About the Streetlight Director
Emily Sullivan initially began her involvement with Streetlight as a volunteer during her time as an undergrad at the University of Florida. Through her service work, she discovered her passion for working with chronically ill adolescents and young adults. Inspired by the depth of the relationships forged through Streetlight’s model of palliative care, she joined the Streetlight staff upon her graduation and now leads Streetlight as the Director. Emily completed her Master of Health Education at the University of Florida.
About the Streetlight Assistant Director
Anna Swygert I graduated from Emory with her Master of Divinity in 2020. During her time as an undergraduate at the University of Florida, she served as a Streetlight volunteer for 2 years. It is Anna’s greatest pleasure to return to Gainesville and to Shands, where she holds so many precious memories. She is passionate about spiritual care, community building, and storytelling and how they become embodied in holistic health care.
About the Streetlight Founder
Rebecca Brown, M.Div, C.T.
Rebecca Brown founded Streetlight in 2006, hired by the University of Florida Department of Pediatrics and Dr. John Graham-Pole to develop an adolescent palliative care support program in 2005. The name Streetlight is based on her thesis work in seminary at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Rebecca is now a freelance consultant and lecturer on adolescent spiritual formation, death education and palliative care.
About the Streetlight Team
The Streetlight Team is a diverse group of 69 UF students selected through interviews and recommendations who have undergone eight hours of special orientation on adolescent psychosocial and health issues, palliative care, end-of-life care, and the four primary disease populations we serve. Team members are aged 18 – 25, and most are pre-med or have relevant experience with chronic/terminal disease. Each team has a captain and is closely supervised by the director and assistant director with daily briefing, education, chart-writing, rounds and discussion.