About the Staff

KL_2018_0.jpg Keri Lintz is the Director of Operations and Research Initiatives for the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy (CHPPP), which houses the BIP Lab. Keri brings 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.    
PR_2018_0.jpg Paula Rusca is the Lab Manager 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 based participatory research, program validation, survey development and curriculum development for low literacy settings and experience working within a community empowerment model.

Michelle Michelini is the Project Manager for the BIP Lab where she manages the development, implementation and data analytics of several of the lab’s research projects. Michelle brings to the lab experience in education research administration and data analysis as well as nonprofit and project management. She has her B.S. in Social Policy and Education from Northwestern University and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago's Harris School. Prior to joining the BIP Lab, she has managed a nonprofit legal association, been a corporate account and student services manager, and supported research partnerships and data analysis at Chicago Public Schools and for other school clients.

Ana-Jimenez-headshot.jpg Ana Arellano Jimenez is the Project Assistant for the BIP Lab. Ana brings to the Lab a range of experience in community engagement, marketing communications, and data analysis. Prior to joining Harris, Ana was the project assistant for Whole Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she led the website redesign project. Previously, she did community engagement for the City of Madison's Planning Division on the Comprehensive Plan, where she also conducted data analysis. Ana holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.