Ana Lucia Carmelo

Board Member, Programming

Ana Lucia supports programming for CHIL. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and is currently completing her Master's in Public Health at Columbia University focusing on Health Policy and Management. Ana Lucia is a proud Latina immigrant from Lima, Peru. On any given day you can find her catching up on the news, listening to music, or shopping at Marshall's. Ana Lucia is determined to be a part of increasing access to healthcare and leveraging health policy to help alleviate systemic health inequities.

Carol Duh-Leong

Board Member, Chair

Carol oversees strategic planning and operations on the organization’s board. The idea for CHIL came to Carol when she realized how challenging it was for her patients to make healthy decisions about food, health, and tobacco outside of clinic. The organization was born when she asked her friends in education, public health, and public policy what they can do together to create and improve healthy behaviors in children. Outside of CHIL, Carol is an attending physician and Academic General Pediatrics Fellow in Population Health at NYU School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital where she studies how social support networks impact children's health. She completed her residency and chief residency in the Social Pediatrics program at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. Prior to residency, she served several years on the board of directors of Doctors for America where she had the opportunity to advocate for patients everywhere from church basements in South Carolina to the White House Rose Garden. She received her MD from the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, her Master’s in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and her undergraduate degree from Yale College. On the weekends, you can find her with her family at the park, or reading at home with her cat Gadget.

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Christina Chandra

Board Member, Programming

Christina supports CHIL’s Health Corps program and ad hoc communications tasks. She is currently working toward her Master’s in Public Health in Global Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Christina has a background in social impact consulting in global health, education, and for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as experience in health policy, advocacy, and research. She's passionate about systemic changes to achieve health equity and is interested in data-driven policy and programming. You'll find her tweeting about issues she cares about @zengmeimei.


Edith Yang

Board Member, Communications

Edith manages CHIL’s communications. She also works at an international education nonprofit organization where she works in development communications. Prior to CHIL, she was a freelance writer and reporter for various nonprofits, including Freedom and Fashion, a nonprofit organization that educates people about global human rights issues through art-focused projects and conscious consumerism. Edith is excited about health, social change, and ways programs, such as the ones offered by CHIL, can open opportunities for youth in underserved communities. In her spare time, she likes to cook, run, and travel.


Jennifer Perkinson

Finance Director

Jennifer is a nonprofit accounting professional with over 6 years experience. After graduating from Elon University, Jennifer got her CPA license while working for CliftonLarsonAllen doing tax and audit work for nonprofits in the DC region. In October 2016, she joined the American Diabetes Association as the Associate Director of Financial Reporting. Jennifer also serves as the Treasurer for a small dance organization in D.C. She is excited to be a part of the CHIL team. Jennifer serves as our Finance Director, overseeing CHIL's financial health and advising on our programming.


Jessica Jeavons

Staff Consultant

Jessica is the manager of legal policy and contracts for the Primary Care Information Project at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She studied philosophy as an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill and as a graduate student at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She graduated from the Northwestern University School of Law in 2012. Prior to law school, Jessica worked at the Innocence Project for several years. Jessica completed an intensive applied neuroscience program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, and became a certified yoga teacher in 2014. She’s excited about CHIL because she loves innovative, sustainable, and interdisciplinary solutions to pervasive problems.


Jessica Trinh

Director of Education

Jessica is a junior undergraduate student at Yale College majoring in Neuroscience and will be pursuing a Master’s in Public Health in Chronic Disease Epidemiology as part of the joint BA-BS/MPH program. She is first-generation and a proud resident of Rockford, IL. She became involved with CHIL as a Small Grants Winner where she led a nutrition program at a New Haven middle school using a cookbook she created. On campus, she is a health and nutrition counselor at HAVEN Free Clinic. She is passionate about education as a means of addressing unequal access to nutrition. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and baking for others, spending time with friends and family, and watching Great British Baking Show reruns.


