HealthLink Community Advisory Council
shor is a Midwesterner with a strong affinity towards lakes and trees. They graduated from the University of Minnesota-School of Public Health with an emphasis on LGBTQ health and community health promotion. shor is interested in community health, the intersection between health equity work and health disparities work and social justice, and is committed to promoting the health and wellness of LGBTQ communities. Currently, they work for the Center for Health Equity at the MN Department of Health building capacity of public health practitioners to enact health equity in their work. shor's pronouns are they/them/their.
Adrian Shanker (He/Him/His) has been an activist, organizer and an advocate for the LGBT community for more than a decade. He serves as Executive Director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and previously served as President of Equality Pennsylvania where he led successful campaigns to advance non-discrimination and relationship recognition ordinances in municipalities across Pennsylvania. And before that, he served a three-year term on the Human Relations Commission of the City of Allentown, PA, an agency charged with enforcement of the municipal civil rights law.
In addition to his leadership at The Center, Adrian serves on the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Office of Health Equity Advisory Board, The ACLU of Pennsylvania's Board of Directors, LGBT HealthLink's National Steering Committee, and Pennsylvania Medical Society's LGBT Health Disparities Task Force. He is currently enrolled in the Graduate Certificate for LGBT Health Policy & Practice at The George Washington University and he earned his B.A. in Political Science and Religion Studies at Muhlenberg College.
He has received numerous prestigious honors, including the Bar Association of Lehigh County's 'Liberty Bell Award', the City of Allentown's 'Human Relations Award', Anne Frank Center USA's 'Spirit of Anne Frank Award', and GLSEN Hudson Valley's 'Leadership Award'. Lehigh Valley Business named him to their inaugural '40 Under 40' list in 2013. He was named ‘Person of the Year’ by Philadelphia Gay News in 2012 for his success advancing LGBT equality in municipalities across PA and Adrian was one of six LGBT speakers at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: The National Action to Realize the Dream. He has been featured on CBS Evening News, NPR's All Things Considered, and CQ Weekly.
Larry enjoys a good book, tasty meals, cultural events, physical fitness and traveling are some of things he does in his spare time. Most of his professional experience has been with non-profit organizations for HIV/AIDS prevention, youth programs, cultural enrichment and educational institutions before joining the of Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control staff in 2011.
Kristen Emory Ph.D.
Kristen Emory is the Director and Advisor of the Undergraduate Program in the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) at San Diego State University (SDSU). Kristen teaches in the College of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the GSPH at SDSU. She is trained sociologist and health behaviorist and utilizes this foundation to better understand and reduce health disparities among young, vulnerable, and diverse populations. Her primary research interest is in the field of tobacco and marijuana control and prevention; with an emphasis on health disparities among diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. Kristen’s research is focused on the role new technology and social media (e.g. Facebook and Twitter) play in shaping health communications, health beliefs, and health behaviors.
Amanda Fallin-Bennett PhD, RN
Amanda Fallin-Bennett is an active early-career tobacco control scientist with a focus on tobacco use and disparate populations. As a faculty associate in the Tobacco Policy Research Program, she is currently a Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) scholar, and is developing a program of research focused on tobacco use and tobacco-related policies in mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities. In June 2014, she completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Stanton Glantz at the University of California San Francisco’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. She has led projects related to tobacco use, policy and prevention for vulnerable populations: in tobacco growing states; and among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults, college students, and bar-going young adults.
Gil Lorenzo is a project manager at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he manages programs and initiatives that aim to improve faculty and staff wellbeing. Previously, he was the Marketing and Outreach Manager for the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at UCSF and worked closely with several states—Mississippi, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Michigan—in launching statewide initiatives on tobacco and behavioral health. In addition to working with state departments of health, he provided technical assistance with a focus on quitline marketing to universities, health systems, and community based organizations.
Earl Nupsius Benjamin, DrHSc
Dr. Earl Benjamin-Robinson is a minority and health equity strategist and well known as a skilled strategic convener and facilitator. He is a population health practitioner with over 16 years of public health experience. Dr. Benjamin-Robinson is a AETC-National Multicultural Center certified cultural competency trainer. Since 2015, he has been distinguished by the American Psychological Association as a Health Equity Ambassador. As a health equity strategist, Dr. Benjamin identifies as a community health worker and he is a member of the Health Disparities, Education, Awareness Research & Training (HDEART) Health Equity Scholars. Lastly, Dr. Benjamin-Robinson is an alumnus of Loyola University (New Orleans) and the University of Louisiana at Monroe; he has completed post graduate work at the Jackson Heart Study Summer Institute and acquired his Doctorate of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Health Sciences.
Gustavo Torrez has been involved in the tobacco control movement for the past 22 years. He began his work in tobacco control as a youth advocate in California and continued his career in the field in Boston, where he was a Program Manager with Fenway Community Health and the National Network for LGBT Health Equity, one of the CDC-funded priority population networks. As a young adult, Gustavo served on Legacy's National Speaker's Bureau and National Activism Council, and in 2012 he was recognized for his efforts with a Trailblazers Award for outstanding and continuous leadership in the tobacco control movement by Legacy.
Currently, Gustavo is the Director of Youth Advocacy for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, where he oversees the development and implementation of innovative youth-focused programs including Taking Down Tobacco, a new online training program changing the way we engage and train youth to #BeTheFirst tobacco-free generation.
Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA
Mandi Pratt-Chapman is Associate Center Director, Patient-Centered Initiatives and Health Equity for the GW Cancer Center. Her research has addressed clinical guideline development and workforce capacity to advance patient-centered care and health equity. She led the development of national, consensus-based core competencies for Oncology Patient Navigators and a corresponding online training to provide all navigators access to free training to build competencies. She chaired the Oncology Patient Navigator – Certified Generalist process for the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators. Additionally, she serves as co-PI for the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center and has co-authored four holistic clinical practice guidelines on breast, prostate, colorectal and head and neck cancer survivorship care with the American Cancer Society. She is an investigator on three Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute-funded projects to inform health services standards for cancer survivorship; catalyze dissemination and implementation of evidence-based cancer survivorship and patient navigation practices; and build community-driven research in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities in Washington, DC.
Anthony Crisci is the Executive Director of Triangle Community Center (TCC) in Norwalk, CT. Anthony began in his position at TCC in September 2013 as the organization’s first ever full time staff in its 23 year history. TCC now has 5 ½ full time staff and has expanded its programs and services to offer case management, financial assistance and housing for its clients.
Anthony came to TCC after working with Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice in New York City, a national social justice organization. At Bend the Arc, Anthony began as a member of the Programs Team, coordinating the logistics for programs focused on building the capacity of community organizers and non-profit leaders across the country. He later became the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Bend the Arc, a position he held prior to accepting the Executive Director position with TCC.
Anthony began his career in non-profit management as an undergrad at Hofstra University. There he joined The Pride Network, a student-run organization. Anthony worked with The Pride Network for five years and helped the student group grow into a 501c3 organization that now offers programming in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. During his time at Hofstra he also held internships at the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). After moving back to Norwalk, CT, his hometown, Anthony became a member of St. Paul’s on the Green, an Anglican church of the Episcopal faith, where he has served as both a member of the vestry for five years and treasurer for one year.