Staff

Kate Kohn-Parrott assumed the role of President and CEO of GDAHC in 2012. She has been instrumental in shaping health care reform at the local and state levels; prior to her appointment at GDAHC, she served as a health care policy advisor to the Michigan House of Representatives and as a health and labor consultant to Eastern Michigan University.

Kate spent more than twenty-five years at Chrysler, LLC as a leader in finance, internal audit, and employee benefits management. As Director of Integrated Health Care and Disability, she designed and implemented programs that saved over $400 million annually (on a benefits spend of $2.5 million) and led health and benefits national negotiations with the UAW in 2007—a collaboration that reduced costs and saved thousands of autoworker jobs. During her career at Chrysler, Kate was responsible for the company’s activities to control the cost of approximately $40 billion of purchased materials, where her efforts saved almost $1.5 billion.

Kate holds a master's degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of Detroit Mercy and a bachelor's degree in business administration (accounting) from Eastern Michigan University. She holds Certificates from the Stanford University Executive Program and the Managing Business Program at Insead (France). Kate is both a Certified Management Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.

Kate serves on a number of public and private boards and is a member of the Human Resources Committee and the Friends of Prints, Drawings and Photograph Auxiliary at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

To contact Kate, please email her at TellKate@gdahc.org.

 

Cindy Jacques has enjoyed working at GDAHC since 2008 and serves as the Executive Assistant to our President and CEO. Prior to coming to GDAHC, Cindy worked as the Sunday Coordinator for a 1500-member church. During her ten-year tenure at Mercy Health Services, she began as Executive Assistant, moving to System Analyst for the statewide sales team and then as an Account Representative.

Cindy enjoys working with the homeless. She and her pastor developed and instituted a strategy to engage her church in a rotating shelter that served up to 120 guests per night. She serves as the Outreach Lead at her new church in Royal Oak.

To contact Cindy, please email her at cjacques@gdahc.org.
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Roger Panella is the Chief Operating Officer for GDAHC and has more than 26 years of progressively responsible experience in the automotive and logistics industries. He is a strategic business, supply chain and human resources executive driving process improvements and savings in the materials management, vehicle transportation, health care, compensation/organization planning, and finance functions. Notably, Roger developed innovative and widely benchmarked health care solutions, negotiated creative union (UAW) and supplier agreements, and reduced operating costs in the warehousing, sequencing and delivery of materials to parts distribution centers and dealers.

Prior to GDAHC, he was Vice President Strategy, Safety, Quality, and Risk Management at Allied Systems Holdings, Inc., which was the largest carhaul company in North America. Previously, Roger was an executive at Chrysler, LLC, spending 18 years in various roles across Human Resources and the Mopar Parts Division. At Chrysler, he was responsible for the company’s health care programs, covering 350,000 people at an annual cost of $2.5 billion. In that role, Roger co-led national negotiations with the UAW on health care programs in 2003 and 2007, collaborations that reduced costs for Chrysler and saved thousands of autoworker jobs.

Roger holds a master's in business administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Materials and Logistics Management from the Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business. He has also completed an executive development program at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

To contact Roger, please email him at rpanella@gdahc.org.

 

Lisa Mason serves as Vice President of Program Partnerships for GDAHC. With a BSN from Michigan State University, Lisa began her career as a registered nurse. This was just the start of her career in managing care, as she served as Director of Managed Care for St. John Providence Health System for 15 years.

At GDAHC, she has helped to lead a number of different projects and grants including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality initiative. Currently, she oversees a CDC grant to reduce chronic conditions in four key Macomb County communities, as well as the public provider performance reporting on GDAHC’s myCareCompare.org and Find MI Care app. Lisa is also the co-leader of the state-wide Patient Experience of Care initiative.

When Lisa is not at GDAHC, Lisa enjoys contributing her time and talents to the community, currently serving as a Board Member of Common Ground, and as a volunteer at a Detroit soup kitchen and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

To contact Lisa, please email her at lmason@gdahc.org.
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Brian Love currently serves as GDAHC's Director, Public Affairs and Project Manager. He has been in professional politics for nearly fifteen years. His focus began at Morehouse College as a Political Science major. After college and a tour in the U.S. Marine Corps, he returned home to start conducting political campaigns on the local, state and federal levels in the state of Michigan.

After working for the Michigan Democratic Party as a political director and their base vote director during the 2004 Presidential campaign, he began running constituent outreach programs and local campaigns for Michigan state representatives and senators. During this time he worked with lead poison prevention coalitions in Detroit and Wayne County to develop community outreach projects to educate parents and community leaders on the effects of our children being poisoned by lead. As a veteran, Brian is a strong supporter for improving veterans healthcare and works every day to empower veterans to receive their VA benefits.

This experience led Brian to become Urban/ External Affairs Director for the Michigan House of Representatives in 2007. In 2012, he became the Outreach Director for StudentsFirst Michigan, a national education reform lobby group. After three and a half years of lobbying and working in the community to empower teachers and parents, he loves the fact that he can work to empower this demographic to get better healthcare.

