BMNO’s Leadership Team members:
Head of Operations
Walter provides operational and strategic leadership to BMNO. He is also the lead trainer and training developer. While he loves this work, his colleagues believe he is a little too detail-oriented, and should occasionally just leave a bulleted list unformatted. Away from work he loves spending time with his family, reading, drumming, cruising on his motorcycle, and being sarcastic.
Head of Research Strategy
Xiaoling Xiang (pronounced as shaolin shawn), PhD, MSW leads the research and grant development activities at BMNO. Xiaoling joined the Bridge team in late 2015 during her postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. She now resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan, working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. While Xiaoling possess some of the stereotypical characteristics of a scientist, being a bit nerdy and introverted, she is a social worker at heart and cares deeply about social justice. She conducts community-based services research concerning the physical and mental health of diverse older adult populations. She enjoys working with the Bridge team because this makes her research grounded.
Head of Strategic Planning and Policy Initiatives
Bonnie has worked with the Bridge team since 2012 in a variety of roles, including strategic program development and building connections with national partners. She loves health care but doesn’t quite have the patience and resilience it takes to do direct service work in such a challenging system, so is grateful for opportunities to support important programs like Bridge from behind the scenes. When not working, Bonnie fills her time biking around town, road tripping, making crafts, and skimming the books she bought but never read in college.
Head of Bridge Model of Collaborative
Elizabeth “Lizzi” Cummings, MSW, LCSW is the Coordinator of Transitional Care within the Department of Social Work and Community Health of Rush University Medical Center where she provides clinical social work services to patients discharging home from the hospital. In addition to her work at Rush, Lizzi serves on Access Living’s Young Professionals Council which works to engage society to join the movement towards inclusion and independence for people with disabilities and is the Secretary for the Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare-Chicago District chapter. Lizzi holds a Master of Social Work from DePaul University in Chicago, IL and Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. In her free time Lizzi enjoys searching for the best white queso dip and sharing fun facts about her pet raccoon, Schmunchkins.
Head of Community Network Development
Dana Franceschini is the Transitional Care Supervisor at Aging Care Connections, where she provides overall coordination and implementation of two Transitional Care programs, the Bridge Model and Ambulatory Integration of the Medical and Social (AIMS) model, with a local area hospital, skilled nursing facility, and primary care offices. She provides continuous quality improvement efforts with partner facilities, supervises a team of clinical staff and interns, and participates in program expansion efforts. Dana also leads an interdisciplinary community network of more than 30 organizations committed to expediting community-based services. Dana serves on the Bridge Model National Office (BMNO) to improve development and implementation of the Bridge Model of Transitional Care. She received her BS in Psychology at Michigan State University and Masters in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. In her free time, Dana enjoys traveling, yoga, and being surrounded by animals; participating in goat yoga abroad is on her bucket list.
Head of Communications and Media Relations
Noreen coordinates the Center for Health and Social Care Integration in the Department of Social Work and Community Health at Rush University Medical Center where she provides support to the growth and infrastructure of the Center. Noreen is specifically interested in how vulnerable populations interact with the healthcare system and how we can improve their access to care. In her free time she loves hiking, traveling, reading and “sipping on endless cups of tea with family and friends” and running off visit home in Canada!
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