U-M COVID-19 Committees

The University of Michigan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been shaped by many members of the community. The expertise and insights shared by thousands of U-M faculty, staff and students have helped to ensure that the core elements of the university’s mission continue amid the global pandemic.

This page includes groups that are currently active and have universitywide representation and scope. Many university units have also established committees or conducted engagement to assess and respond to the challenges of the pandemic.

COVID-19 Campus Health Response Committee

President Mark S. Schlissel established the COVID-19 Campus Health Response Committee to support the health of the university community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This committee is responsible for the timely triage of information, coordinating key U-M offices, and providing expert advice and recommendations to university leaders. Its members design and implement public health and safety measures and policies, analyze data, and serve as a resource to our schools, colleges and units. U-M’s size and scope often makes one-size-fits-all solutions impractical, and this committee will help resolve questions from different campus areas.

The committee’s work covers all three U-M campuses and their activities, excluding the clinical activities of Michigan Medicine.

Robert Ernst, Associate Vice President for Student Life, Executive Director of University Health Service, and Director of COVID-19 Campus Health Response

James Behm, Executive Director of Enterprise Application Services, Information and Technology Services

Andrew Burchfield, Director, Emergency Management, Division of Public Safety and Security

Sarah Daniels, Associate Dean of Students, Office of the Vice President for Student Life

Amy Dittmar, Senior Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dana Elger, Senior Public Affairs Representative, Office of the Vice President for Communications

Preeti Malani, University Chief Health Officer

Emily Martin, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Lindsey Mortenson, Medical Director, University Health Service

Oluwaferanmi Okanlami, Director of Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services, Office of the Vice President for Student Life

Danielle Sheen, Executive Director, Environment, Health & Safety

Emily Stoneman, Director, Occupational Health Services

Riccardo Valdez, Director of Clinical Laboratories

Laraine Washer, Medical Director of Infection Control, Michigan Medicine

Dyan Jenkins-Ali, Senior Staff Lead

Amy Cohn, Expert Consultant; Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, College of Engineering; Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health; Chief Industrial Engineer, Office of the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs

Marisa Eisenberg, Expert Consultant; Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health; Associate Professor of Mathematics and Complex Systems, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

JoLynn Montgomery, Expert Consultant; Adjunct Assistant Research Scientist, School of Public Health

COVID-19 Faculty Council

President Mark Schlissel and Provost Susan M. Collins asked the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs to select members of a council to bring forward ideas, discuss concerns and offer suggestions about the university’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Solomon Adera
Assistant professor of mechanical engineering, College of Engineering

Patricia Anderson
Librarian for health sciences, University Library

Eric Beuerlein
Lecturer II, romance languages and literatures, LSA

Tom Braun
Professor of biostatistics, School of Public Health

Matthew Collette
Associate professor of naval architecture and marine engineering, College of Engineering

Theodora Danciu
Clinical professor of periodontics and oral medicine, School of Dentistry

Rachel S. Goldman
Professor of materials science and engineering, and of electrical engineering and computer science, College of Engineering, and professor of physics, LSA

Kirsten Herold
Lecturer IV in health behavior and health education, School of Public Health

Christian Matijas-Mecca
Professor of dance, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Mary O’Riordan
Frederick C. Neidhardt Collegiate Professor and professor of microbiology and immunology, Medical School

Frank Pelosi
Clinical associate professor of internal medicine-cardiology, Medical School

John Pottow
John Philip Dawson Collegiate Professor of Law and professor of law, Law School

Stephanie D. Preston
Professor of psychology, LSA

Thomas Schwarz
Associate professor of physics, LSA

Deirdre Spencer
Librarian for arts and humanities, University Library

Joanna Spencer-Segal
Assistant professor of internal medicine-endocrinology, Medical School

Luis Zaman
Assistant professor of complex systems, and of ecology and evolutionary biology, LSA

Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Planning Team

The Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Planning Team was convened by the Division of Public Safety and Security on March 3, 2020, and has been meeting daily or several times a week throughout the pandemic. It includes staff representing multiple units from all three campuses and Michigan Medicine.

