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 with Domino’s Farms at Michigan Medicine. 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 an Adolescent Champion, and helped make Domino’s Farms a more adolescent-friendly environment.
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.
Stephanie Yassine, MSW, graduated from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 2014 with a specific focus on community organizing, organizational development, and youth empowerment theory. Stephanie has experience in youth organizing specifically in the areas of education reform and social justice. Prior to joining AHI, she worked in the Metro Detroit area working in schools to develop programming utilizing empowerment theory and holistic models for structural change. She currently works at the Adolescent Health Initiative as a Program Specialist, where she develops, implements, and evaluates interventions to optimize the healthcare landscape for adolescents. Her passions include centering youth voice in adolescent focused work and working with at-risk youth in urban settings.
Azzia A. Thompson 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.
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.
Natalie Sochacki joined Adolescent Health Initiative as the Program Administrator in October 2017. Natalie recently graduated from the University of Michigan where she earned her BA in Communications and English. 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. She is passionate about working to promote well-being and connectedness within communities.
Lydia Jarvi joined the team in 2017 after moving back to Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design with a Web Design Concentration from Watkins College of Art in Nashville, Tennessee. Lydia works with the AHI team as a Graphic Designer. She visually solves problems with design through dynamic creative solutions, across both print and digital mediums. Previously, Lydia has designed with Burgundy Group Advertising and Brookdale Senior Living Corporate Office in Nashville. With her strong background in typography, color, and production, Lydia is a maker and doer. Living compassionately and thinking positively is her personal philosophy. She is extremely passionate about inclusive, accessible health care access for all and LGBTQ+ youth-friendly programs.
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.
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.
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Terrill Bravender, MD, MPH
Department of Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine
Cindy Darling-Fisher, PhD, FNP
Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
Richard Dopp, MD
Department of Psychiatry
Jean DuRussel-Weston, RN, MPH
Project Healthy Schools
Laura Jadwin-Cakmak, MPH
Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities
School of Public Health
Sharon Kileny, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Elisabeth Quint, MD
Medical School/Department of Pediatrics
Alfreda Rooks, MPA
Community Health Services
Vijay Singh, MD, MPH, MS
Department of Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine/and Internal Medicine
Maria Thomas, PhD, LMSW
Advocacy and Community Benefit
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
Sara Wiener, LMSW
Comprehensive Gender Services Program
Susan Woolford, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Medical Director
Department of Pediatrics/Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management Center