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Meet the Check It Team


Gérard Gomes | (504) 495-8102 |

Gérard Gomes joined Check It in 2016. Raised in Trinidad and Tobago, his first experience in New Orleans was Xavier University’s move in day 2005 while dropping his cousin off to college. He kept coming back and is now proud to call New Orleans home. Before working with Check it, he served in the U.S Peace Corps as a community health volunteer in Burkina Faso. Gérard holds a B.A in Biochemistry from the University of Richmond.


Glenis Scott, Jr., MPH | (504) 256-6703 |

Glenis Scott, Jr. is a NOLA native. He received a B.S. in Public Health from Dillard University and an MPH in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. He enjoys smoothies, fish, and group activities.



Shannon Watson | (504) 289-4076 |

Shannon Watson is from New Orleans, Louisiana and has a B.S. in Public Health from Tulane University. She is interested in reducing health disparities in disadvantaged populations and is excited to be a part of the Check it study.



 Research Assistants

 Ososese Enaholo

Ososese Enaholo is a first year Master’s in Public Health student with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. She is from Chicago, IL, and received a B.S. in Public Health at Saint Louis University. She enjoys listening to music and exploring the great city of New Orleans.



Stephanie Guzman |

Stephanie Guzman is a first-year Master’s in Public Health and Tropical Medicine student from New Jersey. She completed her Bachelor of Science at the College of William and Mary. She enjoys dancing, hiking and traveling.



Jake Hall |

Jake Hall is a small town kid with big city dreams. After getting his B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, he drove down to New Orleans to work on his MPH in Epidemiology, and get away from the snow. He spends his free time exploring the city and riding the streetcars.



Heather Larkin |

Heather Larkin fled snowy New York state to join the Epidemiology program at Tulane. She is interested in infectious diseases which disproportionately impact marginalized communities. She previously completed a BS in Molecular and Cell Biology and a MS in International Nutrition.



Briana Sanders |

Briana Sanders is a first year Master’s in Public Health student with a concentration in Health Education and Communication. She was born and raised in Detroit, MI and received her B.S. from the University of Michigan in Chemical Science. In her spare time Briana likes to watch anime and shop.



Mom (Nini) TatahMentan |
Nini is a doctoral student at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She has experience in and is passionate about monitoring and evaluation, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, and health communication. She is also very excited about this opportunity to work with Check It!


 Data Manager

Megan Clare Craig-Kuhn |

Megan Clare Craig-Kuhn is a second year doctoral student in Epidemiology at Tulane University. She completed a BA at Oberlin College and MPH coursework at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. 

 Senior Program Manager

Norine Schmidt, MPH  | 

Norine Schmidt moved to New Orleans 30 years ago and has been working in sexual and reproductive health for more than 20 of those years. Check it is one of her favorite projects because of the amazing Check it team, community partners and participants.


Principal Investigator

Patricia Kissinger, Ph.D. |  

Dr. Patty Kissinger is an infectious disease epidemiologist and a nurse.  She has worked both nationally and internationally for more than three decades in the field of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, and women’s reproductive health in Africa, Haiti, and the US. She has published extensively on many topics about STIs and has been the lead researcher in numerous research studies.


Medical Investigator

David H. Martin, M.D. |

David H. Martin, M.D. is Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Tulane SPHTM. He served as Chief of Infectious Diseases at LSU for nearly 20 years.


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