committed to helping communities and families thrive

Our Team

committed to helping communities and families thrive

Renata Fries, Founder & President

Renata Fries, Founder & President EnsideOut

With over 25 years of professional experience in the health care industry Renata has worked to develop health care strategies, policies and has been responsible for resolving health care disputes. Informed by her professional work, but inspired by her role as a mother of two she has shifted her focus in the past seven years to nutrition and fitness. Despite a hectic professional life she has always found time to cook wholesome meals for her family and friends. Cultivating a family practice of well-being has always been a top priority; thus when she read an article in 2010 published by Minority Women’s Health that reported that four out of five African American Women were obese she was moved to make a difference in her community. EndsideOut reflects this new commitment to share information with others, particularly women. Renata is dedicated to advancing knowledge about the importance of well-being and commitment to a healthy lifestyle. She has worked with individual clients, community organizations and in K-20 educational settings.

With over 25 years of professional experience in the health care industry Renata has worked to develop health care strategies, policies and has been responsible for resolving health care disputes. Informed by her professional work, but inspired by her role as a mother of two she has shifted her focus in the past seven years to nutrition and fitness. Despite a hectic professional life she has always found time to cook wholesome meals for her family and friends. Cultivating a family practice of well-being has always been a top priority; thus when she read an article in 2010 published by Minority Women’s Health that reported that four out of five African American Women were obese she was moved to make a difference in her community. EndsideOut reflects this new commitment to share information with others, particularly women. Renata is dedicated to advancing knowledge about the importance of well-being and commitment to a healthy lifestyle. She has worked with individual clients, community organizations and in K-20 educational settings.

Dr. Calvert Moore, DNP, Advisor – Community Health

Dr Moore, DNP EndsideOut

Dr. Calvert Moore was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Calvert is registered nurse for the past 10-years. During this time, she has obtained her Associate’s degree in Nursing from Baltimore City Community College, Bachelor’s of Science from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Master’s degree in Community/Public Health Nursing from the University of Maryland, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Chatham University. Calvert is also a Board Certified Public Health Nurse, that have worked in a number of specialty areas including medical surgical, telemetry, intermediate care, intensive care unit, post anesthesia care unit, and home care nursing as a certified nursing assistant prior to be coming a nurse.

She ran hospital based community health program that has been nationally recognized. In this role she would go into area schools and developed health programs based off of identified needs. She is also an adjunct nursing faculty member for the RN-BSN program at the University in Maryland School of Nursing. Calvert is a published author and the title of her book is: “The Dynamics of the Parent/Child Relationship: The Effects on One’s Life.” Her book is available on Amazon.com. She is a motivational speaker, consultant, and she provides numerous workshops and seminars for various organizations and individuals. Calvert has worked on a number of committees and taskforce within the hospital, the Baltimore City Health Department, local schools, the University of Maryland, served on boards for non-profit organizations and various organizations within the community. In 2014, Calvert’s hard work and dedication was recognized by Baltimore Magazine and she was one of the first ever recipients to receive their Nursing Excellence Award.

Dr. Calvert Moore was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Calvert is registered nurse for the past 10-years. During this time, she has obtained her Associate’s degree in Nursing from Baltimore City Community College, Bachelor’s of Science from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Master’s degree in Community/Public Health Nursing from the University of Maryland, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Chatham University. Calvert is also a Board Certified Public Health Nurse, that have worked in a number of specialty areas including medical surgical, telemetry, intermediate care, intensive care unit, post anesthesia care unit, and home care nursing as a certified nursing assistant prior to be coming a nurse.

She ran hospital based community health program that has been nationally recognized. In this role she would go into area schools and developed health programs based off of identified needs. She is also an adjunct nursing faculty member for the RN-BSN program at the University in Maryland School of Nursing. Calvert is a published author and the title of her book is: “The Dynamics of the Parent/Child Relationship: The Effects on One’s Life.” Her book is available on Amazon.com. She is a motivational speaker, consultant, and she provides numerous workshops and seminars for various organizations and individuals. Calvert has worked on a number of committees and taskforce within the hospital, the Baltimore City Health Department, local schools, the University of Maryland, served on boards for non-profit organizations and various organizations within the community. In 2014, Calvert’s hard work and dedication was recognized by Baltimore Magazine and she was one of the first ever recipients to receive their Nursing Excellence Award.

