Deborah McLean Leow brings over 10 years of experience in public
health to her role as an associate director for CSAP's Northeast
CAPT. Her expertise includes training and consultation on strategies
to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse and related problems.
In this capacity she has worked with state agencies including departments
of health, education, and mental health as well as community-based
organizations and colleges and universities. Previous to her
with EDC, Ms. McLean Leow served as special assistant to the
Vice President of Student Affairs at Syracuse University coordinating
a federally-funded grant to address substance abuse among college
students. She has developed and implemented peer-based HIV/AIDS
prevention programs, conducted HIV/AIDS testing counseling with
young people, as well as community-based HIV/AIDS prevention
with women. Ms McLean Leow is the principal investigator for
the New Jersey Immigrant Health Promotion Project and directs Connecting
across Cultures. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Developing
Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse Fellow and a first generation
immigrant from Guyana, South America.
Tania Garcia brings more than 20 years of professional experience
in public health to her role as Director of CSAP's Northeast CAPT.
An experienced trainer and consultant, Ms. Garcia's areas of expertise
include alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and violence prevention,
HIV/AIDS awareness, and women's health promotion. Her work in communities
in the United States, South America and the Caribbean has brought
attention to AOD addiction, HIV/AIDS, and violence and its impact
on women, adolescents, and Latino migrant populations. Ms. Garcia
has demonstrated her cultural capacity and her ability to manage
materials development, knowledge application, and training activities
designed to serve a range of diverse communities. Ms. Garcia has
also worked independently as a consultant for government and community
agencies on issues of leadership development and cultural sensitivity.
She was instrumental in the creation of the Latino Health Institute
and the Massachusetts Hispanic Health Council. Ms. Garcia's community-based
advocacy on behalf of Latino health and socioeconomic issues have
earned her both local and national recognition. Ms Garcia is a
first generation immigrant from Puerto Rico.
Wendy Santis is a Senior Research Associate with
CSAP's Northeast CAPT. She has developed tobacco prevention materials
for the World
Health Organization and the American Cancer Society and HIV prevention
materials on behalf of the World Bank Institute. Prior to joining
EDC, Wendy worked at Management Sciences for Health, providing
technical assistance to health decision-makers in Latin America
including strategic planning, training, management and grant-writing.
At the Harvard School of Public Health, she served as a Field Coordinator
of a multicultural school health project providing training and
technical assistance to Boston-area middle schools, carrying out
curriculum development, and conducting ongoing monitoring and evaluation
of activities. She also served as a Health Educator with the Peace
Corps in Ecuador.
Lisa McGlinchy has experience providing training
and technical assistance around a variety of public health issues.
At the NECAPT,
Ms. McGlinchy conducts research and provides technical assistance
to state systems in substance abuse prevention. Prior to her work
at EDC, Ms. McGlinchy worked for a public health evaluation group
in Washington DC providing program planning and evaluation services
to community organizations and national associations. Much of her
work was focused on the development and implementation of evaluation
plans in HIV prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, youth development,
parenting education, and service learning. She provided services
to organizations such as the DC Health Department HIV/AIDS Administration,
the National Education Association, the United Negro College Fund,
local management boards in several counties in MD, local community
based organizations. Ms. McGlinchy also has taught Health Education,
conducted nutrition counseling to pregnant women and parents, and
provided basic health education to female migrant workers.
Valda Grinbergs is the training and technical assistance
coordinator for the Northeast CAPT. Prior to coming to the Northeast
she worked at EDC's Center for Science Education as Project Coordinator
on the K-12 Science Curriculum Dissemination Center Project. Prior
to that, she worked at TERC as the Project Coordinator on the Hanau
Model Schools Partnership, and in Latvia developing a health education
program for the Latvian Ministry of Education. In 1992, she received
her Master of Education degree from Boston University in International
Education Development, focusing on health education. She holds
a B.A. from Boston College in Germanic Studies.
Chelsey E. Goddard is an associate director for
CSAP's Northeast CAPT. Ms. Goddard where she provides technical
assistance to state
and local alcohol and other drug professionals on effective prevention
strategies, knowledge application, and technology. Ms Goddard has
a diverse background working in the adolescent health field on
issues including substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and sexuality education.
She has worked as a coordinator of the University of Michigan safer
sex peer education program, a research associate in the Office
of Postgraduate Medicine at the University of Michigan, a program
assistant for international programs at Advocates for Youth in
Washington, D.C., and a community health worker at the Washington
Free Clinic serving socially and economic disadvantaged women including
Kim Dash is primarily responsible for overseeing CSAP’s Northeast
CAPT Service to Science initiative. She works with local program
directors, developers, and evaluators, as well as other Northeast
CAPT staff and associates, to improve the evaluation and utility
of innovative programs and practices designed to address the structural
and individual factors associated with substance abuse.
Before joining the CAPT staff, Ms. Dash served as project director
for two federally-funded research projects in EDC’s Center
for Research on High Risk Behaviors—Reach for Health Middle
Childhood Risk Prevention Study and Multi-level Bystander Strategies:
Preventing Youth Violence. She also served as interim managing
director of the Department of Education’s National Training
Center for Middle School Drug Prevention and School Safety Coordinators
in which she oversaw the development, as well as authored significant
proportions, of a resource guide designed to help school personnel
apply effective research-based prevention strategies. Ms. Dash
is currently a doctoral student at the Heller School for Social
Policy and Management, Brandeis University. She earned her M.P.H.
in health education from the University of North Carolina, School
of Public Health – Chapel Hill and her B.A. in social geography
from Clark University.
To learn more about CAC, contact Deborah
Director of CSAP’S Northeast CAPT and RWJF Fellow.