The purpose of the Alumni Leadership Council is to:
- Contribute to the School’s financial support
- Connect alumni and the community with BUSPH
- Consult and offer guidance on School initiatives
Chair of the Alumni Leadership Council:
Bob Knox Jr.
, SAR ’10, SPH ’12, Product Manager, American Well
Bob works to apply new technology to population health with American Well, one of the top telemedicine and digital health companies in the world and is located in Boston. Prior to joining American Well, Bob was a product manager at DCT. With DCT Bob managed design and development of new products that use digital signals to detect cognitive impairment. Prior to joining DCT, Bob was a Senior Analyst at Opera Solutions where he designed and deployed machine learning platforms focused on revenue capture and operational improvement in hospital systems across the country. Bob also has experience as a health policy analyst with the New England Journal of Medicine and has worked closely with non-profit organizations like the American Diabetes Association in the U.S. and abroad. Bob earned his B.S. in Health Science and M.P.H. in Health Management and Policy from Boston University.
Members of the Alumni Leadership Council:
Mireille Aramati, SPH ’86 MET ’87
Mireille (Mickey) Aramati is a former Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and global health consultant with over 25 years of experience providing management, technical assistance, and oversight to large-scale health and reproductive health programs. She has worked with health ministries, public and private-sector institutions, non-government organizations (NGOs), universities, and training centers in Asia, Africa, Middle East/Near East, and the United States.
Bahby Banks, SPH ’05, CEO of Pillar Consulting
Dr. Bahby Banks, CEO of Pillar Consulting
, a global program evaluation research firm, helps organizations assess the impact of their initiatives. In her role, Dr. Banks partners with non-profit, academic, corporate, and philanthropic organizations to provide consultation on the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of their efforts. A scholar-activist committed to equity and inclusion, Dr. Banks actively engages leaders in strategic thought and action to create and sustain diverse workplaces. Under Dr. Banks’ leadership, Pillar Consulting has spearheaded efforts funded by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, DuPont Foundation, and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
Dr. Banks’ work has led to a career that has spanned the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Australia, including contributions to the World Health Organization, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Instituto Promundo, and prestigious universities across the United States. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Public Health Leadership Program at UNC at Chapel Hill, and continues to invest in the next generation of public leaders through mentorship, training and practical experiences in their communities.
In her spare time, Dr. Banks enjoys trying new cuisine, traveling, spending time with family and friends, drumming, dancing and karaoke. And of course, vision boarding! Learn more at www.bahbybanks.com.
, SPH’04, Founder and Executive Director, Circle of Health International
Sera is a social justice, grassroots activist committed to working towards balancing the scales of access, equity, and availability in women’s reproductive healthcare. She has training in midwifery, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health. Her community organizing background ranges from reproductive rights to violence against women to welfare and poverty issues to anti-war campaigns. She has worked on women’s health issues with teenage and minority mothers in rural areas of the Western U.S.; with refugee communities in Boston, Massachusetts; and with midwives in Northern India, Guatemala, Tibet, Palestine, tsunami-affected Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Jordan, Haiti, Afghanistan, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, and Israel; with commercial sex workers on issues of HIV/AIDS in Vietnam; with female evacuees from hurricanes Rita and Katrina in Louisiana; with survivors of natural disasters in Oklahoma; with the social service and healthcare provider community in Central Texas to stop human trafficking; and with refugees arriving in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, traveling from Latin America.
Barbara Buell, SPH ’94, Partner, Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo, LLP
Barbara Hayes Buell is a partner at Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo, LLP where she concentrates her practice on representing health care professionals and hospitals in medical malpractice and regulatory matters. She has also developed a vibrant practice in representing several Massachusetts charter schools. Barbara earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis, her JD from Northeastern and a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University.
Barbara has been a pioneer in prosecuting the rights of women, starting with her own efforts to join the JayCees when it was an all-male organization, before she went to Law School. As a new lawyer in the seventies, Barbara represented many straight men, gay men and lesbians seeking child custody.
