We have assembled a dedicated team of experts from across the country committed to ensuring that all women receive the highest quality services and can conveniently access the full range of contraceptive methods.
Dr. Yasuyo Abe is a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Officer at Upstream. She contributes to its evidence-driven decision making and understanding our results through developing and implementing rigorous yet feasible impact-focused MEL strategies.
Yasuyo began her career with the goal of fighting poverty. She pursued a degree in economics, inspired by her mentor who showed her economics as a useful tool and language for addressing social and economic challenges. Yasuyo has expertise in the application of statistical and econometric analytic methods and the design of experimental and quasi-experimental studies. Her previous work focused on deepening our understanding of disadvantaged subpopulations and expanding knowledge that will help develop effective policies to aid them.
Prior to joining Upstream, Yasuyo worked as a Senior Research Associate at IMPAQ International and Berkeley Policy Associates, where she successfully led numerous research and evaluation projects in health, education, human services, and workforce development. These included the evaluation of the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration, an alternative Medicare payment system for rural hospitals, for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; an impact analysis for a HHS Office of Adolescent Health-funded randomized control trial of Pono Choices, a culturally-sensitive teen pregnancy prevention program in middle schools in Hawaii; and technical assistance to evaluators of the US Department of Education’s SEED Grant grantees on their research design and analyses.
Yasuyo received a PhD in Economics from Northwestern University and is a What Works Clearinghouse-certified reviewer for group design standards (version 4.0).
Ester Allen is the Operations Manager for Upstream's Washington Offices, where she creates a positive and productive work environment for her team. She is passionate about the human side of nonprofit operations and advancing Upstream’s mission to empower women.
Originally from New York, Ester earned her Bachelors in Environmental Science from Saint John’s University. Since moving to the Seattle in 2014 she has discovered her passion for the Pacific Northwest and nonprofit operations.
With over five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Ester has advanced the work of several diverse organizations and causes. Prior to joining Upstream, she spent three years managing operations and engagement for the Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
In her spare time Ester loves to travel and explore the Pacific Northwest. You can often find her on a hiking trail, enjoying excursions on her bicycle or yellow kayak.
Laura Alonso Gonzalez is a Quality Improvement Coordinator for Upstream USA. She graduated from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid with a Bachelor´s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Prior to joining the Upstream USA team, she worked for Seattle Children’s Research Institute as well as for the University of Washington as a Research Assistant and as a Research Coordinator in several projects regarding injury prevention in the Latino community. She is very interested in improving access to care for vulnerable and underserved populations.
Laura was born and raised in Madrid, Spain and she moved to Seattle in 2015 where she now lives with her husband. In her free time, she loves meeting with friends, going to concerts, reading and sitting in the sun as much as Seattle weather allows.
Dr. Karen Antell, MD, MPH, FAAFP is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at West Suburban Family Medicine Residency in Oak Park, Illinois. From 1995 to 2007, she served as a residency faculty member and family physician at PCC Salud Family Health Center, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Chicago, Illinois. In 2008, Dr. Antell joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine of Christiana Care Health System. She also provides obstetric care for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Christiana Care OB/GYN Residency Program. She provides patient care at Westside Family Healthcare (an FQHC) and Wilmington Job Corps Center, a vocational training center for adolescents and young adults. Her clinical and teaching interests include preconception care, community and underserved medicine, family medicine obstetrics, and racial and ethnic disparities in health care.
Carolina is the Training Content Manager at Upstream USA. In this role, she manages, develops, and delivers content for Upstream’s National Training Team. She believes that Upstream’s work in reproductive health is one of the most important public-health initiatives in the country and is thrilled to be part of this empowering work.
Carolina spent nearly a decade in the nonprofit sector, working for organizations serving incarcerated people, domestic violence survivors, immigrants, and torture survivors. She has worked in roles ranging from training development and facilitation, communications and marketing, and development. She is passionate about instructional design and storytelling.
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Carolina has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Boston University. She lives in Oakland with her husband, rescue dog, and cat.
Zoraida Arias is the Lead Quality Improvement Coordinator for Upstream Washington. She hopes to continue upholding Upstream’s values and mission to empower women nationwide while helping the organization thrive.
Zoraida earned her Master of International Affairs from Columbia University SIPA with a concentration in Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy and specialized in Gender and Public Policy and UN Studies. She earned her BA from the University of Washington in Italian and Law, Societies and Justice with minors in Human Rights and Political Science.
Before joining Upstream, Zoraida gained work experience in both government and non-profit organizations. Some of these include the offices of Congressman Jim McDermott (WA) and Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (TX), Human Rights First, Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, and the United Nations of Italy in Rome.
In her spare time, Zoraida loves to advocate for human rights, travel the world, eat wings, and watch Netflix.
Amy Ball earned her MBA in Healthcare Administration in May of 2010. Prior to joining Upstream, she worked at Christiana Care in Delaware, where she focused on Women and Children’s Research and community outreach. Amy most recently served as a patient advocate for the underserved.
Her ultimate career goal is to be a part of a team that delivers positive outcomes and creates meaningful change. Outside of work, Amy is a dedicated yoga instructor.
Debbie Bamberger, RN, MS, WHNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner and has been a sexual and reproductive health provider for 25 years. In 2007, Debbie became the first nurse practitioner in California to be legally trained to provide first-trimester aspiration abortion, as part of a large research study that helped change the law in California to allow advanced practice clinicians to provide aspiration abortion care. Debbie spent fifteen years at Planned Parenthood Northern California as a lead clinician in El Cerrito and is now pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice from UCSF. She trains students and clinicians and is an advocate for reproductive justice and excellence in sexual and reproductive health.
Kristin Bard joins the Upstream team with over ten years of experience in research and evaluation. She has been involved in data collection, analysis, and project management for evaluations of programs in diverse fields, including teen pregnancy prevention, English language learner education, and international cooperation. After working for many years at a private evaluation firm, she has recently worked as an evaluation researcher for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna, Austria, and as a consultant on projects with nonprofit organizations and foundations. Her favorite part of her work is learning from program implementers and participants, as well as creating tools and processes to facilitate collecting and extracting meaning from data. Kristin lives in Oakland.
Kelly is thrilled to join Upstream USA as their Program Coordinator, where she is able to work with health care teams across the country- integrating her love of women’s reproductive health with her passion for advancing quality, accessible health care for all.
From the time Kelly was in high school she knew reproductive and community health was where her heart would lead her. Watching the sometimes triumphant, sometimes harrowing experiences that her peers, other women and even she herself experienced trying to navigate the health care system around them inspired her to pursue a career in reproductive health care.
She attained a BA at UC Berkeley in Sociology and Gender and Women’s Studies where she also worked at the Gender Equity Resource Center assisting on trainings varying from intimate partner violence to transgender awareness.
Before coming to Upstream Kelly worked for Planned Parenthood helping to manage the day to day operations of the clinic in addition to it’s specialty services. She loved being able to afford her staff with the tools and knowledge they needed in order to make the clinic successful, and ensure patients were happy. Kelly’s co-workers have always applauded her enthusiasm for a job well done, her compassion and her patience.
Kelly lives in Oakland, CA with her partner and two cats.
Kate Barrett is Director of Development Strategy at Upstream USA. In her role, Kate works closely with the co-founder to build and lead strategic fundraising initiatives and systems to drive Upstream ’s continued growth and impact nationally.
Kate is an experienced leader in philanthropy and nonprofit management. Prior to joining Upstream in January 2018, Kate was the Boston executive director for the GreenLight Fund, a national venture philanthropy investing in nonprofit organizations serving low-income children, youth and families, with particular focus on sustainability, evidence of impact and innovation.
Kate first joined GreenLight in 2008 and in her first years, held roles in operations, communications and development. She went on to the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, where she also worked with Social Finance and the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy. After earning her MBA in nonprofit management from Heller, Kate returned to lead GreenLight’s Social Innovation Fund Initiative.
Kate studied Political Science and History at both the London School of Economics and the National University of Ireland in Galway. She received a BA in History from Colorado College where she was an All-American lacrosse player. Kate is a Boston-area native and currently lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts with her husband Henry and son Mac.
Ian Baxter, DO, MS, FACOG is a board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist. As a recipient of the Air Force Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship, he graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing his OB/GYN residency at Wright State University and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, he fulfilled his active duty military commitment at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. While providing a full scope of women’s health services to active duty servicewomen and military dependent women, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Dr. Baxter was also a clinical instructor at Creighton University Medical School from 2005 to 2008, teaching residents and medical students. He currently resides in Delaware and has staff appointments at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and La Red, a Federally Qualified Health Center. He continues to provide comprehensive women’s health services with special interest in minimally invasive gynecology, contraception, high risk obstetrics and is a preceptor for medical, PA and NP students. Dr. Baxter is a member of the Delaware LARC Workgroup and a Nexplanon trainer.
Anita Bekenstein manages a private family fund which supports non-profits focused primarily on health, education, the environment and the arts. She currently serves as a trustee on several non-profit boards including Upstream USA, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and Partners in Health. She is an overseer at the New England Aquarium and is a member of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers Visiting Committee at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. After receiving her Master’s degree from Tufts Boston School of Occupational Therapy, she worked at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital where she specialized in neurology and pediatrics. She and her husband Josh live near Boston where they enjoy spending time with their five children.
Peter Belden co-founded Upstream in May 2014. Prior to co-founding Upstream Peter led the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s grantmaking for family planning and reproductive rights in the US for eight years. He brings with him nearly two decades of experience focused on family planning, population and reproductive rights.
Peter has been an outspoken champion for a number of innovative projects, including the use of storytelling as a means of cultural and political change, interventions to increase the use of IUDs and implants, as well as increasing access to the copper IUD as a more effective form of emergency contraception.
Peter’s background includes several years as a policy advocate and lobbyist at the state and federal level with Planned Parenthood, Virginia NARAL and the National Wildlife Federation. He brings subject area expertise and experience as a board leader and on-the-ground health center manager. Prior to his time at the Hewlett Foundation, Peter managed the San Mateo, CA health center for Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, leading 14 staff and serving over 1,000 clients each month. Before that, Peter served for two years as Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in San Jose, California.
Peter is a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur. He previously served as Vice Chair of the Board of the California Family Health Council, Chair of the Board of Directors of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and as a member of the Board of Directors of Teen Success, Inc. Peter received an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford and a BA with honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Dr. Ayanna Bennett is the Director of Interdivisional Initiatives for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. From this position she provides executive leadership for initiatives that combine the resources of the department, including research, education, community engagement, and healthcare delivery, to improve community health. This includes long-term population based initiatives like the Black African American Health Initiative which seeks to address the health disparities that burden San Francisco's African American residents.
Dr. Bennett is a practicing pediatrician who maintained a private pediatric practice in the East Bay for 12 years. During that time she also co-founded the 3rd St Youth Center & Clinic in San Francisco, a non-profit youth center co-located with a part-time youth-focused clinic. Dr. Bennett has been a provider at 3rd St since it opened and is also the founding Medical Director and, for 2 years, Executive Director of the agency. Dr. Bennett holds a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Masters form the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She attended UCSF for both her MD and pediatric residency.
Heidi Berthoud, MPH, is the State Impact Officer for Upstream Washington and leads state-level monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities to track progress and outcomes across the Washington initiative.
Heidi is dedicated to improving health equity and reducing health disparities and has more than 10 years of experience in non-profit health care research, evaluation, primary care transformation, and strengthening the health care safety net. She has worked on a variety of local and national health care initiatives and her most recent work includes a multi-state evaluation of technical assistance to state Medicaid agencies and implementation of a
national program aimed at improving population health outcomes in primary care clinics. In addition, Heidi serves on two boards; the Seattle chapter of the Endometriosis Research Center which focuses on awareness and reproductive health advocacy, and the Yakima Valley Community Foundation’s Health & Wellness advisory committee which works to reduce health disparities in the Yakima Valley of central Washington.
