Dr. Stefany H. Almaden ’12, a Ph.D. in Health Services graduate, recently published “Predictors of Health-Related Quality of Life for Adults Ages 40–64” in the Journal of Nursing & Care (Vol. 2, Issue 2). Dr. Almaden is the president and CEO of The Almaden Group Inc., a healthcare consulting business in Pasadena, Calif.
Dr. Tony Cappello ’12, a Ph.D. in Public Health graduate, presented his dissertation research on radon contamination in drinking water from private wells at the American Public Health Association annual conference in Boston in November. His article, “Radon-Contaminated Drinking Water From Private Wells: An Environmental Health Assessment Examining a Rural Colorado Mountain Community's Exposure,” was also published in the Journal of Environmental Health (Vol. 76, No. 4). Dr. Cappello is the public health director for the Northeast Colorado Health Department in Sterling, Colo., and a part-time faculty member for Columbia Southern University, an online institution based in Orange Beach, Ala.
Dr. Preston H. Long ’02, a Ph.D. in Health Services graduate, is the author of the recently released book Chiropractic Abuse: An Insider’s Lament (American Council on Science & Health, 2013). Dr. Long is a licensed chiropractor in the Phoenix area and an associate professor of applied health informatics at Bryan University, a multicampus institution based in Los Angeles.
Charvonne Holliday ’10, a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) graduate, spoke at a banquet commemorating 97 years of the Johnstown, Pa., branch of the NAACP. She is the coordinator of international projects for the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention of the Windber Research Institute, in Windber, Pa. During the past five years, Holliday has focused on issues that include clinical health promotion, bullying prevention, community health, genomic breast cancer research, and maternal and child health. She is currently working on a clinical intervention in Brescia, Italy, to improve the prognosis and health-related lifestyles of pediatric asthma patients.
Dr. Barbara Loberg ’95, a Ph.D. in Health Services graduate, recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service to Stritch during Cardinal Stritch University’s annual Celebration of Alumni Excellence in Milwaukee. Dr. Loberg, who earned her M.S. in Health Administration from the university, served two six-year terms as a member of its alumni association Board of Directors and continues to assist with student outreach and alumni mentoring.
Dr. Shelley Amstutz-Szalay ’13, a Ph.D. in Public Health graduate, received the William Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching in honor of her work as an assistant professor at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio, in August.
Dr. Gary R. Bickford ’97, Ph.D. in Health graduate, published Our Stress Is Killing Us: Money-Back Guaranteed Solutions (Outskirts Press, 2013). Dr. Bickford is the founder of Healthy Life Clinic Inc., a healthcare practice that offers medical services to the poor and underserved.
Dr. Edilberto A. Raynes ’13, a Ph.D. in Public Health graduate, recently received tenure and was promoted to associate professor at Tennessee State University. He had worked at the university as an assistant professor since 2006.
Dr. Kelly Wheeler ’13, a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) and a Ph.D. in Public Health graduate, recently accepted an adjunct faculty position at Concordia University, Nebraska. She starts her position this fall.
Dr. Christopher Arori ’11, a Ph.D. in Public Health graduate, opened The Research Triangle College of Health Sciences and Technology in Morrisville, N.C., to offer two-month nursing assistant, medical assistant, phlebotomy, and EKG programs in July. As the college’s president and CEO, Dr. Arori hopes to assist low-income students by offering them the skills and certifications they need to enter the job market quickly.
Benjamin Banks ’10, a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) graduate, wrote the post “Telling My Story” on the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) website on July 8. Banks is an ambassador for EGPAF, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing pediatric HIV infection and eliminating pediatric AIDS through research; advocacy; and prevention, care, and treatment programs.
Dr. Jennifer Janousek ’10, a Ph.D. in Public Health graduate, was named director of the online Master of Public Health program at Concordia University, Nebraska in August. She is also a professor in the health and human performance department. Dr. Janousek is passionate about improving global public health and has led her students on service mission trips to Guatemala.
Dr. Leo Parvis ’98, a Ph.D. in Health Services graduate, was appointed Toastmasters Governor for Area 96 in June. In this position, he will oversee six local clubs over the next year. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit dedicated to helping its members become better leaders and communicators. Dr. Parvis is a professor at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis.
Dr. Steven Matarelli ’11, a Ph.D. in Public Health graduate and a faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Administration, gave two presentations in March at Hospital Revenue Management Conference in Bangkok: “Measures of True Success: Revenue Vs. Profitability in Healthcare” and “Sourcing and Retaining Patients: Drivers of Satisfaction.” He also published “Sexual Sensation Seeking and Internet Sex-Seeking of Middle Eastern Men Who Have Sex With Men” in Archives of Sexual Behavior (Feb. 2013).
Dr. Amy Catherine Howard ’10, an M.S. in Public Health (now Master of Public Health) and Ph.D. in Public Health graduate, was named the coordinator of the Florida Department of Health’s Healthiest Weight initiative in April. The initiative brings together state agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and communities to help children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthful eating and staying physically active. Dr. Howard joined the Florida Department of Health in 2007 as a health educator for the Obesity Prevention Program.
Dr. Gayle D. Jones ’09, a Ph.D. in Public Health graduate, was promoted to director of the Office of Child Health at the Georgia Department of Public Health in April. In this role, she will oversee all child health programs, which include newborn screening, genetics, and early intervention.
Tadd Greenfield ’11, a Master of Health Care Administration graduate, was named chief nursing officer of Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb., in March. He previously served as chief nursing officer for Banner Health Community Hospital in Torrington, Wyo.
Benjamin Banks ’10, a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) graduate, wrote the post “AIDS Research Creates Hope and Saves Lives” on the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) website to announce that his wife is pregnant with their HIV-negative child. Banks is an ambassador for EGPAF, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing pediatric HIV infection and eliminating pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention, care, and treatment programs.
Dr. Tyra Norris-Ellis ’11, an M.S. in Public Health (now Master of Public Health) and a Ph.D. in Public Health graduate, was recently named the chronic disease specialist in the Department of Health Assessment and Promotion at the DeKalb County Board of Health in Decatur, Ga.
Jeannette Bryant ’09, a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) graduate and a Ph.D. in Public Health student, earned formal 501(c)(3) status for Kids Be Aware (KBA) in August. Founded in 2009, the nonprofit publishes books and conducts seminars that educate parents and children about infectious and chronic diseases. Bryant has partnered with colleagues to create a board of directors, which includes Susan Ruiz and Renee Sullivan, Ph.D. in Psychology students, and Teressa Godley-Chase, a Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) student.
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