Our Team

Annie Hagood Sheeder | Director of Outreach

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Annie is a member of the Duke class of 2023 from Dallas, TX studying Psychology, Spanish, and Child Policy. She has been passionate about mental health advocacy from a young age, and she is excited to be studying what she loves and applying it in meaningful ways within her community. At CONTACT Line, she both serves as a Listener and Director of Ou, working with local community partners to grow and adapt our services to suit their needs. Some things Annie does to unwind are walking her dog, listening to music, and painting.

Mental Health Advisory Committee

Demah S. Payne III, Ph.D., LCMHC-S

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Dr. Payne has 11+ years experience working as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, School Counselor, and a Crisis Counselor. He completed his Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education at North Carolina State University and completed his internship at the Community Counseling, Education and Research Center (CCERC) at North Carolina State University.  He currently serves as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and Referral and Case Management Liaison at Duke University and Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University and Wake Forest University. 

Mazella Fuller PhD, MSW, LCSW
 

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Dr. Fuller is a clinical associate on staff at the Counseling and Psychological Services of Duke University.   She is a certified member and approved supervisor (CEDS-S) of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp™). She is the Co-Founder of African American Eating Disorders Professionals(iaedp).  She is the Co-Editor of Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinician Guide. She is also the Co-Founder and Principal of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity.

Harry Owen Taylor, PhD, MSW, MPH

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Harry Owen Taylor is an assistant professor in social work at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. His research examines the correlates and associative health outcomes of social isolation and loneliness, with a specific emphasis on Black and older populations. He wants to use his research to inform policies, programs, and interventions to reduce social isolation and loneliness for all people. He obtained his MSW and MPH degrees from the University of Michigan, his PhD from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed his postdoctoral training at the Center for Aging and Human Development at Duke University. Harry is also an avid jazz listener and music enthusiast in general. He also likes journaling, reading, cooking, and staying active.

Mentors + more

From concept to the first conversation, these people were there for us. We're here for you because of them.

Adrienne Clark, CNPM Operations & Special Programs Director at The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center

Amy Linnane Managing Director, Experiential Programs for Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Dan Hepworth | Co-Founder & CEO, The Massapequa Tutor

Emily Armstrong, MSW | School social worker at Halton Catholic District School Board

Gregory Samanez-Larkin, PhD | Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke

Harris Osserman | Founder & CEO, Talk Hiring

Howie Rhee | Managing Director, Student Programs for Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Jesse Battle | Senior Director of Community Partnerships

 

John Feasel | Corporate Counsel at The Redwoods Group

Josh Miller | Founder & CEO, FarmShots

Katherine Black | Program Manager, Experiential Programs & Social Innovation for Duke I&E

Larry Moneta | VP for student affairs at Duke, 2001-2019

LaToya S. Adkins (LA), LCSW | Staff social worker at Duke Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

Lindzey Miller Furiness | Senior Program Coordinator for Civic Engagement, Office of Durham & Community Affairs

 

Matt Nash | Managing Director of Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship for Duke I&E

 

Mazella Fuller, PhD, MSW, LCSW, CEDS-S | Staff social worker at Duke CAPS, Clinical Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Sandra Martinez-Zuniga | Senior Program Coordinator for Civic Engagement, Office of Durham & Community Affairs

 

Sherika Hill, PhD | Research and Policy Liaison at UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

Taylor Jacobson | Founder & CEO, Focusmate

 

Yuri Tomikawa | Founder & CEO, Zencare

Aishani Saha | Co-Founder

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Aishani is a member of the Duke class of 2023 from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia studying Neuroscience and Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics. Firsthand experiences taught her that inequality is a reality you can either adhere to or change. Not only is therapy difficult to find, its cost can make you turn away. That’s why she helped found CONTACT Line, a new avenue of support which is neither short-term crisis intervention nor licensed therapy. Through this organization, Aishani hopes to provide everyone the ability to sit down and reflect with a caring Listener. Listeners know how to help individuals feel better about themselves. To unwind, you can find her dancing or working out.

Ashley Jones | Director of Operations & Finance

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Ashley is a member of the Duke class of 2023 from Northern California pursuing a major in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in Mathematics. She is passionate about equity and ensuring that everyone —regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic status—  is heard and cared for, which drives her work with CONTACT Line. She hopes that this service will help people feel supported, validated, and encouraged. At CONTACT Line, Ashley serves as the Chief Operating Officer, managing logistics, handling finances, and brainstorming ways to better serve the community. To unwind, she likes to cook, play her saxophone, and work out.

Ying Yu | Co-Founder

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Ying is a member of the Duke class of 2023 from Gainesville, FL studying Neuroscience, Music, and Global Health. Through her studies, she became a firm believer in the mantra of “no health without mental health” and the vital role that everyone in a community can have in listening and supporting one another, regardless of where you come from or what you identify as. Outside of academics, Ying is a strong advocate for increasing access to mental health support for all via CONTACT Line. Ying and Aishani’s work has been recognized by Duke by being named Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs Fellows. Her favorite ways to relax include spending time surrounded by nature and singing, to the dismay of her roommates, boyfriend, and cat.

Molly Carson | Director of Training & Research

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Molly is a member of the Duke class of 2023 from Virginia Beach, VA studying Neuroscience. She is fascinated by the brain’s development and plasticity in early life and passionate about increasing access to mental health support. At CONTACT Line, she is committed to offering a comprehensive training experience for volunteers and to the ongoing development of the training curriculum. In addition to working at CONTACT Line, Molly serves as a co-chair at Duke NeuroCare, bringing neuroscience and mental health education to elementary school students. Some things that Molly does to unwind are cooking and watercoloring.