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Meet our Peer Health Exchange team

  • Leadership

    Louise Langheier CEO Peer Health Exchange

    Louise Langheier

    Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

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    In 2003, Louise co-founded Peer Health Exchange, Inc. 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 Peer Health Exchange’s national growth plan, building and managing the Peer Health Exchange 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 Peer Health Exchange 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. 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 Peer Health Exchange’s national growth plan, building and managing the Peer Health Exchange 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 Peer Health Exchange 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

    Head of Sites

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    LaDawn joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2013. As the Head of Sites, LaDawn is primarily responsible for providing strategic leadership and management of Peer Health Exchange’s city site performance and growth in the existing communities we serve primarily by managing our Executive Directors (NYC, Boston, Chicago, the Bay Area, and LA) and helping decide how Peer Health Exchange grows into new communities in the future.

    Prior to her role, LaDawn served as Executive Director of Los Angeles, where she was 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 Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles.

    Prior to her work at Peer Health Exchange, 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 Head of Sites, LaDawn is primarily responsible for providing strategic leadership and management of Peer Health Exchange’s city site performance and growth in the existing communities we serve primarily by managing our Executive Directors (NYC, Boston, Chicago, the Bay Area, and LA) and helping decide how Peer Health Exchange grows into new communities in the future.

    Prior to her role, LaDawn served as Executive Director of Los Angeles, where she was 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 Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles.

    Prior to her work at Peer Health Exchange, 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.

    Adriana Díaz

    Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Communications

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    Adriana joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2017. As Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Adriana oversees Peer Health Exchange’s national brand and communications strategies in order to advance the organization’s mission and vision of health equity, while also elevating the visibility of Peer Health Exchange as a thought leader in health education. As advocacy communication and new media strategist she’s passionate about the power of storytelling for social change and holds a deep commitment to helping others tell their own stories. Before joining Peer Health Exchange, Adriana worked for The Trust for Public Land as its Communications Director of Chicago projects and programs which include The 606, an innovative project on Chicago’s Northwest side that has transformed nearly three miles of unused rail line into the elevated Bloomingdale Trail spanning four culturally-rich neighborhoods. She’s also led strategic communications work for the Latino Policy Forum, Community Media Workshop and Radio Arte. She proudly serves on the board of City Bureau. She received an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. from DePaul University.

    Adriana joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2017. As Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Adriana oversees Peer Health Exchange’s national brand and communications strategies in order to advance the organization’s mission and vision of health equity, while also elevating the visibility of Peer Health Exchange as a thought leader in health education. As advocacy communication and new media strategist she’s passionate about the power of storytelling for social change and holds a deep commitment to helping others tell their own stories. Before joining Peer Health Exchange, Adriana worked for The Trust for Public Land as its Communications Director of Chicago projects and programs which include The 606, an innovative project on Chicago’s Northwest side that has transformed nearly three miles of unused rail line into the elevated Bloomingdale Trail spanning four culturally-rich neighborhoods. She’s also led strategic communications work for the Latino Policy Forum, Community Media Workshop and Radio Arte. She proudly serves on the board of City Bureau. She received an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. from DePaul University.

    Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare

    Vice President, Talent & Equity

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    A community-centered philanthropist, Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare is a strategic human resources and diversity, equity, & inclusion leader with experience in corporate & non-profit environments. Her passion for community empowerment and youth development fuels her mission to advance equity & engage and develop the talent within the organizations that serve them. As the Vice President, Talent & Equity for Peer Health Exchange, she is the leader that safeguards our people & culture practices in addition to designing and aligning how we live out our commitment to health equity. Tina currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lighthouse Community Public Schools and is a member of the Surge Institute’s Inaugural Oakland Fellowship (2018). Tina loves bourbon, traveling, watching soccer, and listening to Prince. She’s an occasional blogger and is most likely the only person you know still fiercely loyal to her Blackberry device.

    A community-centered philanthropist, Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare is a strategic human resources and diversity, equity, & inclusion leader with experience in corporate & non-profit environments. Her passion for community empowerment and youth development fuels her mission to advance equity & engage and develop the talent within the organizations that serve them. As the Vice President, Talent & Equity for Peer Health Exchange, she is the leader that safeguards our people & culture practices in addition to designing and aligning how we live out our commitment to health equity. Tina currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lighthouse Community Public Schools and is a member of the Surge Institute’s Inaugural Oakland Fellowship (2018). Tina loves bourbon, traveling, watching soccer, and listening to Prince. She’s an occasional blogger and is most likely the only person you know still fiercely loyal to her Blackberry device.

    Emily Gasner Medress

    Head of External Affairs

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    Emily joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2009. As the Head of External Affairs, Emily is primarily responsible for leading Peer Health Exchange’s development strategy and team, directly raising funds, and overseeing national board recruitment. Before joining the External Affairs team, Emily was Peer Health Exchange’s Bay Area Executive Director for four years and Peer Health Exchange’s founding Los Angeles Executive Director for two years. Emily graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, 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 Head of External Affairs, Emily is primarily responsible for leading Peer Health Exchange’s development strategy and team, directly raising funds, and overseeing national board recruitment. Before joining the External Affairs team, Emily was Peer Health Exchange’s Bay Area Executive Director for four years and Peer Health Exchange’s founding Los Angeles Executive Director for two years. Emily graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, 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 and Strategic Learning

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    Angela joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2014. As the Vice President of Programs and Strategic Learning, she leads Peer Health Exchange’s national vision and strategy for program impact to build a more integrated model for health education. She is responsible for actualizing Peer Health Exchange’s vision for advancing healthy equity to improve health outcomes for young people, overseeing Peer Health Exchange’s program design and evaluation priorities nationally, and leading the National Program team. 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 Peer Health Exchange, 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 Vice President of Programs and Strategic Learning, she leads Peer Health Exchange’s national vision and strategy for program impact to build a more integrated model for health education. She is responsible for actualizing Peer Health Exchange’s vision for advancing healthy equity to improve health outcomes for young people, overseeing Peer Health Exchange’s program design and evaluation priorities nationally, and leading the National Program team. 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 Peer Health Exchange, 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.

    Cheryl Leong

    Assistant Vice President, Finance & Administration

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    Cheryl joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2018. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Cheryl was responsible for managing operating budgets for independent charter schools throughout the Bay Area at EdTec, a leading social enterprise committed to improving public education through charter schools. She advised school leadership on financially related aspects of school administration, including budget development, cash management, and state financial reporting. Prior to that, Cheryl worked as a healthcare consultant at Triage Consulting Group where she reviewed and improved client revenue and operational procedures for-profit and non-profit healthcare facilities. Cheryl began her career at Wells Fargo, where she served as a project manager, conducted financial analysis and debt structuring, and managed loan portfolios for Fortune 500 companies. Cheryl graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.A. in Business with an emphasis in Finance and Management Information Systems. She also has a minor in Psychology.

    Cheryl joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2018. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Cheryl was responsible for managing operating budgets for independent charter schools throughout the Bay Area at EdTec, a leading social enterprise committed to improving public education through charter schools. She advised school leadership on financially related aspects of school administration, including budget development, cash management, and state financial reporting. Prior to that, Cheryl worked as a healthcare consultant at Triage Consulting Group where she reviewed and improved client revenue and operational procedures for-profit and non-profit healthcare facilities. Cheryl began her career at Wells Fargo, where she served as a project manager, conducted financial analysis and debt structuring, and managed loan portfolios for Fortune 500 companies. Cheryl graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.A. in Business with an emphasis in Finance and Management Information Systems. She also has a minor in Psychology.

    Kimmy Maniquis

    Executive Director, Los Angeles

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    Kimmy joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2019. As the Executive Director of the Los Angeles site, Kimmy is oversees the management and growth of the organization’s Los Angeles operations and programs, working closely with the board of directors, staff, school and college partners, funders, supporters and community stakeholders. Kimmy comes to Peer Health Exchange with almost 20 years of experience in youth development, non-profit management, social justice and community, and organizational leadership. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), an organization dedicated to providing social justice education and Restorative Justice work to schools, workplaces, communities, and families throughout Southern California. Prior to CCEJ, Kimmy worked in San Francisco with young women and girls on leadership and college prep and retention, as well as supporting the foundational work of Pin@y Educational Partnerships, which established Ethnic Studies classes in SFUSD.  Kimmy’s academic background is in Social Sciences and Ethnic Studies, and remains committed to building a career that upholds her passion for serving young people and building a just world. As a former dancer, Kimmy also continues her dedication to the arts, particularly Hip Hop dance, through Culture Shock Los Angeles where she serves as the Vice President and Treasurer of the board. Kimmy also serves on the City of Long Beach’s Ethics Commission.

    Kimmy joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2019. As the Executive Director of the Los Angeles site, Kimmy is oversees the management and growth of the organization’s Los Angeles operations and programs, working closely with the board of directors, staff, school and college partners, funders, supporters and community stakeholders. Kimmy comes to Peer Health Exchange with almost 20 years of experience in youth development, non-profit management, social justice and community, and organizational leadership. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), an organization dedicated to providing social justice education and Restorative Justice work to schools, workplaces, communities, and families throughout Southern California. Prior to CCEJ, Kimmy worked in San Francisco with young women and girls on leadership and college prep and retention, as well as supporting the foundational work of Pin@y Educational Partnerships, which established Ethnic Studies classes in SFUSD.  Kimmy’s academic background is in Social Sciences and Ethnic Studies, and remains committed to building a career that upholds her passion for serving young people and building a just world. As a former dancer, Kimmy also continues her dedication to the arts, particularly Hip Hop dance, through Culture Shock Los Angeles where she serves as the Vice President and Treasurer of the board. Kimmy also serves on the City of Long Beach’s Ethics Commission.

