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ackerCarolyn Acker, MPH, CHES

Public Health Program Associate, Lead

Carolyn joins PRISM from ICF, where she conducted multi-site national evaluations and provided evaluation technical assistance to community-based organizations. She started her career with a series of HIV prevention internships in Austin, TX and Munich, Germany and served for two years as an AIDS United AmeriCorps Member in Tulsa, OK. While studying for her MPH at Rollins, she discovered a second passion for evaluation and conducted an evaluation of trauma-informed care at a substance abuse program for her thesis. After this evaluation and an internship, she was promoted to the Evaluation and Research Coordinator at Advantage Consulting, LLC. She then implemented and evaluated workforce development programs at CDC’s Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention through an ORISE Fellowship. Carolyn currently serves as the Evaluation and Data Manager for the Emory COMPASS Initiative® Coordinating Center.

adamElizabeth Adam, MPH

Data Analyst

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering from the University of Georgia and an MPH in Global Epidemiology from Emory University. Following graduation in 2012, Elizabeth joined the Domestic Epidemiology Team within the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she completed a fellowship and then joined the team as an Epidemiologist. While there, she worked as a study coordinator, data analyst, and outbreak epidemiologist. She joined the PRISM Health team in October 2017 as a Data Analyst.

ahmadMaryam Ahmad, MPH

Data Analyst

Maryam earned her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory University in 2012. She completed her MPH with a focus in Epidemiology at Georgia State University. Through this program she was able to spend a month in Uganda studying the association between alcohol use and alcohol-related harm, particularly HIV. Throughout the years, Maryam has worked on various projects in the refugee community in Clarkston. During her time at GSU as well as after, she conducted research and worked at the Refugee and Tuberculosis Clinics at DeKalb County Board of Health. In her spare time she enjoys painting. Maryam joined PRISM Health in November 2016 as a Data Analyst for the Element and Engagement studies.


banisterDarion Banister, BS

Mgr, Programs and Research

Darion is originally from Champaign, IL and attended Tennessee State University an HBCU located in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated in May 2013 Majoring in Political Science and minoring in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. After graduating college Darion went to work at Nashville CARES a local AIDS Service Organization where he developed his passion for HIV prevention and advocacy amongst communities of color. Darion’s experience ranges from health education of minorities, program development, health communications, and strategic partnerships. In his spare time, Darion enjoys reading, volunteering, traveling and spending time with friends and family. Darion’s philosophy is enjoy your success but be thoughtful and generous, and give back to your community. He is new to the PRISM group starting in September 2018.

chapinJohanna Chapin Bardales, MPH

Graduate Student

Johanna is a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health. She obtained her MPH in Global Epidemiology from Rollins in 2013. Johanna joined the PRISM Health team in 2011 and has worked as an HIV counselor for Involve[men]t, MAN Project, and Ele[men]t research studies.  She has conducted qualitative and quantitative research with Involve[men]t, MAN Project, AMIS-US, and AMIS-Mexico studies.  Her dissertation research focuses on trends in HIV disparities among racial/ethnic and sexual minorities and she is interested in how partner-level characteristics contribute to race- and age-specific HIV disparities for men who have sex with men over the life course.

benbrookAnna Benbrook, MS CHES

Senior Public Health Program Associate

Hailing from the (sometimes) great state of Florida, Anna Benbrook took her talents to Atlanta and joined PRISM Health with the Gilead COMPASS InitiativeTM in 2018 serving as the Communication Manager. In this roll, she will be responsible for all communication activities including portal content development and design, digital communication, and marketing. Previously, she was with the Emory-CDC Ponce Clinical Research Site where she worked in the community, recruiting people living with HIV for various clinical trials. Coming from a higher education background, Anna was a Sexual Health Coordinator both at Florida State University, where she received her 2nd Master’s in Integrated Marketing Communication, and at Florida Atlantic University. Prior to that she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Health Education at the University of Florida while becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist. In her free time, Anna plays roller derby with the Atlanta Rollergirls while managing their public relations and teaches the future generation everything they can absorb about health & wellness as a part time instructor at Kennesaw State University.

