Meet the Team!
Michael Rhein was appointed as IPHI’s first full-time President & CEO in January 2013, after helping to launch and build the Institute since 2009.  For over 25 years, Michael has worked on the local, regional and national levels to improve the public’s health, with a particular focus on providing strategic support to community leaders, governments and organizations so they can strengthen service systems and develop more effective public health policies and programs. Michael’s experience ranges from developing large-scale national initiatives to working alongside community-based organizations to design and implement local public health efforts. Throughout his career, he has served in intermediary roles, helping to translate public and private resources into practical support for communities. This has involved collaborating with the Federal Government, large private foundations such as W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Ford Foundation, national corporations, state and local health departments, local foundations, academia, community-based organizations, and a host of other partners across the country.  Michael’s previous professional positions have included posts with CommonHealth ACTION, National AIDS Fund, National Association of County & City Health Officials, and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Michael Rhein

CEO

Carolyn Padovano, PhD, RN

Senior Program Director

Dr. Padovano is Senior Program Director at IPHI.  She has been with the organization since June 2020.  At IPHI, Dr. Padovano is responsible for providing managerial oversight and day-to-day leadership and direction for the Fairfax County Health Department’s Contact Tracing Project. 
Before joining our organization, Dr. Padovano held various VP and Director positions in Health Informatics, Research, and Clinical areas at RTI International,  SNOMED Terminology Solutions, MITRE Corporation, Integic Corporation (now Northrop Grumman), and InterQual (now Change Healthcare). Dr. Padovano is on the Board of Directors for the Roy Adaptation Association, the Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform (TIGER) Initiative, and Holy Family University. She is a former faculty member of Boston College, and the author and keynote presenter of case/utilization management certification programs, corporate wellness programs and informatics curricula, and is widely published.

Carolyn is located in the Virginia area, and can be found on-site with the contact tracing staff at their various office locations in Fairfax.

In her free time, she loves to travel and visit the ocean to sail, scuba, snorkel, swim!

Michael Royster

Senior Program Director

As an Assistant Program Manager, Kady currently supports a wide range of programs including the Center for the Community Health Workforce, Ryan White ADAP Outreach, Care Transitions with GW Hospital, the Virginia Comprehensive Harm Reduction Collaborative, RVA Breathes, Virginia Immunization Coalition, and the DC Healthy Housing Collaborative. 

Prior to joining IPHI, Kady worked on fundraising, grant writing, and communications for child welfare programs in Boston. Her academic studies have concentrated on gender and health with a particular focus on conducting qualitative and quantitative research on community-based global health interventions. During Kady’s graduate education she held research positions at American University’s School of International Studies analyzing outcomes from global HIV programs. Her experience further includes conducting a rapid appraisal of water projects as part of a field team in Palestinian communities. Kady earned a B.A. in International Studies from Stonehill College and an M.A. in International Development from American University.

Abby Charles

Program Director

Dr. Padovano is Senior Program Director at IPHI.  She has been with the organization since June 2020.  At IPHI, Dr. Padovano is responsible for providing managerial oversight and day-to-day leadership and direction for the Fairfax County Health Department’s Contact Tracing Project. 
Before joining our organization, Dr. Padovano held various VP and Director positions in Health Informatics, Research, and Clinical areas at RTI International,  SNOMED Terminology Solutions, MITRE Corporation, Integic Corporation (now Northrop Grumman), and InterQual (now Change Healthcare). Dr. Padovano is on the Board of Directors for the Roy Adaptation Association, the Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform (TIGER) Initiative, and Holy Family University. She is a former faculty member of Boston College, and the author and keynote presenter of case/utilization management certification programs, corporate wellness programs and informatics curricula, and is widely published.

Carolyn is located in the Virginia area, and can be found on-site with the contact tracing staff at their various office locations in Fairfax.

In her free time, she loves to travel and visit the ocean to sail, scuba, snorkel, swim!

Evelyn Kelly

Program Director

As an Assistant Program Manager, Kady currently supports a wide range of programs including the Center for the Community Health Workforce, Ryan White ADAP Outreach, Care Transitions with GW Hospital, the Virginia Comprehensive Harm Reduction Collaborative, RVA Breathes, Virginia Immunization Coalition, and the DC Healthy Housing Collaborative. 

Prior to joining IPHI, Kady worked on fundraising, grant writing, and communications for child welfare programs in Boston. Her academic studies have concentrated on gender and health with a particular focus on conducting qualitative and quantitative research on community-based global health interventions. During Kady’s graduate education she held research positions at American University’s School of International Studies analyzing outcomes from global HIV programs. Her experience further includes conducting a rapid appraisal of water projects as part of a field team in Palestinian communities. Kady earned a B.A. in International Studies from Stonehill College and an M.A. in International Development from American University.