    Brittany Merritt

    Executive Director, Chicago

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    Brittany rejoined Peer Health Exchange in February 2019 as the Chicago Executive Director. As the Chicago Executive Director, Brittany is primarily responsible for cultivating new and existing funding sources to support the growth of program, managing and growing the Chicago Board of Directors and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for Peer Health Exchange Chicago. Brittany recently served as the Chief Program Officer at Umoja Student Development Corporation where she was responsible for the oversight, vision and strategy of Umoja’s program portfolio across Umoja’s core areas of college and career readiness, restorative justice, social and emotional learning, and professional development within Chicago Public Schools, the state of Illinois and nationally. Prior to joining Umoja, Brittany held other positions at Peer Health Exchange as the Chicago Director of Program & Partnerships and as the Chicago Program Director. In those roles, she focused on the active pursuit of alternative funding strategies complementary to traditional philanthropic revenue streams, deepening of community partnerships, and oversight of the development, implementation, growth and evaluation of the local program. She is passionate about increased health, self-esteem, academic performance, responsible social behaviors and leadership skills for youth. Brittany remains deeply committed to youth empowerment and equity in Chicago and is excited to be returning to advocate for adolescent health and wellness as the Chicago Executive Director. Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Howard University and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Northwestern University.

    Brittany rejoined Peer Health Exchange in February 2019 as the Chicago Executive Director. As the Chicago Executive Director, Brittany is primarily responsible for cultivating new and existing funding sources to support the growth of program, managing and growing the Chicago Board of Directors and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for Peer Health Exchange Chicago. Brittany recently served as the Chief Program Officer at Umoja Student Development Corporation where she was responsible for the oversight, vision and strategy of Umoja’s program portfolio across Umoja’s core areas of college and career readiness, restorative justice, social and emotional learning, and professional development within Chicago Public Schools, the state of Illinois and nationally. Prior to joining Umoja, Brittany held other positions at Peer Health Exchange as the Chicago Director of Program & Partnerships and as the Chicago Program Director. In those roles, she focused on the active pursuit of alternative funding strategies complementary to traditional philanthropic revenue streams, deepening of community partnerships, and oversight of the development, implementation, growth and evaluation of the local program. She is passionate about increased health, self-esteem, academic performance, responsible social behaviors and leadership skills for youth. Brittany remains deeply committed to youth empowerment and equity in Chicago and is excited to be returning to advocate for adolescent health and wellness as the Chicago Executive Director. Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Howard University and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Northwestern University.

    Babak Motie

    Head Operations and Financial Performance

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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.

    Ann Peralta

    Vice President, Partnerships

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    As Vice President of Partnerships, Ann oversees program excellence in current Peer Health Exchange sites, national partnerships work related to bringing together the health and education systems to differently prioritize health education, and the organization’s expansion efforts. Ann has worked at Peer Health Exchange since 2011, serving as the founding Boston Program Director at Peer for her first three years at the organization and in a variety of program and partnerships roles on the national team ever since. 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 a DrPH candidate in Management, Leadership, and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health.

    As Vice President of Partnerships, Ann oversees program excellence in current Peer Health Exchange sites, national partnerships work related to bringing together the health and education systems to differently prioritize health education, and the organization’s expansion efforts. Ann has worked at Peer Health Exchange since 2011, serving as the founding Boston Program Director at Peer for her first three years at the organization and in a variety of program and partnerships roles on the national team ever since. 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 a DrPH candidate in Management, Leadership, and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health.

    Robin Rich

    Chief Operating Officer

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    Robin joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2011. As the Chief Operating Officer, Robin is primarily responsible for overseeing the responsible for best-in-class systems in finance, talent, operations, communications, board management, information technology, and scalable models. She is also responsible for developing long-range strategies and action plans for sustainable, strategic organizational growth and scale, talent and succession planning, financial oversight, national board and national management team performance, and organizational culture, in partnership with other key leaders. Robin also serves as the Board Vice President for Women Helping Women and is the Co-Owner of Z Place for Wine & Cheese. Before joining the National staff in November 2013, she was Peer Health Exchange’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 Peer Health Exchange, 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 Operating Officer, Robin is primarily responsible for overseeing the responsible for best-in-class systems in finance, talent, operations, communications, board management, information technology, and scalable models. She is also responsible for developing long-range strategies and action plans for sustainable, strategic organizational growth and scale, talent and succession planning, financial oversight, national board and national management team performance, and organizational culture, in partnership with other key leaders. Robin also serves as the Board Vice President for Women Helping Women and is the Co-Owner of Z Place for Wine & Cheese. Before joining the National staff in November 2013, she was Peer Health Exchange’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 Peer Health Exchange, 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.

    Cristen Van Vleet

    Cristen Van Vleet, LCSW

    Executive Director, New York City

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    Lisa Walker

    Assistant Vice President, Programs and Strategic Learning

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    As Assistant Vice President, Programs and Strategic Learning, Lisa drives Peer Health Exchange’s national vision and strategy for program impact to build a more integrated model for health education. She leads the program design and evaluation team in developing, evaluating, and continuously improving our program model. Lisa has worked at Peer Health Exchange since 2011, serving in a variety of programs and partnerships roles on the national team. Prior to her work at Peer Health Exchange, she taught 3rd grade at a bilingual school New York as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member, and then coached new teachers and led recruitment campaigns as a TFA staff member. Lisa graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government, and from Pace University with an M.S. in Teaching.

    As Assistant Vice President, Programs and Strategic Learning, Lisa drives Peer Health Exchange’s national vision and strategy for program impact to build a more integrated model for health education. She leads the program design and evaluation team in developing, evaluating, and continuously improving our program model. Lisa has worked at Peer Health Exchange since 2011, serving in a variety of programs and partnerships roles on the national team. Prior to her work at Peer Health Exchange, she taught 3rd grade at a bilingual school New York as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member, and then coached new teachers and led recruitment campaigns as a TFA staff member. Lisa graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government, and from Pace University with an M.S. in Teaching.

  • External Affairs

    Emily Gasner Medress

    Head of External Affairs

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    Emily joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2009. As the Head of External Affairs, Emily is primarily responsible for leading Peer Health Exchange’s development strategy and team, directly raising funds, and overseeing national board recruitment. Before joining the External Affairs team, Emily was Peer Health Exchange’s Bay Area Executive Director for four years and Peer Health Exchange’s founding Los Angeles Executive Director for two years. Emily graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, 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 Head of External Affairs, Emily is primarily responsible for leading Peer Health Exchange’s development strategy and team, directly raising funds, and overseeing national board recruitment. Before joining the External Affairs team, Emily was Peer Health Exchange’s Bay Area Executive Director for four years and Peer Health Exchange’s founding Los Angeles Executive Director for two years. Emily graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, 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.

    Delaney Balderas

    Associate, Institutional Giving

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    Joey Lyon

    Senior Manager, Revenue Operations

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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.

    Ashton Porter

    Director, Institutional Giving

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    Ashton joined Peer Health Exchange in May 2016. In her role as the Director of Institutional Giving, Ashton leads on all foundations and corporate giving work nationally holds key external relationships and helps lead in our organization’s philanthropic strategy. Previously, Ashton served as Peer Health Exchange’s Sr. Manager of Institutional Giving, and prior to that as PHE Boston team’s Development Manager, supporting the Boston Executive Director in the implementation of the site’s local fundraising strategy. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, 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. In her role as the Director of Institutional Giving, Ashton leads on all foundations and corporate giving work nationally holds key external relationships and helps lead in our organization’s philanthropic strategy. Previously, Ashton served as Peer Health Exchange’s Sr. Manager of Institutional Giving, and prior to that as PHE Boston team’s Development Manager, supporting the Boston Executive Director in the implementation of the site’s local fundraising strategy. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, 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.

    Evan Sipe

    Senior Manager, Individual Giving

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    Evan joined Peer Health Exchange in September 2017. In her role as Sr. Manager Individual Giving, Evan creates and manages strategy to steward, support, and grow development efforts at the National level. Before joining Peer Health Exchange, Evan worked as a public librarian in youth and branch services championing literacy and information. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Language from Smith College and M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from Simmons College.

    Evan joined Peer Health Exchange in September 2017. In her role as Sr. Manager Individual Giving, Evan creates and manages strategy to steward, support, and grow development efforts at the National level. Before joining Peer Health Exchange, Evan worked as a public librarian in youth and branch services championing literacy and information. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Language from Smith College and M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from Simmons College.

    Kristopher Stevens

    Manager, Individual Giving

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    Kristopher joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2015. In his role as Manager of Individual Giving, Kristopher is responsible for supporting Peer Health Exchange’s national fundraising efforts. Prior to his current role, Kristopher worked for three years on Peer Health Exchange’s Bay Area team as a Program Manager. Kristopher is passionate about community health, and closing the healthcare gap in his community. Kristopher is a native of Oakland, CA and graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Legal Studies.

    Kristopher joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2015. In his role as Manager of Individual Giving, Kristopher is responsible for supporting Peer Health Exchange’s national fundraising efforts. Prior to his current role, Kristopher worked for three years on Peer Health Exchange’s Bay Area team as a Program Manager. Kristopher is passionate about community health, and closing the healthcare gap in his community. Kristopher is a native of Oakland, CA and graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Legal Studies.

  • Operations Team (Finance, Technology, Operations, Talent, Communications, Programs and Strategic Learning)

    Dr. Eko Canillas-Myles

    Director, Program Design and Development

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    Eko Canillas-Myles, M.A.Ed., Ed.D. is the Director of Program Design and Development for Programs and Strategic Learning at Peer Health Exchange. In her role, Eko is responsible for building and maintaining Peer Health Exchange’s high impact program to that meet the needs of the communities Peer Health Exchange serves and to meet its vision of advancing health equity and improving health outcomes for young people. Eko’s professional portfolio includes developing out-of-school time programming, providing capacity-building support to neighborhood and professional communities across LA County and directing programming which addresses access and equity gaps. Eko completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California-Los Angeles, her graduate studies from Pepperdine University, and her doctoral studies at the University of Southern California. Her pronouns are her, she and hers.

    Eko Canillas-Myles, M.A.Ed., Ed.D. is the Director of Program Design and Development for Programs and Strategic Learning at Peer Health Exchange. In her role, Eko is responsible for building and maintaining Peer Health Exchange’s high impact program to that meet the needs of the communities Peer Health Exchange serves and to meet its vision of advancing health equity and improving health outcomes for young people. Eko’s professional portfolio includes developing out-of-school time programming, providing capacity-building support to neighborhood and professional communities across LA County and directing programming which addresses access and equity gaps. Eko completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California-Los Angeles, her graduate studies from Pepperdine University, and her doctoral studies at the University of Southern California. Her pronouns are her, she and hers.

