Staff

Uju Okechukwu

Uju Okechukwu

Originally from Nigeria, Uju Okechukwu has worked as an Account Manager for a private construction company and as a Budget Technician at USC Dana and David Dornsife, since coming to the United States in 2019. She brings with her, experience in department management with a broad background in full-cycle accounting,…

Cristian Hurtado

Cristian Hurtado is a content developer for the Norman Lear Center. He previously worked for companies including Geek Squad, Inverted Chaos, and KCRW as well as other projects in the IT, Film, and Music industries. Garnering the Apple ASCP and Google IT Professional certifications, Cristian is working to assist and…

Jolie Lowe

Jolie Lowe is a recent graduate of Pepperdine University with a bachelor’s degree in intercultural communication and minors in sustainability and Asian studies. Before joining Hollywood, Health & Society, she spent time at the Center for Resource Solutions, where she worked to increase access to renewable energy. She also interned…

Russell DeVita

Portrait of staff member Russell DeVita

Brandon Hall, MFA

Brandon Hall.

Brandon Hall comes to HH&S with over 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry and another five as a middle and high school English and history teacher. He is an award-winning screenwriter and producer who also spent years working in unscripted development, helping to shape travel, adventure, renovation, and…

NamQuyên (Q) Võ Lê Sugiyama, MPH

NamQuyên (Q) Võ Lê Sugiyama, MPH is an emerging filmmaker and public health practitioner based in Southern California. In her role as the senior content developer and research liaison at Hollywood, Health & Society, she merges digital/social media with public health, film theory, and multifaceted communications methods to help bridge…

Roberta Cruger

Roberta Cruger.

Roberta Cruger, senior outreach specialist, has worked in the entertainment business as director of special programming at MTV Networks and at Time Warner’s Manhattan Cable, Columbia Pictures, MCA/Universal Music International, and served as co-executive director of the Grammy Host Committee. She joined HH&S for the Climate Change Initiative and wrote…

Armine Kourouyan, MPH

Armine Kourouyan joined HH&S from the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, where she designed, managed and evaluated full-scale disaster preparedness exercises for federal, state and local public health agencies. She trained county health departments and hospitals on earthquake response through the Joint Information Center (JIC) and effective press and media outreach…

Kate Folb, M.Ed.

Kate Folb.

Kate Folb comes to Hollywood, Health & Society after working for over 20 years in the entertainment education field. After an early career in television and music production/management, Kate joined the Scott Newman Center as director of special projects. There, she worked with top TV shows and films on issues…

Martin Kaplan, Ph.D.

Lear Center and HH&S principal investigator, Marty Kaplan, PhD

The founding director of The Norman Lear Center, Martin Kaplan has been Principal Investigator of Hollywood, Health & Society since its inception in 2001. He was associate dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism for 10 years and holds the Norman Lear Chair in Entertainment, Media &…