Heidi received a Master of Public health with an emphasis on Health Services and a graduate certificate in Global Health from the University of Washington School of Public Health. She lives in Seattle with her husband; they are foster parents to two young brothers and love spending time in the Northwest outdoors.
Brian Bills is a Strategy & Operations Manager at Upstream USA. In this role, he helps implement Upstream’s strategic plan, support effective decision-making across the organization, and build the systems that support Upstream’s growth.
Prior to joining Upstream, Brian worked at The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit consulting firm, for three years, where he helped clients like The Harlem Children’s Zone and Reading Partners set their strategic direction and explore new initiatives. His work ranged from integrating trauma-informed approaches into existing wraparound programming, conducting a neighborhood analysis of community assets and needs across the Bay Area, and designing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative.
Before that, Brian was a high school math teacher in rural North Carolina, where he taught Precalculus and Algebra. He has also worked on political and advocacy campaigns and run summer enrichment programming for public school students.
Brian received his BA in Political Science at Yale, and loves exploring the backwoods of California, learning about the history of the struggle for racial justice in the US, and discussing the challenges of building effective and efficient public services, especially in public transit and housing.
Mison Bowden is a Quality Improvement Advisor for Upstream Washington. Mison is a certified project management professional from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Mison has over 30 years of experience in strategic planning, organizational change management, facilitation, project management, and client relationship management.
Prior to joining Upstream, Mison spent the past seven years with Qualis Health-Outlook Associates, a non-profit health IT consulting company providing independent verification and validation (IV&V), quality assurance and project management services supporting large Medicaid system implementation projects. Mison's career has been spent in service to others and her community. She has served on the board for several non-profit organizations including the Soroptimist International of Olympia, Wolf Haven International, and PMI Olympia Chapter.
Mison lives in Olympia with her husband, son, two cats and a dog. When she’s not working, you’ll most likely find her in the kitchen testing new recipes or preparing to host one of her many family game nights.
Liz Brockland is a registered nurse who is passionate about improving disparities in health literacy and access to quality healthcare. She has a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Barnes Jewish College in St. Louis and a Bachelor's degree in English from Fordham University in New York. Her passion for women's health led her to Nurse Family Partnership, where she worked with low-income, first-time moms and provided health education on pregnancy, infancy, birth control/family planning, and breastfeeding. Currently as a member of Rush University's College of Nursing Faculty Practice, Liz runs a health education and advocacy program that aims to improve the overall health of individuals who have struggled with homelessness.
Sarah Brown recently retired from position as CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a private and independent non-profit organization working to promote values, behavior, and policies that reduce both teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among young adults. Before helping to found the Campaign, Brown was a senior study director at the Institute of Medicine, where she directed numerous studies in the broad field of maternal and child health. Her last major report there resulted in the landmark book The Best Intentions: Unintended Pregnancy and the Well-being of Children and Families. She has served on advisory boards of many influential national organizations, including the Guttmacher Institute, the Population Advisory Board of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the DC Mayor’s Committee on Reducing Teenage Pregnancies and Out-of Wedlock Births, and Teen People magazine. She holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Masters in Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina.
Brown has received numerous awards, including the Institute of Medicine’s Cecil Award for Excellence in Research, the John MacQueen Award for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Martha May Elliot Award of the American Public Health Association, and the Spirit of Service Award from the National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting, and Prevention.
Allyson “Ally” Brown is the Executive Assistant and Office Coordinator for Upstream North Carolina. She is a seasoned operational, administrative, sales and relationship building professional, with over 20 years of varied experience, ranging from a small business to a large federally funded program. Originally from Boston, she obtained her B.S. in Nursing from Salem State College and stepped right into administration. It was here that she found that her passion was making a difference… whether it is in the life of a co-worker, a client, or in a project.
Allyson has spent her career feeding that passion and enhancing her skills with leadership roles in both the profit and non-profit sectors. With her positive yet professional personality, it was only natural that she has served as representative in the interactions with various community leaders, politicians, sports teams and in the media.
In her free time, you can usually find Allyson embarking on a travel adventure with her husband; driving around in her sports car while searching out a new restaurant to try or taking in the theatre or a concert; coming up with some new way to decorate their home; or trying to convince her husband that they just need one more cat.
Jamila Perritt, MD MPH FACOG is a fellowship trained, board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist with a comprehensive background in family planning and reproductive health. She provides, on the ground, community based care focusing primarily on the intersection of sexual health, reproductive rights and social justice. Dr. Perritt is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She completed a Family Planning Fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She works as a clinical provider and reproductive health care consultant collaborating with local and national organizations to provide ongoing support and subject matter expertise on sexual and reproductive health, family planning and reproductive justice. She is a passionate advocate for reproductive health and rights and works to advance access to comprehensive reproductive health care.
Melina Cardenas is a Contract Administrator based in Oakland, CA, managing contract lifecycles and developing resources to support Upstream’s growth and contract administration systems.
Melina has worked in contract management for nearly ten years, managing agreements and proposals for various industries, including construction, IT, architecture and tech startups. She has worked with Department of Defense agencies (federal, state, and municipal), creating partnerships that enabled her organization to win contracts upwards of seven figures. Melina also trained subcontractors on meeting government expectations and provided guidance on contract management.
Most recently she has managed larger-scale and long-term contracts requiring multidisciplinary teams. As a proposal writer, she has provided assistance for the entire proposal cycle, from drafting to subcontractor training/collaboration to graphic design.
In her free time, Melina enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, and continuous self-improvement.
Priscilla Castillo is a business professional with a deep passion for serving people. Her career has included time in human resources, positive sex education, restaurant management, and most recently 10 years in reproductive health care.
Priscilla believes in empowering folks with medically accurate, unbiased education; allowing them to make informed decisions regarding their own health and future. She has strong focus in customer service, and is dedicated to continue serving her passion in assisting others to learn the art of achieving and understanding a client centered approach.
Cristina Celis is the Director of Strategy and Operations at Upstream USA, focused on strategic initiatives ranging from the development of financial and impact dashboards, to the organization's expansion to Washington.
Cristina is committed to working towards a world where every individual has the social and economic freedom to make decisions about their lives and achieve their potential. She is inspired by innovative interventions that tackle root causes to poverty and lack of opportunity to create systemic change.
Previously, Cristina was Manager of Strategy & Scalability at Rocketship Education, a fast-growing elementary charter school network serving low income communities across the US. At Rocketship, Cristina's work focused on building scalable systems, driving efficiency, and facilitating cross-functional collaboration through periods of rapid growth. She managed the organization's expansion to Nashville, TN, developed the organization's performance dashboards, and managed strategic planning and budgeting.
Cristina also spent a number of years working as a Marketing Strategy Consultant, developing data-driven marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies. Cristina has an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business and BA in Economics from Brown University.
Cassandra Codes-Johnson, MPA is a consultant trainer with Upstream USA and an organizational development and training professional with over twenty years of experience in health care. Cassandra started her career as an HIV/AIDS prevention educator and trainer with the American Red Cross in Long, Island, NY. Over the years, Cassandra has worked in the private, nonprofit and government sectors with one clear goal in mind: Identify opportunities to improve the lives of people through the improvement of systems and processes. Cassandra has over a decade of experience working at the community level engaged in initiatives to improve the health status and economic status of vulnerable populations. She has worked with national and international organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Family Health International, the Administration for Children and Families, Mathematica Policy Research, Nemours, Center for Urban Families, ICF International, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Annie E. Casey Foundation, White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Brookings Institute, Columbia University and others to affect positive change for diverse populations through the implementation of policies, programs and research.
Robin Comstock is part of the amazing Talent Acquisition team at Upstream. She plays a key role in the development of Upstream by supporting the hiring process. Robin takes pride in ensuring that placement is a strong match for the individual and the team. She is interested in finding people careers rather than simply jobs.
Prior to joining Upstream, Robin worked in the Human Resource department and on the Talent Acquisition team in both the engineering and tech industries. She earned her M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University and her B.A. in Psychology from Sonoma State University.
In her free time, Robin enjoys spending time with her family, baking and playing tennis. She is also a very big animal lover. Robin is currently based in Los Angeles, California.
Enid Cruz was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY before moving to Delaware, 12 years ago. In NY, she worked with Safe Horizon, a non-profit organization that conducted trainings within the NYC school system. As a trainer, she facilitated workshops on topics such as Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Gun Violence. During her 7 years of working for this organization she received12 achievement awards for outstanding work in community outreach, and for her dedication in working with NYC youth, ages 10-17. She completed her Associates degree in Sociology, with a minor in psychology, from City College, while volunteering with the American Red Cross at the Ground Zero site for a 3 month period after the Sept 11th aftermath, which she will always remember as a truly inspiring experience. In Delaware, Enid tried out different roles, mostly in retail, customer service, and business administration. She worked with WSFS Bank as a Branch Manager for 7 years, before making the decision last year that she wanted to try and get back to her true passion of working with the community and making a difference in the lives of others. She is so excited to be able to use all of her organizational, administrative, and logistics experience with an organization that truly makes a difference in public health.
Kathy Davis is the Senior Accounting Manager for Upstream USA working from the office in Oakland, California. She specializes in internal business systems, accounting procedures, financial reporting, and budget and analysis.
Kathy has 25 + years of accounting experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. She worked in “BIG LAW” for the last 15 years in the role of Accounting Manager, overseeing the areas of financial reporting, budget preparation and analysis, audit preparation, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and trust accounting.
She has a degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Chico. Kathy has a deep interest in the medical field and secretly wishes she had continued with her original occupation choice of physical therapist.
Kathy is delighted to be a part of Upstream USA as the mission and goals are completely in line with her volunteering choices, and her long held wish to be part of an organization that improves the lives of young women by giving them more control over their choices.
Emily Decker, MPH, is the State Impact Officer for Upstream Massachusetts. Emily leads state-level monitoring activities to measure progress and outcomes at health centers implementing Upsteam’s quality improvement model.
Emily spent nearly a decade in the federal and non-profit sectors, focusing on increasing access to reproductive health and family planning services for underserved populations. As a Health Scientist with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Population Affairs, she led two data-focused initiatives: one to improve the quality and capture of family planning data using interoperable technologies and standardized data elements, and one to collect data annually from the Title X Family Planning Program network. Prior to joining HHS in 2014, Emily worked in international development and championed women’s empowerment initiatives at World Wildlife Fund, Inc.
Emily received a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently lives in Boston with her husband.
Anna DeOcampo is a recruiter and sourcing specialist, also known as a “talent finder.” Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Anna graduated with honors from San Jose State University, where she studied Psychology and Sociology. Since college, Anna has pursued her passion for helping others, serving in various people-centric roles in the education, healthcare, nonprofit, technology, and startup sectors.
In her free time, Anna loves to travel, bake and cook, play escape rooms, and watch college football and basketball. Anna is currently based in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Justin Diedrich is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and has completed a Fellowship in Family Planning. He is clinical faculty at the University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine where he trains medical students and residents. He has multiple publications and his research interests include long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods, and abortion safety. Dr. Diedrich is a member of the board of directors of URGE (Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity), a reproductive justice group that empowers young people by providing leadership training and fetal mobilization.
Jessica Dieseldorff, RN, MSN (Vanderbilt University School of Nursing), MA (Johns Hopkins University), is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner with Planned Parenthood Mar Monte at several locations in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, CA.
She has 23 years experience in reproductive health at many levels of staff, as peer education coordinator, clinic counselor, community educator, RN, advanced practice clinician, clinician trainer, and quality manager.
Jessica’s expert skills, flexibility, and “just try it” attitude inspire clinicians, support staff, and management to adopt patient-centered standards for excellent contraceptive care. Under her leadership, the Planned Parenthood Watsonville Health Center team exceeds agency benchmarks for clients using the most effective contraceptive methods. The Watsonville team piloted a six month demonstration project that increased patients’ use of copper IUC as emergency contraception more than 10-fold.
