AIRA Staff

Who Runs AIRA

AIRA has a very active Board of Directors who works closely with AIRA’s staff, particularly the Executive Director Rebecca Coyle, Program Director Alison Chi, and Policy and Planning Director Mary Beth Kurilo.


 

Rebecca Coyle, Executive Director

Rebecca Coyle is the Executive Director for the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA), where she oversees the development and promotion of tools and best practices to support the implementation of immunization information systems as an essential tool in preventing and controlling vaccine-preventable diseases. Ms. Coyle has a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in public health.

Rebecca began her work in the immunization community in 2002 as the School & Childcare Coordinator for the Idaho Immunization Program. She worked in the Minnesota Department of Health as a CDC Public Health Advisor before returning to Idaho as the Immunization Program Manager. Ms. Coyle joined AIRA in 2010 as the Executive Director.


 

Alison Chi, Program Director

Alison Chi joined AIRA in November 2011. Alison began her work with the immunization information systems community in 1997 as a provider outreach specialist for the Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR) at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Alison’s work for the CIR spanned a variety of capacities including Director of EHR-IIS interoperability. Alison also worked as a senior administrator overseeing a data collection system used by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded community-based organizations to provide services to people living with HIV/AIDS.


 

Amanda Dayton, Business and Operations Director

Amanda Dayton joined AIRA as the Business and Grants Manager in December 2015. Prior to this role, Amanda worked for the North Carolina Immunization Program for 10 years, first as the Public Information Officer, then as an Adolescent Immunization Program Consultant, and most recently as the North Carolina Immunization Registry Manager.


 

Mary Beth Kurilo, Policy and Planning Director

Mary Beth Kurilo became the Policy and Planning Director for AIRA in November 2014. Prior to this role, she worked as the Director of the Oregon ALERT IIS for eight years. She has been working in the IIS community for over a decade and has served as a past AIRA President and as a Co-Chair or Lead for AIRA’s ESC, SISC, and Executive Committee. Mary Beth also works as a Public Health Consultant with the Public Health Informatics Institute. 


 

Carmela Gupta, Senior Program Manager

Carmela Gupta joined AIRA as Senior Program Manager in September 2014. Prior to this role, Carmela worked for the Idaho Immunization Program for five years, first as the School and Childcare Immunization Coordinator and later as the Immunization Outreach and Communication Manager. Carmela has experience with immunization policy, outreach and communication, conference planning, and immunization information system forecasting. 


 

Beth Parilla, Senior Program Manager

Beth Parilla joined AIRA as a Senior Program Manager in 2017. Prior to working with AIRA, Beth worked for the Minnesota Department of Health Immunization Program for 11 years. During that time, she worked as an epidemiologist, Vaccines for Children Program Coordinator, and supervisor for the Vaccine Management and Improvement Unit.


 

Maureen Neary, Senior Project Manager

Maureen Neary worked as a consultant for AIRA before joining full-time as a Senior Project Manager in 2016. Prior to that, she spent 15 years as a senior manager of an entrepreneurial publishing company. She has experience creating infrastructure, overseeing operations, launching websites, managing production, developing content, optimizing client services, and running events. 


 

Kristi Siahaya, Senior Project Manager

In October of 2017, Kristi Siahaya joined AIRA as a Project Manager. Kristi has worked within the immunization community for over 10 years in a variety of capacities and in multiple states. She has a broad range of experiences and roles ranging from Health Educator working to promote the use of the IIS in Washington State, gathering Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures for Premera Blue Cross as a HEDIS Administrator, and most recently working as the Executive Director of Public Sector Operations and Delivery on the vendor side with Scientific Technologies Corporation.


 

Nathan Bunker, Senior Technical Project Manager

Nathan Bunker has 10 years of experience working as a software developer and public health consultant for public and private agencies within the immunization community. His experience ranges from writing software to promoting the creation and use of technical standards for immunizations. At AIRA, Nathan provides assistance to IIS to meet technical standards, particularly for HL7 messaging and clinical decision support, and assists in development of new technical standards and resources for IIS use. 


 

Eric Larson, Senior Technical Project Manager

Eric Larson has been working to advance Immunization Information Systems since 2001. Eric worked for several years as an IIS implementer helping several states implement and maintain their IIS before transitioning to a contractor role for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he worked on interoperability and clinical decision support initiatives. Eric joined AIRA in the spring of 2015 to be part of the Interoperability Testing Project. 


 

Ketti Turcato, Program Manager

Ketti Turcato joined AIRA as a contractor in December 2014. Ketti has experience in the immunization field, where she spent a year working at the Idaho Immunization Program to improve immunization rates among schools and childcare facilities. Ketti served as AIRA's Committee and Membership Coordinator before becoming a Program Manager in October 2015.


 

Amanda Branham, Membership Coordinator

Amanda Branham joined AIRA in September 2015. Prior to joining AIRA, Amanda served as the Communications Coordinator for a nonprofit organization. Amanda served as AIRA's Administrative Assistant before becoming the Membership Coordinator in July 2017.


 

Brittany Gyer, Administrative Coordinator

Brittany Gyer joined AIRA in June 2017. Brittany brings several years of administrative experience to AIRA, including experience with event registration, event coordination, and mass communication. She has served in various administrative roles, including as a youth administrator and finance and business assistant.


 

Kim Rutland, Administrative Assistant

Kim has several years’ experience in business and marketing for the telecommunications industry. Most recently she served in administrative and coordinator roles for a nonprofit providing international family services.


Liz Abbott, Adult Program Manager

Liz Abbott joined AIRA in December 2019 as a Senior Program Manager to oversee AIRA’s participation in strategies to expand adult immunization capture in the IIS. Prior to joining AIRA, Liz served as the Director of Programs and Strategy at the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition where she led initiatives and partnerships to improve immunization education, access, policy and data translation. She directed the development of data visualization tools to expand the utilization of vaccine coverage data to inform programs, policy and to provide context for diverse stakeholders in Colorado. Liz has also worked on efforts to reduce vaccination barriers for specific populations like refugees, immigrants and pregnant women and children on Medicaid.


Tesha Lucas, Technical Analyst

Tesha Lucas joined AIRA as a Technical Analyst in December 2019. Prior to joining AIRA, Tesha’s work focused on process improvement and operational excellence within the financial services industry. She has experience in data analysis, identifying key drivers and trends, creating procedures and job aids, and reporting metrics.


Hailey Malepeai, Business Operations Manager

Hailey Malepeai joined AIRA in October of 2019 as the Business Operations Manager. Prior to this role, Hailey was the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization that concentrated on breast cancer research and survivorship. Hailey’s background includes operations management, board development, event coordination, strategic planning, as well as fundraising and grant writing.


Jolyn Preston, Executive Assistant

Jolyn Preston joined AIRA as an Executive Assistant in 2018. Prior to that, she spent 15 years in business and administrative operations in the fashion and personal care industry. In addition, she has consulted for small businesses on website development, marketing automation, and event planning.