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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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Maggie Riley, MD

Medical Director

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.

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Ellen Wagner, MPH, MS

Assistant Director

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.

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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 Thompson, MPH, CHES

Program Coordinator

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.

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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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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 Bachelors 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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Monique Selimos, MSW

Consultant

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.

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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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Courtney Vanderlaan, MSW

Grants & Contracts Administrator

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.

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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.

TEEN ADVISORY COUNCIL
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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.

If you have any questions, please contact adolescenthealth@umich.edu or 734-998-2009.

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, PhD, LMSW
Advocacy and Community Benefit 
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Sara Wiener, LMSW
Director
Comprehensive Gender Services Program

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