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Our Team


Gerri Lamb

Gerri Lamb, Founding Director

Gerri Lamb, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Founding Director of ASU’s Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education & Research and Professor at the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.  In this role, she is committed to supporting the growth of interprofessional initiatives at ASU in collaboration with much-valued academic and clinical partners.  She also works to connect local and state activities to  the national IPE community in her role as past chair of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative and liaison to the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Nexus Innovations Incubator. Her interprofessional practice and research focus is on care coordination for vulnerable and underserved populations.

Jody Thompson

Jody Thompson, Communications Program Coordinator

Jody Thompson, BA, is the Communications Program Coordinator for the Center. She works with the team to support all marketing communications initiatives and outreach. As editor for the CAIPER Blog, she contributes articles and serves as the primary contact for guest authors, working with them through the publishing process. She also manages the Center's social media channels, supports the Center website, and assists the team with editorial and research needs. Her past experience includes working for the University of Arizona Interprofessional Education and Practice Program and providing direct case management for homeless and vulnerable populations.

Karen J. Saewert

Karen J. Saewert, Evaluation Lead

Karen J. Saewert, PhD, RN, CPHQ, CNE, ANEF, is the Evaluation Lead for the Center.  As the Evaluations Lead, she facilitates the Center's efforts to link evidence-based teamwork with quality outcomes. She is also a Clinical Professor and Senior Director for Interprofessional Education and Practice at the ASU Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She guides evaluation efforts within the Arizona Nexus and serves as the liaison to National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education's Research and Evaluation Team.

Nina Karamehmedovic

Nina Karamehmedovic, Project Manager

Nina Karamehmedovic is the Project Manager for the Center. In this role, she contributes to the overall administrative and programing expansion of the Center and is responsible for managing training and development grant activities, and liaising with the ASU Foundation. With background in linguistics and education, her career includes program and project management in non-profit, public, and educational settings and her professional focus has always been on initiatives which support access to services for diverse and underserved populations.

Yvonne Price

Yvonne Price, Sr. Instructional Designer and
Marketing Communications Lead

Yvonne Price, MAMC, is the Senior Instructional Designer as well as the Marketing Communications Lead for the Center. With a background in both instructional design and health communications, she blends the skills, theories, design techniques, and technologies from these two fields to produce creative and engaging interprofessional teaching and learning materials. She has been developing and designing training materials for interprofessional education and practice since 2010. Yvonne also serves as the primary contact for the Center's marketing communications, working closely with the Communications Program Coordinator on all related initiatives.