Amy Pisani is a leading authority in vaccine advocacy and education. As the Chief Executive Officer of Vaccinate Your Family (VYF), she has played an integral part in setting the standards for immunization in America today. Since 1996, Amy has worked with the board of directors and staff to execute the mission and goals of VYF. Following the model developed by VYF’s cofounders, Amy and her team enlist the support of elected officials, concerned community leaders, and representatives of many national and local organizations. Amy leads the group in legislative education, building alliances with like-minded interests, working with the media to ensure science-based reporting on vaccines, and educating the public through various mediums.
Amy has overseen the growth of VYF’s social media presence, reaching over four million people annually with science-based information about the importance of timely vaccinations and the safety of vaccines across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. As part of the effort to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and to educate the public about the virus and vaccines VYF’s team members have served on the AD Council COVID Collaborative, Made to Save Collaborative, the HHS COVID Community Corps and the White House Equity Panel. Through a recent partnership with the National Council of Negro Women and other allied organizations, VYF is working to strengthen efforts to protect communities of color from COVID-19 and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
Amy maintains the organization’s active educational footing by presenting at conferences, hosting and presenting at congressional briefings, monitoring and acting on regulation and policy changes that affect immunization delivery, and developing campaigns that have educated hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
Amy’s commitment to public health is also evident in several other roles. Amy recently served as the President of her local Rotary Club, where she was been honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. She served as a public member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Vaccine Advisory Committee from 2011-2015. Currently, she is serving as a founding member of the 317 Coalition to ensure stable congressional immunization funding, on the steering committee of the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition, the HPV Roundtable, and several other coalitions who share VYF’s mission.
Beyond pediatrics, Amy gained broader healthcare advocacy experience as the Education Program Coordinator at the Optical Society of America and as Senior Staff Specialist for the American Nurses Association. She received her Master’s of Science from Gallaudet University for the Deaf, Washington, DC, and her Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology, from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
Erica is Chief Communication Officer of Vaccinate Your Family. She has led the organization’s efforts at both the state and federal level to educate legislators, media, and the public about the value of vaccines.
Erica specializes in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives to advance infectious disease issues. She has worked to build a national network of vaccine advocates to remind the public of the importance of timely immunizations, assisting with the development, launch and promotion of national campaigns including VYF’s Vaccinate Your Baby and Vaccinate Your Family campaigns. She also co-chaired the workgroup on patient education for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit during its first two years.
Most recently, Erica has supported VYF’s efforts to ensure equitable access to vaccines. She has participated in the COVID Collaborative, Made to Save coalition, HHS’ Vaccine Community Corps, as well as contributed to the Ad Council’s “It’s Up to You” campaign. Erica leads ongoing initiatives to maintain the momentum of these partnerships into the need for routine immunizations, including through VYF’s Vaccination Collaborative and VYF’s partnership with NCNW on Good Health WINs (Women’s Immunization Networks).
Prior to her joining VYF, Erica was the principal of a science communications firm, Coffeehouse Communications LLC. She also was a director at APCO Worldwide, a public affairs firm, where she spent over a decade providing strategic counsel to clients concerning alliance development and issue management. She managed a variety of national public affairs and corporate communication campaigns. Erica’s past work also includes both government and nonprofit organizations in the areas of education and domestic abuse.
She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in communication, specializing in public relations.
Christina Supinski, Vaccinate Your Family’s Chief Operating Officer provides day-to-day administrative leadership and is focused on steering performance management to ensure alignment with VYF’s strategic plan and organizational goals. With an emphasis on access and inclusion – Christina serves as a key thought partner to the Chief Executive Officer. Christina also works in collaboration with VYF’s staff and its Board of Directors to ensure its policies, programs, and operations continue to evolve and meet the challenges of protecting people of all ages from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Prior to joining, VYF, Christina served as the COO at AEquitas, where she managed various programs and initiatives while designing and implementing business operations and establishing policies and procedures. Prior to cofounding AEquitas in 2009, Christina was at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, where she provided high-level operational support through ongoing assessment activities and the preparation of reports proposing improvements across administrations. She served as an inaugural member of the National Advisory Council for the Conference on Crimes Against Women and contributed to the development of continuing education opportunities for justice system and public health professionals. In addition to communications and curriculum development, she managed the development of a customer relationship management platform for the National District Attorneys Association and the American Prosecutors Research Institute. Christina also held the role of Special Events and Marketing Director for a small business that hosted informational events on behalf of several industry leaders in biotech and healthcare.
