CFAR Staff

Based at both Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, Third Coast CFAR staff members work with core leaders to further the center’s mission. Staff support collaborations across the Third Coast CFAR partner organizations, provide core services, and administer the center’s broad portfolio of programs and activities. Contact us at

Justin Schmandt, MPH
Associate Director

Christina Hayford, MS, MSP
Senior Research Data Analyst

Baiba Berzin, MPH
Clinical Sciences Core Manager  
Rebecca Eavou, LCSW, AM
University of Chicago Administrator

Christy Allen
Research Administrator

Mike McRaven, MSL
Viral Pathogenesis Core Manager
Patricia Braboy, BS
Community Engagement Coordinator

Angel Avina, MS, MPH
Core Manager
Jessi Dehlin, LCSW
University of Chicago Administrator

Veli Heybeli, MS
Viral Pathogenesis Core Technician