Staff

SJIPH is led by two distinguished faculty members of Rowan University and Rutgers University-Camden. Together, they bring more than four decades of research excellence and community-based, collaborative investigation into some of our region’s most complex challenges. Both have published in their respective areas of focus, and led other academic-community partnership funding initiatives of varying scales.

Co-Leads

Nicole A. Vaughn, MS, PhD

Associate Professor (Health & Exercise Science) Rowan University
biography

Nicole A. Vaughn, MS, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science in the School of Nursing and Health Professions at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Her research as a health psychologist over the past 20 years has focused on community-based participatory and community-engaged methods to reduce health disparities in African American and Hispanic/Latino/Latinx communities, primarily. She has led evidence-based and evidence-informed chronic disease prevention interventions in urban and rural settings including churches, community centers, after-school centers and grocery stores. She has been a principal investigator and co-investigator on multiple, federal, state, local and industry funded grants. Dr. Vaughn has presented at national conferences and published in scholarly journals focused on reducing disparities for minority communities. She has served on national review boards and as an ad hoc reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. She has been a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Journal of Community Psychology and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s journal, Preventing Chronic Disease.

Dr. Vaughn has BS in psychology from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD and a MS and PhD in medical/health psychology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ F. Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Vaughn was selected for the prestigious Ford Foundation Fellowship as a pre-doctoral scholar. Additionally, she completed a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular behavioral medicine and led a family-based intervention on health in Washington, DC. She also completed a 2-year MT-DIRC fellowship in dissemination and implementation with Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Vaughn has taught high school, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students across her long career in higher education. She worked as part of a small team of faculty to develop the Public Health & Wellness undergraduate degree program at Rowan University and teaches upper-level courses in program planning and leadership, public health methods and interventions and US Healthcare Systems.

Over the years, Dr. Vaughn has received awards for her community engaged work in Philadelphia, PA and Southern New Jersey. Recently, she was part of a team that received the 2020 Best Collaborative Award from the Non-Profit Development Center of Southern New Jersey. She received the 2019 Unsung Hero in Public Health Award from the National Community Based Organization Network and was named as 1 of 4 finalists for the 2021 Remarkable Woman initiative for PHL 17 News. Dr. Vaughn’s current research involves engaging with multi-sectoral community partners on research focused to address food access and food insecurity for adults and families in New Jersey. She enjoys working with communities and researchers to design mutually beneficial quantitative and qualitative research projects that can provide data as well as direct impact to improve health and wellness for populations in the region.

Stephen Danley, D. PHIL

Director of the Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) & Associate Professor Rutgers University - Camden
biography

Stephen Danley is the Director of the Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE)and an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers-Camden University. He is author of A Neighborhood Politics of Last Resort: Post-Katrina New Orleans and the Right to the City

He researches protest, such as in his article “They’re Not Building It for Us”: Displacement Pressure, Unwelcomeness, and Protesting Neighborhood Investment which examines protests of gentrification in Camden, NJ and his article Nonprofit segregation: The exclusion and impact of White nonprofit networks which examines the impact of nonprofit segregation in Camden, NJ. 

He also researches participation, including a recently completed a grant with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study youth participation in their Next Generation Community Leaders initiative.

A proud alumnus of Penn, Stephen received a Marshall Scholarship to attend the University of Oxford’s Nuffield College, where he received his doctorate in the Department of Social Policy and Interventions. 

RURCBOG Leadership & Staff

Jeffrey L. Nash, Esq.

President & CEO Rowan University / Rutgers - Camden Board of Governors
biography

Jeff Nash has served on the Camden County Board of Commissioners since 1991 and is the
longest serving Commissioner in the county. Jeff is the Commissioner liaison to the Parks
Department, Division of Environmental Affairs, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority,
and Pollution Control Finance Authority. Under Jeff’s leadership, Camden County introduced
Parks Alive 2025, a five-year plan to create and revitalize all parks, and recreation venues
throughout the county.