Temika Griffin, RN MSN, Nurse Educator

Temika Griffin, RN MSN

Temika Griffin has 11 years of professional nursing experience which includes Diabetic Resource Nurse, critical care, home health, interventional radiology with emphasis in AV fistulas and grafts, and surgical/recovery room nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Coppin State University located in Baltimore, MD. Mrs. Griffin has certifications in CPR, ACLS (advanced cardiac life support), and is a Registered Delegating Nurse in Maryland, and is the first ever recipient of their Nursing Excellence Award.

Temika Griffin has 11 years of professional nursing experience which includes Diabetic Resource Nurse, critical care, home health, interventional radiology with emphasis in AV fistulas and grafts, and surgical/recovery room nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Coppin State University located in Baltimore, MD. Mrs. Griffin has certifications in CPR, ACLS (advanced cardiac life support), and is a Registered Delegating Nurse in Maryland, and is the first ever recipient of their Nursing Excellence Award.

Maureen McCarren, LCSW-C, Wellness Specialist

Maureen McCarren, LCSW - C

Maureen has been a social worker for over 30 years. She has a private practice focusing on helping people with anxiety, depression, and trauma issues. She has experience working with a very diverse population. Her services are covered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield. If you think some mental health issues are getting in the way of you achieving your goals, she may be able to help you. Over the years, Maureen has become more interested in the connection between healthy eating and exercising affecting mood and brain functioning.

Maureen has been a social worker for over 30 years. She has a private practice focusing on helping people with anxiety, depression, and trauma issues. She has experience working with a very diverse population. Her services are covered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield. If you think some mental health issues are getting in the way of you achieving your goals, she may be able to help you. Over the years, Maureen has become more interested in the connection between healthy eating and exercising affecting mood and brain functioning.

Public Health and Nutrition Team

Jessly Joy, MPH, Program Analyst Manager – Monitoring & Evaluation

Jessly graduated from the George Washington University with a Masters in Public Health. She has prior experience developing and disseminating public health programming for various populations regarding physical health, mental health, sexual health, and nutrition. She served as a health educator for her college peers during her undergraduate study, and has since supported several public health and analytic research efforts at numerous health agencies. At EndsideOut, she will be managing the Public Health and Nutrition & Exercise teams, leading curriculum development efforts and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of EndsideOut’s program impact and success. She has a passion for empowering young and underserved populations to strive for optimal health and well-being; a firm believer that good health is the true testament of wealth! Outside of work, she enjoys dance, practicing yoga, and exploring new places and foods.

Jessly graduated from the George Washington University with a Masters in Public Health. She has prior experience developing and disseminating public health programming for various populations regarding physical health, mental health, sexual health, and nutrition. She served as a health educator for her college peers during her undergraduate study, and has since supported several public health and analytic research efforts at numerous health agencies. At EndsideOut, she will be managing the Public Health and Nutrition & Exercise teams, leading curriculum development efforts and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of EndsideOut’s program impact and success. She has a passion for empowering young and underserved populations to strive for optimal health and well-being; a firm believer that good health is the true testament of wealth! Outside of work, she enjoys dance, practicing yoga, and exploring new places and foods.

Nikita Vivekanandan, Curriculum Development Specialist

Nikki

Nikki is a BS/MPH student at The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health studying nutrition science with a minor in chemistry. Nikki is a peer educator on campus where she inspires students to prioritize their own wellbeing. She is also a research assistant at the Milken Institute of School of Public Health where she is assessing and improving nutrition education and information for the DC community. Apart from being a Youth Health Educator, Nikki will also help evaluate and update the nutrition curriculum. She enjoys working out, cooking, and taking her cat on walks.

 

Nikki is a BS/MPH student at The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health studying nutrition science with a minor in chemistry. Nikki is a peer educator on campus where she inspires students to prioritize their own wellbeing. She is also a research assistant at the Milken Institute of School of Public Health where she is assessing and improving nutrition education and information for the DC community. Apart from being a Youth Health Educator, Nikki will also help evaluate and update the nutrition curriculum. She enjoys working out, cooking, and taking her cat on walks.

 

Maya Johnson, Curriculum Development Specialist

Maya graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech. Maya is currently a post-baccalaureate student at Temple University and plans to become a Physician Assistant. During her time in undergraduate school, Maya volunteered with her local EMS agency and fulfilled numerous roles, including serving as a Lieutenant during her last year. Maya also was actively involved in Volunteers Around the World, a global health organization focused on empowering communities through medical treatment and public health education. Outside of work, Maya enjoys reading, biking, traveling, and painting.

