Professor, Dept of Family & Community Medicine, BCM
David Buck, M.D., M.P.H., is a Professor at Baylor College of Medicine's Department of Family & Community Medicine, and an Adjunct Professor at University of Texas School of Public Health – Houston: Management, Policy and Community Health Division. He began working with the underserved developing medical and dental clinics for the indigent population in Houston in 1984 after working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India. In 1999, he founded Healthcare for the Homeless—Houston (HHH). He co-founded Doctor's for Change and served as its Chair from 2006-8. He founded the Houston-Galveston chapter of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program in 2007 and served as its chair 2007-2016.
Dr. Buck is the recipient of many awards and honors including: the 2013 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Public Health Leader National Award, the 2012 Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) Public Health Leader Award, 2011 St. Luke's Episcopal Charities Community Health Leadership Award, and 2010 University of Texas School of Public Health Leadership Luminary in Public Health.
Dr. Buck’s work was featured in 2012 at the First Lady's Luncheon hosted by the Congressional Club to honor First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington D.C. He has authored many peer reviewed publications. He served on the national HHS Advisory board for health reform: Consumer Oriented - Operated Program plan for health care exchanges. He currently serves on the boards of the Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows Program, Health Care for Special Populations.
Kallol Mahata is the Vice President at PCIC - Houston, and runs our technology division at PCIC. He has over 12 years of experience in software design, development and project management and has designed and built multiple enterprise level, multi-tier systems from the ground up.
Kallol started his work in designing and improving Electronic Medical Record Systems used for street outreach as part of his graduate school research work. This was part of a collaboration between the University of Texas, Baylor College of Medicine, and Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston. He has continued working on this project and is one of the founding members of Healthcare for Special Populations (HCSP). He has co-authored multiple publications and presented at numerous conferences.
Kallol received his M.S. in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, his thesis addressed developing agile Electronic Medical Record systems. He received the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Award for Outstanding Service and Impact at the university. He also holds a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering.
In his spare time Kallol enjoys photography and traveling.
S. Eric Lobpries II
At PCIC, Eric Lobpries is responsible for designing and maintaining a sound IT infrastructure. He brings passion to forge a stronger health care system in our community for those who need it the most. Eric improves our system through his technical expertise. When our patients or care team encounters an obstacle, he finds creative ways to empower them to overcome with technology. Some of Eric's responsibilities include: systems and software provisioning and maintenance, information security, managing cloud services, mobile device management, tech support and training. Eric was a former Care Coordinator working to bring integration between our care team and software developers through collaboration.
Eric enjoys coaching and watching his daughters play soccer. When reading Eric prefers science fiction and tech articles. Eric has a collection of old maps. His favorites are a pull-down classroom map from the 1920s and a map of his family's homeland, Austria, from the 1890s. His family would also say that Eric spends quite a bit of time volunteering at his kids' school.
Population Health Fellow
Arina Chesnokova, MPH is a Population Health Fellow at the Patient Care Intervention Center (PCIC) at the Baylor College of Medicine. She received her MPH from Columbia University in 2011 and has since worked in both the government and non-profit sectors. She has spent a significant amount of time at PolicyLab of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, evaluating programs and leading population health initiatives. As a Population Health Fellow, she is leading research efforts at PCIC, implementing initiatives to leverage big data, and applying prospective and mixed method designs. Arina’s current foci are retrospective projects mapping risks, longitudinal behaviors, and spatial environments of High-Need, High-Cost patients in Houston, as well as the RCT design that aims to evaluate the effect of the PCIC care coordination intervention.
Arina is currently between her third and fourth year of medical school at the Baylor College of Medicine. She plans on pursuing an OBGYN residency and working with the underserved, as she combining public health and medicine further in her career.
Puneeth Umesh Bharadwaj
Puneeth is a software developer working on Microsoft.NET framework, StreetEMR, Data Visualisation and ad-hoc projects.
