Meet our Peer Health Exchange team

    • Leadership

      Louise Langheier CEO Peer Health Exchange

      Louise Langheier

      Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

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      In 2003, Louise, pronouns she, her, hers, co-founded Peer Health Exchange, Inc. in order to help fill a gap left by underfunded, understaffed health education programs in public high schools nationwide. As Chief Executive Officer, Louise is primarily responsible for leading Peer Health Exchange’s national growth plan, building and managing the Peer Health Exchange Staff and Boards, raising funds, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight. Louise graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History. While at Yale, she co-founded and directed Community Health Educators, the student volunteer program out of which Peer Health Exchange grew. Louise was selected as a member of the 2011 class of Aspen Entrepreneurial Education Fellows, and was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2012. Louise sits on the Board of Directors of Generation Citizen and America Achieves, and is actively involved with Dwight Hall at Yale-Yale’s Center for Public Service and Social Justice.

      In 2003, Louise, pronouns she, her, hers, co-founded Peer Health Exchange, Inc. in order to help fill a gap left by underfunded, understaffed health education programs in public high schools nationwide. As Chief Executive Officer, Louise is primarily responsible for leading Peer Health Exchange’s national growth plan, building and managing the Peer Health Exchange Staff and Boards, raising funds, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight. Louise graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History. While at Yale, she co-founded and directed Community Health Educators, the student volunteer program out of which Peer Health Exchange grew. Louise was selected as a member of the 2011 class of Aspen Entrepreneurial Education Fellows, and was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2012. Louise sits on the Board of Directors of Generation Citizen and America Achieves, and is actively involved with Dwight Hall at Yale-Yale’s Center for Public Service and Social Justice.

      LaDawn Best

      Head of Sites

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

      Prior to her role, LaDawn served as Executive Director of Los Angeles, where she was responsible for managing the Los Angeles Program team, raising funds, managing and growing the Los Angeles Board of Directors, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles.

      Prior to her work at Peer Health Exchange, LaDawn worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project, where she assisted LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and was responsible for training thousands of service providers on the barriers faced by LGBTQ survivors. Her prior experience includes serving as the Girls Leadership Coordinator for REACH L.A., where she worked with youth of color in Los Angeles to develop their leadership, knowledge and communication skills in the area of reproductive justice and public policy, and serving on boards for a number of national, statewide and community-based organizations, including Q-TEAM, an LGBTQ youth of color multi-issue organizing collective, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC), the Los Angeles HIV Youth Coalition, and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. LaDawn was also Co-Chair of the Multicultural and Underserved Communities Committee of the Los Angeles City Domestic Violence Task Force, and is a former Fellow of the California Women’s Policy Institute. LaDawn is proud to live in the city of Long Beach, where she serves as the President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach. She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Antioch University Los Angeles and a Master of Arts in Education, with an emphasis on Leadership and Change.

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

      Prior to her role, LaDawn served as Executive Director of Los Angeles, where she was responsible for managing the Los Angeles Program team, raising funds, managing and growing the Los Angeles Board of Directors, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles.

      Prior to her work at Peer Health Exchange, LaDawn worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project, where she assisted LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and was responsible for training thousands of service providers on the barriers faced by LGBTQ survivors. Her prior experience includes serving as the Girls Leadership Coordinator for REACH L.A., where she worked with youth of color in Los Angeles to develop their leadership, knowledge and communication skills in the area of reproductive justice and public policy, and serving on boards for a number of national, statewide and community-based organizations, including Q-TEAM, an LGBTQ youth of color multi-issue organizing collective, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC), the Los Angeles HIV Youth Coalition, and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. LaDawn was also Co-Chair of the Multicultural and Underserved Communities Committee of the Los Angeles City Domestic Violence Task Force, and is a former Fellow of the California Women’s Policy Institute. LaDawn is proud to live in the city of Long Beach, where she serves as the President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach. She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Antioch University Los Angeles and a Master of Arts in Education, with an emphasis on Leadership and Change.

      Adriana Díaz

      Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Communications

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

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

      Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare

      Vice President, Talent & Equity

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      A community-centered philanthropist, Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare, pronouns she, her, hers, is a strategic human resources and diversity, equity, & inclusion leader with experience in corporate & non-profit environments. Her passion for community engagement and youth development fuels her mission to advance equity & engage and develop the talent within the organizations that serve them. As the Vice President, Talent & Equity for Peer Health Exchange, she is the leader that safeguards our people & culture practices in addition to designing and aligning how we live out our commitment to health equity. In 2018, she led the creation of Peer Health Exchange’s first Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Strategy and in 2020, successfully launched our1st Youth Advisory Board!

      A native of Oakland, CA (by way of Philadelphia), she earned a B.B.A from Temple University’s Fox School of Business & Management in 2006 with a double concentration in International Business Administration and Human Resources Management. In 2018, she was a member of the Surge Institute’s Inaugural Oakland Fellowship. Tina loves vinyasa yoga, traveling, watching soccer, bourbon, and listening to Prince. She’s an occasional blogger and is most likely the only person you know still fiercely loyal to her Blackberry device.

      A community-centered philanthropist, Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare, pronouns she, her, hers, is a strategic human resources and diversity, equity, & inclusion leader with experience in corporate & non-profit environments. Her passion for community engagement and youth development fuels her mission to advance equity & engage and develop the talent within the organizations that serve them. As the Vice President, Talent & Equity for Peer Health Exchange, she is the leader that safeguards our people & culture practices in addition to designing and aligning how we live out our commitment to health equity. In 2018, she led the creation of Peer Health Exchange’s first Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Strategy and in 2020, successfully launched our1st Youth Advisory Board!

      A native of Oakland, CA (by way of Philadelphia), she earned a B.B.A from Temple University’s Fox School of Business & Management in 2006 with a double concentration in International Business Administration and Human Resources Management. In 2018, she was a member of the Surge Institute’s Inaugural Oakland Fellowship. Tina loves vinyasa yoga, traveling, watching soccer, bourbon, and listening to Prince. She’s an occasional blogger and is most likely the only person you know still fiercely loyal to her Blackberry device.

      Emily Gasner Medress

      Head of External Affairs

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      Emily (she, her, hers) joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2009. As Head of External Affairs, Emily leads Peer Health Exchange’s national External Affairs team, leads our national development strategy, and raises funds to support our mission. Prior to her current role, Emily was Peer Health Exchange’s Bay Area Executive Director for four years and the founding Los Angeles Executive Director for two years. Emily graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, Emily interned at the ACLU of Northern California, Human Rights Watch, and NARAL Pro-Choice California. She was honored by Planned Parenthood in June of 2009 for her work as a student activist.

      Emily (she, her, hers) joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2009. As Head of External Affairs, Emily leads Peer Health Exchange’s national External Affairs team, leads our national development strategy, and raises funds to support our mission. Prior to her current role, Emily was Peer Health Exchange’s Bay Area Executive Director for four years and the founding Los Angeles Executive Director for two years. Emily graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, Emily interned at the ACLU of Northern California, Human Rights Watch, and NARAL Pro-Choice California. She was honored by Planned Parenthood in June of 2009 for her work as a student activist.

