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SPH Alumni Updates - Archive

Fall 2016

Alexandria Marie Mann, Public Health Major, 2016, is working as a dance teacher and EMT for American Medical Response. She is training to become a paramedic in Seattle.

Delvene Gill, BS, Public Health Major, 2016, began the MPH program focusing on Health Policy and Management at Columbia University this fall.

Brianne Huffstetler Rowan, MPH, Global Health, 2016, is one of five U.S. recipients of a scholarship to pursue the specialty of family medicine from the Pisacano Leadership Foundation.

Carissa Voelker, BA, Public Health Major, 2016, will be starting a master’s program in mental health counseling after spending August travelling in Scotland and Iceland.

Albert Farias, PhD, Health Services, 2015, was selected as a 2016 National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar. He was selected based on his interest in becoming a health disparities research scholar and on his accomplishments to date. More about the program

Emily Celest Kohring, BA, Public Health Major, 2015, is serving AmeriCorps with Neighborhood House. She serves the Employment and Adult Education team, with a focus on outreach and engagement for job seekers within Seattle/King County.

Kim Nicholson, MHA, Health Services, 2004, was awarded Modern Healthcare as an “Up & Comer” recognizing young health care leaders who have already left a mark on the industry. Nicholson is the COO for clinical program services of Providence St. Joseph Health in Burbank, California. Nicholson has focused her career on the consumer side of patient experience. In her current position, Nicholson's main responsibility is working on a high-tech Consumer Engagement Center that matches patients with clinical services.  Read more and see full list of honorees

Vivien Tsu, PhD, Epidemiology, 1991, published a Perspective piece entitled "Saving the World's Women from Cervical Cancer" in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read about Vivien Tsu

Natalia Kanem, MPH, Epidemiology – Maternal Child Health, 1990, was appointed as U.N. Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United National Population Fund (UNFPA). Read about Natalia Kanem

Matthew Keifer, MPH, Occupational Medicine, 1989, has been appointed Director of Occupational Health in the Hospital and Specialty Medicine Service Line at the VA Puget Sound.

Andrew Olshan, PhD, Epidemiology, 1987, MS, Epidemiology, 1982, has been elected president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, the oldest and largest general epidemiology society in North America. Read about Andrew Olshan

Robert J. Rogers, MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, 1977, is the 2016 recipient of the Chicago Medical School Champion Award.  This award is presented annually to a faculty member who embodies the values of civility, diversity, excellence, innovation, integrity, scholarship and teamwork in all parts of his/her professional life.

Spring/Summer 2016

Alexandria Marie Mann, Public Health Major 2016, is working as a dance teacher and EMT for American Medical Response. She is training to become a paramedic in Seattle.

Paul Nevin, MPH 2015, Global Health, received a national Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his photography documenting maternal health issues in Kenya. In 2014, he was also an international journalism fellow for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Leah Dodge, MPH 2015, Global Health, was recently hired as an Epidemiologist - Project Coordinator at the Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board.

Melissa Arias, Public Health Major 2014, is working with the CDC through the Public Health Associate Program hosted at the Tulare County Public Health Department in Visalia, CA. She is part of the Core Accreditation Team working to pursue public health accreditation for the health department.

Miriam Alvarado, MPH 2013, Global Health, was selected for the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She will be working toward a PhD in medical science at the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge. The scholarship will allow her to study the impact of taxing sugar-sweetened beverages in Barbados.

Carrie Dennett, MPH 2013, Nutritional Sciences, is a columnist with the Seattle Times. She uses her background as a registered dietician to write a weekly article focused on nutrition and health.

Gretchen Hammer, MPH 1999, Health Services (Maternal and Child Health), received the 2016 Livesay Award for Social Change from Colorado College where she received her undergraduate education. The award is given to alumni who have contributed significantly to the nonprofit sector in their dedication to social change and mentorship. Hammer worked as a consultant for nonprofit and other public-serving organizations for 10 years. She has now moved into the realm of state government and works for Colorado Medicaid. She remains committed to programs and social services that will help the most vulnerable members of the state.

Don Garvey, MSPH 1982, Industrial Hygiene, was the keynote speaker at the 2016 Korean Industrial Hygiene Association’s annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea. He spoke on hearing conservation in the construction industry. Garvey is currently the construction technical specialist for 3M Company in St. Paul, MN.

