Alumni Network Officers.
Kara Allard (SPH’13)
Consultant, Strategy Implementation
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Jesse Anderson (SPH’14)
is a seasoned government administration professional in the Washington, DC metro area with over 5 years of experience in the federal government sector. Currently, he is a Project Manager at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. He runs two programs dedicated to evaluating the data quality and performing exploratory safety analyses in support regulatory drug review. In addition, he contributes to internal regulatory documentation working groups to establish data submission policies and procedures, and he attends industry conferences to provide pharmaceutical industry representatives recommendations for standardized data submitted to FDA. Prior to his tenure at FDA, he worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he served as a senior project officer on the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative.
Siobhan Brown (SPH’12) Senior Analyst, Health Systems Innovation, Community Health Plan of Washington
Siobhan Brown is the Senior Analyst on the Health System Innovation team at Community Health Plan of Washington, a not-for-profit community-based health plan in Washington State primarily serving individuals enrolled in Washington’s Medicaid program. She works to develop and implement innovative, equity-focused strategies that drive both system- and community-level changes geared toward improving the lives of Washington residents. As part of her work, she engages with communities, health care providers, and state and county government officials to design and implement programs that prioritize social influencers of health as a key component of Medicaid transformation.
Prior to her work at Community Health Plan of Washington, Siobhan was a Program Associate on the Maternal and Neonatal Health team within the Devices and Tools Global Program at PATH. She was responsible for the coordination of the Chlorhexidine Global Working Group and the related technical resource team under the United Nation’s Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children. She provided technical assistance to Ministries of Health, health care providers, and global health program partners related to neonatal and maternal health commodities and advised on the development of emerging health technologies and tools.
Siobhan holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Boston University and has obtained both the Certified in Public Health (CPH) and Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credentials.
Jessica (Jess) Christian (SPH’17)
Jessica (Jess) Christian is a public health practitioner and advocate. A first-generation Indian-American from Brooklyn, Jess brings an understanding of a diverse lived experience and a deep passion to eliminate disparities in health access among racial and ethnic minorities. Jess’ research and advocacy are dedicated to the understanding of the intersections between violence, racial discrimination, and health outcomes. Community engagement, coalition building, citizen leadership, and mentorship are at the core of her professional and personal goals. Jess continues to serve through her passion for people and insistence on the restoration of justice and is dedicated to mobilizing communities of color to bring about positive health outcomes.
Tiffany Christensen (SPH’17)
Tiffany graduated in 2017 with an emphasis on Social and Behavioral Health. While at BUSPH, she worked at the Rothman Violence Prevention Research Lab assisting research being done in sexually explicit media literacy, dating abuse perpetration, and the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Currently, Tiffany works at Washington State Department of Health as the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program Manager. In this role, Tiffany and her team develop and implement programs designed to increase adolescent protective factors and improve communities’ access to sexual health resources.
Siobhan Costanzo (SPH’14)
Siobhan’s background is in education and public health, with experience in evaluation, health equity, program management, quantitative and qualitative data management and analysis, and strategic planning.
Currently, Siobhan is a senior consultant at Equal Measure, a non-profit evaluation organization that provides program design and technical assistance, evaluation, capacity building, strategic planning, and communication expertise to private and community foundations, national and regional nonprofits, and government organizations.
Prior to her work at Equal Measure, Siobhan was a clinical research program manager for PolicyLab and the research and policy manager at the Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic (GSDC) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). In these roles, she worked on projects aimed at improving the health outcomes of HIV+, LGBTQ, and homeless youth and young adults, as well as using incentive-based strategies to reduce disparities for children with asthma. Additionally, Siobhan served as program manager for the Asthma Population Health team, where she led strategic planning, longitudinal evaluation, and special projects initiatives across disciplines. Before, PolicyLab and GSDC, Siobhan was a research coordinator at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention, where she managed research projects in the New Jersey Traffic Safety and Outcomes Program, which used administrative data linkages to advance traffic safety research and to inform policy focused on preventing motor vehicle crashes for adolescents.
Katherine Gambir (SPH’15)
Katherine Gambir, BUSPH ‘15 is a dynamic and effective reproductive health researcher with 7 + years of combined research management and public-private health consulting experience. As a Global Health concentrator, she specialized in applied research methods and sexual and reproductive health program management. In her current position at the Population Council, she conducts adolescent sexual and reproductive health research, including qualitative studies in Zambia and Sierra Leone, and oversees a research portfolio of over 60 projects in 30 countries that focus on improving the lives of adolescent girls, and other marginalized populations. In collaboration with the World Health Organization, she led a systematic review, including meta-analysis, on the comparative effectiveness, safety, and acceptability of self-administered medical abortion compared to healthcare provider administration. Prior to the Population Council, Katherine held positions at the Clinton Global Initiative, Dalberg Global Development Advisors, Akros Global Health, and Cross Sector Consulting. As a reproductive health activist, Katherine is a certified labor doula, providing evidence-based education, emotional, and physical support to birthing women and their support networks.
Quinn Hirsch (SPH’17)
Quinn Hirsch graduated Boston University School of Public Health as part of the class of 2017 and has a Bachelors in Public Health from American University. Quinn concentrated in Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights. During her time at BUSPH, Quinn worked with numerous local partners, including the Alzheimer’s Association and the Museum of Science. Quinn is currently a Policy Analyst at the Office of Management and Budget. Her work is focused on health regulations and use of data to inform policy. Originally from Illinois, Quinn enjoys exploring DC on foot, trying new restaurants, and listening to podcasts at double speed.