Jeff has an established history of government service. He was first elected to public office in
1989 as a member of the Cherry Hill Township Council, where he served from 1990 to 1993.
Once elected as County Commissioner, Jeff initially served as liaison to the county’s
Department of Health and Human Services. In that capacity, Jeff helped to initiate the
nationally acclaimed Child Immunization Program, the Camden County Kids Club, and establish
the County YES (Youth Empowerment Service) facility.

Most recently, Jeff was appointed as the CEO of the Rowan University Rutgers Camden Board of
Governors which facilitates and advances the “Eds and Meds” opportunities in Camden.

Corey Hoffman, MS

Director - Programs & Partnerships Rowan University / Rutgers - Camden Board of Governors
biography

Corey serves as the Coordinator – Academic Programs for the Rowan University / Rutgers – Camden Board of Governors. In this role, Corey oversees the administration, strategic partnerships, data collection, and evaluation of the Joint Board’s existing academic and workforce training programs. His work also focuses on the development of new workforce training initiatives and special projects at the Joint Board.

Corey received his master’s degree in public administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania in 2020 and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech in 2011.

SJIPH Staff

Emily Herrberg, MPH

Operations and Research Coordinator South Jersey Institute of Population Health
biography

Emily Herrberg graduated from Temple University in 2024 with a MPH in Epidemiology.

At Temple University, Emily pursued an interest in infectious disease surveillance and chronic health outcomes from infectious diseases. She interned at the Hepatitis B foundation were she conducted research into chronic hepatitis B health patient preferences and adherence to medication. She also assisted on the development of a three pronged study on attitudes on COVID-19 vaccines for those living with liver disease. During her time in undergrad, she spent three years in the Holub laboratory of Chemical Biology, she was involved in various projects and led a team of undergraduates. Further, Emily was involved in the peer health promotion organization POWER/GAMMA. During this time, she helped organize events, create educational materials, and teach health programs to students at the University. Her programs focused on drug and alcohol safety, women’s health, and sexual health. Additionally, she volunteered in hospice care and worked in home health care where she helped advocate for clients. Her work in POWER/GAMMA and as a volunteer led to her interest in public health, public health administration, and epidemiology.

In joining the South Jersey Institute for Public Health (SJIPH), Emily coordinates and organizes materials relating to research funding. In addition, she helps to plan, facilitate, and lead both virtual and in-person functions such as the annual Sandbox event.

Betty Cui, MS

Data Analyst South Jersey Institute of Population Health
biography

Betty Cui earned her master’s degree in Biostatistics from New York University in 2023 after completing her bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science at the University of British Columbia in 2021. Betty had many experiences in public health research, focusing on disease outcomes and health disparities. She now serves as a part-time Data Analyst at the South Jersey Institute of Population Health (SJIPH), where she plays a pivotal role in developing and maintaining analytic datasets for various research projects within the institute, including prospective surveys, study data, clinical trials, and qualitative data.

Rowan Staff

Robert R. Weaver, PhD

Professor (School of Health Professions) Rowan University
biography

In 2016 Robert Weaver joined the faculty of Health and Exercise Science at Rowan University, after serving as a faculty member in Sociology at Youngstown State University and in Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Dr. Weaver has taught numerous classes in Sociology and the Health Sciences and Community Health, and has engaged in a variety of public health and healthcare research projects using a variety of research approaches – quantitative, qualitative, and community-based. His main interest lies in examining how social conditions shape individuals’ health and well-being, and most recently has examined the prevalence and dimensions of food insecurity among university students.

Charalampos (Babis) Papachristou, PhD

Senior Biostatistician Rowan University
biography

Charalampos (Babis) Papachristou, Ph.D., is an esteemed Associate Professor of Mathematics at Rowan University, where he also serves as the Assessment Coordinator. Dr. Papachristou holds a BS in Mathematics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and a PhD in Statistics from The Ohio State University. He completed his postdoctoral studies in Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. His research expertise lies in statistical genetics, biostatistics, and genetic epidemiology, focusing on the development of methodologies to identify disease susceptibility genes and analyze genetic data. His recent academic endeavors include exploring the heritability of DNA methylation and investigating gene-environment interactions. Dr. Papachristou has received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in recognition of his dedication to education.

