The PA PQC Advisory Group meets annually and receives regular updates to:

  • Provide direction and guidance to the PA PQC in response to improvement opportunities based on PA PQC data;
  • Offer guidance on future neonatal and maternal health priority areas for the PA PQC, engaging PA PQC Work Groups; and
  • Increase awareness about and engagement in the PA PQC among their networks and colleagues.

Each Advisory Group member represents a stakeholder group.


  • Aasta Mehta, MD, MPP, Maternal Health Co-Chair of the PA PQC Advisory Group, PA PQC Consultant, and Co-Chair of the Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC)
  • James Cook, MD, Neonatal Health Co-Chair of the PA PQC Advisory Group and Medical Director of the Northeastern PA PQC


Family Voice

  • Roxanne Green
  • Brittany Lewis, MA
  • Shannin Smith, AAS

Health Plans

  • Emily Katz, MPH, PA Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (PAMCO)
  • Melissa Lakhavani, MBA , Director, Strategic Partner Solution Development, Highmark Health

Health System Association

  • Robert Shipp III, PhD, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President, Population Health and Clinical Affairs, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of PA (HAP)

Honorary Member

  • Bob Cicco, MD

March of Dimes

  • Melissa Patti, MSW, LCSW, Director, Maternal Infant Health, March of Dimes, PA Philadelphia Market

MFM Society

  • Sindhu Srinivas, MD, MSCE, Chair, Health Policy & Advocacy Committee, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine

PA American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Mary Ann Rigas, MD, PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

PA American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)

  • Lauren Narbey, CNM, WHNP-BC, MS, MSN, Vice President, ACNM Pennsylvania Affiliate
  • Emily McGahey, DM, MSN, CNM, FACNM, Legislative Committee Co-Chair, PA ACNM

PA American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

  • Amanda Flicker, MD, Chair, PA Section of ACOG

PA Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

  • Adriane Burgess, PhD, RNC-OB, Section Chair, AWHONN PA

PA Doula Commission

  • Gerria Coffee, CD, CBE, CLC, CHW, MH, MA, President, PA Doula Commission

PA PQC Community Champions

  • Chaunda Cunningham, LSW, Director of Clinical Practice and Home Visiting, Healthy Start Inc. Pittsburgh (Past PA PQC MOMD Task Force Co-Chair)

PA PQC Healthcare Team Champions

  • Vivian Petticord, DNP, RNC, CNL, Director, Women’s Health Service Line, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
  • Jen Sullivan, RN, BSN, Maternal/Child Nurse Manager, Evangelical Community Hospital

PA PQC Work Groups

  • Kimberly Costello, DO, MMM, Chair of the PA PQC Substance Exposed Newborn and Affected By Definition Work Groups

Policy and Advocacy

  • Kari King, President and CEO, PA Partnerships for Children (Thriving PA Coalition)

Rural Health

  • Lanette Fetzer, CRNP, FNP-BC, MS, MSN, CHC, QI Coordinator, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health

State Agencies

  • Sara Goulet, Special Advisor to the Secretary, PA Department of Human Services
  • David Kelley, MD, MPA, Chief Medical Officer, Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP), PA Department of Human Services
  • Raina Workman, Executive Health Policy Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Tara Trego, Director, Bureau of Family Health, PA Department of Health