Meet our Peer Health Exchange team

  • Leadership

    Louise Langheier

    Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

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    In 2003, Louise co-founded Peer Health Exchange, Inc. (PHE) in order to help fill a gap left by underfunded, understaffed health education programs in public high schools nationwide. As Chief Executive Officer, Louise is primarily responsible for leading PHE’s national growth plan, building and managing the PHE Staff and Boards, raising funds, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight.

    Louise graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History. While at Yale, she co-founded and directed Community Health Educators, the student volunteer program out of which PHE grew. Louise was selected as a member of the 2011 class of Aspen Entrepreneurial Education Fellows, and was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2012. Louise sits on the Board of Directors of Generation Citizen and America Achieves, and is actively involved with Dwight Hall at Yale-Yale’s Center for Public Service and Social Justice.

    In 2003, Louise co-founded Peer Health Exchange, Inc. (PHE) in order to help fill a gap left by underfunded, understaffed health education programs in public high schools nationwide. As Chief Executive Officer, Louise is primarily responsible for leading PHE’s national growth plan, building and managing the PHE Staff and Boards, raising funds, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight.

    Louise graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History. While at Yale, she co-founded and directed Community Health Educators, the student volunteer program out of which PHE grew. Louise was selected as a member of the 2011 class of Aspen Entrepreneurial Education Fellows, and was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2012. Louise sits on the Board of Directors of Generation Citizen and America Achieves, and is actively involved with Dwight Hall at Yale-Yale’s Center for Public Service and Social Justice.

    LaDawn Best

    Executive Director, Los Angeles

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    LaDawn joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2013. As the Los Angeles Executive Director, LaDawn is primarily responsible for developing, managing, growing, and evaluating PHE Los Angeles. In her role, LaDawn is responsible for managing the Los Angeles Program team, raising funds, managing and growing the Los Angeles Board of Directors, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for PHE Los Angeles. Prior to her work at PHE, LaDawn worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project, where she assisted LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and was responsible for training thousands of service providers on the barriers faced by LGBTQ survivors.

    Her prior experience includes serving as the Girls Leadership Coordinator for REACH L.A., where she worked with youth of color in Los Angeles to develop their leadership, knowledge and communication skills in the area of reproductive justice and public policy, and serving on boards for a number of national, statewide and community-based organizations, including Q-TEAM, an LGBTQ youth of color multi-issue organizing collective, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC), the Los Angeles HIV Youth Coalition, and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.

    LaDawn was also Co-Chair of the Multicultural and Underserved Communities Committee of the Los Angeles City Domestic Violence Task Force, and is a former Fellow of the California Women’s Policy Institute. LaDawn is proud to live in the city of Long Beach, where she serves as the President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach. She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Antioch University Los Angeles and a Master of Arts in Education, with an emphasis on Leadership and Change.

    LaDawn joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2013. As the Los Angeles Executive Director, LaDawn is primarily responsible for developing, managing, growing, and evaluating PHE Los Angeles. In her role, LaDawn is responsible for managing the Los Angeles Program team, raising funds, managing and growing the Los Angeles Board of Directors, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for PHE Los Angeles. Prior to her work at PHE, LaDawn worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project, where she assisted LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and was responsible for training thousands of service providers on the barriers faced by LGBTQ survivors.

    Her prior experience includes serving as the Girls Leadership Coordinator for REACH L.A., where she worked with youth of color in Los Angeles to develop their leadership, knowledge and communication skills in the area of reproductive justice and public policy, and serving on boards for a number of national, statewide and community-based organizations, including Q-TEAM, an LGBTQ youth of color multi-issue organizing collective, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC), the Los Angeles HIV Youth Coalition, and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.

    LaDawn was also Co-Chair of the Multicultural and Underserved Communities Committee of the Los Angeles City Domestic Violence Task Force, and is a former Fellow of the California Women’s Policy Institute. LaDawn is proud to live in the city of Long Beach, where she serves as the President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach. She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Antioch University Los Angeles and a Master of Arts in Education, with an emphasis on Leadership and Change.

    Liam Day

    Executive Director, Bay Area

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    Liam joined Peer Health Exchange as the Bay Area Executive Director in December 2015. Before joining PHE, he served as Partnership Director for an initiative in Boston that integrates the services of a community health center and a charter public school.

    Prior to that, he served in multiple capacities with the Boston Public Health Commission, including Director of Child and Adolescent Health and Director of Youth Development and Health Promotion. He graduated from Harvard College with B.A. in American History and from Middlebury College with an M.A. in English.

    Liam joined Peer Health Exchange as the Bay Area Executive Director in December 2015. Before joining PHE, he served as Partnership Director for an initiative in Boston that integrates the services of a community health center and a charter public school.

    Prior to that, he served in multiple capacities with the Boston Public Health Commission, including Director of Child and Adolescent Health and Director of Youth Development and Health Promotion. He graduated from Harvard College with B.A. in American History and from Middlebury College with an M.A. in English.

    Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare

    Assistant Vice President, Talent

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    Tina joined PHE in November 2014. As the Sr. Director of Talent, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of PHE talent, including talent acquisition, retention, development, management of core HR processes and policies, and partnering in the development and implementation of PHE’s human capital strategy. Tina has over 8 years of human resources experience in corporate, consulting, and non-profit industries.

    A native of Oakland, CA (by way of Philadelphia) she earned a B.B.A from Temple University’s Fox School of Business & Management with a double concentration in International Business Administration and Human Resources Management. Prior to joining PHE, she returned to Oakland from Chicago to serve as the Director, Human Assets for Education Pioneers, a national non-profit that develops leaders and managers to transform the education sector, where she supported the organization through a high-growth period by coaching and consulting managers and senior leaders on talent-focused areas including workforce & succession planning, employee relations, staffing, leave administration and performance management.

    Tina is a passionate community philanthropist with leadership experience with several professional & non-profit organizations. Her passion for youth development and education was ignited during her time as an Instructor for Temple Youth VOICES, a youth civic engagement program focused on education, leadership development, and collaborative research.

    Prior to her post-graduate roles, Tina completed international internships in South Africa and Italy focused on human resources strategy, international marketing, and cross-cultural interaction.

    Tina joined PHE in November 2014. As the Sr. Director of Talent, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of PHE talent, including talent acquisition, retention, development, management of core HR processes and policies, and partnering in the development and implementation of PHE’s human capital strategy. Tina has over 8 years of human resources experience in corporate, consulting, and non-profit industries.

    A native of Oakland, CA (by way of Philadelphia) she earned a B.B.A from Temple University’s Fox School of Business & Management with a double concentration in International Business Administration and Human Resources Management. Prior to joining PHE, she returned to Oakland from Chicago to serve as the Director, Human Assets for Education Pioneers, a national non-profit that develops leaders and managers to transform the education sector, where she supported the organization through a high-growth period by coaching and consulting managers and senior leaders on talent-focused areas including workforce & succession planning, employee relations, staffing, leave administration and performance management.

    Tina is a passionate community philanthropist with leadership experience with several professional & non-profit organizations. Her passion for youth development and education was ignited during her time as an Instructor for Temple Youth VOICES, a youth civic engagement program focused on education, leadership development, and collaborative research.

    Prior to her post-graduate roles, Tina completed international internships in South Africa and Italy focused on human resources strategy, international marketing, and cross-cultural interaction.

    Courtney Garcia

    Chief Sites Officer

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    Courtney joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2011. As Chief Sites Officer, Courtney is primarily responsible for overseeing all PHE operations by supervising PHE sites and programs, overseeing the implementation of PHE’s strategic plan, managing human resources, designing and managing internal systems, and working closely with the PHE VP of Finance to track budgets to organizational goals.

    Prior to joining PHE, Courtney Schroeder served as National Director of Program for BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), a national nonprofit that partners with schools to create high-quality summer and after school programs for students most in need of academic support. In this role, she led program strategy, curriculum, staff training, program evaluation, and innovation.

    Prior to BELL, Courtney worked with Aspire Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school management organization in California. At Aspire, she focused on expanding after school and academic intervention programs. She also worked with PUC Schools in Los Angeles, implementing early infrastructure and systems. Courtney began her work in public education with NewSchools Venture Fund.

    As a Senior Analyst for the fund, she focused on investment strategy, due diligence, and supporting portfolio organizations. Courtney started her career in strategy consulting with Swander Pace & Company (now Kurt Salmon), working with consumer products clients to evaluate corporate growth strategy. Courtney graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Public Policy. She also earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an M.A. from Stanford University School of Education.

    Courtney joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2011. As Chief Sites Officer, Courtney is primarily responsible for overseeing all PHE operations by supervising PHE sites and programs, overseeing the implementation of PHE’s strategic plan, managing human resources, designing and managing internal systems, and working closely with the PHE VP of Finance to track budgets to organizational goals.

    Prior to joining PHE, Courtney Schroeder served as National Director of Program for BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), a national nonprofit that partners with schools to create high-quality summer and after school programs for students most in need of academic support. In this role, she led program strategy, curriculum, staff training, program evaluation, and innovation.

    Prior to BELL, Courtney worked with Aspire Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school management organization in California. At Aspire, she focused on expanding after school and academic intervention programs. She also worked with PUC Schools in Los Angeles, implementing early infrastructure and systems. Courtney began her work in public education with NewSchools Venture Fund.

    As a Senior Analyst for the fund, she focused on investment strategy, due diligence, and supporting portfolio organizations. Courtney started her career in strategy consulting with Swander Pace & Company (now Kurt Salmon), working with consumer products clients to evaluate corporate growth strategy. Courtney graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Public Policy. She also earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an M.A. from Stanford University School of Education.

    Emily Gasner Medress

    Vice President, External Affairs

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    Emily joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2009. As the Vice President of External Affairs, Emily is primarily responsible for leading PHE’s external affairs strategy and team, raising funds, generating revenue, and overseeing communications. Before joining the External Affairs team, Emily was PHE’s Bay Area Executive Director for four years and PHE’s founding Los Angeles Executive Director for two years.

    Emily graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to PHE, Emily interned at NARAL Pro-Choice California, the ACLU of Northern California, and Human Rights Watch. She was honored by Planned Parenthood in June of 2009 for her work as a student activist.

    Emily joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2009. As the Vice President of External Affairs, Emily is primarily responsible for leading PHE’s external affairs strategy and team, raising funds, generating revenue, and overseeing communications. Before joining the External Affairs team, Emily was PHE’s Bay Area Executive Director for four years and PHE’s founding Los Angeles Executive Director for two years.

    Emily graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to PHE, Emily interned at NARAL Pro-Choice California, the ACLU of Northern California, and Human Rights Watch. She was honored by Planned Parenthood in June of 2009 for her work as a student activist.

    Dr. Angela Glymph

    Vice President, Programs & Strategic Learning

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    Angela joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2014. As the Managing Director of Evaluation and Organizational Learning, she is responsible for leading the evaluation of PHE’s program and strategic programmatic investments, and facilitating organizational learning and program improvements based on the results. Angela has 10 years of combined experience in the fields of program evaluation, psychological and educational research, educational assessment, statistics, and psychometrics.

    Prior to joining PHE, Angela worked for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is the statistical arm of the US Department of Education. At NCES, Angela worked on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), where she was responsible for the design, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of NAEP assessment data, as well as managing quality assurance activities and program evaluation work in NAEP.

    She is published, and frequently asked to make presentations and sit on professional panels based on her expertise in her field. Angela has a doctorate and Master’s degree in psychology from Howard University and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

    Angela joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2014. As the Managing Director of Evaluation and Organizational Learning, she is responsible for leading the evaluation of PHE’s program and strategic programmatic investments, and facilitating organizational learning and program improvements based on the results. Angela has 10 years of combined experience in the fields of program evaluation, psychological and educational research, educational assessment, statistics, and psychometrics.

    Prior to joining PHE, Angela worked for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is the statistical arm of the US Department of Education. At NCES, Angela worked on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), where she was responsible for the design, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of NAEP assessment data, as well as managing quality assurance activities and program evaluation work in NAEP.

    She is published, and frequently asked to make presentations and sit on professional panels based on her expertise in her field. Angela has a doctorate and Master’s degree in psychology from Howard University and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

    Arianne Graham

    Vice President, Health Business Development

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    Arianne joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2017. As Vice President, Health Business Development, she is primarily responsible for the strategic approach to and execution of PHE’s health partnerships. Health partners may include institutions such as academic medical centers, community health centers, and managed care plans, among others. In this role, Arianne works closely with both the executive leadership team and individual PHE sites to create an organization-wide approach to health partnerships that make sense within a local context.

