The YTH Live 2017 Program Committee is a diverse group of technology experts, health professionals, and youth leaders who designed a cutting-edge conference.
Communications Analyst & Student, University of Findlay
Bailey Poland is the author of Haters: Harassment. Abuse, and Violence Online, which explores the manifestation of misogyny in online spaces. She is working on a degree in rhetoric and writing, and her master’s thesis is studying how women are silenced in online discussions. Bailey started her activist work with SPARK, a youth-focused feminist group, and has led or participated in numerous campaigns. She works full-time as a communications analyst, and can be found online talking about feminism, books, and coffee.
Natasha Vianna is head of community at a tech company and the co-founder of #NoTeenShame, an award-winning national movement illuminating the need for stigma-free healthcare for all young people.
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Sandra McCoy MPH PhD is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the < University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Together with collaborators in sub-Saharan Africa, Mexico, and the United States, her research focuses on how social and economic factors influence disease transmission and sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Most of Dr. McCoy’s research projects culminate in the design and evaluation of new interventions intended to positively change health behavior, such as increasing adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) or encouraging people to engage in health screenings such as HIV testing. Through a diverse array of approaches, her goal is to identify innovative, cost-effective, and scalable interventions to overcome global health challenges.
Head of Supervision Product, Crisis Text Line
Nan Krafft is a health care ecosystems specialist with clinical, consulting and product management experience. She has a BA in Public Health and Health Economics from Sarah Lawrence College and earned her MS in Health Policy from the University of California San Francisco. Nan is a Registered Nurse (RN), Public Health Nurse (PHN) and Remote Medical Provider (RMAP). In her recent work as Head of Supervision Product at Crisis Text Line she ran product for Crisis Text Line’s online messaging platform and crisis counselor scheduling system – her products decreased texter wait times by over 30%, insured the safe monitoring of over 1,500 volunteer crisis counselors, and cut paid supervisor staffing requirements in half.
Youth Leadership Team, The National Campaign
Shreyas is 15 years old and a Philadelphia native. He currently runs two companies: NovelTie (a novel neckwear company) and SpellForSuccess (an edtech company acquihired by a million dollar education company), having been named one of the top six young entrepreneurs in the country by the US Chamber of Commerce. Shreyas also serves on the Youth Leadership Team at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy where he has found his passion in helping his community and communities across the nation access pertinent health information. Through the YLT, Shreyas has been able to spread awareness, provide feedback to improve teen-based programs, distribute over $1.5 million in grants during the Innovation Next Competition, and even lobby with his Congressmen for funding.
Founder, The Birds and the Butts
Steffani is the co-founder and content specialist at The Birds ‘n the Butts, a new lo-fi sex ed project for folks who like their info straight up and queer as hell. At her day job, she is the Advocacy & Engagement Program Coordinator at Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies in New Orleans, LA. Steffani has over a decade of experience in community sexual health programming and education, and is particularly passionate about elevating youth voices, making safer sex sexy, and working at the intersection of reproductive justice and HIV advocacy in the Deep South. She holds an MPH in Health Behavior from UNC Chapel Hill and a BA in African/Diaspora Studies & US History from Tulane University.
Professor of Clinical Psychology, San Francisco State University
Dr. Hoff, a Clinical Psychologist, is a Professor of Sexuality Studies, and is currently the director of the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality. Dr. Hoff has worked extensively in the field of HIV Prevention by developing and implementing community level, social network, group and individual intervention trials aimed at reducing sexual risk among gay men. She was also a co-investigator on two studies aimed at promoting female condom use among sexually active women in the Bay Area. Dr. Hoff is currently the Principal Investigator of a large HIV prevention intervention trial that focuses on agreements gay male couples make about sex with outside partners. Her particular interest is in the nuances of the negotiations and maintaining agreements over time. Dr. Hoff is also an AASECT certified sex therapist and keeps a small private practice where she works with couples and individuals facing sexual problems. Dr. Hoff has published several journal articles presented findings at several professional conferences in the area of AIDS prevention and sexual health.
Student, University of Washington
Kate is an undergraduate student studying Public Health and Global Health at the University of Washington in Seattle. Much of her work focuses on mental health and sexual health, particularly in women and youth. Kate spent this past summer interning with YTH and Exhale. At UW, she has worked in the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy and at the AIMS (Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions) Center. While studying abroad in northern India last fall, she also conducted research on community health workers with Aarohi, a local NGO.
Founder/CEO, CalmCircle and CalmCircleCollege
As the owner of one of Arizona’s largest real estate management companies, routinely included in the Business Journal’s Top Women Owned Business list, Trish Kinney is very familiar with the challenges of stress management. Her own relationship with stress eventually led her to study and practice proven methods to promote relaxation and improve health and well-being. The result is CalmCircle, a company that delivers mental rest and relaxation techniques to the workplace and CalmCircleCollege, a web based stress management program for college students. CalmCircleCollege is an original partner with the Huffington Post in the #sleeprevolution College Tour and has visited many major universities discussing stress management and sleep issues with students. Her book, Silver Platter Girl, explores the mind/body connection through her high risk cancer experience and transformational bone marrow transplant.
Research Analyst, CareMessage
Sarah is the research analyst at CareMessage, a mobile health startup with the mission to improve health literacy and disease self-management for underserved populations. She is responsible for evaluating the impact of CareMessage’s SMS-based health education programs and influencing programmatic decision making by discovering and communicating insights found within program data. Sarah is especially passionate about sexual and reproductive health and has spent the majority of her career in STD and HIV prevention and research. Sarah earned an MPH in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina and a BS in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan.
