Staff

DiLenny Roca-Dominguez, MPH. With over 12 years of experience working in the public health sector and non for profit administration, Ms. Roca-Dominguez brings to the Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention (CCISP) a wealth of expertise in grants and program management.   For over 10 years, she has worked in various capacities at the National Program Office of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids (Injury Free) and is passionate about promoting and improving community health and outcomes through research and involvement of community stakeholders.

In addition to managing Injury Free, as a Senior Administrator for the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, Ms. Roca-Dominguez provides grant and financial management to 12 Principal Investigators working on research in Social Epidemiology and Epidemiology Innovations including the Center for Social Inequalities and Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program.  Ms. Roca-Dominguez experience is built around the effective management of a wide range of projects/programs focused on eliminating disparities in vulnerable populations locally and nationally.

Ms. Roca-Dominguez earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Columbia University in the City of New York.   She has a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the Mailman School of Public Health and a Certificate of Non for Profit Administration from the Columbia University School of Business.

Danielle Z. Kassow, PhD, MS, BS is a Senior Program Officer with Trauma-Free NYC, Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health.  Dr. Kassow began her role with Columbia University as a Consultant in early 2016 and joined the Trauma-Free NYC team full-time in 2019. She is a research scientist and leader in the early childhood/early learning field with extensive experience on both the east and west coasts. She began her career as a special education public high school teacher in a rural, impoverished and high-risk community in upstate New York. The challenges her students faced during the years leading to their adulthoods inspired her to think deeply about the criticalness of early childhood and ask many “what if” questions about what children need in order to thrive and succeed in adulthood. Dr. Kassow went on to obtain a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology & Methodology and has dedicated her career to the well-being of children, families and communities. She has been a called upon early childhood and parenting expert by many media outlets and her publications on parent-child attachment and early literacy remain popular. Dr. Kassow previously served as the Executive Director of Strategy & Policy for the Division of Early Childhood Education at the New York City Department. She led the $524,000,000 grant application process for the expansion of Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) under Mayor Bill de Blasio for the 2014-2015 school year; more than 74,000 four-year-olds across New York City were able to attend full-day UPK for free. Dr. Kassow also developed and implemented a comprehensive quality assurance system for UPK to ensure high-quality care and education for the city’s youngest learners, and she oversaw all research and evaluation activities for the Division of Early Childhood Education. She operates her own consulting firm and has worked with institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations and government agencies across the country on strategic planning and evaluation activities for a range of topics from early childhood initiatives to workforce development projects.

Cecilia Vasquez is aCluster Unit Coordinator in the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health. In her role as the unit coordinator, Ms. Vasquez works closely with the Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention (CCISP) to oversee the scheduling of monthly injury and violence seminars. She works with invited speakers and department staff to coordinate all aspects of their visit and to see that speaker information is disseminated to potential seminar attendees. In addition to managing the injury unit seminars, Ms. Vasquez is the Human Resource Coordinator for the Department of Epidemiology. She has been with the department for the past 18 years.

E. Lenita Johnson, MA is the Communications Director for the Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention (CCISP) and the National and Communications & Marketing Director of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids. As director of communications for the center she is responsible for oversight and development of printed and electronic collateral representing the center, including but not limited to newsletters, brochures, fliers, and the website.  She also assists with the planning and development of regional symposiums, and audio-visual communications.

Ms Johnson has 20 years of reporting, producing and anchoring experience at major television network affiliates.  The five time Emmy Award-winning Broadcast Journalist left the industry 12 years ago and began working for the Injury Free Coalition for Kids.  As communications director she oversees the development of the Coalition’s website, plans and develops the organization’s annual conference including promotional materials, CME and CHES credits, develops printed and electronic collateral, maintains communications lines between the Coalitions 39 sites across the country, and organizes board communication efforts,

In addition to her communication efforts, Ms. Johnson oversees the execution of The Allstate Foundation Grant which provides Safe Play Places for children in communities recovering from disaster, and she executes the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund Project that helps 10 Coalition sites develop unique ways to address the safety of children in some of the country’s most underserved neighborhoods.

Ms. Johnson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in News Editorial from the University of Texas, at Arlington and completed her Master’s in Communications at Northern Illinois University of DeKalb. In March of 2000, Governor Mel Carnahan appointed her to a six-year term on the Board of Governors of Central Missouri State University. She became the first African American female president of the board. Among the nearly 50 awards acknowledging her work, she was recognized as one of Kansas City’s Most Influential African Americans.