    Since the beginning of her career, Arianne has always intentionally focused on understanding the healthcare landscape from a variety of perspectives, and as such she cultivated deep domain expertise in the life sciences, health systems administration, managed care, and patient advocacy.

    Prior to joining PHE, Arianne led in both commercial and operational roles within the health technology startup scene: advancing physical and behavioral care coordination at Quartet Health, enabling better patient access for leading health systems at Kyruus, and empowering patients with life-changing conditions to connect with others online and participate in health outcomes research at PatientsLikeMe.

    She has also worked at Genentech, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, and Navigant Consulting. In 2003, Arianne first ventured into healthcare when she and her father (a pediatric pulmonologist) co-founded Not One More Life, a non-profit organization aimed at reducing respiratory health disparities through education in partnership with faith based communities and schools. Arianne graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Finance and International Management. She also earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

    Arianne joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2017. As Vice President, Health Business Development, she is primarily responsible for the strategic approach to and execution of PHE’s health partnerships. Health partners may include institutions such as academic medical centers, community health centers, and managed care plans, among others. In this role, Arianne works closely with both the executive leadership team and individual PHE sites to create an organization-wide approach to health partnerships that make sense within a local context.

    Since the beginning of her career, Arianne has always intentionally focused on understanding the healthcare landscape from a variety of perspectives, and as such she cultivated deep domain expertise in the life sciences, health systems administration, managed care, and patient advocacy.

    Prior to joining PHE, Arianne led in both commercial and operational roles within the health technology startup scene: advancing physical and behavioral care coordination at Quartet Health, enabling better patient access for leading health systems at Kyruus, and empowering patients with life-changing conditions to connect with others online and participate in health outcomes research at PatientsLikeMe.

    She has also worked at Genentech, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, and Navigant Consulting. In 2003, Arianne first ventured into healthcare when she and her father (a pediatric pulmonologist) co-founded Not One More Life, a non-profit organization aimed at reducing respiratory health disparities through education in partnership with faith based communities and schools. Arianne graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Finance and International Management. She also earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

    Molly Greene

    Vice President, Programs and Strategic Partnerships

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    Molly joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2007. As the VP of Programs, she is responsible for the development, management, growth, and evaluation of PHE’s program, as well as the oversight of the strategic programmatic investments that will deepen the organization’s impact. Prior to this role, Molly held two other roles on PHE’s National Program Team: Managing Director of Teaching and Learning (2011-2013) and National Director of Program Development (2010-2011).

    Before joining the National staff in July 2010, she was PHE’s Boston Executive Director for three years. Molly graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a M.Ed. in Higher Education, where she was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship, and Amherst College with a B.A. in American Studies.

    Prior to joining PHE, Molly spent five years working with WorldTeach; first as a volunteer teacher in Ecuador, next as the Marketing, Admissions and Alumni Director at the headquarters in Cambridge, MA, and finally as the National Field Director in Ecuador in charge of training and supporting one hundred volunteer teachers.

    Molly joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2007. As the VP of Programs, she is responsible for the development, management, growth, and evaluation of PHE’s program, as well as the oversight of the strategic programmatic investments that will deepen the organization’s impact. Prior to this role, Molly held two other roles on PHE’s National Program Team: Managing Director of Teaching and Learning (2011-2013) and National Director of Program Development (2010-2011).

    Before joining the National staff in July 2010, she was PHE’s Boston Executive Director for three years. Molly graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a M.Ed. in Higher Education, where she was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship, and Amherst College with a B.A. in American Studies.

    Prior to joining PHE, Molly spent five years working with WorldTeach; first as a volunteer teacher in Ecuador, next as the Marketing, Admissions and Alumni Director at the headquarters in Cambridge, MA, and finally as the National Field Director in Ecuador in charge of training and supporting one hundred volunteer teachers.

    Babak Motie

    Vice President, Finance and Administration

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    Babak joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2015. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Babak was the Chief Financial Officer for Roots of Peace, a nongovernmental organization with a mission to restore economic vitality by creating livelihood opportunities in post-conflict regions. Prior to that, Babak was the Director of Finance and Operations at the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, where he facilitated a multi-year, multi-million dollar capital campaign.

    Babak started his career in public accounting assisting local, national, and international for-profit and nonprofit organizations with accounting and tax planning, as well as management consulting and mergers and acquisitions. Babak is a certified Public Accountant, and holds a Master’s in Taxation.

    Babak joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2015. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Babak was the Chief Financial Officer for Roots of Peace, a nongovernmental organization with a mission to restore economic vitality by creating livelihood opportunities in post-conflict regions. Prior to that, Babak was the Director of Finance and Operations at the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, where he facilitated a multi-year, multi-million dollar capital campaign.

    Babak started his career in public accounting assisting local, national, and international for-profit and nonprofit organizations with accounting and tax planning, as well as management consulting and mergers and acquisitions. Babak is a certified Public Accountant, and holds a Master’s in Taxation.

    Uchenna Ndulue

    Executive Director, Boston

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    Uchenna joined Peer Health Exchange as the Boston Executive Director in September 2016. He has twenty years experience supervising youth enrichment and health education programs. Prior to joining PHE, he was the director of the Boston Area Health Education Center at the Boston Public Health Commission. Uchenna believes that health education can be a powerful tool to further health equity, especially when health education is community informed and culturally relevant.

    Uchenna received his B.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, his MPH in Community Health Education and Public Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and is completing his PhD in Health Services Research from Boston University.

    Uchenna joined Peer Health Exchange as the Boston Executive Director in September 2016. He has twenty years experience supervising youth enrichment and health education programs. Prior to joining PHE, he was the director of the Boston Area Health Education Center at the Boston Public Health Commission. Uchenna believes that health education can be a powerful tool to further health equity, especially when health education is community informed and culturally relevant.

    Uchenna received his B.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, his MPH in Community Health Education and Public Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and is completing his PhD in Health Services Research from Boston University.

    Ann Peralta

    Assistant Vice President, Sites & Partnerships

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    As the Director of Program Planning and Support, Ann is responsible for ensuring program leaders in all PHE city sites have the training, coaching, and support they need to provide the highest quality programming possible. Ann stepped into this role after serving as the Boston Program Director at Peer Health Exchange for three years.

    Prior to her work at Peer Health Exchange, Ann ran a school-based obesity prevention program called Fitness Forward, taught health education to adolescent and adult women as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, and worked with a number of other non-profits in the public health and poverty alleviation fields.

    Ann has a BA in Economics from The George Washington University and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University. In addition to working at Peer Health Exchange, Ann is an active member of the American Public Health Association and is pursuing a DrPH in Management, Leadership, and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health part-time.

    As the Director of Program Planning and Support, Ann is responsible for ensuring program leaders in all PHE city sites have the training, coaching, and support they need to provide the highest quality programming possible. Ann stepped into this role after serving as the Boston Program Director at Peer Health Exchange for three years.

    Prior to her work at Peer Health Exchange, Ann ran a school-based obesity prevention program called Fitness Forward, taught health education to adolescent and adult women as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, and worked with a number of other non-profits in the public health and poverty alleviation fields.

    Ann has a BA in Economics from The George Washington University and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University. In addition to working at Peer Health Exchange, Ann is an active member of the American Public Health Association and is pursuing a DrPH in Management, Leadership, and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health part-time.

    Rachael Peters

    Executive Director, New York

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    Rachael joined Peer Health Exchange in December of 2012. As the New York City Executive Director, Rachael is primarily responsible for developing, managing, growing, and evaluating the PHE New York City program as well as managing the New York City Program team, raising funds, managing and growing the New York City Board, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for PHE New York City.

    Rachael comes to this work through a deep commitment to social justice and health equity. Prior to joining PHE, Rachael worked for the HEAT Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she led a new program focused on engaging women of color who are HIV positive in their medical care using peer outreach workers. Before working for HEAT, she managed a peer program at Project Reach Youth (PRY) providing sexual health education to young people in Brooklyn. Before that she worked for the New York City Department of Education.

    Rachael started her career in public health when she spent a year volunteering in South Africa as a peer educator on sexual health issues with Restless Development. She holds Masters degrees in Public Health and Social Work from Columbia University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

    Rachael is a member of the New York City Department of Education District Wellness Advisory Council and serves on the board of directors of Sadie Nash Leadership Project. Rachael lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

    Rachael joined Peer Health Exchange in December of 2012. As the New York City Executive Director, Rachael is primarily responsible for developing, managing, growing, and evaluating the PHE New York City program as well as managing the New York City Program team, raising funds, managing and growing the New York City Board, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for PHE New York City.

    Rachael comes to this work through a deep commitment to social justice and health equity. Prior to joining PHE, Rachael worked for the HEAT Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she led a new program focused on engaging women of color who are HIV positive in their medical care using peer outreach workers. Before working for HEAT, she managed a peer program at Project Reach Youth (PRY) providing sexual health education to young people in Brooklyn. Before that she worked for the New York City Department of Education.

    Rachael started her career in public health when she spent a year volunteering in South Africa as a peer educator on sexual health issues with Restless Development. She holds Masters degrees in Public Health and Social Work from Columbia University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

    Rachael is a member of the New York City Department of Education District Wellness Advisory Council and serves on the board of directors of Sadie Nash Leadership Project. Rachael lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

    Gillian Pressman

    Director, National Development

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    Gillian joined PHE in July 2017. In her role as Director, National Development Strategy & Operations, Gillian serves as a strategist, coordinator, and advocate in support of PHE’s fundraising team members and Boards, helping them sustain the resources to advance PHE’s mission.

    Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Gillian served as Massachusetts Executive Director at Generation Citizen, a national nonprofit that empowers young people to become effective citizens through rigorous school-based action civics programs. As Generation Citizen’ first Massachusetts-focused team member,

    Gillian spent five and a half years building and overseeing Generation Citizen Massachusetts’ local fundraising, local Boards, local strategy, school and college partnerships, and state policy activities. Prior to Generation Citizen, Gillian was at education nonprofit Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), where she founded and managed BELL’s alumni program, the BELL Alumni Society.

    Gillian received her B.A. in Religion from Princeton University. She is passionate about dancing, Crossfit, and exploring San Francisco.

    Gillian joined PHE in July 2017. In her role as Director, National Development Strategy & Operations, Gillian serves as a strategist, coordinator, and advocate in support of PHE’s fundraising team members and Boards, helping them sustain the resources to advance PHE’s mission.

    Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Gillian served as Massachusetts Executive Director at Generation Citizen, a national nonprofit that empowers young people to become effective citizens through rigorous school-based action civics programs. As Generation Citizen’ first Massachusetts-focused team member,

    Gillian spent five and a half years building and overseeing Generation Citizen Massachusetts’ local fundraising, local Boards, local strategy, school and college partnerships, and state policy activities. Prior to Generation Citizen, Gillian was at education nonprofit Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), where she founded and managed BELL’s alumni program, the BELL Alumni Society.

    Gillian received her B.A. in Religion from Princeton University. She is passionate about dancing, Crossfit, and exploring San Francisco.

    Robin Rich

    Chief Shared Services Officer

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    Robin joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2011. As the Chief Shared Services Officer, Robin is primarily responsible for overseeing all PHE City Sites by managing City Executive Directors against their programmatic, external affairs, and management responsibilities, lead growth to new City Sites in support of PHE’s strategic plan, serve as the key organizational thought leader on talent, and oversee the talent and HR team.

    Before joining the National staff in November 2013, she was PHE’s Boston Executive Director for three years. Robin has an M.S. in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded the Dean’s Emerging Leader Award upon graduation. She also holds a B.A. from Macalester College.

    Prior to joining PHE, Robin worked as the Director of Development at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston and as a Development Manager at Philadelphia-based Fairmount Ventures, a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in resource and organizational development. Before her work in consulting, Robin worked as the Assistant Executive Director for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.

    Robin joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2011. As the Chief Shared Services Officer, Robin is primarily responsible for overseeing all PHE City Sites by managing City Executive Directors against their programmatic, external affairs, and management responsibilities, lead growth to new City Sites in support of PHE’s strategic plan, serve as the key organizational thought leader on talent, and oversee the talent and HR team.

    Before joining the National staff in November 2013, she was PHE’s Boston Executive Director for three years. Robin has an M.S. in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded the Dean’s Emerging Leader Award upon graduation. She also holds a B.A. from Macalester College.

    Prior to joining PHE, Robin worked as the Director of Development at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston and as a Development Manager at Philadelphia-based Fairmount Ventures, a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in resource and organizational development. Before her work in consulting, Robin worked as the Assistant Executive Director for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.

    Danya Rosen

    Executive Director, Chicago

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    Danya has nearly a decade of experience in non-profit management across both the direct service and advocacy sectors. She joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2010. As the Chicago Executive Director, Danya is primarily responsible for the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the PHE Chicago program, raising funds, managing and growing the Chicago Board of Directors, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for PHE Chicago.