brownCarolyn Brown, MSPH

Graduate Student

Carolyn joined PRISM in the fall of 2015 when she began her doctoral training at Rollins, and this past year helped plan and coordinate a PrEP Conference hosted by Dr. Sullivan at Emory from January 11-13, 2016 with the goal of creating a strategic plan to increase PrEP use among MSM in the United States. Before coming to Atlanta, she received an MSPH from Johns Hopkins School of Public health in Population, Family, and Reproductive Health. She have worked on several research initiatives focused on HIV treatment and prevention among key populations, including projects in South Africa (the KPIS and Sibanye studies), Baltimore, Botswana, Boston, and Tanzania. When not in the classroom basking in epidemiologic methods, Carolyn spends her time thinking about structural stigma of LGBT populations internationally and exploring the Beltline. Excited to be part of such a stellar team of people at PRISM!


colbertKia Colbert, MPH, CHES

Assistant Director, Programs

Kia serves as the Assistant Director for the Portal & Communications team with the COMPASS Initiative®. She works closely with the Director to provide strategic oversight and collaborate to help with communications, portal implementation, and evaluation. She has served in a leadership role with the Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (WASH) coordinating multi-site international programs and brings with her over six years of experience in research with Emory University. Prior to, Kia worked at the Emory Center for Injury Control (ECIC). Here, she led the Research & Administrative Cores, heading up research and training efforts, partnership development and community engagement, program planning and implementation, and evaluation efforts. Through her previous work, she has been directly involved in myriad programmatic aspects including developing programs, evaluation and strategic plans, data collection tools, database development and maintenance, community needs assessments, grant proposals, marketing tools, social media strategies, publications, and innumerable reports. She has also led multiple research projects, primarily with victims of intimate partner violence, and counseled women with recommendations for sexual & mental health, substance abuse, and lifestyle education. Kia's experience at Emory and extensive public health and research knowledge coupled with the relationships she's already formed, have positioned her to be able to quickly add value to the work at hand and hit the ground running in support of the goals that have been defined for this work. Kia holds a Master of Public Health from Emory University, Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Clemson University, and is certified as a Health Education Specialist. She values improving people’s lives through prevention and has a strong commitment to making strides in public health. Kia resides in Lawrenceville, Georgia with her husband and their four children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and watching her favorite football team- Go Tigers!

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danaRuth Dana, MPH

Public Health Program Associate

Ruth received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of William & Mary in 2014. She moved to Denver to complete an Americorps year of service and went on to work in an Immunology Health and Research Center. She completed her MPH in Epidemiology from Emory University in May 2018 and has been working with PRISM as a Graduate Research Assistant since 2016. She currently works on several projects at PRISM as a Public Health Program Associate.

deleonRose DeLeon-Foote, MPP

Program Coordinator

Rose’s professional experience centers around social justice and non-profit facilitation, program implementation, and evaluation. After her year as an AmeriCorps member, Rose took on a full-time evaluator position at an Oakland-based Youth Center, where she was able to explore a variety of roles and skills. She was able to use these skills for a number of other projects in Oakland, including the creation of digital marketing pilot program in partnership with Google and the facilitation of a youth participatory action research project on housing and employment. In 2016, Rose completed her Master of Public Policy and entered public health by working in tobacco control. She currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Emory COMPASS Initiative® Coordinating Center.

diazSantiago Tovar Diaz, MPH

Public Health Program Associate

Santiago earned his BA in Public Health from the University of South Carolina in 2015. He soon moved to New Jersey where he worked as a Safety Coordinator for one of Oldcastle Inc.’s daughter companies. He later went back to school and received his Masters of Public Health degree from the University of South Carolina in 2017. Shortly after graduating, he moved to Atlanta with his partner and worked as a Safety Consultant auditing construction sites and general industry facilities on their compliance to OSHA standards. In his current role, he is involved in the PrEP@Home and ePreEP studies. On his free time he enjoys working out and running with his 85lbs Alaskan malamute. Santiago is new to the PRISM Health team and is eager to contribute towards their goal.

dominguezKaren Dominguez, MPH

Associate Director, Programs

Karen received her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Florida in 2007.  She has a background in nursing and worked as a hospital Infection Control Coordinator for several years before moving into research.  Karen spent the last 6 years working at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa on HIV prevention clinical trials.  While there, she managed the Key Populations Division and was the site PI for the HPTN 075 trial.  In her current role, she is finishing up work on the Sibanye Health Project, and starting work on ePrEP, PrEP@Home and HealthMindr.  Her “free” time is spent chasing around her 2 kids. Karen joined the PRISM Health team in August 2017.

