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2014

November 2014

Dr. Anita Alston Ellis ’11, a PhD in Public Health graduate, published From Abandonment to Abundance, which tells the true life story of how she was abandoned as a child but was determined to live a life of abundance. Dr. Ellis, who was brought up in foster care until her adoption, announced the upcoming release of her book during National Adoption Month. The book provides insight into the world of foster care and how Dr. Ellis overcame challenges on her road to empowerment.

October 2014

Jonas Nguh ’13, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Completion Program and PhD in Public Health graduate, recently obtained Fellow status from the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He was also appointed editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Healthcare Policy, where he will be responsible for editorial control and maintaining academic quality of the journal.

September 2014

Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo ’14, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, was the subject of a feature article on her work as a healthcare coordinator in her home country of Malawi. The article was published on the United Methodist Church’s website.

Dr. Bruce Furr ’13, a Master of Public Health (MPH) and PhD in Health Services graduate, was appointed to the board of directors of the peer-reviewed American Orthoptic Journal. He also co-authored an article in the journal and presented his research at the American Association of Certified Orthoptists regional meeting in Cleveland.

Dr. Tony Cappello ’12, a PhD in Public Health graduate and a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, was appointed to the State Board of Health by the governor of Colorado. Dr. Cappello is the public health director for the Northeast Colorado Health Department in Sterling.

Benjamin Banks ’10, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, published an article in Time magazine about his success having a healthy biological child with his wife despite being HIV positive since childhood. He is an ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing pediatric HIV infection and eliminating pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention, care, and treatment programs.

July 2014

Dr. Heather Craig Alonge ’13, a PhD in Health Services and Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, will present her dissertation research, Using Diffusion of Innovation Theory to Determine Missouri Providers’ Perceptions of Telemedicine, during a poster presentation at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting and exposition in New Orleans in November.

June 2014

Steven Rich '12, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, received the 2014 State of Ohio Publications Award for his paper "Epidemiological Research of La Crosse Encephalitis for Holmes and Wayne Counties, Ohio" published in the Ohio Journal of Environmental Health (Vol. 4, 2013). Rich is a registered public health sanitarian.

April 2014

Dr. Stefany H. Almaden ’12, a PhD in Health Services graduate, published A Blood-Tinged Diary: Culture Crossings (CreateSpace, 2013). Dr. Almaden is the president and CEO of The Almaden Group Inc., a healthcare consulting business in Pasadena, Calif.

Dr. Rabeh Robert Hijazi ’11, a PhD in Public Health graduate, recently received the American College of Clinical Engineering’s 2014 Tom O’Dea Advocacy Award in recognition of his work as an advocate. He serves on various committees and mentors younger clinical engineers. Dr. Hijazi is the chief clinical engineer at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, S.C.

Dr. Christie Osuagwu ’11, a PhD in Public Health graduate, was hired as a certified family nurse practitioner at UT Physicians of Tyler, Texas. She previously held various administrative and nursing positions at UT Health Northeast. Dr. Osuagwu is also an adjunct assistant professor of community health and preventive medicine at UT Health as well as a family nurse practitioner on UT Health’s Mobile Pediatric Asthma Clinic.

Dr. Amy Swango-Wilson ’07, a PhD in Health Services graduate and a faculty member in the School of Nursing, presented “Agreement Between Self-Report and Medical Record Prevalence of 16 Chronic Conditions in the Alaska EARTH Study” in February at Tennessee’s Milligan College, where she serves as associate professor of nursing.

March 2014

Steven Rich ’12, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, published “Epidemiological Research of La Crosse Encephalitis for Holmes and Wayne Counties, Ohio” in the Ohio Journal of Environmental Health (Vol. 4, 2013). Rich is a registered public health sanitarian who is responsible for public health programs in the environmental health field in Ohio.

Dr. Preston Long ’02, a PhD in Health Services graduate, recently published Chiropractic Abuse: An Insider’s Lament (American Council on Science & Health, 2013) to provide a perspective on the education and training, and unethical behaviors of chiropractors. Dr. Long is a licensed chiropractor near Phoenix and an associate professor at Bryan University.