He likes traveling, especially hiking, trekking, camping and basically any outdoor activity. On a typical day, he either walks or runs to rack up step counter. Food is his thing and he goes in search of vegetarian or egg based food and good coffee on weekends. He binge watches TV Shows, Anime and YouTube. Books are his personal way to escape from the fast pace of his work at PCIC.
Director of Business Development
As Director of Business Development at PCIC, Bryan is responsible for leading revenue generation efforts by securing grant funding and contracts with health providers, overseeing financials, staff hiring and risk management efforts. His education includes a B.S. in Health Promotion, and an M.S. in Non-Profit Administration - Management & Leadership. His experience includes serving as Executive Director with community non-profits for almost 20 years, focused in operations, business development, financial development, volunteer and staff development. Bryan has a passion for improving the health of individuals and families in our community, and advocates for underserved populations.
In his spare time, Bryan enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and attending sporting events.
As part of the Intervention Team, Andy Grimbergen advocates on behalf of our clients - connecting them to medical and social resources needed to improve quality of life. Andy with the intervention team walks alongside them as they begin building new support structures within the community. Issues addressed include: accessing consistent, affordable primary care and specialty physicians, understanding how to manage chronic illness within the home, accessing home health providers and nurses, organizing reliable medical transportation, and setting up stable, affordable housing if needed. Our work is guided by our clients' personal goals to create sustainable plans for long-term health and wellbeing.
Andy is a California native who moved to Houston in 2011. She graduated from Rice University in 2015 and plans to pursue a MD/MPH with a focus on improving healthcare accessibility.
Board Vice Chair
Health Information Technology Officer for Symantec
David Finn, CISA, CISM, CRISC is the Health Information Technology Officer for Symantec. Prior to that role he was the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Services for Texas Children's Hospital, one of the largest pediatric integrated delivery systems in the United States. He also served as the Privacy and Security Officer for Texas Children's. Prior to that David spent 7 years as a healthcare consultant with IMG/Healthlink and PwC, serving last as the EVP of Operations for Healthlink. David has more than 30 years' experience in the planning, management and control of information technology and business processes. He is focused on creating and maintaining trust in and value from information and information systems. His key skills include IT Governance and Control, Project Management, Systems Selection and Implementation, Business and IT Partnering, and IT Audit, Control and Security.
David has presented nationally and internationally on such topics as project management, professional leadership and staff development, and privacy and security. He has contributed to or written articles on IT Management, Disaster Recovery and Security for such as journals as CIO Digest and Baseline.
David holds a BA degree from the University of North Dakota and an MA from Angelo State University. He currently serves on the CHIME Board of Trustees and on the Information Systems Audit and Control Association's (ISACA's) Professional Influence and Advocacy Committee (PIAC). In the past, he has served on the national Board of HIMSS and on the Privacy and Security Committee of HIMSS. He is a charter mentor of HIMSS' executive mentoring program.
Sr. Vice President of Finance of Community Health Choice, Inc
Richard Lee is the Sr. Vice President of Finance of Community Health Choice, Inc. (CHC), a Houston-based managed care organization that provides managed health care plans focused on low-income families, including: Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Health Insurance Marketplace and the TexHealth Harris County 3-Share Program. CHC is a 501(c) 4 and an affiliate of the Harris Health System.
Richard is responsible for the Finance, Analytics and Internal Audit functions at CHC. He currently oversees a budget of $700 million in revenue.
Richard has over 15 years of experience in the managed care industry. Prior to joining CHC in 2002 as the Controller, Richard served as Senior Financial Analyst with MethodistCare, as well as a Financial Analyst with Aetna US Healthcare and as an Accountant with New Era Life Insurance Company.
Richard is a graduate of Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He also holds a Masters in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Richard is also a Certified Public Acountant and received his Fellow, Life Management Institute Designation in 1996.
