Our Staff

Tekisha Dwan Everette

Executive Director

“There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures.” - bell hooks

Dr. Tekisha Dwan Everette’s passion for social justice was fueled by her personal experiences and influences as a child. As a youth, she experienced delays in diagnosing asthma, and faced challenges accessing and navigating the health care system. These experiences gave Everette first-hand knowledge of the importance of health and health care access. This, combined with her admiration for social justice trailblazers such as Thurgood Marshall, Barbara Jordan, and Sandra Day O'Conner, inspired Everette to dedicate her life’s work toward eradicating health care inequities through advocacy and policy.

Everette has built a successful career in public policy, particularly health care policy, and advocacy in the non-profit, state, and private sectors. Before taking the helm of Health Equity Solutions (HES), she served as the Managing Director of Federal Government Affairs with the American Diabetes Association, where she provided strategic leadership on policy and advocacy initiatives with the White House, several federal agencies, and Congress, which led to important victories for people with and at risk for diabetes. Prior to this, Everette worked as a government relations consultant with Drinker, Biddle, and Reath, LLC, where she represented the interests of several nonprofit health care organizations on issues such as health reform, Medicare, Medicaid, and federal appropriations. Everette has also worked for the Service Employees International Union, RESI, the State of Maryland, and the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation.

Everette earned her doctorate in Sociology from American University with a concentration in race, gender, and social justice as it relates to social policy.  She received her Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Center of Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (popularly known as Virginia Tech) and holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies from the same institution.

Everette is an alumna of the Masters Series for Distinguished Leaders and the National Urban Fellows America’s Leaders of Change program. She is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Association of Black Sociologists..

When Everette is not advocating for health care policy and social justice, she enjoys fulfilling her thirst for cultural enrichment through travel. She believes seeing the world helps one to expand their worldview and cultural understanding and her goal is to visit every US city and touch every continent at least once.  In her spare time, Everette enjoys listening to music, writing poetry, dancing, and cooking.

Claudine Fox

Program Manager

Motivated by a passion for service and justice, Claudine Fox has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to learning about justice & equity, while simultaneously building a career in the non-profit sector. As an empath and firm believer that everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive, Claudine has always been moved to action to protect, support, and strengthen her community, particularly those that have been harmed by oppressive and racist systems of power.

Equipped with a BS in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University, along with two years of service learning experience by way of the AmeriCorps Program Public Allies Connecticut, Fox has experience working in the world of food justice and urban agriculture, federally qualified health centers, and is now the Program Manager at Health Equity Solutions. Claudine also serves as a City Councilwoman for the City of Hartford. 

In her off time, Claudine loves to eat and cook, garden, travel, and spend time with her loved ones. 

Alex Hanson

General Operations Specialist

Alex Hanson is a recent college graduate from the United Kingdom. His interest in health equity stems from seeing the differences between growing up in a society where everyone has access to healthcare no matter their social or ethnic background and the United States (where this is not the case).

Before HES, Hanson interned with Diamond Resorts International, working under the Director of the Diamond Resorts International Foundation which focused on community outreach the Las Vegas area. Before that, Alex worked as a teaching assistant, specifically for children with behavioral difficulties. He has experience working as a mentor for disadvantaged youths through the medium of basketball. Hanson holds a Bachelors in International Business from Leeds Beckett University. Outside of the office Hanson is a fan of all sports (except hockey) and avidly follows the English Soccer team Newcastle United. Hanson loves to travel and embrace other cultures and countries, as he believes, it is better to see the world not through just his own but through the eyes of many.

Samantha Lew

Policy and Advocacy Analyst

Samantha Lew received her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Policy Practice from the University of Connecticut. During that time, she completed two practicums focusing on public policy and research, in which were at the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition and the Connecticut Association for Human Services. This drove her passions even further of affecting change on the policy level. Samantha recognizes and highly values investigative work regarding policies on health care and service access and in creating equitable systems in which are successful and sustainable for all Connecticut residents.

In her most recent work as a Research Assistant for the University of Connecticut, School of Social Work, Samantha provided infrastructure development assistance on several grant projects, as well as recently presented at the 32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health with colleagues on their publication of a review and analysis of 51 State’s policies addressing substance-exposed infants.

Invigorated by her move to the United States when she was very young, Samantha sees a just health care system for Connecticut, in which all residents, regardless of race, ethnicity and socio-economic status can access. Samantha strives to learn something new every day and bring that enthusiasm into her professional capacities and personal life.