Christina studied at Coker University and calls the Washington Metropolitan Area home with her husband, two children, and a bouvier named Betty Ruth.
As the Impact & Evaluation Director, Robyn Correll, MPH, CHWI, is responsible for designing and implementing evaluation strategies for Vaccinate Your Family. Her work leverages data to measure the progress of VYF’s various programmatic initiatives and to help the organization strengthen and communicate its impact.
Robyn brings with her over a decade of experience as a public health professional working at the intersection of data and communication. Before joining the VYF staff full time, she worked with the organization as an evaluation and communication consultant, helping VYF share scientific information in a way that was easily accessible to a wide variety of audiences. Her contributions included collaborating with VYF’s partner organizations to develop culturally and linguistically appropriate information about vaccines for Spanish speakers in the United States and developing a training program for promotores and community health workers to build their capacity to bolster vaccine confidence and connect people to vaccination services. She also worked with research teams to measure the prevalence of misinformation in traditional news outlets and design methodologies to test the effectiveness of vaccine-related messaging.
Prior to working with VYF as a consultant, Robyn held positions at The Immunization Partnership, the Houston Health Department’s Immunization Bureau, and the U.S. Peace Corps in Peru.
Robyn earned her graduate degree in public health from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and her bachelor of journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is also a certified community health worker instructor.
Marshall Hayes joined Vaccinate Your Family as Director of Development in the fall of 2021. In this role Marshall will be responsible for building a comprehensive fundraising program and strategies to increase philanthropic support to advance Vaccinate Your Family’s mission and vision. To help achieve VYF’s mission of protecting people of all ages from vaccine-preventable diseases, Marshall will lead the organization in securing the financial support of individuals, foundations and corporations whose interest in a safe and healthy society align with our mission.
Marshall has spent his entire career in the not-for-profit sector working to support community-based organizations that seek to create a healthy and equitable space for all members of the community. He started his career in the field of Aging as Executive Director of Elder Care Services, working to provide elderly clients the support they needed to remain safe, independent, and living at home. It was in that role that he received the prestigious Community Peace Prize for his work in the field of Elder Abuse Prevention. Eventually his career path led him to field of fund development where he worked for many years as the director of a higher education foundation, helping to provide scholarships to deserving students in need. Most recently Marshall worked for American Dental Association Foundation where he secured funding in support of free dental care for underserved children and people with disabilities.
Marshall obtained his Masters of Arts degree in Communications from Illinois State University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Eureka College in Eureka Illinois.
As Advocacy & Education Director at Vaccinate Your Family, Serese is responsible for cultivating, empowering, mobilizing, and supporting a diverse network of patient advocates who’ve been personally impacted by vaccine-preventable diseases, and overseeing the development of educational programming. Through engagement with advocates, key stakeholders, and strategic partners, Serese works to raise awareness about the seriousness of vaccine-preventable diseases across the lifespan and increase vaccine confidence. She oversees the development of educational programs aimed at increasing public awareness at local, state, and national levels, develops curricula, and provides opportunities for post-secondary learning. Serese also serves as the Vaccinate Your Family staff influenza (flu) subject matter expert and represents the organization on the Executive Committee for the Coalition to Stop Flu and the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit.
Her passion for advocacy emanates from her personal experience of losing her healthy five-year-old son, Joseph, to influenza during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Since then, she has made it her mission to help support other individuals and families that have been personally impacted by vaccine-preventable diseases and increase public awareness about the life-saving value of vaccines.
