Alan Adelman, MD, MS, Principal Investigator
Dr. Adelman is the Jeanne L. and Thomas L. Leaman, MD Professor of Family & Community Medicine at the Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA. He serves as the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and Research for the department. Dr. Adelman received his MD degree from Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1975. He completed his residency training in family medicine at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles, California. Following residency, he served as a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service for 3 years on the Hopi Reservation, Keams Canyon, Arizona. In 1983, Dr. Adelman completed a Robert Woods Johnson Family Practice Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Iowa and received a master’s degree in Preventive Medicine. In addition to being board-certified in Family Medicine, he also has added qualifications in Geriatrics. Dr. Adelman is a funded researcher. His most recent grants are in the area of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and Motivational Interviewing.
Robert A. Gabbay, MD, PhD, FACP, Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Robert A. Gabbay, MD, PhD, FACP is Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Dr. Gabbay recently joined Joslin after more than 15 years of service at the Penn State University College of Medicine where most recently served as Professor of Medicine and Director of the Penn State Hershey Diabetes Institute. His primary research focus at the Joslin is to help develop the Patient-Centered Medical Neighborhood, specifically the world of diabetes and endocrinologists, to compliment the work of PCMHs.
Primarily, his focus has been on improving primary care health care delivery in order to improve diabetes outcomes. Dr. Gabbay has received multiple Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) grants to examine the current PCMH transformation of primary care, identifying successful techniques, and disseminating to other states that will adopt key elements of the PA initiative.
Dr. Gabbay, originally a native of New York City, completed his Bachelor’s Degree at McGill University. He then earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin where he studied insulin signaling mechanisms. After an Internal Medicine Residency at Cornell University – New York Hospital, he had a Fellowship at Harvard Medical School – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He joined the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine in 1998 where he became a tenured Professor of Medicine and Director of the Penn State Institute for Diabetes and Obesity. Dr. Gabbay joined Joslin in summer 2013 and oversees all clinical activity with a patient base of over 25,000 diabetes patients annually. Dr. Gabbay also maintains an active endocrinology practice.
Linda Kanzleiter, MPsSC, Ded, Co-Invesitgator
Linda Kanzleiter, M.Ps.Sc., D.Ed. is Vice Chair for Education and Outreach, Director of the Center for Primary Care, Professor at Penn State University College of Medicine within the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Co-Director of the PA Area Health Education Center (PA AHEC) Program. As a clinical faculty member, Dr. Kanzleiter has worked with primary care disciplines clinically in ambulatory settings in the field of family systems; as an educator, she works within the area of professional development throughout the continuum of health professions education and training. Much of her work and research efforts are in the area of health professions work force development specific to influences shaping commitment to practice in underserved communities impacting recruitment and increased retention of the workforce. Dr. Kanzleiter has served on several workforce development task forces at the state and federal levels.
Pat Bricker, MBA, Research Coordinator
Pat Bricker, MBA, is a Research Coordinator with the Department of Family and Community Medicine on the PA Spread Project. Her background includes more than two years of experience in working with over 150 primary care practices which participated in the Pennsylvania Chronic Care Initiative. Working with the Improving Performance in Practice Program and the Pennsylvania Academy for Family Physicians, she served on the team that developed and led Pennsylvania’s statewide Medical Home Initiative. Previously, Pat worked with the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
Pat received her Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, before earning her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Laura Manley, Research Coordinator
Laura Manley, BS, is a Research Coordinator with the Department of Family and Community Medicine on the PA SPREAD project. Laura started her career working for UCB Pharmaceuticals in Rochester, NY as a Global Laboratory Information management Systems Chemist. She then accepted a position with Cornell University’s Batt Laboratory where she worked in conjunction with the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research as a Quality Assurance Laboratory Manager/Analyst. Her combined background in science and project management skills overlaps her research interests which include improving primary care, qualitative research, and clinical trials. Laura currently serves as the practice facilitator for the Carlisle Learning Collaborative.
