Judy E. Kim, MD is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program. She completed her ophthalmology residency training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and vitreoretinal fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Currently she is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Kim has received numerous awards and honors, including being named in the “Best Doctors in America” annually since 2003 and is included in the US News & World Report Best Doctors list and Castle Connolly Top Doctors list. She has received American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award and the Senior Achievement Award, and the American Society of Retina Specialists Honor Award and Service Award. She is a Heed Foundation Fellow and has been selected to the Leadership Development Program of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She has been elected to many regional and national leadership and committee positions and serves on the review boards of a number of peer-reviewed journals, including being invited to serve on the Editorial Board of JAMA Ophthalmology. Dr. Kim has published over 130 publications, book chapters, and monographs related to diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases. She is a sought after lecturer nationally and internationally. She is actively involved with a number of multicenter clinical trials, many as a site principal investigator, including Age-related Eye Disease 2 and Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network sponsored by the National Eye Institute. Her research interests include diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, clinical trials, surgical retina, telemedicine and ocular imaging.
Velinka Medić, MS is a Research Coordinator at MCW. In her role, she provides project management support to the teleophthalmology program. Since joining MCW in 2014, she has managed community-academic partnership research projects including Teleophthalmology to Improve Eye Health among Latinos (TIEHL), Mobile Tele-ophthalmology for Community Eye Screenings (mTOCS) and Salud a la Vista-mobile Tele-eye Health (mTEH) projects. She works closely with community and project partners including United Community Center, City of Milwaukee Health Department, Marquette University and Carroll University to manage project activities. Velinka holds a Master’s of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with focus in immunology and Bachelors of Science in Spanish, Comparative Literature and Biology.
United Community Center remains the leading Latino community center, located in the heart of the Spanish-speaking community in Milwaukee’s South side with its mission to provide programs to Hispanics and near South side residents of all ages in the areas of education, cultural arts, recreation, community development, and health and human services. It serves nearly 20,000 people annually, of which more than 40% are at or below the poverty level.
Al Castro In his role as Program Director at the United Community Center, Al Castro manages the Latino Geriatric Center and the Health Research Program at the UCC. The Latino Geriatric Center has a Memory Clinic that serves Latinos, and the Health Research Programs conduct academic/community research projects in the Latino community in collaboration with local and state universities.
Mr. Castro has 37 years of experience in various social services and community services roles with populations ranging from young children, teenagers, families to elderly individuals, in social worker, management or executive director positions. Mr. Castro has over 17 years experience implementing and managing various human services programs and research projects in the Milwaukee area. He is a member of the Underserved Population Services Coalition, the Milwaukee Aging Consortium and is on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association—SE Wisconsin Chapter.
Mr. Castro holds a BS degree in Social Work from Carroll University in Waukesha WI, and a MS degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. He is a licensed social worker in the State of Wisconsin.
Mirtha Sosa Pacheco, BA is the Health Research Program Coordinator in the Health Research Department at the United Community Center (UCC). She graduated from Marquette University in 2014, with an interdisciplinary academic background of Spanish Language, Literature and Culture, Social Welfare and Justice, and Health Studies.
Following graduation, she began working as the Milwaukee Southside Coordinator (then Milwaukee Project Coordinator) at the WI Bike Fed, a statewide nonprofit advocacy and education organization focused on promoting bicycling and walking in Wisconsin. Mirtha was responsible for a variety of projects in the city, including but not limited to the roles of health intervention coach/Co-PI in a Biking for Health study partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin, and lead planner/manager of Milwaukee’s first ever Open Streets initiative(s) of which she executed 3.
As the current Program Coordinator of Health Research at the UCC, she is responsible for the coordination of UCC-academic community engaged research partnerships in the metro-Milwaukee Latino community, and associated project development and implementation of health and wellness research endeavors. Mirtha has personal, academic, and professional experience, connections and awareness of the Latino community of Milwaukee, with the goals of creating systemic space and access for Milwaukee’s Latino/immigrant community to be empowered and healthy.
