Our Team

Staff Members

Our team brings a wealth of journalism, education, and development experience to help deliver our program in close partnership with schools and community organizations.

Marian Uhlman

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Marian is a former reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she specialized in health issues and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting. She founded Healthy NewsWorks in 2003 with second-grade teacher Susan Spencer in order to engage young journalists in writing about health issues that are important to them, their schools, and  communities. Since 2006, Marian has led the expansion of the Healthy NewsWorks program in elementary and middle schools in the Philadelphia region. In recognition of her work, she was a runner-up for Philadelphia Magazine’s Health Hero award in 2018. Earlier in her career, Marian worked for The Albuquerque (N.M.) Tribune as a medical and science writer and for The Anniston (Ala.) Star as a news reporter, copy editor, and sports reporter. She earned a B.A. magna cum laude in political science from Duke University. She also received a University of Maryland Journalism Fellowship in Child and Family Policy and a Rotary Fellowship in Journalism to attend the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

John LaChine, M.A.

Chief of Staff

John has more than a decade experience working in education. He is a certified English teacher who managed programming at the English School of Gothenburg, Sweden, for six years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in liberal studies and went on to research the role media plays in positive social change while earning his master’s degree in peace studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. He joined Healthy NewsWorks in 2024.

Diane Davis

Community Outreach Manager

Diane Davis is the Community Outreach Manager with Healthy NewsWorks. In this role, she helps engage schools and individuals in Healthy NewsWorks activities and increases awareness and support in the larger community. Diane is a business development specialist and has worked in sales and marketing for more than 30 years.

Mia Blitstein, M.S.Ed.

Program Manager

Mia brings to Healthy NewsWorks experience as a literacy coach, professional developer, special instructor, and classroom teacher. She has spent many years writing curriculum, planning lessons, and teaching children. She also coached Philadelphia-area teachers with Children’s Literacy Initiative for seven years. Working with Healthy NewsWorks since 2017, Mia helped develop the pilot Hearty Kids program and later moved into the classroom to work with student reporters and classroom teachers. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Children’s Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

Sarah Lowing, M.Ed.

Program Associate

Sarah has more than a decade of classroom instruction in both public and charter school settings. She is an experienced instructional coach in best practices in literacy instruction, and does curriculum design across grade levels and content areas. Sarah joined Healthy NewsWorks in 2020, where she has been creating new lesson plans to support our existing journalism and health content. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Temple University and a master’s of education from Cabrini College.

Ginger Ragland, M.Ed.

Program Associate

Ginger has extensive experience as a both a classroom teacher and program developer, with a particular focus on implementing programs for students and teachers with a focus on at-risk students and those with special needs. She is especially effective at engaging challenging students, encouraging wayward parents, and mentoring struggling teachers. She joined Healthy NewsWorks in 2021. She has a bachelor’s degree in special education and psychology from Gordon College and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the American College of Education.

Eve Smith, M.Ed.

Program Associate

Eve has more than a decade of experience as a classroom teacher, with a focus on English Language Arts curriculum for elementary students. Additionally, she has extensive experience facilitating remote learning. She worked with the Children’s Literacy Initiative as a literacy coach for Philadelphia-area students. She joined Healthy NewsWorks in 2022. She has a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in psychology from Temple University and a master’s degree in education from Holy Family University.

Meg Gladieux, M.S.Ed.

Communications Associate

Meg brings to Healthy NewsWorks experience as a student journalist, writer, and editor. She has also done work in advocacy for child grief and bereavement support. She joined the Healthy NewsWorks team in 2024. Meg earned a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science and French and francophone studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in education from Penn’s Graduate School of Education.

Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.