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Organizational Chart

Organizational Chart

State Oversight Committee

Peter Grubb, MD, FAAP – Chairman Oversight Committee and Medical Director Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
David Adair, MD – Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics, University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Mark Anderson, MD – Associate Professor, Neonatology, University of Tennessee Medical Center
Frank Boehm, MD – Professor and Vice Chair, OB/GYN Department, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Joel Bradley, MD, FAAP – Market Medical Director Midsouth, United Health Care Employer and Individual
Chris Clarke, RN – Sr Vice-President, Clinical Services, Tennessee Center for Patient Safety, Tennessee Hospital Association
Mike DeVoe, MD – Director, Neonatology, Professor and Interim Chair, ETSU Department of Pediatrics; HRSA COIN Member, Infant Mortality Reduction Project; TN Infant Mortality Reduction Task Force/Advisory Committee; American Academy of Pediatrics, Perinatal Advisory Committee Member; March of Dimes, Public Affairs Committee, TN
Reddy Dhanireddy, MD – Professor and Chief, Division of Neonatology Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Vaughn Frigon, MD – Chief Medical Officer, Tennessee Health Care Finance and Administration, Bureau of TennCare, Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Bobby Howard, MD, FACOG - Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tennessee Medical Center
Susan Guttentag, MD – Professor and Chief, Division of Neonatology, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Mark Mahler, MD – Chief Medical Officer, Amerigroup Tennessee
Giancarlo Mari, MD – Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Rochelle Nelson, MS – Academic Advisor/Lecturer, University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information, Parent Representative
Kelley Riley, MD – BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee
Craig Sander, MD – Neonatologist, Baptist Women’s Hospital
Mavis Schorn, PhD, CNM, FACNM – Assistant Dean for Academics,   Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Patti Scott, DNP, APN, NNP–BC, C-NPT – Advanced Practioner Coordinator, Pediatrix Medical Group of Tennessee – Centennial Practice; Assistant Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP – Director, Division of Family Health and Wellness, Tennessee Department of Health

Liaison member: Brenda Barker, M Ed – TIPQC Project Manager and Improvement Advisor

Regional Advisory Committee Compositions

Middle Northeast East Southeast West
Joel Bradley Mike DeVoe Mark Anderson David Adair Esmond L. Arrindell
Cathy Ivory Sharon Lail Kathy Fulton Woods Blake Kitty Cashion
Susan Campbell Chris Martin Mark Gaylord Karen Gandy Kimberly Cox
Marlee Crankshaw Kelli Salyers Rita Hillhouse Lisa Lowery-Smith Ramasubbareddy Dhanireddy
Vicki DeVito Lisa Smithgall Peggy Hotz Debbie Poplin Scott Guthrie
Joann Eitten Engie Trivett Bobby Howard Jill Rimmer Kim Howerton
Barbara Engelhardt Christy Humphrey MC Robbins M. Bruce Jenkins
Sara Fox Keri Lattimore Teresa Walker Giancarlo Mari
Donna Frye Kim Massey Valencia Nelson
Connie Graves Sonya McGill Drenda Pullen
Ashraf Hamdan Rochelle Nelson Beverly Reed
Marta Papp Carla Saunders M. Lynn Rosas
Mavis Schorn Sheri Smith Craig Sander
Patti Scott Nicole Watson Carol Thetford
Donna Whitney
Janice Whitty
John Wilters




Brenda Barker, M Ed
TIPQC Project Director & Improvement Advisor

Brenda Barker joined TIPQC as the full time Project Manager in 2008 and is currently the Project Director & Improvement Advisor. Brenda has been an educator, speaker, author, counselor, and for 14 years has worked in international medical relief and adoptions as the Southeast Regional Director of one of the largest US children’s humanitarian organizations, overseeing four US offices and a team in 11 states. She has worked extensively around the world with government officials and orphanages, and at-risk children and their families. Brenda is also involved with the March of Dimes, Vermont Oxford Network, Davidson County Fetal Infant Review Community Action Team, and a Sunday School teacher. Brenda was selected Ambassador of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and her family was honored as the Family of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and well as the The Family of the Year in 2007 by the State of TN. Brenda has been an activist on women’s and children’s issues, serving on President Carter’s National Advisory Committee for Women, and a recipient of a US Congressional Award in 2001. Brenda brings the family perspective to TIPQC as a parent of three premies, including twin daughters, and as a parent of a son who won a hard fought six year battle with leukemia following a successful bone marrow transplant. Brenda received her Masters in Education from the University of North Texas, her Improvement Advisor certificate from IHI, and is currently pursuing a MBA in Healthcare. Brenda and her husband are parents to 11 children adopted from India, China, Latvia, Vietnam, Philippines, US, and Ethiopia, as well as new grandparents.


Peter Grubb, MD
TIPQC Medical Director

Dr. Grubb is a neonatologist who serves as the Medical Director for TIPQC, the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care. He is a faculty member in the division of Neonatology at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and serves as the Medical Director for the Neonatal ECMO program. Prior to coming to Tennessee, Dr. Grubb was on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and served as the Medical Director of the NICU at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Okinawa Japan, and as the Director of the Air Force’s air transport ECMO program at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

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Amanda Nally, BSBA
Administrative Assistant

Amanda earned her BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from the University of Evansville in 2008.  She joined TIPQC in December 2013 bringing a wide background in non-profit office management.  Amanda brings a passion to TIPQC through her experience having a daughter born 10 weeks prematurely in 2012.




terri headshotTheresa Scott, MS
TIPQC Data Manager

Theresa received her MS in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan in April 2003 and has been part of the Department of Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University since April 2004. She has provided statistical support for the physicians, clinicians, post-docs, fellows, residents, and medical students in numerous Departments and Divisions in the School of Medicine. In particular, she has collaborated with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition to collaborating on the design, implementation, analysis, and publication of research projects, Theresa also formally and informally teaches researchers at all levels about various biostatistics related topics. Theresa commits 10% of her effort to TIPQC.


JoanJoan Zhang, MS
TIPQC Reports Manager

Joan received her MS in Computer Science from MTSU in 2003 and worked in Quantitative Science for nine years.  She worked on both statistical package development and statistical analysis during that time.  She now works at the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research as a health systems programmer and commits 20% of her time to TIPQC.



Anneliese Moosman, BS
TIPQC Reports Manager

Anneliese received her B.S. in Statistical Science from Brigham Young University in April 2011.  She joined TIPQC in October 2012. She brings experience in data analysis and visualization, web development, and REDCap plug-in development and also commits 20% of her time to TIPQC.



Jeremy Stephens
TIPQC Software Engineer

Jeremy has been working as a software developer in the Department of Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University since 2005. He is involved in several pediatric-related research projects, and he helps to maintain the Vanderbilt NICU data entry system. He has extensive experience developing web applications as well as statistical-related software and other open source software.

Previous Staff and Oversight Committee:

  • Judy Aschner, MD – Albert Einstein College of Medicine & The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
  • Lynn Booker - Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Susan Drummond, RN – Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Ann Duncan, RN – TN Nurses Association
  • Jeff Horner, BS – Systems Analyst, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Jeanne James, MD – Medical Director, Bureau of TennCare (Ret.) & BCBST
  • M. K. Key, PhD – Key Associates
  • Wendy Long, MD – Medical Director, Bureau of TennCare
  • Tom Lundquist, MD – CMO at Optima Health, previously with BCBST
  • Robert McLaughlin, MD – CIGNA Healthcare
  • Mike Swan, MD, MBA, FACOG – St. Thomas Baptist Healthcare System, Private Practice