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Pavlos Vlachos

Pavlos Vlachos

Director, Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering
St. Vincent Health Professor of Healthcare Engineering

Dr. Vlachos received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1995) and his MS (1998) and PhD (2000) in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech. He joined the department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech as assistant professor (2003) and he was promoted to associate (2007), and full professor (2011). In August 2013 he joined the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue, and he currently serves as President’s Fellow for Research Development. He is also associate editor for the International Journal of Multi-Phase Flows. Dr. Vlachos was appointed Director of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering in February 2021.
Dr. Jerome Adams

Dr. Jerome Adams

Presidential Fellow
Executive Director of Health Equity Initiatives

Dr. Jerome Adams joined RCHE in October 2021 and his home department is Pharmacy Practice and Public Health. Prior to becoming the 20th U.S. surgeon general, Adams served as Indiana state health commissioner from 2014 through 2017. Dr. Adams also has served as an associate professor of anesthesia at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis. Adams received his Master of Public Health with a focus on chronic disease prevention from the University of California, Berkeley, and his medical doctorate from Indiana University School of Medicine. His postgraduate internship was at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis and he completed his anesthesiology residency at the Indiana University Department of Anesthesia in 2006.
Allison Bryan Jungels

Allison Bryan Jungels

Director - Operations and Partnerships

Allison Bryan-Jungels, MS, serves as the Director of Operations and Outreach for the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) and the Eli Lilly Strategic Collaboration. In these roles, she oversees the daily operations, facilitates faculty and student engagement across campus, and coordinates with industry partners on strategic initiatives.  Allison received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Purdue University.
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Betsy Hillery

Director of Health Data Initiatives

Holly Wood

Holly Wood

RCHE Senior Director of Health Equity Initiatives for Purdue
I-HOPE Program Director

Holly Wood serves as Senior Director for Purdue's Health Equity Initiatives, reporting to the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) and serving on Purdue's Health Equity Initiatives team led by Executive Director Dr. Jerome Adams. With the aim of bringing the community voice back to campus and amplifying it nationally through Dr. Adam’s framework, she interfaces with faculty to raise interest in health equity projects; coordinates the Purdue Health Equity Council; drives health equity funding applications; gathers and provides the latest health equity data/information to better inform faculty work; and connects individuals across campus whose roles address diversity, equity and inclusion.
Milad Alucozai

Milad Alucozai

RCHE/Bindley Entrepreneurship Fellow

Milad is head of Bio and Deep Tech at BoxOne Ventures, a privately held investment firm that focuses on early-stage companies. He is also a Venture Partner at Entrepreneur First, a global fund with a portfolio value of over $5 billion. In 2021, he was appointed as a Strategic Advisor to LifeOmic, and as an External Advisor to AstraZeneca in 2020, working on initiatives to partner more closely with startups. Milad began his career as a bench scientist working in translational neuroscience and multiphysics labs and transitioned into founding roles at multiple healthcare and bio startups. He was a National Science Foundation Scholar and Macklin Fellow at Johns Hopkins Medicine and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Neuroscience from Purdue University’s Honors Program. As a George J. Mitchell Scholar, he completed graduate school in Immunology & Public Health.
Oscar Moralez

Oscar Moralez

RCHE/Bindley Entrepreneurship Fellow

Oscar Moralez is a serial entrepreneur, university lecturer, mentor/coach, and venture capital investor based in Indiana. In 2020 he founded Boomerang Ventures, a venture studio and venture fund that provides a funding and resource platform for entrepreneurs to bring their healthcare ideas to life. He is also the founder and managing director of VisionTech Partners (VisionTech), which he formed in 2009. In addition to his experience in startups, investing and capital formation, Oscar’s background includes over twenty years of technical, operations and management experience in healthcare and life sciences sectors. Oscar received his Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and an MBA from the University of Colorado in Denver.
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Steve Ruberg

RCHE Fellow

Dr. Ruberg has published and presented extensively on a wide variety of statistical topics related to preclinical and clinical drug development. His current research interest include estimands, subgroup identification and Bayesian methods for clinical drug development. Steve received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Thomas More College, an MS in Statistics from Miami of Ohio, and a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Cincinnati.

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Laura Cayon

Academic-Industry Research Coordinator 

Dr. Laura Cayon is an academic-industry research coordinator for the Purdue - Eli Lilly Strategic Partnership. In this capacity she supports collaborative research efforts between Lilly and Purdue including student engagement. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a PhD in Astrophysics from Universidad de Cantabria (Spain).  Her research experience included projects within large interdisciplinary collaborations. Previously, she taught in different departments at Purdue University and at international institutions. Laura was the coordinator of the largest course (over 1200 students, 6-8 instructors and over 20 TAs) offered by the Department of Statistics at Purdue University before joining the Purdue-Eli Lilly Strategic Collaboration.  

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Lily Darbishire

Senior Research Associate

Lily leads evaluation of the Indiana Healthy Opportunities for People Everywhere (I-HOPE) project, a statewide Centers for Disease Control (CDC)- funded health equity initiative. She uses her expertise in evaluation to enhance public health infrastructure and strengthen evaluation research across the state of Indiana, using both novel and evidence-based techniques. She also serves as a grantseeker and grant writer for community and health equity initiatives for RCHE. In addition to her research and grant writing, Lily analyzes and interprets data collected by grantees to assess community strengths and needs, to share findings across the state of Indiana, and to mobilize future partnerships and projects. Lily earned her PhD in nutrition science at Purdue University in 2022 and obtained her master’s in public health at Missouri State University in 2018.        