    Adriana Díaz

    Senior Director, Marketing and Communications

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    Adriana joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2017. As Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Adriana oversees Peer Health Exchange’s national brand and communications strategies in order to advance the organization’s mission and vision of health equity, while also elevating the visibility of Peer Health Exchange as a thought leader in health education. As an advocacy communications and new media strategist she’s passionate about the power of storytelling for social change and holds a deep commitment to helping others tell their own stories. Before joining Peer Health Exchange, Adriana worked for The Trust for Public Land as its Communications Director of Chicago projects and programs which include The 606, an innovative project on Chicago’s Northwest side that has transformed nearly three miles of unused rail line into the elevated Bloomingdale Trail spanning four culturally-rich neighborhoods. She’s also led strategic communications work for the Latino Policy Forum, Community Media Workshop and Radio Arte. She proudly serves on the board of Mujeres Latinas en  Acción and City Bureau. She received a M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. from DePaul University.

    Adriana joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2017. As Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Adriana oversees Peer Health Exchange’s national brand and communications strategies in order to advance the organization’s mission and vision of health equity, while also elevating the visibility of Peer Health Exchange as a thought leader in health education. As an advocacy communications and new media strategist she’s passionate about the power of storytelling for social change and holds a deep commitment to helping others tell their own stories. Before joining Peer Health Exchange, Adriana worked for The Trust for Public Land as its Communications Director of Chicago projects and programs which include The 606, an innovative project on Chicago’s Northwest side that has transformed nearly three miles of unused rail line into the elevated Bloomingdale Trail spanning four culturally-rich neighborhoods. She’s also led strategic communications work for the Latino Policy Forum, Community Media Workshop and Radio Arte. She proudly serves on the board of Mujeres Latinas en  Acción and City Bureau. She received a M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. from DePaul University.

    Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare

    Vice President, Talent & Equity

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    A community-centered philanthropist, Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare is a strategic human resources and diversity, equity, & inclusion leader with experience in corporate & non-profit environments. Her passion for community empowerment and youth development fuels her mission to advance equity & engage and develop the talent within the organizations that serve them. As the Vice President, Talent & Equity for Peer Health Exchange, she is the leader that safeguards our people & culture practices in addition to designing and aligning how we live out our commitment to health equity. Tina currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lighthouse Community Public Schools and is a member of the Surge Institute’s Inaugural Oakland Fellowship (2018). Tina loves bourbon, traveling, watching soccer, and listening to Prince. She’s an occasional blogger and is most likely the only person you know still fiercely loyal to her Blackberry device.

    A community-centered philanthropist, Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare is a strategic human resources and diversity, equity, & inclusion leader with experience in corporate & non-profit environments. Her passion for community empowerment and youth development fuels her mission to advance equity & engage and develop the talent within the organizations that serve them. As the Vice President, Talent & Equity for Peer Health Exchange, she is the leader that safeguards our people & culture practices in addition to designing and aligning how we live out our commitment to health equity. Tina currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lighthouse Community Public Schools and is a member of the Surge Institute’s Inaugural Oakland Fellowship (2018). Tina loves bourbon, traveling, watching soccer, and listening to Prince. She’s an occasional blogger and is most likely the only person you know still fiercely loyal to her Blackberry device.

    Darya Ezova

    Manager, Accounting

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    Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Darya worked as an accounting manager of a full-service accounting company supporting dozens of Bay Area clients in various fields. Darya’s experience ranges from working with PR and marketing companies to non-profit organizations to tech startups. Most recent and impactful experience she has was working with a non-profit organization that specializes in building supplemental programs for school-age children. While working there, Darya saw firsthand the important value accountants add to non-profit organizations by helping them become more organized, and therefore, more impactful in their mission. Darya received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting with a minor in Finance from the University of Central Florida

    Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Darya worked as an accounting manager of a full-service accounting company supporting dozens of Bay Area clients in various fields. Darya’s experience ranges from working with PR and marketing companies to non-profit organizations to tech startups. Most recent and impactful experience she has was working with a non-profit organization that specializes in building supplemental programs for school-age children. While working there, Darya saw firsthand the important value accountants add to non-profit organizations by helping them become more organized, and therefore, more impactful in their mission. Darya received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting with a minor in Finance from the University of Central Florida

    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 Peer Health Exchange’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 Peer Health Exchange, 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 Peer Health Exchange’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 Peer Health Exchange, 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.

    Cheryl Leong

    Assistant Vice President, Finance & Administration

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    Cheryl joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2018. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Cheryl was responsible for managing operating budgets for independent charter schools throughout the Bay Area at EdTec, a leading social enterprise committed to improving public education through charter schools. She advised school leadership on financially related aspects of school administration, including budget development, cash management and state financial reporting. Prior to that, Cheryl worked as a healthcare consultant at Triage Consulting Group where she reviewed and improved client revenue and operational procedures for profit and non-profit healthcare facilities. Cheryl began her career at Wells Fargo, where she served as a project manager, conducted financial analysis and debt structuring, and managed loan portfolios for Fortune 500 companies. Cheryl graduated from Gonazaga University with a B.A. in Business with an emphasis in Finance and Management Information Systems. She also has a minor in Psychology.

    Cheryl joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2018. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Cheryl was responsible for managing operating budgets for independent charter schools throughout the Bay Area at EdTec, a leading social enterprise committed to improving public education through charter schools. She advised school leadership on financially related aspects of school administration, including budget development, cash management and state financial reporting. Prior to that, Cheryl worked as a healthcare consultant at Triage Consulting Group where she reviewed and improved client revenue and operational procedures for profit and non-profit healthcare facilities. Cheryl began her career at Wells Fargo, where she served as a project manager, conducted financial analysis and debt structuring, and managed loan portfolios for Fortune 500 companies. Cheryl graduated from Gonazaga University with a B.A. in Business with an emphasis in Finance and Management Information Systems. She also has a minor in Psychology.

    Jon Longa

    IT Generalist

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    Jon Longa joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2018 to assist the technology and finance team with their IT needs. Before joining Peer Health Exchange, Jon worked as a systems administrator for Oracle supporting their Java engineering, middleware tools and cloud computing environments.  Jon also worked for a database company supporting users with their RDBMS needs. Local to the Bay Area, Jon’s many years of experience in lab and inventory management, software and hardware support, database administration and network management hopes to bring a new, different and corporate perspective to Peer Health Exchange’s goals and mission.

    Jon Longa joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2018 to assist the technology and finance team with their IT needs. Before joining Peer Health Exchange, Jon worked as a systems administrator for Oracle supporting their Java engineering, middleware tools and cloud computing environments.  Jon also worked for a database company supporting users with their RDBMS needs. Local to the Bay Area, Jon’s many years of experience in lab and inventory management, software and hardware support, database administration and network management hopes to bring a new, different and corporate perspective to Peer Health Exchange’s goals and mission.

    Lexis Manzara

    Manager, Program Evaluation & Systems

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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 Peer Health Exchange, 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 Peer Health Exchange, 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.

    Glynis McCray

    Director, Human Resources

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    Babak Motie

    Head Operations and Financial Performance

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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.

    Samantha (Sami) Nagy-Chow

    National Team Assistant

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    Sami joined Peer Health Exchange in March 2019. As the National Team Assistant, she is responsible for coordinating Organizational Leadership Team, National Management Team, and National Board meetings, and supporting the Manager, Shared Services in National Board recruitment. Additionally, she supports the Chief Shared Services Officer and VP of Health Business Development. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Sami helped to start Mission Montessori, a Montessori elementary school in San Francisco where she was responsible for supporting and coordinating every aspect of running a school. Sami developed a passion for health education and health equity during her time as a professional ballet dancer. She noticed a health outcome difference in colleagues who had a comprehensive health education, and those who did not. She is dedicated to making sure that quality health education is accessible to every young person. Sami holds a B.S.O.F. in Ballet and Education from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    Sami joined Peer Health Exchange in March 2019. As the National Team Assistant, she is responsible for coordinating Organizational Leadership Team, National Management Team, and National Board meetings, and supporting the Manager, Shared Services in National Board recruitment. Additionally, she supports the Chief Shared Services Officer and VP of Health Business Development. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Sami helped to start Mission Montessori, a Montessori elementary school in San Francisco where she was responsible for supporting and coordinating every aspect of running a school. Sami developed a passion for health education and health equity during her time as a professional ballet dancer. She noticed a health outcome difference in colleagues who had a comprehensive health education, and those who did not. She is dedicated to making sure that quality health education is accessible to every young person. Sami holds a B.S.O.F. in Ballet and Education from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    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 Peer Health Exchange’s program evaluation activities and evidence building strategies to improve program implementation. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, 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 Peer Health Exchange’s program evaluation activities and evidence building strategies to improve program implementation. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, 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.

    Madison Rhymes

    Graphic Designer

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    Madison joined Peer Health Exchange as a graphic designer in October 2018. She is responsible for working within the national communications team to implement branding strategies and create collateral material in all of Peer Health Exchange’s various sites. Before this, she worked in social work aiding homeless families as they prepared to enter the shelter system, strengthening her design skills through freelance work on the side. Through Peer Health Exchange she has found a healthier way to combine her interest in design with her desire to help others implement social change. This duality is reinforced with her B.A. in psychology and a B.F.A. in graphic design from Clarke University.

    Madison joined Peer Health Exchange as a graphic designer in October 2018. She is responsible for working within the national communications team to implement branding strategies and create collateral material in all of Peer Health Exchange’s various sites. Before this, she worked in social work aiding homeless families as they prepared to enter the shelter system, strengthening her design skills through freelance work on the side. Through Peer Health Exchange she has found a healthier way to combine her interest in design with her desire to help others implement social change. This duality is reinforced with her B.A. in psychology and a B.F.A. in graphic design from Clarke University.

