Jim a solid technical and business analysis background.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and has received various technical certifications. He also obtained the Project Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute.
Erin Roche, MPH
Senior Informatics Analyst
As a senior informatics analyst, Erin Roche brings a wealth of immunization information system (IIS) experience and knowledge to her work leading technical assistance strategies for PHII and defining and implementing workforce development projects with the Informatics Academy. Prior to her work with PHII, she acted as an independent public health consultant, completing and contributing to projects related to IIS data quality management, IIS data use, informatics workforce development for public health staff, and programmatic technical assistance. Previously, she spent 10 years with the Minnesota Department of Health Immunization Program in various roles, including IIS manager. As IIS manager, she supervised a team of eight staff.
Erin has an undergraduate degree in Community Health Education from the University of St. Thomas, a Master’s of Public Health with an emphasis in administration and policy from the University of Minnesota, and a graduate certificate in health information management and exchange from the College of St. Scholastica. She also maintains a certified public health (CPH) credential from the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Sara Sanford, MA
Sara Sanford has a Master's in psychology from Emory University, and studied neuroscience and animal behavior. After obtaining her degree, she pursued a position in clinical research with Emory University School of Medicine. She has managed research projects for an HIV doctor, Igho Ofotokun, for the past six and a half years. Most recently, she has served as the project director for Emory University’s Women’s Interagency HIV Study, a multi-site, longitudinal cohort study that aims to study the natural history of HIV in women in the United States.
Natalie Viator, MPH
As an informatics analyst, Natalie Viator conducts qualitative and quantitative analyses to support informatics projects to advance epidemiology and surveillance practice at the local, state and federal levels.
Natalie first joined PHII as an Emory work-study student during her MPH studies at Rollins School of Public Health. Prior to moving to Atlanta to continue her education, she worked as an electronic health record and population health management implementer for Baylor Scott & White Health. In this capacity, she worked directly with physician and nursing leaders to both optimize system performance and provide ongoing training.
Natalie holds a BS in human biology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MPH with a concentration in epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
The Informatics Academy develops and delivers learning materials through practice-based training sessions, online courses and downloadable resources to support the professional development of the public health workforce and advance informatics education.
Michelle Bonkosky, MS
Senior Training Consultant
Michelle Bonkosky was born and raised in the town of Humacao, located on the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico. She graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in 2005, and completed a MS degree in Environmental Health at the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Puerto Rico in 2007. Michelle has always been passionate about the environment and how it affects global health, and her first experience with public health research was as a Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) intern at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in June 2007. Her passion for global health has enabled her to travel and implement laboratory training programs in Latin America throughout her career.
Senior Instructional Technologist
Kyle works as a Senior Instructional Technologist with PHII's Informatics Academy. He is originally from northwest Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia. Prior to coming to PHII, he spent a year in Seattle, Washington working for The University of Washington Medicine Compliance. Before that, he lived for five years in Philadelphia, PA, where he worked for the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Network is a joint project. Along with its partners, PHII is working to identify global causes of child mortality in order to inform interventions. CHAMPS is a long-term program that will take place at up to 20 sites with high under-five mortality rates.
As the chief information officer for the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network (CHAMPS), Tim Morris works with PHII team members and a cross-disciplinary project team on the implementation of informatics strategy and solutions for the CHAMPS project. Prior to joining the Task Force and PHII, he served as the director for research informatics for the Library and Information Technology Services Division (LITS) at Emory University. During his tenure at LITS, he led a multi-disciplinary team to implement enterprise initiatives in support of the research mission across Emory University. He provided technical direction on projects in several functional domains including laboratory information management and research specimen banking, research administration systems, library software development, faculty profiling, and search and clinical research support systems.
Tim joined Emory University in 2008 after 20 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He began his career as a laboratory scientist at the CDC and later leveraged his background in science to lead the development of several public health applications including the Outbreak Management System (OMS), LRN Results Messenger and Arbonet system. After being named acting director of the Division of Informatics Shared Services in the National Center for Public Health Informatics at CDC in 2005, he directed the implementation of standards-based enterprise systems for alerting and communication, terminology services and secure reliable messaging. In this role, his work with the standards community expanded to include work with standards organizations or entities including Health Level Seven (HL7), the Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE). His efforts before leaving the CDC were focused on the implementation of vocabulary services architecture for the distribution and use of common vocabulary and value sets in applications and standards based messaging across the Public Health Information Network (PHIN).
