Alumni News Spring/Summer 2013

Jessica Kahn (IHD MPH ’96) spoke to one of Elisabeth Gleckler’s (IHD MPH ’91, DrPH ’03) Tulane BSPH classes about data in the Affordable Care Act and opportunities for graduates in a public health technology career. Kahn is a project officer for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medical Services and was in New Orleans for the HIMSS 2013 health informatics Conference.

REBECCA E. ALBAN (GHSD MPH ’12) is a program officer with John Snow, Inc., in the Washington, D.C. area.

RYAN B. ALIPIO (GHSD MHA ’12) is a project associate with Deloitte in New Orleans.

RENE J. G. AREAUX (HSM MHA ’97) is chief operating officer at Springhill Medical Center, a 250-bed for-profit hospital in Mobile, Ala.

DENISE BARTON (HSM MHA ’84) is chief business development officer at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Fla.

BERNARD H. EICHOLD, II, (MPH ’78, DrPH ’80) has been named the 2012 Mobilian of the Year by the Cottage Hill Civitan Club. The same honor was bestowed on his father in 1989. Eichold is Mobile County’s longtime public health officer and is known as a passionate and energetic voice for health education and prevention of teen pregnancy and smoking. During his tenure at the Mobile County Health Department, patient visits have more than doubled in number, to nearly 143,000 each year.

ADIBA HASSAN (TM MSPH ’08) is a field operations officer for Friends in Global Health at the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health,  Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

LORI HOEPNER (MCC MPH ’95) was awarded the 2012 Paper of the Year by Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) for co-authoring “Seven-year neurodevelopmental scores and prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos, a common agricultural pesticide.” The EHP Paper of the Year award recognizes the most highly cited paper published in the journal during the preceding year. Hoepner is currently a senior staff associate in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She served as president of the SPHTM Alumni Board for eight years.

HERBERT V. LUNDY, DVM, (PARASIT MPH ’59) has been retired for 22 years from private veterinary practice in Milton, Fla. He now maintains a pecan and blueberry farm there as a hobby and sells his produce at farmers’ markets.

AUGUST S. MARTIN, JR., (EHS MSPH ’00) is a senior planner with HNTB Corporation in Austin, Tex. He currently oversees disaster recovery work in Galveston.

C. BRETT MATENS (HSM MHA ’99) is chief operating officer at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center in Austin, Tex. He is interested in global issues through his church and is active in that organization’s work with orphans in Uganda.

JULIA B. PIPPITT (GHSD IHD ’08) is an infectious disease researcher and analyst for Shoreland, Inc., in the Washington, D.C., area. Shoreland is a medical publishing company focused on providing health care professionals with near-real-time data and recommendations for preventive and protective measures related to international health risks and location-specific medical and environmental threats.

C. OREN RENICK, JR, (HSM MPH ’74) is a professor of health administration. Following a lengthy career in managed care, he “retired” to teaching at Texas State University in San Marcos, Tex., where he established the Service Learning Initiative and serves as its director. He also holds an MA in history, a ThM in Theology, and a JD degree from other institutions, and remains an avid baseball fan.

SARAH J. SHAW (HSM & IHD MPH ’03) is a healthcare policy analyst with the Office of Healthcare Delivery Redesign at the Center for Program Coordination and Health Policy of the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin, Texas.

ALBERT J. “CHIP” ZAHN (HSM MHA ’02) is vice president of operations for Surgical Care Associates in The Dallas/Fort Worth area.

In Memoriam

We have learned of the death of Betty Foree (TM MS ’70). Foree spent much of her professional career in the military, beginning in the Army Nurse Corps and ending in San Antonio, Texas, where she taught Army Community Health Nursing. She also served as an adjunct assistant professor for Tulane. She retired from the military in 1981, but returned to employment in 1987, working as a school nurse and school nurse supervisor for 17 years. She retired again in 2006 to enjoy hobbies that included genealogy, boating, and singing. She passed away on January 27, 2012.
We also mourn the death of former SPHTM faculty member, Maurine Goodman (IHD MPH ’91), who passed away on November 26, 2012. Born in New Orleans, Goodman received a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and two master’s degrees from LSU and Tulane. Before becoming a health scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Goodman served as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, where she taught and administered the internship program with the Louisiana Office of Public Health. She enjoyed serving as mentor to many students. Her book Race and Research: Perspectives on Minority Participation in Health Studies was co-authored with Bettina Beech. Goodman passed away following a long and courageous battle with cancer. An indomitable spirit, Goodman used her singing and original lyrics to spoof the rigors of cancer, bringing laughter and joy to fellow patients at cancer treatment centers. She is survived by her husband Alan L. Goodman and her son Christopher Lewis.

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