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Our Team

The Adolescent Health Initiative is comprised of adolescent health experts from a variety of professional backgrounds. Our team is passionate about working with health care providers and systems to help them improve their care and better serve adolescents.

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Lauren Ranalli, MPH

Director

Lauren Ranalli returned to her hometown of Ann Arbor in 2013 to become the Director of the newly-formed Adolescent Health Initiative. She has a master’s in public health from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education from Washington University in St. Louis. Her previous leadership experience includes roles with Federally Qualified Health Centers and Community-Based Organizations in Illinois and Michigan. She previously served as Vice President of the Michigan Chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Lauren is passionate about health care innovation and meeting the needs of underserved populations.

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Terrill Bravender, MD, MPH

Co-Medical Director

Terrill Bravender is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine physician who serves at co-medical director of AHI. He attended college and medical school at the University of Michigan, received his residency training in Pediatrics at Duke University, and completed his fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. While a fellow, he received his Master of Public Health from Harvard University. He is currently the David Rosen Professor of Adolescent Medicine and also serves as the Executive Director of the UM Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program. He has served as chair of both the General Pediatrics Exam Committee and the Adolescent Medicine Subboard for the American Board of Pediatrics and is currently the president of the Michigan Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. His career has been focused on breaking down the barriers between physical and mental health care for adolescents and young adults and on training the next generation of physicians regarding the importance of patient-centered care.

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Cornelius D. Jamison, MD, MSPH

Co-Medical Director

Cornelius D. Jamison is a Family Medicine physician and health services researcher currently serving as Co-Medical Director of AHI. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana and a MSPH in Public Health Studies from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. Dr. Jamison went on to earn his medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and received his residency training at Duke University/Southern Regional AHEC in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  He completed his fellowship in the National Clinician Scholars Program at the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan and the US Department of Veterans Affairs as a VA Scholar. His passion revolves around adolescent and sexual health, specifically preventing the transmission of sexually transmitted infections among minority and underserved individuals. He is interested in developing interventions and healthcare practices that will improve STI prevention, including expanding the use of Expedited Partner Therapy. His career in academic medicine focuses on integrating the clinical duties of a primary care physician with his interests in healthcare research and health policy to improve the care for adolescent and patients in underserved communities.

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Ellen Wagner, MPH, MS

Assistant Director

Ellen Wagner joined the Adolescent Health Initiative in the summer of 2016. She has a master’s in public health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a master’s in basic medical sciences from New York Medical College. She completed her undergraduate work in politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ellen was previously based in New York City where she led patient outcome improvement projects in a variety of settings including a large health and human services agency, public hospitals, and academic medical centers. Ellen has felt passionate about social justice and health equity since she herself was a teen.

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Jenni Lane, MA

Senior Program Manager

Jenni Lane has worked in the field of positive youth development and adolescent health for the past twenty years in varied settings, including traditional classrooms, outdoor experiential education, sexual health education, and youth-driven peer education and social change programs. She is committed to strengthening youth/adult interactions through expanding adults’ capacity to partner with young people in authentic ways. Jenni has a particular interest in the ways parents and healthcare professionals prepare young people for a lifetime of engaging in their own health, through dialogue, practices, procedures, and policies.

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Azzia Roberts, MPH, CHES

Program Coordinator

Azzia A. Roberts is the Program Coordinator at the Adolescent Health Initiative. She has a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from Bowling Green State University, and a master’s in public health with a focus on health education & promotion from the University of Toledo. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. Her previous work experience includes serving as a health advocate for disadvantaged youth, and working with interdisciplinary teams as a health and wellness program coordinator. Azzia’s passion lies in improving health equity for socially disadvantaged and underserved communities.

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Kaleigh Cornelison, MSW

Program Specialist

Kaleigh obtained her master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St Louis with a specialization in nonprofit management and her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Michigan. She spent the last 10 years working in St Louis and Los Angeles in youth-severing nonprofits, schools and healthcare. She was most recently the Training Coordinator for the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County where she developed and coordinated professional development opportunities for Federally Qualified Health Centers across LA. Kaleigh is passionate about supporting young people by empowering the adults in their lives to meet them where they are.

