Louise Langheier (bio)
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
In 2003, Louise Davis 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.
Yunmi Baker (bio)
Human Resource Generalist
Yunmi joined Peer Health Exchange in March 2012. As the HR Generalist, Yunmi is responsible for the day-to-day adminstration of HR services and policies, as well as assisting with talent management. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, her recent positions included Client Manager at Sequoia Benefits, where she designed, implemented, and managed benefit programs for forty early-stage tech start-ups and mid-sized firms in Silicon Valley, and Campus Relations Specialist at VMware, where she recruited university students from top computer science programs across the country and managed their hiring and on-boarding process at the company. Yunmi has also served as a Program Assistant and Volunteer Tutor at Jose Valdes Summer Math Institute, a Bay Area nonprofit whose mission is to improve student’s skills in math and close the achievement gap in San Jose and Silicon Valley. Yunmi graduated from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, with a M.B.A. in Management, and San Jose State University with a B.S. in Business Administration
Louisa Brown (bio)
National Communications and Engagement Manager
Louisa joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2011. As National Communications and Engagement Manager, Louisa is primarily responsible for providing communications, material design, and event support to the External Affairs Team and playing a leading role in designing and managing PHE’s events and stakeholder engagement strategies. Prior to joining the PHE team, Louisa served as Manager of Corporate Affairs at BELL, a national nonprofit that operates high-quality summer and after school learning programs in urban schools. In this role, Louisa was responsible for developing and managing partnerships with BELL’s corporate donors and volunteers. Louisa spent her first year at BELL as a New Sector Alliance Resident in Social Enterprise, a residency program that places and supports early career professionals in capacity-building roles at nonprofit organizations. Louisa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE).
Zena Caputo (bio)
Zena joined Peer Health Exchange in September 2012. As Executive Assistant, Zena is primarily responsible for providing high-level executive support to the CEO and COO, as well as supporting the External Affairs team. Prior to joining PHE, Zena was the Executive Assistant at Delicious Monster Software, a small software development start-up in San Francisco. In this role, Zena provided support to the CEO and managed the accounting, event planning, human resources, and project management responsibilities for the small company. Zena also currently serves as volunteer Event Manager with One Brick, which provides support to local non-profit and community organizations by creating a unique, social, and flexible volunteer environment for those interested in making a concrete difference in the community. She recently began mentoring incarcerated youth in San Francisco with Youth Justice Institute. Zena graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in International Relations.
Joe Feldman (bio)
Vice President of Programs
Joe joined PHE in November, 2011. As VP of Programs, he 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. For nearly 20 years, Joe has worked to improve public education opportunities, particularly for historically underserved students. He taught in Atlanta Public Schools, was an Assistant Principal in New York City, and was the founding principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in Washington, D.C. He has been a fellow for the U.S. Department of Education as well as the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, was the Director of Charter School Development for the New York City Department of Education, and most recently was the Director of K-12 Instructional Programs for the New Haven Unified School District. Joe is the author of the book Teaching Without Bells: What We Can Learn from Powerful Practice in Small Schools, and is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard School of Education, and NYU Law School.
Abby Gillespie (bio)
Chief of Staff
Abby joined Peer Health Exchange in October 2011. As Chief of Staff, Abby is primarily responsible for providing critical, high-level support to the CEO and the National Management Team. Prior to joining PHE, Abby was an Education Pioneers Analyst Fellow with Bellwether Education Partners. The Fellowship is a ten-month program that places early career professionals with private sector experience into analytical roles in the education reform space. Prior to the Fellowship, Abby was a consultant in Huron Consulting Group’s healthcare practice, where she worked with hospitals and health systems to maximize their financial and operational performance. Before consulting, Abby taught elementary school as a Teach For America corps member in Brooklyn, New York. Abby graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in International Studies.
Rebecca Gillette (bio)
Volunteer and Alumni Development Associate
Rebecca joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2011. As the Volunteer and Alumni Development Associate, Rebecca is primarily responsible for supporting the development, management, and evaluation of strategic investments to deepen volunteer commitment, increase engagement among volunteer and alumni, connect volunteers and alumni to opportunities in fields that further the mission of PHE, and to support alumni in efforts to affect change in health education and teen access to health resources. Prior to joining the National program team, she was a PHE Boston Program Associate. Previously, Rebecca served as a Fellow for an international non-profit in Washington, D.C., where she developed the President’s strategic communications and staffed the organization’s strategic planning process. She graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Government and was a recognized student leader in community service and interfaith relations. While a student, Rebecca also worked for several non-profits focused on youth and young adult populations.
