Meet Our Staff
Michele Battle-Fisher, MPH
Associate Director of Research
Michele Battle-Fisher (she, her, hers) is the Research Manager at the Equitas Health Institute where she leads the organization’s research efforts to improve the health of LGBTQ+ and medically underserved populations. She has degrees in public health and African American Studies from the Ohio State University. She has also completed doctoral studies in public health and communication studies.
Michele is an astute researcher and college instructor. Prior to joining Equitas, she was an Instructor and Assistant Program Director of the Wright State Master of Public Health program. She remains on faculty as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, where she wrote Application of Systems Thinking to Health Policy and Public Health Ethics- Public Health and Private Illness (Springer). The book has been recognized as a 2016 Doody’s Core Title, a title given to books that are deemed essential to medical education. She is a member of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science, a Research Scholar for the Ronin Institute, and was a 2018 TEDxDartmouth speaker where she talked about systems science. Michele has over 20 years’ experience in practical public service as well as academic teaching experience at various colleges. She has worked for Ohio Medicaid, KidsOhio.org, Columbus AIDS Task Force, and Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine (HCOM).
Originally from Portsmouth, Ohio, Michele resides in Central Ohio with her spouse and two children.
Jan Huebenthal, PhD
Associate Director of Education
Jan Huebenthal (he/him/his) is the Education Manager at the Equitas Health Institute where he leads educational initiatives to reduce LGBTQ+ health disparities and build provider capacity. His portfolio in the Institute includes operational management of education services, contract execution, communication, speaking at educational events, and oversight of Continuing Education (CE) programs. Previously, he was the Assistant Director of the LGBT Center at Ohio University where he also taught in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Cutler Scholars programs. Jan holds a PhD in American Studies from William & Mary where he was a Michael R. Halleran Dissertation Fellow. His research focuses on the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis and its attendant racial inequities. Jan’s writing has appeared in the Radical History Review (Duke University Press) and the European Journal of American Studies. A native of Germany and proud graduate of the Universität Bremen, Jan lives in Athens, Ohio, with his husband and their beagle mix Lobo.
Ramona Peel, MA
As the Lead Trainer for The Equitas Health Institute, Ramona Peel (she, her, hers) collaborates on creating the Institute’s training programs and leads the delivery of training to internal and external audiences. Ramona is also a Political Science Lecturer at the Newark branch of The Ohio State University. In addition, her lived experience as a trans woman informs and enriches her work.
Ramona has 17 years of classroom teaching experience, and her work was recognized by the Ohio State University Political Science Department in 2004 when they awarded her the Henry R. Spencer Award for Distinguished Teaching. Her varied background also includes social science research, broadcasting, and journalism. In April 2017, she was a contributor and guest editor for that month’s issue of (614) Magazine. In February 2018 she was featured in an article that ran in Harper’s Magazine. Her writing has appeared in PRIZM Magazine and the Ohio Family Physician Magazine.
Ramona has a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Western Washington University, where she graduated Cum Laude in 1997. She lives in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus and has two wonderful, supportive children. She is a lifelong Seattle Seahawks fan and Star Wars geek.
Education Administrative Coordinator
Lindsay Radomski (she, her, hers) serves as the Education Administrative Coordinator, where she assists the team in efforts to improve the health and wellness of LGBTQ+ communities and medically underserved populations. Previously, she worked as the Administrative Specialist for Ohio University in the Department of Social and Public Health assisting with the Appalachia Rural Health Institute. Responsibilities included providing administrative support, conference planning, purchasing and daily operations, as well as teaching a learning community course for incoming undecided freshman in the College of Health Sciences to provide resources for success in college. While employed by Ohio University, she garnered recognition for her exemplary work as the 2018 December Classified Employee of the Month and the 2020 Women’s Center Hidden Gem Award. Lindsay earned a B.S. in Psychology from Ohio University with certificates in Diversity and Women & Gender Studies. She resides with her cat, Annabelle, in Columbus, Ohio.
Stella Sheke is currently a Research Associate at the Equitas Health Institute where she performs research on various health disparities, impacting the LGBTQ+ community. She received her Master’s in Public Health from Ohio University (OU), and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Stella’s research focuses on addressing the health and well-being of minority populations. She has worked on multiple public health projects, focusing on the planning, promotion, execution, and implementation of research that addresses health disparities in communities disadvantaged by systemic racism and institutional bias. In addition to research, Stella has experience in the curriculum design and development of a variety of public health courses.