Class Notes Spring 2009

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Biostatistics & Epidemiology

Ryan Bearer (’01) is living in Waterford, MI, and working as the House Officer IV at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI. Ryan was appointed the chief resident of the department of Anesthesiology for the 2008-2009 academic year and accepted a spot for the Interventional Pain Fellowship for the 2009-10 academic year at Henry Ford Health System.

Bruce Koehler (’06) is now a medical student at UT Southwestern in Dallas and is engaged to marry Pamela Das (’05). They met while they were students at BUSPH and are planning a September 2010 wedding.

Michelle Sandoval (’06) has recently completed a fellowship program with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. She was recently accepted into the United States Public Health Services and is currently working in El Paso, Texas, with the CDC El Paso Quarantine Station as a Quarantine Public Health Officer and an Epidemiologist. She writes: “Thank you, BUSPH, for giving me the knowledge and tools I needed to be where I am today. I am more than happy to share my experience with other students and provide guidance to current students.”

Environmental Health

Laurel Marshall (’91) is an independent consultant working in the pharmaceutical industry. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Steve, and daughter, Olivia.

Mary L. Dopart (’92) works as the Senior Director for Oracle in Nashua, NH. She manages “customer communities worldwide, integrating feedback to product development,” she says.

Jennifer Zilinski (’03) graduated in May 2008 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  Jennifer is currently doing a post-graduate internship in small-animal emergency and critical care at a regional emergency and referral animal hospital in West Bridgewater, MA.

Majed Al-Zedjali (’03) lives in Oman and works as the Director of the Department of Malaria Eradication at the Ministry of Health, Oman. Majed writes: “Although I am far away from Boston, I am very much interested to know the news at BUSPH and sometime I wish I was in Boston to participate in the events held there.”

Health Policy & ManagementZeleke Gobie Kuma ('98)

Zeleke Gobie Kuma (’98)  lives in Ethiopia and is working for Global NGO, focusing on prevention of avoidable blindness projects in Ethiopia. The main objectives of the projects are “reduction of avoidable blindness due to cataract, low vision, corneal opacity, etc., and elimination of blinding trachoma. ORBIS-International has contributed a lot in this endeavor.”

Karlene Roberts (’99) will be graduating with a Masters in Theological Studies (MTS) from Vanderbilt Divinity School in May 2009 and lives in Cane Ridge, TN.

Elizabeth Cohen ('02)

Elizabeth Cohen (’02)

Elizabeth Cohen (’02)   lives in Arlington, MA, and says she “just started a new position as Manager of Professional Training and Youth Education at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.  Our goal is to train middle school teachers across the state on our comprehensive middle school sexuality education curriculum.”

Sarah Fleming (’06) was appointed as public health specialist for CIPA Western New York IPA. Fleming was previously employed at the Scripps Health Care System in Southern California. CIPA Western New York IPA is a partnership between the four acute care hospitals of the Catholic Health System and more than 800 member physicians.

Sara Singleton (’07) started a new job in January as a health staffer in U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s office. Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, is in the No. 2 post on the Democratic leadership team.  Singleton got the job after receiving an ASPH policy fellowship that had her working on health programs in U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy’s office for a little more than a year. She said she was grateful to ASPH for the fellowship opportunity. In Durbin’s office, she will work on health issues related to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, hunger, nutrition and veterans’ health, among other topics. She said that with a new administration taking office this year, “It’s an exciting time!”

International Health

Jeremy Ogusky (’01) is back in Boston, working to improve Harvard University’s global health education and training programs with the Harvard Initiative for Global Health. He spent 2 years living in Lesotho, engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention with the US Peace Corps, followed by 2 years in Ecuador, teaching university-level public health courses. He also spent 2 years in Washington, DC, engaged in public policy and advocacy with an HIV service provider.

