Class Notes


  • Bailus Walker, M.P.H. ’59, was guest editor of the January 2008 issue of the Journal of Inhalation Toxicology. A professor of environmental and occupational medicine at Howard University College of Medicine, Walker is the immediate past chair of the Committee on Toxicology of the National Academy of Sciences.


  • At last year’s APHA convention, Elaine Auld, M.P.H. ’78, received the Sarah Mazelis Award, given by the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section. Auld is executive director of the Society of Public Health Educators and chairs the SPH Alumni Society Board of Gover-nors.
  • Vernice Davis Anthony, M.P.H. ’76, Marianne Udow-Phillips, M.H.S.A. ’78, and Dottie Deremo, M.H.S.A. ’94, were all named to the Crain’s Detroit Business “most influential women of 2007” list.
  • After nearly three decades of contributing to public health efforts in developing nations, Kenneth R. Farr, M.P.H. ’74, has retired from USAID and plans to pursue activities in the field of medical tourism in Ecuador. Farr, who lives in Quito, is vice president of Health Care Tourism International, a U.S.–based NGO.
  • Last November, Ruth H. Franklin, M.P.H. ’72, was inducted into the Ottawa Hills (Toledo, Ohio) Hall of Fame.
  • Patricia Hemingway Hall, M.P.H. ’79, is the new president and COO of Health Care Service Corporation, the largest customer-owned health insurer in the U.S., which operates the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
  • Edward Kadunc, M.P.H.’74, is the new executive director of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation. Previously, he directed missions for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Bosnia Herzegovina. Kadunc is a past recipient of USAID’s Presidential Meritorious Honor Award.
  • In “Rebuilding Health Systems and Providing Health Services in Fragile States,” a paper published by Management Sciences for Health, William Newbrander, M.H.A. ’75, Ph.D. ’83, argues that health is a key entry point by which the international community can and must become involved in fragile states. Improvements in health services, he explains, help strengthen civil society and restore legitimacy to governments. Newbrander, who is helping to rebuild Afghanistan’s health system, believes such support should combine short-term relief with longer-term development.
  • Nicholas D. Richie, Ph.D. ’72, recently published The Plane to Lisbon: A Travel Memoir (Inkwater Press), a collection of memories from nearly four decades of travel. He is a professor emeritus of health administration at Florida Atlantic University.
  • Mary Vallier-Kaplan, M.H.S.A. ’76, is vice president and COO at the Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation.


  • Lisa C. Hatch, M.P.H. ’80, is associate director of clinical monitoring for PharmaLink in Durham, North Carolina.
  • The North Carolina Arts Council has awarded a 2007–2008 fellowship to poet Roy Jacobstein, M.P.H. ’86. An adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, he is the author of three books, including Fuschia in Cambodia (2008), about the adoption of his daughter in Cambodia on September 12, 2001.
  • Marlene J. Soderstrom, M.H.S.A. ’86, is the senior associate for board programs and relations with the American Board of Emergency Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan.


  • Jay R. Anderson, M.H.S.A. ’91, is the chief dental officer for the Health Resources and Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is also chief dental officer for HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care, a position he has held for 14 years, and HRSA’s oral health representative on the Healthy People 2010 Workgroup.
  • Michael T. Brandt, M.P.H. ’94, Dr.P.H. ’97, will serve as president of the American Industrial Hygiene Association in 2010. He is deputy division leader of the Office of the Principal Associate Director for Operations, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.
  • Angelo T. Chinni, M.S. ’94, an industrial hygienist with Eli Lilly & Co. in Indianapolis, is pursuing an M.B.A. at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
  • Stacy Goldberg, M.P.H. ’99, has founded A Weigh of Life, Inc., a private practice in West Bloomfield, Michigan, offering a holistic approach to nutritional health and overall well-being. Goldberg has been a practicing nutritional consultant and registered nurse in the Detroit area since 1999.
  • Devin B. O’Neill, M.P.H. ’99, has joined the Pittsburgh-based law firm Cohen & Grigsby as an associate in its Immigration Practice Group, where she’ll focus on employment-based immigration.
  • Quality Perspectives LLC, a new business created by Allyson Schulz, M.P.H. ’94, of Berlin, Connecticut, offers strategic planning, project management, marketing, quality improvement, and grantwriting services.
  • Having finished her doctorate in psychology in 2006, Michelle Segar, M.P.H. ’97, has launched a new business, EssentialSteps, a women-specific physical-activity and self-care intervention delivered via the Internet and telephone. Segar is also a research investigator at UM’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
  • In December, Renee Stiles, Ph.D. ’97, coauthored studies in Medical Care and the Journal of the American Medical Association. She is an assistant professor of medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.


  • In her new role as associate director of health research for the Washington, D.C., office of Mathematica Policy Research, Erin Fries Taylor, Ph.D. ’03, oversees junior health researchers in the areas of health care access, Medicaid managed care, Medicare, and uninsured and vulnerable populations.
  • Christina Tipsword, M.P.H. ’05, is manager of both community health education and the Maino Community Health Library at the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation in Modesto, California.
  • In December, Diana Torres-Burgos, M.P.H. ’06, was named medical director of the Washtenaw County (Michigan) Health Department.