About Us

Founders

Glen T. Cameron, PhD
Founder
glen@treepple.com

Glen T. Cameron is Maxine Wilson Gregory Chair in Journalism Research, Professor of Family and Community Medicine, and founder of the Health Communication Research Center in the Missouri School of Journalism. He is internationally recognized for his research, books and software design. Dr. Cameron’s pioneering software development includes his expert system program, Publics PR Research Software ™. Based on a decade of R & D with extensive external funding, Cameron co-invented Treepple, a tailored health news app, now entering the commercial stage of development. Glen has bike commuted over 60,000 miles and enjoys many other outdoor activities such as fly fishing at his home in Montana.

Mugur Geana, MD, PhD
Founder
mugur@treepple.com

Mugur Geana has been building computers and exploring their use to improve the delivery and use of health information for over 25 years. A physician by training, Mugur got interested in healthcare marketing and communications early in his career, with specific focus on how communication strategies could contribute to improve the health and wellbeing of communities. In addition to being an academic, researcher and co-inventor of Treepple, Mugur is an avid portrait and street photographer.

Management

Jim Flink, MA
Editorial & Production
jim.flink@treepple.com

From 2010-2013, Jim served as Vice President of News Operations and General Manager of Newsy. There, Jim led, coached and cultivated a young startup newsroom into an established, internationally respected newsroom publishing quality video content on emerging digital platforms. Under his leadership, Newsy delivered content for MSN, AOL, Huffington Post, Mashable, Wall Street Journal Asia and more. Newsy won the 2011 "Appy" for Best in Newsand the 2013 "Appy" for Best in iPad Publishing.

Gelu Ionas, MBA, PhD
Information Technology
gelu.ionas@treepple.com

Gelu has more than 20 years of experience in designing and developing web-based software solutions. Among others, Gelu worked on projects for the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the University of Missouri. He holds multiple degrees in engineering, business, and education. Gelu taught engineering, business, and IT courses both in the United States and abroad. He is passionate about exploring what happens when mind meets technology.

Professional Consultants and Presenters

Casey Williams, MD

Dr. Casey Williams is an assistant professor of Family Medicine at the University of Missouri. Before recently becoming a father, he was the producer and host of the Doctor’s Lounge radio health talk show on 88.1FM KOCU Columbia. He has written and recorded health news stories for Treepple since 2014.

Cyndi Frisby, PhD

Dr. Cyndy Frisby is a nationally recognized authority on media portrayals of minorities, athletes, women and teens. She is an associate professor of strategic communication at the University of Missouri's School of Journalism with a joint appointment in the communication department at the College of Arts and Science.

Jerry Schermer, MD

Dr. Jerry Schermer grew up in St. Louis, and has practiced urology in Columbia Missouri for the past 25 years. He is married, and has three adult children. He has a large variety of interests including art, music, reading, strength and conditioning, yoga and hiking.

Katie Cameron, MD

Katie graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and then completed pediatric residency training at the Medical College of Georgia. She is board certified in pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Editorial & Technical Team

Madison Brophy
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My name is Madison Brophy and I am from a small town in Colorado called Yuma. I am a senio ...
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My name is Madison Brophy and I am from a small town in Colorado called Yuma. I am a senior at the University of Missouri studying strategic communications. I have always taken an interest in communicating health and the issues revolving around it to the general public. In the future I hope to have a career working for my favorite sports team, the Denver Broncos.

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Software Developer

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John Gillis is an undergraduate student studying Computer Engineering at the University of Missouri after growing up in Columbia, MO. Previously, John has developed software for local news, food service education and disaster triage coordination websites. In his free time, he enjoys building unmanned robots, watching Netflix and playing board games.

Holly Hunt
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Holly Hunt is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and is pursing a degree in strategic communication, as well as, minors in business and political science. Georgia born and Texas bred, Holly brings a unique prospective to her experiences at Mizzou.

Madeline Jones
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Originally from Minneapolis, Madeline is currently completing her undergraduate degree in strategic communication at Mizzou. She interned with the marketing team for YMCA of Greater St. Louis and serves as an account planner for MOJO - the University of Missouri's premier student-staffed advertising agency. She developed an interest in health communications while working with the Food and Health team at Fleishman Hillard.

Ryan McGrath
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Originally from Dallas, Texas, Ryan is a Junior at the University of Missouri. She plans t ...
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Originally from Dallas, Texas, Ryan is a Junior at the University of Missouri. She plans to graduate in 2018 with a bachelors degree in Journalism and a minor in Business. Her emphasis area is Strategic Communication, with interests in public relations and digital storytelling.

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Taylor Nakagawa is a 2016 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism with an emphasis in multimedia production. In the past Taylor worked with the Associated Press, Newsy Videos and the Columbia Missourian producing multimedia packages. Originally from the North side of Chicago, Taylor has been a Cubs for his entire life and is convinced the team’s curse will be broken…eventually.

Kexin Sun
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Kexin Sun is a Chinese national whose emphasis at Mizzou is Convergence Multimedia produci ...
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Kexin Sun is a Chinese national whose emphasis at Mizzou is Convergence Multimedia producing. She worked at Newsy, a millennial facing news organization. Kexin is an editor/producer for Treepple.

Lowell Thomas
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Lowell Thomas, of Kansas City, Missouri, is a senior at the University of Missouri pursuin ...
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Lowell Thomas, of Kansas City, Missouri, is a senior at the University of Missouri pursuing an interdisciplinary degree focusing on economics and information technology. He served as co-director of the MU Film Crew, a videography and live event broadcast program he helped start as a sophomore. He has also worked as a digital producer at KOMU-TV, interned at Newsy as a writer and researcher, and served as a camera operator and audio assistant for the Mizzou Network.