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.

2017 CATCH team fall retreat in Austin, TX.

CATCH Global Foundation

Laura Aavang

Laura Aavang is the 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 at … Read More

Marcella Bianco

Marcella Bianco is the Program Manager for the CATCH My Breath 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 in tobacco prevention … Read More

Brooks Ballard

Brooks is the Director of Communications 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 worked previously as … Read More

Meredith Craft

Meredith Craft is the Development Associate 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

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

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


Kristin Erkman

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


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

Carol Caldara

Carol is a National CATCH Specialist, and our resident CATCH nutrition expert . A member of the CATCH team at FlagHouse for 7 years, Carol has expertise in merging and integrating nutrition education with broader health promotion goals. Carol provides … 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