Dean Andersen, MEd, joined the Missouri Telehealth Network in September of 2018. His focus is to recruit health care providers to participate in Show-Me ECHO project. Prior to this, Dean worked with the Institute for Human Development at the University of Missouri – Kansas City as coordinator for the Missouri State Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Implementation Grant, building support and awareness for individuals who experienced TBI. Dean has also spent several years building grassroots support for municipal health polices throughout mid-Missouri.
Christy Bauer joined Missouri Telehealth Network in April 2019. As a Replication Coordinator, she assists in the replication of Show-Me ECHO project and ensures follow up with replication partners to sustain relationships and ensure fidelity to the ECHO model.
Previously, she worked in the Office of Advancement for University of Missouri Health Care where she focused on coordinating events for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital.
Christy graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
Dawn Bax joined MTN as the senior business support specialist in January 2017. She assists MTN and Show-Me ECHO with accounting needs such as budgeting, financial monitoring and reporting, grant processing and reporting, contracts and annual agreement renewals, as well as bill processing. She also supports the human resource functions for MTN.
Dawn studies business management and human resource management at Columbia College. She has previous experience in banking, accounts receivable/payable and office administration.
Mirna Becevic, PhD, is the assistant research professor of telemedicine for the Department of Dermatology. She has worked with MTN in different capacities since March 2007, and primarily has focused on research since 2014.
Mirna is the lead evaluator for the Show-Me ECHO Project. In addition, she leads other telehealth-related studies at the University of Missouri.
Mirna has a doctorate in health informatics, a master’s degree in health administration and bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology.
Associate Director of Outreach, Communication & Education
Lindsey Beckmann joined the MTN staff in July 2016 as a replication coordinator for the Show-Me ECHO project. In January, 2019, she was promoted to Associate Director of Outreach, Communication and Education. Prior to joining MTN, she was the Associate Director for Continuing Medical Education and has worked for the University of Missouri for 13 years.
Lindsey oversees all marketing and outreach initiatives for Project ECHO. She is also responsible for developing and facilitating trainings for Show-Me ECHO teams, as well as for outside organizations wanting to replicate the ECHO model. She strives to continually improve relationships with partners to support progress and success for the ECHO project.
Tammy Bedford joined MTN as a Business Support Specialist II in January 2020. She assists MTN and Show-Me ECHO with financial reporting, reconciliation and oversight of department accounts, as well as contracts, purchasing and payments.
Previously, she worked for the Department of Geological Sciences at MU where she aided in the hiring process and helped maintain Camp Branson Geological Sciences Field Lab. Tammy also monitored grants; completed travel & expense reimbursements, purchase orders, voucher payments; reconciled One Cards, µCT Core lab billing and MyZou class scheduling.
Tammy has a Bachelors in General Studies from Columbia College.
Vonciel Beiswinger joined Missouri Telehealth Network as an Office Support Assistant in June 2020. As Office Support Assistant, she provides general/routine administrative office support for the daily operations of the Missouri Telehealth Network.
Prior to MTN, Vonciel was a Business Education Teacher/Public School Administrator for 23 years and Office Support Assistant to Pediatric Psychology for the past two years.
Vonciel holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Southwest Missouri State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Columbia College, and Certification in Public School Administration from Lindenwood University.
Missey Botts joined MTN as a Business Support Specialist II in March 2022. She assists MTN and Show-Me ECHO with financial reporting, reconciliation and oversight of department accounts, as well as contracts, purchasing, and payments. Previously, she worked for CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia, where she served as Accounts Payable/Payroll Specialist. Her previous posts include the City of Columbia, the City of Henderson, Nevada, and the State of Missouri. Missey graduated from Columbia College with a major in English and a minor in Business Administration.
Olivia Daller joined the MTN team in January 2022 as their Senior Strategic Communication Associate. Prior to joining MTN, she was an English teacher at Battle High School in Columbia Public Schools, as well as a Writing Consultant for the University of Missouri Writing Center.
Olivia is responsible for developing effective marketing and communication strategies, plans, programs, and materials for MU Extension, with an emphasis on MTN and ECHO programs. She hopes to bring her love of community and passion for inclusivity to this new position.
