Rachel Bessire, MPH, RD

Rachel Bessire is a 2017 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Public Health and received her master's degree in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics. During graduate school she was a graduate student instructor for an undergraduate biology research class. She completed a 10-month dietetic internship at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor and received her registered dietitian license last year in August. She is originally from Washington State and received a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Rachel is a member of the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and presented posters at the annual conference in 2018 and 2019. She is currently the EMU CDC-REACH Food and Nutrition Coordinator.


Jessica Donnelly

Jessica Donnelly is a 2019 graduate of Eastern Michigan University, where she received her undergraduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a minor in Public Administration. While attending EMU she was a part of the SMAP committee, which organized a conference for planning students in the State of Michigan. She also received the Urban and Regional Planning Major of the year award from EMU in 2019. She is an active member in her community and was appointed to the City of Ypsilanti Planning Commission for a three-year term in 2018. Jessica's interests as they pertain to planning are community development, outreach, and economic development. She is currently the EMU CDC-REACH Physical Activity Coordinator.


Meng Hu, MS

Meng Hu graduated from the University of Michigan with an MS in natural resources and environment. Her specialty includes GIS, environmental analysis, urban planning and community based project engagement. She worked as an environmental analyst in a utility company before joining the EMU research team.

She served as the GIS Technique Support for the EMU NSF-GRACE project from 2017-2018. She is currently the EMU GIS Consultant for PA.



Tameka Jackson-Dyer, IBCLC, CHW, CLE, CLS

Tameka Jackson-Dyer, IBCLC, CHW, CLE, CLS is an international board-certified lactation consultant and community health worker with a passion for community outreach. She became certified as an IBCLC in 2017 but has been in the lactation field since 2010, honing her counseling and clinical skills as a breastfeeding peer counselor in WIC agencies, OB/Gyn offices and baby-friendly hospitals throughout the Metro Detroit Tri-County area and earning certifications as a Lactation Educator and Lactation Specialist along the way.

Tameka is the owner of CrazyMilkLady Lactation Support Services, LLC, a founding member of Southeast Michigan IBCLC’s of Color, consultant for Coffective and Chair of the Metro Detroit/ Wayne County Breastfeeding Coalition. This work allows her to provide a voice for the populations who are historically underrepresented in conversations about breastfeeding support, who in turn suffer the most from the consequences associated with low breastfeeding rates. To ensure that she reaches as many as she can in her community, she also volunteers as a facilitator for BreakingThrough domestic violence survivor support group and as a Sisterfriend with The Detroit Birthing Projec, whose aim is to cut the incredibly high infant and maternal mortality rates in the city of Detroit.

Tameka is currently contracted as the EMU CDC-REACH Breastfeeding Subject Matter Expert.


Xiaoling Wang

Xiaoling Wang graduated from Xi'an Jiaotong University's medical school and finished her residency at Shaanxi Province Hospital. She then received her Master of Science from the University of Florida and worked at UF as a molecular biologist. Later, she works at the Associate of Chinese Americans and became certified as a community health worker. Xiaoling is currently the CDC REACH CCL coordinator.

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