Alumni Class Notes


  • 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 Greater Philadelphia. 
  • 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 and biostatistics. 
  • 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 Detroit. 
  • 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 health issues. 
  • 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.”