Meet the Team

State Management Team

Mike Betz, PhD

Principal Investigator

Michael Betz is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Sciences and an FCS state specialist at The Ohio State University. Professor Betz’s research focuses on how local economic conditions impact a wide range of individual, family, and community wellbeing indicators and is particularly interested in the differences between rural and urban areas. He is currently investigating questions examining the connection between local economic factors and the opioid crisis and engaged in research on the economic and social impacts of natural resource extraction on the communities in which it occurs


Ken Martin, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Martin is responsible for convening the prevention education team from various colleges (College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; College of Public Health; College of Education and Human Ecology; College of Pharmacy). As a Professor in the Department of Extension, Dr. Martin is working on education and outreach focusing on prevention education to reduce opioid misuse and abuse, to address farm stress, and to support a NC multi-state project developing community-based recovery-oriented systems of care.   Dr. Martin is PI or co-PI on seven federal and state agency grants supporting this work. With a background in rural sociology, he leads efforts tied directly to rural health and community development programs, and specifically focusing on broader rural vitality. Dr. Martin currently serves as co-chair of the legislative committee for the Ohio Rural Health Association.


Andy Wapner, DO, MPH

Principal Investigator

Andrew Wapner, DO, MPH is the Director of the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP), the Director of the Master of Public Health Program for Experienced Professionals and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Health in the Ohio State College of Public Health (CPH). As a practicing pediatrician with more than 7 years of public health and health policy experience, his primary interest lies in population health planning through integration of health care and public health, with a focus on social and physical environments and their impact on health status. During his time as chronic disease medical director at the Ohio Department of Health, he lead the creation of the state’s first chronic disease prevention and reduction plan and the plan’s implementation collaborative. He also served on several statewide advisory groups, including the Health Policy Institute of Ohio’s Health Value Measurement Dashboard and Prevention and Public Health Advisory Groups.



Laura Akgerman

State Coordinator

Laura Akgerman is the State Program Coordinator for Ohio Youth Resilience Collaborative, and the Disability Services Coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility & Ohio State University Extension.  She serves as the Secretary for the Ohio Rural Health Association.  She is a two-time Ohio State University Alum, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Services and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.  Her work focuses on farming with a disability, accessible Agritourism, Caregiver support, and rural health advocacy. She presents workshops on OYRC, GenerationRx, Gardening with Arthritis, Farming with a disability, Accessible AgriTourism, and other rural health, disability and agriculture related issues for Ohio AgrAbility, OSU Extension, OYRC and Ohio Rural Health Association.



Evaluation and Research Team

David Julian

Program Director – Evaluation and Community Practice

David A. Julian, Ph.D., is CETE’s Program Director for Community Engagement and Evaluation.  He also serves as the lead for CETE’s translational research scholarship.  He received his Ph. D. from Michigan State University in Community Psychology and his MCRP (Master of City and Regional Planning) from The Ohio State University. His educational experiences and participation in a variety of professional roles have allowed him to be an active strategic planner, evaluator and community engagement consultant who has worked with a variety of health and social services organizations at the state and county levels.  Dave pioneered a specific approach to collaborative planning that has its roots in Ohio’s effort to support inter-systems planning and service provision for youth and families.  Dave has held appointments in the College of Public Health, City and Regional Planning and Social Work. He has taught community engagement, program planning and evaluation and worked with students to conduct formal evaluations of education, health and social services programs.


Anne Trinh, MPH

Senior Program Manager, Opioid Innovation Fund Administration; 

Evaluator and Community Engagement Specialist, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Evaluation Studies (HOPES)

Anne has over 15 years of experience in public health practice and research in different settings, including local and Tribal governments as well as universities. Before joining the College of Public Health, she served as the maternal and child health epidemiologist and program specialist for Columbus Public Health. During her seven years with the city, she performed outbreak investigations and developed and led community coalitions to work with diverse partners to reduce Franklin County’s infant mortality rate. From 2008-2010, she lived on a reservation and worked with Tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan as a chronic disease epidemiologist. Anne holds a BS in Microbiology from the University of California, San Diego and a MPH in Epidemiology from San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health. She is interested in translational science, health equity and policy, the social determinants of health, and place-based public health prevention.


Kelly Cabral

ROTA Projet Director

Kelly Cabral serves as Prevention Coordinator in the College of Education and Human Ecology and provides support to Butler, Darke, and Wayne counties. She received her B.S. in agriculture from Ohio State University and her M.A. in agricultural and Extension education at New Mexico State University. Kelly has over 10 years of experience in community leadership and education in both the southwest and midwest regions focusing on food and health factors that impact community development. Most recently, Kelly worked for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association as the co-director of a USDA grant that resulted in a comprehensive statewide educational program for beginning farmers in Ohio. Kelly is a youth and teen Mental Health First Aid instructor through the National Council for Mental Well Being.

Prevention Coordinators

Mackenzie Browning, MSW, LSW

Senior Prevention Coordinator

Mackenzie Browning is a Prevention Coordinator in the College of Education and Human Ecology. She provides support to Perry, Greene, and Brown counties. Mackenzie holds a bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and a master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in School Social Work. She has over six years of experience in mental health and substance use disorder treatment. For the last three years, Mackenzie, provided direct mental health services in an urban school setting. She is passionate to bringing preventative services to schools in Ohio and is an advocate for children’s emotional well-being.



Community Team Leaders

Kristy Watters Adams County

Heather Reister– Butler County

Christy Clary – Brown County

Roseanne Scammahorn Darke County

Godwin Apaliyah – Fayette County

Brenda Sandman-StoverGreene County

Jami Dellifield & Amanda Raines – Hardin County

Danielle Combs – Highland County

Treva Williams & Dennis Decamp– Scioto County

Cheryl Goodrich & Ken Stewart – Monroe County

Michael SchweinsbergPaulding County

Misty Harmon – Perry County

Tammy Jones – Pike County

Kate Homonai & Travis WestVinton County

Laura Salisbury- Wayne County