Former Mayor of Houston
In 2010 Time magazine named Mayor Parker one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Fast Company magazine selected Houston as City of the Year for 2011. She was named top US mayor and seventh ranked world mayor in 2014 by City Mayors Foundation. She has received numerous awards during her career, including Scenic Houston’s Scenic Visionary Award, Guardian of the Human Spirit Award from Holocaust Museum Houston, Guardian of the Bay Award from Galveston Bay Foundation, Rice University Distinguished Alumna, and Local Arts Leadership honoree by Americans For the Arts.
In addition to her duties as mayor, Parker was a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, chaired the U.S. Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice Committee, was a steering committee member of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Advisory Council, and served on the boards of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium and Houston Galveston Area Council. She is a past Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Mayor Parker is currently a Fellow at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders and Professor in the Practice at Rice University, as well as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Neighborhood Centers, Inc. She serves on the board of FirstNet, created by Congress to implement a nationwide broadband network for first responders, and advises Airbnb on its Mayor's Advisory Board.
Mayor Parker is a second-generation native Houstonian. She graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In the private sector, Parker spent 20 years working in the oil and gas industry, including 18 years with Mosbacher Energy Company. She also co-owned Inklings, a lesbian/feminist bookstore for 10 years.
Parker and her wife Kathy Hubbard have been together for more than 25 years and are advocates for adoption, with three daughters and a son.
Administrator Coordinator II
In her career, DeeAndrea has provided administrative and patient care support throughout the Houston Medical Center including Baylor College of Medicine Department of Surgery, The Methodist Hospital in Cardiovascular Surgery, and as an Executive Secretary in Internal Medicine. She joined the PCIC team in February 2016.
DeeAndrea completed a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Houston Downtown. She brings forth effort and experienced support to the PCIC team to help improve healthcare for our clients.
Former Exec. Vice President, Texas Children's Hospital
Susan MacDonald is a Registered Nurse with over 35 years of clinical and administrative leadership in hospital settings. Most recently, she served as former Executive Vice President at Texas Children’s with responsibility for inpatient clinical care, research, and quality/safety programs across the system. In her tenure she guided the expansion of outpatient subspecialty clinics, including five Health Centers located around the city. She led the strategic assessment, development and opening of Texas Children’s West Campus, Houston’s first community hospital designed, built and equipped exclusively for children. MacDonald also led the negotiation of the 20-year affiliation agreement with a children’s hospital in Central Texas.
Throughout her career, she has provided operational oversight with strong financial performance for assigned areas of responsibility. MacDonald has led many strategic planning efforts during her leadership career. Most importantly, she has fostered an environment of teamwork, collaboration, and talent development at all levels of the organization.
Li Gai is a Data Analyst at PCIC and joined PCIC in August, 2015. As part of her graduate course work, she worked on a project to visualize data and build dashboards for data discovery and patient selection. Upon completing her graduate degree in Business Analytics at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, she joined the PCIC technology team to pursue her passion in data analytics in the public health arena.
As data analyst, Li works with SQL database design, ETL, database management, dashboard development and reporting. She also assists in application backend development and testing.
Aside from her passion in data and analytics, Li enjoys hiking, gardening and spending time with her pet turtles.
Swetha Kiledar Siddaramappa
Swetha is a Software Developer at PCIC. She joined PCIC in October 2016. She is currently working on development activities related to PCIC's rebranding and the design and development of our StreetEMR dashboard. She aims to excel in UI/UX areas and is also working towards implementing predictive analysis at PCIC with Azure Machine Learning. Swetha earned her Master's degree in Computer Science from University of Texas at Arlington in 2016.
In her free time, Swetha spends most of the time experimenting with cooking, watching movies or traveling to serene places to enjoy nature at its best.
Research - Strategy
Michael Walton, M.Phil. has taught development economics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government since 2004. Prior to this he worked for 20 years at the World Bank, including as Director for Poverty Reduction, Chief Economist for East Asia, and director of two World Development Reports. He has extensive experience of strategy work and of both RCT and mixed method research.