      Dr. Angela Glymph

      Vice President, Programs and Strategic Learning

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      Angela, pronouns she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2014. As the Vice President of Programs and Strategic Learning, she leads Peer Health Exchange’s national vision and strategy for program impact to build a more integrated model for health education. She is responsible for actualizing Peer Health Exchange’s vision for advancing healthy equity to improve health outcomes for young people, overseeing Peer Health Exchange’s program design and evaluation priorities nationally, and leading the National Program team. Angela has 10 years of combined experience in the fields of program evaluation, psychological and educational research, educational assessment, statistics, and psychometrics. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Angela worked for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is the statistical arm of the US Department of Education. At NCES, Angela worked on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), where she was responsible for the design, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of NAEP assessment data, as well as managing quality assurance activities and program evaluation work in NAEP. She is published, and frequently asked to make presentations and sit on professional panels based on her expertise in her field. Angela has a doctorate and Master’s degree in psychology from Howard University and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

      Angela, pronouns she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2014. As the Vice President of Programs and Strategic Learning, she leads Peer Health Exchange’s national vision and strategy for program impact to build a more integrated model for health education. She is responsible for actualizing Peer Health Exchange’s vision for advancing healthy equity to improve health outcomes for young people, overseeing Peer Health Exchange’s program design and evaluation priorities nationally, and leading the National Program team. Angela has 10 years of combined experience in the fields of program evaluation, psychological and educational research, educational assessment, statistics, and psychometrics. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Angela worked for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is the statistical arm of the US Department of Education. At NCES, Angela worked on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), where she was responsible for the design, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of NAEP assessment data, as well as managing quality assurance activities and program evaluation work in NAEP. She is published, and frequently asked to make presentations and sit on professional panels based on her expertise in her field. Angela has a doctorate and Master’s degree in psychology from Howard University and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

      Cheryl Leong

      Assistant Vice President, Finance & Administration

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

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

      James Lin

      Executive Director, Boston

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      James, pronouns he, him, his, joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2013. As Executive Director of Peer Health Exchange Boston, James oversees the management and growth of Peer Health Exchange Boston’s operations and programs, working closely with the board of directors, staff, school and college partners, funders, supporters and community stakeholders. Prior to his current role, James served as Director of Partnerships where he led major strategic implementation innovations and learning in new communities with the goal of designing and refining a more efficient, equitable, and financially sustainable delivery model. James has served in a variety of roles at Peer Health Exchange including Boston Program Manager, Talent and Sites Manager, Program Innovation Manager, Senior Manager of Program Development and Delivery and Director of Sites and Partnerships. James graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations and Psychology.

      James, pronouns he, him, his, joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2013. As Executive Director of Peer Health Exchange Boston, James oversees the management and growth of Peer Health Exchange Boston’s operations and programs, working closely with the board of directors, staff, school and college partners, funders, supporters and community stakeholders. Prior to his current role, James served as Director of Partnerships where he led major strategic implementation innovations and learning in new communities with the goal of designing and refining a more efficient, equitable, and financially sustainable delivery model. James has served in a variety of roles at Peer Health Exchange including Boston Program Manager, Talent and Sites Manager, Program Innovation Manager, Senior Manager of Program Development and Delivery and Director of Sites and Partnerships. James graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations and Psychology.

      Brittany Merritt Steadley

      Executive Director, Chicago

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

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

      Babak Motie

      Chief Financial Officer

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      Babak, pronouns he, him, his, 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, pronouns he, him, his, joined Peer Health Exchange in June 2015. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Babak was the Chief Financial Officer for Roots of Peace, a nongovernmental organization with a mission to restore economic vitality by creating livelihood opportunities in post-conflict regions. Prior to that, Babak was the Director of Finance and Operations at the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, where he facilitated a multi-year, multi-million dollar capital campaign. Babak started his career in public accounting assisting local, national, and international for-profit and nonprofit organizations with accounting and tax planning, as well as management consulting and mergers and acquisitions. Babak is a certified Public Accountant, and holds a Master’s in Taxation.

      Ann Peralta

      Vice President, Partnerships

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      As Vice President of Partnerships, Ann, pronouns she, her, hers, oversees school, district, and national organization partnerships work across the country. She also leads the team that launches new sites and college affiliates in new regions when districts, colleges and/or community organizations, and others come together to make Peer Health Exchange’s peer health education a reality. 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 atPeer Health Exchange, Ann ran a school-based obesity prevention program called Fitness Forward, taught health education to adolescent and adult women as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, and worked with a number of other non-profits in the public health and poverty alleviation fields. Ann has a BA in Economics from The George Washington University and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University. In addition to working at Peer Health Exchange, Ann is a DrPH candidate in Management, Leadership, and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health. Her dissertation work focuses on shared decision making in prenatal care.

      As Vice President of Partnerships, Ann, pronouns she, her, hers, oversees school, district, and national organization partnerships work across the country. She also leads the team that launches new sites and college affiliates in new regions when districts, colleges and/or community organizations, and others come together to make Peer Health Exchange’s peer health education a reality. 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 atPeer Health Exchange, Ann ran a school-based obesity prevention program called Fitness Forward, taught health education to adolescent and adult women as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, and worked with a number of other non-profits in the public health and poverty alleviation fields. Ann has a BA in Economics from The George Washington University and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University. In addition to working at Peer Health Exchange, Ann is a DrPH candidate in Management, Leadership, and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health. Her dissertation work focuses on shared decision making in prenatal care.

      Robin Rich

      Chief Operating Officer

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      Robin, (she/her), joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2011. As the Chief Operating Officer, Robin is primarily responsible for managing best-in-class systems in talent, operations, communications, board management, information technology, and scalable models. She is also responsible for developing long-range strategies and action plans for sustainable, strategic organizational growth and scale, talent and succession planning, national board and national executive team performance, and organizational culture, in partnership with other key leaders. Before joining the National staff in November 2013, she was Peer Health Exchange’s Boston Executive Director for three years. Robin has an M.S. in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded the Dean’s Emerging Leader Award upon graduation. She also holds a B.A. from Macalester College. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Robin worked as the Director of Development at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston and as a Development Manager at Philadelphia-based Fairmount Ventures, a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in resource and organizational development. Before her work in consulting, Robin worked as the Assistant Executive Director for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.

      Robin, (she/her), joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2011. As the Chief Operating Officer, Robin is primarily responsible for managing best-in-class systems in talent, operations, communications, board management, information technology, and scalable models. She is also responsible for developing long-range strategies and action plans for sustainable, strategic organizational growth and scale, talent and succession planning, national board and national executive team performance, and organizational culture, in partnership with other key leaders. Before joining the National staff in November 2013, she was Peer Health Exchange’s Boston Executive Director for three years. Robin has an M.S. in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded the Dean’s Emerging Leader Award upon graduation. She also holds a B.A. from Macalester College. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Robin worked as the Director of Development at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston and as a Development Manager at Philadelphia-based Fairmount Ventures, a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in resource and organizational development. Before her work in consulting, Robin worked as the Assistant Executive Director for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.

      Cristen Van Vleet

      Cristen Van Vleet, LCSW

      Executive Director, New York City

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      I have worked with young people in some capacity for my entire 24-year career (don’t do the math on my age, please!) and there is no population that deserves our wholehearted attention more. My career path has encompassed child protection services, public schools in three cities, non-profits, home-based therapy for previously incarcerated youth, and high-level program development and management. Through this, I have learned that we must address every prong of health and wellness to ensure equity. I have been working in and around New York public schools for the better part of the last 13 years and know the importance of the work we do. As the co-founder of a transfer high school in Brooklyn, I saw firsthand the possibilities that arise when adolescents, specifically young men and women of color, are given access to information, the skill-development on how to use that information, and relationships to support wielding that power. This translates into the ability for young people to make better, healthier decisions for themselves. It is life-changing, for them and for their future. And it is life-changing to play a small role in this transformation. Since becoming the Executive Director, it has been my distinct pleasure to participate in the retreats for training our volunteers and to observe the amazing classrooms in which they deliver our curriculum.

      On a personal note, I am an avid runner (looking forward to running next year’s 50th anniversary of the New York City Marathon) and a rescuer of feral cats (currently two from the streets of Brooklyn). I have lived in New Orleans, Austin, Colorado, and Oaxaca, Mexico and have a deep love for travel. But New York has claimed my heart, and I very much look forward to furthering the already amazing work being done both in NYC and all over the country through Peer Health Exchange.