Talha Mobin, MPH

Public Health Analyst Rowan University
biography

Talha Mobin, a 2024 graduate of Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia, PA, holds a major in Epidemiology and a minor in Infectious Disease and Population Health. His research passion lies at the intersection of infectious diseases and cardiovascular health, with a specific focus on urban health contexts.

During his tenure at Drexel, Talha undertook a significant project for his Integrated Learning Experience, delving into the outcomes of malaria in children with concurrent sickle cell trait and alpha thalassemia. This endeavor showcased his dedication to understanding complex health issues and their implications.

Talha’s commitment to public health excellence was recognized with the “Public Health in Action” award, reflecting his impactful work at the Lutheran Settlement House. There, he streamlined data collection procedures by consolidating surveys into a user-friendly tool, a testament to his ability to innovate and improve processes.

With a Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery from Pakistan, Talha brings a unique perspective to his public health endeavors. His study on pediatric dental fear in both private and public hospital settings highlighted his advocacy for policy changes aimed at improving behavioral management for young patients in dental care settings.

Driven by a passion for improving community health outcomes, Talha looks forward to leveraging his diverse skill set and experiences to make a positive impact in the field of public health.

Maya Patel

Undergraduate Intern Rowan University
biography

Maya is an undergraduate student at Barnard College of Columbia University, driven by a passion for public health. She is majoring in Psychology with minors in Science & Public Policy and Statistics, and she plans to pursue a Master’s in Public Health in the future.

Maya has been actively involved in public health initiatives at Columbia University. She volunteered weekly with the Student Health Outreach Program, working to improve health outcomes for underserved families and individuals in NYC by connecting them with essential services. 

Her academic journey at Barnard has provided her with a solid foundation in global health, women’s public health, and the history of health inequalities. Maya has conducted literature reviews on the health impacts of air pollution in vulnerable communities and on improving outcomes for Black pregnant mothers. She is particularly interested in integrating her passion for statistics with public health to drive meaningful change.

Maya’s commitment to public health began in high school, where she participated in the Public Health Leadership Institute program at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health and the CDC’s Public Health Academy. She also volunteered at Virtua Mount Holly Hospital, contributing to the wellbeing of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Growing up in South Jersey, Maya is eager to contribute to the health and wellness of the communities that shaped her through her involvement with the SJIPH.

Alyse Capizzi

Undergraduate Intern Rowan University
biography

Alyse Capizzi is an undergraduate student at Rowan University, where she is working towards her Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Health Communication and the Discourse of Medicine. Her academic journey is complemented by her professional role as a phlebotomist at Inspira Health, where she gains hands-on experience in the medical field.  

Alyse has a keen interest in population health, which drives her to explore various aspects of public health and its impact on communities. She is particularly passionate about improving health outcomes through effective communication and education.

In addition to her current studies and work, Alyse is pursuing a career in cardiac sonography, aiming to specialize in this critical area of medical imaging. Her dedication to both her academic and professional development reflects her commitment to making a meaningful difference in the healthcare sector.

Emma Muigai

Undergraduate Intern Rowan University
biography

Emma Muigai, in-coming senior of Rowan University, department of Health and Exercise science, studying Public Health and wellness with a minor in Psychology.  With a passion for promoting well-being and community health, I’m actively engaged in campus life, where I’m involved in the Public Health Club and various other organizations. In addition to my academic pursuits, I have gained leadership and organizational skills through my role as a Residential Assistant, and part of the Rowan marketing committee. Looking forward to the future, I’m eager to continue my education and make a meaningful impact in the field of healthcare. I’m considering furthering my studies in either Health informatics or a career as a Physician Assistant. 

CURE Staff

Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE)  is dedicated to building a Rutgers where community work and research go hand in hand. CURE will bring its mission and knowledge of community research and civic engagement to support the strategy, research design, and operations of SJIPH.  This partnership will further enhance SJIPH’s integration into Rutger’s research infrastructure and connection to affiliated faculty.

Mariah Casias, MS

CURE Department Administrator Rutgers University-Camden
biography

Mariah has spent her career in nonprofits and higher education in the Philadelphia region working at the intersection of learning, philanthropy and social impact leadership.

