Chrisa ArcanMHS ’04, PhD, MBA
Chrisa Arcan received her PhD in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Minnesota in 2009. Currently, she is a postdoctoral associate in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota.
Erica Penn is president-elect of the Foundation for Science and Disability (FSD), which is affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. (AAAS) She recently created a Group for FSD on Facebook:
Elaine Wolff is currently the departmental pandemic influenza coordinator for the Department of the Interior Office of Emergency Management. Since January 2007, she has been responsible for overall coordination of the Department’s nationwide planning and preparedness activities for pandemic influenza and the H1N1 flu pandemic. In this role, she represents the Department to multiple interagency policy and planning groups, and coordinates with a broad spectrum of organizational units within DOI in the Department’s H1N1 Flu Pandemic planning/preparation and implementation activities.
A major function of this role has been communicating the evolving situation and public health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other interagency partners to DOI’s bureaus and offices.
The information is communicated through guidance policy memos and the DOI H1N1 flu website (link).
Ruwan Ratnayake is a Fellow of the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program, Public Health Agency of Canada, and recently worked with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) in Belgium.
Eric Mah is the director of the human research protection program at the University of California, Davis.
Mona Sharma provides home-based clinical services to children in the United Arab Emirates who show early symptoms of psychiatric disorders.
Lisa PurvisMHS ’00, MBA
Lisa Purvis is a senior research program manager at Dartmouth Medical School's Department of Pediatrics, working on research projects related to chidren and families.
She is on the faculty of Dartmouth's MPH program, where she teaches and works closely with Fogarty scholars visiting from Tanzania. Purvis is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire's MPH program and at the Bloomberg School.
Kenneth Spicer was deployed to Iraq less than a year after finishing the MHS program in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.
Recently promoted from captain to major, he currently serves as the division environmental science officer for Task Force Iron, Multinational Division-North. Spicer is responsible for the occupational and environmental health (O/EH) of over 25,000 coalition force military personnel and DOD civilians operating in Northern Iraq. He works closely with provincial reconstruction teams, providing O/EH subject matter expertise to local Iraqi public health officials and helping to build a more robust public heatlh system for the Iraqi populace.
He routinely travels the entire Division battlespace (about the size of Ohio) conducting O/EH assessments to facilitate the prevention of disease and non-battle injury.
Elizabeth Beachy recently returned to the U.S. after working with PSI overseas for 6 years in the Caribbean region, and am now consulting for international health NGOs.
Brett LeeMHS ’02, PhD
Brett Lee is a vice president at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, one of the nation's largest children's hospitals.
He also completed his first book, "Growing Leaders in Health Care, Lessons from the Corporate World."
In April 2008, Rajendra Shukla was appointed a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Government of India, New Delhi with responsibilities for policy formulation and program implementation in respect of control of vector borne diseases and tuberculosis in India. He is also heading a team of ministry officials and consultants charged with the responsibility of developing new super speciality, tertiary care, teaching and research institutions in the public sector in India. He is the nodal officer in the ministry for policy and legal matters and international collaboration & cooperation in regard to his portfolios.
Thoai Ngo was recently named one of the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholars to travel to the United Kingdom to pursue his MPhil/PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholars program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. As a Rotary Scholar, he will serve as a goodwill ambassador to the United Kingdom and give presentations to Rotary clubs and other groups. He will be concentrating in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit within the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health at LSHTM. He hopes to conduct his disertation in Vietnam investigating the HIV-1 transmission pattern among injection drug users in the northern region.
Mona Sharma is starting a Mobile Treatment Team in New Delhi, India. She volunteered with the mobile psychiatric team at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and realized how useful it would be to have a similar program in India. It will be ready to launch in November 2008. She also got married on October 1, 2008.
Kristin Kelling is currently in Salvador, Brazil on a Fulbright grant studying local PMTCT efforts. Upon completing her Fulbright research, she will return to the CDC in Atlanta to resume her Presidential Management Fellowship position with the Global AIDS Program. Kristin is a public health analyst and focuses on PMTCT-related public health evaluation efforts.
Alena Groopman is the Global Community Health Coordinator at the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University working on the formation of a new regional initiative in the Asia and Pacific region to reduce viral hepatitis transmission.
Judith Hagedorn has finished medical school at Stanford School of Medicine in June 2008 and has started her residency in Urology at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.