Case Study Authors


Most biographies are current only as of the year they were submitted. If you are a past case author and wish to have your biography updated, please contact A2Ethics with your updated biography. 

All cases not mentioned here were authored by the High School Ethics Bowl Regional Case Committee.


"The Trajectory of a Kitchen Knife": Carlene Pelino is a middle and high school teacher in Chicago.

"Just Lungs":

Dr. Lauren Smith is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan specializing in hematopathology.  She has been a member of the University of Michigan Adult Ethics Committee since 2005 and also serves as a Chair of the Michigan State Medical Society Ethics Committee.  Her research interests include ethical issues in clinical medicine and pathology.

"What the Principal Knew":

 Belinda Dulin (top) and Sally Brush (bottom) work at the Dispute Resolution Center: Belinda as its Executive Director and Sally as its Mediation Services Coordinator.

"Values on Defense"Linda Fitzgerald is the owner of Fitzgerald Communications, which provides writing and communications consulting for businesses, health care companies, educational institutions, and nonprofits.

"Selling Sugar and the SAT":

Professor John Chamberlin is a University of Michigan Professor Emeritus of political science and public policy. His research interests include ethics and public policy, professional ethics, and methods of election and representation. He was the director of the Ford School's BA in Public Policy program from 2007-2011 and the director of U-M's Center for Ethics in Public Life from 2008-2011.

"Special Accommodations"

Jennifer Conlin is a journalist whose work spans over a decade, 20 countries, and five continents. Her work has been published in the New York Times. She is the Founding Editor of Creative Voice, a journalism outlet covering arts and culture in southeastern Michigan. She also serves as the Deputy Content Editor at the University of Michigan Alumni Association. She currently serves as a director of A2Ethics.


"One Time Slip-Up?"

Kathryn Moseley, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a clinical bioethicist and a general pediatrician/former neonatologist with the Child Health and Evaluation Unit at the University of Michigan Health System. She holds a dual appointment as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and faculty member/researcher with the UM Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine. In 2013, she was appointed to the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs of the American Medical Association. Dr. Moseley was an early practitioner in the relatively new field of bioethics in the 1980s, when she joined the faculty of St. Louis University Medical School and its Center for Health Care Ethics. Further, her eleven year experience as Director of Biomedical Ethics at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit influenced her extensive and wide-ranging research interests. Among these interests is her focus on the racial differences in health care decision-making; how those decisions are affected by culture and trust; and how these decisions may lead to health disparities. Most recently, Dr. Moseley received a $2.1M grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine culturally appropriate public health interventions to decrease the disproportionately high incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome among African American infants. In 2011, Dr. Moseley described key aspects of her research and her work in the bioethics field in an interview with A2Ethics: The Pediatric Bioethicist Who Builds Trust.

"The Open Purse"

Jimena Loveluck, MSW was the President/CEO of the HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In 2015, HARC merged with AIDS Partnership Michigan to form Michigan Unified. Ms. Loveluck now serves as Vice President for Community Research & Innoivation at Michigan Unified. She has over 25 years of expertise and experience in establishing vital services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Her leadership and commitment to community-based partnerships distinguishes her forward-thinking approach to the provision of health services. A recent example is HARC's collaboration with the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, in which community-based participatory research is being put to use to address the needs of people at risk or living with HIV/AIDS. To learn about several ethical issues people at risk or living with AIDS confront, please listen to A2Ethics' podcasts with Jimena Loveluck, most recently: The Good Work of Michigan's HIV/AIDS Center (HARC).

"Taking Notice":

Former Washtenaw County Commissioner Dr. Vivienne Armentrout. As an elected official, Dr. Armentrout held positions on several urban planning committees and was instrumental in the issuance of the Washtenaw County Comprehensive Plan. Dr. Armentrout continued her public service as an appointed member of the City of Ann Arbor Pedestrian Safety and Access Task Force. While she is not originally from Ann Arbor, she is an exceptionally knowledgeable guide for city residents through her popular blog Local In Ann Arbor, a thoughtful, detailed go-to resource about city issues. An accomplished writer and book editor, Dr. Armentrout has edited another guide: Gleason's Plants of Michigan. A former college professor, Dr. Armentrout has a PhD in botany and plant pathology.

