Board President | Chair
Mobile Care Chicago
Matt Siemer is the Executive Director of Mobile Care Chicago. For 20 years, Mobile Care has used Asthma Vans to provide allergy and asthma care to over 13,000 children 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 2017 Premier Cares Award, the 2018 CHEST Community Service Award, and the 2019 EPA National Environmental Leadership Award. Matt holds a BS in Philosophy & Literature from Truman State University and an MA in Philosophy from Duke University.
Crystal Stevenson, CHW
University of Chicago Medicine
Crystal Stevenson first joined the CAC as a member of its Community Advisory Board while working on a multi-site pediatric asthma study. She was then invited to apply to be a board member by Dr. Valerie Press. Always furthering her awareness and understanding of how asthma impacts specific residents in Chicago, sometimes simply based on zip code, Crystal’s mission is to position CAC as a direct resource for those who need it most by building its Community Engagement efforts that may include participation in local health fairs, collaboration for community-based patient educational opportunities with neighborhood organizations, agencies and local businesses, and partnering with local and state political leaders. Crystal earned her BA from Chicago State University and is seeking her MPH in Community Health Sciences from UIC-School of Public Health.
Anna Volerman, MD
University of Chicago Medicine
Anna Volerman, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at University of Chicago Medicine. She is a primary care physician for both children and adults, as well as an advocate for children and families in both the clinic and community settings. She received her Bachelors degree from Northwestern University and graduated summa cum laude from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine / Pediatrics residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Boston Children’s Hospital. Since joining University of Chicago, she has developed and led innovative programs in clinical and community settings to improve health care delivery and optimize care. Her work focuses on reducing health disparities for children, including in asthma and obesity, with a focus on examining and improving systems of care in collaboration with academic and community partners.
Felicia Fuller, DrPH
American Lung Association
Felicia Fuller, DrPH plays a central role in the development and coordination of ALA mission activities, including health promotion, lung health education, and advocacy. She works collaboratively with ALA staff to plan, manage, and implement activities in the following areas: adult and child lung disease services, environmental health programming, pediatric quality improvement services for health professionals, and overall Chicago market grant outcomes. Prior to this position Dr. Fuller managed a cooperative agreement between CDC’s Healthy Aging Program and the Alzheimer’s Association National Office. In that capacity she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Healthy Brain Initiative which involved providing technical assistance to staff, and coordination of the research demonstration projects targeting at-risk communities. Along with these duties, Dr. Fuller assisted in the cognitive impairment surveillance opportunities with the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Dr. Fuller also worked at the Chicago Department of Public Health in the Epidemiology Program where she led a city-wide educational outreach program based on BRFSS data and assisted in bioterrorism efforts. Dr. Fuller holds her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, MPH from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, and her doctoral degree from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior.
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, MD FAAAAI
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.
Andrea Pappalardo, MD, FAAAAI
University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Andrea Pappalardo is a Board-Certified Allergist-Immunologist, Internist, and Pediatrician working at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine and UI Health. She completed her undergraduate education at Washington University in St. Louis and her doctorate at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and her fellowship in Allergy & Immunology at Rush University Medical Center. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, the Medical Director of the CHECK Care Coordination program which serves as an Illinois Integrated Health Home, and additionally works as a provider on the Mobile Care Chicago Asthma Van throughout the Chicagoland area in front of Chicago schools. She provides expert allergy care to both adults and children, and the focus of her research is community-based implementation science approaches to improving asthma and allergic disease management for children. She actively works to improve access to sub-specialty care and promote health equity in allergic disease. Dr. Pappalardo is delighted to serve on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Asthma Consortium.
Erica Salem, MPH
Respiratory Health Association
Erica is a public health professional with over 30 years of experience, including 25 years at the Chicago Department of Public Health where she most recently served as Deputy Commissioner. Much of her work there focused on collaborative planning and partnerships, including the creation of the award-winning Chicago Center for Community Partnerships and the Healthy Chicago Hospital Collaborative, a collaborative of 27 hospitals working together to address population health priorities. For the past three years, Erica has served as Senior Director, Strategy, Programs and Policy at Respiratory Health Association. She has led numerous organizational, public health systems, issue-specific strategic planning processes. Erica earned her Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Marc Rosen, MPH
YMCA of the USA
Marc Rosen is the Director of Healthcare Integration and Translation at YMCA of the USA. He oversees the deployment of technical assistance, training, and partnership development support to local Ys as they explore and develop formal partnerships with health care systems and practices, ACOs, and health plans to achieve population health goals. In his current role, Marc serves as a subject matter expert on the increasing and valuable role that community-based organizations can play in an evolving health care system. 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 sharing replicable and recommended practices. Marc has previous experience leading community based, chronic disease prevention and management interventions with focuses on asthma and tobacco control. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Latin American Studies and Spanish and a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois-Chicago.