Our Team

Tisha Nickenig
National Health Corps Director
tnickenig@healthfederation.org

Tisha has worked extensively in the areas of public health program, policy, research and business development, and has designed, supervised and evaluated projects, programs and research studies for a range of nonprofit, government, academic and philanthropic institutions internationally and in the United States. Prior to joining the National Health Corps team, Tisha worked as a senior projects manager at the Institute for Gender and Development at the University of West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad and Tobago, where she led a number of United Nations initiatives focused on gender, economic and race health disparities. Tisha currently also holds researcher, consultant and lecturer posts at UWI and the University of Pennsylvania focused on gender-based violence and health. Tisha holds a Masters in Public Health, Health Policy and Management from Drexel University in Philadelphia and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University.

Elizabeth Dailey
National Health Corps Manager 
edailey@healthfederation.org

Elizabeth Dailey, a social worker by training, joined the National Health Corps team at the Health Federation of Philadelphia in 2019 after five years of administering public health programs in the Philadelphia area. Liz recognizes the critical role of supporting and building on the strengths of both individuals and systems in order to create impactful and dynamic programs, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to support the efforts of the National Health Corps operating sites, host sites, and members across the country. Prior to her work in public health, Liz worked in the victim services division of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, for a University of Pennsylvania-based program aimed at improving healthcare response to intimate violence, and for a college access mentoring program for urban youth. Liz is also an adjunct instructor in Harcum College’s human services program. Liz enjoys volunteering, learning new skills, cooking, trying new restaurants, reading, and spending time with her beloved dogs hiking and going to the beach.

Alisha Jani
Program Director
National Health Corps Chicago
alisha.jani@phimc.org

Alisha Jani has served as Program Director – National Health Corps Chicago at the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago since September 2018. Prior to joining PHIMC, Alisha worked in the non-profit sector developing youth programs focused on literacy and wellness for under-resourced communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was also a Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium (BAYAC) AmeriCorps member. Alisha’s motivation to work in public health stems from serving diverse communities of Chicago and working towards health equity for all. She was a graduate intern at the American Diabetes Association in Chicago, where she facilitated diabetes prevention camps for children. Alisha completed her Master of Public Health with an interdisciplinary focus on community health at University of California, Berkeley; she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Biology minor from University of Illinois at Chicago. Alisha enjoys staying connected with family and friends, travelling to new cities, reading, music, walks around Lake Michigan, museum trips, trying new recipes, photography, venturing out to new Chicago neighborhoods, and will hopefully be a dog owner one day!

Dustin Arceneaux
Program Director
National Health Corps Florida
DArceneaux@nefhsc.org

Dustin Arceneaux began his career in civil service as program development intern for the United States Department of State in 2011. He assisted Department of State program officers in developing cultural exchange programs for foreign delegations from countries such as Russia, Germany, and Turkey. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Central Florida in 2011 and graduated with a Master of Science, Health Education & Behavior from University of Florida in 2013. He became a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) in 2014 and in the same year took on the role of Director of Education for Planned Parenthood of North Florida. He subsequently segued into the role of Regional Coordinator for a newly developed Planned Parenthood affiliate in the same area in 2015, now named Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida. In these roles, he directed family planning and relationship education programming for youth, college students, and adults. He personally provided communication skills training to healthcare staff, family planning education to medical students at the University of Florida Shands Hospital, and sexual communication skills training for pharmacists at the Alachua County Pharmacist’s Association (ACPA). He took on the role of Program Director for the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program, which is implemented through the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, in order to use his skills to expand his impact on different areas of health including nutrition, exercise, mental health, injury prevention, access to healthcare, speech pathology, and audiology.

KaTori Roussel
Program Coordinator
National Health Corps Florida
kroussel@nefhsc.org

KaTori Roussel is a native of Jacksonville, FL. She graduated from the University of North Florida, with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health while minoring in Exercise Science. KaTori volunteers for various community organizations throughout Jacksonville. She began her career as an intern and was employed for the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) as a Health Educator for four years. In this role, KaTori educated the community on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Healthy Weight Initiatives, and Tobacco Prevention. In 2015 KaTori was awarded $152,536.33 for Tobacco Prevention Programs from the Florida Department of Health Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida. KaTori loves learning new things and sharing that knowledge with those who are interested. As a Program Instructor for the University of Florida IFAS Extension office under the SMART Couples Program, KaTori was trained to teach relationship and communication skills workshops to couples throughout Duval County. During her free time, KaTori enjoys reading, coaching cheerleading, running her event planning business and spending time with her family. KaTori is very excited about her role as Program Coordinator for the National Health Corps Florida - AmeriCorps because taking care of others in your community is what will ultimately bring any community together.

Amy Ghattas
Program Director
National Health Corps New York
aghattas@hrhcare.org

Amy Ghattas (she/her/hers) joined the National Health Corps program as a program director for New York in September 2019. After having completed an AmeriCorps service term herself back in 2015, she obtained a master’s degree in public health and has since been previously involved in work as a health educator, primarily focusing on sexual reproductive health among the youth population in inner city urban areas. With a passion for service and a recognition of the challenges many people face when taking control of their own health, Amy strives to continue to play an active role in her community. From coordinating wellness programs at her local nursing home, to promoting physical activity at her local gym, she is always on the move and doing something to better herself and the lives of the people around her. When she’s not working, Amy is on some kind of adventure. After all, the world is full of millions of opportunities, and we are just practicing the art of which ones to say ‘no’ to.