Away from work, she dances Cuban salsa with her husband and teaches awesome spinning classes.
Dan Dobin is Upstream USA’s Deputy Director in Massachusetts, where he helps lead a state-wide initiative to ensure all women in the Commonwealth can conveniently access the full range of contraceptive methods.
Dan has a lifelong commitment to equity and social justice and has focused his career on increasing access and opportunity for children and families. He joins Upstream with over a decade of mission-driven leadership inside national social change organizations. Most recently as a Vice President at BELL, Dan led strategic planning, launched BELL’s partnership development efforts with school systems, worked alongside the CEO to optimize board and executive team engagement, and oversaw program operations in New England. Dan has also served as a management consultant to nonprofits and philanthropists at The Bridgespan Group and held growth strategy, development, and partnership management positions at College Summit (now PeerForward).
Dan is a graduate of Yale School of Management and Emory University and was selected by Independent Sector as an American Express NGen Fellow. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and two children.
Catherine Dukes, PhD has served as the Vice President of Education and Training for Planned Parenthood of Delaware’s Sexuality Education Training Institute since 2006. In 2011, she led the statewide implementation of the federal PREP grant with her department as the sole sub-awardee. She is also an Associate Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco where she earned her PhD. She has also been featured on local and national TV and a Discovery Channel documentary. She has lesson plans published in the curricula, “Teaching Safer Sex,” “Sex Ed in the Digital Age,” and the soon-to-be released curriculum “Sexual Orientation.” Dr. Dukes is a regular speaker at national conferences and was the co-chair of the 2013 National Sex Ed Conference as well as Associate Editor of the book How I Got Into Sex…Ed. She is currently earning her Masters Degree in Social Work at Widener University. In her spare time she plays guitar and sings in a local rock band.
Mark Edwards is the co-founder and co-CEO of Upstream USA, a nationally-recognized, fast-growing nonprofit working to expand economic opportunity by reducing unplanned pregnancy in the U.S. Upstream partners with states to provide training and technical assistance to health centers to ensure all women have same-day access to the birth control method of their choice. Upstream’s mission empowers women to decide when and if they want to become pregnant, improving economic and health outcomes for parents, children, and society.
Along with an outstanding team, Mark led the development of Upstream’s innovative, whole health center approach, filling a gap not met by other organizations. The impact of the intervention is significant; following Upstream’s statewide approach in Delaware, researchers estimate a 15 percent decrease in unplanned pregnancies among Title X patients, compared with a 1.3 percent decrease nationwide during the same period. Additional health centers served by Upstream across Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas report increased clinician knowledge, greater patient choice, and sustainability, long after Upstream’s partnership concluded.
As co-founder and co-CEO, Mark oversees Upstream’s strategic growth and external partnerships. Under Mark’s leadership, philanthropic individuals and foundations have provided generous support to Upstream’s ambitious plans, including a $60 million lead investment by Blue Meridian Partners, helping to grow Upstream’s budget from $1.7 million just three years ago to approximately $25 million by 2019.
Mark is a nationally recognized leader on the intersection of upward mobility and reproductive health care. His writing is included in TIME, Brookings Institution Social Mobility Memos, Politico, Huffington Post, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Prior to co-founding Upstream, Mark was the founder and executive director of Opportunity Nation, a national bipartisan campaign made up of 300 national nonprofits focused on expanding economic mobility through bipartisan federal policy reform. Mark is a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur and an Ashoka Fellow. He has served on more than a dozen nonprofit boards and advisory committees and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for The Center for Effective Philanthropy and Philips Exeter Academy. Mark is a graduate of Harvard College, the proud father of three girls, and lives with his wife in Massachusetts.
Sandy Elliott, CNM, MSN, APRN is Certified Nurse Midwife who currently teaches Women’s Health at the University of Delaware. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a master’s degree in Nurse Midwifery and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings, including owning her own Women’s Health practice in Milford, DE. She currently practices at the Nurse Managed Primary Care Clinic at the University of Delaware STAR campus where she provides Women’s Health services and teaches both graduate and undergraduate nursing students. In 2005, she received the CHAPs award from the Medical Society of Delaware for caring for underserved women of Delaware. Sandy enjoys traveling with her husband, and splits her time between Delaware and South Carolina.
Liz Elwart is a Quality Improvement Advisor for Upstream Washington. Liz is a lifelong advocate for reproductive rights, she earned her Master of Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2007 and has spent her career working to reduce health disparities in a variety of roles.
Prior to Upstream, she was a policy advisor to King County Councilmember and Board of Health Chair Rod Dembowski, where she successfully spearheaded several pieces of progressive legislation, including providing 12 weeks of paid parental leave for County employees, regulating limited-service pregnancy centers, and eliminating the County’s backlog of sexual assault evidence kits.
She previously worked for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest as a policy analyst, helping health centers in Washington, Idaho and Alaska capitalize on the Affordable Care Act to improve access to women’s healthcare. She has several years’ experience in political campaign management as well, including both legislative races and Seattle’s paid sick days campaign.
Liz lives in Shoreline with her husband, daughter, dog and cat. When she’s not at work you can find her hosting pub trivia, getting in over her head in her vegetable garden, and exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Lane Faison is Managing Partner of Copeley Capital where he manages the firm's investment activities. Lane serves as board chair of Copeley’s current portfolio companies and is a former director of SnapAV, Roll-Rite Holdings, C1 Technologies, SWC Holdings and PHC Holdings. He also serves as a director of several non-profit organizations focused on upward mobility. Prior to founding Copeley in 2003, he was a Vice President at Blue Point Capital. Lane received a M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Rollins College and enjoys reading and spending time with his wife and two children in the South Carolina low country.
Ann Finn of Ann Finn Consulting, LLC enjoys sharing her expertise and insights focusing on improving overall coding, charge capture and revenue management practices within the Clinic setting. Her company primarily focuses on providing technical assistance and training pertaining to reproductive health providers including STD, HIV and family planning services. Ann works collaboratively with many supporting organizations, Local Health Departments, FQHCs, Planned Parenthoods, and Providers across the country. A frequent national speaker, Ann has extensive knowledge of the Revenue Cycle including: operational, billing, and A/R management improvement initiatives; Documentation, coding and charge capture process reviews and improvements; ICD-10 transition and coding; Reimbursement modeling, analysis and claim review / correction; and Staff development and training.
Ann is an active member of National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), the IUD Taskforce for NYC and a current board member for her local FQHC, Hometown Health Center.
Dr. Kelita Fox is a board certified Family Physician with a special interest in women’s health. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI and completed her residency in family medicine with the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine in Madison, WI. She then completed a fellowship in reproductive health with Mount Sinai Beth Israel Residency Program in Urban Family Medicine and the Institute for Family Health where she now works as a faculty physician teaching family planning to medical students, residents and other clinicians.
Paul Gannon is a retired Partner and Chief Operating Officer of The Baupost Group where he was also a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Prior to joining Baupost in 1991, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Real Estate Group of Bank of Boston and was the VP of Finance for a chain of home centers. Mr. Gannon earned his CPA designation while working with Ernst and Whinney in Boston and Sydney, Australia, after graduating from the University of Virginia’s School of Commerce. Mr. Gannon is the Chair of the Board of Overseers for WBUR, serves on the Board of Advisors of The Baupost Group, as well as on the Board of Directors of Opportunity Solutions International, The Boston Foundation, and Tenacity. He also serves as a Board Observer or mentor for a number of startup companies.
Lucas Giannini is a Quality Improvement Fellow. A native of Brazil, Lucas started his career in management consulting at The Boston Consulting Group, working closely with senior executives to develop growth strategies, re-design organizational structures and manage multi-billion dollar projects at healthcare, consumer services and energy organizations. Throughout his career, his commitment to reducing inequalities and increasing economic mobility led him to positions in the education sector, from improving operational efficiency in school districts to mentoring young students and starting up nonprofits.
Lucas is passionate about soccer (but is against stereotypes), his grandmother's home-cooked "pão de queijo", and politics, having been elected to serve his district as a councilmember in his hometown of São Paulo.
He received a joint MBA/MA in Education from Stanford University, with a Certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation, and a BSc in Economics from University of São Paulo.
Larry R. Glazerman completed medical degree at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA. In May 2010 he received an MBA in Healthcare Administration from DeSales University, in Center Valley, PA. He is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and also certified in laparoscopy and hysteroscopy by the Accreditation Council for Gynecologic Endoscopy. His special expertise and interest is minimally invasive gynecologic surgery as well as family planning. From 2008 – 2012, he was faculty at the USF Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, and was director of an AAGL sponsored Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery Fellowship at USF He is currently the medical director at Planned Parenthood of Delaware, and is clinical associate professor of Ob-Gyn at his alma mater, Jefferson Medical College. He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Society for Family Planning. He is a clinical trainer for Liletta, Mirena, and Nexplanon.
Dr. Emily M. Godfrey is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine. Dr. Godfrey specializes in family planning and outpatient women’s healthcare. She completed her Medical Degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin and her Residency at West Suburban Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Oak Park, Illinois. She then completed a Fellowship in Family Planning and an MPH at the University of Rochester. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine.
Dr. Godfrey came to UW with 6 years of experience as an academic family physician in Chicago. She also served as a Family Planning Epidemiology and Public Health Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health. During her tenure at CDC, Dr. Godfrey provided technical assistance for national evidence-based contraceptive guidance for healthcare providers and served as the clinical expert for Title X family planning national guidance for women and men’s reproductive health clinical services.
Dr. Godfrey enjoys bicycling, yoga, gardening and cooking.
Jenny Goff is the National Quality Improvement Program Manager at Upstream USA. Previously, Jenny spent six years working at the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), a non-profit organization that provides data and insight to help philanthropic funders improve their effectiveness. As a Manager at CEP, Jenny led client relationships with funders like the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and National Geographic Society. She also managed internal survey and data processes, technology products, and resource planning for CEP’s assessment and advisory services work, spearheading many projects to improve the efficiency and quality of CEP’s systems.
Jenny received her BA at Yale University. Outside of work, she enjoys discovering engrossing books, excellent coffee, and beautiful mountain vistas.
Austin Golden is excited to become a part of the Upstream family as a Financial Analyst - an opportunity that conjoins his professional skills and passion for helping others.
Prior to joining Upstream, Austin worked as a Senior Financial Analyst with Oracle, managing a broad base of financial duties aimed at assisting the company with achieving its strategic business initiatives. In that position he gained valuable financial modeling and asset management skills that will assist in his efforts to help Upstream on it mission. While forecasting finances is a staple in his toolkit, he also has an in-depth knowledge of accounting, a skill honed during his work as a Residential Accountant for U.C. Davis. Before working at Davis Austin held a variety of positions spanning finance as a banking associate, fitness manager and assistant to the Oakland Raiders.
Looking ahead, Austin’s goal is to add value to Upstream and assist in their mission.
Amelia Gonzalez is a Quality Improvement Advisor based in Seattle, WA. Amelia has worked for non-profit organizations in research, evaluation, and quality improvement capacities for over 10 years.
Amelia became interested in reproductive justice in college while working as a health educator delivering pregnancy prevention interventions in East Los Angeles. Since then, she has been passionate about delivering effective and sustainable programs that improve health outcomes.
Most recently, Amelia worked with SEIU 775 Benefits Group designing survey instruments to assess the effectiveness of programs designed to improve health outcomes for Caregivers in Washington state. Prior to that, she worked with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) as Senior Project Manager of Quality Improvement for Ryan White Programs. Ryan White programs are designed to provide free healthcare to people living with HIV who are uninsured or underinsured. As Senior Project Manager, Amelia oversaw and facilitated clinical quality management for over a dozen AHF Healthcare Centers receiving Ryan White funding across the country.
