Alumni News Spring/Summer 2015

Jaskit S. Ahluwalia, MD/MPH '87

Jaskit S. Ahluwalia, MD/MPH ’87

JASJIT S. AHLUWALIA (MD/MPH ’87) became founding dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health in April. He is a nationally recognized researcher in the fields of health disparities and nicotine addiction in minority populations.

KRIS ANSIN (IHD MPH ’11) is executive director of Mali Health Organizing Project.

DOREEN BABO (HSM DrPH ’97) and her physician husband Mark are international directors of Heal Our World in Shingle Springs, Calif. The non-profit organization works to provide healthcare, train healthcare providers, and build health facilities for underserved populations. Projects include a children’s hospital annex in Benin City, Nigeria, and a tuberculosis treatment and school clinic in New Delhi, India.

CAROLYN BARRETT (NUTR MPH ’78). Following a 30-year career in nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, Barrett retired as program director of the accredited coordinated master’s program in nutrition. She then served two terms in the Peace Corps, first as a community health volunteer in Nicaragua and later as a nutrition educator in Guatemala. Barrett lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., where she volunteers at a cooking school.

CARLIE CONGDON (GEHS MPH ’14) is associate program director for The END Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The END Fund partners directly with ministries of health and global NGOs to provide funding and 14 GLOBAL HEALTH technical assistance for NTD control and elimination programs. Congden will be among 20 dedicated hikers participating in the Summit to See the END, a fundraising and awareness effort to summit Mt. Killimanjaro. Learn more about Congden’s hike at http://www.razoo. com/story/Carliecongdon.

LURA DAUSSAT (IHD MPH ’03) is an account manager for health IT at OZ Systems in Arlington, Tex., where she specializes in development, training, and implementation for state public health programs in newborn hearing, point-of-care, and metabolic/genetic screening programs. Daussat was selected for a fellowship with the National Library of Medicine’s Georgia Biomedical Informatics course, which will be held at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga.

SARAH “BETSY” DUNCAN (EHS MPH’03) is senior business consultant for regulatory affairs at LyondellBasell in Houston, Tex., one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical, and refining companies. She serves on the board of the West Harris County branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) as the branch chairperson of Expanding Your Horizons in Science & Mathematics™, a STEM Conference promoting education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math to approximately 450 middle school girls.

DELIGHT ERICKSON (MCH MPH ’89) is a family nurse practitioner for the Radius Medical Group in Anoka, Minn. She is also a medical provider for Anoka Regional Treatment Center.

MARIO GARNER (HSM MHA ’04) was honored by the American College of Healthcare Executives with the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for the Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. He is president and CEO of New Orleans East Hospital in New Orleans.

Mario Garner

MARIO GARNER (HSM MHA ’04) was honored by the American College of Healthcare Executives with the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for the Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. He is president and CEO of New Orleans East Hospital in New Orleans.

JULIAN GRASS(EPID MPH ’11) is a surveillance epidemiologist in the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He was featured in the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (Mattoon/Charleston, Ill.) in an article about his experience working with the Ebola response in Sierra Leone, where he helped train local responders as contact tracers.

AJA HARDY (HSM MPH ’02) was selected as a governing councilor for the Health Administration Section of the American Public Health Association, a section she has been involved in since graduation. Hardy is a manager in the healthcare provider space for Deloitte Consulting LLP. In November, she exhibited at the APHA annual meeting and expo in November on behalf of Deloitte, where the company showcased their growing support of public health issues for their client base.

ANGELA SHEN (HSM ScD ’11) was named Alumna of the Year by Loma Linda University School of Public Health, an award bestowed during the school’s spring 2014 graduation ceremony. Shen serves as senior advisor for vaccines and immunizations for the Maternal and Child Health Division of USAID where she manages a $50 million immunization portfolio for the division’s integrated program. The ceremony program highlighted Shen’s contributions to public health, including numerous publications and presentations and her leadership and active participation in USAID global programs and on FDA licensing committees. As a result of the influence she has exerted on her profession, she was chosen to serve at the FDA and the CDC as a problem solver, strategic leader, and future leader.

Angela Shen

Angela Shen

In addition to the Alumna of the Year award, Shen has earned numerous accolades during her career including: Presidential Management Fellow (U.S. Office of Personnel Management), the RADM Samuel Lin Award (Asian Pacific American Officers’ Committee), Junior Officer of the Year (Junior Officer’s Advisory Group of the U.S. Public Health Service), and the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal, among many other honors.

LORI HOEPNER (MCH MPH ’95) has earned her PhD in environmental health sciences from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her dissertation was on “Bisphenol-A Exposures, Adipogenic Mechanism, and Effect on Childhood Adiposity,” which won the I. Bernard Weinstein Award for Academic Excellence in Environmental Health Sciences for the DrPH/PhD. The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and promise in the field of public health. Hoepner is past president of the SPHTM Alumni Board.

KT KRAMER (GHSD JD/MHA ’14) is currently working for Sen. Alexander on the HELP committee where she staffs issues related to the Affordable Care Act, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Public Health Service Act, as part of her David Winston Fellowship. She was featured in the Tulane Law School’s Admissions Blog.

STEPHEN A. MARTIN (EPID MPH ’95) has joined the leadership board of Jackson Healthcare’s Hospital Charitable Services Awards, one of the largest healthcare staffing companies in the U.S. Martin is the executive director of the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI).

CARLA B. PELLERIN (HSM MHA’98) is hospital administrator at Fairview Treatment Center, a 65-bed residential substance abuse detox and rehabilitation facility in Morgan City, La.

MARK SADAKA (EHS MSPH ’00) was named to the 2014 Rising Stars List by New York Metro Area Super Lawyers. Sadaka is the founder of the Law Offices of Sadaka Associates, and this is the third time he has been named to the New York list. He has twice been named to the New Jersey list. His practice focuses on complex litigation, consumer protection, medical device and pharmaceutical litigation, product liability, and toxic tort. Sadaka and his firm focus solely on socially important litigation.

JOSEPH SCALETTA (EPID MPH ’00) is director of the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment’s Associated Infections program and is the current president of the Wichita chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control. He recently returned from Sierra Leone where he helped treat Ebola patients and spoke about his experience at the HaysMed hospital in Hays, Kan.

NICOLETTE TAKU (BSPH ’10, MPH’11) was selected for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship that will take her to the University of Cambridge where she will pursue her MPhil in Oncology.

MARGARET “PEG” VAN BREE (HSM DrPH ’98) was appointed president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, effective January 2015. The two hospitals are part of Lifespan, Rhode Island’s first and largest health system, affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

KELLY (GILLIN) YOTEBIENG (IHD MPH’06) has relocated to Columbus, Ohio, where she is working as a consultant program manager for Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance (CORDS), a French-based NGO that links regional disease surveillance networks to improve global capacity to respond to infectious diseases. This move comes after spending nearly 10 years in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Starting in Fall 2015, she will combine her global health experience and interest in culturally appropriate mental health programming by pursuing a PhD in anthropology at the Ohio State University. She would love to connect with fellow Tulane alumni in Columbus!


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