    Danya previously served as PHE’s Senior Director of Development in San Francisco, California. Prior to joining PHE, Danya spent over four years at Peace Action West as the Deputy Outreach Director, where she was responsible for overseeing California-based programming. While at PAW, she lobbied for disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation with the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability’s DC Days, and managed the GOTV efforts for the 2006 CA-11 race through Peace Action West’s political action committee.

    Danya graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Sociology. She is a member of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs’ JCore, the Chicago Foundation for Women’s LBTQ Giving Council, the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Adolescent Health Access Committee, and is a 2016 YNPN Chicago Leadership Institute Mentor.

    Danya has nearly a decade of experience in non-profit management across both the direct service and advocacy sectors. She joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2010. As the Chicago Executive Director, Danya is primarily responsible for the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the PHE Chicago program, raising funds, managing and growing the Chicago Board of Directors, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for PHE Chicago.

    Danya previously served as PHE’s Senior Director of Development in San Francisco, California. Prior to joining PHE, Danya spent over four years at Peace Action West as the Deputy Outreach Director, where she was responsible for overseeing California-based programming. While at PAW, she lobbied for disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation with the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability’s DC Days, and managed the GOTV efforts for the 2006 CA-11 race through Peace Action West’s political action committee.

    Danya graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Sociology. She is a member of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs’ JCore, the Chicago Foundation for Women’s LBTQ Giving Council, the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Adolescent Health Access Committee, and is a 2016 YNPN Chicago Leadership Institute Mentor.

    Lisa Walker

    Assistant Vice President, Programs & Strategic Learning

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    Lisa joined PHE in October of 2011. As the Managing Director of Program Development and Support at Peer Health Exchange (PHE), Lisa manages the development and continual improvement of PHE’s direct service program model, both the standard program and innovations designed to deepen our impact in the future. Lisa previously worked for Teach For America (TFA), first coaching new teachers and then leading recruitment campaigns.

    Prior to joining TFA staff, she taught at a bilingual school in the Bronx, New York, as a TFA corps member. Lisa graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government, and from Pace University with a M.S. in Teaching.

    Lisa joined PHE in October of 2011. As the Managing Director of Program Development and Support at Peer Health Exchange (PHE), Lisa manages the development and continual improvement of PHE’s direct service program model, both the standard program and innovations designed to deepen our impact in the future. Lisa previously worked for Teach For America (TFA), first coaching new teachers and then leading recruitment campaigns.

    Prior to joining TFA staff, she taught at a bilingual school in the Bronx, New York, as a TFA corps member. Lisa graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government, and from Pace University with a M.S. in Teaching.

    James Lin

    Director, Sites & Partnerships

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    James joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2013. As the Talent and Sites manager, he is responsible for providing leadership and support on talent acquisition and retention efforts, planning and executing internal communications and staff events, and local site research and sustainability work. Before joining the National staff in February 2015, he was a Boston Program Manager for one and a half years.

    James graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations and Psychology. Prior to joining PHE, James was part of AmeriCorps National Direct where he served as a computer literacy instructor in Chicago working with low-income, adult, immigrant populations for two years.

    James joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2013. As the Talent and Sites manager, he is responsible for providing leadership and support on talent acquisition and retention efforts, planning and executing internal communications and staff events, and local site research and sustainability work. Before joining the National staff in February 2015, he was a Boston Program Manager for one and a half years.

    James graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations and Psychology. Prior to joining PHE, James was part of AmeriCorps National Direct where he served as a computer literacy instructor in Chicago working with low-income, adult, immigrant populations for two years.

  • External Affairs

    Emily Gasner Medress

    Vice President, External Affairs

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    Emily joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2009. As the Vice President of External Affairs, Emily is primarily responsible for leading PHE’s external affairs strategy and team, raising funds, generating revenue, and overseeing communications.

    Before joining the External Affairs team, Emily was PHE’s Bay Area Executive Director for four years and PHE’s founding Los Angeles Executive Director for two years. Emily graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science.

    Prior to PHE, Emily interned at NARAL Pro-Choice California, the ACLU of Northern California, and Human Rights Watch. She was honored by Planned Parenthood in June of 2009 for her work as a student activist.

    Emily joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2009. As the Vice President of External Affairs, Emily is primarily responsible for leading PHE’s external affairs strategy and team, raising funds, generating revenue, and overseeing communications.

    Before joining the External Affairs team, Emily was PHE’s Bay Area Executive Director for four years and PHE’s founding Los Angeles Executive Director for two years. Emily graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science.

    Prior to PHE, Emily interned at NARAL Pro-Choice California, the ACLU of Northern California, and Human Rights Watch. She was honored by Planned Parenthood in June of 2009 for her work as a student activist.

    Joey Lyon

    National Development Manager

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    Joey joined Peer Health Exchange in August of 2016. He supports the External Affairs team with management of the donor database, including auditing and reconciliation of financial data.

    He received both a B.A and M.S. at the University of Colorado – Boulder, where he studied Communication, Health Inequalities, and Geographic Information Science (GIS). While in Colorado, he worked as a research assistant at the National Center for Women and IT, where he used GIS to map and analyze grant programs.

    Joey joined Peer Health Exchange in August of 2016. He supports the External Affairs team with management of the donor database, including auditing and reconciliation of financial data.

    He received both a B.A and M.S. at the University of Colorado – Boulder, where he studied Communication, Health Inequalities, and Geographic Information Science (GIS). While in Colorado, he worked as a research assistant at the National Center for Women and IT, where he used GIS to map and analyze grant programs.

    Kai Paine

    Manager, Individual Giving

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    Kai joined Peer Health Exchange in March 2015. As the Individual Giving Manager, Kai provides high-level executive support to the CEO, COO, and CEA, as well as to the External Affairs team, PHE’s National Board, and the National Office.

    Prior to joining PHE, Kai has worked at several startups in the Bay Area that focus on the intersection of food and health. Kai volunteers with Slow Food SF both as a member of the planning committee of the annual Childhood Obesity Bay Area conference, and as the co-chair of the organization’s new School Garden Initiative.

    She also volunteers with Girls on the Run as a running coach for elementary school girls, and as a member of the 5K planning committee. Kai received her B.A. in Modern Languages from Trinity College, where she wrote her thesis on the organic food movements in Italy and Germany.

    Kai joined Peer Health Exchange in March 2015. As the Individual Giving Manager, Kai provides high-level executive support to the CEO, COO, and CEA, as well as to the External Affairs team, PHE’s National Board, and the National Office.

    Prior to joining PHE, Kai has worked at several startups in the Bay Area that focus on the intersection of food and health. Kai volunteers with Slow Food SF both as a member of the planning committee of the annual Childhood Obesity Bay Area conference, and as the co-chair of the organization’s new School Garden Initiative.

    She also volunteers with Girls on the Run as a running coach for elementary school girls, and as a member of the 5K planning committee. Kai received her B.A. in Modern Languages from Trinity College, where she wrote her thesis on the organic food movements in Italy and Germany.

    Gillian Pressman

    Director, National Development Strategy & Operations

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    Gillian joined PHE in July 2017. In her role as Director, National Development Strategy & Operations, Gillian serves as a strategist, coordinator, and advocate in support of PHE’s fundraising team members and Boards, helping them sustain the resources to advance PHE’s mission.

    Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Gillian served as Massachusetts Executive Director at Generation Citizen, a national nonprofit that empowers young people to become effective citizens through rigorous school-based action civics programs. As Generation Citizen’ first Massachusetts-focused team member,

    Gillian spent five and a half years building and overseeing Generation Citizen Massachusetts’ local fundraising, local Boards, local strategy, school and college partnerships, and state policy activities. Prior to Generation Citizen, Gillian was at education nonprofit Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), where she founded and managed BELL’s alumni program, the BELL Alumni Society.

    Gillian received her B.A. in Religion from Princeton University. She is passionate about dancing, Crossfit, and exploring San Francisco.

    Gillian joined PHE in July 2017. In her role as Director, National Development Strategy & Operations, Gillian serves as a strategist, coordinator, and advocate in support of PHE’s fundraising team members and Boards, helping them sustain the resources to advance PHE’s mission.

    Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Gillian served as Massachusetts Executive Director at Generation Citizen, a national nonprofit that empowers young people to become effective citizens through rigorous school-based action civics programs. As Generation Citizen’ first Massachusetts-focused team member,

    Gillian spent five and a half years building and overseeing Generation Citizen Massachusetts’ local fundraising, local Boards, local strategy, school and college partnerships, and state policy activities. Prior to Generation Citizen, Gillian was at education nonprofit Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), where she founded and managed BELL’s alumni program, the BELL Alumni Society.

    Gillian received her B.A. in Religion from Princeton University. She is passionate about dancing, Crossfit, and exploring San Francisco.

    Kenyon DeVault

    Director, Major Gifts

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    Kenyon joined PHE in September 2017. In his role, Kenyon leverages his lifelong propensity for making personal connections in service to his values of social justice and equity, by building the community of individual investors in PHE’s mission and national operations. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Kenyon has spent his career in nonprofit resource development, most recently as Director of Development for Jumpstart and as Bay Area Major Gifts Officer at Summer Search.

    Kenyon is an enthusiastic alumnus of Macalester College and earned his Master of Nonprofit Administration degree through the University of San Francisco School of Management.  He is a member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus where he is part of a volunteer committee that has raised more than $325,000 since 2008 to ensure that chorus membership remains accessible for all.

    Kenyon joined PHE in September 2017. In his role, Kenyon leverages his lifelong propensity for making personal connections in service to his values of social justice and equity, by building the community of individual investors in PHE’s mission and national operations. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Kenyon has spent his career in nonprofit resource development, most recently as Director of Development for Jumpstart and as Bay Area Major Gifts Officer at Summer Search.

    Kenyon is an enthusiastic alumnus of Macalester College and earned his Master of Nonprofit Administration degree through the University of San Francisco School of Management.  He is a member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus where he is part of a volunteer committee that has raised more than $325,000 since 2008 to ensure that chorus membership remains accessible for all.

  • Shared Services (Finance, Technology, & Operations, Talent, & Communications)

    Robin Rich

    Chief Shared Services Officer

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    Robin joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2011. As the Chief Shared Services Officer, Robin is primarily responsible for overseeing all PHE City Sites by managing City Executive Directors against their programmatic, external affairs, and management responsibilities, lead growth to new City Sites in support of PHE’s strategic plan, serve as the key organizational thought leader on talent, and oversee the talent and HR team.

    Before joining the National staff in November 2013, she was PHE’s Boston Executive Director for three years. Robin has an M.S. in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded the Dean’s Emerging Leader Award upon graduation. She also holds a B.A. from Macalester College.

    Prior to joining PHE, Robin worked as the Director of Development at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston and as a Development Manager at Philadelphia-based Fairmount Ventures, a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in resource and organizational development. Before her work in consulting, Robin worked as the Assistant Executive Director for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.

    Robin joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2011. As the Chief Shared Services Officer, Robin is primarily responsible for overseeing all PHE City Sites by managing City Executive Directors against their programmatic, external affairs, and management responsibilities, lead growth to new City Sites in support of PHE’s strategic plan, serve as the key organizational thought leader on talent, and oversee the talent and HR team.

    Before joining the National staff in November 2013, she was PHE’s Boston Executive Director for three years. Robin has an M.S. in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded the Dean’s Emerging Leader Award upon graduation. She also holds a B.A. from Macalester College.

    Prior to joining PHE, Robin worked as the Director of Development at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston and as a Development Manager at Philadelphia-based Fairmount Ventures, a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in resource and organizational development. Before her work in consulting, Robin worked as the Assistant Executive Director for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.

    Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare

    Assistant Vice President, Talent

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    Tina joined PHE in November 2014. As the Sr. Director of Talent, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of PHE talent, including talent acquisition, retention, development, management of core HR processes and policies, and partnering in the development and implementation of PHE’s human capital strategy. Tina has over 8 years of human resources experience in corporate, consulting, and non-profit industries.

    A native of Oakland, CA (by way of Philadelphia) she earned a B.B.A from Temple University’s Fox School of Business & Management with a double concentration in International Business Administration and Human Resources Management. Prior to joining PHE, she returned to Oakland from Chicago to serve as the Director, Human Assets for Education Pioneers, a national non-profit that develops leaders and managers to transform the education sector, where she supported the organization through a high-growth period by coaching and consulting managers and senior leaders on talent-focused areas including workforce & succession planning, employee relations, staffing, leave administration and performance management.