Student, Huckleberry Youth Programs
Aileen So is a first generation American passionate about preventive care, outreach, food security, and social justice. She currently interns with Huckleberry Youth Programs as a health counselor, conducting individual education and family planning sessions at a teen clinic. Aileen will receive her bachelors in Public Health at Dominican University of California in December 2016 and hopes to continue her education and be the first in her family to receive a master’s degree.
Health Science Administrator, DHHS
Nicole Bennett is a Health Science Administrator with the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has worked at the intersection of youth, health, prevention, research, technology, and policy for the past 10 years in diverse organizations including the University of California San Francisco, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Grady Hospital, and Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. At OAH, she works closely with innovative grant programs and manages a portfolio of projects with state governments, universities, and nonprofits. Nicole received her Masters of Public Health in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Emory University.
Operations Manager, Sea Change
Elisette has been working in the field of sexual and reproductive health for over a decade: as a safer sex health educator, as the coordinator for a handful of research studies in abortion care, and as a consultant developing health education materials for pregnant Ob/Gyn patients. Currently, she is the Operations Manager at The Sea Change Program, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the culture of stigma around abortion and other stigmatized reproductive experiences. As an undergraduate student, one of the first conferences she ever presented at was YTH! She grew up in Sonoma County and now lives in San Francisco.
Policy and Communications Coordinator, SIECUS
As Policy and Communications Coordinator, Kristina plays an integral role in monitoring and analyzing state policy for SIECUS as well as coordinating strategic communications and publication development towards the advancement of sexuality education and sexual health programs and policies. Maintaining an intersectional approach to her work as well as the policies put forth by advocacy groups and legislative entities is Kristina’s top priority.
Student, Virginia Tech
Emma is a fourth-year at Virginia Tech, double-majoring in human development and international studies with a concentration in global development. She is also minoring in Spanish and women and gender studies.
At her university she is a part of the Health Education Awareness Team (HEAT),a peer-education program serving the campus andthe surrounding community. Emma became passionate about youth health, and their sexual health in particular, through teaching programs where she witnessed youth developing and implementing their own initiatives to peers to promote increased health and wellness.
She is interested in learning more about how technology can be effectively integrated into programs for efficient education to reach such a tech-savvy generation. In her free time, Emma enjoys exploring outside whether that be hiking, backpacking, or skiing.
Founder, The Birds and the Butts
Lillie Armstrong is a consultant with the North Carolina Division of Public Health working in syringe exchange program development, harm reduction advocacy, and prescription drug overdose prevention. She is the co-founder and art director of The Birds ‘n the Butts (IG thebirdsnthebutts), a health education project dedicated to representing the spectrum of identities, contexts, and experiences we all navigate when talking about sex and relationships. Her other areas of interest include mass incarceration and de-incarceration, radical agriculture and food policy, and intersectional feminism and body reclamation. Lillie was born and raised in New York City and holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.
CA Prevention Training Center & CA Department of Public Health
Lindsey Clopp is the Quality Improvement Coordinator for the California Prevention Training Center and the California Department of Public Health STD Control Branch. She currently coordinates a CDC funded fellowship that builds the capacity of public health professionals to work with primary health care providers to improve adolescent sexual health services. She also conducts STD clinical quality improvement interventions in a variety of settings across the county in partnership with the National Network of Prevention Training Centers and Population Health Improvement Partners. She has worked in adolescent sexual health for 10 years at varying agencies and in numerous capacities including teaching sex ed in after-school programs, sex ed program evaluations, and health literacy curriculum design. She holds a MS in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in Communication Studies from Chapman University.
Health Program Coordinator, Berkeley Youth Alternatives
Eleven is the Senior Health Program Director at Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA). While at BYA Eleven founded SHE Coded, an innovative 21st century initiative (career pathway) that teaches young girls from underserved communities how to code. SHE Coders learn how to build and publish websites, robotics, and games. As the health program director, Eleven is working on bridging the gap between tech and health. By spring 2017 students and young adults will be able to access health education through an interactive app that will allow live forums, personal profiles, and extensive information on marijuana and other drugs. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Jackson State University.
Director of ICT & Innovation, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs
James BonTempo is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) expert with over 20 years of experience in both the nonprofit and commercial sectors. Mr. BonTempo has provided key technical leadership to international organizations as well as global and country-level projects in 13 countries across Africa and Asia in areas including education and training, knowledge management, behavior change communication, health service delivery and monitoring and evaluation. He has managed and led the development of national, regional, facility and client-level information and communication systems and has worked to build ICT capacity both within his organizations as well as the communities they serve. Some of Mr. BonTempo’s most recent efforts include: leading the WHO mHealth Technical and Evidence Review Group’s Taxonomy Task Force; managing the development of the mHealth Evidence website; partnering with a technology innovation lab in Uganda to develop and implement a free and open source mobile learning application for private sector family planning providers; and implementing and evaluating an SMS-based information service to support a male circumcision campaign in Tanzania.
Program Manager, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center – Richmond
My passion is finding the tools, processes and systems that facilitate growth for my network. I love connecting people with practical solutions so they can thrive. I work to be a catalyst for positive change in whomever I can find.
I am a social entrepreneur by trade and upbringing. As a MBA I tie together my experience in digital media, recording industry, venture creation, non-profit and education in order to create opportunities to improve my immediate community and the world at large.
We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of our YTH Youth Advisory Board:
This diverse group of youth leaders and technology and health experts will help design a fantastic conference.