Young Professionals Board

The Young Professionals Board comprises students and emerging professionals dedicated to engaging as researchers, teachers, practitioners, and advocates for global mental health.

Young Professionals Board

Brianna Bailey (Media Chair)

Michaella Baker

Michaella Baker graduated from  the Yale School of Public Health with a concentration in Global Health. Her Master’s Thesis looked at the impact of Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansions among young adults with mental illness in the U.S. She graduated from Yale University in 2016 with a B.A. in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. During undergrad, she was selected as a Global Health Scholar and founded a global health fundraising organization called TeamU. Michaella has had internships at the ABC News Medical Unit, the Columbia Program for Global Mental Health, and Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, where she published research on mental health policy in Connecticut.  She has conducted fieldwork in Honduras and Rwanda, and recently returned from Bali where she became a certified yoga instructor. She is currently a Fellow at Global Health Strategies in New York City.


Larkin Bernardi

Kelsey Clayman

Kelsey Clayman is a first-year medical student at the Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She was previously Program Coordinator for the Global Mental Health Program. During her undergraduate education, Kelsey researched novel neuroimaging techniques at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and brain cancer genetics at Harvard Medical School. Following graduation, she began work at the University of Chicago studying predictive and preventive factors for alcohol addiction. Her research interests include the intersection of neurobiology and mental health on a local and global scale, utilizing scientific discovery to understand, inform, and reduce the stigma of mental illness worldwide. She earned her BA in Neurobiology from Harvard University.

Will Henderson

Will Henderson is an Analyst at Tunbridge Partners, which invests in commercial real estate owners and operators. Prior to Tunbridge, he worked in Macquarie Capital’s real estate advisory group. Will is active in a number of organizations providing mentorship to high school students in the New York Metro area related to college and career opportunities. He received a B.S. in Finance from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Neha Kinariwalla

Neha Kinariwalla is the founder of the Humanology Project, a nonprofit organization with the mission to reduce the stigma of mental & neurological illness by democratizing medical literature and providing a forum for patients to share their story. She graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2015 with a master’s degree in Modern Society & Global Transformations on the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Her research investigates the psychosocial and stigmatizing effects of epilepsy on marriage through ethnographic and quantitative studies. In 2015, Neha was the youngest person on the Healthcare List for Forbes 30 under 30. She is currently a medical student at Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons.

Jillian Kuhn, MSW

Jillian’s passion for helping others stemmed from an internship at Andrus Children’s Center, a residential center, where she worked with severely emotionally disturbed children on the autism spectrum. Upon graduation from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she received her BA in Psychology and French & Francophone studies, Jillian moved to France for two years to teach English to children in low-income neighborhoods. Jillian Kuhn is currently attending Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW) (expected graduation May, 2017) where she focuses on children and adolescent psychology and trauma research. During her first year at CUSSW she interned at the International Rescue Committee working with child refugees and their families. Currently, she interns at Mount Sinai’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Unit.  Jillian is also a research assistant working on creating a universal trauma and shame scale.

Nikki Levine

Ian McIntire

Ian McIntire is an Associate at Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital. He joined the firm in August, 2015 and is based in New York. Through his work at Wells Fargo, he actively participates in various organizations aimed at promoting affordable housing development both in the greater New York area and throughout the country. He holds a Bachelor in Finance from Boston University.

Brady Miller (Treasurer)

Conor O'Neill

Conor O’Neill is an MBA student studying real estate at Columbia Business School. Prior to Columbia, he worked as a mechanical engineer for Maida Engineering, a design firm in Philadelphia. There, he spent four years developing engineering systems for clients such as Boeing and Johnson & Johnson. Conor graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College.

Ohemaa Poku

Ms. Poku graduated from Boston University in 2018 with a Masters in Public Health and Mount Holyoke College in 2013 with a Bachelors in History and International Development. She previously worked as Program Manager for the Columbia University Global Mental Health Program, at U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and with a variety of NGOs in Ghana. During her experience in school and her work in Ghana she flourished as an advocate for marginalized groups, which later developed into a passion for mental health and disabilities in particular. Her undergraduate honors thesis in sociology focused on stigma as a barrier to education in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana for children with disabilities. Her primary research interests are the human development inputs of health and education and how they affect, in particular, children’s economic mobility.

