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Laura Lorenz, PhD, MA, MEd Biography


Laura Lorenz, PhD, MEd is an EDUCATOR,  EVALUATOR, AND RESEARCHER - Laura discovered Photovoice while exploring arts-based approaches to youth programming and civic engagement for a Masters in Instructional Design (Adult Education) in 2000. Having worked as a photo-journalist for international agencies in Africa and Asia, she was used to taking the photographs herself. Photovoice flipped that around as Laura designed a Photovoice civic engagement project with girls aged 11 to 16 for Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell – with girls in charge of the cameras! That first small project (2001) won a national award and led to a Photovoice facilitator’s guide (2003), developed with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Laura has also facilitated Photovoice projects with youth in Mdantsane Township, South Africa, a brain injury support group in Framingham, Massachusetts, and individuals living with anxiety disorder in Indianapolis.

Since completing her PhD in health policy and health services research in 2008, Laura has (1) facilitated Photovoice trainings for medical schools, professional societies, community funding organizations, government agencies, and others; (2) offered Photovoice professional development courses for clinicians, researchers, educators, students, and managers; and (3) served on dissertation committees for students using Photovoice and other arts-based methods. In 2018, Laura inaugurated an online professional development course 'Talking with Pictures: Photovoice' offered through the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Outreach College and Center on Disability Studies. For more information click here to go to our Training and Consulting page.

Laura received her PhD in social policy (health policy/health services research) from Brandeis University (2008) and a Master of Education (Instructional Design/Adult Education) from the University of Massachusetts Boston (2001). She holds a BA in English Literature from Bowdoin College. For a complete view of her (e.g. Bio, Works, CV, etc) please visit her personal website here.

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Stephanie Lloyd, MA Biography

Stephanie Lloyd, MA is a program evaluator and social science researcher. She has spent her career working collaboratively with organizations and groups to use data in order to address social and economic inequalities and strengthen communities. Stephanie has led numerous large-scale evaluation, research, and strategic planning projects for social sector clients in the areas of: education, health, economic opportunity, and national service, among others.

She is a member of the American Evaluation Association and regularly volunteers with community organizations through HandsOn Bay Area. Stephanie holds a Master of Education in Applied Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is an AmeriCorps alumna, and provided 2 years of education and community development service in Washington, DC schools and neighborhoods through City Year.

Her areas of expertise include: program evaluation, survey methodology, photovoice, data visualization, community and youth development, and volunteering. She has been collaborating with PhotovoiceWorldwide and teaching Photovoice for evaluation since 2018.

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Olivia Iovino, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C Biography

Olivia Iovino, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C is a family nurse practitioner with over ten years of experience working in healthcare. She holds an MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner from University of Miami, a BSN from Marymount University, and an AB in humanities from Harvard University. At University of Miami, she joined the Beta Tau chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor’s society. She has worked as an ARNP in family practice and retail health, and worked for four years as a bedside RN for oncology patients in teaching and research hospitals.

Laura was a guest speaker Marymount University in Olivia's Community Health course, and Olivia first used Photovoice to understand lived experience with rehabilitation care while studying for her BSN. Olivia is interested in the use of Photovoice to study and improve patient care and the workplace environment. in 2008. Olivia contributes to articles on the Photovoice method and its use in a wide range of health, healthcare, and other arenas. She advises PhotovoiceWorldwide LLC faculty on the use of Photovoice in the clinical setting.

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Domenic Screnci, EdD Biography

Domenic Screnci, EdD is currently involved in workforce development for Information Services and Technology at Boston University. He is the former Senior Advisor for Digital Learning and Innovation and Executive Director for Educational Technology, Training and Outreach in Information Services and Technology at Boston University.  He served the university as an educational technologist, instructional systems designer and integrator, instructional designer and a producer of curriculum materials for traditional and new media based educational projects.

Domenic has a master's degree in educational media and technology and a doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University. Domenic has 30+ years of experience in the field of educational technology and biocommunications.