Molly Greene (bio)
Managing Director of Teaching and Learning
Molly joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2007. As the Managing Director of Teaching and Learning, Molly is primarily responsible for supervising and managing all aspects of the PHE Program Model related to Volunteer Teaching and Learning (VTL) and Teen Teaching and Learning (TTL), and to lead the design, execution, review, and revision of all strategic investments in both areas. Before joining the National staff in July 2010, Molly 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 in the headquarters office in Cambridge, MA, and finally as the National Field Director in Ecuador in charge of training and supporting over one hundred volunteer teachers.
Braden Lake (bio)
Teen Teaching and Learning Associate
Braden joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2010. Before joining the National staff in July 2012, Braden was a PHE Bay Area Program Associate for two years. Braden’s responsibilities as the Teen Teaching and Learning Associate are to assist with the development of the current PHE Program Model, and the creation, revision and evaluation of strategic investments in the TTL area. Braden graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology, concentrating in Global Health and Human Rights. Prior to joining PHE, Braden worked as the Fellowship Program Director for the Global Health Corps. She also served as an event coordinator for Face AIDS, interned at the National Institutes of Health, and conducted research for the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.
Caroline Landau (bio)
Organizational Learning and Support Manager
Caroline joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2010. As the Organizational Learning and Support Manager, Caroline’s primary responsibilities are to manage PHE’s future formative and current summative evaluation work as we invest in more robust program evaluation. She does this by training staff on appropriate data collection measures, building a culture of data-driven decision-making, and coordinating evaluation needs across the National Program Team and local sites. Caroline graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Brazilian history, and from 2009 to 2010, Caroline conducted a Fulbright project in Brazil on the collective memory of AIDS activism.
Alexandra Lozanoff (bio)
Volunteer Teaching and Learning Manager.
Alexandra joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2009. As the Volunteer Teaching and Learning Manager, Alexandra’s responsibilities are to manage the development of the components of the PHE Program Model within the VTL area and lead the design, revision and evaluation of the VTL strategic investments. Prior to this role, Alexandra served as the Chicago Program Manager. Alexandra graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in History. While a student, Alexandra taught public speaking to Penn undergraduates with the campus program Communication Within the Curriculum. Prior to joining PHE, Alexandra was a field organizer with the Illinois Public Interest Research Group, conducting media work, coalition building, and lobbying to pass public interest legislation at the state and federal level.
Glenn Macayan (bio)
Glenn joined Peer Health Exchange in October 2011. As Staff Accountant/Bookkeeper, Glenn is primarily responsible for supporting PHE’s general accounting and bookkeeping operations. Glenn joins PHE with over 12 years of experience in accounting and business operations. After graduating from Cal State East Bay with a B.S. in Business Administration, Glenn went on to complete a Master’s of Science in Accountancy from University of Phoenix in 2011. Glenn has extensive experience in accounting and bookkeeping, and has worked in a variety of business and finance settings in both for-profit and non-profit companies. Most recently, Glenn served as an interim Accounting Manager for Playworks, a non-profit organization based in Oakland.
Conor McDowell (bio)
Teen Teaching and Learning Manager
Conor joined Peer Health Exchange in September 2012. As the Teen Teaching and Learning (TTL) Manager, Conor’s primary responsibilities are to manage the development of the components of the PHE Program Model within the TTL area and lead the design, revision, and evaluation of the “Time on Task” and “Curriculum Design and Pedagogy” strategic investments. Conor graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Geology. Prior to joining PHE, Conor taught math at a middle school in the Mississippi Delta as a member of the Mississippi Teacher Corps, where he earned a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi.
Collin Molberg (bio)
Collin joined Peer Health Exchange in April, 2012. As Financial Analyst, Collin is responsible for examining financial information and developing tools to interpret data affecting the organisation. Prior to joining PHE, Collin worked for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas as a Financial Analyst. There, he managed the finances of the foremost psychiatric medical school in the US, including private contracts, federal grants, endownment funds, etc. across basic science and clinical research division. Collin graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with an M.S. in Accounting and Information Management.
