Staff

Kate Kohn-Parrott was selected unanimously in 2012 as President and CEO of GDAHC. She is responsible for GDAHC’s strategic plan and operations management, ensuring the organization pursues its mission, vision and values, providing leadership and guidance to the staff, ensuring member satisfaction and engagement, responding to members’ priorities and ever evolving health and health care needs of the southeast Michigan, and maintaining GDAHC’s financial wellbeing.

Kate championed GDAHC's new strategic plan in 2019 seeking to make health care more affordable for Michigan’s citizens, reduce disparities in care, integrate social determinants of health with clinical care, improve health behaviors, and drive positive health outcomes. She has brought in more than $7.5 million in new grants since 2015 and reduced annual operating costs by more than $250,000. Dr. Ray Fabius, co-editor of “Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness,” said “he could teach a course on population health management using the projects led by GDAHC, under Kate's leadership, and the positive outcomes the organization delivers."

Kate has demonstrated positive and actionable leadership in health and health care from her first foray in this sector when she directed the health and welfare programs at Chrysler (saving $400 million annually on a $2.3 billion spend) through her time serving as health policy adviser to the Michigan House of Representatives and State Treasurer, and Eastern Michigan University, and now GDAHC.

Kate is pursing a master in applied science degree in population health management at Johns Hopkins University. She holds an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy and a bachelor's degree in business administration (accounting) from Eastern Michigan University. She holds Certificates from the Johns Hopkins University Population Health Management program, the Stanford University Executive Program, and the Managing Business Program at Insead (France). Kate is both a Certified Management Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.

Kate serves on a number of public and private boards, including serving as treasurer and executive committee member of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, board chair for Develop Detroit, and board member of Marywood Nursing Center. She is a member of the Human Resources Committee and the Friends of Prints, Drawings and Photograph Auxiliary at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

To contact Kate, please email her at TellKate@gdahc.org.

 

Roger Panella is the Chief Operating Officer at GDAHC. With over 29 years of experience in the automotive, logistics, and non-profit sectors, Roger is a strategic operations, supply chain and human resources executive driving process improvements and savings in materials management, vehicle transportation, health care, compensation/organization planning, finance and operations. Notably, Roger developed innovative and widely benchmarked health care solutions, negotiated creative union (UAW) and supplier agreements, and reduced costs and improved processes in operations (for-profit and non-profit) and the warehousing, sequencing and delivery of materials to parts distribution centers and dealers.

Prior to GDAHC, Roger was Vice President Strategy, Safety, Quality, and Risk Management at Allied Systems Holdings, Inc., which was the largest car-haul company in North America. Previously, Roger was an executive at Chrysler, LLC, spending 18 years in various roles across Human Resources and the MOPAR Parts Division. At Chrysler, he was responsible for the company’s health care programs, covering 350,000 people at an annual cost of $2.5 billion. In that role, Roger co-led national negotiations with the UAW regarding health care programs in 2003 and 2007, collaborations that reduced costs for Chrysler and saved thousands of autoworker jobs.

Roger holds a master's in business administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Materials and Logistics Management from the Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business. He has also completed an executive development program at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

To contact Roger, please email him at rpanella@gdahc.org.

 

Lisa Mason serves as Vice President of Program Partnerships for GDAHC. Lisa's background includes an extensive career in managed care, with 15 years as Director of Managed Care for the St. John Providence Health System (now Ascension MI), and management positions at Health Alliance Plan. Lisa contributed to the start-up of two organizations: Preferred Health Plan, a Medicare Advantage HMO; and the opening of a suburban medical center in the Henry Ford Health System. With a BSN from Michigan State University, Lisa began her career as a registered nurse, and has nursing experience in two hospitals, including Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

At GDAHC, she has helped to lead a number of different projects and grants including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality initiative. Currently, she oversees the Southeast Michigan Hospital Collaborative, a joint effort of four health systems, the National Kidney Foundation, and GDAHC, to address health challenges in southeast Michigan. The collaborative is currently focused on preventing diabetes through promotion of the Diabetes Prevention Program to help people with prediabetes reduce their risk of diabetes. She also oversees the Physician Connection, which is working to reduce emergency visits and admissions and ambulance use through alternative after-hours coverage for primary care practices and innovative approaches and new care delivery and payment models, e.g. engaging specially-trained community paramedics to make home visits under the supervision of a primary care or emergency provider.

Other projects Lisa leads include the public provider performance reporting on GDAHC’s myCareCompare.org website and Find MI Care, an app and website that helps connect people to free and low-cost care and services. Previously, Lisa led a CDC grant to reduce chronic conditions in four key Macomb County communities, and she was also the co-leader of the state-wide Patient Experience of Care initiative.

When she is not at GDAHC, Lisa enjoys contributing her time and talents to the community, currently serving as a board member of Common Ground, an Oakland County crisis intervention and support services agency and co-chair of the Interfaith Leadership Council's Health and Healthcare Committee. Lisa is a long-time volunteer at the Detroit Institute of Arts and at Manna Meal, a Detroit soup kitchen.

