Operations Staff

Executive Leadership

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Brenda Barker, M Ed, MBA
Executive Director
brenda.barker@tipqc.org

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.


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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

Anna Morad, MD
Infant Medical Director
anna.morad@tipqc.org

Dr. Morad is an associate professor of pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in the Division of Academic General Pediatrics and is the Director of Newborn Nursery.

Dr. Morad enjoys quality improvement work and has been involved with TIPQC projects for many years. She started her work as a team lead for the Hospital Breastfeeding Promotion project then moved to a state lead on wave 2 for that project. She is currently a state lead for TIPQC project, Optimizing Care of the Late Preterm Infant.

She is a member of Tennessee American Academy of Pediatrics where she serves as Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator and Chapter Vice President. She is also a member of the Academic Pediatric Association.  She has co-authored comparative literature reviews on ankyloglossia, tonsillectomy, and infantile hemangioma.

Dr. Morad feels that continued learning and quality improvement are essential parts of medical practice and is excited to take on the role of Infant Medical Director for TIPQC. When she was asked to consider this position, she initially felt it a was stretch for a pediatric generalist but ultimately realized that quality care for all babies is a shared goal across all units and clinics. She sees this role as a natural extension of her professional interests and looks forward to working with and learning from the various project teams across the state.  


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Nikki Zite, MD, MPH
Maternal Medical Director
nikki.zite@tipqc.org

Nikki received her MD from Northwestern University in 1998. She got her introduction to Tennessee in OB/GYN residency at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis from 1998-2002 before she went back home to Chicago for a Family Planning Fellowship and earning her MPH at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. Marriage brought her back to Tennessee, this time for her husband’s residency in Urology at The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville, where she joined the faculty in 2004. They took a one year leave to complete his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, and then returned to Knoxville and have been there since 2009. She is currently Program Director and Professor in the OB/GYN department. Her research focuses on contraceptive counseling, access and barriers to female sterilization and long acting reversible contraception. Nikki is excited to be part of TIPQC and to work with this amazing organization to work to improve the health of women and infants in Tennessee.


Medical Directors Elect

Jessica Young, MD, MPH
Maternal Medical Director Elect
jessica.young@tipqc.org

Jessica 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.


Quality Improvement Specialists

Bonnie Miller, RN, MSN
Infant Quality Improvement Specialist
bonnie.miller@tipqc.org

Bonnie Miller, RN, MSN 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.


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Patti Scott, DNP, APN, NNP-BC, C-NPT
Infant Quality Improvement Specialist
patti.scott@tipqc.org

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. and an active volunteer with the March of Dimes. Professional interests include neonatal transport, quality improvement, simulation, and nursing education.


Administrative Team

Steven Compton, JD
Program Manager
steven.compton@tipqc.org

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).


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Amanda Nally, BSBA
Communications Manager
amanda.nally@tipqc.org

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.


Denise Pullella, BS
Program Manager
denise.pullella@tipqc.org

Denise joined the TIPQC team in 2019 as Program Manager for the TIPQC AIM project. With a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and certified as a Program Manager, she brings with her over 11 years’ experience in project management and leadership.  Her prior work spanned environmental restoration, public accounting and health care.  She is well-organized and goal orientated which provides the team the ability to stay focused and be effective for a successful project outcome.  In her spare time, Denise enjoys volunteering, gardening, participating in endurance sports and spending time with her family.


Theresa Scott, MS
Data Manager
theresa.scott@tipqc.org

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
jeremy.stephens@tipqc.org