Officers & Board of Directors

AIRA Board

The AIRA Board of Directors is composed of officers, including a President, President-Elect, Past President, Treasurer, and Secretary, and eight directors for a total of 13 board members. This is an active, working board with members comprised primarily of immunization information system (IIS) managers working for public health agencies in regions and states around the country. No more than 20% of the total board is comprised of Individual Members, Non-Profit Members, and IIS Implementers (i.e., non-IIS members). Board members bring subject matter expertise to the association, as well as management experience.

*Non-IIS directors

Officers/Executive Committee

Christy Gray

President

Christy Gray has worked with the Division of Immunization of the Virginia Department of Health since March 2009. She initially served as a Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS) regional consultant, trainer, and subject matter expert on the epidemiology, surveillance, and prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases. She then served for seven years as a senior manager for the growing VIIS program, concentrating on data quality, data exchange, and strategic planning. She has been director of the Division of Immunization since June 2017. Christy has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in public health from George Washington University (GWU). She also earned a graduate certificate in health information technology from GWU and holds certifications in health information technology (CHTS-CP) and health education (CHES). Before her tenure at the Virginia Department of Health, she worked for five years with an advocacy agency focusing on worker safety, foodborne illness, and zoonotic diseases, handling key technical, regulatory, legislative, and business affairs including spearheading fundraising efforts. Christy lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, son, and dog. She stays busy chasing her son, playing volleyball, and spending time with family and friends.

Term as President: 2021–2022


Mary Woinarowicz

President-Elect


Mary Woinarowicz is currently the immunization information system Manager at the North Dakota Department of Health. Mary has been with the North Dakota Department of Health Immunization Program since 2011. Prior to working at the Department of Health, she worked for a private health care system as a certified clinical trainer for its electronic health record system. She received her master of arts degree in sociology with a focus in educational foundations and research from the University of North Dakota. Mary is currently the co-chair of the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) Standards & Interoperability Steering Committee and previously served on the AIRA board as secretary and as board president.

Term as President-Elect: 2021–2022


Dave McCormick

Governance Committee Chair

Dave McCormick is the director of the Indiana Immunization Division at the Indiana State Department of Health. In this role, Dave leads a team of public health professionals committed to eliminating vaccine-preventable diseases by working with approximately 900 health care providers to deliver over $80 million of publicly funded vaccine. In July 2015, Dave was elected to the executive board of the Association of Immunization Managers. Dave has worked in public health for the past 28 years. Prior to joining the Indiana Immunization Program in January 2012, Dave spent five years working on lead and healthy-homes issues at the state level, including lead poisoning prevention and radon, and lead certification, enforcement, and remediation through grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In November 2009, Dave was appointed to CDC’s Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention. Dave and his college sweetheart have been married for 27 years and have two sons.

Term as Governance Committee Chair: 2021–2022


Melissa Mickle-Hope

Secretary

Melissa Mickle-Hope has worked with the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Health (DOHMH) Bureau of Immunization for over 14 years. She is the deputy director of the Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR), which is the IIS for New York City, and she is the unit chief for the Provider Quality Assurance Unit. In her current position, Melissa manages multiple projects within the CIR and leads NYC’s Vaccines For Children (VFC) program, which is fully integrated with the CIR. The CIR is a mature registry and has made strides in many areas, including immunization program integration and HL7 immunization reporting and querying. She began working with the NYC DOHMH as an outreach specialist for the CIR user interface and worked as a vaccine data analyst and coordinator of vaccine information management prior to her current role as deputy director.  

Term as Secretary: 2021–2022


Heather Roth

Treasurer

Heather Roth is the deputy immunization branch chief and immunization information system (IIS) manager for Colorado. In this dual role, she plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates programmatic and IIS operations. She has worked in immunizations for 12 years and specifically within the IIS field for 10 years. During that time, she has filled many IIS positions: training and outreach, interoperability and meaningful use project management, data quality monitoring, and overall IIS program management (including fiscal, vendor, and grant management). Heather serves as co-chair of the Assessment Steering Committee (ASC) and has participated in several workgroups to develop ASC guides.

