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SPH Alumni Updates

Winter 2017

Emily Mosites, PhD, Epidemiology, 2015, is working as an EIS officer assigned to a post in the Arctic Investigations Program based in Anchorage Alaska. Read her story

Kerry Johnson, MHA, Health Services, 2014, recently moved with her family from Anchorage, Alaska, to Utah, where she is in a new role at Intermountain Healthcare. Kerry manages the Surgical Services, Physical Therapy, Cardiac Rehab, Speech and Hearing, and Telehealth services at Intermountain's Bear River Valley Hospital. In addition to that excitement, her third child was born shortly after starting the new job. His 6-year-old sister and 3-year-old brother love having him around and take their role as older siblings very seriously.

Nicole Peltzer, BA, Public Health Major, 2014, is serving in the Peace Corps in Nepal. She credits her preparation for service to the University of Washington and specifically her public health education. Peltzer mentioned Jennifer Otten as the “singularly memorable professor” who was one of the main reasons she chose to promote food security as a Volunteer in Nepal. The UW ranked No. 2 on Peace Corps’ 2017 list of top Volunteer-producing large colleges and universities across the country.

Caitlin Rothermel, MPH, Health Services, 2014, has worked as a medical writer since graduating from the Health Services Social and Behavioral Sciences program. For a recent study, published in Endocrine Practice, she helped with study design, developed the statistical analysis plan, and wrote the final study document – skills she learned "thanks to my great graduate work at UW!"  Read the full article.

Holly Batstone, MHA, Health Services, 2013, opened two child and adolescent psychiatry and psychology clinics in Bothell and Bellevue.

Kathryn Curran, PhD, Epidemiology, 2013, is an epidemiologist working in the CDC’s Global Tuberculosis (TB) Branch, division of Global HIV/AIDS and TB. Read her story

Doreen Dankerlui, MPH, Global Health, 2012, will be working on developing the Detroit Breathmobile Program, which uses a state-of-the-art clinic-on-wheels to bring asthma care and treatment directly to children in Detroit schools.

Adam Heath, MHA, Health Services, 2011, started a new position as Director of Operations-Southern Oregon Service Area with Providence at the beginning of January. His third daughter was born at the end of January.

Catherine Stehman-Breen, MS, Epidemiology, 1996, was named chief medical officer of Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of unique RNA-targeted therapeutics for the treatment of rare neuromuscular diseases.

Robin Joanne Olsen-Scribner, MPH, Health Services, 1995, retired Oct. 1st, 2016.

Bradley Banner, BS, Environmental Health, 1978, was recently appointed the new Environmental Management Agency Administrator and Air Pollution Control Officer in Calaveras County, California.

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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.


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