Vital Statistics Consulting Vital Statistics Consulting

Meet Our Team

Feng (Johnson) Qian, MD, PhD, MBA

Senior Consultant & Director of HEOR

Dr. Qian is a health services and outcomes researcher with over 10 years of experience as a healthcare consultant, scientific investigator, and leading academician. A cardiac surgeon, his expertise spans numerous fields, including the use of Big Data to improve population health surveillance and management; comparative effectiveness research; economic evaluation in health care; and healthcare disparities. Dr. Qian is a tenured Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at SUNY Albany, where he has led multiple federally funded projects and has published over 40 papers in top-tier medical and public health journals. He currently serves as a member of New York State’s Cardiac Advisory Executive Committee. A native of China, Dr. Qian lives in Queens, NY with his wife and three sons.

Emma Hersh, MPA

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Ms. Hersh applies more than 12 years of experience in project management and business development to identify, initiate, and manage collaborative partnerships that extend VSC’s corporate impact and reach. She was previously an economic development consultant at the Westside Development Corporation and Senior Program Manager at the GlobalGiving Foundation and Vital Voices Global Partnership. A native of the DC area, Emma and her family reside in Washington, where she enjoys cheering on the local sports teams, trying new restaurants, and volunteering.

Ramon Llamas, MPH

Business Development Specialist

Mr. Llamas is an independent consultant who assists non-profits and early-stage startups in public health, healthcare, and social services with business and program development, organizational strategy, and strategic partnerships. He is committed to firms that seek to improve public health and reduce health disparities via social entrepreneurship, social innovation labs, and personalized health communications. Mr. Llamas is an advocate of empowering individuals to be proactive participants in their own health and well-being. A native Californian, he currently lives in North Carolina.

Miriam Ryvicker, PhD

Ad Hoc Senior Consultant

Dr. Ryvicker is a sociologist with extensive experience in health services research and social gerontology, who has led numerous federally funded investigations of health service delivery, health disparities, and social determinants of health. Her data analytics expertise extends to evaluation projects, which have leveraged administrative data from Medicare and Medicaid billing systems, electronic health records, and geospatial environments. Dr. Ryvicker is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Home Care Policy and Research, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY). She lives with her daughter in Brooklyn, NY, and enjoys dancing, running, playing piano, and dabbling in the ukulele.

Kristen Cribbs, MPH

Consultant

Ms. Cribbs is multidisciplinary public health practitioner who participates in programmatic, policy, and research initiatives to promote older adults’ well-being. In recent years, she has served as Deputy Director of Educational Services at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, where she managed professional training and education initiatives and was involved in capacity-building and outreach; Director of the Human Research Protection Program at the City University of New York School of Public Health; and on a national Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initiative to standardize palliative care practice across VA inpatient care settings. Originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, Kristen now lives in New York City.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, running, and DIY projects.

Wendy Vaughon, MPH

Consultant

Ms. Vaughon is a qualitative health communications expert with nearly 20 years of experience helping professional organizations communicate complex health and scientific information to a broad array of non-technical audiences. Among her notable achievements is the development of numerous innovative academic detailing programs, which combine clinical resource tools for providers and educational materials for patients to promote evidence-based best practices for improved clinical care. Ms. Vaughon has published several peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports, and book chapters. A native of Hawaii, she resides in New York City with her husband, who is a cardiologist, and their cat.

Nina Alesci, PhD, MPH

Special Consultant

Dr. Alesci is an epidemiologist and health services researcher whose experience in policy/program evaluation and quantitative data analysis is complemented by extensive project-management and report-writing expertise. A leader in health promotion, she has led projects to evaluate interventions on physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco use, an area in which she has also implemented participatory research and action projects. Dr. Alesci has evaluated numerous health policies, including CMS’ Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, and has developed academic journal articles, reports, and presentations to communicate findings to relevant stakeholders. She lives with her family in Minnesota, and enjoys fitness training, cooking, and volunteering at her daughter’s school.

Izabela Aleksanderek, PhD, BHSc

Scientific Communication Consultant

Dr. Aleksanderek is a medical communications consultant with extensive experience developing formulary dossiers, manuscripts, and presentations in the North American and European markets. Certified in clinical trials management, she has supported value-proposition narratives for diagnostic product launches across a broad range of therapeutic areas, including autoimmune disease and oncology. Dr. Aleksanderek lives outside Toronto, Ontario with her husband and two daughters. A lover of travel and food, she is always looking forward to her next adventure.