Rose Anna Kaczmarcik (SPH’08)
Rose Anna Kaczmarcik, MPH, is a Team Leader at Allidura Consumer, a Syneos Health company. She has more than a decade of experience in health communications with a focus in social impact. She has worked with partners across the public, private and non-profit sectors to develop events and campaigns that educate and drive health action among consumers as well as health decision makers. These efforts have spanned a range of topics, including medical error, nutrition, food allergies, osteoporosis and mindful eating.She started her career working at WGBH Educational Foundation promoting PBS healthcare documentaries with local market activations. Recent projects have focused on cross-sector coalition building and engagement, digital influencer health campaigns, corporate wellness and sustainability education and development of health-focused social impact and corporate social responsibility programs.Rose Anna is fascinated by the disconnect between health information and research and the broader public in today’s information-overload age. She loves devising unique strategies to reach the right audience at the right time via the right channel to make people think about their health and spark changes to improve it. She is also passionate about working with diverse partners at the intersection of planet and public health.Rose Anna has a BS in Chemistry and a minor in Health Care Ethics from Saint Joseph’s University. She received her MPH with a concentration in International Health from Boston University. Rose Anna was a founding steering committee member of the Public Health Young Leader Association (PHYLA) in Philadelphia, has served on the Food and Nutrition section of the American Public Health Association and is currently on the Philadelphia alumni board for Boston University School of Public Health.
She resides in Philadelphia with her husband Will and son Leo. In her free time she’s likely on her yoga mat, planning a vacation or doing something outdoors, such as hiking, skiing, or kayaking.
Marwan Kanafani (MET’12, SPH’14)
Director of Operations, Healthcare Services, HEALTH PLAN OF SAN MATEO (HPSM)Marwan has worked in the payer system in strategy and operations, using a population health management approach to reducing waste and improving quality of the healthcare delivery system. He currently serves as the Director of Operations at a health plan in the Bay Area where he focuses on helping the poorest and most vulnerable residents gain access to high quality healthcare while addressing social determinants of health. He holds an MBA and MPH in health policy from Boston University.
Kathryn “Katie” Mezwa (SPH’18)
Kathryn (“Katie”) Mezwa is a Boston University School of Public Health graduate, class of 2018. Katie concentrated in Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation, and Global Health. While earning her masters degree, Katie worked at Boston Medical Center as project manager of three OBGYN research projects. Now, in San Francisco, Katie is a fellow in the Blue Shield of California Shield Emerging Leaders program. As a newcomer to the city, she hopes to help early career professionals and recent graduates transition to work and life in the Bay Area.
Rory Moore (SPH’19)
Rory Moore (He/Him/His) is a recent alumnus of BUSPH that concentrated in Health Policy and Law with a certificate in Sex, Sexuality and Gender. He is passionate about reducing HIV racial and gender disparities and inequities domestically through community advocacy and policy. Currently, he serves as the STI/HIV Community Events Organizer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). At CDPHE, he coordinates, manages, and markets Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) community events to prevent HIV amongst populations at high risk for HIV infection.
Madeline Pearse (SPH’17)
Madeline Pearse is a Health Research Analyst at Mathematica in Oakland, California. At SPH, her public health education focused in health policy & management with an interest in transforming health care delivery systems. Additionally, she worked in clinical research at Boston Children’s Hospital. Madeline’s older siblings, who live in the Bay Area, encouraged her to move to the West Coast following graduation from SPH and she found that her policy and research background made her an ideal fit for Mathematica. In her analyst work, she supports the development, testing, and maintenance of clinical quality measures and analyzes state Medicaid data.
While a graduate student, she interned for the health finance chairman at the Massachusetts House of Representatives, participated in meaningful healthcare management projects within the Boston community, and worked as a research assistant at an academic medical center. Prior to Mathematica, she worked as a project coordinator in clinical research where she managed a multisite study quantifying pediatric cardiology nurses workload in the ICU through a measurement tool.
Paul Rohde (SPH’18)
Paul Rohde is a Boston University School of Public Health graduate, class of 2018. Paul concentrated in Social and Behavioral Sciences. During his time at BUSPH, Paul worked at JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) as a project associate on several local and large scale federal public health projects. Now, in Denver, Paul is a Project Manager for AFL Enterprises, a Quality Improvement consulting organization working to increase access and improve dental health outcomes in populations such as 0-5-year-old Medicaid beneficiaries through implementing the IHI Breakthrough Series with dental providers. As a returning resident to Denver, he hopes to help connect recent graduates and early career professionals to work and life in the Rockies.
Janis Scanlon (SPH’12)
Janis Scanlon Rice is Boston University School of Public Health, class of 2012. At BUSPH, Janis concentrated in Maternal and Child Health and Social Behavioral Health. With over 12 years of experience in clinical research, Janis is currently a Clinical Operations Manager at the Immune Tolerance Network (you may know the organization from the LEAP peanut tolerance trial!). She focuses on solid organ transplant trials that aim to wean patients off of their immunosuppression medications. For fun, Janis likes going to ballet class, eating her way through the Bay Area, and connecting with fellow alumni.
Tenille Torres (SPH’16)
Tenille J. Torres is a project manager at Public Health Management Corporation responsible for leading projects related to the study of sexual health, tobacco prevention and control, and health promotion. Tenille received her dual B.A. in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of William and Mary (W&M’14) and an M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University School of Public Health (SPH’16). Tenille is passionately driven to advocate social and racial equity through collaborative community-based research and program evaluation. Her research interests include reproductive justice, mass incarceration, community trauma, mental health, and education reform. During her free time, Tenille enjoys dancing salsa, merengue, and bachata with her husband, cooking spicy Trinidadian cuisine with her mother and grandmother, and snuggling with Abdri and Moose, her beloved step-daughter and pitbull son.