Operations Staff

Executive Leadership


Brenda Barker, M Ed, MBA
Executive Director

Brenda is the Executive Director of TIPQC and is one of the founding staff members having started in 2008.  She received her Improvement Advisor Certificate in 2010 from the Institute of Healthcare Improvement. Brenda received a Master’s in Education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare from Lipscomb University in 2016.  Brenda serves on the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety Advisory Council,  Infant Mortality Strategic Plan Advisory Committee, and Chairman of the Board for ONE Tennessee.


Susan Guttentag, MD
PI & Oversight Chair

Dr. Guttentag is Director of the Mildred Stahlman Division of Neonatology for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.  Dr. Guttentag is the Principle Investigator on the TN Department of Health grant that supports TIPQC.  In this role, she has oversight of the TIPQC organizational structure and is responsible for communicating the value of TIPQC projects to all stakeholders.

Medical Directors

Scott Guthrie, MD
Infant Medical Director

Dr. Scott Guthrie is the Infant Medical Director for TIPQC.  He is also an associate professor of pediatrics at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in the Division of Neonatology and is the Chair of Pediatrics at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital where he primarily works at the Vanderbilt Regional Affiliated NICU there. Dr. Guthrie enjoys quality improvement work and has been involved with TIPQC projects since its inception. As a US State Department Fulbright Scholar Specialist, he has had the opportunity to teach the principles of quality improvement internationally.  He currently serves as an advisor on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Ethiopian Quality Improvement ECHO Initiative. This is a project of the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Global Health Subcommittee to introduce principles of quality improvement to Ethiopian newborn care.  Besides his passion for global health and helping improve care for babies internationally, he is active in clinical research and has co-authored articles on minimally invasive delivery of surfactant, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, necrotizing enterocolitis, neonatal ventilation, and sepsis.

Jessica Young, MD, MPH
Maternal Medical Director

Dr. Jessica Young is Board certified in both Obstetrics/ Gynecology and Addiction Medicine. She specializes in substance use disorders in pregnancy as well as family planning. She leads the Obstetric Drug Dependency Clinic at Vanderbilt Center for Women’s Health. Dr. Young leads the TIPQC AIM Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Project, as well as a Committee Chair for the National AIM OUD project.

Medical Directors Elect

Danielle Tate, MD
Maternal Medical Director Elect

Dr. Danielle Tate is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist at Regional One Health and an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where she serves in the role of Program Director of the UTHSC OBGYN Residency.  She received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine and went on to complete residency and fellowship training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN.  In addition, she completed a clinical fellowship in HIV medicine and is the current Director of OB Infectious Disease.   

Dr. Tate is passionate about quality improvement in Obstetrics and has been involved with TIPQC since 2014.  She has had the opportunity to teach quality improvement through simulation training both at the national and international level and currently serves as the and Director of Obstetric Simulation Training at UTHSC.  Her areas of expertise in pregnancy include HIV, Diabetes, and Hypertensive Disorders. 


Rolanda Lister, MD
Officer for Health Equity

Dr. Rolanda Lister is a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She received her medical doctorate from Meharry Medical College in 2006 and went on to complete a residency at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California in 2010. She completed her fellowship training in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Since her joining Vanderbilt’s  faculty in 2016, Dr. Lister has pioneered a multidisciplinary conference entitled the Maternal Care Conference that focused on the comprehensive and collaborative care for our medically, obstetrically and surgically complicated gravidas.  Additionally, she has organized the acquired Cardiac Clinic that is managed jointly by Cardiology and Maternal Fetal Medicine. This clinic takes a multidisciplinary approach to mothers with acquired heart conditions such as myocardial infarction, valve disease and arrythmias.  Rolanda’s research focuses on maternal diabetes, gene regulation and heart defects and dysfunction. She also is interested in disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality. She is excited to be a TIPQC consultant to promote maternal and child equity for all women throughout the state of Tennessee. Her overall mission is to utilize the window of pregnancy as an opportunity to improve the cardiac health of mothers and her children.

Quality Improvement Specialists

Bonnie Miller, RN, MSN
Maternal Quality Improvement Specialist

Bonnie is the TIPQC Maternal QI Specialist, as well as the Professional Development & Clinical Nurse Specialist– Women’s Services, Neonatology & Inpt. Rehab at Regional One Health.  Bonnie has worked at Regional One Health since 2006 in various nursing roles such as: labor and delivery nurse, perinatal patient safety nurse coordinator and now as clinical nurse educator. Bonnie obtained her Master’s degree in nursing from Cumberland University in 2019.

Bonnie has a wealth of experience and multiple honors including the  2014-Tennessee Hospital Association’s Clinical Nurse of Distinction Award; 2014– Memphis Magazines Top Nurse– Nursing 901; 2015 & 2017 Memphis Business Journal’s Healthcare Heroes honoree; 2017– Innovation award for OB F.A.S.T.. Bonnie has taken the lead in numerous TIPQC maternal projects over the years for Regional One Health and looks forward to working with all  healthcare facilities within the TIPQC organization in the role of Maternal QI Specialist.


Patti Scott, DNP, APN, NNP-BC, C-NPT
Infant Quality Improvement Specialist

Patti is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the coordinator of the Advanced Practitioner Group with Pediatrix Medical Group of Tennessee in the Centennial practice. She has worked in the NICU since 1988. Patti is board certified as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and also in Neonatal Transport. Patti serves as a task force member for the National Certification Corporation’s Neonatal Pediatric Transport exam and the new Quality and Safety Certification exam that NCC is developing.  She is also part of the National Faculty for S.T.A.B.L.E. Professional interests include neonatal transport, quality improvement, simulation, and nursing education.

Administrative Team

Steven Compton, JD
Program Manager

Steven became the Program Manager for TIPQC in 2019.  He has worked in various roles in corporate, legal, nonprofit, and production environments where he managed programs and developed or improved systems and procedures for managing programs, operations, and workflow, without uprooting the programs, operations, and workflow already being performed by the team he joined.  Steven has a BA from Cedarville College (Cedarville, Ohio) and a JD from University of Dayton School of Law (Dayton, Ohio).

Ashley Lerro, RN, CLC
Infant QI Project Manager

Ashley is a registered nurse with ten years of experience and a background in neonatal nursing. She has worked as a NICU nurse at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and as a certified case manager specializing in NICU case management. Ashley is also a Certified Lactation Counselor.

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Amanda Nally, BSBA
Communications Coordinator

Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN.  She comes to TIPQC with a wealth of administrative knowledge from working in non-profit industries for over a decade.  She specializes in communications, website content and graphics.  Amanda also brings a parent perspective to TIPQC through having a 30 week premature infant of her own. Spending 7 weeks in the NICU with her daughter opened up the NICU world to her and the struggles that both parents and medical professionals face. She is passionate about helping advance perinatal quality care in Tennessee.

Theresa Scott, MS
Data Manager

Theresa received her MS in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan in April 2003 and has been part of various Departments and Divisions in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center since April 2004. Theresa’s main role is to design, manage, and maintain the REDCap databases used to support the TIPQC QI projects. She is also responsible for creating the custom reports for each TIPQC QI project and the various stakeholders. Theresa joined the TIPQC Operations Team in May 2009.  She enjoys learning from the TIPQC participants and having the opportunity to educate them on the data side of QI, including statistical process control charts.

Jeremy Stephens
Computer Systems Analyst