Jeffrey L. Levin, MD, MSPH, is the Jesse H. Jones Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Health Sciences at The University of Texas Health Northeast. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Health and is Board Certified in both internal medicine and occupational medicine. He has been in the field of occupational medicine for over 20 years and has lectured widely on a variety of occupational health topics, nationally and internationally. He has been the Center Director for the NIOSH funded SW Ag Center since 2002. He is the founding Program Director for the Occupational Medicine Residency Program at The University of Texas Health Northeast. Dr. Levin is also the principal investigator for a Training Program Grant that exposes Occupational Medicine residents to work-related risks within agriculture, forestry/logging and fishing.
Dave Douphrate, PhD, MPT, MBA is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston-San Antonio Regional Campus and holds a leadership position with the regional Education Research Center. Dr. Douphrate serves as the Deputy Director for the SW Ag Center. He has been involved in agricultural research for more than a decade and also has extensive administrative experience in the Agricultural Centers’ Initiative. Dr. Douphrate will advise the Center on emerging issues and priorities for feasibility studies and research. Using his business training, he will also identify best practices and process improvement opportunities for internal systems.
Vanessa Casanova, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Health Sciences at The University of Texas Health Northeast in Tyler. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Auburn University. She completed postdoctoral training in the department Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Rutgers University. She serves as the Applied Research Manager for the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education.
She is a rural sociologist with extensive research experience with migrant and immigrant workers in the southeastern forest industry where she conducted work with H2-B guest workers in forest management occupations. Her research interests include the health and safety of vulnerable workers in natural resource related occupations and the organization of work in agriculture and forestry.
Amanda Wickman, MBA, is the Program Director for the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education at The University of Texas Health Northeast. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Tyler. She has coordinated and conducted outreach activities for the SW Ag Center since 2006. Mrs. Wickman has extensive experience with educational material development for vulnerable agricultural populations.
Nykole Kafka Vance, MS, CEP, CHES is the Outreach Education Coordinator for the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education at The University of Texas Health Northeast. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Masters degree in Health Education. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist, Clinical Exercise Physiologist and has education and training in research writing and marketing. Mrs. Vance is a skilled communicator and has extensive experience with creating print and electronic educational resources. She also brings a health scope to the Ag Center to offer health screenings and health education to our producers in AFF.
Nickie Warren, BBA, is the Special Projects Coordinator for Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education at University of Texas Health Northeast. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from LeTourneau University. She specialized in grant account management and event coordination/preparation. She has 20+ years experience in finance/accounting.