Liz McCarty, President
Liz McCarty is currently the Executive Director and Vice Chair for Administration for Pediatrics at Emory University, where she has been for 13 years. She partners closely with leadership at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in conducting the new joint venture of the Emory + Children’s Pediatric Institute. She served on the AAAP Board as Secretary from 2015-2017, and hosted the AAAP 2017 Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Prior to Emory University, Liz worked at both Georgia Tech and Caltech in departmental administration and research administration. She received her MS and BS from Yale University.
Melody Altman, President Elect
Melody Altman is the Vice President of Administration and Operations for Pediatrics and Research at Lurie Children’s Hospital, also serving as the Pediatrics Department Administrator at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. With more than 15 years of experience in academic medicine, Melody provides strategic direction and purposeful leadership over all aspects of administration of the department comprised of more than 550 faculty, 220 trainees, and 370 staff. Melody’s drive and passion is limitless, evidenced in her dedication and commitment to championing Lurie Children’s values and priorities of healthcare delivery, research, education, and advocacy to help advance the department and research enterprise to achieve its strategic, operational and financial goals. Prior to joining Lurie Children’s, Melody spent 8 years at the University of Chicago, most recently as Executive Administrator for the Department of Pediatrics serving as the administrative and financial lead for all aspects of the department’s operations. She earned her MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and her BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an active member within the Association of Administrators in Academic Pediatrics (AAAP), having served as Site Host for the 2018 regional meeting and Program Director for the 2021 annual meeting, the organization’s first virtual meeting.
Angela Fusté, Program Director
Angela Fusté is the Vice Chair for Administration of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She started her career at the university in 1999 in the Department of Pediatrics as Division Administrator for the Division of Community Pediatrics. In 2003, she joined the Department of OBGYN as the Finance Director and returned to Pediatrics in 2013 as Service Line Administrator. In 2014, she was promoted to Vice Chair for Administration. Angela received her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Miami and her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Florida International University. She has 24 years of healthcare experience. In her spare time, she enjoys event planning and helping at her children’s school.
Gil Pak, Program Director Elect
Gil Pak has over 26 years of experience in the healthcare industry working in both managerial and project leadership roles. As the Operations Director for the Department of Pediatrics at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital he works closely with the department chair and senior leadership to advance all aspects of the clinical, research, and academic missions in line with Penn State Health’s strategic roadmap. He has a broad understanding of healthcare from multiple perspectives and is experienced in building relationships, consulting with internal and external customers to understand their needs and implementing strategies that improve and streamline processes.
Michael Propst, Salary Survey Director
Mike Propst is the Director of Finance and Administration of the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University. Mike has a BA in Film from UC Santa Cruz and an MBA from the Haas School of business at UC Berkeley. He has been in the Department of Pediatrics since 2004, mostly in clinical finance roles. Mike lives in San Francisco and enjoys traveling and bike riding in his free time.
Jennifer Sabree, Communications Director
Jennifer Sabree is the Senior Department Administrator for the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City. With more than a decade of experience in healthcare administration, Jennifer provides senior level leadership and direction in planning, policy development, operational activities and administration including financial, academic, clinical, and strategy within the Department of Pediatrics. Prior to joining Children’s Mercy, Jennifer was the Associate Department Administrator for Operations in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). During her tenure at MCW, Jennifer’s operational scope included clinical care, education, research, and community engagement. At Children’s Mercy, Jennifer’s operational scope continues to expand. Jennifer is energetic about strategic planning, operations, continuous process improvement, data-driven decision making, equity, diversity and inclusion, engagement, coaching and mentorship. Jennifer received her bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and her MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. As a life-long learner, Jennifer continually seeks opportunities to grow her knowledge. She is a certified Unconscious Bias facilitator (recognized by the AAMC through Cook-Ross); has a Trauma Effective Leadership Certificate through the University of Minnesota; is a certified Clifton Strengths coach through Gallup; has completed an Executive Leadership program through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and earned a certificate in Mediation through Northwestern University. Jennifer has been active in the AAAP since 2016.
Surabhi Agrawal, Treasurer
Surabhi Agrawal is the Director of Finance in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University. Surabhi has an MBA from the University of Texas, Dallas. She has been in Academic Health Care for 11 years and at Stanford for 7 years. She enjoys Academic health care finance, especially the clinical practice. She lives in Mountain View, California and enjoys travelling, reading and music in her free time.
Desiree Brown, Membership Director
Desiree Brown is the Administrator for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. She has served in this role for approximately 8 years, and been with the Department of Pediatrics since 2010. Prior to joining Pediatrics, she held various other roles at the university where she began her administrative career in Human Resources. Desiree received her master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Adelphi University, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida. She enjoys travelling and exploring her hometown of Tampa with her husband and two young children.
Bobbi Jaramillo, Board Secretary
Bobbi is a native New Mexican and grew up in a small town in New Mexico. She obtained a Bachelor’s in Accounting from New Mexico State University. She then moved to Washington to work as a project analyst for a government contractor while obtaining her MBA from Washington State University. Bobbi moved back to New Mexico and worked for Intel Corporation for 12 years in various Finance Management roles, including moves to Massachusetts, Ireland and back to New Mexico. In 2009, she began working for the Department of Pediatrics at University of New Mexico as the Finance Manager and has served as the Department Administrator since 2015. Bobbi lives in Rio Rancho, New Mexico with Brian, her husband of 26 years, their 13 year old twins Katie and Geddy, and pug Carmine.