Our Team

Gina M. Jay, PhD

Program Manager, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

 Gina Jay completed her graduate work at Penn State University in human development and family studies with an emphasis on adult development and aging, and her postdoctoral work in public health and gerontology at the University of Michigan, before taking a position in survey methodology at the Institute for Social Research. She took a hiatus from research to focus on raising her family and doing community work before joining PM&R’s Spinal Cord Injury Model System in 2014. She is currently program manager for PROWHD, the Program for Research on Women’s Health & Disability; supports PM&R clinical faculty in furthering their unfunded research projects; and is a member of the operations team tasked with building a PM&R Learning Health System. Gina has extensive experience in the organization and management of single and multi-site collaborative research, the training and supervision of research staff, and the set-up and optimization of administrative and research databases, ensuring valid and reliable data and enhanced efficiencies. She is a proponent of mixed-methods designs and excited by the integration of qualitative and quantitative research endemic to the PROWHD research program.

Shannen Bolde

Shannen Bolde, MPH

Ms. Shannen Bolde, MPH graduated from The State University of New York Oneonta in 2016 with a bachelor's in Biology and Psychology. She received her Master’s in Public Health from University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2018. Here, she did research for Michigan Medicine in both the Psychiatry Department and the Department of Molecular Medicine & Genetics. Her personal experiences with cerebral palsy brought her to the PROWHD team, where she was hired as a Research Area Specialist Associate. She does cognitive interviews with women with physical disabilities on the topics of gynecological and reproductive health, recruitment for a Department of Defense funded limb trauma study, qualitative coding, and systematic review.

Jodi Kreschmer

Jodi Kreschmer, LLMSW

Ms. Jodi Kreschmer, LLMSW graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University where she was an undergraduate research assistant for projects related to disability leadership, and child development. Ms. Kreschmer holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Born with cerebral palsy, Ms. Kreschmer is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities. She has worked with Dr. Kalpakjian on various research projects since 2015.  Her duties on the PROWD team includes qualitative coding, cognitive interviewing, and recruiting participants for various studies.

Lukonde Mulenga

Lukonde Mulenga, MPH

Lukonde Mulenga, MPH is a two time graduate of the University of Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience in 2016 and her master’s degree in Public Health in 2018, concentrating in Health Behavior and Health Education. Lukonde expresses her passions of maternal health and health communication through her current work on Dr. Kalpakjian’s PROWHD team. She currently serves as the lead on the PROWHD team’s systematic review project, as well as manages study participants, conducts cognitive interviews, and performs qualitative analysis.

Rebecca Parten, LMSW-Macro

Ms. Rebecca Parten, LMSW-M has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a master’s degree in social work. She is interested in the blending of community organizing and social media, especially around disability. Having grown up with a very apparent and physically limiting disability, she has used her experiences to help others and challenge social injustice. She has worked with Dr. Kalpakjian since 2015 and currently serves as the Recruitment Lead within the PROWHD team. She is responsible for creating the overall recruitment/outreach strategy, tracking results, and working with the entire team to ensure the recruitment process goes smoothly.