ALPQC Leadership

Brian Brocato, DO, FACOG, Obstetrics Lead

Brian is a physician specializing in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. His expertise is in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of chronic and complex maternal and fetal health conditions, including substance use disorder in pregnancy. He received his medical degree from Western University in Pomona, CA in 2007 and completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis. He is a Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.  

Samuel Gentle, MD, Neonatology Lead

Samuel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of Neonatology) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from UAB, completed his residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and completed a fellowship at UAB. His special interests include local and statewide quality improvement initiatives, education/curriculum development, and research related to prematurity.

DeeAnne Jackson, MD, MPH, Pediatrics Lead

DeeAnne is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of Academic General Pediatrics) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, completed both residency and fellowship at UAB/Children’s of Alabama, and received an MPH from the UAB School of Public Health. As Medical Director of the UAB Hospital Newborn Nursery, she develops curriculum/educational materials for pediatric residents and medical students, authors clinical protocols and policies, and participates in several Alabama committees relating to newborn care.

Martha Wingate, DrPH, Administrative/Public Health Lead

Martha is a Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health. Her work focuses on preterm birth, fetal and infant mortality, racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes, public health systems, and health policies related to pregnancy and infant health. She provides local, statewide, and national technical assistance to the MCH workforce.


Evelyn Coronado-Guillaumet, MPH, Program Director

Evelyn serves as Program Director for ALPQC, where she leads collaborative operations and the implementation of evidence-based quality improvement initiatives. She received her Master of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health Policy & Leadership from UAB. Evelyn has worked at the local, state, national, and international levels developing, implementing, and leading initiatives focused on women’s health throughout the life course. She is a strong advocate for elevating health equity and improving the health and wellbeing of birthing people and infants.

Steering Committee

Rosemary Blackmon
Alabama Hospital Association

Brian Brocato, DO, FACOG 
UAB School of Medicine, OBGYN

Janet Bronstein, PhD
UAB School of Public Health

Mallory Camerio, BS
Medical Association of the State of Alabama

Donna Dunn, PhD, CNM, FNP-BC
          UAB Department of OBGYN | Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH) Alabama Section Representative | Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Office of Women's Health

Eric Ford, PhD
UAB School of Public Health

Samuel Gentle, MD
UAB School of Medicine, Neonatology

                                       Charity Howard                                              ALPQC Patient Family Partner | Oasis Family Birthing Center | Alabama Birth Coalition

DeeAnne Jackson, MD, MPH
UAB School of Medicine, Pediatrics

Honour McDaniel, MPH 
March of Dimes

Carolyn Miller, LICSW, PIP 
ADPH Perinatal Division

April Montgomery, BSN, RN 
ADPH Perinatal Division

Drew Nelson, MPH 
Alabama Medicaid Agency

Cathy Nichols, RN
ADPH State Perinatal Program | Association of Women's Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Alabama Section Representative

Ginnie Prater, MD, CCD,CMD
BlueCross and BlueShield of Alabama

Rhiannon Reed, DrPH
ALPQC Patient Family Partner

Melinda Rowe, MD 
Alabama Medicaid Agency

Allison Todd, MSN, RN
UAB Department of OBGYN

Dianna Tullier, MEd 
Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education

Martha Wingate, DrPH, MPH 
UAB School of Public Health