Our Team

 Donna Shelley PhotoDonna Shelley, MD, MPH 

Director, NYC Treats Tobacco
Professor and Vice Chair for Research 
Dept. Public Health Policy and Management 
Director, Global Center for Implementation Science
Dr. Shelley is a tenured Professor of Global Public Health in the NYU School of Global Public Health in the Department of Policy and Public Health Management.  She is founding Director of the School’s Global Center for Implementation Science. Her work focused on reducing tobacco-related disparities in morbidity and mortality in the US and Viet Nam. In pursuit of this goal, she has built a rigorous program of translational, population-based, and policy-relevant research to optimize implementation of tobacco use treatment in health care delivery systems, accelerate implementation of
tobacco control policies, and develop innovative ways to improve access to and treatment of nicotine addiction among people with comorbid conditions.

Her record of extramural funding includes awards from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health.
Dr. Shelley received her MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and MPH in Health Policy and Management at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.  



Jackie Saltarelli PhotoJacqueline Saltarelli, MPH
Assistant Director
Jacqueline Saltarelli is the Assistant Director for New York City Treats Tobacco and recognizes the importance of using a health systems approach to reduce tobacco-related disparities, morbidity, and mortality. In her role, Jacqueline manages partnerships with organization leaders to develop and implement tobacco dependence treatment policies and procedures that align with evidence-based best practices. She also trains providers on tobacco dependence treatment best practices, health inequities that exist within their communities, emerging issues, and sustainable policy solutions.
Jacqueline holds an MPH in Population and Family Health with a certificate in Health Promotion Research and Practice from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and a BA with Honors in Sociology and Peace and Conflict Studies from College of the Holy Cross.  
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Avani Bhatnagar Ansari, MPH, CHES
Project Coordinator
Avani Ansari is a Project Coordinator for New York City Treats Tobacco. She is passionate about exploring how various factors across the social-ecological levels interact and affect decision-making and health outcomes. As part of her work at NYCTT, she leverages health behavior theory and a systems change approach to support medical and behavioral health organizations in implementing evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment policies and procedures.
Avani holds an MPH in Sociomedical Sciences with a certificate in Health Promotion Research and Practice from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and a BA in Human Health from Emory University.
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Camilo Parra, MS
Project Coordinator

Camilo Parra is a Project Coordinator for New York City Treats Tobacco. He is interested in systemic change to support healthier lives free of tobacco-related morbidity and mortality. Camilo fosters relationships with medical and mental health organizations to implement health system improvements which will expand access to evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment. He also collaborates with different community and policy advocacy partners to further tobacco control efforts across New York City and New York State

Camilo holds a MS in Health Communications for Social Change from CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, and a BA in Global Public Health & Anthropology from New York University.

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Sara Amiraly
Project Assistant
Sara Amiraly is the Project Assistant for the New York City Treats Tobacco. As the Project Assistant, Sara supports NYC Treats Tobacco in mobilizing community partners by engaging various stakeholders to further tobacco control efforts in the Metro A and Metro B regions. She also manages the NYCTT website/social media and is passionate about collaborating with marginalized populations and receiving their input on how to best enhance health outcomes.
Sara holds a BS in Global Public Health and Applied Psychology from New York University, and plans on getting her Masters of Public Health.