Point Source Youth is run by a team of internationally recognized leaders, experts, and veterans in the fields of health policy advocacy, HIV/AIDS and homelessness prevention, and technology for social impact.
Executive Director Larry Cohen co-founded Point Source Youth in 2015. He previously co-founded and sold Heartbeat Experts, a company that connects the world's leading scientific researchers to the health care industry with offices in 22 countries, now part of IBM Watson. Larry worked in the healthcare field for 20 years. He broadcasted the first HIV treatment meetings online in the 1990s, and was Director of the National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project, which was the first community based organization to advocate for the combination HIV/AIDS treatment that would changed the course of the AIDS crisis. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Associate Director Jenna Mellor is motivated by the belief that all people deserve agency over their own lives and wellbeing. After graduating from Harvard College, Jenna managed the flagship Outreach Program at HIPS in Washington, DC, which supports folks engaged in sex work, sex trade, and criminalized drug use. She then returned to her home state of New Jersey as a Global Health Corps Fellow, coordinating medical services at Covenant House Newark and then joining Covenant House as staff. Directly prior to joining PSY, Jenna worked for Congressman Jerrold Nadler on constituent issues related to affordable homes, public housing and immigration. She is a board member of New Leaders Council—NJ, where she was a 2016 Fellow, and the New Jersey Abortion Access Fund.
Research Lead Robin Petering, MSW is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She is a co-Primary Investigator on a multi-city study assessing the health risks and resilience of young people who are homeless or unstably housed. Her work also includes research on gang involved homeless youth, which is supported by the National Institutes of Mental Health.
Board President Ronald Johnson, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at AIDS United, is a co-founder of the groundbreaking Hetrick-Martin Institute – the first LGBTQ-youth specific organization in the country – and the former Associate Executive Director of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Ronald is a veteran health and human rights advocate and recognized policy leader.
Board Secretary and Treasurer Colin McSwiggen has worked with a number of organizations in the nonprofit space over the past 7 years, first in international development and then in educational technology. He has also worked as a writer and software engineer. He holds degrees in mathematics and physics from MIT and in industrial design from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University.
Board Member Dr. Cynthia Lubin Langtiw is Associate Department Chair at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She holds a PhD in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a MA in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a BA with honors from the University of Chicago.
Cynthia is a licensed clinical psychologist. Her clinical work reflects a strong systemic/community sensibility that integrates a relational cultural perspective. She is currently a volunteer clinical supervisor with the Chicago-based Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture and has been a clinical volunteer with The Kovler Center since 2001. Her areas of expertise include cultural diversity, immigration/migration, trauma, yoga and body-based therapies, expressive therapies, spirituality and religion and self-care.
Research Associate Rachel Ludeke is currently a second year PhD student at the Silver School of Social Work at New York Univeristy. Her research interests include foster care youth and post-secondary education, child welfare administration, poverty, and youth leadership.
Rachel served as the Project Coordinator for the Price Family Fellows Program at Rutgers University, which provides housing, academic and financial support to at-risk youth while they complete their bachelor's degrees at Rutgers New Brunswick. In addition, Rachel has worked as a domestic violence peer counselor and has provided psychoeducational workshops to women in abusive relationships. Rachel holds an MSW from Rutgers University.
Point Source Youth is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit.