AIRA Staff

Who Runs AIRA

AIRA has a very active board of directors who works closely with AIRA’s staff.


 

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, Director of Education and Outreach

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, Director of Business and Operations

Amanda Dayton joined AIRA as the Business and Grants Manager in December 2015 and is now Director of Business and Operations. 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.


 

Kristi Siahaya, Director of Standards and Analytics

Kristi Siahaya joined AIRA in October of 2017 as a Project Manager and is now the Director of Standards & Analytics. 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.


 

Mary Beth Kurilo, Senior Director of Health Informatics

Mary Beth Kurilo became the Policy and Planning Director for AIRA in November 2014 and is now the Senior Director of Health Informatics. 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. 


 

Maureen Neary, Director of Strategic Initiatives

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. 


 

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.


 

Brittany Gyer, Assistant Program Manager

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.


 

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. 


 

Courtnay Londo, Program Manager

Courtnay Londo joined AIRA in August 2020. Courtnay began her work in immunizations in 2007 with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services where she served in various roles, including flu health education coordinator, adolescent and adult immunization coordinator, and school wellness program coordinator. Courtnay has experience managing grants, leading coalitions, organizing communication campaigns, and collaborating with immunization stakeholders, including co-chairing the National Adult Immunization Coordinators’ Partnership for five years. Courtnay also works as a writer/consultant with the Immunization Action Coalition. 


 

Eric Larson, Senior Technical Project Manager, Consultant

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. 


 

Kim Rutland, Senior Administrative Coordinator

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.


 

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. 


Assiatou Diallo, Senior Technical Analyst

Assiatou (Assi) Diallo joined AIRA in August as Senior Technical Analyst on the Standards and Analytics team. Assi began her work in the immunization information system community in 2014 as an epidemiologist with the Tennessee Immunization Information System (TennIIS) at the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH). Assi’s work for TennIIS and the immunization program spanned a variety of capacities including Lead TennIIS Epidemiologist and Program Improvement and Evaluation team manager. Prior to TDH, Assi worked as a research assistant in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical school and as a project coordinator at Partners in Health in Boston.


Damon Ferlazzo, Business Analyst

Damon Ferlazzo joined AIRA as a Business Analyst in September 2020. His primary focus is the Immunization Integration Project (IIP). Prior to this role, Damon worked for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) for seven years. Damon started as the Missouri ShowMeVax IIS Manager, moved to the Data Quality Manager position, then served as the Interim Chief for the Bureau of Reportable Disease Informatics. He finished his career at DHSS as the Deputy Administrator for the Section for Disease Prevention. Prior to his work in public health, Damon worked with longitudinal education-workforce data systems as a research analyst for the Missouri Department of Higher Education.


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.


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.


Lonnie Peterson, Communications Specialist

Lonnie Peterson joined AIRA in August 2020 as Communications Specialist. Lonnie has worked in public health for 20 years and in immunizations and immunization information systems for over 14 years. Her past roles include Public Information Officer for the Washington State Board of Health and health educator/promoter, media specialist, and manager of Washington’s Health Promotion System (Child Profile) for the Washington State Department of Health.


Michelle Hood, Director of the Immunization (IZ) Gateway

Michelle Hood joined AIRA as the Director of the Immunization (IZ) Gateway in October 2020. Michelle began her work with the IIS Community in 2002 when she became the coordinator of the Nebraska State IIS. As coordinator she managed all IIS-related activities, including electronic data exchange. Over the course of 20 years, Michelle managed and coordinated 10 statewide public health data systems, including the IIS, cancer registry, syndromic surveillance, electronic lab reporting of communicable diseases, vital records, Parkinson’s disease registry, and more. She also served as a past AIRA board president.


Sara Sanford, Senior Project Manager

Sara Sanford joined AIRA as a Senior Project Manager in October 2020 focusing on the IZ Gateway project. Previously, Sara worked for the Public Health Informatics Institute as a project manager and supported IIS technical assistance and workforce development projects for over three. Sara’s background includes basic research in neuroscience and HIV clinical research. She also has experience managing grants and budgets, stakeholder engagement, and change management.


Sarah Stein, Administrative Assistant

Sarah Stein joined AIRA as an Administrative Assistant supporting the Education and Outreach Team in October 2020. She has previously provided support to CEOs and high-profile executives in the government, non-profit, political, and university environments. Her experience includes scheduling, briefings, event management, budgets, travel, and contracts.


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.