February 2014

Dr. Nikki Zogg ’13, a PhD in Public Health graduate, recently became the director of the Coos County Public Health Department in Oregon. A native of Coos Bay, she previously served as a division director in the Central District Health Department in Boise, Idaho, and was involved in public health as a member of the U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Joy Guthrie ’12, a PhD in Public Health graduate and director of the diagnostic medical sonography program at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Calif., recently received the Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Award from the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Given annually, the award recognizes superior writing and contributions to the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Dr. Guthrie was honored for her article “The Prediction of Liver Disease Status Using a Combination of Sonographic and Doppler-Derived Observations of the Portal Venous System,” which was published in 2012, as well as for the third-place article, “A Case-Control Study to Compare the Likelihood of Detecting Liver Disorders Using Coincident Measures of Doppler-Derived Portal Vein Pressure Gradients, Hepatic Venous Waveforms, and the Echogenicity of Liver Parenchyma,” which she co-authored.

Dr. Gayle Walter ’10, a Master of Public Health (MPH) and PhD in Public Health graduate, co-authored the “Protective Factors and College Student Drinking Patterns in Pre- and Post-Katrina New Orleans” in Health (Vol. 5, No. 12) with the late Dr. John Kowalczyk, a former faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, and Dr. Peter Anderson, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences. Focusing on students at a public commuter university in New Orleans, the authors examined how attitudes, personal characteristics, and behaviors could play a role in reducing alcohol and drug use among college students.

Dr. Phyllis Wallace ’07, a PhD in Public Health graduate, co-authored “Views of Mammography Screening Among U.S. Black and Hispanic Immigrant Women and Their Providers” in the journal Health Care for Women International (January 2014). The paper examines barriers to cancer screening by exploring the perceptions and experiences of Haitian, Hispanic, Portuguese, and Somali women related to mammography and breast health services. Dr. Wallace is a research assistant professor at Boston University.

Dr. Norma Bowe ’93, a PhD in Health Services graduate, who designed and teaches a popular “Death in Perspective” course at Kean University in Union, N.J., inspired The Death Class: A True Story About Life (Simon & Schuster, 2014) by Erika Hayasaki. The book describes the experiential nature of Dr. Bowe’s class, which includes visits to hospices, cemeteries, and prisons as well as assignments that ask students to write their own eulogies and funeral plans, while communicating how learning about death can help people lead life to its fullest potential.

Dr. Vali Hawkins Mitchell ’93, a PhD in Health Services graduate, authored The Cost of Emotions in the Workplace: The Bottom Line Value of Emotional Continuity Management (Rothstein Associates Inc., 2013). In the book, she details how managers should understand the full range of employees’ potential emotional responses to ensure effective planning and business continuity before, during, and after a major disaster. The CEO of ImproVizion Consulting, Dr. Mitchell has trained or counseled first responders and victims following 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.

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2013

December 2013

Dr. Stefany H. Almaden ’12, a PhD 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 PhD 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 PhD 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.

November 2013

Charvonne Holliday ’10, a Master of Public Health (MPH) 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 PhD 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.

October 2013

Dr. Shelley Amstutz-Szalay ’13, a PhD 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, PhD 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.

September 2013

Dr. Edilberto A. Raynes ’13, a PhD 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 (MPH) and a PhD 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 PhD 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 (MPH) 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 PhD 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.

August 2013

Dr. Leo Parvis ’98, a PhD 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.

June 2013

Dr. Steven Matarelli ’11, a PhD 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 PhD 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 PhD 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.

May 2013

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 (MPH) 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.

March 2013

Dr. Tyra Norris-Ellis ’11, an M.S. in Public Health (now Master of Public Health) and a PhD 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.

January 2013

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 SullivanPhD in Psychology students, and Teressa Godley-Chase, a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) student.

2012

December 2012

Divia Forbes ’11, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, was honored with the Blue Ribbon Award in October by her supervisor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she works as a public health analyst. The award recognized her work monitoring and tracking genotype clusters.