Danya Rosen (bio)
External Affairs Manager
Danya joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2010. As the National Development Systems Manager, Danya is primarily responsible for the ongoing management of PHE income and tracking systems, conducting analysis of historical fundraising trends, assessing organization-wide progress to goal, supporting org-wide grant work, and identifying and pursuing institutional funding opportunities for National. Prior to joining PHE, Danya spent five years at Peace Action West, training and developing grassroots organizers to promote a more peaceful, pragmatic foreign policy. As the Deputy Outreach Director, she was responsible for assisting in the oversight of all membership acquisition, donor cultivation, staff development, and grassroots political production. Danya graduated from the UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Sociology. At Berkeley, she chaired the Foreign Policy Caucus for the Cal Berkeley Democrats, and was a coordinator, campaign manager and activist for Cal Students for Equal Rights and a Valid Education.
Marcos Santiago (bio)
National Managing Director of External Affairs
Marcos joined PHE in May 2012. As the National Managing Director of External Affairs, Marcos is primarily responsible for building PHE’s development strategy and systems organization-wide, leading National development efforts, managing City Executive Directors on their development and external affairs goals, and creating the vision for the PHE external affairs team overall. Prior to joining PHE, Marcos contracted with Deloitte & Touche Middle East as a Senior Consultant/Manager in the strategy and policy practice in Saudi Arabia. He also served as the Managing Director of Development at Teach for America Phoenix, where he was responsible for leading the team to raise $7.2 million in 2011. Traversing both the public and private sectors, Marcos’ career turned toward the non-profit space after spending several years consulting as an Associate with Heidrick & Struggles in New York City, where he helped place the finest talent into executive roles at premiere non-profit and higher education institutions across the United States. Marcos graduated from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government with a M.P.P. in Business and Government Policy, and he received his B.A. in International Relations from Brown University.
Courtney Schroeder (bio)
Chief Operating Officer
Courtney joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2011. As Chief Operating 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.
Emma Scripps (bio)
Teaching and Learning Manager
Emma joined Peer Health Exchange in February 2013. As the Teaching and Learning Manager, Emma’s primary responsibilities are to assist with the creation, revision, and evaluation of the Teaching and Learning strategic investments, and support the development of the current PHE Program Model. Prior to joining PHE, Emma taught middle school reading and writing on Chicago’s south side for three years as a Teach for America corps member. As a corps member, Emma had the opportunity to deepen her understanding of pedagogy and instruction through a combination of rigorous professional development opportunities and course work at Dominican University. Emma graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in History.
Nishita Shah (bio)
Organizational Learning and Support Coordinator
Nishita joined Peer Health Exchange in October 2012. As a Part-Time Coordinator, Nishita’s responsibility will be to support the OLS team to fulfill its duties of supplying the entirety of the PHE program staff with real-time and synthesized data. Nishita has also been working at the South Asian Heart Center, a non-profit organization committed to reducing the risk of heart disease in the South Asian population. She graduated from University of California-San Diego with a B.S. in Physiology/Neuroscience and minors in Global Health and Psychology. While at UCSD, Nishita served as the Executive Editor of the institution’s science publications and volunteered at the local clinics. As a participant of the Clinton Global Initiative University conference in 2011, Nishita also organized an educational outreach program to the surrounding San Diego neighborhoods that educated high school students about science.
Pooja Shah (bio)
Vice President of Strategy, Finance and Operations
Pooja joined PHE in November 2012. As VP of Strategy, Finance and Operations, Pooja is primarily responsible for leading all aspects of strategic and organizational planning, providing overall financial management for PHE, and ensuring operational excellence by overseeing the planning, implementation, management, and control of all financial and operational activities of the organization. This includes direct responsibility for accounting, finance, risk management, and compliance for all Peer Health Exchange office locations. Prior to joining PHE, Pooja served as the CFO of Reading Partners, a national non-profit organization that provides literacy intervention programs for underserved elementary students. In that role, Pooja oversaw all business operations functions, including Finance, Accounting, HR, IT and Facilities. Pooja’s non-profit career began in a direct service role at Playworks, a national non-profit that provides safe, healthy play at schools in underserved communities and then at the KIPP Foundation, where she worked directly with the CFO and Chief of Staff on developing the organization’s 5-year strategic and financial plan. Pooja started her career in the private sector, first in Technology Investment Banking at Lehman Brothers and then in Corporate Business Development at Cisco Systems. Pooja graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics and also earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Jenny Slattery (bio)
Jenny joined Peer Health Exchange in October 2011. As Development Systems Associate, Jenny is primarily responsible for providing technical and administrative support to the External Affairs Team across all income and development systems and playing a leading role in managing PHE’s revenue tracking and database. Jenny graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in American Studies. While at Wesleyan, Jenny worked as a tutor and leader of performance workshops for low-income students in the Middletown community.