Senior Medical Director of MTN, Show-Me ECHO and the Center for Health Policy
Senior Medical Director of the MTN and Show-Me ECHO, and the Center for Health Policy
Karen Edison, MD, is a strong advocate for patient-centered health care having cared for rural, underserved patients with skin disease using teledermatology throughout Missouri from 1995 to 2019. She cared for patients at the University of Missouri Health Care for 30 years and was Chair of the Department of Dermatology for nearly 16 years. From 1999 to 2001, she served as RWJ Health Policy Fellow in the U.S. Senate where she was instrumental in the legislative expansion of Medicare reimbursement for telemedicine services.
Through her leadership at the Missouri Center for Health Policy and the Missouri Telehealth Network, Dr. Edison has helped lead work with the State on telemedicine policy, Medicaid data analysis, and has led efforts funded by regional foundations to improve health equity and foster health literacy for all Missourians. She served as clinical lead for Missouri’s highly successful Regional Extension Center and she serves on the Executive Committee of the Missouri Health Connection, Missouri’s state-designated health information organization. As Senior Medical Director of the Show-Me ECHO program, she has helped lead and grow the program from 2 ECHO programs in 2014 to 18 ECHO programs today.
Sara Kasukurthy joined MTN in September 2021. She assists MTN and Show-Me ECHO with collection, storage, routine analysis and reporting of data for Show-Me ECHO leadership. She also coordinates, schedules data assessments and data vetting procedures to ensure data are complete, accurate, HIPAA-compliant, and user-friendly for subsequent usage and maintains high quality data in RedCap and all other data repositories to support ongoing business processes. She has a professional doctorate degree in Pharmacy (Pharm D). She graduated from University of Missouri with a master’s degree in Health Informatics – Bioinformatics and graduate certification in Informatics for Public Health.
Joe Kingsbury began with the Missouri Telehealth Network in September 2019 as the Associate Director of Operations and served in that role until January 2022, helping to lead the organization internally through an era of unprecedented growth. He then transitioned to the role of ECHO Partner Management Specialist, shifting focus toward building strategic partnerships with key Show-Me ECHO stakeholders to further the reach and impact of the ECHO program. Joe came to MTN from the Missouri Department of Mental Health where he worked as the Central Region Director of the Office of Licensure & Certification in Jefferson City, MO, from 2015 to 2019. Prior to that he served as a police officer and detective for the University of Missouri Police Department in Columbia, MO, from 2009 to 2015. Joe was also the Assistant General Manager at Westfield Palm Desert in Palm Desert, CA, from 2007 to 2008, and a Management Associate at Westfield Mid Rivers in St. Peters, MO, in 2007. He is a native of St. Louis, MO, and holds both Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Public Affairs degrees from MU.
Chris Lehman joined the Missouri Telehealth Network team in November of 2021 as an ECHO coordinator. Prior to joining MTN, he worked for the School of Medicine’s, Department of Medicine as a Clinical Research Coordinator and Office Support Assistant for inpatient Hospitalist and outpatient General Internal Medicine divisions. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a minor in Risk Management from the University of Missouri.
Beth Monson joined the Missouri Telehealth Network team in October 2019 as a Telehealth Coordinator. As a Telehealth Coordinator, she assists specialty care providers in connecting with patients via telehealth to help give access to populations underserved with health care.
Prior to joining MTN, she worked for the UM System for 7 years as a Program Assistant for Government Relations and as an Executive Assistant for University Advancement for 6 years.
Rachel Mutrux joined the MTN in 2002. As director, Rachel is responsible for setting the strategic goals for MTN, managing the day-to-day operations, securing funding for telehealth and overseeing MTN budgets and grants.
Rachel advocates for legislative policy and has a built a strong network of relationships to promote local, state, federal and international telehealth activities and policies.
Rachel is active in the national telehealth affiliation groups and presents locally, regionally and nationally on MTN projects such as Heartland Telehealth Resource Center (HTRC) and Show-Me ECHO.
Elizabeth Oyelola is the Associate Director of ECHO Operations. She joined the Missouri Telehealth Network in March of 2022. In this role, she manages and develops the operations of the Show-Me ECHO project and leads a dynamic team of ECHO coordinators. Prior to this, she was the Regulatory Affairs Coordinator at MU Health Care, facilitating internal audits, chairing the Patient Right's Committee, and ensuring that all of MU Health Care was survey compliant. Elizabeth has a Master's degree in Law and an undergraduate degree in Psychology.