Emily Sacher

Zoe Siegel (New Member Chair)

Zoe received her B.S. from New York University where she studied Global Public Health and Applied Psychology. During her undergraduate years, she spent time in Boston and Uganda proposing a new pharmaceutical drug tracking system for Mbarara Regional Hospital. She has researched children’s behavioral disorders and worked as the Co-Chair of the Student Advisory Board the Columbia Global Mental Health Program.  She is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at Drum Major Institute where she focuses on continuing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by improving voting rights and ending senseless gun violence.

Amanda Somekh (Community Engagement Chair)

Amanda Somekh received a B.A. in Psychology from Kenyon College and is currently teaching at a therapeutic school for students with autism and other developmental delays. Previous to teaching, Amanda worked as a project coordinator at a public art non-profit organization called CITYarts, organizing public mural projects for schools that lacked arts funding. During this time, Amanda began volunteer work with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s on-site music therapy program and continues to work with children and young adults in music therapy sessions every weekend.

Sara Uebelein

Sara Uebelein is an Analyst on the Hedge Fund Services team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role, she is responsible for implementing specific initiatives designed to drive market share with hedge fund clients. She joined the firm in 2015, and is an active member of Global Banking & Markets Women’s Leadership Council. Sara was the co-chair of the Women’s Venture Fund Gala in 2016, which raises funds in support of women entrepreneurs in New York. She holds a Bachelor in Accounting degree from George Washington University.

Jenna Watson

Jenna Watson is a Digital Sales Manager at Entrepreneur magazine with a B.A. in Communication from Boston College. During her time at BC, she was an active member of the Mental Health Committee, a subset of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College, implementing a peer mentorship program on campus. Jenna is passionate about social justice and contributing to local communities through education and social work initiatives. Throughout her four years in Boston, she served as a one-on-one tutor in HiSET preparation and education for underprivileged youth, a volunteer at a group home for homeless teen moms and their children, and a teaching assistant at an elementary school with primarily low-income students.

Lara Watson

Lara Watson is an Account Manager at ARTIFECT, a boutique consulting firm supporting established and emerging fashion and lifestyle brands. She joined the agency at its start up phase and has played a significant role in growing the business. Lara is an active member of the Women’s Venture Fund Committee, which raises funds in support of women entrepreneurs in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Boston University.

Alana Weinstein

Alana Weinstein is the Head of Publisher Account Management at Taboola, the world’s leading discovery platform. In this role, she leads a team of Account Managers who help publishers grow and monetize their websites. She joined Taboola in 2013, and previously worked at a number of advertising technology start-ups in the video space. Alana graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications with a B.S. in Public Relations.

Lindsey Yudkoff, MSW

Lindsey Yudkoff will be graduating from Columbia University’s School of Social Work in May 2017, with a concentration in social policy.  Prior to her graduate school studies, Lindsey operated as a member of the Evidence-Based Practice Team within the Annie E. Casey Foundation where her work focused on promoting empirically based programs, practices and policies within all child-related systems.  Lindsey first became involved with the Foundation as an intern in the summer of 2011, where due to her strong work performance, she was hired into a full-time position as the first-ever Bachelor degree graduate in the unit’s Model Refinement and Tool Development sub-team.  Lindsey holds a strong interest in improving the efficiency and efficacy of social service initiatives.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond.

Brooke Ziegelbaum, Psy.D. (Director)

Dr. Brooke Ziegelbaum is the Director of Columbia University’s Global Mental Health Program’s Young Professional’s board and a licensed clinical psychologist at Cognitive Behavioral Psychology of NY where she provides individual treatment and neuropsychological testing to children, adolescents, and adults. She is also the trainee Member at Large for the American Psychological Association’s Emerging Adulthood Special Interest Group. Brooke received her doctorate in clinical psychology from La Salle University after completing her predoctoral internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center.

Chelsea Ziegelbaum

Chelsea Ziegelbaum is an associate at Brookfield Asset Management where she focuses on retail real estate investments. She previously worked at Rouse Properties as the director of acquisitions. She received her B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College.