    Tina is a passionate community philanthropist with leadership experience with several professional & non-profit organizations. Her passion for youth development and education was ignited during her time as an Instructor for Temple Youth VOICES, a youth civic engagement program focused on education, leadership development, and collaborative research.

    Prior to her post-graduate roles, Tina completed international internships in South Africa and Italy focused on human resources strategy, international marketing, and cross-cultural interaction.

    Tina joined PHE in November 2014. As the Sr. Director of Talent, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of PHE talent, including talent acquisition, retention, development, management of core HR processes and policies, and partnering in the development and implementation of PHE’s human capital strategy. Tina has over 8 years of human resources experience in corporate, consulting, and non-profit industries.

    A native of Oakland, CA (by way of Philadelphia) she earned a B.B.A from Temple University’s Fox School of Business & Management with a double concentration in International Business Administration and Human Resources Management. Prior to joining PHE, she returned to Oakland from Chicago to serve as the Director, Human Assets for Education Pioneers, a national non-profit that develops leaders and managers to transform the education sector, where she supported the organization through a high-growth period by coaching and consulting managers and senior leaders on talent-focused areas including workforce & succession planning, employee relations, staffing, leave administration and performance management.

    Tina is a passionate community philanthropist with leadership experience with several professional & non-profit organizations. Her passion for youth development and education was ignited during her time as an Instructor for Temple Youth VOICES, a youth civic engagement program focused on education, leadership development, and collaborative research.

    Prior to her post-graduate roles, Tina completed international internships in South Africa and Italy focused on human resources strategy, international marketing, and cross-cultural interaction.

    Leslie Jordan

    Senior Manager

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    Leslie joined PHE in September 2016. As the Manager, Talent Acquisition, she is responsible for developing and implementing talent acquisition strategies, executing on critical hiring goals, and ensuring all ongoing and future organization talent demands are met.

    Prior to joining PHE, Leslie worked with for-profit organizations as a Recruiter sourcing for a wide range of positions. Leslie graduated from Southern IL University of Carbondale with a Bachelor’s degree in Theater, concentration in Acting.

    Her passion for racial equity and workplace diversity is what drives and motivates her to develop creative talent acquisition strategies to strengthen organizational culture.

    Leslie joined PHE in September 2016. As the Manager, Talent Acquisition, she is responsible for developing and implementing talent acquisition strategies, executing on critical hiring goals, and ensuring all ongoing and future organization talent demands are met.

    Prior to joining PHE, Leslie worked with for-profit organizations as a Recruiter sourcing for a wide range of positions. Leslie graduated from Southern IL University of Carbondale with a Bachelor’s degree in Theater, concentration in Acting.

    Her passion for racial equity and workplace diversity is what drives and motivates her to develop creative talent acquisition strategies to strengthen organizational culture.

    Glynis McCray

    HR Generalist

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    Babak Motie

    Vice President, Finance and Administration Communications

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    Babak joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2015. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Babak was the Chief Financial Officer for Roots of Peace, a nongovernmental organization with a mission to restore economic vitality by creating livelihood opportunities in post-conflict regions. Prior to that, Babak was the Director of Finance and Operations at the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, where he facilitated a multi-year, multi-million dollar capital campaign.

    Babak started his career in public accounting assisting local, national, and international for-profit and nonprofit organizations with accounting and tax planning, as well as management consulting and mergers and acquisitions. Babak is a certified Public Accountant, and holds a Master’s in Taxation.

    Babak joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2015. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Babak was the Chief Financial Officer for Roots of Peace, a nongovernmental organization with a mission to restore economic vitality by creating livelihood opportunities in post-conflict regions. Prior to that, Babak was the Director of Finance and Operations at the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, where he facilitated a multi-year, multi-million dollar capital campaign.

    Babak started his career in public accounting assisting local, national, and international for-profit and nonprofit organizations with accounting and tax planning, as well as management consulting and mergers and acquisitions. Babak is a certified Public Accountant, and holds a Master’s in Taxation.

    Tom Negrette

    Senior Manager, Technology & Operations

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    Tom joined Peer Health Exchange in April, 2017, coming from an experienced and diverse technical background in Information Technology. He is leading the development and project delivery of technology and operation solutions, and providing guidance to overall technology and operations.

    Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Tom was Regional IT Director for Highgate Hotels. He was responsible for managing the multi-million dollar IT needs of seventeen hotels from New York to Hawaii. He also served as founder and supporting member of Highgate Hotel’s IT Security Team.

    Tom’s expertise within information technology covers a vast range of disciplines including integration, management, networking, security and service delivery. He began his career setting up a small local area network at a car dealership while in high school, rising through the IT ranks in various industries with dedication and a can-do attitude.

    Tom joined Peer Health Exchange in April, 2017, coming from an experienced and diverse technical background in Information Technology. He is leading the development and project delivery of technology and operation solutions, and providing guidance to overall technology and operations.

    Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Tom was Regional IT Director for Highgate Hotels. He was responsible for managing the multi-million dollar IT needs of seventeen hotels from New York to Hawaii. He also served as founder and supporting member of Highgate Hotel’s IT Security Team.

    Tom’s expertise within information technology covers a vast range of disciplines including integration, management, networking, security and service delivery. He began his career setting up a small local area network at a car dealership while in high school, rising through the IT ranks in various industries with dedication and a can-do attitude.

    Chris Vargas

    Operations and IT Coordinator

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    Chris joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2015. As the Operation and IT Coordinator, Chris is responsible for supporting operations and IT projects at PHE across all cities.

    Chris is a recent graduate of the Year Up program, and completed his internship with Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA. Chris is looking forward to starting college later this year.

    Chris joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2015. As the Operation and IT Coordinator, Chris is responsible for supporting operations and IT projects at PHE across all cities.

    Chris is a recent graduate of the Year Up program, and completed his internship with Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA. Chris is looking forward to starting college later this year.

    Marnie Kinnaird

    Manager, Shared Services

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    Marnie joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2016. As Executive Assistant, she is responsible for providing high-level support to the PHE Executive Team and National Board as well as general administrative and operational support. Prior to joining PHE, Marnie served as a Research Assistant in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, the first interdisciplinary research center in the world solely dedicated to studying sport as a tool to empower girls and women. At the Tucker Center, Marnie was responsible for supporting every step of the research process for both qualitative and quantitative projects, handling the organization’s daily operational and administrative tasks, and planning community outreach efforts such as the 2016 Tucker Center Film Festival. Marnie developed a passion for health equity and education during her time as an undergraduate student at Occidental College, where she participated for three years in a directed research group dedicated to developing, implementing, and evaluating nutrition and fitness education materials for inner-city Los Angeles public schools. Marnie holds a BA in Kinesiology from Occidental College and an MS in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota.

    Marnie joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2016. As Executive Assistant, she is responsible for providing high-level support to the PHE Executive Team and National Board as well as general administrative and operational support. Prior to joining PHE, Marnie served as a Research Assistant in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, the first interdisciplinary research center in the world solely dedicated to studying sport as a tool to empower girls and women. At the Tucker Center, Marnie was responsible for supporting every step of the research process for both qualitative and quantitative projects, handling the organization’s daily operational and administrative tasks, and planning community outreach efforts such as the 2016 Tucker Center Film Festival. Marnie developed a passion for health equity and education during her time as an undergraduate student at Occidental College, where she participated for three years in a directed research group dedicated to developing, implementing, and evaluating nutrition and fitness education materials for inner-city Los Angeles public schools. Marnie holds a BA in Kinesiology from Occidental College and an MS in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota.

  • Programs, Evaluation, & Systems

    James Lin

    Director, Sites & Partnerships

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    James joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2013. As the Talent and Sites manager, he is responsible for providing leadership and support on talent acquisition and retention efforts, planning and executing internal communications and staff events, and local site research and sustainability work. Before joining the National staff in February 2015, he was a Boston Program Manager for one and a half years.

    James graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations and Psychology. Prior to joining PHE, James was part of AmeriCorps National Direct where he served as a computer literacy instructor in Chicago working with low-income, adult, immigrant populations for two years.

    James joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2013. As the Talent and Sites manager, he is responsible for providing leadership and support on talent acquisition and retention efforts, planning and executing internal communications and staff events, and local site research and sustainability work. Before joining the National staff in February 2015, he was a Boston Program Manager for one and a half years.

    James graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations and Psychology. Prior to joining PHE, James was part of AmeriCorps National Direct where he served as a computer literacy instructor in Chicago working with low-income, adult, immigrant populations for two years.

    Lexis Manzara

    Associate, Program Delivery and Evaluation

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    Lexis joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2015. As the Program Delivery and Evaluation Associate she is responsible for managing key aspects of national program evaluation and delivery support. Prior to joining PHE, Lexis held a variety of research assistant positions in areas including substance use, youth studies and community engagement.

    She helped implement a peer-education program on healthy relationships at Casa de Esperanza and worked as a youth adviser for Loveisrespect. Lexis graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in psychology and minors in Spanish and public health.

    Lexis joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2015. As the Program Delivery and Evaluation Associate she is responsible for managing key aspects of national program evaluation and delivery support. Prior to joining PHE, Lexis held a variety of research assistant positions in areas including substance use, youth studies and community engagement.

    She helped implement a peer-education program on healthy relationships at Casa de Esperanza and worked as a youth adviser for Loveisrespect. Lexis graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in psychology and minors in Spanish and public health.

    Aasli Nur

    Senior Manager, Program, Evaluation and Systems

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    Aasli joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2017. As Senior Manager, she is responsible for supporting PHE’s program evaluation activities and evidence building strategies to improve program implementation. Prior to joining PHE, Aasli worked in the United Arab Emirates as a teacher at the lower primary level.

    She returned to pursue graduate studies, working on various research teams exploring the intersections between women’s empowerment, access to enabling resources, and reproductive health outcomes both domestically and abroad. As a field scholar with the Emory Global Health Institute she evaluated the integration of health education curriculum into a women’s economic empowerment program in Oromia, Ethiopia.

    She has also worked at the CDC in the Division of Global Health Protection. At the CDC, Aasli served on the IMPACT Program’s evaluation team, where she led data collection, management, and analysis to evaluate program operations in Bangladesh and Kenya.

    Aasli received her B.A. in Anthropology and Arabic from Washington University in St. Louis, and her MPH in Global Health from Emory University. She also holds a graduate certificate in Maternal and Child Health.

    Aasli joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2017. As Senior Manager, she is responsible for supporting PHE’s program evaluation activities and evidence building strategies to improve program implementation. Prior to joining PHE, Aasli worked in the United Arab Emirates as a teacher at the lower primary level.

    She returned to pursue graduate studies, working on various research teams exploring the intersections between women’s empowerment, access to enabling resources, and reproductive health outcomes both domestically and abroad. As a field scholar with the Emory Global Health Institute she evaluated the integration of health education curriculum into a women’s economic empowerment program in Oromia, Ethiopia.

    She has also worked at the CDC in the Division of Global Health Protection. At the CDC, Aasli served on the IMPACT Program’s evaluation team, where she led data collection, management, and analysis to evaluate program operations in Bangladesh and Kenya.

    Aasli received her B.A. in Anthropology and Arabic from Washington University in St. Louis, and her MPH in Global Health from Emory University. She also holds a graduate certificate in Maternal and Child Health.

    Leah Tarran

    Senior Manager, Program Development and Delivery

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    Leah Tarran joined in July 2014. As the Senior Manager, she will manage all of PHE’s development work on our new 9th grade curriculum, curriculum pilots and possible future curricula. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, Leah worked as a Program Manager at Brighter Beginnings where she led curriculum development on topics including financial literacy and health, specializing in working with pregnant and parenting teens in low-income communities.

    She has also worked in rural Kenya as a Program Intern for the Carr Education Foundation, researching and developing a comprehensive leadership curriculum for girls. Following her master’s program, Leah served as an AmeriCorps volunteer as an advocate for refugee populations in Oakland, CA.

    Leah graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Family Studies & Human Development, and from University of Sydney (Australia) with a Master of Public Health concentrating on Project Management.

    Leah Tarran joined in July 2014. As the Senior Manager, she will manage all of PHE’s development work on our new 9th grade curriculum, curriculum pilots and possible future curricula. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, Leah worked as a Program Manager at Brighter Beginnings where she led curriculum development on topics including financial literacy and health, specializing in working with pregnant and parenting teens in low-income communities.

    She has also worked in rural Kenya as a Program Intern for the Carr Education Foundation, researching and developing a comprehensive leadership curriculum for girls. Following her master’s program, Leah served as an AmeriCorps volunteer as an advocate for refugee populations in Oakland, CA.

