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Meet Our Education & Training Staff



Vanessa Geffrard is the Senior Director of Education and Training for Planned Parenthood of Maryland. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Community Health at University of Maryland, College Park and a Masters degree in Public Health from Morgan State University. Her journey into the health and policy field started when she worked on the International Youth Leadership Council with Advocates for Youth, where she advocated and lobbied on behalf of adolescent reproductive health. While in graduate school Vanessa focused on health policy, specifically researching the positive impact of web-based interventions as they relate to decreasing the risk of HIV/AIDS among young women of color. Vanessa has served the role of health educator, researcher, case manager and has conducted many trainings on various topics from Nigeria to California! Vanessa wants young people to have the proper tools to live healthy lives and feel empowered through proper knowledge, education, and resources. In her free time, Vanessa is a Girl Scout troop leader and owns a photography business.


Tiaira Harris is is the co-facilitator for the POWER Through Choices program at Planned Parenthood of Maryland.  She is a Women's Studies graduate (Maryland '11), who enjoys creating mostly anything in her spare time. When she's not zipping around the DMV doing work for the Power Through Choices program, she splits her time between creating trance-inducing music, succeeding effortlessly at DIY projects, and cooking delicious meals. 



Lindsay Roemer is a Community Health Educator and Trainer for Planned Parenthood of Maryland. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Villanova University in 2003, as well as minors in both Psychology and Spanish. Shortly thereafter she served as an Americorps*NCCC volunteer before working as a Program Manager of Middle and High Schools for Best Buddies of Maryland. Lindsay has worked for PPM for over 4 years, beginning with a year and a half as an HCA in the Towson health center before transferring into the Education and Training Department in August of 2009. She currently provides education and training to schools and community agencies throughout Central Maryland and is dedicated to sharing the most up to date and accurate reproductive health information possible.

Mara James

Mara James is the co-facilitator for the POWER Through Choices program at Planned Parenthood of Maryland. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Government and Politics with minors in French and International Development and Conflict Management from University of Maryland, College Park in 2011. After graduating, she headed out to the Midwest, serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member in Madison, Wisconsin. She collaborated with a local college and community center to provide college access programming to students from grades 3 to 12 and their families. While she loved the squeaky cheese curds, beautiful lakes, and wonderful people she met there, she is happy to have returned home to Baltimore. Since Mara's first women's health rally at the age of 6 months, she has been active in community events and rallies around social justice issues. Mara is passionate about ensuring that youth are empowered to make positive choices about their futures.

Lisa Wallace is the Planned Parenthood of Maryland Eastern Shore Community Educator and Trainer. She has been employed in this position since 2007, educating and training the people of Caroline County. She is a 2004 graduate of The University of Baltimore where she majored in Psychology and minored in Liberal Arts. Prior to Planned Parenthood, Lisa was employed by the Caroline County Health Department as a Juvenile Drug Court Therapist. She has worked with children and teenagers for over 15 years. In 2010 she won Program of the Year for the Caroline County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. She is currently on the Advisory Board for Recreation and Parks, the Caroline County Health Departments Wellness Program, and she is a member of the Caroline County Drug and Alcohol Coalition. Lisa has extensive training in Sexual Reproductive Health and finds it extremely rewarding to educate youth on the Eastern Shore. In her spare time, she owns and operates her own bridal shop and is planning to pursue her MSW at Salisbury University.




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Meet Our Education & Training Staff