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Advisory Groups

Focus Groups

The GMR Office organizes three focus groups to be a partner in the development, assessment, and innovation of health information programming in the region. The membership of the focus groups will represent the diversity of all who work to improve health information access in the Region, including health sciences librarians, health professionals, and representatives of community-based organizations.
These focus groups meet once annually in December as a part of annual planning; all meetings are held via videoconferencing software.
If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague as a member, please contact the GMR Office at

Health Sciences Librarians

  • Eleanor Truex, Illinois
  • Margaret Moutseous, Indiana
  • Chris Childs, Iowa
  • Abby Thorne, Kentucky
  • Barbara Platts, Michigan
  • Connie Bongiorno, Minnesota
  • Kelly Thormodson, North Dakota
  • Marilia Antunez, Ohio
  • Molly Youngkin, South Dakota
  • Trisha Adamus, Wisconsin

Health Professionals

  • Membership in development

Community Outreach

  • Membership in development


The GMR Office staff organize workgroups to assist in the implementation of projects and services provided by the GMR. These workgroups, made up of network members, will assist the GMR staff develop products, review proposals, or carry out other activities. GMR workgroups meet as needed and are intended to incorporate network member input into office activities.
These workgroups meet as needed; all meetings are held via videoconferencing software.
If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague as a member, please contact the GMR Office at

Native American Health

  • Bobbi Newman, GMR
  • Merete Christianson,  North Dakota State University, ND
  • Katherine Chew, University of Minnesota, MN
  • Mark Holman, Sitting Bull College Library, ND
  • Michelle May, Oglala Lakota College Academic & Public Library & Archives, SD
  • Dawn Hackman, University of North Dakota, ND
  • Molly Youngkin, Universtiy of South Dakota, SD
  • Heidi Nickisch Duggan, American Dental Association, IL


  • Laura Davison, University of Kentucky, KY
  • Elizabeth Suelzer, Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries, WI
  • Tiffany Tawzer, Health Sciences Library Loyola University Chicago, IL
  • Jacqueline Leskovec and Molly Olmstead, GMR


  • Ethan D Cutler, Western Michigan University, MI
  • Jennifer Herron, Indiana University, IN
  • Stacey Knight-Davis, Eastern Illinois University, IL
  • Donald Pearson, Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library, OH
  • Jacqueline Leskovec, GMR

Community Outreach

  • Bobbi Newman, GMR
  • Bette Sydelko, Wright State University, OH
  • Marcia Francis, Univeristy of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, ND
  • Anna Schnitzer, Univesity of Michigan, MI
  • Katrina Belogorsky, Skokie Public Library, IL

Disaster Health Information Coordinators

  • Illinois: Daneen Richardson, Western Illinois University
  • Iowa: Kate Kitchens, University of Dubuque
  • Indiana: Joan Zivich, Community Hospital
  • Kentucky: Mary Congleton, University of Kentucky
  • Michigan: Barbara Platts, Munson Healthcare
  • Minnesota: Mary Wittenbreer, Regions Hospital, Medical Library
  • North Dakota: Erika Fischer, University of North Dakota
  • Ohio: Mary Pat Harnegie, Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library
  • South Dakota: Michael Boring, University of South Dakota
  • Wisconsin: Robert Koehler, Meriter Hospital Park
  • Jacqueline Leskovec, GMR