To contact Brian, please email him at blove@gdahc.org.
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Lisa Braddix is GDAHC's Director, Population Health and Health Equity at the Greater Detroit Area Health Council, where she oversees projects that seek to eliminate health disparities in marginalized populations throughout southeast Michigan. In her daily work, she fosters organizational collaboration to improve the health of communities in need. It is her personal belief that all have the right to experience optimal health and well-being, regardless of one’s background or station in life, and she applies this in every area of her work.

Lisa was recently appointed as the chair of the Health Equity Committee for the Michigan Cancer Consortium, one of the country’s premier statewide partnerships to reduce the cancer burden. She has spent several years working in community health and is passionate about issues related to minority health and health disparities.

As a native of Cleveland, Ohio, Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Ohio State University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan. She has also earned a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management from Eastern Michigan University.

To contact Lisa, please email her at lbraddix@gdahc.org.
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Nicki Gabel joined GDAHC in September of 2016 as the Director of Special Events, overseeing Salute! to Healthcare which celebrates individual and organizations who have transformed healthcare in southeast Michigan. She also facilitates Coffee & Controversy, GDAHC’s signature program, which offers dynamic discussions on relevant issues impacting health, health care and access. Topics range from policy to practice, including voices from the medical, business and civic communities.

Nicki has over fourteen years of experience as a fundraiser, event planner, and project manager, working for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Programmed Products Corporation. She managed several events for the ADA including their signature cycling and walk events, golf outings and multiple galas in the Detroit and Toledo areas.

Nicki graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources with a concentration in Human Services from Oakland University. Her affinity for fundraising developed with her passion for running with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s program Team and Training. Here she learned how individuals and teams can make a difference through passion and unity for a common cause.

To contact Nicki, please email her at ngabel@gdahc.org.
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Andrell Sturdivant is the Program Coordinator for GDAHC’s Find MI Care website and smartphone application. Previously, she has worked for the Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit. While there she helped lead various programs including their Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, as well as the Rise, Sister, Rise Therapeutic Support Group. In her over 15 years of experience, Andrell has worked to help minorities and other medically underserved populations receive care and support.

Much of this is also reflected in her volunteer work for many different organizations, helping to mentor individuals in building self-esteem, developing spiritual gifts, and ministering to the physically disabled. Andrell holds a Masters in Social Work from Wayne State University.

To contact Andrell, please email her at asturdivant@gdahc.org.
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Tim McCaffery is a Reporting Coordinator and has worked on various projects for GDAHC. After twenty years as an entrepreneur in southeast Michigan, Tim is looking to help improve the lives of the greater-Detroit area. He has been very excited to work on the projects at GDAHC as he is invested in the area.

Currently, Tim is working on the Diabetes Prevention Program, which has been a very successful project started by the Center for Disease Control. In its third year, the project directly works with the community in Macomb County. The project has been a resounding success and will continue to improve the lives of many county’s residents.

Tim is currently in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of Michigan, Dearborn working towards a degree in Health Policy with a minor in Information Technology Management. Tim earned an Associates Degree of Science from Wayne County Community College District in 2014.

To contact Tim, please email her at tmccaffery@gdahc.org.
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Devon Parrott is the Project Coordinator for GDAHC’s Choosing Wisely grant, as well as our Communications Specialist working on the website and social media. While her background is not necessarily in healthcare, Devon is committed to the greater Detroit area and feels very passionately about many of the challenges Detroit faces, including access to appropriate healthcare services, public transportation, and neighborhood sustainability.

She has assisted GDAHC in a number of grants including the AHEAD program, which worked to connect residents in Detroit’s Cody Rouge neighborhood to existing medical and social services. Devon holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Art History from Wayne State University. She firmly believes in art's ability to create meaningful social change and progress, and it is her goal to open a split gallery and residency program and farm in Detroit in the near future.

To contact Devon, please email her at dparrott@gdahc.org.
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Southeast Regional Area Health Education Center

Terra Birsen joined Southeast Regional AHEC in 2013, initially as a Program Coordinator, and was promoted to Program Manager in 2015. Currently, she oversees marketing and publication efforts, as well as website development. She also was awarded the position of Regional HPV Coordinator from the National AHEC Organization, overseeing and managing six states in the mid-west for educational training for providers on the importance of the HPV vaccine.

Terra is an experienced professional with a combination of managerial and leadership experience, having over ten years of experience in healthcare including diabetes education and community outreach. She has served as a Departmental Activities Coordinator for the State of Michigan – Charitable Organizations Gaming Division, as well as an Office Supervisor for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs office with the State of Michigan. Prior to her work for the State of Michigan, she worked as the Office Coordinator for Integrated Health at McLaren Macomb.

Recently, Terra had two articles published with the Lean In Organization, "Leadership," and "Rekindling the Fire." She holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management/Health from Baker College.

To contact Terra, please email her at tbirsen@gdahc.org.
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Financial Staff

Cheryl Crawford is the Controller for GDAHC. Cheryl has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University. She has over 28 years of nonprofit healthcare accounting experience working primarily with hospitals, home health agencies, and senior living communities. Currently, she is a Controller with Financial One Accounting, the accounting team for GDAHC. Cheryl enjoys working on her 50-acre farm in Pinckney, where she raises cows, chickens, pigs and ducks. She also enjoys traveling to warm destinations and kayaking the local waters.

To contact Cheryl, please email her at ccrawford@finoneinc.com.