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What to Expect as a GIP Subcommittee Member:

  • Active participation in a monthly 1-hour conference call;
  • Follow up tasks between each call that could require anywhere from 1–3 hours of time per month. This is not routine and tends to be more intensive 2–3 months prior to the annual spring meeting or professional development workshop depending on the Subcommittee chosen. Some months there is no work required;
  • Attendance and participation in annual in-person meeting which usually takes place during the Annual GIP/GBA Spring Meeting; and
  • Opportunity to be a part of the “popular group” the “in crowd”—behind the scenes where all the action happens!

If you are interested in learning more about serving on a Subcommittee, please email  

GIP Strategic Planning and Management Subcommittee

The GIP Strategic Planning and Management Subcommittee is focused on efforts that include communicating best practices, hosting and planning webinars, and being a general resource to the strategic planning community.

Specific responsibilities of the GIP Strategic Planning and Management Subcommittee include:

  • Communicating best practices on strategic planning and management
  • Hosting and planning webinars on topics related to strategic planning and management
  • Convening experts and expanding networking opportunities to those new to the field 
  • Tracking and discussing emerging issues via various fora (e.g. symposia, website, social media, etc.)
  • Working to identify resources/toolkits/software that support strategic management
  • Serving as a resource to the academic medicine community, as it relates to environmental drivers and trends


  • David Hefner, Vice President, Office of Strategy and Institutional Effectiveness, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Basma Selim, Assistant Dean, Planning and Knowledge Management, University of Central Florida College of Medicine


  • Carolyn Brayko, Director, Organizational Development & Strategic Planning, Office of the Dean, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
  • Megan Halligan, Strategic Projects Manager Office of the Executive Dean for Administration, Harvard Medical School
  • Julie Huang, Director of Research Administration, Harvard Medical School
  • Leslie Johnson, Director, Institutional Effectiveness and Research, WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
  • Jack Ko, Director, Finance and Planning, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Toni Leeth, Assistant Dean for Strategic Planning and Chief of Staff, University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • Aili Lewis, Executive Director, Institutional Planning and Policy, Harvard Medical School
  • Jessica Liddle, Director of Strategic Planning and Enterprise Performance, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Jim Pait, Director of Project Management, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Janice Renfro, Director of Data Governance, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Erin Shirey, Senior Planning Analyst, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Thomas Svolos, Associate Dean for Strategy and Accreditation, Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Nancy Tierney, Associate Vice President for Health Affairs/Facilities Planning and Management, University of Louisville School of Medicine
  • Diane Uzarski, Chief of Staff, Office of the Dean, Duke University School of Nursing
  • Elaine Van Der Put, Senior Associate Dean for Administration, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University
  • Nicholas Viator, Strategic Planning Analyst, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine

GIP Professional Development Subcommittee

The Group on Institutional Planning Professional Development Subcommittee is charged with developing resources to help all GIP members thrive in their careers. Activities and tasks of this Subcommittee include but are not limited to forming partnerships with other AAMC affinity groups, hosting and planning moderated conference calls and webinars, developing toolkits and other resources, developing and assisting with networking activities at the Spring Meeting, recommending career and personal development activities and contributing to the GIP newsletter. 

Specific responsibilities of the Professional Development Subcommittee include:

  • Hosting and planning moderated conference calls and webinars
  • Providing suggestions for resources to include on the GIP website
  • Developing toolkits (beyond strategic planning)
  • Identifying subject matter experts
  • Focusing on efforts around career advancement and leadership
  • Developing and assisting with networking activities at the Spring Meeting
  • Recommending career and personal development activities
  • Contributing to the GIP newsletter – topics of interest to GIP



  • Rock Morille, Vice President for Facilities, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Brian Smith, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor – Research, University of California, San Francisco


  • LaKisha Mack, Associate Dean for Administration and Finance, University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • Ritu Patel, Sr. Project Manager, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Lief Tsai, Finance Analyst, Budget and Resource Management, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
  • Lejla Zejnilovic, Planner, Division of Administration and Finance, Planning + Design + Construction, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

GIP Facilities Planning and Space Management Subcommittee

The GIP Facilities Planning and Space Management Subcommittee is charged with establishing a library of information that is useful to members of the GIP.

Specific responsibilities of the Facilities Planning and Space Management Subcommittee include:

  • Recommending data collection efforts related to space
  • Developing common definitions around space and financial data to allow for metric development and benchmarking
  • Developing surveys and white papers, particularly around research space (wet, dry, damp)
  • Expanding beyond research space to capture other AMC space types (clinical, academic, education, multi-purpose, etc.)
  • Expanding beyond data collection to include space management software and other planning tools
  • Hosting webinars, moderated calls (in collaboration with the PDC), and give presentations at meetings


  • Rob Cook, Executive Director, Facilities and Operations, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Gaurav Khadse, Assistant Vice President, Business Operations & Facilities, Portfolio Management, University of Texas Medical Branch


  • Niraj Dangoria, Associate Dean, Facilities Planning and Management, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Mary Ann Egel-Guida, Director Finance & Business Processes, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Randi Eisner, Associate Director of Space Planning and Development, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
  • Rossi Evans, Assistant Dean and Associate Director, Finance, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Blake Fuhler, Director, Research Analytics & Planning, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
  • Julie Huang, Director of Research Administration, Harvard Medical School
  • Jessica Hurley Smith, Director of Capital and Facilities Planning, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Denise A. Johnson, Director, Planning and Operations, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  • Hannah Lawrence, Assistant Dean, Faculty Advancement & Diversity, The University of Chicago
  • Sri Sankarapu, Director of Space Planning, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
  • Niki Smith, Director, Space Management, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Jeremy Theis, Director of Planning, Design and Construction, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Mary Tresh, Director, Medical School Facilities, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Mark Wells, Assistant Dean for Facilities, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Arnetha Whitmore, Director Finance & Administration, Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research, Interim Administrative Director, Institute for Human Genetics, UCSF School of Medicine

Data Driven Academic Medical Centers Work Group

The Data Driven Academic Medical Centers (DDAMC) Work Group seeks to be a coordinating source of resources to share knowledge and enable academic medical centers to leverage new and existing data to inform the decisions across its missions, strategic initiatives, and daily operations. This cross-cutting work group is led by chairpersons coming from the GIR, GBA, and GIP and is open to all AAMC constituents, with the goal of building a community of members who are interested in this topic and taking part in collaborative opportunities and projects surrounding data-driven activities and initiatives. Work group members are expected to participate in webinars and on monthly calls as well as to assist with projects and initiatives identified by the group and to contribute resources (e.g., articles, dashboards, screenshots).

Data Driven Academic Medical Centers Work Group: Scope and Approach  (PDF)


Hannah Lawrence
Assistant Dean, Faculty Advancement & Diversity
The University of Chicago
GIP Member

Michael Patriarca
Executive Vice Dean, Finance & Administration
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
GBA Member

Duane Staskal
Software Application Services Manager
Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
GIR Member

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