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SPH Alumni Updates

Spring 2018

Muhammad Alsayid, Online Executive MPH, Health Services, 2017, has first-authored an article on the performance of an FDA-cleared fecal immunochemical test for colorectal cancer screening, published April 2018 in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Rudy Owens, MPH, Health Services, 2012, published his first nonfiction work profiling the American adoption system and experience, called You Don't Know How Lucky You Are. Owens profiles the groups, medical and social work personnel, and the national system that promoted adoption as the "most suitable plan" for single and pregnant women in the four decades after World War II.

Jeremy Taiwo, BA, Global Health Minor, 2009, credits his training and coaching from UW as helpful to getting to the Olympics in 2016.

Carolyn Hutter, PhD, Epidemiology and MS, Biostatistics, 2008, was appointed as the director of the Division of Genome Sciences at the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Amy Knopf, COPHP, Health Services, 2008, has been awarded a $1.1 million NIH grant to study the consent process for minor adolescents and how it affects their willingness to participate in HIV prevention trials.

Ayse Tezcan, MPH, Health Services, 2006, received a PhD in Epidemiology from UC Davis in December 2016. She now works for a biotech start-up called Lexent Bio that is developing a genomic test using liquid biopsy technology to monitor cancer patients' response to chemotherapy.

Michael Silverstein, MPH, Health Services, 2003, is now a full professor of pediatrics and director of the division of general pediatrics at Boston University.

Preetha Rajaraman, MS, Environmental Health, 1997, is the health attache for India for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She delivered the keynote address to the graduates at Reed's 104th commencement ceremony on May 14, 2018.

Walt Rostykus, MS, Environmental Health, 1982, was awarded a Distinguished Fellow Award by the American Industrial Hygiene Association for his contribution to the industrial hygiene profession.

Winter 2018

Michael Brumage, MPH, Epidemiology, 2003, was named the new director of the Office of Drug Control Policy at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

James Fausto, eMHA, Health Services, 2018, was awarded the University of Washington Medical Center Fall 2017 UW Medicine Cares Award for providing excellent patient care in difficult situations. He recently wrote an op-ed published in the Health Affairs Blog, called Filling The Void.

Christina "Christy" Garcia, MPH, Health Services — Community-Oriented Public Health Practice, 2017, founded the C Scape Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization in Snohomish County that provides holistic health coaching and community connections support to individuals, families and communities. In its first year, C Scape helped to launch three business ventures for clients, including local artist Cassidy Gannon.

William R. Phillips, MPH, Health Services, 1975, was honored with the Distinguished Research Mentor Award by the North American Primary Care Research Group during its 2017 annual meeting in Montreal, Canada. The award recognizes outstanding career contributions through mentorship in research.

Fall 2017

Hannah Anne Lewis, BS, Public Health Major, 2017, is living in New Haven, CT, and teaching high school biology with Teach for America.

Ellena Saechao, BA, Public Health Major, 2017, is pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Seattle University with a focus in Advanced Community Public Health Nursing.

Eva Hom, MPH, Health Services, 2016 published her MPH thesis, "A Systematic Review of Health Impact Assessments in the Criminal Justice System," in the American Journal of Criminal Justice.

Emi Yoko, MPH, Health Services (COPHP), 2016, was featured on KOMO News for her work to examine food inequities in the City of Auburn.

Michelle Edwards, MPH, Health Services, 2015, is taking care of wounded U.S. Army soldiers alongside a multi-disciplinary team of medical and non-medical professionals. She works to address pain management using a well-rounded approach that includes many non-pharmacologic modalities.

Nikki Eller, Online Executive MPH, Health Services, 2015, received a $1,000 scholarship from the Alzheimer's Association for her work with the Health Promotion Research Center. She's analyzing data from focus groups with Japanese and Chinese American adult children, where they showed messages encouraging them to bring their aging parents to a provider for cognitive evaluation. She presented her work at the Elder Friendly Futures Conference.

Lina Walkinshaw, MPH, Health Services (COPHP), 2014, will provide research coordination support this summer on the AARP Foundation-funded PEARLS study through the Health Promotion Research Center.

Caitlin Rothermel, MPH, Health Services, 2014, has worked as a medical writer since graduating. Recently, she helped design a study published in Endocrine Practice. She also developed the statistical analysis plan and wrote the final study document -- skills she has "thanks to my great graduate work at UW," she says.

Carrie Dennett, MPH, Public Health Nutrition, 2013, clarifies research presented in the documentary "What the Health?" in a story for The Seattle Times.

Onyinye Edeh, MPH, Global Health, 2013, was featured in a blog post by PATH . By showing girls their "powerful voices," Onyinye Edeh helps improve health and builds a new generation of role models.

Alejandro Varela, MPH, Health Services (COPHP), 2006, wrote a public health short story for Blunderbuss Magazine.

Laura Streichert, MPH, Health Services, 2005, authored a commentary in the Boston Globe in response to the recent Deferred Action against Child Arrivals, or DACA, decision.

Diana Birkett Rakow, MPH, Public Health Nutrition, 2003, is vice president of external relations at Alaska Air Group Inc. Birkett Rakow leads the airline's government affairs, corporate communications and community relations teams in Seattle, Alaska, Hawaii and San Francisco.

Sophie Godley, MPH, Health Services, 1999, successfully defended her dissertation in May thus finishing a DrPH at Boston University. She is the proud recipient of the 2017 Boston University Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, the University's highest award for teaching.

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.

Laura Williams, MPH, Epidemiology, 1996, was named senior vice president of clinical development at AMAG Pharmaceuticals.

Mary T. Bassett, M.D., M.P.H., 1985, was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. She serves as commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Long Island City, NY

Stephen Gary Rice, MPH, Health Services, 1983, was awarded a 2017 Citation Award by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for his significant lifetime contributions and innovations to the fields of sports medicine and exercise science. Dr. Rice is the program director of the Pediatric Sports Medicine Fellowship program and director of the Sports Medicine and Concussion Center at Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center, as well as a clinical professor of pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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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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