Babak Motie (bio)
Vice President of Finance and Administration
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.
Kai Paine (bio)
Kai joined Peer Health Exchange in March 2015. As the Executive Assistant, 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.
Ann Peralta (bio)
Director of Program Planning and Support
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.
Robin Rich (bio)
Managing Director of Talent
Robin joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2011. As the Managing Director of Talent, Robin is primarily responsible for overseeing the quality of all aspects of PHE talent, including talent acquisition, retention, and development policies and processes, and working closely with senior management to develop, implement, and strengthen PHE's human capital strategy. 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. Robin currently serves as the Board Vice President for Casa Myrna Vazquez in Boston. 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.
Leah Tarran (bio)
Curriculum Development Manager
Leah Tarran joined in July 2014. As the Curriculum Development 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.
Chris Vargas (bio)
Operations and IT Coordinator
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.
Hannah Wilson (bio)
Institutional Giving Manager
Hannah joined Peer Health Exchange in April 2014. As a Chicago Program Assistant, she is primarily responsible for supporting the PHE Chicago program staff by managing program operations, data and evaluation, and assisting on other special projects. Hannah graduated from Middlebury college with a B.A. In Literary Studies. During her time there, she spent a semester studying Gender, Health, and Development in Bamako, Mali. Prior to joining PHE, Hannah completed a year of AmeriCorps through Coach Across America at Chicago Run where she managed programming in CPS elementary schools and helped develop a "Family Fit Kit”. Additionally, she worked with MGR Youth Development to integrate the principals of Sports-Based Youth Development into their existing Active Health programming. A firm believer in the power of youth to change communities, Hannah is excited to continue empowering Chicago’s youth to make healthy decisions with PHE.
Aaron Winters (bio)
Director of Technology and Operations
Aaron joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2014. As the Director of Technology and Operations, Aaron is responsible for managing projects and strategies aimed at increasing organizational efficiency and ensuring that staff across the organization have access to the tools and workspaces they need to be successful their roles. Prior to joining PHE, Aaron led IT, operations and strategic planning for Upwardly Global where he was responsible for developing and implementing technology and process improvements to increase organizational efficiency. Prior to joining Upwardly Global, Aaron led the sales and customer service teams for AIESEC United States where he created and managed international internship and training programs for companies, universities and government agencies across 64 countries. Aaron is a certified Salesforce developer and advanced administrator and is often asked to speak on topics related to technology project management and Salesforce implementation best practices. He has also written on topics related to global human resources and has been published by the Society for Human Resource Management. Aaron graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from San Diego State University. Aaron has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Emily Gasner Medress (bio)
Bay Area Executive Director
Emily joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2009. As the Bay Area Executive Director, Emily is primarily responsible for developing, managing, growing, and evaluating the PHE Bay Area Program, managing the Bay Area Program Associates, raising funds, managing and growing the Bay Area Board of Overseers, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for the PHE Bay Area site. Before joining the Bay Area team, Emily was PHE's 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.
Shayna Asher-Schapiro (bio)
Bay Area Program Manager
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.
Narmin Nuru (bio)
Bay Area Program Manager
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 (bio)
Bay Area Program Associate
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.
Rachel Wyley (bio)
Bay Area Program Director
Rachel joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2014 and serves as the Bay Area Program Director. Rachel is primarily responsible for leading the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Bay Area program. Prior to joining PHE, Rachel worked for four years in Oakland, California as a Teaching Fellow and later, Campus Direct for Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit organization. Rachel has committed over a decade to working to improve educational access for youth in various low income communities throughout Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and Atlanta. Rachel received her B.A. in English and African American Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.