Our People


Our Team

Maureen Connolly, M.D. | Investigator

Maureen (Mo) completed medical school at the University of Michigan and fulfilled her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Mo is a pediatric provider with the School-Based and Community Health Program and an investigator with the Health Disparities Research Collaborative. Mo’s research interests include linkage to care for marginalized youth, behaviorally acquired HIV, and LGBTQ health.

Doreen Dankerlui, MPH | Senior Program Coordinator

Doreen moved to Detroit in 2012 after receiving her MPH in Global Health from the University of Washington (Seattle). Doreen has been engaged in global health for over 10 years, primarily in HIV/TB training and education, and currently coordinates STD/HIV and asthma programs for underserved populations in Detroit. Originally from the Caribbean, she also works on strengthening collaborations with partners in this region.

Christine Joseph, Ph.D. | Senior Investigator

Christine is a Senior Epidemiologist in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Health Disparities Research Collaborative at Henry Ford Health System collaborating with GHI on global health research. Her research interests include racial/ethnic health disparities, asthma, adolescent health, adherence, and school-based health management.

Linda Kaljee, Ph.D. | Senior Investigator

For over 25 years Linda has been engaged in interdisciplinary research in relation to infectious disease, healthcare utilization, vaccine uptake, and child-adolescent health and well-being. Linda has experience working in the United States and low- and middle-income countries including Viet Nam, China, India, Thailand, Zanzibar, Zambia, The Bahamas, Trinidad, and Haiti.

Paul Kilgore, M.D., MPH | Senior Investigator

Dr. Kilgore is an expert in vaccine research and multidisciplinary research involving infectious diseases, clinical trials, and development of disease surveillance systems in the United States. For 18 years, he has worked abroad in low- and middle-income countries across Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Latin America. Dr. Kilgore is an Associate Professor and Director of Research at Wayne State University School of Pharmacy.

Dana Parke | Program Coordinator

Dana joined our team in 2013 and leads our Haiti Program and our annual Global Health Symposium. She graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations, African Studies, and French. She has research experience in Community Health Worker programs, gender and international development, and has led several training workshop initiatives in Haiti.

Alexander Plum, MPH, CHES | Senior Program Coordinator

Alex joined GHI in 2015 after graduating from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. He develops community-level programs that promote the health of adolescents, LGBT youth, and other vulnerable populations in Detroit. He has researched the intersection of religious identity and health among young people in Kenya, Nepal, Bangladesh, and in Micronesia, where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Tyler Prentiss | Program Coordinator

Tyler moved to Detroit in 2013 after graduating from the University of Denver, Colorado. He manages the India Program and other projects at GHI, and specializes in pre-award grant submissions. His research strengths lie in data collection, monitoring, and compilation.

John Zervos, J.D. | Managing Director

John is responsible for initiative strategy and management. His work focuses on establishing and sustaining mutually beneficial international and domestic partnerships with ministries of health, hospitals, and universities. His research interests are in the areas of global health ethics, best practices for partnerships and capacity building, and empowerment/engagement of vulnerable populations.