Our Team

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AJ Poen (they/them)

Health Education Specialist

Sexual health resources are historically sparse for LGBTQIAA+ and disabled teenagers, especially for teens at the intersections of multiple oppressed identities. AJ envisions a future of sexual health education where teens are provided resources that are culturally competent...

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Andrew Guerra (he/him)

Health Education Specialist

Sexual health education has not always had a history of being inclusive and accessible, especially for LGBTQ+ youth. Driven by the memories of having to seek out sexual health information that reflected his identity, Andrew Guerra grew passionate...

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Cyril So (she/they)

Senior Health Educator & Trainer

Cyril is a San Francisco Bay Area native and grew up just steps away from where she now works at Health Connected. As a student in the Redwood City School District, she participated in both Health Connected's Teen Talk Middle School and Teen Talk High School...

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Deanna Canales (she/her)

Health Education Specialist

The plan that Deanna’s parents had for her to learn about sexual health, was to provide her with a book. “The Care And Keeping of You” from the American Girl Library, piqued her interest in bodies...

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Katie Reeder (she/her)

Health Education Specialist

Katie knew from an early age that she wanted to spend all day every day talking about relationships, feelings, and the nuance of being human...

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Natalie Phillips (she/they)

Senior Health Educator

As a teenager in the Bay Area, Natalie was passionate about reproductive rights and loved answering her friends’ questions about sexual health. However, her interest in teaching sex ed didn’t solidify until she took a student-taught sex ed class...

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Phyllis Lui (they/she)

Health Education Specialist

Phyllis’ curiosity around human sexuality started in elementary school and her quest for sexual knowledge took off from there! In high school she learned from her amazing friend, who had the opportunity to receive sex education...

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Yovanna Gonzalez (she/her)

Bilingual Health Education Specialist

Yovanna grew up in a Latiné family that avoided conversations about sex, gender, and sexuality. She was often left to her own devices to find trusted adults, sexual health resources, and information...

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Abigail Karlin-Resnick (she/her)

Executive Director

Abigail Karlin-Resnick is the Executive Director of Health Connected. Abi has worked in youth development and education for 20 years. She began her career in Chicago, coordinating programs for underserved youth in the Uptown and Washington Park...

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Arjun Sheth (he/him)

Senior Health Educator

Having never himself finished “the talk” when he was a kid, Arjun made it his goal to help deliver that conversation to other people through a marriage of the arts and classroom education. At Stanford, he studied Theater and Human Biology, concentrating in Gender, Sexuality, and Development...

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DaShanna Jones-Miles (she/her)

Program and Operations Manager

DaShanna Jones-Miles has been with Health Connected since 2015, and has served more than 5,000 Bay Area students since that time. Ms. Jones’ passion for health education and equity stems from her own high school experience and...

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Hannah Lopez (she/her)

Impact & Engagement Manager

Raised in California’s Central Valley, Hannah Lopez was drawn to the dynamic field of health education at a very young age. Her passion for youth advocacy and empowerment emerged in high school when she took a role as a peer educator for a teen relationship...

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Kehau Gunderson (she/her)

CA Reproductive Health Equity Project Specialist & Senior Trainer

Starting at Stanford University at just age 16, classes like Adolescent Sexuality and Adolescent Mental Health weren’t just fun and exciting to attend but also covered topics personally relevant to her...

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Nickolas Sumpter (he/him)

Health Educator

The excitement on the faces of Nickolas’ university peers after learning their STI status - some of them for the first time - at a health event he organized, solidified his interest in pursuing Health Promotion as his career path...

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Sandra Sotiriadis (she/her)

Training & Curriculum Manager, Senior Health Educator

The seeds of Sandra’s interest and passion for sexuality education were planted the moment she stepped foot on her college campus. A brief and memorable encounter with San Francisco State’s infamous Sexual Health PEACHes (Peer Educators Advocating Campus Health), and she was hooked...

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Alyssa Teixeira (they/she)

Health Education Specialist

Alyssa (they/she) is a passionate young person who believes sexual health education should be accessible to all! At the heart of what drives their passion for equitable sex education is the core belief that all people have a basic right to pleasure, bodily autonomy...

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Avry Schellenbach (she/her)

Youth Services Manager & Lead Trainer

Learning to navigate relationships is not always common sense. Only after joining the Sexual Health Education Program at UC Berkeley, did Avry understand what a healthy relationship looked like. Since then, she has devoted her time to helping others gain a heightened...

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DeAnna Quan (she/her)

Scheduling and Special Education Manager

Navigating the teen years without being able to discuss sexuality openly can be challenging. For DeAnna, topics around sex and relationships were taboo in her community, leaving her without vital resources and information. It wasn’t until years later when...

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Justin Balido (he/him)

Senior Health Educator

Originally from Southern California, Justin moved to the Bay for school, and has been here ever since! In college Justin saw how health and academic success were so closely intertwined...

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Momo Hoshi (they/she)

Graphic Specialist

Momo holds two bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University, one in Music and the other in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Now a Health Educator at Health Connected, Momo has always shown an aptitude for teaching...

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Perryn Reis (she/her)

Associate Director

After nearly 30 years in the field of sexual and reproductive health, Perryn’s work began as a young woman training to become a doula. Supporting women at a public Bay Area hospital, Perryn was called in by hospital personnel to support an 18 year-old woman...

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Vanessa Kellam (she/her)

Family Engagement Manager

Vanessa Kellam has a Bachelor of Education from Deakin University, Australia. She taught Health and Human Development to high school students for many years before specializing in sexual health education. Vanessa has been working with children and their families...