Sarah Patterson, MHA 1984, Health Services, received the Silver Award for Outstanding Health Care Executive-Puget Sound Region from Seattle Business Magazine. Patterson has been a member of the leadership team at Virginia Mason Medical Center for nearly 30 years. She is a champion of lean management skills and process improvement in hospitals.

Anita Geving, MHA 1983, Health Services, was named Outstanding Medical Group Executive by Seattle Business Magazine. Since joining The Polyclinic in 2011, she has helped transform the company into a leading independent, multispecialty medical practice in the Puget Sound region. The clinic has grown from 83 physicians and 425 staff members in 2001, to more than 200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians and 1,025 staff members today. The clinic provides care to more than 200,000 patients in and around Seattle.


Winter 2016

Laura Bautista, BS 2015, Public Health Major, is a family resource coordinator at Moses Lake Community Health Center, which provides care to migrants and workers.

Archana Shrestha, PhD 2015, Epidemiology, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is working on a worksite-based diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention program in India.

Kyle Durrant,BA 2014, Public Health Major, is now a project associate at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.

Meheret Endshaw, MPH 2012, Global Health, received the Global Cancer Fellowship under the ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellowship Program. She will be based in Atlanta.

Sara Ivey, BS 2010, Public Health Major, graduates this year from Portland State University with dual master’s degrees in Public Health and Urban and Regional Planning.

Andrew Levack, MPH 2005, Global Health and Health Services, is senior program officer at the St. David’s Foundation, addressing the social determinants of health in Austin and Central Texas.

Nicole Willis, MPH 2004, Health Services (COPHP), has been accepted into the national Informatics Training in Place Program (I-TIPP) fellowship. She will work on informatics strategies at the Whatcom County (WA) Health Department, where she is an epidemiologist.

Theresa Lango Stack, MS 1997, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, is an assistant professor with MT Tech of the University of Montana in the department of Safety, Health and Industrial Hygiene. She just published the book, Occupational Ergonomics: A Practical Approach.

Reginald Finger, MPH 1983, Epidemiology, teaches epidemiology and biostatistics in Indiana Wesleyan University’s MPH program.

Joseph Scherger, MPH 1978, Health Services, is vice president of Primary Care at Eisenhower Medical Center at Annenberg Center for Health Sciences in California.


Autumn 2015

Nicole Ide, MPH 2015, Global Health, received a Graduate School Distinguished Thesis Award for Social Sciences. She is in Nepal on a Fulbright award working with Dhulikhel Hospital.

Jon Nagata, MS 2015, Environmental Health, is with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Research Participation Program at the Environmental Protection Agency in WA, DC. He is working to improve the security and resilience of drinking water and wastewater infrastructures.

Laura Bautista Rodriguez, BS 2015, Public Health Undergrad Major, is an intern at Sea Mar Community Health Centers in South Park, Seattle.

Leah Todd, BS 2015, Public Health Undergrad Major, is with the CDC Public Health Associate Program in Juneau, AK.

Alyssa Shinto, BA 2014, Public Health Undergrad Major, is the Program Associate for the Federal Affairs Department at the National Association of Community Health Centers in the WA, DC area.

Jonathan Kocarnik, PhD 2013, Public Health Genetics, a post-doctoral fellow and research associate at Fred Hutch, has a two-year appointment at the UW Institute of Translation Health Sciences. He will study the communication of genetic test results to cancer patients and their families

Susan Marzolf, MPH 2012, Global Health, served as an OB/Gyn specialist at the main maternity hospital in Asmara, Eritrea. She supported the development of a training program that Eritrean residents created and taught.

Colin Walker, MHA 2009, Health Services, is Director at Virginia Mason Medical Center in University Village in Seattle.

James C Kile, MPH 2004, Health Services, is a Veterinary Medical Officer and Public Health Veterinarian with the CDC in Atlanta. He recently returned from a six-year CDC assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, where he directed the Influenza and Animal-Human Interface Program.

Gregory Holzman, MPH 2002, Health Services, was named the new State Medical Officer for the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services.

Tom Machala, eMHA 1989, Health Services, is the public health director in Jefferson County, OR.

Michael Phillips, MPH 1985, Epidemiology, SPH Distinguished Alumnus in 2013, was appointed to the Order of Canada.

Ann Marie Kimball, MPH 1981, Epidemiology, is now a Senior Consulting Fellow at Chatham House Royal Institute of Foreign Affairs.

