Alumni Class Notes


  • The National Association of County and City Health Officials has awarded its annual Mo Mullet Lifetime of Service Award to Joan Ellison, RN, MPH '73. Ellison's career in local public health spanned 43 years, including 34 as public health director of the Livingston County (NY) Department of Health.
  • Marianne Karth, MPH '79, lost her two youngest daughters, AnnaLeah (17) and Mary (13), in a truck underride crash in May 2013. Since then she has worked hard to raise awareness of this deadly public health problem and to promote needed change. She has drafted comprehensive truck underride protection legislation and is seeking a sponsor to introduce it to Congress.
  • Garry Lindsay, MPH '77, is retiring in June from Federal Occupational Health, a component of the Program Support Center within the US Department of Health and Human Services. He previously retired from Mobil Oil Corporation (now ExxonMobil) where he led worksite health promotion with Global Medical Services from 1990 to 2000.
  • In December, Richard Murdock, MHSA '76, retired from his post as executive director of the Michigan Association of Health Plans.


  • In November, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu named Marsha Broussard, MPH '83, the city's new director of health. Broussard was previously director of the school and adolescent health portfolio of the Louisiana Public Health Institute.
  • Formerly the global expertise director at Dow Chemical, Cherry Burke, PhD '83, MPH '78, is now the chemical industry practice leader at FACTOR, Inc., which provides solutions to risk-management problems in the transportation, energy, chemical, insurance, and public sectors. Tony Denton, MHSA '81, has joined the board of directors of Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, a nonprofit organization housed at U-M. Denton is senior vice president and COO of Michigan Medicine.
  • Polly Paulson, MPH '84, has been promoted to assistant director, Community Health and Wellness, Student Health and Counseling Services at University of CaliforniaÐDavis, overseeing health promotion initiatives for over 35,000 students. Polly enjoys leading her team of five MPH-trained staff and credits her outstanding education at SPH with the foundation for fulfilling her career goals. Polly and her husband, Walter, are now bicoastal empty nesters with two adult daughters—Tessa, a recent UCÐSan Diego graduate joining Americorps, and Emma, an NIH policy coordinator living and working in Maryland.


  • Robert Casalou, MHSA '90, joined the board of directors of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation, a nonprofit organization housed at U-M. Casalou is president and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor.
  • In January, Leigh Neumayer, MS '93, became interim senior vice president for health sciences at the University of Arizona. Neumayer is the Margaret E. and Fenton L. Maynard Endowed Chair in Breast Cancer Research and the first woman to chair the UA College of Medicine Tucson's department of surgery.


  • Lisa VanRaemdonck, MPH, MSW '07, recently joined the University of Colorado Denver as Executive Director of the School of Public Affairs Institute. Her work is dedicated to supporting the intersection of the school and public service professionals through strategic partnerships, leadership development and training, peer networking, and capacity building.


  • Isabella Weber, MPH '11, works for Planned Parenthood of Delaware where she coordinates and facilitates a sexuality education and healthy relationship program for individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and the professionals who care for them. She also has two children—Micah (3) and Grace (9 months).
  • Kari L. Woloszyk, MPH '13, is a public health consultant focused on improving the built environment to foster thriving communities around nutrition and physical activity. Woloszyk partners with the Michigan Recreation and Park Association and with Wayne State University on projects around food access and making public spaces healthier. Woloszyk resides in Rochester, MI, with her two dogs.
  • Kathryn Fischer, MPH '14, is a research scientist with the California Department of Public Health Office of AIDS. She is interested in becoming an H-Net mentor.
  • Kristin Harden, MPH '16, is a health services analyst for the Research Group on Equity and Inclusion at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She performs quantitative research on projects related to health care equity and quality and to clinical decision-making as related to health disparities. Her specialization in research methods in HBHE gave her the skills and background necessary for this position.

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