Alumni Notes

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BELAYNEH ABEJIE (EPI MPH ’01) participates in UCSF-Fresno global health curriculum, focusing on health conditions related to the environment, such as pesticides, heavy metal, and other exposures.

LIYA AKLILU (IHD MPH ’01) leads M&E activities in Nigeria at The Earth Institute at Columbia University.

KAREN BANTUVERIS (HSM MPH ’89) founded and operates VolunteerSpot.com which helps grassroots groups organize their volunteers online.

APRYL R. BROWN (HSM MPH ’00) teaches science courses at Wayne County Community College in Detroit, Mich and serves as coordinator for the Medical Reserve Corps.

CAROL J. BURNS (EPI MPH ’89) is an epidemiologist with Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Mich.

JOHN BUTTS (IHD MPH ’06) is a research associate with the Andrew Young School at Georgia State University.

XAVIER COSTE (EPI MPH ’91) works in a world-wide chemical company as a toxicologist and industrial hygienist.

STEPHANIE WESTLAKE EDMONDS (CHS MPH ’07) is the study coordinator for a large, multi-site, NIH-funded study to evaluate what effect sending a letter to patients with bone density testing results has on knowledge of osteoporosis and prevention behaviors.

RITA R. ESPINOZA (EPI MPH ’98) is a manager for the Infectious Disease Data and Prevention Group of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

TIFANY FRAZER (IHD MPH ’04) recently started as the program manager for global health at the Medical College of Wisconsin. This new program will establish a sustainable platform of global health partnerships to support the education, research, clinical, and public and community health training and collaborative activities of faculty and trainees.

LEE GARY (EHS MPH ’10) was selected as one of 21 environmental public health professionals to participate in the 7th cohort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute.

KONRAD E. HAYASHI (TM MPH&TM ’90) is leading the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention branch that deals primarily with intentional biological threats, preparation for large national events, guideline development, emergency response, surveillance software, and training of law enforcement and public health staffs in bio-investigations.

SUSAN HEARN (EPI MPH ’79) retired from a long career as an epidemiologist at Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, MI. She now keeps busy with community theater.

SHAILESH D. HEGDE (IHD MPH ’99) is responsible for disease surveillance in Grand Bahama, The Bahamas.

KATHERINE “KATE” HENDRICKS (TM MPH ’83) is the chief public health officer for the Texas Prison System.

ERIN HOWE (IHD MPH ’04) is a program officer for Public Health Watch Initiative of the Open Society Public Health Program.

JOSEPH NTEIN INUNGU (AHS MPH ’89, DrPH ’92) serves on the faculty of Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. He specializes in HIV/AIDS research, HIV and infectious disease prevention, and cancer epidemiology. He has published numerous articles about HIV in older adults, factors associated with antiretroviral drug adherence among HIV patients, and the failure of current educational methods to motivate people to get tested for AIDS.

LISSA LAMOTHE (TM MPH ’90) works in pharmaceutical research and development consulting.

LYIKIRENGA NKERA LAURENT (IHD MPH ’10) investigates alternative approaches of malaria epidemiological monitoring, identifies malaria risk factors, and participates in the efforts of malaria elimination in Rwanda.

FRANK S. LISELLA (EPI MPH ’61) received an Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health, where he earned his doctorate in preventive medicine and environmental health.

ESTHER WANJIRA NAGNGA (IHD MPH ’08) spearheads public health initiatives at community and policy levels and serves as a health education consultant in Nairobi.

DREW THOMAS NELSON (EPI MPH ’09) was recently promoted to director of health policy and marketing research for the Alabama Department of Public Health, overseeing sports marketing and consulting for various programs throughout the state.

MICHAEL S. PIEH (TM MPH ’88) maintains an internal medicine practice in Detroit, Mich, and works as a hospitalist two nights a week at William Beaumont Hospitals. He also travels to Africa twice a year for medical missions.

CARLEN McLIN (HSM MPH ’79, DrPH ’88) has been appointed as chief of staff at Tuskegee University.

ULRICK “RICK” MILLER (HSM MHA ’87) is a senior business analyst for Professional Billing Technology Services at the University of Michigan Medical School Administration in Ann Arbor, Mich.

CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL REICHERT (IHD MPH ’00) has worked for Catholic Relief Services for over 10 years in Angola, Kenya, Pakistan, Eritrea, and most of Southern Africa as the deputy regional director of Southern Africa for CRS. He manages a team of technical advisers in health, agriculture and environment, peace-building, and business development.

DUSTIN G. RICHARTZ (EHS MPH ’10) is the president-elect of the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Dustin helped create the Bervin Hall Memorial Scholarship for environmental health professionals through the ASSE Foundation and hopes to get the scholarship fully funded by 2012.

KRISTIN NICHOLSON SAARLAS (HSM MPH ’90, ScD ’06) resigned as Peace Corps Regional Advisor for East Africa after three years and started a new job as Evaluation Coordinator for health and HIV/AIDS programs at USAID Ethiopia.

RICHARD J. SCHUSTER (HSM MMM ’00) is a professor of health policy and management at the University of Georgia, and the director of the Center for Global Health at UGA. Prior to joining UGA, he formed the Division of Health Systems Management at the Wright State University School of Medicine, which transformed into the Center for Global Health Systems, Management, and Policy.

JEFF P. TAYLOR (EPI MPH ’81) is a manager of the Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease Branch of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

KOURTNEY THOMAS (CHS MPH ’09) coordinates the recruitment and retention of health professionals in underserved communities and supports efforts to build more integrated and sustainable health care systems through scholarship and loan repayment programs administered by HRSA.

ERICA VASSILOS (IHD MPH ’03) is the business manager for the American Dental Association’s Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry in Chicago, Ill.

HORACE WALCOTT (EHS MSPH ’93) was one of five receipients of the Seimens Foundation Founders Award. The award recognizes individuals and schools for their work in encouraging students to participate in math, science or technology research programs. Walcott works for the New York City Department of Education, where he teaches chemistry and mentors students conducting original research.

DAVID WESTFALL (HSM Cert. of MM ’99) is the District 2 Public Health Director for 13 counties in NE Georgia, and an adjunct professor at Rollins School of Public Health, where he earned an MPH in December 2009.

LISA WIGGLETON (EPI MPH ’10) develops diagnostic tools of emergent viral pathogens, particularly Ebola, Marburg, and hantann viruses, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Viral Special Pathogens branch of the National Center of Emerging Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.

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