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.

Director

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.

Co-Director

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.

Co-Investigator

Dr. Ziliak is Co-investigator at the Systems for Action National Program Office. Dr. Ziliak also holds the Carol Martin Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics in the Department of Economics, is Founding Director of the Center for Poverty Research at the University of Kentucky, and is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Federal Statistical Research Data Center. His research expertise is in the area of labor economics, with particular emphasis on U.S. poverty, food insecurity, and tax and transfer policy. Recent projects include trends in earnings and income volatility; the origins of persistently poor regions in America; the causes and consequences of food insecurity; and the effect of survey nonresponse on the level and trends in poverty and inequality.

Lizeth Fowler - M.P.A., M.S.

Deputy Director

Ms. Fowler is Deputy Director for the Systems for Action National Program Office. She oversees the daily operations including grant-related communication and financial oversight, the coordination of scientific and administrative processes related to center-funded research, and the development of key relationships with stakeholders.  She also coordinates with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on grant proposal activities and evaluations to advance program goals. Ms. Fowler previously served as Program Manager for the Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. Ms. Fowler received a Master of Science degree in Biology from Brown University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration.

Nicole Howard

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Howard provides administrative support to the staff at the National Program Office.  She provides general office management to include financial administration, meeting coordination and planning, and project related travel.  Before joining the team, Ms. Howard worked directly in university grant administration at the University of Kentucky.

Ann V. Kelly - M.H.A.

Project Manager

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.

Research Faculty

Cezar Brian (C.B.) Mamaril, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor and Research Scientist for the Systems for Action National Coordinating Center. His research focuses on systems financing and economics. Dr. Mamaril received his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky. He also holds an M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Technological Institute and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Philippines.

Shana Moore - Ph.D., M.P.A.

Director of Dissemination and Research Development

Dr.  Moore serves as the Director of Dissemination and Research Development for the Systems for Action National Program Office.  Her Center work focuses on synthesizing research findings, preparing research outcome reports, and co-authoring research studies. Prior to joining the center, Dr. Moore was the Director of Research and Program Operations at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work.  She also previously served as Program Manager at the Center for Poverty Research in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky where she worked directly with principal investigators on disseminating their outcomes.  Shana received her Ph.D. and M.P.A. degrees in public policy and administration from the Martin School at the University of Kentucky with concentrations in healthcare policy and non-profit management. 

John Poe - Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar and Research Methodologist

John Poe is a Postdoctoral Scholar and Research Methodologist within the Systems for Action National Program Office. Dr. Poe provides technical expertise in database management.  He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Kentucky and a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Arkansas.

Kara Richardson - B.B.A.

Director of Communications

Ms. Richardson coordinates communications for the Systems for Action National Program Office.  She manages the Center’s digital communication platforms including the website and social media channels to assist in dissemination of research findings.  She also designs print materials, coordinates marketing projects, and prepares the Center’s newsletter. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and is working on a Master of Public Health at the University of Kentucky.

Dominque Zéphyr - M.A.

Statistician

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 a master’s degrees in Economics and a master’s degree in Latin American Studies.