Erica Young, MPH is the Executive Director of MICI-AHEC. She is also a native of Indiana and loves working with underserved and underrepresented populations. Most recently, she had a dual role as the Project Coordinator for the Health Career Opportunity Program (HCOP) grant as well as the Associate Director of the MICI-AHEC organization. She has strong problem- solving and critical thinking skills and a sincere passion in helping others find their purpose, specifically related to health careers. Erica is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation with a degree in Kinesiology pre-med. After earning her bachelor’s degree she transitioned to Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis to earn her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology. As Executive Director, one of Erica’s focuses is supporting and building health career focused programs and camps that effectively expose underrepresented populations with the skills and resources needed to increase graduation and
matriculation into health professions programs. Her focus is also to incorporate community-based collaborations that will provide interprofessional health education to those students and participants that interact and connect with MICI-AHEC. The major role of the MICI-AHEC Executive Director is budget management through resource allocation, strategic planning with key stakeholders, program development/management, community outreach, collaboration, and staff development. Erica’s number one priority is continuing to build and provide impeccable programming and camps by sustaining the mission of MICI-AHEC. That mission involves addressing regional healthcare workforce shortages through education and collaborative community relationships that assist students, career seekers, and health professionals.
If you are interested in partnering with our AHEC please feel free to reach out to me. We are always looking for new partnerships within health careers.
Courtney Thomas, Project Coordinator for MICI-AHEC. Courtney is from Indianapolis, IN and a graduate of Pike High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from DePauw University. She is currently completing her Master’s Degree in School Counseling. Courtney is dedicated to leading, preparing and encouraging the positive advancement of underserved and underrepresented youth. She enjoys working closely with students and families. Courtney helps students evaluate their skills, abilities and interests in relation to their future career goals in order to help them make post-secondary plans best suited for their goals.
Raven Orr, BS, is an Outreach Coordinator for MICI-AHEC. Raven earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Pre-med from Virginia State University. Her career has focused on healthcare management and maintaining the highest level quality of care for those served. Prior to being the Outreach Coordinator, Raven served MICI-AHEC as a college intern and tutor.
Khadijah Ojo, MPH, is the Site Coordinator for the HCOP INDY project. As a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School, Khadijah has always been a strong advocate and supporter for Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). She earned her Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science from Indiana University in 2010 where she majored in Nutrition Science, was a pre-med student, and also obtained a Chemistry minor. From there, she went on to pursue a Master of Public Health from the IU School of Medicine in 2012. In 2013, Khadijah began working for MICI-AHEC. Khadijah is in the process of obtaining a Doctor of Education (EdD) in K-12 Educational Leadership. Her goal is to serve as an educational policy advocate for public school students and urban education at the state level to ensure that STEM preparedness, writing/reading literacy, and college readiness needs of underserved populations are being addressed.
Shaun Golden, MA, is an Outreach Coordinator for MICI-AHEC. She is from Indianapolis, Indiana and a graduate of Warren Central High School. Shaun earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Ball State University in 2010. Shaun completed her Master of Art Degree in Organizational Leadership in 2015 at Indiana Wesleyan University. Both her professional and personal background consist of her serving, educating and providing opportunities to economically and educationally disadvantage students.
Traci Adams-Wilson, MEd, is a Program Coordinator with MICI-AHEC. She received her undergraduate degree from Dillard University and a Master’s Degree from the University of New Orleans. She started her professional career as an academic advisor at IUPUI and was a pioneer advisor in the University College Learning Communities Program. Prior to joining MICI- AHEC she served as the diversity officer at Indiana University School of Dentistry where she recruited and retained underrepresented minority students. It was during that time that she partnered with MICI- AHEC to develop Dental Summer Institute which is a program designed to increase awareness of dental professions to minority students. She has been engaged in very similar duties with the programs she has developed and facilitated as a staff member of the MICI-AHEC.
Monique Kerr, Program Coordinator, brings a wealth of knowledge about and understanding of serving people from underserved and disadvantaged backgrounds. Monique’s experience includes oversight of programs for underrepresented minorities at Indy Parks and in Pike Township. She has over 10 years of experience working in the community and with youth. Monique provides great support to the associates of the Metropolitan Indianapolis Central Indiana AHEC and her passion for helping others has afforded the associates a great deal of working efficiency.
Joanna Carothers, Project Assistant, is an Indianapolis native and graduate of Broad Ripple High School. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Management from Indiana University Bloomington, School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Prior to joining MICI-AHEC, Joanna worked for Roche Diagnostics in Customer Service/Technical Support for the Accu-chek blood glucose monitors. Joanna also served as a mentor and trainer for new and tenured agents at Roche. With her background of over 10 years in customer service and training she brings a passion to assist and guide others to reaching their goals.