Leadership

Our leadership team guides and fosters the research, education and engagement activities of the Community.

Kasia Kordas Photo.

Katarzyna Kordas, PhD

Co-Director, Community for Global Health Equity

Associate Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Kasia Kordas guides the Community by facilitating all research activities and global project teams.

 

Samina Raja.

Samina Raja, PhD

Co-Director, Community for Global Health Equity

Professor, Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning; Associate Dean for Research and Inclusive Excellence, School of Architecture and Planning; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Health and Health Behavior

Samina Raja guides strategic planning for the Community and leads the Food Equity team.  

Kory Smith.

Kory H. Smith, M Arch, EdD

Founding Co-Director and Co-Lead, Community for Global Health Equity

Chair and Professor, Dept. of Architecture

Kory Smith guides the Community by facilitating its educational activities, and facilitating advisory groups and thematic working groups. 

 Pavani K Ram.

Pavani K. Ram, MD

Founding Co-Director and Co-Lead, Community for Global Health Equity

Associate Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Li Lin.

Li Lin, PhD

Co-Lead, Community for Global Health Equity

Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Li Lin brings an engineering perspective to his role, cross-coordinating the APEX disciplines and fostering communication across the domains. 

 

Lisa Lenker.

Lisa Vahapo─člu, JD, PhD

Program Coordinator, Community for Global Health Equity

Lisa Vahapoğlu guides the program development for the Community for Global Health Equity. She helps to establish relationships with our partners both in Buffalo and around the world.

 

Jessica Scates.

Jessica Scates

Administrative Coordinator, Community for Global Health Equity

Jessica Scates coordinates the Community for Global Health Equity's office, events and communications, helping to build a strong interactive and supportive network.

Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah.

Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah, PhD

Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Planning and Community for Global Health Equity

An interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Boamah utilizes multiple theoretical and methodological lenses to interrogate issues related to urban health, public policy, environmental governance, land tenure, and sustainable urbanism in both Global North and South countries. 

Laura Smith.

Laura E. Smith, PhD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Environmental Health and Community for Global Health Equity

A nutritional epidemiologist with a background in maternal and child helath research, Dr. Smith's research focuses on measurement of dietary behaviors and assessment of the determinants and health effects of mycotoxin exposure on mothers and children.