The Department of Health Sciences Advisory Board is composed of both professional and student members. The purpose of the board is to focus on curriculum and educational needs in relation to industry trends, to assist the department in staying abreast of industry needs and trends, and to create a mutually beneficial relationship with employers. Members are selected based on their ability to contribute to the purpose of the board.
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Sarah Anthony, BHS ’12 (Health Science), is a senior academic adviser for the School of Health Professions. In this role, she advises undergraduate students, primarily students in the on-campus and online Health Science and Public Health degree programs. She also teaches Health Science 2100, a professional development course required in the Health Science curriculum.
Prior to returning to MU as an advisor in 2014, she worked for the Tiger Institute in Columbia.
Laura Barnes is a board-certified behavior analyst and licensed behavior analyst in the state of Missouri. She serves as the program director at the Columbia location of Thrive Autism Solutions. In this role, she provides ABA services for children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. She also provides services for caregivers, teachers, and staff. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Michigan University and her master of science in behavior analysis and therapy from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. For more than 10 years, she has worked in the areas of skill acquisition and problem behavior reduction in a variety of settings, including center-based clinics, in-home services, group homes and in-school settings.
Sue Boren is professor and director of academic programs in the MU School of Medicine’s Health Management and Informatics department. Her educational background includes psychology, health administration, education and health informatics. Dr. Boren builds her research around two themes: 1) Consumer Health Informatics, and 2) Health Informatics and Health Administration Pedagogy / Andragogy. She investigates how informatics can be used to improve patient outcomes and student learning outcomes.
Dr. Boren has a history of service. Most notable roles include chair of the CAHIIM Health Informatics Accreditation Council, executive committee member of the AMIA Academic Forum, and Graduate Faculty Senate President at the University of Missouri (2019–20). She is recognized as a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA).
Teresa Briedwell is an associate professor and associate department chair of the MU Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Professions. She oversees advising and admissions for the department in addition to teaching within the program. Dr. Briedwell is actively involved in the pro-bono clinic PhysZOU, as well as continued clinical practice through Mizzou Therapy Services. In 2020, Dr. Breidwell received the award for Outstanding Service in the Area of Education from the American Physical Therapy Association – Missouri.
A Mizzou alumna, she is thrilled to inspire current and future Tigers!
Jeff Carr is a Health Science alumnus who graduated with a BHS in 2011. He finished his M.Ed. in health education and promotion with an emphasis in public health and exercise physiology from University of Missouri in 2014. Prior to graduating, he opened The Fitness Company, a personal training facility focused on proper biomechanics and functional training in 2013.
Most recently Carr became an adjunct instructor for the Department of Health Sciences.
Michelle Custer is the alumni relations coordinator as well as a fundraiser for the School of Health Professions. In this role, Michelle organizes SHP events to engage both alumni and students, promotes Mizzou Alumni Association membership, coordinates scholarships and engages donors in school activities and events. She also works with annual gift prospects (gifts up to $10,000) on how their contributions can make a difference at the School of Health Professions.
Prior to her role at Mizzou, Custer was the marketing director and fundraiser for the Good Samaritan Society, which provides skilled nursing, assisted living and home health services in Auburn, Nebraska.
Custer is an MU alumna with a BA in Communication. She is also a Columbia native. In her free time, she enjoys Mizzou football and Cardinals baseball, as well as hiking, being outdoors and cooking.
Luke Gorham is the School of Health Professions career services coordinator. He supports students in their in-college and post-graduation career goals including finding part-time and full-time jobs, creating and revising resumes and writing personal statements. He educates students on non-clinical careers available upon graduation, among other responsibilities. Prior to working in Health Professions, Gorham worked as the leadership & educational resources advisor for the MU Department of Residential Life. In that role, he advised two student organizations, co-coordinated training for over 200 student staff members, and co-supervised 18 live-in student staff members who focused on leadership programming in the residence halls.
Gorham is an EdD student in the University of Missouri Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis program. His dissertation focuses on social media use of entry-level student affairs professionals. He holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from UMKC and a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from Missouri Western State University.
Veronica Lemme was a successful entrepreneur, owning a business that provided fine stationery and invitations. Now as student services coordinator for the MU Department of Health Management and Informatics (HMI), one of Lemme’s main responsibilities is to recruit students for the Master of Health Administration and Master of Health Informatics programs. To support this goal, she visits with prospective students, gives informational presentations and develops marketing materials.
Lemme also works with HMI alumni. With encouragement and coordination help from Lemme, these professionals volunteer their time to mentor students, look over resumes, give mock interviews, speak about their careers in health care, and offer internships and jobs.
Teresa Leatherman, BS HES ’96, BHS ’11 (Health Sciences), has 20-plus years of successful management performance encompassing private business, academic research and medical education. She has a passion for healthcare and education, particularly in rural areas. She has acquired skills in problem solving, project coordination, strategic planning, task prioritization, budgeting, purchasing, inventory management and negotiation. She has worked with victims of intimate partner violence and their infants; tracked physical activity in residents of assisted living facilities; performed clinical bench work related to vascular events, and coordinated a CMS HCIA grant seeking to improve the care management of 10,000 Medicare and Medicaid primary care patients. She advocated for rural medical education program, and addressed recruitment, training, and curriculum development challenges while helping launch a in Springfield, Missouri. Leatherman currently oversees the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care within the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Already a two-time Mizzou alumna, she is completing a master of health administration degree from the University of Missouri.
Brittany Ramirez is an assistant teaching professor of Health Sciences, chiropractic physician, certified athletic trainer and the owner of Columbia Chiropractic Group in Columbia. Dr. Ramirez is one of the team chiropractors for the Mizzou Athletics alongside her husband, Dr. Jose Ramirez. She is a faculty member of Logan University, mentoring students who wish to specialize in the sports chiropractic setting. Prior to opening her private practice, she worked in several sports medicine settings as an athletic trainer including college athletics, NASCAR, professional bull riding, and the National Figure Skating Championships. She received her Doctorate in Chiropractic from Logan University in St. Louis, and her bachelor’s in athletic training from High Point University in High Point, North Carolina.
A 2015 addition to The Trust Company’s Columbia staff, Kari Vogt is a University of Missouri graduate with a BHS in Health Sciences. She comes from a family of physical therapists and explored the field of medical billing prior to joining The Trust Company.
In 2018, Vogt was authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the Certified Financial Planner™ and CFP® certification marks.
Vogt is a member of the Emerging Professionals in Columbia (EPIC) Executive Committee and won the Emerging Professional of the Year Award in 2018. She also serves on the board of the Mid-Missouri Estate Planning Council, and is a part of the Women’s Network of Columbia. She is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Columbia.
Jenny Workman has more than 20 years of experience in the health and wellness field. Prior to starting her position at the City of Columbia, she worked at the University of Missouri for more than 18 years. Her previous positions included serving as director of the Health Connection at the School of Health Professions and program manager for the University of Missouri System’s employee wellness program.
Workman specializes in program development with a background in exercise and arthritis, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, marketing and management. A Mizzou alumna, she is passionate about mentoring health professions and nursing students at Mizzou.
Jack Faris is a Health Sciences major from Saint Louis. He got involved in club sports and Fraternity & Sorority Life before joining the Health Sciences Advisory Board. His leadership experience includes roles as the TedxMU sponsorship chair and a Summer Welcome leader. He provides a more comprehensive overview of Health Science students’ perspectives to the board.
Faris is always happy to have conversations with fellow and future Tigers!