      I have worked with young people in some capacity for my entire 24-year career (don’t do the math on my age, please!) and there is no population that deserves our wholehearted attention more. My career path has encompassed child protection services, public schools in three cities, non-profits, home-based therapy for previously incarcerated youth, and high-level program development and management. Through this, I have learned that we must address every prong of health and wellness to ensure equity. I have been working in and around New York public schools for the better part of the last 13 years and know the importance of the work we do. As the co-founder of a transfer high school in Brooklyn, I saw firsthand the possibilities that arise when adolescents, specifically young men and women of color, are given access to information, the skill-development on how to use that information, and relationships to support wielding that power. This translates into the ability for young people to make better, healthier decisions for themselves. It is life-changing, for them and for their future. And it is life-changing to play a small role in this transformation. Since becoming the Executive Director, it has been my distinct pleasure to participate in the retreats for training our volunteers and to observe the amazing classrooms in which they deliver our curriculum.

      On a personal note, I am an avid runner (looking forward to running next year’s 50th anniversary of the New York City Marathon) and a rescuer of feral cats (currently two from the streets of Brooklyn). I have lived in New Orleans, Austin, Colorado, and Oaxaca, Mexico and have a deep love for travel. But New York has claimed my heart, and I very much look forward to furthering the already amazing work being done both in NYC and all over the country through Peer Health Exchange.

      Lisa Walker

      Assistant Vice President, Programs and Strategic Learning

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

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

      Rachel Wyley

      Executive Director, Bay Area

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      Rachel Wyley, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined the Peer Health Exchange team in 2014 and served as the Bay Area Program Director until 2017. She returned to the team in November 2019 as the Bay Area Executive Director. Rachel has worked in service of students and communities in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years, primarily in the Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco Bay Area communities. Her professional career has taken her from parks to middle schools to performance venues and beyond. The social justice stance that she brings to her work was most dramatically shaped by her time spent as a middle school educator in the Sobrante Park community of East Oakland, where she learned the power of community building. Rachel is committed to continually challenging our societal structures and systems through her work in both program delivery and fundraising. She leads from a “people first” orientation and maintains an especial interest in the empowerment of folks of color within the nonprofit ecosystem (including program and development staff, board members, communities, etc.). Rachel is also a member of the graduating class She is also an artist and musician and can, once in a while, be found performing on international stages.

      Rachel Wyley, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined the Peer Health Exchange team in 2014 and served as the Bay Area Program Director until 2017. She returned to the team in November 2019 as the Bay Area Executive Director. Rachel has worked in service of students and communities in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years, primarily in the Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco Bay Area communities. Her professional career has taken her from parks to middle schools to performance venues and beyond. The social justice stance that she brings to her work was most dramatically shaped by her time spent as a middle school educator in the Sobrante Park community of East Oakland, where she learned the power of community building. Rachel is committed to continually challenging our societal structures and systems through her work in both program delivery and fundraising. She leads from a “people first” orientation and maintains an especial interest in the empowerment of folks of color within the nonprofit ecosystem (including program and development staff, board members, communities, etc.). Rachel is also a member of the graduating class She is also an artist and musician and can, once in a while, be found performing on international stages.

    • External Affairs

      Samira Abed

      Development Assistant

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      Samira, pronouns she, her, hers joined Peer Health Exchange in October of 2020. Samira primarily performs preliminary research and other adhoc assignments to help support development efforts. Before she began working with Peer Health Exchange, Samira mentored middle school girls in an afterschool program for 4 years on topics ranging from sexual-decision making to race and discrimination. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in English.

      Samira, pronouns she, her, hers joined Peer Health Exchange in October of 2020. Samira primarily performs preliminary research and other adhoc assignments to help support development efforts. Before she began working with Peer Health Exchange, Samira mentored middle school girls in an afterschool program for 4 years on topics ranging from sexual-decision making to race and discrimination. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in English.

      Emily Gasner Medress

      Head of External Affairs

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      Emily, pronouns she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2009. As the Head of External Affairs, Emily is primarily responsible for leading Peer Health Exchange’s development strategy and team, directly raising funds, and overseeing national board recruitment. Before joining the External Affairs team, Emily was Peer Health Exchange’s Bay Area Executive Director for four years and Peer Health Exchange’s founding Los Angeles Executive Director for two years. Emily graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, Emily interned at NARAL Pro-Choice California, the ACLU of Northern California, and Human Rights Watch. She was honored by Planned Parenthood in June of 2009 for her work as a student activist.

      Emily, pronouns she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in August 2009. As the Head of External Affairs, Emily is primarily responsible for leading Peer Health Exchange’s development strategy and team, directly raising funds, and overseeing national board recruitment. Before joining the External Affairs team, Emily was Peer Health Exchange’s Bay Area Executive Director for four years and Peer Health Exchange’s founding Los Angeles Executive Director for two years. Emily graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, Emily interned at NARAL Pro-Choice California, the ACLU of Northern California, and Human Rights Watch. She was honored by Planned Parenthood in June of 2009 for her work as a student activist.

      Delaney Balderas

      Associate, Institutional Giving

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      Ashton Porter

      Director, Institutional Giving

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      Ashton, pronouns she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in May 2016. In her role as the Director of Institutional Giving, Ashton leads on all foundations and corporate giving work nationally, holds key external relationships, and helps lead in our organization’s philanthropic strategy. Previously, Ashton served as Peer Health Exchange’s Sr. Manager of Institutional Giving, and prior to that as PHE Boston team’s Development Manager, supporting the Boston Executive Director in the implementation of the site’s local fundraising strategy. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Ashton worked as the Development and Communications Associate at Casa Myrna, a domestic violence agency in Boston, and as the Gifts Administrator for The Esplanade Association, a park friends group. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Boston University and her M.Sc. in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin.

      Ashton, pronouns she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in May 2016. In her role as the Director of Institutional Giving, Ashton leads on all foundations and corporate giving work nationally, holds key external relationships, and helps lead in our organization’s philanthropic strategy. Previously, Ashton served as Peer Health Exchange’s Sr. Manager of Institutional Giving, and prior to that as PHE Boston team’s Development Manager, supporting the Boston Executive Director in the implementation of the site’s local fundraising strategy. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Ashton worked as the Development and Communications Associate at Casa Myrna, a domestic violence agency in Boston, and as the Gifts Administrator for The Esplanade Association, a park friends group. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Boston University and her M.Sc. in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin.

      Evan Sipe

      Senior Manager, Individual Giving

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

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

      Kristopher Stevens

      Manager, Individual Giving

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

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

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

      Dr. Eko Canillas-Myles

      Director, Program Design and Development

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

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

      Adriana Díaz

      Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Communications

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

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

      Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare

      Vice President, Talent & Equity

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      A community-centered philanthropist, Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare, pronouns she, her, hers, is a strategic human resources and diversity, equity, & inclusion leader with experience in corporate & non-profit environments. Her passion for community engagement and youth development fuels her mission to advance equity & engage and develop the talent within the organizations that serve them. As the Vice President, Talent & Equity for Peer Health Exchange, she is the leader that safeguards our people & culture practices in addition to designing and aligning how we live out our commitment to health equity. In 2018, she led the creation of PHE’s first Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Strategy and in 2020, successfully launched our 1st Youth Advisory Board!

      A native of Oakland, CA (by way of Philadelphia), she earned a B.B.A from Temple University’s Fox School of Business & Management in 2006 with a double concentration in International Business Administration and Human Resources Management. In 2018, she was a member of the Surge Institute’s Inaugural Oakland Fellowship. Tina loves vinyasa yoga, traveling, watching soccer, bourbon, and listening to Prince. She’s an occasional blogger and is most likely the only person you know still fiercely loyal to her Blackberry device.

      A community-centered philanthropist, Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare, pronouns she, her, hers, is a strategic human resources and diversity, equity, & inclusion leader with experience in corporate & non-profit environments. Her passion for community engagement and youth development fuels her mission to advance equity & engage and develop the talent within the organizations that serve them. As the Vice President, Talent & Equity for Peer Health Exchange, she is the leader that safeguards our people & culture practices in addition to designing and aligning how we live out our commitment to health equity. In 2018, she led the creation of PHE’s first Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Strategy and in 2020, successfully launched our 1st Youth Advisory Board!