Sara Wein
Program Director
National Health Corps Philadelphia 
swein@healthfederation.org

Sara Wein has served as the Program Director of the National Health Corps Philadelphia since February 2013. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University in Women’s Studies, and dual Master of Social Services and Master of Law and Social Policy degrees from Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Sara is also a Licensed Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Her prior work focused on substance use disorder/opioid use disorder, mental health, HIV/AIDS, intimate partner and sexual violence, and legal issues surrounding identity documents. Sara’s experience includes direct service, program management, community planning, and policy/legislative development and advocacy. Sara also serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA Tri-County Area in Pottstown, PA. She is a registered yoga teacher and leads staff yoga at the Health Federation of Philadelphia. She seeks to incorporate aspects of mindfulness and self-care into her work with her members. Sara also enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, getting outside, watching reality TV (like the entire Bachelor franchise) and then dissecting it with others, eating all of the delicious food, and exercising. Be on the lookout for adorable pictures of her dog and cat in every presentation she creates.

Carly Bass
Program Coordinator
National Health Corps Philadelphia
cbass@healthfederation.org

Carly has been living in Philadelphia since 2014 when she relocated to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. She graduated from Susquehanna University with a BA in Creative Writing. While writing still remains a hobby (and sometimes a part-time job) for Carly, her main drive in storytelling has always been human behavior. This passion for sociology drove her into the field of nonprofit and social services. After two years of AmeriCorps service, Carly transitioned into working within the compliance department at Women Against Abuse. She was only there for a few months before stumbling upon the Program Coordinator position and feeling like it would be the perfect fit! Outside of work you can find Carly running on local trails and city streets or in South Philly playing kickball with Stonewall Sports Philadelphia. She is the Member Experience Director on the Board for this sports league. She also regularly volunteers with Camp Brave Trails, an LGBTQ+ youth leadership camp. Her favorite thing to do is watch Netflix while snuggling with her two cats.

Irving Torres
Program Director
National Health Corps Pittsburgh
irving.torres@allegheneycounty.us

Irving is a native of New York City by way of Queens and Harlem. He graduated from the City College of New York with a BA, majoring in English (Concentration in Creative Writing) and minoring in Theatre. In the summer of 2014, he moved to Pittsburgh where he worked as a research associate and study coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Pediatrics focusing on gender-based violence prevention programming. Over the past three years, he has immersed himself with community based programs in predominantly underserved communities, aiding in the development of a safe, gender equitable society. In the fall of 2017, Irving joined the National Health Corps as the Program Coordinator. By spring of 2019, he transitioned into the Program Director role. His focus in this role is preparing the future leaders of tomorrow for public health and everyday life with an emphasis on emotional intelligence, trauma-informed care, empathy, and compassion. Irving enjoys writing fiction and poetry, exercising, kickboxing, watching Netflix, listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, and eating Chipotle. He also loves to practice mindfulness and spend time with his family, especially his eight year old niece. Irving looks forward to collaborating with NHC Pittsburgh’s future members and staff and continuing the mission to serve and better the health of community.

Morgan Benner
Program Coordinator
National Health Corps Pittsburgh
Morgan.Benner@allegheneycounty.us

Morgan holds a BS in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a student at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health where she will graduate with an MPH, Health Policy and Management in April 2020. She is responsible for program coordination, member committees, and supporting NHC members throughout their service year. Prior to joining the NHC team, she was a graduate student intern in workforce development at the Allegheny County Health Department. Morgan enjoys cooking, travelling to new places, and spending time with her two cats, Booth and Nora.

Nadia Majlessi
Program Director
National Health Corps San Francisco
nmajlessi@sfccc.org

Nadia Majlessi (she/her/hers) has served as the Program Director for National Health Corps San Francisco since June 2019. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from San Francisco State University and a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior from the University of South Carolina. Prior to NHC, Nadia spent several years working in orthopaedics. She worked at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Orthopaedic Trauma Institute’s biomechanical testing facility as a Laboratory Manager while jointly assisting at the surgical training facility. Afterwards, she became a founding member and Business Manager of a nonprofit biomechanical testing laboratory where she developed its organizational and financial infrastructure. Nadia has also worked at the San Francisco Department of Public Health to kick-start a health report to address the health disparities and inequities in the Black/African American population. Her professional interests continue to be in research and development, implementation, and evaluation stages of program planning. Nadia enjoys leading a healthy lifestyle and likes to constantly learn. During her free time, she likes to cook, read, spend time with family and friends, travel, box and do martial arts, and have many adventures.

Nick Ragodos
Program Coordinator
National Health Corps San Francisco
nragodos@sfccc.org

Nick Ragodos has an education in art and has lived in San Francisco for the past twenty-plus years. Over that time he developed an interest in public service which led him to work for SF’s Department of Elections as a general clerk for three years before landing a position as Data/Program Associate with the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium in 2013. There he’s grown into various roles and assists with data processing and reporting, web and graphics publishing, the Consumer Advisory Panel, and now as NHC SF’s Regional Program Coordinator as of the program’s launch in 2019. Nick hopes to continue growing in his current role and values the work his organization does for their community and for the advancement of the public health system in SF for underserved and marginalized populations. Nick is one of those people who has way too many interests/hobbies/loves, but among them he dabbles mostly in music, visual arts, and martial arts.