Maya graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech. Maya is currently a post-baccalaureate student at Temple University and plans to become a Physician Assistant. During her time in undergraduate school, Maya volunteered with her local EMS agency and fulfilled numerous roles, including serving as a Lieutenant during her last year. Maya also was actively involved in Volunteers Around the World, a global health organization focused on empowering communities through medical treatment and public health education. Outside of work, Maya enjoys reading, biking, traveling, and painting.

Natasha Cruz, Bilingual YHE & Community Outreach Coordinator

Natasha attained her B.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami and is graduating with her MPH Physical Activity in Public Health from the George Washington University in May of 2021. Natasha is a Graduate Assistant with the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, where she uses her passion for exercise science and physical activity promotion to train and inspire future generations. Her desire to promote wellness and her love of movement and dedication to working with youth inspires her to promote physical activity through her involvement in the community and organizations, such as Up2Us Sports and Endside Out. Natasha helps with development of Spanish curriculum and community outreach opportunities at Endside Out. Outside of work, Natasha enjoys spending time outside and taking in the sunshine by kayaking, fishing, and playing beach volleyball.

Natasha attained her B.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami and is graduating with her MPH Physical Activity in Public Health from the George Washington University in May of 2021. Natasha is a Graduate Assistant with the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, where she uses her passion for exercise science and physical activity promotion to train and inspire future generations. Her desire to promote wellness and her love of movement and dedication to working with youth inspires her to promote physical activity through her involvement in the community and organizations, such as Up2Us Sports and Endside Out. Natasha helps with development of Spanish curriculum and community outreach opportunities at Endside Out. Outside of work, Natasha enjoys spending time outside and taking in the sunshine by kayaking, fishing, and playing beach volleyball.

Bridget Fitzgerald, Intern

Bridget Fitzgerald

Bridget graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with Bachelor’s degrees in International Public Policy and Spanish. She hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health, particularly concerning global health in the near future. Bridget is currently working as a clinical technician at a local hospital in the Washington DC-metro area. She has been a volunteer EMT for the past 4 years and can be found volunteering with her local fire department. Bridget will be working as a Community Health Facilitator in Peru through the Peace Corps in 2021. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in global public health. As a Health and Wellness Intern, Bridget’s role is to help craft curriculum for the Know Your Health workshops for elementary and middle schools in the local Baltimore area. She assists in the Spanish curriculum that can be found in the workshops. Outside of work Bridget thoroughly enjoys performing theater, and improvisational comedy. When she is not onstage, she enjoys reading, hiking and interacting with her community.

Bridget graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with Bachelor’s degrees in International Public Policy and Spanish. She hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health, particularly concerning global health in the near future. Bridget is currently working as a clinical technician at a local hospital in the Washington DC-metro area. She has been a volunteer EMT for the past 4 years and can be found volunteering with her local fire department. Bridget will be working as a Community Health Facilitator in Peru through the Peace Corps in 2021. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in global public health. As a Health and Wellness Intern, Bridget’s role is to help craft curriculum for the Know Your Health workshops for elementary and middle schools in the local Baltimore area. She assists in the Spanish curriculum that can be found in the workshops. Outside of work Bridget thoroughly enjoys performing theater, and improvisational comedy. When she is not onstage, she enjoys reading, hiking and interacting with her community.

Programming and Policy Analysis

Arnina Zeng, Program Manager

Arnina received a Bachelor in Science in Health Science at the University of Miami and has since been working in public health. She has experience researching and writing educational materials on nutrition and health disparities. At EndsideOut, she coordinates ongoing and developing programs that expand EO’s capability to serve various populations. She also helps write the Know Your Health curriculum with the Nutrition team and assists with seeking grants and sponsorship. Outside of work, Arnina enjoys reading, biking, and cooking.

Arnina received a Bachelor in Science in Health Science at the University of Miami and has since been working in public health. She has experience researching and writing educational materials on nutrition and health disparities. At EndsideOut, she coordinates ongoing and developing programs that expand EO’s capability to serve various populations. She also helps write the Know Your Health curriculum with the Nutrition team and assists with seeking grants and sponsorship. Outside of work, Arnina enjoys reading, biking, and cooking.

