Our Team

Say hello to the women behind the Own Every Piece Campaign at UTHealth School of Public Health. We are researchers, advocates, educators, public health experts and communications professionals who’ve come together to do what we’re passionate about—changing the conversation around birth control and making sure women all over Houston have access to the reproductive healthcare we need and deserve. Some of us have been working in this field since birth control first came on the market, while others joined the effort just a few short years ago. Combined, we have decades of experience—which means we’ve seen it all. We’re here to support every woman in our community in her journey to finding the birth control option that works for her, when the time is right. Learn more about our team below.

Kim Baker, DrPH

Kim is a woman of many talents and roles—a Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor and Director of Public Health Practice & Engagement. A leader in the sexual health space, she’s been a known advocate for accessibility and equity. When she’s not advocating for reproductive health, she’s a leading voice in racial injustice and can be seen in the recent COVID-19 Hate and Injustice response panel with Mayor Turner’s office. From leading teams who are dedicated to advancing reproductive health, to teaching graduate students, to training those same students with public health practice skills, she does everything with grace, a steadfast vision and fortitude. 

When she’s not doing all the things, she’s helping her kiddos with last minute pre-K and Elementary school projects or watching the latest episode of Love After Lockup. We love a guilty pleasure.

My hope for the future of reproductive health is that a woman feels valued and respected after every conversation with a healthcare professional, and every single pap smear, pregnancy test and STI test.

Susan Tortolero Emery, PhD, CPH

As Senior Associate Dean at UTHealth School of Public Health and professor of behavioral science and epidemiology, Susan has been at the forefront of primary prevention and health for over 35 years. She uses her research to effectively reach diverse populations, has received funding from major organizations like the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has continued a public discussion on the health of Black and Hispanic populations. With passion behind everything she does, Susan has been and will be prioritizing quality and equity in the reproductive health space, changing the lives of women for the better.

I work everyday with a goal in mind to impact the health, education and quality of life for young people.

Bri Lewis, MHCA

As Research Coordinator II, dog mom and the ultimate team player—Bri is devoted to the simple fact that, “Women deserve the very best. Period!” She thoughtfully guides processes so that all insights and data can be organized and reported to the community and her team. From presenting to the American Public Health Association, to developing an internship program at Texas Southern University through Own Every Piece, Bri constantly works towards making her vision a reality—a world where continuous innovation and accessible resources in the reproductive health space for women are always at the forefront. 

On the weekends, Bri spends time blogging, creating online content and cuddling with her 3-year-old Maltese, “Lewi-V.”  

Women shouldn’t feel like birth control is not within arms reach. I hope to see change that takes away women’s fears and doubts and instead adds to their access, resources, and confidence in our reproductive healthcare and public health systems.

Jennifer Hernandez

As Communications Assistant, Jennifer manages social media for all of the Own Every Piece platforms and connects the campaign to local organizations, businesses and women for partnerships. Her most notable project being her work on the Candid Conversationsevent with Angela Yee and, most of all—helping women get the resources they need in-person and online. 

Apart from making the Own Every Piece social channels vibrant and engaging with their audience online—you can catch Jennifer being the ultimate plant mom or gaming on her Nintendo Switch. 

I’m ready to see the reproductive justice movement in the spotlight so that even more women can have ample resources, good information and easy access to birth control that works for them.

Gabriel R. Cole

Gabriel is a poet hailing from Kansas City, Missouri with a Masters in Management and Leadership. She wants to see a reproductive health space that makes all women feel safe, comfortable and respected—no matter who they are or where they come from. As Marketing Campaign Coordinator for Own Every Piece, Gabriel brings creativity, strategy and innovation to everything she does—and her work with 97.9 The Box, 93.7 The Beat and a fireside chat about female reproductive health shows exactly that. 

Catch her trying out new restaurants, shopping for a new fit or kicking back with a new book in her down time. 

I hope for Own Every Piece to truly inspire women and educate them on all services and resources available to them in the reproductive health space.

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