In 2017, Herman Koren, HSD, MPH ’59, will publish his 20th book, Best Practices and Resources for Environmental
Health, Safety, Protection, Sustainability, as part of the “Best Practices Series
for Public Health Programs” published by the Information Technology Group, CRC Press,
Taylor and Francis Group. Koren, a professor emeritus of health and safety, Indiana
State University, is series editor.
Lisa Getzfrid, MPH ’78, is senior vice president of operations and COO of Health Partner Plans,
a not-for-profit managed health care organization serving over 257,000 members in
A partner in the Midwest law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, Ken Marcus, MPH ’78, has been named a fellow of the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.
Marcus also serves on the Small or Rural Hospital Council of the Michigan Hospital
Association, the Advisory Board of BNA Medicare Report, and the Life Members council
of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Kenneth H. Mizrach, MPH ’74, director of the Department of Veterans Affairs, New Jersey Health Care
System, received the 2015 Spirit of Planetree Lifetime Achievement Award in honor
of his leadership in advancing patient-centered care.
David A. Oot, MPH ’74, has received the Dr. James E. Douthat Outstanding Achievement award from
the Lycoming College Alumni Association. During his 40-year career, Oot has designed
and managed maternal and child health initiatives, including HIV/AIDS and family-planning
programs, for government and nonprofit sectors worldwide.
Ronald W. Chapman, MPH ’85, is the new Yolo County (California) Health Officer.
Jennifer Krock Cowel, RN, MHSA ’87, is CEO and president of Patton Healthcare Consulting, Inc., a consulting
firm specializing in hospital accreditation, regulatory compliance, and patient safety.
She is also the author of Statistics Basics: A Resource Guide for Healthcare Managers.
West Bloomfield, Michigan, resident Paul LaCasse, DO, MPH ’84, has left his post as president of Beaumont Hospital–Farmington Hills
to focus on his role as executive vice president of Beaumont Health’s Post-Acute Care
Division and Diversified Business Operations.
The Oregon Senate has confirmed Jill Mason, MPH ’87, as a trustee for the governing board of the Oregon Institute of Technology
(Oregon Tech). Mason is an associate professor and director of community-based rotations
at Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry in Portland.
Brian Bolden, MD, MPH ’94, is a hospitalist at Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania) General Hospital.
Carol Janney, MS ’96, PhD, has joined the faculty of the Michigan State University College of
Human Medicine as a community health researcher and assistant professor of epidemiology
Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH ’94, vice chief of medicine at Baylor University Medical Center, has joined
the Scientific Advisory Board of NephroGenex, a pharmaceutical company focused on
developing treatments for kidney disease. McCullough is also a faculty member at the
Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center and chair of the National Kidney Foundation’s
Kidney Early Evaluation Program.
Formerly CEO of Stanford (California) Health Care, Amir Rubin, MHSA ’96, is now executive vice president at the Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group
Inc.’s Optum subsidiary.
Gwen Sandefur, MHSA ’94, is the new COO of Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was previously
executive vice president and COO of St. Mary’s Health in Evansville, Indiana.
Djenaba Joseph, MD, MPH ’04, is a commander in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health
Service and medical director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
Colorectal Cancer Screening Program. From 2005 to 2007, she was an officer with the
CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service.
Ikenna “Ike” Mmeje, MHSA ’07, is the new chief executive officer of Doctors Hospital of Manteca in San
Luis Obispo, California.
Ka’imi Sinclair, PhD ’05, is an assistant professor at Washington State University’s Spokane Health
Sciences campus, with a focus on culturally adapting health programs to be more accessible
to underserved populations.
As head of the Intellectual Capital (IC) Accelerator team within Mercer’s new Health
Innovation Team, Renya Spak, MPH ’03, works with field consultants to identify, capture, and codify new IC opportunities.
In her efforts to reduce motor-vehicle crashes, Deborah Trombley, MPH ’01, senior
program manager, transportation, for the National Safety Council, has worked on cell
phone–distracted driving, teen driving, alcohol-impaired driving, child-passenger
safety, and other issues related to motor-vehicle behavior and policies.
Lansing (Michigan)–based Deidra Wilson, MPH ’03, is vice president of government relations for McLaren Health Care Corporation.
She joins McLaren after 11 years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
Forbes has named Noam Kimelman, MPH ’12, to its 2016 list of “30 Social Entrepeneurs Under 30,” a group that is
“combining their range of skills in technology, engineering, science and business
with their hunger to solve the world’s problems.” Kimelman is the cofounder and owner
of Fresh Corner Café, which delivers healthy food to small-scale retailers throughout
As a research coordinator with the F.I. Proctor Foundation at the University of California,
San Francisco, Kieran O’Brien, MPH ’12, is working with epidemiologists and ophthalmologists on clinical trials
examining the prevention and treatment of corneal ulcers in India and Nepal, as well
as a cohort study of CMV retinitis treatment and disease progression in Thailand.
A former program officer for adolescent health at the Pan American Health Organization/World
Health Organization, Meaghan Quinlan-Davidson, MPH ’10, is now working with the World Bank Group on adolescent sexual and reproductive
As a senior program officer with the Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program, Jalonne L. White-Newsome, PhD ’11, leads the foundation’s work on the intersection of climate change and public
health and manages a grant portfolio addressing sustainable water-resources management
in a changing climate. Grist magazine recently named White-Newsome “One of the 50
People You’ll be Talking about in 2016.”