Senate Members 2018-2019
Members of the PHSA Senate for the 2018-2019 academic year are listed below. If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions for PHSA, please feel free to reach out to any member of the Senate. We look forward to hearing from you!
Brianne Brenneman - President
Brianne Brenneman is the 2018-2019 President for Public Health Student Assembly. She is in her 2nd year of her Masters in the department of Health Behavior and Health Education. She is interested in economic development, social determinants of health, and especially passionate about preventing sexual assault. During the summer before her second year, Brianne spent half her summer as an intern with the Injury Prevention Center at University of Michigan where she researched what college students want in a sexual assault prevention program. For the other half, Brianne worked for a non-profit called Interact for Health with their school-based health center program-- Growing Well. Brianne is excited to be PHSA President and welcomes any suggestions, ideas, or critiques for PHSA or for the School of Public Health as a whole.
Alex Fox - Vice President
Alex Fox is the Vice President of the Public Health Student Assembly and a first-year master's student in the Department of Health Management & Policy. Originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL, Alex received his Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance and a Minor in Performing Arts Management from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at U-M in 2015. He spent three years at SMTD in gift finance and donor relations before beginning his graduate coursework at SPH. Alex is passionate about financial and organizational efficiencies in healthcare systems, with a particular focus on mental and behavioral health. When not studying, Alex can usually be found out on a run, cooking up a new recipe in the kitchen, or keeping up with a new writing project.
Maddie LeVasseur - Secretary
Hi! My name is Maddie LeVasseur and I am the 2018-2019 Secretary for Public Health Student Assembly. I graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2016 with a BA in Spanish and Biology. I am currently in the 2nd year of my masters in the Department of Epidemiology. I am interested in the social determinants of health, health equity, and infectious disease. I spent the past summer working for the communicable disease/epidemiology division at the Kent County Health Department in Grand Rapids, MI. I am looking forward to working with PHSA to bring new events and opportunities to students at the School of Public Health.
Neeharika Jaladanki - Treasurer
Neeharika is a 2nd year student pursuing her MHSA in Health Management and Policy and currently serves as the Treasurer for PHSA 2018-2019. She graduated from University of California, Davis in 2016 with her BS in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and a minor in Religious Studies. Prior to graduate school, Neeharika worked at Health Plan of San Mateo, a county health plan based in California, as a Grievance and Appeals Coordinator. During her summer internship, Neeharika was the Telehealth Administrative Intern at Michigan Medicine. Neeharika enjoys traveling, comedy TV, and long drives in her free time.
Claire Wixson - Service Chair
Claire Wixson is the 2018-2019 Service Chair for the Public Health Student Association. She is in her second and final year of the new undergraduate program pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Sciences. During this past summer, Claire worked for the Comprehensive Studies Program and the Center for Education Design Evaluation and Research here at the University of Michigan. She is excited about service opportunities and working with other public health students this upcoming year!
Clare Shanahan - Social Chair
Clare is a 2nd year student pursuing her MPH in Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology. She is also pursuing the graduate Certificate in Healthcare Infection Prevention & Control (CHIP). She grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts, and received her B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University. Clare is interested in infection prevention and control practices within healthcare settings. This past summer, Clare completed an internship with the Mody research group in the Geriatrics Center at the University of Michigan. Her research focused on how multi-drug resistant organisms spread between patients, healthcare workers, and the environment in post-acute care facilities. Outside of school, Clare enjoys cooking, staying active, and spending time with friends and family.
Olawunmi Oduyebo - International Representative
Olawunmi Oduyebo is the 2018-2019 International Representative for the Public Health Student Assembly. She is a first-year Masters of Health Informatics student and is originally from Lagos, Nigeria. Olawunmi is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and received her Masters of Accountancy from Notre Dame University. She spent eight years working as an Assurance Consultant with Ernst & Young serving clients from multiple sectors. Most recently, Olawunmi founded a Kenyan health-tech company focused on preventative healthcare of non-communicable diseases. She is passionate about providing tools and resources needed for individuals to take charge of their health, thereby, achieving their dreams. Olawunmi enjoys anything outdoors, traveling, eating and having fun!!!
Susan Balto - Professional Development Chair
Susan Balto is the 2018-2019 Professional Development Chair for the Public Health Student Assembly. She is a 1st year in pursuit of a dual- Masters in Public Health (Health Behavior and Health Education) & Social Work (Children and Youth in Families). Moving from Minneapolis, MN, Susan received two Bachelors degrees in Psychology, and Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance. She spent two years working with survivors of physical and sexual abuse at a Child Advocacy Center before returning for these advanced degrees. Susan is passionate about addressing power imbalances within the intersections of social work and public health by continuously engaging in social justice, cultural humility, research, and direct practice in the local community. Susan is excited to plan events surrounding Inter-professional development so that public health students can enhance their expertise when working on multi-disciplinary teams. Outside of school, Susan likes to read, explore the outdoors, bike, and spend time with friends.
