Alumni News Fall/Winter 2013

JOHNNIE (CHIP) ALLEN (CHS MPH ’87) is director of health equity at the Ohio Department of Health in Columbus and is helping to develop state policy initiatives to achieve health equity in Ohio.

LILIANA AYALDE (IHD MPH ’80) has become the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil.

SHAWN BAKER (IHD MPH ’89) has been named interim director of the nutrition program at the Gates Foundation.

ADIERAH BERGER (CHS MPH ’06) has become the principal of the International School of Louisiana in Jefferson, La., a language-immersion charter school. Berger was most recently the school’s vice principal and has also taught middle school science.

GREG S. BUCHERT (MHA MPH’79) has assumed the role of CEO and plan president at California Health and Wellness, a subsidiary of Centene Corp. The company is a Medi-Cal plan founded in 2013 with a goal of providing fully integrated care.

XAVIER COSTE (EPI/BIOS MPH ’91) is in charge of toxicology for a worldwide chemical company and also lends his expertise in industrial hygiene to the company.

BRYAN M. DAVIS (GEHS MSPH ’01) has been named medical director of Starlite Recovery Center, a freestanding chemical dependency treatment center in Texas.

WENDY DIAZ (IHD MPH ’12) recently returned to New York City from a stint with AmeriCorps in Santa Fe, N.M. She is now the clinical case manager for Public Health Solutions where she connects people living with HIV/AIDS with medical, mental health, and substance abuse services.

OUSMANE KOITA (TRMD PhD ‘00) visited Tulane in late May to give a special seminar entitled “How Do Human Pathogens Expand Their Genetic Diversity Under Conditions of Natural Transmission?” Koita lives in his native Mali where he founded the Laboratory of Applied Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Science. He has performed a series of studies on the epidemiology, transmission, and treatment of malaria, and he is now professor of molecular biology and medicine at the University of the Sciences, Techniques, and Technologies of Bamako. He is pictured with Donald J. Krogstad, professor of tropical medicine, his mentor and collaborator.

OUSMANE KOITA (TRMD PhD ‘00) visited Tulane in late May to give a special seminar entitled “How Do Human Pathogens Expand Their Genetic Diversity Under Conditions of Natural Transmission?” Koita lives in his native Mali where he founded the Laboratory of Applied Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Science. He has performed a series of studies on the epidemiology, transmission, and treatment of malaria, and he is now professor of molecular biology and medicine at the University of the Sciences, Techniques, and Technologies of Bamako. He is pictured with Donald J. Krogstad, professor of tropical medicine, his mentor and collaborator.

JUAN CARLOS DIB (TRMD MPH ’97) presented on “Integrated Program of Prevention and control for Chagas Disease in the Indigenous Communities of Colombia” at a Department of Tropical Medicine seminar. Dib has worked with different aboriginal tribes, determining transmission dynamics and susceptibility to Chagas using integrated molecular epidemiological studies. He is the director of the Tropical Health Foundation in Santa Marta, Colombia, and is dedicated to the integrated studies of tropical and vector borne diseases in indigenous populations in northern Colombia.

MARTHELISE EERSEL (BIOS/EPID MSPH ’89) was honored by the WHO/PAHO for her contributions to advancing tobacco control. Thanks to Eersel’s efforts, Suriname has enacted a new tobacco control law banning tobacco smoke in all closed public spaces, indoor workplaces, and some outside public spaces, and prohibits all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

EDWARD A. ESPINOSA (EPI MPH ‘97) is an internal medicine physician working in private practice in Atlanta, Ga.

CAITLIN H. EVRARD (GHSD MPH ’13) has joined the SPHTM staff as an admissions counselor.

SHELINA FODERINGHAM (CHS MPH/MSW ’07) serves as the behavioral health integration lead and program manager at the Louisiana Public Health Institute. She leads the implementation and evaluation of the New Orleans Charitable Health Fund, a high-profile three-year program to improve the delivery of integrated behavioral health, primary health, and socials services at the clinic level and strengthen the behavioral health system at the community level.

SUMITHA GANJI (GCHB MD/MPH ’08) completed a residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in June. In July, she started a fellowship in nephrology at the University Pennsylvania Hospital.

