Meet our Peer Health Exchange team

  • Leadership

    Louise Langheier

    Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

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

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

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

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

    LaDawn Best

    Executive Director, Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Liam Day

    Executive Director, Bay Area

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

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

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

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

    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

    Assistant Vice President, Talent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Courtney Garcia

    Chief Sites Officer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Emily Gasner Medress

    Vice President, External Affairs

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Angela Glymph

    Vice President, Programs & Strategic Learning

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    Angela joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2014. As the Vice President of Programs and Strategic Learning, she leads PHE’s national vision and strategy for program impact to build a more integrated model for health education. She is responsible for actualizing PHE’s vision for advancing healthy equity to improve health outcomes for young people, overseeing PHE’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 PHE, Angela worked for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is the statistical arm of the US Department of Education. At NCES, Angela worked on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), where she was responsible for the design, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of NAEP assessment data, as well as managing quality assurance activities and program evaluation work in NAEP.

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

    Angela joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2014. As the Vice President of Programs and Strategic Learning, she leads PHE’s national vision and strategy for program impact to build a more integrated model for health education. She is responsible for actualizing PHE’s vision for advancing healthy equity to improve health outcomes for young people, overseeing PHE’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 PHE, Angela worked for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is the statistical arm of the US Department of Education. At NCES, Angela worked on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), where she was responsible for the design, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of NAEP assessment data, as well as managing quality assurance activities and program evaluation work in NAEP.

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

    Arianne Graham

    Vice President, Health Business Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    James Lin

    Director, Sites & Partnerships

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    As Director of Sites and Partnerships, James is responsible for supporting local teams in delivering consistent impact, maintaining site sustainability, growing PHE sites, and strengthening site excellence. James has worked at Peer Health Exchange since 2013 and has served in a variety of roles 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. Prior to joining PHE, James was part of AmeriCorps National Direct where he served as a computer literacy instructor in Chicago working with low-income, adult, immigrant populations for two years.

    As Director of Sites and Partnerships, James is responsible for supporting local teams in delivering consistent impact, maintaining site sustainability, growing PHE sites, and strengthening site excellence. James has worked at Peer Health Exchange since 2013 and has served in a variety of roles 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. Prior to joining PHE, James was part of AmeriCorps National Direct where he served as a computer literacy instructor in Chicago working with low-income, adult, immigrant populations for two years.

    Babak Motie

    Vice President, Finance and Administration

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

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

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

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

    Uchenna Ndulue

    Executive Director, Boston

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

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

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

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

    Ann Peralta

    Assistant Vice President, Sites & Partnerships

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    As Assistant Vice President of Sites & Partnerships, Ann oversees program excellence in current PHE 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 an active member of the American Public Health Association and is pursuing a DrPH in Management, Leadership, and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health part-time.

    As Assistant Vice President of Sites & Partnerships, Ann oversees program excellence in current PHE 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 an active member of the American Public Health Association and is pursuing a DrPH in Management, Leadership, and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health part-time.

    Rachael Morgan Peters

    Executive Director, New York

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Gillian Pressman

    Director, National Development Strategy & Operations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Robin Rich

    Chief Shared Services Officer

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    Robin joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2011. As the Chief Shared Services Officer, Robin is primarily responsible for overseeing the Team responsible for best-in-class systems in finance, talent, operations, communications, board management, and information technology. She is also responsible for developing long-range strategies and action plans for overall organizational progress against our mission, as well as communications and branding, talent and succession planning, financial oversight, national board and executive team performance, and organizational culture (including diversity and change management). Robin also serves as the Board Vice President for Women Helping Women and as a Member of Impact 100 Cincinnati.

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

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

    Robin joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2011. As the Chief Shared Services Officer, Robin is primarily responsible for overseeing the Team responsible for best-in-class systems in finance, talent, operations, communications, board management, and information technology. She is also responsible for developing long-range strategies and action plans for overall organizational progress against our mission, as well as communications and branding, talent and succession planning, financial oversight, national board and executive team performance, and organizational culture (including diversity and change management). Robin also serves as the Board Vice President for Women Helping Women and as a Member of Impact 100 Cincinnati.

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

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

    Danya Rosen

    Executive Director, Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lisa Walker

    Assistant Vice President, Programs & Strategic Learning

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    As Assistant Vice President, Programs and Strategic Learning, Lisa drives PHE’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 PHE’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.

