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Meet Our Advisory Board


Dr. Shawana S. Moore

Associate Professor, Clinical Track

DNP Program Director

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Emory University

Dr. Shawana S. Moore is a nationally recognized, board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner who specializes in providing women’s and gender-related care throughout the lifespan. She is the Chair of the National Association of Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health. Shawana served as the Director of the Women’s Health- Gender Related Nurse Practitioner Program at Jefferson College of Nursing from 2014-2022. She was instrumental in redesigning curriculum, increasing first-time certification pass rates, and increasing student enrollment in the women’s health track during her time at Jefferson. She is an Associate Professor, Clinical Track and the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University. In her role at Emory, Dr. Moore is preparing DNP graduates to lead system level change, and implement and translate existing knowledge, evidence, and data to

transform practice.


Dr. Allison R. Casola

Senior Research Investigator, Department of Family & Community Medicine

Thomas Jefferson University

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. Shelby Davies

Attending Physician, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Assistant Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania 

Shelby Davies is an Attending Physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Assistant Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. She recently completed her fellowship in Adolescent Medicine from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Prior to that, Dr. Davies received her medical degree from The New York University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric training at the Residency Program in Social Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in The Bronx, New York, which provides pediatric medical training focused on the health of underserved urban children and adolescents in the context of the community.


Dr. Davies is passionate about advocating for adolescent health and social justice through patient care, education, and research. Her primary research interests are in merging creative and interdisciplinary practice through multimodal methods with scholarly production, while engaging, empowering, and elevating youth voices. Her research aims are to explore through personal narratives the lived experiences of adolescents and young adults who menstruate, understand the barriers and facilitators to adequate menstrual health and hygiene and explore the impact of shame and stigma that exists around menstruation. By better understanding the lived experiences of this population, Dr. Davies hopes to generate ideas for future research, programmatic and policy change.

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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.


Lauren Barbara Wilkerson

Greetings! My name is Lauren Barbara Wilkerson, 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 individual that is involved in multiple organizations and holds multiple leaderships positions such as a Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, member of Community Advisory Board Member for the SPOT Period, and many more!


Daivon Gunter

Daivon Gunter is a self-motivated new graduate nurse from the FIRST Degree-Granting HBCU, Lincoln University of PA, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing. Throughout his academic career he has cultivated the love of advocating for populations and communities around me. He also aspires to help improve health outcomes in the community. With this love he will continue to help fight the stigmas against men’s health, mental health and period poverty.


“An individual has not yet started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to broader concerns of all humanity.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Lisa Tareila (Glover)
Media and Marketing Relations

Lisa is the Director of Public Relations & Marketing Communications at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center.  She has over a decade of experience representing some of the world's most prestigious hotels and facilitating strategic partnerships with lifestyle, spirits and retail brands. She has managed crisis communications and brand management for a variety of destinations and led impactful PR programs for independent boutique hotels and luxury tour operators.


Lisa oversaw the media relations campaign for The Spot Period's grand opening and continues to serve as an advisor for the non-profit's community outreach and PR strategies. 


She was awarded with Ragan & PR Daily's 2022 Communicator of the Year Award.

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