    Robin Rich

    Chief Operating Officer

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    Robin joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2011. As the Chief Operating Officer, Robin is primarily responsible for overseeing the responsible for best-in-class systems in finance, talent, operations, communications, board management, information technology, and scalable models. She is also responsible for developing long-range strategies and action plans for sustainable, strategic organizational growth and scale, talent and succession planning, financial oversight, national board and national management team performance, and organizational culture, in partnership with other key leaders. Robin also serves as the Board Vice President for Women Helping Women and is the Co-Owner of Z Place for Wine & Cheese. Before joining the National staff in November 2013, she was Peer Health Exchange’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 Peer Health Exchange, 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 Operating Officer, Robin is primarily responsible for overseeing the responsible for best-in-class systems in finance, talent, operations, communications, board management, information technology, and scalable models. She is also responsible for developing long-range strategies and action plans for sustainable, strategic organizational growth and scale, talent and succession planning, financial oversight, national board and national management team performance, and organizational culture, in partnership with other key leaders. Robin also serves as the Board Vice President for Women Helping Women and is the Co-Owner of Z Place for Wine & Cheese. Before joining the National staff in November 2013, she was Peer Health Exchange’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 Peer Health Exchange, 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.

    Kavita Shah

    Manager, Program Design and Development

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    Kavita joined Peer Health Exchange in October of 2017. As Manager, Program Design and Development, she plays a critical role in the design and development of our relationship-centered program model by creating and refining curriculum and volunteer training materials. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, Kavita worked as the Director of Communications for The Empowered Brain Institute where she crafted national advocacy campaigns and assisted in developing neuro-inclusive youth programming. She also volunteered with Generation Citizen and held a variety of research assistant positions in areas including healthy relationships, substance abuse, and sexual health. Kavita graduated from Emerson College with a B.S. in Communication Studies and a concentration in Health Communication.

    Kavita joined Peer Health Exchange in October of 2017. As Manager, Program Design and Development, she plays a critical role in the design and development of our relationship-centered program model by creating and refining curriculum and volunteer training materials. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, Kavita worked as the Director of Communications for The Empowered Brain Institute where she crafted national advocacy campaigns and assisted in developing neuro-inclusive youth programming. She also volunteered with Generation Citizen and held a variety of research assistant positions in areas including healthy relationships, substance abuse, and sexual health. Kavita graduated from Emerson College with a B.S. in Communication Studies and a concentration in Health Communication.

    Savannah Sharp

    Associate, Program Design & Development

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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 Peer Health Exchange. 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 Peer Health Exchange. 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.

    Anna Sheehan

    Senior Financial Analyst

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    Anna joined Peer Health Exchange as the Sr Financial Analyst in May 2016, coming from a background of Global Corporate Finance.  Her previous roles have specialized in financial modeling, board reporting, variance analysis and budget setting across matrix organizational structures with workforce management at the heart of the expense structure.  These functions are to key any nonprofit ensuring that funds are utilized to the fullest and most impactfully.  After a relocation from the UK in 2014 (where healthcare is universal) and attempting to navigate the US systems she grew a passion to ensure that everyone, especially the next generations, have the necessary skills and access to the resources they need.

    Anna joined Peer Health Exchange as the Sr Financial Analyst in May 2016, coming from a background of Global Corporate Finance.  Her previous roles have specialized in financial modeling, board reporting, variance analysis and budget setting across matrix organizational structures with workforce management at the heart of the expense structure.  These functions are to key any nonprofit ensuring that funds are utilized to the fullest and most impactfully.  After a relocation from the UK in 2014 (where healthcare is universal) and attempting to navigate the US systems she grew a passion to ensure that everyone, especially the next generations, have the necessary skills and access to the resources they need.

    Philister Sidigu

    Manager, Communications

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    Philister Sidigu joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2017. As Manager of Communications, she is responsible for assisting in the creation, execution, and management of brand and communications strategies organization-wide that align with Peer Health Exchange’s strategic plan. With more than nine years of marketing experience in startup and non-profit industries, Philister is passionate about engaging the public in an ongoing dialogue around preventative measures and health equity. She received her M.F.A. from Northwestern University in Writing for the Screen and Stage, and her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago in Film and Video Production.

    Philister Sidigu joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2017. As Manager of Communications, she is responsible for assisting in the creation, execution, and management of brand and communications strategies organization-wide that align with Peer Health Exchange’s strategic plan. With more than nine years of marketing experience in startup and non-profit industries, Philister is passionate about engaging the public in an ongoing dialogue around preventative measures and health equity. She received her M.F.A. from Northwestern University in Writing for the Screen and Stage, and her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago in Film and Video Production.

    Leslie Soderberg

    Manager, Talent Acquisition

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    Leslie joined Peer Health Exchange 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 Peer Health Exchange, 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 Peer Health Exchange 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 Peer Health Exchange, 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.

    Lisa Walker

    Assistant Vice President, Programs & Strategic Learning

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    As Assistant Vice President, Programs and Strategic Learning, Lisa drives Peer Health Exchange’s national vision and strategy for program impact to build a more integrated model for health education. She leads the program design and evaluation team in developing, evaluating, and continuously improving our program model. Lisa has worked at Peer Health Exchange since 2011, serving in a variety of program and partnerships roles on the national team. Prior to her work at Peer Health Exchange, she taught 3rd grade at a bilingual school New York as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member, and then coached new teachers and led recruitment campaigns as a TFA staff member. Lisa graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government, and from Pace university with a M.S. in Teaching.

    As Assistant Vice President, Programs and Strategic Learning, Lisa drives Peer Health Exchange’s national vision and strategy for program impact to build a more integrated model for health education. She leads the program design and evaluation team in developing, evaluating, and continuously improving our program model. Lisa has worked at Peer Health Exchange since 2011, serving in a variety of program and partnerships roles on the national team. Prior to her work at Peer Health Exchange, she taught 3rd grade at a bilingual school New York as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member, and then coached new teachers and led recruitment campaigns as a TFA staff member. Lisa graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government, and from Pace university with a M.S. in Teaching.

    Ed Wright

    Sr. Associate, Talent

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    Ed joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2018. His Role as Sr. Associate, Talent will involve a myriad of Human Resource tasks. Ed graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trinity Christian College and worked as a mental health counselor. His responsibility was to provide support to youth and adults diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Additionally, he was determined to achieve this through developing the skills needed to attain personal goals, live, be educated, work, and socialize successfully in the community environments. However, while working in this industry, the lack of motivation and training led to a path to pursue his Master’s Degree in Human Resources from National Louis University. Ed developed his skillset through by working as a contractor for various corporate organizations.  His passion for mission-driven work blossomed through his work as a Human Resources Coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He is excited to work, grow, collaborate, and have fun all while making a difference.

    Ed joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2018. His Role as Sr. Associate, Talent will involve a myriad of Human Resource tasks. Ed graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trinity Christian College and worked as a mental health counselor. His responsibility was to provide support to youth and adults diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Additionally, he was determined to achieve this through developing the skills needed to attain personal goals, live, be educated, work, and socialize successfully in the community environments. However, while working in this industry, the lack of motivation and training led to a path to pursue his Master’s Degree in Human Resources from National Louis University. Ed developed his skillset through by working as a contractor for various corporate organizations.  His passion for mission-driven work blossomed through his work as a Human Resources Coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He is excited to work, grow, collaborate, and have fun all while making a difference.

  • Sites & Partnerships

    Xaelah Jarrett

    Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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    Xaelah joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2015. Having served as a four-year volunteer during her undergraduate career at Columbia University—BA Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies—and as a three-year Program Manager in NYC, Xaelah brings a wide array of experiences and insights into her current role as Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In this role, Xaelah is primarily responsible for determining barriers to sustained programmatic participation, retention, and paraprofessional development for volunteers of color and others from historically marginalized and oppressed communities. Her work focuses on innovating and measuring targeted volunteer support initiatives, endeavoring towards creating more inclusive spaces, and engendering equitable pathways for volunteer success. Prior to her work at Peer Health Exchange, Xaelah served as a facilitator for various identity-based affinity groups at Columbia University including Under1Roof and Proud Colors. She continues to work as a youth group facilitator in various capacities and organizations centered around advancing the resiliency and pride of LGB, queer and trans youth.

    Xaelah joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2015. Having served as a four-year volunteer during her undergraduate career at Columbia University—BA Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies—and as a three-year Program Manager in NYC, Xaelah brings a wide array of experiences and insights into her current role as Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In this role, Xaelah is primarily responsible for determining barriers to sustained programmatic participation, retention, and paraprofessional development for volunteers of color and others from historically marginalized and oppressed communities. Her work focuses on innovating and measuring targeted volunteer support initiatives, endeavoring towards creating more inclusive spaces, and engendering equitable pathways for volunteer success. Prior to her work at Peer Health Exchange, Xaelah served as a facilitator for various identity-based affinity groups at Columbia University including Under1Roof and Proud Colors. She continues to work as a youth group facilitator in various capacities and organizations centered around advancing the resiliency and pride of LGB, queer and trans youth.

    James Lin

    Director, Partnerships

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    James joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2013. As Director of Partnerships, James is primarily responsible for leading implementation as we grow PHE’s impact to serve new communities, leading major strategic implementation innovation and learning in all new programming with the goal of designing and refining a more efficient, equitable, and financially sustainable delivery model.  James also supports partnership outreach, development, and cultivation activities for external partners and other stakeholders in new communities and/or at other partner organizations. Prior to his current role, James served as Director of Sites and Partnerships, where he supported local teams in delivering consistent impact, maintaining site sustainability, growing Peer Health Exchange sites, and strengthening site excellence. James has served in a variety of roles at PHE including Boston Program Manager, Talent and Sites Manager, Program Innovation Manager, and Senior Manager of Program Development and Delivery. James graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations and Psychology.

    James joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2013. As Director of Partnerships, James is primarily responsible for leading implementation as we grow PHE’s impact to serve new communities, leading major strategic implementation innovation and learning in all new programming with the goal of designing and refining a more efficient, equitable, and financially sustainable delivery model.  James also supports partnership outreach, development, and cultivation activities for external partners and other stakeholders in new communities and/or at other partner organizations. Prior to his current role, James served as Director of Sites and Partnerships, where he supported local teams in delivering consistent impact, maintaining site sustainability, growing Peer Health Exchange sites, and strengthening site excellence. James has served in a variety of roles at PHE including Boston Program Manager, Talent and Sites Manager, Program Innovation Manager, and Senior Manager of Program Development and Delivery. James graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations and Psychology.

