Tia Taylor-Williams smilingTia Taylor Williams, Director

Tia Taylor Williams is the Director for the Center for School, Health and Education and the Center for Public Health Policy with responsibility for leadership and administration in the implementation of programmatic and policy strategies of CSHE.

Tia has been at APHA for eight years and has managed a portfolio of projects aimed at addressing the social determinants of health to reduce health inequities. In addition to providing grant management and project oversight, Tia has authored and shepherded the development of reports, issue briefs and fact sheets including Better Health Through Equity: Case Studies in Reframing Public Health and Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Health Departments.

Tia has over 14 years of experience in public health and holds a Master of Public Health from Virginia Commonwealth University, Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Ithaca College. Tia is dedicated to promoting policies and practices designed to help all communities thrive.

Kelly NelsonKelly Nelson, Senior Program Manager

Kelly joined CSHE to support the execution of program strategies in a variety of ways. Her responsibilities include assisting school-based health centers (project sites) in various states to move beyond the clinic walls and integrate primary care with public health, school-wide, to address the social determinants of health and graduation. Kelly also executes additional programmatic and policy strategies of CSHE in collaboration with CSHE leadership.

Kelly received her Masters of Public Health, with a focus on community oriented primary care in vulnerable populations at the George Washington University. Currently, she volunteers as the Program Manager for the TC Wallace Foundation, a community-based outreach organization. Prior to attending GWU, Kelly was a postbaccalaureate training award fellow at the National Institutes of Health, where she investigated plasma cell tumors in mice.

In 2008, Kelly earned her Bachelor’s of Science in biology from Howard University and has since been involved in both basic and clinical research including, materials research at the University of Pennsylvania, biochemical and molecular research at the Center for Cancer Research within the NIH, and investigations of age-related macular degeneration at Scheie Eye Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her research experience, Kelly has participated in community-based outreach activities including the Opportunities in Health Care Program of Temple University Hospital, pulmonary and respiratory care assistance within Temple University Hospital’s Patient Relations department and assistant teaching at Howard University’s Middle School of Mathematics and Science. Kelly maintains an interest in addressing health disparities within minority populations.

Darien MatherDarien Mather, Program Associate

Darien joined CSHE to support the execution of program strategies. Her responsibilities include building capacity of school-based health centers and education leaders to integrate primary care with public health on a school-wide level to address the social determinants of health and graduation. Additionally, she develops and executes the social media strategy for the Center.

Darien received her Masters of Public Health, with a focus on maternal and child health at the George Washington University. Her work and research focused on sexual and reproductive health among women, adolescent, and/or Latino populations. Darien’s culminating experience research investigated the connectedness of Latino youth across differing levels of social media use, within the context of positive youth development.

Prior to her work in Washington, D.C., Darien received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Cornell University. Darien volunteers with various nonprofits as a grant writer and reviewer. She also volunteers as a mentor for college women to prepare them for leadership in the public policy arena.