Henry Butenschoen, Project Analyst

Henry

Henry received a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs on a Pre-Health Track from Occidental College in 2020, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Applied Science in Global Health Planning and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is passionate about public health and believes that it is a fundamental human right to have the opportunity to attain the highest level of health and well-being. Henry has volunteered as a medical scribe at Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), in Oregon City, Oregon. In 2019, he worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) HIV, Health and Development Group. In his role, Henry researched the connection between national policies that discriminate against key populations and incidence rates of HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. Furthermore, he worked on an issue brief for how micro-health insurance can be implemented in LMIC to ensure universal health coverage. As the Project Analyst, Henry promotes the organization through social media and newsletters. He helped manage the Know Your Health program implementation, youth health educators, and applications for privately and publicly funded grants. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, running, and playing the trumpet and guitar. He is also passionate about exploring and learning about cultures around the world.

Henry received a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs on a Pre-Health Track from Occidental College in 2020, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Applied Science in Global Health Planning and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is passionate about public health and believes that it is a fundamental human right to have the opportunity to attain the highest level of health and well-being. Henry has volunteered as a medical scribe at Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), in Oregon City, Oregon. In 2019, he worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) HIV, Health and Development Group. In his role, Henry researched the connection between national policies that discriminate against key populations and incidence rates of HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. Furthermore, he worked on an issue brief for how micro-health insurance can be implemented in LMIC to ensure universal health coverage. As the Project Analyst, Henry promotes the organization through social media and newsletters. He helped manage the Know Your Health program implementation, youth health educators, and applications for privately and publicly funded grants. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, running, and playing the trumpet and guitar. He is also passionate about exploring and learning about cultures around the world.

Han Gao, Community Health Program Analyst

Han received a bachelor’s degree from University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, and further pursued a master’s degree of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit and Public Management at Cornell University. Han worked at several nonprofit and government agencies in the past within areas of public health, minority rights and economic development. Specifically, Han interned for the US Department of Agriculture to focus on improving rural development in the U.S. As an Endside Out Program Analyst, Han will focus on business development and grant writing. Han will search for fundraising and program opportunities, and conduct research in healthcare and economic development areas. Han will also help with reviewing progress processes and status. Outside of work, Han is interested in snowboarding and cooking.

Han received a bachelor’s degree from University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, and further pursued a master’s degree of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit and Public Management at Cornell University. Han worked at several nonprofit and government agencies in the past within areas of public health, minority rights and economic development. Specifically, Han interned for the US Department of Agriculture to focus on improving rural development in the U.S. As an Endside Out Program Analyst, Han will focus on business development and grant writing. Han will search for fundraising and program opportunities, and conduct research in healthcare and economic development areas. Han will also help with reviewing progress processes and status. Outside of work, Han is interested in snowboarding and cooking.

Amanda Gao, Project Coordinator

Amanda is currently a sophomore at Georgetown University majoring in Healthcare Management and Policy on a Pre-Med track. She previously worked in an international student health organization focused on leadership development and education in youth. Additionally, she has tutored elementary, middle, and high school students. As Project Coordinator, Amanda is responsible for helping build and maintain Endside Out’s website for the Know Your Health program. She plans and creates social media content to boost engagement from the communities EO serves. Amanda also leads workshops for Baltimore students as a youth health educator. She is passionate about empowering youth and learning about challenges in achieving health equity. In her free time, she enjoys reading and dancing.

Amanda is currently a sophomore at Georgetown University majoring in Healthcare Management and Policy on a Pre-Med track. She previously worked in an international student health organization focused on leadership development and education in youth. Additionally, she has tutored elementary, middle, and high school students. As Project Coordinator, Amanda is responsible for helping build and maintain Endside Out’s website for the Know Your Health program. She plans and creates social media content to boost engagement from the communities EO serves. Amanda also leads workshops for Baltimore students as a youth health educator. She is passionate about empowering youth and learning about challenges in achieving health equity. In her free time, she enjoys reading and dancing.

Jenna Cipolloni, Digital Media Producer

Jenna Cipolloni

Jenna studied Electronic Media and Film and Mass Communication at Towson University. She started working for EndsideOut in 2019 and handles the organization’s media and photography. Outside the office, she’s a filmmaker whose work has screened at various film festivals around the East Coast.

