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Dr. Brian Klausner is a full-time physician, board certified in Internal Medicine and serves as the Medical Director for both the Wake Key Community Care ACO and WakeMed Community Population Health team. He joined WakeMed Primary Care in 2011 after working for Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program as the medical director of their Boston Medical Center outpatient clinic. Dr. Klausner earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at University of Chicago Hospitals. He continues to remain active in trying to improve the health of the local uninsured and homeless patient populations.

An Illinois native, Monica Wilfong moved to Raleigh with her husband and two daughters 11 years ago in search of a warmer climate. Monica graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor of science in nursing and from the University of Illinois, Chicago with a master of science in Public Health Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner. She worked many years as a family nurse practitioner serving families in the outpatient clinic setting. Monica volunteered at the Advocacy Center before joining the SAFEchild staff. She is grateful to be part of such a wonderful organization that positively impacts the lives of children, families and the Raleigh community.

Thomas Ray is a National Board Certified Master Educator who provides leadership to the Health Educators at the Poe Center. Thomas has an extensive background in positive youth development and risk behavior prevention work as well as public and private school classroom experience. His field work connecting technology and health issues has provided opportunities to present locally as well as on the national and international level.

North Carolina native, Jesse Crouch received his BA in Germanic Languages at UNC-Chapel Hill. After finishing school in 2012 Jesse focused on a career in community service through various AmeriCorps programs and developed a strong interest in gardening. This past year Jesse served as the AmeriCorps Garden and Wellness Program Coordinator and is now serving in the same role as full time Alliance employee.

Dr. Natalie Cooke is a Teaching Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Nutrition Program in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences at NC State University. She is also the Program Director of A PACKed Kitchen, which is a satellite partnership of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle of Raleigh, NC and Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters. Dr. Cooke teaches two service-learning courses at NC State - a nutrition education in the community course and a community food security course. Passionate about nutrition education and community outreach and extension, her scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) research focuses on building students' self-efficacy in skills needed to teach nutrition in the community. Current research projects involve creating and evaluating video-based and virtual reality trainings for future nutrition educators.

  • September 21, 2017 at 5:30pm – 7pm
  • HQ Raleigh
    16 W Martin St
    Raleigh, NC 27601
    United States
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