Meet The Team

Ana Radovic, Project Director

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Educational Background: I have a BA in Biology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and also went to medical school there for my MD. Then I did pediatrics residency and adolescent medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. I also have a Masters in Clinical Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

If I had a magic wand, I would…

  • Get rid of all tobacco and drugs forever
  • Make healthcare universal and free for everyone
  • Mandatory 3 day weekends for everyone

Theresa Gmelin, Main Research Assistant, Therapist Moderator


Educational Background: I have my Master’s in Social Work (M.S.W.) from the University at Buffalo in New York. I am currently in the Master’s in Public Health program at the University of Pittsburgh with a focus on Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.

If I had a magic wand, I would…

  • Eliminate gender, class, and race disparities
  • And then also have a pet sloth

Cassandra Long, Research Assistant, Moderator


Educational Background: I received my undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Delaware.  Afterwards, I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with my Master’s in Social Work, focusing on Mental Health.  I became a licensed social worker (LSW) in the spring of 2015.

If I had a magic wand, I would…

  • Remove all illnesses from the world
  • Be able to communicate fluently in every language.

Danielle Washington, Moderator


Educational Background: I have my B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University and I am currently in my first year of the Master’s of Social Work (MSW) program at the University of Pittsburgh.

If I had a wand I would…

  • Travel around the world for free
  • Make college more affordable so everyone has an opportunity to get a quality education

Anna Rastatter, Moderator


Educational background: I have my bachelors in Rehabilitation and Human Services/ English from Pennsylvania State University. I am currently working on obtaining my Maters of Social Work (MSW) with a certificate in Mental Health from the University of Pittsburgh.

If I had a magic wand, I would…

  • take away the stigma surrounding mental health and wellness and make treatment more available and accessible
  • Do away with social injustice, especially surrounding race, gender, and class disparities
  • Make a three-day weekend standard

Kripa Venkatakrishnan, Research Assistant


Educational Background: I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Molecular Biology with a focus on cell and developmental biology.

If I had a magic wand, I would…

  • make healthcare more accessible to the under-served populations of the world
  • make chocolate have the same nutritional value as vegetables (so it would actually be healthy and we wouldn’t feel so bad about eating it)

Jing Hua, Website Support

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Educational Background:  My name is Jing Hua, currently a graduate student in the Department of Information Science at University of Pittsburgh. I got my bachelor’s degree in computer science several years ago in China. I am good at web development, interface design and analysis, database management and android application development. I am also interested in E-business.

If I had a magic wand, I would…

  • Create a magic children’s museum, where children have different experience each time they go.
  • Create an E-business application, where blind people and illiterate people  can shop online smoothly and safely.


Amy Philips-Haller, Parent Advocate

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Educational & Professional Background: A long-time graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, I hold a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts degree in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Mass Media.

I am a student and narrator of the human experience.   Over the years, I have documented stories for television in Atlanta, as well as produced Everyday Science, a show that aired worldwide on public radio.  Now a reporter, I generate headlines for local publications, including the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette.

Recently, I scripted It Pains Me to Discuss, a novel documenting the difficult journey of a child with a chronic health condition.  I share the draft with physicians, in hopes of expanding patient care conversation to include the parent component.  I also serve on two advisory panels for ongoing research projects at Children’s Hospital.

If I had a magic wand, I would… have purchased it at Ollivanders.   Inside the carved mahogany would reside the feather of a phoenix.  Why?   Every day is an opportunity to rise from the ashes and begin again.

Rachel Whitman, Youth Advocate

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Educational Background:  I have my BA in psychology (minor in anthropology) from the University of Virginia, my M.S.Ed. with a focus on Community Mental Health and Special Education Support from Duquesne University, and I am currently working on my EdD in Educational Leadership with a focus on disability studies at Duquesne University.

If I had a magic wand, I would… 

  • Make our world accessible in every way! Our understanding of “disability” is really just a social construct. We give someone a disability label because this person interacts with our world differently. Our default “normal person” is an able-bodied, neurotypical person – but there is so much beautiful diversity out there! We have to reconstruct our physical world and re-conceptualize our definition of humankind to reflect all types of people and thus respect all experiences, provide everyone equitable access to opportunities, and cultivate truly inclusive communities.
  • Provide all individuals with mental illnesses effective treatments that they can customize based on their needs. Some examples: psychiatric medications with no side effects, free health care, a medical system that really listens and truly honors stakeholder experience, and a cure for eating disorders (a category of mental illness that is so devastating and difficult to treat).
  • Body positivity and feminism for everyone!!!
  • Have a pet sloth who I would wear around the office so we could snuggle each other all day. Top three names: Humphrey, Agnes, or KaleChip