Margaret Basket, MS
Senior Technical Project Manager
Margaret Basket is a Senior Technical Project Manager on the CHAMPS Informatics team, where she works to impart process and organization to their software development and IT efforts.
Margaret transitioned from a career as a mechanical engineer (Bachelor of Science from Michigan Technological University) to the health information sector after almost four years as a Peace Corps Rural Health Care Agent in Senegal, West Africa. Upon returning to the U.S., she completed her Master of Science degree in Information at the University of Michigan, followed by a two-year fellowship at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. She has worked at various information-based start-up companies in product management, and then as an account manager in the pharmaceutical industry for the publisher Elsevier. She joined the Public Health Informatics Institute after five years developing, testing and implementing population management software platforms for Forward Health Group in Madison, Wisconsin.
Margaret’s professional interests include software design and development, agile project management, and user-centered design. Margaret is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Joanna Boyles, MPH
Joanna Boyles grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC and studied sociology, global health, cultures and society at Emory University. She started out pre-med, but discovered her passion for public health after a few medical sociology and global epidemiology courses. While at Emory, she studied globalization in Ecuador, medicine and compassion in Italy, reconciliation in Vietnam, obstetrics and immunizations in Nigeria, and sanitation and global safe water in Bolivia. For her MPH, she moved to Boston to study biostatistics and maternal and child health. During this time, she also worked as a Research Fellow in the Pediatrics Department at Boston Medical Center. Prior to coming the Task Force, Joanna spent three years building her technical skills for population health managed services firms in Northern Virginia while consulting part time for PATH, a public health innovations company.
J. Patrick Caneer
Senior Manager of Information Technology
Patrick has over 15 years of experience in technology, business process improvement methodologies, developing business requirements, custom software design, implementation and enhancement.
Patrick joined PHII from Emory University, where he served as the assistant director of Clinical Research Business Process and IT Solutions in Emory’s Libraries and Information Technology Services division. In this role, Patrick was responsible for the management and strategic direction of the Clinical Research IT Program and a portfolio of custom applications.
Prior to joining Emory University, Patrick held technical and operation positions at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute Division of Biomedical Engineering, serving as the research program manager for the Multiple Sclerosis MRI Analysis Center. Additionally, he worked as an independent strategic technology and operations consultant in health care, marketing, and sales. Patrick has served at all levels of the health care field, from student-volunteer research assistance and entry-level care provider to operational management and enterprise technology development. Patrick’s professional skills include a broad range of business and technology areas. His professional interests are the use of business process improvement and informatics principles to develop new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.
Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in public health informatics at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.
Greco Johnson, MPH
Senior Business Analyst
Greco Johnson serves as a senior business analyst for PHII's CHAMPS team. A native of Savannah, Georgia, Greco earned his Bachelor's of Science in Information Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University and his Master's of Public Health at Emory University.
Prior to joining PHII, Greco worked as business analyst for the Emory School of Medicine. In that position, he was responsible for the analysis, assessment and documentation of institutional business processes and technological system requirements. Greco’s past work experience also includes acting as the project lead/business analyst for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National ALS Registry project. On this project, he led an application development team charged with developing a registry to determine the incidence and prevalence of ALS in the United States.
Shailesh Nair, MPH
Lead Informatics Analyst
Shailesh Nair has over 15 years of experience in database administration, performance optimization, coding and data model design.
Before joining PHII, Shailesh led several data-driven projects that advanced the clinical and research objectives of Emory's academic and health care mission. The high impact programs for which he served as a technical lead include the Wounded Warrior Project, NIH funded Malaria Host-Pathogen Interaction Center (MaHPIC), Emory's Brain Health Initiative, and departmental data marts aimed at providing data-powered insights for quality improvement, workflow optimization and biomedical research.
As a manager in the data solutions team at Emory University's Library and Information Systems department, he supported a passionate group of informatics analysts. He worked in close cooperation with Emory physicians, researchers and administrators to help analyze their information requirements and collaboratively design and implement data-driven solutions. His professional interests include building cost-effective, scalable database applications that leverage open source technologies of today.
