Our People


Dr. Wardibo Allison

Waridibo Allison MD, PhD, FACP, CPE, FIDSA

Vice President of Health Policy and Center Director

Dr. Waridibo Allison is Vice President of Health Policy in the Division of Research and Innovation and Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Education. She is Executive Director of the HSC Center for Health Policy. Dr. Allison believes health care is a human right and the focus of her work is on improving access to health care for underserved, marginalized populations by combating disease specific, racial, cultural, gender-based, geographical, and economical barriers to health care access from the individual to the health systems level. This includes telementoring and work force development. Her work has received consistent federal funding for several years. She is the principal investigator and program director of the multi-million-dollar Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded national Rural Telementoring Training Center and Integration of the National HIV Curriculum e-learning Platform into Health Care Professions Programs project.


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Research Assistant

Aamana Burney is the Research Assistant for TAKE on HIV, for which she provides support in all aspects of the project including planning, development, & implementation.  She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with course foundations in Political Science and Business Managment with a concentration in public health. She is also a Texas Department of State Health Services licensed Community Health Worker. She is very passionate about public service and community engagement and has volunteered and worked in many roles with various different government agencies and organizations such as the City of Fort Worth Mayor and Council Offices,  and the U.S. Census Bureau, serving high needs, low-income communities aiming to provide residents with much needed resources.


UnknownChaz B. England, MS, CLSSBB, CCME, CCTE

Director, Operations

Chaz serves as the Center for Health Policy’s Director of Operations.  This includes operational and strategic oversight involving Center-based programs, education, projects, and initiatives.  He brings 10+ years’ experience in managed and acute care leadership including quality and process improvement, regulatory compliance, clinical operations, and research programming.  He holds a Master of Science Degree from Jackson State University in Health Science and has completed additional study through Tulane University, Louisiana State University, and the University of South Florida.  Chaz is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Change Management Expert, and a Certified Cultural Transformation Expert.




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Alejandra Garcia-Ponce, MPH

Research Assistant

Alejandra is the Research Assistant for the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Department of Research and Innovation, Center for Health Policy. She provides support across all projects including planning, development, & implementation.  She graduated with her MPH from the University of New England. Alejandra is very passionate about immigrant health and social justice policy. She brings qualitative data analysis and research methods experience. She also brings experience from her studies in Sweden, with a focus in community health and refugee and migrant integration.




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Erin Halvey, BA

Senior Communications Specialist

Erin serves as the Senior Communications Specialist for the Center for Health Policy.  This includes overseeing strategic communications, social media, promotion, and dissemination across the Center-based projects, as well as TAKE on HIV and The Rural Telementoring Training Center (RTTC) grant-funded projects. She brings experience in managing communications and marketing initiatives, content writing, and engaging with various stakeholders. Erin has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Texas A&M University.




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Charde’ Jones

Program Manager

Charde’ Jones serves as the Operations Program Manager for the Center for Health Policy in the Division of Research and Innovation. Charde’ joined the UNT Health Science Center in 2018 and has served in various programmatic support roles facilitating all aspects of internal and external communications and coordinating special projects. Charde’ led efforts in the coordination of administrative and fiscal management, including active efforts supporting quality and process improvement, fiscal oversight, and grant and project management.  Charde’ has a passion for recognizing and supporting the needs of underserved communities.




Trisha MelhadoTrisha Melhado, MPH

Evaluation Staff Lead

Trisha Melhado leads evaluation efforts across the Center for Health Policy and the Rural Telementoring Training Center, including the development of telementoring quality measure toolkit and dissemination of program findings. As a Senior Research Specialist, she provides research guidance to faculty and residents on all aspects of the research process with an emphasis on study methodology and statistical analysis. She has collaborated with teams across institutions to implement multi-year grant funded projects from the state and federal grantors, including the following: Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Department of Defense, and Health Resources and Services Administration. She has presented research at local and international conferences in addition to co-authoring publications based on her analytical contributions.


Blake Ross

Blake Ross, MPH

Research Assistant

Blake Ross is a Research Assistant at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Department of Research and Innovation, Center for Health Policy. He earned his Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from UNTHSC.  As a part of his MPH practicum, Mr. Ross spent time working with urban farming projects and discount food events in Southeast Fort Worth and gathered extensive data on the food inventory of vendors across Tarrant County.  From these experiences, his professional desire is to contribute to innovative and multifaceted approaches to building healthier and more resilient communities.



Suyen SchneegansSuyen Schneegans, MA

Senior Program Manager

Suyen Schneegans serves as Senior Program Manager for the Center for Health Policy.  Suyen was previously with UT Health San Antonio at the Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) Center.  She has a MA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Bicultural Bilingual Studies with a concentration in Cultural Studies and is a graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word with a BA in Spanish, Literature and Language and a minor is Psychology. Ms. Schneegans has worked on various social science projects pertaining to substance use disorders, community health, and screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment (SBIRT). She is also a qualitative researcher and has presented at numerous local and national conferences and co-authored several publications.



Nathaniel Headshot ResizedNathaniel Teplitskiy, MPH, MS

Research Assistant

Nathaniel Teplitskiy is a Research Assistant for the Center for Health Policy at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, providing support for each of the Center’s programs. Nathaniel previously worked as an epidemiologist with Tarrant County Public Health and the Texas Department of State Health Services. He brings his data analysis, social/applied research, and program planning and evaluation experience. He also brings significant global health experience from working in Costa Rica, Belize, and Mozambique, with a focus in health promotion, community health, and HIV case management. Nathaniel earned his Master of Public Health in Sociomedical Sciences and Global Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a Master of Science in Medical Science at UNTHSC.