NASTAD Staff and HepTAC Consultants

NASTAD Staff

Boatemaa Ntiri-Reid, Director, Hepatitis

bntiri-reid@nastad.org

Boatemaa Ntiri-Reid is the director of the Hepatitis team. She leads NASTAD’s programmatic and technical assistance initiatives related to viral hepatitis. Prior to NASTAD, Boatemaa served as Chief of the Center for Viral Hepatitis at the Maryland Department of Health coordinating departmental and statewide efforts to prevent, control, and treat viral hepatitis. Boatemaa has also worked as a health law attorney, focused on HIV legal services, and a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program project officer in Baltimore City. Boatemaa received her B.A. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, M.P.H. from Columbia University, and J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Rita Isabel Lechuga, Senior Manager, Hepatitis

rlechuga@NASTAD.org

Rita Isabel Lechuga (Isabel) is a Senior Manager with the Hepatitis team, leading NASTAD’s Online Technical Assistance Platform (onTAP). Previously, she was part of NASTAD’s Global team, overseeing HIV case-based surveillance system strengthening interventions in five countries in Central America. Before NASTAD, Isabel worked as a consultant for the regional office of the World Health Organization, PAHO, leading research studies on HIV, viral hepatitis and child health and as a physician with the Mexican Secretariat of Health. Isabel holds a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from George Washington University.

Jasmine West, Senior Associate, Hepatitis

jwest@nastad.org

Jasmine West is a senior associate on the Hepatitis team. She supports several projects, including the Viral Hepatis Technical Assistance Center, the Hepatitis Testing Partnership, and the Learning Collaborative Cooperative Agreement. Prior to NASTAD, Jasmine worked in international development focused on reproductive health and family planning serving as a technical focal point for HIV prevention with key populations. Jasmine received her B.A. in International Relations from the University of Northern Colorado and her M.P.H. in Community Health Education from the Colorado School of Public Health.

Laura Pegram, Senior Manager, Drug User Health

lpegram@nastad.org

Laura Pegram is a senior manager on the Drug User Health team. Laura works across teams to ensure a drug user health perspective is incorporated into NASTAD’s focus areas and to improve health outcomes for persons who use drugs. She provides technical assistance to state health departments and promotes state and local reforms shown to improve substance user health. Laura has spent the last decade working as a harm reduction service provider, consultant, and advocate in New Orleans, Colorado, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. She holds Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health from Tulane University in New Orleans and a B.A. in Cross-cultural Relations from Simon’s Rock College of Bard.

Dan Czajka, Manager, Health Care Access and Hepatitis

dczajka@nastad.org

Dan Czajka is a manager on the Health Care Access and Hepatitis teams. Dan oversees the programmatic activities for the HIV/HCV Coinfection project, aiming to build capacity and improve access to screening, care, and treatment. He has worked in the public health field for the last three years, integrating health resources, providing educational trainings, and establishing infectious disease prevention services. Dan received his M.P.H. from The George Washington University, focusing on infectious disease and community development. He also holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Mary Washington.

HepTAC Consultants

Amelia Prebish, HepTAC Consultant

Opioid Overdose Prevention Specialist, Naloxone Coordinator, and Harm Reduction Navigator at Utah Department of Health Violence & Injury Prevention Program

Amelia Prebish currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, but was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received her Masters in Public Health at Westminster College in 2017 and currently works at the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) in the Bureau of Epidemiology as a hepatitis C disease intervention specialist and patient navigator. Amelia is an advocate for harm reduction and drug user health, working to test, educate, and treat individuals with hepatitis C. The primary focus' in her job are to expand hepatitis C testing across the state, identify individuals recently infected with hepatitis C and provide support to link them to care. Amelia has also been working with clinical and local health department partners to develop educational resources and guidelines for perinatal hepatitis C in Utah. Concurrently, Amelia works in the UDOH Violence & Injury Prevention Program as an opioid overdose prevention specialist, naloxone coordinator, and harm reduction navigator.

Danica Kuncio, HepTAC Consultant

Viral Hepatitis Program Manager, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Danica Kuncio lives in Philadelphia, PA where she was born and raised. She received her MPH in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases from the Yale School of Public Health, before returning to her home city to work for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. There she became the Viral Hepatitis Program Epidemiologist, helping to develop the surveillance capacity for hepatitis B and hepatitis C in Philly, and spearheading the development of the Perinatal Hepatitis C Program. In 2017, she became the Viral Hepatitis Program Manager. Working in this capacity she aims to integrate prevention, policy, surveillance and epidemiology, and community outreach activities to best serve Philly residents and eliminate hepatitis B and C infections.

Heather Bush, HepTAC Consultant

Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator at Utah Department of Health

After Almost 15 years in HIV Prevention, Heather Bush became the Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator in 2011. She helped implement rapid HCV testing in Utah and integrating Viral Hepatitis into HIV prevention activities throughout the state. In 2016, Utah legalized syringe exchange and Heather jumped at the chance to develop the program, building it from scratch with support from NASTAD and other HDs around the country. Now she has a passion to pay it forward and provide support and help to others with all things hepatitis, harm reduction and incorporating drug user health into other public health programming.