30 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN LEADERSHIP AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Kristin Wilson, Ph.D., M.H.A.

Associate Professor
Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice
Department of Health Management and Policy
Executive Director
Heartland Center

Dr. Kristin Wilson’s portfolio of experience and education includes leadership, strategy, health policy, health care management, program/project management, strategy, quality, community health needs assessment/planning and evaluation at the local, state, national, and international levels. Most of her career has been working to improve population health and impact community benefit through the intersection of public health and health care through various leadership positions and through her research.

Dr. Wilson’s current collaborative research and practice interests include: Health policy and community benefit; institutionalization and sustainability of best practices and programs; interaction of organizations in communities to improve health; the intersection and collaboration of organizations to improve population level health and health care, and health systems strengthening.

Dr. Wilson teaches both graduate and undergraduate students in health policy, health care management, and leads a global health care leadership and management immersion experience.


Kathleen S. Wright, Ed.D., M.P.H.

Emerita Associate Professor
Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice
Department of Health Management and Policy
Emerita Executive Director
Heartland Center

Kathleen “Kate” S. Wright, EdD, MPH, is Emerita Associate Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, School for Public Health and Social Justice, St. Louis University. She received her doctorate at the University of California – Berkeley with a minor completed at Stanford University. Dr. Wright’s teaching, evaluation and research interests have focused on communication network analysis, adaptation of innovations for public health and health care systems change, and workforce/leadership professional development and performance measurement. Recent academic-practice accomplishments include a partnership with the de Beaumont Foundation to develop a Framework for E-Learning Quality Standards for Public Health Workforce Development and partnership with local and state practice partners to develop a quality professional development online learning portal for Emerging and Highly Infectious Diseases. Dr. Wright has served as advisor to several national workforce development initiatives and held various academic/practice positions including as Health Educator, Public Health Administrator, Multi-State Health Care System Education Director, Director of State, Regional, and National Leadership Development Institutes, Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Public Health Practice, and as ICS Planning Staff. She currently serves as PI/Director of the Heartland Center which includes the Heartland Learning Management System and a partner in the Midwestern Public Health Training Center.


Abigail Menke, M.P.H.

Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice
Heartland Center Manager

Ms. Menke grew up in a small rural Missouri town called New Haven. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in May of 2016. While at UMKC, Abby developed an interest in research when she worked in a genetics lab doing research on the genome of a strain of yeast. After graduating, Abb spent a year working for IQVIA, which is a Clinical Research Organization, as a Clinical Trials Assistant. Wanting to learn more about the US healthcare system and policies behind it, Abby decided to pursue a Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in Health Management and Policy. “Abby is currently in her second year of this program.

Over the summer, Abby worked with a non-profit organization called VOYCE, which advocates for residents in long-term care communities. She currently works with the Heartland Center as a Graduate Research Assistant. In the future, Abby hopes to get a Ph.D. in Public Health – Health Management and Policy. Abby wants to focus on reasearch healthcare issues faced by rural and underserved populations, specifically the access to care problems that people in these communities’ face.


Scott Nyberg, BA, Communications

Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice
Director, LMS Management and Interactive Media

Scott Nyberg has over 25+ years’ experience as a director and media expert in all areas of the interactive realm. His love for all types of media including web, animations, video, audio and special effects, allows him to be the most creative in putting projects together.

Scott’s work in elearning began in 2002 as multimedia specialist at Maritz Learning. In the 15+ years working in elearning, Scott has worked on 5 different systems and even transitions entire LMS to a brand new built from scratch LMS that the Heartland Center currently has.

A native of Polk, Nebraska, Scott earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Scott and his wife, Linette, have resided in St. Louis since 1995. They have three daughters, twins Laine & Claire (17), and Anna Joy (14).