Dr. Hannah Fischer is an Associate Professor in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Louisville. She has completed the Intermediate Improvement Science Series and Advanced Improvement Methods courses through Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and currently serves in the role of Director of Quality Improvement and Safety for the division of neonatology. She has led many quality improvement projects locally and is inspired by the improvement in outcomes that can be achieved. Regionally, she is involved in the Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative to improve maternal and infant outcomes across the state. She aspires to teach others to improve their healthcare systems and has developed the Neonatal Fellows Quality Improvement Curriculum and provides lectures on quality improvement in multiple venues to further this goal..
Maggie Schroeder is currently the Program Manager for the Adult Substance Use Treatment and Recovery Services Branch at the Division of Behavioral Health, Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities for the State of Kentucky. Ms. Schroeder has Master’s Degrees in Clinical Psychology and Political Science and is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC). She has over 30 years of experience in providing behavioral health and substance abuse services to individuals and their families including case management and therapeutic interventions services as well as providing clinical and administrative supervision.
Dr. Ayesa Hilvano currently serves as the Obstetric Anesthesia Director at St Elizabeth Healthcare - Edgewood Hospital in Edgewood, KY and is a council member with the Women Health Institute at St Elizabeth Healthcare. Dr. Hilvano also serves as the Board Director at Seven Hills Anesthesia in St Elizabeth Division and Chairs the Compliance Committee at Seven Hills Anesthesia. Dr. Hilvano is a Diplomate in the American Board of Anesthesiology.
April Schweinhart, PhD, earned her doctorate in Experimental Psychology at the University of Louisville in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in 2015. She continued study as a Postdoctoral Associate at Rutgers University in Newark in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences. Dr. Schweinhart has been working at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) since 2016, where she is now a Research Scientist.
Ashley Simons-Rudolph, PhD, promotes engagement through interdisciplinary, community, and policy-related research. Dr. Simons-Rudolph has expertise in gender and social policy, research-to-practice, community-based participatory research, substance misuse, family formation/stability, and qualitative methodologies. She has worked in diverse communities ranging from townships in sub-Saharan Africa, to Indigenous reservations in the Midwest. She is currently leading/actively contributing to projects in Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. She has 25 years of experience conducting research in academic and practice-based settings in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to her role at PIRE, Dr. Simons-Rudolph is the Outreach and Communication Specialist for community-based research with the Society for Community Research and Action and the former Editor in Chief of Gender Issues, a multinational and interdisciplinary research journal published quarterly by Springer Nature.