GEAR UP welcomes its new director, Liana Cunningham. Liana graduated from Trinity College with her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009. Shortly after, Liana began her career with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE), starting as the Public Affairs Fellow. In this position, she managed the organization’s college internship program, training and organizing college students across Connecticut. She then transitioned to the role of Community Educator, providing educational programming to youth in the Greater Hartford area. Passionate about youth programming, Liana started and oversaw PPSNE’s peer education program in Hartford. In her last two years with PPSNE, Liana served as the program coordinator and trainer for the federally funded Hartford Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, working with community partners to reduce teen pregnancy rates in the city by 10 percent. Liana went on to attend the University of Connecticut, where she received her Masters of Public Administration degree with a focus on program evaluation and management.