PEACH Faculty Mentors
PEACH Faculty Consultant
Fola Odetola is an Associate Professor in the Division of Critical Care Medicine. His research interests focus on the optimization of health care delivery to critically ill and injured children through process evaluation, including health technology assessment within the pediatric critical care unit, and outcomes assessment.
Dr. Odetola earned his medical degree MB.CHB from the College of Health-Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Dr. Odetola’s graduate medical training included pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the University of Michigan. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also obtained a Masters of Public Health degree in Health Care and Prevention. He is a graduate of the health services research fellowship in the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Michigan.
PEACH Consultants and Staff
Quality Improvement Team Leader
Cori Davis is an improvement specialist supporting collaboratives and projects focused on child health equity with Drs Freed and Woolford. Cori has over a decade of experience designing and leading quality improvement efforts to amplify and accelerate social change. Cori believes that improvement science is accessible to all and loves supporting people with diverse skillsets and backgrounds learn about and implement improvement science to make meaningful change. Outside of work, you can find Cori acting as an uber driver and domestic coordinator for her daughter, Peyton. She also enjoys gardening, exploring new restaurants or wineries, listening to podcasts, and traveling to warmer climates.
Cheyney Dobson, Ph.D.
Program Manager, PEACH
Cheyney Dobson currently manages PEACH as part of a team led by Drs. Woolford and Freed. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan. She has extensive experience conducting and managing research collaboratively and independently focused on inequality as a qualitative sociologist. She is excited to bring this experience to bear in supporting those working in the realm of pediatric care ask questions about equity, collect data, and generate change where it’s needed.
Lead Data Architect
Richard Eikstadt earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering from Ohio University in 1994. He has worked at the University of Michigan since 1998, authoring or co-authoring numerous papers relating to nephrology and data science. He is skilled in extracting data from the electronic health record and organizing that data to answer important research questions.
Michael J. Happy
Web Project Manager
Michael J. Happy is the website project manager for PEACH and other programs launched by Drs. Freed and Woolford. After serving seven years as a U.S. Navy journalist, he received his Bachelor of Arts in social studies from Towson University in Maryland and then started a professional journalism career that took him to CBS Sports, The Detroit News and The New York Times. For 13-plus years before joining PEACH, he worked as the digital content manager for FOX Sports Detroit. When he's not working, Michael loves to spend time with his bride, Shannon, relaxing at their cabin near Alpena. He also enjoys hanging out with his two adult children, Louis and Amanda, and telling stories about his angel, Shaun.
Lead Administrative Assistant
Sheng is the lead administrative assistant for the equity programs launched by Drs. Freed and Woolford. She joined the Child Health Evaluation and Research Center in 2016 as an administrative assistant, providing support to the Division of General Pediatrics, and planning continuing medical education activities. Sheng holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Oakland University. In her free time, Sheng enjoys spending time with her family.
Quality Improvement Specialist
Jessamyn Ressler-Maerlender is a Continuous Improvement Specialist at Michigan Medicine Children's and Women's hospitals. Her work focuses on reducing harm from hospital acquired conditions, patient and employee experience, equity issues, and safe transitions of care. Previously, Jessamyn was Director of NICU Innovation at March of Dimes, creating and disseminating best practices in neonatal family centered care. Jessamyn received her Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, lives in Ann Arbor, and is a Michigan State Spartan at heart.
Quality Improvement Specialist
Jennifer is a quality improvement specialist who supports PEACH and other initiatives led by Drs. Woolford and Freed. She was introduced to improvement science through her nursing experience at University of Michigan Health System. Jennifer has worked as an inpatient nurse for over 10 years, most recently on a Medical Intensive/Step Down unit. She has multiple years of experience working with free and charitable clinics and serving as an anti-human trafficking advocate, specifically in the field of education for healthcare providers. Jennifer loves to rollerblade and travel in her free time.