CATCH Team

The CATCH team is comprised of full and part-time workers from the CATCH Global Foundation, Flaghouse Inc., and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health.



CATCH Global Foundation



Laura Aavang

Laura Aavang is the Sr. Communications Specialist for the CATCH Global Foundation. Laura manages our digital communications – including our website, newsletter, and social media – and also designs graphics and print materials. After growing up outside of Chicago, Laura studied … Read More


Marcella Bianco

Marcella Bianco is the Program Director for the CATCH My Breath youth e-cigarette prevention program. Marcella is responsible for managing and disseminating the CATCH My Breath Program in states across the Nation. Marcella has over 12 years of experience working … Read More


Brooks Ballard

Brooks is the Vice President of Communications & Technology for CATCH Global Foundation. He works closely with the Executive Director to develop and execute internal and external communications strategies for the organization. Brooks has a background in public health and … Read More


Meredith Craft

Meredith Craft is the Development Manager for the CATCH Global Foundation. Meredith manages the grant application process, targeting funders for new and existing CATCH implementations, and participates in other program development and fundraising activities. She has a Master of Public … Read More


Peter Cribb

Peter Cribb, M.Ed, has been CATCH Program Director for 22 years and has organized and led thousands of CATCH implementations around the country. Peter’s experience ranges from designing and coordinating project plans and timelines, to organizing and leading training and … Read More


Lindsay Edgar

Lindsay Edgar is the Community Consultant for the CATCH Global Foundation. Lindsay works to maintain our partnerships with the programs and communities that use CATCH. Born and raised in Northern Maine, Lindsay decided to escape the frigid winters for more … Read More


Shana Green

Shana Green is the CATCH Implementation manager for the CATCH Global Foundation. She assists school districts and after school programs with the implementation of the CATCH curriculum and philosophies. Shana lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two very … Read More


Devin Mathias

Devin Mathias is the Chief Development Officer for the CATCH My Breath youth e-cigarette prevention program. He helps find funding in order to bring the program to more children. Devin lives in State College, Pennsylvania with his wife, three children, … Read More


Abby Rose

Abby Rose joined CATCH Global Foundation as the Early Childhood Program Manager. She is responsible for developing and disseminating CATCH’s early childhood nutrition education, physical activity, and sun safety programs. In addition to her work at CATCH, Abby is a national trainer … Read More


Patricia Stepaniuk

Patricia Stepaniuk is the Program Coordinator for CATCH My Breath youth e-cigarette prevention program. She is responsible for the community outreach and technical support of the program, as well as curriculum development and updates. Patricia has worked across several industries … Read More


Duncan Van Dusen

Duncan Van Dusen is a social entrepreneur who has started and built successful for-profit and non-profit organizations. He is the Founder & CEO of CATCH Global Foundation, whose mission is to connect underserved schools and communities with resources to create … Read More


Joey Walker

Joey is the Curriculum Director and Training Manager at CATCH Global Foundation. She is a CATCH Master Trainer and has helped initiate successful CATCH projects in school districts and communities of every shape and size around the country. Joey has … Read More


Interns



Maddie Sintes

Maddie Sintes is the Communications Intern for CATCH Global Foundation. Maddie assists the communications team in creating social media content, analyzing our digital performance, and posting to our webpages. Maddie is currently pursuing a B.S. in Advertising from the Moody … Read More


FlagHouse



Eileen Avato

Eileen Avato has been in the health and physical education arena for over 25 years; previously as an elementary, middle and secondary school physical educator and coach.  Eileen has worked with FlagHouse and the CATCH program for over 15 years … Read More


Kathy Chichester

Kathy is the National CATCH Coordinator for FlagHouse, the publisher and distributor of the CATCH Program, and has been on the CATCH team for over 17 years. Kathy’s focus is on connecting CATCH with national partners, foundations, and community based … Read More


John Ruggiero

John Ruggiero has been the National Accounts Manager for FlagHouse for over 30 years, and is now bringing his connections to the CATCH team. John has been responsible for building relationships with national and state organizations in health, physical education, … Read More