Shailesh recently completed his master's degree in public health (MPH) with a concentration in applied public health informatics at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. He also holds master’s degree in computer application from Gujarat University, India.
Senior Business Analyst
Wais is responsible for leading efforts to ensure that information systems support enterprise mission and objectives for the CHAMPS project. He is also responsible for coordinating the development of technology plans and strategies.
Prior to joining PHII, Wais served as the team leader for business and economic development focusing on public/private partnerships and implemented IT infrastructure on a USAID-funded project in southern Afghan municipalities. As the principal program advisor, he led a team to implement a sustainable solar-powered water purification system in rural Afghanistan preventing waterborne diseases in children.
At McKesson, he implemented a medical claims processing system as the IT director. This rule-based, HIPAA compliant system was processing over 15 million medical claims, patient statements and collection letters per month. In this role, he also built an informatics data warehouse integrated with Geographical Information System (GIS) for disease tracking and surveillance.
Wais also held positions as the systems architect and programmer analyst for the Georgia Hospital Association, Bausch & Lomb, and Zep Corporation.
Wais received his Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Georgia State University.
Communications develops tools and resources that support the work of public health professionals and disseminates them to wider audiences through all communications channels. The communications team is also responsible for creating strategic communications plans for both projects and PHII.
Piper Hale serves as the communications manager for the Public Health Informatics Institute. In this role, Piper serves as an internal communications consultant and is responsible for supporting the mission of the PHII through the coordination and creation of written, visual and digital communications. She is the co-creator and producer of PHII's podcast, Inform Me, Informatics.
Piper originally came to PHII and the Task Force for Global Health as a communications specialist, a role she served in for two years before becoming the communications manager. She brought to this position five years of experience working in newspapers, literary journals and higher education communications. Before joining the Task Force, she worked as a writer/editor for the Savannah College of Art and Design, served on the editorial board of the Lullwater Review, worked as the co-editor of the Oxford Review, and interned for Atlanta-based alternative news weekly Creative Loafing. While completing her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Journalism at Emory University, Piper also served as a staff writer for the Emory Wheel. Her nonprofit work includes a two-year teaching and writing fellowship with the Deep Center, an award-winning Savannah-based organization recognized in 2015 by the White House for its commitment to promoting literacy and creative expression among public school students.
Piper enjoys distilling complex concepts into clear, easily digestible writing to promote accessibility to information that may serve the public good. She is currently working toward a Master of Public Health at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health.
Jelisa Lowe, MPA
Jelisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Public Relations and a Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University. She brings a diverse background of work from corporate, nonprofit, agency and educational settings with experience in producing both internal and external communications materials. Her work has focused on writing, media relations, social media and strategic communications planning. Jelisa served as the global public affairs and communications intern for The Coca-Cola Company before joining the Task Force and has held additional communications positions with other leading organizations including the American Red Cross, Georgia Aquarium, Edelman and Silverpop Systems, a digital marketing company. She also served as a contributing writer for the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ website and bi-monthly magazine while completing her master’s degree. Jelisa is active in her community, giving back to the youth through motivational speaking and serving as a mentor and tutor.
The operations team works to ensure that PHII's daily business needs are met. They oversee financial services, coordinate logistics, manage resources and improve processes to enhance workflow.
Tonya Duhart, MPA
Senior Business Manager
As senior business manager, Tonya Duhart is responsible for supporting budget tracking, meeting logistics, process improvements and other aspects of PHII's operations work. Prior to joining PHII, Tonya worked with another Task Force for Global Health program, TEPHINET, for six years. In this role, she honed her expertise in contract management, budget management, cooperative agreement management and meeting logistics. Tonya holds her Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.
Irfan A. Momin
Senior Financial Analyst
As senior financial analyst for PHII, Irfan Momin oversees all financial aspects of PHII’s projects including budgets, proposals, forecasts and various financial analyses.
Irfan has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and financial management in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. He has worked in a variety of industries including retail, wholesale, manufacturing and service and has specialized in grants administration and reporting, as well as endowment management and job order costing.
Irfan received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Kennesaw State University.