Outside of work, Amelia enjoys running, getting over her head in home improvement projects, and going on road trips with her husband and dog.
Constance Haddad is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and a proud member of the Society of Human Resource Management. As the Senior People Operations Associate, she is responsible for providing excellent customer-centric and empathetic HR support to Upstream employees on a breadth of people operations and human resources related activities.
Prior to joining Upstream, Constance worked in both healthcare and tech industries. She has gained valuable experience in how to build HR programs and processes from the ground up and is eager to contribute to the Upstream culture.
Thomas Haseloff is a Research Assistant at Upstream. He holds a BA in Sociology from UC Berkeley.
Prior to working at Upstream, Thomas was a research assistant at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at UC Berkeley where he did work with the ‘Shift Project,’ which focuses on the impact of precarious scheduling practices on working families. In addition to this, as an undergrad he worked as research assistant in the Sociology department at UC Berkeley and has presented his own research on the economic autonomy of CEO hiring announcements at large, public corporations at UC Berkeley’s annual Sociological Research Symposium.
Thomas lives in Berkeley and, outside of work, enjoys reading.
Mark J. Hathaway, MD, MPH, is a board certified OB/GYN who was on Washington Hospital Center’s (WHC), OB/GYN faculty from 1997-2013. There he developed and led the Section of Community Outreach, the Family Planning Section, the Ryan Residency Program, and the Family Planning Fellowship. He currently serves as Director of Family Planning Services at Unity Health Care, Inc, and Senior Technical Advisor for Reproductive Health at Jhpiego, an international NGO, that focuses on international maternal child health. Dr. Hathaway has served on several national-level work groups and committees, including the Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Family Planning and the National Contraceptive Metrics Workgroup. He holds appointments at Georgetown University as Assistant Professor of OB/GYN and at George Washington University (GWU) as Associate Clinical Professor of Health Care Sciences. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) and currently on the board of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP).
Dr. Hathaway received his undergraduate degree in biology from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and then served in the Peace Corps as an Agricultural Extensionist Volunteer and Program Coordinator in Paraguay, South America for close to 4 years. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Kentucky, he completed an OB/GYN residency at the Washington Hospital Center in 1997. He earned a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 2006. Named one of the “Best Doctors in America,” Dr. Hathaway teaches, lectures and advocates for family planning and maternal child health care access issues nationally and internationally on a frequent basis. In September 2013 he left his full time faculty position to concentrate on international and national advocacy and trainings. In May/June of 2014 he volunteered with Doctors without Borders in Aweil, South Sudan directing and teaching in a large maternity ward.
Katy Hickman is thrilled to join the Upstream team and be able to combine her passion for women’s health with a career that encourages women to make decisions surrounding their health in a way that empowers them and contributes to healthy stable families. Katy graduated from Wilmington University with a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science and earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology, specializing in Sports Psychology in 2012. From a young age, Katy knew she was destined to help people and contribute to making the world a better place and is thrilled to be apart of an organization that is bravely imaginative in creating a better world for all women, children & families. As Program Coordinator, Katy brings her love for interaction with people and building relationships and previous experience as a Community Outreach Manager/Event Planning.
Katy has enjoyed traveling and living abroad, most recently in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina. In her spare time she enjoys sports, specifically cheering on friends and family in the basketball world. Any free time she gets is used to travel and create memories with her daughter.
Laura Hunko joined Upstream in 2017. She was most recently the Sr. Recruiting Manager for Sungevity, an international solar energy start-up, based in Oakland, CA, leading all areas of Talent Acquisition where she helped champion the organization's growth from 350 employees to over 1200 staff. She was also responsible for on-boarding and new employee orientation while managing a team of regional field recruiters.
Laura also spent several years managing the virtual recruiting organization at Gentiva/Olsten Health Services. Her previous roles include high-volume recruiting across a wide variety of organizations such as Sr. Recruiting Manager at DTG Consulting Solutions, and regional recruitment for Care One and Adecco North America. She has also lead both contingent and retained searches for Cornell International and Ajilon Staffing.
When she isn’t recruiting, Laura enjoys spending time with her family, being at the beach, and taking long walks with her two dogs.
Laura earned her B.A. from Seton Hall University in Political Science.
Thea James, MD, is Vice President of Mission and Associate Chief Medical Officer at Boston Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program at BMC. Dr. James is a founding member of the National Network of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Advocacy Programs (NNHVIP). In 2011 she was appointed to Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence.
As Vice President of Mission Dr. James works with caregivers throughout BMC. Additionally, she has primary responsibility for coordinating and maximizing BMC’s relationships and strategic alliances with a wide range of local, state and national organizations including community agencies, housing advocates, and others that partner with BMC to meet the full spectrum of patients needs. The goal is to foster innovative and effective new models of care that are essential for patients and communities to thrive. Integrating upstream interventions into BMC’s clinical care models are critical to achieving equity and health in the broadest sense.
Dr. James served on the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine 2009-2012, where she served as chair of the Licensing Committee. She is 2008 awardee of Boston Public Health Commission’s Mulligan Award for public service, and a 2012 recipient of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Role Model Award. She received The Boston Business Journal Healthcare Hero award in 2012 &2015. She was 2014 recipient of the Schwartz Center Compassionate Care Award. The Boston Chamber of commerce awarded Dr. James with the Pinnacle Award in 2015, which honors women in business and the professions.
Dr. James’ passion is in Public Health both domestically and globally. For many years she and colleagues partnered with local international partners in Haiti, and Africa, to conduct sustainable projects. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Equal Health. Equal Health works with local partners in Haiti to create strong, sustainable medical and nursing education systems.
Dr. James served as a Supervising Medical Officer on the Boston Disaster Medical Assistance Team (MA-1 DMAT), under the Department of Health and Human Services. She has deployed to post 9/11 in NYC, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, Bam, Iran after the 2003 earthquake, and Port-Au-Prince Haiti after the earthquake of 2010. Dr. James traveled to Haiti with MA-1 DMAT one day after the 2010 earthquake.
A graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, James trained in Emergency Medicine at Boston City Hospital, where she was a chief resident.
Michelle Johnson is thrilled to be a part of the Upstream USA team. Her passions include supporting young children and their parents, as well as finding preventative ways to reduce intergenerational poverty. Michelle holds a BA from Bowdoin College in sociology and Spanish. As a student, Michelle led the Common Good Grant Program, a student committee that functions as a foundation board to fundraise and allocate over $10,000 annually to local nonprofits. Internships at United Way and Save the Children gave her insights into public policy and early childhood interventions. She volunteers as a case manager with the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund and a Play Ranger with the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project. Michelle lives in Washington, DC.
Erika Johnson is a Development Associate for Upstream USA. She majored in Sociology at Dartmouth College with a focus on gender and race. During her free time from school-work, she assisted in the coordination of two mission-driven outreach programs to help decrease barriers to college for low-income, first-generation students. Wanting to combine her desire of working with mission-based organizations and business, Erika began her career working for her alma mater in their development office. She is now beyond excited to continue combining her personal and professional passions by working with Upstream.
A new Bostonian, you can find Erika exploring the city and sampling all the food it has to offer. She enjoys seeing movies, attending plays and reading the books that go along with them.
Venus Jones is the Lead Trainer for Upstream USA’s Delaware initiative, Delaware CAN. Previously, she served as a Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator working with her team at Christiana Care to decrease infant mortality and improve birth outcomes in the state of Delaware. She was responsible for the day to day operations of the program and training of staff that provide community education to pregnant women and families with children. She is passionate about reproductive health and reducing teen pregnancy and is a member of the Division of Public Health, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Advisory Board in her state. She is also a trained educator, providing HIV and pregnancy prevention classes for teens in a variety of settings. Venus enjoys working with the community and providing them with the support and resources to live healthier lives.
Dr. Kaltman, is a licensed naturopathic physician, epidemiologist and public health consultant specializing in reproductive health. She has worked in community and public health for over 25 years and has been an ardent advocate for reproductive health services during this time. She received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and her Masters in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. Additionally, she has completed the North American Menopause Society’s (NAMS) credential as a NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP).
Dr. Kaltman served for many years as a communicable disease epidemiologist directing disease surveillance programs in city and state health departments. Currently, she serves as a Women’s Health Specialist at ZOOM+Care in Portland, OR where she provides the full range of outpatient gynecology services. In addition, she provides reproductive health services to high risk youth at Trillium Family Services, a pediatric psychiatric residential treatment facility. Prior to this she served as a clinician at Planned Parenthood. Her clinical specialties include adolescent medicine, family planning, and menopause. Dr. Kaltman is dedicated to decreasing barriers to healthcare access in underserved communities.
Kelleen Kaye is the Senior Advisor for Research
John Kearney Jr. is a Quality Improvement Associate for Upstream USA. John supports the Quality Improvement Officers to ensure that sites have the tools and resources necessary to meet their goals of reducing unintended pregnancy by providing same-day access to all contraceptive methods.
Prior to coming to Upstream USA, John worked with Christiana Care Health System, Department of Family and Community Medicine, supporting primary care and speciality medical practices. He specializes in customer service, billing and coding, and managing technical projects. John managed outpatient offices’ transition to ICD-10, new EHR and financial management software, and developed workflow and revenue improvement plans. In addition to his administrative role, John was a Health Guide with Christiana Care Health System and Marketplace Guide with ChooseHealthDE, in Delaware. He counseled patients on financial assistance, facilitated enrollment into insurance plans on the Health Insurance Marketplace, and developed educational and marketing materials for consumers. John worked closely with other departments and physician offices in Delaware, as well as with community partners like St. Patrick’s Center, Sunday Breakfast Mission, and Delaware HIV Consortium.
John lives in New Jersey but enjoys commuting to and working in Delaware and serving the community he knows well. He lives with his dog Tucker, who takes up all of his time when he’s not at work or school working towards a degree in Biological Sciences.
Sarah Kennedy McPhee, MPH, CSE, oversees the New Hampshire (NH) Ryan White CARE Program for the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services. The NH Ryan White CARE Program ensures access to health insurance, medication, medical care and other clinical and support services for people living with HIV. In addition, she also supervises the NH Tuberculosis Financial Assistance Program. Prior to her current position, Sarah held multiple positions in family planning, reproductive health and sexuality education in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and has also taught at the collegiate level. Sarah is certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists as a Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE). Sarah is an experienced trainer and facilitator who has worked with adolescents, college students, parents, and health care providers on a range topics related to reproductive and sexual health. Her areas of expertise include health insurance access, treatment as prevention for HIV, and community engagement around sexual health and well-being. Sarah is passionate about women’s health, reproductive and social justice, addressing stigma and the use of story telling as a medium for social change. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and her Master of Public Health from the University of New Hampshire. Sarah lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two daughters.
Jordan Kim is Director of Quality Improvement at Upstream where she focuses on the implementation of a comprehensive technical assistance program delivered to health centers by a network of Quality Improvement Officers.
Jennifer Klatt joined Upstream USA as Chief Financial Officer in April 2017. Jennifer is responsible for all accounting, finance, legal and facilities for Upstream.
Jennifer served as Chief Financial Officer most recently at Ramsell Corporation. Ramsell is a pharmacy benefit manager working with public health programs that serve populations dealing with HIV/AIDS and complex health issues. While at Ramsell, Jennifer was involved with a significant expansion in the regions served in the U.S. Prior to Ramsell, Jennifer worked with a variety of organizations including several venture-backed software start-ups.
Jennifer also invests in her community and delivers pet food for the pets of low-income people living with disabilities in San Francisco through the organization, PAWS (Pets are Wonderful Support). PAW’s original mission was to support HIV/AIDS patients by helping them keep their pets by providing pet food, dog walking, litter box changing, veterinary services, etc. They expanded their mission to include providing these services to the elderly and people with disabilities.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University.
