Growing AllianceChicago Team


Please help us welcome our newest AllianceChicago team members – Jena Wallander & Karim Shakir!

Ms. Wallander, MPH, BSN, RN joined AllianceChicago this month as a Research Coordinator. In her role, she provides administrative support to AllianceChicago’s Research Team and manages health research projects geared toward improving healthcare at CHCs. Prior to joining AllianceChicago, Ms. Wallander worked as the Communications and Evaluation Coordinator at the Illinois Hunger Coalition, a statewide anti-hunger advocacy organization, where she managed all external communications for the organization as well as analyzed direct service interventions for efficacy, and as a Pediatric Medical/Surgical Nurse at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Ms. Wallander is a graduate of Marquette University and received her Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mr. Shakir joined AllianceChicago in April as a Software Engineer. His focus involves performing design, programming, testing, and deployment tasks of AllianceChicago EHR Clinical Content for an enhanced clinician user experience. Before joining the Informatics Team, he was an assistant instructor for Actualize Coding Bootcamp, of which he is also a graduate.  Prior to working at Actualize, he developed web applications as an independent contractor. Mr. Shakir also has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.