Lee Gary

Lee Gary

LEE GARY (EHS MPH ’10) spent a week this summer using his talents as a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) member to the Mission Support Center (MSC) in Frederick, Md., where he helped to “rehab” caches used in Hurricane Sandy relief. Gary reports that deployment at the MSC is a daily blend of hands-on activities and specialized training sessions on logistics.

COL. PHILIP L. GOULD (TM MD/MPH ’93) is chief of the Global Health Branch at the HQ Air Combat Command Surgeon’s Office of the U.S. Air Force. He is an international health specialist, currently stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

ANNA S. HASSAN (EPID MPH ’13) is a program manager for Project 3: Building Community Resilience through Disaster Mobile Health, part of the GROWH Consortium in the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences. She coordinates routine research activities and community health worker data collection, in addition to database management, analysis, and other administrative tasks.

KRISTIN HEINRICH (BSPH ’12) is pursuing her master of public health in epidemiology with a certificate in comparative effectiveness outcomes research at the Mailman School of Public Health.

SCOTT KELLERMANN (TRMD MPHTM ’78) returned to SPHTM to discuss practicum opportunities at the Bwindi Community Hospital in Uganda and give a presentation on “Public Health in the Land of the Batwa Pygmies,” as part of the ongoing SPHTM Alumni Association Speakers Bureau series. Kellermann works with the indigenous Batwa pygmy tribes of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. He initiated projects to establish a hospital and community health clinics, buy land, build homes and schools, introduce water and sanitation programs, work on income generation, and promote indigenous rights.

KNOX KELLY (BSPH ’12) is studying for his MD at the LSU Medical School in New Orleans.

ADRIENNE RATHERT (GCHB MPH ’11) wed CHRISTOPHER MUNDORF (GEHS MPH ’12) in New Orleans in March 2013. They met in GCHB’s spring 2011 semester class “Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health.” In attendance were (from left to right) KERRIE PARTRIDGE-HRABAR (GCHB MPH ’11), LAUREN CZAPLICKI (GCHB MPH ’11), Rathert, JENN MILLS (EPID MPH ’11), AMANDA “BARRIE” BLACK (GCHB MPH ’11), and DEB WILLETTS (GCHB MPH ’12).

ADRIENNE RATHERT (GCHB MPH ’11) wed CHRISTOPHER MUNDORF (GEHS MPH ’12) in New Orleans in March 2013. They met in GCHB’s spring 2011 semester class “Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health.” In attendance were (from left to right) KERRIE PARTRIDGE-HRABAR (GCHB MPH ’11), LAUREN CZAPLICKI (GCHB MPH ’11), Rathert, JENN MILLS (EPID MPH ’11), AMANDA “BARRIE” BLACK (GCHB MPH ’11), and DEB WILLETTS (GCHB MPH ’12).

LUKE C. RICHMOND (BSPH ’09) is pleased to report that after graduating with the inaugural BSPH class in 2009, he has served in the U.S. Navy on board the USS Boxer as a surface warfare officer. He is now serving the Navy’s Medical Service Corps and has enrolled in the Master of Health Administration and Policy Program at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He is fulfilling the residency requirement of the program as an administrative resident of hospital risk management at a pediatric hospital in Washington, D.C.

ANDREW B. SANDLER (HSM MHA ‘98) is the chief operating officer of Park Manor, a not-for-profit independent and assisted living community in Nashville, Tenn. The facility will soon break ground on Abe’s Garden, a residential and daycare program for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

KATHRYN R. TRIMBLE (GHSD MPH ‘12) wed Tom Schexnaildre, MD, in New Orleans. Attending the couple’s nuptials were TONETTE KROUSEL-WOOD, (BIOS/EPID MSPH ’91), MARK DALCORSO, (IHD MPH ’88), ASHLEY S. McEACHERN (GCHB MPH ’13), WILLIAM A. McEACHERN (GHSD MPH ’15) and STEPHANIE TAVITIAN (GHSD MPH ’13). Trimble works as the senior program coordinator for the SPHTM BIRCWH program and faculty development initiatives.

CLAYTON WILLIAMS (INHD MPH ’99) was appointed assistant secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Public Health.

ANGELA YIU (CHS MPH ’06) is working in AMC-Brooklyn Park as a physician in family medicine.

TIA ZENO (CHS MPH ’02) has earned her PhD in social and behavioral sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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