donnelly Laura Donnelly, MPH

Associate Director, Research Projects

Laura has served in public health leadership roles in academic institutions, federal and state government agencies, and the private sector for over 16 years. She received her MPH from the University of California, Los Angeles and her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University.  Laura Joined PRISM in January 2017 as an Associate Director of Research Projects and currently manages the organization’s administrative and operational activities. Prior to this she managed an international tuberculosis research unit funded by the National Institutes of Health with study sites in the United States and Kenya. In this role she managed the Operations Office coordinating research, administrative, and fiscal activities among a broad range of public health professionals, including clinical study staff, data managers, and senior level executives at domestic and international, research and public health institutions. From 2007-2015, Laura served as the Deputy Director for the Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center (SEATEC) directing SEATEC’s Central Office operations and activities in its 6 statewide subcontract sites. In this role, she managed the activities of SEATEC’s Regional Advisory Committee, supervised the evaluation and administrative teams, developed and monitored multiple federal, state, and county budgets, provided key input on regional evaluation activities, delivered technical assistance on curriculum/program design and budget management, and coordinated training development and delivery on the impact of stigma on HIV service delivery.

driggersRob Driggers, MSPH

Public Health Program Associate

Before coming to Atlanta, Rob received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology in 2012 from Brigham Young University and post-graduation volunteered for two years at the Utah AIDS Foundation as a laboratory technician and HIV counselor. He joined PRISM as a Graduate Research Assistant in September 2014 while he completed his Master of Science of Public Health in Epidemiology at Emory. Since May 2015, Rob has overseen the pilot study for HealthMindr, an HIV prevention mobile app for MSM, and assists with the Mobile Messaging Intervention to Present New HIV Prevention Options for MSM (MMI4MSM) trial. While at PRISM, he has also assisted with PrEP@Home, C-PLEASURE, and DOT Diary and will continue his work with PRISM after entering the doctoral program in Epidemiology at Rollins in fall 2016.

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emrickKayla Emrick, MPH

Public Health Program Associate

Kayla received her BA in Anthropology from Oberlin College in 2013 and her MPH in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Emory University in 2018. At Emory she focused on issues related to sexual health, stigma, and health disparities, producing a capstone project about racial disparities in contraceptive access. After graduating, she worked as a program consultant for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential's sex education programming. She joined PRISM Health in 2018 to work on the HealthMindr pilot study. Kayla spends most of her free time coaching Emory's women's ultimate frisbee team and playing nationally competitive ultimate with Atlanta Ozone.

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fieldsMegan Fields, MPH CPH

Public Health Program Associate

Megan joined the PRISM Health team in 2018.  With over 6 years of both international and domestic public health experience, her focus has been on the needs of marginalized communities affected by HIV/AIDS.   During her work with The AIDS Support Organization in Uganda she focused on developing and implementing sustainable solutions to support adolescents. While completing her graduate degree she designed and tested a monitoring and evaluation rubric for a World Health Organization multi-country initiative in the Pacific Islands also focused on youth health outcomes. Megan has extensive community outreach experience having managed Ryan White funded initiatives, performed HIV testing and counseling, and led several prevention efforts.  Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from Florida State University and an MPH with a Global Health concentration from the University of South Florida. 

filipowiczRebecca Filipowicz, MPH MS MCHES

Associate Director, Programs

Rebecca joined PRISM in June 2016 and is supporting AIDSVu, HIVContinuum, and HepVu projects. Before joining the PRISM team, Rebecca worked at the Texas Department of State Health Services at DSHS in the field of HIV, STD, and TB surveillance since April 2010. In this role, she was primarily responsible for overseeing all TB, STD and HIV Surveillance activities at the Branch level after serving as the TB/HIV/STD Surveillance Coordinator for just over 3 years. Prior to this, she worked for the Florida Department of Health in Duval County as the Coordinator for the Center for Health Statistics at the Institute for Health Policy, Evaluation, and Research. In addition, she has held positions as the Region 1 Coordinator for Chronic Disease, Heath Promotion and Education in Florida and worked as a program evaluator and instructional designer for the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, where she continues to hold an Affiliated Adjunct Faculty appointment. Rebecca has a M.P.H. with a concentration in behavioral sciences and health education from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She also holds a master's degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology from the University of North Texas. In addition, Rebecca is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.