      A native of Oakland, CA (by way of Philadelphia), she earned a B.B.A from Temple University’s Fox School of Business & Management in 2006 with a double concentration in International Business Administration and Human Resources Management. In 2018, she was a member of the Surge Institute’s Inaugural Oakland Fellowship. Tina loves vinyasa yoga, traveling, watching soccer, bourbon, and listening to Prince. She’s an occasional blogger and is most likely the only person you know still fiercely loyal to her Blackberry device.

      Darya Ezova

      Manager, Accounting

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

      Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Darya, pronouns, she, her, hers, 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

      Vivian Garcia

      Manager, Digital Marketing

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      Vivian, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in 2019 as the Marketing Manager. In her role, she helps with the creation and management of brand and communication strategies organization-wide that align with Peer Health Exchange’s strategic plan. Vivian comes from a background in public service. She was the first Manager for The 606, an innovative project on Chicago’s Northwest side that transformed nearly three miles of unused rail line into the elevated Bloomingdale Trail spanning four culturally-rich neighborhoods. During her time at the Chicago Park District, Vivian also organized and created small- and large- scale events and programs, coordinated SummerDance in the Parks, and served as the first Project Manager for Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. She holds a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from Brown University.

      Vivian, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in 2019 as the Marketing Manager. In her role, she helps with the creation and management of brand and communication strategies organization-wide that align with Peer Health Exchange’s strategic plan. Vivian comes from a background in public service. She was the first Manager for The 606, an innovative project on Chicago’s Northwest side that transformed nearly three miles of unused rail line into the elevated Bloomingdale Trail spanning four culturally-rich neighborhoods. During her time at the Chicago Park District, Vivian also organized and created small- and large- scale events and programs, coordinated SummerDance in the Parks, and served as the first Project Manager for Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. She holds a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from Brown University.

      Dr. Angela Glymph

      Vice President, Programs & Strategic Learning

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      Angela, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2014. As the Managing Director of Evaluation and Organizational Learning, she is responsible for leading the evaluation of Peer Health Exchange’s program and strategic programmatic investments, and facilitating organizational learning and program improvements based on the results. Angela has 10 years of combined experience in the fields of program evaluation, psychological and educational research, educational assessment, statistics, and psychometrics. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Angela worked for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is the statistical arm of the US Department of Education. At NCES, Angela worked on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), where she was responsible for the design, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of NAEP assessment data, as well as managing quality assurance activities and program evaluation work in NAEP. She is published, and frequently asked to make presentations and sit on professional panels based on her expertise in her field. Angela has a doctorate and Master’s degree in psychology from Howard University and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

      Angela, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2014. As the Managing Director of Evaluation and Organizational Learning, she is responsible for leading the evaluation of Peer Health Exchange’s program and strategic programmatic investments, and facilitating organizational learning and program improvements based on the results. Angela has 10 years of combined experience in the fields of program evaluation, psychological and educational research, educational assessment, statistics, and psychometrics. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Angela worked for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is the statistical arm of the US Department of Education. At NCES, Angela worked on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), where she was responsible for the design, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of NAEP assessment data, as well as managing quality assurance activities and program evaluation work in NAEP. She is published, and frequently asked to make presentations and sit on professional panels based on her expertise in her field. Angela has a doctorate and Master’s degree in psychology from Howard University and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

      Cheryl Leong

      Assistant Vice President, Finance & Administration

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

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

      Jon Longa

      IT Generalist

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

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

      Jackie Maloney

      Manager, Digital Learning in National Program

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

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

      Lexis Manzara

      Senior Manager, Program Evaluation and Systems in National Program

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      Lexis, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2015. As the Program Delivery and Evaluation Associate she is responsible for managing key aspects of national program evaluation and delivery support. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Lexis held a variety of research assistant positions in areas including substance use, youth studies and community engagement. She helped implement a peer-education program on healthy relationships at Casa de Esperanza and worked as a youth adviser for Loveisrespect. Lexis graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in psychology and minors in Spanish and public health.

      Lexis, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in February of 2015. As the Program Delivery and Evaluation Associate she is responsible for managing key aspects of national program evaluation and delivery support. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Lexis held a variety of research assistant positions in areas including substance use, youth studies and community engagement. She helped implement a peer-education program on healthy relationships at Casa de Esperanza and worked as a youth adviser for Loveisrespect. Lexis graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in psychology and minors in Spanish and public health.

      Glynis McCray

      Director, Human Resources

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      Babak Motie

      Chief Financial Officer

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      Babak Motie, pronouns he, him, his, joined Peer Health Exchange in May2015, and is responsible for the financial well being of the organization. His extensive experience in long-term planning allows him to reconcile our strategic requirements with our operating needs, while incorporating multifaceted revenue strategies. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Babak held multiple C level finance positions in for-profit, and non-profit NGO and Foundation organizations where he facilitated multi-year, multi-million dollar capital campaigns, as well as mission driven program implementation. Babak is a Certified Public Accountant, and 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 Motie, pronouns he, him, his, joined Peer Health Exchange in May2015, and is responsible for the financial well being of the organization. His extensive experience in long-term planning allows him to reconcile our strategic requirements with our operating needs, while incorporating multifaceted revenue strategies. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Babak held multiple C level finance positions in for-profit, and non-profit NGO and Foundation organizations where he facilitated multi-year, multi-million dollar capital campaigns, as well as mission driven program implementation. Babak is a Certified Public Accountant, and 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.

      Samantha (Sami) Nagy-Chow

      National Team Assistant

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      Sami, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in March 2019. As the Manager of National Operations, she is responsible for supporting Peer Health Exchange’s leadership teams, National Board, and partnerships work. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Sami helped to start Mission Montessori, a Montessori elementary school in San Francisco where she was responsible for supporting and coordinating every aspect of running a school. Sami developed a passion for health education and health equity during her tenure as a professional ballet dancer and teacher. She is dedicated to ensuring that affirming and inclusive health education is accessible to every young person. Sami holds a B.S.O.F. in Ballet, and Education from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

      Sami, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in March 2019. As the Manager of National Operations, she is responsible for supporting Peer Health Exchange’s leadership teams, National Board, and partnerships work. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Sami helped to start Mission Montessori, a Montessori elementary school in San Francisco where she was responsible for supporting and coordinating every aspect of running a school. Sami developed a passion for health education and health equity during her tenure as a professional ballet dancer and teacher. She is dedicated to ensuring that affirming and inclusive health education is accessible to every young person. Sami holds a B.S.O.F. in Ballet, and Education from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

      Madison Rhymes

      Graphic Designer

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

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

      Robin Rich

      Chief Operating Officer

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      Robin, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2011. As the Chief Operating Officer, Robin is primarily responsible for overseeing the responsible for best-in-class systems in finance, talent, operations, communications, board management, information technology, and scalable models. She is also responsible for developing long-range strategies and action plans for sustainable, strategic organizational growth and scale, talent and succession planning, financial oversight, national board and national management team performance, and organizational culture, in partnership with other key leaders. Robin also serves as the Board Vice President for Women Helping Women and is the Co-Owner of Z Place for Wine & Cheese. Before joining the National staff in November 2013, she was Peer Health Exchange’s Boston Executive Director for three years. Robin has an M.S. in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded the Dean’s Emerging Leader Award upon graduation. She also holds a B.A. from Macalester College. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Robin worked as the Director of Development at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston and as a Development Manager at Philadelphia-based Fairmount Ventures, a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in resource and organizational development. Before her work in consulting, Robin worked as the Assistant Executive Director for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.

