Meet the Management Team
Bob Kieserman, Publisher
Bob Kieserman is the Executive Director of The Power of the Patient Project: The National Library of Patient Rights and Advocacy, and publisher of Today's Patient. Now retired, for over 35 years, he was a professor of healthcare administration and medical ethics and a healthcare consultant. He is the author of over 300 articles and four books on managing the private healthcare practice, the patient/provider relationship, and the rights of patients. Bob is both a medical librarian and a medical sociologist and resides near Philadelphia.
Bri Allison, Managing Editor
Brianna Allison graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor’s degree in Multiplatform Journalism and one in Public Relations. Brianna has a strong passion for storytelling and loves being a part of a media-enriched environment. She has worked in broadcast journalism, social media, and print journalism in the past. In addition to her role as Managing Editor of Today's Patient, she is also a member of the broadcast team for The Power of the Patient Project.
Meet the Editorial Team
Teri Halliwell, Senior Contributor
Teri Halliwell earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism from The American College of Greece, and her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco. Teri is an inventive storyteller with a passion for moving audiences to action through her writing. She is a member of the International Association of Professional Writers and Editors, and is a popular host with The Power of the Patient Project. She is also a member of the editorial staff of our online magazine, Today's Patient, where she writes insightful articles on patient-centered health and wellness.
Alexandra Nguyen is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism at Loyola Marymount University. From a young age, she has had a passion for writing, which later developed into focusing on how her words can make an impact on the world. The world of healthcare was exposed to her through her volunteer work at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto. Working side-by-side with patients and doctors, this role gave her a glimpse into public health. Alexandra combines her passions and experiences writing for Today’s Patient to educate society on lesser-known topics, especially those affecting young adults.
Cori Ritchey is a Washington D.C. native newly transplanted to the Boston area, expected to graduate from Emerson College in 2022 with a Masters in Journalism. In 2018, Cori graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. Through her experience working on the frontlines of health care, Cori has discovered misconceptions in health and fitness that need to be corrected. Led by a love for reading, writing, and public speaking, Cori took the leap to make a career switch into journalism in 2021 in an effort to become a health and science reporter to shed light on these issues. Cori is the Wellness Editor for Today's Patient, and also an anchor for our webcast The Monthly Dose.
Rayah Hammad, Senior Producer of Weekly Update
Rayah Hammad is a senior at William Paterson University of New Jersey majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in political science. She is currently taking graduate courses toward her professional communication master’s degree. She has completed a career certificate in applied writing and editing. Rayah is experienced in new video packages, anchoring, reporting, script writing, video production, and editing. Rayah is the senior producer and an anchor of our webcast The Monthly Dose.
Faalik Zahra, Senior Contributor
Faalik Zahra studies neuroscience and journalism at the University of Cincinnati and plans on becoming a physician. She has always had a strong inclination towards writing and sharing stories which have led her to pursue a journalism degree as well as founding an online media portal, Bearcat Voice. As a Senior Contributor, Faalik combines her passion for writing and her interest in medicine to explain medical issues to patients in a way they can clearly understand.
Julianna Strano, Senior Contributor
Julianna Strano is a recent graduate from The University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in both journalism and sociology. Julianna is passionate about all topics related to health and wellness and has the goal of educating and informing others through her writing. Julianna joined the editorial staff of Today's Patient to have the opportunity to help educate others on patient rights and her many articles reflect that.
Ruby Laine, Senior Contributor
Ruby Laine (she/her) is a current undergraduate student at The George Washington University pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Public Health. She is passionate about improving health outcomes for underserved communities, families, and children. She wishes to assist in expanding access to healthcare and promote healthy lifesyle behaviors. She has previously worked with the NYC City Council in District 2 under Carlina Rivera while being an advocate for constituents and the community. As a member of the editorial team of Today’s Patient as a Senior Contributor, Ruby focuses on reaching out to wider audiences, to spread awareness for health concerns and improve health literacy.
Emma Kelly, Senior Contributor
Emma Kelly is a journalism and technical writing student at Penn State University. She is passionate about all things journalism and wants to use her writing to make an impact. Emma joined Today’s Patient to support their cause and make health rights and advocacy accessible to all.