    Leah graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Family Studies & Human Development, and from University of Sydney (Australia) with a Master of Public Health concentrating on Project Management.

    Lisa Walker

    Assistant Vice President, Programs & Strategic Learning

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    Lisa joined PHE in October of 2011. As the Managing Director of Program Development and Support at Peer Health Exchange (PHE), Lisa manages the development and continual improvement of PHE’s direct service program model, both the standard program and innovations designed to deepen our impact in the future. Lisa previously worked for Teach For America (TFA), first coaching new teachers and then leading recruitment campaigns.

    Prior to joining TFA staff, she taught at a bilingual school in the Bronx, New York, as a TFA corps member. Lisa graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government, and from Pace University with a M.S. in Teaching.

    Lisa joined PHE in October of 2011. As the Managing Director of Program Development and Support at Peer Health Exchange (PHE), Lisa manages the development and continual improvement of PHE’s direct service program model, both the standard program and innovations designed to deepen our impact in the future. Lisa previously worked for Teach For America (TFA), first coaching new teachers and then leading recruitment campaigns.

    Prior to joining TFA staff, she taught at a bilingual school in the Bronx, New York, as a TFA corps member. Lisa graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government, and from Pace University with a M.S. in Teaching.

    Dr. Angela Glymph

    Vice President, Programs & Strategic Learning

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    Angela joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2014. As the Managing Director of Evaluation and Organizational Learning, she is responsible for leading the evaluation of PHE’s program and strategic programmatic investments, and facilitating organizational learning and program improvements based on the results. Angela has 10 years of combined experience in the fields of program evaluation, psychological and educational research, educational assessment, statistics, and psychometrics.

    Prior to joining PHE, Angela worked for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is the statistical arm of the US Department of Education. At NCES, Angela worked on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), where she was responsible for the design, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of NAEP assessment data, as well as managing quality assurance activities and program evaluation work in NAEP.

    She is published, and frequently asked to make presentations and sit on professional panels based on her expertise in her field. Angela has a doctorate and Master’s degree in psychology from Howard University and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

    Angela joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2014. As the Managing Director of Evaluation and Organizational Learning, she is responsible for leading the evaluation of PHE’s program and strategic programmatic investments, and facilitating organizational learning and program improvements based on the results. Angela has 10 years of combined experience in the fields of program evaluation, psychological and educational research, educational assessment, statistics, and psychometrics.

    Prior to joining PHE, Angela worked for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is the statistical arm of the US Department of Education. At NCES, Angela worked on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), where she was responsible for the design, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of NAEP assessment data, as well as managing quality assurance activities and program evaluation work in NAEP.

    She is published, and frequently asked to make presentations and sit on professional panels based on her expertise in her field. Angela has a doctorate and Master’s degree in psychology from Howard University and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

    Ann Peralta

    Assistant Vice President, Sites & Partnerships

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    As the Director of Program Planning and Support, Ann is responsible for ensuring program leaders in all PHE city sites have the training, coaching, and support they need to provide the highest quality programming possible. Ann stepped into this role after serving as the Boston Program Director at Peer Health Exchange for three years.

    Prior to her work at Peer Health Exchange, Ann ran a school-based obesity prevention program called Fitness Forward, taught health education to adolescent and adult women as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, and worked with a number of other non-profits in the public health and poverty alleviation fields.

    Ann has a BA in Economics from The George Washington University and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University. In addition to working at Peer Health Exchange, Ann is an active member of the American Public Health Association and is pursuing a DrPH in Management, Leadership, and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health part-time.

    As the Director of Program Planning and Support, Ann is responsible for ensuring program leaders in all PHE city sites have the training, coaching, and support they need to provide the highest quality programming possible. Ann stepped into this role after serving as the Boston Program Director at Peer Health Exchange for three years.

    Prior to her work at Peer Health Exchange, Ann ran a school-based obesity prevention program called Fitness Forward, taught health education to adolescent and adult women as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, and worked with a number of other non-profits in the public health and poverty alleviation fields.

    Ann has a BA in Economics from The George Washington University and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University. In addition to working at Peer Health Exchange, Ann is an active member of the American Public Health Association and is pursuing a DrPH in Management, Leadership, and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health part-time.

  • Bay Area

    Shayna Asher-Schapiro

    Program Manager, Bay Area

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    Shayna joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2015. As a Bay Area Program Manager, Shayna is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Bay Area program.

    Shayna was first introduced to PHE as an undergraduate at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where she volunteered as both a Health Educator and a two-time Leadership Councilmember. Shayna has also worked extensively in the criminal justice field through internships at the ACLU of Southern California, Incarcerated Voices, and Gemma, a reentry program in Santa Cruz County.

    At Gemma, Shayna designed a program model and policy proposal for the county’s first male-centered reentry program, which was successfully implemented in the summer of 2012. Most recently, Shayna spent two years working as a Case Manager for the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, providing support services to formerly homeless adults in San Francisco. Shayna holds a B.A. in Sociology from Occidental College.

    Shayna joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2015. As a Bay Area Program Manager, Shayna is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Bay Area program.

    Shayna was first introduced to PHE as an undergraduate at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where she volunteered as both a Health Educator and a two-time Leadership Councilmember. Shayna has also worked extensively in the criminal justice field through internships at the ACLU of Southern California, Incarcerated Voices, and Gemma, a reentry program in Santa Cruz County.

    At Gemma, Shayna designed a program model and policy proposal for the county’s first male-centered reentry program, which was successfully implemented in the summer of 2012. Most recently, Shayna spent two years working as a Case Manager for the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, providing support services to formerly homeless adults in San Francisco. Shayna holds a B.A. in Sociology from Occidental College.

    Jane Beal

    Program Manager, Bay Area

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    Jane joined Peer Health Exchange in August of 2017 and currently serves as the Bay Area Program Coordinator. Jane is responsible for providing support to other members of the program team, managing key program operations and materials, and managing a portfolio of high school partnerships in the Bay Area. Jane graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a B.A. in Sociology and Gender Studies. Before joining Peer Health Exchange, Jane served two AmeriCorps terms as a Volunteer Coordinator with Reading Partners, Bay Area. Jane believes in the collective power of young people to achieve social change and is thrilled to put this passion into practice with Peer Health Exchange.

    Jane joined Peer Health Exchange in August of 2017 and currently serves as the Bay Area Program Coordinator. Jane is responsible for providing support to other members of the program team, managing key program operations and materials, and managing a portfolio of high school partnerships in the Bay Area. Jane graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a B.A. in Sociology and Gender Studies. Before joining Peer Health Exchange, Jane served two AmeriCorps terms as a Volunteer Coordinator with Reading Partners, Bay Area. Jane believes in the collective power of young people to achieve social change and is thrilled to put this passion into practice with Peer Health Exchange.

    Liam Day

    Executive Director, Bay Area

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    Liam joined Peer Health Exchange as the Bay Area Executive Director in December 2015. Before joining PHE, he served as Partnership Director for an initiative in Boston that integrates the services of a community health center and a charter public school.

    Prior to that, he served in multiple capacities with the Boston Public Health Commission, including Director of Child and Adolescent Health and Director of Youth Development and Health Promotion. He graduated from Harvard College with B.A. in American History and from Middlebury College with an M.A. in English.

    Liam joined Peer Health Exchange as the Bay Area Executive Director in December 2015. Before joining PHE, he served as Partnership Director for an initiative in Boston that integrates the services of a community health center and a charter public school.

    Prior to that, he served in multiple capacities with the Boston Public Health Commission, including Director of Child and Adolescent Health and Director of Youth Development and Health Promotion. He graduated from Harvard College with B.A. in American History and from Middlebury College with an M.A. in English.

    Megan Hayward

    Development Manager, Bay Area

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    Megan joined Peer Health Exchange in September of 2016. As the Development Manager, she supports the San Francisco Executive Director in the implementation of local fundraising strategies. Before coming to PHE, Megan served as Senior Development Associate for Los Angeles City College Foundation where she oversaw institutional giving plans.

    A San Diego native, Megan began her career at Voices for Children, a private non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of San Diego’s disadvantaged foster youth. She came to Los Angeles in late spring 2010 and began working for Children’s Institute, Inc., one of the largest children’s services agencies to combat trauma and mental health.

    For four years, she was an integral part of the Leadership Center, the nucleus for a broad range of multidisciplinary activities, from research and program development to training and advocacy. Additionally, she worked with ICEF Public Schools, a Charter Management Organization, to develop and implement a comprehensive communications plan to advance fundraising efforts. Megan earned her B.A. in English Literature from the University of San Diego, where she is a member of the Black Alumni Council.

    Megan joined Peer Health Exchange in September of 2016. As the Development Manager, she supports the San Francisco Executive Director in the implementation of local fundraising strategies. Before coming to PHE, Megan served as Senior Development Associate for Los Angeles City College Foundation where she oversaw institutional giving plans.

    A San Diego native, Megan began her career at Voices for Children, a private non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of San Diego’s disadvantaged foster youth. She came to Los Angeles in late spring 2010 and began working for Children’s Institute, Inc., one of the largest children’s services agencies to combat trauma and mental health.

    For four years, she was an integral part of the Leadership Center, the nucleus for a broad range of multidisciplinary activities, from research and program development to training and advocacy. Additionally, she worked with ICEF Public Schools, a Charter Management Organization, to develop and implement a comprehensive communications plan to advance fundraising efforts. Megan earned her B.A. in English Literature from the University of San Diego, where she is a member of the Black Alumni Council.

    Marina Misculin

    Program Manager, Bay Area

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    Prior to working with Peer Health Exchange, Marina worked as a Program Manager for buildOn Boston where she launched a brand new service learning program that created opportunities for high school students to serve their communities. With buildOn and in partnership with her students, she planned a March Against Violence in honor of a murdered student and to address the effects of community violence in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

    She has previously worked with the YMCA of San Francisco where she managed an afterschool program, created and facilitated youth development trainings, and created engaging and educational curriculum for summer camps. Partly due to her previous experience as an undocumented young person, she is committed to social justice and youth empowerment.

    She is passionate about advocating for young people, especially in regards to education and health equity. She has a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University, where she was a sexual health peer educator; and her Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she focused on child advocacy and human development. In her free time, she does improv and likes to dabble in graffiti drawing.

    Prior to working with Peer Health Exchange, Marina worked as a Program Manager for buildOn Boston where she launched a brand new service learning program that created opportunities for high school students to serve their communities. With buildOn and in partnership with her students, she planned a March Against Violence in honor of a murdered student and to address the effects of community violence in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

    She has previously worked with the YMCA of San Francisco where she managed an afterschool program, created and facilitated youth development trainings, and created engaging and educational curriculum for summer camps. Partly due to her previous experience as an undocumented young person, she is committed to social justice and youth empowerment.

    She is passionate about advocating for young people, especially in regards to education and health equity. She has a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University, where she was a sexual health peer educator; and her Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she focused on child advocacy and human development. In her free time, she does improv and likes to dabble in graffiti drawing.

    Narmin Nuru

    Program Manager, Bay Area

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    Narmin joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2014. As a Bay Area Program Manager, Narmin is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Bay Area program. She works primarily with volunteers at St. Mary’s College and San Francisco State.

    Prior to joining PHE, Narmin spent two years working as a Program Manager at the Alameda County Food Bank where she was responsible for managing 250 partner agencies, building their capacity to implement the food bank’s programming. Narmin has previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Youth Leadership Institute in SF, Youth Community Organizer at People’s Community Services in Detroit, and a Program and Health Coordinator at Red Sea Social Services in Anaheim.

    Narmin’s commitment to social justice, health and youth empowerment is inspired by her own identities and upbringing, having been the daughter of East African refugees, playing key roles in civic engagement and advocacy efforts from her teenage years with the immigrant and refugee communities throughout California.

    She is also passionate about the Bay Area, and is committed to the well-being of its’ youth and communities in both her professional and personal time. Narmin has a BA in International Development and Mass Communications from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, where she was also a National Community Scholar.

    Narmin joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2014. As a Bay Area Program Manager, Narmin is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Bay Area program. She works primarily with volunteers at St. Mary’s College and San Francisco State.

    Prior to joining PHE, Narmin spent two years working as a Program Manager at the Alameda County Food Bank where she was responsible for managing 250 partner agencies, building their capacity to implement the food bank’s programming. Narmin has previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Youth Leadership Institute in SF, Youth Community Organizer at People’s Community Services in Detroit, and a Program and Health Coordinator at Red Sea Social Services in Anaheim.

    Narmin’s commitment to social justice, health and youth empowerment is inspired by her own identities and upbringing, having been the daughter of East African refugees, playing key roles in civic engagement and advocacy efforts from her teenage years with the immigrant and refugee communities throughout California.

