Core Staff

Judith Jeanty

Judith Jeanty

Project Manager

Judith Jeanty, MPH, is from New Jersey where she received her Bachelor of Science from Montclair State University and her Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health and Prevention from Drexel University. She was previously a program management officer at the New Jersey Department of Health where she managed statewide doula funded programs. Her research interests include Maternal and Child Health, health disparities and reproductive health specifically amongst Black women and low-income communities. She is passionate about increasing access to doula services and achieving health equity. She is the project manager for the Be a Mom R01 study and served as the 5th annual Black Maternal Health conference coordinator working directly under Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha. 

Marline Edmond MA, MCHES

Marline Edmond MA, MCHES

Social Media and Marketing Consultant

Marline D. Edmond is a first-generation Haitian- American Health Communication Consultant with ten combined years of expertise in health and human services, health tech, social media, strategic organization, community engagement, and stakeholder management. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Education with a concentration in Public Health from Montclair State University in 2014; became a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) in 2015; earned a Masters in Health Communication & Strategic Organization from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2018; then became a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) in 2021. 

Marline is a second-year doctoral student at  Howard University Cathy Hughes School of Communications (CHSOC)  Communication, Culture, and Media (CCMS) program focusing on Health Communication. Marline takes a critical cultural approach to challenge systems of oppression that prevent the African diaspora and under-represented communities from achieving equitable health information and care. Her research investigates the health outcomes of disaster media framing of Haitians during human rights crises (e.g., natural disasters, infectious diseases, immigration, poverty, and other social injustices) and the use of social media during crisis communication efforts.

Vanessa Nicholson

Vanessa Nicholson DrPH, MPH

MOTHER Lab Unit lead

Dr. Vanessa Nicholson is a community health practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the field of public health. Her formal training in the field began during her undergraduate years at Mississippi State University's Longest Student health Center where she trained as a peer health educator. Shortly after, she began working at the Department of health while completing her Master's in Public Health degree at Jackson State University. During this time. she led a team whose work resulted in a statewide plan for addressing the needs of HIV positive Mississippians. Once she received acceptance to the University of Texas Health Science Center, she acquired several roles in research development and grant writing, while also developing partnership with the community via outreach initiatives. Dr. Nicholson completed her doctoral program in 2017 and is currently as Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Nina Ashford

Nina Ashford, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

Maternal and Child Health Policy Unit Lead

Dr. Ashford is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine. She is committed to health equity through innovative person-centered policy, public health programming, and evaluation. She has over 16 years of experience working across multiple sectors including government, academia, and community-based non-profits. Dr. Ashford’s dissertation examined the role of Patient Activation on clinical preventive service utilization among Medicare beneficiaries. She is currently the Deputy Director for the Program Alignment Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office. She also spent 7 years leading the State and Population Health portfolio at the CMS Innovation Center.

Dr. Linda Hudson

Linda Hudson, Sc.D., M.S.P.H., Sc.M

Maternal and Child Health Policy Unit Lead

Dr. Hudson is anl Assistant Professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine. The strength of her contribution has been in community-based practice, implementation, management and evaluation of programs designed to facilitate health-related behavior change by addressing individual and community level determinants of health. In her early doctoral work, although not published, was designed to examine chronic disease prevention behaviors among women specific to protective behaviors associated with Lupus (secondary data analysis from a national study), and prevention behaviors associated with Obesity (e.g. physical activity and nutrition) among women in an urban environment. Her most recent work has been in the community-based formative research designed to adapt a nationally tested curriculum addressing CVD prevention, for the express use of African-American Women. (Manuscript in process)

Tonia Rhone

​​​​​​Tonia Rhone

Senior Administrative Assistant

Tonia Rhone is a third-year MD student at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Tonia attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and earned her BS.Ed in Health Science Studies. Choosing a non-traditional path to medicine, she attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned a master’s degree in Medical Physiology before applying to medical school in 2019. Tonia spent her gap years also working as a Clinical Research Coordinator and Assistant at the Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH. Her role in research focused on evaluating novel multidisciplinary care interventions and barriers to implementation in interventional cardiology. This experience further ignited a passion for combating racially disparate outcomes in medicine, with a specific interest in improving existing institutional practices and developing new interventions. Recognizing the need for this work in maternal healthcare, Tonia is committed to being at the forefront of advocacy and translational research in the field. Tonia also currently serves as a part of the Black Maternal Health Leadership Team at Tufts University School of Medicine, led by her mentor Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha.

Kimberly Pothemont

Kimberly Pothemont

Administrative Assistant

Kimberly Pothemont is an undergraduate student at Tufts University, planning to major in Biochemistry. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where she attended Prep for Prep, a leadership development program that incorporates a rigorous academic component to prepare students for placement in leading independent schools. Through this program, she was able to attend The Hotchkiss School for high school. Kimberly’s previous role in clinical research was focused on the presence of medical trauma in chronically ill patients. There she studied how adaptive strategies in healthcare models can be implemented to create an inclusive and supportive environment. Her collaborative work led to her first published research paper. Kimberly spent her summer as an Operations Intern at CityBlock Health where she researched the ways racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities impact healthcare delivery. Kim is thrilled to be a member of the MOTHER Lab Leadership team as a dedicated contributor to maternal health research and hopes to gain a stronger understanding of Black maternal health disparities, while actively participating to eradicate them.