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.    
ruscaBIP.jpg Paula Rusca joins Chicago Harris as 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. 
Koch_Headshot_1.jpg David Koch serves as Research Coordinator for the BIP Lab, overseeing research design and data management. David completed his Master of Social Work degree at Michigan State University in 2017, where he earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Elementary Education and Philosophy in 2009. David has engaged in multiple community-based research efforts to improve outcomes for marginalized youth, having collected and analyzed mixed-methods data for an NIH-funded longitudinal study at the University of Michigan and for a public policy agency focused on juvenile justice reform. He also has experience teaching at the elementary level, working with adolescents on probation, and directing an undergraduate residence hall.