Meet the people who make Scale It Up Florida!
PhD, CTBScience Founder & Director, Distinguished Endowed Professor, Adolescent and Emerging Adult Health Equity Program Director
Dr. Sylvie Naar is a Distinguished Endowed Professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine's Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine. She is also the Director of the Center for Translational Behavioral Science and the Director of the University's KL2 program. She is a clinical researcher with more than two decades of studies across the spectrum of intervention research from early trials translating basic behavioral science into new interventions, to randomized clinical trials, to comparative effectiveness, to implementation.
Scale It Up - Florida Program Administrator
Jonathan is tasked with overseeing programmatic initiatives and community engagement and coordination for Scale It Up - Florida. He works closely with Dr. Sylvie Naar, the Director of CTBScience and the Scale It Up - Florida program, as well as Dr. Nicole Ennis related to community engagement on the SHARE Program's Community Engagement Core. Jonathan graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with his Bachelor's in Psychology, along with a minor in Intercultural Studies. He is an avid advocate for people with HIV. He is part of several local and statewide advocacy work groups that help address health disparities and stigma around HIV.
Youth Outreach Coordinator
Avery George is the current Youth Outreach Coordinator for Scale It Up Florida. Planning to graduate from FAMU this fall in general health science, Avery then hopes to seek his MS degree in health education. Avery is passionate about working with diverse communities, learning about mental health, experiencing various cultures, and ensuring marginalized populations have equitable access to resources. His idol is Marsha P. Johnson because she was an outspoken shero for her community and, along with Sylvia Rivera, created STAR House, the first LGBT youth shelter in North America. Every day Avery strives for his work to be like the work of Marsha P. Johnson, and to ensure sexual gender minority populations feel safe, supported, and seen.
B.Crim, flex program lead peer navigator
Kristina Feliciano currently serves as lead peer navigator for SIU-FL's FLEX Peer Navigation Program. This program engages youth and emerging adults, while assisting them get connected to services they may be seeking such as: HIV care, primary care, housing, mental health services, & more. While Kristina originally graduated first-generation from Florida State University with her Bachelor's degree in Criminology, she is furthering her education at FSU to pursue her MSW. Ever since she can remember, Kristina has always been passionate about social work and drawn to aiding minority and vulnerable populations. As the eldest sibling of 7, Kristina’s biggest goal is be a continued role model for her siblings. On Kristina’s free time you can find her engaging in self-care activities such as the gym, or hanging with family and friends.
BHS, share program Lead community engagement specialist
Kayla Hicks received her Bachelor’s in Health Sciences from Florida A&M University and is currently working towards her Master of Public Health degree at Florida State University. She is currently a research assistant on Scale It Up Florida’s SHARE P01 Project. As a research assistant, she will be engaging youth and young adults ages 18-29 with HIV as well as engaging with community partners. Kayla has a passion for health equity advocacy on behalf of minorities and educating minority communities when it comes to maintaining their health.
bacc, share program cec & administrative core assistant
Grace graduated as a first-generation student from Flagler College with her Bachelor's in Accounting and is excited to be working on SIU-FL's SHARE P01 project! She will be engaging participants with HIV ages 18-29 as well as carrying out administrative tasks. As a racial and sexual minority, Grace is extensively interested in human rights, advocacy, and working with others for equal opportunities in healthcare and all other areas. In her free time, she is usually playing video games with friends or playing with her three cats!
SHARE Program Community Engagement Specialist
Lamisha Rogers currently serves as a Research Assistant on Scale it Up Florida’s SHARE P01 Project; she will be engaging with youth ages 18-29 with HIV/AIDs. Lamisha is currently in her senior year at Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University majoring in Health Science with a concentration on Occupational Therapy. After graduation she plans to attend grad school as well! Lamisha is interested in contributing to causes that will help our community achieve equality. In her free time you can find Lamisha enjoying a Harry Potter movie or attempting yoga!
SHARE Program Community Engagement Specialist
Before moving to Tallahassee to study social work and criminology as a Master's student, Tram-Anh completed her undergraduate program at UF. She has a cat named Auggie, who loves to hide in boxes. In her spare time, you can find her either reading a book by the pool or doing yoga with friends! As part of the SHARE Program, Tram-Anh is a research assistant who engages individuals with HIV between the ages of 18-29 to improve the type and quality of services and resources that we can provide. Currently, Tram-Anh is working with creating recruitment materials for the research projects and assisting participants.
B.French, SHARE Program Community Engagement Specialist & Support
Katie is currently a research assistant on Scale It Up Florida’s SHARE P01 Project. They graduated from the University of Florida in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in French and a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). They have been a research assistant since 2017 and are particularly interested in working with underserved populations, including young people living with HIV. In their free time, Katie is usually hanging out with their cat or tending to their ever-expanding collection of houseplants.
MSW, Assistant in Research Faculty
Sara Green is a clinical social worker and researcher at CTBScience. Sara completed her Bachelor's in Sociology and her Masters in Clinical Social Work in 2011 and is passionate about social justice, advocacy, and equity especially for vulnerable populations and children/adolescents living with chronic disease. She is the Program Director for FLEX Peer Navigation program and provides clinical guidance and mentorship to the FLEX Peer Navigators, as well as participates as an investigator on many of SIU-FL's research projects. In her spare time, you can find Sara spending time with her partner and two teenagers, walking with her 3 dogs, painting, or gardening.