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BORN TO  Christopher Scott Holliday, 92MPH, and his wife, British Arnold-Holliday, a son, Christopher Mansfield-Scott Holliday ("Scottie"), on June 23, 2008. He joins a sister, Sheridan Bichette. The family lives at Lake Spivey south of Atlanta. Holliday also received his PhD in psychology from Georgia State University in August 2008. He trained as a community psychologist with the DeKalb County Board of Health, where he has served as a division manager in Community Health and Prevention Services for more than 10 years. He oversees daily operations for Health Assessment and Promotion, which includes infectious diseases, epidemiology, injury prevention, and chronic disease prevention. 

BORN TO Brian D. Midkiff, 99MPH, and his wife, Michelle, a daughter, Marley Lorelei, on Aug. 12, 2008. She joins big sister Megan Leigh. Midkiff is a radiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. The family lives in East Providence, RI. 


Tarek Helmy Khalil, 01MPH, recently started his medical practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He lives there with his wife, Nancy and his daughter, Rebecca.

Samuel Deutsch, 03MPH, worked for two weeks last winter at the Indian Health Service in Rosebud, South Dakota. He helped care for members of the Sicangu Band of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe at the health service hospital. Deutsch became interested in Native Americans and the Sioux Nation in particular from reading historical novels. Since the physician shortage is extreme on this remote reservation, he felt called to use his medical and public health training to help. The recession has made the situation even worse. Unemployment rates are over 80%, and alcoholism is a major problem. Detox and dealing with delirium tremens keep health care staff busy. Even so, Deutsch says the work is rewarding because the patients are proud and appreciative and the medical community has a "can-do" attitude. "I hope to make this an annual or biannual event," says Deutsch, who practices medicine the rest of the year in Lawrenceville, GA. 

BORN TO Laurence J. Kessler, 03MPH, and his wife, Lindsay Burnett Kessler, 00C, a son, Samuel George, on June, 17, 2008. Laurence is a senior consultant at Ernst & Young in the Life Science & Healthcare group, specializing in managed care, finance, and strategy for payers and providers. Lindsay is a supervisor in the interactive advertising department of Turner Broadcasting. The family lives in Smyrna, GA.

David Bray, 04MPH, 08G, is serving in Afghanistan for 120 days. His task involves "thinking differently" on various strategic concerns involving NATO, the International Security Assistance Force, and U.S. Forces–Afghanistan.


Emory eConnection

Step aside Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and say hello to E-Connection, the online community launched by the Emory Alumni Association last fall. Thus far, hundreds of alumni are using the website to link professionally and personally with each other. Through E-Connection, RSPH alumni can reconnect with old friends and colleagues, meet alumni in their area, network with alumni around the world, share photos and special interests, and search for jobs. To register with E-Connection, visit and look for the heading "Are you Connected?"

Looking for a job?

Sponsored by RSPH Career Services, the Public Health Employment Connection lists job opportunities for alumni and students in public health. To view the site, visit


Alumni Deaths

RSPH alumni picturesAnn Rondi Herman, 89MPH, of Ann Arbor, MI, on Oct. 10, 2008, of cancer at age 51. She worked as an infection control practitioner at University of Michigan Hospitals since 1995. Survivors include her husband, Bill, and their children Ben and Carly.

Judith Eakin Schmitt, 89MSN/MPH, of Atlanta, on Aug. 31, 2008, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 69. Schmitt was born in Canton, OH. After graduating from Emory, she worked as a nurse practitioner until retiring in 2006. Survivors include her sons, David and Mark. 

Rosemary C. Bakes-Martin, 01MPH, of Colorado Springs, CO, on July 15, 2008. Survivors include her children, Laurie, Matt, and Rob.

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