"Best Practices"Patricia Ryan, MD, is a psychiatrist with over 30 years of experience in the field. A graduate of Fordham University and the St. Louis University Medical School, she completed her psychiatric residency training at Indiana University. She has worked in a variety of health care settings, including inpatient and hospital consultation liaison psychiatry as well as in outpatient care. For the past two decades, she has offered psychiatric services in private practice.  Early in her career, Dr. Ryan served in the National Health Service Corps to provide community mental health services to underserved communities in rural areas of Missouri. Dr. Ryan's professional interests are broad and eclectic. She is currently involved in improving the effectiveness of science communication among medical practitioners, scientists and the public. She is a graduate of the 2014 Summer Institute of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Dr. Ryan's other recent focus is exploring ways to integrate effective psychiatric treatments directly into primary care physician offices to help expand access to mental health services.

"Battle Tested":

Don Welch, PhD, is currently the Chief Information Security Officer at Penn State University. He served as the President/CEO of Merit Network, Inc., a pioneering leader in research/education network infrastructure for universities and school systems. Among the many awards Dr. Welch has earned: his recent honor at the White House as a "Champion of Change," and as 2013 recipient of the 21st Century Achievement Award from Computerworld Foundation. Dr. Welch has held executive and leadership positions in business and the military. He was the Director of Enterprise Technology and Merchandising Applications for H-E-B, a $12B retailer in Texas and Mexico. In addition, Dr. Welch served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Colonel and earning the Legion of Merit for his service. Key assignments include: West Point, Delta Force and the 25th Infantry Division. He has earned the Army's Ranger Tab and Paratrooper Wings. Dr. Welch's longstanding interest in ethics education continues through his teaching at Academy Leadership, a leadership training initiative founded by West Point and Annapolis graduates with successful careers in both the military and the private sector. A2Ethics interviewed Dr. Welch about this program and his diverse leadership experience in 2013: The Values We Carry: Don Welch Discusses Academy Leadership.

"Watch and Wait": 


Barb Hiltz, MSW (left) and Bonnie Dockham, LMSW (right). Ms. Dockham is the Executive Director at the Cancer Support Community (CSC) of Ann Arbor. Ms. Hiltz formerly held that position and is now Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work and MSW Program Director at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Before joining the CSC, Ms. Hiltz held leadership roles in several nonprofits in program administration, education and training, including the executive directorship of a non-violence education program in St. Louis, Missouri. Ms. Dockham is a licensed medical social worker, and has practiced in the inpatient hospital as well as the Department of Radiation Oncology at St. Joseph Mercy Health System. As founding Program Director at the CSC, her particular professional focus is in applying evidence-based practices to benefit patients and families affected by cancer. Ms. Dockham has presented at state and national oncology conferences in addition to serving as a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan Schools of Public Health and of Social Work. The CSC is a unique organization; its integrated programs are dedicated to providing the psychosocial needs of adults and children touched by cancer. Ms. Hiltz and Ms. Dockham spoke eloquently about one of the many ethical issues they contend with in their field in a 2009 A2Ethics interview: Privacy and the Cancer Patient.

"The Busy Day": Ted Lawrence, a 2013 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, is currently a judicial clerk at the Michigan Court of Appeals. Prior to law school, he worked as an assistant editor at The National Interest, a foreign policy journal based in Washington, DC. He also served as a research assistant to veteran Supreme Court journalist and lawyer, Joan Biskupic, while she wrote her biographies of Supreme Court Justices, Antonin Scalia and Sonia Sotomayor. His community involvement in Ann Arbor includes membership on the development committee for The Dispute Resolution Center as well as research and advisory roles in local political campaigns.


"The Wink": 

Amos N. Guiora is currently professor of law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. He is a Research Associate/Fellow at several centers: the University of Oxford, Oxford Institute of Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict; the International Institute on Counter-Terrorism, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzylia, Israel; and the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research, University of Utrecht School of Law. Amos has written several books on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism, multiculturalism and human rights.  He is currently writing a book on the legal issues involving bystanders.  Amos hails from Ann Arbor and returns in the fall of each year to attend all University of Michigan football games at the Big House.

"The Nudge":

Aaron Scherer, PhD, earned his PhD in Psychology from the University of Iowa and was a postdoctoral research fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan. Aaron is a social psychologist who utilizes a variety of methodologies to study the antecedents and consequences of biased beliefs, focusing on beliefs related to health and politics. He has published on a variety of topics among them: political stereotypes about psychological differences between conservatives and liberals; the use of metaphors to influence vaccination intentions; and confirmatory information seeking following arbitrary decisions. Every once in awhile, Aaron tries to be cool and post about politics, medicine or research on Twitter.

