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ACT Youth Network
The ACT Youth Network NYC is a panel of young adult and teen consultants that meets monthly to provide youth perspectives on health-related media and research projects. Led by Sara Birnel Henderson and Michele Luc of ACT for Youth, meetings are held at the offices of Cornell University Cooperative Extension - New York City.

Upstate youth are convened on an as-needed basis to inform New York State Department of Health projects and policies. Heather Wynkoop Beach is the Youth Engagement Coordinator for upstate New York.

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ACT for Youth Staff Directory

Under the direction of Jane L. Powers, ACT for Youth is a partnership among Cornell University Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cornell University Cooperative Extension of New York City, and the University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Pediatrics. The Training and Technical Assistance team is led by Jutta Dotterweich and the Evaluation Team is led by Amanda Purington. For more information, visit About ACT for Youth.
Vanessa Amankwaa, BS
Vanessa Amankwaa, BS
Research Aide
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
(607) 255-8790
vka22@cornell.edu
Heather Wynkoop Beach, MS
Heather Wynkoop Beach, MS
Trainer
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
(607) 255-7456
haw48@cornell.edu
Amy Breese, BA
Amy Breese, BA
Research Aide
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
(607) 255-7736
ass38@cornell.edu
Jackie Davis-Manigaulte, EdD
Jackie Davis-Manigaulte, EdD
Senior Extension Associate
Program Leader for Family and Youth Development
Cornell University Cooperative Extension - New York City
New York, NY
(212) 340-2945
jad23@cornell.edu
Bio
Marisol De Leon, BS
Marisol De Leon, BS
Trainer
Cornell University Cooperative Extension - New York City
New York, NY
(917) 941-9776
md696@cornell.edu
Jutta Dotterweich, MA
Jutta Dotterweich, MA
Director of Training and Technical Assistance
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
(607) 255-4108
jd81@cornell.edu
Bio
Sara Birnel Henderson, BA
Sara Birnel Henderson, BA
Research Support Specialist/Youth Network Co-leader, NYC
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Cornell University
New York, NY
(212) 340-2989
sb636@cornell.edu
Richard E. Kreipe, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED
Richard E. Kreipe, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED
Dr. Elizabeth R. McAnarney Professor in Pediatrics
Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Golisano Children's Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY
(585) 275-7844
richard_kreipe@urmc.rochester.edu
Bio
Michele Luc, MSW
Michele Luc, MSW
Trainer/Youth Network Co-leader, NYC
Cornell University Cooperative Extension - New York City
New York, NY
(212) 340-2970
ML782@cornell.edu
Brian Maley, BS
Brian Maley, BS
Evaluation Assistant
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
(607) 255-4925
bam292@cornell.edu
Mary Maley, MS
Mary Maley, MS
Extension Associate
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
(607) 254-7460
mm153@cornell.edu
Jennifer True Parise, MA
Jennifer True Parise, MA
Evaluation Assistant
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
(607) 254-4693
jtp75@cornell.edu
Jane L. Powers, PhD
Jane L. Powers, PhD
Director, ACT for Youth Center for Community Action
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
(607) 255-3993
jlp5@cornell.edu
Bio
Amanda Purington, MPS
Amanda Purington, MPS
Director of Evaluation and Research
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
(607) 255-1861
ald17@cornell.edu
Karen Schantz, BA
Karen Schantz, BA
Communications Coordinator
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
(607) 254-6509
ks548@cornell.edu
Taylor B. Starr, DO, MPH
Taylor B. Starr, DO, MPH
Assistant Professor in Pediatrics
Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Golisano Children's Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY
(585) 275-1527
taylor_starr@urmc.rochester.edu
Bio
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