Staff Profiles

Carol Duh-Leong

Board Member, Chair

Carol Duh-Leong 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 a resident physician 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. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, The New Physician, the KevinMD blog and the Doctors for America blog. 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. She is crazy about her Kindle, barre classes, and her cat, Gadget.

Arvind Chavali

Board Member, Development and Sustainability

Arvind Chavali is CHIL’s development and sustainability chair. He is currently a post-doctoral associate at Yale University working on aspects of HIV latency. Prior to Yale, he received a PhD in bioengineering from the University of Virginia. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Princeton University where he specialized in health policy and international development. Arvind has broad interests in global health and he is passionate about simple yet innovative technological solutions to health and medicine. He joined CHIL for the brilliant, caring, and compassionate people on the team. 

Zahreen Ghaznavi

Board Member, Governance

Zahreen Ghaznavi is a general litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis - New York. She graduated from Columbia Law School in 2014. Before law school, she worked as an Education Program Specialist at U.S. Department of Education. She worked in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) as a member of the School Improvement Grant team, which oversees a $4 billion federal program aimed at turning around the persistently lowest achieving schools in the country. Before that, she taught 5th grade on the southwest side of Chicago with Teach For America. She graduated from Yale University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Political Science. She was born and raised in Chicago, with a stint in Ann Arbor, MI.

Marissa Siefkes

Board Member, Programming

Marissa Siefkes currently leads CHIL’s community-based pedometer program. She also runs operations for Achievement First, a K-12 public charter school network in Brooklyn, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Prior to her time at AF, Marissa taught in Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC as a Teach for America Corps Member. Marissa received her bachelor's degree in Government and Italian from Georgetown University. While an undergraduate there, she co-founded the Compass Fellowship, a student-run social entrepreneurship education program that now empowers college freshmen at 17+ schools nationwide to lead social change through business. Marissa is fired up by educational equity, nutrition, community wellness, and travel. She loves Milanese fashion, and you can find her running across the Manhattan Bridge on a sunny day. Follow her on Twitter @marissaasiefkes.

Edith Yang

Board Member, Communications

Edith Yang 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 Perkinson 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 Jeavons 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.

Ana Lucia Carmelo

Program Manager

Ana Lucia graduated from Yale University with a degree in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. She is a long-time resident of Stratford, CT, but is a proud Latina immigrant from Lima, Peru. Currently, she works on programming for CHIL and is a substitute teacher in Bridgeport, CT. On any given day you can find her catching up on the news, listening to music, or taking her dog for a walk. She is passionate about how integrated healthcare and social services can help alleviate health inequities, especially for adolescents, immigrants, and people of color.

Christina Chandra

Program and Communications Coordinator

Christina Chandra supports communications and program development at CHIL. She is currently a Research Associate with Whiteboard Advisors, an education consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Christina was previously working in global health policy, advocacy, and communications. She's passionate about systemic changes to achieve health equity and is interested in data-driven policy and programming. In her free time, Christina is catching up on her favorite TV shows, cooking, and joining classes at her local YMCA. You'll find her tweeting about these issues @zengmeimei.

Sarah Kim

Outreach Lead, Blogger

Sarah is a senior at Yale double majoring in economics and history, with a special interest in health economics and medical history. She writes for the CHIl blog each week! She also works with Innovations for Poverty Action, and cares about research that has a positive impact on health and equity. You can usually find Sarah in one of the campus libraries, drinking chaider (chai tea + apple cider!), and reading the latest short stories in The New Yorker.