Deborah Tate, PhD

Faculty Director

Faculty Director Dr. Deborah Tate is a leading expert in digital health solutions, continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2000. Deb brings her zeal and expertise in applying behavioral theory and evidence to help other researchers translate their ideas into effective behavioral interventions on web and mobile platforms.

Jennifer Wills Gallagher RD, MPPA

Administrative Director

Jennifer brings enthusiasm and decades of administrative experience to support CHAI’s mission. She has a background in clinical nutrition and public policy administration. She is passionate about the intersection of health care and applied research as it relates to public health for citizens in our communities.

Regina McCoy

Graphics Director

Regina is an experienced professional in designing graphics for print, web, and mobile since 1992. Passionate about user experience and fresh design, her endless enthusiasm for the latest trends and proven approaches in design and technology help clients effectively reach their users.

Randall Teal, MA

Qualitative Research Director

Leading the qualitative research services, Randall collaborates with researchers, providing guidance on methods and theory for grant submissions. He has extensive experience managing and conducting interview and focus group research, and analyzing and reporting research findings. Randall's genuine, easy-going demeanor creates an environment for meaningful conversations.

Kara Giannone, MPH

Digital Project Manager, Qualitative Analyst

As a recent MPH–Health Behavior graduate of Emory University, Kara brings experience in grant-writing, health behavior program planning, and assessment. She has a passion for bringing innovative mhealth interventions to broader populations, particularly those in historically under-served communities. Kara’s approachable demeanor and attention to detail ensure everyone is heard, and projects are successfully managed.

Myra Waheed

Digital Project Manager, Qualitative Analyst

Passionate about bringing all North Carolinians quality and accessible care, Myra brings international project management and qualitative research experience to CHAI. Her approachable and inquisitive nature helps her work with clients through their research questions and guide project goals to bring their interventions to life.

Jessica Carda-Austen, MPH

Qualitative Analyst

Bringing expertise in qualitative research methods across a variety of settings, Jessica collects and synthesizes data in innovative and relatable ways for diverse audiences. With a knack for putting people at ease, she makes participants feel they are part of a casual conversation, rather than a research study.

Maihan Vu, PhD

Qualitative Analyst

With 15 years of expertise in qualitative research methods and health program evaluation, Maihan is a seasoned rapport-builder and champion of analytic skills. She finds inspiration in partnering with researchers and communities to engage participants and bring their voices to the research table.

Alison Hilton, MPH

Qualitative Analyst

Alison has used qualitative methods in academic, government, and community settings to inform program planning, implementation, and evaluation. She has interviewed a wide variety of stakeholders about their experiences with delivering and receiving healthcare and public health services. Alison feels grateful to have the opportunity to hear people tell their healthcare stories.

Jessica Zahurak

UX Architect, Software Developer

Jess has been active in software development since 1997. She excels at designing and developing web apps that are tailored to user requirements. With strong analytic skills and a dedication to user experience, she is grounded in a sense of service and commitment to producing quality software.

Michael Heist

Software Applications Developer

Michael has over 23 years of computer science experience. He is a full stack developer with a focus on native mobile applications for iOS and Android. He has a keen eye for trouble shooting sticky problems in existing codebases and has expertise in SDK and API connections to third-party applications. His skills and prior experience in geo-mapping for mission critical in-flight navigation supports CHAI’s work in health behavior interventions.

Chris Griffies

Software Applications Developer

Chris is a seasoned web developer with over two decades’ expertise in data center and hosting solutions. He is driven to understand the full scope of projects, bring database and development methodologies to best fit application needs and deliver a complete, versatile solution for primary investigators.

Jay Ballenger

Web Applications Developer

Jay stumbled into a coding career from the advertising world. He has since become an experienced and creative user interface specialist. His passion is to produce modern web applications that keep the user engaged. Jay enjoys applying his attention to detail to making clients’ ideas a reality.

Nivan Morgan, MPH

Software Applications Developer

Morgan brings her background in medicine and degree in computer science to CHAI. She is an expert in the Laravel platform and works with research teams to build applications efficiently and with a functionality that meets the needs of complex research digital intervention.