The Our Voice Team

Abby King

Faculty Director

Dr. King, PhD, is a professor of the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health and of Medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She leads an interdiscplinary research team aimed at creating cutting-edge behavioral and technological programs promoting the healthy lifestyles necessary for living long and productive lives. Her teams' borderless health promotion solutions seek to create health programs that break down barriers related to education, literacy, language, and computer knowledge and access.

Ann Banchoff

Director of Community Engagement

Ann Banchoff, MSW, MPH, has a background in public health, social work, and international human rights, as well as broad experience in developing and sustaining community-academic partnerships.  She has worked extensively with migrants and other underserved populations in the California Bay Area and in Oaxaca, Mexico, and has also lived and worked in Russia, France, Ethiopia, and Peru.  Ann co-founded the Office of Community Health at the Stanford University School of Medicine in 2005, and served as its Director of Educational Programs until late 2014.  

Ankita Kaulberg

Head of Product, Our Voice Platform

Ankita Kaulberg, BS, MBA, is a social impact-driven product leader focused on education and healthcare technologies. Her prior work has ranged from building research-backed learning platforms used by millions worldwide, to early detection systems tracking the spread of infectious diseases through community health data. Ankita is passionate about inclusive tech development and has traveled to all continents (excluding Antarctica) to connect with diverse communities. She champions building equitable, efficacious, and engaging experiences - which she seeks to also help do at Our Voice at scale.

Zakaria Doueiri

Research Assistant and Implementation Coordinator

Zakaria Doueiri (he/him) is a research assistant and implementation coordinator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. During his undergraduate career, he studied the intersection of neurobiology and social determinants of health and developed an interest in learning how technology can be leveraged to offer more equitable outcomes for underserved populations. For his senior capstone project, he investigated the integration of virtual reality into the Our Voice method to better visualize and document the perspectives of unpaid care workers in Bogotá, Colombia.

Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa

Research Fellow

Dr. Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa, PhD., MPH, is a native of Habana, Cuba, and clinical psychologist by training.  She is an Instructor in the Epidemiology and Population Health Department and also serves as the Associate Director of Research for the Office of Community Engagement at Stanford Medicine. Her research concentrates on health equity issues (particularly among Latinxs and immigrant communities), cardiovascular disease prevention, racial residential segregation, well-being across cultures, and the science of Community-Based Participatory Research, citizen science, and other participatory research approaches.

Maja Pedersen 

Research Consultant

Dr. Pedersen’s research in grounded in community-based and participatory research approaches. Her work is focused on the inter-related themes of (1) improving understanding of individual, social, and environmental determinants of and barriers to physical activity, especially among girls and women; and (2) developing and implementing behavioral interventions for health promotion and disease prevention in complex community settings. In recognition of her work, she has been a Fulbright Scholar to Norway and a U.S. Sports Diplomacy Delegate to Peru. She is currently a National Cancer Institute K00 Fellow, using a CBPR approach to promote physical activity among rural Indigenous communities. 

Praveena Fernes

Research Consultant

Praveena K. Fernes (PhD Candidate) is a Marshall Scholar in the UK, where she studied political ecology at SOAS University of London and now public health and policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. As a Fulbright Research Scholar, she curated Visible Ghosts, a virtual installation that illuminates villagers’ evolving relationship to the Mun River and wetlands in Thailand over the past quarter century through objects, maps, and Our Voice research. She is currently exploring the place-based experiences of people who are homeless and seek drug and alcohol services in East London.

Our Voice Tech Team

Our Voice Student Team

Jasmine Nevarez

Class of 2024

Jasmine Nevarez (she/hers) is a senior at Stanford and is majoring in Human Biology with a focus in Biosocial Influences on Human Health. She is from Hercules, California and in her free time she enjoys baking for her family and going for walks by the bay. Jasmine was originally interested in Our Voice because of her curiosity in health equity within diverse communities and the importance of community-driven science. In addition to her work with Our Voice, Jasmine also volunteers with Systole and Human Biology Spotlight.

Shirley Thuy Le

Class of 2026

Shirley Thuy Le (she/hers) is a Vietnamese American sophomore at Stanford University. She is planning to major in Human Biology as a pre-medical student with the goal of becoming an emergency medicine physician while working in public health. Born and raised in Oakland, California from a first-generation and low-income background, she has seen first-hand the barriers to equitable and accessible healthcare. Having volunteered with various community organizations in social-justice related service projects has further fueled her passion for community health. Shirley has joined Our Voice to help create tangible change in the lives of community members and empower unheard voices through citizen science. 

Alexandra Szawranskyj

Class of 2025

Alexandra Szawranskyj (she/they) is a junior majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Global Health and a minor in Modern Languages. Originally from Clearwater, Florida, Alexandra joined Our Voice with a passion for uplifting the health, knowledge and prosperity of diverse communities around the world while centering her efforts around community-driven health equity research. In addition to her work with Our Voice, Alexandra also volunteers as a Patient Navigator for Stanford's Cardinal Free Clinics and serves on the leadership board of the Stanford Disability Alliance. In her free time, she enjoys learning new languages, climbing, and baking with friends.

Vignesh Kumar

Class of 2025

Vignesh (Vig) Kumar (he/him) is a third-year Human Biology student at Stanford University, originally from the midwest college town of Columbia, Missouri. His major concentration is “Designing for Ethical, Behavioral, and Social Approaches to Health,” which he believes Our Voice embodies perfectly. Vignesh is passionate about listening, empathizing, and connection as forms of healing–both on an individual and community scale–and hopes to make communities heard through Our Voice. He has also explored this passion through the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Fogg Behavior Design Lab. On campus, Vignesh enjoys engaging in mindful practices and helps run a competitive Indian dance team (Basmati Raas)–which, together, sometimes feel contradictory!

Team Photos

OV team meeting over Zoom

Dr. King (left) and Dr. Winter (right)

Dr. King and the OV team test out the Discovery Tool

Our Voice Impact

"This experience has changed my life.  I see inadequacies everywhere I go as it relates to pedestrian access and safety.  I even stop [at] construction sites to remind them to be considerate of the handicapped in our community.  Thank you all so much for this awareness and empowerment to require change."

~ Pam Jiner, GirlTrek Advocacy Leader, Denver CO