Andy Burchfield
Director Emergency Management, Division of Public Safety & Security

Anjali Anturkar
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Hank Baier
Associate Vice President for Facilities and Operations, Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jim Behm
Executive Director of Enterprise Application Services

Valeria Bertacco
Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Vice Provost, Engaged Learning, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering

Laura Blake Jones
Dean of Students

Kim Broekhuizen
Associate Director Public Affairs

Amy Conger
Associate Vice Provost and Director of Global Engagement, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Austin Conway
Lead Security Officer

Darryl Conway
Senior Associate Athletic Director and Chief Health and Welfare Officer

Lorraine Currie
Director Enterprise Strategic Risk Management

Linda Dintenfass
Emergency Management Specialist

Amy Dittmar
Senior Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Finance, Stephen M Ross School of Business and Professor of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Laura Drabczyk
Division of Public Safety and Security Director of Emergency Management, The University of Michigan-Dearborn and Associate Director of Emergency Management, Division of Public Safety and Security, The University of Michigan

Jessica Durkin
Chief of Staff, Office of Research

Dana Elger
Public Affairs Representative

Robert Ernst
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School, Associate Vice President for Student Life, and Executive Director, University Health Services, Student Life

Rick Fitzgerald
Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs

Christine Gerdes
Associate General Counsel and Special Counsel to the Provost

Gary Gorski
Director of Public Safety

Raymond Hall
Director of Public Safety

Karen Halliday
Program Manager, Division of Public Safety and Security

Michael Hague
Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, Office of the Chancellor

Jennifer Hogan
Director Flint Event and Building Services

Rich Holcomb
Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Nikki Hollandsworth
Administrative Assistant, Division of Public Safety and Security

Kedra Ishop
Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Floyd Johnson
Emergency Preparedness Manager, Division of Public Safety and Security

Jessica Johnson
Continuity of Operations Planning Specialist, Division of Public Safety and Security

John Kepley
Director of Executive Communications

Kambiz Khalili
Associate Vice President for Student Life, AVP Auxiliary Operations

Hilary King
Associate Health System Director for Operations

Mike Lane
Director Environmental Health and Safety & Emergency Preparedness, UM Flint

Preeti Malani
Chief Health Officer and Professor of Internal Medicine

Jeffrey McDole
Communications and Technology Director, Division of Public Safety and Security

Patrick Morgan
Chief International Safety Officer

Kara Morgenstern
Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Office of the Vice President and General Counsel

Lindsey Mortenson
Medical Director MD and Adjunct Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Medical School

Robert Neumann
Chief of Police, University of Michigan Police Department

Shelby Newport
Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Theatre, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Michigan-Flint

Teresa Oesterle
Deputy Director, Division of Public Safety and Security

Andrew Palms
Executive Director of Infrastructure, ITS

Sydney Parmenter
Emergency Management Specialist, Division of Public Safety and Security

Judith Pennywell
International Center Director

Patricia Petrowski
Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Office of the Vice President and General Counsel and Adjunct Lecturer in Law, Law School

Rob Rademacher
Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director and Chief Operating Officer

Stephanie Riegle
Executive Director for Enrollment Operations and Strategic Initiatives

Pamela Rutter
Manager – Operational Health & Safety

Kathleen Rychlinski
Assistant Director Risk Management

John Seto
Division of Public Safety and Security Deputy Director and Director of Housing Security

Peggy Sheagren
Director of University Human Resources Operations

Danielle Sheen
Executive Director, Environment, Health & Safety

Julie Snyder
Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Campus Inclusion and Student Life, University of Michigan-Flint

Nicole Sunstrum
Director of Social Media & Public Engagement

Brian Uridge
Division of Public Safety and Security Deputy Director and Michigan Medicine Security Director

Tim Wood
Senior Director Human Resources Recruitment and Retention

Carrie Wright
Project Intermediate Manager, Michigan Medicine

Heather Young
Division of Public Safety and Security Communications Director and Associate Director of Strategic Planning & Organizational Development

Previous COVID-19 planning, engagement and response information

President Schlissel, Provost Susan M. Collins and other university leaders convened groups and conducted engagement to inform the planning for the Fall 2020 term. That information can be viewed on the Previous COVID-19 Committees page.

The University of Michigan developed a comprehensive plan for the Winter 2021 term incorporating public health guidance, lessons learned from the Fall Semester and extensive feedback and engagement with the community. The surveys, reports and recommendations for Winter 2021 are available on the Campus Maize and Blueprint site.