Natalya Zinkevich, PhD. Natalya Zinkevich is an assistant professor at Carroll University and pre-health advisor. She completed her PhD in Genetics at Vavilov Institute of general Genetics Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia. She has been teaching at Carrol University since 2010. She has been involved with the tele-eye health program as pre-health advisor to the Carroll students. She has published over 16 peer-reviewed papers.
Frank Robinson graduated from Jackson State University with a degree in Finance and a minor in Business Administration. He currently works for the City of Milwaukee Health Department as Program Manager for the Community Healthcare Access Program.
He oversees enrollment, supervises and manages staff, and collaborates with Community Partners for assistance in enrollment. Seeks out and identifies new partners for enrollment opportunities. Performs outreach activities with meetings and presentations for medical providers, community agencies, day care facilities, schools including back to school events, and health fairs. Provides staff with training for changes in Public and the Federal Market Place. Serves as the chief spokesperson for the CHAP program and has the responsibility as the content manager for marketplace related questions or bullet points. Handles the administrative duties for machine placement with the collaborative effort from UCC and MCW for outreach activities for the Diabetic Eye machine testing within the community. Prior to coming to the Health Department worked for Children’s Hospital of WI for 28 years in financial services advocating for parents, and children.
Becky Rowland, MPH is the Operations Manager in the Division of Family and Community Health in the Milwaukee Health Department. Becky is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University (BA) and Benedictine University Moser School of Public Health (MPH). Becky has certifications in Health Management & Policy and Epidemiology. Becky has received recognition for her progressive work in public health from both the City of Chicago and the Windy City Times. Becky is passionate about uncovering best practices and ensuring that the client remains at the center of her public health practice. She is currently Vice Chair At Large on the board of Howard Brown Health, a federally-qualified health center serving the LGBT community in Chicago.
Jay Romant, BSN brings over ten years of multidisciplinary healthcare experience to the team. As a Public Health Nurse for the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s Men’s Health Program, he is engaged daily in offering services, programs, and care tailored to members of the Milwaukee community. Prior to nursing he worked as a chiropractor in private practice and occupational health, as well as an adjunct instructor for Bryant and Stratton’s Medical Assistant and Nursing programs. A passion for community health, education, and health and wellness promotion guides his nursing practice. He holds a BA degree in Philosophy from the University of WI-Madison, Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University, and BS degree in Nursing from UW-Milwaukee.
Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed is a professor of Computer Science and director of Ubicomp lab at Marquette University, USA. He is a senior member of the IEEE, ACM, and the IEEE Computer Society. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Arizona State University, USA in 2003. His research interests include mHealth, security and privacy in pervasive computing, affective computing, middleware for ubiquitous/pervasive computing. Currently, he has a number of research grants in mHealth area and mobile/pervasive computing area. He has a number of collaborative mHealth projects with the researchers of different universities and non-profit organizations in USA. He has international mHealth projects in Bangladesh, Nepal, Taiwan and China. He has published 150+ peer reviewed journal, conference and workshop papers. He has received nine best paper/posters awards in last five years. One of them was selected the best from 325 submitted papers. Dr. Ahamed serves regularly on international conference program committees in software engineering and pervasive computing such as COMPSAC 13, COMPSAC 12, PERCOM 08, and SAC 08. He is the Workshops Chair of COMPSAC 2009 and COMPSAC 2010. He has been serving as the Steering Chair of IEEE Computer Society’s signature conference COMPSAC. General Chair of COMPSAC 2015. He was the Program Chair of COMPSAC 2011. He was the Program Co-Chair of WPS 2009 and STPSA 2016.. He is the Guest Editor of Computer Communications Journal, Elsevier. Here is a link of one of his high impact mHealth projects: http://www.marquette.edu/research/documents/discover-2011-mobile-md.pdf. Dr. Ahamed can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.mscs.mu.edu/~iq.