She most recently served as the Vice President of Learning and Evaluation at Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, a membership organization for regional philanthropy. Prior to her time at Philanthropy Network, Mariah was a Social Impact Fellow at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice. Previously in her career at Penn, Mariah served as Program Manager for the Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize and Fellows Program. 

Before joining Penn, Mariah worked in grantwriting and major gifts for the Science History Institute and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Originally from San Diego,  Mariah is a graduate of Haverford College and received a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

Melissa A. Thompson, M. Ed

CURE Graduate Assistant/PhD Student Rutgers University - Camden
biography

Melissa A. Thompson is a Ph.D. student in the Public Affairs and Community Development program at Rutgers University Camden. Melissa’s research interests center around pathways for Black liberation, youth and urban poverty, education, and housing. Melissa was a former Teach for America corps member and currently lives in and serves on multiple non-profit boards in Camden, NJ. She is passionate about studying and designing infrastructure that residents can use to gain access to spaces, systems, and supports that lead to their own upward mobility and healing.

Yanan Li

CURE Research Assistant/ PhD Student Rutgers University - Camden
biography

Yanan Li is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Affairs at Rutgers University-Camden. Her research focuses on social capital and social class mobility, with a particular emphasis on spatial analysis. She has received comprehensive training in both quantitative and qualitative analysis and has a strong ability in data visualization. 

Oversight Committee

The oversight committee plays an integral role in establishing and leading the inaugural funding cycle of SJIPH by providing key support to the co-leads in the call for proposals, evaluation process, and dissemination efforts. The committee brings diverse expertise and invaluable local and regional perspectives that are vital to this initial funding process.

Gladys Antelo-Allen

Associate Director of Education and Training Camden Coalition
biography

Gladys Antelo-Allen currently serves as the Associate Director of Education and Training within the Field Building & Resources department at the Camden Coalition. In this role, Gladys provides subject matter expertise in the development of content and curriculum related to complex care, facilitates trainings, and offers expert advising to health systems and community-based organizations both locally and nationally through technical assistance partnerships. Before this role, Gladys worked as a Senior Nurse Care Coordinator within the Population Health Initiatives at the Camden Coalition working with patients experiencing complex health and social needs. Gladys engaged patients in the community to meet their goals and worked with health systems and partners to provide coordinated, high-quality care. During that time, she also co-developed the COACH engagement framework and RELATE supervisory model. Gladys uses her experiences in the field engaging with patients and systems, to help coach and train other organizations and professionals. A Licensed Practical Nurse by training, Gladys graduated from Lincoln Technical Institute in 2012.

Paschal Nwako Ph.D., MPH, HO, CHES, REHS, DAAS

County Health Officer & Public Health Coordinator Camden County Department of Health
biography

Dr. Paschal Nwako currently serves as the County Health Officer & Public Health Coordinator for Camden County Department of Health. With direction from the Board of Commissioners, Dr. Nwako develops and administers a wide range of public health programs including, but not limited to, environmental health services, maternal and child health services, public health nursing services, infectious and chronic disease control services, public health laboratory services, and health education services. He is responsible for all 37 municipalities within Camden County as their general agent to enforce their health ordinances and health laws of the state and federal government. Dr. Nwako serves as the key public health representative in the local community, promoting the use of local health services, advocating for public health policy initiatives with local and state policymakers, and aiding local public health education and promotion initiatives. In addition to listed services, the Office of the County Health Officer also performs grant reviews and approvals for public health agencies, organizations, and entities in the county.

Dr. Nwako also aids and assists the New Jersey Department of Health and collaborates with the State in county emergency preparedness response and planning, including implementing orders of isolation, quarantine, or emergency legal measures required.

Dr. Nwako participates in developing and reviewing local emergency plans and serves as the spokesperson to the media, public, and medical community in a public health emergency. Dr. Nwako coordinates the evaluation of public health services, problems, and needs of the public and works with community groups to help them recognize their public health problems and methods of solving them. Dr. Nwako coordinates the development of grants, operational budgets, performance goals, outcomes, and measures that grant-related program activities are implemented per program specifications outlined by the grantor.

