Region 6 Stakeholder Advisory Groups (SAG)

Region 6 Stakeholder Advisory Groups (SAG)

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SAG Diagram

Stakeholder Advisory Groups

  • Interdisciplinary
  • Chaired by Members
  • Guided by Action Plan
    • Priority health topics
    • Strategies to address
    • Partners/Initiatives to leverage
    • Strategic direction

We are always accepting applications for new members. If you are interested in becoming a member of your state's SAG, contact


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Adam Roloff
Reference and Education Services Librarian
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Felicia Barrett
Regional Head Librarian
University of Illinois Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences at Rockford

Gregory Scott
RN Program Manager-Faith Community Health
Carle Health System

Joe Filapek
Director of Continuing Education and Consulting
Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS)

Monica Rodriguez
Director of Stakeholder Engagement
Pyxis Partners

Q. Eileen Wafford
Research Librarian
Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center

Sharon Comstock
Teaching Assistant Professor University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Tracy Smith
Director of Community Health and Programs
Illinois Public Health Association

Jacqueline Leskovec
Network Coordinator
NNLM Region 6

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Aisha Hallman
Allen County Public Library

Amy Minix
Neuro- and Health Sciences Librarian
Indiana University Bloomington

Carla R. Clayton
Wellness Coordinator
Community Health Network

Helen Azarian
Reference Librarian
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

Kara Cleveland
Director of Professional Development
Indiana State Library

Karen Strandjord
Family Caregiver and Nursing Educator
IU Health

Olanike Olaniyi
Collection Development Librarian
The Indianapolis Public Library

Rachel Ashcraft
Flora Public Library

William Cooke
Physician, Foundations Family Medicine
Clark Memorial Health

Darlene Kaskie
Community Engagement Coordinator
Region 6

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Abby Less
Community Health Consultant,
Iowa Department of Public Health, Office of Health Care Transformation

Angie Doyle Scar
Executive Officer
Office of Healthcare Transformation, Iowa Department of Public

Cynthia J Fiester
Chronic Disease Coordinator/Registered Nurse
Linn County Public Health (LCPH), Cedar Rapids

Gina Schlesselman-Tarango
Associate Professor/Librarian
DMU Library, Des Moines University

Jennie Ver Steeg
Director of Library and Media Services
Mercy College of Health Sciences and MercyOne, Des Moines,

Lisa Johnson
Orange City Library

Mara Strickler
Pella Public Library

Sam Helmick
Community and Access Services Coordinator
Iowa City Public Library

Tyler Hahn
Cherokee Public Library

Bobbi Newman
Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist
NNLM Region 6

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Barbara Platts
Knowledge Management Services
Munson Healthcare

Chana Kraus-Friedberg
Health Sciences Librarian
Michigan State University

Jarrod Irwin
Behavioral and Health Sciences Librarian
Eastern Michigan University

Kevin King
Head of Community Engagement
Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL)

Susan Kroll
Charlevoix Michigan Public Library

Sherri McConnell
Head Librarian
Stockbridge Branch, Capital Area District Libraries

Ruti Volk
Patient Education and Health Literacy (PEHL) Program Lead
Michigan Medicine

Nora Barnett
Health Professionals Outreach Specialist
NNLM Region 6

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Anna Wirta Kosobuski
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences
University of Minnesota Medical School - Duluth

Janeen Dednam-Wright
Director of Community Partnerships
United Family Medicine Community Clinic

Julie Flathers
Statewide Health Improvement Partnership - SHIP
Clearwater County Public Health

Katherine Chew
Associate Librarian
Research/Outreach Services & Mortuary Science, Center for Allied Health Programs and Center for Bioethics Librarian
University of Minnesota Health Sciences Library

Lisa Sanders, MS
Patient Education Specialist
Essentia Health

Naomi Carlson
Development Specialist, Transportation Planner
SHIP School Coordinator
Headwaters Regional Development Commission

Nicole Miller
Library Director
Cannon Falls Library

Rosemond Owens Director of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Center for Prevention
Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota

Shanda Hunt
Public Health Librarian, Data Curation Specialist
University of Minnesota Health Sciences Library

Tami Bong
Director - Trauma Services
St. Cloud Hospital, CentraCare Health

Erica Lake
Medical and Academic Library Outreach Coordinator
NNLM Region 6

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Julie Chaya

Director of Community Health and Prevention Sciences
Richland Public Health Department

Margaret A. Hoogland
Assistant Professor, Clinical Medical Librarian
University of Toledo

Monique Mason
Manager, Science & Technology Division
Akron Public Library

Neil Nero
Medical Librarian
Cleveland Clinic

Rhyanne McDade
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
Northern Kentucky University

Sharon Purtee
Cataloging Librarian
University of Cincinnati - Health Sciences Library

Tiffany Grant
Assistant Director for Research and Informatics
University of Cincinnati - Health Sciences Library

Yvonka M. Hall
Executive Director
Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition

Darlene Kaskie, M.L.S.
Community Engagement Coordinator
NNLM Region 6

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Bhumi Khambholja
Project Manager
Wisconsin Health Literacy

Elizabeth Miniatt
Library Director
D.R. Moon Memorial Library

Caitlyn Mowatt
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Northern Highland Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Anna Perez-Pelaez
Case Manager
Capital BlueCross

Darren Rausch
Health Officer/Director
Greenfield Health Department

Ashley Zeidler
Reference Librarian
Medical College of Wisconsin

Nora Barnett
Health Professionals Outreach Specialist
NNLM Region 6


The purpose of Region 6 State Advisory Groups (SAG) is to provide leadership guidance for each state’s outreach and engagement activities conducted by Region 6 staff and Partner Outreach Program (POP) members. The SAG charge is two-fold:

  1. To guide the development and implementation of an action plan for each state in Region 6 that addresses how NNLM can support specific health disparities identified as priorities for that state, with a focus on medically underserved populations.
  2. To develop strategic recommendations, programs, and relationships that advance the health of communities through equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.

Specifically, members of the Advisory Group will provide three core services:

  • Identify Opportunities
    • Provide input on communities that would most benefit from NNLM and NLM products and services
    • Recommend organizations to join NNLM
    • Offer ideas and input on potential partnerships with organizations in the state
    • Advise on potential conferences, health fairs, or other public events that would benefit from an NNLM Region 6 presence
  • Provide Feedback
    • Review and offer guidance on effective messaging and outreach from R6
    • Develop recommendations for ongoing communications across the state from R6
    • Consult with R6 on the development and implementation of any state-wide assessments
  • Align Activities
    • Decide on select priority health topics for the state that align with NNLM initiatives and priorities
    • Develop state action plan to guide Region 6 training, funding, and engagement activities