Our Team

Upstream USA’s mission is to change reproductive healthcare so that all women receive the highest quality services and can conveniently access the full range of contraceptive methods, including IUDs and the implant. We have assembled a dedicated team of experts from across the country committed to our mission and national impact.

Yasuyo Abe

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Officer

Karen Antell, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Upstream Trainer; Director of Maternity and Women's Health Education, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Christiana Care Health System

Amy Ball

Quality Improvement Officer, Delaware CAN

Debbie Bamberger, RN, MS, WHNP-BC

Upstream Trainer; Lead Clinician and Clinician Trainer, Planned Parenthood

Kristin Bard

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Officer

Kelly Barnes-Carr

Program Coordinator

Kate Barrett

Director of Development Strategy

Ian Baxter, DO, MS, FACOG

Board-Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Nanticoke Physician Network

Anita Bekenstein

Anita Bekenstein

Chair, Board of Directors, Upstream USA

Peter Belden

Peter Belden


Ayanna Bennett, MD, MPH, FAAP

Director of Interdivisional Initiatives, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Jacqueline Berman, PhD

Director of Impact

Sonya Borrero, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh

Liz Brockland, RN

Upstream Trainer; RN, Rush University College of Nursing

Sarah Brown, MPH

Former CEO, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Jamila Burgess Perritt, MD, MPH, FACOG

Upstream Trainer; Reproductive Health and Family Planning Specialist

Priscilla Castillo

Implementation Coach

Cristina Celis

Strategy and Operations Fellow

Cassandra Codes-Johnson, MPA, PHR

Upstream Trainer; Director, Community Health Services, Delaware Division of Public Health

Enid Cruz

Quality Improvement Associate, Delaware CAN

Kathy Davis

Senior Accounting Manager

Justin Diedrich, MD, MSCI

Upstream Trainer; Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Family Planning, University of California Riverside

Jessica Dieseldorff, RN, MSN, NP

Upstream Trainer; Quality Management Clinician, Planned Parenthood

Stephanie Dodson

Stephanie Dodson

Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Catherine Dukes, PhD

Upstream Trainer; Vice President of Education and Training, Planned Parenthood of Delaware

Mark Edwards


Sandy Elliott, CNM, MSN, APRN

Upstream Trainer; Women's Health Instructor, University of Delaware

Ann Finn

Ann Finn

Healthcare Reimbursement Consultant

Kelita Fox, MD

Upstream Trainer; Faculty Physician, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Institute for Family Health

Paul Gannon

Former Partner and Chief Operating Officer of The Baupost Group

Larry Glazerman, MD

Upstream Trainer; Medical Director, Planned Parenthood of Delaware

Emily Maria Godfrey, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine

Mark Hathaway, MD, MPH

Director, Family Planning Programs Unity Health Care, Inc.

Judith W. Herrman, RN, PhD, ANEF, FAAN

Professor, University of Delaware

Dawn Hickman, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC

Quality Improvement Officer, Delaware CAN

Katy Hickman, MA

Program Coordinator, Delaware CAN

Laura Hunko

Talent Acquisition Manager

Michelle Johnson

Executive Assistant

Venus Jones

Venus Jones

Lead Trainer, Delaware CAN

Liz Kaltman, ND, MPH

Upstream Trainer; Primary Care Physician and Public Health Consultant

John Kearney Jr

Quality Improvement Associate, Delaware CAN

Sarah Kennedy McPhee, MPH, CSE

Upstream Trainer; New Hampshire Ryan White CARE Program Manager

Jordan Kim

Director of Quality Improvement

Kathy Kolb, RN, BSN, MHA, MBA

Senior Advisor, Community Engagement & Outreach

Sheridan Larsell, MPH

Development and Communications Associate

Jenna LeMieux

Executive Director, Upstream Massachusetts

Rachel Linstead Goldsmith, MPA

Quality Improvement Officer, Delaware CAN

Romie Lutz

Program Coordinator

Sai Ramya Maddali, MPH

Senior Research Associate

Carla Markell

Consultant, Upstream USA

Jack Markell

Former Governor of Delaware, 2009-2017

Peter Mastriano, MBA

Field Marketing Manager, Delaware CAN

Jacqueline Matuza, MPH, CPH

Upstream Trainer; Trainer and Public Health Consultant

Aisha Mays, MD

Upstream Trainer; Medical Director, San Francisco Department of Public Health Community Health Program for Youth

Ellen McCoy

Program Coordinator, Delaware CAN

Maryann McLaughlin

Chief People Officer

Alyssa Meza

Marketing Strategist

Debbie Nguyen

Quality Improvement Officer and Trainer

Elizabeth Nolan

Clerk, Delaware CAN

Liz O’Neill

Executive Director, Delaware CAN

Deborah Oyer, MD

Upstream Trainer; Clinical Associate Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine

Mark Perry

Strategic Advisor and retired General Partner at New Enterprise Associates

Jessica Pockey, MPH

Lead Quality Improvement Officer, Delaware CAN

Kimberly Potter, MSW, MPH

Quality Improvement Officer, Delaware CAN

Lauren Rios, RN, PHN

Upstream Trainer; Registered Nurse Crossover Health, San Francisco General Hospital

Sade Rodgers, MSM

Implementation Coach

Alice Rogers

Administrative Assistant, Delaware CAN

Shar Sadaghiani, JD

Senior Manager of Contract Administration

Brandi Shah, MD, MPH

Upstream Trainer; Family Physician

Siobhan Shand

Siobhan Shand

Partner, Vice President of Programs

Howard H. Stevenson

Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at Harvard Business School

Jen Tapper

Jennifer Brown Tapper

Senior Advisor, Washington DC, Upstream USA

Danielle Thomas

Associate Director of Training

Valerie Tobia, LICSW, MPH

Upstream Trainer; Director of Counseling and Health Services, Wheaton College

Lenore Tsikitas, MPH

Upstream Trainer; HIV/AIDS Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Chelsea Waliser

Executive Director, Upstream Washington

Amanda Wardwell, MS, WHNP-BC

Upstream Trainer; Director of Women's Health Services, Westside Family Health Care

Allison Weaver, MPP

Quality Improvement Officer

Krishna White, MD, MPH, FAAP

Upstream Trainer; Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine and Pediatric Gynecology, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Yvette White, MA

Director of Training

Na-Tasha Williams, MPA, MHR

Upstream Trainer; Senior Population Health Specialist, Nemours Health and Prevention Services

Cara Willis

Director of Communications

Susan Wilson, MD

Upstream Trainer; Director of Family Planning and Generalist Faculty, Department of OB/GYN, Christiana Care

Laura Wright

Manager of Growth Strategy

Amy Yoxthimer, PA-C, MPH

Upstream Trainer; Women's Health Clinician, Open Door Family Medical Centers Inc., New York


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