Meet the Team
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Carl Letamendi has worked as a researcher and practitioner in public health at the federal, local and now, at the state level. Carl earned a PhD in the social sciences with an emphasis in conflict analysis and resolution, an MBA in finance, and a number of certificates and training across an array of public health topics. He is a certified graduate statistician (GStat), a designation conferred by the American Statistical Association. Prior to coming to Utah, Carl worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as Director of Evaluation and principal investigator for a few grant funded studies, and served under two short fellowships at the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA) and at the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. He also has approximately a decade of combined experience in higher education and has taught quantitative and management courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Carl is fluent in both English and Spanish and has basic proficiency in French and Italian. Carl, his wife Jazmin, and daughter, Rose, relocated to the Salt Lake City area in January of 2020, which the couple had the opportunity to visit in 2018. In their spare time, Carl and his family enjoy going for hikes, biking, travelling and mentoring others. Carl’s wife, Jazmin, also holds a PhD, and the couple often collaborate on joint presentations and research.
Compliance and Privacy Officer
Mike has been with the Office of Health Care Statistics since 2002. He currently works on the Business Team, performing several office functions including data privacy, compliance oversight, administrative rulemaking, project management and ERISA Opt-In. Mike serves as the OHCS Records Officer and also provides assistance to the Data Use Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the Utah Health Data Committee. Mike is recognized as a Certified Public Manager in the State of Utah and is a Great Basin Public Health Scholar.
Mike graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in economics. Afterward, he received an MBA from the University of Phoenix. During his initial years with OHCS, Mike managed several projects evaluating various Medicaid programs, created news releases announcing HDC products, co-authored a set of consumer reports using HDC data, worked as a Legislative Liaison for UDOH, and served as a part-time staff member for the UDOH Ombudsman Office.
Kimberly Partain McNamara
Senior Research Analyst
Kimberly is the Senior Research Analyst for the Office of Health Care Statistics. She joined the Utah Department of Health in 2000 as a Research Consultant for the Office of Public Health Assessment, where she spent 13 years before moving to her current role with OHCS. During her time with OPHA, Kimberly was the manager of the Utah Health Status Survey and later worked on the IBIS project as the survey’s data manager. Kimberly’s main responsibilities and work with OHCS include managing the CAHPS project, acting as Utah’s representative for the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), and working with facilities data. Her interests include all aspects of survey design and analysis, learning new programming languages and techniques, and the dissemination of data with end-users in mind.
Kimberly has a master’s degree in family ecology with an emphasis in environment and behavior and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Utah. She has over 20 years of SAS programming experience. In her spare time, she serves on the board of directors for the American Migraine Foundation as a patient advocate, is a Girl Scout leader, and works on designing her garden with her family. Her favorite week of the year is when she unplugs and spends time off grid with her family at the cabin her Grandpa built on a very cold creek, high in the Colorado Rockies.
Sterling Petersen has worked as a research consultant and data analyst for nearly a decade, dealing with a wide variety of topics including education policy, retirement preparedness, campaign strategy, and healthcare quality and transparency. Prior to joining the Utah Department of Health, Sterling was a founding partner in a small data analytics consulting firm serving public and private sector clients.
Sterling has given presentations and served on panels at several national and local conferences, including at meetings of the National Association for Health Data Organizations (NAHDO), the 3M Healthcare Conference, and the Utah Medical Association.
At the Utah Department of Health, Sterling supports several Utah Health Data Committee (HDC) subcommittees, including the Transparency Advisory Group (TAG), the Data Use Subcommittee (DUS), the Utah Payers Advisory Subcommittee (UPAS), and the Utah Healthcare Facilities Subcommittee (UHFS). He is the lead analyst on healthcare quality and pricing transparency efforts, including the annual Clinic Quality Comparison report. He also serves as the lead for the Peer Analyst Network, which helps to foster collaboration and skill-building across public health disciplines.
Sterling received his master’s degree in public policy and bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Brigham Young University. Sterling enjoys spending time with his wife and son. He tries to participate in local arts as much as he can, including community theatre, orchestras, and bands—wherever a trombone player is needed. He also loves to follow BYU basketball and football, something he cultivated while playing trombone in the marching band and pep band at BYU.
Business Informatics Lead
Lori is the business informatics lead within the Office of Health Care Statistics. She performs IT project management, process improvement and performance management, information and web system oversight, acts as the data security officer, and serves on several Utah Department of Health committees related to these. In addition, she leads the OHCS Business Team of the office; which oversees project and contract management, compliance, administration of rulemaking and privacy and security of the office.
Prior to her joining the office, she was involved in outreach programs offered through the State of Utah, aiding the visually impaired and blind community in obtaining vocational rehabilitation services and identifying gainful employment opportunities. Throughout her career with the State of Utah, she has fulfilled the roles of IT project manager, business administration manager, web systems analyst and developer with over 20 years of experience.
Lori enjoys using her love for technology, organization, and creativity to ensure the success and progression of the office and Department as a whole.
Data Quality Project Manager
Brantley began his employment at the Office of Health Care Statistics (OHCS) as the Data Quality Project Manager in 2015. He manages the All Payer Claims Database and the Health Care Facilities Database for OHCS. Brantley ensures that the data OHCS receives meets quality standards, and he works to continuously improve both of these databases. Additionally, he has contributed to several national projects including the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement Total Cost of Care and Impact of Health System Affiliation projects. Brantley co-authored the 2017 and 2018 Total Cost of Care National Benchmark Report. During his time at OHCS, Brantley authored several DataBytes products, including one on Utah prescription opioid use and another on autism comorbidities. He enjoys looking for new opportunities and ways health care data can be used to improve the lives of Utahns and others around the nation.
Brantley graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in statistics with an emphasis in biostatistics, and a Masters of Statistics from the University of Utah. During his time at BYU, he worked on the leadership team of Dr. Dan Williams, conducting the 2012 Utah Colleges Exit Poll, and co-authored an article entitled Optimizing the synthesis and properties of Al-modifed anatase catalyst supports by statistical experimental design with Betsy Olsen. At the U of U, he helped found the Public Health Community Engaged Scholars, assisted Dr. Lisa Gren and Dr. Kim Shoaf on the Davis County influenza outbreak monitoring platform, and managed the survey at Primary Children’s Hospital, which helped produce the Social Media Use among Parents and Caregivers of a Child with Cancer manuscript with Dr. Yelena Wu.
Brantley’s hobbies include hiking, recreational sports, board and computer games, reading, and staying current with national and international news. He is bilingual in English and Portuguese and enjoys learning about other people and cultures.
Department of Technology Services Staff
All Payer Claims Database Administrator
David works for the Utah Division of Technology Services, and has supported the Office of Health Care Statistics since 2012, where he serves as the senior database administrator for the All Payer Claims Database. He also assists with data quality and compliance for the APCD, analyzes data using MS SQL Server SQL software, generates reports, provides leadership on claims data and health system reporting; assists stakeholders with access and analysis of APCD data, and serves as an overall technical resource.
As part of the Division of Technology Services team, Matt has over 27 years of experience in the IT industry, including applications, analyst, and database administration positions. He also has experience in the banking and retail food industries. For the past 14 years, he has been focused on managing and administering databases in a variety of formats. Matt’s role with supporting OHCS is to maintain, optimize, and update the databases to make them more accessible and functional.