      Robin, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2011. As the Chief Operating Officer, Robin is primarily responsible for overseeing the responsible for best-in-class systems in finance, talent, operations, communications, board management, information technology, and scalable models. She is also responsible for developing long-range strategies and action plans for sustainable, strategic organizational growth and scale, talent and succession planning, financial oversight, national board and national management team performance, and organizational culture, in partnership with other key leaders. Robin also serves as the Board Vice President for Women Helping Women and is the Co-Owner of Z Place for Wine & Cheese. Before joining the National staff in November 2013, she was Peer Health Exchange’s Boston Executive Director for three years. Robin has an M.S. in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded the Dean’s Emerging Leader Award upon graduation. She also holds a B.A. from Macalester College. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Robin worked as the Director of Development at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston and as a Development Manager at Philadelphia-based Fairmount Ventures, a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in resource and organizational development. Before her work in consulting, Robin worked as the Assistant Executive Director for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.

      Mario Serrano

      Digital Content Creators Program Manager

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Kavita Shah

      Manager, Program Design and Development

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      Kavita, pronouns, she, her, hers, 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, pronouns, she, her, hers, 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.

      Philister Sidigu

      Senior Manager, Communications

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

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

      Leslie Soderberg

      Manager, Talent Acquisition

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      Leslie, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in September 2016. As the Manager, Talent Acquisition, she is responsible for developing and implementing talent acquisition strategies, executing on critical hiring goals, and ensuring all ongoing and future organization talent demands are met. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Leslie worked with for-profit organizations as a Recruiter sourcing for a wide range of positions. Leslie graduated from Southern IL University of Carbondale with a Bachelor’s degree in Theater, concentration in Acting. Her passion for racial equity and workplace diversity is what drives and motivates her to develop creative talent acquisition strategies to strengthen organizational culture.

      Leslie, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in September 2016. As the Manager, Talent Acquisition, she is responsible for developing and implementing talent acquisition strategies, executing on critical hiring goals, and ensuring all ongoing and future organization talent demands are met. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Leslie worked with for-profit organizations as a Recruiter sourcing for a wide range of positions. Leslie graduated from Southern IL University of Carbondale with a Bachelor’s degree in Theater, concentration in Acting. Her passion for racial equity and workplace diversity is what drives and motivates her to develop creative talent acquisition strategies to strengthen organizational culture.

      Thi Truong

      Manager, E-learning

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      Thi, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in March 2021 as Manager, E-learning. In her role, she is responsible for building interactive online modules and digital learning materials for Peer Health Exchange’s program. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Thi served as Program Assistant at Child Family Health International, where she supported student enrollment and services for global health education programs in 12 countries, led alumni engagement and the scholarship program, and acted as an ambassador for ethical service-learning models. She also served as Project Coordinator at Age Wave, a Bay Area think tank, and continues to manage the organization’s social media and digital engagement. Thi graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Social Welfare and minors in Demography and Geographic Information Science & Technologies. 

      Thi, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in March 2021 as Manager, E-learning. In her role, she is responsible for building interactive online modules and digital learning materials for Peer Health Exchange’s program. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Thi served as Program Assistant at Child Family Health International, where she supported student enrollment and services for global health education programs in 12 countries, led alumni engagement and the scholarship program, and acted as an ambassador for ethical service-learning models. She also served as Project Coordinator at Age Wave, a Bay Area think tank, and continues to manage the organization’s social media and digital engagement. Thi graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Social Welfare and minors in Demography and Geographic Information Science & Technologies. 

      Lisa Walker

      Assistant Vice President, Programs & Strategic Learning

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

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

      Chris Wilson

      Director, Digital Learning in National Program

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

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

      Ed Wright

      Sr. Associate, Talent

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

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

      Edward Wu

      Senior Director of Digital Products

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      Edward, pronouns he, him, his, joined Peer Health Exchange in October 2020. As the Sr. Director of Digital Products, Edward is responsible for strategizing, building, and implementing Peer Health Exchange’s program technology needs. He drives Peer Health Exchange’s work to include a digitally delivered impact model and oversees the Strategic Technology team. Before joining Peer Health Exchange, Edward was the Director of IT Services for DOROT for six years.  Originally from the Philadelphia area, Edward has been involved with the nonprofit community since 2010 working with social enterprises and NGOs globally. Edward began his career in 2006 at Comcast where he oversaw the hardware/software environment and managed/directed the data requirements of Comcast’s National Engineering & Technical Operations (NE&TO) and the Comcast Business Unit. Edward has an M.B.A. in Marketing and Organizational Management and a B.S. in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Drexel University.

      Edward, pronouns he, him, his, joined Peer Health Exchange in October 2020. As the Sr. Director of Digital Products, Edward is responsible for strategizing, building, and implementing Peer Health Exchange’s program technology needs. He drives Peer Health Exchange’s work to include a digitally delivered impact model and oversees the Strategic Technology team. Before joining Peer Health Exchange, Edward was the Director of IT Services for DOROT for six years.  Originally from the Philadelphia area, Edward has been involved with the nonprofit community since 2010 working with social enterprises and NGOs globally. Edward began his career in 2006 at Comcast where he oversaw the hardware/software environment and managed/directed the data requirements of Comcast’s National Engineering & Technical Operations (NE&TO) and the Comcast Business Unit. Edward has an M.B.A. in Marketing and Organizational Management and a B.S. in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Drexel University.

    • Sites & Partnerships

      Jeffrey Burbulys

      Director, Sites in Sites LA

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      Jeff joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2015. As the Director of Sites, he is responsible managing and supporting local Senior Managers of Program Implementation in delivering consistent impact and maintaining site sustainability as it relates to program implementation. He had also previously served variously roles in the organization as the Los Angeles Program Director and Los Angeles Program Manager. 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 and Masters in Public Health from California State University, Northridge.

       

      Jeff joined Peer Health Exchange in January 2015. As the Director of Sites, he is responsible managing and supporting local Senior Managers of Program Implementation in delivering consistent impact and maintaining site sustainability as it relates to program implementation. He had also previously served variously roles in the organization as the Los Angeles Program Director and Los Angeles Program Manager. 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 and Masters in Public Health from California State University, Northridge.

       

      Francisco Cruz

      Director of Strategic Growth, Northeast

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

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

      Ericka Dawson

      Director, Strategic Growth in Partnerships CHI

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      Ericka Dawson, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined the Peer Health Exchange in July of 2018. As the Director of Strategic Growth -Midwest, Ericka is responsible for planning, leading and overseeing the implementation of Peer Health Exchange programming throughout the Midwest Region. Ericka’s professional portfolio includes management, capacity building and development training experiences in both corporate and nonprofit sectors. Ericka has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Tennessee State University.

      Ericka Dawson, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined the Peer Health Exchange in July of 2018. As the Director of Strategic Growth -Midwest, Ericka is responsible for planning, leading and overseeing the implementation of Peer Health Exchange programming throughout the Midwest Region. Ericka’s professional portfolio includes management, capacity building and development training experiences in both corporate and nonprofit sectors. Ericka has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Tennessee State University.

      Cynthia Diaz

      Senior Manager, Program Implementation in Sites

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      Cynthia Diaz, pronouns, she, her, hers, 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, pronouns, she, her, hers, 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.

      Xaelah Jarrett

      Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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

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

      Ann Peralta

      Vice President, Partnerships

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      As Vice President of Partnerships, Ann, pronouns, she, her, hers, oversees program excellence in current Peer Health Exchange sites, national partnerships work related to bringing together the health and education systems to differently prioritize health education, and the organization’s expansion efforts. Ann has worked at Peer Health Exchange since 2011, serving as the founding Boston Program Director at Peer for her first three years at the organization and in a variety of program and partnerships roles on the national team ever since. Prior to her work at Peer Health Exchange, Ann ran a school-based obesity prevention program called Fitness Forward, taught health education to adolescent and adult women as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, and worked with a number of other non-profits in the public health and poverty alleviation fields. Ann has a BA in Economics from The George Washington University and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University. In addition to working at Peer Health Exchange, Ann is a DrPH candidate in Management, Leadership, and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health.