Joe Woodring (’02)
reports that he “successfully completed his Preventive Medicine residency last year, with a focus on tropical medicine, and became board certified in this subject area.” He is currently completing his Occupational Medicine residency program and writes that he will be married in June 2009 to the “love of his life.” He lives in Maryland.

Maria Caterina Ciampi (’04) married Mamadou Mbaye in Dakar, Senegal, in November 2007. She is now living and working at Oxfam GB as the Gender Equity/Gender-based Violence lead in Oxford, UK.

John Cortright ('07)

John Cortright (’07)

John Cortright (’07)  says he “enjoys going to work everyday with the International Medical Corps, a global nonprofit dedicated to relief and development.” He reports that each day, he applies his BUSPH knowledge, and he highly recommends BU’s intensive certificate in Managing Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies.

Maternal & Child Health

Terry Jo Bichell (’97) has recently been accepted into the Neurosciences Doctoral program at Vanderbilt University where she hopes to find a realistic treatment for Angelman syndrome.

Tokiko Oishi (’99) recently obtained her Doctor in Health Science degree from Tokyo Metropolitan University of Health Services and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Midwifery Program in Tenshi College in Sapporo, Japan.

Social Behavioral Sciences

Julie Ross ('00)

Julie Ross (’00)

After several years in Boston and Washington, DC, Julie Ross (’00)  “moved to the Dominican Republic in 2006 and worked for 2 years in a small community on the Haitian border, developing public health programs in HIV, sexual health and nutrition for Haitian and Dominican populations,” she reports. She recently moved to the capital, Santo Domingo, where she will be working for the American Hospital Management Company, in charge of operations of a medical center that will be part of a network of 14 health centers to be opened within the next 6 years in the country.

Laura Senier (’00) received the Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for her work in community outreach and environmental justice in Rhode Island. She is currently a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at Brown University. The award, supported by the Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP), is given annually to an outstanding scholar, to pay tribute to the accomplishments of Wetterhahn, former director of the SBRP at Dartmouth College. Senier traveled to California in December to give a keynote presentation at the SBRP grantees conference. She said her presentation focused on “the work my colleagues and I are doing around siting of public schools on contaminated land in Rhode Island.” Since joining the Brown University Community Outreach Core in 2005, Senier has coordinated research and communication activities with many community partners, including the Environmental Neighborhood Awareness Committee of Tiverton and the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. Her dissertation research is examining how genomics is influencing public health research and practice in the U.S., especially in the area of breast cancer research. Read more on her award here.

Isabelle Mathurin (’05) writes: “I currently accepted a position at the Boston Public Health Commission after a stint in the private sector. One of my duties as Senior Project Coordinator is to coordinate the efforts of the Mayor’s Task Force to improve Primary Care. I welcomed my (second) child, a daughter, in May 2008. Ava joins her big brother, James, who was born in November of 2006. I currently reside in Dorchester, where my husband and I own our home.”

Elana Premack Sandler (’06) married Josh Sandler in November 2006.  They currently reside in Boston, where they bought a home in June 2008.

Public HealthRobbie Khan

Robbie Pfeufer Kahn (’79)  recently published a new book, Milk Teeth: A Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog. The memoir chronicles Kahn’s struggle to achieve a loving relationship with her black Labrador puppy, Laska, while also fueling an exploration into her own family history. In 2006, Kahn received the Humane Society of the United State Innovative Course Award for “Sociology of Animals and Society.” She is currently a professor of sociology at the University of Vermont.

Michael Shor ('81)

Michael Shor (’81)

Michael Shor (’81)  is the Managing Director at Best Doctors Occupational Health Institute in Boston, MA. He says he is leading an effort to improve quality of care for work-related injuries, with a focus on chronic pain. He has three children — a son in the 82nd Airborne, a daughter at University of Vermont, a daughter who is a senior in high school, and “one whacked-out golden retriever.”

Steven Bochetti (’86) moved from the Department of Public Health to the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), where he is the Federal Funds Administrator over the state’s TANF grant, or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families grant.

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