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Our Team

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Maureen Connolly, M.D.

Dr. Connolly is a pediatric provider with the Henry Ford School-Based and Community Health Program and Medical Director of Henry Ford’s collaboration with the Ruth Ellis Center, a community center for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. Dr. Connolly’s research interests include linkage to care for marginalized youth, behaviorally acquired HIV, and LGBTQ health. She attended medical school at the University of Michigan and completed pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Doreen Dankerlui, MPH
Senior Program Coordinator

Doreen moved to Detroit in 2012 after receiving her master of public health degree in global health, with a focus on leadership, policy and management, from the University of Washington. Doreen has been engaged in global health work for over 12 years, primarily in HIV/TB training and education, and currently coordinates STD/HIV and diabetes programs for underserved populations in Detroit. Originally from the Caribbean, Doreen has in-depth knowledge of local context and challenges of resource-limited settings

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Christine Joseph, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator

Dr. Joseph 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, Dr. Kaljee 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 Vietnam, 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.

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Dana Parke
Program Coordinator

Dana joined our team in 2013 and leads GHI’s capacity development and medical education initiatives globally. She graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in international relations, African studies, and French, where she spent a semester in Dakar, Senegal. She has research experience in community health, gender and international development, and has led several training initiatives in Haiti.


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E. Nikki Pritchett, M.D., MPH
Medical Director

Dr. Pritchett is a dermatologist at the Henry Ford Health System. She is the leader of the dermatology department’s initiative to increase diversity in medicine. Her research interests include multicultural dermatology and health disparities research. She attended public health school at Yale University and medical school at Drexel University.


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Alexander Plum, MPH, CHES
Director, Development and Innovation

Alex identifies and adapts promising solutions from the field of global health to transform care delivery for vulnerable and marginalized populations. His projects test innovative approaches that address the social determinants of health in both clinical and community settings, paying special attention to quality improvement and implementation science. He received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his master of public health degree from Emory University, which honored him with its 2015 Humanitarian Award. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Federated States of Micronesia from 2008-2011.

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Tyler Prentiss
Program Coordinator

Tyler moved to Detroit in 2013 after graduating from the University of Denver, Colorado. He manages GHI’s global antimicrobial resistance portfolio and other projects at GHI, and specializes in pre-award grant submissions and project implementation. His research strengths lie in data collection, monitoring and compilation.


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Janay Scott, MPH
Senior Program Coordinator

Janay graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in social anthropology and gender & health. She later received her master’s of public health from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, where she developed a passion for achieving health equity for marginalized and vulnerable populations. Her particular area of interest includes minority women’s reproductive and maternal health. She has introduced and implemented special projects to enhance patient experience and outcomes.

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Mohan Tanniru, Ph.D, MBA
Senior Investigator

Dr. Tanniru brings over 30 years of experience in business, technology and leadership to the GHI team. His work with GHI focuses on identifying and translating global healthcare innovations for U.S. application. Dr. Tanniru’s experience includes serving as Dean of the School of Business at Oakland University, as well as the former Management Information Systems department head at the University of Arizona. He has led involvement in several research activities, including establishing a center for business and education research, developing interdisciplinary research partnerships with life science and health care programs, and more.

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Kate Zenlea MPH, CPH
Senior Program Coordinator

Kate develops and tests programmatic interventions, guided by quality improvement frameworks, to implement sustainable change. She is dedicated to reducing health inequities and empowering underserved communities to live healthier lives. She is particularly interested in addressing the relationship between socioeconomic status and health disparities as it relates to immigrant and refugee populations. Kate is a graduate of New York University’s College of Global Public Health, with a focus in international and community health.

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John Zervos, J.D.
Executive Director

John is responsible for overall 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 the empowerment and engagement of vulnerable populations.

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