Meet The Team
Laura S Lorenz
Co-Founder & Educator
Evaluator & Educator
Russ 'Doc' Dingley
Co-Founder & Technology Head
Clinical Advisor & Co-Facilitator
Our Team Mascot
S. Lorenz, PhD, MA, MEd -
Dr. Laura Lorenz is an EDUCATOR, EVALUATOR, AND RESEARCHER - Laura discovered Photovoice while
exploring arts-based approaches to youth programming and civic
engagement for a Masters in Instructional Design (Adult Education) in
2000. Having worked as a photo-journalist for international agencies in
Africa and Asia, she was used to taking the photographs herself.
Photovoice flipped that around as Laura designed a Photovoice civic
engagement project with girls aged 11 to 16 for Girls Inc. of Greater
Lowell – with girls in charge of the cameras! That first small project
(2001) won a national award and led to a Photovoice facilitator’s guide
(2003), developed with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Next, Laura collaborated with the Youth Academy, a
non-profit group in Mdantsane Township, Eastern Cape, South Africa to document
Township resources and problems from a youth perspective. Funded by the Equity
Project of the Government of South Africa and the U.S. Agency for International
Development, the Youth Academy Photovoice exhibit was posted at the
Eastern Cape’s regional capital for two years.
Intrigued about some participants’ transformation from shy
and retiring to confident and active, Laura wanted to learn more about the
camera as a research and empowerment tool. In 2004 she enrolled in a doctoral
program at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis
University. For her dissertation study in health policy and
health services research she used Photovoice with brain injury patients and a
brain injury support group to understand lived experience with brain injury, and
the policy and practice implications of their experience. The study resulted in
peer-review papers and posters,
and has inspired brain injury Photovoice projects in other states.
Since completing her PhD in 2008, Laura has (1) facilitated Photovoice
trainings for medical schools, professional societies, community funding
organizations, government agencies, and others; (2) offered Photovoice
professional development courses for clinicians, researchers, educators,
students, and managers; and (3) served on dissertation committees for
students using Photovoice and
other arts-based methods. Laura has also served as a consultant on Photovoice projects, for
example to (1) understand the experiences of patients with anxiety
disorder who seek treatment in the emergency department for cardiac
care, (2) create a service learning opportunity for students to improve social integration of elders, and (3) engage
African immigrants in Greater Boston to document and reduce HIV-related
In 2018, Laura inaugurated an online professional
development course 'Talking with Pictures: Photovoice' offered through the
University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Outreach College and Center on Disability
Studies. For more information click here to go to our Training
and Consulting page.
Laura received her PhD in
social policy (health policy/health services research) from Brandeis
University (2008) and a Master of Education (Instructional Design/Adult
Education) from the University of Massachusetts Boston (2001). She holds
a BA in English Literature from Bowdoin College.
Lloyd, MA -
Stephanie Lloyd brings experience with
Qualitative and Quantitative methods to
Program Evaluation and Social Science research. She works collaboratively with organizations and groups to address long-standing social and economic inequalities and strengthen communities. Stephanie has led numerous large-scale evaluation, research, and strategic planning projects for social sector clients in the areas of: health, education, economic opportunity, and national service, among others.
She is a member of the AEA (American Evaluation Association) and regularly volunteers with nonprofit organizations through HandsOn Bay Area. Stephanie holds an MA in Applied Sociology from UMASS Boston. She is an AmeriCorps alumna, and provided 2 years of education and community development service in Washington, DC-area schools and neighborhoods through City Year.
Her areas of expertise include: participatory evaluation, survey methodology,
Photovoice, data visualization, community and youth development, and volunteering. She has been collaborating with Laura through PhotovoiceWorldwide and teaching
Photovoice for evaluation since 2018.
Iovino, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C -
Olivia Iovino, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C is a family nurse practitioner with over ten years of experience working in healthcare. She holds an MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner from University of Miami, a BSN from Marymount University, and an AB in humanities from Harvard University. At University of Miami, she joined the Beta Tau chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor’s society. She has worked as an ARNP in family practice and retail health, and worked for four years as a bedside RN for oncology patients in teaching and research hospitals.
Laura was a guest speaker Marymount
University in Olivia's Community Health course, and Olivia first used Photovoice
to understand lived experience with rehabilitation care while studying for her
BSN. Olivia is interested in the use of Photovoice to study and improve patient care and the workplace environment. in 2008. Olivia contributes to articles on the Photovoice method and its use in a wide range of health, healthcare, and other arenas. She advises PhotovoiceWorldwide LLC faculty on the use of Photovoice in the clinical setting.
PhD, MA -
Dr. Domenic Screnci is currently involved
in workforce development for Information Services and Technology at Boston
University. He is the former Senior Advisor for Digital Learning and Innovation
and Executive Director for Educational Technology, Training and Outreach in
Information Services and Technology at Boston University. He served the
university as an educational technologist, instructional systems designer and
integrator, instructional designer and a producer of curriculum materials for
traditional and new media based educational projects.
Domenic has a master's degree in educational media and technology and a
doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University. Domenic has 30+
years of experience in the field of educational technology and biocommunications.
