Morgan Cooper, Program Coordinator, OCDOA Handy Helpers and OC Home Preservation Coalition
Morgan is a 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 Dietitian 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.
Eva is the Communications Intern with the Orange County Department on Aging (OCDOA). She will be managing OCDOA’s Facebook campaigns and improving the website’s search engine optimization. Additionally, she will be working to establish a consistent radio show with a local radio station to expand the department’s reach in the community to share all OCDOA has to offer. Eva graduated from the University of Washington in 2017 with two bachelor’s degrees in Public Health and Communication. Currently, she is a first-year MPH student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Public Health Leadership Program.
Crystal is a first-year MBA student at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business focusing on Strategic Consulting and Sustainable Enterprise. Prior to grad school, Crystal focused on Education and closing the opportunity gap through roles in non-profit management and resource development. Crystal is also an alum of Teach for America and AmeriCorps and received her BS in Anthropology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Driven by the question: What does it take to scale a great idea?, Crystal will help build PiAP’s organizational strength by curating the website and external communications to bring PiAP’s thought leadership on aging to a larger virtual audience.
Kristin Podsiad, Intern, Orange County Department on Aging
Kristin is a dual-degree master’s student in UNC’s Department of City and Regional Planning and Gillings School of Public Health. She will be supporting the Orange County Department on Aging with the national re-accreditation of two Orange County Senior Centers. Prior to graduate school, Kristin received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida. She most recently served as an AmeriCorps member for two years in Montana and Seattle, WA, and is looking forward to furthering community resilience through this position.
Doug is excited to serve as the transportation intern for the Orange County Department on Aging (OCDOA). He is a second-year master’s student in UNC’s Department of City and Regional Planning, specializing in transportation and pursuing the design track. Prior to graduate school, he received his BA in Social Studies from Harvard College and worked in tech program management, education, and non-profit project management. He is excited to apply these experiences through work on the Department’s Volunteer Driver Program and educational programming.
Talia Kieu is an MSPH-PhD student in the Health Behavior department at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She will assist in assessing and revamping the mission and priorities of the Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition, an association working to meet housing needs for all in Orange County, including senior community members. Prior to beginning her program at UNC, Talia received her BS in Public Health at San Diego State University, where she supported several community-based participatory research projects. As a newcomer to Chapel Hill, she is excited to better understand the strengths and stories of those living in the area through PiAP’s many University-Community partnerships.
Sita Tayal, Program Assistant Intern, Marion Cheek Jackson Center
Sita is an undergraduate student studying Medical Anthropology and Health Policy & Management at Gillings School of Global Public Health. She will be assisting in the programming of the LINK, NRF, and Elder Power Team projects, providing support for both the Jackson Center and PiAP. As a North Carolina native, she’s eager to support and learn from those in her community.