forshagMargaret Forshag, MPH

Public Health Program Associate

Margaret joined PRISM Health in May, 2018 as the Resource Coordinator of the Geospatial Core of the COMPASS Initiative. She graduated with a BA from Davidson College in 2014 and began her career in HIV research working in the Infectious Disease clinic at UNC Chapel Hill. As a Research Assistant, she became familiar with HIV research and became passionate about helping those living with HIV. Following her time at UNC, Margaret began to pursue a Master of Public Health degree at Emory University. While at Emory, she worked with PRISM Health on Engage[men]t, a study following 400 men living with HIV to investigate racial disparities in HIV care. In her free time, Margaret is an avid baker, often sharing her creations with her colleges at PRISM.

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gravensLaura Gravens, MS MPH PMP

Assistant Director,Programs

Laura joined PRISM Health as a graduate research assistant in 2011, and started as full time staff in 2013. She earned a BS and a MS in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a MPH in Epidemiology from Emory University. She has worked on many projects with PRISM including KnowAtHome, Involve[MEN]t, MAN Project, Ele[MEN]t and the PrEP Provider Database.

harperleeHarper Lee Guest, TD

Therapy Dog

by appointment only

Harper Lee came to PRISM Health in 2015 with 3 years of experience as a dog. She completed formal therapy dog training in 2014 and currently provides support to PRISM faculty, staff, and students. Harper Lee recently gained fame after starring in the instructional video for the PrEP@Home project, but she has remained humble. Her research interests include walks and belly rubs, and she is actively seeking donations to conduct a qualitative study of impulsivity as a risk factor for running out of cookies.

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hartAlthea L. Hart, MS

Assistant Director, Programs

For 14 years Althea Hart has served as a program manager for non-profit organizations. Her skills were honed in managing national and state level programs focused on addressing gender based violence at colleges and universities as well as state sexual assault and domestic violence coalition. Althea’s work has been rooted in developing and implementing culturally specific technical assistance programs and curriculum for populations of African descent. This work began at her alma mater Tougaloo College in 2003 with the implementation and management of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women first special initiative focused on United Negro College Fund (UNCF) member institutions. In addition, Althea implemented the MS Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Campus Student Conduct Training and Technical Assistnace Project, the Women of Color Caucus and Women of Color Bi-Annual training.  Furthermore, she has produced conferences and workshops on the intersections of race, gender, and oppression for black feminist women for organizations such as Black Women’s Blue Print and was a contributor to the White House Not Alone taskforce.  Althea credits mentorship, long-lasting partnerships, and the ”friendship village” as the primary contributors to her  accomplishments thus far. She received her HBCU education  from  Tougaloo College (B.A) and Jackson State University (M.S.); and currently resides in Atlanta, GA with her awesome nephew and family.

hicksMarissa Hicks, MPH

Data Analyst

Marissa has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Georgia College and State University and an MPH in Epidemiology from Georgia State University. While attending Georgia State, Marissa worked as a graduate research assistant at the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development and part time as a research analyst with Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (CORE). She joined PRISM Health in 2018 and is supporting iTech and other PRISM Health projects.

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jaggiChandni Jaggi, MPH

Public Health Program Associate

Chandni received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Health from Texas A&M University in 2016, and her MPH in Epidemiology from Rollins School of Public Health in 2018. Her main areas of focus include sexually transmitted infections and vaccine acceptance. She joined PRISM in 2016 as a graduate research assistant and transitioned to full-time in 2018 as the Public Health Program Associate for the AIDSVu and Powered By projects.

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kimMin Kim, MPH

Graduate Student

Min received his BA in Cell and Molecular Biology from Occidental College in 2003 and his MPH in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health in 2007.  From 2007-2011 he worked as an Epidemiologist for the Division of HIV and STD Programs at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Min joined PRISM in 2012 and previously worked on obtaining data from local state/city health departments for AIDSVU and the HIVContinuum websites.  