Term as Treasurer: 2020–2022

Directors

Jeffrey McIntyre 

IIS Director

Jeffrey McIntyre serves as the immunization information system (IIS) manager for the Mississippi State Department of Health. He has over 21 years of information technology experience and has served in public health for 12 of those years. Jeffrey actively collaborates with stakeholders to raise awareness of the importance of immunization documentation across the lifespan of all residents of the state. He has led several state projects to streamline the onboarding process for facilities and improve data analysis of interfacing facilities. He has served on the AIRA Standards & Interoperability Steering Committee Technical Workgroup and Education Steering Committee. Jeffrey’s passion for the prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases is evident in his willingness to develop creative and resourceful tools for IIS users to improve functionality, maintain high immunization documentation standards, and provide registry access to those in the community working to keep our residents safe.

Term: 2020–2022


Kathryn "Katie" Cruz

IIS Director

Kathryn (Katie) Cruz is the immunization information system (IIS) manager in New Mexico. In this role, she plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates programmatic and IIS operations. She has worked in immunizations for nearly two years and in public health for over five years. Before joining the New Mexico Department of Health, Katie spent the majority of her career working with underserved populations and communities with health disparities. She strives to continue making an impact on the health improvement of New Mexicans.

Term: 2020–2022


Miriam Muscoplat

IIS Director

Miriam Muscoplat is manager of the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC). Miriam’s role includes supervising MIIC operations staff and overall MIIC program coordination. She is also the MIIC policy lead and data steward. Miriam has been with the immunization program at the Minnesota Department of Health since 2010 and has worked with MIIC for the past seven years. She has a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in public health in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. In her spare time, Miriam enjoys reading and hiking with her family.

Term: 2020–2022


John Robison

IIS Director

John Robison is currently the deputy immunization information system (IIS) manager at PhilaVax, the City of Philadelphia’s IIS. He joined the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in 2009 as a seasonal worker responding to the H1N1 pandemic. Since that time, he has held numerous positions within the registry, such as HL7 data analyst, assistant interoperability coordinator, and interoperability coordinator. John has presented at several American Immunization Registry Association National Meetings and is currently a member of the Measurement for Assessment & Certification Advisory Workgroup.

Term: 2021–2023


Jennifer Coiteux

IIS Director

Jennifer Coiteux is the acting director for the Office of Immunization at the Washington State Department of Health. Prior to taking that role, she served in a variety of health care-related positions, including immunization information system manager and business operations manager for Medicaid at the Health Care Authority. Jennifer earned her master's degree in public health from Washington State University, a bachelor's degree in psychology, and a bachelor of science degree in exercise science from Eastern Washington University. Jennifer is passionate about public health and finding new and innovative ways to support whole-person wellness.

Term: 2021–2023


David Crowell

IIS Director

David Crowell is the HL7 interface manager for the Nevada State Immunization Program. He has worked in many capacities with the department over the last 6.5 years. In this position he oversees the registry help desk and has been a trainer for the Nevada WebIZ program. In collaboration with other department leaders, he has improved the design and functionality of Nevada WebIZ. David lives in Reno, Nevada, where he enjoys the outdoors, especially skiing, camping, and heading to Lake Tahoe with his wife, kids, and dogs.

Term: 2021–2023


Steve Murchie

Non-IIS Director

Steve Murchie is the CEO of Envision Technology Partners. Steve acquired Envision with his wife Claire in 2011 and, prior to this, spent over 20 years in the computer software industry. Steve serves on the Joint Development and Implementation Advisory Workgroup and is a co-chair of the SmartyStreets User Group.

Term: 2020–2022


Samantha "Sammy" Chao

Non-IIS Director

Samantha (Sammy) Chao is a senior informatics analyst at the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), where her work focuses on providing technical assistance and workforce development to immunization information system (IIS) and immunization programs. Prior to joining PHII, Sammy worked for the Tennessee Department of Health as an IIS epidemiologist, deputy IIS manager, and strategic planning manager. Sammy has a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science and psychology from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in public health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and in her spare time, she enjoys fostering cats, party planning, and rollerblading.

Term: 2021–2023