Michael joined MTN in November 2016 as a business technology analyst. In this role, Michael is responsible for planning and executing technology in coordination with the team for the Show-Me ECHO roll-outs. He also facilitates operational processes and procedures for Show-Me ECHO development. Michael also provides ongoing monitoring, management and troubleshooting for Show-Me ECHO clinics and equipment.
Michael has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in information science and technology from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Chelsea Page joined Missouri Telehealth Network in November 2021. As a Telehealth Specialist she will oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive inter-professional telehealth training program for healthcare students and practicing professionals. Chelsea completed her undergraduate education at Purdue University majoring in biological sciences with a minor in psychology and earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Missouri. She has over ten years of experience working in health care for organizations such as Truman Medical Center, Columbia-Boone County Health Department, Truman VA Hospital, and pathology laboratories.
Sariah Pereira joined the Missouri Telehealth Network in April of 2021. As a Telehealth Coordinator she connects specialized medical providers in more densely populated areas with general practitioners to deliver specialized care to patients in more rural areas. Prior to that, she worked as a CNA then in the Office of Advancement at MU Health Care. Sariah attended the University of Missouri and graduated in 2019 with a Bachelors in Health Science with a focus in Leadership and Policy.
Sarah Rigdon joined the Missouri Telehealth Network as an ECHO Coordinator in April of 2022. At MU she has served as a member of the Staff Advisory Counsel and Staff Appreciation Committee, coordinated a research study for the Personality Lab of the Department of Psychological Sciences, and supported the faculty and fellows of the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Rheumatology at the School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine. She also has experience supporting non-profit programs and has a passion for connecting rural and underserved communities with much needed, vital resources.
She will complete her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology through the University of Missouri Online Spring 2024, with certifications in Addiction Studies and Multicultural Studies.
Mary Beth Schneider has been with the Missouri Telehealth Network since September 2000. As the continuing education specialist, she coordinates CME efforts for Show-Me ECHO. She also manages the databases, assists in marketing efforts and coordinates conference exhibit opportunities.
Mary Beth graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing.
Professor, Clinical Child Health
Executive Director, ECHO Autism
Medical Director, Show Me ECHO/Missouri Telehealth Network
Medical Director, Office of Continuing Medical Education & Physician Lifelong Learning
Dr. Kristin Sohl, MD, FAAP is a Professor of Clinical Child Health at the University of Missouri, Executive Director of ECHO Autism and Scientific Advisor for the National Institutes of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, and Medical Director for MU Missouri Telehealth Network and the MU Office of Continuing Medical Education. She is a pediatrician with extensive experience in medical diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of children with a concern of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Sohl is regarded as an expert in quality and process improvement particularly for comprehensive autism diagnostic and longitudinal services. She is the founder of ECHO Autism, an innovative framework to increase community capacity to care for children with autism. It is viewed as a national model in expanding autism diagnosis and treatment to underserved and rural populations. The ECHO Autism team has established partnerships with other children’s hospitals and autism centers in more than 40 locations in the United States and 15 international locations. Dr. Sohl is a tireless advocate for children and enjoys engaging other physicians in being a voice for children’s health. She is the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Missouri Chapter. She completed medical school and pediatric residency at the University of Missouri.
Mel Warne-Griggs, PhD, joined Missouri Telehealth Network in October of 2018. Her focus is supporting the Evaluation Team to systematically collect and analyze information in order to continuously improve MTN programs, demonstrate the impact of Show-Me ECHO and MTN on Missourians, to provide evidence MTN is accomplishing goals, and to contribute to ECHO related research.
Mel has worked in continuing education and medical education for 15 years. Prior to this, she worked in social services primarily with individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. She has experience in online and in-person instructional design, qualitative research methods and learner and program evaluation. Mel has a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis with an emphasis in professional education and supporting area in instructional design, a post-master’s certificate in institutional research, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling.
Lisa Wilson joined the MTN team in January 2021 as an ECHO instructor. Lisa is an Adult-Gerontology nurse practitioner, who for the past six years has been working at MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing as a clinical instructor on a CMS initiative. This initiative was known as The Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing Homes (MOQI). In this role, she worked as an APRN in long- term care, mentored staff and helped to decrease avoidable hospitalizations. She has been recently serving on the Nursing Home-Covid Echo as part of the Hub team. As an experienced registered nurse, she has also worked in acute care and nephrology and brings a passion for quality improvement and teaching the adult learner with her.