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Melissa McPheeters named to CDC Foundation’s board of directors

McPheeters is the senior director for analytics at RTI and also serves as an adjunct research professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

​RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — The CDC Foundation today announced the appointment of three new members to its board of directors: Melissa McPheeters, Ph.D., a health services research expert, Bernard J. Milano, a leader in corporate social responsibility, and Mysheika Roberts, M.D., MPH, a public health commissioner and champion.

“We are pleased to have Melissa, Bernie and Mysheika as new board members,” said Judy Monroe, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the CDC Foundation. “Their new perspectives and extensive leadership and experience will be instrumental to the CDC Foundation as we continue to support and extend the work of CDC’s and the nation’s public health protection community to save and improve lives.”

McPheeters is the senior director for analytics at RTI International, a nonprofit research institute. She also serves as an adjunct research professor in the department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is an epidemiologist and public health informatician with more than two decades of experience in health services research, clinical and public health informatics, medicine, and data science. Her expertise includes building multidisciplinary teams to address complex problems across health and public health and modernizing data systems and processes.

"It is an honor to join so many distinguished colleagues on the CDC Foundation’s Board,” said McPheeters. “I look forward to collaborating with them to advance public health and strive toward the foundation’s mission of saving and improving lives.”

Throughout her career she has held many roles in health services research including research professor of health policy and biomedical informatics as well as co-director at the Center for Improving the Public’s Health Through Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and former director of the Office of Informatics and Analytics at the Tennessee Department of Health.

McPheeters holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master of public health and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.