University of Nebraska Medical Center

About CHRI

Executive Director Dr. Anderson Berry at the 2022 CHRI Pediatric Research Forum


CHRI Mission

To provide every child an equal opportunity for a healthy life through leading-edge innovation and discovery.

CHRI Vision

To support talented CHRI researchers in innovative research and collaborative discovery to improve the health of children everywhere.

CHRI Goals

  1. Elevate and Integrate Research: Foster, sustain and integrate high impact pediatric research across Children's Hospital & Medical Center, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, partner institutions, and the communities that we serve.
  2. Develop Premier Investigators: Promote an environment that recruits, retains, and advances established investigators while strategically mentoring and investing resources to drive sustained growth of early-career faculty, our future leaders in child health research. 
  3. Ensure Our Discoveries Impact Child Health: Discoveries will be disseminated, discussed, critically reviewed and then integrated into practice in clinics, hospitals and populations to improve the health of every child and prepare each child for a fulfilling and productive life.

CHRI Leadership

Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD

Executive Director

Ann Anderson Berry
William Rizzo, MD

Scientific Director

William Rizzo
Lisa Runco, MPH

Administrative Director

Lisa Runco
Don Coulter, MD

Director, Pediatric Cancer Research Group

Don Coulter
Ashley Servais, MPH

Senior Research Manager

Ashley Servais
Ryan Foreman, MBA

Finance and Business Manager

Ryan Forman
Brad Brabec, MD

Primary Care - Pediatric Research Expansion Program Director

Bradford Brabec
Ellen Kerns, PhD

Director of Research Informatics

Ellen Kerns

CHRI National Scientific Advisory Board

CHRI pleased to announce its National Scientific Advisory Board. The members of the advisory board are experts in pediatric science at leading institutions around the U.S., bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the growing institute. The National Scientific Advisory Board will provide input on CHRI strategies, objectives, priorities and other institute-wide matters. They will meet twice a year, once virtually this summer, and in-person at the annual CHRI Conference, Nov. 3 and 4.
The National Scientific Advisory Board members are:
Chair of the Board
  • Margaret (Peggy) K. Hostetter, MD, Professor Emerita, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, former B. K. Rachford Chair and Director of the Research Foundation, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Board Members
  • Carl L. Bose, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
  • Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, Professor and Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Chair of Pediatrics; Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Brown University; Pediatrician in Chief, Hasbro Children's Hospital
  • Kevin Johnson, MD, MS, FAAP, FAMIA, FACMI, Vice President of Applied Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and David L. Cohen University Professor of Pediatrics, Informatics, Engineering and Communication, Perelman School of Medicine, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Joseph P. Neglia, MD, MPH, Ruben Benston Professor and Head, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
  • Frederick Suchy, MD, Senior Research Strategist, Professor of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado School of Medicine

CHRI Administrative Staff

Shamaere Ashby

Finances & Grants Coordinator

Kirk Grauf

Workstation Specialist III

Patti Jones

Accountant II

Patti Jones
Chuck Koster

Communications Strategist

Chuck Koster
Jenny Mobley

Administrative Associate II

Jenny Mobley
Jaclyn Ostronic, MA

Operations/Programs Manager

Jaclyn Ostronic
Analisa Peyton

Administrative Projects Associate

Analisa Peyton
Amy Rezac-Elgohary, MA

Research Project Coordinator

Amy Rezac-Elgohary
Matt Sandbulte, PhD

Grant and Scientific Writer

Matt Sandbulte
Valerie L. Warner, BA, CRA

Finance and Grants Coordinator

Valerie Warner