Ann Tsai (bio)
National Director of Talent Development
Ann joined Peer Health Exchange in September 2010. As Director of Talent Development, Ann is primarily responsible for ensuring that PHE meets its short and long-term goals in talent development by designing a national strategy to build the PHE alumni network, supporting the cultivation and placement of PHE alumni into teaching positions, and developing and managing talent partnership efforts with school districts, charter managements organizations, and other teaching organizations. Ann graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to joining PHE, Ann worked in education reform with The New Teacher Project where she served as the Director of Oakland Teaching Fellows, an initiative to recruit, train, and place new teachers in the Oakland Unified School District.
Lisa Walker (bio)
Director of Program Strategy and Support
Lisa joined Peer Health Exchange in October 2011. As the Director of Program Strategy and Support, Lisa’s primary responsibilities are to drive local and national strategy to improve program implementation and to lead initiatives to improve staff training and support across all cities and the National Program team. Prior to joining PHE, Lisa worked for Teach for America, first as a Program Director supporting first and second-year teachers throughout New York and then as a Recruitment Director leading college recruitment campaigns in Northern California. Prior to joining Teach For America staff, she taught third grade at a bilingual school in the Bronx, New York, as a Teach For America corps member. Lisa graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government, and from Pace University with a Masters degree in Teaching.
Emily Gasner (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.
Megan Brattain (bio)
Bay Area Program Associate
Megan joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2012. As a Bay Area Program Associate, Megan is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Bay Area Program, and assisting the Bay Area Executive Director. Prior to joing PHE, Megan worked doing legal advocacy for African Refugees and asylum seekers in Israel, and Korean sex workers in Rhode Island. She most recently co-founded FemSexComm, a Bay Area community-based workshop that addresses issues of sexuality, gender, social justice, and identity. Megan graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Comparative Literature.
Robin Rich (bio)
Boston Executive Director
Robin joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2011. As the Boston Executive Director, Robin is primarily responsible for developing, managing, growing, and evaluating the PHE Boston program, managing the Boston Program Managers and Fellow, raising funds, managing and growing the Boston Board of Overseers, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for the PHE Boston site. 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.
Kasey Clavelle (bio)
Boston Program Associate
Kasey joined PHE in June 2011. As a Boston Program Associate, Kasey is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Boston Program and assisting the Boston Executive Director. Kasey graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Community Health and International Relations with a concentration in Global Health and Nutrition. At Tufts, she served as a Health Educator, Leadership Council Member, and Co-Coordinator for the Tufts PHE chapter. While a student, Kasey interned with Our Bodies Ourselves, a women’s health education and advocacy organization located in Cambridge, MA. She also worked in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.
Kassie Eberle (bio)
Boston Program Associate
Kassie joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2012. As a Boston Program Associate, Kassie is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Boston Program. Kassie has an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also holds a B.A. in music performance from Butler University. Prior to joining PHE, Kassie worked as the Community Program Manager at From the Top in Boston and as a Girls’ Education and Empowerment Extension Agent with the Peace Corps in Togo. Before her work with the Peace Corps, Kassie worked as a Music/Arts Teacher at a parochial school in Indiana.
Danielle Harbison (bio)
Chicago Executive Director
Danielle joined Peer Health Exchange in April of 2012. As the Chicago Executive Director, Danielle is primarily responsible for developing, managing, growing, and evaluating the PHE Chicago program as well as managing the Chicago Program team, raising funds, managing and growing the Chicago Board Overseers, and providing fiscal and organisational oversight for PHE Chicago. Prior to joining PHE, Danielle worked for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) managing the Culture of Calm program, a city-wide initiative aimed at reducing violence in some of Chicago’s toughest high schools. Before working for CPS, Danielle worked for Whirlpool Corporation, Inc. in both the Global Innovation and Sales Departments; focusing primarily on strategy, operations, and innovation. She also worked for The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. as an Associate Consultant and a Summer Intern. Danielle has a B.B.A from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business in Finance and Accounting.