      As Vice President of Partnerships, Ann, pronouns, she, her, hers, oversees program excellence in current Peer Health Exchange sites, national partnerships work related to bringing together the health and education systems to differently prioritize health education, and the organization’s expansion efforts. Ann has worked at Peer Health Exchange since 2011, serving as the founding Boston Program Director at Peer for her first three years at the organization and in a variety of program and partnerships roles on the national team ever since. Prior to her work at Peer Health Exchange, Ann ran a school-based obesity prevention program called Fitness Forward, taught health education to adolescent and adult women as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, and worked with a number of other non-profits in the public health and poverty alleviation fields. Ann has a BA in Economics from The George Washington University and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University. In addition to working at Peer Health Exchange, Ann is a DrPH candidate in Management, Leadership, and Policy at the Boston University School of Public Health.

      Miriam Perez

      Senior Manager, Community Liaison in Partnerships

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      As the Senior Manager Community Liaison, Miriam Perez, pronouns she, her, and hers, oversees partnerships with schools and community based organizations in Chicago, Illinois. Additionally, Miriam launched and now directly oversees programming in Michigan through her collaboration with Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, and local schools in Detroit and Ypsilanti, Michigan. Miriam began her work at Peer Health Exchange in 2017 as the Chicago Program Fellow through Northwestern’s Public Interest Program Fellowship. For the last few years, Miriam worked on the Chicago program team in a variety of roles, most recently as the Senior Program Manager. Miriam received her BA in Anthropology with a minor in Global Health Studies from Northwestern University. In addition to working at Peer Health Exchange, Miriam is an MPH candidate and Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellow in Adolescent Health at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health.

      As the Senior Manager Community Liaison, Miriam Perez, pronouns she, her, and hers, oversees partnerships with schools and community based organizations in Chicago, Illinois. Additionally, Miriam launched and now directly oversees programming in Michigan through her collaboration with Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, and local schools in Detroit and Ypsilanti, Michigan. Miriam began her work at Peer Health Exchange in 2017 as the Chicago Program Fellow through Northwestern’s Public Interest Program Fellowship. For the last few years, Miriam worked on the Chicago program team in a variety of roles, most recently as the Senior Program Manager. Miriam received her BA in Anthropology with a minor in Global Health Studies from Northwestern University. In addition to working at Peer Health Exchange, Miriam is an MPH candidate and Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellow in Adolescent Health at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health.

      Jissel Poblete

      Manager, Community Liaison in Partnerships

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      Jissel, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2019. As a Bay Area Program Manager, she is responsible for managing program operations and materials, assisting with the recruitment, training, and assessment of volunteers, and working on other special projects for Bay Area programs at University of California, Berkeley and Cal State East Bay. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Jissel’s work experience consisted of early literacy, service-learning, and social justice nonprofit work through Jumpstart, Super Stars Literacy, and San Francisco State University’s Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. Her approach to education is rooted in a social justice lens that critically examines systems and institutions and strives to ensure equity, dignity, and respect. Jissel holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and minor in Education from University of California, Berkeley and is currently pursuing her MA in Equity and Social Justice Education from San Francisco State University.

      Jissel, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2019. As a Bay Area Program Manager, she is responsible for managing program operations and materials, assisting with the recruitment, training, and assessment of volunteers, and working on other special projects for Bay Area programs at University of California, Berkeley and Cal State East Bay. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Jissel’s work experience consisted of early literacy, service-learning, and social justice nonprofit work through Jumpstart, Super Stars Literacy, and San Francisco State University’s Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. Her approach to education is rooted in a social justice lens that critically examines systems and institutions and strives to ensure equity, dignity, and respect. Jissel holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and minor in Education from University of California, Berkeley and is currently pursuing her MA in Equity and Social Justice Education from San Francisco State University.

      Eunetra L. Rutledge

      Director, Strategic Growth in Partnerships LA

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      Eunetra L. Rutledge, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in June of 2020. As the Director of Strategic Growth California, Eunetra is responsible for developing and implementing the regional growth strategy for Peer Health Exchanges’ impact in new communities throughout California, she also oversees new and renewing partnerships in current communities. Twelve years of experience has afforded Eunetra’s demonstrated excellence in providing leadership of education programs, community outreach initiatives, career pathways, and workforce development programs that invariably impact the academic and social trajectories of youth. She understands, first hand, the need to persist in the push for equity in education and access to resources. Eunetra graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills with a BA in Sociology with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies. Her work in non-profit education has earned recognition from the California State Assembly. Eunetra is a self-proclaimed foodie, who loves traveling and spending time with family and friends.

      Eunetra L. Rutledge, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in June of 2020. As the Director of Strategic Growth California, Eunetra is responsible for developing and implementing the regional growth strategy for Peer Health Exchanges’ impact in new communities throughout California, she also oversees new and renewing partnerships in current communities. Twelve years of experience has afforded Eunetra’s demonstrated excellence in providing leadership of education programs, community outreach initiatives, career pathways, and workforce development programs that invariably impact the academic and social trajectories of youth. She understands, first hand, the need to persist in the push for equity in education and access to resources. Eunetra graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills with a BA in Sociology with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies. Her work in non-profit education has earned recognition from the California State Assembly. Eunetra is a self-proclaimed foodie, who loves traveling and spending time with family and friends.

      Vanessa Sarmiento

      Manager, Community Liaison in Partnerships

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      Vanessa, pronouns, they, them, joined Peer Health Exchange in April 2018 as an intern for the Program & Strategic Learning (PSL) team. As an intern, they were responsible for supporting curriculum and volunteer training development as well as evaluation tool maintenance and program materials delivery logistics. Vanessa joined the Bay Area Team in April of 2019 as the Program Coordinator where they are responsible for leading on-site evaluation initiatives, maintaining program systems, and planning and managing events. Vanessa is originally from South Los Angeles and is currently pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (ISF) at the University of California, Berkeley. Their research focuses on the disparities in healthcare between Indigenous and Ladino communities in Guatemala in regards to sexual health & education. They are passionate about contributing to the development of inclusive and accessible sexual health education for people of all ages, backgrounds, and identities.

      Vanessa, pronouns, they, them, joined Peer Health Exchange in April 2018 as an intern for the Program & Strategic Learning (PSL) team. As an intern, they were responsible for supporting curriculum and volunteer training development as well as evaluation tool maintenance and program materials delivery logistics. Vanessa joined the Bay Area Team in April of 2019 as the Program Coordinator where they are responsible for leading on-site evaluation initiatives, maintaining program systems, and planning and managing events. Vanessa is originally from South Los Angeles and is currently pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (ISF) at the University of California, Berkeley. Their research focuses on the disparities in healthcare between Indigenous and Ladino communities in Guatemala in regards to sexual health & education. They are passionate about contributing to the development of inclusive and accessible sexual health education for people of all ages, backgrounds, and identities.

    • Bay Area

      Sascha Rosemond

      Development Manager, Bay Area

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      Sascha, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in 2020 as a Development Manager. She supports the Bay Area Executive Director in the implementation of local fundraising strategies. Before coming to Peer Health Exchange, Sascha worked as a Gift Planning Assistant at the San Francisco Foundation and at the University of San Francisco in Annual Giving before that. After graduating from the University of San Francisco in 2015, Sascha served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Portland, Oregon. Sascha has a B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration (MNA), both from the University of San Francisco (Go Dons!). Sascha is a member of the Women in Leadership & Philanthropy at the University of San Francisco.

      Sascha, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in 2020 as a Development Manager. She supports the Bay Area Executive Director in the implementation of local fundraising strategies. Before coming to Peer Health Exchange, Sascha worked as a Gift Planning Assistant at the San Francisco Foundation and at the University of San Francisco in Annual Giving before that. After graduating from the University of San Francisco in 2015, Sascha served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Portland, Oregon. Sascha has a B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration (MNA), both from the University of San Francisco (Go Dons!). Sascha is a member of the Women in Leadership & Philanthropy at the University of San Francisco.

