Class Notes

Class Notes

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Anita Renahan-White 93MPH has worked with the Task Force for Global Health in Atlanta for eight years. She currently is deputy director for management and operations within the Public Health Informatics Institute. “I work for Dave Ross, and Alan Hinman is also on our team—a couple of familiar names to those at RSPH,” she writes. Her project management team consists of three project managers, a business analyst, a project management coordinator, and an accountant. The team develops information system requirements to ensure that the systems support users’ needs. The team recently completed a project to support supply chain management in Kenya, Vietnam, Senegal, and Rwanda. Renahan-White’s group has also worked with the CDC on requirements around Counter Inventory Tracking with the CDC’s Influenza Division. Before joining the institute, she was an IT director at McKesson Corporation in Alpharetta, Ga.

MARRIED: Grant Baldwin 96MPH and Laura Zauderer 01MPH on May 2, 2010, at Frogtown Cellars in Dahlonega, Ga. He is director of the CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention and an adjunct faculty member at the RSPH. She is the team lead for communications and partnerships with the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation.

Dabney Evans 98MPH is engaged to David de Lima, whom she will marry this fall in Hawaii. Evans serves as a senior associate in the Hubert Department of Global Health and as executive director of Emory’s Institute of Human Rights. De Lima, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, teaches capoeira, a Brazilian martial art.

Lynne Feldman 99GCP 01MPH was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to the Georgia Public Health Commission. Feldman is south region district health director for the Georgia Department of Human Resources, based in Valdosta. She is medical director for the Partnership Health Center and chairs the quality and safety committee for the South Georgia Medical Center Hospital Authority. She also chairs the public health committee for the Georgia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Ali Khan 00MPH now serves as director of the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. Prior to his appointment in August, Khan was deputy director of the National Center of Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases. An assistant surgeon general and rear admiral with the U.S. Public Health Service, Khan joined the CDC in 1991 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer. He is a past president of the RSPH Alumni Association Board.

Brett Hicks 01MPH is a Navy lieutenant and a professor of emergency and disaster management under Homeland Security and Public Health at the American Military University. He recently co-led a training program with the United States Army Africa. The program trained Kenyan military forces in emergency management and disaster response, both theory and application. The training is part of a multinational effort to develop disaster preparedness plans and build sustainable communities in Africa.

MARRIED: Laurie Mignone 03MPH and Joel Parriott in April 2009 at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Both are program examiners at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C. Mignone is responsible for oversight for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Parriott for the National Science Foundation.

Brittany Newberry 03MPH and her husband Wayne live in Blue Ridge, Ga. She writes, “We realized that this place needs a little dragging (kicking and screaming of course) toward a greener future!” So they started the Blue Ridge Area Environmental Action (BRAEA) group to help the town adopt more sustainable practices. They are working to start a citywide recycling program, ban trash burning, and organize local land and river cleanups. For more information, visit

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Edgar Simard 04MPH received a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health in May. In February, he received a Young Investigator Award for his research on cancers among people with HIV/AIDS at the 2010 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in San Francisco. Simard currently is a postdoctoral research fellow in cancer epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City.

MARRIED: Anne Farland 06MPH and Daniel Arwood on July 3, 2010, in Bluffton, S.C. She is a health care consultant in the Atlanta office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is CEO and vice president of Ace Industries in Norcross, Ga., a family business. The couple lives in Atlanta.

MARRIED: Margaret Gatti 07MPH and Darren Mays 06MPH 09G on April 10, 2010, in Haddonfield, N.J. Margaret (Maggie) is a medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and Darren is a research faculty member in the Department of Oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Sarah Bennett and Ali Reiss Goodman, both 07md/MPH, are new officers in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at CDC. They are fellow officers with Emory medical school graduates Sallyann Coleman King 06M and Lindsay Kim 07M.

Emily McCormick 08MPH works on Denver’s In-School Immunization Project, which she writes about on the CDC blog "Public Health Matters." McCormick is part of a group at the Denver Health and Hospital Authority that investigates the feasibility of giving flu shots to children where they spend most of their time—at school. To read more, visit

MARRIED: Kira McGroarty 08MPH and Christopher Koon on May 30, 2010, in Pasadena, Md. She works at Johns Hopkins as a project director for a childhood injury prevention program. The couple lives in Baltimore.

James B. Weaver III 08MPH received the “Outstanding Health Marketing Scientist of the Year Award” in September 2009. He and his wife, Stephanie Sargent Weaver 08MPH, who both work at the CDC, recently published three different papers on profiling characteristics of Internet medical information users, health-risk correlates of video-game playing among adults, and health care nonadherence decisions and Internet health information.

Nicole Dionne 10MPH moved to Costa Rica in June. She conducts monitoring and evaluation and program development for a Costa Rican consulting company that conducts health and development projects in Central America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe.


Faculty Deaths

The RSPH lost a pioneer when Roland “Knob” Knobel, 87, died of natural causes at his Atlanta home on August 16.

Roland Knobel Roland "Knob" Knobel

Knobel was one of the first teachers in the Masters of Community Health (MCH) program, established in 1975 and which led to Rollins’ formation in 1990. The program included a core course on public policy and health resource allocation, taught by Knobel, professor of health administration at Georgia State University (GSU), and David Sencer, director of the CDC.

“The students began their very first class with Knob on a Monday morning,” recalls Sencer. “He was instrumental in planning the curriculum for the first year of the course.”

Global health professor Stan Foster 82MPH was working for the CDC when Knobel asked him to co-teach a class. “I would not be at Rollins today if it weren’t for Knob,” says Foster, a former student and tennis partner. “He was my friend and mentor. He always listened and supported you.”

Knobel served more than 20 years with the U.S. Navy before joining GSU in 1970 and developing graduate programs in health administration, health ethics and economics, and international health management. Although Knobel retired from GSU in 1985, he continued to teach courses in health policy and global health at Rollins. Among other activities, he served as president of the Memorial Society of Georgia, which educates families about advanced directives.

“Knob was a health activist who advocated to reduce health disparities and promote end-of-life care,” says Allan Goldman 76MCH, who works with Georgia’s Division of Aging Services. “His heart was always in there for causes and students.”



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