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lambertDanielle Lambert, MPH

Associate Director, Programs

Danielle’s research and programmatic efforts focus on reducing disproportionate rates of HIV, STIs, and substance use in the Southern United States, especially among vulnerable and marginalized populations. She has coordinated, evaluated, and managed data processes and analyses for a wide variety of HIV-related projects, including several faith-based HIV prevention programs within African American churches, rural HIV studies among men, and most recently as part of the ATN/iTech Analytic Core. She also has a wide range of experience developing innovative technology solutions for public health initiatives, health communications and social media campaigns. Danielle earned her B.S. in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill with a minor in Social and Economic Justice and her MPH from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She currently serves as the Portal and Communications Director for the Emory COMPASS Initiative® Coordinating Center. She is also a PhD candidate in the Health Promotion and Behavior Department at the University of Georgia.

leungKingsley Leung, MS

Public Health Program Associate

Kingsley received his Bachelor of Art in Neurobiology from Northwestern University in 2015. He then completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Fellowship in South Korea before receiving his Masters of Science in Epidemiology from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in May 2018. During his time in graduate school, Kingsley focused his research on the intersectionality of race and sexuality and its effects on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He joined PRISM in July 2018, and works on iREACH, PrEP@Home, and various iTech projects.

lockardAnnie Lockard, MPH

Public Health Program Associate

Annie graduated from the Rollins School of Public Health with an MPH in Global Epidemiology in 2014. After graduation, Annie joined the Zambia Emory HIV Research Project as a project manager in Lusaka. While in Zambia, Annie worked on the integration of family planning services with couples’ voluntary counseling and testing for HIV. Most recently, she worked for the CDC Caribbean Regional Office, where she was responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of CDC and PEPAR programs in the region. She joined PRISM in 2017 and works on DOTDiary and Element.

luisiNicole Luisi, MPH MS

Associate Director of Research Projects, Affiliated Instructor

Nicole began working in HIV/AIDS research in 2007, and is currently an Associate Director of Research Projects with PRISM Health. She worked for several years in clinical dentistry before accepting her first position at Emory with the Rwanda-Zambia HIV Research Group. She joined PRISM in 2009 to work on one of of the team's first studies, BOPR, and has served as data manager/analyst for several other projects including Checking In, Involvement, MAN Project, MARDHAM, and AIDSVu. Nicole currently manages the data for the Element and Engagement studies, is co-lead of the PRISM Data Team, and is part of the ATN/iTech Analytic Core. She provides data and technical support for PRISM studies, develops and maintains data systems for several projects, and provides training and consultation services for Emory's CfAR Prevention Science Core. Nicole enjoys working with students, and currently teaches courses in SAS programming and applied data analysis for the Department of Epidemiology and the Executive MPH program. Nicole received her MPH in Community Health Education from East Stroudsburg University and her MS in Epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts.

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meadowsCandace Meadows, MPH

Associate Director, Programs

Candace’s career background includes youth development, non-profit leadership, and public health. Albeit launching her “first career” in youth development, Candace has never been far from HIV. Her introduction to HIV/AIDS was with the passing of several close family members in the early 1990s and later serving as a research interviewer at the Ponce de Leon Center, a comprehensive clinic serving individuals living with HIV/AIDS, in the early 2000s. In 2009, Candace embarked on her “second career” when she began working with the Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center (SEATEC) at Emory University. She served as the Program Coordinator for the Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) with SEATEC for six years. There she was responsible for coordinating and implementing MAI programs in SEATEC’s six state Southern region. Most recently, Candace served as the Program Manager for the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Prevention Science Core. In this role, Candace was responsible for managing the daily operations and administrative activities of the Prevention Science Core. She worked closely with Core Directors to develop and implement new services to facilitate research among local, national, and international HIV investigators. Candace now serves as the Administrative Director for the Emory COMPASS Initiative® Coordinating Center.

mouhannaFarah Mouhanna, MS

Data Analyst

Farah joined the PRISM family in November 2017 as a data analyst working on a national dataset of Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prescriptions. She is also part of COMPASS team’s Geospatial core. Farah is currently pursuing her PhD in Epidemiology at the George Washington University where she received the Milken Scholarship Award. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Population Health, a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Teaching Diploma in Secondary School Science from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Upon her graduation from her Master’s studies, Farah was inducted the Delta Omega Award. She had served several roles within the HIV prevention field including being a Core Manager at the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR). On a personal level, she enjoys international affairs and is keen on discovering new cuisines with her husband. She is fluent in English, Arabic and French.

no imageShelby Mullin, MPH

Data Analyst

Shelby earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Indiana University Bloomington in 2013. Prior to coming to Georgia, she worked in pharmaceutical clinical trial research and agricultural research. Shelby joined PRISM in 2015 while completing her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at Rollins School of Public Health as an HIV counselor for the Ele[men]t project. Shelby will continue her work with PRISM as a data analyst for several projects.

