University of Nebraska Medical Center

About CHRI

Dr. Don Coulter speaking at PCRG Symposium


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

CHRI Executive Director

Dr. Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD
William Rizzo, MD

Scientific Director

Dr. William Rizzo
Lisa Runco, MPH

Administrative Director

Lisa Runco
Don Coulter, MD

Director, Pediatric Cancer Research Group

Dr. Don Coulter
Ashley Servais, MPH

Senior Research Manager

Ashley Servais
Ryan Forman, MBA

Finance and Business Manager

Ryan Forman
Brad Brabec, MD

Primary Care - Pediatric Research Expansion Program Director

Dr. Brad Brabec

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
  • Jeffrey C Murray, MD, Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
  • 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

Shamaere Ashby
Finance & Grants Coordinator

 Kirk Grauf

Kirk Grauf
Workstation Specialist III


Patti Jones
Accountant II

 Chuck Koster

Chuck Koster
Communications Strategist

Jenny Mobley

Jenny Mobley
Administrative Associate II

Jaclyn Ostronic

Jaclyn Ostronic, MA
Project Manager

Analisa Peyton

Analisa Peyton
Administrative Projects Associate


Amy Rezac-Elgohary, MA
Research Project Coordinator

Matt Sandbulte

Matt Sandbulte, PhD
Grant and Scientific Writer

Valerie Warner

Valarie L. Warner, BA CRA
Finance and Grants Coordinator