Our Team

Principal Investigators

Principal Investigator, Michigan CEAL; Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health; Director, The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center

Principal Investigator, Michigan CEAL; S. Jan Behrman Collegiate Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of OBGYN; Founder and Director of the Women’s Health and Reproductive Disparities Collaborative (onWHARD)

Steering Committee

The Michigan CEAL Steering Committee is composed of community partners who live and work in Genesee, Kent, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties.

Executive Director and Founder, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation (DHDC)

Bruce McCoy

CEO, Bibleway Outreach Ministries

INSIGHT - Institute on National Social Inequities and Gaps in Health and Health Treatment

Charo Ledon

Founder and Co-Coordinator, Buenos Vecinos

CEO, Bridges into the Future

Administrator, Community Based Organization Partners

Director of Outreach, Genesee Health Plan; Founder and CEO, National Center for African American Consciousness

Chief Executive Officer, Community Health and Social Services, Inc. (CHASS)

Jo Ann McCollum

President, New West Willow Neighborhood Association

Deputy Director, Arab Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)

Executive Director, Health Net of West Michigan

Raymond Neff

Community Member, Kent County

Director of Community Planning & Organizing, Eastside Community Network (ECN)

Co-Director, Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Michigan Medicine

Community Health Educator, Spectrum Health

Executive Director, Friends of Parkside

Translational Research Team

The Michigan CEAL Translational Research Team is composed of University of Michigan-affiliated researchers who are dedicated to community-based participatory research.

Program Staff

Arthi Ramakrishnan, MS, CCRP

Program Manager, Michigan CEAL; Research Operations Manager, Women’s Health and Reproductive Disparities Collaborative

Katie Corbit, MPH

Program Manager, Michigan CEAL; Center Manager, Detroit Urban Research Center


Tricia Piechowski, MPH, MSW, MA

Program Manager, Michigan CEAL; Program Director, Community Engagement Program at the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR)


Amy Rooker, MPH

Communications Specialist, Michigan CEAL