Dr. Nwako obtained his Ph.D. in Health Sciences from Seton Hall University. Master’s degree in public health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, now Rutgers University. Dr. Nwako is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist, Licensed Health Officer, and Certified Health Education Specialist in public health practice. He advocates for public health and has worked in the field of public health for over 25 years.

Dr. Nwako is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Sanitarians. He received the National Environmental Health Association Certificate of Merit for contributing to Public Health in New Jersey, United States, and Public Health outreach in West Africa. He received the NJEHA President’s Award and the City of Philadelphia Excellence in Public Health Practice. He has served on many public health boards, including the New Jersey Association of City & County Health Officials, the New Jersey Prevention Network, the Public Health Management Corporation Philadelphia, and the Rowan SOM Advisory Board. He received the 2016 New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association Certificate of Recognition and the 2017 NJ Health Officer of the Year Award.

Sarah Allred, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Psychology) Rutgers University - Camden
biography

Sarah Allred, PhD, is Associate Professor in Psychology at Rutgers University – Camden, and came to the University in 2009 after three years of postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Allred earned her Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior from the University of Washington. She also holds a BS in Applied Physics with minors in mathematics and philosophy from Brigham Young University in Utah.

For her primary research on the relationship between visual perception and memory, Dr. Allred received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award. She also teaches courses on research methods, experimental psychology, and perception and evolutionary psychology; she is a past recipient of both the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the Presidential Teaching Award.

Broadly, Allred’s academic research approach is to find sensible and useful interpretations of large and noisy data sets through computational and statistical modeling techniques. This includes research projects: (1) Bayesian modeling of publicly available local area health data (funded by RWJF and UW-Madison ); (2) Predicting an individual’s health from objective and subjective measures of neighborhood quality; (3) How population vs county-based analysis of data affects the utility of Community Health Needs Assessments; (4) Leveraging big data to benefit small communities (funded by RWJF).

Dr. Angela K. Beale-Tawfeeq, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor Rowan University
biography

Dr. Angela K. Beale-Tawfeeq is an Associate Professor, former chair and current Program Coordinator of the Health/Physical Education, Teacher Education (HEPETE) Program, in the Department of Science, Technology, Education, Arts, Mathematics, and Movement Education (STEAM), in the College of Education, at Rowan University. Additionally, Dr. Beale-Tawfeeq has served as the Program Director of the Kinesiology Physical Activity Program, in the College of Public Health at Temple University and has been recognized nationally for her youth development, aquatic-physical activity programming. Dr. Beale-Tawfeeq received her B.A, in English and M.S. in Therapeutic Recreation from Howard University, in Washington D.C., and her doctorate, in Physical Education, Teacher Education, from the Florida State University, in Tallahassee Florida. Dr. Beale-Tawfeeq’s interest in addressing health disparities in the African American community, promoting equity and social justice via water safety and drowning prevention in historically excluded and underserved communities, and her desire to confronts health and physical activity disparities, social justice, and other disproportionate inequities in society, aquatics, and education, redirected her professional focus toward the inclusion of public health issues. Dr. Beale-Tawfeeq went on to receive her Master of Public Health, in Community Health with a global perspective, from Arcadia University, Glenside, PA.
Dr. Beale Tawfeeq’s belief as a educator and a researcher is grounded in her mission of “building bridges to break down barriers” in communities, a trend that was established during her developmental years, via personal, educational, and physical activity experiences.

Dr. Beale-Tawfeeq currently serves as a member of the American Red Cross, Scientific Advisory Council, Aquatic Sub Council, Director of Education and Research for Diversity In Aquatics (DIA), a non-profit 501 4c organization, whose mission is to save lives and reduce the incidence of drowning through global efforts. Additionally, she founded End Needless Drowning, which specializes in aquatic physical activity-based youth development programs in underserved communities, K-12 school districts, and community-based organizations. Dr. Beale-Tawfeeq’s research, grant writing, and academic pursuits have included, community health and the evaluation of culturally competent physical activity programs, drowning prevention and water safety among African American and Latino populations, youth development, service-learning and culturally responsive pedagogy in K-12 health and physical education, and advocacy for programs and policies that will improve health conditions in African American and Latino communities. Dr. Beale-Tawfeeq has been recognized with several national awards and honors, presented on the international, national, regional and local levels, and has been published in several refereed journals. Presently, Dr. Beale-Tawfeeq seeks to examine the social, cultural, and structural determinants of health, physical activity, and education and aims to dismantle health and educational disparities, and establish racial equity to cultivate understanding and change.