Jenna studied Electronic Media and Film and Mass Communication at Towson University. She started working for EndsideOut in 2019 and handles the organization’s media and photography. Outside the office, she’s a filmmaker whose work has screened at various film festivals around the East Coast.

Youth Health Educators

Rebecca Lin

Rebecca Lin, Youth Health Educator

Rebecca graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science and Medicine, Science, and the Humanities and is currently attending medical school. As Youth Health Coordinator/Educator, she scheduled and led Know Your Health workshops for elementary students in Baltimore City, as well as follow-up sessions to see the students’ progress. She is passionate about promoting nutrition as an important element of preventative care and empowering people to live healthy lifestyles.

Rebecca graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science and Medicine, Science, and the Humanities and is currently attending medical school. As Youth Health Coordinator/Educator, she scheduled and led Know Your Health workshops for elementary students in Baltimore City, as well as follow-up sessions to see the students’ progress. She is passionate about promoting nutrition as an important element of preventative care and empowering people to live healthy lifestyles.

Onyi Ebere

Onyi Ebere

Onyi is currently an undergraduate Student at Towson University studying in a Bachelors of Science, seeking to be a part of future chiropractic or physical rehabilitation medical work. As a Youth Health Coordinator he, leads workshops for elementary and middle school students in Baltimore City, as well as follow-up sessions.

Onyi is currently an undergraduate Student at Towson University studying in a Bachelors of Science, seeking to be a part of future chiropractic or physical rehabilitation medical work. As a Youth Health Coordinator he, leads workshops for elementary and middle school students in Baltimore City, as well as follow-up sessions.

Tonge Enoh

Tonge Enoh is currently a junior at Towson University, majoring in Health Education and Promotion and minoring in Biology. Tonge has previously worked in retail, mentoring for different campus and community organizations, recruitment for her university, and as an academic tutor. At EndsideOut, Tonge’s role is to build relationships with people in the Baltimore community, lead workshops on the benefits of nutritious eating and exercise, and support individuals in leading healthy lifestyles. Outside of work, Tonge enjoys community service, reading, and watching her favorite television programs.

Tonge Enoh is currently a junior at Towson University, majoring in Health Education and Promotion and minoring in Biology. Tonge has previously worked in retail, mentoring for different campus and community organizations, recruitment for her university, and as an academic tutor. At EndsideOut, Tonge’s role is to build relationships with people in the Baltimore community, lead workshops on the benefits of nutritious eating and exercise, and support individuals in leading healthy lifestyles. Outside of work, Tonge enjoys community service, reading, and watching her favorite television programs.

Dara Gleeson

Dara Gleeson

Dara graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health with minors in Psychology and Civic Engagement. To continue her education and commitment to public health, she will be pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree at Yale University. Prior to working with EndsideOut, Dara worked and volunteered with various non-profit agencies and advocacy groups, as well as at her local health department in an effort to improve health conditions and services for families and members of her community. Dara currently serves as a Youth Health Educator, and is also assist with the curriculum development for the Know Your Health workshops for elementary school students. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching new TV and old shows and movies, reading books, and attending plays and musicals.

Dara graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health with minors in Psychology and Civic Engagement. To continue her education and commitment to public health, she will be pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree at Yale University. Prior to working with EndsideOut, Dara worked and volunteered with various non-profit agencies and advocacy groups, as well as at her local health department in an effort to improve health conditions and services for families and members of her community. Dara currently serves as a Youth Health Educator, and is also assist with the curriculum development for the Know Your Health workshops for elementary school students. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching new TV and old shows and movies, reading books, and attending plays and musicals.

Cassandra Allen

Cassandra Allen

Cassandra earned her BS in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2018. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health at George Washington University with a focus on Health Promotion. A majority of Cassandra’s professional experience comes from working with multicultural student centers at the university level. She has completed research in multiple areas of health and has professionally assisted many organizations related to leadership, culture and personal development. Cassandra’s main passions are music and watching TV and movies in her downtime. She is a huge fan of all things Beyonce, travel and food especially trying foods from different cultures.

Cassandra earned her BS in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2018. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health at George Washington University with a focus on Health Promotion. A majority of Cassandra’s professional experience comes from working with multicultural student centers at the university level. She has completed research in multiple areas of health and has professionally assisted many organizations related to leadership, culture and personal development. Cassandra’s main passions are music and watching TV and movies in her downtime. She is a huge fan of all things Beyonce, travel and food especially trying foods from different cultures.