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Dori Schatell, MS

Executive Director

Dori Schatell, MSDori brings a life-long interest in chronic disease, a passionate commitment to patient self-management, and years in the renal industry to her role. An experienced medical writer/editor with more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, booklets and books, fact sheets, and other pieces to her credit, she is also a national speaker and a policy advocate. She directs the Life Options program, Kidney School™, and Home Dialysis Central; staffed the first DOQI Anemia Guideline; produced five editions of the Core Curriculum for the Dialysis Technician;

She has a BA in Psychology and History of Medicine and an MS in Child & Family Studies, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Kristi Klicko, CHES

Director of Operations

Kristi Klicko, CHESKristi has more than years of MEI experience managing all facets of research, from IRB submissions to subject recruitment, data collection, and peer-reviewed journal articles.

She has a BS in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Carol Pruess

Business Manager

Carol PruessCarol joined MEI in 2006 as the Business Manager. She has more than years of varied accounting management and financial systems experience.

Carol has a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sharon Sahr

Office Manager

Sharon SahrSharon has been on the MEI team since 1993. She answers the phone, provides office and administrative support, and manages fulfillment.

Rob Poehnelt

Marketing Communications Coordinator

Rob PoehneltRob Poehnelt joined the MEI team in 2014. He has more than ten years of non-profit management and communications experience. His professional interests include community outreach, social media, graphic design, and meeting planning. In his free time, Rob enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family.

Rob has a BA in Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Matt Bauer

Rails Developer

Matt BauerMatt joined the MEI team in 2013. He has been working with web technologies since 1996 and with Ruby and Rails since 2005. Prior to joining MEI, Matt developed sites for many household name brands. As a web developer at MEI, Matt enjoys advocating for excellent user experiences. When he's not pushing pixels, Matt enjoys homebrewing, woodworking, and cross-country skiing.

Matt has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Iowa.

Devin Barham

Rails Developer

Devin BarhamDevin is a web developer from Gainesville, Fl. Before joining MEI in 2014, Devin was an active member of Gainesville's Hackerspace and was a part of several start-ups. When he's not writing code, you can probably find him rock climbing or tinkering with some projects.

Karen Honer

Program Support

Karen HonerKaren joined the MEI team in 1994, took time off to raise children, and returned part-time in 2008. She supports the KDQOL Complete, Home Dialysis Central, and MEI.

Karen has BS degrees in Psychology and History from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Meg Wise, PhD

Research Consultant

Meg Wise, PhDMeg is an Associate Scientist at the Sonderegger Research Center and the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on how patients and families learn to cope with the medical, practical, and psychosocial challenges of chronic and life-threatening illness. Meg has worked with MEI on assessing Internet use among renal patients, disease self-management behaviors among people with CKD, the effects of providing patients with education materials, and on exploring how home dialysis affects patient and caregiver quality of life.

She holds a BA in Anthropology, an MLS in Library and Information Studies, and PhD in Adult Education & Lifespan Development, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW

Resource & Policy Associate

Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSWBeth has been a renal social worker since 1978. She has worked with the MEI team since 1993 as a contributing writer, researcher, technical consultant, and community outreach expert. She served on the workgroup that developed the NKF KDOQI™ Clinical Practice Guidelines for chronic kidney disease and on a Rehabilitation Services Administration workgroup that developed a national training manual for vocational rehabilitation counselors. In 2010, Beth received the CNSW Lifetime Achievement Award. Beth writes and presents on rehabilitation, health-related quality of life, and employment and kidney disease.

Beth Witten received her MSW from the University of Kansas.

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