Amy Pisani is a distinguished expert in the field of vaccine advocacy and education, with a remarkable tenure dating back to 1996 when she joined Every Child By Two (now known as Vaccinate Your Family). As the Chief Executive Officer, she has played a pivotal role in shaping the trajectory of immunization accessibility in the United States. Amy’s tireless dedication has made her a driving force for immunization advocacy, working tirelessly to advance the health and well-being of communities across the nation. Throughout her career, Amy has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to realizing VYF’s mission, which is to safeguard individuals of all ages from vaccine-preventable diseases and bridge immunization disparities.
In alignment with VYF’s founding principles, Amy has spearheaded collaborative initiatives that unite elected officials, community leaders, and representatives from national and local organizations in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases. She guides the team in legislative education, fosters partnerships with like-minded advocates, collaborates with the media to ensure evidence-based reporting on vaccines, and employs diverse communication channels to educate the public.
Amy has been at the helm through VYF’s remarkable growth in the organization’s social media, effectively reaching over four million individuals annually. Through platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, VYF disseminates science-based information that underscores the importance of timely vaccinations and the safety of vaccines. In addition to this digital outreach, VYF’s website, available in both English and Spanish, attracts over one million visitors each year and has earned the prestigious Vaccine Safety Net seal of approval from the World Health Organization.
Amy’s dedication extended to the urgent need for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. She played a pivotal role in various vital initiatives, including the Made to Save Collaborative, the HHS COVID Community Corps, and the White House Equity Panel. VYF continues to bring together partners who united in the fight against COVID-19 through the VYF-hosted Vaccination Collaborative. This platform facilitates the exchange of invaluable insights, research, and communication strategies, shaping evidence-based programs and policy efforts to ensure universal access to all vaccines.
Amy remains at the forefront of public health advocacy by actively engaging in conferences, hosting and presenting at congressional briefings, and vigilantly monitoring and responding to regulatory and policy changes that impact immunization delivery. The campaigns developed under her guidance have educated hundreds of millions of individuals worldwide, leaving an indelible mark on the field.
In addition to her work with VYF, Amy demonstrates her commitment to public health in various capacities. She proudly serves as the President of her local Rotary Club and has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for her contributions. From 2011 to 2015, she served as a public member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Vaccine Advisory Committee. Presently, she is a founding member of the 317 Coalition, ensuring stable congressional immunization funding, and sits on the steering committee of the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition, the HPV Roundtable, and several other coalitions that share VYF’s mission.
Amy’s rich career history extends beyond pediatrics. She gained extensive healthcare advocacy experience during her roles as the Education Program Coordinator at the Optical Society of America, Senior Staff Specialist for the American Nurses Association, and Program Director for the American Nurses Foundation. Her early career was dedicated to advancing the deaf community. Amy holds a Master’s of Science degree from Gallaudet University for the Deaf in Washington, D.C., and a Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology from the Catholic University of America, also in Washington, D.C.
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 is 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 aligns 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.
Dana Howe is Vaccinate Your Family’s Communication Director. 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.
As the Government Affairs Director, Lecia Imbery is responsible for developing and implementing effective policy and government affairs strategies and campaigns in support of Vaccinate Your Family’s strategic goals, mission, and vision.
Lecia brings with her more than 20 years of experience in advocacy, policy, program management, volunteer management, and fundraising in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining VYF, Lecia served as the deputy executive director and senior policy writer at the Coalition on Human Needs, an alliance of national nonprofits working together to promote public policies addressing the needs of people with low incomes. Prior to that, Lecia managed federal and state grassroots advocacy campaigns at the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of University Women.
Before moving to Washington, DC, Lecia worked for nonprofits and engineering firms in San Francisco and Chicago. Lecia has BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of 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.
Damaris Lara is Vaccinate Your Family’s Communication Lead, where she is responsible for developing and executing VYF’s comprehensive social media campaigns and community relations. As a multilingual person, Damaris leads VYF’s public health education and communications initiatives in Spanish-speaking communities, ensuring communities of all socioeconomic backgrounds can access accurate vaccination data and information.
Prior to joining VYF, Damaris was a Public Relations representative for various unions and legislative campaigns, such as the Los Angeles Families Fighting Flavored Tobacco movement, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and the Service Employee International Union. In this past role, Damaris led grassroots organizing and media relations efforts to ensure safe working conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic and end the sale of flavored tobacco in California. Additionally, Damaris has extensive Public Relations experience representing health technology companies and launching thought leadership strategies, providing counsel across campaigns for companies tackling critical industry issues such as clinician burnout and health inequity.
Damaris earned a dual BA in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Southern California.
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.
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.
Marlen Ramirez serves as Vaccinate Your Family’s Program Coordinator supporting VYF’s advocacy and education work. Marlen is an experienced Community Health Worker (CHW) and Community Health Worker Instructor (CHWI). She was drawn to become a CHW/CHWI in the State of Texas because she comes from a culture that usually does not promote health education.
Marlen is a passionate advocate for health promotion and health equity, evidenced by her work with CHWs and the development of community health programs in border cities along southwest Texas. As a CHW, Marlen has served as a navigator, connecting individuals to public health resources and helping them make informed medical decisions. As a CHWI, she has significantly improved health education in the communities she serves. She currently serves on the Community Health Worker or Promotor(a) Training and Certification Program Committee with the Texas Department of State Health Services and has served as Co-President for the Hope-K Trinational Health Council in Eagle Pass, Texas, and in the Del Rio, Texas – Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico Trinational Health Cotrina. Marlen has been recognized for her work in adolescent health by the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancies, receiving the David C. Willey Award in 2018. She has also been awarded the Women of Del Rio Award for her work in creating health education programs that address health disparities.
Through her work, Marlen aims to improve the health and well-being of children and families, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations. In 2016, she launched Better Futures Forever as a youth group in which teens served as ambassadors to help promote a teen pregnancy prevention program to help reduce teen pregnancy in southwest Texas. The youth group made such an impact that it led to the creation of a tri-national, student-parent conference called Save the Teens. By 2019, under the leadership of Marlen and support from her family, Better Futures Forever became a training center that provides health education services. By 2022, Better Futures Forever become a certified training center for CHWs in Texas, providing training for certification and continuing education hours. Better Futures Forever became one of the only training centers to provide certification to high schools in southwest Texas in 2023. Currently, Marlen continues to serve as a CHW, a CHWI, a project administrator, and a community outreach specialist. Better Futures Forever continues to be part of her family’s legacy as it is fully family-operated and continues to make an impact in community health education.
In addition to her CHW and CHWI certifications, Marlen also holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Sul Ross State University.