John Paul Abenojar, a PhD in Health Services student, has been named senior representative for the health science section of the Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization of The Gerontological Society of America®. He has also been selected for a 2-year term as a member of the aging specialty section of the National Association of Social Workers. Abenojar is currently the director of social services at The Jefferson, a senior living community in Arlington, Virginia.
Elizabeth N. Webster, a PhD in Public Health student, has been recognized as Certified in Public Health (CPH) by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Nichelle A. Mullins, a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) student, was recently appointed interim CEO and president of Hartford’s Charter Oak Health Center in Connecticut. Mullins previously served as chief of compliance and legal affairs at the center.
Micah Griffin, a PhD in Health Services student and founder of Heal Our People Inc., was recently featured in an article in the Salisbury Post about the effect his education has had on his life. Heal Our People focuses on healthcare equality, academic advancement, and fatherhood success for minorities through events like its 2014 Minority Men’s Health Fair held this month.
Jennifer Sulkowski, a PhD in Public Health student, recently published A Pony Named Napoleon (Inkwater Press, 2013), a contemporary fairy tale for children. She will contribute all proceeds from its sale to the Joy Beginners School in Kenya. Sulkowski teaches at the school outside of Nairobi. She also lives and works on a Michigan horse farm that provides a home to abandoned and abused animals.
Bakali Mukasa, a PhD in Health Services student, organized a walk in Medford, Mass., for Face of Hope International USA, a nonprofit organization he founded to help local leaders and charities in Africa build effective and sustainable programs to support marginalized populations. Mukasa, a native of Uganda, also serves as president of the organization.
Taiyee Quenneh, a PhD in Public Health student, wrote “Mosquito Larvae Elimination: A Pragmatic Approach to Malaria Control” for Liberian Dialogue, an online magazine dedicated to the discussion of issues that affect Liberians.
Ndukaku Omelu, an MS in Clinical Research Administration student, recently launched the networking site PharmNest.com to encourage students, faculty members, academic leaders, scientists, and the public to have active discussions about health issues that affect everyone’s quality of life.
Leah Grebner, a PhD in Public Health student, received the Literacy Legacy Award from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) at the AHIMA Triumph Awards in October during its 84th annual convention and exhibit in Chicago. The award recognized her for her textbooks on coding systems. Grebner is the director of the applied science degree program at Midstate College in Peoria, Ill.
Maria Locklear, a Master of Healthcare Administration student, was recently designated a certified nurse manager and leader by the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Locklear works at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C.
Jeannette Bryant ’09, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate and a PhD 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, PhD in Psychology students, and Teressa Godley-Chase, a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) student. Bryant is an instructor at The Salter School, near her home in Woburn, Mass.
Margaret Ntambaazi, a PhD in Public Health student, recently initiated the formation of the Buwunge Rotary Community Corps as president of the Rotary Club of Masaka, Uganda, to initiate talks to organize farming projects, including piglet rearing and milk sales. She is the owner of the St. Jude Welfare Clinic in Masaka.