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RADxUP Kansas Project team members

About the Study Team

The RADxUP Kansas Project team is an interdisciplinary group of experts, drawing on diverse experiences in public health, community partnerships, communications and more.

Community and Scientific Advisory Board

The Community and Scientific Advisory Board provides guidance to the RADxUP Kansas Project team.

Cristi CainCristi Cain, MPH candidate, is the director of the Local Public Health Program and accreditation coordinator at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. She serves as the Health Recovery officer in the state’s Incident Command System. Her program provides training and technical assistance to the 100 local health departments in Kansas and serves as a liaison between KDHE and the local health departments. Ms. Cain has over 24 years of experience in public health, including over 7 years at KDHE.


Tony CarterRev. Tony Carter, Jr. has served in various positions in connectional work in the Kaw Valley District Association, Missionary Baptist State Convention of Kansas and the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. Inc. Currently, he serves as General Chairman of KCK Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration, Chairman of the Mayor’s Law Enforcement Advisory Board and member of Wyandotte County Health Equity Task Force and Mayor’s Task Force for Community and Policing. He loves serving his community and does so on a regular basis. In addition to serving on the RADxUP KS Community and Scientific Board, he is a member of the RADxUP Speaker’s Bureau , and his longer bio can be found there.


Arron DavisAaron Davis, MBA, MPA, provides guidance to the RADxUP Kansas Project by making connections to the statewide work of the Community Engagement Institute. He is the director for the Center for Public Health Initiatives (Community Engagement Institute, Wichita State University). He specializes in project management and strategic business operations. His previous work includes both government and private industry.


Callie DyerCallie Dyer provides community collaboration by engaging community partners through grassroots local coalition efforts. A fourth generation Garden Citian is on a personal mission to reduce health disparities in Finney County.


Andrew GodwinAndrew K. Godwin, PhD, the Chancellor’s Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Sciences Professor, is a leader in the field of translational research and precision medicine. Dr. Godwin is the deputy director of the NCI-designated KU Cancer Center and serves as the director of molecular oncology at the KU Medical Center, where he oversees the Clinical Molecular Oncology Laboratory. To address the COVID-19 pandemic, the private clinical reference laboratory he co-founded with Dr. Ziyan Pessetto, Sinochips Diagnostics, began providing SARS-CoV-2 testing in April 2020. The company now supports over 35 health departments, clinics, schools and assisted living facilities in the KC metro region, many in underserved regions, and performs SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic, surveillance and serology testing. In addition to serving on the RADxUP KS Community and Scientific Board, he is a member of the RADxUP Speaker’s Bureau, and his longer bio can be found there.


Andrea Perdomo-MoralesAndrea Perdomo-Morales, MSW, LSCSW, has worked for more than two decades to improve the lives of low income and underserved children and adults, creating and enhancing programs for the Latinx community and other vulnerable populations. She is the Chief Program Officer for Vibrant Health, a federally qualified health center providing medical, behavioral health and dental care at clinic sites and schools in Wyandotte County. Andrea enjoys building successful partnerships and collaborations; spear-heading complex initiatives; and mobilizing and connecting resources to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities.


Mang SonnaMang Sonna serves as a member of the Health Equity Task Force of Wyandotte County and the learning collaborative. He works closely with the Asian and refugee communities. He is instrumental in the dissemination of health-related information and in providing the perspectives of the communities he works with. He is the Executive Director of the Bethel Neighborhood Center.


Michelle VannMichelle Vann, DCC, MLS, provides leadership and support to the community through her advocacy work in Wichita, Kansas. She works with Broderick Crawford, and serves through her non-profit Sistahs Can We Talk. Michelle is the founder and CEO of Vanntastic Solutions where she coaches women to achieve a healthy balance in their lives.


  • Lindsay Byrnes, MD, MPH
  • Kim Kimminau, PhD, MA
  • Rudy Lara
  • Jerrihlyn McGee, DNP, RN, CNE

Principal Investigators

The Principal Investigators lead the RADx-UP Kansas Project team and are responsible for administration of the grant.

Allen GreinerAllen Greiner, M.D., MPH, Public Health Practice Principal Investigator, coordinates and facilitates partnerships across the 10 counties within the COVID-19 health equity learning collaborative. He is also the Medical Officer for the Wyandotte County Unified Government Health Department, Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, and Professor at the KU School of Medicine.
agreiner@kumc.edu


Broderick CrawfordBroderick Crawford, B.S., Community Principal Investigator, works with the health equity learning collaborative and provides diversity training to Local Health Equity Action Teams. He provides the community perspective in the development of community engagement and outreach activities. He is also the President of the NBC Community Development Corporation.
broderick.crawford@nbccdc.org


Ed EllerbeckEd Ellerbeck,M.D., MPH, Research Methods Principal Investigator, oversees both qualitative and quantitative needs assessment efforts, development of implementation strategies, and evaluation strategies. He is also the Chair of the Department of Population Health and Professor at the KU School of Medicine.
eellerbe@kumc.edu


Mario CastroMario Castro, M.D., MPH, Director, Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Kansas Medical Center, helps align needs assessments and community engagement activities with anticipated future vaccination efforts. He is also Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research and Division Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the KU School of Medicine.
mcastro2@kumc.edu


Administration Team

The administration team coordinates the daily operations of the RADx-UP Kansas Project team.

