Kurt M. Ribis

Kurt M. Ribisl, PhD


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


Dr. Myers is the Co-Founder of CounterTobacco.Org and Counter Tools. 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. She now leads the Oregon State University Center for Health Innovation


Mollie Mayfield, MPH

Managing Editor 

Mollie leads the development and writing of site content, outreach, and dissemination efforts She also serves as a Senior 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. 


Allie Rothschild

Content and Social Media Manager

Allie assists with developing content and managing the social media presence of CounterTobacco.Org. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and then worked in various capacities with the homeless population in New York City. She is currently working towards her Master of Public Health in Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is interested in health communication and health education, with a focus on supporting changes in the built environment to reduce health disparities and inequities. 

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 Lindsay Miller, Rose DeLeon-Foote, MPP, 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, Linnea Warren, Julie Park, Allie Rothschild, and Rakiah Anderson, as well as interns William Brody and Abdul-Hafeez Nakumbe.

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