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.
Ellen Wagner, MPH, MS
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.
Terrill Bravender, MD, MPH (He/Him)
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.
Cornelius D. Jamison, MD, MSPH (He/Him)
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.
Melissa Jedlick, MS (She/Her)
Administrative Assistant Intermediate
Melissa Jedlick received her Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University in 2017 and joined Adolescent Health Initiative in August 2019. Prior to joining the AHI team, she gained experience working with adolescents through her undergraduate and alumni work with Camp Kesem, a non-profit that sends K-12 kids with a parent(s) affected by cancer to a free week of summer camp. Melissa’s journey after graduation also led her into a Naturalist role at a Nature Center in Lansing where she facilitated team-building exercises, worked with Lansing youth in an outdoor setting, and assisted with event planning. Melissa is passionate about educational outreach and positive growth within communities.
Jenni Lane, MA (She/Her)
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.
Kaleigh Cornelison, MSW (She/Her)
Manager: Quality Improvement, Resource Development, and Youth Engagement
Kaleigh Cornelison is currently the Manager of Quality Improvement, Resource Development, and Youth Engagement at the Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI). She 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. Prior to working at AHI, she worked in St Louis and Los Angeles in youth-severing nonprofits, schools, and health care. She also enjoys developing and delivering engaging professional development opportunities for adult learners. Kaleigh is passionate about supporting young people by empowering the adults in their lives to meet them where they are.
Lauren Vasquez, MS, CHES (She/Her)
Senior Program Specialist and Lead Facilitator of The Adolescent Champion’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC TAC)
Lauren Vasquez earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master of Science in Community Health Education from Eastern Michigan University. She also holds a CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) certification. Lauren taught Spanish and Health Education in public schools for eight years, as well as interned at The Summit, a recreation facility in Canton, where she evaluated their health and wellness program. Her previous work experience also includes working as a Wellness Coordinator for EMU’s Wellness Center, where she collaborated with various departments and student organizations to improve health for students and staff. She also worked in Corporate Wellness, and as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She is passionate about educating and empowering youth and parents about sexual and reproductive health, emotional health, nutrition, cultural competency, and women’s empowerment. Lauren is excited to be a part of all the amazing things that AHI is doing to improve health care for adolescents. Her hobbies include writing and playing music, dancing, and spending time with family.
Shelby Minas, MPH (She/Her)
Program Specialist – Evaluation
Shelby Minas received her Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health in 2021 with a focus in Epidemiology. Her research interests include cognitive health and aging, social epidemiology, and adolescent health. Before joining AHI, Shelby worked with the Michigan Fitness Foundation, where she assisted with evaluating SNAP-Ed and other nutrition and physical activity-based programming in the state of Michigan. Shelby is passionate about using and communicating data and enjoys exploring new ways to utilize research. She is thrilled to be part of the AHI team and looks forward to using data and evaluation to improve adolescent health! In her free time, Shelby enjoys hiking, skiing, oil painting, and triathlon training.
MavaMarie Cooper, MPH (She/Her)
Program Specialist, TAC TAC Co-Facilitator
MavaMarie Cooper is a two-time University of Michigan graduate, earning her Bachelors of Arts in International Studies, Global Health in 2013 and her Masters of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education in 2016. Before joining AHI in March 2021, Mava lived in Colorado, working in various areas of youth prevention, including substance abuse prevention and youth mental health, focusing on positive youth development. She has applied her passion for working alongside youth and expertise in prevention in academia, local government, and the nonprofit sector. In her free time, Mava can be found exploring local parks and trails with her rescue pup Zeb, working on a crossword puzzle, or trying to master recipes from the Great British Baking Show.
Gina Liu (She/Her)
Program Assistant Intern
Gina Liu (she/her) is a senior in the University of Michigan School of Public Health Undergraduate Program studying Community and Global Health with minors in Urban Studies and Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies. She is the former President of the United Asian American Organizations (UAAO), which is an Asian American-based racial and social justice coalition on the U of M campus. Through these experiences, she has gained interest in advocating for marginalized communities with a health-focused lens. She was drawn to AHI’s diverse initiatives, such as sexual health access and racial equity and AHI’s youth empowerment framework. Outside of school, she enjoys cooking, playing tennis, and embroidering used clothing.
Anastasia Cajigal, MPH (She/Her)
Anastasia is a two-time Washington University in St. Louis graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (Global Health and Environment) and a Masters of Public Health. She is an AmeriCorps VISTA Member working with AHI through the Opioid Prevention and Education Network at Michigan State University (OPEN-MSU). The goal of OPEN-MSU is to build the capacity of local efforts to create or expand opioid prevention, intervention, and treatment opportunities in low-income communities. In partnership with AHI, Anastasia will assist in developing resources and interventions to help health care professionals address adolescent opioid prevention and misuse in strengths-based ways. She is passionate about eliminating health disparities at all levels through various projects. She cannot wait to begin her year of service with AHI and OPEN-MSU to address these issues. Her hobbies include dancing and traveling.
