Lisa Wooten, MPH, BSN, RN
Injury and Violence Prevention Program Supervisor
Reasons to Contact? Program initiatives and administration
Lisa is the Injury and Violence Prevention Program Supervisor and helps mentor and guide a talented team of Injury and Violence Prevention Program experts to conduct statewide work in addressing critical priorities from a public health approach. Lisa has over 29 years of acute and public health registered nursing and public health and injury prevention experience, primarily focused on maternal child health. She has 15 years of leading public health and quality improvement teams in program development, grants and contract management, and strategic project coordination. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia and her Master of Public Health from Liberty University. She is a native of Richmond, and enjoys spending time with her family and dog, creating music and art, traveling, and all things vintage.
Lauren Yerkes, MPH
Injury and Violence Prevention Epidemiologist
Reasons to Contact? Injury and Violence data sources
Lauren Yerkes (pronouns: she/her(s), last name rhymes with 'circus') is the Injury and Violence Prevention Epidemiologist at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), providing subject matter expertise, data analysis, technical assistance, and consulting on injury, violence, and substance use data to inform state policy and program planning. She has nine years of epidemiology and public health experience in injury and violence, substance use and mental health, HIV, and COVID-19. Lauren has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Virginia Tech and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Maria Altonen, MA
Reasons to Contact? Rape Prevention and Education initiatives
Maria oversees sexual violence, domestic violence, and child abuse and neglect initiatives associated with the Rape Prevention and Education grant with a special emphasis on enhancing primary prevention efforts throughout the state. They provide technical assistance and training to a variety of community partners and agencies. Prior to joining VDH, Maria earned their Master's in Housing Policy and Urban Planning at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Camilla Herndon, MPH, CHES
Jean Hoyt, CMA
Tara Keen, MPH
Bethany McCunn, MPH, CPST
Safety Seat Check Station Coordinator
Reason to contact? Child Passenger Safety Programming
Bethany oversees Child Passenger Safety initiatives associated with the Department of Motor Vehicles grant with a special emphasis on Safety Seat Check Stations. She provides program support and technical assistance to participating sites including collaboration with first responders, medical providers, and other groups interested in safe transportation. Prior to joining the IVP team, Bethany was the Deputy Division Epidemiologist for the Division of Immunizations. Bethany earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health at West Virginia University. On her off time, Bethany likes to spend time outside, running, bicycling, recovering from running and bicycling, and traveling.
Julia Mogren, MPHc, CHES
Substance Use Prevention Epidemiologist
Julia Mogren is the Substance Use Prevention Epidemiologist under the direction of Lauren Yerkes. She has several years of public health and epidemiology experience. Julia has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health: Health Promotion and Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Liberty University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.