Domenic is also the co-founder and advisor for Boston University’s online Master
of Science Health Communications Program and Certificate in Visual and Digital
Health Communication. He has taught an instructional design course at Boston
University’s School of Public Health call “Teaching Public Health” that is now
made available in a book, Course Design for Public Health: A Competency-Based
Approach. He is adjunct faculty at Boston University’s College of Communication
teaching a Professional Presentation course, as well as at the University of
Massachusetts/Boston in their master’s level Instructional Design Program
offering a Visual Literacy and Information Design course.
He is a member of the Association of Talent Development, Association for
Educational Communication and Technology, International Society for Technology
in Education, and the International Visual Literacy Association as well as some
other academic and professional organizations.
Dr. Screnci is the former committee member and Chair of AVIXA’s (formerly
InfoComm) Professional Education and Training Committee and currently on the
Board of AVIXA’s Education Foundation.
Domenic's LinkedIn Profile
Russ ‘Doc’ Dingley is co-founder, along with Laura, of PhotovoiceWorldwide LLC.
His driving motivation for this work is to inspire innovative thinking,
simplified access, and a voice, in this case for including the voices of patients,
professionals, and underserved
groups in health and healthcare. In a technology career that has spanned over
40 years, Russ worked in system design, manufacturing, and quality control,
network design and infrastructure, setup, security, and maintenance.
In the healthcare
field, he developed systems, infrastructure, as well as vender and
interdepartmental collaborative relationships using existing and pioneering
technologies for clinical laboratories, clinics, and
He was a Principal Technologies Advisor for US Government agencies
and healthcare companies, and a Design Engineer and Principal Test
Engineer for Honeywell, Bull Worldwide Information Systems, and Incoterm Corp. He was also a co-business
developer, technologist, and engineer for Bull
Electronics Contract Mfg, and Board Advisor for Vanquish Labs Anti-Spam Software.
As PhotovoiceWorldwide’s Technologist he is responsible for
creating and maintaining the website, forum, and managing other technology/social
capabilities. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions related to our
website and other technologies here, please email Russ at
Sanem Cerit is a second year Psychology student at Leiden University, Netherlands. She is a member of the Honours College of her university and recently completed a research internship on the topic of emotions in children with autism. She regularly volunteers with nonprofit organizations, and takes part in community involvement projects and internships related to health, psychology and sociology. Sanem’s areas of qualifications include: MS Office skills, detail orientation, time management skills, verbal and written communication skills, interest in Photovoice, and volunteering.
Sanem met Laura and was introduced to Photovoice during the 2015 Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine at Brandeis University. She will be collaborating with Laura to gain more knowledge about Photovoice and conduct a literature review on the use of Photovoice and other participatory visual methods in health and disability research as a part of her internship with PhotovoiceWorldwide during the summer of 2019.
Meet Our Team Mascot
~ Ms Lady-Von-Petneeder ~
'Cause she's always needing pets'
A chat with Dad about hot sand on paws
Yes I look posh in my Raybans
as I'm going to club Woof !
Time to Leave the Beach
Lady-Von-Petneeder - Biography: Lady holds a Canine Masters (C.MA)
degree in Human Behavior and Manipulation
and in Cuteness, she graduated from 'B.A.R.K.S-and
Howl' formally Bark-at-U in 2009, and talked about going for
her PhD (Post Human Dissertation). She's smart, yes very
smart, and vocal. We told her she needs to start earning her keep
around here, so she has. She
attentively sits by Laura’s side in a plush red chair, lets us know
when parcels have arrived at the front door, it’s time for lunch,
let’s Laura know what’s gone on if she's left the office for any time, catches
her up on the news, and has been trying to alert us when Laura’s
business phone line is ringing (she
can't pick up the phone and press the Talk or Speaker buttons – no
opposable thumbs to hold the phone you know, plus no one seems to
speak 'Bark', it's great for getting rid of telemarketers)
so you can tell she's been trying. Her hobbies include
Fetch with toys from Kong Wubba she likes to call Octo-Teddy, Octo-Bunny
etc (part teddy bear but with tentacles), she likes a mental
stimulation game game called 'Find aka Where is it?' where dad or
mom verbally instruct me whether I'm getting closer or further away
from my toy with only audible hints like "Your getting
hotter-warmer-or colder' if I don't see it first, she's quite
good at that game. She plays 'run and circle' with a ball or
other toy, on her own mostly when her human mom and dad, aunts and
uncles aren't looking (like the dog from the movie 'The Mask' with
Jim Carrey) she starts spazzing out running in circles back and
forth flopping around on the ground until a human looks at her then
she immediately stops of course. She also likes running fast like
the super hero the flash, where she runs so fast her legs become a
blur. She loves hiking - sniffing and walks (she's been up and
down many parts of the east coast of the United States, as well as
Hawaii). She also enjoys singing or resting while mom and dad sing
and play the ukuleles. Her tail, it's the most fantastical thing
about her with music. It doesn't just wag from side to side
you see, she hears a songs rhythm, it quite literally keeps time and
or surpasses the beats of most percussionists/drummers in a song,
it's something to see. That's our Lady ! Have
Questions or comments for our Ms Lady (Von-Petneeder)? Email her at
LadyVon@photovoiceworldwide.com she'll answer you back, of
course she's smart.. and talented as well.
Swim Time -
Lady gives the PhotovoiceWorldwide Team
A Two Paw and Tail Wag Approval !
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email@example.com, or use our
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