The goals of the Center for Sustainable Health are supported by a dynamic team of skilled individuals, encompassing many disciplines.
Undergraduate Finance Assistant
Drew Benjamin works as a Finance Assistant at the Center for Sustainable Health. Currently, Drew is pursuing his degree in Accountancy at the WP Carey School of Business at ASU. Once he completes his undergraduate degree, he aspires to become a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining CSH, he worked in the Office of the Dean at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.
Senior Project Consultant
Debra Birt is a Senior Project Consultant at the Center for Sustainable Health. For the past eight years, she has been the principal/owner of Slant Six Partners, LLC, which has managed communications, marketing and event projects with a particular focus on healthcare organizations. At the Center for Sustainable Health, Debra currently leads the development and administration of the Healthy Challenge, an employee wellness program that gently encourages participants to adopt healthy behaviors. She has contributed to the management of the twice-yearly Forum for Sustainable Health and coordinated over 150 volunteers for the inaugural ASU-wide open house called the “Night of the Open Door” that drew over 1,000 visitors to the Biodesign Institute. Debra has extensive communications and project management experience in areas as diverse as elder care, career management, banking, and investor relations. She has lived and worked in Japan and has a BA from the University of Washington.
Business Operations Manager
Faith Bone is the Business Operations Manager at the Center for Sustainable Health. Prior to coming to the Center, Faith worked at Arizona State University in the Dean’s office of Student Affairs at the West campus, and most recently was an Academic Financial Specialist Sr. in the Dean’s office of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Faith studied Finance and Business at the University of Colorado, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Northern Arizona University. Faith has worked in both the public and private sector, including hotel management and administration and student loan consolidation before beginning her career with ASU in January 2008.
Karen Colorafi, RN, BScN, MBA, CPHIT, CPEHR, joined the Center for Sustainable Health in April of 2013 as a research collaborator. She works as an Arizona-based consultant on various EHR vendor selection, implementation, and optimization projects. Her experience as both a clinical nurse and healthcare technology analyst give her unique insight into the needs of medical practices as they adopt and implement Electronic Health Records (EHR). Some of her past positions include: Arizona State University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics, supporting the efforts of the Arizona Regional Extension Center, helping Arizona physicians select and adopt electronic health records and meet Meaningful Use; Clinical EHR Nurse Specialist with the Doctor's Office Quality Information Technology (DOQ-IT) initiative sponsored by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); Director of Nursing for a 50-physician, statewide cardiology practice; Clinical Educator for a specialty cardiac hospital; Program Coordinator and Clinical Nurse Specialist for an all-female cardiac rehabilitation program; and staff nurse in cardiology, family practice and urgent care. Karen is a doctoral student at ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She is pursuing a research trajectory that focuses on the use of patient-centered health information technology to enhance patient engagement. Karen received two undergraduate degrees in Canada (health psychology and nursing), and a Masters in Business Administration (healthcare management) in the United States.
Executive Administrative Specialist
Kathy Montalvo joined the staff of the Center for Sustainable Health at the Biodesign Institute in August 2011. She is responsible for organizing and administering local, national and international meetings and complex international travel plans for the Center. Additionally, she helps to plan the Forum for Sustainable Health, an invitation-only meeting which convenes leaders from around the world in engaging discussions relevant to sustainable health. Prior to joining ASU, Kathy worked for the cities of Scottsdale and Tempe, and the Downtown Phoenix Partnership. Kathy has significant executive-level administrative experience, including staffing and supporting multiple public boards and commissions, as well as a non-profit Board of Directors, managing the day-to-day business operations, including the oversight and management of government contracts, and multi-million dollar budgets. She is a former freelance court reporter and continues to support the industry as a Board of Director for the State of Arizona Board of Certified Reporters. Kathy received her BA in Sociology from Northern Arizona University and attended the Protocol School of Washington D.C. and is a Certified Protocol Officer.
