Staff

Morgan Daugherty, MS

Study Coordinator

Amber Talaski, MPH

Managing Director, Healthy Minds Network

Catherine Gong

Data Manager

Brenda Vyletel, MSE

Study Coordinator

Haley Henry

Study Coordinator

Adam Wheeler, MPH

Study Coordinator

Kevin Michaels

Study Coordinator

Morgan Daugherty, MS

Study Coordinator

Morgan received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Eastern Michigan University.  She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Louisville with a major in psychology.  Her primary interests include studying the impact of trauma on development and improving interventions that are implemented in underserved communities.  In her free time, Morgan enjoys gardening, taking walks outside, and spending time with her pets.

Amber Talaski, MPH

Managing Director

Amber received her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, concentrating on Health Behavior and Health Education in 2020.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s in International Studies, Communications, and History from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2017.  She previously worked with a grassroots public health research and outreach team in Kasoa, Ghana that focused on expanding reproductive health access and education. Amber also has been coaching gymnastics for 8 years and loves getting to help children discover strategies for maintaining emotional and physical well-being.

Catherine Gong

Data Manager

Catherine received her bachelor’s degree in Statistics from the University of Michigan. She is interested in the application of statistical methods to public health research and provides data management support for the Healthy Minds Network through programming and analysis. 

Brenda Vyletel, MSE

Study Coordinator

Brenda has a master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan.  She started her career as a reserach scientist, first at Ford Motor Company and then at the University of Michigan.  Later, she transitioned to project management. During the first two years of COVID, she became passionate about supporting the mental health of family members, especially college-aged students. Away from the job, she enjoys jogging, yoga, gardening, reading, DIY projects, spending time with her kids and church community, and investing time in multiple organizations focused on mental health.

Haley Henry

Study Coordinator

Haley is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she majored in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with minors in Environment and Law, Justice, and Social Change. She has been passionate about public health since high school, but became even more interested after studying public health abroad in South Africa during her freshman year. Haley eventually hopes to pursue her Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis on health policy. She is also interested in disparitiese in access to mental health. In her free time, she enjoyings trying new restaurants in Ann Arbor, traveling, and knitting. 

Adam Wheeler, MPH

Study Coordinator

Adam is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Public Health where he studied Health Behavior and Health Education.  He graduated from Mars Hill University (NC, 2011) with a BA in Sociology as a Bonner Scholar, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Bailey Mountain Clogger alum. His primary public health interests include youth mental health and well-being, the intersect of spirituality and health, and social determinants of eating and food-related behaviors. Adam also enjoys contemplative and transpersonal studies, dancing, and traveling.

Kevin Michaels, BS

Study Coordinator

Kevin received his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Michigan – Flint, majoring in Research Psychology. Kevin conducted research in forensic and legal psychology during his undergrad, with the goal of improving existing law enforcement practices and procedures. His specific interest was in making the criminal justice system more equitable and accurate for minorities and economically disadvantaged populations. He has since worked in public health research for about 5 years in a variety of capacities. As well as working as a study coordinator at the Healthy Minds Network, Kevin currently does work as a research area specialist for the University of Michigan School of Public Health’s Prevention Research Center on several projects focused on community-based and institution-based interventions to improve mental and physical health and wellbeing within communities and schools.

Currently, Kevin’s main interest is in developing well-informed programs to improve mental and physical health within financially vulnerable populations, such as many college students. Outside of work, he loves music and is always looking for new experiences and adventures.