      Rachel Wyley

      Executive Director, Bay Area

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      Rachel Wyley, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined the Peer Health Exchange team in 2014 and served as the Bay Area Program Director until 2017. She returned to the team in November 2019 as the Bay Area Executive Director. Rachel has worked in service of students and communities in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years, primarily in the Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco Bay Area communities. Her professional career has taken her from parks to middle schools to performance venues and beyond. The social justice stance that she brings to her work was most dramatically shaped by her time spent as a middle school educator in the Sobrante Park community of East Oakland, where she learned the power of community building. Rachel is committed to continually challenging our societal structures and systems through her work in both program delivery and fundraising. She leads from a “people first” orientation and maintains an especial interest in the empowerment of folks of color within the nonprofit ecosystem (including program and development staff, board members, communities, etc.). Rachel is also a member of the graduating class She is also an artist and musician and can, once in a while, be found performing on international stages.

      Rachel Wyley, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined the Peer Health Exchange team in 2014 and served as the Bay Area Program Director until 2017. She returned to the team in November 2019 as the Bay Area Executive Director. Rachel has worked in service of students and communities in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years, primarily in the Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco Bay Area communities. Her professional career has taken her from parks to middle schools to performance venues and beyond. The social justice stance that she brings to her work was most dramatically shaped by her time spent as a middle school educator in the Sobrante Park community of East Oakland, where she learned the power of community building. Rachel is committed to continually challenging our societal structures and systems through her work in both program delivery and fundraising. She leads from a “people first” orientation and maintains an especial interest in the empowerment of folks of color within the nonprofit ecosystem (including program and development staff, board members, communities, etc.). Rachel is also a member of the graduating class She is also an artist and musician and can, once in a while, be found performing on international stages.

    • Boston

      James Lin

      Executive Director, Boston

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      James (he/him) joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2013. As Executive Director of Peer Health Exchange Boston, James oversees the management and growth of Peer Health Exchange Boston’s operations and programs, working closely with the board of directors, staff, school and college partners, funders, supporters and community stakeholders. Prior to his current role, James served as Director of Partnerships where he led major strategic implementation innovations and learning in new communities with the goal of designing and refining a more efficient, equitable, and financially sustainable delivery model. James has served in a variety of roles at Peer Health Exchange including Boston Program Manager, Talent and Sites Manager, Program Innovation Manager, Senior Manager of Program Development and Delivery and Director of Sites and Partnerships. James graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations and Psychology.

      James (he/him) joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2013. As Executive Director of Peer Health Exchange Boston, James oversees the management and growth of Peer Health Exchange Boston’s operations and programs, working closely with the board of directors, staff, school and college partners, funders, supporters and community stakeholders. Prior to his current role, James served as Director of Partnerships where he led major strategic implementation innovations and learning in new communities with the goal of designing and refining a more efficient, equitable, and financially sustainable delivery model. James has served in a variety of roles at Peer Health Exchange including Boston Program Manager, Talent and Sites Manager, Program Innovation Manager, Senior Manager of Program Development and Delivery and Director of Sites and Partnerships. James graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations and Psychology.

      Tanairi Sorrentini

      Development Manager, Boston

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      Tanairi (she/they) is based in the Boston area and serves as the Development Manager at Peer Health Exchange. Joining the PHE Boston team in March 2021, Tanairi brings a wealth of diverse advocacy and nonprofit experience. Tanairi is a Boston transplant with a true passion for community building and mutual aid that dates back to their high school years. Prior to joining PHE, Tanairi worked with nonprofits like Navigation Games and Steps to Success where they engaged in work that aimed to increase access to nature through outdoor education for youth and close the opportunity gap for first generation youth respectively. Tanairi is committed to creating space and change for youth, particularly LGBTQ+ youth of color, by challenging the systems that historically exclude and continually harm our communities. Tanairi holds a B.A. in English from UMass Boston, where they also planned and led service-learning trips focusing on economic inequities and gender equality. 

      Tanairi (she/they) is based in the Boston area and serves as the Development Manager at Peer Health Exchange. Joining the PHE Boston team in March 2021, Tanairi brings a wealth of diverse advocacy and nonprofit experience. Tanairi is a Boston transplant with a true passion for community building and mutual aid that dates back to their high school years. Prior to joining PHE, Tanairi worked with nonprofits like Navigation Games and Steps to Success where they engaged in work that aimed to increase access to nature through outdoor education for youth and close the opportunity gap for first generation youth respectively. Tanairi is committed to creating space and change for youth, particularly LGBTQ+ youth of color, by challenging the systems that historically exclude and continually harm our communities. Tanairi holds a B.A. in English from UMass Boston, where they also planned and led service-learning trips focusing on economic inequities and gender equality. 

    • Chicago

      Katherine Koller

      Senior Development Manager, Chicago

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      Katherine Koller, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2016. As the Senior Development Manager, Chicago, Katherine is responsible for: Overseeing the Chicago pipeline, data, and knowledge management systems; Creating and managing a comprehensive strategy to grow individual giving in Chicago; Leading on the annual benefit; Supporting the Executive Director in Board Management; and serving as Staff Liaison to the Associates Board. Prior to joining the Chicago team, Katherine volunteered as a Health Educator with Peer Health Exchange for three years while attending Northwestern University. Katherine graduated from Northwestern with a major in theatre, a concentration in performance, activism, and human rights, and a minor in creative nonfiction writing. Her experience includes participating in Chicago Women in Philanthropy’s Women’s Leadership Mentoring Program and Peer Health Exchange’s Executive Director in Training Program, and leading 15 American teenagers on cultural exchange/service-learning trips to Japan and New Zealand. Katherine currently sits on the Young Professionals Board of Women’s Global Education Project, where she has served as Governance Liaison and Membership Chair.

      Katherine Koller, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in July 2016. As the Senior Development Manager, Chicago, Katherine is responsible for: Overseeing the Chicago pipeline, data, and knowledge management systems; Creating and managing a comprehensive strategy to grow individual giving in Chicago; Leading on the annual benefit; Supporting the Executive Director in Board Management; and serving as Staff Liaison to the Associates Board. Prior to joining the Chicago team, Katherine volunteered as a Health Educator with Peer Health Exchange for three years while attending Northwestern University. Katherine graduated from Northwestern with a major in theatre, a concentration in performance, activism, and human rights, and a minor in creative nonfiction writing. Her experience includes participating in Chicago Women in Philanthropy’s Women’s Leadership Mentoring Program and Peer Health Exchange’s Executive Director in Training Program, and leading 15 American teenagers on cultural exchange/service-learning trips to Japan and New Zealand. Katherine currently sits on the Young Professionals Board of Women’s Global Education Project, where she has served as Governance Liaison and Membership Chair.

      Brittany Merritt Steadley

      Executive Director, Chicago

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      Brittany(she/her) joined Peer Health Exchange in September 2013. As Chicago’s Executive Director, Brittany is primarily responsible for cultivating new and existing funding sources to support the growth of program, managing and growing the Chicago Board of Directors and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for Peer Health Exchange Chicago. Before rejoining Peer Health Exchange in February 2019, Brittany served as the Chief Program Officer at Umoja Student Development Corporation where she was responsible for the oversight, vision and strategy of Umoja’s program portfolio across Umoja’s core areas of college and career readiness, restorative justice, social and emotional learning, and professional development within Chicago Public Schools, the state of Illinois and nationally. Prior to joining Umoja, Brittany held other positions at Peer Health Exchange as the Chicago Director of Program & Partnerships and as the Chicago Program Director. In those roles, she focused on the active pursuit of alternative funding strategies complementary to traditional philanthropic revenue streams, deepening of community partnerships, and oversight of the development, implementation, growth and evaluation of the local program. Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Howard University and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Northwestern University.