Serese comes to the role with years of experience in science, public health, and advocacy. Most recently, she served as the chief operating officer for Families Fighting Flu, a national non-profit organization focused solely on influenza. In her role there, she managed the day-to-day operations of the organization, including strategic planning and development, public relations, communications and marketing, educational programs and campaigns, strategic partnerships, advocacy and membership, and fundraising. In her capacity, she also served on the Executive Committee of the Coalition to Stop Flu and the American Thoracic Society’s Public Advisory Roundtable, as well as other stakeholder positions.
Prior to joining the public health world, Serese spent over 16 years as a senior environmental scientist at a global consulting firm managing complex, multi-pathway quantitative and qualitative human health and ecological risk assessments for hazardous waste sites across the U.S. She graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a Bachelor of Science in environmental and forest biology.
Dana Howe is Vaccinate Your Family’s Communication Lead. She utilizes her extensive background in brand positioning and digital media to increase the reach of VYF’s vaccination messages and to facilitate the organization’s public health education and communications initiatives. Dana’s experience will ensure that VYF remains at the forefront of social media and communication platforms.
Dana is driven by the goal of making health information and science accessible. In the past, Dana has worked as a communications specialist with major hospitals, as well as nonprofits on topics ranging from diabetes and cancer to pediatric device innovation. Prior to Joining VYF, Dana served as the Director of Brand Communications at the nonprofit Beyond Type 1, where she helped grow the largest digital footprint of any diabetes organization during her five years there.
Dana earned a dual BS in Biology and Community Health and also holds an MS in Health Communication from Tufts University and the Tufts University School of Medicine, respectively.
Grisel Cisneros is Vaccinate Your Family’s Education Coordinator and ensures VYF’s educational programs promote equitable, evidence-based practices.
Grisel is proudly Hispanic, bilingual, and bicultural. She is passionate about prevention through education. With a broad range of experience in public health, she has contributed to protocol design for community-based research, development, and adaptation of curricula for health promotion and education with underserved populations as well as community assessment and improvement planning. Grisel has also worked extensively with Promotoras/Community Health Workers (P/CHWs) as key players in health improvement initiatives.
Prior to joining VYF, Grisel held positions with several nonprofits and university systems. She received her Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health.
Carly Darrah is Vaccinate Your Family’s Governance & Development Coordinator. She joined Vaccinate Your Family in 2020 to elevate the team’s functional capacity by implementing systems and supporting the team in a myriad of capacities. Carly has quickly become an integral part of the VYF team and, in the midst of a pandemic that has increased the workload of VYF tenfold, Carly’s support is essential to our successful outcomes. Carly is also responsible for reporting activities to grantors, editing copy for outgoing communications; facilitating webinar opportunities and helping to maintain VYF’s websites.
Carly has held a variety of positions in mass-market retail leadership, governmental public service, and editorial for global publications. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communications from the University of Missouri—Kansas City and a certification in grant writing. She also studied journalism at the University of Missouri—Columbia.
Love-Vensna Fontilien is Vaccinate Your Family’s Health Promotion Coordinator. She is dedicated to impacting the health and lives of those in underserved communities. She has used her knowledge of public health practices, healthcare management, consulting, data analysis, and communication to serve initiatives and organizations within the U.S. and abroad.
Love-Vensna has served as the Women’s Health Empowerment Volunteer for the Integrated Youth Empowerment Center (IYEC) in Limbe, Cameroon. In this role, she organized community outreach events and evaluated program effectiveness through participant surveys. She also served as a researcher on a joint global health collaboration team between Florida State University’s College of Medicine, and The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health. In this research role, Love-Vensna served on the Women’s Health Team project and the Violence Against Women Team Project, which focused on evaluating women’s health disparities in the Gracias a Dios, Honduras community.
Love-Vensna received her Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Sciences with a concentration in Psychology from Florida State University, and her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Policy and Health Management from The Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.