Sarah Koca is a Quality Improvement Advisor based in Spokane, Washington supporting health centers to achieve our collective goal of ensuring that women receive the highest quality of services and can conveniently access the full range of contraceptive methods.
Sarah believes we can have an impact on the lives of women by supporting their reproductive choices. She chose to be a part of Upstream USA to continue a life-long mission to address barriers for women, and be a voice of equity for all people.
Previous to joining Upstream, Sarah spent ten years in leadership roles within various aspects of healthcare. Including working at a federally qualified health center building a system and team to provide quality improvement science across numerous sites in two states. Sarah is a certified mediator with a long history of facilitating disparate groups in conflict. She also has a rich skill set in adult learning and training delivery and has led thousands of training sessions in her career. She is certified in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's model of QI.
Sarah earned her Master of Science degree from the University of Montana and an undergraduate degree from Kent State University. Her formal education included facilitating a public land planning committee for the Blackfoot River, and studying traditional medicine alongside ecotourism in Belize.
Originally from Kent, Ohio, Sarah has lived in Montana and Oregon. She now resides in Spokane with her spouse, five bunnies, and a turtle.
Kathy Kolb is the Senior Advisor for Upstream USA, focusing on ensuring that all women in Delaware, regardless of insurance status, have access to a full range of contraceptive methods.
Kathy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and Master’s degrees both in Business Administration and Health Care Administration. After several years of working on both the acute care and education side of women’s health, she became the Executive Director for the Perinatal Association of Delaware where she led the team that was responsible for bringing the Resource Mother’s Project to life.
Before joining Upstream, Kathy worked for the Christiana Care Health System for over 17 years. Her most recent role was as the Department Director for Family and Community Medicine. There she had the opportunity to work within a dedicated team that focuses its efforts on improving the health of women, families and the community through education, community outreach, research, prevention and rehabilitation.
Noemi LaChapelle is the Olympia region Quality Improvement Advisor for Upstream USA. For the past 12 years she has worked for the State of Washington. She has a strong background in project management, process improvement, change management, leadership development, and strategic planning. In her most recent role as the Continuous Improvement Program Administrator at the Department of Licensing she was responsible for building Lean and Change Management capacity in the agency through training, coaching, and facilitation. Noemi is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Prosci Change Management Train the Trainer. What makes Noemi successful is that she leads and works with a focus on people. She believes that a focus on people builds trust in teams and strong partnerships with stakeholders. Noemi lives in Olympia, WA with her husband and 3 children. In her free time, you can find her reading or enjoying crafts with her family.
Richard Lamanna is a Lead Trainer for Upstream’s Seattle office and he is thrilled to be included in the effort of reducing unplanned pregnancy through helping women access the most effective forms of birth control of their choice.
Richard has been employed almost exclusively in the non-profit sector over the last 20 years and is fulfilled through giving back and staying connected to his community through education, activism and capacity building. This passion combined with his eclectic work history, volunteerism, and travel has given him a wide range of knowledge and experience.
While serving a year with AmericaCorps NCCC, he discovered his passion for education while working with Teach For America in Baltimore. He went on to become a Community Organizer with Children’s Aid Society in Brooklyn where he facilitated classes and trainings with the Urban Assembly of Math and Science for Young Women. He was the Associate Director of Testing and Training with AHF in Los Angeles, certifying HIV Testing Counselors for the State of California and Los Angeles County and developed and implemented a curriculum for HIV Counselors across the nation. He is proud to have led a team with AHF that responded to the HIV epidemic and outbreak in Indiana in 2015 by immediately providing HIV Testing, counseling and treatment on the street.
In his free time he is a voracious reader, traveler and outdoorsman- he enjoys spending time hiking, kayaking and exploring the National Parks with his husband and friends. He has been to every state and every continent, including Antarctica where he worked at McMurdo Station science base.
Sheridan Larsell is the Development Manager at Upstream USA. In this role, she builds systems and operations necessary to realize the organization’s fundraising strategy and supports ongoing donor stewardship.
Prior to joining Upstream in 2016, Sheridan worked in supporting roles spanning operations, research, and voter engagement at reproductive health nonprofits including the National Network of Abortion Funds, Ibis Reproductive Health, and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. She is a strong proponent of programs that expand access to healthcare and improve economic outcomes for women and families.
Sheridan holds a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health and a BA in Psychology from the University of Oregon. She was born and raised in Portland, OR and now lives in Jamaica Plain, MA.
Breanne Laughery is a Regional Director of Partnerships at Upstream USA, where her focus is building relationships with Washington state healthcare providers.
Breanne has over ten years of experience in business development and building strategic partnerships. Prior to joining the Upstream USA team, she worked at Foundations Recovery Network where she developed partnerships with hospitals and healthcare providers, allowing people to gain access to appropriate treatment services for substance use disorders and mental health conditions.
Breanne lives in Seattle with her husband and son, and enjoys fly fishing, skiing, and golfing in her free time.
Sarah Legried is an Executive Assistant with Upstream. Having graduated from Wellesley College with a double major in Women’s and Gender Studies and Psychology, Sarah is committed to reproductive health, rights, and justice.
Prior to joining the Upstream team, Sarah worked with Planned Parenthood in Boston as a Youth Advocate, offering trainings to reproductive health care practitioners to ensure youth-friendly and culturally-competent services. She interned with the National Abortion Federation in Washington D.C., researching how to safeguard clinics that provide abortion care. During her time at Wellesley, Sarah served as a sexual health educator, and is passionate about comprehensive, accurate, and queer-inclusive sex education.
Though Sarah wholeheartedly identifies as a Minnesotan, she currently lives in Boston. In her spare time, she volunteers as a clinic escort with Planned Parenthood, hikes, travels, grapples with feminist theory, tunes into Wellesley’s radio station, WZLY, and explores Boston’s expansive food scene.
Jenna LeMieux is the Massachusetts Executive Director, where she leads Upstream’s state-wide effort to make contraceptive care more accessible and convenient for women in the Commonwealth. Jenna brings nearly two decades of experience and leadership in the non-profit sector to her role.
Jenna’s commitment to increasing opportunity for low income families began early in her career, as a clinical social worker. Working directly with children and families in need left a powerful imprint, and anchored her career on issues related to poverty and injustice. Subsequent managerial and leadership roles focused on addressing health care disparities and increasing economic opportunity. At Partners In Health (PIH), Jenna established operational activities for a district-wide, community-based project in rural Malawi, working in partnership with the Ministry of Health. As Director of Programs at PIH, she oversaw management of operations in sub-Saharan Africa, and helped lead the organization’s logistical response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. At Compass Working Capital, Jenna launched a national network of organizations seeking to replicate Compass’ innovative approach to providing financial coaching programs to low income families.
Jenna is a graduate of Yale College, Boston University School of Social Work, and Harvard Business School. She lives in the greater Boston area with her husband and their twin daughters.
Gisela Limon Ruiz is an Implementation Coach for Upstream WA. Prior to her current role, she dedicated her career to working with nonprofit organizations, from adults with complex chronic conditions and developmental disabilities to a clinical setting where she worked very closely with nursing staff and medical providers in providing the best patient care.
Growing up in a rural area exposed her to some of the most common struggles her
community was lacking, such as access to medical care and medical education. Her passion for helping others and working in the medical field is continuing to be fulfilled by being a part of Upstream.
In her free time, you will find her and her son exploring nature in the beautiful Methow Valley. They enjoy walks in the park and spending time by the river, even on the snowiest days.
Rachel Linstead Goldsmith is a Quality Improvement Officer with Delaware CAN. Before joining Upstream USA, Rachel supported non-profits and government bodies throughout 15 states and D.C. in developing and managing health coverage outreach and enrollment programs. She also brings experience working with providers, patients and communities to improve outcomes for patients with chronic diseases, including HIV/AIDS and adult congenital heart disease.
Rachel holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Delaware, and received her undergraduate degree from Hampshire College.
Maria Luna is an Upstream USA Quality Improvement Advisor based in Tri-Cities, WA. Maria is a strong advocate in providing all women comprehensive reproductive healthcare regardless of income and health insurance status.
Prior to her current role, she worked for non-profit health organizations as a Director of Patient Connections and Quality /Process Improvement Project Manager. Maria has extensive experience in project management, process improvement, and change management in a variety of areas within the health industry. She believes that her successes have not only been due to her leadership and technical skills but also her enthusiasm to learn from others and the ability to build strong team relationships between cross-functional teams.
Maria is aware of the importance of tailoring healthcare improvement to the individual needs of the community and organization. Thus, she enjoys and strives to staying current in healthcare improvement efforts by being an active member of the Columbia Basin American Society of Quality Healthcare Division and the Columbia Basin Project Management Institution.
Maria currently lives in Tri-cities WA with her husband, 16-year-old son, and cat. When Maria is not working, she enjoys sightseeing the Pacific Northwest, traveling to exotic destinations, and meeting culturally diverse individuals and their cuisines.
Tommy Luu is an Accountant in the Oakland, CA office. He is responsible for accounts payable, and expense reimbursements. He also provides additional support including maintaining subsidiary ledgers, recording financial transactions, assisting with month-end close, 1099 filing and preparing related to audit schedules.
Prior to coming to Upstream, Tommy worked in the accounting field for-profit businesses such as the JustAnswer.com and several notable non-profit organizations including the American Lung Association and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. He is excited to be a member of the team, and to assist Upstream to promote its mission to limit poverty by promoting pregnancy planning.
Tommy earned his B.A. in Management from Golden Gate University. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, driving along the California coast to take in the scenery, traveling both within and outside the United States, and attending musicals and Broadway shows. He resides in Concord, CA.
Lily Lynch is the Regional Director of Partnerships in the greater Seattle area. Her focus is to cultivate relationships and to increase the noise level of Upstream’s services within healthcare centers.
Lily has over ten years of experience in business development and building strategic partnerships. Prior to joining the Upstream USA team, she worked at Henry Schein Dental, where she partnered with dental professionals to help them with practice care, so they could focus on patient care. This included providing training and education on: overhead management, fee creation and balancing, compliance, marketing, and team harmony, as well as assisting in implementation of underutilized codes and practice management software.
She has always had a passion for social change, and is excited to bring her business expertise to such a dynamic organization.
Lily lives in Bothell, Washington with her husband, son and two dogs. In her free time, she loves doing CrossFit and yoga, cooking, and having foodie adventures in Seattle.
Sai Ramya is elated to join the Upstream USA team as a Senior Research Associate. Her goal is to be an advocate for low resource communities through developing multifaceted approaches of engaging policy makers, community leaders, and healthcare professionals to fight inequality. She has experience in project evaluation, data analysis, data collection, and urban community development.
Prior to joining Upstream, Sai Ramya worked as a research data analyst focusing on HIV care in Uganda and Kenya. She holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory University and received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Riverside.
Outside of work, Sai Ramya enjoys running, climbing, and cooking.
Melanie Manning is the Vice President of People Operations at Upstream USA. She joins Upstream from Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) where she led the Human Resources strategy and operations for the Emeryville, CA site. Prior to her role in Emeryville, Melanie was a Director of HR for NIBR’s Translational Medicine organization in Cambridge, MA.
Melanie spent the first part of her career in the financial services sector where she facilitated leadership and associate development programs and grew as human resources partner.
She has a passion for relationship building and fostering trust to help organizational talent be their best authentic selves. Melanie loves pivoting between strategy and execution, while finding innovative solutions balanced against practical implementation.
She enjoys spending time with her family and friends from coast-to-coast.
Melanie holds a Master of Human Relations and B. A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma.
Jack Markell served from 2009-2017 as the Governor of Delaware. During his tenure, Delaware emerged from the great recession with the strongest job growth in the region and among the best private sector wage growth in the country. Mr. Markell led significant investments in improved early childhood education, language immersion programs, heightened college access for low-income students and some of the most aggressive workforce development efforts in the country. Previously, Mr. Markell served as Delaware's State Treasurer.