Laura completed her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from Lock Haven University 2008.
Jessica Wright, MPAP, Research Coordinator
Jessica Wright, MPAP, is a Research Coordinator with the Department of Family and Community Medicine on the PA SPREAD project. With a background in state government, Jessica brings an understanding of public policy and health care service delivery redesign to her work on PA SPREAD.
At the Department of Health she held multiple positions, including Acting Cardiovascular Health Section Chief, Public Health Program Administrator, and Public Health Program Administrator. Her duties included project management with an emphasis on implementing state of the art cardiovascular health policy, system and environment changes to improve the health of Pennsylvanians. Additional duties included identifying efficiencies and coordinating project efforts as related to the Improving Performance in Practice (IPIP) initiative as well as writing applications for funding on federal grants, data collection and analysis, developing program contracts and generating project work plans that provide measurable outcomes.
Jessica completed her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at King’s College and received her Master of Public Affairs and Politics from Rutgers University in May 2000.
Erin McGinley, Project Manager
Erin McGinley, BS, is a Project Manager at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA. Previous to Joslin, she was was a Research Assistant at the Penn State University College of Medicine working as apart of the PA SPREAD team where she was in charge of data management. Her previous research experience includes basic science laboratories throughout college. Her research interests include improving primary care, diabetes, high-risk patient management, population management, and care management. Erin graduated from Juniata College in May 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.
Tonya has been working for the PA AHEC Program for the past 11 years. She manages and coordinates formal and informal learning experiences; student and faculty development programs and all e-learning activities. She also monitors data outcomes and evaluation components of all activities and provides support and resources to the 7 AHEC regions ensuring compliance with contract and grant outcomes. Tonya also manages the volunteer clinical faculty appointment process and various other projects for the Department of Family & Community Medicine, as needed. She previously worked in the member relations/communication department with Pat at the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and has also worked at PSU Main Campus with the Pennsylvania Rural Leadership Program (PA RULE) where she coordinated logistics for study institutes and various statewide meetings. Tonya lives in Hummelstown with her husband, stepson and 3 cats.
Jeannie Nye, Senior Data Coordinator
Jeannie has been working for Penn State University for 22 years with the last 14 years in Family & Community Medicine. Jeannie has been with the PA AHEC program for almost eight years, beginning as the Tobacco Grant Coordinator for the PA DOH Tobacco grant which addressed tobacco cessation and intervention training for healthcare professionals at all levels across the Commonwealth. She coordinated the development and implementation of multiple projects to achieve the goals of this grant. Currently Jeannie has been the Senior Data Manager, responsible for management of the PA AHEC data system and reporting. She develops and maintains system-wide data collection, maintenance and reporting working with the PA AHEC seven regional offices, PA DOH, HRSA and NAO. Prior to this she was the Program Coordinator for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Southern Rural Access Program which was an effort to build capacity to improve access to basic healthcare in eight of the nation’s most rural and medically underserved states. Jeannie has a BA degree from the West Chester University.
Celeste has been working with the Statewide Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (PA AHEC) program for more than 17 years under the direction of Drs Herman and Kanzleiter here at Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine. For the Statewide PA AHEC Program she is responsible for the overall management of the fiscal and programmatic operations of this organization. Celeste’s specified job functions include: interfacing with each of the executive directors of the seven AHEC regions to provide technical assistance on implementation of the Health Resources and Services Administration and Department of Health initiatives; technical assistance on budget allocations of grant and contract funding; on-site regional visits for program and fiscal audits; agenda setting and management of leadership meetings and conference calls; relationship building with external organizations such as medical schools and/or fiscal entities of each subcontractor; work with faculty involved in the AHEC data tracking system; attend regulatory agency meetings with leadership and community organizations. Celeste also serves on the Board of Director’s for the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association and is currently on the planning committee for the Rural Legislative Briefing Advocacy group.