Our Advisory Board

Advisory Board

​The PHDR community-academic advisory board  is a unified board composed of University of Minnesota researchers and community members including representatives from health agencies and non-profit organizations.  While board co-chairs from the university and the community facilitate monthly meetings, all the board members carry equal status. The board has a governance role, which involves making decisions and setting strategic directions and guidance for PHDR activities. The board also aims to strengthen relationships between PHDR and local communities in order to facilitate effective community-academic research and programmatic partnerships to improve health equity. 


Maria Arboleda
Community Member

Michele Allen
University of Minnesota

Bilal Alkatout
Bush Foundation

Kate Elwell
Community Member

Clarence Jones
Southside Community Health Service 

Kari Umanzor

Sida Ly-Xiong
Community Chair
Department of Health   
Marilyn 'Susie' Nanney
University of Minnesota 

Tamiko Ralston
Ramsey County

Antonia Wilcoxon
Department of Human Services

Academic Board Member
To be determined