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Meet the Co-Directors
Earl Pike
Earl Pike is a seasoned professional in HIV/AIDS and related public health concerns, which gives him an in-depth and varied background in service design and delivery, development of evidence-based prevention initiatives and design and implementation of community and population based inclusion and outreach strategies.  He has served on a wide array of planning and advisory bodies on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, hepatitis C, sexual and reproductive health, health disparities, and public health system planning, in addition to mentoring dozens of public health and social work students over the years.  He has also lectured and published widely on various aspects of health care policy, research, and health disparities and is a co-author of the book Case Studies in Ethics and HIV Research, as well as other articles and book chapters.

Until the summer of 2010, Earl served as chief executive officer of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland for 13 years; since then, he has served as a nonprofit consultant in the education, economic development, and community health sectors.  Earl has a deep and abiding commitment to nurturing diversity and inclusion, development of participatory health care mechanisms and models, and the elimination of health disparities.  Earl is an avid runner and resides in Cleveland Heights with his wife and children.
Jacqueline Theurer
Jacqueline Theurer has been affiliated with the Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CRHD) since starting her employment at MetroHealth in 2006. She advanced through the ranks as a research assistant, associate, and eventually the project coordinator of the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC). During her 6 years with the CRIC study, Jacqueline was a quarterly representative to all steering committee meetings and championed many procedural and design implementation changes to the large, multi-site study. In 2010, she graduated with an MBA in Health Care from Baldwin Wallace, during which time she was elected team leader of her capstone project. In her most recent role as Center Research Manager in the CRHD, she looks to combine her acquired skills in the area of health care finance, organizational behavior, and strategic management with her background in research. Aside from helping develop and co-direct the Community Research Scholar Initiative, Jacqueline is involved in many aspects of the center, ranging from being an evaluator for the community consult service, participating in the REAL committee, and analyzing budgets for the CBPR grant study.

Jacqueline resides in Valley City, the “frog jump capital” of Ohio. For the last three years she has been an assistant softball coach for Holy Name High School, where she enjoys imparting her lifetime accrual of softball knowledge and teamwork onto young athletes. She is a member of Young Non-Profit Professionals of Cleveland, as well as an alumnus of the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Civic Engagement Boot Camp.
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