Alumni Notes

MARIA DEL CARMEN ALAMO (CHS MPH’84) owns and operates Salud Consulting, Inc., helping food and nutrition corporations and educational organizations develop strategic initiatives to serve and reach the Hispanic market. Her expertise in food, health, nutrition, and marketing allows her to develop, execute, and evaluate food products, recipes, and communications programs. She lives in the Greater Chicago area with her teenage son.

VICKI GARDNER ALBERTS (CHS MSHyg ’75) is retired and living in Tucson, Ariz. following a lengthy career in mental health counseling in Georgia and South Carolina. She credits her public health degree with helping her perspective in her career.

CAROLYN BAER (IHD MPH ’01) is deputy director of the Center for Global Health at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University in Chicago, overseeing research, education, and administrative activities. She is also the program manager for the NIH-funded Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Nigeria and serves on the global health medical education steering committee. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, she acted as the lead coordinator for Northwestern and the Chicago Medical Consortium managing the deployment of medical personnel while also serving as the main liaison between the NGO needs on the ground and the university’s relief efforts.

RAED BAHELAH (TM MPHTM ’11) is teaching public health to undergraduate and graduate medical students at the University of Aden Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in Yemen.

REBECCA “BECKI” F. BENOIT (HSM MHA ‘99) returned to her roots in Louisiana after a lengthy career with HCA. She is now chief nursing officer at Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette, La.

TASHA BERGERON (EHS MSPH ’03) serves as the program manager for the Center of Health Care Innovation and Technology at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. She is responsible for advising the Department of Health and Hospitals’ executive leadership on policies related to the Affordable Care Act, other changes in federal law, and initiatives to improve the health of Louisiana residents.

DAVID MURDOCH BOONE (EPI MPH ’94 PHD ’05) is working for an international health consulting firm helping to develop and improve health information systems for monitoring and evaluation of HIV, TB, and Malaria Programs. He is currently assisting programs in the DRC, Haiti, Nigeria, and Uganda.

GREG BUCHERT (GHSD MPH ’79) has become a principal with Health Management Associates, a national consulting firm specializing in publicly funded healthcare programs. He will be establishing the Southern California Office.

CANDACE CHANDRA (IHD MPH ’98) is setting up a private equity fund to invest in the wastewater assets and infrastructure, both in the U.S. and overseas. This fund will have the triple effect of positive financial outcomes with positive environmental and health outcomes.
DEBBIE FOGEL CHAREN (HSM MPH/MBA ’93) is manager of benefits planning in the Human Resources Department at Abbott Laboratories in Chicago, where she lives with her husband and three children.

CONRAD T. COMEAUX (HSM MHA ’93) was re-elected for a fourth term as tax assessor of Lafayette Parish in Lafayette, La.

DONNA D. COPPER (HSM MHA ’89) is vice president of clinical operations at Opelousas General Health System in Opelousas, La. a new position in which she deals with clinical documentation and coding for Medicare purposes and educates physicians about the same. The results are better quality patient care, better communications, and an improved financial outcome for both the patients and the hospital.

AVERY CORENSWET (HSM MHA ’90) is responsible for the community outreach activities for Ochsner Health System.

JONATHAN S. DAVIS (HSM MHA ’02) is president of Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas, Tex.

KAREN MYERS EDGE (EPI MPH ’88) is living and working in Vienna, Austria, after about 20 years working in HIV/AIDS and foodborne illnesses in New Mexico.

MIKE C. FAGEN (CHS MPH ’95) is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is on a tenure track and focuses his research on K-12 school health.

GAIL FANCHER (TM MPHTM ’05) is validating flight surgeon at Ramstein Airbase in Germany, moving wounded warriors back to the U.S.

ANGELICA FLORES-DASILVA (CHS MPH ’06) is working as an administrator of the adult medicine department for a federally qualified health center in the Hunt’s Point area of the South Bronx.

SUSAN MORRISON GALEAS (CHS MPH ’94) is the president & CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter, providing programs and services for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties. She is busy raising funds for research and advocating regionally and nationally on behalf of those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

RODRIGO RAUL GAMARRA (GHSD MHA ’11) has started a new position at Louisiana State University, after working with LPHI on evaluation and developing/implementing QI tools for the Beacon program.

ELISABETH GLECKLER (IHD MPH ‘91 DRPH ’02) is a regional evaluator for a tri-state HRSA-funded project in HIV clinical care training. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the Tulane Payson Center and the SPHTM undergraduate program. She wants classmates to know she is still going out to hear great music in New Orleans and running laps around the parks or along the levee.

KEN HEISE (EPI MPH’83) has returned to the US after spending 4 ½ years in Uganda with USAID and 5 ½ years in Tanzania where he helped to develop the capacity of local organizations in HIV/AIDS. He is now a principal program associate with Management Sciences for Health in Arlington, Va. and still travels to Africa regularly.

JOENELL A. HENRY-TANNER (HSM MPH ’04) has been promoted to national director of community health initiatives at the American Cancer Society, a position in which she has responsibility for nationwide efforts to reduce cancer disparities. She lives in Lindenhurst, Ill., with her husband and daughter.

ABDULBARI IBRAHIM (TM MPHTM ’81 IHD DrPH ’86) has been appointed as consultant to the Royal Commission Health Services Directorate for Yanbu Industrial City located on the west coast of Saudi Arabia. In October, 2011, he completed a 3-year tenure as chief medical director of Royal Commission Medical Center, a 340-bed, Joint Commission International accredited hospital.

RORY GREGG JAMES (EPI MPH ’08) is the director of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously, he served as the director of the Intercultural Center & Multicultural Student Programs at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He has also been selected as a new member of the Illinois HIV Prevention Community Planning Group, which is tasked with identifying priority populations, prevention needs, and strategies that will become part of a jurisdictional HIV prevention plan for Illinois.

