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adamElizabeth Adam, MPH

Data Analyst

elizabeth.a.adam@emory.edu

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.

ahlschlagerLauren Ahlschlager, MPH

Public Health Program Associate

lauren.ahlschlager@emory.edu

Lauren holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill and earned an MPH in Global Epidemiology from Emory University. During her MPH program Lauren worked for PRISM as a graduate research assistant on an acute HIV recruitment pilot. She was also a graduate research assistant for the Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group where she worked on integrating electronic fingerprinting and electronic data collection technologies into clinic-based study operations in Zambia. Following graduation in 2016 Lauren worked for the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Acute Disease Epidemiology Section, helping conduct routine surveillance and outbreak investigations for various foodborne pathogens. Lauren returned to PRISM as full time staff in July 2017 and works on PrEP Locator.

ahmadMaryam Ahmad, MPH

Data Analyst

mzahmad@emory.edu

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.

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chapinJohanna Chapin Bardales, MPH

Graduate Student

johanna.chapin@emory.edu

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.

bratcherAnna Bratcher, MSPH

Public Health Program Associate

anna.marie.bratcher@emory.edu

Anna has been involved with PRISM since 2014 when she began her Master's program at Emory University. From 2014 to 2016 she served as a Graduate Research Assistant primarily for the Stronger Together study. Upon graduating with her Masters of Science in Public Health in Epidemiology, she began work as a Project Coordinator with Stronger Together. Before her involvement in public health, Anna had a diverse work history including experience in healthcare as a Patient Care Technician, marine science research and laboratory influenza research. She attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate career, graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Biology, along with a Minor in Religion. In her spare time, Anna enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly swimming and hiking.

broadnaxDanielle Broadnax, MPH

Public Health Program Associate

danielle.broadnax@emory.edu

Danielle received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College and her Master of Public Health from Morehouse School of Medicine. To fulfill her practicum requirements in the master of public health program, she worked as an Environmental Health Intern at the DeKalb County Board of health. Additionally, during her graduate career, she began working as a Community Health Educator for Project H.A.P.P.Y. conducting HIV prevention sessions to African American youth from various neighborhoods in Atlanta. In this role, she also recruited participants, administered baseline and follow-up surveys, and entered participant data using REDCap. Later, she began providing HIV testing to students in the Atlanta University Center. Danielle joined the PRISM team in November 2016, as a coordinator for the HIVContinuum and HepVu projects.

brownCarolyn Brown, MSPH

Graduate Student

carolyn.a.brown@emory.edu

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!

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dominguezKaren Dominguez, MPH

Associate Director, Programs

karen.dominguez@emory.edu

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


ldonnel@emory.edu

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

robert.driggers@emory.edu

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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filipowiczRebecca Filipowicz, MPH MS MCHES

Associate Director, Programs

rtfilip@emory.edu

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.

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gravensLaura Gravens, MS MPH PMP

Assistant Director,Programs

laura.gravens@emory.edu

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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helmsJordan D. Helms, MPH

Public Health Program Associate

jordan.helms@emory.edu

Jordan is a native of Louisville, KY and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Belmont University in Nashville, TN in May 2015. After graduating, he enrolled in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and received his MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education in May 2017.  During his time in Nashville, Jordan volunteered with many HIV organizations, served on an HVTN community advisory board, and taught violin lessons to at-risk youth who qualified for free and reduced lunch. During his time at Rollins, Jordan worked on an original research project in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Public Health, which examined barriers and facilitators to HIV prevention and treatment services among MSM living in rural Georgia. Additionally, Jordan worked with the HOPE Clinic, the Office of Health Promotion, and in September 2016, he started working with PRISM as a graduate research assistant for the Engage[men]t study. Jordan is very excited to be joining the PRISM team full time as a study coordinator with the iCON+ study. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys playing his violin/piano, crafting, reading books, playing with puppies, and volunteering in the LGBTQ+ community.

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kimMin Kim, MPH

Graduate Student

min.kim@emory.edu

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

Data Analyst

dnlambe@emory.edu

Danielle received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 and her Masters of Public Health from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in 2013. She is currently working on her PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior at the University of Georgia College of Public Health. Danielle joined PRISM in 2016, after coordinating several faith-based HIV prevention programs for African American women, and is working to package and disseminate the Study Management and Retention Tool (SMART) system.

lockardAnnie Lockard, MPH

Public Health Program Associate

annie.lockard@emory.edu

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, Research Projects

nluisi@emory.edu

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 and is part of the ATN/iTech Analytic Core. She provides data and technical support for other PRISM studies as needed, develops and maintains data systems for several projects, and provides training and consultation services for Emory's CfAR Prevention Science Core. She enjoys working with students and will be a SAS programming instructor in the Department of Epidemiology this Fall. Nicole received her MPH in Community Health Education from East Stroudsburg University and her MS in Epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts. In her free time, Nicole enjoys playing guitar and putting costumes on her dog, both of which the dog reluctantly tolerates.

