Alumni Class Notes


  • Last summer, André Nahmias, M.D., M.P.H. ’53, co-organized a symposium on the evolution of infectious agents in relation to sex. The proceedings are available online in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (August 8, 2011). Nahmias is the Richard W. Blumberg Emeritus Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Emeritus Professor of Public Health at Emory University.


  • The American College of Healthcare Executives has inducted Howard Berman, M.H.A. ’69, into Modern Healthcare’s Healthcare Hall of Fame. Berman chairs the Washington, D.C.–based Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Health Care and is a former president and CEO of Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Rochester, New York.


  • Family nurse practitioner Terry Alexander, M.P.H. ’74, works in the Cold Spring office of physician Cynthia Ligenza of the Westchester (New York) Medical Practice. Alexander’s past jobs include nursing director and director of clinics for St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Brooklyn and nursing director at Rikers Island Prison. 
  • In December, John Beckley, M.P.H. ’75, retired from his job as director of the Hunterdon County (New Jersey) Department of Health in order to pursue a career in the private sector. 
  • James C. Cecil, M.P.H. ’76, was one of five members inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Public Health Hall of Fame during a ceremony  in October. Cecil joined the UK College of Den- tistry faculty in 1996. 
  • After 13 years as dep-uty health officer for the Macomb County (Michigan) Health Department and almost two years as health officer, Steve Gold, M.P.H. ’75, has been named Macomb County’s first director of Health and Community Services. 
  • Salim J. Habayeb, M.D., M.P.H. ’78, directs the Health and Medical Policy Master’s Program at the George Mason University School of Public Policy in Arlington, Virginia. 
  • Cherry Houston, M.P.H. ’74, president and CEO of Critical Learning Systems Inc., of Cane Ridge, Tennessee, is working with the Eastern African Community to facilitate partnerships with U.S. universities aimed at addressing health issues in Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda. 
  • President Barack Obama has nominated Barbara K. Rimer, M.P.H. ’73, to chair the President’s Cancer Panel. Rimer is dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, where she is also a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is a past director of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute and has held leadership positions at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rimer was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2008. 
  • Patricia Warner, M.P.H. ’77, is the 2012 recipient of the University of Michigan’s Sarah Goddard Power Award, which honors leadership and support of women. On April 4, her 67th birthday, she retired from her position as executive director of the UM C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.


  • In a February interview with the Washington Post, Deb Hauser, M.P.H. ’87, said her experience working in Paraguay as a Peace Corps volunteer taught her that “sexual health and economic justice go hand in hand. Women need the ability to safely regulate their fertility to be secure economically.” Hauser is president and executive director of Advocates for Youth, a national sexual health nonprofit group based in the District of Columbia. 
  • Emanuel Rivers, M.D., M.P.H. ’81, director of research and a senior staff physician in surgical critical care and emergency medicine at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, has received the 2012 Barry W. Shapiro Memorial Award for Excellence in Critical Care Medicine. Rivers was inducted into the Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Science, in 2005. 
  • As mayor of Goudomp, Senegal, a city of 20,000 in the Casamance region of southern Senegal, Abdoulaye Sadio, M.P.H. ’88, Ph.D. ’91, is leading his city’s efforts to overcome civil conflict, unemployment, and high rates of teen pregnancy and HIV/AIDS. 
  • Susan Ziel, M.P.H. ’84, is the 44th board chair of the Carmel (Indiana) Chamber of Commerce. Ziel is a nurse attorney and partner with the law firm of Krieg DeVault LLP, where she is a core member of both the health care and life sciences practice groups.


  • As the first director of the Michigan State University Detroit Center, Jena Baker-Calloway, M.P.H. ’95, is responsible for expanding community connections, identifying opportunities for community-based scholarly work, and overseeing daily operations of the center. She also provides support for the MSU Detroit YouthVille research facility. 
  • Lonnie Barnett, M.P.H. ’93, is director of the Children’s Special Health Care Services Division at the Michigan Department of Community Health in Lansing. 
  • David Durand, DO, M.P.H. ’93, has earned an independent medical examiner certification from the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. The certification allows Durand, a member of Company Care and The Physician Network in Lincoln, Nebraska, to perform independent medical evaluations in difficult worker’s compensation cases. 
  • Mark Ebell, M.D., MS ’95, an associate professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of non-federal experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine, which conducts scientific evidence reviews of a broad range of clinical preventive health care services.
  • As chief medical officer and director of scientific research at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) in the U.S. State Department, Charles Holmes, M.D., M.P.H. ’94, works with colleagues at the CDC, UNAIDS, the Global Fund, and others to improve treatment programs, including mother-to-child transmission, in Africa. He and OGAC Director Eric Goosby were the architects of the plan announced in November by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for “Creating an AIDS-Free Generation.”
  • A professor of public health practice at the Harvard School of Public Health and director of the school’s new Center for Public Health Leadership, John McDonough, Dr.P.H. ’96, has published Inside National Health Reform (California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public, 2011), a behind-the-scenes account of the evolution and passage of the Affordable Care Act. From 2008 to 2010 McDonough served on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, one of two Senate committees responsible for drafting ACA.
  • Andrew Timleck, Ph.D., M.P.H. ’98, has received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Maryland and taken a full-time position in Baltimore as a health educator for AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS), a nonprofit that provides short- and long-term housing to homeless persons with disabilities, with a focus on those affected by HIV and AIDS. Timleck also serves as co-chair on the state’s Department of Mental Health and Hygiene Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Administration’s regional advisory committee for HIV/AIDS for the Baltimore/central region.


  • Megan Knaus, M.P.H. ’11, is the new research coordinator in the Department of Medicine at North Shore–Long Island Jewish Health System.