Director of Immunization Division,
Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH)
Emcee Dave McCormick leads a team of public health professionals at ISDH who are committed to eliminating vaccine preventable diseases by working with approximately 900 healthcare providers to deliver more than $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 29 years. Prior to joining the immunization program in January 2012, Dave spent five years working on lead and healthy home issues at the state level, including lead poisoning prevention, radon, lead certification, enforcement and remediation through grants from CDC, EPA and HUD. In November 2009, Dave was appointed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention.
Before starting his career in state government, Dave held various local health department positions, including environmental health specialist, coordinator of environmental education, environmental health training officer and lead program manager.
Dave and his college sweetheart have been married for 29 years and have two sons.
Kris Box, MD, FACOG
Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health
Dr. Kristina Box was named Indiana State Health Commissioner by Governor Eric J. Holcomb on September 18, 2017. She brings to the role a passion for improving the health of Hoosiers, beginning before birth.
Dr. Box has been a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist in Indianapolis for 30 years, starting her career at Community Hospitals of Indianapolis in 1987 as a private practitioner with Clearvista Women’s Care. Since 2015, she has served as the Physician Lead for Community Health Network’s Women’s Service Line. In this role, she built the first multi-disciplinary women’s center in the Community Health Network, developed critical partnerships with area children’s hospitals to improve care and decrease health care costs, and led efforts to ensure that low-income women receive the important free health screenings they need.
She has served on the Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (IPQIC), an advisory council to the Indiana State Department of Health that is comprised of more than 300 statewide community professionals working to reduce infant mortality. Her work with IPQIC includes serving on a state task force to address neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which established standards for the diagnosis of NAS and developed a hospital study to determine the prevalence of drug exposed newborns.
Dr. Box earned her undergraduate degree at Indiana University in Bloomington and her medical doctorate at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Indiana State Medical Association and the Marion County Medical Association, and serves on many hospital committees.
Dr. Box has been involved in ongoing surgical medical missions to Haiti and Bolivia for more than a decade.
She and her husband of 35 years, David, a retired ophthalmologist, live in Indianapolis. They have four adult children.
Elliott Main, MD
From its inception 10 years ago, Dr. Main has directed the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, (CMQCC) and also chairs the California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review Committee. Currently, Dr. Main is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University.
Nationally, he serves as the Implementation Director for the AIM initiative, the national multi-disciplinary project for the reducing maternal mortality based at ACOG. He has also served or chaired committees on Maternal Quality measurement for ACOG, the AMA, The Joint Commission, LeapFrog Group and CMS. In 2013, Dr. Main received the ACOG Distinguished Service Award for his work in quality improvement.
Charles S. Johnson, IV
Entrepreneur, advocate for change and philanthropist, Charles is a graduate of Florida A&M University. He is an Atlanta native who has spent his entire career as an entrepreneur in many different areas, such as governmental contracts and global sourcing, and as a small business owner with his wife, Kira. He is a strong youth advocate and in turn has played a vital role in organizations like Boys Speak Out, Inc., a not-for-profit that focuses on tutoring, mentoring and advocating being a role model while making a difference in our youth’s lives.
After the sudden passing of his wife due to complications following a routine scheduled C-section, Charles has dedicated his life to launching the 4Kira4Moms Foundation. The not-for-profit organization is committed to reducing the maternal mortality rate and raising awareness about the maternal death crisis in the United States, where more than 1,200 new mothers die each year. 4Kira4Moms is working with members of Congress to create legislation to mandate healthcare policies nationwide that will protect mothers and babies. In addition, the foundation works with other organizations, such as Moms Rising, to bring voice to preventable deaths in childbirth and pregnancies.
Maria J. Small, MD, MPH
Dr. Small is an Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Health System. Dr. Small received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and completed her medical degree at East Carolina University. In addition to a residency from Temple University, Dr. Small received her fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Master in Public Health from Yale University.
Dr. Small has an interest in adverse maternal outcomes, and community health. She has expertise in designing care for women with high-risk gynecological and obstetrical conditions. Dr. Small's work in global health includes projects in Haiti, Ghana, Tanzania, and Rwanda. She spends part of the academic year in Rwanda as part of the Human Resources for Health Program. Dr. Small has extensive community connections and successful community engagements with multiple organizations. Dr. Small is actively involved in efforts to reduce maternal mortality and serves on the NC maternal mortality review committee. Dr. Small is actively involved in teaching and welcomes opportunities to mentor and assist medical students and residents.
ISDH-Liv pregnancy App, eimagine
Nolan Mikowski is a friend of Liv ― plain and simple. Nolan dedicates his time to spreading the education that the Liv Pregnancy App offers in the continued effort to lower Indiana’s infant mortality rate. Nolan has quickly realized how dedicated the state is to this mission and travels around the state of Indiana with Liv by his side. Nolan specializes in speaking to health and community specialists about the importance of maternal and infant health education. While new to the health industry, Nolan is no rookie when it comes to helping others. A graduate of Butler University, Nolan has supported multiple not-for-profit organizations’ branding and promotional needs. Focused on the health of Hoosiers, Nolan is eager to build relationships with individuals and organizations that are dedicated to the goal of Indiana as the state with the lowest infant mortality rate in the Midwest by 2024.
Division Chief of EMS, Crawfordsville Fire Department
Hossain Marandi, MD, MBA, FACHE
President, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent
Dr. Marandi has been president of Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent since joining the organization in January 2017. He is responsible for the overall strategic direction and leadership of the statewide pediatric service line for Ascension St. Vincent, including direct oversight of Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Marandi brings more than 15 years of healthcare experience to the role, recently serving as vice president of physician services at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital-South. Prior to this, Marandi served in other executive roles at St. Joseph’s, including executive medical director from 2011 to 2014. Additionally, he has held leadership positions with Health Point Medical Group in Tampa.
He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he served as chief resident and general pediatric attending and also earned a master’s degree in business administration. Dr. Marandi is a board-certified pediatrician and has served as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of South Florida Health.
Dr. Marandi serves on the boards of directors of the St. Vincent Foundation, St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital and the Surgery Center of Carmel.
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