Kavya Sundar


Kavya is a Clinical Research Assistant at PolicyLab and the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), as well as a post-bacc student at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working on a feasibility study using technology and incentives to improve medication adherence among children with high rates of asthma hospitalization. Kavya graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016, with a BS in Community Health and a BA in Government & Politics. You can catch Kavya cooking, reading current events, or cheering on the Baltimore Ravens in her spare time.


Lisa Nguyen

Director of Community

Lisa helps with communicating with our students and our various partners. Lisa has been interested in a career in healthcare and medicine for a long time and is currently working for NYU School of Medicine at Bellevue Hospital. She helps manage a diabetes management program and assists with multiple chronic disease management initiatives for Bellevue's Adult Primary Care Clinic. For fun, she can be found binging Netflix, eating tacos, or wandering around her neighborhood of Sunset Park.

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Nikita Nagpal

Director of Mentorship

Nikita received her medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College and is currently a fellow in Primary Care Research - Academic General Pediatrics at NYU/Bellevue Hospital. She is interested in advocacy, wellness, pediatric obesity prevention, and caring for children with chronic illnesses. She enjoys being involved with CHIL because it allows her to help have a direct impact on youth in the community.


Maggie Taylor


Maggie is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Economics and Health & Societies. In addition to blogging for CHIL, she works on analyzing the impact of policies like the National School Lunch Program on local economies and volunteers as an emergency responder on Penn’s EMT squad. Maggie is passionate about a range of topics—public health, traveling, Beyoncé, Black Mirror, and beyond!


Marissa Cardillo

Health Corps Mentor

Marissa is a fourth-year medical student at New York University School of Medicine and is planning to go into pediatrics. She studied biology and entomology (bugs!) at Cornell University and received her Bachelor of Science in 2013 and Master of Science in 2015. Marissa is very passionate about science outreach and mentoring; at Cornell, she was a biology student advisor for incoming freshmen and served as a transportation co-chair for Expanding Your Horizons, a large science outreach event for middle school and high school girls. In medical school, Marissa has mentored high school and college students through Brothers and Sisters in Science and Mentors MD. She is also passionate about public health, and her current research focuses on child obesity prevention in Hispanic families. In her spare time, Marissa loves singing, playing the guitar, painting, and taking care of her pet frog, Fitz!

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Marissa Siefkes

Board Member, Programming

Marissa advises on CHIL’s programming initiatives and helped launch and scale its "Step it Up" pedometer program, which guides students in setting and achieving physical activity goals. As Sales Director for Farm.One, the only indoor hydroponic farm in the heart of New York City, she helps restaurants across the city access and incorporate hyper-local produce into their menus. Previously, she served as Director of Academic Operations & Strategy for Achievement First, a K-12 public charter school network in Brooklyn, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. She taught in Washington, DC and in Charlotte, NC as a Teach for America Corps Member. Marissa received her bachelor's degree in Government and Italian from Georgetown University where she co-founded the Compass Fellowship, a student-run social entrepreneurship education program that empowers college freshmen at 17+ schools nationwide to lead social change through business. Marissa is fired up by community wellness and promoting equity in access to education, affordable healthcare, and good, clean, nutritious food.


Sarah Kim

Outreach Lead, Blogger

Sarah is a post-bacc student at the University of Pennsylvania and research assistant at the School of Social Policy and Practice, where she is investigating the implications of the National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana. Sarah graduated from Yale with a BA in economics and history, with a special interest in health economics and the history of medicine. You can usually find Sarah in one of the campus libraries, drinking tea and reading the latest short stories in The New Yorker.

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Shamaal Sheppard

Director of Community Engagement & Outreach

Shamaal is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the Mailman School of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. At CHIL, Shamaal serves as a liaison for BeWell scholars participating in the Health Corps. Previously, he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh where he was extensively involved in peer mentoring and tutoring programs. In the future, Shamaal plans to advocate for policy solutions that will make healthcare more affordable and accessible for marginalized communities.