Alumni Class Notes


  • In an address last February before the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, James P. Comer, MD, MPH ’64, said that children who are “underdeveloped or differently developed” should attend schools where teachers and administrators understand and apply the principles of childhood development. Too often, Comer said, teachers and administrators view the behaviors of children as “good” or “bad,” “smart” or “dumb,” and they respond “by control and punishment. And everybody goes on a downhill course, and you have a dysfunctional school as a result.”


  • The first woman president of Claremont Graduate University in California, Deborah A. Freund, PhD, MPH ’75, has received a distinguished alumni award from the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, her undergraduate alma mater. Internationally recognized for her clinical research in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, health insurance and economics, and Medicaid, Freund has held academic executive positions at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and at Indiana, Rochester and Syracuse universities.
  • In a June 13 broadcast of the NPR program “Marketplace,” Karen Glanz, MPH ’77, PhD ’79, discussed what grocery stores can do to combat obesity. Glanz, a professor of epidemiology and nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, told how she’s working with North Philadelphia’s Fresh Grocer to redesign its aisles so that shoppers choose healthier foods.
  • The Gerontological Society of America has given its 2011 Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons award to Alan Jette, MPH ’75, PhD ’79, professor of health policy and management in Boston University’s School of Public Health and director of BU’s Health and Disability Research Institute.
  • Roscoe M. Moore, DVM, MPH ’70, is chair of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, headquartered in Laurel, Maryland. The commission is the nation’s eighth largest water- and wastewater-treatment organization.
  • The St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland, has named Charles Neuman, MPH ’74, its new president and CEO. Previously Neumann served as a senior operations executive in the Boston, Massachusetts–based FTI Healthcare Group.
  • Suzanne (Jaworski) Rhodenbaugh, MPH ’74, has published her second book of poetry, The Whole Shebang (WordTech Communications, 2010). She holds an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College.
  • J. Ronald Rowes, MD, MPH ’76, medical director for medical management and utilization of managed care for the North Shore Long Island Jewish Healthcare System, has been named an assistant professor of population health for the Hofstra–North Shore LIJ School of Medicine in New York.
  • With 13 UM nursing students, Norma Sarkar, MPH ’77, UM professor of nursing, spent two weeks in Ghana this summer. They visited clinics, nursing, and midwifery training schools, as well as a teaching hospital and elementary school, and they met with representatives of several global health organizations.


  • Nancy Biller, MPH ’83, is the administrative director for global health programs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, a post she has held since the office opened in 2004. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Chad, Biller has studied and worked in Europe, Africa, and Central America.
  • Charles R. Carpenter, MHSA '82, is the new president and CEO of Medical Advantage Group, a Michigan-based consulting and management services company that provides expertise for all types of physician organizations.
  • A Toledo internist who practices and teaches at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Jonathan Ross, MD, MPH ’82, is the top official in the Ohio chapter of Physicians for a National Health Plan, a 17,000-member national organization that advocates for a single-payer national health system. Earlier this year Ross told MedCity News that while he’s disappointed the 2010 Affordable Care Act doesn’t provide for a single-payer system, it has several “positives,” including “lots of money for public health, primary care, and improving our data systems with electronic health records.”
  • Richard E. Meetz, MS ’88, an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Optometry, has received the American Academy of Optometry’s 2010 Michael G. Harris Award for his lifelong commitment to optometric education. The award—the most prestigious in the field of optometry education—recognizes Meetz’s 34 years of teaching in both the classroom and continuing-education seminars at home and abroad, as well as his many publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • The BioTherapeutics, Education, and Research Foundation has given Eliot Mostow, MD, MPH ’81, the 2010 William S. Baer Award for Outstanding Service in the Advancement of Biotherapy. The foundation cited Mostow’s “courage and wisdom” in using biotherapy “before it was popular and trendy.” Mostow is head of the Dermatology Section at Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, a member of the clinical faculty at Case Western University Department of Dermatology, and founder of Wound Care Associates of Akron, Inc.
  • Ellen Jane Schneiter, MHSA ’82, is the University of Maine–Augusta’s new vice president of finance and administration. Prior to joining the university she served in Governor John Baldacci’s administration as a deputy commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, as a state budget officer, and as a commissioner.
  • Bob Smythe, MPH ’84, has joined the leadership team of Health Alliance Plan (HAP) as vice president of provider network operations. Previously interim chief operating officer of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Smythe will lead HAP’s provider strategies and programs.