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no imageHelena McAllister

Senior Administrative Assistant

hmcall2@emory.edu

Helena is a graduate of San Diego State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in Africana Studies and Women's Studies. She currently attends Clark Atlanta University where she is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Africana Women's Studies. Her career background includes years of experience working as an admin assistant while also engaging in various non-profit work centered on minority communities. When she is away from her desk you can usually find her reading, writing, advocating for political and social change, or taking care of her Siberian husky, Caine. Helena joined PRISM Health as the Senior Administrative Assistant in 2017.

noimageJennie McKenney, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow

jennie.l.mckenney@emory.edu

Dr. McKenney’s research interests include both domestic and global HIV prevention. Dr. McKenney completed her PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation work focused on high risk sexual behaviors and mental health among HIV-infected heterosexual women in South Africa. At UCLA, Dr. McKenney worked with the Microbicides Trial Network, on a cohort study following heterosexual women who seroconverted. In addition, she worked with the Department of Defense to examine the feasibility and acceptability of a point-of-need multiplex device in Peru and Cambodia.  Dr. Mckenney began working with PRISM Health in 2015 and focuses on HIV modeling research and HIV prevention among men who have sex with men (MSM). Dr. Mckenney is currently working on two HIV modeling projects.  The first is a multisite study in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), entitled: Emory University Coalition for Applied Modeling for Prevention (CAMP).  The other, is a multisite study in collaboration with University of California, Santa Barbara modeling the effects of home-use HIV testing strategies for MSM.  She is also working on a multisite randomized clinical trial (RCT); testing the efficacy of a program of mobile prevention messaging for HIV positive and HIV negative MSM.

mcwilliamsAnthony McWilliams

Senior Research Project Coordinator

anthony.mcwilliams@emory.edu

Anthony serves as the Senior Research Project Coordinator for the Element Study.  Anthony has 17 years of experience in program management, HIV/STI risk-reduction testing, counseling and linkage to care.  As Prevention Programs Manager for the Education Department of AID Atlanta (4 years) and as Prevention Programs Director for ARCA (7 years), Anthony had the opportunity to coordinate and implement numerous CDC and DPH funded programs, risk-reduction sessions and discussion workshops in Atlanta and larger Georgia community. His work in the Atlanta HIV/STI prevention communities has afforded him the opportunity to align his work with his personal goals. Anthony has made it a part of his life’s mission to educate and prevent HIV/STI within various communities, particularly educating the African-American LGBTQ community about the impact of HIV, with a focus on homophobia and self-esteem within his education and prevention messages.

meadowsCandace Meadows, MPH

Program Coordinator

cjone17@emory.edu

Candace is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and received her MPH from Rollins in Behavioral Sciences & Health Education. She joined the PRISM Team in 2015. Candace is responsible for managing the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Prevention Science Core, which Patrick Sullivan co-directs with Hannah Cooper (BSHE). Prior to joining PRISM, Candace worked with Minority AIDS Initiative at the Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center (SEATEC), Emory School of Medicine. Candace’s career background includes non-profit management, youth development, and public health. When not at work you can usually find Candace sandwiched between her three sons, husband, and dog.

no imageShelby Mullin, MPH

Data Analyst

shelby.mullin@emory.edu

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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padillaMarc A. Padilla

Senior Research Admin Coordinator

marc.a.padilla@emory.edu

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

epemble@emory.edu

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.

noimageEmily S. Pingel, MPH

Research Assistant

epingel@emory.edu

Emily is a PhD student in the Sociology Department at Emory University.  She received her MPH from the University of Michigan in 2009 and a BA from Tufts University in 2003.  Emily was Managing Director of the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities at the University of Michigan from 2009-2015, before moving to Atlanta.  Her research interests include sociological approaches to understanding HIV, social determinants of health, qualitative methods, and community-based participatory research.  She joined PRISM in September 2015 and has worked on the Element and Engagement projects.

