Alumni News Fall/Winter 2014

MARK HOBART ADAMS (TRMD MPH ’01) was selected as Sanitarian of the Year for the state of Ohio, and was also awarded the Public Health Practice Excellence Award by the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health.

KOYA C. ALLEN (TRMD MSPH ’05) was recently awarded an ORAU/ORISE post-doctoral fellowship with the US Army Public Health Command. She is based at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center in the division of integrated biosurveillance on the epidemiology response team. She completed her doctorate in prevention science in August 2013.

ADNAN AL-MUFTI (HSM/IHD MPH ’00) is testing the feasibility of camel milk as a cheap, readily-available immunoglobulin (IG) supplement therapy. The IG found in camel milk known as nanobodies are stable in room temperature and can bypass the intestine-blood barrier into the blood stream and still interact with harmful pathogens and antigens as generic antibodies, reaching brain tumors and other places where regular expensive IG supplements are not effective.

KRIS ANSIN (INHD MPH ’11) is executive director of the Mali Health Organizing Project, which recently won a Grand Challenges Explorations Grant to pursue an innovative global health and development research project entitled “Improving the Patient Experience in Primary Care Clinics.”

JIWON BAE (EHS BSPH ’10) received an MPH in Industrial Hygiene in 2012 from the University of Texas at Houston.  He is now manager of hazardous materials systems and industrial hygiene at CSX Transportation in Indianapolis, Ind.


Donna Beal

DONNA BEAL (HEDC MPH ’98) will be recognized at the Public Health Education & Health Promotion Section luncheon during the American Public Health Association in New Orleans. The award is given for outstanding practice in health education by someone who has been be in the field at least five years and has demonstrated measurable accomplishments and effective practices that have made an impact on the field. Mrs. Beal is the vice president of program services & advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Chapter.

PATRICIA WOOD DAVIS, (CHS MPH ’83,) former associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the Tulane School of Medicine and adjunct professor at SPHTM, has been named a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers. The Pioneer Award honors members who have made outstanding contributions to the profession.

BRYAN DAY (HSM MPH’89) is senior vice president of the eastern region at Promise Healthcare, Inc., one of the largest long-term acute care hospital organizations in the U.S.  He lives in Baton Rouge, La.

HAZEL DEAN (INHD MPH ’84, BIOS/EPI ScD ’00) is currently the deputy director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Karen DeSalvo

KAREN DeSALVO (TRMD MPH&TM ’92) was the 15th recipient of the coveted Spirit of Charity Award given by the Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation. Created in 1998, the “Spirit of Charity Award” recognizes former physicians of New Orleans’ Charity Hospital who have made notable contributions to the field of medicine and demnstrated dedication to the hospital’s ideals of serving local communities and improving physician training in Louisiana.

RAENETTA L. ELLISON (EPI/MCH MPH ’02) is attending her first year of law school at American University while working for the Social Security Administration as a policy analyst. She lives in Bethesda, Md.

DANEEN FARROW-COLLIER (EHS MSPH ’97) is a public health advisor in the Environmental Health Services Branch of the CDC in Atlanta, Ga., where she works on environmental factors impacting drinking water.

PEGGY L. HALLISEY (EHS MSPH ’85) is a senior environmental specialist at Leidos, Inc., in Abingdon, Md.

ANOOP JAIN (GCHB MPH ’13) is continuing to move forward with the Humanure Power Project, a social entrepreneurship organization he started as a student. See the article here.

PATRICK NDUMISO KUNENE (GCHB MPH ’99) is currently managing the PEPFAR Department of Defense HIV and AIDS Program for the Swaziland military in Swaziland.

IVANA RAE MATTINGLY (BSPH ’14) is currently pursuing her master of public health at the University of Louisville.

AFFETTE M. McCAW-BINNS (EPI MPH ’81) is head of the Department of Community Health and Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at University of the West Indies at Mona. Her department hosts the longest-running MPH program in the Caribbean.

KATHRYN TRICK MOUNT (HSM MHA ’05) is a senior reimbursement analyst at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana. She lives in Baton Rouge, La., and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

DREW THOMAS NELSON (EPI MPH ’09) was transferred September 2013 from the Alabama Department of Public Health to the Alabama Medicaid Agency to lead the efforts of creating a quality assurance and management program as part of a $1.5 billion reform system. The reforms focus primarily on the transition from a high-utilization, fee-for-service system to a managed care system that focuses on outcome-driven, value-based purchasing.

KIM M. NOLTE (IHD MPH ’90) was named president/CEO of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP) in Atlanta.

OLUKEMI OLASUMBO (GHSD MPH ’95) works as a registered nurse in an Intensive Care Unit in Houston, Texas.

