Dr. Tara Batista
Tara Batista currently serves as a Visiting Instructor at Stetson University School of Business Administration in Deland, FL where she teaches social enterprise and management courses. She is also the faculty sponsor for ENACTUS, an international social enterprise organization that uses market solutions to solve environmental, economic, and social problems. Dr. Batista received her PhD in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University in New York City. Her research area is positive youth development with an emphasis on organizational empowerment. She received a Masters in Philosophy in Social Work from Columbia University and a Masters in Evidence Based Social Intervention from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from Stetson University. Tara’s has worked with runaway and homeless youth, foster care youth, immigrant youth, children with parents in prison, low income and minority youth. Her youth development work spans the U.S., Guatemala, and the U.K.
Chris Batista is the founder and owner of 5K Race Director, a full service road race management company that provides equipment, marketing, website management, fundraising, timing and directing services for running events and triathlons. He managed Alta Vista Sports from 2008-2013, a company that has been in the endurance sports event directing and timing business since 1981. Chris earned a degree in Marketing in 2006 from the University of Central Florida and his certification in race directing in 2010. He has eight years of professional marketing and sales experience and has won numerous awards for his sales performance. A competitive middle distance runner for 14 years, Chris has run for division 1 college teams, coached at the high school and college levels, and consistently wins local road race competitions. He also played soccer for 10 years and competed on an international club team. In 2010, Chris founded Run for a CAUSE foundation because of the positive influence running and soccer had on his life. He would like to extend that opportunity to other youth.
Eli is International Project Co-Ordinator for the International Astronomical Union's Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), www.astro4dev.org. Her work focuses on projects around the world that test how astronomy and the astronomy community's interdisciplinary skill set can be used to further sustainable development objectives. She is completing her doctorate at Nuffield College and the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention at the University of Oxford, UK. Her doctoral research concerns the use of network meta-analysis and social network analysis in the evaluation of complex interventions. Eli studied neuroscience and law and managed the research department of a UK non-profit for several years before returning to postgraduate study.
Dr. Asal Johnson. Double me.
Asal Johnson PhD, MPH is an assistant professor of epidemiology at Stetson University. She was awarded her PhD in urban and regional planning from Florida State University and received her Master of Public Health in epidemiology from Georgia Southern University. She previously held faculty appointments at Florida State University and Georgia Southern University, where she taught an array of courses including sustainable development, statistics and global health. Her research focus encompasses a dynamic, interdisciplinary spectrum pertaining to health and the built environment.
Dr. Allen Johnson
I'Allen Johnson DrPH, MPH is currently an adjunct professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL where he teaches courses in public health. Previously, he worked at the Hawaii State Department of Health as a community heath outreach worker providing health and social services to communities in some of the most economically, socially, and politically depressed areas of Honolulu. Allen has worked on projects in developing counties including Belize, Turkey, and Ethiopia. In Belize, he worked with a nongovernmental organization (NGO) and was involved in the implementation of an HIV testing initiative and the development of a diabetes education program. In Turkey and Ethiopia, Allen worked with the World Public Health Federation to develop policy recommendations to curb the spread of HIV and tuberculosis. Allen received a Doctor of Public Health degree from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Public Health from Florida State University.
IDavid Sawyer, a Stetson University student studying finance and entrepreneurship, is the CEO and founder of TSOLife, a web application that lets users leave a digital legacy for future generations. David is also the President of Stetson University's ENACTUS chapter, an international social enterprise nonprofit organization. David has played competitive soccer on an international traveling team for more than 10 years and has extensive soccer coaching experience.