      Brittany(she/her) joined Peer Health Exchange in September 2013. As Chicago’s Executive Director, Brittany is primarily responsible for cultivating new and existing funding sources to support the growth of program, managing and growing the Chicago Board of Directors and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for Peer Health Exchange Chicago. Before rejoining Peer Health Exchange in February 2019, Brittany served as the Chief Program Officer at Umoja Student Development Corporation where she was responsible for the oversight, vision and strategy of Umoja’s program portfolio across Umoja’s core areas of college and career readiness, restorative justice, social and emotional learning, and professional development within Chicago Public Schools, the state of Illinois and nationally. Prior to joining Umoja, Brittany held other positions at Peer Health Exchange as the Chicago Director of Program & Partnerships and as the Chicago Program Director. In those roles, she focused on the active pursuit of alternative funding strategies complementary to traditional philanthropic revenue streams, deepening of community partnerships, and oversight of the development, implementation, growth and evaluation of the local program. Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Howard University and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Northwestern University.

    • Los Angeles

      Rey Canseco

      Interim Executive Director, Los Angeles

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

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

    • New York

      Jozette Belmont

      Development and Systems Associate, New York

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      Jozette (she/they) joined the Peer Health Exchange team in September 2018 as a Program Intern and transitioned onto the Development team in December 2018. Now, they are primarily responsible for research, grant writing, and managing Salesforce CRM for NYC. Outside of work they recently finished their M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from The Graduate Center, CUNY. Their research examines sex education policies and curriculum for New York State and pushes for curriculum which centers LGBTQIA+ people. This work informs their passion for PHE’s equitable health education. They hope to continue their work in reproductive and public health by contributing to ongoing scholarship and advocating for concrete systemic changes. Prior to PHE they were part of the CUNY Pipeline Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at The Graduate Center and worked as a Research Assistant for Dr. Alison Better at Kingsborough Community College. When not at work or school they spend most of their time playing video games, drawing, and doting on their cat, Rocky Road.

      Jozette (she/they) joined the Peer Health Exchange team in September 2018 as a Program Intern and transitioned onto the Development team in December 2018. Now, they are primarily responsible for research, grant writing, and managing Salesforce CRM for NYC. Outside of work they recently finished their M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from The Graduate Center, CUNY. Their research examines sex education policies and curriculum for New York State and pushes for curriculum which centers LGBTQIA+ people. This work informs their passion for PHE’s equitable health education. They hope to continue their work in reproductive and public health by contributing to ongoing scholarship and advocating for concrete systemic changes. Prior to PHE they were part of the CUNY Pipeline Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at The Graduate Center and worked as a Research Assistant for Dr. Alison Better at Kingsborough Community College. When not at work or school they spend most of their time playing video games, drawing, and doting on their cat, Rocky Road.

      Nancy Garcia

      Manager of Individual Giving, New York

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      Nancy, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in March 2021. As Manager of Individual Giving, Nancy is responsible for developing and managing NYC’s pipeline to grow individual giving. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Nancy worked as an Associate Consultant at Campbell & Company, a national nonprofit consulting firm, supporting clients in their advancement strategies. Prior to that, Nancy was a Development Associate at Chicago Foundation for Women, where she worked alongside donors, grantees, and community partners to increase the foundation’s fundraising and advocacy efforts. Nancy earned her B.A. in Gender and Women Studies with a minor in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

      Nancy, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in March 2021. As Manager of Individual Giving, Nancy is responsible for developing and managing NYC’s pipeline to grow individual giving. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange, Nancy worked as an Associate Consultant at Campbell & Company, a national nonprofit consulting firm, supporting clients in their advancement strategies. Prior to that, Nancy was a Development Associate at Chicago Foundation for Women, where she worked alongside donors, grantees, and community partners to increase the foundation’s fundraising and advocacy efforts. Nancy earned her B.A. in Gender and Women Studies with a minor in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

      Taylor Gramps

      Development Director, New York

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      Taylor, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in February 2016. As NYC Development Director, Taylor leads develops the overall fundraising strategy for NYC and oversees implementation. She also leads on institutional and corporate giving. Taylor has spent her career in nonprofit and has previously worked at the Social Impact Exchange, A.R.T./New York, Summer Theatre of New Canaan, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and Theatre Arts from Drew University and her M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Urban Policy from the Milano School of Management at The New School. In addition to Peer Health Exchange, Taylor volunteers her time at Girls on the Run NYC and iMentor. She previously served on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City and was selected for the 2017-2018 cohort of the Princeton AlumniCorps Emerging Leaders. Taylor lives in Queens with her partner and their rescue terrier, Chewy

      Taylor, pronouns, she, her, hers, joined Peer Health Exchange in February 2016. As NYC Development Director, Taylor leads develops the overall fundraising strategy for NYC and oversees implementation. She also leads on institutional and corporate giving. Taylor has spent her career in nonprofit and has previously worked at the Social Impact Exchange, A.R.T./New York, Summer Theatre of New Canaan, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and Theatre Arts from Drew University and her M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Urban Policy from the Milano School of Management at The New School. In addition to Peer Health Exchange, Taylor volunteers her time at Girls on the Run NYC and iMentor. She previously served on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City and was selected for the 2017-2018 cohort of the Princeton AlumniCorps Emerging Leaders. Taylor lives in Queens with her partner and their rescue terrier, Chewy

      Cristen Van Vleet

      Cristen Van Vleet, LCSW

      Executive Director, New York City

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      I have worked with young people in some capacity for my entire 24-year career (don’t do the math on my age, please!) and there is no population that deserves our wholehearted attention more. My career path has encompassed child protection services, public schools in three cities, non-profits, home-based therapy for previously incarcerated youth, and high-level program development and management. Through this, I have learned that we must address every prong of health and wellness to ensure equity. I have been working in and around New York public schools for the better part of the last 13 years and know the importance of the work we do. As the co-founder of a transfer high school in Brooklyn, I saw firsthand the possibilities that arise when adolescents, specifically young men and women of color, are given access to information, the skill-development on how to use that information, and relationships to support wielding that power. This translates into the ability for young people to make better, healthier decisions for themselves. It is life-changing, for them and for their future. And it is life-changing to play a small role in this transformation. Since becoming the Executive Director, it has been my distinct pleasure to participate in the retreats for training our volunteers and to observe the amazing classrooms in which they deliver our curriculum.

      On a personal note, I am an avid runner (looking forward to running next year’s 50th anniversary of the New York City Marathon) and a rescuer of feral cats (currently two from the streets of Brooklyn). I have lived in New Orleans, Austin, Colorado, and Oaxaca, Mexico and have a deep love for travel. But New York has claimed my heart, and I very much look forward to furthering the already amazing work being done both in NYC and all over the country through Peer Health Exchange.

      I have worked with young people in some capacity for my entire 24-year career (don’t do the math on my age, please!) and there is no population that deserves our wholehearted attention more. My career path has encompassed child protection services, public schools in three cities, non-profits, home-based therapy for previously incarcerated youth, and high-level program development and management. Through this, I have learned that we must address every prong of health and wellness to ensure equity. I have been working in and around New York public schools for the better part of the last 13 years and know the importance of the work we do. As the co-founder of a transfer high school in Brooklyn, I saw firsthand the possibilities that arise when adolescents, specifically young men and women of color, are given access to information, the skill-development on how to use that information, and relationships to support wielding that power. This translates into the ability for young people to make better, healthier decisions for themselves. It is life-changing, for them and for their future. And it is life-changing to play a small role in this transformation. Since becoming the Executive Director, it has been my distinct pleasure to participate in the retreats for training our volunteers and to observe the amazing classrooms in which they deliver our curriculum.

      On a personal note, I am an avid runner (looking forward to running next year’s 50th anniversary of the New York City Marathon) and a rescuer of feral cats (currently two from the streets of Brooklyn). I have lived in New Orleans, Austin, Colorado, and Oaxaca, Mexico and have a deep love for travel. But New York has claimed my heart, and I very much look forward to furthering the already amazing work being done both in NYC and all over the country through Peer Health Exchange.

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