About the Staff

KeriPhoto.jpg Keri Lintz joined the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy (CHPPP) as the Associate Director in 2014 – bringing a combined background in public policy administration and human service delivery. Prior to joining CHPPP, Keri worked as the state level program officer for five federal grant programs designed to promote healthy child development and address the policy areas of child welfare, mental health & substance abuse, and juvenile justice. Preceding her experience under two gubernatorial administrations, Keri completed a post-graduate program in Washington D.C. with the National Academy of Social Insurance. She holds an MPP and MSW and has direct practice experience in the fields of crisis intervention and child welfare.    
Sophie Milam Website Edit.jpeg Sophie Milam is the Research Project Manager for the BIP Lab, where she manages research operations and project execution. Prior to joining the BIP Lab, Sophie served as Director of Nutrition Assistance and Budget Policy at Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief charity, and Senior Policy Analyst at Bread for the World, a grassroots organization working to end domestic and global poverty. She also spent several years working as a legistlative aide in Congress and has worked on political campaigns at the local and national level. Sophie earned a Master of Public Policy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy in 2016 and a B.A. in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. 
ruscaBIP.jpg Paula Rusca joins Chicago Harris as the Research Coordinator for the BIP Lab where she coordinates field work activities and manages the lab’s research assistants. Paula grew up in Chicago and completed a Master of Public Health, Health Policy and Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health in 2016. While completing her MPH, Paula interned with the Chicago Department of Public Health, worked with AMOS Health and Hope in Managua, Nicaragua and traveled to Haiti to assist in a Community Participatory Based Disaster Risk Reduction Training. She has experience in community base participatory research, program validation, survey development and curriculum development for low literacy settings within a community empowerment model.