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norelliJenna Norelli, MPH

Public Health Program Associate

Jenna holds a BA in Anthropology from Syracuse University and an MPH from Emory University with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. While earning her MPH, she was a graduate research assistant for a faith-based HIV prevention program in African American churches around Atlanta, which sparked her interest in sexual minority health. After graduating in 2016, she worked as a clinical research coordinator in the Acquired Brain Injury department at Shepherd Center rehabilitation hospital. Jenna joined PRISM in April 2018 to support the iTech Technology core and coordinate CFAR’s CareKit service.

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padillaMarc A. Padilla

Senior Research Admin Coordinator

Marc joined PRISM Health in 2016 as a recruitment and outreach coordinator for the Ele[men]t and Engage[men]t studies. Marc has been working for Emory Hope Clinic for the past 6 years on HIV vaccine trials doing recruitment, education, and outreach. He also conducted educational sessions for the community on HIV vaccine trials to explain the importance of community involvement. He has recruited for first phase HIV vaccine trials and for high risk MSM efficacy trials. Marc has also volunteered with Aid Alliance as a peer guide and facilitator for Thrive, and has volunteered with Child Kind, working with children who were infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and other complex medical problems. His experience and connections with the LGBTQ community are an asset to all PRISM projects.

noimageElizabeth Pembleton, MPH

Data Analyst

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia, and her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She has worked with sexual minority populations, data analytics, and surveillance, including research on STI risk perceptions within WSMW and WSW populations in the South, clinical data analytics with a small healthcare IT company, and foodborne surveillance at the CDC.  Elizabeth joined PRISM Health in August, 2015 as the Data Analyst for the AIDSVu and Powered By projects.

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raiMona Rai, MPH

Data Analyst

Mona is a 2009 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health in 2014. Before coming to Emory, she worked in patient safety and quality improvement in US obstetric care with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Washington DC. After graduating from Emory, Mona worked with the infectious disease group at the Atlanta VA Medical Center where she managed recruitment and retention for a number of multi-site studies focused on HIV-infected veterans and performed epidemiological analyses for research publications and presentations. Most recently, Mona was a scientific data analyst with the CDC’s Trends in Immunization Practice System (TIPS) Reporting and Analytics team where she performed analyses with TIPS data to support the research and reporting activities of the branch for HPV, seasonal flu, and meningococcal quadrivalent vaccine coverage. She joined PRISM Health in 2017 as a data analyst for several projects.

raoAnirudh Rao, MSPH

Data Analyst

Anirudh joined PRISM Health in 2018 and is supporting iTech and other PRISM Health projects. Prior to joining PRISM, he worked as a project coordinator at Emory for an international multi-site tuberculosis research project, managing study activities in the United States, Kenya, and Ethiopia. He also has public health data collection, management, and analysis experience gained through his work with infectious disease surveillance projects in influenza and malaria. Anirudh graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in International Studies and a BS in Biology, and his earned his MSPH in Global Epidemiology from Emory University in 2016.

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serotaDavid Phillip Serota, MD

Infectious Diseases Fellow

Dr. Serota is a clinical fellow in the division of infectious diseases. He grew up in Miami, Florida where he also attended medical school and developed an interest in HIV treatment and prevention. He completed internal medicine residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon where he became interested in medical therapies for addiction. He is currently completing infectious diseases fellowship as well as a masters of science in clinical research at Emory. He will be working on the HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) aspect of the EleMENt study. He will explore how substance use and mood disorder symptoms impact uptake and persistence on PrEP among EleMENt participants.

sharpeDanielle Sharpe, MS

Graduate Student

Danielle is a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology. She received a MS in Epidemiology from the University of Florida. Danielle joined PRISM in 2016 when she began her PhD in Epidemiology at Emory and works on iTECH projects. Before coming to Emory, Danielle worked on projects that researched mobile health app interest among a cohort of people living with HIV in Florida, and she has worked at the district level conducting outbreak investigations and STI surveillance. Her research interests are in disease surveillance, STI epidemiology, and using mobile technology and web-based data to develop interventions for marginalized, hard-to-reach populations.

