Jennifer Gray, Ph.D., MPP


President, GEH LAB Board of Directors

Dr. Gray is an Associate Professor of the Public Health Program at Northern Illinois University, College of Health and Human Sciences.  She has worked with vulnerable populations and has expertise in work stress and end-of-life services challenges as well as health promotion behaviors and access to health services for persons with disabilities.  Dr. Gray earned her PhD from the Division of Community Health Sciences of the UIC School of Public Health with a concentration in Gerontology. She holds a master's in public policy from the University of Chicago. While working on her doctorate, she was a predoctoral fellow in the Gerontological Public Health Training Program at IHRP.

Julie Hollenbeck, Ph.D, MA


Treasurer and Acting Secretary, GEH LAB Board of Directors

Dr. Hollenbeck is an environment and human health researcher, with extensive experience in science communication and program management. She has worked in oceans and human health science for more than 10 years. She attained her Master’s degree in Marine Policy from the University of Miami, and her PhD in health research from the Peninsula College of Medicine through the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth. Dr. Hollenbeck’s research interests include environment and human health, harmful algal blooms, and environmental access inequity. Her recent research focuses on the influence of segregation and nature access inequities among African Americans.

Kyoko Kusakabe, Ph.D., MsC


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Dr. Kyoko Kusakabe is a professor at Gender and  Development Studies, Department of Development and Sustainability,  School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of  Technology in Thailand. Her work focuses on gender and migration, and  women in the informal economy especially in the Mekong region countries.  She has extensive experience working with government and NGOs to  integrate gender perspectives in their policies and programs.  Prior to moving into academia she worked with an NGO in Cambodia.

Marie LeGrand, MPH


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Marie LeGrand is the Director of Education & Healthcare Relations for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA). Ms. LeGrand is a strong supporter in promoting health equity and has work diligently with many organizations in breaking down systematic barriers, which contributes to health inequities. She currently manages the development and delivery of medical education programs nationwide, working closely with all stakeholders including patients, healthcare professionals, and other organizations in providing education on multiple sclerosis (MS) and disease-modifying therapies for individuals living with MS. She is also instrumental as a grant management specialist, researching, writing and submitting proposals to appropriate funders, as well as monitoring fiscal and programmatic aspects of funded projects. Marie LeGrand received her Master of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University, with a career focus in health promotion, population medicine and health policy primarily within underserved communities.

Nicholas Davis, MS


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Nico is an HIV/STI data analyst for Howard Brown Health in Chicago. At Howard Brown, Nico focuses his work on the population and socio-economic disparities that exist in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This includes extensive work in pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), Hepatitis B, and treatment of HIV, STIs, and Hepatitis. He received his Masters of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he focused his studies on the global burden of infectious diseases and STIs. His research what mainly on bacterial STI diagnosis and treatment with special consideration for sexual orientation and gender. Nico is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer where he served as a high school Chemistry and Physics teacher, and as one of the National Coordinators for Mozambique’s Science Fairs for the Treatment of HIV/AIDS. The Science Fairs were largely funded through PEPFAR and the Mozambican Ministry of Science and Technology, and aimed at identifying and linking to care HIV positive youth while promoting hands-on science education across Mozambique.

Herto Dwi Ariesyady, Ph.D. ST, MT


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Dr. Herto is a Senior Lecturer of the Environmental Engineering Department, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) localed in Bundung, Indonesia.  He also serves as the Director of Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology Laboratory at ITB.  He received a scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology during pursuing his Ph.D. from Hokkaido University, Japan.   He also received several international training supported by United Nation Development Programme and UNESCO-IHE.  He is passionate about teaching and advising student research.