Core Research Team

Elizabeth (Liz) Adetoro, MPH, Research Manager

Ms. Adetoro joined AllianceChicago in 2014 and serves as a manager for multiple research projects. She works with health centers and academic institutions, as well as local and federal agencies, on research that aims to improve care for health center patients. Prior to joining AllianceChicago, Ms. Adetoro worked as a research assistant on various studies, including the Asians with Disabilities Outreach Project Think-Tank (ADOPT), an initiative which supported organizations that provide services to Asian Americans with disabilities in the greater Chicago area to increase their access to the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services. In addition, she has assisted in research projects focused on childhood obesity, ADHD in elementary school-aged children, urban agriculture, and improving access to fruits and vegetables in underserved areas. Ms. Adetoro is a graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dana Bright, MSW, Associate Director of Research Operations

Ms. Bright joined AllianceChicago in April 2022. In her role as Associate Director of Research Operations, she provides operational oversight and leadership for Research and Innovations initiatives, ensuring the successful execution of related core processes and outputs. Prior to joining AllianceChicago, Ms. Bright worked at the American Academy of Pediatrics as a Senior Manager supporting immunization and infectious diseases initiatives and at Rush University Medical Center where she managed community-based health promotion programming. She brings over fifteen years of experience in health-related program and grants management within professional association, healthcare, and social service organizations. Ms. Bright is a graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. 

Alice Eggleston, PA-C, MPH, Clinical Research Scientist 

Ms. Eggleston joined AllianceChicago in May 2022 as a Clinical Research Scientist. In her role, she works closely with partnering health centers and researchers in designing and implementing clinically relevant research and programmatic projects to enhance patient outcomes and health services research. Prior to joining AllianceChicago, she worked at Whitman-Walker Health, a FQHC in Washington, DC which specializes in HIV and LGBTQ healthcare. For six and a half years she served as a research/primary care Physician Assistant (PA) and Clinical Research Manager. She then served as Clinical Research Investigator at Atlantia Clinical Trials, conducting trials related to nutrition and microbiome clinical research. She is a 2021-2022 Research Fellow with the American Academy of PAs to examine the role of PAs in the clinical trials setting. Ms. Eggleston holds a Master of Science in Health Sciences and a Master of Public Health with a focus in Community Oriented Primary Care, both from George Washington University.  

Abbey Ekong, MA, Research Coordinator

Ms. Ekong joined AllianceChicago in 2021 and serves as a coordinator for multiple research projects. In her role, she provides administrative support to AllianceChicago’s Research Team, including project recruitment, data validation, and collaborating with health centers on coordination of research initiatives. Prior to joining AllianceChicago, Abbey worked as an HIV Care Coordinator and a Sexual Health Educator in Chicago. She received her BS in Interdisciplinary Health Services and a BA in Spanish from Western Michigan University and received her Master of Biomedical Sciences from Roosevelt University. 

Andrew Hamilton, RN, BSN, MS, Chief Informatics Officer

Mr. Hamilton is a Master’s-prepared Nurse Informaticist with 18 years of experience in both in-patient nursing care and outpatient community health, as well as nursing administration. As the Chief Informatics Officer, Mr. Hamilton is responsible for developing clinical decision support and National Clinical Performance Measures into the organization’s EHR and is leading the organization’s efforts related to the development and implementation of an Enterprise Data Warehouse solution. Prior to working for AllianceChicago, Mr. Hamilton was a Pediatric Critical Care nurse and a member of a large academic hospital HIT team supporting the implementation of clinical information systems. He has also served as Director of Patient Care Services for Howard Brown Health Center, a Chicago-based Federally Qualified Health Center. Mr. Hamilton is the Past President of the Board of the Centricity Healthcare User Group (CHUG) and is a member of several local, state, and national working groups related to EHR and performance measurements. In addition, he is adjunct faculty at Loyola University School of Nursing and the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Nursing. Mr. Hamilton holds a BS in Nursing and an MS in Nursing Business and Health Systems Administration with a focus on Nursing Informatics, both from the University of Michigan School of Nursing.

Maggie Hamielec, MPH, Research Coordinator

Ms. Hamielec joined AllianceChicago in April of 2022. Prior to joining the research team, Ms. Hamielec has worked in health education, pandemic response and program evaluation. In her role as a Research Coordinator, she provides administrative support to AllianceChicago’s Research Team. Ms. Hamielec holds a BS in Community Health and M.P.H. in Epidemiology form the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

David Liss, PhD, Health Services Research Scientist

Dr. Liss joined AllianceChicago in November 2021 as a Health Services Research Scientist. He conducts research to improve the quality and value of primary care delivery, and has expertise in the evaluation of real-world interventions using both observational and experimental research designs. Since 2013, he has been a faculty member at the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he serves as Research Associate Professor. At Northwestern, he has led studies on the use of smartphone apps to coordinate care for low-income patients who visit hospitals throughout Chicagoland, diagnostic coding of social determinants of health, and interventions that simultaneously address patients’ medical and social needs. Dr. Liss has also served as a Co-Investigator on several pragmatic trials testing the effectiveness of interventions in historically underserved populations. He received his PhD in Health Services Research from the University of Washington.