Darrin W. Anderson, Sr., PhD, MS, CSCS

President & CEO Urban League of Philadelphia
biography

Dr. Anderson is the President and CEO of The Urban League of Philadelphia (ULP). The ULP has worked since 1917 to empower underserved communities in Philadelphia to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. Specifically, ULP’s programs and initiatives work to spearhead workforce development, encourage entrepreneurship, provide housing counseling, increase health and wellness, educate youth, and bolster civic engagement. Darrin earned his BS and MS from the University of Delaware and a PhD in Applied Kinesiology from Temple University. He completed a Clinical Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Internship at Christiana Care’s Eugene DuPont Preventive Medicine & Rehabilitation Institute.

Darrin is the former chair of the US Regional II Health Equity Council; serves on the NJ Governor’s Taskforce for Cancer & Chronic Disease Prevention and a board member of the Advocates for Children of New Jersey. His research interest is in pedagogy, exercise science, health policy and equity. He has a professional interest in non-profit leadership, fund development, youth development and community engagement.

Anthony Welch, MBA

Vice President of Government and Community Relations Cooper University Health Care
biography

Anthony Welch serves as Vice President of Government and Community Relations at Cooper University Health Care. Anthony provides strategic guidance on public policy issues affecting health care and Cooper, and helps to oversee Cooper’s advocacy efforts in connection with legislative, policy, and regulatory initiatives.

Prior to joining Cooper, Anthony served as Director of Policy and Strategic Planning for the New Jersey Department of Health. Previously, Anthony served as a senior policy advisor in the Office of Governor Chris Christie. He has also served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Newark Now, a community organization co-founded by Senator Cory Booker. In addition, he has served as a program officer at The Nicholson Foundation, as a project coordinator at Rutgers University, and as President of the national youth leadership organization Do Something, Inc. Anthony received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Rutgers University – New Brunswick, and a MBA from Rutgers University – Newark.

Carly Melchert

Executive Director Meals on Wheels of Salem County
biography

Carly Melchert serves as the Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Salem County (MOWSC). For 40 years, MOWSC has served home delivered nutritious meals and the comfort of friendship to home-bound senior and disabled residents in Salem County, delivering between 35,000 and 40,000 meals to clients throughout the county annually and engaging a network of volunteers who drive more 60,000 miles and provide over 5,000 hours of service per year. Her visionary leadership style along with a deep knowledge of community resources affecting seniors, has elevated MOWSC to be lauded as The Best Organization and Best Service Benefiting Adult by the Salem County Chamber of Commerce several years in a row.

Carly holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Fitness Management form Rowan University.

Past Co-leads & Staffing

Naomi R. Marmorstein, PhD (Former Co-lead 2022-2023)

Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs Rutgers University-Camden
biography

Naomi Marmorstein, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at Rutgers University-Camden. Prior to her faculty position, she earned a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Previous administrative positions have included her roles as department chair and associate dean within the College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers-Camden.

Dr. Marmorstein’s research focuses on mental health and substance abuse among youth.  She has served as PI on over 1.1 million dollars in funding from the National Institutes of Health to support her research. She enjoys teaching a variety of courses such as Research Methods, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychopathology, and Careers in Psychology and is a past recipient of the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

As Interim Co-Lead for the South Jersey Institute for Population Health, Dr. Marmorstein is interested in contributing to the Institute’s mission of advancing community-engaged research that promotes health equity in southern New Jersey. A key part of this is supporting the development and maintenance of partnerships among community organizations, Rutgers-Camden researchers, and Rowan researchers. She particularly enjoys supporting research teams in finding collaborative partners and assisting those teams through the entire funding cycle, from proposal through research completion.

