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Darcie Warren, MPA - Coalition Coordinator
Darcie Warren comes to the American Lung Association from Milwaukee Children’s Choir, where she was Executive Director. Before that, she staffed UW-Milwaukee's Zilber School of Public Health startup for 6+ years. She supported the School’s successful initial accreditation efforts, and her major focuses included building academic programs, establishing policies, and directing student services.
Prior to working at UW-Milwaukee, Darcie worked as a Public Health Educator in the Wisconsin Division of Public Health Southeast Region-Milwaukee Office, and prior to that, she worked with SmokeFree Wisconsin. She supported local and statewide coalitions by providing training and assistance around policy readiness and growing grassroots power. Darcie started her professional career as a healthcare worker organizer with the Service Employees International Union.
Darcie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Political Science and completed a Master of Public Administration degree at UWM. She completed a fellowship with the Mid-America Public Health Leadership Institute and successfully completed training programs with the AFL-CIO, Midwest Academy of Organizers, and UW-Extension’s Leadership Institute.
She lives on Milwaukee's North shore with her husband and their two young children.
Areli Estrada - UW MATCH Graduate Intern - 2020-21
Areli Estrada earned a Bachelor of Applied Studies in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Human Development from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. She is a first-generation college graduate. A Los Angeles native, Areli brings to this Graduate Internship extensive experience in community outreach, postsecondary student support, and direct service to marginalized populations.
Areli is currently pursuing a M.S. in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her areas of focus include community based participatory research, various aspects of community development, and community engaged scholarship. While completing her program, she serves as a Posse Mentor and works in fund development at a small nonprofit organization. Additionally, she is actively involved with grassroots organizations that seek to address health disparities and create positive social change.
Areli's Graduate Internship position works jointly with the UW-MATCH program to support Partnership for Tobacco Free Wisconsin's efforts to educate State Leaders about the burden of tobacco.
Thank you to Areli for your work to implement the coalition's statewide initiatives.
Abriana Luther - Master of Public Health Intern - Spring 2021
Abriana Luther joins the American Lung Association as a Spring 2021 intern for her Master’s in Public Health. Abriana is completing her MPH through the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health and is focused on Environmental Health Sciences. Abriana earned her undergraduate degree in Corporate and Health Communication with a minor in Health Promotion from The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in 2018, and while there was involved in several health advocacy initiatives as well as student organizations focused on collaboration across disciplines to promote campus and community health and wellness.
Most notably, Abriana worked in close collaboration with University faculty and administration on a committee to establish a student-run campus food pantry, that is still in operation today. She also was a familiar face in the campus greenhouse, as an executive board member responsible for communications and marketing for a sustainability-focused student organization, while also an active volunteer in the campus garden.
While completing her final semester of coursework, Abriana hopes to bring her communication and health promotion skills to her work as an intern with ALA in relation to coalition meetings and health equity. She currently resides on the Upper East Side of Milwaukee, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening, and traveling in her free time, as well as spending time with her family and 16-year-old cockapoo, Dixie.
Heather Koch - Master of Public Health Intern - Summer 2019
Heather Koch joined the American Lung Association as a Summer 2019 intern for her Masters in Public Health. Heather is completing her MPH through UW-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health, and is focused on Community and Behavioral Health. Alongside her MPH training, Heather is also completing her Family Medicine Residency through Waukesha Family Medicine Residency at ProHealth Care.
Heather completed medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin in 2016, with an emphasis in Community Engagement. Her Family Medicine training has been complimented well by formal Public Health education, with goals to utilize both together in the future to improve community health and community program development. Specific interests of Heather's include mental health, addiction medicine, and tobacco cessation.
Outside of work, Heather enjoys traveling both back home to Arizona and abroad, as well as enjoying the beautiful Wisconsin summer weather by biking, boating, or running.
Thank you to Heather for your work on integrating health equity into flavor restriction planning.
Olivia Algiers - Master of Public Health Intern - Summer 2019
Olivia joins the American Lung Association as a Master of Public Health intern with experience in communications and community organizing. She especially values her experience as a political field organizer in Southeast Florida during the 2016 presidential campaign. She has a degree in Spanish and Journalism with an emphasis on Strategic Communication from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
She is currently working on her Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health. While completing her program, Olivia works in marketing and business development at a small architectural and interior design firm in Shorewood, Wis.
In her free time, Olivia enjoys traveling, running, yoga and gardening.
Thank you to Olivia for your work re-hauling the Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Wisconsin's website.