Glen P. Mays, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the Director of the National Coordinating Center for PHSSR & Public Health PBRNs and is the F. Douglas Scutchfield Endowed Professor at the UK College of Public Health. Dr. Mays' research focuses on strategies for organizing and financing public health services, preventive care, and chronic disease management for underserved populations. A graduate of Brown University, Dr. Mays earned a Ph.D. and M.P.H. in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School's Department of Health Care Policy. Prior to joining UK, he held a faculty position at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and he was a senior health policy researcher at Mathematica Policy Research.


Anna Goodman Hoover, Ph.D., M.A., is deputy director of the National Coordinating Center for the Public Health Services and Systems Research and Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks, where she helps organize cross-cutting and multi-network research studies designed to evaluate and compare public health strategies implemented across diverse settings. Dr. Hoover, a communication scientist and assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, conducts research in such areas as participatory communication, dissemination and implementation science, and stakeholder engagement in support of evidence-based decision making. She also serves as communications director and co-leader of research translation for the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Program, supporting the use of research outcomes at the community, provider, and policy levels.


Nicole Howard is the administrative support to the staff at the national program office.  She oversees staff travel, scheduling meetings and assists with the processing of financial documentation.  Before joining the team, she gained valuable experience in the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration at the University of Kentucky.

Lizeth Fowler, M.S., M.P.A., is Program Manager of the coordinating center, serving as a technical resource and providing grant-related communication and financial oversight. Fowler received a master of science degree in biology from Brown University and a master of public administration degree from UK's Patterson School of Public Policy and Administration.


Ann V. Kelly, M.H.A., is the project manager working on grant-related funding opportunities, communications and reporting. Kelly received her master of health services administration and planning degree from the University of Washington School of Public Health.​


Kara Richardson, B.B.A., maintains the website, designs print materials and handles various marketing projects for the coordinating center. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor of business administration in marketing and is working on her masters degree at the University of Kentucky.



In addition to the program principals, the following faculty and staff assist in research activities:

Angela Carman, Dr.P.H., M.B.A., is a faculty member at the UK College of Public Health. Her research interests include strategies for organizing and financing public health services for underserved populations, and quality improvement. Dr. Carman received a B.S. degree in business administration from Berea College, a masters in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University, and her Dr.P.H. from UK.


Richard Ingram, Dr.P.H., M.Ed., is a faculty member at the UK College of Public Health. Dr. Ingram's research interests include public health system performance, structure, health outcomes and practice-based research. He oversees the data integration and harmonization effort of the NCC. Ingram received his Dr.P.H. from UK and also holds an M.Ed. in kinesiology with a concentration in exercise physiology from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in history from the University of Cincinnati. 

Robert M. Shapiro, II, M.A.L.S., Ph.D. student, is a Clinical Reference Librarian and Academic Liaison to the College of Public Health at UK's Chandler Medical Center. He maintains the PHSSR subset of the National Library of Medicine’s Health Services Research Resources database, the PHSSR bibliography, and is working on several projects concerning public health practitioners’ information-seeking behaviors and access to information. Shapiro is a graduate of the School of Library and Information Sciences at UK, where he received his master of arts in library science. He acquired a B.A. in philosophy and religion from Appalachian State University in 2000. 


Lava R. Timsina, M.P.H.,  is a Ph.D. student in Epidemiology & Biostatistics. He received a master's degree in public health with a concentration in epidemiology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He received his undergraduate degree in public health from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.