Barbara has tried several hundred civil cases, almost half to a jury verdict. She has taught in the Lawyering Process Course at Harvard Law School and has taught Women’s Rights, Fair Trial/Free Press, and Constitutional Law to undergraduates at Boston University. Barbara has contributed to many continuing legal education courses and manuals in the area of trial practice. She continues to give Grand Rounds-type presentations at hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Dhayana Dallmeier-Rojas, SPH’15, Head Research Unit on Aging, AGAPLESION Bethesda Clinic Ulm, Geriatric Center Ulm/Alb-Donau, Ulm University
Dhayana Dallmeier leads the research unit on Aging at the Bethesda Clinic at Ulm University. Her research focuses on biomarkers such as high sensitive Troponins, Brain Natriuretic Peptides, Growth Differentiation Factor 15 and Cystatin C, as risk predictors for secondary cardiovascular events, aging related comorbidities (falls, fractures, cognitive dysfunction), and mortality in different populations. She is also Associate Study Leader at The Activity and Function in the Elderly in Ulm Study (ActiFE Ulm), a population based study including 1506 participants older than 65 years followed over 7 years. As part of the faculty she also mentors medical students on their doctoral thesis. During the academic period 2014-2015 she was also member of the Gender Equality Commission at the Ulm University, Germany.
Dhayana was born and raised in Venezuela. With medical education in Germany and medical training in the US, she has had the opportunity to interact with different educational and health settings, identifying the positive aspects of each one and gaining skills to work effectively across cultures. During her residency in preventive medicine at Boston University she also collaborated with the Massachusetts Department of Public health in the development of a survey for food directors directed to evaluate the execution of nutritional guidelines at the Massachusetts public schools in preparation to the 2011 law regulating the implementation of nutritional standards for competitive foods and beverages. She also worked as volunteer in the steering committee of Nuestra America e.V., promoting the bilingual education (Spanish-German) of children with Hispanic background living in Freiburg, Germany.
Dhayana Dallmeier holds a PhD in Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health. She graduated from medical school at the Ruprecht- Karls University of Heidelberg, Germany, trained in Internal Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, and was fellow at the academic fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Boston University Medical Center. Dhayana is a member of the Society of Epidemiologic research, the German Society of Epidemiology, the German Society of Internal Medicine, and the German Geriatrics Society.
Robyn Sterling Eckerling, SPH ’06, Chief Privacy and Security Counsel, Allscripts
Robyn Sterling Eckerling serves as Allscripts’ Vice President & Chief Privacy and Security Counsel where she regularly counsels on a wide range of matters that include state and federal data privacy and security compliance, data breach response, and international privacy and security. Prior to joining Allscripts, Robyn served as a HIPAA specialist and Chief Privacy Officer for a Fortune 250 Company. Additionally, Robyn worked for large international law firms where she worked on transactional matters including representing hospitals, dental management companies, and pharmaceutical, medical device and nutritional supplement companies. She also represented private equity funds and other health care company investors in mergers, acquisitions and other complex health care transactions. In addition to transactional work, she regularly advised clients on regulatory and compliance matters, including data privacy, data breach preparedness, HIPAA, fraud and abuse laws, as well as the promotion of pharmaceutical products and medical devices.Robyn began her career at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. She holds a BA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in History and Pol itical Science, a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law, a Master of Public Health from Boston University where she served as the Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights Fellow and a Certificate in Business Practices from Northwestern University.
, SPH ’04, Global Good and Research at Intellectual Ventures
Bryan Eustis works to develop and deploy new global health technologies with Global Good and Research at Intellectual Ventures in Seattle, WA. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of Partners In Health Liberia, an international NGO focused on global health equity and supporting governments in their goal to provide access to high quality health care for their citizens. He additionally served as PIH’s Chief Operating Officer for Ebola Response in West Africa. Bryan is also the Founder and Executive Director of BME Strategies, a public health consulting firm in the United States specializing in public health emergency preparedness, response, and project management since 2004. He received his Master’s in Public Health from Boston University and his Master’s of Business Administration from Oxford University.
Adam Falcone, LAW ’99, SPH’01, Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
Adam J. Falcone is a partner in FTLF’s national health law practice group, where he counsels a diverse spectrum of community-based organizations that render primary and behavioral healthcare services. Adam counsels clients on a wide range of health law issues, with a focus on fraud and abuse, reimbursement and payment, and antitrust and competition matters.Adam leads the firm’s health care corporate compliance practice, offering proactive counsel to avoid costly legal missteps that can jeopardize vital health services within communities. To that end, he has championed the development of online compliance support services to assist clients in the development of effective corporate compliance programs. He also conducts compliance trainings and internal investigations, defends clients in audit proceedings, and negotiates settlements related to fraud allegations.