"Lolita the Lonely Whale"

Mary Hubl lives in Ann Arbor. She telecommutes from her home office to Omaha, Nebraska-based company Vic Gutman & Associates, where Mary is vice president, nonprofit services. She assists nonprofit organizations with grant writing and developing/implementing fundraising programs. Mary has a BA in French and international relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA in international politics and economics and modern European history from George Washington University. She also enjoys yoga, reading, traveling and competing in triathlons, as well as spending time with her two teenage sons and husband. Mary is a passionate animal advocate and volunteers as a cat comforter at the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

"Visiting Mr. X"

Teri Turner, RN, MS, CHPN is currently Director of Clinical Services at Arbor Hospice. She has been involved in the specialty of hospice care for 23 years. Teri has wide-ranging experience in international health care and a special interest in the impact of culture on health. After graduating from the University of Michigan with an MS in Health Services Administration, she accepted a post in the Middle East and worked there for almost a decade. She routinely serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan Schools of Social Work and Public Health; as a presenter at clinical and volunteer service conferences for the Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Association; and as an invited speaker to international hospice seminars, most recently in Yokohama, Japan. She has also been a member of Ethics Committees, including St. Joseph Mercy Hospital as well as Arbor Hospice. Along with her colleagues from Arbor Hospice, Teri has been an early supporter of A2Ethics initiatives, among them the annual Big Ethical Question Slam, in which the Arbor Hospice Ethics team has appeared four times. In 2015, Arbor Hospice Ethics won the Slam, going on to represent the United States in the first (and probably only) International Big Ethical Question Slam-Off with the champion Slammers from Winnipeg, Canada.

"In Confidence"Michael L. Michon is the Plymouth District President of the Bank of Ann Arbor. He has worked in the banking industry for thirty-three years. He has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. His MBA is from Central Michigan University. Mike enjoys hiking and golf.

"Superior Knowledge"Jamie Agnew is the co-owner, with his wife Robin, of the award-winning Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookshop in Ann Arbor. Jamie and Robin are also strong supporters and contributors to the popular annual Kerrytown Bookfest.

"Earning Real Paper"

Patti Smith is a former lawyer and a special education teacher. She has been a public speaker her whole adult life--in debate, in moot court, as a storyteller and has recently begun dabbling in improv. Last year, Patti's first (and hopefully not last) book was published by Arcadia Publishers, Images of America: Downtown Ann Arbor. She has also finished a young adult series about three kids who live in Detroit. Patti is on the board of A2Geeks, writes for Concentrate and Mittenbrew, works with the People's Food Co-op, and volunteers with 826Michigan. Patti lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and their cats. Recently, she finished a young adult book series about three kids who live in Detroit.

"The Gold King Mine Disaster"Inger Schultz is a writer with a background in chemical and environmental engineering. She has worked in the corporate world and has served as a consultant in the field of public water supply systems. Inger has a longstanding concern for preserving access to clean water. She has also been an early advocate for environmental education. In her role as development officer, she helped raise monies for the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum's Reader Urban Environmental Education Center. Further, she co-founded the popular Shakespeare in the Arb theatre program and the Youth Strings Ensembles at the Community Music School of Ann Arbor. Her interest in the arts extends to her work in fundraising for the Arthur Miller Theatre at the U-M School for Music, Theater and Dance.


"The Deciding Vote"

Jessie Kimbrough Marshall, MD, MPH is the medical director of Washtenaw County Public Health and an adult hospital medicine physician at the University of Michigan Health System. As medical director, she provides leadership in multiple areas including the provision of medical oversight to the health department, prevention of disease and promotion of public health, and policy-setting through coordinated planning with local health systems, health care providers, residents, and other county stakeholders. As a practicing physician, she cares for patients with chronic and acute disease. Dr. Marshall has years of leadership experience with health equity initiatives, cross-cultural care training in medical education and clinical care of vulnerable populations.

Dr. Marshall attended medical school and completed residency at Wayne State University. She is a trained internal medicine and pediatric physician. She received a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration on health policy and management from Harvard School of Public Health and completed a health policy fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, MA. Dr. Marshall completed the General Internal Medicine Research fellowship program at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, MD.

"A Transformational Scholarship"

S. Caroline Kerr is Chief Executive Officer of the Joyce Ivy Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the academic advancement and leadership development of talented young women from the Midwest. Through its Summer Scholars program, the Joyce Ivy Foundation gives scholarships to female high school students to participate in pre-college academic programs at partner colleges, such as Harvard, Yale, Brown, and Stanford. Previously, Caroline worked in undergraduate admissions, and as a college counselor and educational consultant. She grew up in Ann Arbor, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

"Intellectual Property"Galit Levi Dunietz, MPH, PhD, is a Research Fellow in the Neurology Department of the University of Michigan. Her current research focuses on sleep health among at-risk populations across the lifespan. Dr. Dunietz obtained an MPH from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Epidemiology from Michigan State University.

