Marianne Udow-Phillips is the principal of Mu Consulting, Senior Adviser to the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) at the University of Michigan, and on faculty at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Ford Public Policy School. In her current roles, Ms. Udow-Phillips provides strategic consulting and mentorship to advance social justice, improve population health and strengthen the effectiveness of health, public health and mental health systems. She was the founding executive director of CHRT which is an independent 501(c)(3) impact organization with a mission to advance evidence-based care delivery, improve population health, and expand access to care. From 2004 through 2007, she was director of the Michigan Department of Human Services, appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm. Ms. Udow-Phillips came to state service from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, where she served in leadership roles for over 20 years, most recently as Senior Vice President of Health Care Products and Provider Services. She serves on numerous boards and commissions.
Akinlolu Ojo is an internationally renowned leader in chronic kidney disease, kidney transplantation and health disparities research. Dr. Ojo’s clinical interests are in chronic kidney disease and kidney transplantation and their complications especially in in African Americans and Black populations in developing. Dr. Ojo is the Executive Dean and Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
Dr. Spera graduated from the University of Maryland with a doctorate in human development and quantitative methodology. Dr. Spera leads Arbor Research by providing leadership and overall direction for organizational activities. Dr. Spera has an expertise in health outcomes research, including program evaluation, applied research, and policy analysis. He has served in leadership roles in several contract research organizations and has a track record of expanding the mission impact of an organization. Dr. Spera has served as a Principal Investigator and/or Corporate Oversight role on hundreds of projects within the health policy, public health and epidemiology, and behavioral health areas. Outside of his work at Arbor Research, he continues to serve as a professor of public policy and management at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy, where he teaches program evaluation. Dr. Spera has published over 20 peer-reviewed publications and over 50 technical published reports.
Mr. Warren joined the Arbor Research Board of Directors in 2016. He is also a member of the board of directors of Trinity Health, a $15 billion integrated health care delivery system with operations in 21 states. Mr. Warren has more than 30 years of hospital and human resource management experience. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. (2006-2012) and the University of Michigan Hospital (1998-2005). He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Mercy Hospital of Detroit, a former division of Trinity Health, and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health.
Richard Pietroski has worked in the field of organ donation and transplant for nearly 40 years to improve methods, rates and healthcare systems leading to an increase in the number of organs for transplant. Through his work with hospitals, federal legislators, and policy makers the organ donor pool has been expanded upon through the implementation of new programs involving ex vivo organ perfusion technologies, safely transplanting organs from HIV – positive donors and expanded practices of deceased organ donation. He has served on, or chaired, several national committees and boards, including the federal Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations, and the American Board for Transplant Certification. In addition to his work with healthcare leaders in Canada, Japan, Poland, Spain and United Arab Emirates, he led the Lung Bioengineering Inc – United Therapeutics Corp team as president, and now as a retained consultant, to integrate ex vivo lung perfusion into routine healthcare transplant practice.
Mark L. Barr, MD is the Co-Director of the USC Transplantation Institute in the Department of Surgery and the Chair of the Department of Surgery Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure Committee at the University of Southern California. He has served as Chair of the UNOS Thoracic Transplantation Committee, as President of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT), as Chair of the Thoracic Committee of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), and on the Board of Directors of the ISHLT, the ASTS, and the American Society of Transplantation. Dr. Barr was the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Transplantation (ACOT) under the auspices of the Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration. He has served on scientific review boards for NIAID, NHLBI, and NCRR of the National Institutes of Health, and is a past Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Transplantation. He will serve on the Board of Directors of the OPTN / UNOS beginning in 2022.
Jocelyn DeWitt is a consultant in the areas of information technology, data informatics and analysis, and strategic planning. She was previously the CIO at the University of Wisconsin Health System, and the CIO at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Clinics. In those roles she was responsible for research and clinical data analytics and warehousing; business and clinical applications; health information management (medical records); device, server and network infrastructure, and telephony. She served on the senior leadership teams of both organizations and provided strategic leadership in those areas of expertise. She currently serves on several non-profit boards, including acting as CEO during periods of executive leadership transitions.
Dr. Lantz is the James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy at the Ford School of Public Policy. She also holds an appointment as professor of health management and policy in the School of Public Health. Lantz, a social demographer/social epidemiologist, studies the role of public policy in improving population health and reducing social disparities in health. Lantz is currently engaged in research regarding housing policy and health, and also on how COVID-19 is exacerbating existing social, economic, and health inequalities in the United States. An elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and the National Academy of Medicine, Lantz received an MA in sociology from Washington University, St. Louis, and an MS in epidemiology and PhD in sociology with a focus on social demography from the University of Wisconsin.
David Morlock is a senior banker and head of the Health Systems M&A Group at Cain Brothers. Mr. Morlock’s practice focuses on strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, affiliation agreements, joint ventures, and other unique arrangements tailored to meet the needs of healthcare organizations’ specific circumstances. He is a frequent author of articles and speaker on health care industry mergers and acquisitions and strategic capital insights. Mr. Morlock joined Cain Brothers in 2016 with 30 years of experience as a health system executive, including roles as the CEO of the University of Toledo Medical Center, the CFO of the University of Michigan Health System, and Senior Vice President of Accretive Health.
Judith Walker is a consultant in the areas of accounting and finance. She was previously the Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Finance and Business Services at Cleary University. Ms. Walker started her career at Cleary in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer, where she was responsible for the Finance, Business Office, Financial Aid, Information Technology, Bookstore Services and Facilities Departments. She currently serves on the Water Quality Association Business Operations Committee.
Ms. Crow joined Arbor Research in 2015, bringing over 25 years of experience with healthcare delivery and health research organizations, supported by a mix of public and private funding. Ms. Crow graduated in 1985 from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, minor in Business Administration. Ms. Crow is a certified public accountant, member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Michigan Association of CPA’s, and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). In her current role at Arbor Research, she oversees the financial and contracting practices. Her main responsibilities focus her attention on financial sustainability through strategy, planning and forecasting.