Drawing on his extensive knowledge of health care policy and markets, Adam regularly speaks to groups across the country on managed care contracting, value-based payment methodologies, and health reform opportunities. In particular, he brings strategic counsel to clients that are responding to changes in their local marketplace, negotiating participating provider agreements, and seeking to establish provider networks such as Accountable Care Organizations.
Prior to joining the law firm, Adam served as Program and Policy Counsel at the Alliance of Community Health Plans, a national association of non-profit and provider-owned health plans advocating federal policies to improve health care quality. Working at the intersection of law and policy, he represented the Alliance before the Congress and Executive Branch.
Adam began his legal career in Washington, DC as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. As a member of the Health Care Task Force, he led and participated in civil antitrust investigations and litigation of anticompetitive activity among health care providers.
After graduating with a BA from Brandeis University, Adam received his JD and MPH from Boston University.
Mary-Lynn Fulton, SPH ’99, Head, Clinical Operations Study Management, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Mary-Lynn Fulton has more than 25 years of experience in clinical trials operations/management in the biopharmaceutical industry. She joined Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. in January 2016 as the Head of Study Management (Clinical Operations). Prior to this, Mary-Lynn had a 23 year career at PAREXEL (top global Contract Research Organization) in positions of increasing responsibility within Clinical Operations and Project Management. Prior to joining Vertex, she was Corporate Vice President and Head of PAREXEL’s Clinical Operations department in the Americas region, with responsibility for 1400 employees located throughout North and South America.
During the course of her career, Mary-Lynn has successfully led large regional and global operational departments to achieve strategic and business goals. She has extensive experience with personnel management, optimizing organizational effectiveness and change management.
Mary-Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Public Health degree from Boston University. She is based in Vertex’s corporate headquarters in Boston, MA.
Kara Guerriero, SPH ’05, President, Incite Consulting Solutions
Kara Guerriero serves as the chief liaison for the National Council for Behavioral Health members. She has helped the National Council become a leading source for community mental health providers by fostering relationships between members, the board, corporate and community partners. She manages membership recruitment, retention and engagement including growth and maintenance of corporate partners, affiliate members and industry partners across healthcare. Kara has helped to establish connections between different organizations by engaging them in networking opportunities whether it is at the National Council’s annual conference or through various meetings and events.
Kara’s dedication to the National Council members has more than doubled membership in eight years. Her commitment to these relationships continues to help the National Council align efforts in building a robust array of membership benefits. She also manages the National Council’s Awards of Excellence program – the industry’s most prestigious awards recognizing individuals and organizations that nurture hope and recovery from mental illness and addictions.
Prior to joining the National Council, Kara worked at both the national office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and at the Massachusetts chapter, developing staff and volunteer leadership, engaging in strategic planning, advocacy, and grassroots organizing. Kara is a graduate of the Boston University School of Public Health with a concentration in health services.
Christie Hager, SPH ’91, Senior Fellow in Health Policy, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Christie Hager, a public health lawyer, is an Associate Vice Chancellor and Managing Director of health law and policy research and evaluation at Commonwealth Medicine, the public service consulting and operations division of University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has spent most of her career in state and federal government service. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the Regional Director of Region I of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she oversaw the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the six New England states from 2010-2014. Prior to her service in the Obama Administration, she was Chief Health Counsel to the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives during the development, drafting, and first three years of implementation of the Massachusetts health reform law enacted in 2006. She also previously served in senior executive roles at Beacon Health Options, a national managed behavioral health organization, focusing largely on behavioral health and substance use disorder services for publicly insured populations. Christie’s first post-graduate position was Research Assistant to the editorial leadership at the New England Journal of Medicine, and since then she has held research and operations positions at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Division of Public Health Practice, and at the Schneider Institute for Health Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School, where she was appointed the first Senior Fellow. She has served as Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Health Law Forum, President of the Massachusetts Public Health Association, and Co-Chair of the Health Law Section of the Boston Bar Association.
