Community Advisory Board

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Dr. Shawana S. Moore
DNP, MSN, CRNP, WHNP-BC

Dr. Shawana S. Moore was born in Camden, NJ and resides in Willingboro, NJ. She earned a Bachelors’ of Science degree with a concentration in Biology from Wilberforce

University. She earned a second Bachelors’ of Science in Nursing (BSN), Masters’ of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialty in women’s health, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees from Thomas Jefferson University. She is an alum of the National League of Nursing LEAD Institute and Jefferson Leadership Academy. Shawana is a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Women’s Health- Gender Related Nurse Practitioner Program at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Nursing. Also, she actively maintains clinical practice by serving as a women’s health nurse practitioner at health care organizations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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Dr. Allison R. Casola
PhD, MPH, MCHES

Senior Research Investigator, Department of Family & Community Medicine

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Casola is a Senior Research Investigator in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. As a social-reproductive epidemiologist, Dr. Casola’s scholarly interests surround sexual and reproductive health, women’s health and wellness, and community health. Her specific research focuses on communication norms and attitudes towards menstrual health and hygiene using community-based participatory research. Dr. Casola is also a longstanding leader and member of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Dr. Casola earned a PhD in Epidemiology from Temple University, a Master of Public Health degree from West Chester University, and is a Master-Level Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).

Dr. Stacey Sassaman
MD, MS

Dr. Stacey Sassaman, M.D., M.S. is a resident physician in Philadelphia. Her focus is women's health, and she has always had a passion for helping marginalized communities. She is dedicated to empowerment of women and girls, and recognizes that period poverty is often a barrier to women pursuing higher education. She aims to be an educational resource so that women in the community can take control of their menstrual health and overall health to become the best they can be.

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Dr. Emily E. Bollinger
MD 

Department of Emergency Medicine 

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Dr. Emily E. Bollinger graduated from Bucknell University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She completed her Medical Doctorate at Thomas Jefferson University in 2020 and is now completing her residency at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Emergency Medicine. Originally from Newark, Delaware, Emily has resided in Philadelphia for the last five years.  In addition to her love for Emergency Medicine, Emily has a passion for Women's Health, specifically in regards to ensuring access to care. 

Lauren Barbara Wilkerson
Community Member

Greetings! My name is Lauren Barbara Wilkerson, a senior nursing student, hailing from the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection, Philadelphia, PA. Inspiring to be a nursing practitioner focusing on neonatology/labor and delivery and midwife to help end the health disparities the black community experiences when it comes to maternal and fetal death. Being a nurse practitioner will allow me to help patients with health-related issues related to menstrual cycles, vaginal health, pregnancy even to patients dealing with menopause, and everything in between. To mold me into a great labor and delivery nurse practitioner and advocate for my community I have worked at the first menstrual supply hub in the nation, The SPOT Period! That has allowed me to be the Student Founder and President of The Periodt Menstrual Supply Hub on Lincoln University’s Campus. Periodt is the first menstrual supply hub to be on an HBCU campus and to be sponsored by the SPOT Period. To conclude, I am a well-rounded nursing student that is involved in multiple organizations on and off-campus and holds multiple leadership positions such as Miss Orange and Blue, LU Woman of the Month, Flute section leader for Marching, and symphonic bands at Lincoln, Community Advisory Board Member for the SPOT Period, and many more!

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Crystal Veney-Thomas
Community Member

Growing up in the tough streets of Philadelphia, Crystal Veney-Thomas found herself a victim of her environment. With addiction all around; Thomas took on a woman role much earlier in life than she anticipated. Statistics continued as Thomas dropped out of school in the 8th grade. 

 

Shortly after she became a teenage mother. Accepting her now role, Thomas got comfortable with the system. With a change of events; Thomas stated to want more. Thomas dropped that victim role and become the victor breaking generational curses within her family. 

Thomas now has a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and Human Services, and is working towards her Master's. Thomas has 2 amazing sons whom she loves dearly and 2 precious grandchildren. 

 

Thomas mission is to inspire and assist women recovering from drugs and alcohol through her non profit organization: Diane's Way. 

 

Thomas is in the process of opening Diane's Way Recovery House which will provide safe and affordable housing for women overcoming addiction.

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Daivon Gunter
Community Member

Daivon Gunter is a Senior Nursing student at Lincoln University of PA. He is from Bridgeton, New Jersey. Daivon is the King of the first menstrual supply hub on an HBCU campus and loves to be a part of the conversation to help end the stigma of period poverty.