Executive Director: Jasmine J. Opusunju, DrPH, MSEd, CHES, CPH
Dr. Opusunju received her DrPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Texas School of Public Health (Houston) with a minor in Management, Policy, and Community Health and a concentration in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). She has extensive experience in grassroots community engagement, capacity building, coalition development, and leadership and advocacy training to promote environmental changes essential for facilitating the adoption and maintenance of healthy lifestyles. Dr. Opusunju has spent over 12 years working in health promotion research in various capacities with a particular focus on social justice, health equity, the built environment and childhood obesity, and CBPR. She has also been engaged in research related to body image, patient navigation, and colorectal cancer screening. Her background experience extends from the corporate sector in the international food industry for over 15 years. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), serves in various leadership positions (eg. Board Member for the African American Health Coalition; Treasurer, Past President, and Advocacy Committee Chair for the Texas Society for Public Health Education, and is Certified in Public Health (CPH). Dr. Opusunju has been in academia for over 10 years and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Opusunju’s personal mission is to leverage resources to reach the communities in need while empowering communities to be engaged in the creation of effective policies and sustainable systems that will promote health equity.
Program coordinator: Jalissa Wilson
Jalissa received her Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration from Texas Southern University. She began as an intern at CAN DO Houston and quickly realized her passion for non-profit community based work. She works closely with CAN DO’s interns on all major initiatives. She coordinates activities in CAN Do's target communities as well as assists the Executive Director in implementing all action towards the progression of CAN Do's mission. She looks forward to a future filled with relevant and sustainable solutions to food access and increased physical activity in communities across Houston.
PROGRAM ASSISTANT - Eunice Sheffield
Eunice received her Bachelors of Science in Health from Prairie View A&M University. She is the program, assistant for CAN DO Houston and, with this experience will launch her career in Health Care Administration. Eunice has and looks forward to continous community outreach work with the CAN DO team to not only broaden her knowledge in the Health field but to effectively make a positive impact on communities within the Houston area.
Larisa is a Houstonian who received her B.S. in Earth Science at Rice University and is supported by Mission Year, an urban ministry that pairs members with local non-profits supporting community renewal. Larisa is very excited for the opportunity to work with CAN DO Houston because creative movement, sports, and healthy eating transformed her life and she loves everything related to helping the individual and community thrive. Larisa's favorite movie is Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which she can quote in full.
Taylor Burnett is a student at Clemson University majoring in Mathematical Sciences and minoring in Economics. She is currently an intern at CAN DO Houston through a program called Mission Year. She wants to learn the different avenues in which community development can empower individuals to take ownership in transforming their neighborhood into a place they are proud to call home. She considers Taylor Swift music to be the soundtrack to her life (all albums) and loves to Contra Dance.
Melody Briones is a student at Texas Woman's University majoring in Health Studies. She is completing her final semester as an intern for CAN DO Houston. At CAN DO, she hopes to become a better health educator and health promoter by working towards obtaining happier, healthier lives for the families in the Houston community. Melody just came back from a 2-year, life-changing mission trip in Mexico and is beyond excited to be part of CAN DO and start making a difference in her hometown.
Lisa is currently a student at University of Houston who plans to graduate in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion with a minor in Nutrition. She recently became a team member at CAN DO Houston as an intern in hopes to integrate both her nutrition knowledge and studies of health behavior theories within the community initiatives that CAN DO Houston is committed in serving. Lisa is an advocate in improving individual nutritional behaviors and self-efficacy by empowering individuals and their communities towards a healthier lifestyle. In Lisa’s pastime, she loves to garden and believes life is too short not to enjoy a bite of chocolate.
Jennifer is a senior at the University of Houston and is majoring in Health Promotions and minoring in Psychology. She hopes to gain knowledge and experience from being able to work in community-based field work. In her down time, she likes to watch animated Disney movies and also enjoys drawing anything that inspires her.
Wesley is a senior at Rice University majoring in Biochemistry & Cell Biology. He plans to become a physician, and is excited to work with CAN DO Houston to see how the organization collaborates with community members to create the resources needed for better health outcomes. In his spare time, he has learned how to juggle up to six balls.