Christie has held appointments on the faculties of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Suffolk University Law School. Her work has appeared in such publications as the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Law and Medicine, and Journal of Legal Medicine.
Chris holds an A.B. from Smith College, a M.P.H. from the Boston University School of Public Health, and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
, SPH ’03, Questrom ’07, Chief Medical Officer, Julz Pharma
Usman is a medical executive with a portfolio career entailing 15 years of diverse experience spanning R&D, Medical Affairs and End-to-End evidence and value development, across both large and small cap biopharmaceuticals. His experience spans a number of therapeutic areas including Neuroscience, as the Senior Medical Affairs Leader at AstraZeneca Innovative Medicines Group, and in Oncology, as former Head of Sanofi Oncology, Global Evidence and Value Development. With positions of increasing responsibilities across both R&D and Medical Affairs in different organizations, Usman has successfully lead several development programs with a strategic focus on innovation and end in mind approach driven by medical value and patient centricity.
As part of his work and delivery, Usman developed and published the first of its kind “pipeline engagement model” in R&D to link “proof of concepts to proof of medical value” and successfully operationalized across several therapeutic areas including oncology, neuroscience and rare diseases. As a medical leader he has led numerous organizational transformations, built integrated and transversal platforms, and led the development and execution of integrated R&D-Medical affairs strategy for seven launched products.
His area of expertise also includes harnessing big data science, real world evidence, advanced analytics and digital medicine to optimize R&D portfolios, Trial designs, Medical Affairs delivery, and patient outcomes.
Prior got working in the industry that also includes Amgen, Trevena, and Acer Therapeutics, Usman was at the Boston University Health Outcomes Technology Group where he served as a senior research fellow at the Center for Assessment of Pharmaceutical Practices and Veterans Affairs Pharmacy Benefit Management.
Usman serves as advisor to several academic and health care think thanks as an industry thought leader on R&D innovation designs and value based medical affairs operating models. He received his MD from Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan and MPH and MBA degrees from Boston University.
Pawandeep Kaur, SPH ’15, Clinical Trial Director, Boston University School of Public Health, Department of Global Health
Pawandeep Kaur, Clinical Trial Director at the Center for Global Health and Development at Boston University, holds a MPH from Boston University School of Public Health. She is currently working on clinical trials assessing the efficacy and safety of Levofloxacin for the treatment of multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis in Peru and South Africa.
In the past, Pawandeep worked as a clinical trial administrator at Janssen, Inc. and as a research coordinator at LMC Endocrinology Centres and Cetera Research. She has also been actively involved in community level organizing and education on social justice issues with a special interest in women’s health.
Jared M. Kutzin
, SPH ’07, Director of Emergency Medicine Simulation, Mount Sinai Hospital & Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Jared Kutzin is an educator, simulationist, and patient safety advocate. Jared is currently the Director of Emergency Medicine Simulation at Mount Sinai Hospital and Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Over the past 15 years he has held leadership positions in both academia and hospital administration. Jared is a registered nurse with advanced degrees in health policy and management, public health, leadership, healthcare interior design, and medical education.
In 2018, Jared served on the Baldrige Board of Examiners and was recognized as a fellow by the New York Academy of Medicine. In 2017, Jared was in the inaugural group of people inducted as fellows into the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s Simulation Academy. Previously, Jared completed the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program (CQFP) offered by the Greater New York Hospital Association and the United Hospital Fund and the Comprehensive Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship (CPSLF) offered by the National Patient Safety Foundation and American Hospital Association.
Jared is certified in healthcare quality (CPHQ), patient safety (CPPS), simulation operations (CHSOS), and as a Nurse Executive – Advanced (NEA-BC). Jared currently serves as the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s (SSH) Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) Committee Chair and as an Accreditation Committee Site Reviewer. Jared is a member of the New York State EMS Council, an Associate Editor for MedEdPORTAL, the American Association of Colleges Journal of Teaching and Learning Resources, and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Emergency Nursing.
Russ Lopez, SPH ’03, Senior Research Associate, Northeastern University
Russ Lopez, a native of California, received his Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Doctorate in Environmental Health from Boston University. Lopez is the author of Boston’s South End: The Clash of Ideas in a Historic Neighborhood, Building American Public Health: Urban Planning, Architecture, and the Ouest for Better Public Health in the United States, and The Built Environment and Public Health. His current book project is a history of Boston from 1945 to 2015.
