Bios of Trainers

Planned Parenthood of New York City Staff Trainers

Amy Alterman is a Senior Sexuality Educator/Trainer at PPNYC. She facilitates the evidence- based Making Proud Choices curriculum for youth in public schools and community organizations in  target communities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. She also forges close working relationships with school personnel and partner organizations in the PASE network in order to provide MPC to youth in all three boroughs with a specific emphasis on expanding the program to reach youth in targeted areas of Queens. In the past, Ms. Alterman worked as a youth Theatre Instructor for four years focusing on theater as a transformative and community building performance form. She also has experience as a Sex Educator for Babeland where she offered pleasure focused, sex positive education for adults. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Folklore and Gender Studies and Sexuality and is passionate about the possibilities of arts activism in the realm of the SRH field domestically and internationally.

Sasha Ahuja, L.M.S.W., is the Director of Government Relations at PPNYC.  Having previously worked as a racial and gender justice organizer and advocate, she has expertise that helps PPNYC to advocate for reproductive justice and equitable access to health care.   Ms. Ahuja has spent her professional career as a youth worker and labor organizer, working at the intersections of migration, race, and gender. She graduated from Hunter College of the City University of New York and later obtained a degree in Social Work at Columbia University. Before joining PPNYC, she consulted with the Urban Justice Center, guiding a membership-led effort to advance progressive legislation on the city level.
Michele Bayley, M.P.H., is the Associate Vice President of Education and Training at PPNYC.  She supervises director-level staff in the Education and Training Department and assists the Vice President of Education and Training in select duties related to strategic planning and overseeing the department operations.  She has extensive experience in training professionals on sexual health issues and has directed both international and domestic adolescent and women’s health programs.
Alice Berger, R.N., M.P.H., is the Vice President of Health Care Planning at PPNYC. Ms. Berger has more than 20 years of experience working in the policy and program areas of public insurance, health care reform, and family and reproductive health. She directed a large New York City PCAP program and comprehensive primary care identification-and-tracking program for at-risk infants. Ms. Berger currently chairs a citywide Adolescent Health Committee and has been instrumental in the process of implementing health care reform in New York State. She is on the Board of the National Family Planning Reproductive Health Association and the National Advisory Board of Merger Watch. She was recently appointed to two New York State Department of Health committees: the Regional Advisory Committee, which will advise about implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and the Promoting Healthy Women, Infants, and Children Committee, which will define the scope of the priority area and identify best practices for action and indicators to track progress.
Molly Berman, M.S.W., is the Program Coordinator for the "Making Proud Choices" (MPC) Program.  She helps develop and maintain partnerships with community-based organizations and schools throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens who want to implement the MPC Program.  Molly previously worked as one of our part-time Sexuality Educators for the Making Proud Choices (MPC) Program. She facilitated the evidence-based MPC curriculum in schools and community organizations throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. She is a Hunter graduate who obtained her Master's of Social Work in 2012 with a focus on community organizing. She has a long history of working with youth in various capacities. She has helped lead a youth organizing campaign in the Bronx, ran girls empowerment workshops at a community center, and facilitated a leadership development program at a summer camp. She received her Bachelor's of Social Work from the University of Madison, Wisconsin where she also minored in Gender and Women's Studies.

Carmina Bernardo, M.A., M.P.H., is the Director of Health Care Planning and Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP) Training Coordinator at PPNYC. She conducts outreach, training, and technical assistance about the FPBP and other public health insurance for health and social service providers in all five boroughs of New York City.  Ms. Bernardo also educates health care providers about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on enrollment and eligibility.  She has been a PPNYC staff member since September 2000 and volunteered as a PPNYC Center Escort for six years. Before joining PPNYC, Ms. Bernardo worked at Women in Need, a nonprofit organization that provided housing and other services to homeless women with children. She has Master’s degrees in both Public Health and Sociology.

Liz Clarey, M.P.H., is a Sexuality Educator for Planned Parenthood of New York City’s Making Proud Choices Program. She travels throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx implementing reproductive health courses for young people. Liz has had experience teaching sexual education both in the United States and abroad. She began her career as an HIV prevention educator in Northern Virginia, and then spent nine months in Tanzania, conducting sex education classes in schools and organizing community events to raise awareness about HIV.  In 2013, Liz earned her Master’s degree in Community Health Education from CUNY Hunter School of Public Health. She is dedicated to providing people with knowledge so they can make empowered decisions about their own sexual health.