Morgan Ellis, Senior Contributor
Morgan Ellis is a current undergraduate student at Spelman College pursuing an English degree with the plans of becoming a physician. She is passionate about enhancing the accessibility to healthcare, through writing, research and mentoring. This led her to join Emory University’s Health Career Collaborative where she mentored high school students, who have interest in the healthcare fields, fostering their interest in medicine, science and public health. She has also contributed her talents to the MGH Youth Neurology Research Program, where she worked with cutting edge technology, through interactive learning sessions in neurology. As a Senior Contributor at Today's Patient, Morgan strives to write about medicine and medical issues to ensure that readers get factual information to help them navigate the healthcare system.
Elizabeth Linden, Senior Contributor
Elizabeth Linden is a retired special education teacher with 25 years of experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a master’s degree in Health Psychology. Liz has been an advocate for the educational needs of special education students throughout her career as well as an advocate for her own medical needs as a person with a rare headache disorder. Liz is also a Senior Anchor with The Power of the Patient Project, and her interviews are featured throughout our digital library.
Graham Harrington, Senior Contributor
Graham Harrington is a Senior at Denison University with a Creative Writing Major and Communications Minor. Graham serves as a Staff Writer for the college newspaper, The Denisonian, as well as the social and promotional chair for both the Denison Muay Thai Club and the college’s sketch comedy group, running their social media accounts and promoting their events. After winning an award in the annual Denison Pod-A-Thon podcast competition, Graham found his passion for journalistic writing and hopes to use it to advocate for mental health awareness, body positivity, and transparency for patients as consumers.
Mason La Fleur, Senior Contributor
Mason La Fleur is a senior at Grand Valley State University studying Health Communications. He serves as the Event Coordinator of the GVSU Health Communication Club, is a member of GVSU Students for Choice, and the GVSU Beekeeping club. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a Master's in Health Administration with the career goal of working in a healthcare facility. In his free time, Mason enjoys reading, working out, spending time with friends, and watching movies. Through his contributions to the magazine, Mason brings awareness to readers and helps educate patients about their rights and improve the relationships between healthcare professionals and their patients.
Hailey Hough, Senior Contributor
Hailey Hough is a hardworking Advertising Management Communications major at Michigan State University and supports this with a minor in Business. Hailey is part of the broadcast team of The Power of the Patient Project where she is the host of FAQ, the popular webseries, and she is also an accomplished journalist. She is driven and determined to provide the best content that will educate and spread awareness on patient rights and advocacy by creating intriguing content as she writes about topics that matter the most to patients throughout the country as well as interviews with top health care professionals .
Liya Moges, Senior Contributor
Liya Moges is a passionate and dedicated junior studying Biomedical Science, Business, and Law at Georgia State University. She works at Emory University Hospital supporting nurses and physicians on a Complex Medicine floor and uses this opportunity to shadow different physicians in different specialties. While working alongside healthcare professionals, Liya gained an interest in health equity and how it plays a role in the daily physician-patient interactions in a hospital setting. This interest plays a role in Liya’s desire to spread awareness on diversity/inclusion and health equity within healthcare. In an effort to combine her desire to educate the public, Liya joined Today’s Patient to address topics such as health and wellness, public health, and diversity inclusion in medicine.
Michelle Powell, Senior Contributor
Michelle Powell is an undergraduate student at Michigan State University majoring in Human Biology with plans to become a physician or a physician assistant. She is passionate about writing stories to help people. This led her to join her school’s Her Campus chapter. With her passion for journalism, Michelle joined the Today’s Patient team to focus on medicine and medical issues to help patients better understand how to navigate the healthcare system.
Rachel A.R. Porter, Senior Contributor
Rachel A. R. Porter (she/her) is the Co-Founder of Kneading Change LLC, a liberation-focused consulting and facilitation practice. She is the former Editor-In-Chief of Rematriation -an Indigenous women led media project – and has consulted for numerous climate justice nonprofits. Rachel earned her B.A. from Middlebury College and M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University. Rachel is a caregiver and patient advocate who is passionate about increasing patient access to resources related to mental health care, chronic pain relief and reproductive justice. She is currently pursuing a M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Rachel is a Senior Contributor at Today’s Patient.
