Our Team

Joni Beemsterboer

Joni Beemsterboer

Project Manager

Joni  has a master’s degree in Public Health and a career as a foundation executive director, mental health services manager, and clinical trials design and management research associate. She has a particular interest in behavioral research and a sensitivity for individuals with mental health challenges.

Teray Kunishi

Teray Kunishi

Research Associate

Teray is a registered nurse and licensed naturopathic doctor practicing in the integrative mental health field. She has created holistic programs for anxiety, panic, depression, insomnia, chronic stress, and fatigue for individuals and groups, and currently is pursuing a master’s degree in psychiatric mental health at the UCSF School of Nursing.

Monica Macri, MPH

Monica Macri, MPH

Project Coordinator NYC

Monica has worked in socio-behavioral research related to HIV, substance use, and gender identity among high-risk communities in New York City. She has field experience as a harm reduction service provider for syringe exchange programs in Hawaii and Rhode Island. Monica holds a master’s degree in Public Health. Her research interests include the epidemiology of drug use, HIV/HCV prevention, gender identity, criminal justice and stigma regarding health, and the opioid epidemic.  

Roxana Fortiz-Estrada

Roxana Fortiz-Estrada

Research Associate

Roxana received her Bachelors of Arts in Women’s Studies from Brooklyn College of The City University of New York. She has served and advocated for NYC families and survivors of domestic violence in emergency shelters with Safe Horizon. Roxana has administrative experience working in multiple outpatient psychiatry departments. She provided support in a substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) training for undergraduate human services and nursing students in The New York City College of Technology of The City University of New York.

Laysha Ostrow

Laysha Ostrow

Project Consultant

Laysha is founder and CEO of Live & Learn, Inc., which researches community-driven interventions that present safe, effective pathways to independence and empowerment. She also is an adjunct professor in the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Jane Burke-Miller

Jane Burke-Miller

Project Consultant

Jane has extensive experience in all phases of the research process, from study design and project management to data analysis and publication. She received her degree in Public Health Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has conducted research in various health and behavioral health settings, including universities, hospitals, community organizations and government agencies.

Emily Huang

Emily Huang

Database Management Consultant

Emily is a project analyst at the UCSF School of Nursing. Her experience includes database management and research support for numerous studies. For this project, she helped develop and currently maintains the database in the REDCap system.

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Conor Mulvaney

Conor Mulvaney

MSW CASAC-T

Conor has worked as a substance abuse counselor in intensive outpatient treatment settings and recently was a graduate research assistant at a criminal justice reform research institute evaluating program outcomes to reduce recidivism in New York City. He also has a background in policy, having worked  on recovery advocacy and as an aide in a NYS Senator’s office. Conor received a master’s degree in Social Work from New York University and is a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor trainee.

Olivia Horan

Olivia Horan

Research Associate

Olivia has been doing direct service work in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years, primarily providing street-based outreach, counseling, and case management to young adults experiencing homelessness. She also comes to THRRP having worked in the harm-reduction community as a long-time volunteer for a local syringe distribution program. Olivia is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Adult Gerontology Primary Care at the UCSF School of Nursing.

Taylor D’Addario

Taylor D’Addario

Research Associate

Taylor D’Addario is a Grant Manager at The Providence Center who received her master’s degree from Salve Regina University in Holistic Mental Health Counseling and is a licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and accomplished working with individuals with co-occuring mental health and substance use challenges. She provides clinical training that reflects her expertise in dialectic behavioral therapy and a sensitivity to trauma and stigma. Patients benefit from her assessments and expert referrals for treatment. Taylor enjoys sailing and taking long walks with her dog.

Kevin McGirr

Kevin McGirr

Principal Investigator

Kevin is a clinical professor in the School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco. Following decades of direct service, management, teaching and research in the behavioral health arena, he now is active in applying harm-reduction principles and practices to help tobacco users challenged by substance use and mental health disorders.