The Steve Fund is powered by a growing team passionate about improving the support for the mental health and emotional well-being of America’s students of color.
Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, PhD, is Director of the AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully-Healthy Adolescents) Project and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University Medical Center. She serves as Senior Scientific Adviser to The Steve Fund. Dr. Breland-Noble, psychologist and researcher, focuses on reducing mental health disparities in racially diverse youth and families. Her clinical expertise includes culturally relevant treatment for depression and anxiety in teens and adults. She has spent most of her career in academic medicine and is a recognized expert in adolescent depression disparities. Dr. Breland-Noble is currently funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the National Institutes of Health. She leads multiple research teams with a focus on patient-centered outcomes research, community-based participatory research, behavioral clinical trials, and faith-based mental health promotion. She has been appointed to the American Psychological Association Board to Develop Depression Treatment Guidelines and the PCORI National Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparities. Dr. Breland-Noble completed her training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD), New York University (MA), Howard University (BA), and Duke University School of Medicine (MHSc).
Meeta Kumar, PhD, is a psychologist and an experienced professional in the field of college mental health. She currently serves as the Director of Outreach and Prevention Services at the Counseling and Psychological Services as well as adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. She is responsible for coordination, development and delivery of university wide programs that support mental health and wellness of students. She works closely with all campus constituencies including faculty/staff, student groups and parents/families. She is a national presenter on an array of college mental health topics. She is adjunct faculty in the Asian American Studies department. She received her PhD from the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.
Jeanne Manese, PhD, is the Director of the Counseling Center at the University of California, Irvine, which, in 2013, was honored with the Suinn Achievement Award for demonstrated excellence in the recruitment, retention and graduation of ethnic minority students in doctoral psychology programs. Dr. Manese is currently conducting research and implementing programs focused on strength based interventions to enhance the retention and well-being of university students of color. Dr. Manese has achieved the distinction of Fellow in the American Psychological Association (Division 17 and 45) and is a member of the Asian American Psychological Association. She has been honored by the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers for her work in the area of multicultural competency. Dr. Manese has worked in hospital settings, private practice and maintains a consultation practice. She has numerous publications focused on multicultural competency and social justice. Dr. Manese completed a masters degree in Education from Harvard University and received her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park with a specialization in Counseling Psychology.
Dr. Annelle Primm
Senior Medical Advisor
Annelle B. Primm, M. D., MPH, is currently serving as Senior Medical Adviser to the Steve Fund, Senior Psychiatrist Adviser to Urban Behavioral Associates, and several other organizations. During her career, Dr. Primm has been a physician executive at the American Psychiatric Association; a medical educator, administrator and clinician at Johns Hopkins Hospital Community Psychiatry Program; an editor of the books, Disparities in Psychiatric Care and Women in Psychiatry: Personal Perspectives; and a lecturer and video producer on the mental health of diverse and underserved populations. Well known for her leadership of community collaborations, Dr. Primm is the Convener and Chair of the All Healers Mental Health Alliance, a national network of mental health professionals, health advocates and faith community leaders that facilitates culturally tailored responses to the mental health needs of people affected by disasters.
David Rivera, PhD, is an associate professor of counselor education at Queens College, City University of New York. A counseling psychologist by training, his practical work in higher education includes college counseling, academic advising, multicultural affairs, and leadership development. Dr. Rivera’s research focuses on cultural competency development and issues impacting the marginalization and wellbeing of low-income/first-generation college students, people of color, and oppressed sexual orientation and gender identity groups, with a focus on microaggressions. Dr. Rivera is an adviser to The Steve Fund, faculty with the Council for Opportunity in Education, board co-chair of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies, on the executive committee of The Society for the Psychological study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, and on the American Psychological Association’s Committee for Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Dr. Rivera holds degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Wyoming. He has worked and trained at a variety of institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, the New School University, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and the Addiction Institute of New York. He has received multiple recognitions for his work from the American Psychological Association, the American College Counseling Association, and the American College Personnel Association.