In addition to his work on the history of the built environment, Russ’ research interests include the environmental factors associated with learning and education, urban environmental health, and the contribution of the social and built environments to public health outcomes and social disparities. Current and past studies include an evaluation of schoolyard greening projects and student academic performance, a study of the role of neighborhoods in diet and exercise, an evaluation of transportation services in low income communities, and the social and environmental history of racial disparities. He has published articles on racial segregation, income inequality and urban sprawl. Currently, he is Senior Research Associate at Northeastern University and teaches in the University’s Master of Public Health program.
Prior to an academic career, Russ worked for a number of state and city agencies where his responsibilities included developing housing for low income families and managing environmental programs. His non-profit experience includes community organizing and providing technical and management assistance to community based groups. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of LivableStreets Alliance and the Board of Overseers of the Boston Lyric Opera.
Sean Lunde, Questrom ’10, SPH ’10, Director of Finance, Sema4
Sean has over 10 years of experience in healthcare: payer, provider, pharma and life sciences in both domestic and international markets. He is currently the Principal Consultant, Digital Health, at Wipro Technologies. He was previously the Manager, Strategy and Business Development at Beacon Health Strategies.
Sean graduated with his MBA and MPH from Boston University. He did his undergraduate studies at University of Massachusetts, Boston.
SPH’06, Health Informatics Analyst, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
Jessica Malenfant is a Health Informatics Analyst in the Dept. of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School & Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute in Boston, MA She provides informatics and software development leadership and expertise to support socio-technical platforms used in large-scale research and public health surveillance initiatives. Prior experience includes working as a surveillance epidemiologist at the MA Dept. of Public Health and implementing Electronic Health Records (EHRs) tools to help radiologists meet quality metrics. She focuses on using public health experience to interpret and apply data, standards, & technologies to projects. Jessica holds an MPH from BUSPH and Certificate in Clinical Informatics from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Heather Pierce, SPH ’02, Senior Director, Science Policy & Regulatory Counsel, Association of American Medical Colleges
Heather Pierce is Senior Director for Science Policy and Regulatory Counsel at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), a not-for-profit association representing all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools and nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems. She serves as AAMC’s staff leader on legal and regulatory issues related to basic science and clinical research, and interactions between industry, government, and academia in biomedical research. She is the program leader for the AAMC’s Forum on Conflict of Interest in Academe and co director of Convey, the global financial interest disclosure system developed by AAMC at the request of an Institute of Medicine-convened working group.Heather is a member of the Board of Directors for Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) and has served on committees, task forces, and working groups convened by organizations including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation and Roundtable on Translating Genomic Based Research for Health, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the National Dialogue on Healthcare Innovation. She regularly speaks at national conferences on issues related to the protection of human subjects, conflicts of interest, data sharing, privacy, and the regulation of research.Prior to joining AAMC, Heather was an attorney in the Health Care Group of the law firm of Ropes & Gray in New York. Her practice focused on regulatory compliance in medical research and clinical care, working with academic medical centers, hospitals, and pharmaceutical and device manufacturers.
Heather has previously worked as a freelance medical and scientific writer and in development and public education. She received her law degree from New York University and her MPH in Health Law from Boston University (Delta Omega Honorary Society).
Mark Roseman, SPH ’88, ’97, Senior Vice President, Operations at Aurvant
Dr. Mark Roseman is currently the Executive Vice President of Global Scientific Operations at ICON Clinical Research. In this role, he oversees multiple departments, including medical writing, regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance and safety services, biostatistics and programming, medical affairs, medical imaging, event adjudication, and interactive response technologies (IRT). Mark joined the clinical research industry 1997 as a director of project management at PPD and has since held a number of senior level positions at PPD, Kendle, INC, and ICON. Prior to joining PPD, he spent five years as a research optometrist at the Framingham Eye Study and six years managing the product development group at CIBA Vision.
He attended Miami University as an undergraduate and received a BS degree in engineering physics. He then went to The Ohio State University where he earned an MS in physiological optics and a Doctor of Optometry. Mark completed his formal education at Boston University School of Public Health where he studied epidemiology and received MPH and DSc. degrees.
