About Us

The Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) is a voluntary collaboration between more than 200 individual and organizational stakeholders dedicated to improving the health of low-income, uninsured, and under-insured populations across Washtenaw County, Michigan.

Our Team

The Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT), a non-profit impact organization located at the University of Michigan, serves as the backbone organization for the Washtenaw Health Initiative. Since 2010, CHRT staff members have provided strategic, administrative, evaluative, analytic, and technical support to enhance the impact and effectiveness of the Washtenaw Health Initiative.

Steering Committee

Alfreda Rooks

Director of Community Health Services
Michigan Medicine
WHI Position:
Organizational Representative and UNITE Co-Chair

Alonzo Lewis

President
Saint Joseph Mercy - Ann Arbor & Livingston
WHI Position:
Organizational Representative

Angela Moore

WHI Position:
Community Ambassador

Ann Davis

Retired Administrator
Chelsea Community Hospital
WHI Position:
Community Representative and Healthy Aging Co-Chair

Brent Williams

Medical Director
Michigan Medicine
WHI Position:
Organizational Represenative

Doug Strong

Retired CEO
Michigan Medicine
WHI Position:
Steering Committee Co-Chair and MiCC Co-Chair

Ginny Creasman

Medical Center Director
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
WHI Position:
Organizational Representative

Gregory Dill

County Administrator
Washtenaw County
WHI Position:
Community Representative

Jack Billi

Professor
University of Michigan
WHI Position:
Community Representative

Jeremy Lapedis

Executive Director
Washtenaw Health Plan
WHI Position:
Organizational Representative

Jimena Loveluck

Health Officer
Washtenaw County Health Department
WHI Position:
Organizational Representative

Julie Aronica

Director of Strategic Initiatives
Blue Cross Complete of Michigan
WHI Position:
Community Representative

Mark Hausman

Chief of Staff
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
WHI Position:
Organizational Representative

Mashod Evans

Pastor
Bethel AME Church
WHI Position:
Community Representative

Nancy Graebner

President and CEO
St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea
WHI Position:
Organizational Representative

Naomi Norman

Interim Superintendent
WISD
WHI Position:
Community Represenative

Pam Smith

President and CEO
United Way of Washtenaw County
WHI Position:
Organizational Represenative

Rosalie Tocco-Bradley

Chief Clinical Officer
Trinity Health
WHI Position:
Organizational Represenative

Sharon Moore

Retired
UAW Local 898
WHI Position:
Steering Committee Co-Chair

Tendai Thomas

Associate Division Head
IHA
WHI Position:
Organizational Represenative

Tony Denton

SVP and COO
Michigan Medicine
WHI Position:
Organizational Representative

Trish Cortes

Executive Director
Washtenaw County Community Mental Health
WHI Position:
Organizational Representative

Work Group Chairs

Alena Hill

Senior Director
Michigan Medicine
WHI Position:
MMOE Co-Chair

Alfreda Rooks

Director of Community Health Services
Michigan Medicine
WHI Position:
Organizational Representative and UNITE Co-Chair

Ann Davis

Retired Administrator
Chelsea Community Hospital
WHI Position:
Community Representative and Healthy Aging Co-Chair

Curtis Thornton

Clinical Director
Home of New Vision
WHI Position:
MHSUD Co-Chair

Doug Strong

Retired CEO
Michigan Medicine
WHI Position:
Steering Committee Co-Chair and MiCC Co-Chair

Juan Marquez

Acting Medical Director
Washtenaw County Health Department
WHI Position:
Opioid Project Co-Chair

Katrina Bozada

Assistant Director
Michigan Medicine
WHI Position:
MHSUD Co-Chair

Liz Conlin

VP Client Service Director
REGROUP
WHI Position:
Communications Co-Chair

Maria Alfonso

Project Manager
NAMI Washtenaw
WHI Position:
Communications Co-Chair

Monica Prince

Executive Director
Ypsilanti Senior Center
WHI Position:
Healthy Aging Co-Chair

Paul Valenstein

Retired Pathologist and Healthcare Administrator
St. Joseph Mercy Partners Clinically Integrated Network
WHI Position:
MiCC Co-Chair

Reiley Curran

Director of Community Health
St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea
WHI Position:
UNITE Co-Chair

Sara Szcoztka

Project Manager
Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project
WHI Position:
Opioid Project Co-Chair

Staff Representatives

In addition to the leadership team described above, each active work group is assigned a CHRT staff member to assist with collaborative activities.

Deana Smith

Senior Analyst
CHRT
WHI Position:
Program Manager

Elizabeth Jahn

Business and Finance Director
CHRT
WHI Position:
Financial Staff Represenative

Erica Matti

Healthcare Analyst
CHRT
WHI Position:
UNITE Staff Representative

Erin Horne

Community Engagement Program Manager
CHRT
WHI Position:
Healthy Aging Staff Representative

Erin Spanier

Marketing and Communications Director
CHRT
WHI Position:
Communications Staff Representative

Gregory Powers

Senior Communications Strategist
CHRT
WHI Position:
Communications Staff Representative

Matt Hill

Program Manager
CHRT
WHI Position:
MHSUD & Opioid Project Staff Representative

Nancy Baum

Healthy Policy Director
CHRT
WHI Position:
MiCC Staff Representative

Robyn Rontal

Policy Analytics Director
CHRT
WHI Position:
Leadership Team Member

Ryan Bartholomew

Healthcare Analyst
CHRT
WHI Position:
MiCC Staff Representative

Samantha Iovan

Lead Analyst
CHRT
WHI Position:
MMOE Staff Representative

Terrisca Des Jardins

Executive Director
CHRT
WHI Position:
Leadership Team Member