To contact Lisa, please email her at lmason@gdahc.org.
248-282-6904

 

Lisa Braddix is Director, Population Health and Health Equity at the Greater Detroit Area Health Council, where she oversees projects that seek to eliminate health disparities in marginalized populations throughout southeast Michigan. In her daily work, she fosters organizational collaboration to improve the health of communities in need. It is her personal belief that all have the right to experience optimal health and well-being, regardless of one’s background or station in life, and she applies this in every area of her work.

Lisa serves as co- chair of the Health Equity Committee for the Michigan Cancer Consortium, one of the country’s premier statewide partnerships to reduce the cancer burden, and as a co-chair for the Healthy Pontiac We Can! Coalition, which supports and promotes initiatives that improve quality of life for residents in Pontiac, Michigan. She has spent several years working in community health and is passionate about issues related to minority health and health disparities.

As a native of Cleveland, Ohio, Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Ohio State University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan. She has also earned a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management from Eastern Michigan University.

To contact Lisa, please email her at lbraddix@gdahc.org.
248-282-6916

 

Nicki Gabel joined GDAHC in September of 2016 as the Director of Special Events, overseeing Salute! to Healthcare which celebrates individual and organizations who have transformed healthcare in southeast Michigan. She also facilitates Coffee & Controversy, GDAHC’s signature program, which offers dynamic discussions on relevant issues impacting health, health care and access. Topics range from policy to practice, including voices from the medical, business and civic communities.

Nicki has successfully organized and improved over the past four years GDAHC's annual substance use summit, which has drawn attendance of more than 600 people and provided a venue for collaboration across a number of disparate organizations working to address the SUD challenge. Currently, Nicki coordinates GDAHC's Southeast Michigan Alliance for Addiction-free Communities (SEMAAC).

Nicki has over eighteen years of experience as a fundraiser, event planner, and project manager, working for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Programmed Products Corporation. She managed several events for the ADA including their signature cycling and walk events, golf outings and multiple galas in the Detroit and Toledo areas.

Nicki graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources with a concentration in Human Services from Oakland University. Her affinity for fundraising developed with her passion for running with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s program Team and Training. Here she learned how individuals and teams can make a difference through passion and unity for a common cause.

To contact Nicki, please email her at ngabel@gdahc.org.
248-282-6911

 

Devon Parrott is GDAHC’s Manager of Media Strategies and Initiatives. In this role, Devon develops and manages our communications strategy, including producing and executing the content and direction of GDAHC’s website and social media to highlight our programming, events, and promote our vision: “Healthy people. Healthy community. Healthy economy.” She also creates and produces all of our digital and printed materials.

Have you attended an Opioid Summit or Salute! to Healthcare? What about our Annual Meeting? Devon designed and produced the programs for all of these events since joining GDAHC in late 2015. Above all else, Devon works to ensure that GDAHC’s communications stay consistent with our Mission, Vision and Values, and that members and the community know what's going on at GDAHC.

In addition to all of this, Devon was the Program Coordinator for our Choosing Wisely and Health Around the Corner grants. She organizes and leads communications on SEMPQIC and had a key role in GDAHC's work with the State to develop appropriate messaging for infant safe sleep practices. Devon is committed to the greater Detroit area and feels very passionately about many of the challenges Detroit faces, such as access to appropriate healthcare services, healthy food access, public transportation, and overall neighborhood sustainability.

Devon recently earned a certificate in web development through Grand Circus' Front-end Bootcamp. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Art History from Wayne State University. She firmly believes in art's ability to create meaningful social change and progress, and it is her goal to open a split gallery-residency program and urban farm in Detroit in the near future.

To contact Devon, please email her at dparrott@gdahc.org.

 

Andrell Sturdivant is GDAHC’s Project and Outreach Specialist, staffing several of GDAHC’s projects. Andrell conducts outreach and provides staff support to the Southeast MI Hospital Collaborative, which aims to prevent diabetes through collaboration. She is a GDAHC team member on the Lead Project. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is requesting assistance from GDAHC to market test the currently available Lead Action Level Exceedance (ALE) education documents to determine if they resonate with the target populations most at risk for lead exposure in the water supplies. Andrell maintains and promotes Find MI Care GDAHC’s website and smartphone application to connect people to free and low-cost care. Andrell is also a certified Lifestyle Change Coach, leading workshops under the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program.

Previously, Andrell worked for the Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit. While here she helped lead various programs including their Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, as well as the Rise, Sister, Rise Therapeutic Support Group.

In her over 15 years of experience, Andrell has worked to help minorities and other medically underserved populations receive care and support. Much of this is also reflected in her volunteer work for many different organizations, helping to mentor individuals in building self-esteem, developing spiritual gifts, and ministering to the physically disabled. Andrell holds a Masters in Social Work from Wayne State University.

To contact Andrell, please email her at asturdivant@gdahc.org.
248-282-6907