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Advisory Groups

Focus Groups

The GMR Office organizes three focus groups to partner in the development, assessment, and innovation of health information programming in the region. The membership of the focus groups represents 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.

Health Sciences Librarians

  • Eleanor Truex, Illinois
  • Open, Indiana
  • Jen DeBerg, Iowa
  • Rebecca Morgan, Kentucky
  • Barbara Platts, Michigan
  • Jim Bulger, Minnesota
  • Ron Padot, North Dakota
  • Jeff Gluff, Ohio
  • Molly Youngkin, South Dakota
  • Dora Davis, Wisconsin

Health Professionals

  • Kara Vogelson, Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health (IA)
  • Lola Awoyinka, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Public Health (WI)
  • Mary Boyle, Prairie River Counseling and Consulting (IL)
  • Phyllis Foxworth, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (IL)
  • Theresa R. Seagraves, Franklin County Public Health (OH)

Public Libraries

  • Crystal Feyerchak, Special Projects Librarian, Twinsburg Public Library, OH
  • Heidi Beke-Harrigan, Member Services Coordinator, OhioNET, OH
  • Helen Azarian, Librarian of Practice, Community Health, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, IL 
  • Kathryn A. MIsna, Manager for Public Services & Education, Medical College of Wisconsin, WI
  • Leann Schwandt Lehner, Director, Jefferson Public Library, WI
  • Michael J. Richter, Director, Bath County Memorial Library, KY
  • Monique Masson, Division Manager, Sciences and Technology Division, Akron-Summit County Public Library, OH, 
  • Nicole Naylor, Branch Services Manager, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, OH
  • Sherri McConnell, Collect Development Specialist, Capital Area District Library, MI
  • Susan Kroll, Health Reference Librarian, Charlevoix Public Library, MI

Community College

  • Beth Mandrell, Rend Lake College (IL)
  • Pam Klinepeter, Ashland Community and Technical College (KY)
  • Sandy McCarthy, Washtenaw Community College (MI)
  • Nicki Yackley-Franken, Lake Area Technical Institute (SD)
  • Val Magno, Fox Valley Technical College (WI)

Work Groups

The GMR Office staff organize work groups to assist in the implementation of projects and services provided by the GMR. These work groups, made up of network members, assist the GMR staff with developing products, reviewing proposals, or carrying out other activities. GMR work groups meet as needed and are intended to incorporate network member input into office activities. All meetings are held via videoconferencing software.

Disaster Health Information Coordinators

  • Illinois: Open
  • Iowa: Kate Kitchens, University of Dubuque
  • Indiana: Lisa Habegger, Indiana University Health, Medical Library
  • Kentucky: Tiffney Gipson, University of Louisville
  • Michigan: Mike Fitzpatrick
  • Minnesota: Mary Wittenbreer, Regions Hospital, Medical Library
  • North Dakota: Erika Johnson, University of North Dakota
  • Ohio: Donald Pearson
  • South Dakota: Molly Youngkin, University of South Dakota
  • Wisconsin: Robert Koehler, Meriter Hospital Park
  • Jacqueline Leskovec, GMR

Medically Underserved Areas (MUA)

  • Katherine Chew, University of Minnesota, MN
  • Merete Christianson, North Dakota State University, ND
  • Dawn Hackman, University of Minnesota, MN
  • Gail Hendler, Loyola University Chicago, IL
  • Pamela Klinepeter, Ashland Community and Technical College, KY
  • Merle Rosenzweig, University of Michigan, MI
  • Anna Schnitzer, University of Michigan, MI
  • Jean Song, University of Michigan, MI
  • Darlene Kaskie, GMR


  • Ethan D Cutler, Western Michigan University, MI
  • Jennifer Herron, Indiana University, IN
  • Stacey Knight-Davis, Eastern Illinois University, IL
  • Ohio: Donald Pearson,The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Jacqueline Leskovec, GMR