Ashley Symons, PhD

Scientific Communication Consultant

Dr. Symons is a science/medical writer and consultant with more than 10 years of experience in scientific research and publication. A pharmacologist by training, Dr. Symons’ proficiency extends from therapeutic development to post-market surveillance, with supplementary skill in medical-document generation and grant writing. She lives in a seaside town in the region of Apulia, Italy, and spends her spare time riding horses and competing in dressage.

Wendy Lui Leung, PhD

Scientific Communication Consultant

Dr. Leung is a geneticist and scientific-manuscript editor with a demonstrated record of success “from the bench to the keyboard.” An expert in molecular biology and gene expression profiling, she has led or contributed to many scientific manuscripts and communications tools. Dr. Leung is lifelong New Yorker, having lived in Queens, the Bronx, Syracuse, and now Long Island. She enjoys traveling, exploring different cuisines, hiking, and listening to podcasts.

Rachel Lane, PhD, RD

Scientific Communication Consultant

Dr. Lane is a science communications consultant whose clinical experience and research training help translate science into medicine. She works to improve the clinical relevance of novel biotechnology and expedite the conversion of scientific findings into medical applications. Dr. Lane pairs her basic science training with her experience as a registered dietitian to develop creative, effective communication solutions that facilitate the translation of research into clinical applications. She is actively engaged in the medical writing community, serving as Secretary of the American Medical Writers Association Southeast Chapter. She resides in Huntsville, Alabama.

Amit Pradhan, MD, MPH

Senior Consultant

Dr. Pradhan has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with particular expertise in health information technology and software development. A physician and health services researcher, he has managed clinical simulation, health economics and performance improvement programs at major academic medical centers such as the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Pradhan is a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve, and lives in New York City.

Ravi Meibalane, MD

Scientific Communication Consultant

Dr. Meibalane is a medical writer who has edited more than 1500 manuscripts in all fields of clinical medicine and the disciplines of cell biology, physiology and genetics. He also routinely assists in the writing of literature reviews and educational summaries designed to help patients and laypersons better understand new pharmacological therapies. A trained pediatrician who is originally from southern Indiana, Dr. Meibalane enjoys training new medical editors, reading mystery novels, writing creatively, watching and playing sports, and traveling. He resides in Indianapolis.

Huiwen (Samme) Chan, MPH, MBA

Consultant

Ms. Chan is a dedicated and thorough public health advocate who supports research, data management, statistical analysis, and scientific report writing. In addition to her work at VSC, Ms. Chan is a data analyst at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she manages the medical and healthcare databases for the Initiative for Early Lung Cancer Research on Treatment (I-ELCART), a multi-center, international cohort study. A native of Belize, she lives in New York City, and enjoys traveling and cooking.

Anthony Eller, MPH

Consultant

Mr. Eller is a multidisciplinary public health practitioner who supports research and qualitative evaluation projects. A policy expert and health interventionist, he has participated in initiatives that encourage childhood nutrition, primary care to uninsured immigrants, non-stigmatization of drug use, and awareness of/access to opioid overdose-reversal medication. Mr. Eller has also helped craft legislation to incorporate evidence-based treatment for incarcerated individuals with substance use disorders. A native of Missouri, he currently resides in New Haven, CT.

Christina Ventura-DiPersia, MPH, DrPH(c)

Special Consultant

Ms. Ventura-DiPersia is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on maternal, child, reproductive, and sexual health. Currently Research Coordinator of Hofstra University’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies, she has previously served as Program Director of a cancer screening program for uninsured men and women, and held positions in local government and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Ventura-DiPersia is a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley of southern NY, and proud mother to her two young daughters. She is an enthusiastic fan of New York athletics teams.

Lucy W. Kibe, DrPH, MS, MHS, PA-C

Special Consultant

Dr. Kibe is a practicing family practice physician assistant (PA) and the Chief Medical Quality Officer at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Virginia. She was previously the Director of Doctoral Education at Lynchburg College’s PA program, where she was involved in designing an innovative doctorate degree program for PAs. Prior to becoming a PA, Dr. Kibe managed several NIH-funded research studies at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her research interest is in the promotion of the PA profession through advanced education, research opportunities, global health engagement, and leadership development. A native of Kenya, she now lives in  Virginia.

Naomi Henke

Director of Communications

Ms. Henke provides a unique set of valuable skills that ensure effective communication with the organizations served by our firm. Having traveled to and lived in many places, she now resides on the East Coast with her family and two dogs. She spends weekends in search of seafood, sun, and fresh air.

Montana Mullins

Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Mullins is indispensable as organizer, scheduler, and overall “go-to” for getting things done. A dedicated military wife, she has devoted countless volunteer hours to serving school-aged children and military families in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and New York. She currently resides in West Point, New York with her husband, son, and two rescue cats.