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.
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.
Maggie Riley is a Family Physician and the Medical Director of AHI. She graduated from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 2005, and completed her residency and fellowship training at the University of Michigan. Dr. Riley is also the Medical Director of the Ypsilanti Health Center and the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools school-based clinics, and previously served as the President of the Michigan Chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. She is passionate about evidence-based healthcare for adolescents, patient-centered contraception, and has a particular focus on caring for at risk youth.
Liz Shih is a Family Medicine provider at Family Medicine at Domino’s Farms at Michigan Medicine. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 2008, and completed her residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2011. Liz was a Women’s Health Fellow in OB/GYN and Family Medicine at Michigan Medicine from 2011-2012. She provides the full spectrum of family medicine services with a particular interest in caring for children and adolescents, prenatal care, and women’s health. Liz is passionate about contraceptive options and providing mental health support and resources. She is the current treasurer for the Michigan Chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.
Ellen Wagner joined the Adolescent Health Initiative as Project Director 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.
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.
Vani Patterson is passionate about ensuring that all individuals have the opportunity to live a healthy life. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan in Environmental Health Sciences and Human Nutrition. Her previous experience includes working to promote health and well-being at the national level in Washington, DC, as well as at the community level while working with families in Detroit. As the Program Specialist at the Adolescent Health Initiative, she develops, implements, and evaluates interventions to improve the healthcare landscape for adolescents.
Monique Selimos has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Hope College. Prior to joining the AHI team, she coordinated youth development and outreach programs for six years at a nonprofit adolescent health center in Michigan. Monique’s expertise is in youth engagement and healthcare marketing. She is passionate about creating systems and practices that include youth voice as a central strategy to building healthy communities.
Shenise Foote-Vann joined the Adolescent Health Initiative as the Marketing and Events Coordinator in November 2015. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Communication from Oakland University. She manages the Annual Conference on Adolescent Health, the Department of Family Medicine CME courses, and other events hosted by AHI. She’s worked with several non-profit agencies in Detroit where she developed and managed community events to inspire social change. Her passion to advocate for youth and underserved populations began at an early age. Shenise brings experience in event management, social media marketing, and strategic partnering.
Matthew Rosso joined the Adolescent Health Initiative after completing his Master’s in Public Health at Oakland University. As a graduate assistant, he helped form a community-based participatory research partnership with a Detroit non-profit serving persons who have experienced chronic homelessness. Additionally, he spent time at Affirmations in Ferndale to explore the healthcare experiences of LGBTQ people in Metro Detroit. Matthew is passionate about health equity and focuses particularly on groups that experience major obstacles to health associated with socio-economic disadvantage, the unequal distribution of health resources, and historical and contemporary injustices.
Anna Cupito is working with the Adolescent Health Initiative while working on her Master’s of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Before coming to Michigan, she received her undergraduate degree in International Studies from American University, in Washington, D.C. After graduation, she worked with different non-profit organizations, most recently helping Equal Justice Works administer its AmeriCorps program. She served as an AmeriCorps member herself, teaching English as a Second Language and leading parent engagement classes. She is passionate about immigrant health, and working towards social justice by reducing health disparities on a structural level.
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.
Courtney Vanderlaan received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan and joined the team at the University of Michigan Health System’s Community Programs and Services department soon after as the department’s grant writer. Her role with AHI includes providing grant and contract support throughout the application, submission, implementation and reporting processes. Courtney is passionate about mentoring young adults and creating spaces for people to utilize their assets and gifts to strengthen their communities.
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.
The Adolescent Champion Teen Advisory Council (TAC TAC) is a diverse group of youth ages 15-22 in the Washtenaw County area who serve as an advisory council to the Adolescent Health Initiative.
In the spirit of “Nothing about us, without us,” AHI relies on TAC TAC youth to inform its programs, help plan and execute the annual Conference on Adolescent Health, and develop new programs and projects that integrate youth voice into adolescent health care. TAC TAC meets once a month during the school year. Stipends are paid to members who attend all meetings.
We are currently recruiting new members for the 2017-2018 school year! The deadline to apply is Sunday, July 30, 2017. For questions, please contact Matthew Rosso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terrill Bravender, MD, MPH
Department of Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine
Cynthia Darling-Fisher, PhD, FNP-BC
Clinical Associate Professor
School of Nursing
Richard Dopp, MD
Department of Psychiatry
Jean DuRussel-Weston, RN, MPH
Director of Patient Education, Wellness Program Manager
Project Healthy Schools
Laura Jadwin-Cakmak, MPH
Center for Sexuality & Health Disparities
Sharon Kileny, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Elizabeth Quint, MD
Medical School Administration/Department of Pediatrics
Alfreda Rooks, MPA
Community Health Services
Vijay Singh, MD, MPH, MS
Department of Emergency Medicine
Maria Thomas, PhD, LMSW
Advocacy and Community Benefit
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
Sara Wiener, LMSW
Comprehensive Gender Services
Susan Woolford, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Medical Director
Department of Pediatrics/Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management Center