  • Victoria W. Bayless, MHSA ’93, is the president and new CEO of Anne Arundel Health System in Annapolis, Maryland. In its 2007 “Up and Comers” report, Modern Healthcare magazine recognized Bayless as one of 12 national health care leaders.
  • As director of public health for ADRA International, David Dyjack, DrPH ’96, is helping to spearhead the organization’s efforts to eliminate malaria throughout the world. ADRA is the Adventist Development and Relief Agency; Dyjack is a former dean of the Loma Linda University School of Public Health.
  • Mary Lou Ecken, MPH ’98, is the new director of alumni engagement for Alma College in Alma, Michigan.
  • Stacy Goldberg, MPH ’99, founder of What’s In Your Cart?™, is chief nutritionist and director of community relations for Daily Gourmet, a personalized guide to high-quality and artisanal food. Goldberg describes her approach to eating as “lean and clean,” with an emphasis on fresh foods, short ingredient lists, and a limited consumption of processed or refined foods.
  • As an assistant dean for the new Central Michigan University College of Medicine, Kevin Karbowski, MHSA ’92, is responsible for faculty group-practice and patient-care programs and is looking for faculty physicians interested in moving to Mount Pleasant and joining the school’s inaugural faculty. The goal of the college is to educate physicians who will practice in underserved communities in mid- and northern Michigan.
  • Interventional gastroenterologist Tamir Ben-Menachem, MD, MS ’97, has joined Summit Medical Group in New Jersey. A coauthor of articles and book chapters on gastrointestinal endoscopy, Menachem is also chief of the Therapeutic Endoscopy Program and associate professor of medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick.
  • Michael P. O’Donnell, PhD ’94, has won the 2011 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award, given annually by the James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation to a health educator who has significantly helped to advance the field of health education or health promotion. O’Donnell, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Health Promotion and producer of the annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference, was selected for “improving the practice and science of health promotion, integrating health promotion into U.S. national health policy, and accelerating international growth of health promotion concepts.”
  • Mark Juzych, MHSA ’98, has been appointed chair of the Wayne State University School of Medicine Department of Opthalmology and director of the Kresge Eye Institute. Juzych is also chief of ophthalmology at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit.
  • Geneva (Edwards) Porter, MPH ’96, is an assistant director of prevention services at the Cook County Department of Health in Oak Forest, Illinois.
  • After four years of working on HIV-prevention clinical trials in Botswana, Dawn Smith, MD, MPH ’91, has returned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where she is the biomedical intervention implementation officer for the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.
  • Elise Stein, MPH ’94, is an intergovernmental liaison in the Office of External Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
  • In March Thomas L. Whittaker, MD, MS ’93, became president of the Association of Community Cancer Centers. He is a medical oncologist and physician partner at Central Indiana Cancer Centers in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he has had a community-based private practice for 14 years.
  • Barbara J. Zabawa, JD, MPH ’96, is the new leader of the Health Care Law Team for the Milwaukee, Wisconsin–based law firm Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. As chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Health Law Section and a member of the bar’s Legislative Study Committee on Health Care Reform, Zabawa is at the helm of health care reform in the state.


  • Kimberly M. Coleman, MPH ’02, PhD, an assistant professor in North Carolina State University’s Department of Public Health Education, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the American Association for Health Education.
  • The former associate pediatric program director at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH ’08, is now the pediatric program director at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. Hanna-Attisha is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.
  • After graduating from SPH, Karla Haynes, MPH ’03, earned an MS from the Columbia University School of Nursing’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, and since 2006 has worked as a nurse practitioner in the Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery with the Craniofacial and Cleft Center at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. An active member of the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association, Haynes has presented papers on such topics as health maintenance for internationally adopted children with cleft lip and palate, and prenatal and neonatal diagnosis and counseling for cleft lip and palate.
  • Kathryn H. Jacobsen, MPH ’01, PhD ’05, is the author of the newly released Introduction to Health Research Methods: A Practical Guide (Jones & Bartlett, 2011). An associate professor of epidemiology at George Mason University, Jacobsen also wrote Introduction to Global Health (Jones & Bartlett, 2007).
  • Prashant Mahajan, MD, MPH ’02, MBA, has joined the editorial board of Consultant for Pediatricians. Mahajan is an associate professor in the departments of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Wayne State University Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where he also serves as vice chief and research director in the Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
  • Janice Schriefer, DrPH ’04, is a part-time assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester (New York) Medical Center.


  • Monique Reeves, MD, MPH ’10, is the new medical director of Washtenaw County, Michigan.