Crystal Cuevas received her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Michigan State University. Throughout her undergraduate education Crystal worked as a mentor for incoming freshmen through the Chicano/Latino Studies Department, where she also co-founded a student organization called Chicanos y Latinos Unidos in order to unite and promote ethnic studies and community leadership, both on and off campus. Her community outreach work brought her closer to her passion for education and awareness of sexual and reproductive health justice, leading her to become a Peer Health Educator/Blogger/Conference Presenter with Advocates for Youth. Upon graduation, she continued to pursue this passion with a volunteered year of service with AmeriCorps as a sexual health youth facilitator and web content editor/producer for one of Lutheran Medical Center’s community health organizations called Project Reach Youth, and is currently volunteering within PPNYC as an Abortion Doula through the Doula Project of NYC. Crystal is presently a Sexuality Educator for the Education Department at the Margaret Sanger Center in which she facilitates the Making Proud Choices program, a sexual and reproductive health curriculum, throughout schools and community organizations in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Manhattan.

Randa Dean, M.P.H., is the Director of Adult and Professional Programs at PPNYC.  She spearheads PPNYC’s work helping organizations around the city to become more “Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH)-Ready,” as well as the PPNYC Training Institute. Ms. Dean also oversees our adult programs, including the Adult Role Models program and the Promotores de Salud program. Previously, she worked with International Planned Parenthood Federation and Partners in Health in Haiti.  Prior to coming to PPNYC, she offered outreach and HIV education to homeless youth and adults in Sacramento, facilitated HIV education sessions for staff at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, and conducted HIV education workshops abroad.  Ms. Dean has an M.P.H. in Sexuality and Health from Columbia University.

Stephanie Demmons is the Director of Community Organizing at PPNYC. She oversees the agency’s online and offline organizing and outreach campaigns, including the work of the Activist Council. For the past 10 years, Ms. Demmons has spent her career as an organizer – on environmental issues, international development, and reproductive health and justice. She has extensive experience recruiting, training, and developing leadership within social justice movements and legislative and electoral campaigns. 

Caroline Erickson is a Program Coordinator for the Making Proud Choices Program. She builds partnerships with schools and Community Based Organizations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Caroline trains and supervises Sexuality Educators who facilitate the Making Proud Choices sexual and reproductive health workshops. She also provides capacity building trainings for staff at partnering agencies.  Before joining PPNYC, Caroline was a Rural Community Health Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa. She conducted trainings on various public health topics, including STI/HIV prevention and awareness, nutrition and sanitation practices.

Jasmin Espinal is the Teen Advocate Program Coordinator. She supervises a cadre of 10 Teen Advocates who go out into the community to provide outreach and sexuality education to their peers. Prior to her current role she was a Sexuality Educator at PPNYC where she implemented youth sexual health and communication skills workshops in schools and community based organizations throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Jasmin was also a peer educator for The Door where she created and implemented age appropriate interactive workshops to middle school and high school participants.

Judith Gomez has been the Planned Parenthood of New York City Teen Advocate Program Assistant since 2011. The Teen Advocate program trains youth to educate their peers about sexual and reproductive health and rights. Previously, Judith served as a Teen Advocate, graduating as the Bronx training valedictorian in 2009. In this role she facilitated workshops on sexually transmitted infections, birth control and healthy relationships. Judith became involved in social justice issues while attending Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics. There she joined the Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) and later became a peer educator delivering workshops on gender roles, LGBTQ inclusion, and relationships to students.

