Meet Our Team

Ana Radovic, Project Director

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Educational Background: I have a BA in Biology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and also went to medical school there for my MD. Then I did pediatrics residency and adolescent medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. I also have a Masters in Clinical Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

If I had a magic wand, I would…

  • Get rid of all tobacco and drugs forever
  • Make healthcare universal and free for everyone
  • Mandatory 3-day weekends for everyone

Charlie E.A. Borowicz—Research Assistant

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Educational Background: I am a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with master’s degrees in public health and social work. Most of my work has been in mental health, at Resolve Crisis Network and several psychiatric hospitals and clinics. I am also actively working on projects to provide better healthcare for transgender and gender-expansive people.

If I had a magic wand, I would…

  • Stop climate change
  • Give everyone access to clean water and sustainable, healthy food sources
  • Have unlimited space for rescue dogs to have a safe and loving home

Jennifer Matesa, Project Assistant—Blogs

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Educational background: I did my undergraduate work in English at Allegheny College, and two master’s degrees at the University of Pittsburgh, including one in progress in social work. I have published four books and have taught writing to undergraduates for more than 15 years. I’m interested in helping young people articulate their particular questions and problems and in teaching them intellectual tools they can bring to bear on those concerns, to help empower them and thus reduce their anxiety and depression.

If I had a magic wand, I would…

  • Make it possible for every child on earth to have in their lives at least one person who loves them unconditionally.
  • Make it possible for every child to learn peacefully and reasonably how to use language to express their feelings while they are in those feelings.
  • Stop the American cultural shame and judgment about people’s bodies.

Kayla Odenthal, M.S.W. Intern

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Educational Background: I am a current part-time graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. I did my undergraduate work at Carlow University, where I received a BSW, with a concentration in crisis intervention, and another concentration in behavioral health.

If I had a magic wand I would:

  • Appear wherever I needed to be on time so that I would never have to spend time commuting.
  • Make all basic needs affordable to every person.
  • Pay off everyone’s student loans to aid our economy.
  • Make sleep unnecessary.
  • Eliminate addiction.
  • Eliminate abuse of all kinds

Maeve Clair, Intern

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Educational background: I recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Psychology. As a senior, I volunteered as a research assistant for the SOVA Project. I am continuing my work now with an internship through the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. I plan to continue my education in medical school.


Sharanya Bandla, Website Support

Educational Background: I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Bioinformatics. I’m also proficient in the following languages: Java, Python, Swift, CSS, and HTML.

If I had a wand, I would…

  • Take away all the stigma and prejudice associated with individuals who suffer from mental illnesses, especially on college campuses.
  • Teleport from class to class so I’d never be late again!

Jing Hua, Website Support

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Educational Background:  My name is Jing Hua, currently a graduate student in the Department of Information Science at University of Pittsburgh. I got my bachelor’s degree in computer science several years ago in China. I am good at web development, interface design and analysis, database management and android application development. I am also interested in E-business.

If I had a magic wand, I would…

  • Create a magic children’s museum, where children have different experience each time they go.
  • Create an E-business application, where blind people and illiterate people  can shop online smoothly and safely.

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Amy Philips-Haller, Parent Advocate

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Educational & Professional Background: A long-time graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, I hold a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts degree in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Mass Media.

I am a student and narrator of the human experience.   Over the years, I have documented stories for television in Atlanta, as well as produced Everyday Science, a show that aired worldwide on public radio.  Now a reporter, I generate headlines for local publications, including the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette.

Recently, I scripted It Pains Me to Discuss, a novel documenting the difficult journey of a child with a chronic health condition.  I share the draft with physicians, in hopes of expanding patient care conversation to include the parent component.  I also serve on two advisory panels for ongoing research projects at Children’s Hospital.

If I had a magic wand, I would… have purchased it at Ollivanders.   Inside the carved mahogany would reside the feather of a phoenix.  Why?   Every day is an opportunity to rise from the ashes and begin again.


Rachel Whitman, Youth Advocate

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Educational Background:  I have my BA in psychology (minor in anthropology) from the University of Virginia, my M.S.Ed. with a focus on Community Mental Health and Special Education Support from Duquesne University, and I am currently working on my EdD in Educational Leadership with a focus on disability studies at Duquesne University.

If I had a magic wand, I would… 

  • Make our world accessible in every way! Our understanding of “disability” is really just a social construct. We give someone a disability label because this person interacts with our world differently. Our default “normal person” is an able-bodied, neurotypical person – but there is so much beautiful diversity out there! We have to reconstruct our physical world and re-conceptualize our definition of humankind to reflect all types of people and thus respect all experiences, provide everyone equitable access to opportunities, and cultivate truly inclusive communities.
  • Provide all individuals with mental illnesses effective treatments that they can customize based on their needs. Some examples: psychiatric medications with no side effects, free health care, a medical system that really listens and truly honors stakeholder experience, and a cure for eating disorders (a category of mental illness that is so devastating and difficult to treat).
  • Body positivity and feminism for everyone!!!
  • Have a pet sloth who I would wear around the office so we could snuggle each other all day. Top three names: Humphrey, Agnes, or KaleChip