    She is also passionate about the Bay Area, and is committed to the well-being of its’ youth and communities in both her professional and personal time. Narmin has a BA in International Development and Mass Communications from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, where she was also a National Community Scholar.

    Kristopher Stevens

    Program Manager, Bay Area

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    Kristopher joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2015 and currently serves as the Bay Area Program Associate. Kristopher is responsible for providing support to other members of the program team, managing key program operations and materials, supporting region-specific strategic investments, and supporting External Affairs efforts in the Bay Area.

    Kristopher graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Legal Studies. Before joining Peer Health Exchange, Kristopher was an intern with East Oakland Building Healthy Communities and Kaiser Permanente. Kristopher is passionate about community health, and closing the healthcare gap within Bay Area neighborhoods.

    Kristopher joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2015 and currently serves as the Bay Area Program Associate. Kristopher is responsible for providing support to other members of the program team, managing key program operations and materials, supporting region-specific strategic investments, and supporting External Affairs efforts in the Bay Area.

    Kristopher graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Legal Studies. Before joining Peer Health Exchange, Kristopher was an intern with East Oakland Building Healthy Communities and Kaiser Permanente. Kristopher is passionate about community health, and closing the healthcare gap within Bay Area neighborhoods.

  • Boston

    Emily Fox

    Program Coordinator, Boston

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    Emily recently graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Psychology. As an undergraduate, Emily volunteered as a Health Educator, Senior Health Educator, and Leadership Council Member with Northwestern’s chapter of PHE.

    Emily also worked as the Health Education Coordinator at a sexual health non profit in the Chicago land area during her senior year where her work ranged from curriculum development, to volunteer management, to maintaining partnerships.

    Through her continued work with PHE and beyond, Emily hopes to address health equity through education, policy, and access to resources.

    Emily recently graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Psychology. As an undergraduate, Emily volunteered as a Health Educator, Senior Health Educator, and Leadership Council Member with Northwestern’s chapter of PHE.

    Emily also worked as the Health Education Coordinator at a sexual health non profit in the Chicago land area during her senior year where her work ranged from curriculum development, to volunteer management, to maintaining partnerships.

    Through her continued work with PHE and beyond, Emily hopes to address health equity through education, policy, and access to resources.

    Geo Hernandez

    Program Manager, Boston

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    Geo joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2016. As a Boston Program Manager, she is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth and evaluation of the Boston program.

    Prior to joining PHE, Geo was an AmeriCorps member at City Year Boston. She supported 21 fourth grade students in attendance, behavior, and coursework and managed an after-school program.

    She returned to City Year Boston as a Team Leader where her role was to lead and develop first-year AmeriCorps members serving in an elementary school. Geo has a B.S. in sociology from Florida State University and is currently pursuing a M.B.A. in public and nonprofit management at Boston University.

    Geo joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2016. As a Boston Program Manager, she is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth and evaluation of the Boston program.

    Prior to joining PHE, Geo was an AmeriCorps member at City Year Boston. She supported 21 fourth grade students in attendance, behavior, and coursework and managed an after-school program.

    She returned to City Year Boston as a Team Leader where her role was to lead and develop first-year AmeriCorps members serving in an elementary school. Geo has a B.S. in sociology from Florida State University and is currently pursuing a M.B.A. in public and nonprofit management at Boston University.

    Uchenna Ndulue

    Executive Director, Boston

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    Uchenna joined Peer Health Exchange as the Boston Executive Director in September 2016. He has twenty years experience supervising youth enrichment and health education programs. Prior to joining PHE, he was the director of the Boston Area Health Education Center at the Boston Public Health Commission. Uchenna believes that health education can be a powerful tool to further health equity, especially when health education is community informed and culturally relevant.

    Uchenna received his B.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, his MPH in Community Health Education and Public Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and is completing his PhD in Health Services Research from Boston University.

    Uchenna joined Peer Health Exchange as the Boston Executive Director in September 2016. He has twenty years experience supervising youth enrichment and health education programs. Prior to joining PHE, he was the director of the Boston Area Health Education Center at the Boston Public Health Commission. Uchenna believes that health education can be a powerful tool to further health equity, especially when health education is community informed and culturally relevant.

    Uchenna received his B.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, his MPH in Community Health Education and Public Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and is completing his PhD in Health Services Research from Boston University.

    Ashton Porter

    Development Manager, Boston

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    Ashton joined Peer Health Exchange in May 2016 as the Boston team’s Development Manager. In this role she supports the Boston Executive Director in the implementation of the site’s local fundraising strategy.

    Prior to joining PHE, Ashton worked as the Development and Communications Associate at Casa Myrna, a domestic violence agency in Boston, and as the Gifts Administrator for The Esplanade Association, a park friends group.

    She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Boston University and her M.Sc. in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin.

    Ashton joined Peer Health Exchange in May 2016 as the Boston team’s Development Manager. In this role she supports the Boston Executive Director in the implementation of the site’s local fundraising strategy.

    Prior to joining PHE, Ashton worked as the Development and Communications Associate at Casa Myrna, a domestic violence agency in Boston, and as the Gifts Administrator for The Esplanade Association, a park friends group.

    She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Boston University and her M.Sc. in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin.

  • Chicago

    Katherine Koller

    Development Manager, Chicago

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    Katherine Koller joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2016. As the Chicago Development Manager, Katherine is responsible for supporting the Chicago Executive Director in managing the local, individual, and institutional giving portfolios, as well as maintaining and strengthening data and knowledge management systems.

    Prior to joining the Chicago team, Katherine volunteered as a Health Educator with Peer Health Exchange for three years while attending Northwestern University. Katherine graduated from Northwestern with a major in theatre, a concentration in performance, activism, and human rights, and a minor in creative nonfiction writing.

    Her experience includes serving as the Executive Director of a Northwestern course in consulting for nonprofits, interning for the Alzheimer’s Association and Women’s Global Education Project,

    leading 15 American teenagers on a cultural exchange/service-learning trip to Japan, and studying global development in Ecuador, China, India, and South Africa. She loves the theatre, and hopes to continue being involved in productions.

    Katherine Koller joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2016. As the Chicago Development Manager, Katherine is responsible for supporting the Chicago Executive Director in managing the local, individual, and institutional giving portfolios, as well as maintaining and strengthening data and knowledge management systems.

    Prior to joining the Chicago team, Katherine volunteered as a Health Educator with Peer Health Exchange for three years while attending Northwestern University. Katherine graduated from Northwestern with a major in theatre, a concentration in performance, activism, and human rights, and a minor in creative nonfiction writing.

    Her experience includes serving as the Executive Director of a Northwestern course in consulting for nonprofits, interning for the Alzheimer’s Association and Women’s Global Education Project,

    leading 15 American teenagers on a cultural exchange/service-learning trip to Japan, and studying global development in Ecuador, China, India, and South Africa. She loves the theatre, and hopes to continue being involved in productions.

    Brittany Merritt

    Director of Program & Partnerships, Chicago

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    Brittany joined Peer Health Exchange in September 2013. As the Director of Program & Partnerships, Brittany is responsible for leading the PHE program in Chicago by developing, managing, growing and evaluating the PHE Chicago Program, managing the PHE Chicago Program team and assisting with the development and execution of strategic plans. Prior to joining PHE, Brittany was a Senior Program & Event Coordinator in Community Recreation at the Chicago Park District. She was tasked with researching, planning, and leading the execution of community recreations new initiatives such as emerging program offerings and integrating youth program quality and performance measurement into management. Her experience includes positions at CBS Radio (Chicago Bears Radio Network), Comcast SportsNet, Intersport and with Northwestern University Athletics focusing on sports marketing and sports management. An advocate and enthusiast for non-traditional sports as well, she is a former director and coach for the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association as well as an assistant director of operations for Chicago Youth Lacrosse. She is passionate about increased health, self-esteem, academic performance, responsible social behaviors and leadership skills for youth, especially girls. Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Howard University where she played lacrosse and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Northwestern University.

    Brittany joined Peer Health Exchange in September 2013. As the Director of Program & Partnerships, Brittany is responsible for leading the PHE program in Chicago by developing, managing, growing and evaluating the PHE Chicago Program, managing the PHE Chicago Program team and assisting with the development and execution of strategic plans. Prior to joining PHE, Brittany was a Senior Program & Event Coordinator in Community Recreation at the Chicago Park District. She was tasked with researching, planning, and leading the execution of community recreations new initiatives such as emerging program offerings and integrating youth program quality and performance measurement into management. Her experience includes positions at CBS Radio (Chicago Bears Radio Network), Comcast SportsNet, Intersport and with Northwestern University Athletics focusing on sports marketing and sports management. An advocate and enthusiast for non-traditional sports as well, she is a former director and coach for the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association as well as an assistant director of operations for Chicago Youth Lacrosse. She is passionate about increased health, self-esteem, academic performance, responsible social behaviors and leadership skills for youth, especially girls. Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Howard University where she played lacrosse and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Northwestern University.

    Miriam Perez

    Program Fellow, Chicago

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    Miriam Perez joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2017 as the Chicago Program Fellow through the Northwestern Public Interest Program. In this role, Miriam is responsible for development, evaluation, and growth of the Chicago program at Northwestern University.

    Miriam graduated from Northwestern University with a major in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Global Health Studies. In her time at Northwestern University, Miriam designed and completed original ethnographic research to inform her honors thesis underscoring the social determinants of health for Latinx individuals in Chicago.

    Miriam assisted a program in Havana, Cuba to study public health and socialized medicine, taking particular interest in the lived experiences of Cubans.

    She also served as the Public Health intern in the Evanston Health and Human Services (EHHS) department where she contributed to the research and designing of community informed health initiatives and built partnerships between the EHHS and community stakeholders. These experiences informed Miriam’s desire to see health equity achieved across the globe through the use of culturally relevant, community-based, sustainable health initiatives.

    Miriam Perez joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2017 as the Chicago Program Fellow through the Northwestern Public Interest Program. In this role, Miriam is responsible for development, evaluation, and growth of the Chicago program at Northwestern University.

    Miriam graduated from Northwestern University with a major in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Global Health Studies. In her time at Northwestern University, Miriam designed and completed original ethnographic research to inform her honors thesis underscoring the social determinants of health for Latinx individuals in Chicago.

    Miriam assisted a program in Havana, Cuba to study public health and socialized medicine, taking particular interest in the lived experiences of Cubans.

    She also served as the Public Health intern in the Evanston Health and Human Services (EHHS) department where she contributed to the research and designing of community informed health initiatives and built partnerships between the EHHS and community stakeholders. These experiences informed Miriam’s desire to see health equity achieved across the globe through the use of culturally relevant, community-based, sustainable health initiatives.

    Danya Rosen

    Executive Director, Chicago

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    Danya has nearly a decade of experience in non-profit management across both the direct service and advocacy sectors. She joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2010. As the Chicago Executive Director, Danya is primarily responsible for the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the PHE Chicago program, raising funds, managing and growing the Chicago Board of Directors, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for PHE Chicago.

    Danya previously served as PHE’s Senior Director of Development in San Francisco, California. Prior to joining PHE, Danya spent over four years at Peace Action West as the Deputy Outreach Director, where she was responsible for overseeing California-based programming. While at PAW, she lobbied for disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation with the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability’s DC Days, and managed the GOTV efforts for the 2006 CA-11 race through Peace Action

    West’s political action committee.Danya graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Sociology. She is a member of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs’ JCore, the Chicago Foundation for Women’s LBTQ Giving Council, the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Adolescent Health Access Committee, and is a 2016 YNPN Chicago Leadership Institute Mentor.

    Danya has nearly a decade of experience in non-profit management across both the direct service and advocacy sectors. She joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2010. As the Chicago Executive Director, Danya is primarily responsible for the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the PHE Chicago program, raising funds, managing and growing the Chicago Board of Directors, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for PHE Chicago.

    Danya previously served as PHE’s Senior Director of Development in San Francisco, California. Prior to joining PHE, Danya spent over four years at Peace Action West as the Deputy Outreach Director, where she was responsible for overseeing California-based programming. While at PAW, she lobbied for disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation with the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability’s DC Days, and managed the GOTV efforts for the 2006 CA-11 race through Peace Action

    West’s political action committee.Danya graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Sociology. She is a member of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs’ JCore, the Chicago Foundation for Women’s LBTQ Giving Council, the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Adolescent Health Access Committee, and is a 2016 YNPN Chicago Leadership Institute Mentor.