  • External Affairs

    Emily Gasner Medress

    Vice President, External Affairs

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Joey Lyon

    National Development Manager

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

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

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

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

    Ashton Porter

    Senior Manager, Institutional Giving

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    Ashton joined Peer Health Exchange in May 2016. In her role as the Senior Manager of Institutional Giving, Ashton oversees foundation and corporate relationships and giving at the National level. Previously, Ashton served as the PHE Boston team’s Development Manager, supporting the Boston Executive Director in the implementation of the site’s local fundraising strategy.

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

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

    Ashton joined Peer Health Exchange in May 2016. In her role as the Senior Manager of Institutional Giving, Ashton oversees foundation and corporate relationships and giving at the National level. Previously, Ashton served as the PHE Boston team’s Development Manager, supporting the Boston Executive Director in the implementation of the site’s local fundraising strategy.

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

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

    Gillian Pressman

    Director, National Development Strategy & Operations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Evan Sipe

    Manager, Individual Giving

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    Evan joined Peer Health Exchange in September 2017. In her role, Evan passionately guides individual giving at the National level to support and advance PHE’s mission.

    Before joining Peer Health Exchange, Evan worked as a public librarian in youth and branch services, championing literacy and information.

    Evan 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, Evan passionately guides individual giving at the National level to support and advance PHE’s mission.

    Before joining Peer Health Exchange, Evan worked as a public librarian in youth and branch services, championing literacy and information.

    Evan received her B.A. in English Literature and Language from Smith College and M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from Simmons College.

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

    Robin Rich

    Chief Shared Services Officer

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    Robin joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2011. As the Chief Shared Services Officer, Robin is primarily responsible for overseeing the Team responsible for best-in-class systems in finance, talent, operations, communications, board management, and information technology. She is also responsible for developing long-range strategies and action plans for overall organizational progress against our mission, as well as communications and branding, talent and succession planning, financial oversight, national board and executive team performance, and organizational culture (including diversity and change management). Robin also serves as the Board Vice President for Women Helping Women and as a Member of Impact 100 Cincinnati.

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

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

    Robin joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2011. As the Chief Shared Services Officer, Robin is primarily responsible for overseeing the Team responsible for best-in-class systems in finance, talent, operations, communications, board management, and information technology. She is also responsible for developing long-range strategies and action plans for overall organizational progress against our mission, as well as communications and branding, talent and succession planning, financial oversight, national board and executive team performance, and organizational culture (including diversity and change management). Robin also serves as the Board Vice President for Women Helping Women and as a Member of Impact 100 Cincinnati.

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

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

    Marnie Kinnaird

    Manager, Shared Services

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    Marnie joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2016. As Manager, Shared Services, she is responsible for partnering with the Chief Shared Services Officer to drive strong organizational performance against organizational strategy, goals, and culture; effective, efficient annual planning processes; and staff and Board leadership development and support. Prior to joining PHE, Marnie served as a Research Assistant in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, where she was responsible for supporting every step of the research process for both qualitative and quantitative projects, handling the organization’s daily operational and administrative tasks, and planning community outreach efforts. Marnie developed a passion for health equity and education during her time as an undergraduate student at Occidental College, where she participated for three years in a directed research group dedicated to developing, implementing, and evaluating nutrition and fitness education materials for inner-city Los Angeles public schools. Marnie holds a BA in Kinesiology from Occidental College and an MS in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota.

    Marnie joined Peer Health Exchange in November 2016. As Manager, Shared Services, she is responsible for partnering with the Chief Shared Services Officer to drive strong organizational performance against organizational strategy, goals, and culture; effective, efficient annual planning processes; and staff and Board leadership development and support. Prior to joining PHE, Marnie served as a Research Assistant in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, where she was responsible for supporting every step of the research process for both qualitative and quantitative projects, handling the organization’s daily operational and administrative tasks, and planning community outreach efforts. Marnie developed a passion for health equity and education during her time as an undergraduate student at Occidental College, where she participated for three years in a directed research group dedicated to developing, implementing, and evaluating nutrition and fitness education materials for inner-city Los Angeles public schools. Marnie holds a BA in Kinesiology from Occidental College and an MS in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota.

    Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare

    Assistant Vice President, Talent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Leslie Soderberg

    Manager, Talent Acquisition

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Glynis McCray

    HR Generalist

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    Babak Motie

    Vice President, Finance and Administration Communications

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

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

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

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

    Tom Negrette

    Senior Manager, Technology & Operations

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Frances Allen

    Web Developer

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    Frances Allen joined Peer Health Exchange in October 2017. Frances assists the finance and technology team in all things web development.

    Before her position with Peer Health Exchange, Frances tailored application and integration solutions to the needs of small-scale EU and US agricultural operations.