Mariam Khan - Diversity Chair
Mariam is a 2nd year student pursuing her MHSA in Health Management & Policy and currently serves as the Diversity Chair for PHSA. She received her B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. During her post-graduate years, she collaborated with the Stereotypes and Prejudice lab at the University of Michigan and conducted a study examining the influential effects of diversity statements upon recruitment and retention rates for women and racial minorities. She also teamed up with the Retinal Dystrophy Clinic at the Kellogg Eye Center from University of Michigan to design and help assess patient satisfaction and motivation when using the Argus II retinal prosthesis. Mariam has spent the summer as a Linda Larin Fellow at Michigan Medicine in the Frankel Cardiovascular Center where she played a role in the planning and designing of the new Clinical Inpatient Tower. She also participated in the development of the FCVC DEI initiative, and other projects relating to improving clinical operations within cardiovascular care. When Mariam is not studying, she enjoys indulging herself in watching old-school Bollywood movies, quoting pop culture references, and of course binge-watching Netflix.
Aubrey Arain - Doctoral Representative
Aubrey is a 4th-year PhD Candidate in Environmental Health Sciences. Her research focuses on global public health, exposure science, metals, occupational and environmental health. Her dissertation topic is electronic waste recycling and she conducts research in Thailand and Chile. As the PhD representative, Aubrey hopes to bring the MS/MPH and PhD communities at the School of Public Health together.
Cristian Casanova - First Year Representative
Cristian is a 1st year student pursuing his Master's in Health Informatics and currently serves as the First Year Representative in PHSA 2018-2019. He graduated from Illinois State University in 2017 with his B.S in Sociology and Political Science. After graduating, he completed his internship with the Future Public Health Leaders Program at the School of Public Health as a CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholar. He also worked at Ocala Middle School as an AmeriCorps volunteer with City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley, doing academic interventions with at-risk students in the San Jose area. His research interests are understanding how technology impacts in social determinants of health, health equity and health disparities in the U.S. When not in school, he enjoys playing tennis, dancing salsa music and traveling.
Ryan Ross - Biostatistics Chair
Hi! I'm Ryan, a second year Biostatistics MS student, and I will be serving as the Biostatistics Chair for the 2018-2019 academic year. Originally from the small town of Verdi on the Nevada-California border, I attending Brigham Young University for a BS in Statistics. Prior to returning to school, I worked as a data analyst and product specialist for Qualtrics, as well as a Biostatistician for the University of Utah Medical School. Outside of school I enjoy going to concerts, hiking, and sailing when I can. I'm thrilled to represent students in public health this year.
Patrick O'Dowd - Environmental Health Sciences Chair
My name is Patrick O'Dowd and I am a first year M.S. student in Toxicology in addition to serving as your EHS chair. The duration of my 22 years of life has been spent living in Michigan, more specifically the South Lyon/Northville area, but with a lot of traveling intermingled. I received my B.S. in Forensic Science with a minor in Chemistry from Madonna University in Livonia, MI. So far, my research experience has been predominately clinical, working in the Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program at St. Mary Mercy Hospital. This program was great for solidifying my interest to not only attend medical school after SPH, but developing my interest in Emergency Medicine (where to toxicology degree will come into play). During my enrollment in this program, I was able to assess the efficiency of transfers of care from senior living facilities to the ED, as well as shadow physicians, participate in trauma resuscitation, engage with patients, and even perform CPR a number of times. However, outside of class and SPH, I enjoy exercising, wandering around Ann Arbor, hanging with friends and family, and taking long dips in the hot tub.
Jarrod Eaton - Epidemiology Chair
Greetings! My name is Jarrod Eaton and I am a second year Master's student in Global Health Epidemiology. I am originally from Saint Johns, Michigan and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree from Saginaw Valley State University in 2017. During this upcoming 2018-2019 academic year, I will serve as the Epidemiology Chair for the Public Health Student Association.
Avonlea Rickerson - HBHE Chair
Christina Liu - Health Informatics Chair
Hi everyone! My name is Christina and I am a second year MHI student. I'm an Ann Arbor native and I attended the University of Michigan for my undergraduate studies in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. For the first three years of college, I also worked as a nurse aid at UMHS in Internal Medicine. After undergrad, I was a Research Assistant at the Department of Family Medicine and at the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) and collaborated on research projects to reduce 30-day rehospitalization. As a MHI student, I am interested in leveraging health information technology to achieve the "triple aim" of healthcare reform!
Paige Comstock - HMP Student Chair
Swathi Gopala Krishna Shetty - Nutritional Sciences Chair
Faith Reynolds - Undergraduate Representative
Faith is a junior in the new SPH undergraduate program, pursuing her BA in Community and Global Health and is the Undergraduate Representative for PHSA. She is also pursuing a minor in Food & the Environment through the School for Environment and Sustainability. Faith is interested in the obesity epidemic in the U.S. and its relation to our food system and culture. She is also a member of the Varsity Women's XC/Track & Field teams (Go Blue!) Faith loves to cook, watch Saturday Night Live, and listen to podcasts and music.