About Us

  • Denese Shervington, MD, MPH

    2015-2018: President & CEO

    Denese Shervington, MD, MPH

    2015-2018: President & CEO

    Founder & CEO, Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Tulane University School of Medicine

    Dr. Shervington has an intersectional career in psychiatry and public mental health. She is the President and CEO of IWES, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine. At IWES, Dr. Shervington directs the community-based post-disaster mental health recovery division that she created in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. At Tulane, Dr. Shervington provides psychotherapy supervision for Psychiatry residents. Dr. Shervington is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Shervington also received a Masters of Public Health in Population Studies and Family Planning from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. In 2006, she was awarded the Isaac Slaughter Leadership award by the Black Psychiatrists of America. In 2012, she received the Jeanne Spurlock M.D. Minority Fellowship Award from the American Psychiatric Association. She has an illustrious career in public mental health and population health, which includes posts at the national, state and local level. Her clinical community expertise in PTSD, trauma-informed response and public mental health informs the emotional wellness, physical health and resilience work of IWES.

  • Euna August, PhD, MPH, MCHES

    2015-2018: Board Chair

    Euna August, PhD, MPH, MCHES

    2015-2018: Board Chair

    Behavioral Scientist Research & Evaluation Team, Prevention Communication Branch, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

    Dr. August is a researcher, educator and advocate with 15+ years of experience in public health, health disparities, and global health. She has more than 40 peer-reviewed journal publications and has conducted numerous presentations and workshops at scientific conferences and meetings. She earned her PhD from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health, as well as graduate certificates in social marketing, women’s health and epidemiology. Dr. August also has a Masters of Public Health from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University.

  • Opal Russel, RN

    2015-2018: Board Secretary

    Opal Russel, RN

    2015-2018: Board Secretary

    Medical Certification Specialist LA Department of Medicaid and Medicare Services

    Opal holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration. She works as a Medical Certification Specialist for the state of Louisiana and surveys health care facilities for regulation compliance for the Department of Medicaid and Medicare Services. She is a Registered Nurse by profession and worked as a community mental health nurse in New Orleans from 2003 until 2007. She was also a first responder during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and worked to assist local returning residents to cope with depression and stress resulting from the storm.

  • Michele M. Moore, J.D.

    2015-2018

    Michele M. Moore, J.D.

    2015-2018

    Chief Communications Officer American Civil Liberties Union

    Michele Moore is a corporate and brand communications professional with 25 years managing communications and marketing operations for Fortune 500 corporations, media, government, and non-profit entities. Her experience across multiple industries in strategic and crisis communications, media relations, brand marketing, public affairs and corporate philanthropy stem from her senior roles spearheading communications and marketing departments at Nickelodeon, BET, the National Urban League, Temple University, and Lifetime Networks. She is currently the Chief Communications Officer for the National office of the American Civil Liberties Union. Moore earned her law degree at Howard University and B.A. in Communications at UCLA.

  • Stephani Hatch, PhD

    2015-2018

    Stephani Hatch, PhD

    2015-2018

    Social Epidemiologist, Department of Psychological Medicine Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

    Dr. Hatch is a social epidemiologist in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She earned her PhD at the University of Maryland, College Park and was a former faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University. She is a principal and co-investigator on several community research projects, including the social inequalities strand of the UK National Institute for Health Research funded by the Mental Health Biomedical Research Centre, South East London Community Health Study. Dr. Hatch is also the co-founder of the Health Inequalities Research Network, a partner with IWES on US-UK comparative studies.

  • Kandice Doley, J.D.

    2015-2018: Treasurer

    Kandice Doley, J.D.

    2015-2018: Treasurer

    Law Clerk Chambers of Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson

    Ms. Doley earned an undergraduate degree in Marketing at the University of Miami. She previously worked at IWES as a Program Associate of women-focused programming until enrolling at Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctorate. Ms. Doley worked as a research assistant for the Henry F. Bonura, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, Ms. Jeanne M. Woods, on human rights and international law publications. Upon graduating in 2012, with a certificate in International Law, Kandice worked in private practice. She currently works as a research attorney at the Louisiana Supreme Court, chambers of Chief Justice Bernette Johnson.

  • Ava Rogers

    2015-2018

    Ava Rogers

    2015-2018

    Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Operations City of New Orleans

    Ava has worked in international affairs, specializing in conflict and emergency settings for over 20 years. Her previous assignments with the U.S. State Department and the United Nations include the Republic of the Congo, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Nigeria, and Sudan. She has an undergraduate degree in international relations from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Currently, Ms. Rogers works as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Operations for the City of New Orleans.

  • Erica Gollub, DrPH, MPH

    2015-2018

    Erica Gollub, DrPH, MPH

    2015-2018

    Associate Professor, Department of Health Studies Pace University

    Dr. Gollub is an internationally recognized researcher and expert in the area of women-initiated HIV/STI prevention and advocacy aimed at expanding health education for women and girls. She Dr. Gollub has served on both national and international health and regulatory advisory boards and has published and presented widely on her work. She has served in multiple advisory capacities globally, including: Expert Group on Prevention of HIV in Women at the French Health Ministry, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Meeting on Improving Acceptability Research, and the World AIDS Congress in Durban, South Africa.

  • Dorothy Peprah, MPH, MPHIL, PhD

    2017-2020

    Dorothy Peprah, MPH, MPHIL, PhD

    2017-2020

    Global Health Security Agenda Advisor U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Dr. Peprah is widely regarded as an expert in global health, infectious disease, community participatory action research and qualitative methodology. She completed her MPhil and PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and her MPH in International Health at Boston University School of Public Health. She is currently a Global Health Security Advisor with USAID, responsible for ensuring well-coordinated and effective delivery of technical and program support across the Agency’s Global Health Security Agenda portfolio. The portfolio includes programming to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks, and pre-empt or combat newly emerging diseases of animal origin that could threaten human health. Dr. Peprah has also worked as a global consultant on various projects, including sanitation and hygiene programs in refugee camps, and providing technical support to research teams in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.