Domenic is also the co-founder and advisor for Boston University’s online Master of Science Health Communications Program and Certificate in Visual and Digital Health Communication. He has taught an instructional design course at Boston University’s School of Public Health call “Teaching Public Health” that is now made available in a book, Course Design for Public Health: A Competency-Based Approach. He is adjunct faculty at Boston University’s College of Communication teaching a Professional Presentation course, as well as at the University of Massachusetts/Boston in their master’s level Instructional Design Program offering a Visual Literacy and Information Design course. He is a member of the Association of Talent Development, Association for Educational Communication and Technology, International Society for Technology in Education, and the International Visual Literacy Association as well as some other academic and professional organizations.

Domenic is the former committee member and Chair of AVIXA’s (formerly InfoComm) Professional Education and Training Committee and currently on the Board of AVIXA’s Education Foundation.

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Russ 'Doc' Dingley Biography

Russ ‘Doc’ Dingley is co-founder, along with Laura, of PhotovoiceWorldwide LLC. His driving motivation for this work is to inspire innovative thinking, simplified access, and a voice, in this case for including the voices of patients, professionals, and underserved groups in health and healthcare. In a technology career that has spanned over 40 years, Russ worked in system design, manufacturing, and quality control, network design and infrastructure, setup, security, and maintenance.

In the healthcare field, he developed systems, infrastructure, as well as vender and interdepartmental collaborative relationships using existing and pioneering technologies for clinical laboratories, clinics, and hospitals. He was a Principal Technologies Advisor for US Government agencies and healthcare companies, and a Design Engineer and Principal Test Engineer for Honeywell, Bull Worldwide Information Systems, and Incoterm Corp. He was also a co-business developer, technologist, and engineer for Bull Electronics Contract Mfg, and Board Advisor for Vanquish Labs Anti-Spam Software.

As PhotovoiceWorldwide’s Technologist he is responsible for creating and maintaining the website, forum, and managing other technology/social media related capabilities. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions related to our website and other technologies here, please email Russ at

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Rose Weggler, Social Media Marketing Manager Biography

Rose Weggler is our Social Media Marketing Manager. When she’s not boosting posts, gaining followers, and keeping our projects on task, Rose manages Maine Island Lodge. She is also the board president of the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors (MASKGI). Rose holds a BS from the University of Vermont majoring in Recreation Management and Tourism, with a minor in Business Administration. Over the years her love for the outdoors has brought her on journeys leading bike tours in central California, kayak guiding in coastal Maine, and Ski Instructing in the Rockies of Colorado. Rose now enjoys said activities in her leisure time, while putting her social and business expertise to good use with us.

Rose says: "I am excited to work with PhotovoiceWorldwide and use social media to make a positive difference for people using Photovoice around the globe."

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Sanem Cerit, Intern Biography

Sanem Cerit is a second year Psychology student at Leiden University, Netherlands. She is a member of the Honours College of her university and recently completed a research internship on the topic of emotions in children with autism. She regularly volunteers with nonprofit organizations, and takes part in community involvement projects and internships related to health, psychology and sociology. Sanem’s areas of qualifications include: MS Office skills, detail orientation, time management skills, verbal and written communication skills, interest in Photovoice, and volunteering.

Sanem met Laura and was introduced to Photovoice during the 2015 Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine at Brandeis University. She will be collaborating with Laura to gain more knowledge about Photovoice, conduct a literature review on the use of Photovoice and other participatory visual methods in health and disability research, and facilitate Photovoice with a young man living with cancer for her internship with PhotovoiceWorldwide 2019-2020.

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Carson Peters, Intern Biography

Carson Peters graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts in the Biology of Global Health. She is currently a second-year student in a Master’s of Public Health Program with a focus on Epidemiology at the University of Iowa. She is passionate about global public health and advocacy. She studied abroad in Brazil, India, and South Africa, in an honor’s global health program, where she focused on infectious diseases research including TB, HIV/AIDS, and Zika.

Her experiences abroad inspired her to conduct her senior thesis on women’s cancer as a health disparity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her research experiences include working at the National Institute of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Harvard Global Health Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health. She has also worked on Capitol Hill for the Honorable Congressman John Lewis, related to her public policy and advocacy interests.

Carson says: "I am excited to work at Photovoice Worldwide this summer because of the organization’s meaningful and innovative impact on global public health communities; which will allow me to further develop my passion of global health and advocacy."


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