Rebecca Commito (bio)
Chicago Program Associate
Rebecca joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2011. As a Chicago Program Associate, Rebecca is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Chicago Program, and assisting Chicago Executive Director. Rebecca graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies. At Swarthmore College, Rebecca served as the Senior Class President and as a Peer Sexual Health Counselor. Prior to joining PHE, Rebecca interned at the Philadelphia Women’s Center and the Department of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at the University of Chicago as a high school Health Educator. Rebecca also serves as a Lab Associate at CommunityHealth, a volunteer-based medical home for the uninsured in Chicago.
Amita Swadhin (bio)
Los Angeles Executive Director
Amita joined Peer Health Exchange in May 2012. As the Los Angeles Executive Director, Amita is responsible for developing, managing, and evaluating the PHE Los Angeles program, raising funds, and managing the local staff and Board. She provides fiscal and organizational oversight for the city site and leads local strategic planning. Amita brings over a decade of experience as a nonprofit manager, consultant, youth development specialist and social justice advocate to her work with PHE. Prior to joining PHE, she served as the Coordinator and a cast member of Secret Survivors, a theater project she conceived of in 2009 for NYC-based performance group Ping Chong & Co. featuring survivors of child sexual abuse telling their stories. Before that, she held full-time positions in New York City nonprofits and public institutions, including Kingsborough Community College (CUNY), Make the Road NY, Global Kids and Legal Momentum. Amita has served as: a consultant to the Liberty Hill Foundation, Social Justice Philanthropy Collaborative, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and Bard High School Early College; an Education Pioneers Fellow at the Broad Foundation and a Media Fellow at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD); a Faculty Member at Sadie Nash Leadership Project; and the Board Chair of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. She is the co-host of Flip the Script, a weekly radio show on KPFK Los Angeles, and enjoys writing and performing poetry in her spare time. Amita holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.P.A. from the NYU Wagner School, where she was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship.
Caitlin Krier (bio)
Los Angeles Program Manager
Caitlin joined Peer Health Exchange in August of 2010. As a Los Angeles Program Manager, Caitlin is primarily responsible for leading Los Angeles strategic investments, effectively implementing the Los Angeles program, and assisting the Los Angeles Executive Director in the goals of the Strategic Plan. Caitlin graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Latin American Studies, concentrating in Sociology and History. Prior to joining PHE, Caitlin interned at several California-based nonprofits, including The Women’s Building in San Francisco and Break the Cycle in Los Angeles. While living abroad for several years in South America, Caitlin also conducted sex education workshops in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and taught and choreographed dance at a home for orphaned youth in the Peruvian Andes.
Rebecca Struch (bio)
Los Angeles Program Associate
Rebecca joined Peer Health Exchange in October of 2011. As a Los Angeles Program Associate, Rebecca is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Los Angeles Program, and assisting the Los Angeles Executive Director. Rebecca received her M.A. in Applied Theatre Arts from the University of Southern California, and her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining PHE, Rebecca worked in professional theatre for over six years and was involved in various liberation arts and community organizing projects. She also lived in Kenya for one year, studying international development and working as a public health Peer Youth Educator at a local youth center.
Valerie Yu (bio)
Los Angeles Operations and Program Coordinator
Valerie joined PHE in August 2012. As the Los Angeles Operations and Program Coordinator, she assists with the development, management, growth, and evaluation of our LA program. In addition to directly managing our volunteers at Occidental College, Valerie plays a key role in coordinating citywide events and program logistics and assists the Los Angeles Executive Director with fundraising. Valerie graduated from California State University, Northridge, earning her B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences with a minor in Human Sexuality in 2010 and her Master of Social work with an emphasis in Generalist Practice with Urban Families and Communities in 2012. Valerie comes to PHE with experience interning at the American Cancer Society, working at an all-inclusive preschool, recruiting and managing college volunteers, assistant teaching college courses, and serving as a peer mentor in LAUSD high schools.