Alumni Class Notes


  • Peter Pharis, MPH ’69, MS ’69, is a vice president and financial advisor with Merrill Lynch of Sylvania, Ohio.


  • Chief Learning Officer magazine featured Cheri Lynn Alexander, MS ’75, on the cover of its December 2008 issue. Alexander is president of General Motors University, a predominantly virtual university with a global reach, which offers training and knowledge support for all of the major functions of GM. Alexander told CLO she believes learning must be “available, it must be in the necessary languages and media, if possible, and it must be approachable for all generations and cultures.”
  • Farideh Kiomehr-Dadsetan, MPH ’71, DrPH ’73, received the American Public Health Association’s first-ever Sidel-Levy Award for Peace at the organization’s annual meeting in October. Kioumehr-Dadsetan has been campaigning against violence and for peace since the 1970s. Her efforts to prevent gun violence led her to found the International Health and Epidemiology Research Center, which is dedicated to reaching out to parents and children about the dangers of playing with toy guns. Kioumehr-Dadsetan is also president and chief executive of the American Medical Imaging Center in Glendale, California, and chief executive of the 21st Century Medical Imaging Center in nearby Burbank.
  • Halley S. Faust, MD, MPH ’78, is the 2009 recipient of the American College of Preventive Medicine’s Distinguished Service Award. A fellow with the college since 1981, Faust chairs its Code of Ethics Development Committee and has served as treasurer-secretary and chair of the policy committee, among other duties. He is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico and managing director of Jerome Capital, LLC, a health care and biotechnology venture capital fund.
  • Steve Gold, MPH ’75, served as a local health department representative on the Advisory Group convened by the National Association of County and City Health Officials to plan and facilitate the 2008 National Profile of Local Health Departments, a periodic survey of the nation’s 3,000+ local health departments.
  • In December, Anne H. Wieler, MPH ’73, was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The citation, read by the Governor General, praised Wieler’s work in providing improved, more accessible and more culturally sensitive health care for Native peoples and her internationally recognized contributions to HIV/AIDS education.


  • In December, Tsiwen M. Law, JD, MPH ’81, received the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Wachovia Fidelity Award, presented annu-ally to a lawyer whose work improves the administration of justice. In addition to direct advocacy related to issues of justice, Law has lobbied state and federal legislatures on employment discrimination, immigrant rights, and affirmative action, and was instrumental to the passage of a 2006 State Assembly act requiring that translators used in Pennsylvania courts meet minimal language proficiency requirements.


  • The Battle Creek (Michigan) Health System has tapped Denise Brooks-Williams, MHSA ’91, as its new president and CEO. The Detroit native was previously vice president of operations at Pontiac-based St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, a sister hospital, where she also served as interim CEO and vice president of ambulatory services. Brooks-Williams is an alumna of the SPH Summer Enrichment Program.
  • Denise Charron-Prochownik, RN, PhD ’91, has been inducted into the American Academy Academy of Nursing. An active diabetes researcher for the past 20 years, Charron-Prochownik is an associate professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Development at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.
  • As a physician and senior technical advisor with the President’s Emergency Program For AIDS Relief, U.S. State Department, Charles Holmes, MD, MPH ’94, travels to Africa monthly to pro-vide countries with current research on treatment issues and to help with cost-benefit issues related to treatment. Holmes’s mother, Sara B. Holmes, received her MPH from SPH in 1985.
  • Jiyoung Lee, PhD ’97, is an assistant professor of environmental health sciences and food science and tech-nology at Ohio State University.
  • During his three-year tenure as director general of the Korean Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute, Doo Yong Park, DrPH ’96, helped continue the trend of reduced injury and illness in Korea and fostered outreach to industries with the highest injury rates. Park was also instrumental in establishing a monthly Occupational Health and Safety Journal. His term as director ended in early 2009, and he returned to Hansung University, where he heads the Industrial Hygiene Program.


  • Ariel Larro, MPH ’05, is a fellowship coordinator with the Division of Hematology and Oncology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City.
  • A doctoral student in sociology at the University of California, San Francisco, Erica Solway, MPH ’05, is a coauthor of Social Insurance and Social Justice (Springer Press, 2009), an exploration of social insurance programs and their relationship to social inequality and social justice.