Steven Macdonald, MPH 1981, Health Services; PhD 1994, Epidemiology, clinical associate professor of Epidemiology at SPH, received the Pumphandle Award for outstanding achievement in applied epidemiology from the national Council of State & Territorial Epidemiologists.


Summer 2015

Jose Carmona, Public Health Major 2015, has joined the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (DEOHS) as a program assistant.

Lyndsey S. Mixson, Public Health Major 2015, is joining the CDC in its Public Health Associate Program for Recent Graduates (PHAP), a competitive, two-year, paid training program. Lyndsey’s host site will be Anchorage, AK,  where she will work in a variety of public health settings.

Lee Thornhill, MHA 2014, recently joined Public Health – Seattle & King County’s APDE unit (Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation) as a Health Reform Evaluator and Social Research Scientist.

Dr. Walter Allen Fink, MHA 2013, is now Physician Executive at Multicare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, WA.

Debra Fromholzer, eMHA 2011, has joined ProRie Advisory, LLC as a Managing Principal. ProRie consults with organizations on project portfolio management, project leadership/PMO development, and business process transformation.

Janessa Graves, PhD 2011, Health Services; MPH 2008, DEOHS, appeared on the Today Show talking about treadmill injuries.  

Tracy Hilliard, PhD 2010, Health Services; MPH 2003, Maternal and Child Health, was named one of 12 “Rising Stars” by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation.  Tracy is Director of Data Integrity for Seattle’s Human Services department.  She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Chair of the Health Informatics and Information Technology Section of the American Public Health Association.

Alex Shirreffs, MPH 2010, Health Services, won the 2015 Mayor’s Award for Distinguished National Service in Philadelphia. She works in hepatitis awareness issues.

Richard Neitzel, PhD 2009, Environmental and Occupational Hygiene, an assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan, was awarded a 2015 American Industrial Hygiene Association Fellow Award.

Bernice Dahn, MPH 2005, Health Services, was appointed Minister of Health for Liberia.

Dr. James Kile, MPH 2004, Health Services, is now a Public Health Veterinarian at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Col. Michael Brumage, MPH 2003, Epidemiology, was hired as executive director and health officer for Kanawha-Charleston Health Department in West Virginia, he will begin in August. His previous position was deputy commander of the Brigadier General Crawford F. Sams U.S. Army Health Clinic at Camp Zama in Japan.

Dr. Bernice Hecker, MHA 2003, retired from her position as Executive Medical Director, Medicare Parts A&B. She currently works as a private consultant for governmental agencies and selected private clients. She is engaged to be married in October.

Melinda Irwin, MPH 2001, Epidemiology, is associate professor of epidemiology at the Yale University School of Public Health and co-program leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Yale Cancer Center.

Dr. Jeff Henderson, MPH 1999, Health Services, founded the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health, a community-based, research-intensive nonprofit working to enhance the wellness of American Indians and Alaska Natives throughout North America.


Spring 2015

Sonora Rae Stampfly, Public Health Major, Global Health Minor 2014, began Peace Corps service in Tanzania in early February. (The UW produced the most Peace Corps volunteers for 2015 with 72 alumni currently in service.)

Gena Barnabee, MPH 2014, was featured in an NPR story about her work in Timor-Leste. She worked with Health Alliance International to evaluate a new mobile health program there for pregnant women and new mothers.

Roxana Chen, PhD 2014, Health Services, was featured in the Seattle Times for her dissertation work on menu calorie counts. She works at Public Health – King County & Seattle and is an affiliate professor of Health Services in SPH.

Nicole Van Abel, PhD 2014, Environmental and Occupational Hygiene, is now in a medicine postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Pretoria.

Jade Fairbanks, BA 2013, Public Health Major, spent a year in Burkina Faso with the Peace Corps. She won approval for a Peace Corps grant to buy and install solar panels with batteries for a labor and delivery clinic there.

Katerie Chapman, MHA 2001, was recently promoted to senior vice president and hospital administrator at Virginia Mason in Seattle.

Ulrike Luderer, MPH 1998, Occupational Medicine, has been reappointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee, where she has served since 2012. She has been a faculty member at UC-Irvine in Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 1999.

Elliott Fisher, MD, MPH 1985, Health Services, was quoted in the New York Times for his expertise on policy surrounding elderly patient over-testing and imaging in connection with financial Medicare abuse. He is director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.


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