Research and Community Outreach Fellows
Dr. Michael J. Rovito is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences in the Department of Health Professions at the University of Central Florida and certified health education specialist. He also serves as Chairman of the Central Florida Fatherhood Alliance, Member of the Fight Like a Man International collaborative, Founding Member of the American Society for Men's Health, and Board Member of the Seminole County Men's Health Advisory Board. His work specializes in testicular self-examination and testicular cancer, male health behavioral change, intervention and instrumentation design, and health communication. He is currently working on creating original curriculum and outcome assessments focusing on adolescent and young adult males.
Email: mrovito@MHInitiative.org Twitter: @RovitoMJ
Kathy E. Rovito is a certified health education specialist. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from the University of Central Florida, her Master of Public Health from Boston University, and is currently completing her Doctor of Public Health in Health Education through Loma Linda University. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Innovative Healthcare, Inc. Her research interests and experiences include at-risk youth, positive youth development, motivational interviewing, and health education program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
Dr. James E. Leone is an Associate Professor of Health in the Department of Movement Arts, Health Studies, and Leisure Studies at Bridgewater State University. Dr. Leone’s academic interests include: male health, body image, drug abuse epidemiology (androgenic anabolic steroids), celiac disease, and issues in professional development. He has written several chapters for various textbooks in addition to his own book on male health titled, Concepts in Male Heath: Perspectives across the Lifespan. Dr. Leone's personal website can be found HERE.
Dr. Michael Lutz is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology, William Beaumont School of Medicine, Vice President, MIU Men's Health Foundation / Fight Like a Man - Detroit, and a partner at the Michigan Institute of Urology with a primary focus on male health. Since 1986, his primary subspecialty of Urology has been the application of screening, early detection, and treatment of Prostate Cancer. He developed the first Us Too Prostate Cancer support group for patients and survivors and served as the co-chair of the Prostate Cancer Task Force for the American Cancer Society in the Great Lakes Region of the United States. He serves on the council of the Prostate Conditions Education Council and has presented on several occasions at the National Men’s Health Braintrust. He was nominated to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Men's Health.
Dr. Frank Johnson is a cultural anthropologist. His clinical training consists of behavioral health consultation in primary care at Delaware Valley Community Heath, and case management at Einstein Medical Center Department of Outpatient Psychiatry, both in Philadelphia. Frank is a certified peer facilitator for Chronic Disease Self-Management workshops and conducts sessions for the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. He also serves on the African American advisory board for the Philadelphia chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He has also served as an AmeriCorps volunteer, aiding in the development of a nutrition program for elderly Asians immigrant and refugees.
Chase Cavayero is currently pursuing a medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida in 2013. During his time as a student Chase started working with MHI, Inc. and became involved with both clinical and public health research. He continues to pursue further research endeavors and will serve as President of the Student Research Association at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine-Bradenton for the 2014-2015 calendar year. His research interests include men's health, robotic urologic surgery, and osteopathic manipulative therapy.
Mike Craycraft is a clinical pharmacist, testicular cancer survivor, and Founder of the Testicular Cancer Society. He attended Xavier University and then graduated with a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati. He is a Mentor Angel with Imerman Angels, a 4th Angel Mentor with The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative at the Cleveland Clinic, and a Survivor Mentor for myCancerConnection at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He serves on the Advisory Board for Camp Kesem at Ohio State University and volunteers for bone marrow registry drives with Love Hope Strength. As a Huffington Post Blogger he contributes on issues relating to adolescent and young adult oncology.
Mr. Steve Petty is the Corporate Director of Community Health Improvement at INTEGRIS Health in Oklahoma City. He received his BA in Advertising from Central State University and his MA in Public Relations/Communications from the University of Oklahoma. Currently, he oversees INTEGRIS' community benefit activities. Mr. Petty developed Oklahoma's first established men's program through INTEGRIS Men's Health University in 2004. He is the current Chair of the American Public Health Association's Men's Health Caucus, on the Board of Directors and Executive Board of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Red Cross, the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, and Past President of the Board of the Oklahoma District Attorney's Good Samaritans' Board.
MHI, Inc. Personnel
Vicky R. Vazquez, Director of Development
Vicky R. Vazquez currently serves as the Director of Development for Men’s Health Initiative, Inc. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida and her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention from Florida International University. She plans to complete her Doctor of Public Health in Leadership in the near future. Her research interests and experiences include male health behavior change, masculinity, and health promotion policy.
MHI, Inc. Student Fellowship Alumni
Wesley Adams, BSc
Guillermo Alfonso, OSMII, BSc, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Sara Chizmar, BSC, SPT1, University of Central Florida
Amy Elliott, MPH, BSc, University of Florida
Fabio Giraldo, MSHSA(c), ScribeAmerica
Taylor Goss, BS(c)
Hannah Kim, BSc, Nova Southeastern University
Hanna Lindner, Ph.D.(c), University of Pennsylvania
Spencer Morley, SPT2, St. Augustine University
Tyler Phillips, BS(c)
Nicholas Resciniti, MPH(c), BSc, University of Pittsburgh
Michael Rossi, Vigo Importing Co.
Andrea Siguenza, BSc
Lisa Soler, MPH, RN, University of Florida
Walker Talton, MPH(c), University of South Florida
Ashley Tierney, BSc(c), University of Central Florida
Vicky Vazquez, MPH(c), Florida International University