Theresa Naujack is a Program Manager for the Center for Sustainable Health. She spent thirteen years at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: first, in the External Relations Department as a photographer and then as the liaison for international scientific collaborations. Prior to that, she spent fifteen years working on laboratory research projects in genetics, immunology and hematology. She has a BS in both Botany and Scientific Writing and Editing from the University of Washington in Seattle. Also, she is on the Board of the Northwest Organization for Animal Help (NOAH), an animal-rescue non-profit in Washington State.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Grace O'Sullivan is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Center for Sustainable Health. In this role, she is responsible for developing strategic partnerships, cultivating new opportunities, and promoting cross-sector collaborations. She also leads the Center's marketing and communications efforts. Prior to joining CSH, she served as Executive Director and Chief of Staff for the Senior Vice President of the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU. In this position, she also directed the research enterprise Communications and Marketing team, leading a large portfolio of internal and external projects. From 2008 to 2012, she played a key leadership role on the research administration team at the Biodesign Institute. Grace earned her MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU and is also a Certified Research Administrator.
Kerri Robinson is the Associate Director of the Center for Sustainable Health, where she leads strategic business operations, including finance, IT, and administration. In 2011 she was appointed Project Director to lead a Biodesign-wide open house called the “Night of the Open Door” that drew over 1,000 visitors to the Biodesign Institute and involved the coordination of over 150 volunteers. Prior to her employment at ASU, she was Vice President of an educational enrichment and outreach program in Gilbert, Arizona. Kerri supported the Vice President in founding the Office of Institutional Development at the Apollo Group, Inc. She also worked at the Xerox Corporation in Marketing & Customer Operations within Xerox Worldwide Marketing Research. She received her BS in Business Management with honors and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Health Innovation at ASU.
Senior Research Consultant
As a Senior Research Consultant, Claire provides strategic guidance to the Center. She has worked in global health and the non-profit sector for 10 years, serving both international and domestic organizations and overseeing health research, publications, and high-level, cross-sector forums. She served as Managing Director for the Pacific Health Summit, where she convened Asian, African, and South American policy, NGO, and industry leaders with their Western counterparts to partner around health issues ranging from vaccines and malnutrition to MDR-TB. As Vice President of International Health for The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and Director of NBR’s Center for Health and Aging, Claire led strategic, targeted forums in the Asia region and served as senior editor for all health-related publications and research. Claire holds a BA from Cornell University and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Program Director, Sustainability Science Education Project
Annie Warren is the Program Director for the Sustainability Science Education Project at the Center for Sustainable Health, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University. Besides organizing the work flow and development of the project, Annie also researches key qualitative and quantitative data for the development of the Sustainability Science for Future Teachers course as a member of the production team. Annie is a course instructor and is listed as a Faculty Associate for the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability with a focus on Urban Dynamics from Arizona State University. As well as a Master’s in Science and Technology Policy from Arizona State’s Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes. She has a Professional Masters of Interior Architecture from UCLA, has been a LEED Accredited Professional since January 2009 and has worked in the field of architecture for five years. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University. Through Sustainability Science Education, she has been able to pursue her passion to raise awareness of the sustainability challenges of our time.
As a Research Consultant, Susan supports the Center’s efforts related to marketing and communications, as well as strategic partnerships within the digital health space. Susan has years of experience writing and promoting meaningful stories for healthcare organizations, startups, nonprofits, and science organizations. She is also passionate about designing marketing and PR strategies that employ social media tactics for inspiring creative collaborations and driving action. As an active board member of Health 2.0 Seattle, Susan has a firm understanding of the digital and mobile health landscape. She served as managing editor for MedCrunch, an online publication connecting healthcare practitioners and entrepreneurs around the world, writes for the Digital Health Post and MedCityNews, and has advised local startups in early-stage marketing campaigns at the Fledge Incubator for sustainable businesses. Susan received her BA from Columbia University and her MA from New York University.