smithNeena Smith-Bankhead, MS

Associate Director, Programs

For more than 28 years, Neena has served as an educator, trainer, advocate, advisor, mentor, researcher, supporter, and ally to help reduce the number of new HIV infections and support access to quality care for people living with HIV, particularly among women, people of color, and within LGBTQ+ communities. Prior to joining Emory in 2015, Neena spent 18 years leading HIV prevention, education, volunteer, and research activities at AID Atlanta, Inc., and served as a consultant to local and national organizations, including capacity-building providers, healthcare systems, and state and federal service providers. Neena currently serves on the Board of Directors of three local non-profit organizations and remains involved with community-based participatory research efforts, statewide community planning activities, and serves on the advisory board and as a part-time instructor in the Healthcare Management Program at Clayton State University. She currently serves as the Director of Capacity Building and Community Engagement for the Emory COMPASS Initiative® Coordinating Center.

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taussigJenny Taussig, MPH

Associate Director, Research Projects

Jenny joined the PRISM Health Team in March 2010 from the Georgia Department of Public Health where she was the Director of the HIV Epidemiology Section.  Prior to that she coordinated public health programs in the Georgia Department of Corrections and worked in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Since joining PRISM, Jenny directed AIDSVu for several years and currently is the Study Director for Engage[men]t.  Jenny has a Masters Degree in Public Health from Emory University and over 20 years’ experience working in HIV policy, programs, research and surveillance.

triggMonica Trigg, MPH

Associate Director, Programs

Monica joined the PRISM Health team in April 2013 and in her time with the PRISM team, has supported several efforts.  She currently coordinates CAMP, a CDC-supported economic modeling project.  Before joining the PRISM team, Monica worked for The Carter Center where she spent 6 months in South Sudan as a Technical Advisor to that country’s Trachoma Control Initiative.  She also worked for CARE, supporting multi-country infectious disease projects in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America.  Prior to that, Monica managed Georgia’s state-allocated vaccine supply and the federal Vaccines for Children Program.  Monica started her public health career in Chuuk, Micronesia as a Peace Corps as a Public Health Volunteer, where she spent 3 years strengthening preventative health efforts at the state level.  When she’s not working, Monica loves to seek new adventures either in town or around the world.

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kearnsRachel Valencia, MPH

Associate Director, Research Projects

Rachel joined PRISM Health in September 2011 as a Graduate Research Assistant while she completed her Master of Public Health in the Global Epidemiology Department at Emory, and transitioned to a staff position in June 2013. Prior to attending graduate school, Rachel worked as an Account Supervisor at a direct mail marketing firm in Atlanta. Rachel has a strong interest in sub-Saharan Africa stemming from study and work experiences in southern Africa and Madagascar during her undergraduate and graduate careers. Rachel’s experience continues to compliment her current role as Data Analyst, where she is responsible for data collection and management for two South Africa-based studies, the Sibanye Health Project and KPIS South Africa. She also works on the CAMP modeling project, the COPE4YMSM PrEP implementation study in Thailand, and the C-Pleasure condom trial.

gravesMariah Valentine-Graves, MPH

Public Health Program Associate

Mariah received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California, San Diego in 2013, followed by her MPH in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Emory Rollins School of Public Health in 2016. During her time in undergraduate she was involved heavily in social justice activist work as an intern with both the UCSD LGBT Resource Center and UCSD Women’s Center. Her interest in public health, and HIV prevention specifically, was sparked during her time studying and working abroad as a medical assistant with the West Africa AIDS Foundation in Ghana during her junior year of college. During her time at Rollins, Mariah worked for two years as a Graduate Research Assistant with the Women’s Interagency HIV Study at Grady Infectious Disease Program. She is thrilled to be starting a new position with PRISM as a Public Health Program Associate coordinating the Engage[men]t Study! You can find Mariah in her free time walking her cats and dogs (yes her cats can walk on leashes!), crafting, coffee-drinking, and/or treating herself to a new shade of lipstick.