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Janine Driver, MA

Marketing and Events Coordinator

Janine Driver is an experienced Marketing and Events Coordinator that utilizes innovative marketing strategies to cultivate social change. Janine has spent the past nine years working with non-profits across sectors in coordinating and strategically promoting culturally responsive events. She/they are passionate about health advocacy and fostering environments in which adolescents have the support and agency to live healthy lives. Janine has multiple degrees from Eastern Michigan University where her/their studies centered on educational outreach, diversity/equity/inclusion, and communication strategy. Janine’s pronouns are she/they.

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Natalie Sochacki

Project Administrator

Natalie Sochacki is the Project Administrator at the Michigan Medicine Adolescent Health Initiative. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and communications from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the AHI team, Natalie worked as the Co-Director of Summer in the City, a Detroit non-profit that focuses on volunteerism and fostering a regional mindset in the city of Detroit and beyond. Natalie co-facilitates AHI’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC TAC) and is passionate about amplifying youth voice and working to promote well-being and connectedness within communities.

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Dana Shin

Administrative Assistant

Dana joined Adolescent Health Initiative as the Administrative Assistant in July 2018 after graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She has prior experience in health care, event planning, and management from working on the Midwest Asian American Students Union (MAASU) Spring Conference as Co-chair, and the Depression on College Campuses Conference (DoCC) as a student liaison. Dana is passionate about mental health awareness and support, as well as bridging health care access disparities for undeserved populations.

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Therese Galea

Finance Specialist

Therese Galea received her Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration on Finance from Walsh College. Therese has been with the University of Michigan for 12 years and joined the Community Programs and Services team two years ago. In her role with AHI, Therese manages grant and contract budgets and is responsible for all of the financial reporting. She enjoys utilizing her knowledge and experience to advise individuals and organizations on how best to manage their financial futures.

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Vindya Perera

Program Intern

Vindya Perera is originally from Youngstown, Ohio. She graduated May 2019 with a MPH in General Epidemiology from UM’s School of Public Health and will be starting pharmacy school at Northeast Ohio Medical University in the fall. This summer, she is really excited to learn more about the Adolescent Champion Model and techniques that can make adolescents feel well-cared for as she transitions into my future role as a pharmacist.

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Sabrina Fergerson

Marketing and Communications Intern

Sabrina Fergerson is a junior at Eastern Michigan University. She is
currently obtaining her bachelor degree in Supply Chain Management from Eastern Michigan
University. She wants to enhance the lives of those who don’t have access to resources that will help them thrive. She also wants to improve communities that will promote healthy living and add longevity to the lives of low-income families. She plans to obtain a masters degree in Program/Project Management from the University of Michigan. Her sole passion is giving back to communities and improving their way of life. Sabrina’s interest in this role is to become more educated about adolescent health and to gain resources to share amongst
the population.

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Jocelyn Gerich, MBA

Administrative Assistant

Jocelyn Gerich is a long-time Ann Arborite who spent many years in the health & fitness industry after earning a BS in Movement Science. She then transitioned to roles in backbone networking for research and education, adult literacy, and environmental health & safety before joining the Adolescent Health Initiative. Jocelyn enjoys supporting a program that combines her interests in health care, innovation, and meeting the needs of underserved populations.

STEERING COMMITTEE

Terrill Bravender, MD, MPH
Professor, Chief
Department of Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine

Cindy Darling-Fisher, PhD, FNP
Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

Richard Dopp, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry

Jean DuRussel-Weston, RN, MPH
Wellness Manager 
Project Healthy Schools

Laura Jadwin-Cakmak, MPH
Project Manager
Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities
School of Public Health

Sharon Kileny, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics

Elisabeth Quint, MD
Dean, Professor
Medical School/Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Alfreda Rooks, MPA 
Director
Community Health Services

Vijay Singh, MD, MPH, MS
Clinical Lecturer
Department of Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine/and Internal Medicine

Maria Thomas, MA, MPA
Advocacy Director, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
Director, Community Benefit and Community Health Needs Assessment, Michigan Medicine

Sara Wiener, LMSW
Director
Comprehensive Gender Services Program

Susan Woolford, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Medical Director 
Department of Pediatrics/Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management Center