Julie Ross, SPH ’00, Branch Chief, Data Operations, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Julie Ross is currently a Branch Chief for Data Operations at the Consumer Product Safety Commission where she oversees injury surveillance and data quality efforts that inform the agency’s regulatory work. Julie has more than 15 years of experience in public health, with three spent internationally. Before coming to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, she provided oversight and administrative leadership to a $5 billion Affordable Care Act home visiting program.
Julie is proud to be a returned Peace Corps volunteer, having served as a health education volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the Boston University School of Public Health.
Amaru Sanchez, SPH ’09, Associate, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP
Amaru J. Sanchez is a Law Clerk within the Food and Drug Administration Practice Group at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius in Washington, D.C. In his role, he provides substantive legal research and strategic advice to clients of the Practice Group in matters concerning regulatory compliance, enforcement issues, and public policy.
Amaru previously served as a Project Manager/Senior Analyst at the National Quality Forum (NOF) Measure Applications Partnership, established to provide multi stakeholder input to the Department of Health and Human Services on the selection of performance measures for public reporting and payment reform programs. Prior to joining NOF, Amaru served as the Senior Health Policy Research Analyst and Acting Committee Director for the bicameral Public Health Committee at the Massachusetts Legislature. At the legislature, he influenced the passage of several novel public health and healthcare related laws as well as drafted legislative proposals relative to medical debt, chronic disease management, health disparities, and health care transparency.
He is a graduate of the Boston University School of Public Health (MPH, Social Behavioral Sciences/Health Policy and Management) and the University of Florida (BS, Integrative Biology). Amaru is currently pursuing law degree from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC.
Elizabeth Sommers, SPH’ 89, SPH ’10, Senior Acupuncturist and Researcher, Integrative Medicine and Health Disparities Program, Boston Medical Center
Senior Acupuncturist and Researcher in the Integrative Medicine and Health Disparities Program of Boston Medical Center. She holds degrees from Boston University School of Public Health (1989, 2010) and New England School of Acupuncture (1979). She also coordinates an acupuncture clinic at Tufts Medical Center that provides care for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Sommers has been on the research faculty of New England School of Acupuncture (1990 – 1994) and served as adjunct faculty in Health Policy and Management at Boston University School of Public Health (2015 – 2018). As an acupuncture researcher, she has published and lectured internationally in the areas of acupuncture detoxification, health economics, and treatment of individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Her book “Acupuncture as an Adjuvant in the Treatment of HIV/AIDS” was published in 2014. Dr. Sommers is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and also serves as the public health editor of the journal Meridians: Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She co-edited the special public health issue of the European Journal of Integrative Medicine (2013) and also co-edited a 2018 special issue of Medicines on acupuncture and cancer care. She is currently contributing a chapter on health disparities and social justice in the context of integrative and traditional approaches to an international reader Public Health And Health Services Research In Traditional, Complementary And Integrative Health Care: International Perspectives.
She is former chair of the American Public Health Association’s Section on Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices (2008 to 2013), and currently serves on APHA’s Governing Council and Intersectional Council Steering Committee. A public health advocate, Dr. Sommers is committed to ensuring that healthcare including wellness is a right not a privilege.
She tweets #PublicHealthHaiku with the handle @AcuOxPhD and loves to follow colleagues from all avenues of public and planetary health.
Sonja Tong, SPH ’05, Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs, Gilead Sciences
Sonja Tong is the Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs at Gilead Sciences, a pharmaceutical company in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she currently heads the Labeling and Regulatory Intelligence functions. Since joining Gilead in 2008, her responsibilities include influencing on strategic labeling considerations for global product approval and during label negotiations with FDA and leading cross-functional teams in the development and maintenance of prescription drug labeling for physicians and for patients across all of Gilead products, which includes products for the treatment of HIV, hepatitis C, and hepatitis B; and unmet medical needs in the areas of oncology, inflammation, and cardiovascular disease.
