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

Sarah Andrews

Sarah Andrews is the Director of Development for CATCH Global Foundation. Sarah works with the CEO and CATCH team to identify funding and growth opportunities for CATCH programs, with a particular focus on expanding the reach of CATCH My Breath. … 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

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

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


Michelle Facio

Michelle Facio is a rising junior at the University of Texas at Austin, double majoring in Journalism and Radio-Television-Film. She’s originally from El Paso, Texas and grew up in San Antonio.  At school, Michelle participates in Texas Student Television, the … Read More

Kat Glover

Kat graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May of 2020 with a B.S. in Communication Studies and Minor in Health Communication. She grew up in Atlanta, but found her home in Austin during school. After interning for … Read More

Paul Springer

Paul Springer – a senior at LASA High School in Austin, TX – is currently volunteering for the CATCH communications team with plans to study communications in college. He is currently involved in theater where he’s gotten nationally qualified at … 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