Research - Economics and Psychology
Isabel Guerrero, M.S. volunteers in PCIC Research projects bringing decades of experience in international development, most recently as the Vice President of the World Bank South Asia Region, where she managed a loan portfolio of $39 billion and an administrative budget of $150 million. She is an economist from London School of Economics and a psychoanalyst trained at the Washington Psychoanalytic Society. Isabel teaches on Scaling Up for Development Impact at Harvard and is a Senior Lecturer in leadership at MIT.
Research - Group Relations Consultant
Zachary Green, Ph.D. is a volunteer consultant who brings 30 years of experience working with grassroots organizations, helping them unleash possibilities and reach their deeper potential. He has a PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology from Boston University, and M.Ed. in Counseling from Cleveland University. He is an executive coach, Professor of Practice and the Associate Director of the Leadership Institute at the University of San Diego.
Research - Advisor on Randomized Clinical Trials
Barry Saver, MD, MSPH is a family physician and primary care researcher with a career focus on vulnerable populations, health disparities, organization of health care services, and costs of care. He has been a Principal Investigator and a Co-Investigator on a number of NIH-, AHRQ-, and foundation-funded studies. This has included secondary data analyses and prospective, randomized, controlled trials.
Research - Psychologist/Psychometrician
Scott Hickey, PhD is a clinical psychologist currently employed as the Director of Outcomes Management for Texas’ largest public mental health agency. In his 20 years as a program evaluator he has published in peer–reviewed journals and has given numerous conference presentations. He has developed and maintained an interest in evaluating interventions from a systems point of view.
Janick Bridges is an experienced nurse practitioner and works as a resource for the PCIC intervention team. Her role includes participating in outreach to meet clients and providing education to clients and staff in regards to medical issues. She also helps develop care plans.
Janick holds a master's degree as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) from Texas Woman's University and earned a post-master's as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) from the University of Texas in Arlington.
Janick worked for many years as staff nurse in two large institutions in the Texas medical center in Houston, and has experience working in the emergency room and in critical care.
Janick enjoys working with at risk populations and is currently also working for a clinic that serves primarily people in homelessness in Houston. Janick is interested in providing holistic care.
In her spare time Janick enjoys walking, bicycling and taking Zen classes.
Tiya Searcy is a senior at the University of Houston's Jack J. Valenti College of Communications. She will graduate in May 2017 with a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Health, along with a Health minor. After enrolling at UH, Tiya surprisingly enjoyed the challenging writing and art courses and desired to make a difference within the health field. Upon researching the many health majors and minors that UH offered, Tiya thoroughly embraced the Health Communications curriculum and envisioned the far reaching positive effects within the Health Communications field.
Tiya was highly recommended for the PCIC internship. This "golden" opportunity enabled her to apply the degree coursework and various health/communication practices to good use. Tiya is very excited to continue developing her skills, work alongside such highly skilled medical professionals, and advocate for our nations vulnerable people.
After graduating with a Bachelor's degree, Tiya plans on pursuing a Master's degree in Health. Her long-term career goal is to continue to work within the Communications and Public Relations setting at a children's hospital in Texas.
Tiya's hobbies include: Exploring and relaxing outdoors with her husband and two children, cooking, and tackling Pinterest home decor projects.
Senior Medical Social Worker
Kristy joins PCIC as the Senior Medical Social Worker with a background in complex case management, program development, integrated behavioral health within a FQHC, and most recently providing therapy within her own private practice setting. Kristy has worked with people with complex medical and mental health needs as well as those of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Kristy obtained her Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland, College Park and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. Kristy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Texas and California and is also a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.
Kristy is passionate about increasing access to quality health care, especially with regard to those with complex mental and physical health needs. Kristy enjoys helping others realize their goals and create a healthier, happier, and overall more enjoyable lifestyle!
Elise Russo, MPH has recently joined the PCIC team as a Project Manager. For the last several years, she has coordinated health services research projects focused on health information technology and patient safety, but she is glad to be returning to her Community Health Practice "roots" by driving the progress of PCIC's interventions and community-focused research projects forward.