ADAM S. PALMER (IHD MPH ’04) and AMANDA MORRISON PALMER (INHD MPH ’04) are both epidemiologists at the Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene where Adam works on immigration health and Amanda works on food-borne illness. Amanda is also studying nursing at the University of Maryland. They met at Tulane SPHTM as student workers in the admissions office and now live in Baltimore with their three children.

BECKY OLSON PAYNE (HEDC MPH ’98) and DAN C. PAYNE (INHD PhD ’03) are both working at the CDC in Atlanta, Ga., where Dan is an epidemiologist in the Division of Viral Diseases working on Middle-Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Following years of service as senior advisor for business engagement and coordination, Becky was recently appointed deputy chief of staff. They met as new Tulane SPHTM students at an orientation event and married in New Orleans. The Paynes live in Decatur, Ga., with their two children.

JIMMY B. PERSELS (HSM MPH ’80) retired following a lengthy career in law in multiple jurisdictions including Maryland, Missouri, Illinois, and Washington, DC.  He now lives on the eastern shore of Maryland where he continues to do pro bono legal work for the clients of non-profit Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Inc.

MICHAEL L. SANDS, MD (TM MPH ’75) is professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Disease at the University of Florida Health Shands in Jacksonville, Fla.

JAVEED SIDDIQUI (EPI MPH ’90) is an infectious diseases physician and medical technologist working to expand the application TeleMedicine. He attests that his education has been an instrumental part of his education and current work to increasing access to healthcare.

ARTHUR O. SNEED (MPH ’55) is retired after working for 35 years as a health educator at the Louisiana State Department of Public Health.  He lives in Jennings, La.

ANNA TIANYU TAN (BSPH ’14) is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

MEGAN D. WYSONG (IHD MPH ’03) is a senior monitoring and evaluation advisor at the Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (JHPIEGO) in Baltimore, Md.

Bertrand_alum_mountainDr. Jane Bertrand, Neal A. and Mary Vanselow Professor and Chair in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development, has set a goal of climbing one mountain in every U.S. state. “Not necessarily the highest mountain,” she says, “just a mountain!” She’s hoping to find SPHTM alumni to join her in this endeavor! bertrand_alum_mountain2This past summer, she climbed Silver Peak in Washington with LISA MANHART (INHD MPH ‘94) has also climbed Mt. Katahdin in Maine and Mt. Washington in New Hampshire with EVIE LANDRY (INHD MPH ‘82) and CINDY STANTON (HEDC MPH ’85).

Are you interested in joining Jane on a hike? She has yet to climb mountains in Ala., Ariz., Colo., Ga., Hawaii, Idaho, Ill., Ind., Iowa, Kan., Ky., La., Mich., Minn., Miss., Mo., Mont., Nev., N.J., N.M., N.Y., N.C., N.D., Ohio, Okla., S.C., S.D., Texas, Utah, Vt., Wyo.


alumnigroupA group of at least eight alumni meet seasonally, pictured here in Silver Spring, Md. The photo includes KATHERINE REED-FINBERG (INHD MPH ’97) , KIMBERLY LONGFIELD (INHD/HEDC MPH ’97, INHD PhD ’00), NOMI FUCHS-MONTGOMERY (INHD MPH ’96), MOUNKAILA ABDOU (EPI PhD ’00), NATASHA SAKOLSKY (MCH MPH ’94), JESSICA KAHN (INHD MPH ’96), and CHRISTINE SOW (INHD ‘PhD [interdisciplinary]). They’ll meet next on November 15th!







Dr Richard Oberhelman (center, seated), chair of the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, visited Dr. Min-Ho Huang (left of Oberhelman, standing), adjunct professor and excellent friend to the SPHTM, in Taiwan. Pictured are three visiting surgeons from France and about 15 graduates of Tulane’s Taiwan Asia Elite Program (TAEL).


In Memoriam

We extend our condolences to the family of LEE RENE FRAZIER (HSM MHA/MPH ’74), who passed away in October. Frazier was a quiet iconoclast described as “a man of many firsts” in a 2009 Global Health article, including: the first black football player at Loyola University, among the first African-American students at SPHTM, and the first Tulane Health Systems Management graduate to head Charity Hospital. He was also the youngest executive director at the hospital (25) as well as the first African American.

Frazier went on to a stellar career that took him from New Orleans to Chicago to Little Rock, Ark. He also served in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Through it all, he maintained the goal of providing better care in the community. He leaves his wife of 46 years (Deborah), five grown children, and six grandchildren. Read more about Frazier in the Fall/Winter 2009 edition of Global Health. (page 10-11).


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