Monica Hoque  is Senior Sexuality Educator at PPNYC and has been in the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) field for more than six years, beginning her career at PPNYC as a Lower East Side Teen Advocate. As a peer educator, Ms. Hoque conducted workshops for youth on how to talk about sexuality and other SRH issues in a safe sex-positive space. Monica became a part-time Sexuality Educator for the Making Proud Choices Team to start off the evidence based Making Proud Choices program during its pilot year in 2011 with the aim of helping youth to make healthy decisions. While Ms. Hoque was responsible for the facilitation of the MPC curriculum, she has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from St. John’s University. In her current position of Senior Sexuality Educator, Monica will continue to work with the Making Proud Choices Program funded by the U.S. Office of Adolescent Health (OAH). In the new capacity she is responsible for continuing facilitation of the Making Proud Choices curriculum with youth in Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan and forging new partnerships with community based organizations in Queens. Monica is also a native of Queens and will spearhead our new expansion to Queens with the rest of the OAH team. 

William Humphries is a Sexuality Educator/Trainer at PPNYC.  Mr. Humphries began his career as one of PPNYC's Bronx Teen Advocates and later became the Program Assistant for the Teen Advocates from the Lower East Side.  He attends John Jay College of Criminal Justice, majoring in Deviant Behavior and Social Control. Mr. Humphries conducts workshops for youth on topics that affect their everyday lives and help them to make better decisions. He has taught the “Making Proud Choices” evidence-based curriculum as well, and he co-facilitated the "Sexually Transmitted Infections: Clinical Facts and Engaging Educational Strategies" training that PPNYC offered to professionals.  He has also attended trainings himself and become a certified HIV tester and counselor.

Andrea Leiva is the Adult Education program assistant at PPNYC where she currently supports the Adult Role Models (ARM) and the Promotores de Salud programs.  The ARM program is a peer education program that conducts workshops for parents on talking to their children about sexuality. The Promotores de Salud provide sexual and reproductive health information to immigrant Latinas and their families and link them to care at PPNYC’s health centers.  Ms. Leiva has helped train the Adult Role Models and Promotoras and currently conducts Spanish facilitator trainings as well as breast health trainings. She also facilitates ARM workshops for parents in Spanish. Ms. Leiva is a member of the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA).  She previously facilitated the first Spanish-language sexual and reproductive health political advocacy e-course for students in Latin America as a GYCA staff member. Prior to coming to PPNYC, Ms. Leiva worked as an ESL teacher and helped facilitate a women’s sexual health leadership group for immigrant women in East New York.

Louise Marchena, M.S.W., is the Director of Youth Programs at PPNYC. She oversees PPNYC’s sexuality education programs targeted at youth, including community-based and citywide initiatives.  She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University in 2002.    Ms. Marchena has more than 10 years of experience working in the mental health field, specializing in children and family therapy. Prior to joining PPNYC, Ms. Marchena developed and implemented multifaceted after-school programming for children suffering from serious emotional disturbances and designed programs to provide support to their families.

Simone Merchant, M.P.H., is the Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP) Training Coordinator at PPNYC.  She conducts outreach, training and technical assistance about the FPBP and other public health insurance for health and social service providers in all five boroughs of New York City.  Before joining PPNYC she worked on the School-based Health Center Reproductive Health Project, based out of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  She has extensive experience working with health care professionals and adolescents around the important topics of reproductive health care, sexual health education, and access to services. 

Haydee Morales, M.A., is the Vice President of Education and Training at PPNYC. She oversees programs that reach more than 25,000 young people, parents, and professionals every year. Ms. Morales joined the staff of PPNYC in 2003, bringing more than 20 years of experience in grassroots, local, national, and international health education including reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, advocacy, and cultural awareness initiatives. Ms. Morales is a veteran of community-based programming and management, having worked in organizations such as the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, the Hispanic AIDS Forum, the March of Dimes.  She was a founder and Executive Director of Casa Atabex Aché, a women’s health and action organization based in the South Bronx.  Ms. Morales holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health and a Master of Administration in Organizational Management degree.
Dolores Polanco is a Sexuality Educator/Trainer at PPNYC. Ms. Polanco began her career at Bronx Aids Services as a peer educator and later became one of PPNYC's Bronx Teen Advocates. She attends New York City College of Technology, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  Ms. Polanco conducts workshops for youth about sexual and reproductive health in schools and community organizations throughout Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan with the aim of helping them to make better decisions. She teaches the “Making Proud Choices” evidence-based curriculum as well as other curricula. She has attended trainings herself to become a certified Trainer of Trainers on breastfeeding and on evidence-based curricula.
Lauren Porsch, M.P.H., is the Program Director for Clinical Training, Research and Special Projects at PPNYC.  She collaborates in the planning and delivery of PPNYC's training and education programs for physicians, advanced practice clinicians, and medical students, and in the implementation of clinical research projects at the agency’s health centers.  Her areas of expertise are contraception, abortion, HIV risk reduction counseling, and the provision of LGBT-sensitive reproductive and sexual health education and services.   

