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)
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 also authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and has trained thousands of public health advocates in media advocacy and alcohol-problems prevention.
Cassandra Greisen, MPA
Associate Director, Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY)
Cassie Greisen is a Faculty Research Associate with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Associate Director of the CAMY. She oversees the Center's community outreach and engagement activities. She is actively engaged on projects relating to alcohol marketing in traditional and new media, alcohol taxes and alcohol outlet density. Prior to her position at CAMY, Cassie was with Associate Director for Project Extra Mile, a Nebraska-based nonprofit working to prevent youth access to alcohol. She worked closely on the campaigns to reclassify alcopops in Nebraska and to change local city zoning code to address alcohol outlet density in Omaha, Nebraska.
Cassie received her BS and MPA in Public Policy, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
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.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.
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.
Adejare 'Jay' Atanda, BDS, CPH, MPH
Senior Research Program Coordinator
Jay Atanda joined CAMY as a Sr. Research Program Coordinator in April 2016. Prior to joining CAMY, he was a Research Fellow with the American Heart Association under its Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center (A-TRAC) at the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. He presently oversees the day-to-day operations of the Center and works on several research projects including ABRAND II, a longitudinal study examining youth exposure to alcohol advertising and its impact on youth drinking behavior.
He received a MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.