    Evan Joy McLaurin

    Manager, Business Development

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    Evan joined Peer Health Exchange in February 2019.  As Manager, Business Development, she coordinates and manages the affiliate sites and strategic partnerships pipeline as part of Peer Health Exchange’s priorities to partner with communities and to expand health education access. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Evan studied sexuality and culture at the University of Amsterdam, worked with Planned Parenthood in both local grassroots organizing and national lobbying. She also started and facilitated her own health education program at a local home for women who have aged out of the Massachusetts foster care system. Evan completed her undergraduate studies in sociology, focusing in public health at Spelman College before she went on to obtain her master of public policy and MBA in nonprofit management from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

    Evan joined Peer Health Exchange in February 2019.  As Manager, Business Development, she coordinates and manages the affiliate sites and strategic partnerships pipeline as part of Peer Health Exchange’s priorities to partner with communities and to expand health education access. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Evan studied sexuality and culture at the University of Amsterdam, worked with Planned Parenthood in both local grassroots organizing and national lobbying. She also started and facilitated her own health education program at a local home for women who have aged out of the Massachusetts foster care system. Evan completed her undergraduate studies in sociology, focusing in public health at Spelman College before she went on to obtain her master of public policy and MBA in nonprofit management from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

    Ann Peralta

    Vice President, Partnerships

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    As Vice President of Partnerships, Ann oversees program excellence in current Peer Health Exchange sites, national partnerships work related to bringing together the health and education systems to differently prioritize health education, and the organization’s expansion efforts. Ann has worked at Peer Health Exchange since 2011, serving as the founding Boston Program Director at Peer for her first three years at the organization and in a variety of program and partnerships roles on the national team ever since. 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 a DrPH candidate in Management, Leadership, and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health.

    As Vice President of Partnerships, Ann oversees program excellence in current Peer Health Exchange sites, national partnerships work related to bringing together the health and education systems to differently prioritize health education, and the organization’s expansion efforts. Ann has worked at Peer Health Exchange since 2011, serving as the founding Boston Program Director at Peer for her first three years at the organization and in a variety of program and partnerships roles on the national team ever since. 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 a DrPH candidate in Management, Leadership, and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health.

  • Bay Area

    Kelsey Baldwin

    Bay Area External Affairs Associate

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    Kelsey joined Peer Health Exchange in September of 2017 as a Development Intern and transitioned in January of 2018 to Development Associate for the Peer Health Exchange Bay Area team. She supports the San Francisco Executive Director in the implementation of local fundraising strategies. Before coming to Peer Health Exchange, Kelsey worked as a case manager and Employment and Education Specialist at First Place For Youth ILSP youth center, serving Transitional-Aged Youth currently involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. A Philadelphia native, Kelsey moved after graduating from college and began her career in San Francisco at Seneca Family of Agencies, a private non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of the Bay Area’s disadvantaged foster youth and their families, serving as a Mental Health Support Counselor for youth around the Bay Area. Kelsey earned her B.S. in Psychology and minor in Sociology from College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where she interned at the Medical University of South Carolina supporting the Neuroscience Division in addiction research.

    Kelsey joined Peer Health Exchange in September of 2017 as a Development Intern and transitioned in January of 2018 to Development Associate for the Peer Health Exchange Bay Area team. She supports the San Francisco Executive Director in the implementation of local fundraising strategies. Before coming to Peer Health Exchange, Kelsey worked as a case manager and Employment and Education Specialist at First Place For Youth ILSP youth center, serving Transitional-Aged Youth currently involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. A Philadelphia native, Kelsey moved after graduating from college and began her career in San Francisco at Seneca Family of Agencies, a private non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of the Bay Area’s disadvantaged foster youth and their families, serving as a Mental Health Support Counselor for youth around the Bay Area. Kelsey earned her B.S. in Psychology and minor in Sociology from College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where she interned at the Medical University of South Carolina supporting the Neuroscience Division in addiction research.

    Geo Hernandez

    Program Director, Bay Area

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    Geo joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2016. As a Bay Area Program Director, she is primarily responsible for the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Bay Area program. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, 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 an M.B.A. in public and nonprofit management at Boston University.

    Geo joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2016. As a Bay Area Program Director, she is primarily responsible for the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Bay Area program. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, 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 an M.B.A. in public and nonprofit management at Boston University.

    Nikita Rahman

    Program Manager, Bay Area

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    Nikita joined Peer Health Exchange as the Bay Area Program Manager in October 2018. Before coming to Peer Health Exchange, she worked as a Wellness Counselor at The Epiphany Center, a non-profit organization committed to healing trauma, substance abuse and ending cycles of homelessness and poverty through holistic trauma-informed care. As a Wellness Counselor, she served to incorporate the six dimensions of wellness into the clients’ recovery process and has led workshops in nonviolent communication, nutrition, holistic well-being, and horticulture. She currently volunteers as a Youth Mentor for the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, providing guidance and emotional support for youth detained in SF Juvenile Hall. She strives to reduce society’s reliance on incarceration as a solution to social problems and dreams to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Nikita holds a degree in Cognitive and Brain Sciences from Tufts University.

    Nikita joined Peer Health Exchange as the Bay Area Program Manager in October 2018. Before coming to Peer Health Exchange, she worked as a Wellness Counselor at The Epiphany Center, a non-profit organization committed to healing trauma, substance abuse and ending cycles of homelessness and poverty through holistic trauma-informed care. As a Wellness Counselor, she served to incorporate the six dimensions of wellness into the clients’ recovery process and has led workshops in nonviolent communication, nutrition, holistic well-being, and horticulture. She currently volunteers as a Youth Mentor for the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, providing guidance and emotional support for youth detained in SF Juvenile Hall. She strives to reduce society’s reliance on incarceration as a solution to social problems and dreams to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Nikita holds a degree in Cognitive and Brain Sciences from Tufts University.

  • 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 Peer Health Exchange. Emily also worked as the Health Education Coordinator at a sexual health nonprofit 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 Peer Health Exchange 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 Peer Health Exchange. Emily also worked as the Health Education Coordinator at a sexual health nonprofit 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 Peer Health Exchange and beyond, Emily hopes to address health equity through education, policy, and access to resources.

    Natalie Joseph

    Program Manager, Boston

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    Natalie joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2019. As a Boston Program Manager, she is responsible for assisting with the management and growth of the Boston program. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Natalie was a Reproductive Health Counselor and Educator at Cambridge Health Alliance. She met with patients individually to discuss reproductive health and provide them with access to contraceptives. She also taught sexual health workshops in Somerville and the inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit at Cambridge Health Alliance. Natalie has a B.S. in Health Science from Boston University and is currently pursuing her MPH in Community Assessment and Maternal and Child Health at Boston University’s School of Public Health.

    Natalie joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2019. As a Boston Program Manager, she is responsible for assisting with the management and growth of the Boston program. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Natalie was a Reproductive Health Counselor and Educator at Cambridge Health Alliance. She met with patients individually to discuss reproductive health and provide them with access to contraceptives. She also taught sexual health workshops in Somerville and the inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit at Cambridge Health Alliance. Natalie has a B.S. in Health Science from Boston University and is currently pursuing her MPH in Community Assessment and Maternal and Child Health at Boston University’s School of Public Health.

    Bethany M. Allen

    Program Director

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    Bethany M. Allen joined Peer Health Exchange in September 2017. As the Boston Program Director, she is responsible for leading Peer Health Exchange partnership development and sustaining relationships with public school districts, individual schools and their staff, and community partners. Bethany was formerly the Statewide Initiatives Director for the Boston Alliance of GLBT Youth (BAGLY), one of the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth organizations, and co-chair of the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC), an LGBTQ advocacy organization for queer and transgender people of color. She has extensive experience developing trauma-informed programming using positive youth development and harm reduction frameworks, and she is a national thought leader on the implementation of “brave space” facilitation models, co-authoring the daylong youth institute at Creating Change in 2017 and 2018. She frequently facilitates community reading circles for Mass Humanities and “Act II” talkback conversations at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. Her facilitation and volunteer work focus on creating opportunities for radical, deep connections within and across communities to promote transformational social change rooted in racial justice. She grew up in Maine and later raised three queer black children (who are now young adults) while concentrating in Afro-American Studies at Harvard, experiences she often wrote about in a biweekly column for Africana.com from 2000-2005, Brown Eyed Girl.
    Bethany M. Allen joined Peer Health Exchange in September 2017. As the Boston Program Director, she is responsible for leading Peer Health Exchange partnership development and sustaining relationships with public school districts, individual schools and their staff, and community partners. Bethany was formerly the Statewide Initiatives Director for the Boston Alliance of GLBT Youth (BAGLY), one of the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth organizations, and co-chair of the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC), an LGBTQ advocacy organization for queer and transgender people of color. She has extensive experience developing trauma-informed programming using positive youth development and harm reduction frameworks, and she is a national thought leader on the implementation of “brave space” facilitation models, co-authoring the daylong youth institute at Creating Change in 2017 and 2018. She frequently facilitates community reading circles for Mass Humanities and “Act II” talkback conversations at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. Her facilitation and volunteer work focus on creating opportunities for radical, deep connections within and across communities to promote transformational social change rooted in racial justice. She grew up in Maine and later raised three queer black children (who are now young adults) while concentrating in Afro-American Studies at Harvard, experiences she often wrote about in a biweekly column for Africana.com from 2000-2005, Brown Eyed Girl.
  • Chicago

    Nikki Cotto

    Manager of Institutional Giving, Chicago

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    Nikki has been the Manager of Institutional Giving at Peer Health Exchange Chicago since October 2018. As the Chicago Manager of Institutional Giving, she is primarily responsible for writing grants, developing corporate partnerships, and managing the donor database. Before joining the team at Peer Health Exchange, Nikki worked as the Manager of Foundation Relations and Grants at Changing Worlds for five years. She joined the Changing Worlds team initially as a volunteer and moved into the grant writer role where she worked for four years. Nikki is passionate about youth advocacy, racial equity, and social justice. She has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago.

    Nikki has been the Manager of Institutional Giving at Peer Health Exchange Chicago since October 2018. As the Chicago Manager of Institutional Giving, she is primarily responsible for writing grants, developing corporate partnerships, and managing the donor database. Before joining the team at Peer Health Exchange, Nikki worked as the Manager of Foundation Relations and Grants at Changing Worlds for five years. She joined the Changing Worlds team initially as a volunteer and moved into the grant writer role where she worked for four years. Nikki is passionate about youth advocacy, racial equity, and social justice. She has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago.