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noimageKevin Weiss, MPH

Data Analyst

Kevin joined PRISM Health as a graduate research assistant in 2014, and started as a full time staff member in 2016, focusing on CAMP. He has worked on multiple projects with PRISM, including AIDSVu, HIVContinuum, Sibanye Health Project, and KPIS. He earned a BS in International Studies and Biology from the University of Michigan and a MPH in Global Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health. 

no imageSarah Wiatrek, MPH

Public Health Program Associate

Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Texas State University in 2013. In 2017, she earned a Masters of Public Health in Behavioral Science and Health Education with a certificate in Socio-Contextual Determinates of Health from Emory Rollins School of Public Health. Throughout her schooling she has been a board member of several student organizations including Feminists United, WaterAid, Emory Pipeline, Global Elimination of Maternal Mortality from Abortion, and Emory Reproductive Health Association. Sarah’s interests include sexual health, access to care, and social determinates. She joined PRISM Health fulltime in 2017 after working as a graduate research assistant.

noimageGretchen Wilde, MPH

Public Health Program Associate

Gretchen earned her BA in Anthropology from UNC Chapel Hill in 2012. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Atlanta and worked part-time at Rollins on the Involve[men]t study as an HIV counselor and research interviewer. She then earned her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2016 with a focus on infectious diseases and professional epidemiology methods. After returning to Atlanta, Gretchen re-joined the PRISM staff in 2016. She works on the DOT Diary and PrEP@Home studies. 

williamsBrandi L. Williams, BS

Program Manager

Brandi Williams is a Public Health Professional with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Ms. Williams has wealth of HIV experience at the local, state, and corporate level. During her tenure with the Florida Department of Health, Ms. Williams co-founded Sistas Organizing to Survive (SOS). SOS was a grassroots mobilization initiative created to encourage black women to take control of their sexual health by pledging to educate themselves, get tested and educate others about HIV/AIDS. As a result of this initiative, over 100,000 black women were tested for HIV, leading to a 20% increase in testing. This was the largest HIV testing initiative in Florida history. Most recently, Ms. Williams has served as the HIV Prevention Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Public Health and a Governmental Sales Account Manager with OraSure Technologies, Inc. She joined the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Prevention Science Core in 2018.

noimageTaylor Wimbly, MPH, CHES

Public Health Program Associate

Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts from Spelman College and a Masters of Public Health from Emory, Rollins School of Public Health. While at Spelman, Taylor gained a passion for working with individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. She has worked with various populations local and abroad to provide HIV education, testing and counseling. She joined the PRISM team in 2014 as a Graduate Research Assistant on Stronger Together and remained working with the study throughout her time at Rollins. Taylor also worked in a Gwinnett County high school facilitating an evidence -based sexual education curriculum to 9th grade students. Taylor currently works as a Project Coordinator on Stronger Together and supports dissemination efforts on the Emory Coalition for Applied Modeling for Prevention (CAMP) project.

noimageSusan Schlueter Wirtz, MPH

Project Coordinator

Susan joined PRISM in 2015 to work on the National Directory of PrEP Providers.  Originally from Iowa, she has lived in Atlanta since 1994. Susan received her MPH in BSHE from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health in 2000, and worked in HIV research at the Atlanta VAMC for 20 years before joining the PRISM group.

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noimageRyan Zahn, MSPH

Public Health Program Associate

Ryan began his career studying heavy metal toxicology and cancer before moving to Mexico where he monitored sexual and reproductive rights and health of women and young people across the country. Ryan then received his MSPH in International Health Systems from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2014. While at Johns Hopkins, his studies focused on using human rights-based approaches to health system-level public health issues, particularly relating to HIV and key populations. Prior to joining PRISM Health, Ryan was a Senior Research Assistant in Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research at Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, supporting data management and analysis for a number of maternal and child health projects across the African continent. He joined PRISM in October 2014 and currently coordinates several studies focused on MSM and HIV, including the Sibanye Health Project and the Key Population Implementation Science (KPIS) project in South Africa, and a Mobile Messaging Intervention for MSM in the United States.

noimageMaria Zlotorzynska, PhD

Data Analyst

Dr. Zlotorzynska graduated from the Rollins School of Public Health with an MPH in Epidemiology in 2014, and joined the PRISM team in 2015. She is currently the project coordinator for AMIS and is part of the Engage[men]t team. Prior to entering the field of public health, she completed a PhD in Chemistry at the University of British Columbia, with a focus on the development of chemical methods applicable to pharmacologically active compounds. Her transition from lab-based science was drive by an interest in a collaborative approach to health that tackles complex issues within broader social contexts, and saw a career in public health as an opportunity to integrate her scientific training with a social justice sensibility. In her free time, Maria enjoys planning home improvement projects, sewing and true crime documentaries.