Alumni Class Notes


  • Glenn Fosdick, MHSA ’76, has retired from his post as president and CEO of the Nebraska Medical Center. During his 12-year tenure, Fosdick reduced expenditures, boosted the hospital’s cash reserves from $8 million to nearly $260 million, and introduced multiple quality-improvement measures.
  • William Leaver, MHSA ’76, is president and CEO of UnityPoint Health.
  • Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has reappointed Marianne Udow-Phillips, MHSA ’78, to the Early Childhood Investment Corporation board of directors, the state’s leading group for information about and investment in early childhood programs.


  • At its annual meeting last fall, the American Public Health Association awarded Rex D. Archer II, MD, MPH ’83, the Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work. Archer is director of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department.
  • Linda Blount, MPH ’89, is the new president and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, a national organization dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of the 20 million black women and girls throughout the U.S.
  • The Greater New York Hospital Association and the New York Academy of Medicine, together with the Rudin Family Foundation, have awarded Ruth Browne, MPH ’83, the 2013 Lewis and Jack Rudin New York Prize for Medicine and Health. Browne is chief executive officer of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and director of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center.
  • Judith R. Baker, MHSA ’83, has received a DrPH from the UCLA School of Public Health.
  • President Obama has appointed Theresa Martha Covington, MPH ’82, to the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. Covington is director of the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths, a position she has held at the Michigan Public Health Institute since 2003.
  • Bob Riter, MHSA ’80, has published When Your Life Is Touched by Cancer: Practical Advice and Insights for Patients, Professionals and Those Who Care (Hunter House Publishers, 2014). Riter is executive director of the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes (New York).
  • As the new vice president of product management for predictive analytics for Texas-based ZeOmega Inc., Barry Zajac, MHSA ’89, will spearhead ZeOmega’s initiatives to further expand the company’s portfolio of care analytics.


  • Kevin Chung, MS ’97, the Charles B.G. De Nancrede professor of surgery, plastic surgery, and orthopedic surgery at U-M, is president of The Plastic Surgery Foundation.
  • The Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (Michigan) has named Robin Damschroder, MHSA ’98, the chief operating officer for two of its hospitals, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston.
  • Vance Farrow, MPH ’94, an industry specialist for health and medicine for the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, has joined the executive committee of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
  • Michelle Gaskill, MHSA ’98, is the new president of Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago. From 2008 to 2014, she was chief nurse executive and vice president of patient care operations at Trinity Hospital.
  • Axiom EPM, a provider of financial planning and performance-management software for health care providers, has appointed David Janotha, MHSA ’90, Industry Vice President of Healthcare.
  • Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH ’99, is the new chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and assistant dean for teaching and research on women’s health in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is also chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and executive chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Care New England.
  • During her 20-year career in women’s health, Julie Rabinovitz, MPH ’97, has been chair of the board of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association and senior vice president of business operations at Planned Parenthood of Illinois. She is currently president and CEO of the California Family Health Council.
  • Adventist Health/Community Care has appointed John Zweifler, MD, MPH ’94, chief medical officer for 38 rural health clinics in the central San Joaquin (California) Valley. A clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco–Fresno, Zweifler is a past residency director and chief for the UCSF–Fresno Family Medicine Residency Program and a past deputy medical executive for the California Department of Corrections.


  • Varsha Mathrani, MPH ’04, is serving as a Lok Mitra (“people’s friend”) in Ahmedabad, India, through a project called Moved By Love. As part of a community health service initiative, Mathrani delivers twice-daily nutritious meals to widows and widowers in the slums near the city’s Gandhi Ashram.
  • Rachel Quinn, MPH ’04, has joined the Washington State Health Care Authority’s health care policy team as the new special assistant for health care policy and programs.
  • California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointeed Janet Torres, MPH ’05, executive director of the California Health Professions Education Foundation Board of Directors. Torres has held multiple positions at Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities.


  • A federal policy analyst for WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Jalonne White-Newsome, PhD ’11, spoke at U-M SPH last November on “Achieving Climate Justice Amidst Climate Chaos.”
  • Talyah Sands, MPH ’12, has been accepted into the American Legacy Foundation’s Youth Activism Fellowship Program for the January 2014–June 2015 term. As an SPH student, Sands worked for U-M’s Tobacco Consultation Service. She currently serves as a program manager for the American Lung Association in Arizona.

In Memoriam


  • Bernard Greene, MSPH ’45 April 4, 2013
  • Beth B. Smith, BSPHN ’48 December 13, 2013


  • Robert W. Bacorn, MPH ’52 December 20, 2013
  • Mary T. DeWan, BSPHN ’54 February 22, 2014
  • Hunein F. Maassab, MPH ’54; PhD ’56 February 1, 2014
  • Soloman Belinky, MPH ’55 January 29, 2013
  • Jerry J. Cohen, MPH ’55 December 24, 2013
  • Robert M. Simons, MPH ’58 September 27, 2011
  • Rebecca R. Wilson, MPH ’58 November 22, 2013


  • Majid A. Alousi, MS ’61 February 4, 2009
  • Robah O. Kellogg, MPH ’61 September 27, 2013
  • Dean S. Mathews, MPH ’61 March 26, 2013
  • Francis J. Connolly, MPH ’63 February 21, 2014
  • Bernice M. Sirianni, MPH ’63 January 27, 2013
  • George M. Gillespie, MPH ’64 September 22, 2013
  • Robert F. Petrokas, MPH ’65 December 21, 2013
  • John R. Trabalka, MPH ’66; PhD ’71 February 23, 2014
  • Eveline P. Carsman, MPH ’67 March 29, 2012
  • Terry R. Daenzer, MPH ’68 July 5, 2013
  • Daniel J. Worthing, MPH ’68 November 16, 2012
  • David E. Johnson, MPH ’69 May 6, 2013
  • Gene P. Lewis, MPH ’69 February 12, 2014


  • Igbo J. Egwu, MPH ’70 January 23, 2014 (date U-M notified of death)
  • Douglas W. Gentry, MPH ’75 November 9, 2013
  • Deborah L. Klindt, MHSA ’76 September 3, 2012
  • Larry C. Brantley, MS ’78 November 27, 2013


  • Karen L. Krause, MPH ’82 October 20, 2013


  • Christine C. Boesz, DrPH ’97 November 24, 2013