    Choya Webb

    Program Manager, Chicago

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    Choya joined Peer Health Exchange in September of 2015. As a Chicago Program Manager, Choya is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Chicago program primarily at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to his current role, Choya served as the Chicago Program Fellow through an AmeriCorps program where he was responsible for managing key program operations, assisting with volunteer recruitment and training and managing program data and evaluation. He received his B.A. in Africana and International Studies with a focus on Global Health and the Environment from the University of Michigan. While there, his experiences have spanned from supporting public health research concerning adolescent African-American fathers and their children to launching and operating a civic activism space at his local community college. He is passionate about informing underrepresented communities about healthy lifestyles and how to make their well-being a daily priority.

    Choya joined Peer Health Exchange in September of 2015. As a Chicago Program Manager, Choya is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Chicago program primarily at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to his current role, Choya served as the Chicago Program Fellow through an AmeriCorps program where he was responsible for managing key program operations, assisting with volunteer recruitment and training and managing program data and evaluation. He received his B.A. in Africana and International Studies with a focus on Global Health and the Environment from the University of Michigan. While there, his experiences have spanned from supporting public health research concerning adolescent African-American fathers and their children to launching and operating a civic activism space at his local community college. He is passionate about informing underrepresented communities about healthy lifestyles and how to make their well-being a daily priority.

  • Los Angeles

    Ariana Bentz

    Program Manager, Los Angeles

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    Ariana joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2017. As the Los Angeles Program Manager, Ariana is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth and evaluation of the Los Angeles program.

    Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange’s Los Angeles team, Ariana worked as the Public Affairs & Marketing Specialist at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) where she mobilized and motivated community supporters and activists, coordinated Planned Parenthood chapters on college campuses in LA county, and led electoral campaigns at the local, state and federal level for PPLA’s c4 organization.

    Ariana is a former AmeriCorps member. She first served in Salt Lake City at the Refugee and Immigrant Center where she built curriculum for culturally competent health workshops for newly resettled refugees. She then served as a Community Outreach Specialist at the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition (NEFHSC) where she educated low-income pregnant women on maternal child health topics and facilitated a comprehensive sexual education course.

    Ariana’s other experiences include program evaluation for a nonprofit in Jodhpur, India serving HIV+ pregnant women, cultivating the health center advocacy program for Planned Parenthood of Southwest & Central Florida, and monitoring of state legislation impacting sexual and reproductive health for California Family Health Council. Ariana holds a BS in Cultural Anthropology from Utah Valley University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Maternal & Child Health from the University of South Florida.

    Ariana joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2017. As the Los Angeles Program Manager, Ariana is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth and evaluation of the Los Angeles program.

    Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange’s Los Angeles team, Ariana worked as the Public Affairs & Marketing Specialist at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) where she mobilized and motivated community supporters and activists, coordinated Planned Parenthood chapters on college campuses in LA county, and led electoral campaigns at the local, state and federal level for PPLA’s c4 organization.

    Ariana is a former AmeriCorps member. She first served in Salt Lake City at the Refugee and Immigrant Center where she built curriculum for culturally competent health workshops for newly resettled refugees. She then served as a Community Outreach Specialist at the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition (NEFHSC) where she educated low-income pregnant women on maternal child health topics and facilitated a comprehensive sexual education course.

    Ariana’s other experiences include program evaluation for a nonprofit in Jodhpur, India serving HIV+ pregnant women, cultivating the health center advocacy program for Planned Parenthood of Southwest & Central Florida, and monitoring of state legislation impacting sexual and reproductive health for California Family Health Council. Ariana holds a BS in Cultural Anthropology from Utah Valley University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Maternal & Child Health from the University of South Florida.

    LaDawn Best

    Executive Director, Los Angeles

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    LaDawn joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2013. As the Los Angeles Executive Director, LaDawn is primarily responsible for developing, managing, growing, and evaluating PHE Los Angeles. In her role, LaDawn is responsible for managing the Los Angeles Program team, raising funds, managing and growing the Los Angeles Board of Directors, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for PHE Los Angeles. Prior to her work at PHE, LaDawn worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project, where she assisted LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and was responsible for training thousands of service providers on the barriers faced by LGBTQ survivors.

    Her prior experience includes serving as the Girls Leadership Coordinator for REACH L.A., where she worked with youth of color in Los Angeles to develop their leadership, knowledge and communication skills in the area of reproductive justice and public policy, and serving on boards for a number of national, statewide and community-based organizations, including Q-TEAM, an LGBTQ youth of color multi-issue organizing collective, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC), the Los Angeles HIV Youth Coalition, and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.

    LaDawn was also Co-Chair of the Multicultural and Underserved Communities Committee of the Los Angeles City Domestic Violence Task Force, and is a former Fellow of the California Women’s Policy Institute. LaDawn is proud to live in the city of Long Beach, where she serves as the President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach. She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Antioch University Los Angeles and a Master of Arts in Education, with an emphasis on Leadership and Change.

    LaDawn joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2013. As the Los Angeles Executive Director, LaDawn is primarily responsible for developing, managing, growing, and evaluating PHE Los Angeles. In her role, LaDawn is responsible for managing the Los Angeles Program team, raising funds, managing and growing the Los Angeles Board of Directors, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for PHE Los Angeles. Prior to her work at PHE, LaDawn worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project, where she assisted LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and was responsible for training thousands of service providers on the barriers faced by LGBTQ survivors.

    Her prior experience includes serving as the Girls Leadership Coordinator for REACH L.A., where she worked with youth of color in Los Angeles to develop their leadership, knowledge and communication skills in the area of reproductive justice and public policy, and serving on boards for a number of national, statewide and community-based organizations, including Q-TEAM, an LGBTQ youth of color multi-issue organizing collective, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC), the Los Angeles HIV Youth Coalition, and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.

    LaDawn was also Co-Chair of the Multicultural and Underserved Communities Committee of the Los Angeles City Domestic Violence Task Force, and is a former Fellow of the California Women’s Policy Institute. LaDawn is proud to live in the city of Long Beach, where she serves as the President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach. She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Antioch University Los Angeles and a Master of Arts in Education, with an emphasis on Leadership and Change.

    Cynthia Diaz

    Program Manager, Los Angeles

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    Cynthia Diaz joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2016. As the Los Angeles Program Fellow, Cynthia is responsible for supporting the Los Angeles Program Director in managing program operations and materials, assisting with the recruitment, training, and assessment of volunteers, and working on other special projects.

    Prior to joining the Los Angeles team, Cynthia volunteered as a Health Educator, Co-Coordinator, and Intern with Peer Health Exchange while attending California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Cynthia graduated from CSUN with a B.S. in Public Health. Her experiences includes serving as a mobilization agent for Real Food

    Challenge where her team successfully advocated for the development of a “real food manual” to be used across all 23 CSU’s. She has volunteered at the hippie soup kitchen in downtown Los Angeles and managed her own internet marketing business. Her hope is to inspire volunteers to do more for their communities and ensure health equity for all individuals.

    Cynthia Diaz joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2016. As the Los Angeles Program Fellow, Cynthia is responsible for supporting the Los Angeles Program Director in managing program operations and materials, assisting with the recruitment, training, and assessment of volunteers, and working on other special projects.

    Prior to joining the Los Angeles team, Cynthia volunteered as a Health Educator, Co-Coordinator, and Intern with Peer Health Exchange while attending California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Cynthia graduated from CSUN with a B.S. in Public Health. Her experiences includes serving as a mobilization agent for Real Food

    Challenge where her team successfully advocated for the development of a “real food manual” to be used across all 23 CSU’s. She has volunteered at the hippie soup kitchen in downtown Los Angeles and managed her own internet marketing business. Her hope is to inspire volunteers to do more for their communities and ensure health equity for all individuals.

    Jeff Lim

    Program Director, Los Angeles

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    Jeff joined PHE in January 2015. As the Interim Los Angeles Program Director, he is responsible for leading strategic investments, effectively implementing the PHE program, and supporting the Los Angeles Executive Director in executing the local strategic plan. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, Jeffrey was the Project Coordinator of the Substance Abuse and HIV Intervention Project (SHIP) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine.

    At CHLA, he co-authored on an adaptation of an evidence based HIV intervention known as Project AIM (Adult Identity Mentoring) aimed to target homeless youth in Hollywood ages 18-25. Jeffrey comes from a HIV prevention background which began as the HIV Counseling and Testing Coordinator for the Mpowerment Project of Orange County (MpowerOC), a satellite location of AIDS Services Foundation Orange County.

    He also worked with the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s Jeff Griffith Youth Center as the Health Education Specialist where he found his passion for youth and youth advocacy. Jeffrey has further demonstrated this passion in his experiences as the Connect 2 Protect Coalition, Homeless and Runaway Youth Subcommittee Co-Chair and coalition member of the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership, Services and Practices Implementation Network, where he co-developed capacity building programs aimed to better equip providers with skill sets to increase competency in working with homeless youth.

    Furthermore, he has also participated in the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Hollywood Coalition as an advisor, created a grass-roots youth development program for homeless youth for the SHIP program, and interned at the LGBT Resource Center at the University of California Irvine where he created a program which critically looks at the intersection of race and sexuality. He holds a Bachelors in Social Ecology and Minor in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. Jeff is currently an MPH candidate at California State University Northridge.

    Jeff joined PHE in January 2015. As the Interim Los Angeles Program Director, he is responsible for leading strategic investments, effectively implementing the PHE program, and supporting the Los Angeles Executive Director in executing the local strategic plan. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, Jeffrey was the Project Coordinator of the Substance Abuse and HIV Intervention Project (SHIP) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine.

    At CHLA, he co-authored on an adaptation of an evidence based HIV intervention known as Project AIM (Adult Identity Mentoring) aimed to target homeless youth in Hollywood ages 18-25. Jeffrey comes from a HIV prevention background which began as the HIV Counseling and Testing Coordinator for the Mpowerment Project of Orange County (MpowerOC), a satellite location of AIDS Services Foundation Orange County.

    He also worked with the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s Jeff Griffith Youth Center as the Health Education Specialist where he found his passion for youth and youth advocacy. Jeffrey has further demonstrated this passion in his experiences as the Connect 2 Protect Coalition, Homeless and Runaway Youth Subcommittee Co-Chair and coalition member of the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership, Services and Practices Implementation Network, where he co-developed capacity building programs aimed to better equip providers with skill sets to increase competency in working with homeless youth.

    Furthermore, he has also participated in the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Hollywood Coalition as an advisor, created a grass-roots youth development program for homeless youth for the SHIP program, and interned at the LGBT Resource Center at the University of California Irvine where he created a program which critically looks at the intersection of race and sexuality. He holds a Bachelors in Social Ecology and Minor in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. Jeff is currently an MPH candidate at California State University Northridge.

  • New York

    Neal Blangiardo

    Senior Director, New York

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    Neal joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2017. As Senior Director, Neal is primarily responsible for raising funds, donor cultivation, strategic leadership, and managing and growing the New York City Board. Neal comes to this position with 24 years of experience in sexuality education, sexual health, and youth development. Previously, he was the National Manager for the Children’s Aid Society’s (CAS) Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, where he spent two decades training sexuality health educators to deliver in-school and afterschool sexuality health education, one-on-one sexual health counseling, parent engagement and helped oversee the expansion of the program from a NYC-based intervention to a nationally replicated model, with nearly 30 sites.

    Prior to CAS, he delivered sexuality training and education on behalf of Planned Parenthood to elementary through college-aged students, justice-involved youth, LGBTQ youth, as well as trained the staff within agencies that served these young people. There, he coordinated both a substance abuse sexual health education project as well as the teen advocate project.

    Additionally, Neal developed the Red Hook Health Initiative’s peer health educators program and trained both peer and adult staff around women’s and sexual health issues and rights. Neal Blangiardo is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY School of Public Health where he is studying sexual expression and social connectedness. He holds an MPH in Women’s and Reproductive Health from Hunter College and a B.S. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from SUNY Albany.

    Neal joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2017. As Senior Director, Neal is primarily responsible for raising funds, donor cultivation, strategic leadership, and managing and growing the New York City Board. Neal comes to this position with 24 years of experience in sexuality education, sexual health, and youth development. Previously, he was the National Manager for the Children’s Aid Society’s (CAS) Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, where he spent two decades training sexuality health educators to deliver in-school and afterschool sexuality health education, one-on-one sexual health counseling, parent engagement and helped oversee the expansion of the program from a NYC-based intervention to a nationally replicated model, with nearly 30 sites.

    Prior to CAS, he delivered sexuality training and education on behalf of Planned Parenthood to elementary through college-aged students, justice-involved youth, LGBTQ youth, as well as trained the staff within agencies that served these young people. There, he coordinated both a substance abuse sexual health education project as well as the teen advocate project.