Nikita Amin, Senior Contributor
Nikita Amin is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Virginia double majoring in Biology and English. She hopes to go into the biological research sciences, and is passionate about making the academia she is passionate about more accessible. This is one of her main focuses as a Senior Contributor at Today's Patient, writing articles that make scientific news more readily available to the general public.
Amanda Bonesteel, Senior Contributor
Amanda (Mandy) Bonesteel is a current undergraduate at Northern Michigan University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a double-minor in Human Behavior and Political Science. She works as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader in Marquette, Michigan for OPEN-MSU (Opioid Prevention and Education Network, affiliate of Michigan State University) and is planning on studying abroad in Botswana, Africa in the summer of 2022 in a community public health program. She spends time volunteering in the Marquette community and is a participant in one of the COVID-19 vaccine trials. Mandy is passionate about public health and health education, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. after graduating from NMU. Previously, Amanda worked as a wildland firefighter for several seasons, completed a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician program, and worked with AmeriCorps programs revolving around conservation and land management. In her spare time, Amanda loves to hike and backpack, travel, cook for friends, and volunteer in underserved communities around the world.
Dima Bischoff-Hashem, Senior Contributor
Dima Bischoff-Hashem is an undergraduate at Rutgers University pursuing a double major in Public Health and Biomathematics. She aims to incorporate health-related participatory action research into her career and is currently a member of the Young People’s Campaign whose goal is to improve access to healthcare in the United States. With an interest in environmental justice, Dima is currently working with two social work professors at Rutgers University to publish related research and is a member of the Sunrise Movement which seeks to address climate change through political action. She aspires to be a part of policymaking that improves the health of low-income communities. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her pet rabbit and crocheting keychains, bookmarks, and stuffed animals for her business on Etsy.
Danait Tzeggai, Senior Contributor
Danait Tzeggai is passionate about wellness, and she works as a health coach encouraging others to live a healthy lifestyle. Currently, she is pursuing a master's degree in public health with an emphasis on epidemiology. She has a bachelor's degree in health science and a minor in psychology. Her passion for public health led her to focus on nutrition, healthy living, and cultural competency. She is particularly interested in healthcare policies, access to care, and reliable information related to public health. Additionally, she aims to bridge the gap between health care professionals and consumers.
Kylie Tangonan, Senior Contributor
Kylie Tangonan is a student at Barnard College of Columbia University studying Medical Anthropology. She is passionate about sharing stories and resources that resonate with patients by exploring the ever changing and dynamic fields of medicine, science, public health, and beyond. An accomplished writer, Kylie adds a special depth to her stories, tailored to the interests of her readers.
Olivia Arkell, Senior Contributor
Olivia Arkell is a recent graduate from Hamline University who studied psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, and political science. She has a strong interest in biomedical ethics and the psychotherapeutic value of psychedelics. Olivia is always looking for ways she can expand her understanding on how we can transform the way we treat mental illness in the clinical setting. She demonstrates this passion through researching and interpreting literature then translating it into a short article/blog form that is easy, reliable, and comprehensible for the general public to read. Olivia joined the editorial team at Today’s Patient in the hope of initiating important conversations on topics related to wellness, mental health, neuroscience, and psychology and educating people on patient rights and advocacy.
Hugo Amador, Senior Contributor
Hugo Amador is an undergraduate student at Cornell University. He is currently studying cellular & molecular biology, journalism, and Latin American studies. After being born and raised in Honduras, Hugo moved to the United States in flee against gang violence where he has worked with many organizations in research/advocacy – primarily towards immigrant and refugee populations. He has given many TEDx talks, having his talks published with global organizations, and has also worked on clinical research within immigrant populations in the New York metropolitan area along with an infectious disease team. Hugo is the recipient of prestigious and competitive academic fellowships, such as the Cornell Commitment Fellowship, and is the founder of Hugo’s Movement, a not-for-profit that advocates for the access to equitable healthcare, education, and liberty of victims of war and gang violence, primarily immigrant children and adolescents. Hugo can be reached at email@example.com.