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New MOQC Team Member Spotlight

Ashley Bowen, Senior Project Manager

Ashley Bowen joined MOQC in December 2021 as a Senior Project Manager. She completed her undergraduate degree in Dietetics and Health Promotion at Michigan State University, her Master of Science degree in Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University, and her dietetic internship through University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Ashley started her career as a Registered Dietitian at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, working with patients in oncology, surgery, and intensive care services. Ashley continued her work in clinical nutrition, research and quality improvement with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Cystic Fibrosis Center, where she also received training and certification as a Health Coach. After nearly five years in that role, she moved into a leadership position working as a Clinical Nutrition Manager for the Lurie Children’s Department of Clinical Nutrition. In 2018, Ashley and her family relocated to Ann Arbor where she became a Clinical Nutrition Services Manager at Michigan Medicine. Ashley is excited to work with the MOQC team and its practices to advance quality initiatives that will make a positive impact on patient- and family-centered care.

Chris Friese, Director of Patient-Reported Outcomes

Dr. Friese joined MOQC in January 2022 as the Director of Patient-Reported Outcomes. He received his undergraduate, masters, and PhD in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cancer Outcomes Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard University. In July 2008, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, with an adjacent clinical practice in inpatient hematology/oncology at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center.

Dr. Friese’s research interests focus on measuring and improving the quality of cancer care through patient and clinician surveys, intervention, and practical implementation approaches. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and in 2021 was appointed by the President of the United States to a six-year term on the National Cancer Advisory Board.

Heather Rombach, Clinical Data Abstractor

Heather Rombach joined MOQC in February 2022 as a Clinical Data Abstractor. She has 15 years of experience in the Medical Records Department at Genesee Health System. While working full-time, Heather went back to college. She graduated from Baker College in 2012 with an Associate Degree in the Health Information Technician program. Heather then went on to join the Cancer Registry Department at Ascension St. Mary’s in 2017. She obtained her Certified Tumor Registrar Certification in 2019. She joined Michigan Medicine in 2021 in the Cancer Registry Department. Heather is excited to join the MOQC team. She is looking forward to continuing abstracting quality data that will make a difference in patients’ and families’ lives.

In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with family, camping, boating, traveling, reading, and watching sporting events.

Mariem Ruiz Martínez, Senior Project Manager

Mariem Ruiz Martínez joined MOQC in February 2022 as a Senior Project Manager. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI and then obtained her MBA with an emphasis in Project Management at Saint Leo University in Florida.

Throughout her career, Mariem has gained a strong background in leadership development. Most recently, she served as a finance manager and before that a supply chain manager for AdventHealth Kansas City where she also served as a representative for the organization in the Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is passionate about healthcare and the positive impact her work can have in improving people’s lives.

Natalia Simon, Senior Project Manager

Natalia Simon joined MOQC in January 2022 as a Senior Project Manager. She came to MOQC from C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital where she served as a Program Manager for Partners for Children, a community-based pediatric palliative care program for children with chronic complex conditions. In addition to running the program, she participated in the design and implementation of the NICU-based initiative for babies born with medical complexities, Little Victors League. Natalia also has experience as a Research Process Coordinator, a Grant Administrator, and a Senior Projects Administrator. Throughout her career, she has managed numerous programs, grants, and contracts with a focus on healthcare research, international development, higher education, and social enterprises. Natalia has a Master of Arts – Education in English/French Linguistics from Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University in Yaroslavl, Russia, and an MBA from Cleary University in Ann Arbor.

Natalia has always been drawn to initiatives that yield high positive impact on people’s lives, especially during their most trying and vulnerable times. She is excited about bringing a patient-centered mindset, creativity, strong communication, and a focus on collaboration to MOQC.

In her spare time, Natalia enjoys spending time with her family, traveling the world, cooking, reading, and learning by experiencing new things.

Deborah Turner-Smith, Clinical Data Abstractor

Deborah Turner-Smith joined MOQC in February 2022 as a Clinical Data Abstractor. She graduated from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio with a degree in Marketing. For the last 15 years, she has worked in quality improvement as a data abstractor for the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative (MBSC). She is proud of the contributions that she made in the improvement of patient outcomes for bariatric surgery patients. Deborah is excited to join the MOQC team and provide her experience in data abstraction.

She and her husband, Don, of 23 years are proud parents to Donovan & Sydni who are both attending colleges out of state. Their furry son, Jojo, keeps them busy at home. Deborah loves reading, fishing, traveling, and enjoying time with family and friends. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Shawn Winsted, Clinical Data Abstractor

Shawn Winsted joined MOQC in January 2022 as a Clinical Data Abstractor. She is a registered radiography and mammography technician with 20 years’ experience in the clinical setting. She has spent the last 15 years at Bon Secours Mercy Health in Toledo, OH, focusing on women’s imaging and breast biopsies. Throughout her career, Shawn has developed a special interest in the care of cancer patients and is looking forward to bringing her knowledge and experience to the MOQC team. Shawn is excited to be joining MOQC so she can continue to have a positive impact on the lives of patients by improving healthcare outcomes.

In her spare time, Shawn enjoys spending time with family at their lake cottage, watching sporting events, reading, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.