Fifth Star Collective, LLC

Our Team

Mallory Edgar, MPH   |   Co-Founder & Senior Consultant


Mallory has worked in the public health field since 2009, with positions in university, health department, and community-based nonprofit settings. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and gender and women’s studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Public Health in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked for multiple organizations in Chicago, including serving as an HIV test counselor with The Night Ministry where she conducted street- and shelter-based outreach and HIV/STI testing with LGBTQ youth and individuals experiencing homelessness, and working at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) where she provided support for capacity-building activities of the Chicago Female Condom Campaign and coordinated AFC’s statewide syringe disposal program.

Her graduate training included core coursework in program planning, assessment, and evaluation, including the development of program logic models, evaluation plans, and data collection tools. During her time in Michigan, Mallory also deepened her research expertise by assisting with the collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data at the Center for Sexuality & Health Disparities, with her time primarily dedicated to United for HIV Integration and Policy (UHIP), a mixed methods study examining structural factors impacting HIV vulnerability for Black and Latino young men who have sex with men (YMSM) in the Detroit Metro Area.

After finishing graduate school, Mallory completed a two-year fellowship program sponsored by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she worked at the City of Milwaukee Health Department and a Milwaukee-based LGBTQ public health organization called Diverse & Resilient. As a Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellow, Mallory spent a large portion of her time coordinating community readiness assessments (CRAs) focused on LGBTQ health in Wisconsin, including multiple CRAs about LGBTQ student safety and support in local high schools. Upon completing this fellowship, Mallory returned to Chicago and served as an Evaluation Project Coordinator at Northwestern University, where she provided individualized technical assistance to fifteen Chicago Department of Public Health-funded project sites working on twenty distinct HIV prevention interventions, each requiring their own evaluation plan and tools. For more than three years, she worked at Care2Prevent, the Pediatric/Adolescent HIV Program at the University of Chicago Medicine, first as the Manager of Community Health and, later, as the Interim Executive Director. In 2019, she transitioned to her current position as the Manager of Data Analytics for the Oak Park Public Library, where she provides strategic oversight and technical assistance related to library-wide data collection, analysis, and visualization, in service of building the library system’s data culture and demonstrating the organization’s community impact.

Mallory has presented her work at multiple local and national conferences, including the 2014 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition, the 2015 Wisconsin Public Health Association Annual Meeting, and the 2015 Chicago LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference. Her areas of content expertise include sexual health, HIV/STI prevention, and LGBTQ health, and she is particularly skilled in evaluation planning, community readiness assessment, qualitative data collection & analysis, protocol development, and process improvement.


Connor Williams, AM, LCSW   |   Co-Founder & Senior Consultant


Connor has worked in the public health, social service, and mental health fields since 2011, with positions in university, community-based nonprofit, and private practice settings. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Arts in clinical social work and social service administration from the University of Chicago. Prior to his graduate studies, he held volunteer positions in community-based settings, working primarily in HIV prevention and services for young people experiencing homelessness.

Connor’s graduate training included core coursework in clinical and administrative social work, with an emphasis on youth development, mental health, and psychotherapeutic training. During his graduate education, Connor developed research skills through a graduate assistantship that focused on exploring the responsibility of social workers in implementing the National HIV/AIDs Strategy. Additionally, he provided research support to a project that explored the familial and social-contextual factors associated with preventing HIV among LGBTQ youth of color through individual interviews and focus group facilitation.

After finishing graduate school, Connor joined Care2Prevent, the Pediatric/Adolescent HIV Program at the University of Chicago Medicine, where he developed the University of Chicago's first behavioral health program specifically addressing the needs of HIV-positive and highly vulnerable individuals on Chicago's South Side. Connor led the organization’s behavioral health expansion by developing a service portfolio that included individual, couples, and family psychotherapy; short-term, solutions-focused case management services; and a variety of psychosocial support groups. Connor served in this role for five years, eventually supervising a team of clinical social workers and graduate interns, while leading continued program development, evaluation, and management projects within Care2Prevent. In 2018, Connor moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and began working remotely as the Assistant Director of Operations for Live Oak, Inc., a Chicago-based group psychotherapy practice. Through Live Oak, Connor opened the organization’s first satellite office in Atlanta in 2018 and is currently offering clinical psychotherapeutic services at this new office while continuing to function in the Assistant Director role for the broader organization, where he develops programming and provides quality improvement oversight for operational functions.

Connor has presented his work at the 2015 Chicago LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference and recently published a book chapter in Infection prevention: The infectious disease diagnoses: A case approach (2017). His areas of content expertise include mental health, HIV/STI prevention, and LGBTQ health, and he is particularly skilled in program development, programmatic manualization and protocol development, process improvement, clinical case conceptualization, and the development of clinical social work interventions and implementation.