    Ericka Dawson

    Program Director, Chicago

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    Ericka Dawson joined the Peer Health Exchange in July of 2018. As the Program Director, Ericka is responsible for planning, leading and overseeing the implementation of Peer Health Exchange programming in Chicago. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Ericka was the Senior Manager of Training and Programs at Girls in the Game. She was responsible for training new hires and managing the implementation of sports-based after-school programs in Chicago. Her professional portfolio includes management, and training and development experience with South Side Help Center and Hertz Local Edition. Ericka graduated from Governors State University with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and from Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

    Ericka Dawson joined the Peer Health Exchange in July of 2018. As the Program Director, Ericka is responsible for planning, leading and overseeing the implementation of Peer Health Exchange programming in Chicago. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Ericka was the Senior Manager of Training and Programs at Girls in the Game. She was responsible for training new hires and managing the implementation of sports-based after-school programs in Chicago. Her professional portfolio includes management, and training and development experience with South Side Help Center and Hertz Local Edition. Ericka graduated from Governors State University with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and from Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

    Katherine Koller

    Senior Development Manager, Chicago

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    Katherine Koller joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2016. As the Senior Development Manager, Chicago, Katherine is responsible for: Overseeing the Chicago pipeline, data, and knowledge management systems; Creating and managing a comprehensive strategy to grow individual giving in Chicago; Leading on the annual benefit; Supporting the Executive Director in Board Management; and serving as Staff Liaison to the Associates Board. 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 cultural exchange/service-learning trips to Japan and New Zealand, and studying global development in Ecuador, China, India, and South Africa.

    Katherine Koller joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2016. As the Senior Development Manager, Chicago, Katherine is responsible for: Overseeing the Chicago pipeline, data, and knowledge management systems; Creating and managing a comprehensive strategy to grow individual giving in Chicago; Leading on the annual benefit; Supporting the Executive Director in Board Management; and serving as Staff Liaison to the Associates Board. 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 cultural exchange/service-learning trips to Japan and New Zealand, and studying global development in Ecuador, China, India, and South Africa.

    Jackie Maloney

    Program Manager, Chicago

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    Jackie Maloney joined Peer Health Exchange in August of 2018. As the Chicago Program Manager, she is responsible for the growth, evaluation, and support of the Chicago Program at the University of Chicago. Prior to her current role, Jackie served as the Chicago Program Fellow through the Northwestern Public Interest Program where she was responsible for supporting program and evaluation operations, as well as managing school-based health center tours. Jackie received her B.A. in Psychology and Global Health from Northwestern University. During her time at Northwestern, Jackie conducted research for her honors thesis on the psychological characteristics of Internet Addiction in college undergraduates and worked with counseling services at Northwestern to develop a peer mental health hotline. She also interned at EverThrive Illinois working with the health reform and maternal/child health teams to advance health equity for mothers and children in Chicago.

    Jackie Maloney joined Peer Health Exchange in August of 2018. As the Chicago Program Manager, she is responsible for the growth, evaluation, and support of the Chicago Program at the University of Chicago. Prior to her current role, Jackie served as the Chicago Program Fellow through the Northwestern Public Interest Program where she was responsible for supporting program and evaluation operations, as well as managing school-based health center tours. Jackie received her B.A. in Psychology and Global Health from Northwestern University. During her time at Northwestern, Jackie conducted research for her honors thesis on the psychological characteristics of Internet Addiction in college undergraduates and worked with counseling services at Northwestern to develop a peer mental health hotline. She also interned at EverThrive Illinois working with the health reform and maternal/child health teams to advance health equity for mothers and children in Chicago.

    Brittany Merritt

    Executive Director, Chicago

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    Brittany rejoined Peer Health Exchange in February 2019 as the Chicago Executive Director. As the Chicago Executive Director, Brittany is primarily responsible for cultivating new and existing funding sources to support the growth of program, managing and growing the Chicago Board of Directors and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for Peer Health Exchange Chicago. Brittany recently served as the Chief Program Officer at Umoja Student Development Corporation where she was responsible for the oversight, vision and strategy of Umoja’s program portfolio across Umoja’s core areas of college and career readiness, restorative justice, social and emotional learning, and professional development within Chicago Public Schools, the state of Illinois and nationally. Prior to joining Umoja, Brittany held other positions at Peer Health Exchange as the Chicago Director of Program & Partnerships and as the Chicago Program Director. In those roles, she focused on the active pursuit of alternative funding strategies complementary to traditional philanthropic revenue streams, deepening of community partnerships, and oversight of the development, implementation, growth and evaluation of the local program. She is passionate about increased health, self-esteem, academic performance, responsible social behaviors and leadership skills for youth. Brittany remains deeply committed to youth empowerment and equity in Chicago and is excited to be returning to advocate for adolescent health and wellness as the Chicago Executive Director. Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Howard University and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Northwestern University.

    Brittany rejoined Peer Health Exchange in February 2019 as the Chicago Executive Director. As the Chicago Executive Director, Brittany is primarily responsible for cultivating new and existing funding sources to support the growth of program, managing and growing the Chicago Board of Directors and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for Peer Health Exchange Chicago. Brittany recently served as the Chief Program Officer at Umoja Student Development Corporation where she was responsible for the oversight, vision and strategy of Umoja’s program portfolio across Umoja’s core areas of college and career readiness, restorative justice, social and emotional learning, and professional development within Chicago Public Schools, the state of Illinois and nationally. Prior to joining Umoja, Brittany held other positions at Peer Health Exchange as the Chicago Director of Program & Partnerships and as the Chicago Program Director. In those roles, she focused on the active pursuit of alternative funding strategies complementary to traditional philanthropic revenue streams, deepening of community partnerships, and oversight of the development, implementation, growth and evaluation of the local program. She is passionate about increased health, self-esteem, academic performance, responsible social behaviors and leadership skills for youth. Brittany remains deeply committed to youth empowerment and equity in Chicago and is excited to be returning to advocate for adolescent health and wellness as the Chicago Executive Director. Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Howard University and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Northwestern University.

    Miriam Perez

    Senior Program Manager, Chicago

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    Miriam Perez joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2017. As the Program Manager, she is responsible for development, evaluation, and growth of the Chicago program at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois in Chicago. Prior to her current role, Miriam served as the Chicago Program Fellow where she was responsible for managing the program at Northwestern University and supporting with key program operations. Miriam graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Global Health Studies. In her undergraduate career, Miriam designed and completed original ethnographic research underscoring the social determinants of health for Latinx individuals in Chicago. She also served as the Public Health intern in the Evanston Health and Human Services (EHHS) department where she contributed to designing community informed health initiatives and building community partnerships.

    Miriam Perez joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2017. As the Program Manager, she is responsible for development, evaluation, and growth of the Chicago program at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois in Chicago. Prior to her current role, Miriam served as the Chicago Program Fellow where she was responsible for managing the program at Northwestern University and supporting with key program operations. Miriam graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Global Health Studies. In her undergraduate career, Miriam designed and completed original ethnographic research underscoring the social determinants of health for Latinx individuals in Chicago. She also served as the Public Health intern in the Evanston Health and Human Services (EHHS) department where she contributed to designing community informed health initiatives and building community partnerships.

  • Los Angeles

    Rey Canseco

    Development Director, Los Angeles

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    Rey Canseco joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2017.  As the Development Director, Rey leads events, institutional fundraising, alumni engagement, data management, as well as supports the Executive Director in the creation and implementation of the site’s overall fundraising strategy. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange’s Los Angeles team, Rey worked in the development department at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund where he assisted with corporate fundraising and strategy at the national and local levels. He also worked with the Santa Barbara Symphony, where he assisted with all aspects of planning and implementing strategies to achieve fundraising goals successfully. He was the membership coordinator for annual fund donors and coordinated the Symphony’s events. Rey graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts with a B.A in Political Science and a minor in Russian Studies.

    Rey Canseco joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2017.  As the Development Director, Rey leads events, institutional fundraising, alumni engagement, data management, as well as supports the Executive Director in the creation and implementation of the site’s overall fundraising strategy. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange’s Los Angeles team, Rey worked in the development department at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund where he assisted with corporate fundraising and strategy at the national and local levels. He also worked with the Santa Barbara Symphony, where he assisted with all aspects of planning and implementing strategies to achieve fundraising goals successfully. He was the membership coordinator for annual fund donors and coordinated the Symphony’s events. Rey graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts with a B.A in Political Science and a minor in Russian Studies.

    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.

    Kimmy Maniquis

    Executive Director, Los Angeles

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    Kimmy joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2019. As the Executive Director of the Los Angeles site, Kimmy oversees the management and growth of the organization’s Los Angeles operations and programs, working closely with the board of directors, staff, school and college partners, funders, supporters and community stakeholders. Kimmy comes to Peer Health Exchange with almost 20 years of experience in youth development, non-profit management, social justice and community and organizational leadership. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), an organization dedicated to providing social justice education and Restorative Justice work to schools, workplaces, communities and families throughout Southern California. Prior to CCEJ, Kimmy worked in San Francisco with young women and girls on leadership and college prep and retention, as well as supporting the foundational work of Pin@y Educational Partnerships, which established Ethnic Studies classes in SFUSD.  Kimmy’s academic background is in Social Sciences and Ethnic Studies, and remains committed to building a career that upholds her passion for serving young people and building a just world. As a former dancer, Kimmy also continues her dedication to the arts, particularly Hip Hop dance, through Culture Shock Los Angeles where she serves as the Vice President and Treasurer of the board. Kimmy also serves on the City of Long Beach’s Ethics Commission.

