Advisory Committee

The UIC-SPH CoE-MCH Advisory Committee serves as a liaison to CoE faculty and staff and provides support to the UIC CoE-MCH in achieving its mission. Advisory Committee members specifically assist with recruitment, student’s educational experiences, and alumni relations. The Advisory Committee is composed of health and human service MCH professionals, former students, and community members. The backgrounds of Advisory Committee members are multidisciplinary including public health, medicine, nursing, social work, nutrition, health policy, epidemiology, and advocacy.


Chad Abresch, Executive Director, CityMatCH
Kruti Acharya, MD, Director, IL LEND Program
Chi Chi Okwu, MPH, Executive Director, EverThrive Illinois
Kelley Webb, Racial Justice Director, YMCA of Northwest Ohio
Susan Kendig, MSN, JD, WHNP, Women’s Health Integration Specialist, SSM Health – St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Brenda Blasingame, MA, Program Manager, Pritzker Children’s Initiative, J.B. and M. K. Pritzker Family Foundation
Susan Buchanan, MD,MPH Clinical Associate, UIC School of Public Health, Great Lakes Center for Children’s Environmental Health
Kris Barnekow, PhD, OTR/L, Associate Professor, University of WI-Milwaukee, College of Health Sciences
Craig Becker, MSSW, Sr. Clinical Social Worker, University of WI Pediatric Pulmonary Center
Amanda Bennett*, PhD, MCH Epidemiologist, CDC Assignee, Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health
Debbie Kane*, PhD, RN, MCH Epidemiologist, CDC Assignee, Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health
Devangna “Guddi” Kapadia, MPH, MS, Assistant Director, Policy, Practice, and Prevention Research Center, UIC School of Public Health
Susan Knight, MA, LCSW, Grants & Special Project Manager,  James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, Evanston, IL
Cathy Main, MEd, Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator, UIC College of Education
Shirley Payne, MPH, Director, Division of MCH, Children’s Special Health Care Services, Indiana State Department of Health
Jaime Slaughter-Acey*, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Tracie Smith*, MPH, Sr. Epidemiologist, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Research Center, Child Data Lab
Dan Weiss*, MPH, ILPQC Project Manager at NorthShore University Health System, Evanston, IL
Sharon Fleischfresser, MD, MPH, FAAP, Medical Director, Wisconsin Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program
Amy Haddad, BA,  Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs Team, Washington, DC
Arthur James, MD, FACOG, Senior Consultant, First Year Cleveland


*UIC CoE-MCH alumni