The Team

Meet our National Advisory Board members

The NPHA Advisory Board provides strategic direction on poll topics, dissemination, and public engagement.

Get to know our faculty collaborators

Various U-M experts support the NPHA team in analyzing poll data and discussing the findings for each topic. 

Meet the Team

Director, National Poll on Healthy Aging

In addition to her role as NPHA Director, Dr. Malani is a professor of internal medicine and an infectious disease specialist at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Malani is fellowship-trained in geriatric medicine. She served as the University of Michigan's Chief Health Officer from 2017 to 2022. Dr. Malani is associate editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and previously helped oversee Media Relations for the JAMA Network. She received her M.D. degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, she completed a master's in Journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Associate Director, National Poll on Healthy Aging

Dr. Kullgren is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and a Research Scientist in the Center for Clinical Management Research at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Dr. Kullgren holds undergraduate and medical degrees from Michigan State University and a master of public health degree from the University of Michigan. He completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.  

Erica Solway
Erica Solway, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.P.H.
Associate Director, National Poll on Healthy Aging

Dr. Solway has worked in a variety of roles in policy and research on health and aging. In addition to her role as an NPHA associate director, Dr. Solway is the Manager of Signature Initiatives and Partnerships at the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation  (IHPI). Before returning to U-M, Dr. Solway served as a policy advisor with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. She received her master’s degree in social work and master’s degree in public health as well as a Specialist in Aging certificate from the University of Michigan and doctoral degree in medical sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.

Dianne C. Singer, M.P.H.
Production Manager, National Poll on Healthy Aging

In addition to her role as NPHA production manager, Ms. Singer is a Project Manager for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School, where she also serves as Poll Manager of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. She received her M.P.H. from the University of Michigan.

Matthias Kirch, M.S.
Matthias Kirch, M.S.
Lead Data Analyst, National Poll on Healthy Aging

Mr. Kirch is a data analyst with IHPI, where he provides analytic support as the lead data analyst for the National Poll on Healthy Aging, as well as for other evaluation projects conducted by the Institute. He received his M.S. degree in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration with a minor in Biostatistics from the University of Minnesota.

Eileen Kostanecki, M.A.
Director, Policy Engagement & External Relations, IHPI

Based in Washington, D.C., Ms. Kostanecki coordinates IHPI interactions with local, state, and federal policymakers, including elected officials, agency officials, and external stakeholders that are involved in developing healthcare policy. She advances and disseminates IHPI health services research and expertise to inform and evaluate healthcare policy. Ms. Kostanecki has served in government relations and policy roles for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the state of Michigan, the state of California, and Henry Ford Health System. She earned two bachelor's degrees, in Political Science and Spanish, as well as her master’s degree from Wayne State University.

Trish Meyer, Ed.M.
Managing Director, IHPI

As the administrative leader of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation (IHPI), Ms. Meyer works closely with the IHPI Director and the Institute’s Leadership Team to build the organization, shape strategy, and implement programs and resources to serve the membership. She oversees the administrative staff as well as the day-to-day operations of IHPI. Previously, Ms. Meyer served as Manager for Strategic Initiatives for IHPI and was responsible for launching collaborative signature projects and programs that aligned with the Institute’s mission and vision, including the NPHA. Before joining IHPI, Ms. Meyer served as the Manager of Outreach & Education for the U-M Depression Center from 2005-2016, where she garnered extensive experience developing, implementing and evaluating educational initiatives related to adolescent and young adult mental health. Ms. Meyer has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Christina Camilli-Whisenhunt, M.P.A.
Communications & Marketing Director, IHPI

In her role managing IHPI's marketing/communications activities, Ms. Camilli-Whisenhunt advises on communications and dissemination strategy for NPHA. Her professional communications career spans 20 years, and includes work at Fortune 500 companies, non-profit, and academia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in public administration from Eastern Michigan University.

Kara Gavin, M.S.
Research & Policy Media Relations Manager, IHPI

Ms. Gavin specializes in writing engaging stories about discoveries and issues in science, medicine and health policy. As a Lead Public Relations Representative for Michigan Medicine and as Research & Policy Media Relations manager for IHPI, Ms. Gavin writes press releases and coordinates media relations activities for NPHA. For more than 20 years, most of them at the U-M, she has helped bring the work of researchers to broad public audiences and reporters. Ms. Gavin is a science writing graduate of Lehigh University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Lauren Hutchens, M.P.H.
Senior Communications Specialist, IHPI

Ms. Hutchens writes and disseminates a variety of original content across a diverse range of internal and external communication platforms to support IHPI’s mission and promote the impact of IHPI research. In this role, she provides editorial project support for NPHA. Ms. Hutchens received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington and her bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College.

Emily Smith
Emily Smith, M.A.
Multimedia Designer, IHPI

Ms. Smith is a multimedia designer for IHPI, providing design support for NPHA. Prior to joining IHPI, she worked as a graphic designer for the communications and marketing department at Ohio University. She also served as an adjunct faculty teaching a basic information design course for the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. She received her B.F.A. in graphic design, as well as an M.A. in interactive media from Ohio University.

Meghan Petiprin
Communications Specialist, IHPI

Ms. Petiprin is a communications specialist providing support for NPHA. Prior to joining IHPI, she held communications roles at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and at the University of Michigan (U-M) Ross School of Business in the Office of Global Initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience from U-M.