November 2012

Dr. Lisa P. Stevens ’10, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, was recently invited to the White House as part of a group of health professionals to discuss improving clinician understanding of and engagement with the Affordable Care Act with White House staff members. Dr. Stevens is the medical director of The Daily Planet Health Care Center in Richmond, Va., which serves the homeless, underinsured, and uninsured. She is also an assistant professor at Virginia

October 2012

Dr. Gayle D. Jones ’09, a PhD in Public Health graduate, started as the director of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Comprehensive Child Health Services Unit, Maternal and Child Health Program, in September. Dr. Jones previously served as the public health director for Oneida County. In her new position, Dr. Jones will oversee Children 1st, Health Check, the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems grant, and Child Health and Safety in partnership with the Injury Prevention Unit, which includes sudden infant death syndrome education.

September 2012

Divia P. Forbes ’11, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, and Dr. Jorg Westermann, associate dean of the School of Health Sciences, were quoted in “Online Public Health Education Growing in Popularity in U.S.: More Students Forgoing Classrooms” in The Nation’s Health (August 2012). Forbes explained that online public health programs allow students the opportunity to go back to school, and Dr. Westermann discussed how the programs meet the changing demands of the public health practice.

Dr. Hoa Appel ’05, a PhD in Health Services graduate, will present at the American Public Health Association annual meeting in San Francisco in October. He also recently published “Physical, Behavioral, and Mental Health Issues in Asian-American Women: Results From the National Latino and Asian-American Study” in the Journal of Women’s Health (Vol. 21, Issue 8).

August 2012

Dr. Jonas Nguh ’11, a PhD in Public Health graduate, won the Volunteerism and Service award from Nurse.com Nursing Spectrum’s 2012 Nursing Excellence program. A small group of winners and 30 finalists based in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and Virginia were honored at the June 12 ceremony. Dr. Nguh serves as director of nursing programs at the Community College of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., full time and also volunteers to lead teams of students to remote areas in Alaska, Kenya, Sudan, and South Africa to provide vaccines and supplies.

July 2012

Benjamin Banks ’10, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, was a speaker on a panel at the United States Food and Drug Administration in May as an ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. He spoke about issues such as drug development and patient adherence to treatment, contributing to the conversation about the risks and benefits to patients.

Dr. Ruth Stark ’88, a PhD in Health Services graduate, had her book How to Work in Someone Else’s Country (University of Washington Press, 2011) selected as one of the “Best of the Best” university press books for public and secondary school libraries at the American Library Association’s annual conference in June.

June 2012

Dr. Gudeta Fufaa ’11, a PhD in Public Health graduate and a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, was recently awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Dr. Fufaa is a full-time epidemiologist and data manager at the Arizona Department of Health Services in Phoenix.

Tina Tvedt ’11, a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) graduate, became Redwoods Rural Health Center’s executive director in March. She plans to work with a team to bring together patients and practitioners from 20 family practice providers to improve access to care.

Dr. Leo Parvis ’98, a PhD in Health Services graduate, co-wrote the e-book Path to Professorship: A Plan (Amazon Digital Services, 2012) to help readers gain the tools they need to teach at the college level.

Dr. Gary Bickford ’97, a PhD in Health Services graduate, explained how volunteerism benefits his medical practice and his Knoxville, Tenn., community in the article “Encouraging Your Staff to Volunteer in Your Community” in Medical Office Today (April 11, 2012).

May 2012

Dr. Tyra Norris-Ellis ’11, a Master of Public Health (MPH) and PhD in Public Health graduate, presented “Association Between Availability of an On-Site Workplace Wellness Program, Physical Activity, and Nutrition Among African-American Employees” at the 2012 American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) National Conference in Atlanta in March.

March 2012

Dr. Ruth Stark ’88, a PhD in Health Services graduate, authored How to Work in Someone Else’s Country (University of Washington Press, 2011). Dr. Stark is a senior technical advisor in South Africa who has worked with the World Health Organization, international relief and development nongovernmental organizations, and national governments.