    She received a BSc in Environmental Science with a focus in Sustainability from American Public University and an MSc in Plant Science and Biotechnology from University College Dublin.

    Frances Allen joined Peer Health Exchange in October 2017. Frances assists the finance and technology team in all things web development.

    Before her position with Peer Health Exchange, Frances tailored application and integration solutions to the needs of small-scale EU and US agricultural operations.

    She received a BSc in Environmental Science with a focus in Sustainability from American Public University and an MSc in Plant Science and Biotechnology from University College Dublin.

    Chris Vargas

    Operations and IT Coordinator

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

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

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

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

    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.

    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 PHE’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 PHE’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.

    Dr. Angela Glymph

    Vice President, Programs & Strategic Learning

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ann Peralta

    Assistant Vice President, Sites & Partnerships

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    As Assistant Vice President of Sites & Partnerships, Ann oversees program excellence in current PHE 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 an active member of the American Public Health Association and is pursuing a DrPH in Management, Leadership, and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health part-time.

    As Assistant Vice President of Sites & Partnerships, Ann oversees program excellence in current PHE 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 an active member of the American Public Health Association and is pursuing a DrPH in Management, Leadership, and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health part-time.

    Lisa Walker

    Assistant Vice President, Programs & Strategic Learning

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    As Assistant Vice President, Programs and Strategic Learning, Lisa drives PHE’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 PHE’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.

    James Lin

    Director, Sites & Partnerships

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

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

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

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

    Lexis Manzara

    Associate, Program Delivery and Evaluation

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

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

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

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

    Aasli Nur

    Senior Manager, Program, Evaluation and Systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

    Darya Ezova

    Manager, Accounting

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    Prior to joining PHE, 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 PHE, 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

    Xaelah Jarrett

    Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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    Xaelah joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2015. As a Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Xaelah is primarily responsible for determining barriers to leadership development for volunteers of color and investigating targeted support projects, and endeavoring toward creating more inclusive spaces in our NYU and Hunter College chapters.

    Xaelah joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2015. As a Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Xaelah is primarily responsible for determining barriers to leadership development for volunteers of color and investigating targeted support projects, and endeavoring toward creating more inclusive spaces in our NYU and Hunter College chapters.

    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 PHE. Savannah also spent a significant part of her undergraduate career traveling to multiple global locations in order to help research methods for HIV-affected communities and/or LGBT populations to better access healthcare. In the future, she hopes to work on more inclusive health policies on a national or global scale to ensure people from any community can visit a doctor without stigma or financial distress.

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

  • 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.

    Jane Beal

    Program Manager, Bay Area

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

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

    Liam Day

    Executive Director, Bay Area

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

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

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

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

    Martel Okonji

    Program Director, Bay Area

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    Martel Okonji has served for and within underprivileged and marginalized communities for over a decade. Under his leadership he led the campaign for the first permanent LGBTQ Resource Center at Cal State Northridge,  CSUN Pride Center,  and became a fellow with Students for a New American Politics and Coca-Cola’s Next Generation of LGBT Leaders. He has dedicated his volunteerism to organizations such as College Summit, Peer Health Exchange and served as an executive chair for the Queer People of Color Conference at Cal State Northridge.

    Martel completed his undergraduate studies at Cal State Northridge majoring in Sociology and a minor in Queer Studies, thereafter completing his Master’s at Antioch University LA in Education emphasizing Leadership and Change.

    In June 2017, Martel was honored by the City of Los Angeles and California State Officials as a recognized LGBTQ Leader dedicating his service to disenfranchised Black and Brown identities including a focus on LGBTQ communities. He transitioned from the Los Angeles LGBT Center where he created and led the youth development programming for the past 5 years with LGBTQ+ youth including those whom experience homelessness and an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University LA. Martel is a new father and an agent dedicated to equity, justice and liberation.

    Martel Okonji has served for and within underprivileged and marginalized communities for over a decade. Under his leadership he led the campaign for the first permanent LGBTQ Resource Center at Cal State Northridge,  CSUN Pride Center,  and became a fellow with Students for a New American Politics and Coca-Cola’s Next Generation of LGBT Leaders. He has dedicated his volunteerism to organizations such as College Summit, Peer Health Exchange and served as an executive chair for the Queer People of Color Conference at Cal State Northridge.

    Martel completed his undergraduate studies at Cal State Northridge majoring in Sociology and a minor in Queer Studies, thereafter completing his Master’s at Antioch University LA in Education emphasizing Leadership and Change.

