The Adolescent Health Working Group values the leadership of its Advisory Board in pursuing its mission. Our board members also serve as ambassadors to AHWG. Please feel free to reach out to them with any questions or opportunities.
Robert Francoeur, MS, LMFT, PPSC
Wellness Coordinator, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts
Mr. Francoeur is a CA Credentialed School Counselor and oversees a school-based Wellness Initiative that helps teens gain the skills they need to cope with complex issues such as stress, trauma, suicide, bullying, depression, self-esteem, drug and alcohol use, sexual health and relationships. His interest in working with adolescents stems from the belief that providing education and support for mental health and physical health for adolescents ultimately results in healthier, happier, and better adjusted adults. Mr. Francoeur also provides weekly group clinical supervision for SFUSD Social Work Interns. As an adolescent mental health provider for for over 10 years, Mr. Francoeur has often accessed AHWG’s toolkits (Behavioral Health, Understanding Minor Consent and Confidentiality in CA, and the Trauma and Resilience toolkits). He first became directly involved with AHWG in its Substance Use Subcommittee where he worked collaboratively with the Drug Policy Alliance and AHWG to conduct a pilot study at five SFUSD high schools testing the effectiveness of a harm reduction health curriculum for 9th grade students.
Hanna Hjord, MPH
HIV/HCV/STD Behavioral Health Coordinator, Community Health Equity and Promotion (CHEP) Branch, San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH)
With 20 years of progressive experience, Ms. Hjord has worked at the forefront of addressing the intersection between social justice and health. Her experience ranges from advocating for tenants’ rights in the Tenderloin, to providing sustainable drinking water in rural Africa, to integrating HIV/HCV/STD care and prevention with behavioral health and primary care services in San Francisco. She currently coordinates the SFDPH Drug User Health Initiative, which supports people who use drugs in caring for themselves and their communities through strengthening and aligning services and systems in San Francisco. She also oversees the SFDPH Harm Reduction Training Institute and other workforce development efforts that support staff who work with vulnerable communities, including people experiencing homelessness and who use drugs. In addition, she serves as the liaison to the SFDPH Behavioral Health Services and their funded community-based programs, supporting the integration of harm reduction principles, overdose prevention and education, and HIV/HCV/STD prevention services into service design and delivery.
Lisa Mihaly, MS, RN
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Nursing
Principal Nursing Faculty, UCSF School of Medicine, Division of Pediatrics
Ms. Mihaly is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF School of Nursing and principal nursing faculty for the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health program (UCSF School of Medicine, Division of Pediatrics). Her current faculty practice is at the UCSF Teen and Young Adult Clinic. She has been practicing since 2004, with a focus on underserved populations, reproductive health, young adults and adolescents. Her areas of interest include risk reduction in high-risk adolescents, health education of young adults newly responsible for managing their own health needs, intimate partner violence, and the impact of racism on education and provision of health care. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked for 15 years in the public policy arena, advocating for low-income and high-risk children and families at local, state and federal levels — including work with the Children’s Defense Fund and the Family Violence Prevention Fund (now Futures without Violence). She received an undergraduate degree in European history from Harvard College and RN and MS (family nurse practitioner) degrees from UCSF. Outside of work, she can often be found cooking, reading novels, hiking, and knitting (rarely simultaneously).
Katherine Seto, MS, PhD
Speech-Language Pathologist, Kaiser Redwood City Medical Center
Adjunct Professor, San Francisco State University
Dr. Seto has been a practicing medical speech-language pathologist supporting those with communicative disorders for the past 29 years and works at Kaiser Redwood City Medical Center. She also serves as an adjunct clinical instructor and lecturer in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Her research interests have been on student thriving and success in higher education, specifically for underrepresented populations and students of color. Dr. Seto’s interest in adolescent health began when one of her daughters experienced significant mental stress and anxiety while in high school, which led her family to pursue counseling. As an educator, she encounters many incidences whereby young people are over-prescribed medications (or are self medicating) to alleviate stress and anxiety, or in extreme cases, taking their own lives because of a lack of proper support. Dr. Seto is working on systemic support for students, including students who are homeless (living in their cars) or experiencing food shortages. She received her undergraduate degree in English from UC Berkeley, an MS in Speech-Language Pathology from SFSU and a PhD in Higher Education From Azusa Pacific University. She is also a parent for 3 young adult children, one of whom is adopted.
Interim Project Director. Click here to email Adam.
Adam is a dedicated youth advocate with a broad background that includes 14 years of nonprofit experience. Adam has served on the board of ACLU Hawai`i and its Youth Affairs Committee while earning his law degree. Adam also worked as a legal advocate for the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (MLPC) in Hawai`i, whereby legal professionals partnered with pediatricians to provide comprehensive care to caregivers and children. Adam excels as a community organizer, whether bringing together a panel of Muslim American scholars to present on topics of Islamophobia and homophobia, or leading conferences on gender diversity for 100+ teenagers. He has organized dozens of community panels that require relationship building with partners including student-led groups, nonprofit organizations, universities, small businesses, and corporations. Adam is an experienced educator. He has experience creating youth curriculum on topics of LGBT history, gender diversity, HIV prevention, civil rights, and leadership development. Adam has also taught as an adjunct professor at the City College of Alameda on courses of law and democracy. Adam has worked directly with refugee and asylee populations in resettlement and employment support. Adam’s international outlook and familiarity with domestic and local issues allows him to draw inspiration for community development.
Communications Director. Click here to to email Justin.
Justin has over 15 years of nonprofit experience, with expertise in digital communications, online fundraising, and data management. He is the co-founder of Social Change Consulting, a firm that works with small and mid-sized nonprofits to overcome challenges and create additional opportunities for growth. Justin has done extensive work with organizations focused on public health, education, LGBTQI+ advocacy, gender equity, racial justice, and environmental protection.