Prior to public service, Mr. Markell helped lead the wireless technology revolution as the 13th employee at Nextel (a name he coined), where he served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development. He also worked at Comcast Corporation and McKinsey and Company.
Mr. Markell serves on the National Board of Directors of Jobs for America's Graduates and as a trustee of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Mr. Markell was born in 1960 in Newark, Delaware. He earned an undergraduate degree from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Mr. Markell is a Henry Crown Fellow and a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He and his wife, Carla, reside in Wilmington. Their two children, Molly and Michael, are in their 20's.
Jacqueline Matuza is a Knowledge Management Specialist for Upstream. As a trainer and public health consultant, she has spent over a decade educating youth and youth-serving professionals in NYC public schools, after-school programs, residential foster care, and homeless, runaway, and court-involved youth programs. Jackie believes that collaboration paired with accurate information leads to better programs and healthier clients. She has worked for Planned Parenthood of New York City and Inwood House, providing education, training, program management, and technical assistance to reproductive health programs. Jackie is passionate about the full spectrum of knowledge about reproductive health, justice, and rights – from mechanism of action to activism – and delights in the opportunity to work with others to improve their ability to provide excellent services. Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners, Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Justice from Manhattanville College and a Master of Public Health degree from Drexel University, where she focused in Community Health and Prevention. She presented her thesis, “The Challenges in Evaluating Adolescent Sexuality Education Programs,” at the American Public Health Association’s 133rd Annual Meeting.
Aisha Mays, MD is a family physician who focuses on Adolescent Medicine. Her work centers on adolescent reproductive health, promoting healthy teen relationships, school based health care, and the health risks associated with childhood commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC). She previously worked in the school based health centers in Oakland, California and the teaching faculty at the UC Berkeley/ University of California San Francisco Joint Medical Program. Dr. Mays developed one of the first IUD insertion programs at a school based health center in the Northern California. Her research interests include, improving reproductive health care access in school based health centers and identifying the sexual and reproductive health outcomes of CSEC youth. She is currently the Co-Investigator on a research study at the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health/ Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health to increase adolescents’ and young adults' access to long acting reversible contraceptive methods in community health centers.
Dr. Nicole McKinney is Upstream’s North Carolina State Executive Director, leading the effort to reduce unplanned pregnancies in North Carolina by partnering with healthcare providers in a shared commitment to help women conveniently access the most effective and full range of contraceptive methods through sustainable and outcome-based training and technical assistance.
Nicole brings over two decades of experience and leadership in the healthcare industry as a behavioral health licensed professional counselor and in numerous senior leadership roles within the non-profit and public managed care sector in South and North Carolina. As one of Charlotte, North Carolina’s recognized 50 most influential women, Nicole has excelled in building and sustaining community partnerships that promotes life enrichment via social, behavioral and physical determinants of health across North Carolina. Nicole has also served on over a dozen of North Carolina non-profit boards and advisory committees over the years, in a continued commitment to promote community vitality on both a grass roots and macro-systemic level.
Nicole holds a doctorate degree in psychology with a specialization in industrial/organizational development, as well as a master's and bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her strong psychological background both clinical and organizational has afforded her years of insight and has evoked a passion to specifically foster best in class reproductive healthcare in North Carolina that advances economic opportunities for women and families. Nicole lives in the Charlotte area with her husband and two young daughters, where they enjoy traveling to Caribbean islands and the mountains.
Alyssa Meza is the Brand Marketing Manager for Upstream USA. Prior to her current role, she worked for Opportunity Nation, a bipartisan campaign to expand economic and social mobility. At Opportunity Nation she led the communication team's digital marketing efforts, which led to greater visibility for, and engagement with, the Opportunity Nation brand. During her career, she has consulted for local and national nonprofits and is happiest when using creative energy to help mission-driven organizations succeed. Alyssa is also a trained labor doula who regularly volunteers with Chicago Volunteer Doulas, a birth justice organization serving vulnerable communities in Chicago. During her free-time, you can find Alyssa rushing to births or looking for her next great travel adventure.
Sonia Mohammadzadah is a Quality Improvement Coordinator with Upstream. Having graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a major in English, a minor in Anthropology, and a 5-College Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice, Sonia is committed to an inclusive, intersectional approach to public health work.
Prior to joining the Upstream team, Sonia interned with Advocates for Youth in Washington D.C., working with the Communications Team to prioritize the voices of young people in meaningful dialogue surrounding reproductive and bodily autonomy.
In the fall of 2016, she spent 4 months in Rabat, Morocco researching the impact of professional midwives on the public health sector and their role in reducing the country’s maternal mortality rate. Sonia has also previously been a Health Center Advocate with Planned Parenthood’s Midwest chapter in the Twin Cities, where she trained new health center volunteers and came up with innovative strategies to engage patients in advocacy work.
The proud daughter of an Afghani immigrant and a Minnesotan at heart, Sonia currently lives in Boston. In her free time, she enjoys tending to her indoor plant garden, cultivating her foreign language skills, and singing in a local a cappella group.
Adrianne Moore is a Quality Improvement Advisor for Upstream Washington. Prior to joining Upstream, Adrianne spent eleven years as part of a dynamic rural social and health services organization, helping lead the organization in building innovative programs to address violence and poverty for thousands of children, youth and families across Okanogan County. Her work included creating a regional cross-sector initiative to address teen pregnancy and underlying health disparities, leading state and federal level policy changes in disaster response, and building deep partnerships with marginalized youth, families, and communities to build more equitable access to resources across rural areas.
Adrianne is thrilled to be part of Upstream's efforts to build economic mobility for women, children and families across our state. Her work at Upstream supports health clinics in North Central Washington in ensuring all women have the reproductive healthcare they need to determine their own future. Adrianne is an Eastern Washington native and lives in the Methow Valley with her partner and two children.
Siiri Morley is a social entrepreneur who has devoted her career to reducing gender and racial inequities in a variety of roles, both locally in MA and more globally. Most recently, Siiri served as the Executive Director for Strong Women, Strong Girls Boston. Siiri is the Founder and former Executive Director of Prosperity Catalyst, a nonprofit organization focused on investing in women in distressed parts of the world to become successful leaders and entrepreneurs. Siiri is also a Founding Partner of Prosperity Catalyst’s sister social enterprise, Prosperity Candle, where she focused on business development, marketing, and partnership management. Prior to Prosperity Candle, Siiri worked on poverty reduction and sustainable economic development projects focused on women in Afghanistan, Croatia, Kenya, and Lesotho (where she was a Peace Corps Volunteer). She received her MBA from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 2009. In 2012, Siiri was recognized as 1 of 60 notable women in Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” and was profiled as an “Agent of Change” by PBS Newshour in 2013. Siiri lives in Boston with her husband, toddler son, and dog. She loves spending time outside hiking and paddle boarding throughout New England, as well as traveling further afield.
Elizabeth Nolan is a part time Clerk, always happy and willing to contribute. Elizabeth is a native Delawarean and is proud to be the only blue hen in her family. She loves her jobs and in addition to Upstream, Elizabeth fills her work week at Christiana Care and Waggies by Maggie & Friends. She is a Special Olympics athlete where she participates in basketball, tennis and long distance running. Elizabeth is a member of the Delaware Theatre’s Totally Awesome Players and Joyful Noise Delaware. Her favorites include traveling to Boston for a Red Sox game, Broadway musicals and working out at the Y. She loves coloring and plays a mean game of Parchessi.
Liz O’Neill is Upstream’s Delaware Plan Director, leading the statewide effort to increase access to IUDs and implants through partnerships, education, training and technical assistance. Before joining Upstream, Liz led several women’s health initiatives in Delaware. Since its inception in 2002, Liz was the project director of Christiana Care Health System’s Community Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. The Center focused on key women’s health issues including infant mortality, obesity, domestic violence and cardiovascular health. In addition, Liz spent 6 years as the director of program services for the Delaware chapter of the March of Dimes and as a family support specialist for the Delaware birth to three program. Liz brings over 20 years of experience working with community partners and coalitions to advance the health of women and children in Delaware.
Lyra Oey is the Executive Assistant/Office Coordinator for Upstream, USA working in the Oakland, CA office. She comes to us with great excitement and enthusiasm to be a part of an organization with such an important mission.
Previously, she held several roles in the financial services industry, most recently as the administrative assistant to numerous Investment Bankers at William Blair & Co in San Francisco.
Lyra has a degree in English Literature, with her focus being on African American Literature post Reconstruction from Arizona State University. In her spare time you can find Lyra reading, on a never-ending hiking quest to find the Shire, or spending time with her two ever so smart and rambunctious children.
Deborah Oyer is a board-certified family medicine physician who works in family planning at Cedar River Clinics in Seattle, WA. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at University of Washington School of Medicine in the Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. In that capacity she provides a clinical experience in abortion care and family planning for medical students, residents, fellows and residency faculty. Dr. Oyer lectures at UW medical school, UW nursing school, UW residency programs, in the community and at medical conferences on contraception and abortion. While serving as the Family Planning Consultant to the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health she was instrumental in increasing LARC training, availability and use in the public health clinics, the school-based health centers and in the community. She has over 25 years experience in this field.
After graduating in Economics from Middlebury College in Vermont, Deborah spent time in the Peace Corps in Palau, Micronesia, as a nutrition and health educator. Her time there led her to medical school. After completing her medical degree at Harvard Medical School, Deborah moved to Seattle for a family medicine residency at Providence Medical Center, now Swedish Medical Center – Cherry Hill). During residency, she found her passion in women’s reproductive healthcare and has focused her practice there ever since.
Colleen Pacheco works as a Quality Improvement Advisor for Upstream Washington where she helps health centers remove barriers to same-day access to the most effective forms of birth control. She has a lifelong commitment to ensuring individuals’ rights to sexual and reproductive choice and agency.
She began her career in family planning, population and environment through global and national advocacy and program management roles in Washington DC and Costa Rica. While her career migrated to health equity and access, migrant health, child abuse prevention and transportation safety, her passion for reproductive health led her to volunteer for years at Planned Parenthood as a teen clinic volunteer and family night educator, become a certified sexual health educator, and facilitate reproductive health workshops for populations including Nicaraguan youth and Southern Sudanese immigrants.
Prior to joining Upstream Washington, she worked for Sea Mar Community Health Centers in diverse roles including implementing an STI screening program in 18 medical clinics, managing two medical clinics including an OB/GYN clinic, and leading robust Community Health Worker programs including two programs focused on overcoming barriers to health care access for homeless, migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. Colleen has a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Master of Public Health, from the University of Washington’s School of International Health (now the School of Global Health).
Colleen currently lives in Seattle where she resides with her husband, son Max and new puppy. She enjoys traveling, yoga and being in nature.
Joy Peltier is the Regional Director of Partnerships in central and eastern Washington. She works collaboratively with regional health centers to implement sustainable health system transformation that will improve the lives of women by increasing access to the most effective methods of contraception.
Joy believes all women have the right to choose if and when they become pregnant and that women’s ability to take charge of their reproductive lives is essential to achieving gender equity in our society.
Joy comes to Upstream with 10+ years of experience cultivating relationships and facilitating regional projects in healthcare, advocacy, and change management. Prior to joining the Upstream team, she served as the Chief Strategy Officer at Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho where she led regional teams in advocacy, communications, health education, fundraising, and organizational development.
Joy lives in Spokane with her two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the natural beauty of the inland northwest.