Jessica Rivera is the CAPP Project Coordinator at PPNYC.  Ms. Rivera previously coordinated PPNYC's Teen Advocate Program for both the Bronx and Lower East Side sites. She currently contributes to the development and implementation of youth programs in various communities across New York City. Prior to joining PPNYC, Ms. Rivera was the Outreach Specialist at the Adolescent AIDS Program at Montefiore Medical Center.  Ms. Rivera has also presented at Ryan White conferences and at the National Youth Advocacy Coalition's Annual Youth Conference.  Through education and outreach efforts, she has empowered youth to get tested, obtain information, and better understand their rights to sexual and reproductive health care. 
Carissa Rountree is the Training Institute (TI) Coordinator at PPNYC, where she collaborates with trainers to develop and deliver professional trainings and coordinates the TI’s daily operations. Before coming to PPNYC, she was a training leader for residential life staff at UNC-Greensboro, and conducted workshops for children and trainings for adults on recognizing and responding to child abuse in all five boroughs of New York City. Her background is in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies.
Emily Saltzman, M.S.W., serves as the Adult Role Models Program Coordinator at PPNYC where she supports an inspiring team of parent peer-educators who facilitate workshops for other parents on how to talk about sexuality with their children.  Ms. Saltzman also co-facilitates workshops for professionals covering topics such as creating LGBTQ-accountable spaces, enthusiastic consent and communication in relationships, and progressive sexuality education. Her passion and social justice framework have been greatly influenced by positions she previously held at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Queers for Economic Justice, and The Undoing Racism Internship Project.      
Nelson Santana is a Sexuality Educator/Trainer at PPNYC. Mr. Santana began his career as one of PPNYC's Lower East Side Teen Advocates and later became a part-time Sexuality Educator in the Lower East Side office. He has been promoted to full-time Sexuality Educator and is currently in that position. He attends Bronx Community College and is majoring in Radiology, but weighing other majors.  Mr. Santana conducts workshops for youth and adults on sexual health topics that affect their everyday lives such as HIV, STIs, contraception, healthy relationships, abstinence, and more. He has also taught the "Making Proud Choices" evidence-based curriculum.  

Peter Serrano is the Associate Director of Youth Programs at PPNYC.  He began his career in community health education 18 years ago with PPNYC’s Parent Education Program. Mr. Serrano currently assists the Youth Programs Director in overseeing the Education Department’s youth programs including The Taking Care of You workshops series, FELLAS and GURLZ TALK programs and PPNYC’s Male Outreach Initiative.  In addition, Peter also coordinates PPNYC’s LGBT program and Making Proud Choices programs.
Alex Stevens, M.P.H., is the Associate Director of Adult & Professional Programs at PPNYC. In this role, she helps organizations build their capacity to share healthy sexuality messages with clients and provide essential health referrals. Additionally, Ms. Stevens oversees PPNYC’s Training Institute. Prior to working at PPNYC, she conducted weekly sexuality education classes and counseling sessions for middle and high school students in the Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program. Ms. Stevens has also led education, training, and research efforts at the Young Men's Health Clinic, Columbia University’s Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She has extensive experience in curriculum development, sexual education, and training for adolescents, college students, parents, and professionals. Ms. Stevens has an M.P.H. in Sexuality and Health from Columbia University.
Jini Tanenhaus, P.A.-C, M.A., is a Physician Assistant with over thirty years of experience as a primary care medical provider specializing in adolescent and reproductive health, and as a Pro-Choice advocate. For the past 18 years, she has worked at Planned Parenthood of New York City in a number of different capacities, as a clinician, an administrator, a clinical research investigator and as a trainer. She initiated medication abortion services at PPNYC in 1996 and since then has worked to develop and deliver numerous clinical and didactic educational sessions, locally, nationally and internationally on abortion related topics including medication abortion, manual vacuum aspiration , basic ultrasound, counseling and values clarification. She has represented PPNYC, the National Abortion Federation (NAF), Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) as trainer and advisor. She is a long-standing member of the Clinicians for Choice Advisory Committee.  
Monique Wynn is a Sexuality Educator/Trainer at PPNYC. She facilitates STI and teen pregnancy prevention evidence-based curricula for youth in public schools and community organizations in  target communities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. She also facilitates breastfeeding trainings for youth who are parents. Ms. Wynn started her career as one of PPNYC’s Lower East Side Teen Advocates. Before returning to PPNYC Ms. Wynn earned her Bachelor’s degree and worked as a Life Skills Specialist for youth in a domestic violence shelter for women and children.
Recent Guest Trainers and Presenters