Moid Ali

Health Equity Intern

Moid Ali is a frst year MPH candidate in the Health Policy department at Yale School of Public Health. He is broadly interested in applying data analytics to improve healthcare delivery and advance community-level health equity. He is particularly interested in using health economics and outcomes research to both inform provider practice and expand patient access to quality services regardless of social identity or financial means. 

Before graduate school, Moid earned his undergraduate degree in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis with additional minors in healthcare management and health policy. His primary training in ethnographic research methods allows Moid to approach problem-solving within healthcare from the ground up. He carries the belief that health inequity is an embodied result of our current healthcare system and that health is a fundamental right. Prior to joining the HES team, Moid interned at Creative Reaction Lab, an organization that applies community-centered equitable design to address public health and policy challenges facing the St. Louis residents. Outside of class and the office, Moid can be found camping at state parks throughout New England, attempting new recipes, or planning his next weekend trip.

Kaitlin Hunter

Intern

Kaitlin is a second-year health policy student at the Yale School of Public Health. She is currently working on a report on equity in Connecticut’s Medicaid program.  This report will help guide Health Equity Solution’s long-term priorities.  Her hobby is listening to an absurd number of podcasts! 

Margaret Kellogg

Intern
In Margaret's capacity as Programs Intern, she assists in the design and facilitation of all HES workshops, traveling across the state to present to key public health stakeholders (including community health workers and medical providers at federally-qualified health centers) about topics such as health equity, social determinants of health, and storytelling for advocacy. Margaret also collects and analyzes evaluative data from workshop participants in order to improve HES content and delivery. To round out her work, Margaret assists the Program Manager on administrative tasks, such as writing grant reports, booking event venues, designing webinars, and performing background research for HES programmatic activities.

Margaret plans to graduate from Yale College in May 2020 with a B.A. in Sociology, concentrating in Health and Society.  In addition, Margaret is dual-enrolled at the Yale School of Public Health, where she hopes to earn a Master’s in Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences the following year.


Her hobbies include teaching health classes in New Haven public high schools and compiling music playlists based on mood and the weather.

Francesca Maviglia

Intern

Francesca is a first year MPH student at the Social and Behavioral Sciences department of the Yale School of Public Health. During her internship, she has worked on reviewing and expanding HES' workshops, as well as designing a Train-the-Trainer program to prepare new facilitators to deliver workshops on Health Equity. Francesca is currently in the process of analysing the feedback collected by HES on past workshops, as well as streamlining the evaluation process.

Farah Rahman

Intern

Farah Rahman is driven by her passion for addressing disparities and social injustices in the world of healthcare. She is a fierce advocate of shifting the narrative of political and social efforts to incorporate the human dimension in their solutions. Inspired by her time in India, her birth country, Farah has dedicated her educational career to becoming a person for others. She hopes to successfully incorporate social justice in her practice while pursuing a career in medicine starting this Fall.

Farah completed a double major at UC San Diego in Biology and Global Health where a majority of her work was focused on learning about the health of refugee populations abroad and locally. She is currently finishing her Masters in Public Health in Health Policy at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH). Over the year, Farah has been researching disparities in medical outcomes such as Diabetic Retinopathy in the New Haven community. Her time at YSPH has emphasized the power of public and private partnerships in creating sustainable solutions, and she hopes to implement this framework in furthering health equity in local communities.

In her off time, Farah enjoys traveling, cooking, and finding some semblance of a work-life balance. 

Yosha Singh

Intern

Yosha Singh is a first-year MPH Candidate in the Health Policy department at the Yale School of Public Health. Before graduate school, Yosha earned her undergraduate degree in marketing and pre-medical studies at The University of Texas at Austin. During this time she also earned a certificate in Social Inequality, Health, and Policy. Yosha aims to combine her background in business, science, and policy to improve health outcomes for marginalized communities. She has a special interest in immigrant health and women’s health, hoping to expand access, care, and quality for these typically underrepresented folks in the healthcare space.

In her time in New Haven, Yosha has also worked at the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) at the Yale School of Medicine. Her work contributes to a longitudinal study investigating chronic health outcomes in the Eastern Caribbean. She is a leader of the U.S. Health Justice Collaborative at Yale; a member of the Yale Women’s Mental Health Conference planning committee; and a volunteer at a local elementary school.

Beyond her interests in health advocacy, Yosha enjoys Indian classical dance, which she has practiced and performed since she was five-years-old. She also enjoys stand-up comedy, Netflix, and reading.