Shannon has been with Focus for Health since 2011, contributing both through research and her personal clinical experiences. She has worked as a nurse for 22 years and most recently worked as a supervisor in a long-term care facility.
While working in the community, Shannon became concerned with the overall rise in chronic disease and also developed an interest in connecting environmental exposures to negative health outcomes in the population. Finding the cause(s) of the current autism epidemic, as well as the reason behind the dramatic spike in chronic illness, has become her passion.
Director, Pediatric Health Initiatives
Sheri is a pediatric speech and language pathologist with over 25 years of clinical experience specializing in autism. As the Director of Pediatric Health Initiatives for the Focus for Health Foundation, Sheri contributes her clinical expertise authoring articles on autism and other chronic health issues and also manages the pediatric health grantees. Sheri’s professional experiences help guide the Foundation’s mission addressing chronic health issues related to environmental causes.
Sheri also serves as the Executive Director of The Autism Think Tank, NJ, a non-profit organization which offers medical videoconferences with a team of renowned medical experts who collaborate on medically complex cases of autism around the globe. She is the founder of Rocking Horse Rehab, a pediatric rehabilitation and family wellness center specializing in therapy services for children with various disabilities including, autism, cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, brain tumors, and rare syndromes, neuromuscular and psychiatric disorders. Sheri has been featured on CBS News, NBC News, NJN and multiple cable networks.
Jennifer Po, MPA
Director of PR/Social Media
Jennifer joined Focus for Health in August 2015. She has experience working in public administration, healthcare and marketing industries. Her professional background focuses on managing marketing communications, branding, public relations and building brand awareness. In addition to creating social media strategies, her passion lies in increasing website and audience engagement.
Eager to share her talents and resources with others, Jennifer is active in her community and has collaborated and volunteered with various organizations to strengthen public knowledge on various healthcare and wellness issues involving children.
Ms. Clare Ongera works at Focus for Health as a Research Associate. She graduated from Rutgers University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) in Newark where she spent a year as a researcher at the Laboratory for Regenerative Neurobiology at the Cancer Research Center (CANCT).
Prior to her work at the Cancer Research Center, she worked for Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP) as a Graduate Researcher for the Facilities and IT departments. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Rutgers New Brunswick NJ. Ms. Ongera is an active member of the lifelong network of alumnae of Rutgers Douglass Residential College.
Stephanie Sese joined the Focus For Health team as an Administrative/Research Assistant in October 2017. She is responsible for general office support as well as special projects supporting the foundation.
Prior to joining FFH, Stephanie worked in the capacity of an Office Administrator for a private consulting company in Whitehouse Station, NJ and before that she worked as a Legal Assistant and Office Manager for an immigration law firm in Hackettstown, NJ.
Stephanie holds a degree in Applied Science – Legal Studies and is a Public Notary in the State of New Jersey. She resides in Somerville, NJ.
Board Member and Science Advisor
Brian has been a member of the Focus for Health Team since 2012 and has more recently joined the Board. He is an Associate Professor of Biology at Simpson University in Redding, California, where he specializes in chemistry and biology coursework. Additionally, Hooker is the Senior Process Consultant at ARES Corporation, working closely on process design for the environment restoration industry. His design efforts focus on industrial biotechnology and chemical engineering principles. He has a teenage son with autism and has been active in the autism community since 2004.
Science Advisory Board Member
David assumed the responsibilities of Research Director for Focus for Health in 2014. He is also a lead author on research articles and commentaries published in Nature, Lancet, and other leading science and medical journals.
His previous research at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research & Development, and as a member of the Graduate Faculty of the University of Georgia, has helped to change public health polices worldwide. His experience in broad areas of research and science policy enables the foundation to make a difference in the scientific community and improve government policies impacting public health and the environment.
Government Affairs Director
For over 20 years, Bobbie has been an effective advocate for children with autism and other developmental disorders. As an outreach organizer, Bobbie has a successful track record of organizing grass roots advocates and coalition building in order to influence state and federal legislators to support policies focused on protecting human health – especially the health of children – and enhance the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families.
Prior to joining the Focus for Health team in 2014, Bobbie worked for six years as Environmental Health Outreach Coordinator for the Environmental Working Group based in Washington, DC., and was a consultant to The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center.