Emily Briglia is the Health Literacy Program Manager at Community Healthcare Network (CHN). She manages the health literacy initiative, which aims to improve patient education and engagement across all clinical disciplines through the implementation of agency-wide activities.  Ms. Briglia has experience in sexual and reproductive health education, training, curriculum development, and program evaluation. She is currently attending CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College and expects to receive her Master of Public Health degree in 2014.

Kirsten deFur, M.P.H. is the Director of Prevention and Outreach Programs at the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence. Ms. deFur received her Master of Public Health from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. In her position, she directs the NYC Healthy Relationship Training Academy, a peer education program providing workshops to teens, young adults, parents, and staff throughout New York City on the topics of dating violence and healthy relationships. Ms. deFur supervises 17 Peer Educators, facilitates training sessions for staff members, conducts program evaluation, and engages in community outreach. Workshops are held at a variety of locations, such as GED programs, after-school programs, detention facilities, faith communities, and internship programs. Since 2005, the Academy has provided over 1,700 workshops with over 33,000 youth participants. The Academy receives support from the AVON Foundation for Women through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York. For more information visit the Academy’s website,

Lauren Frederico, M.S.W., is an organizer in the NYCLU’s Advocacy Department with a specialization in youth empowerment and student rights.  Ms. Frederico has an M.S.W from Hunter College School of Social Work with a focus on community organization, planning, and development. From 2011 to 2013, she was the NYCLU’s Teen Activist Project Coordinator and oversaw youth-led projects on a wide range of civil rights issues including police in schools, the rights of LGBTQ students, and a survey about the implementation of the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). Now, Ms. Frederico facilitates workshops for youth and professionals on minors’ rights to confidential health care, the Dignity for All Students Act, and the rights of LGBTQ youth in schools. In addition, she provides guidance to school districts with questions about how to best support transgender and gender non-conforming students. Ms. Frederico contributed to the NYCLU’s publication Birds, Bees and Bias: How Absent Sex Ed Standards Fail New York’s Students (2012) and has published in the National Association of Social Workers’ publication Currents.

Juan González. During a career that has now spanned more than thirty years, Juan Gonzalez has emerged as one of the country’s best-known and most-respected Latino journalists. Gonzalez has been a staff columnist for The New York Daily News since 1987, and a co-host for the past fourteen years of Democracy Now!, a daily morning news show that airs across the US and Latin America. His investigative reports on the labor movement, the environment, race relations and urban policy have garnered numerous accolades, including the 1998 George Polk Award for commentary and a 2004 Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Gonzalez is the author of three books: the critically acclaimed Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America; Roll Down Your Window: Stories from a Forgotten America; and Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse. He is currently completing a comprehensive history of racial discrimination in the American news media. One of the founders of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), Gonzalez served as the association’s president from 2002-2004 and was elected to its Hall of Fame in 2008. In addition to his work with NAHJ, Gonzalez is considered one of the founding fathers of UNITY: Journalists of Color. Even before he entered journalism, Gonzalez distinguished himself as a leader of the Young Lords, a militant civil rights organization of the late 1960s, and of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights in the 1970s. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, he was raised in East Harlem and Brooklyn, New York. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, has been a visiting professor in public policy at Brooklyn College, and was recently accorded an honorary JD from the City University of New York Law School.