Prior to joining Gilead, Sonja led the global labeling teams for osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis products at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, CA Sonja has also previously held Regulatory Affairs positions at two pharmaceutical companies in Lexington, MA: lndevus Pharmaceuticals, where she supported the clinical development of products in the areas of overactive bladder, stuttering, and HIV (including a clinical trial of an antiviral vaginal gel conducted in Africa); and Cubist Pharmaceuticals, where she supported the regulatory maintenance and clinical development of products for MRSA. From a summer internship opportunity, Sonja started her career in the Regulatory Affairs department of Genzyme in Cambridge, MA supporting early clinical development of a monoclonal antibody for scleroderma and a xenotransplantation product for Parkinson’s disease and Huntington disease.
Sonja earned a BS from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health with concentration in Epidemiology/Biostatistics.
She lives in San Francisco with her husband, and in her free time enjoys traveling.
SPH’98, Surveillance Epidemiologist at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Scott Troppy, MPH, PMP, CIC is a Surveillance Epidemiologist within the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, Office of Integrated Surveillance and Informatics Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) in Boston, MA. His work is primarily focused around surveillance issues as they pertain to Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance. Scott received his B.B.A in Management from The University of Texas in Austin. He moved to Boston in 1990 to pursue a master’s degree. Through several full time and volunteer positions he made his way to the field of Public Health. He worked full time at Boston University, in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations while pursuing his MPH part-time. He finished his degree in 1998 with a dual concentration in Epidemiology/Biostatistics & Health Policy and Management. After graduation he worked at the Veterans Affairs Center for Health Care Quality and Economic Research leading a large veteran survey around health outcomes. He then joined the Boston Public Health Commission as an Epidemiologist in 2001 and later moved in 2005 to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. While at MDPH Scott lead the project management effort to procure and develop the state surveillance and case management system, MAVEN (Massachusetts Virtual Epidemiologic Network).
, SPH ’08
Rodney VanDerwarker is an accomplished healthcare executive with over 15 years experience leading and participating on multidisciplinary teams through strategic initiatives and business development in clinical, research and training environments. He most recently served as Vice President for Primary Care, Behavioral Health and Institute Operations at Fenway Health in Boston, Massachusetts. Fenway Health is a federally qualitied community health center which provides high-quality primary care services to those who live and work in its surrounding neighborhoods as well as to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities of New England and beyond. Fenway Health is also home to The Fenway Institute, an interdisciplinary center focused on research, education and health policy issues related to LGBT health and HIV/AIDS prevention and care. In his role, Rodney oversaw operations and administration for Fenway’s core clinical departments. He also oversaw the union between AIDS Action Committee, New England’s largest and oldest AIDS service organization, and Fenway Health. Rodney joined Fenway Health in 1997 after working in higher education and then directing an AIDS service organization in southwest New Hampshire. Rodney earned his Master’s in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health in 2008. Over the years, he has co-authored several peer-reviewed articles and conference abstracts with colleagues in the areas of LGBT health and HIV prevention and care.
Steven Ward, SPH’95, Founder, Public Health Solutions, LLC
Steve Ward if the Founder of Public Health Solutions, LLC. Public Health Solutions provides regulatory and non-regulatory services to local Boards of Health. The firm provides instruction for relevant public health curricula to undergraduate and graduate students seeking public health careers while participating in internships, practicum(s) and cumulating experiences.
He is the former director of public health for Marlborough, Framingham, Watertown, and Braintree and former deputy director of public health, City of Worcester. Steven is an adjunct professor at Worcester State University and member of the Worcester State University Foundation Board. He is past president of the Massachusetts Environmental Health Association (MEHA) and past president of the Worcester State University Alumni Association Advisory Board.
Steven is certified as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and a Massachusetts Health Officer. He was appointed to the Board of Certification of Health Officers by Governors Mitt Romney and Deval Patrick. Steven has mentored numerous interns and graduate students from various colleges and universities including Boston University School of Public Health and Worcester State University.
Steven is recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Professional Achievement Award from Worcester State University for a career in public health and for mentoring students. He is recipient of the 2015 Bradley Award for recognition of an outstanding career in environmental health and of the 2002 Robert C. Perriello Memorial Award from MEHA for outstanding work as a sanitarian. Steven is also recipient of the 2004 National Environmental Health Certificate of Merit Award for contribution to the field of environmental health and the 2006 Boston University School of Public Health, Dr. David M. Ozonoff Unsung Hero Award.