"Academic Integrity"Clinical Associate Professor Emerita Pat Van Volkinburg served a total of 32 years with the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology. For more than 16 years, Professor Van Volkinburg also served in various administrative positions, with the last five years as the Assistant Dean and then Associate Dean for Academic Programs.  One of her duties was to chair the Academic Integrity Committee.  She served in that capacity for more than 25 years for both graduate and undergraduate cases. Additionally, Professor Van Volkinburg created two new academic majors in the School and several non-academic programs within Kinesiology and across the greater campus.

In addition to teaching and advising undergraduate students, Professor Van Volkinburg was active at the state and national level on committees that wrote and addressed state and national policy related to pedagogy. Professor Van Volkinburg was selected by Kinesiology students three times for her teaching excellence and twice at the state level for her dedication to teaching and for service.

"Dubious Donations"David Herzig is a private consultant to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Dr. Herzig is the former Vice President of Drug and Scientific Development at Parke-Davis. He has been a champion of the local arts community and has served on several arts organization Boards, including the University Musical Society and the Ann Arbor Symphony.

"Scrubs" and "Humane Conditions in Prisons"

David A. Bloom is currently chair of the Department of Urology at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Bloom joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1984. He received the Jack Lapides endowed professorship in urology in 2002 and served as associate dean for faculty affairs of the medical school from 2000-2007. Dr. Bloom has published more than 160 papers and 68 book chapters, and has served on the editorial boards of several urology journals, including the Journal of Pediatric Urology and the British Journal of Urology. He has held offices in 26 professional societies, among them as president of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons.

Before coming to Michigan, Dr. Bloom was a staff urologist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.  In 1983, at the time of his discharge from the U.S. Army and upon leaving Walter Reed, he had been promoted to Lt. Colonel and had been appointed chief of pediatric urology. He earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo; served dual residencies in surgery and urology at UCLA; and completed a fellowship in pediatric urology at the Institute of Urology of the University of London.

"Persons with Disabilities in Institutions"Michael Szporluk has been working in the international relief and development field for more than two decades. He has worked in Serbia, Bosnia and Macedonia for local and international organizations on a range of development and dialogue projects, and led the European Centre for Minority Issues’ Policy Dialogue Initiative in Macedonia. Michael spent four years as a research officer and analyst in the Office of the Prosecution at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. For the past eight years, he has focused on advocacy for the universal rights of persons with disabilities across the world. His most recent publication is a strategic plan, commissioned by the city of Portland, Oregon, to increase employment as well as access opportunities of persons with disabilities. Michael grew up in Ann Arbor and is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with a Master's Degree in Public Policy.

"Informed Consent"

Carrie Ferrario, PhD, is a Neuroscientist and Professor at the University of Michigan Medical School, where she studies the effects of obesity and drug addiction on the brain. She grew up in New Jersey and has lived in Ann Arbor since 2001. In addition to conducting lab-based research, Dr. Ferrario teaches a wide range of students at UM, from freshmen undergraduates to students in the medical school.

"Conflicting Interests":

Mary Morgan is founder and executive director of The CivCity Initiative, a nonpartisan nonprofit that’s fighting civic apathy. She is former publisher of The Ann Arbor Chronicle, an online news site focused on covering local government.

"Shady Plumbing"Bill Burroughs is a Project Manager with William Charles Custom Homes in Saline, Michigan. Prior to his career with Charles Custom Homes, Bill has worked in real estate, mortgage banking and investment. One of his crowning achievements is appearing in an episode of the DIY Network's Man Caves, Fireman’s Pub in Parsippany, New Jersey.

"Pacemaker"William L. Ball is a retired automotive executive who spent most his career in public policy.  In retirement, he consults on issues regarding connected vehicle technology.  He serves on the board of a large, non-profit provider of aging services in Michigan.  He volunteers as a mediator with the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) in Ann Arbor and has participated on DRC’s team for the A2Ethics Big Ethical Question Slam.  He holds a BChemE and J.D. from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Stanford University.

"Athlete Dissent and the National Anthem"

Robert Haddad lives in New Jersey and is a 1998 Sport Management and Communications department graduate from the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan, where he was also the Chair of the Alumni Society from 2012-2015.  He currently works in business development for SocialFlow, a social media technology company that creates publishing software for publishers and media companies (like The New York Times, BBC and Wall Street Journal) to improve and centralize distribution of their content to platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.  Prior to his current career, Robert spent 16 years at Major League Baseball Productions as a Director of Documentaries and head of their field production department. He won an Emmy Award for his involvement on the Showtime series, "The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants" in 2011 and directed seven consecutive World Series Films from 2008-2014.  


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