    Kimmy joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2019. As the Executive Director of the Los Angeles site, Kimmy oversees the management and growth of the organization’s Los Angeles operations and programs, working closely with the board of directors, staff, school and college partners, funders, supporters and community stakeholders. Kimmy comes to Peer Health Exchange with almost 20 years of experience in youth development, non-profit management, social justice and community and organizational leadership. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), an organization dedicated to providing social justice education and Restorative Justice work to schools, workplaces, communities and families throughout Southern California. Prior to CCEJ, Kimmy worked in San Francisco with young women and girls on leadership and college prep and retention, as well as supporting the foundational work of Pin@y Educational Partnerships, which established Ethnic Studies classes in SFUSD.  Kimmy’s academic background is in Social Sciences and Ethnic Studies, and remains committed to building a career that upholds her passion for serving young people and building a just world. As a former dancer, Kimmy also continues her dedication to the arts, particularly Hip Hop dance, through Culture Shock Los Angeles where she serves as the Vice President and Treasurer of the board. Kimmy also serves on the City of Long Beach’s Ethics Commission.

    Mario Serrano

    Program Manager, Los Angeles

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    Mario attended East Los Angeles College before transferring to the University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned a B.A. in Political Science.

    He started working for Peer Health Exchange as a Program Fellow through the Public Allies program in December 2018. His role is to support the Program Director and Program Manager with operations and logistics such as volunteer recruitment, training and assessments. Currently, Mario serves as Program Manager for Los Angeles where he manages California State University Northridge and Occidental College volunteer members.

    Prior to joining PHE, Mario volunteered as a Head Coach for his local youth leagues such as AYSO and D.J.A.A. where he found his interest in working with youth to empower them to be active and have fun. Prior work experience also includes him working as a Youth Counselor for Four Oaks Youth Emergency Shelter and a Substitute Teacher for El Rancho and Little Lake City Unified School District.

    Mario attended East Los Angeles College before transferring to the University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned a B.A. in Political Science.

    He started working for Peer Health Exchange as a Program Fellow through the Public Allies program in December 2018. His role is to support the Program Director and Program Manager with operations and logistics such as volunteer recruitment, training and assessments. Currently, Mario serves as Program Manager for Los Angeles where he manages California State University Northridge and Occidental College volunteer members.

    Prior to joining PHE, Mario volunteered as a Head Coach for his local youth leagues such as AYSO and D.J.A.A. where he found his interest in working with youth to empower them to be active and have fun. Prior work experience also includes him working as a Youth Counselor for Four Oaks Youth Emergency Shelter and a Substitute Teacher for El Rancho and Little Lake City Unified School District.

    Chris Wilson

    Program Director, Los Angeles

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    Chris Wilson-Smith is a Los Angeles native who has spent more than 12 years working in sexual and public health. He currently serves as the Program Director on the Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles team. Mr. Wilson-Smith most recently worked as Capacity Building Specialist/ Program Coordinator at ETR Associates as well as the Program Director of the 3T project at ETR’s sister company dfusion. Over the last 12 years, he has worked as the Prevention and Care Program Manager at the Black AIDS Institute, the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, University of California, Los Angeles, and Los Angeles LGBT Center. He spent several of those years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he served as a health educator and psycho-social case manager to HIV-positive youth. He graduated from Crenshaw Senior High School in Los Angeles and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and sociology from Wiley College of Marshall, Texas.

    Chris Wilson-Smith is a Los Angeles native who has spent more than 12 years working in sexual and public health. He currently serves as the Program Director on the Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles team. Mr. Wilson-Smith most recently worked as Capacity Building Specialist/ Program Coordinator at ETR Associates as well as the Program Director of the 3T project at ETR’s sister company dfusion. Over the last 12 years, he has worked as the Prevention and Care Program Manager at the Black AIDS Institute, the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, University of California, Los Angeles, and Los Angeles LGBT Center. He spent several of those years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he served as a health educator and psycho-social case manager to HIV-positive youth. He graduated from Crenshaw Senior High School in Los Angeles and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and sociology from Wiley College of Marshall, Texas.

  • New York

    Jozette Belmont

    Development Assistant, New York

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    Jozette joined the Peer Health Exchange team in September 2018 as an intern and transitioned into the Development Assistant role in December 2018. As Development Assistant she is primarily responsible for supporting the EA team with research, grant writing, and fundraising, among other tasks. After earning her dual B.A. in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, she’s continuing her education in the Women’s and Gender Studies M.A. Program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research focuses on the effects of sex Ed on queer women and uses qualitative research to raise the voices of those often silenced. Through this research, she realized she needed to do the groundwork to make an impact on young people’s lives. This is why she’s passionate about Peer Health Exchange’s goals of equitable health education. Prior to Peer Health Exchange she was part of the CUNY Pipeline Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at The Graduate Center and worked as a Research Assistant for Dr. Alison Better at Kingsborough Community College.

    Jozette joined the Peer Health Exchange team in September 2018 as an intern and transitioned into the Development Assistant role in December 2018. As Development Assistant she is primarily responsible for supporting the EA team with research, grant writing, and fundraising, among other tasks. After earning her dual B.A. in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, she’s continuing her education in the Women’s and Gender Studies M.A. Program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research focuses on the effects of sex Ed on queer women and uses qualitative research to raise the voices of those often silenced. Through this research, she realized she needed to do the groundwork to make an impact on young people’s lives. This is why she’s passionate about Peer Health Exchange’s goals of equitable health education. Prior to Peer Health Exchange she was part of the CUNY Pipeline Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at The Graduate Center and worked as a Research Assistant for Dr. Alison Better at Kingsborough Community College.

    Francisco Cruz

    Program Director, New York

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    Francisco joined Peer Health Exchange in 2017 as NYC’s Associate Program Director before transitioning into the Program Director role in April 2018. As New York’s Program Director, Francisco is responsible for leading the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Peer Health Exchange Program in New York. Francisco comes to this position with a deep understanding of the needs in New York’s educational landscape, both from his time as a public school student as well as his experience as an educator. Francisco attended New York public schools before graduating from The City University of New York- Lehman College in 2014 with a double B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy. During that time, Francisco conducted research on public health and food environments surrounding CUNY campuses. Following his undergraduate experience, Francisco joined Teach for America and taught seventh grade English Language Arts in the South Bronx while completing a M.S. in Education. After his time as a teacher, he was part of the administrative team at Brooklyn Explore Charter School where he managed communications and logistics while providing program development. Francisco brings a passion to continue to tackle the needs of New York’s communities by tackling structural necessities. Francisco’s dedication to instill the importance of rational agency and the value that knowledge is one of many tools of empowerment in students continues to drive him and his work.

    Francisco joined Peer Health Exchange in 2017 as NYC’s Associate Program Director before transitioning into the Program Director role in April 2018. As New York’s Program Director, Francisco is responsible for leading the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the Peer Health Exchange Program in New York. Francisco comes to this position with a deep understanding of the needs in New York’s educational landscape, both from his time as a public school student as well as his experience as an educator. Francisco attended New York public schools before graduating from The City University of New York- Lehman College in 2014 with a double B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy. During that time, Francisco conducted research on public health and food environments surrounding CUNY campuses. Following his undergraduate experience, Francisco joined Teach for America and taught seventh grade English Language Arts in the South Bronx while completing a M.S. in Education. After his time as a teacher, he was part of the administrative team at Brooklyn Explore Charter School where he managed communications and logistics while providing program development. Francisco brings a passion to continue to tackle the needs of New York’s communities by tackling structural necessities. Francisco’s dedication to instill the importance of rational agency and the value that knowledge is one of many tools of empowerment in students continues to drive him and his work.

    Tashiana Diaz

    Associate Program Director, New York

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    Tashiana joined the Peer Health Exchange community in June 2018 as the Associate Program Director with her primary focus in assisting the Program Director in running the program for NYC schools. After a three year career in TV news while simultaneously working in youth development, Tashiana made the full time switch to youth and program development. Tashiana graduated from College of Mount Saint Vincent with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and a concentration in Digital Arts and Media Studies. She hopes to return to get her Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy and Administration. While in her past position at John Jay College, Tashiana ran a program for 7th graders to expose them to the idea of college and the accessibility of higher education, and she hopes to continue helping foster that mindset about health and healthy choices to high school and college-aged students around the city through Peer Health Exchange.

    Tashiana joined the Peer Health Exchange community in June 2018 as the Associate Program Director with her primary focus in assisting the Program Director in running the program for NYC schools. After a three year career in TV news while simultaneously working in youth development, Tashiana made the full time switch to youth and program development. Tashiana graduated from College of Mount Saint Vincent with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and a concentration in Digital Arts and Media Studies. She hopes to return to get her Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy and Administration. While in her past position at John Jay College, Tashiana ran a program for 7th graders to expose them to the idea of college and the accessibility of higher education, and she hopes to continue helping foster that mindset about health and healthy choices to high school and college-aged students around the city through Peer Health Exchange.

    Taylor Gramps

    Development Director, New York

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    Taylor joined Peer Health Exchange in February 2016. As NYC Development Director, Taylor leads events, institutional fundraising, alumni engagement, and data management, as well as supports the Executive Director in the creation and implementation of the site’s overall fundraising strategy. Taylor has spent her whole career in nonprofit, and has previously worked at the Social Impact Exchange, A.R.T./New York, Summer Theatre of New Canaan, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and Theatre Arts from Drew University and her M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Urban Policy from The New School in 2013. In addition to Peer Health Exchange, Taylor volunteers her time through New York Cares and as a SoleMate for Girls on the Run NYC. She serves on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City, and was selected for the 2017-2018 cohort of the Princeton AlumniCorps Emerging Leaders. A proud resident of Queens, when she is not working she can be found in the best borough with her rescue mutt, Chewy.

    Taylor joined Peer Health Exchange in February 2016. As NYC Development Director, Taylor leads events, institutional fundraising, alumni engagement, and data management, as well as supports the Executive Director in the creation and implementation of the site’s overall fundraising strategy. Taylor has spent her whole career in nonprofit, and has previously worked at the Social Impact Exchange, A.R.T./New York, Summer Theatre of New Canaan, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and Theatre Arts from Drew University and her M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Urban Policy from The New School in 2013. In addition to Peer Health Exchange, Taylor volunteers her time through New York Cares and as a SoleMate for Girls on the Run NYC. She serves on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City, and was selected for the 2017-2018 cohort of the Princeton AlumniCorps Emerging Leaders. A proud resident of Queens, when she is not working she can be found in the best borough with her rescue mutt, Chewy.

