meet the team building a culture of health
Systems for Action (S4A) is a new National Coordinating Center of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program is administered by faculty and staff at the University of Kentucky College of Public (UK CPH) Health and Gatton College of Business and Economics. It is a national initiative to discover and apply new evidence about ways of aligning the delivery and financing systems that can support a RWJF’s mission to build a Culture of Health.
Glen P. Mays - Ph.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Mays, director of the Systems for Action National Coordinating Center, is the Scutchfield Endowed Professor of Health Services & Systems Research at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. He also serves as director of the Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research within the College of Public Health, and associate director of the Center for Health Services Research within the College of Medicine. Dr. Mays' research focuses on strategies for organizing and financing public health services, preventive care, and care management systems for underserved and high-risk populations. A graduate of Brown University, Dr. Mays earned Ph.D. and M.P.H. degrees in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health economics at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining Kentucky, he chaired the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for eight years and served on the inaugural faculty of the Clinton School for Public Service.
Anna Goodman Hoover - Ph.D., M.A.
Dr. Hoover is a co-director of the Systems for Action National Program Office where she helps organize cross-cutting and multi-network research studies designed to evaluate and compare public health strategies implemented across diverse settings. Dr. Hoover, a communication scientist and assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, conducts research in such areas as participatory communication, dissemination and implementation science, and stakeholder engagement in support of evidence-based decision making. She also serves as communications director and co-leader of research translation for the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Program, supporting the use of research outcomes at the community, provider, and policy levels.
James P. Ziliak - Ph.D., M.A.
Lizeth Fowler - M.S., M.P.A.
Ms. Fowler is the deputy director of the Systems for Action National Program Office. She serves as a technical resource and providing grant-related communication and financial oversight. Fowler received a master of science degree in biology from Brown University and a master of public administration degree from UK's Patterson School of Public Policy and Administration.
Ms. Howard is the administrative support to the staff at the national program office. She oversees staff travel, scheduling meetings and assists with the processing of financial documentation. Before joining the team, she gained valuable experience in the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration at the University of Kentucky.
Ann V. Kelly - M.H.A.
Ms. Kelly is the project manager working on grant-related funding opportunities, communications and reporting. Kelly received her master of health services administration and planning degree from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
C. B. Mamaril - Ph.D.
Cezar Brian (C.B.) Mamaril, PhD, is a senior research scientist at the center and a research faculty member at the UK College of Public Health. His research focuses on systems financing and economics. C.B. received his PhD in Public Policy and Administration at UK from the Martin School. He also holds an M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech and an B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Philippines.
Kara Richardson - B.B.A.
Ms. Richardson maintains the website, designs print materials and handles various marketing projects for the coordinating center. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor of business administration in marketing and is working on her master of public health at the University of Kentucky.
Lava Timsina - M.P.H.
Mr. Timsina is a Ph.D. student in Epidemiology & Biostatistics. He received a master's degree in public health with a concentration in epidemiology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He received his undergraduate degree in public health from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
Dominque Zéphyr - M.A.
Mr. Zéphyr provides statistical expertise to the Systems for Action National Program Office in the areas of survey sampling, analysis of complex sample survey data, multi-level modeling, structural equation modeling, and analysis of experimental and non-experimental data. He completed his graduate studies at Vanderbilt University, where he obtained two Master’s degrees in Economics and Latin American Studies.