Tommy Lau (He/Him)
Youth Engagement Intern
Tommy received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomolecular Science from the University of Michigan in 2020. He is currently a first-year dental student at the University of Michigan. Tommy has been working with adolescents for the last couple of years through teaching and mentorship. He was also an active member of AHI’s Adolescent Champion Teen Advisory Council (TAC TAC), where he explored youth’s needs and learned from his peers. He is interested in working with adolescents in the future and is looking forward to advocating for them by exploring avenues to include all youth voices.
Sara Kleine (She/Her)
Program Assistant Intern
Sara Kleine is a senior at Ohio State University studying Public Health with a focus in sociology and psychology. Throughout her time at Ohio State, she has volunteered as a Wellness Ambassador and worked as a student assistant at the Student Wellness Center, where she does presentations and outreach on topics including safer sex, stress management, and alcohol and drug use. She also volunteered at the Ohio HIV Hotline for two years, providing support and information for Ohio residents dealing with HIV and other sexual health issues. Sara is passionate about access to comprehensive sex education, specifically in healthy relationship skills, consent, and STI prevention. In her free time, she loves hiking, skiing with the OSU Ski Team, and spending time with friends and family.
Caelen Keenan (She/Her)
Program Assistant Intern
Caelan is honored to join the AHI team as an intern for the Spring 2022 semester as part of her Master of Public Health coursework at the University of Vermont. Caelan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 2012. She moved to Vermont to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member upon graduation and has spent the last ten years contributing to youth, food security, and agriculture nonprofit programming in the state. Caelan currently works as the Youth Program Manager for Vermont Works for Women, creating pathways for girls and gender-expansive youth to explore education and careers in STEM and the trades. She has seen the difference that positive role-modeling, leadership development opportunities, and empowering, healthy environments can make in young peoples’ lives, and is particularly excited to see these protective factors at work in the realm of adolescent health while interning with AHI.
Marketing & Events
Janine Driver, MA (She/They)
Janine Driver has over a decade of experience working with non-profits across sectors in managing, and strategically promoting culturally responsive events. They are passionate about fostering learning environments that hold space for participants to show up as learners in their full identities. Their practice is centered on an ethics of care, and guided by the goal, and process of diversity/equity/inclusion/accessibility/social justice. Janine serves as a member of AHI’s Leadership Team, where they lead the management of AHI’s events, marketing/events grant funding and dissemination, and offer support on the implementation of AHI’s racial justice goals. Janine has multiple degrees from Eastern Michigan University where their studies centered on educational outreach, diversity/equity/inclusion, and communication strategy.
Rachel Brauer (She/Her)
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts in the Arts and Humanities from Michigan State University (MSU) in 2018. Her previous experience in health care communications includes her time as the Writer for MSU’s College of Nursing’s Marketing and Communications Team as well as the Storytelling Coordinator of MSU’s Chapter of Project LETS. Rachel is passionate about mental health advocacy and improving health outcomes for underserved populations. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, gardening, and spending time with her cats and loved ones.
Marketing & Events Assistant
Stefaney O’Chel is the Marketing & Events Assistant at the Adolescent Health Initiative. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in 2019 and has spent time working and volunteering at the University of Michigan’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit. Stefaney’s marketing and event experience comes from coordinating various events, including weddings, funerals, social parties, and corporate meetings. For the last year, she held the Registration Director position at an endurance race company, working various angles of event planning and strategically reconstructing large events into virtual experiences. Stefaney is passionate about mental health advocacy and using her education and experiences to create a safe and overall healthier life for the adolescent community. Her favorite hobbies include photography, DIY home projects and decorating, and spending time with family.
Cindy Ko (she/her)
Marketing & Media Intern
Cindy is a junior at the University of Michigan, majoring in Biology, Health, and Society and minoring in Sociology of Health and Medicine. During her time at the University, she has conducted research with the Center for Health Disparities and Innovation Studies to determine the most significant factors contributing to health disparities in underserved racial communities. Through her work at AHI and her research project, she will continue conducting outreach activities in various communities in the upcoming year. Cindy is passionate about advocating for equitable health care and furthering racial justice outcomes. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, making music, and spending time with her loved ones.
Members of the AHI Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) represent multidisciplinary professions and are committed to AHI’s mission of advancing innovative adolescent-centered health care through practice improvement, education, research, and youth and community engagement.
Vijay Singh, MD, MPH, MS
Department of Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine/and Internal Medicine
Sara Wiener, LMSW
Melissa Boguslawski, PhD, 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 Obstetrics and Gynecology
Cindy Darling-Fisher, PhD, FNP
Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
Alfreda Rooks, MPA
Community Health Services