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Jennifer Goad

Project Coordinator 

Jennifer Goad, Project Coordinator for the I-HOPE Team has been with Purdue since 2015 and was previously with Purdue Extension prior to coming to RCHE in 2020. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations for I-HOPE including social media, newsletter, and website content. Jennifer works with internal and external customers to handle the budget and invoicing for all seed funding through the I-HOPE grant.

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Korey Jackson

Senior Health Equity Analyst  
Korey Jackson, MS, serves as a Senior Health Equity Analyst with the Community Engagement Team at Purdue University. In this role, Korey develops statewide partnerships with community collaborators to strategize recommended approaches to support capacity building in addressing health disparities. In 2012 Korey earned two Bachelor’s Degrees from Purdue University in Occupational and Environmental Health.  In 2015 Korey earned a Master’s Degree from Indiana University in Health and Safety Management. Korey is a dedicated public health professional who works with intention to equip individuals the opportunity to live prosperous lives.
Lauren Johannigman

Lauren Johannigman

Research Operations Administrator

Lauren Johannigman serves as a Research Operations Administrator for Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE). In this role, she is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of research activities, centers, or sponsored programs. She has ten years of previous IT experience within the university where she discovered her love of problem solving and finding solutions that make work lives better for those she supports. Lauren earned bachelor’s degrees from Purdue University in English and psychology, and plans to pursue her master's degree in project management.
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Casey Kinderman

Lead Project Manager

Cassondra "Casey" Kinderman serves as a Lead Project Manager. She supports a statewide opportunity designed to address the effects of health disparities for better health outcomes. Her journey includes public health program management specifically within comprehensive maternal and child health systems, coupled with performance management and quality improvement. Casey earned a Bachelor of Science in Community Health with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.

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Aikaterini "Katerina" Logkaki

Data Scientist 

Aikaterini joined RCHE as a junior data scientist in December 2021. She received her undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from the National Technical University of Athens, majoring in Statistics. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Purdue University, Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business. She is interested in storytelling through visualizations and exploring/analyzing data to uncover valuable insights.

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Brett Meyers

Research Scientist  


Michelle Pearson

Michelle Pearson

Research Operations Administrator

Michelle Pearson, Research Operations Administrator, Eli Lilly Strategic Partnership and Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) has been at Purdue since 2017. She was hired to lead the financial responsibilities of the Eli Lilly Strategic Partnership. She now has oversite of the day-to-day operations and research activities for both the Lilly Strategic Partnership and RCHE. She facilitates communication among multiple departments, faculty, research teams, and external constituents. She approves sponsor required fiscal and management reports and makes recommendations to facilitate effective processes and procedures in collaboration with leadership.
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Tisha Reid

Lead Health Equity Analyst

Tisha Reid is the Lead, Senior Health Equity Analyst for Purdue University, Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE). In this role, she oversees Purdue University’s health equity work for systems/policy change across the state of Indiana. Tisha works with community stakeholders to address health disparities, facilitate strategic action plans, and implement process improvement strategies to improve health-related conditions within their respective communities. Additionally, she provides training for clinical, social service organizations, local governmental agencies, and others to build organizational capacity, promote humility, and address the social drivers of health. With over 25 years in public health, Tisha is recognized as a health equity advocate and community mobilizer. She is also a respected leader on local, state, and national boards; an author, a certified community health worker, and coach who strives for transformative results.

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Shawn Rice

Lead Software Engineer

Shawn Rice is a lead software engineer for RCHE. With over 25 years of web development experience, his skills and interest run the gamut from programming to graphic design to accessibility & usability testing. In spring of 2005 he joined the Network for Computational Nanotechnology as a web developer, working primarily on, contributing to both the visual design and code. With the creation of HUBzero, Shawn took on the role of senior web developer, spending his time writing code, doing graphic design, and offering support for various projects. He went on to manage HUBzero's web development efforts for several years before eventually joining Research Computing's team. He developed the Research Computing web portal, used for managing HPC center operations, as well as providing various research software engineering and graphic design services until he joined RCHE in 2024.

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Patty Rose

Lead Project Manager 

Patty Rose, CPHP, serves as a Lead Project Manager for I-HOPE, a statewide opportunity designed to address the effects of health disparities for better health outcomes. In this role, she manages one of five regional Field Implementation Teams. Patty earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in health care administration. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and a certified Strategic Doing Workshop Leader. 

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Sylvia Saxena

Senior Health Equity Analyst 

Sylvia Saxena, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, serves as a Senior Health Equity Analyst for I-HOPE, a statewide opportunity designed to address the effects of health disparities. As part of a regional Field Implementation Team, Sylvia brings voices to the table to talk about innovative ways to better connect people with the support they need to get healthy and stay healthy. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in nursing as well as a Master's Degree from Purdue as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

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Angela Washburn

Senior Health Equity Analyst 

Angie Washburn serves as a Senior Health Equity Analyst with the Community Transformation Team at Purdue University. She engages with communities to support capacity building in addressing health disparities. Angie is a Respiratory Care Practitioner and Certified Community Healthcare Worker (CCHW) currently pursuing her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Purdue University.