HEATHER L. H. JORDAN (IHD MPH ´10) is the health director at World Vision Angola. She manages field implementation of malaria, polio, and onchocerciasis projects.

PAUL KADETZ (IHD MPH ’07) is completing his DPhil in development studies at the University of Oxford (UK) and starting a position as an assistant professor of public health at Peking University in the China Center for Health Development Studies. He will be conducting research on outcomes of comparative health reform, the capability of current health care systems to handle the demographic and epidemiologic transitions, and the outcomes of South-South health diplomacy.

WILLIAM B. KLEIN (TM MPHTM ’92) just started as a civilian flight surgeon at Robins AFB, and he also serves as a reserve medic at Moody AFB.

JULIA SUN LEE (EHS MSPH ’01) graduated from the Brooklyn Hospital Center Emergency Medicine Residency Program in June 2011, during which she has completed medical and global health electives in Ghana, Thailand, and Nepal. She and her husband, Ronald J. Ramirez, MD, are expecting their first child in July 2012. They currently reside in Brooklyn, N.Y., but will be relocating to Florida in August 2012.

DANIELLE CHRISTINE LEVY (TM MSPH ’11 BSPH ’09) is the clinical site manager for the Tulane Lassa Fever program at the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone where she is responsible for the oversight and quality control of an NIH-funded study. She manages the patient consenting process, data input, and continual update of enrollment database.

LAURA ANDERSON LINDROTH (GHSD MPH ’00) is seeking a position in community health education, either as an executive director or program director, preferably in the Chicagoland area but open to global opportunities as well.

RIAZ A. MALIK (TM MPHTM ’90) is one of the directors of SoSec Consulting Services, which works in Pakistan and other developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Central Asian States in health and other social sectors.

JOSEPHINE MALILAY (IHD MPH ’83, EPI PhD ’87) is associate director for science in the Division of Environmental Hazard and Health Effects of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga.

SAMI WADIE MARCUS (CHS MPH ’92) is a physician and public health specialist in preventive medicine in the United Arab Emirates.

TOM H. McCALL (HSM MHA ’80) is group vice president at Quorum Health Resources, LLC, in Frisco, Tex, which provides consulting, management, and education resources to hospitals and health systems.

CHRIS MERRITT (CHS MD/MPH ’04) is an attending physician in pediatric emergency medicine at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

DAVID J. NIMKE (EPI MPH ’03) is medical services coordinator and a pharmaco-epidemiologist at Abbott Laboratories in Chicago. He and his wife welcomed a new baby girl into their family in October 2011.

RAQUEL SABOGAL NUGENT (EHS MSPH ’00) is working in the area of water, sanitation, and hygiene education in Latin America, with a focus on sustainability evaluations and how to help improve development projects to be sustainable.

OSITA OKONKWO (GHSD HHH ’10) provides technical lead on malaria prevention and control to support the Kano and Katsina States Malaria Control Programs, through harmonization of states and partner programs, capacity building in effective case management, rapid diagnostic testing, preventive interventions, and vector control. He also supports in the development and implementation of the respective states’ Malaria Control Annual Operational Plans.

PAIGE RATSON PASSANO (GCHB MPH ’02) works at the Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability, conducting an evaluation of a pilot research project in Zaria in northern Nigeria to encourage parents to keep adolescent girls in school.

NELLIE AUGUST PRUDHOMME (CHS MPH ’74) retired from teaching and founded a consulting company in Lafayette, La., called P3 Staff Development to train healthcare workers in eldercare to more effectively work with geriatric patients in a home setting.

DONNA RICHMOND (CHS MPH ’87) is chief of quality improvement for the Office of Volunteer Support at U.S. Peace Corps.

LESLIE MARIE SNIDER (GCHB MPH ’02) is senior programme advisor for War Trauma Foundation based in Holland but working in various regions affected by conflict and organized violence.

ROBERT SWAYZER III (GCHB MPH ’00 DRPH ’11) serves as senior advisor for program in CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and is responsible for developing national HIV prevention programs implemented by health departments and community based organizations.

CHRISTINA BEACH THIELST (HSM HA ’89) recently joined Tower, a patient experience consulting group, as vice president. She was also recognized by the American College of Healthcare Executives for her contributions to healthcare management excellence. She is a frequent speaker and author on the topic of applying emerging information technologies (social media, telehealth, portals, mobile, etc) in healthcare environments.

AROL A. VENABLE (HSM MPH ’75) is professor and program director in the Department of Health Information Management at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. ZEEV WALNY (HSM MHA ’04) oversees North American operations for the French company Fournitures Hospitalieres Group (FH Orthopedics) which manufactures and markets orthopedic medical equipment. He lives in the Greater Chicago area with his wife and three children.

MELTON JESSE WELCH III (BIOS/EPI MPH ’95) is working outside of his degree, by starting a bus company in Seattle. KELLY ANN YOTEBIENG (CHS MPH ’06) is the head of programs for Catholic Relief Services in the Democratic Republic of Congo based in Kinshasa, where she is responsible for the overall management and technical program quality of a diverse portfolio of humanitarian and development programs, ranging from nutrition and malaria projects to large-scale agriculture programs.


About Tulane University SPHTM

Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is the oldest school of public health in the country and the only American school of tropical medicine. Our mission is to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being, and prevent disease, disability, and premature mortality. This is accomplished through academic excellence in education of public health professionals, rigorous scientific research of public health problems, creative partnerships to advance the practice of public health, and innovative service to the local, national, and international public health community.
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