    Additionally, Neal developed the Red Hook Health Initiative’s peer health educators program and trained both peer and adult staff around women’s and sexual health issues and rights. Neal Blangiardo is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY School of Public Health where he is studying sexual expression and social connectedness. He holds an MPH in Women’s and Reproductive Health from Hunter College and a B.S. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from SUNY Albany.

    Francisco Cruz

    Associate Program Director, New York

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    Benjamin Delikat

    Program Director, New York

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    Ben joined Peer Health Exchange in May 2013. As the New York City Program Director, Ben is responsible for leading the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the PHE program in New York. Ben graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in English and Urban Studies.

    While a student, he served as a Health Educator, Leadership Council Member, and Co-Coordinator for the Fordham PHE Chapter. As part of a research project for the Urban Studies department at Fordham, Ben scrutinized small school reform in New York City and the community effects of current urban education reform trends.

    Ben brings a passion for athletics and healthy living to his work at PHE, and remains committed to connecting all teens with the resources they need to live healthy lives.

    Ben joined Peer Health Exchange in May 2013. As the New York City Program Director, Ben is responsible for leading the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the PHE program in New York. Ben graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in English and Urban Studies.

    While a student, he served as a Health Educator, Leadership Council Member, and Co-Coordinator for the Fordham PHE Chapter. As part of a research project for the Urban Studies department at Fordham, Ben scrutinized small school reform in New York City and the community effects of current urban education reform trends.

    Ben brings a passion for athletics and healthy living to his work at PHE, and remains committed to connecting all teens with the resources they need to live healthy lives.

    Morayo Faleyimu

    Senior Program Manager, New York

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    Morayo joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2015. As a New York Senior Program Manager, Morayo is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth and evaluation of the New York Program. Morayo graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Anthropology and Linguistics and holds a M.A. in Social Change and Education from the University of Miami.

    As a 2009 Teach for America Miami-Dade alumna, Morayo taught lower elementary in Homestead, Florida and Newark, New Jersey. Most recently, she served as a Campus Director for the expanded learning time (ELT) nonprofit Citizen Schools. In her role, she directed the afterschool program at the Bronx Writing Academy middle school, the organization’s largest ELT site in the New York region.

    Morayo joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2015. As a New York Senior Program Manager, Morayo is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth and evaluation of the New York Program. Morayo graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Anthropology and Linguistics and holds a M.A. in Social Change and Education from the University of Miami.

    As a 2009 Teach for America Miami-Dade alumna, Morayo taught lower elementary in Homestead, Florida and Newark, New Jersey. Most recently, she served as a Campus Director for the expanded learning time (ELT) nonprofit Citizen Schools. In her role, she directed the afterschool program at the Bronx Writing Academy middle school, the organization’s largest ELT site in the New York region.

    Taylor Gramps

    Development Manager, New York

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    Taylor joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2016. As the NYC Development Manager, she supports the NYC Executive Director in the implementation of the site’s fundraising strategy, including researching and engaging individual and institutional prospects, strengthening data and knowledge management practices, communications, and event planning.

    Taylor earned her B.A. in Sociology and Theatre Arts from Drew University in 2007 and her M.S. in Nonprofit Management from The New School in 2013. Prior to PHE, she worked as Special Assistant at the Social Impact Exchange, and spent 4 years at A.R.T./New York, providing support to the Executive Director in advocacy, government relations, programs, and internal communications.

    In addition to PHE, Taylor volunteers her time in a literacy program at PS 17Q through New York Cares and as a SoleMate for Girls on the Run NYC. She was selected for the 2017-2018 cohort of the Princeton AlumniCorps Emerging Leaders and serves on the Board of Directors of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – NYC.

    Taylor joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2016. As the NYC Development Manager, she supports the NYC Executive Director in the implementation of the site’s fundraising strategy, including researching and engaging individual and institutional prospects, strengthening data and knowledge management practices, communications, and event planning.

    Taylor earned her B.A. in Sociology and Theatre Arts from Drew University in 2007 and her M.S. in Nonprofit Management from The New School in 2013. Prior to PHE, she worked as Special Assistant at the Social Impact Exchange, and spent 4 years at A.R.T./New York, providing support to the Executive Director in advocacy, government relations, programs, and internal communications.

    In addition to PHE, Taylor volunteers her time in a literacy program at PS 17Q through New York Cares and as a SoleMate for Girls on the Run NYC. She was selected for the 2017-2018 cohort of the Princeton AlumniCorps Emerging Leaders and serves on the Board of Directors of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – NYC.

    Xaelah Jarrett

    Program Manager, New York

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    Xaelah joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2015. As a New York Program Manager, Xaelah is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth and evaluation of the New York program.

    Having graduated with a B.A. from Columbia University in the City of New York in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Psychology, Xaelah developed an early interest in and dedication to understanding modes of social difference and the resulting inequities tied to these various social positions. During her time as an undergraduate, she volunteered with Columbia’s PHE chapter as both a Health Educator and a two-year Leadership Council member, wherein she paid close attention to the use of language and its impacts on both her volunteers and the ninth graders in PHE’s program.

    In her roles as a facilitator for Columbia’s first-year identity awareness program, Under1Roof, and an executive board member for Proud Colors, a group for queer and trans students of color, she brought both a critical engagement to dialogue and a commitment to peer accountability to these spaces through centering notions of privilege, power, and oppression. She hopes to generate a similar commitment to these discussions of social difference within her New York program peers and college volunteers.

    Xaelah joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2015. As a New York Program Manager, Xaelah is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth and evaluation of the New York program.

    Having graduated with a B.A. from Columbia University in the City of New York in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Psychology, Xaelah developed an early interest in and dedication to understanding modes of social difference and the resulting inequities tied to these various social positions. During her time as an undergraduate, she volunteered with Columbia’s PHE chapter as both a Health Educator and a two-year Leadership Council member, wherein she paid close attention to the use of language and its impacts on both her volunteers and the ninth graders in PHE’s program.

    In her roles as a facilitator for Columbia’s first-year identity awareness program, Under1Roof, and an executive board member for Proud Colors, a group for queer and trans students of color, she brought both a critical engagement to dialogue and a commitment to peer accountability to these spaces through centering notions of privilege, power, and oppression. She hopes to generate a similar commitment to these discussions of social difference within her New York program peers and college volunteers.

    Tamara Joseph

    Program Manager, New York

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    Tamara joined PHE in August 2014. In her role as Program Manager she is responsible for providing support to the NYC program staff by managing program operations and materials, assisting with the recruitment, training, and assessment of volunteers, and working on other special projects.

    Tamara received her B.A. in Black Studies and completed a Pre-Health Post-Bac Program, both at Amherst College. During her time there she studied abroad in Brazil, South Africa and Vietnam through the International Honors Program: Health and Community track.

    She has worked as a Health Access Coordinator in NYC’s Human Resources Administration, conducting outreach to Bronx teens about free reproductive health insurance and gathering research for a reproductive health pamphlet. Tamara has also worked as a Research Assistant for the AIDS Project Los Angeles where she aided in the recruitment and screening of participants for a treatment adherence study.

    Tamara joined PHE in August 2014. In her role as Program Manager she is responsible for providing support to the NYC program staff by managing program operations and materials, assisting with the recruitment, training, and assessment of volunteers, and working on other special projects.

    Tamara received her B.A. in Black Studies and completed a Pre-Health Post-Bac Program, both at Amherst College. During her time there she studied abroad in Brazil, South Africa and Vietnam through the International Honors Program: Health and Community track.

    She has worked as a Health Access Coordinator in NYC’s Human Resources Administration, conducting outreach to Bronx teens about free reproductive health insurance and gathering research for a reproductive health pamphlet. Tamara has also worked as a Research Assistant for the AIDS Project Los Angeles where she aided in the recruitment and screening of participants for a treatment adherence study.

    Rachael Peters

    Executive Director, New York

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    Rachael joined Peer Health Exchange in December of 2012. As the New York City Executive Director, Rachael is primarily responsible for developing, managing, growing, and evaluating the PHE New York City program as well as managing the New York City Program team, raising funds, managing and growing the New York City Board, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for PHE New York City.

    Rachael comes to this work through a deep commitment to social justice and health equity. Prior to joining PHE, Rachael worked for the HEAT Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she led a new program focused on engaging women of color who are HIV positive in their medical care using peer outreach workers. Before working for HEAT, she managed a peer program at Project Reach Youth (PRY) providing sexual health education to young people in Brooklyn. Before that she worked for the New York City Department of Education.

    Rachael started her career in public health when she spent a year volunteering in South Africa as a peer educator on sexual health issues with Restless Development. She holds Masters degrees in Public Health and Social Work from Columbia University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

    Rachael is a member of the New York City Department of Education District Wellness Advisory Council and serves on the board of directors of Sadie Nash Leadership Project. Rachael lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

    Rachael joined Peer Health Exchange in December of 2012. As the New York City Executive Director, Rachael is primarily responsible for developing, managing, growing, and evaluating the PHE New York City program as well as managing the New York City Program team, raising funds, managing and growing the New York City Board, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for PHE New York City.

    Rachael comes to this work through a deep commitment to social justice and health equity. Prior to joining PHE, Rachael worked for the HEAT Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she led a new program focused on engaging women of color who are HIV positive in their medical care using peer outreach workers. Before working for HEAT, she managed a peer program at Project Reach Youth (PRY) providing sexual health education to young people in Brooklyn. Before that she worked for the New York City Department of Education.

    Rachael started her career in public health when she spent a year volunteering in South Africa as a peer educator on sexual health issues with Restless Development. She holds Masters degrees in Public Health and Social Work from Columbia University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

    Rachael is a member of the New York City Department of Education District Wellness Advisory Council and serves on the board of directors of Sadie Nash Leadership Project. Rachael lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

    Savannah Sharp

    Program Coordinator, New York

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    Savannah recently graduated from NYU with a B.S. in Global Public Health/Science and will continue on to achieve a Masters in Public Health beginning this fall. As an undergraduate, Savannah volunteered as a Health Educator, Senior Health Educator, Leadership Council Member, and Co-Coordinator with NYU’s chapter of PHE. Savannah also spent a significant part of her undergraduate career traveling to multiple global locations in order to help research methods for HIV-affected communities and/or LGBT populations to better access healthcare. In the future, she hopes to work on more inclusive health policies on a national or global scale to ensure people from any community can visit a doctor without stigma or financial distress.

    Savannah recently graduated from NYU with a B.S. in Global Public Health/Science and will continue on to achieve a Masters in Public Health beginning this fall. As an undergraduate, Savannah volunteered as a Health Educator, Senior Health Educator, Leadership Council Member, and Co-Coordinator with NYU’s chapter of PHE. Savannah also spent a significant part of her undergraduate career traveling to multiple global locations in order to help research methods for HIV-affected communities and/or LGBT populations to better access healthcare. In the future, she hopes to work on more inclusive health policies on a national or global scale to ensure people from any community can visit a doctor without stigma or financial distress.

    Manish Sreevatsava

    Program Manager, New York

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    Manish joined Peer Health Exchange in September of 2016. As a New York Program Manager, Manish is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the New York program primarily at Barnard College-Columbia University and Fordham University. Previous to joining the New York team, Manish served as the Chicago Program Fellow through the New Sector Alliance RISE Fellowship.

    In this role, he was primarily responsible for the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Chicago program at Northwestern University as it piloted PHE’s Relationship Centered Model. He was also responsible for strengthening the Chicago program by managing key program operations and special projects. Manish graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Political Science and Biology.

    During his time at UNC, he worked to organize medically underserved communities in Bangalore, India and bridge the gap between vulnerable populations and health care providers. In addition, he also worked to create UNC’s chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, where he advocated for more transparency from the university’s drug development pipeline. Through these experiences, he developed a passion for sustainable community engagement, health education, and the advancement of health equity and access for marginalized communities.

    Manish joined Peer Health Exchange in September of 2016. As a New York Program Manager, Manish is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the New York program primarily at Barnard College-Columbia University and Fordham University. Previous to joining the New York team, Manish served as the Chicago Program Fellow through the New Sector Alliance RISE Fellowship.

    In this role, he was primarily responsible for the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Chicago program at Northwestern University as it piloted PHE’s Relationship Centered Model. He was also responsible for strengthening the Chicago program by managing key program operations and special projects. Manish graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Political Science and Biology.

    During his time at UNC, he worked to organize medically underserved communities in Bangalore, India and bridge the gap between vulnerable populations and health care providers. In addition, he also worked to create UNC’s chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, where he advocated for more transparency from the university’s drug development pipeline. Through these experiences, he developed a passion for sustainable community engagement, health education, and the advancement of health equity and access for marginalized communities.

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