Meet the Team

Ariel Childs, Program Director

With over a decade of Maternal and Child Health Experience, Ariel Childs, MPH, CLC currently serves as the Program Director for the Stronger Generations Initiative. Under her leadership, the Stronger Generations Initiative has developed into an expansive clinical-community partnership focused on promoting birth equity and building social opportunity. Ariel is passionate about tackling Boston’s persistent and pervasive maternal and infant health inequities through partnering with women and their families to promote health equity across the life course. Ariel is endlessly grateful for the opportunity and privilege of partnering with, advocating for, and learning from Boston’s parenting community. When she’s not working alongside her Stronger Generations family, Ariel enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters at home in Roslindale. 

Monique Kelly, Program Coordinator

Monique Kelly, CLC serves as a Program Coordinator for the Stronger Generation Initiative. Monique comes to the Center for Community Health and Health Equity (CCHHE) from within Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she started in 2014 as an Administrative Assistant in the Department of Care Coordination. She has over a decade of Human Service experience previously working as a Direct-Service Counselor at Pine Street Inn, Transition House, and Uphams’ Corner Health Center, working with clients to meet their complex social needs. In addition to being a part of the Boston community, Monique has gained a lot of knowledge and insight working directly with clients in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Dorchester. Monique brings to the CCHHE a wealth of internal Brigham experience, as well as plenty of direct community-based experience. Monique is a Certified Lactation Counselor and also serves as a volunteer in Youth Programs as a Pen-Pal and Science Club Volunteer. In her spare time Monique likes to read, cook, and travel!

Erika Leon, Family Partner

Erika Leon started working in health care in 2011 at Mattapan Community Health Center as a Medical Assistant. Beginning in an Adult Primary Care/Substance Abuse Clinic, she later transferred to Pediatrics and then to OB/GYN.  During her time as an OBGYN Medical Assistant, Erika knew OB was her passion and that she wanted to do more for moms and babies, especially for those who had complex medical and social needs. In 2017, Erika moved into the role of the Stronger Generations Perinatal Case Manager at Mattapan Community Health Center. She is thrilled to be continuing her work with Stronger Generations, supporting and empowering families, and helping the team launch this exciting program!  Outside of work, Erika enjoys being a mom of two boys who are her world—Aiden and Ezequiel.

Martina Spain, Program Coordinator

Martina Spain, MPH is a recent graduate of Boston University School of Public Health where she earned her Master of Public Health with certificates in Global Health Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Maternal and Child Health (MCH). Prior to her MPH, Martina served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, where she worked on training of trainers at a rural health center and supported a grassroots MCH education program. She brings experience in communications from her time at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and in advocacy and development from her work with the United Nations Foundation’s Universal Access Project. She is passionate about MCH and women’s and girls’ empowerment. In her free time, she enjoys being outside with her dog, Luna, and traveling.

Proud2Parent Council

The Proud2Parent council is a group of individuals who represent the many families Stronger Generations partners with in each of our programs. The council works collectively to plan and put on the annual STEPS Young Parent Event, and to guide the development and implementation of Stronger Generations programming. The goal of the council is to lift up the council members’ lived experiences, community voice, and past program engagement to ensure that Stronger Generations continues to provide respectful, relevant, and responsive programming. Council members meet 1-2 times per month and receive a stipend in appreciation for their time. To learn more about the Proud2Parent council please contact us!