Meet Our Staff
Staff members of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth have extensive backgrounds in the alcohol policy field. CAMY’s team brings decades of experience working with state and local law enforcement agencies, with policy makers at all levels from global to local, with public interest attorneys and communications experts, with researchers from around the world, and with public health advocates and advocacy organizations.
Director, Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY)
Dr. Jernigan is the Director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Throughout his career, his work has focused on public health practice with a particular interest in alcohol policy. Dr. Jernigan has written about and worked extensively in the field of media advocacy, the strategic use of mass media to influence public health policy. In that capacity, He has trained thousands of students and public health professionals in media advocacy and alcohol-problems prevention through the use of environmental-level strategies.
David Jernigan has worked as an advisor to the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) and was principal author of WHO’s first Global Status Report on Alcohol and Global Status Report on Alcohol and Youth, and co-authored Media Advocacy and Public Health: Power for Prevention, and Alcohol in the Developing World: A Public Health Perspective.
He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and has trained thousands of public health advocates in media advocacy and alcohol-problems prevention.
Amber Moreland, BA
Senior Administrative Coordinator
Amber Moreland is the Senior Administrative Coordinator for CAMY and serves as the first point of contact for the Center. Prior to working for CAMY, Amber held temporary assignments at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Amber received her BA in Communications from Marymount Manhattan College in 2016. She is currently working on a Master's in Digital Communication at the Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Program.
Molly Mitchell, JD
Senior Alcohol Policy Program Manager
Molly Mitchell, is a Senior Alcohol Policy Program Manager with CAMY and joined the team in 2012 to manage the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems project. She oversees the daily operations of the initiative while providing technical assistance and training to the partner universities as they work to develop and implement interventions to change their environments that contribute to excessive alcohol consumption in and around their campus community. She also lends her expertise to the Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework II initiative, providing guidance to the nine jurisdictions in Maryland working to reduce underage drinking among 12-20 year-olds and binge drinking among 18-25 year-olds in Maryland.
Molly brings years of experience consulting with local nonprofit organizations on substance abuse prevention and is a member of the Maryland Bar Association. She previously managed the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has consulted local nonprofit organizations on fundraising and substance abuse prevention. Additionally, Molly coordinated the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws program in the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention. She is a member of the Maryland Bar Association.
Senior Research Program Coordinator
Martha Ruffin is a Senior Research Program Coordinator with CAMY where she serves as part of the technical assistance team providing leadership and coordination for both the Maryland Collaborative partner schools and the nine Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework II (MSPF II) jurisdictions working to reduce underage drinking among 12-20 year-olds and binge drinking among 18-25 year-olds.
Alicia Samuels, MPH
Director of Communications
Alicia Samuels is the Director of Communications for CAMY. She works to raise public awareness of CAMY and youth exposure to alcohol marketing as a public health problem through media relations, social media and media advocacy. She also directs communications efforts for the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. Alicia received her MPH from Emory University in 2001 and her BA cum laude from the University of Rochester in 1999.
Ayelet has three decades of experience working on campaigns for public health, workers' rights, the environment, human rights, public safety, gay rights, environmental, justice, animal rights and political candidates in more than 20 states and internationally. Ayelet's career has involved organizing, strategic communications, non-violent direct action, lobbying, training, Get-Out-the-Vote, fundraising, and publishing for Environmental Defense Fund, the Sierra Club, Amnesty International, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Democratic National Committee, Texas Observer, National Democratic Institute and others. She teaches Introduction to Campaigning & Organizing at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.