2019-2020 Interns

Morgan Cooper, Program Assistant, OCDOA Handy Helpers and OC Home Preservation Coalition

Morgan is dual-degree master’s student in UNC’s Department of City and Regional Planning and Gillings School of Global Public Health. She will support Orange County Department on Aging’s Handy Helpers Program and the Orange County Home Preservation Coalition, both efforts to preserve and repair a safe housing stock for the older adult community. Before graduate school, Morgan received her BS in Nutrition from Penn State and completed her Registered Dietician training at the VA in St. Louis. She worked as a community nutrition educator for a SNAP-Ed program in California, and now looks forward to building upon this experience to strengthen her skills in coalition-building and sustaining collaborative programs.

Lauren Hart, Program Coordinator, FEAST

Lauren is the Program Coordinator for Folks of Every Age Sharing a Table (FEAST). FEAST is part of a programmatic effort supported by PiAP and Orange County’s Department on Aging to create intentional space for intergenerational conversations and connections. She will support the program by helping with design, communications, and evaluation. Lauren graduated from Hampshire College in 2008, and has worked at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, taught cooking and nutrition classes, and managed a culinary and wellness program alongside adults living with serious mental illness. She is a second-year masters student in UNC’s Occupational Therapy program.

Bria Berry, Program Coordinator, Linking Generations in Northside (LINK) Program

Bria is the Program Coordinator for the Linking Generations in Northside (LINK) Program. LINK is a collaborative program supported by PiAP and the Marian Cheek Jackson Center that seeks to connect UNC graduate and professional students with older residents of the Northside community in Chapel Hill to build a mutual partnership of social support. As program coordinator, she will assist in program planning, logistics, and communications that support the day-to-day functioning of LINK. Over the summer Bria provided similar programmatic support as an intern with the Chatham County Council on Aging for their Community Ambassador Program. Bria graduated with a BA in Geography from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2018 and is now a second-year MPH student in the Department of Health Behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.