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Gary Fishbein is the Senior Medical Director of Oncology, Medical and Scientific Affairs for PharmaNet, Inc. in Blue Bell, PA. PharmaNet coordinates clinical research studies in conjunction with pharmaceutical, biotech, and device manufacturing companies.
Kristine Shields received her DrPH in Public Health Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The degree is conferred by the Department of Public Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC.
Andrew Wittenberg & Martha (Eberhardt) Wittenberg write: "Martha and I always like to hear from SPH folks. Martha and I had a wonderful time at the SPH, met through the program and eventually got married. We are living in Venice, CA. Martha is doing a Family Practice medical residency in Long Beach and I am doing and Emergency Medicine residency at county-USC. We have a 20-month-old son named Jack."
Sabine Eustache now lives in Florida, but continues her work with the School of Public Health as an adjunct professor. Her daughter is seven years old.
Nathan Crawford is a Public Health Advisor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Flavius Lilly is the Vice President of Operations at Hanover Hospital in Hanover, PA.
Sonia Ratnaparkhi is the Director for Healthcare Compliance and Education for Health Partners in Philadelphia, coordinating a team of six with direct oversight of MCO accreditation process, quality/credentialing audit process, EPSDT outreach/services, and health education.
Jon Cass is the Director of Community Projects for the SPH, coordinating the school’s interaction with all CMBP and Practicum sites. He and his wife reside in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia.
John Dobson is Director of Product Development for DataBay Resources in Pittsburgh, PA. John is also serving as the Vice President of the Alumni Association.
Eric Gertner is the Medical Director of oncology at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He and his wife have two sons, ages five and seven.
Tola Life is Branch Chief, Southeast Region, US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care. In this position, she is responsible for the management and programmatic oversight of community health centers in the Southeast region of the United States.
Carmina Valle: "This fall I am starting a Ph.D. program in the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health."
Monica Cheriyan took the MCAT this past summer and is studying biochemistry in preparation for applying to medical school. Since her summer move to Ohio, she has spent her free time getting reacquainted with Cleveland.
Mardelle Ann (Bautista) Gustilo resides on the island of Oahu and is employed as an Epidemiologist by the Hawaii State Department of Health for the Immunization Branch. "Enjoying paradise with my loving husband & beautiful daughter (who just made 1 year)!"
Cyrene High is currently working at Fox Chase Cancer Center in the Capacity of Performance Improvement. She identifies PI opportunities and facilitates various teams and work groups. In addition, she is responsible for FCCC's Regulatory Compliance on a state and local level.
Nilani Jayatilaka was commissioned in June 2008 as a Captain in the United States Air Force. "After graduating from Commissioned Officer Training in September, I am now serving as the Public Health Officer at McChord AFB, WA."
LaTonia Peters is the Coordinator of the MPH Program at the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences, coordinating the curriculum, aiding faculty in course development, coordinating practicum experiences and serving as liaison to the local health department. She is working on a DrPH at the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health.
Mary-Leah Albano writes: "Currently I am working on a HIV-prevention research project through Syracuse University at The Monroe County Health Department, STD clinic, in Rochester, NY. In the fall, I will be moving to Toronto to attend The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine."
Jennifer Breaux earned her PhD from Drexel's School of Public Health. In 2010, Dr. Breaux became Director of Undergraduate Public Health as the School expands its curriculum into undergraduate education. She currently teaches in both the undergraduate and MPH programs (Dept. of Community Health and Prevention).
Shiryl Mathai is the Coordinator of Health Education for the Hanover Hospital System, which he finds challenging since the Hospital acts as the local health department.
Kathryn McCluskey graduated from Widener University, School of Law, in May 2009.
Holly Cummings writes "I graduated from University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2009 and am excited to be back in Philadelphia, doing my residency in OB/GYN at Pennsylvania Hospital."
Jacqueline Matuza writes "I was named Volunteer of the Quarter of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic in March . In April I began a new job as Project Coordinator, APPS (Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Services) for Planned Parenthood NYC in the Bronx location. In June I was named Volunteer of the Year of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic."
Jennifer L. Sinibaldi writes "I am a Senior Analyst in Healthcare System Preparedness at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the state and territorial public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia. ASTHO's members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy, and to assuring excellence in state-based public health practice. For more information, please visit their website."
Andrew Tanner resides in Sparks, NV. As a Presidential Management Fellow, Andrew is the Occupational Health and Safety Officer for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, at 6.3 million acres, the largest National Forest in the lower 48 States. The Forest covers most of the mountains in Nevada, a portion of Eastern California and has a workforce of 350 professional and seasonal employees. The occupational exposures of this group include a unique blend of challenges from wildland firefighting to long-distance driving. Andrew is excited to take on these challenges and develop leadership skills in the PMF program.
Amy Hilley: "I am currently working at SFDPH-STD Control Section as a research coordinator. I am working on implementing a HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis demonstration project at our municipal STD clinic."
Pamela Kohal writes: "I am enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Public and Community Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin."
Jamilia Sherls writes: "Greetings from Atlanta! My poster presented in the Workforce and Policy segment of the CDC Cancer Conference won 2nd prize! It was titled ' Navigating Pennsylvania Cancer Patients Program: A Chart Review of Oncology Patient Disparities Among Urban and Rural Populations .' I want to thank Drexel for a great learning experience that helped me design, carry-out, and present a successful research project."
Maudlyn Etekochay has finished her first year at Ross University School of Medicine. Prior to entering medical school, Maudlyn was a Research Program Coordinator for an Asthma Clinical Research Study at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (Dept. of Epidemiology).
Komal Wadyal-Gujarathi: "I recently got married to Gaurang Gujarathi (SPH '07) and started working at the University of Chicago as an Industrial Hygienist. I'd love to be a contact for students looking to get involved in this field!"
Amber Trout, following two years at University of California, is Project Manager for an IAQ in Small and Medium Commercial Buildings Field Study. Amber has started her first year at University of Washington working towards her PhD in Built Environment.
Jillian Lucas Baker earned her Ph.D. (Community Health and Prevention) from the school in 2009, and is currently a Research Associate at the National Center on Fathers and Families at the University of Pennsylvania.
John Donovan accepted the Research and Evaluation of Suicide Prevention Strategies Fellowship at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Rachel Johnson is a Risk Analyst at the US Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Romi Pierce writes: "As of September 1st, I will be working as a Project Manager of a community-based organization that operates on the Harlem Children's Zone (http://www.hcz.org/) model. My organization, called IMPACT (www.impactstl.org), is in its second year of operation and I will be in charge of ensuring the programs are fully operational, guiding some aspects of the evaluation process, managing grants and grant bidding processes...It truly is the PERFECT job for me!"
Naomi Starkey is the Community Health and Education Program Coordinator for the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Amber Sterling is working as the Provider Education Coordinator for the Vaccines for Children program for the City of Philadelphia. The VFC program provides vaccine at no-cost to providers in order to reduce cost as a barrier to children who are uninsured or underinsured.
Kelly Abraham accepted the Patient Safety Fellowship with the National Center for Patient Safety with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Teresa Lamore: "Upon graduation, I accepted a position with Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc to be a part of their new public health initiative for HCV community outreach. I am the new Community Liaison for the Philadelphia area, focused on supporting and facilitating local efforts to increase hepatitis C awareness, and screening, diagnosis, and linkage to care for hepatitis C patients."