Our Team

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AJ Maxine (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...

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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)

Special Projects Manager

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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Katie Reeder (she/her)

Instructional Services Coordinator & Health Educator

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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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. Momo’s roots in facilitating communication amongst her peers...

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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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Vivek Tanna (he/him)

Health Education Specialist

Vivek grew up in Texas, where he had abstinence-only sex education that was both horrendous and absurd. At Health Connected, he is excited to empower kids with the knowledge and skills to...

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Abigail Karlin-Resnick (she/her)

Executive Advisor

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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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)

Administration Coordinator

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 through which she gained...

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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. She read the entire book in minutes and was really interested in personal hygiene...

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Kehau Gunderson (she/her)

Training Manager & CA RHEP Specialist

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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Natalie Phillips (she/they)

Youth Engagement Coordinator & 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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Sandra Sotiriadis (she/her)

Director of Curriculum

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...

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Yovanna Gonzalez (she/her)

Bilingual Program 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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Alexandria (Alex) LeeNatali (she/her)

Executive Director

Alex LeeNatali has been in education for over a decade. She began her educational journey with Teach For America and taught in a Title I school for multiple years...

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Arjun Sheth (he/him)

Instructional Services Coordinator & 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,...

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DaShanna Jones-Miles (she/her)

Human Resources 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)

Director of Evaluation & Community Engagement Specialist

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

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Mariana Canales (she/her)

Health Education Specialist

Mariana graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s in public health and is currently studying for her masters degree in public health. After she gets her masters, she wants to be more involved with the community and...

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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 in active labor, who was terrified and completely uninformed about her body...

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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...