Laura MussulmanLaura Mussulman, MA, MPH, Co-Project Director, oversees onboarding and coordinating each county. She provides administrative support and facilitates invoicing. She coordinates the daily operations of the project. She is the primary contact for these counties: Douglas, Johnson, Lyon, Riley, Sedgwick
lmussulman@kumc.edu


Stacy McRea RobertsonStacy McCrea-Robertson, Co-Project Director, oversees onboarding and coordinating each county. She provides administrative support and facilitate invoicing. She coordinates the daily operations of the project. She is the primary contact for these counties: Crawford, Finney, Saline, Seward, Wyandotte
smccrea-robertson@kumc.edu


Needs Assessment Team

The needs assessment team provides leadership and support the community's needs assessments.

Elizabeth AblahElizabeth Ablah, Ph.D., MPH, Team Co-Lead, provides leadership and support to the community needs assessment (mapping, key informant interviews, community wide survey). She works with Sarah Kessler to guide and advise implementation of testing at work site locations and provide consultative support to Local Health Equity Action Teams. She is also Professor in the Department of Population Health, KU School of Medicine-Wichita.
eablah@kumc.edu


Vicki AkersVicki Collie-Akers, Ph.D., MPH, Team Co-Lead, provides leadership and support to the community needs assessment (mapping, key informant interviews, community wide survey). She provides consultative support to Local Health Equity Action Teams. She is also Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health, KU School of Medicine.
vcollieakers@kumc.edu


Allisson HonnAllison Honn provides assistance and support to the community needs assessment (mapping, key informant interviews, community wide survey).
ahonn@kumc.edu


Sarah LandrySarah Landry provides assistance and support to the community needs assessment (mapping, key informant interviews, community wide survey).
slandry@kumc.edu


Communications Team

The communications team provides the counties support on communication initiatives, works with local media outlets and maintains the RADx-UP Kansas website.

Yvonnes ChenYvonnes Chen, Ph.D., Team Co-Lead, works closely with counties to develop a comprehensive, multi-media campaign tailored to Latinx, Refugee, African American, and other underserved populations to promote testing. She works with local media in all counties for implementation. She is the primary communication contact for these counties: Crawford, Douglas
y.chen@ku.edu


Crystal Lumpkins portraitCrystal Lumpkins, Ph.D.,Team Co-Lead, informs the implementation of testing and communication strategies among each county to improve testing rates of Latinx, refugee, African American and other underserved populations. Her counties are Sedgwick and Riley
clumpkins@kumc.edu


Mariana RamirezMariana Ramirez, LMSW, Team Co-Lead, informs the implementation of testing and communication strategies among each county to improve testing rates of Latinx, refugee, African American and other underserved populations. She assists in overseeing the Spanish translation of intervention components, advertising, and media to promote testing participation among Latinx communities. She is also Director of JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is the primary communication contact for these counties: Seward, Wyandotte
mramirez3@kumc.edu


Tresza HutchesonTresza Hutcheson, Ph.D., NCTTP, assists in developing a comprehensive, multi-media campaign tailored to Latinx, Refugee, African American, and other underserved populations to promote testing. She is the primary communication contact for these counties: Finney, Saline
thutcheson@kumc.edu


Paloma Martinez CrespoPaloma Martinez Crespo, MS Candidate, assists in the production of testing communication campaigns across multimedia platforms. She is the primary communication contact for these counties: Johnson, Lyon
pmartinezcrespo@kumc.edu


Marion DuringMarion During, MA, helps maintain the RADx-UP Kansas website. She is also the Communication Specialist for Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute. 
mduring@kumc.edu


Intervention and Testing Team

Sarah KesslerSarah Finocchario Kessler, Ph.D., MPH, Team Co-Lead, oversees the design and testing strategies, including pop-up, home-based and work-place testing to enhance access and uptake of testing. She assists in the facilitation of the learning collaborative. She is also Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, KU School of Medicine.
skessler2@kumc.edu


Erin CorriveauErin Corriveau,  M.D., MPH, Team Co-Lead, helps design, implement and oversee home-based, workplace and pop-up sites and testing. She is a liaison with Local Health Equity Action Teams in each county. She is also the Deputy Health Officer for the Wyandotte County Unified Government Health Department and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, KU School of Medicine.
ecorriveau@kumc.edu


Joseph LeMasterJoseph LeMaster, M.D., MPH, assists in coordinating public health and research efforts between KU Medical Center and local health departments across the state. He will collaborate with the Intervention and Testing team to facilitate testing. He is also the Health Officer of Johnson County and Professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, KU School of Medicine.
jlemaster@kumc.edu


Data Team

Wendy HeJianghua “Wendy” He, Ph.D, Team Co-Lead, provides biostatistical oversight for the accuracy and appropriateness of the study database along with performing the final statistical analyses. She is also Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics & Data Science, KU School of Medicine.
jhe@kumc.edu


Niamin NazirNiaman Nazir, M.D., MPH, Team Co-Lead, is responsible for programming databases and training local community staff in how to use these programs. He is also Research Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health, KU School of Medicine.
nnazir@kumc.edu

Last modified: May 14, 2021
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