February 2012

Janet Stanovich ’06, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, was named the 2012 Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce president in January 2012. Stanovich has worked in emergency management for more than 15 years, has knowledge of local government, and is responsible for all emergency-related services in the county. It is her goal to maintain a solid membership by keeping members informed and engaged by participating in chamber-sponsored events.

January 2012

Gayle Walter ’07, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, gave a poster presentation in October 2011 at the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) 62nd annual meeting in Arlington, Va., and served as the state of Iowa delegate for SOPHE.

Joseph Citro ’08, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, contributed to a research project with Environmental Health Specialists that produced a CD on environmental health and learning disabilities for Learning Disabilities Worldwide, a nonprofit that promotes awareness of, and supports individuals with learning disabilities.

December 2011

Stephen Pires ’11, a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) graduate, was named vice president of Care Continuum and Risk Services at Southcoast Health System. He is responsible for assuming oversight of the care coordination department, which provides case management, social services, and interpreter services at three hospitals.

Dr. Marc-Daniel Gutekunst ’91, a PhD in Health Services graduate, was selected earlier this year to sit on the High-Level Independent Review Panel Support Team for the Global Fund, which is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. In this position, Gutekunst conducted in-depth analysis of the technical panel review and the grant approval process.

November 2011

Dr. Tyra Norris-Ellis ’11, a PhD in Public Health graduate, will begin work as an epidemiologist for the Cloudburst Group, a division of public health contracted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Georgia, starting in January.

September 2011

Dr. Jonas Nguh ’11, a PhD in Public Health graduate, was appointed director of nursing programs at the Community College of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., where he will oversee academic affairs and administration of the department.

Dr. Babatunde Oloyede ’10, a PhD in Public Health graduate, presented his doctoral research, “Impact of a Hand Hygiene Intervention on the Risk of Transmitting a Positive Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Culture,” in June 2011 at the Third North American Congress of Epidemiology in Montreal, Quebec.

August 2011

Dr. Frazier Benjamin Beatty ’09, a Master of Public Health (MPH) and PhD in Public Health graduate, is now a public health advisor for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dr. Vernice Jackson-Lewis ’94, a PhD in Health Services graduate, was listed as one of the most frequently cited researchers on Parkinson’s Disease in the article co-authored by Aaron A. Sorensena and David Weedonb, “Productivity and Impact of the Top 100 Cited Parkinson’s Disease Investigators Since 1985,” in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease (IOS Press, 2011).

June 2011

Dr. Jon E. Graham ’03, a PhD in Health Services graduate, will serve as deputy director of clinical operations for the University of Florida Shands Cancer Center and as assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

May 2011

John Thompson ’06, a PhD in Health Services graduate, will head the District of Columbia Office on Aging in Washington, D.C.

December 2010

Alex Camacho ’07, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, was appointed to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Rockville, Md., where he will combine his clinical expertise and research experience to help inform the collection, analysis, and interpretation of population-level data.

November 2010

Dr. Bruce Dart ’05, a PhD in Health Services graduate, was named director of the Tulsa City-County Health Department.

LaQuanta Person ’08, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, described her Walden experience in Delta Sky Magazine (October 2010): “Walden’s distance learning program gave me the flexibility to pursue my degree and continue to work.”

Dr. Geneva Craig ’04, a PhD in Public Health graduate, was the keynote speaker at the Alaska State Nurses Convention in October 2010.

Taylor S. Jones ’09, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, won the 2010 Best Student Paper in the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of the American Public Health Association.

October 2010

Dr. Andrea Novak ’10, a PhD in Public Health graduate, was selected for a five-year grant administered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing to adapt her dissertation research to the primary care setting.

September 2010

Jeannette Bryant ’09, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, applied her knowledge of behavioral issues and human relationships in her new book, The Cheating Ways.

Dr. Ruthy Watson ’08, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, will present her doctoral research, titled “Obesity Prevention, Healthy Nutrition, and Physical Activity: What Does the Pastor Think?” at the Ninth Annual Conference on Health, Illness and Disease at Oxford University held September 11–13, 2010.

July 2010

Dr. Gayle Jones ’09, a PhD in Public Health graduate, recently accepted the position as health director of Oneida County, N.Y.

