Speakers

EXPLORING A DATA DRIVEN APPROACH TO FIGHTING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
September 6 & 7, 2017

 TarunTarun Kushwaha is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tarun works in the area of customer relationship management (CRM), channel management, and international marketing. He focuses on understanding customers’ channel choice behavior; marketing resource allocation across channels and segments; financial and non-financial impact of CRM outsourcing, and role of national culture in context of managing customer relationships.He is interested in teaching the use of quantitative and analytical tools for marketing decision making, especially in topics as marketing engineering, marketing research and CRM. He teaches at the undergraduate as well as graduate level. He won the prestigious Weatherspoon Award for Excellence in MBA Teaching at UNC. He has also been recognized as an MBA All Star Teacher at UNC several times. He is actively involved in the MBA community at Kenan-Flagler. In addition to serving as faculty advisor to the Cricket Club and judging case competitions, he helps out STAR project teams with their market research problems. He also serves as member on the doctoral committees of several marketing and operations management students. Prior to beginning his academic career, he worked in advertising and media planning for one of India’s largest consumer packaged goods companies. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, reading about politics, riding his motorcycle, and nature photography.He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in marketing from Texas A&M University. He received his MBA in marketing from Nirma University’s Institute of Management and his bachelor’s degree in Physics from St. Xavier’s College in India. His research has been published in Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Interactive Marketing, Production and Operations Management, and Journal of Business Research among other outlets. He serves on the editorial board of Journal of Marketing and Journal of Interactive Marketing. He also referees for several top journals in the marketing discipline.

Thomas Land is the Director of the Office of Special Analytic Projects at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).  Dr. Land completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wyoming and his graduate work at The Johns Hopkins University.  His recent work has focused on the development of a public health data warehouse for the Massachusetts to guide policies and programs to address the opioid crisis. This work has brought together more than 40 partners from government, academia, clinical practice, and private industry to access and analyze health data linked at the individual level. In previous roles at MDPH, he has managed the development of a generalized bi-directional e-referral system that links clinical and community settings, and modeling of health data related to obesity, heart disease, opioid use, and smoking

Melissa McPheeters, PhD, MPH received her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. Today she is the Director of the Office of Informatics and Analytics at the Tennessee Department of Health, and Principal Investigator on two federally funded grants to address the opioid epidemic, each with a strong focus on analytics. She also is an adjunct Research Professor of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she served on faculty for ten years prior to moving to the Department of Health to lead the integration of analytics and informatics. At VUMC she was the director of the Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center, where she focused on integrating complex research data into rigorous reviews that were usable and useful to clinicians, patients and policymakers. In her current position, Dr. McPheeters oversees a team of epidemiologists, informaticians, statisticians, health educators, sociologists, data architects and business intelligence experts.  Together they are working to build an analytics system that spans data collection and integration to analysis and visualization. Their work is currently focused around the opioid epidemic, and includes development of an integrated data warehouse using multiple data sources to make current, actionable data available to all stakeholders from local communities to legislators. In the longer term, the infrastructure being built will pivot to face future public health challenges.

EXPLORING A DATA DRIVEN APPROACH TO CHILD WELFARE
October 4 & 5, 2017

Carla K. Carpenter- info coming soon

Ginger Griffeth is the Florida Child Welfare Director for Performance and Quality Management at the Department of Children and Families’ Office of Child Welfare. She is a former statewide Family Safety Manager with the Department and previously worked as a child welfare consultant and practice model expert within Florida’s community based care system. Her 14 year career began in Florida’s frontlines, serving the children and families of Florida through various capacities including quality assurance/continuous quality improvement, operations, data and reporting, policy and federal liaison.