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raiMona Rai, MPH


Data Analyst

rprai@emory.edu

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.

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serotaDavid Phillip Serota, MD


Infectious Diseases Fellow

david.phillip.serota@emory.edu

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.sharpe@emory.edu

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.

sshethSaiya Sheth, M.Sc.

Public Health Program Associate

saiya.k.sheth@emory.edu

Saiya earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs from Indiana University and her Masters of Science in Demography and Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After graduating, she held a multitude of jobs from working in the UK for an organization that monitored health services to being a Research Consultant at Purdue University. Most recently, she worked in NYC implementing health programs for new immigrant women in the Bronx. She joined PRISM in 2017 to coordinate the ePrep Project.

no imageVasthi Shuler, CMA

Phlebotomist, Research Lab Coordinator

vasthi.shuler@emory.edu

Vasthi has 30 years of expereince as medical assistant, with 10 years as a research associate. Previously, she worked at the GCRC at the university of Miami. She has worked on several NIH pharmaceutical research projects in Florida. Vasthi has experience as a phlebotomist Supervisor and a lab Assistant supervisor. She joined PRISM Health in April of 2017 as the lab coordinator Supervisor.

smithNeena Smith-Bankhead, MS

Assistant Director of Programs

neena.k.smith-bankhead@emory.edu

Neena Smith-Bankhead currently serves as an Assistant Director of Programs with the PRISM Health Research team in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Neena's responsibilities include managing the iCON+ study, assisting with the Engage[men]t Study, co-facilitating “Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling” trainings, and serving as a community liaison to facilitate relationships with community organizations throughout Atlanta. Prior to coming to Emory, Neena spent 20 years working in the field of HIV/AIDS services, overseeing prevention services at an AIDS service organization in Atlanta, and working with other local and national organizations on advisory boards, and as a consultant and trainer. Neena's areas of professional interest include issues HIV prevention, chronic disease management, organizational development, and community based participatory research. Neena received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and her Master’s degree in Health Education both from Penn State University.

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taussigJenny Taussig, MPH

Associate Director, Research Projects

jatauss@emory.edu

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.

tharpMondie Blalock Tharp, MPH

Associate Director, Research Projects

mondie.b.tharp@emory.edu

Mondie joined the PRISM Health team in December 2011 as an Associate Director of Research Projects, where she is responsible for the ongoing management of HIV prevention programs and initiatives.  She currently manages the Ele[ment]t study and previously worked on the MSM Testing Initiative (MTI), Project Nexus, and the Sibanye Health Project.  Prior to joining the PRISM Health team, Mondie worked at CARE—while there, she provided management and technical support for nutrition projects in Africa, Asia, and South America as well as a study looking at HIV programming in early childhood development settings in Africa.  She has also done community engagement work with Heifer International as well as project management/implementation work with several refugee resettlement agencies in Atlanta.  When she’s not working, Mondie likes to travel, eat, and is a reluctant runner—she recently completed her first marathon and is looking forward to the next one.

triggMonica Trigg, MPH

Associate Director, Programs

monica.trigg@emory.edu

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

rkearns@emory.edu

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.valentine.graves@emory.edu

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.weiss@emory.edu

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.elizabeth.wiatrek@emory.edu

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.wilde@emory.edu

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. 

noimageRyan B. Wilkerson, MPH

Public Health Program Associate

Ryan.b.wilkerson@emory.edu

Ryan is an Atlanta native and received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology & Human Services from Clayton State University. He received his Masters of Public Health in Health Promotion & Behavior from Georgia State University (GSU) School of Public Health. During his time at Georgia State he worked on a GSU Get tested campaign to encourage Black men to have the courage to get tested for HIV. He recently served as a Health Promotion Intern at Georgia Institute of Technology working in the Health Initiatives office. In addition, he previously served as a Peer Educator for the Ryan White program for Clayton County Board of Health. Also, he served as a Data Analyst with the Georgia Department of Public Health working with the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS).  In this role he worked on conducting surveys and recruitment for Injection drug users (IDU) and Heterosexuals (HET). Ryan is very excited to join PRISM to further his research interest in HIV and YMSM. Ryan currently works with Adolescent Trials Network and iTech. In his free time Ryan likes to listen to music (Beyoncé) and travel.

noimageTaylor Wimbly, MPH, CHES

Public Health Program Associate

taylor.wimbly@emory.edu

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

sschlue@emory.edu

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.j.zahn@emory.edu

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

maria.zlotorzynska@emory.edu

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.