Jessica González-Rojas, M.P.A. is the Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the only national reproductive justice organization that specifically works to advance reproductive health and rights for Latinas. Jessica is successfully forging connections between reproductive health, gender, immigration, LGBTQ liberation, labor and Latino civil rights, breaking down barriers between movements and building a strong Latina grassroots presence. Jessica is a strong voice for Latinas and a regular presence in national and local media outlets.  She was honored by El Diario/La Prensa, the nation’s oldest and largest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States, as one of 2009’s “Mujeres Destacadas” (Women of Honor). Jessica is a long-time leader in community and electoral politics. She was elected to the New York State Democratic Committee for the 39th Assembly District from 2002-2006, representing the diverse communities of Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst and Woodside. Jessica holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Public Policy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Boston University, and completed a certificate program from the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Jess Haines-Stephan is the Program Manager for Family Planning Education at Community Healthcare Network. She is responsible for the design and implementation of clinical and community based reproductive health education at CHN. She is the clinical supervisor of 12 Family Planning Health Educators who provide individual reproductive health counseling and group education in 11 communities in NYC. Jess has experience in training, counseling, curriculum design, and program evaluation, and has over 10 years of experience working in the field of sexual and reproductive health.

Imani Keith Henry, M.S.W., M.P.A., Diversity Trainer & Organizational Development Consultant, OD for the People. For over 20 years, Imani Henry has worked as a social service professional and community organizer in the cities of New York and Boston. Much of his expertise has been in HIV/AIDS prevention and education service provision for adolescent and adults dually diagnosed with mental health conditions and substance use. Since 1992, he has worked as an organizational development consultant and cultural competency trainer providing technical assistance to educational institutions, community organizations and direct service agencies. His clients have included; The Ali Forney Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University; SumOfUs; Identity Inc., Anchorage, AK; The Harm Reduction Coalition, Students Active For Ending Rape (SAFER), Health Global Access Project (HealthGAP), The National Lawyers Guild- NYC Chapter, Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion, The Lionel Cantú GLBTI Resource Center, The University of CA at Santa Cruz; The Hunter College School of Social Work, CUNY; Housing Works, Inc., The Reproductive Justice Network / Third WAVE Foundation, and The Public Safety Department of Hunter College, CUNY. Since 2003, Imani has been contracted consultant of the Harm Reduction Coalition, providing cultural competency and HIV-related trainings on-site, within NYC and nationally. To find out more about Organizational Development practice please see:

Michele Perlman, M.P.H., received her Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University in 1999.  She is currently the Director of Health and Community Education at Community Healthcare Network (CHN). She oversees all health education programming at CHN’s 11 health centers and their surrounding communities. She also oversees CHN’s Teens P.A.C.T. Program and health literacy initiative.  Ms. Perlman has extensive experience in program development, curriculum design, training, youth development, and program evaluation in the areas of reproductive health, prenatal health, and health literacy. She has been working in the field of public health and health education for more than 20 years.

Diana Santana, M.A., has been the Associate Regional Director with the Latin America Regional Office of Planned Parenthood Federation of America since April 2006.  Diana has a background in program management and applied research, with a focus on gender, sexuality, reproductive health/family planning, HIV and AIDS. Diana worked as a research associate on the transition away from door-to-door contraception distribution in Bangladesh, and was a program evaluator on a cross-site HIV and substance abuse prevention program.  She has provided pre-natal education and labor support to immigrant women in D.C., and spent over a year as the HIV program coordinator of an indigenous NGO in the Guatemalan rainforest.  Diana is the Country Team Leader for Peru, and she is leading our effort to systematize our community-based service delivery, and linking SRH with environmental programs.  Diana has a degree in Anthropology and a certificate in environmental studies.

May Sifuentes is the Lead Latino Outreach Coordinator for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She splits her time between two departments: the Education Department and the Latino Engagement Department.  May works to strengthen relationships with national Latino social justice and rights organizations, as well as PPFA affiliates.  She is in charge of managing the Promotores de Salud (community health workers) outreach at the national office, and connects the programs to each other. May’s other projects include PPFA’s Latinas Are Watching campaign, the Communicating with Millennials Abortion Research Project, and managing online properties focused on the Latino community.  May is a graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where she double majored in Women and Gender Studies and Political Science.  She is based in Washington, DC.


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