Marlene M. von Friederichs-Fitzwater ’06, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, published “A Value-Based Approach to Increase Breast Cancer Screening and Health-Directed Behaviors Among American Indian Women” in the Journal of Cancer Education (2010). Von Friederichs-Fitzwater is an adjunct assistant professor and director of the Outreach Research and Education Program at the University of California, Davis, Cancer Center. She currently serves as a practicum preceptor to two Walden M.P.H. students.

Julie Tomaska ’06, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, presented a poster, “IRB Concerns About DNA Banking: The CSP #546 Experience,” at the 2009 Internal Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease in Vienna, Austria. Tomaska was selected as the 2010 148th Fighter Wing’s Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, as well as the 2010 Civil Servant of the Year by the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is working on her PhD in Public Health at Walden.

March 2010

Jeannette Bryant ’09, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, recently authored How Far Can You Go for Love? Bryant is the CEO of Kids Be Aware!, a nonprofit organization that creates books for children that aim to raise awareness on chronic and infectious diseases.

January 2010

Dr. Sandra Kuntz ’04, a PhD in Health Services graduate, was selected for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Nurse Faculty Scholars program (2009–2012). Kuntz recently authored two papers on methyl mercury research that appeared in Environmental Research and the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing.

September 2009

Jeannette Bryant ’09, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, designed a program called “Kids Be Aware” during her practicum experience. She gave a presentation on the program at the Ninth Annual [Tuberculosis] Education and Training Network conference on July 28–30, 2009, in Atlanta. On Oct. 30, 2009, Bryant will present at the United States Conference on AIDS in San Francisco.

Dr. Moshe S. Dreyfuss ’09, a PhD in Public Health graduate, gave a presentation of his dissertation results entitled “Norovirus: Foodborne or Pandemic Pathogen?” at the International Association for Food Protection 2009 Annual Meeting in Grapevine, Texas, on July 13.

Marlene M. von Friederichs-Fitzwater ’08, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, is director of the UC Davis Cancer Center Outreach Research and Education Program and recently released research findings on the issue of low breast cancer screening and survival rates among American Indian and Alaska native women.

Dr. Bruce Dart ’05, a PhD in Health Services graduate, assumed the duties of president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) at the association’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., July 29–31, 2009. NACCHO is the national organization representing the nation’s nearly 3,000 local health departments.

Dr. Vanessa Briscoe ’04, a PhD in Health Services graduate, has been named the recipient of the 2009 Davis-Galloway Empowerment Award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Metropolitan Nashville Chapter. The award is given to recognize and honor women of color across Middle Tennessee who ascend to leadership through outstanding advocacy, effective networking and superlative community service. Briscoe is currently a research assistant and professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Prince Ordu ’00, a PhD in Health Services graduate, received a Career Education Corporation Educator of the Year award in the category of Student Success. He also received the Best Service and Philanthropist award from the Etche-America Foundation.

July 2009

Dr. Hoa Appel ’05, a PhD in Health Services graduate, will be presenting at the American Public Health Association 137th Annual Meeting and Exposition on Nov. 10, 2009. The presentation is titled “Diverse Faith Influence on Complications and Hospital Stay of Cardiac Patients.”

Dr. Vanessa Briscoe ’04, a PhD in Health Services graduate, has been named the recipient of the 2009 Davis-Galloway Empowerment Award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women–Metropolitan Nashville Chapter. The award is given to recognize and honor women of color across Middle Tennessee who ascend to leadership through outstanding advocacy, effective networking, and superlative community service. Briscoe is currently a research assistant and professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Ruthy Watson ’08, a PhD in Public Health graduate with a specialization in Community Health Promotion and Education, presented her research in a poster presentation at the 2008 Florida Public Health Annual Educational Conference of the Florida Public Health Association. She presented two workshops on healthy nutrition and stress management techniques for Broward College Professional Development Day, held on March 20, 2009. Watson also joined more than 80 other professors and graduate students from universities throughout the U.S. and around the world to participate in the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements course “Dietary Supplement Research Practicum 2009” held on June 1–5, 2009.