Marilyn Johnson – Director of Operations

Marilyn Johnson, MBA (she/her/hers) excels at leveraging her business mindset with public health passion to drive successful programs, positively impact the local community, and address healthcare inequities.   Before joining the CityMatCH team as the Director of Operations, Marilyn worked at the Mississippi State Department of Health (13 years) where she led the development of insightful, innovative projects to…

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Ellen Kerns – Assistant Professor

Ellen “El” Kerns (she/her/hers) joined CityMatCH in 2021 as a member of the faculty. She has a BS in Biology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as well as an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her research focuses on…

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Caitlin Ray – Grants Writer & Administrative Coordinator

Caitlin Ray (she/her/hers) joined CityMatCH in 2022 as the Grants Writer/Administrative Coordinator. She has a BA in English and Theatre from Hamline University, as well as an MA in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville. Her dissertation focuses on the rhetoric of…

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Chemyeeka Tumblin – Membership & Communications Coordinator

Chemyeeka Tumblin, MSPH, MMFT joined CityMatCH in 2021 and currently serves as the CityMatCH Membership and Communications Coordinator. Prior to this role, she served as the Nashville Metropolitan Health Department Preconception Strategist.   Chemyeeka attended Georgia Southern University for Undergrad and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and Psychology. Seeking to be a change-maker…

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Nishka Bommareddy – Public Health Project Coordinator

Nishka Bommareddy, MPH (she/her/hers) serves as a Public Health Project Coordinator for CityMatCH. She is also completing a three-year fellowship that started at the end of 2020 and is partnered with Saint Louis University, where she received her MPH with concentrations in Global Health and Maternal and Child Health. Nishka also has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from…

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Kiara Lyons – Public Health Project Coordinator

Kiara Lyons, Ph.D. (c), MPH, CPH (she/her/hers) serves as a Public Health Project Coordinator. She is the primary coordinator for the Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes, which is one of the three projects under the BEST Cities Initiative. Kiara joined CityMatCH in 2019 where she previously served as a Graduate Research Assistant.   She was awarded her MPH,…

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Ashleigh Sutphen – Public Health Project Coordinator

Ashleigh Sutphen, MPH (she/her/hers) serves as a Public Health Project Coordinator for CityMatCH. She first joined the team in 2019 as a Graduate Project Assistant and recently was awarded her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Ashleigh also has a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, which serves as a strong foundation for her…

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DeAnna Young – Communications Project Coordinator

DeAnna Young (she/her/hers), serves as CityMatCH‘s Communications Project Coordinator.  Previously DeAnna was a Project Associate at CityMatCH, supporting staff and projects with their communication, content development, and dissemination needs.   In addition to providing logistical support to project meetings and trainings, DeAnna serves as key personnel for annual conference logistics.   DeAnna joined the CityMatCH team in 2018, bringing…

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Chad Abresch – Executive Director

Chad Abresch, PhD (he/him/his) has been with CityMatCH since 2002 and was appointed to the position of Executive Director in 2010. Under his leadership, the organization has been recipient of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Director’s Award and the American Public Health Association’s Martha May Eliot Award for Effective Practice. Chad completed his PhD in public administration, where his…

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Jessica Ehule – Director of Programs

Jessica Ehule, MS, MSPH (she/her/hers) serves as CityMatCH‘s Director of Programs. Previously, Jessica held a Senior Public Health Project Coordinator role at CityMatCH where her primary project was the Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes under the umbrella of the BEST Cities Initiative.  Jessica earned her Master of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN….

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