Kurt M. Ribis

Kurt M. Ribisl, PhD

Co-Founde

Dr. Ribisl is a Professor of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Program Leader for Cancer Prevention and Control at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Ribisl’s research focuses on tobacco control policy and product regulation, with a particular focus on the point of sale. He is a Multi-Principal Investigator on an NCI-funded project (NCI 1U01CA154281) producing national estimates of point of sale tobacco marketing and tobacco retailer density. Dr. Ribisl was a Section Editor of the 2012 Surgeon General Report on Tobacco Use. From 2012-2016, he was also a member of the Congressionally-mandated Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) that advises the FDA Center for Tobacco Products.

Allison Myers, PhD

Co-Founde

Allison is the Executive Director of Counter Tools and the Co-Founder of Counter Tobacco. Both organizations offer resources and tools to empower government health departments and community partners to pass policies that counteract retail tobacco marketing and promote health. Allison started her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon, received her MPH and PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from UNC, and spent six years in marketing research and strategy consulting prior to bringing it all together at Counter Tobacco.

 

Mollie Mayfield, MPH

Managing Editor 

Mollie leads the development and writing of site content, outreach, and dissemination efforts including social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. She also serves as a Regional Project Director at Counter Tools. She received her MPH from in Health Behavior from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Prior to her graduate studies, Mollie worked for a non-traditional hunger relief organization for three years as Communications Coordinator. Her interests include fostering healthy lifestyles through health-supportive communities and environments, health equity, and health communication.  She received her BA in Psychology with a concentration in Community and Global Health from Macalester College.

Rose DeLeon-Foote, MPP

Contributing Editor 
Rose contributes to the development and writing of site and newsletter content. Rose received her Master of Public Policy from Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy at Mills College. Prior to her graduate studies, Rose worked in youth-focused community based organizations throughout the California Bay Area in roles varying from Program Facilitator to Evaluation Coordinator. She believes in creating equity for communities of color through engaging community members in research, analysis, and action. Rose received her BA in English from UC Berkeley.

Lindsay Miller

Media Production Assistant  

Lindsay is the senior producer, writer, and editor of the Counter Tobacco podcast, a podcast dedicated to the six million people that die from tobacco related causes each year.  She is currently studying mass communications and creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Nicholas Vandenberg

Film Maker 

Nick is a film maker and composer, and the talent behind the new CounterTobacco.org videos. Nick’s work has shown at the Sundance Film Festival and the Venice International Film Festival. The documentary short entitled “The Path: Fall of the Pemberton Mill”, co-written and directed by Nick, was awarded Best Cinematography in a Documentary at the Boston International Film Festival in 2011.

CounterTobacco.org would like to recognize the contributions of past staff members Jessica Eaddy, MSW, Katie Byerly, MPH, Justin Bailey, MPH, Mieka Sanderson, MPH, Laura Bach, MPH, and Kathryn Stein, MPH. CounterTobacco.org is also thankful to the contributions of former UNC students, including Amber Anderson, Jennifer Brown, Adrienne Gill, Chaunetta Jones, Meredith Kamradt, Curran Kennedy, Eliza Kern, Sarah Newman, Olivia Taylor and Linnea Warren, as well as East Chapel Hill High School intern William Brody.