Alumni Class Notes


  • Israel’s Ministry for the Protection of the Environment has honored Hillel Shuval, MPH ’52, HSCD ’03, with an award for his life’s work protecting and promoting the environment. Shuval, who received an honorary doctorate from UM in 2003, headed the list of 12 recipients of the award, which was issued on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the founding of Israel. Shuval helped found the first governmental program for environmental protection in Israel in 1949 and later founded the environmental sciences programs at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A leader in promoting water recyling and reuse, he currently heads the Department of Environmental Health at Hadassah Academic College.


  • Now retired, Gene P. Lewis, MPH ’69, was inducted into the University of Kentucky Public Health Hall of Fame in 2005. A former dental surgeon, he worked with the U.S. Public Health Service and directed the Program of Public and Professional Services at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.
  • In May, Edward Roccella, MPH ’69, received the Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Award and Lecture in Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–School of Public Health. The award recognizes Roccella’s achievements as head of the National High Blood Pressure Education Program from 1978 to 2007. Since the program’s inception, age-adjusted mortality for coronary heart disease and stroke have declined by 60 and 70 percent, respectively.


  • Halley Faust, MPH ’78, and his wife recently moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Faust is working with the University of New Mexico Department of Family and Community Medicine and the New Mexico Department of Public Health to found a preventive medicine/public health residency in the state. He is also writing bioethics articles and pursuing venture capital work.
  • The immediate past chair of the Department of Dental Public Health, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee, James L. Martin, MPH ’75, appears in the 2008 edition of the Marquis Who’s Who in America and the 2007–2008 edition of the Cambridge Who’s Who. Martin is known for his discovery of leukoedema in children.


  • Lawrence Abramson, MPH ’87, has been elected to a two-year term as a trustee for the Michigan Osteopathic Association. Abramson is quality director for POH Regional Medical Center, Pontiac, Michigan.
  • Last year, Heather Borman, MS ’87, received the American Industrial Hygiene Association Northern California Section’s Dr. Christine Einert Award. The award honors Borman’s contributions to the success of the local section. Borman is an industrial hygienist with the San Francisco–based State Compensation Insurance Fund.
  • Michael Leavitt, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has appointed Keith E. Braganza, MPH ’80, to a three-year term on the Provider Reimbursement Review Board in the department’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • As an assistant administrator at Community Hospital in New Port Richey, Florida, Valerie Powell-Stafford, MHSA ’89, oversees seven clinical practices with over 50 physicians. Previously, Powell-Stafford was a program administrator for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.
  • In April, Larry Schroeder, MHSA ’86, became CEO of Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital and Clinics in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. Previously, Schroeder was chief operations officer for the institution and held interim positions as CEO and chief financial officer.


  • John McDonough, DrPH ’96, has joined the staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy as a special advisor working on health reform.
  • In April, Mary Angela Niester, RD, MPH ’99, received the 2008 Michigan Dietetic Association Registered Dietitian of the Year Award.
  • As a member of the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, Kristin Sarri, MPH ’97, focuses on issues related to the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard. Sarri previously served as a senior policy advisor for appropriations, energy, and environmental issues in the office of Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island.
  • Mike Stobbe, MPH ’94, has earned his doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Stobbe is a medical writer for the Associated Press, covering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.


  • In her new job with the Violence and Victimization Research Division of the National Institute of Justice, Bethany (Strong) Backes, MPH ’02, is responsible for maintaining a portfolio related to victimization research as well as developing future research and practice priorities related to violence and victimization.
  • Christine Billings, MPH ’02, is a regional epidemiologist with the Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment in Golden, Colorado.
  • Rohan Jeremiah, MPH ’06, is a junior research faculty member of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in the School of Medicine at St. Georges University, Grenada, West Indies, where he specializes in reproductive health issues in the Caribbean. He recently completed his doctoral coursework in applied anthropology at the University of South Florida.
  • Tracy Orr, MPH ’06, spent the last two years in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, as an ASPH/CDC Allan Rosenfeld Global Health Fellow in Monitoring and Evaluation.