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.

Kory Smith

Kory H. Smith, M Arch, EdD

Co-Director, 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. 

 

Samina Raja

Samina Raja, PhD

Co-Lead, Community for Global Health Equity

Professor, Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Community Health and Health Behavior

A co-leader, Samina Raja oversees the integration of health and APEX disciplines in ways that address health equity issues from diverse perspectives and lead to innovative solutions.  

Lisa Lenker

Lisa Vahapoğlu, JD, PhD

Program Coordinator, Community for Global Health Equity

Lisa Lenker 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.