    In June 2017, Martel was honored by the City of Los Angeles and California State Officials as a recognized LGBTQ Leader dedicating his service to disenfranchised Black and Brown identities including a focus on LGBTQ communities. He transitioned from the Los Angeles LGBT Center where he created and led the youth development programming for the past 5 years with LGBTQ+ youth including those whom experience homelessness and an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University LA. Martel is a new father and an agent dedicated to equity, justice and liberation.

    Kristopher Stevens

    Program Manager, Bay Area

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

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

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

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

  • Boston

    Emily Fox

    Program Coordinator, Boston

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Geo Hernandez

    Program Manager, Boston

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Uchenna Ndulue

    Executive Director, Boston

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

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

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

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

    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 PHE 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 PHE 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.

    Aileen Castillo

    Development Manager

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    Aileen joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2018 as the Boston team’s new Development Manager. In this role, Aileen provides capacity-building experience and support to the local fundraising and expansion efforts.

    Before becoming part of PHE’s Boston team, Aileen served two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA for a grassroots domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center.

    She hopes to be part of a continuing communal endeavor to implement sustainable and impactful services to those who need it, especially within the health, education and social services spheres

    Aileen joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2018 as the Boston team’s new Development Manager. In this role, Aileen provides capacity-building experience and support to the local fundraising and expansion efforts.

    Before becoming part of PHE’s Boston team, Aileen served two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA for a grassroots domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center.

    She hopes to be part of a continuing communal endeavor to implement sustainable and impactful services to those who need it, especially within the health, education and social services spheres

  • Chicago

    Katherine Koller

    Development Manager, Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Brittany Merritt

    Director of Program & Partnerships, Chicago

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

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

    Miriam Perez

    Program Fellow, Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Danya Rosen

    Executive Director, Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Los Angeles

    LaDawn Best

    Executive Director, Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Cynthia Diaz

    Program Manager, Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jeff Lim

    Program Director, Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Yuseff Assed

    Development Assistant, New York

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    Yuseff Assed joined Peer Health Exchange in April of 2018 as the NYC Development Assistant. He supports the NYC Development Manager and Executive Director in the implementation of the site’s fundraising strategy. Prior to working with PHE, Yuseff served as a Fundraising and Marketing Assistant with the Human Vaccines Project where he supported institutional and individual giving, while designing and implementing marketing plans.

    Yuseff’s life-long interest in social justice was crystalized while working as a researcher with Amnesty International and the Institute for Social and Economic Research Policy. While studying to obtain his M.A. in Middle East Studies, he served as a teaching assistant in the Arabic language program at Columbia University where he helped facilitate the learning of Modern Standard Arabic for first-year students. Yuseff also holds a B.A. (honors) in Middle East Studies.

    Yuseff Assed joined Peer Health Exchange in April of 2018 as the NYC Development Assistant. He supports the NYC Development Manager and Executive Director in the implementation of the site’s fundraising strategy. Prior to working with PHE, Yuseff served as a Fundraising and Marketing Assistant with the Human Vaccines Project where he supported institutional and individual giving, while designing and implementing marketing plans.

    Yuseff’s life-long interest in social justice was crystalized while working as a researcher with Amnesty International and the Institute for Social and Economic Research Policy. While studying to obtain his M.A. in Middle East Studies, he served as a teaching assistant in the Arabic language program at Columbia University where he helped facilitate the learning of Modern Standard Arabic for first-year students. Yuseff also holds a B.A. (honors) in Middle East Studies.

    Francisco Cruz

    Program Director, New York

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    Francisco joined Peer Health Exchange in 2017. As New York’s Associate Program Director, Francisco is responsible for leading the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the PHE 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 throughout 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. Most recently, 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 instilling 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 New York’s Associate Program Director, Francisco is responsible for leading the development, management, growth, and evaluation of the PHE 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 throughout 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. Most recently, 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 instilling 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.

    Taylor Gramps

    Development Manager, New York

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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 PHE.

    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 PHE, Nayah served as a Mentor with the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, advocating for students educational needs and abridging the gaps.

    Coming into PHE, 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 PHE.

    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 PHE, Nayah served as a Mentor with the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, advocating for students educational needs and abridging the gaps.

    Coming into PHE, 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 PHE’s partnership with York as it pertained to recruitment, teaching, and training.

    Apart from college work and experience with PHE, 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 PHE’s partnership with York as it pertained to recruitment, teaching, and training.

    Apart from college work and experience with PHE, 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.

    Rachael Morgan Peters

    Executive Director, New York

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Manish Sreevatsava

    Program Manager, New York

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

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

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

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

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

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

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