Mark Perry is a Strategic Advisor and retired General Partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Mark joined NEA as a Consultant in 1995 and became a General Partner in 1996. Mark focuses on information technology investments. Present NEA portfolio companies include Alien Technology, Glacier Bay, Huddler, ISGN Technologies, and TestMart. Previous board memberships include, Growth Networks (acquired by Cisco Systems), Hyperion Solutions, iManage (acquired by Interwoven), Magma Design Automation, Silicon Graphics, Silicon Spice (acquired by Broadcom), TiVo and Trading Dynamics (acquired by Ariba). From April 1994 to December 1995, Mark served as President and Chief Executive Officer and then as Chairman of Viewstar Corporation. From 1985 to 1994, he was an executive with Silicon Graphics, Vice Chairman (1992-1994) responsible for worldwide field operations, Executive Vice President (1988-1991) responsible for the product divisions, and Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer (1985-1987). Prior to this, Mark was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sonoma Vineyards and a partner at Arthur Young & Company. He is a Certified Public Accountant in California. Mark received a Masters in Business Administration (with distinction) from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (cum laude) from Amherst College. Mark lives with his wife, Mauree Jane, in San Francisco.
Hong Van Pham is a Strategic Policy Advisor for Upstream Massachusetts. Before joining Upstream USA, Hong Van’s previous work spanned across policy and research, advocacy, and politics. Most recently, Hong Van spearheaded and served on several state and national campaigns, including Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign. Hong Van also has a track record of advancing social programs and labor initiatives. She was a core member of the team that crafted the first-in-the-nation law to provide predictable work schedules for hourly, retail workers in San Francisco. Through the California Work & Family Coalition, Hong Van also pushed to expand paid family leave, child care funding, and early childhood initiatives in California. In 2016, Hong Van published a pay equity report commissioned by the Public Advocate of New York City, which led to Mayor de Blasio adopting legislation that banned employers from asking about salary history.
Born in Vietnam, Hong Van immigrated to San Diego in 1999 with her mother. Hong Van earned her Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University. Hong Van’s # 1 passion is food – discovering food, making food, sharing food, and thinking/writing about food.
Jessica Pockey is Upstream’s Senior Manager of Quality Improvement, a role that merges together her interests in best practice dissemination and addressing health disparities.
Prior to joining Upstream, Jessica had over a decade of experience managing research studies that aimed to improve the health of marginalized populations. This included training and technical assistance to improve drug and alcohol interventions, as well as implementing new protocols at a rural South African hospital to improve diagnosis and treatment of HIV and drug-resistant tuberculosis. Jessica has a passion for increasing access to the most effective healthcare practices for all people. She is thrilled to apply this passion to reproductive health through her role at Upstream.
When she’s not traveling and exploring the world around her, Jessica can be found in Orlando where she lives with her wife and 3 kids.
Kimberly Potter is a Quality Improvement Office for Upstream USA. She earned a MSW and MPH from Boston University in 2006 and 2007, respectively. She has spent numerous years working in community-based organizations as both a licensed social worker and public health practitioner addressing issues including substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and homelessness. Before joining Upstream, she worked for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on a quality improvement initiative to support hospitals and healthcare facilities in the NYC area to address barriers to contraceptive access.
Kimberly has received training through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to be an Improvement Coach, and is committed to using these skills to improve healthcare systems and to address health inequities, particularly those that affect women. In her free time, Kimberly is passionate about travel and outdoor adventures.
Erin Reeh is an Implementation Coach with Upstream Washington. She received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health at Central Washington University where she discovered a passion for reproductive health, social justice, and education. Prior to joining the Upstream team, Erin served as a Health Education Specialist for Planned Parenthood working to reduce teen pregnancy rates and providing access to honest comprehensive sexual health education for all. In addition, Erin also served as the Health Education Coordinator for the Wellness Center at Central Washington University working to promote positive health behaviors through population health initiatives and helping to build a robust peer education program.
In her role as an Implementation Coach, she hopes to help women and families create the best life possible for themselves, knowing that access to the full range of contraception can be a key determinant in upward mobility for individuals and communities. Erin is passionate about teamwork, reducing barriers to care and finding innovative ways to build honest human connections.
In her free time, you will find her hiking and backpacking in the mountains, spending time with family and friends, and finding opportunities to explore new places.
Lauren Rios is an RN and Public Health Nurse with over 7 years of clinical care experience. Her passion for reproductive health started with a college internship at Planned Parenthood in New Orleans, where she graduated from the Women’s Studies program at Tulane University.
She continued her work at Planned Parenthood in the Bay Area, starting as a Reproductive Health Specialist, then working as a Staff Training Specialist. She was inspired and motivated to pursue a nursing career after working closely with the incredible nurses and nurse practitioners there. She received her nursing degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She currently works as a Registered Nurse at the Women’s Options Center at San Francisco General Hospital, as well as providing primary care at an integrated health and wellness center. She is passionate about ensuring comprehensive, high quality, and affordable healthcare for all.
Sade Rodgers is an Implementation Coach for Upstream Washington. Previously she served as an educator/counselor at Adolescent Resource Center (ARC) where she educated middle and high school students about sexual health and reducing risk-taking behaviors. She is a certified HIV/AIDS counselor and provided clinic-based counseling in ARC’s clinics. She currently volunteers throughout the community in a program for young girls called “Girl Talk” and is very passionate about the health and well-being of teens and young adults. After working with Girls, Incorporated as a teen coordinator, she knew she wanted to work with youth and she happened to find a place in reproductive health. In her free time, Sade enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, and her new found love – jogging.
Alice Rogers brings a variety of non-profit and for-profit experience with her to Upstream USA. She has worked at many local businesses throughout the Delaware area, including Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square Preschool Co-op, Bancroft Construction and Clarus Consulting.
While bookkeeping is her expertise, Alice is excited to expand her knowledge and is also thrilled to join an organization that is making a measurable difference.
Kendall Schiff is the Facilities and Office Operations Manager for Upstream’s national office in Oakland, CA. Originally from North Carolina, Kendall studied Psychology and Art & Design at NC State University. Since moving to the Bay Area, she has found her passion for technology, office management and putting a creative spin on traditional workplaces. She is overjoyed to help open Upstream’s offices in MA and WA to expand Upstream’s impact in those states.
In her free time, you can find her on a weekend excursion in the outdoors or working on her “side hustle” as a photographer.
Tina Schwien, MN, MPH received her Master of Public Heath in Maternal and Child Health and Master of Nursing in Community Health at the University of Washington. In her role as the State Director for Quality Improvement she supports a dynamic team that is committed to identifying and reducing barriers to same day access to full array of contraceptive options in clinic settings. Prior to joining Upstream, Tina provided leadership to multiple research teams at Seattle Children’s in the role of Manager of Concussion Research, ensuring they were equipped and accountable for achieving study aims focused on reducing the incidence and consequence of concussion in youth. Tina also served as a Quality Improvement Consultant at Qualis Health where she assisted hospitals and home health agencies in their data-driven efforts to improve health outcomes for the patient populations they served. In 2012, she was one of 75 individuals selected to participate in the inaugural yearlong CMS Innovation Advisor Program during which she spearheaded a project to help hospitals include patients and families as partners in hand hygiene improvement efforts. Tina is passionate about patient-centered care, shared decision making, and leading teams in making a measurable, positive difference in the lives of others.
Tina lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Seattle where she watches what some might consider an excessive amount of soccer with a big grin on her face. In addition to cheering on her sons from the sidelines, she enjoys reading mystery novels, hiking in the mountains, and drinking a little too much coffee.
Brandi Shah, MD, MPH is a board-certified family physician who specializes in adolescent health. She completed Adolescent Medicine fellowship training at Seattle Children’s/University of Washington after completing residency at Brown Alpert Medical School in Rhode Island. She currently resides in Seattle, WA, and works clinically as a community family doctor with a practice primarily dedicated to women’s health and family planning counseling and provision. She continues to pursue scholarly and programmatic interests in the study and optimization of systems of sexual and reproductive health service delivery for adolescents. She works closely with colleagues in the community and University of Washington Family Medicine and Family Planning departments and School of Law on community-oriented and advocacy-based projects and initiatives that seek to improve reproductive rights and access to quality reproductive health care. Her research has broadly focused on improving adolescent reproductive health training and adolescent health services across the reproductive life course domestically and globally. Ultimately, she hopes to maintain a transdisciplinary and community presence that allows her to engage and empower adolescents, their families, their communities and their providers in targeted and sustainable health promotion interventions. She enjoys spending time with her family, writing for pleasure and self-growth, and traveling.
Siobhan Shand is Partner, Vice President of Programs at Upstream USA, where she merges her enthusiasm for life-long learning—both for herself, and those around her—with her passion for ensuring quality, patient-centered health care access for all.
Siobhan designs, implements and leads Upstream USA's practice transformation projects around the country- Siobhan's teams of Program Directors, Quality Improvement Officers, Trainers, Implementation Coaches and Program Coordinators provide training and technical assistance to health centers so that all patients have same-day access to the full range of contraceptive methods. By eliminating barriers at health centers that prevent patients from obtaining the birth control method of their choice, Upstream USA's mission is to empower individuals to become pregnant only if and when they want to, improving outcomes for both parents and their children.
Before joining Upstream, Siobhan was the Director of Training at Planned Parenthood Northern California, where she worked for nearly a decade. There, she oversaw the organization’s comprehensive training and staff development program for clinical, education, and administrative staff at 22 health centers across the state.
Siobhan has been celebrated for her vision, leadership, and remarkable ability to craft world-class, impactful program experiences that delight.
She resides with her wife, dog, cat and toddler in Oakland, California, where she has a penchant for exploring, reading, and googling all things interesting.
Sarah Solomon is a Quality Improvement Coordinator for Upstream USA in Seattle, Washington. Always calling the Western US home, Sarah graduated cum laude from the University of Idaho with degrees in Human Resource Management and Psychology. While in college she gained project management experience as a volunteer coordinator, participated in various student organizations, and advocated for tangible change in her community. Before her current role, Sarah worked as a Field Organizer for a U.S. Senate race in Montana.
In her free time, Sarah is happiest exploring the beautiful PNW and beyond, spending time with friends and family, and trying out the next great cup of coffee while catching up on the news.
Howard H. Stevenson is Sarofim-Rock Baker Foundation Professor emeritus, former Senior Associate Dean, Director of Publishing, and Chair of the Harvard Business Publishing Company board. The Sarofim-Rock Chair was established in 1982 to provide a continuing base for research and teaching in the field of entrepreneurship. Professor Stevenson is its first incumbent. The program for entrepreneurial studies uses a multi-disciplinary approach to the creation and maintenance of entrepreneurial focus of business organizations. He served as the Vice Provost for Harvard University Resources and Planning and as Senior Associate Provost from 2005 to 2007. As Senior Associate Dean and Director of External Relations at Harvard Business School from 2001 to 2005 he led the successful capital campaign. From 1999 to 2001 he served as Chair of the Latin American Faculty Advisory Group. He also served as Senior Associate Dean and Director of Financial and Information Systems for Harvard Business School from 1991 to 1994. He has been chairperson of the Owner/President Management Program in Executive Education and of the Publications Review Board for the Harvard Business School Press of Harvard Business Publishing Company.
Cara is an Implementation Coach for Upstream USA. Prior to her role with Upstream, she worked as the Clinical Substance Use Disorder Manager for a local non-profit Substance Use and Mental Health treatment clinic. At this clinic, she oversaw all clinical operations and supervised all clinicians to ensure contract requirements were met for a multitude of criminal justice entities. Cara has a Master’s Degree in Social and Behavioral Health and has a deep passion for helping others and empowering positive change. If she is not working, you can find her trying out new local restaurants, hanging out with her husband and dog, or traveling internationally.
Kim Talbot is a Quality Improvement Coordinator with Upstream. An Eagle Scout and proud Burmese-American, Kim is a Washington native who joined us with a passion for being a part of an organization that has a positive impact on his community.
Kim comes from a quality assurance background, having previously worked as a Quality Assurance Administrator for Pacific Ship Repair and Fabrication, in Everett, Wash. There, his organizational skills and attention to detail proved invaluable for planning and implementing quality inspections aboard U.S. Naval vessels, where he and his coworkers were held to the highest standard to ensure servicemember safety.