TarunTarun Kushwaha is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tarun works in the area of customer relationship management (CRM), channel management, and international marketing. He focuses on understanding customers’ channel choice behavior; marketing resource allocation across channels and segments; financial and non-financial impact of CRM outsourcing, and role of national culture in context of managing customer relationships.He is interested in teaching the use of quantitative and analytical tools for marketing decision making, especially in topics as marketing engineering, marketing research and CRM. He teaches at the undergraduate as well as graduate level. He won the prestigious Weatherspoon Award for Excellence in MBA Teaching at UNC. He has also been recognized as an MBA All Star Teacher at UNC several times. He is actively involved in the MBA community at Kenan-Flagler. In addition to serving as faculty advisor to the Cricket Club and judging case competitions, he helps out STAR project teams with their market research problems. He also serves as member on the doctoral committees of several marketing and operations management students. Prior to beginning his academic career, he worked in advertising and media planning for one of India’s largest consumer packaged goods companies. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, reading about politics, riding his motorcycle, and nature photography.He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in marketing from Texas A&M University. He received his MBA in marketing from Nirma University’s Institute of Management and his bachelor’s degree in Physics from St. Xavier’s College in India. His research has been published in Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Interactive Marketing, Production and Operations Management, and Journal of Business Research among other outlets. He serves on the editorial board of Journal of Marketing and Journal of Interactive Marketing. He also referees for several top journals in the marketing discipline.

David Sanders, Ph.D. is Executive Vice President of Systems Improvement at Casey Family Programs, which he joined in July 2006. He provides strategic direction over the foundation’s work with child welfare systems to improve practice, with an emphasis on safely reducing the number of children in foster care.  Prior to joining Casey Family Programs, he directed all operations for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the largest county system in the country, with about 6,000 staff serving approximately 22,000 children in foster care. During his tenure, the department saw its foster care population decrease as safety and stability measures improved. He previously served 10 years as director of the Hennepin County (Minn.) Children, Family and Adult Services Department, managing a staff of 1,450. As director, he was responsible for all state and federally mandated social services to children, families and adults in the county. Early in his career, Dr. Sanders worked in Minneapolis, first as a senior clinical psychologist in the Hennepin County Mental Health Center, and later as chief clinical psychologist. Dr. Sanders graduated with honors from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota.

MFTestaPhotoDr. Mark Testa is the Sandra Reeves Spears and John B. Turner Distinguished Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously he was a Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Director of the Children and Family Research Center, an independent research organization created jointly by the University and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. From 1994 to 2002, he held a joint appointment at the University of Chicago (1994-1999) and University of Illinois (1999-2002) as Associate Professor and Research Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. He is currently the Governor’s appointed member of the Permanency Innovations Initiative Oversight Committee, a Non-Standing Committee of the North Carolina General Assembly, and a member of the Expert Panel appointed under the B.H. vs. Sheldon Consent Decree, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division.Dr. Testa is the architect of the Illinois Subsidized Guardianship Demonstration and led the evaluations of similar IV-E waiver demonstrations in the states of Wisconsin and Tennessee. He is currently the Principal Investigator for the evaluation of the $100 million federal Permanency Innovations Initiative, Principal Investigator for the evaluation of the Illinois IV-E waiver demonstration of child-parent therapeutic interventions for foster children aged birth to three years old, and Co-Investigator for the Third National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being.Professor Testa has received numerous awards for his scholarship and public engagement, including the UNC School of Social Work Excellence in Research Award, Angel in Adoption from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Adoption 2002 Excellence Award for Applied Scholarship and Research on kinship care and permanence. His recent publications include: “Bridging the gap between research and practice: The work of the steering team for the child welfare research and evaluation translational framework” with Diane DePanfilis, Ruth Huebner and Renda Dione, R. in Journal of Public Child Welfare (2015);  Fostering accountability: Using evidence to guide and improve child welfare policy (Oxford University Press, 2010), co-edited with John Poertner; and Child welfare and child well-being: New perspectives from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (Oxford University Press, 2009), co-edited with Mary Bruce Webb, Kathryn Dowd, Brenda Jones Harden, and John Landsverk.