Lisa Masinter, MD, MPH, MS, Director of Research

Dr. Masinter joined AllianceChicago in May 2018 as Director of Research. She is a board certified general obstetrician gynecologist. Prior to joining AllianceChicago, Dr. Masinter spent three and a half years as Medical Director of the Bureau of Maternal Infant Child and Adolescent Health at the Chicago Department of Health. While there, Dr. Masinter spearheaded the Bureau’s movement towards population health and data driven practice. She received her MD and MPH degrees from Emory University, did her residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and worked as a general Ob/Gyn at Alivio Medical Center for four years. After that, Dr. Masinter did a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University and received an MS in Health Services and Outcomes Research. 

Nivedita (Nita) Mohanty, MD, Chief Research Officer and Director of Evidence-Based Practice

Dr. Mohanty has experience in community health, federal policy, clinical research, academic medicine, and international volunteerism. Dr. Mohanty joined AllianceChicago in 2015 after a year in Washington, DC as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. As a fellow within a federal agency, she gained firsthand exposure to synergies between policy, health research, and clinical practice as well as the role of HIT in advancing national health priorities. At AllianceChicago, her role is to leverage our HIT infrastructure and partnerships to enhance evidence-based practices in community health and generate new evidence through patient outcomes and health services research. Dr. Mohanty has been a pediatrician at Erie Family Health Center since 2007 and is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine with clinical responsibilities at Lurie Children’s Hospital and Prentice Women’s Hospital. She has been a volunteer with multiple organizations for children with HIV, disabilities, burns, congenital heart disease, and cranio-facial defects on medical service trips to Africa, Asia, South America, and Central America.

Jennifer Morrison, APRN, MPH, Clinical Research Scientist

Ms. Morrison joined AllianceChicago in 2021 as a Clinical Research Scientist. In this role, she works closely with researchers and health centers to facilitate meaningful partnerships and engagement in community-based participatory research. Ms. Morrison is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner with additional certification as a pediatric primary care mental health specialist. She practices at the Angel Harvey Family Health Center of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago where she was previously Director of Quality Management and has volunteered internationally through International Medical Corps in Haiti. Ms. Morrison received her Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Public Health Degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Roxane Padilla, MPH, Research Manager

Mrs. Padilla joined AllianceChicago in 2016. Before joining the Research Team, she was a program manager within various Chicago public schools managing health education programing and development, health surveys and analysis, and research. Mrs. Padilla coordinated research efforts at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in the Division of Adolescent Medicine. At AllianceChicago, Mrs. Padilla works closely with health centers and investigators on coordinating research initiatives, including clinical decision support, secondary data analysis, and nationally funded research grants. She received her BS from the Loyola University at Chicago School of Nursing in Health Systems Management.

Connie Prater, Grants Manager

Ms. Prater joined AllianceChicago in 2019 and serves as an manager for AllianceChicago’s grants portfolio. In her role, Ms. Prater assists with the organization, submission, and coordination of grants in alignment with the organization’s Annual Development Plan. Prior to joining AllianceChicago, Ms. Prater worked as the Grants and Communications Manager at Latinos Progresando, a community-based human services organization, where she built and stewarded relationships with institutional funders, crafted organization-wide messaging, grant proposals, and post-award materials, and served as the staff liaison to the Associates Board. Ms. Prater is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Fred D. Rachman, MD, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Rachman has been with AllianceChicago since its inception in 1997, assuming the role of CEO in 2003. In his role as CEO, Dr. Rachman has overall responsibility for AllianceChicago programs, including strategic direction, assurance of appropriate resources, and external relationships. He also serves as co-director of the Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (CHITREC). Dr. Rachman is an attending physician in pediatrics at Lurie Children’s and Northwestern Memorial Hospitals and sees patients at Erie Family Health Center. He is on the Board of Directors of the Health Information Management Systems Society, and serves on the Illinois Health Information Exchange Advisory Committee. Dr. Rachman is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine (MD) and Johns Hopkins University (BA), and completed post-graduate courses in Ethics, Economics, and Healthcare Management at Harvard University School of Public Health. He is board-certified in Pediatrics.

Jodi Simon, DrPH, MS, Health Services Research Scientist 

Dr. Simon joined AllianceChicago in 2019 as a Health Services Research Scientist. In this role Dr. Simon works with participating health centers and external stakeholders to conduct patient outcomes and health services research. She brings over 18 years of experience as an independent consultant conducting health services research primarily focused on drivers of adoption of health information technology (HIT) and the use of HIT to support chronic disease care. Prior to consulting, she worked for Kaiser Permanente developing disease management and other population health programs and also worked for various HIT companies. Dr. Simon received her Master of Science in Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health and her Doctorate of Public Health from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

Jena Wallander, MPH, BSN, RN, Clinical Research Manager

Ms. Wallander joined AllianceChicago in 2019 and serves as a coordinator for research within community health centers (CHCs). 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. 

Ta-Yun Yang, MS, Clinical Data Manager

Mr. Yang joined AllianceChicago in 2020 and serves as a clinical data manager for multiple research projects. In this role, he develops queries, optimizes algorithms, and conducts statistical analysis with electronic health records for public health researchers. He also enhances the communication between healthcare professionals and technical experts. Prior to joining AllianceChicago, Mr. Yang worked as a data science assistant at the Cook County Assessor Office and Department of Finance in Taiwan, where he applied his computer science and programming skills to improve the efficiency and equity in data-driven policies. Mr. Yang received his Master of Science from the University of Chicago.