    Nayah Harper

    Staten Island Program Manager, New York

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    Nayah joined Peer Health Exchange in March of 2018. As a New York Program Manager, Nayah is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the New York program. Most specifically, Nayah focuses on programming in the Staten Island Chapter of Peer Health Exchange. Having graduated from Howard University with a B.S. in Political Science with a concentration in Administration of Justice and Black Politics, Nayah has reserved a fervent belief for the need of social justice through equitable advancement. During her tenure as an undergrad, Nayah worked to develop a community-based nonprofit organization that focused on alleviating health and wellness issues against women of color. Upon graduating, prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Nayah served as a Mentor with the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, advocating for students educational needs and abridging the gaps. Coming into Peer Health Exchange, Nayah brings a passion for building equality through equity cultivated by community engagement and greater access for marginalized groups.

    Nayah joined Peer Health Exchange in March of 2018. As a New York Program Manager, Nayah is primarily responsible for assisting with the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the New York program. Most specifically, Nayah focuses on programming in the Staten Island Chapter of Peer Health Exchange. Having graduated from Howard University with a B.S. in Political Science with a concentration in Administration of Justice and Black Politics, Nayah has reserved a fervent belief for the need of social justice through equitable advancement. During her tenure as an undergrad, Nayah worked to develop a community-based nonprofit organization that focused on alleviating health and wellness issues against women of color. Upon graduating, prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Nayah served as a Mentor with the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, advocating for students educational needs and abridging the gaps. Coming into Peer Health Exchange, Nayah brings a passion for building equality through equity cultivated by community engagement and greater access for marginalized groups.

    Samuel Laguerre

    Queens Program Manager, New York

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    Samuel recently graduated from CUNY York College as of Fall 2017 with a B.S. in Health Promotion Management and has aspirations to go on to attain a Master’s in Public Health. Samuel has been with Peer Health Exchange since 2016, starting out as a Co-Coordinator in the launching of our Queens sites, and later became a Senior Health Educator for the pilot program at CUNY York. During the junior and senior years of his undergraduate career, Samuel committed his time to building up Peer Health Exchange’s partnership with York as it pertained to recruitment, teaching, and training. Apart from college work and experience with Peer Health Exchange, Samuel also has experience as a mental health counselor for the Institute for Community Living where he was responsible for providing support to youth and adults diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. This support was focused through developing the skills needed to attain personal goals, live, be educated, work, and socialize successfully in the community environments of their choice and also in maintaining a safe, clean environment. As an intern with Mount Sinai’s Adolescent Center, he researched health equity in NYC through a summer mapping program where Samuel was a leader in monitoring data collection around NYC used to assess how urban design impacts public health and socioeconomic disparities. Samuel has also spent time as a missionary working on community development projects in San Ignacio, Belize. These projects included building homes for families without a place to stay through fundraising and collaborating with other organizations such as Samaritans Purse to provide school supplies, toys, and hygiene products in bulk for children within the community. Samuel also interacted with the youth of San Ignacio through bible workshops and lessons centered on hygiene and sex.

    Samuel recently graduated from CUNY York College as of Fall 2017 with a B.S. in Health Promotion Management and has aspirations to go on to attain a Master’s in Public Health. Samuel has been with Peer Health Exchange since 2016, starting out as a Co-Coordinator in the launching of our Queens sites, and later became a Senior Health Educator for the pilot program at CUNY York. During the junior and senior years of his undergraduate career, Samuel committed his time to building up Peer Health Exchange’s partnership with York as it pertained to recruitment, teaching, and training. Apart from college work and experience with Peer Health Exchange, Samuel also has experience as a mental health counselor for the Institute for Community Living where he was responsible for providing support to youth and adults diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. This support was focused through developing the skills needed to attain personal goals, live, be educated, work, and socialize successfully in the community environments of their choice and also in maintaining a safe, clean environment. As an intern with Mount Sinai’s Adolescent Center, he researched health equity in NYC through a summer mapping program where Samuel was a leader in monitoring data collection around NYC used to assess how urban design impacts public health and socioeconomic disparities. Samuel has also spent time as a missionary working on community development projects in San Ignacio, Belize. These projects included building homes for families without a place to stay through fundraising and collaborating with other organizations such as Samaritans Purse to provide school supplies, toys, and hygiene products in bulk for children within the community. Samuel also interacted with the youth of San Ignacio through bible workshops and lessons centered on hygiene and sex.

    Anne Mattson

    Program Manager, New York

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    Anne joined the Peer Health Exchange team in July 2018, shortly after completing her Masters in Public Health at New York University. During her time at NYU, Annefocused on working abroad, working with young people, and conducting research and sexual and reproductive health. After attending classes, working, and conducting research in Kathmandu, Prague, Florence, and Bogotá, Anne decided she wanted to apply these skills in New York City long term. With a strong passion for intersectional, global perspectives, Anne brings experience working with diverse communities in health education contexts. Managing NYU and Brooklyn College, Anne is able to merge her education background with management, development, and evaluation skills.

     

    Prior to working with Peer Health Exchange, Anne served as Prevention Coordinator at the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, a Youth Counselor at The Ali Forney Center, and reproductive health research assistant at New York University under Dr. Sally Guttmacher. An Arizona native, Anne received her B.A. in Psychology from Arizona State University before moving to New York.

    Anne joined the Peer Health Exchange team in July 2018, shortly after completing her Masters in Public Health at New York University. During her time at NYU, Annefocused on working abroad, working with young people, and conducting research and sexual and reproductive health. After attending classes, working, and conducting research in Kathmandu, Prague, Florence, and Bogotá, Anne decided she wanted to apply these skills in New York City long term. With a strong passion for intersectional, global perspectives, Anne brings experience working with diverse communities in health education contexts. Managing NYU and Brooklyn College, Anne is able to merge her education background with management, development, and evaluation skills.

     

    Prior to working with Peer Health Exchange, Anne served as Prevention Coordinator at the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, a Youth Counselor at The Ali Forney Center, and reproductive health research assistant at New York University under Dr. Sally Guttmacher. An Arizona native, Anne received her B.A. in Psychology from Arizona State University before moving to New York.

    Michelle Mirtolooi

    Sr. Manager, Individual Giving

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    Michelle joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2018. As the Senior Manager of Individual Giving, Michelle is responsible for supporting the NYC Executive Director in the implementation of the site’s fundraising strategy through individual giving. Michelle earned her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from New York University. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, she worked as the Manager of Alumni Programs at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School.

    Michelle joined Peer Health Exchange in July of 2018. As the Senior Manager of Individual Giving, Michelle is responsible for supporting the NYC Executive Director in the implementation of the site’s fundraising strategy through individual giving. Michelle earned her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from New York University. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, she worked as the Manager of Alumni Programs at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School.

    Rachael M. Peters

    Senior Director, Government Relations

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    Rachael joined Peer Health Exchange in December of 2012. As the Senior Director, Government Relations, Rachael is primarily responsible for supporting PHE in NYC by managing field building, partnerships, early policy, advocacy work, and opportunities for government funds. From 2012-2019 Rachael was the NYC Executive Director for Peer Health Exchange NYC. 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 with 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’s 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. She recently rolled off Brooklyn’s Community Board 7. Rachael lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

    Rachael joined Peer Health Exchange in December of 2012. As the Senior Director, Government Relations, Rachael is primarily responsible for supporting PHE in NYC by managing field building, partnerships, early policy, advocacy work, and opportunities for government funds. From 2012-2019 Rachael was the NYC Executive Director for Peer Health Exchange NYC. 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 with 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’s 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. She recently rolled off Brooklyn’s Community Board 7. Rachael lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

    Amanda Sale

    Program Manager, New York

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    Amanda joined the Peer Health Exchange team in August of 2018 shortly after graduating from NYU with a B.S. in Public Health & Social Work. She is primarily responsible for managing the BCCU and CCNY chapters. While at NYU, Amanda had the opportunity to volunteer with Peer Health Exchange for 4 years, holding a leadership position in her final two years. Coupled with this work towards health equity, Amanda also served as an Intake Counselor at The Door – one of Peer Health Exchange’s health partners. Throughout her time as a volunteer and undergraduate student Amanda refined her passions surrounding education, equity, and diversity that drive her dedication to youth empowerment. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Amanda remained dedicated to her passions as a Program Associate at Generation Citizen where she continued to build community through empowering young people to create civic change on a systemic level.

    Amanda joined the Peer Health Exchange team in August of 2018 shortly after graduating from NYU with a B.S. in Public Health & Social Work. She is primarily responsible for managing the BCCU and CCNY chapters. While at NYU, Amanda had the opportunity to volunteer with Peer Health Exchange for 4 years, holding a leadership position in her final two years. Coupled with this work towards health equity, Amanda also served as an Intake Counselor at The Door – one of Peer Health Exchange’s health partners. Throughout her time as a volunteer and undergraduate student Amanda refined her passions surrounding education, equity, and diversity that drive her dedication to youth empowerment. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Amanda remained dedicated to her passions as a Program Associate at Generation Citizen where she continued to build community through empowering young people to create civic change on a systemic level.

    Nicky Smith

    Program Coordinator, New York

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    Nicky Smith joined the Peer Health Exchange family in August of 2018 as the Program Coordinator for the New York City Program. In 2016, Nicky graduated from New York University with a BA in Global Public Health and Anthropology. Through their love of their home—the Bronx—Nicky has spent the beginning of their career coordinating for non-profits public health organization in their city. Most of their work has centered on facilitating conversations on the ethics of research within Black, Brown, and LGBTQ communities. Their hope is to provide Bronx residents with the knowledge of research so they can advocate for better healthcare with their providers. Nicky will be attending George Washington University to obtain their master’s in public health.

    Nicky Smith joined the Peer Health Exchange family in August of 2018 as the Program Coordinator for the New York City Program. In 2016, Nicky graduated from New York University with a BA in Global Public Health and Anthropology. Through their love of their home—the Bronx—Nicky has spent the beginning of their career coordinating for non-profits public health organization in their city. Most of their work has centered on facilitating conversations on the ethics of research within Black, Brown, and LGBTQ communities. Their hope is to provide Bronx residents with the knowledge of research so they can advocate for better healthcare with their providers. Nicky will be attending George Washington University to obtain their master’s in public health.

    Cristen Van Vleet

    Cristen Van Vleet, LCSW

    Executive Director, New York City

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