Christine Stewart

Program Manager

Dr. Padovano is Senior Program Director at IPHI.  She has been with the organization since June 2020.  At IPHI, Dr. Padovano is responsible for providing managerial oversight and day-to-day leadership and direction for the Fairfax County Health Department’s Contact Tracing Project. 
Before joining our organization, Dr. Padovano held various VP and Director positions in Health Informatics, Research, and Clinical areas at RTI International,  SNOMED Terminology Solutions, MITRE Corporation, Integic Corporation (now Northrop Grumman), and InterQual (now Change Healthcare). Dr. Padovano is on the Board of Directors for the Roy Adaptation Association, the Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform (TIGER) Initiative, and Holy Family University. She is a former faculty member of Boston College, and the author and keynote presenter of case/utilization management certification programs, corporate wellness programs and informatics curricula, and is widely published.

Carolyn is located in the Virginia area, and can be found on-site with the contact tracing staff at their various office locations in Fairfax.

In her free time, she loves to travel and visit the ocean to sail, scuba, snorkel, swim!

Kady Pecorella

Asst. Program Manager

As an Assistant Program Manager, Kady currently supports a wide range of programs including the Center for the Community Health Workforce, Ryan White ADAP Outreach, Care Transitions with GW Hospital, the Virginia Comprehensive Harm Reduction Collaborative, RVA Breathes, Virginia Immunization Coalition, and the DC Healthy Housing Collaborative. 

Prior to joining IPHI, Kady worked on fundraising, grant writing, and communications for child welfare programs in Boston. Her academic studies have concentrated on gender and health with a particular focus on conducting qualitative and quantitative research on community-based global health interventions. During Kady’s graduate education she held research positions at American University’s School of International Studies analyzing outcomes from global HIV programs. Her experience further includes conducting a rapid appraisal of water projects as part of a field team in Palestinian communities. Kady earned a B.A. in International Studies from Stonehill College and an M.A. in International Development from American University.

Kiana Harper

CEO

The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) is recruiting an experienced, strategic, collaborative team member to serve as Communications Director for the organization. The Communications Director will be responsible for providing overall direction to IPHI’s communications efforts across all portfolios of work, ensuring consistency and best practice, and supporting IPHI’s organizational visibility and marketing. This senior-level team member will also lead communications strategies on specific IPHI programs as needed.

Kori Lapham

Senior Program Director

Dr. Padovano is Senior Program Director at IPHI.  She has been with the organization since June 2020.  At IPHI, Dr. Padovano is responsible for providing managerial oversight and day-to-day leadership and direction for the Fairfax County Health Department’s Contact Tracing Project. 
Before joining our organization, Dr. Padovano held various VP and Director positions in Health Informatics, Research, and Clinical areas at RTI International,  SNOMED Terminology Solutions, MITRE Corporation, Integic Corporation (now Northrop Grumman), and InterQual (now Change Healthcare). Dr. Padovano is on the Board of Directors for the Roy Adaptation Association, the Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform (TIGER) Initiative, and Holy Family University. She is a former faculty member of Boston College, and the author and keynote presenter of case/utilization management certification programs, corporate wellness programs and informatics curricula, and is widely published.

Carolyn is located in the Virginia area, and can be found on-site with the contact tracing staff at their various office locations in Fairfax.

In her free time, she loves to travel and visit the ocean to sail, scuba, snorkel, swim!

Blanca Vasques

CEO

The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) is recruiting an experienced, strategic, collaborative team member to serve as Communications Director for the organization. The Communications Director will be responsible for providing overall direction to IPHI’s communications efforts across all portfolios of work, ensuring consistency and best practice, and supporting IPHI’s organizational visibility and marketing. This senior-level team member will also lead communications strategies on specific IPHI programs as needed.

Chrysta Wright

CEO

The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) is recruiting an experienced, strategic, collaborative team member to serve as Communications Director for the organization. The Communications Director will be responsible for providing overall direction to IPHI’s communications efforts across all portfolios of work, ensuring consistency and best practice, and supporting IPHI’s organizational visibility and marketing. This senior-level team member will also lead communications strategies on specific IPHI programs as needed.

Tetua-Ra'a Espere

Senior Program Director

Dr. Padovano is Senior Program Director at IPHI.  She has been with the organization since June 2020.  At IPHI, Dr. Padovano is responsible for providing managerial oversight and day-to-day leadership and direction for the Fairfax County Health Department’s Contact Tracing Project. 
Before joining our organization, Dr. Padovano held various VP and Director positions in Health Informatics, Research, and Clinical areas at RTI International,  SNOMED Terminology Solutions, MITRE Corporation, Integic Corporation (now Northrop Grumman), and InterQual (now Change Healthcare). Dr. Padovano is on the Board of Directors for the Roy Adaptation Association, the Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform (TIGER) Initiative, and Holy Family University. She is a former faculty member of Boston College, and the author and keynote presenter of case/utilization management certification programs, corporate wellness programs and informatics curricula, and is widely published.

Carolyn is located in the Virginia area, and can be found on-site with the contact tracing staff at their various office locations in Fairfax.

In her free time, she loves to travel and visit the ocean to sail, scuba, snorkel, swim!

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