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Advisory Council

Advisory Council


The Advisory Cocuncil consists of faculty and staff from the University schools and units relevant to the Center's mission including, but not limited to the following:

  • VCU School of Allied Health Professions
  • VCU School of Dentistry
  • VCU School of Medicine
  • VCU School of Nursing
  • VCU School of Pharmacy
  • VCU School of Social Work
  • VCU Health System

The Advisory Council is charged with shaping the Center's initiatives and supporting the growth of Center activities.  

Advisory Council Lead

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Alan W Dow, M.D., M.S.H.A.

Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care

School of Medicine

Alan Dow is Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at VCU. He directs the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at VCU and is responsible for developing, implementing, and studying initiatives in interprofessional education and collaborative practice across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Allied Health, and Social Work, the VCU Health System, and the surrounding community. 

Email: alan.dow@vcuhealth.org

Advisory Council

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Marianne Baernholdt,Ph.D., M.P.H., RN, FAAN

Director, Langston Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation; Professor, Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems

School of Nursing

Marianne Baernholdt is the Director of the Langston Center for Quality, Safety, and Innovation and Professor in the VCU School of Nursing. She has developed and taught interprofessional education classes related to quality and safety for undergraduate and graduate courses. Her research focuses on quality and safety in global rural areas.

Email: mbaernholdt@vcu.edu

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Melissa Burton, B.S.

Academic Coordinator and Fiscal Administrator
Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care

Melissa Burton is the Academic Coordinator and Fiscal Administrator for the Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care Center at VCU.  She previously worked in the VCU School of Pharmacy in Admissions for seven years, and left for a short period to finish her degree in Christian Education.  She has worked for the IPE center for the last few years in an administrative and financial capacity.

Email: mhburton@vcu.edu

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Susan DiGiovanni, M.D.

Assistant Dean for Medical Education (M1/M2)
School of Medicine

Email: sdigiovanni@mcvh-vcu.edu

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Alan W Dow, M.D., M.S.H.A.

Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care

School of Medicine

Alan Dow is Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at VCU. He directs the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at VCU and is responsible for developing, implementing, and studying initiatives in interprofessional education and collaborative practice across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Allied Health, and Social Work, the VCU Health System, and the surrounding community. 

Email: alan.dow@vcuhealth.org

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Humberto Fabelo, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

School of Social Work

Humberto E. Fabelo is an associate professor and the associate dean for academic and student affairs at the VCU School of Social Work.  Prior to VCU, he worked in in-patient psychiatric settings as well as clinical practice with individuals, families, and couples in outpatient settings.  

Email: hfabelo@vcu.edu

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Sheryl Garland, M.H.A.

Vice President, Community Outreach

VCU Health System

Sheryl Garland is the Vice President of Health Policy and Community Relations for the VCU Health System.  She currently provides oversight for the VCU Office of Health Innovation, a university-health system partnership created in 2011 to prepare the Medical Center for changes that will occur as a result of health reform. Ms. Garland has led the development of innovative programs at VCU Health System to enhance access to care for underserved populations including the Virginia Coordinated Care for the Uninsured (VCC) program, the Perinatal Access Program for Latina women, and a Population Health Management initiative to serve complex patients.  

Email: sgarland@mcvh-vcu.edu

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Ann Hamric, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Professor, Associate Dean of Academic Programs

School of Nursing

Dr. Hamric is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and a Professor in the School of Nursing.  Dr. Hamric has been active in interprofessional education (IPE) throughout her career, beginning with an IP team-taught medical ethics course offered to medicine, nursing, law and theology students at Vanderbilt University in the 1970s.  Currently, she serves on the Interprofessional Education Advisory Board at VCU and is the formal liaison between VCU’s IPE efforts and the School of Nursing.

Email: abhamric@vcu.edu

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Alison K Jones, M.P.A.

Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences

Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences

Alison K. Jones is the Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences with a focus on academic affairs.  As a member of the VCU Health Sciences executive team, she works with faculty from across the university to help build consensus and cooperation.

Email: akjones@vcu.edu

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Sharon Lanning, D.D.S.

Associate Professor of Dentistry
School of Dentistry

Sharon Lanning is an associate professor of dentistry and member of the IPE Leadership team. Dr. Lanning is the course director of the Foundations of Interprofessional Practice Course for beginning level health care students within VCU’s Schools of Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing, Medicine, and Pharmacy.  She is an experienced clinician and teacher having served on a number of national committees focusing on advances in dental education. 

Email: sklanning@vcu.edu

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Kelly Lockeman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine

Kelly Lockeman joined VCU IPE in 2013 to coordinate evaluation efforts for the Center for Interprofessional Education. She has been engaged in research on outcomes of an interprofessional case conference for early learners, a virtual case activity and interprofessional critical care simulations for senior students, and development of a measure for self-efficacy on the IPEC competencies, as well as a number of other data analysis projects. 

Email: kslockeman@vcu.edu

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Paul Mazmanian, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Continuing Professional Development and Evaluation Studies

School of Medicine

Paul Mazmanian currently serves as Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation Studies, VCU School of Medicine, and Director of Evaluation, VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research.  His current research interests include improved performance of physician to physician hand-offs, increased value in event reporting, and better communication for quality and safety in the VCU Health System.  He is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing and he stands as immediate past editor of the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions.

Email: pemazman@vcu.edu

Elizabeth Micalizzi, M.B.A., PMP, CCRP

Director, Strategic Projects and Integrated Technology, Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
and Administrative Director, Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaboration
Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences

Elizabeth Micalizzi, MBA, PMP, CCRP is the Director of Strategic Projects and Integrated Technology in the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, and the Administrative Director for the VCU Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care.  Ms. Micalizzi brings almost 20 years professional history in the academic medical center in undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education, instructional development, multi-media design, as well as complex project management in health sciences and integrated techhnology in clinical research.

Email: eamicalizzi@vcu.edu

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Alexander Tartaglia, M.A., M.Div., DMin

Senior Associate Dean

School of Allied Health Professions

Alexander (Lex) Tartaglia is Senior Associate Dean, School of Allied Health Professions and Katherine I. Lantz Professor, Patient Counseling.  He is certified as a CPE Supervisor by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) and Board Chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains.  Dr. Tartaglia currently serves the hospital as Co-chair of the VCUHS Ethics Committee.  

Email: aftartag@vcu.edu

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Leland "Bert" Waters, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Allied Health Professions

Leland “Bert” Waters is an Assistant Professor at the Virginia Center on Aging in the School of Allied Health Professions. He is the Assistant Director at the Virginia Geriatric Education Center, training healthcare professionals to effectively manage geriatric patients through a series of needs-based initiatives, including professional student education in geriatrics, faculty development and in-service training of healthcare providers. 

Email: lhwaters@vcu.edu