Having graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Kim is passionate about animals and the outdoors. He often spends his free time hiking and camping, while also volunteering at SpokAnimal animal shelter in downtown Spokane.
Sara Terpeny is a Digital Communications Manager at Upstream USA. She joined Upstream in July, 2018 with over a decade’s experience in the nonprofit sector. Previously, Sara worked at NPR where she oversaw communication with staff at constituent member stations around digital initiatives, and managed projects relating to digital fundraising, email marketing, and digital content management. She also spent 10 years at PBS, managing station relations and communications for the digital division, including working on the initial launch of the PBS Video online streaming application, coordinating with local television stations to integrate locally produced video content into the service.
Originally from New Hampshire, Sara has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She currently lives south of Boston with her husband and daughter, splitting her free time between exploring rocky Atlantic shores, and escaping to the mountains whenever she can.
Danielle Thomas is the Director of Training at Upstream USA. Throughout her career, Danielle has been committed to social justice work, with a focus on shifting social and cultural norms. At Upstream USA, Danielle feels privileged to work at the intersection of education, access, and social justice.
Danielle is passionate about community building, storytelling, training and facilitation, leadership development, and counseling. She values meeting people where they are and recognizes each individual as the expert in their own lives.
Prior to Upstream, Danielle was the Senior Manager of National Programs at Exhale. There, she managed the national after-abortion talkline, the award-winning volunteer program, the organization’s first-ever fellowship, and built a base of future leaders. As a Program Coordinator at the United Way of the Bay Area, she helped create and implement the SparkPoint program. This holistic, multi-agency program empowers low-income individuals to access a range of social services at centers across the Bay Area. Danielle’s first post-college job was as a Patient Advocate in an abortion clinic in Southeast Texas, which she found to be a transformative and life-affirming experience. Danielle has been committed to empowering women and their families since 2006.
Danielle lives in San Francisco, CA, with her partner, two dogs, and a cat. The whole family has an abiding love for Mexican food.
Valerie Tobia is a Public Health Social Worker with over ten years experience working with adolescents, women and families in multiple capacities. Currently, she serves as the Director of Counseling and Health Services at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Previously, she served as the Manager of Integrated Behavioral Health Clinician at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Massachusetts and enjoys working every day with interdisciplinary teams to provide appropriate and needed care to under-served populations. Valerie first became involved in reproductive health advocacy and education while engaging in her undergraduate studies in psychology and women’s studies as well as interning during her semester abroad in South Africa at an HIV/AIDS Clinic. Valerie has presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference twice, organized programming that raised over $25,000 for organizations working to end violence against women and girls and has been recognized for her supportive and inclusive leadership style. Valerie is a Massachusetts native that loves to travel, cook and learn about new cultures through conversation, reading and exploring.
Lenore Tsikitas, MPH, CYT recently transitioned from coordinating sexual and reproductive health access and promotion initiatives at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) to overseeing the HIV/AIDS Prevention Program at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. A longtime professor of Human Sexuality at the Urban College of Boston, she received her Master’s degree in Adolescent, Sexual and Reproductive Health from Columbia University. Lenore has twice been awarded the Governor’s Citation for Outstanding Performance, for improving health systems’ capacity to ensure that vulnerable populations can confidently and confidentially access comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information and services in MA.
Her areas of expertise include improving survivor access to emergency contraception; sex-positive primary prevention programming; and universal precautions for confidentiality protections post-health care reform.
As a devoted runner and certified yoga teacher, she enjoys integrating mindfulness practices into trauma-informed prevention programming, wellness coaching and power vinyasa flow.
Kaitlyn Vigue is the Salesforce Administrator at Upstream’s Oakland office. She comes to us with four years of experience at Apttus specializing in Contract Management and Administration on the Salesforce platform.
Kaitlyn is extremely passionate about access and choice for women’s healthcare. She believes in open and positive communication and education. She went to Sonoma State University majoring in Applied Mathematics, and enjoys puzzles and cultivating succulents.
Chelsea Waliser is Upstream’s Washington State Executive Director, leading the effort to reduce unplanned pregnancy by helping more Washington women access the most effective forms of birth control, through training, technical and financial assistance to Washington healthcare providers. Chelsea is an experienced leader of public sector and non-profit teams, working for elected officials at all levels of government and running advocacy campaigns on issues ranging from healthcare to environmental sustainability. A longtime Washington state political leader, Chelsea ran President Obama’s 2012 campaign and built a statewide organization of staff and volunteers who achieved the highest voter turnout in the country. As an appointee of President Obama, Chelsea helped oversee change management at the US General Services Administration, overhauling budget, management and personnel systems. As Washington Executive Director, Chelsea leads a team of healthcare and outreach professionals partnering with providers to train staff and improve access to the most effective forms of birth control.
Amanda Wardwell, MS, WHNP-BC, is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at a community health center in Delaware. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, she has always had a strong dedication to serve the health needs of women across the life span. She finds training and mentoring very rewarding, whether it is patients, co-workers, or students. Amanda enjoys the beach, travel, exercising, and reading. She lives with her husband and two children in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Allison Weaver is a Special Projects Manager with Upstream USA, where she partners with healthcare organizations to increase access to all types of contraception. Before joining Upstream, Allison was a manager in consulting and worked with government and nonprofit clients across the country. She also brings deep experience in safety net healthcare regional policy, access to care, and financing.
Allison holds a Master in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and an A.B. in Anthropology and Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. She enjoys the great outdoors, last-minute travel adventures, and spoiling her pets.
Adam West, MA, is the Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Officer based in Oakland, CA. He is a member of the team working on the development and implementation of key MEL and impact-focused strategies and processes.
Adam has a passion for all things data and impact and is driven by collaborative projects that result in evidence-based programs and policies. He is a data, insights and analytics specialist with over 11 years of experience working on impact measurement, monitoring and evaluation, data analysis and research in the social sector. Adam began his career in education following his passion for delivering impactful experiences to young people from underserved communities in New Jersey. After serving in the Peace Corps in Paraguay as an Environmental Education Volunteer, Adam received a Masters Degree in International Political Economy & Development from Fordham University with a focus on research and quantitative study design. After graduating, Adam worked for three years at the Population Council in their Poverty, Gender & Youth Program conducting research and providing training and technical assistance to UN agencies and their implementing partners in Africa and Central America. This work focused on building a foundation of data and strengthening local capacity to design and deliver targeted, evidence-based interventions for vulnerable adolescent girls.
After relocating to the Bay Area, Adam worked as an independent consultant on projects in the areas of education, public healthcare and product design for social good. Most recently, Adam spent four years at Medicines360, a nonprofit women’s health pharmaceutical company, providing business intelligence, research and insight to the team working to expand access to contraception for women in the U.S. public healthcare system.
Adam lives in San Francisco near Ocean Beach with his wife and son and can be found surfing the beaches of Northern and Central California as well as hiking, camping and biking the area’s boundless natural environment. Adam serves on the board of Sustainable Surf, an ocean health-innovation lab working to expand marine friendly lifestyle choices and business practices throughout the surf and water sports industries.
Krishna White, MD, MPH, is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. A graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA, Dr. White completed her residency in pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and served her fellowship in adolescent medicine at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She also obtained a Master of Public Health in Health Policy degree at The George Washington University. Dr. White is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She was voted a Delaware Top Doctor for 2013 in Adolescent Medicine.
Na-Tasha D. Williams, MPA, MHR, earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Delaware State University in 1995 and dual master’s degrees in Public Administration and Human Resources from Wilmington College in 2002. In her current role, she is a Senior Population Health Specialist with Nemours Health & Prevention Services where her responsibilities consist of the provision of technical assistance and support to various community based coalitions, providing education on health promotion and disease prevention throughout the state and serving as a liaison to the community. Additionally, she has an extensive background in the development and implementation of educational trainings on health related topics for organization staff, youth and adults in local communities throughout the state. Na-Tasha has a passion for community outreach/education, and has worked tirelessly to spearhead prevention efforts around alcohol, tobacco and other drug cessation, teen pregnancy and childhood obesity throughout Delaware and continues to work to educate citizens in an effort to mitigate issues that can adversely impact the quality of life of Delawareans.
Cara Willis is an award-winning, senior external affairs leader with extensive experience launching nationally recognized nonprofit, political and data-driven initiatives.
Under Cara’s leadership, Upstream USA has received coverage in the New York Times, The Atlantic, NPR, VOX, New York Magazine, and Reuters. Prior to Upstream USA, Cara served as Director of Communications for Opportunity Nation, a bipartisan, national campaign to expand economic mobility in the US. As a founding staff member, Cara led Opportunity Nation’s communications efforts to make economic opportunity a central part of the national dialogue. Cara oversaw the marketing and messaging for the annual Opportunity Index, a comprehensive measure of a region’s economic, educational and civic health at the community level. While Director of Communications, Opportunity Nation’s media impressions increased tenfold and the campaign received in-depth coverage in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Fox News, Atlantic Cities, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and CNN Money, among others. Additionally, Cara led on the strategy and execution of Opportunity Nation’s national summits, bringing together thousands of leaders from across the country.
Cara was recognized by the South by Southwest Interactive Festival as one of five recipients worldwide of the 2014 SXSW Interactive Scholarship Award for using new media to tackle community problems; specifically her work on the Opportunity Index.
Previously, Cara worked for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Alan Khazei’s US Senate campaign. Cara graduated magna cum laude from Boston University where she majored in Political Science and History and was the recipient of the Herbert and Mary Greig Scholarship for Distinction in American History and the Promotion of Civic Responsibility as American Citizens.
Dr. Susan Wilson grew up in northern New Jersey and attended Cornell University for her undergraduate degree. Following university, Susan was at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2 years as an Emerging Infectious Disease Fellow where she conducted research on diseases affecting women’s health internationally. She attended medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey and then completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Following residency, she received two years of subspecialty training in Family Planning at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, during which time she also received a Master in Health Policy Research. She is currently a faculty member in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Christiana Hospital, and is director of the Family Planning division within the department. She continues to be involved with teaching, policy development and research in family planning, most currently in collaboration with the state of Delaware and their contraceptive initiative.
Laura Wright first became interested in public policy while earning her degree at the University of Texas, where she interned for the Texas State Senate, worked as political reporting intern at Texas Monthly, and was elected by the student body to lead the University's daily newspaper. She graduated with an interdisciplinary degree in Plan II Honors and completed her thesis on the value of independent oversight in Texas' juvenile justice system. After college, she joined Deloitte consulting, where she helped Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical companies, a global nonprofit and multiple technology clients to plan for and implement large-scale transformations, generally in the context of a merger or acquisition. Her favorite projects include helping a global aid organization to plan for a massive technology transformation and working with a pharmaceutical company to re-imagine their marketing strategy for a changing healthcare market. While at Deloitte, Laura also led the organization of a lecture series for women in the firm on financial planning and personal empowerment. She is a native Texan but currently lives in New York City.
Amy Yoxthimer, PA-C, MPH (Joint Masters Program Physician Assistant and Public Health at The George Washington University), is a Physician Assistant working in the Women’s Health Department at Open Door Family Medical Centers, Brewster, New York.
Amy has over 20 years of women’s health experience working in various roles including health education, counseling, training, program manager/development, and as a clinician. Her work in women’s health began while serving in the Peace Corps in Thailand and Ecuador. In Peace Corps she worked on programs that involved HIV/AIDS, family planning, and peer educator training for women’s empowerment programs.
From 2006 to 2014 Amy worked as an OB/GYN Physician Assistant at a large community health center in Washington DC (Unity Health Care Inc.), providing services to primarily immigrant women and high risk adolescents. In addition, Amy was the Program Manager for a School Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program in South East DC, which offered onsite availability of family planning products. As a result of effective patient centered tiered counseling, her program saw significant uptake in IUD’s and implants, resulting in a near 50% decrease in teen pregnancies.
Outside of work Amy enjoys hiking, running, and listening to live music!