Staying Connected

APHA Reception

Join us for great HBHE company, food and drinks this year at APHA. With Dr. Connell's appointment as interim dean, HBHE will be partnering with the school's office of Development and Alumni Engagement to host a joint reception. Remarks will be provided by Dr. Connell. The reception will be held at the Omni Atlanta Hotel, Monday, 11/6 from 6:30-8:00 PM. A formal invitation and RSVP will follow- stay tuned!

Alumni Mentorship Program

Thank you to all who expressed interest in participating in our new Alumni Mentorship Program! The interest survey is still open if you missed it. We are excited to begin making mentoring matches this fall and hope this program will be a success.

Class Notes

We love to hear from you! Updates on your personal and professional accomplishments are always welcome and help us inform students of the wonderful potential an HBHE degree holds for them. Please email Kiran ( with your updates any time. Some recent notes we have received include:


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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 bi coastal 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.


  • Patricia Wren, MPH '92, recently returned to UM as Professor and Chair of the Department of Health and Human Services at UM Dearborn. She spent the last ten years at Oakland University as director of the undergraduate program in Health Sciences and the founding director of their MPH program.


  • Derek Smith, MPH '04, serves as Director of the Tobacco Free Project for the San Francisco Department of Public Health where his specialty area is community engagement around policy development, particularly in the areas of engaging underserved communities in the retail tobacco environment. He was honored to be invited to Syndey to serve as a summit speaker on World No Tobacco Day (May 30) about the innovative social justice policy work in San Francisco through a local ordinance that limits the density of tobacco retailers in communities that are unfairly inundated. Derek spent several days in Sydney learning and sharing insights from California, working closely with the Cancer Council New South Wales as they develop a plan to license tobacco sellers in Australia. Next up, San Francisco is considering groundbreaking community-led legislation to disallow the local sale of insidiously marketed menthol cigarettes as well as all other flavored tobacco products, such as grape blunt wraps or cotton candy e-cigarettes.
  • Melissa Smiley, MPH '06, was named Special Assistant to the President and Chief Strategy Officer at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan in April 2015. Prior to this she spent two years as a member of the first cohort of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program. She then joined the campaign staff and transition team for Mayor Mike Duggan in the City of Detroit. She was later appointed as Mayor Duggan's Deputy Chief of Staff.
  • 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.
  • Nicole Exe, MPH '07 has a new position with the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) as a training specialist for study teams. She is enjoying her role working more directly as an educator and feels she is moving closer to her ultimate career goals.


  • 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.
  • 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.