August 2016

Dr. Brett Stone ’13, a PhD in Public Health graduate, was named Outstanding Professor of the Year by the Guy Fenter Education Cooperative. Dr. Stone is the dean of education at the University of the Ozarks.

Alfred (Al) Montoya ’11, a Master of Healthcare Administration graduate, has been appointed director of the White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Vermont. He had served as interim director since November 2015, and was assistant director of the Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System prior to that. Montoya is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Wendy Whitner ’05, a PhD in Health Services graduate, has been named to the Board of Examiners for the 2016 Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Whitner is a professor in the College of Health Professions at Towson University.

July 2016

Dr. Raymond Chimezie ’13, a PhD in Public Health graduate, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to advance his dissertation research on primary healthcare in Nigeria. He will be spending a year teaching and researching in Nigeria. Dr. Chimezie has also published a book, Primary Healthcare in Nigeria: Overview, Challenges, and Prospects. He is a teacher in the West Contra Costa Unified School District in California.

April 2016

Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo ’14, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, was recently featured in Africa University Today highlighting her success with Wandikweza, her organization that trains community health workers to assist government health workers.

Dr. James Worthy ’14, a PhD in Public Health graduate, coauthored “Analysis of the Community Benefit Standard in Texas Hospitals” with Dr. Cheryl L. Anderson, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, in the Journal of Healthcare Management.

Tadd Greenfield ’11, a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) graduate, has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer for Regional West Health Services in Nebraska.

March 2016

Dr. Stacey Pilling ’15, a PhD in Public Health graduate, recently published “Barriers to Perinatal Care Among Migrant Women Farmworkers in Northern Ohio” in the Universal Journal of Public Health. The paper was coauthored by Larissa J. Estes, a faculty member in Walden’s School of Health Sciences.

January 2016

Dr. Ceabert Joseph Griffith ’15, a PhD in Public Health graduate, is now a certified health education specialist by the National Commission for Higher Education Credentialing, Inc.

Susan Bartholomaus ’14, an MS in Health Informatics graduate, has been appointed director of patient care services at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

October 2015

Dr. Wendy M. Whitner ’05, a PhD in Health Services graduate, has been named to the Board of Examiners for the 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Whitner is an assistant clinical professor at Towson University in Maryland.

September 2015

Dr. Vanessa Hiratsuka ’13, a PhD in Public Health graduate, was awarded the Jens Peder Hart Hansen award from the American Society of Circumpolar Health at the 16th International Congress on Circumpolar Health in Oulu, Finland.

Dr. Grace Gachanja ’12, a PhD in Public Health graduate, was awarded the Excellence in Abstract Submission on an International Topic award by the American Public Health Association. Dr. Gachanja’s submission, Healthcare Professionals’ Perspectives on HIV Disclosure of a Parent’s and a Child’s Illness in Kenya, will be announced at the annual meeting in Chicago in November.

Martha Hall ’08, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, was recently appointed health officer for Lenawee County, Michigan.

June 2015

Dr. Melissa Thomas ’07 ’05, a PhD in Public Health and Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, and Scholar of Change video contest winner, recently received the 2015 Distinguished Health Educator Service Award from the Ohio Public Health Association.

March 2015

Dr. Tyra Norris-Ellis ’08, ’11, an MS and PhD in Public Health graduate, was recently named director of the High Blood Pressure Program at the Greater Southeast Affiliate of the American Heart Association in Marietta, Georgia.