Leadership

Board President/Chair: Marc Rosen, MPH; YMCA of the USA

Marc Rosen is a Clinical Integration Technical Advisor at YMCA of the USA. He provides technical assistance and training to local Ys as they explore and develop formal partnerships with health care systems, hospitals, and clinics in areas such as the YMCA’s evidence-based health interventions for chronic disease prevention and management, shared facility arrangements, or health navigation. Prior to his current role, Marc spent three and a half years at Y-USA working on its Chronic Disease Prevention Programs team helping local Ys prepare, implement, and sustain the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program by scaling replicable and recommended practices. Prior to joining Y-USA, Marc managed community-based, asthma management programs at Respiratory Health Association for three years and an additional year delivering smoking cessation, asthma, and COPD management services to patients throughout Cook County. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Masters of Public Health from University of Illinois-Chicago, and is a Certified Asthma Educator.

Vice President: Crystal Stevenson, CHW; University of Illinois at Chicago

Mobile Care Chicago Logo Matt Siemer Chicago Asthma ConsortiumVice President: Matt Siemer, Mobile Care Chicago

Matt Siemer is the Executive Director of Mobile Care Chicago. For 20 years, Mobile Care has used Asthma Vans to ensure children with complex needs receive convenient specialty care at no cost. Through partnerships with local schools, the organization also surveys 15,000 children annually, attempting to identify children who have asthma but lack a diagnosis. For asthma patients who stay with their Asthma Van for one year or more, 95% will never go back to an ER for asthma. During Matt’s tenure, Mobile Care’s programs have won local and national distinctions including most recently the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s 2016 Impact Award, the 2016 HCSA Program of Excellence Award, the 2017 Premier Cares Award, and the 2018 CHEST Community Service Award. Matt holds a BS in Philosophy & Literature from Truman State University and an MA in Philosophy from Duke University. Matt has asthma.

Treasurer: Anna Volerman, MD; University of Chicago Medicine

Secretary: Felicia Fuller, Dr.PH; American Lung Association

Past Officers:

Sharmilee Nyenhuis, MD; University of Illinois at Chicago
Maureen Damitz, AE-C;  North Shore University Health System
Molly Martin, MD; University of Illinois at Chicago
Sarah Rittner, MA; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Center for Health Equity Transformation

Directors

Molly Martin Chicago Asthma Consortium Board of Directors

Molly Martin, MD, MAPP; University of Illinois at Chicago

Molly Martin, MD, MAPP, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and a Fellow in the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Martin is an established leader in the fields of behavioral intervention design and testing, especially as they relate to community health workers (CHWs). She is also active in local and national policy efforts that target health disparities. Her research focuses on community models to improve health, specifically the CHW model. She is particularly interested in asthma, oral health and obesity in children. Dr. Martin has been the principal investigator on multiple NIH-funded projects that test community-based interventions targeting these conditions. She serves on the Board of the Chicago Asthma Consortium. Dr. Martin was a member of the State of Illinois Community Health Worker Advisory Board which developed recommendations for the community health worker workforce requirements in Illinois and on the Executive Committee for Community Health Worker Section of the American Public Health Association. As a complement to her research, Dr. Martin sees patients in the Mile Square Health Center and participates in resident and student education.

Sharmilee Nyenhuis Chicago Asthma ConsortiumSharmilee Nyenhuis, MD; University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Nyenhuis is committed to address disparities in unique and minority population with asthma. Her research portfolio has included working to understand reasons for increased asthma severity in older adults, to working with urban populations with recurrent emergency room visits for asthma to her current work in identifying barriers to physical activity among African American women with asthma. Her overall goal is to expand our knowledge of lifestyle behavior change in asthma to improve to lives of minority asthma populations. She has served on the Chicago Asthma Consortium Board since 2010 and has also served as secretary and chair of the board.

Sarah Rittner, MA; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Center for Health Equity Transformation

Ms. Rittner is Director of Operations of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET). In this role, Ms. Rittner leverages nearly two decades of project management experience, concentrating on health equity and community-engaged research at the local, state, and federal levels. Ms. Rittner has overseen more than 55 research projects during her work with vulnerable populations, many of which have focused on health disparities, respiratory health, health information technology, safety net-focused health improvement programming and policy, and community-based participatory research. Prior to joining CHET, Ms. Rittner was Assistant Research Director at AllianceChicago and Manager of Lung Health Initiatives at Respiratory Health Association. She is a graduate of Michigan State University (MA and BA) and holds memberships on both the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Health Disparities, and Special Populations Advisory Committee and Chicago Department of Public Health Institutional Review Board.