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David Jernigan, PhD, Director

David 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. He has worked as an advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank on alcohol issues.

He co-authored WHO's recent Global Status Report on Alcohol, as well as Media Advocacy and Public Health: Power for Prevention and Alcohol in the Developing World: A Public Health Perspective, published by WHO and the Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies.

He has also authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and has trained thousands of public health advocates in media advocacy and alcohol-problems prevention.

Molly Mitchell, JD, Senior Alcohol Policy Program Manager

Molly Mitchell, JD is the Senior Alcohol Policy Program Manager with the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She joined CAMY in August 2012 to manage the Statewide Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems. She previously managed the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and has consulted local nonprofit organizations on fundraising and substance abuse prevention. Ms. Mitchell coordinated the Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws program in the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention. She is a member of the Maryland Bar Association.

Rebecca Ramirez, MPH, Senior Research Program Manager

Rebecca Ramirez joined CAMY in September 2011 as a Senior Research Program Manager. She conducts qualitative research to analyze the process by which alcohol tax policies were changed in Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts between 2009 and 2011. She also provides technical assistance on law enforcement strategies as part of her work with the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems. She has worked in the field of alcohol policy implementation and evaluation for 15 years, and currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association.

Ms. Ramirez received her MPH in Health Promotion from San Diego State University in 2001.

Alicia Samuels, MPH, Director of Communications

Alicia Samuels is the director of communications for the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She works to raise awareness of CAMY and alcohol marketing to youth as a public health problem through media relations, social media and media advocacy. She also directs communications efforts for the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy.

Ms. Samuels received her MPH from Emory University in 2001 and her BA cum laude from the University of Rochester in 1999.

Jane Binakonsky, JD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Jane Binakonsky joins the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth as a Postdoctoral Fellow from the Department of Health, Behavior and Society and Department of Mental Health.  She has worked for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism where she focused on youth alcohol prevention and communications. She has co-authored articles focusing on youth alcohol use and brand marketing. Ms. Binakonsky applies her experience working with the federal government, private law practices and the Pennsylvania Superior Court to researching opportunities for statutory and regulatory laws and public policy to influence better public health practices.

In addition to her JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Jane holds a BA in International Economic Policy and a BS in Political Science from American University.

Cassandra Greisen, MPA, Program Coordinator

Cassie Greisen is the program coordinator of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is actively engaged on projects relating to alcohol marketing in traditional and new media, alcohol taxes and outlet density. Prior to her position at CAMY, Cassie was with Project Extra Mile, a Nebraska-based nonprofit working to prevent underage drinking and 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, NE.

Ms. Greisen received her BS and MPA, with a concentration in public policy, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Alexander Ullman, BA, Administrative Coordinator

Alex Ullman joined the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth in December 2013 as an Administrative Coordinator. Before working at CAMY, he interned at the Department of Homeland Security, where he helped carry out the Department's financial disclosure program and monitored and responded to civil rights complaints from the public. He also interned in the Office of Congressman Brad Miller (D-NC) where he responded to phone and written inquiries from constituents. At CAMY, he helps plan Center events, manages the director's schedule, and works with other staff members on various projects.

Mr. Ullman received his BA in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013.

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