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Meet the Check It Team


Gérard Gomes | (504) 495-8102 |

Gérard Gomes joined Check It in 2016. Raised in Trinidad and Tobago, his first experience in New Orleans was Xavier University’s move in day 2005 while dropping his cousin off to college. He kept coming back and is now proud to call New Orleans home. Before working with Check it, he served in the U.S Peace Corps as a community health volunteer in Burkina Faso. Gérard holds a B.A in Biochemistry from the University of Richmond.

Glenis Scott, Jr., MPH | (504) 256-6703 |

Glenis Scott, Jr. is a NOLA native. He received a B.S. in Public Health from Dillard University and an MPH in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. He enjoys smoothies, fish, and group activities.


Shannon Watson | (504) 289-4076 |

Shannon Watson is from New Orleans, Louisiana and has a B.S. in Public Health from Tulane University. She is interested in reducing health disparities in disadvantaged populations and is excited to be a part of the Check it study.


 Research Assistants

Bim Anibaba |

Bim is an undergraduate senior currently chasing her passion for public health at Tulane University. When she’s not conducting epidemiological research on STD testing amongst young Black men in New Orleans, she’s working on her video series “TU Communitea” where she attempts to make talking about race & mental health fun.

Mary Beth Campbell |

Mary Beth is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Epidemiology at Tulane University. She received her B.S. in Biology from Seattle University, a MSPH Tropical Medicine from Tulane University, and has an interest in harm reduction, HIV & Hep C prevention and linkage to care, as well as infectious disease surveillance. She is also our resident boxing champion and she trains at New Orleans Boxing Club (hit her up if you want to spar!).

 Ososese Enaholo

Ososese Enaholo is a first year Master’s in Public Health student with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. She is from Chicago, IL, and received a B.S. in Public Health at Saint Louis University. She enjoys listening to music and exploring the great city of New Orleans.


Stephanie Guzman |

Stephanie Guzman is a first-year Master’s in Public Health and Tropical Medicine student from New Jersey. She completed her Bachelor of Science at the College of William and Mary. She enjoys dancing, hiking and traveling.


Jake Hall |

Jake Hall is a small town kid with big city dreams. After getting his B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, he drove down to New Orleans to work on his MPH in Epidemiology, and get away from the snow. He spends his free time exploring the city and riding the streetcars.

Austin Jones, MPHTM |

Austin Jones is a fifth-year MD PhD student at Tulane University studying infectious disease epidemiology. An aspiring emergency medicine physician-scientist, Austin aims to deliver healthcare in low-resource settings and integrate public health interventions with emergency services. Outside of New Orleans, he was worked in public health and clinical capacities in Panama, Congo, and South Sudan. Austin is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys making hot sauce from his home-grown peppers.

Heather Larkin |

Heather Larkin fled snowy New York state to join the Epidemiology program at Tulane. She is interested in infectious diseases which disproportionately impact marginalized communities. She previously completed a BS in Molecular and Cell Biology and a MS in International Nutrition.

Florice Kashindwe Numbi |

Florice is a Second Year Master’s student in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. He is interested in infectious diseases and women Reproductive Health. He is from Democratic Republic of Congo. He received a B.S in Biomedical Science and a M.D from University of Lubumbashi. He enjoys traveling and is enthusiastic to learn about different cultures.

Briana Sanders |

Briana Sanders is a first year Master’s in Public Health student with a concentration in Health Education and Communication. She was born and raised in Detroit, MI and received her B.S. from the University of Michigan in Chemical Science. In her spare time Briana likes to watch anime and shop.


Ayzsa Tannis |

Ayzsa Tannis is a second year Master’s in Public Health student concentrating in Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology. She is from Roswell,GA and received her Bachelor of Arts in Medicine, Health, and Society and Spanish and Portuguese from Vanderbilt University. Her public health interests include infant health, sexual and reproductive health, and infectious diseases. She enjoys reading, cooking, listening to music, and traveling.


Mom (Nini) TatahMentan |

Nini is a doctoral student at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She has experience in and is passionate about monitoring and evaluation, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, and health communication. She is also very excited about this opportunity to work with Check It!

Daniel Triggs |

Daniel Triggs is a Louisiana native from the small-town Thibodaux. He is a first-year Master of Healthcare Administration student here at Tulane University SPHTM. Daniel recently graduated from LSU where he studied Biological Sciences and minored in Business Administration. In his spare time, he likes to cook and play football.

Neha Upadhyay | 

Neha is doing her Masters in Epidemiology at Tulane. All she wanted to do after completing her Dentistry in India was to venture into preventive Sciences and medicine. Tulane was her opportunity. so, she packed her bags and flew 8,400 miles to pursue her dreams. She is interested in sexually transmitted diseases and its effects in marginalized population. In her time outside tidewater she loves exploring this vibrant city and all the craziness it has to offer!



Data Manager

Megan Clare Craig-Kuhn |

Megan Clare Craig-Kuhn is a second year doctoral student in Epidemiology at Tulane University. She completed a BA at Oberlin College and MPH coursework at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

 Senior Program Manager

Norine Schmidt, MPH  | 

Norine Schmidt moved to New Orleans 30 years ago and has been working in sexual and reproductive health for more than 20 of those years. Check it is one of her favorite projects because of the amazing Check it team, community partners and participants.


Principal Investigator

Patricia Kissinger, Ph.D. |  

Dr. Patty Kissinger is an infectious disease epidemiologist and a nurse.  She has worked both nationally and internationally for more than three decades in the field of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, and women’s reproductive health in Africa, Haiti, and the US. She has published extensively on many topics about STIs and has been the lead researcher in numerous research studies.


Medical Investigator

David H. Martin, M.D. |

David H. Martin, M.D. is Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Tulane SPHTM. He served as Chief of Infectious Diseases at LSU for nearly 20 years.


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