Working together to make Greater Flint Region data available

Meet the Team

Leadership and Partners

The Open Data Flint repository is led by Libby Hemphill, PhD, Susan Woolford, MD, MPH, and Tricia Piechowski, MSW, MPH.

Libby Hemphill, PhD, Libby Hemphill directs the Open Data Flint project and the Resource Center for Minority Data at ICPSR and holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the UM School of Information. She joined ICPSR in September 2017 from Illinois Institute of Technology where she was an Associate Professor of Communication and Information Studies. She studies politicians, non-profit organizations, and television fans to understand how people use social media to organize, discuss, and enact social change. She also develops automated mechanisms for moderating and classifying content in social media in order to reduce toxicity in online conversations. Hemphill received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan and an A.B. from The University of Chicago.

Susan J. Woolford, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Child HealthEvaluation and Research (CHEAR) unit in the Division of General Pediatrics and the Medical Director of the C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management Center at the University of Michigan. Dr. Woolford earned her medical degree at Michigan State University where she also completed her residency and Chief Residency. She completed her Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship at the University of Michigan, where she also received her Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in Health Behavior and Health Education. Her clinical interests are childhood obesity prevention and treatment, particularly for severely obese adolescents.

Tricia Piechowski, MSW, MPH, is a Administrative Program Director of the Community Engagement Program. She works toward building equitable partnerships between community and academic partners in research. She develops trainings, provides consultations, and engages in other infrastructure building activities for partnership development. She has an MSW and MPH from the University of Michigan and an MA in African Studies from UCLA.

Other collaborators on the Open Data Flint project include:

  • Community Core Partners E. Yvonne Lewis, BS and Kent Key, PhD
  • Michigan State University partners Debra Furr-Holden, PhD and Laura Carravallah, MD
  • University of Michigan-Flint partners Suzanne Selig, PhD and Dr. Ken Sylvester, PhD.


Core staff on the Open Data Flint project include:

Kaneesha Wallace, HFRCC Program Manager
Kaneesha Wallace, a native of Flint, MI, holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint. Kaneesha has nine years of research experience with the University of Michigan and is dedicated to helping improve the quality of life and health in the Flint Community. Currently, Kaneesha is working as the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor's Program Manager for the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center in Flint, MI. Her role as Program Manager utilizes her research coordinating experience, knowledge of the Flint Community, and love for her community to successfully collaborate with Michigan State University, University of Michigan-Flint and community leaders to coordinate research efforts in Flint.

David Thomas, Open Data Flint Project Manager
David Thomas is the project manager for Open Data Flint and the Resource Center for Minority Data. He has been with ICPSR since 2003 and an University of Michigan employee since 2001. His ICPSR career has progressed from being a data curator to a processing supervisor in both the General Archive and RCMD and now he is a Sr. Data Project Manager.