(Interim for Cycle 2)

Crashell A. Allen, MEd, MS, CCC-SLP

Public Health Analyst Rowan University
biography

Crashell Allen, M.Ed., M.S., CF-SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow. She works as an Speech Pathologist for Burlington County Special Services School District full time. She currently holds two master degrees in Speech Language Pathology and Higher Education. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language Hearing Science in 2018 and a Master of Education in Higher Education with a concentration in Leadership Development in 2020 from Temple University. And received her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Baylor University in 2022. She has 3 years’ experience in event planning, budget management, supervisory experience, food bank management, and website development.

Ms. Allen serves as a part-time Public Health Analyst at Rowan University with the South Jersey Institute of Population Health (SJIPH). In this role, she supports the Co-Leads in coordinating and organizing materials for the research funding initiative. She coordinates, meets and works with appropriate personnel and community stakeholders. Ms. Allen helped organize and plan the Sandbox event that supports project groups with their proposals.

Past Oversight Committee Members

Dana Redd, MAHS

President & CEO Camden Community Partnership
biography

Dana Redd is President/CEO of Camden Community Partnership, Inc. a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve as the catalyst for the preservation and growth of a vibrant Camden. In this role, Ms. Redd is the key management leader responsible for implementing the strategic plan and managing a diversified special project portfolio, including neighborhood initiatives, public infrastructure, and business development.

Dana has worked in various positions from local government to the New Jersey State Senate, most recently serving as CEO of the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors. As former CEO, Ms. Redd was responsible for board operations, construction, and management of a 95,000-square-foot Joint Health Sciences Center. Ms. Redd worked to develop programmatic and policy initiatives that reflected the Board’s mission and overarching objectives of education, economic development, and civic engagement.

While serving as Mayor of Camden, she successfully transitioned the city from state takeover to local control. Camden emerged as a national model for urban recovery in America during her tenure. Redd rallied a coalition of citizens, community organizations, faith-based leaders, businesses, universities, healthcare providers, state officials, and local government entities to improve the quality of life for Camden residents.

Dana Redd is a graduate of Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey (Camden Campus) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Studies. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Services Administration from Lincoln University.

Tysha Saffold, MSN, RN, PhD

Assistant Professor (Nursing) Rutgers University - Camden
biography

Dr. Tyshaneka Saffold is an Assistant Professor at the Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden. Dr. Saffold is an advocate who is passionate about improving the health of those in underserved populations. Her core values shape her philosophy of nursing: everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and compassion regardless of race or socioeconomic status. Her service relates closely to her commitment to ensure fair and equitable service to all regardless of their income level. Dr. Saffold volunteers both locally and internationally, providing free health and education services to community members.

Dr. Saffold’s program of research is health disparities in urban populations; prevention of both social and racial injustice; impact of poverty on health; and improving the health of vulnerable populations. Dr. Saffold has been a nurse for 18 years, with clinical expertise in the areas of cardiac care, community health, geriatrics, and leadership. Currently, her research centers on social determinants of health; particularly health disparities, social injustice, racial injustice, and inequalities in healthcare.

Sheila Roberts

President Cooper Lanning Civic Assocation
biography

Mrs. Roberts has served as the President of the Cooper Lanning Civic Association for the past 16 years. Previously, she taught for 10 years in the Camden City Public Schools.

A lifelong Camden resident, Mrs. Roberts volunteers her time by contributing to food banks and homeless shelters, and providing clothing for the needy. In addition, she is a committed community partner for the Camden Cooper Lanning Promise Neighborhood Initiative, which focuses on creating opportunities for children and families, who live within the Cooper Plaza and Lanning Square communities.

Megan Sheppard, MPH

Health Officer Cumberland County Department of Health
biography

Megan has worked in the Public Health field since 2006. Prior to that she worked in the Health and Wellness profession for 6 years. Megan is currently the Health Officer for the Cumberland County Department of Health and oversees all aspects of the Health Department, which includes assuring that all programs meet New Jersey Department of Health standards, and that the department stays true to their mission of being dedicated to the promotion, protection, and improvement of the public’s health.

Megan combines her health and wellness and public health experience when working to achieve healthier outcomes and lifestyles for Cumberland County residents. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Exercise Science from Rowan University. In addition to being a licensed New Jersey Health Officer, Megan is a Certified Health Education Specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.